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Roxbury's Anti-Weed Law Just a 'Placeholder' Stresses Mayor

June 17, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ – As expected, the Roxbury Mayor and Council this week adopted an ordinance prohibiting the cultivation and sale of cannabis products in the township, but the mayor insisted the ban might not be permanent.

The ordinance, introduced in May and approved unanimously on Tuesday, amends the township’s zoning regulations to disallow cannabis growth and sale.

“In ...

Weekend Traffic Shift on Route 80 in Roxbury

ROXBURY, NJ — New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced lane closures and a traffic shift on I-80 westbound as the I-80 Bridges over Rockaway River replacement project advances in Roxbury, Jefferson and Rockaway.

Beginning at 8 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, June 18, NJDOT’s Contractor, I.E.W. Construction Group Inc., is scheduled to close the left ...

Roxbury Council Meets in Person, Honors New Eagle Scouts

ROXBURY, NJ — Three Roxbury Boy Scouts who completed public service projects to become Eagle Scouts were honored Tuesday by the Roxbury Mayor and Council, which met in person for the first time since March 2020.

The scouts, Corey Smith, Sean Kentworthy and Max William Annis, are all from Troop 159 in Succasunna. They were thanked by Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo and will be mailed ...

An Extra-Innings End to Roxbury Softball's State Tournament Run

June 16, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — The Roxbury High School softball team’s most successful season in three decades ended yesterday
with a 1-0 walk-off loss to the Cranford Cougars in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The loss short-circuited the Gaels' chance to advance in the NJSIAA state tournament, but the team ended its 20-7 season having won a state sectional title for the first time in 29 ...

Roxbury Softball Wins Championship

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury High School softball team on Saturday won its first state sectional title in 29 years by dominating the four-seed Passaic Valley Hornets.

The game, played at home, saw the Gaels gain momentum early by shutting down the Hornets 1-2-3 in the top of the first inning and then taking a 3-run lead in the bottom of the inning. Roxbury never let go of that momentum, riding a ...

Roxbury Softball Advances to State Finals with Dominating Win

ROXBURY, NJ — The Roxbury High School softball team is headed for the state finals.

Playing at home on Wednesday, the two-seed Gaels advanced to the North Jersey Section 1 Group 3 finals by beating the three-seed Ramapo Raiders 7-1 in a lightning-delayed game. 

The Raiders, who came into the game as the fourth-ranked team in the state on a 16-game win streak, were shut ...

Home Being Built by Roxbury Students is Signed by Well-Wishers

June 7, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — State, county and local government officials joined Roxbury school leaders Monday in ceremoniously signing wall studs of a house being built by Roxbury High School students for the Morris Habitat for Humanity affordable housing program.

The event took place outside the high school's Structural Design and Fabrication (SDF) Lab. There, 15 Roxbury High School seniors ...

Roxbury VFW Leader: No Way We'd Forget Fallen on Memorial Day

ROXBURY, NJ — Given the stress and fatigue engendered by a year of COVID-19, Roxbury could have deferred on having a 2021 Memorial Day ceremony. But that would have been unconscionable, said Kenvil VFW Post Commander John Lehnert.

He made the remarks Monday morning at a 40-minute-long ceremony that took place at Roxbury’s veteran memorial in Horseshoe Lake Park.

“The ...

Roxbury Resident Sets Up Give-and-Take Box for Sports Equipment

ROXBURY, NJ — Landing resident Michael Andrejcisk says he was raised to not be wasteful, so his decision to begin a “Sports Donation/Community Drop Box” fits well with that mindset.

The Landing resident has placed a large container on the ground at 250 Mount Arlington Blvd, one block from Nixon Elementary School, and he’s hoping people will use it to donate, and ...

Friend Launches Fundraiser for Young Mother Shot in Roxbury

June 6, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — An online fundraiser seeks to collect $10,000 for a Roxbury woman who, according to its creator, was the person shot on Memorial Day during a domestic dispute in Ledgewood.

As of Sunday night, the GoFundMe page created by Amanda Matos had received about $1,000 in donations. On the page, Matos says she is a best friend of Kristin Burns, a woman she identifies as the victim ...

West Orange Man Charged in Roxbury Shooting on Memorial Day

ROXBURY, NJ — A West Orange man faces charges including second degree aggravated assault in relation to a shooting incident that took place on Memorial Day in Ledgewood, authorities said.

The man, Michael Mecca, 39, turned himself in on Tuesday, said a statement from Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert  Carroll, Chief of Detectives Chris Kimker, Morris County Sheriff James Gannon ...

Ten Years Pass as Roxbury Homicide Remains Unsolved

ROXBURY, NJ – Ten years ago today, the owner of a diner in Kenvil was found dead on the floor of his Route 46 establishment. The man, Chafic “Steve” Ezzedine, had been stabbed multiple times.

It’s an unsolved homicide that remains under investigation. Each Memorial Day weekend, including this one, authorities ask the public to help them find and prosecute the ...

Three 'Selfless' Roxbury High School Seniors Join Armed Forces

June 11, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — It was Military Signing Day at Roxbury High School on Wednesday, an event that saw three seniors sign-up for the armed forces in what the principal called “selfless” acts of patriotism.

Roxbury “continued its tradition of honor and excellence,” said the district in announcing the commitments. It said seniors Maxwell Fulton and Michael ...

Masks on Roxbury Students Optional for Rest of Year

ROXBURY, NJ — The mandatory wearing of face masks while at school in Roxbury is a thing of the past.

The directive came Tuesday afternoon from Roxbury Schools Superintendent Loretta Radulic. It came on the heels of her Monday announcement in which she said the wearing of masks was optional inside Roxbury schools for Monday and Tuesday of this week — due to the current ...

Home Being Built by Roxbury Students is Signed by Well-Wishers

ROXBURY, NJ — State, county and local government officials joined Roxbury school leaders Monday in ceremoniously signing wall studs of a house being built by Roxbury High School students for the Morris Habitat for Humanity affordable housing program.

The event took place outside the high school's Structural Design and Fabrication (SDF) Lab. There, 15 Roxbury High School seniors ...

17 Years for Drunk Driver Who Killed Former Roxbury Student

June 12, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ — A Dumont man whose drunken driving on Route 80 caused a crash that killed three people, including a former Roxbury High School student, was sentenced this week to 17 years in prison, said authorities.

The man, Miguel Botero, 30, pleaded guilty last November to charges related to the Oct. 18, 2019 triple-fatality. Authorities said Botero, while intoxicated, drove a Jeep ...

Light Turnout in Roxbury for Uncontested Primary Elections

June 8, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — About 4,000 of Roxbury's approximately 16,000 voters bothered to cast ballots in Tuesday's Primary Election, an unsurprising turnout due to the fact that none of the local candidates faced challengers.

Roxbury Councilman Jim Rilee, Mark Crowley and Bob DeFillippo secured nominations on the Republican side for their 3-year-long, at-large seats. Democrats Brian ...

Morris County Clerk Announces Extended Hours For In-Person Early Voting

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ — In person early voting for this year's primary election is available to Morris County residents until June 7 at 3 p.m. The in-person early voting will take place at the Morris County Clerk's Office located at 10 Court Street in Morristown.

The Morris County Clerk will have the following extended hours:

Tuesday, May 18 until 9 p.m.
Tuesday, June 1 until ...

Three Roxbury Councilmen Seeking Reelection

ROXBURY, NJ – They’ve already served multiple terms on the Roxbury Township Council and this week Bob DeFillippo, Mark Crowley and Jim Rilee said they want more.

In a Tuesday statement, the trio of Republican incumbents announced a joint campaign for reelection to their three at-large seats on the 7-member council. The first step in that process is winning the GOP nomination in the ...

Girl Scouts to Honor Roxbury Resident as a 'Woman of Achievement'

May 25, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Roxbury resident Nicole Licciardi will be honored early next month by the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey as being a “woman of achievement.”

The organization plans to present Licciardi, of Succasunna, with its Elinor J. Ferdon Young Woman of Promise award. The presentation will take place at a June 6 “Women of Achievement” event in ...

Roxbury OKs Adding Extra Stores to Shops at Ledgewood Commons

ROXBURY, NJ — A new building to be built at The Shops at Ledgewood Commons will have more retailers than originally anticipated.

The proposed 10,000-square-foot structure, to be built near the Red Lobster restaurant — will have five separate storefronts instead of the three shown in initial plans.

The Roxbury Planning Board, on Wednesday, gave unanimous approval ...

FLG X NJ Adventure Course in Roxbury is Hiring Staff Members

ROXBURY, NJ — FLG X NJ, the new zip-line and tree-top adventure course in Ledgewood, is hiring new team members.

FLG X NJ, a TAPInto Roxbury sponsor, said it offers “a fun and exciting work environment aimed at sharing our passion for the outdoors with guests.” The facility, which opened in September 2020, is situated at 59 Mt. Arlington Rd.

“The ...

Roxbury Public Library Hosting Book Sale

June 9, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - The Friends of the Roxbury Public Library will be hosting an outdoor book sale on June 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 “The Library is always refreshing its collection, and we need to make room for new materials,” said Patricia Beach, president of the Friends of the Roxbury Public Library. “This book sale is a great way to stock up on books and DVDs while ...

Roxbury Student Art Talent on Display

ROXBURY, NJ — Twenty Roxbury High School seniors displayed their artistic artwork and skill at this year’s Annual Senior Art Show this week.

At the June 3, show for family, friends, staff and classmates, the seniors showed off created pieces, sold prints and other artistic creations and answered questions during their open gallery spaces.

Seniors featured this year ...

'Postponed' Last Year, St. Therese Carnival in Roxbury is Back

ROXBURY, NJ — Evidence that life in Roxbury is getting back to normal after more than a year of COVID-19 dormancy: The annual St. Therese Carnival is on for this summer.

The Roman Catholic parish in Succasunna announced recently that the popular event, shelved last year as the pandemic reached its height, is returning July 28 through July 31. The carnival takes place at the ...

No Hollywood Ending for Roxbury's VFW

June 14, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — In the 2018 film “The Mule,” Clint Eastwood plays an elderly, broke horticulturist who becomes a drug-runner and gives $25,000 of his newfound wealth to a struggling local VFW.

That doesn’t seem to be in the cards for Kenvil VFW Post 2833. There’s no cranky old guy — flush with Mexican cartel cash and a soft spot for fellow veterans ...

Amtrak Through Roxbury? Lackawanna Cutoff Restoration Proposed for Passenger Trains

ROXBURY, NJ — Passenger trains between New York and Pennsylvania might return to the Lackawanna Cutoff, a historic rail right-of-way connecting Roxbury and the Delaware Water Gap.

The government-subsidized, quasi-public corporation is including a revival of the long-dormant Cutoff as part of a plan to restore long-distance passenger rail service between New York City and Scranton, ...

Roxbury's 1929 Police Chief Honored for Dying in Line of Duty

ROXBURY, NJ — A Roxbury police chief who was killed in a 1929 motorcycle accident is among the law enforcement officers honored this week for losing their lives in the line of duty.

On the rainy night of April 11, 1929, former Roxbury Police Chief Fred Plumstead died while riding his town-issued 1927 Harley-Davidson police cycle home from a court appearance in Newark, according to his ...

Another Round of Infested Tree Removals for Roxbury

June 4, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Crews will soon be cutting down more than 300 dead or dying ash trees throughout the township, a culling that will cost about $64,000 and leave some Roxbury streets less shady for a while.

The removals are necessitated by the relentless attack on ash trees from an insect called the Emerald Ash Borer. “It’s not just Roxbury,” said Roxbury Township Manager ...

Lake Foundation Holds In-Person Sale of Native Plants

ROXBURY, NJ — The Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) is winding down its fifth annual native plant sale on Saturday (May 22) with an opportunity for in-person purchases.

Customers will be able to purchase New Jersey native plants that are not only attractive, but also beneficial to the environment, said the non-profit group, headquartered in Landing.

“By choosing native plants for ...

A 'Fascinating' Buzz of Activity at Roxbury Community Garden

ROXBURY, NJ — Ledgewood resident Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten grows herbs and vegetables at the Roxbury Community Garden. It’s not something she does for excitement; in fact, it’s more about relaxation.

Gardening has provided “great respite from the craziness of everyday life,” wrote Van Benschoten in her online blog.

Nevertheless, things got a little crazy for ...

Roxbury Kids Help School Garden Come to Life

May 31, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ _ Students at Roxbury's Nixon Elementary School recently got some hands-on gardening experience.

The K-4 kids were paid a visit by Roxbury School District landscaper Mike Renzetti and Roxbury School District groundskeeper Nick Pinto. The men and the students got together to perform some upkeep on the school's “Husky Garden,” said the school ...

Lake Foundation Holds In-Person Sale of Native Plants

ROXBURY, NJ — The Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) is winding down its fifth annual native plant sale on Saturday (May 22) with an opportunity for in-person purchases.

Customers will be able to purchase New Jersey native plants that are not only attractive, but also beneficial to the environment, said the non-profit group, headquartered in Landing.

“By choosing native plants for ...

A 'Fascinating' Buzz of Activity at Roxbury Community Garden

ROXBURY, NJ — Ledgewood resident Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten grows herbs and vegetables at the Roxbury Community Garden. It’s not something she does for excitement; in fact, it’s more about relaxation.

Gardening has provided “great respite from the craziness of everyday life,” wrote Van Benschoten in her online blog.

Nevertheless, things got a little crazy for ...

Morris County's Annual Memorial Day Observance Remains Virtual

May 21, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris County's Annual Memorial Day Observance and Presentation of Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medals to local veterans will take place virtually on Wednesday, May 26 at noon.

Members of the community are invited to observe the ceremony through Facebook Live as the event will be live-streamed from the front lawn of the Morris County Courthouse.

To ...

Morris County Clerk Announces Extended Hours For In-Person Early Voting

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ — In person early voting for this year's primary election is available to Morris County residents until June 7 at 3 p.m. The in-person early voting will take place at the Morris County Clerk's Office located at 10 Court Street in Morristown.

The Morris County Clerk will have the following extended hours:

Tuesday, May 18 until 9 p.m.
Tuesday, June 1 until ...

County Commissioners Approve 2021 Budget

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris County Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously adopted the county government’s 2021 Budget, a spending plan that imposes no tax increase.

Commissioners stated the 2021 budget “holds the line on county taxes while maintaining spending on critical infrastructure projects, the continuing COVID-19 response, human services and public ...

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Two From Roxbury Make Academic Achievement Lists at Western New England

June 16, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ - Two former Roxbury High School students earned academic honors for the Spring 2021 semester at Western New England University, said the school.

William John Hefferle, of Succasunna, was named to the university's President's List for achieving a semester grade point average of 3.80 or higher. Hefferle is studying mechanical engineering.

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Roxbury's Gasiorowski Makes Springfield College Dean's List

ROXBURY, NJ — Roxbury resident Dylan Gasiorowski was named to Springfield College Dean's List for the 2021 Spring Semester.

Gasiorowski, of Succasunna, has a primary major of Computer and Information Services. 

The criteria for selection to the Dean's List are as follows: The student must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded coursework for the term, ...

FDA Approves First Drug that Delays Decline Due to Alzheimer’s

June 16, 2021

CHICAGO, IL — During Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month in June, the Alzheimer’s Association enthusiastically announced the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of aducanumab (Biogen/Eisai) for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. 

As this is the first FDA-approved drug that delays decline due to Alzheimer’s disease, ...