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Roxbury Recycling Center Now Open Sunday Too

August 5, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ — The Recycling Center, shuttered in March due to COVID-19 and then reopened two months later but only on Saturdays, will resume original weekend hours this weekend, said a township official on Wednesday.

That means the center, on North Dell Avenue in Kenvil, will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

“Residents are ...

A Less Dramatic Return for Lake Hopatcong Harmful Algal Blooms

ROXBURY, NJ — Measured last week, the bacteria off two Lake Hopatcong beaches reached levels that last year would have prompted officials to issue statements warning people to avoid contact with the water.

However, due to a change in state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) policy, there were no big announcements along those lines based on the tests, which found ...

Long Awaited Paving of a County Road in Roxbury Next Week

ROXBURY, NJ – As promised in January, Morris County is giving some TLC to potholed, crack-ridden West Dewey Avenue and Berkshire Valley Road.

The road surface, which has been milled, will receive a fresh coat of pavement next week. The paving is scheduled to run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, officials said.

The section of West Dewey Avenue in Roxbury that is getting a ...

Roxbury Scout Floats Plan for Kayak Launch

July 14, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – A Roxbury Boy Scout is hoping to make it easier for people to go kayaking on a local pond.

The Scout, 16-year-old Corey Smith, is raising money to build a floating kayak launch off the shoreline of Black River Pond in Succasunna. It will be an Eagle Scout project for Smith, a member of Roxbury Boy Scout Troop 159, who will be a junior at Roxbury High School in the ...

Volunteers Needed: Grocery Shop for Seniors and Disabled Residents

MORRISTOWN, NJ - A new program willprovide volunteers to grocery shop for older or disabled residents in Morris County. 

The effort, through the Morris County Office on Aging, Disabilities and Community Program along with Jersey Cares, will keep persons most vulnerable to COVID-19 out of harms way in supermarkets and other food markets, said officials

To be eligible, participants ...

Roxbury Rotary Welcomes Bill Diamond as New President

ROXBURY, NJ – Meeting in the Horseshoe Lake Park pavilion, a structure it built for the township in 1993, the Roxbury Rotary Club on Thursday welcomed local firefighter Bill Diamond as its new president.

Diamond, 50, a plumber and member of Roxbury Company 1 Fire and EMS in Succasunna, replaces Steve Alford as the club's leader. He said he looks forward to continuing the ...

Roads Flood, Trees Fall, Power Goes Out in Roxbury

August 4, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - Tropical Storm Isaias took a toll on travel and electrical service in Roxbury, flooding roads, downing trees and cutting power - at least temporarily - to nearly 70 percent of the township, according to Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) and authorities.

The utility said about 7,300 of its 10,269 customers in Roxbury were impacted by the storm as of 3:20 p.m. It said ...

Glue Tank Fire Causes $100,000 in Damage to Roxbury Business

ROXBURY, NJ — Investigators plan to return Saturday to the scene of a Thursday night fire that destroyed two liquid glue tanks at Holland Manufacturing in Succasunna, said Roxbury Fire Investigator Mark Sylvester

Although the probe will continue, Sylvester said it appears some type of mechanical malfunction initiated the fire at the company, situated on Main Street.

Delayed by Shutdown, Roxbury Man Finally Gets Badge

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury resident Tyler Bartol became a Morris County Sheriff’s Officer this week, one of two recruits whose Basic Police Training Class was interrupted for 10 weeks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bartol, and fellow newcomer Michael Smith of Jefferson, were officially sworn-in to their positions Monday by Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, said Sheriff’s Office ...

Roxbury School Board Approves 'Hybrid' Back-to-School Plan

July 30, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ — A plan that allows a limited return to classrooms by Roxbury students in September was approved Thursday by the township school board.

The board, meeting virtually through WebEx, endorsed the back-to-school plan put forth two weeks ago by Roxbury Schools Superintendent Loretta Radulic. The board had tabled action on the plan at its July 27 meeting because several members ...

Roxbury School Board Tables Reopening Plan Vote

ROXBURY, NJ — The Roxbury Board of Education on Monday postponed until July 30 voting on the school administration’s proposed plan for reopening township schools in September.

The 6-3 vote to table the decision came after nearly four hours of discussion about the plan at a special virtual board meeting that included an unusual level of public participation.

The move to postpone ...

Roxbury Students Get Three Options for Fall; All Include Time at Home

ROXBURY, NJ — Roxbury schools will start the new year in September offering students three options, all entailing at least some time at home, said Roxbury Schools Superintendent Loretta Radulic.

The options:

A mix of virtual and in-person instruction with four hours of in-classroom instruction two days each week and all Mondays being remote
Full virtual instruction at ...

Roxbury Man Who Owned Morristown Pharmacy May Face Prison

August 5, 2020

ROXBURY, N.J. – A Roxbury man who formerly owned a Morristown pharmacy faces up to five years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines for participating in a conspiracy that involved bribes and kickbacks, said authorities.

The man, Robert Fazzini, 53, of Succasunna, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday, admitting that — as a pharmacist — he illegally gained ...

Experienced New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

When a New Jersey employee is injured on the job, they may not always be certain on what steps to take to protect their rights and how to receive medical treatment for their injuries.  It is very important to seek the advice of a qualified and experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney who will fight on your behalf. The lawyers at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm have the ...

Morristown Lawyer Charged in Mt. Arlington Corruption Probe

ROXBURY, NJ – A Morristown lawyer lied about making campaign contributions to Mount Arlington officials in 2016, a year before her firm was awarded a “lucrative contract” with the borough, according to law enforcement officials.

The lawyer, Elizabeth Valandingham, 47, of Morristown, now faces up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $150,000 if convicted, said the ...

Roxbury Baseball, 11U District Champs, Aim for States

August 2, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ — The 11U Roxbury Youth Baseball Team is headed to the state tournament in Wayne this week having recently won its third district championship in four years.

Playing in Mount Olive on July 28, the 5-0 Roxbury team defeated 4-1 Mount Olive to take the Cal Ripken Northern N.J. District Championship. Roxbury dominated the contest, ending with a no-hitter, 2-0 ...

Roxbury 10U Baseball Hosts Tourney

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury 10U baseball team hosted the Cal Ripken Northern N.J. District 7 Tournament  July 25 -July 28 at Kiwanis Field in Succasunna. Teams from surrounding towns, including Montville, Denville, Wayne, Kinnelon and Long Valley, competed to receive the prestigious title of District 10u Champs. 

For the second year in a row, Roxbury beat ...

Roxbury Racers Swimming Celebrates 50 Years

ROXBURY, NJ – This year marks the 50th anniversary of competitive summer swimming at Roxbury's Horseshoe Lake.

The team, which started in 1970 as the "Horseshoe Lake Swim Team," officially became the "Roxbury Racers" in 1981.

Because of Covid-19, this year's Racers, led by head coach Jen Bauman, are conducting an abbreviated season ...

No Roxbury Races in Tuesday's Delayed Primary

July 6, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – Registered voters who want to participate in this year’s primary election must get their "vote by mail" (VBM) ballots in the mail by the end of tomorrow (July 7) or put them into one of five official “ballot drop boxes” scattered throughout Morris County or come to Roxbury Town Hall before 8 p.m. to cast provisional ballots.

The official ...

Poll Workers Sought for 2020 Primary Election

MORRIS COUNTY - Morris County is seeking poll workers for the Primary Election on Tuesday, June 2. The hours are 5:15 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

In addition to receiving a stipend of $200 for the day, poll workers perform a valuable civic service by helping to ensure that every eligible voter can exercise their right to vote.

“Poll workers are on the front lines of our democracy, so we ...

Turkish Immigrant Gets Freeholder Seat Once Held by Roxbury's Heather Darling

ROXBURY, NJ - Tayfun Selen, aTurkish immigrant who came to America more than two decades ago and started his career pumping gas in Madison, was elected today to serve as a Morris County freeholder.

Selen's selection took place when the Morris County Republican Committee convened for a special election. The convention was called to choose someone for the freeholder board seat formerly held ...

FirstEnergy Utilities Preparing for Impact of Tropical Storm

August 3, 2020

Akron, Ohio – FirstEnergy Corp. utility personnel are prepared to respond quickly to restore power to customers should Tropical Storm Isaias impact the areas where the company provides electric service.

Company meteorologists are tracking the storm system, which is forecast to move up the east coast into New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, with the possibility of producing heavy ...

Murphy Postpones Indoor Dining; Bucco Fears for Restaurant Industry

TRENTON, NJ -- Roxbury restaurants that set up tents recently for outdoor dining, assuming it would be a very temporary way to get back to business, might be using them for longer than they anticipated.

Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced today he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of ...

Outside Dining Comes to Roxbury Restaurants

ROXBURY, NJ – It took COVID-19 to prompt Roxbury officials to allow something they never before permitted in the township: Outdoor table service at restaurants.

The township this week granted permits to several establishments allowing them to serve customers outside. Indoor dining remains prohibited under Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Roxbury Township Manager John ...

Roxbury Library Reopens to Public Aug. 10 with Annual Book Sale

August 3, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ — The Roxbury Public Library, closed to the public for several months due to COVID-19, is preparing to reopen, library officials said.

The current plan calls for an Aug. 10 reopening to visitors who make appointments.

Library staff has made improvements designed to help the facility function safely and to offer a better use of space. Significant shelving ...

Drive-in Movie Night Planned for Roxbury

ROXBURY, NJ — (Updated to include sponsors) In a first for Roxbury, the township will be turning a portion of Horseshoe Lake Park into a makeshift drive-in movie theater on a Friday night next month, said Mayor Bob DeFillippo on Tuesday.

The “Drive-in Movie Night at Horseshoe Lake” will take place Aug. 14 in the parking lot next to the Succasunna park's fairgrounds, said ...

No Olde Suckasunny Day for Roxbury This Year

ROXBURY, NJ - For Roxbury Township, the end of summer is marked by thousands gathering on Main Street for Olde Suckasunny Day, an indoor-outdoor festival of fun featuring community organizations, food and vendors.

However, with the threat of COVID-19 remaining present, the festival's hosts at the Roxbury Public Library, the First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna, and Succasunna ...

Two Historic Roxbury Buildings In Line for County Grants

July 23, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – Two historic buildings in Roxbury are among 28 across Morris County recommended by an advisory panel to receive historic preservation grants, the county said today.

The former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad (DL&W) station in Landing and the King Homestead Museum in Ledgewood are on the list of projects the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund ...

Native Plant Sale for Lake Foundation Goes Online

May 19, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ –The Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) this year is using an online system to take orders for its annual native plant sale, but customers will still be able to pick up their purchases in person.

The non-profit organization, based in Landing, is offering more than 40 types of plants, all native to New Jersey. The sale runs until 6 p.m. May 21.

Those who order plants will be ...

Roxbury Pizzeria Owner Knows the Score: Fresh Food, Family Recipes

July 19, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ — He operates an Italian restaurant in a town that suffers no shortage of Italian food, so Roxbury Pizzeria owner Albert Lepore knows he must be on top of his game to keep customers happy and win new ones.

Good thing the 51-year-old restaurateur, an athletic guy, thrives in competitive environments.

“I’ve been playing sports since I was a kid,” said ...

Fight Against Lake Hopatcong Algae Blooms Continues with 'Biochar' Bags

July 5, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – Several Lake Hopatcong inlets are the sites for an experiment that could help control harmful algal blooms (HABs), the green bacterial growths that shut down the lake last summer.

Workers from Princeton Hydro installed, at four places, tethered flotation bags containing “Biochar,” a material that might help remove dissolved phosphorous from ...

State Launches Algal Bloom Reporting Tool

ROXBURY, NJ – People who suspect the green stuff on their favorite lake is a harmful algal bloom (HAB) - the material that essentially shut-down Lake Hopatcong last year - now have a better way to tell the state about it.

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced the launching of an interactive HAB mapping tool. The tool allows users to provide the ...

Algal Bloom Fight Begins in Roxbury Cove of Lake Hopatcong

ROXBURY, NJ – It’s a rather boring video that might be exciting to those who love - or make their livings off - Lake Hopatcong.

Shot by a drone hovering above Landing Channel in Roxbury, the video shows a weaving boat leaving in its wake a milky zig-zag pattern, sort of like a jet contrail. Piano music supplements the somnolence.

It is the stuff creating that ...

Roxbury Rabbi Joins Clergy Meeting With County Recovery Task Force

July 21, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Rabbi Inna Serebro-Litvak, of Temple Shalom in Roxbury, recently joined a panel of local clergy that met with the county freeholders to discuss the county's new Recovery Task Force.

The Task Force was interested in learning how COVID-19 has affected religious organizations, the challenges they face and how the Morris County government ...

Another Gift Card Donation by Roxbury Rotary Club

ROXBURY, NJ - Six days after it donated Shoprite gift cards to Roxbury Social Services, the Roxbury Rotary Club was at it again; this time giving a bunch of the cards to a group representing the township's houses of worship.

On Thursday, Roxbury Rotary Club President Steve Alford presented 43 Shoprite gifts cards to the Roxbury Interfaith Clergy Council. The cards were accepted, on behalf ...

Roxbury Commuter Alert: State Plans Major Upgrade to Routes 80/15 Connections

July 26, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ — Roxbury commuters who use Route 80 eastbound take note: The state is planning major upgrades to the interchanges between the interstate highway and Route 15 in Rockaway Township.

Although the project is likely have an impact on Roxbury motorists who travel Route 80 and/or frequently drive East Dewey Avenue through Wharton, the state Department of Transportation ...

Montville Frontline Healthcare Worker Receives New Roof

MONTVILLE, NJ – A Montville nurse tragically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic recently received a new roof thanks to a program through Morris Habitat for Humanity, Blue Nail Roofing and GAF Roofing.

Called Roofs for Heroes, the program is designed to provide a roof, free of charge, for an essential worker affected by the pandemic.

Life-long resident Kristina Scorpo lost her ...

Roxbury 4H Member Helps Annual Fair Go Virtual

ROXBURY, NJ - The beloved Morris County 4-H Fair is going virtual this year thanks in part to the work of a Teen 4-H member from Roxbury.

4-H members were disappointed to learn that the annual Morris County 4-H Fair — normally held at Chubb Park in Chester Township — would be cancelled this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. But Teen 4-H members Johanna Pipoli of Ledgewood and ...

A Tearful Plea from District Judge Esther Salas After Her Son's Murder

August 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ - US District Judge Esther Salas released a video message two weeks after her son was killed and husband was shot multiple times during an attack at their North Brusnwick home. While barely holding back tears, she described the days before her son was killed and the moment when she heard the gunshots. 

Her message is that federal judges need better protection. Their home ...

Murphy Defends MVC, Updates Travel Advisory, Discusses Return of Sports

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Murphy reported the daily COVID-19 figures, slammed people who attended overcrowded house parties, defended the performance of the Motor Vehicles Commission (MVC) and discussed the updates to the state’s travel advisory regulations at his COVID-19 press briefing on July 29.

Travel-Quarantine Update

New Jersey’s travel advisory was updated. There are now ...

Murphy Grants MVC Extensions, Acknowledges Unhappy Customers

NEW JERSEY — While asking New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) customers not to crowd or hunker down overnight at local agencies, Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a set of extensions Friday during his coronavirus briefing in Trenton.

Expiration dates have been lengthened for driver’s licenses, non-driver identification, vehicle registrations, inspections and temporary tags. Any ...

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Rachel Smith - 2020 TCNJ Graduate

July 13, 2020

Rachel Smith graduated Magna Cum Laude from the College of New Jersey in May. 

Rachel received her B.A. in Communication Studies and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

While at TCNJ, she held various leadership positions including Vice-President of Community Relations within Student Government, President of the Women's Center, and Vice Executive Chair for Women in ...

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Tune In to The Todd Leonard Show about Overcoming Cancer

Click here https://toddleonardshow.com/2020/07/29/the-todd-leonard-show-discuss-overcoming-cancer-with-jim-desimone/ to watch this past Sunday’s Show which aired on our Facebook live stream discussing overcoming cancer with guest Jim DeSimone. 

Jim’s remarkable courage and strength is truly inspirational!

Each week The Todd Leonard Show features incredible guests ...

Tune In to The Todd Leonard Show Discussing Feeding the Hungry with Terry Connolly of Nourish.NJ

Click here https://toddleonardshow.com/2020/07/22/the-todd-leonard-show-discuss-feeding-the-hungry-with-teresa-connolly-of-nourish-nj/ to watch this past Sunday’s Show which aired on our Facebook live stream talking about feeding the hungry and all of the incredible programs Nourish.NJ provides to those in need.

For over 36 years, each and every day they help lift up our ...

What Does an Unplanned Career Transition Mean for You?

The COVID-19 pandemic has unsettled the country’s employment picture for months and will likely continue to do so for a while.

However, the nature and terminology of this disruption varies greatly among individuals — some have seen their jobs disappear, others have been “furloughed” and still others have been offered an early retirement. If you’re in this final ...

What Should You Do With an Inheritance?

If you were to inherit a large sum of money, what would you do with it? 

The question may not be hypothetical, especially if you are in the millennial, Gen X or Gen Z demographic groups. That’s because the baby boomers – often referred to as the richest generation in history – are poised to transfer some $30 trillion in assets over the next few decades, according to the ...

Will Social Security Retire Before You Do?

People have traditionally seen Social Security benefits as the foundation of their retirement planning programs. The Social Security contributions deducted from workers’ paychecks have, in effect, served as a government-enforced retirement savings plan.

However, the Social Security system is under increasing strain. Better health care and longer life spans have resulted in an increasing ...

The CARES Act and Your Retirement: What You Need to Know Now

"Rich, like many folks our age, my wife and I have been doing a lot of thinking over the past few weeks as this whole coronavirus situation has played out. It’s a scary time for retired folks like us: in our mid 70s and both with a few underlying health conditions. We’ve been managing our health just fine up until now, but with COVID-19 circulating so freely, we’re a lot ...

FirstEnergy Prepares JCP&L Customers for Summer Heat

As temperatures rise, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) customers can take steps to beat the heat while also managing their energy costs.  

Extreme temperatures can often lead to rising energy usage for customers as the need for air conditioning increases and HVAC systems strain to keep up with higher demand. While customers are unable to control the weather, there are several things they can ...

Roxbury's Murray Makes Alvernia Dean's List

August 4, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury resident Samantha Murray made the spring Dean's List at Alvernia University in Reading, Pa.

Murray, of Succasunna, is seeking a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Students must earn a GPA of 3.50 or better while taking a minimum of 12 credits to make the Dean's List.

 

Three Students Make Hofstra Dean's List

ROXBURY, NJ - Hofstra University congratulated three Roxbury area students named to the Spring 2020 Dean's List for their outstanding academic achievement. Students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 during the semester to make the Dean's List.

Kyle Marrs of Flanders.

Brianna Sparano of Landing.

Julia Totaro of Mt. Arlington.

School Run by Roxbury Grad Wins National Honor

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood's Memorial Middle School, overseen by Roxbury High School graduate Brian Kitchin, was recently named a Promising Practices school by Character.org along with 246 other schools across the nation.

Memorial will be honored along with the other recipients at Character.org's National Forum in Washington D.C. in March. In addition to being recognized, ...

A Statement from the Morris County Chiefs of Police Association

July 22, 2020

To the citizens of Morris County

The topics of police reform and de-funding the police are still hot button issues both locally and nationwide. However, on behalf of the Morris County Police Chiefs Association, I would like to a few moments to tell you why policing in Morris County is "A Step Ahead" of our counterparts nationwide. While we do realize that we are not always perfect, ...

Garage Sale or Thrift Shop?

Dear Editor,

How about the house at the intersection of Hillside and Righter Road

Is that a garage sale or a thrift shop?

A busy intersection does not need cars parked on the side of either road. 

Expanded, Modernized Valerie Fund Children’s Center Opens at Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital

August 1, 2020

Morristown, New Jersey, July 30, 2020 – To meet demand for the comprehensive medical care needed for children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders, Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital today announced the opening of its expanded Valerie Fund Children’s Center.

The new Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital ...

Why I Walk To End Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey Chapter is spotlighting people who make a difference in the fight to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia, by participating in the upcoming 2020 Walk To End Alzheimer’s (WTEA) - the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Today we say "thank you" ...