Giving Back

Once Again, Roxbury Rotary Beckons with Sweet Fruit and Sweeter Pies

Eisenhower Middle School student T.J. Mathis Credits: Steven Alford

ROXBURY, N.J. - Apple Pie. Pumpkin Pie. Key Lime Pie. Lemon Meringue Pie. Caramel Apple Walnut Pie. Pecan Pie. Peach Praline Pie. French Silk Pie. 

Your diet doesn't stand a chance in Roxbury, a town with a Rotary Club that makes it so easy each year to rationalize buying the pies mentioned above. Money raised in the Annual Roxbury Rotary Fruit and Pie Sale goes to some really good causes, after all.

The wily Rotarians do it just in time for Thanksgiving and they've been at it a long time. 

Sign Up for E-News

"I think it's the 42nd year," said Rotarian Steve Alford. "I might be stretching that a little, but I know they've been doing it since long before I got in the club." 

It's the organization's biggest fundraiser and it's very popular, not only with those who buy the pies and citrus fruit but also with Roxbury Social Services Department Director Janet Wald. Rotary donates some of the fundraiser's proceeds to Social Services and, each year, it orders extra fruit and pies that people can buy and give directly to the Roxbury Food Pantry, Alford said.

Then there's longtime Rotary supporter Tim Smith. "Every year for the past 10 years, Tim Smith has ordered 10 cases of fruit to just drop off at Social Services," Alford said. "Janet loves it. It comes during the same week they make up the Thanksgiving meals for the families."

This year's Fruit and Pie Sale has a couple of new twists, said Alford. The fruit will come from California, not Florida, and there will be middle school and high school students selling fruit to help raise money for Raising the Roof for Levi, an effort to help the Spencer family of Succasunna make their house more accessible for their 4-year-old son Levi, born with spina bifida. 

The switch to Californian oranges, grapefruits and tangerines was made to avoid less-than-ideal specimens coming from Florida, where drought and a fungus has "besieged the fruit crop," Alford explained. 

He's very excited about the involvement of Eisenhower Middle School students in this year's sale, something instigated by Eisenhower 8th-grader T.J. Mathis. With support from Eisenhower Middle School Principal Dominick Miller and teachers Marie Pessolano and Elizabeth Tucker, the school's Builder's Club (a middle school counterpart to the Kiwanis Club's high school arm called the Key Club) will work with Roxbury High School Interact Club members. 

"They will be going out selling cases of fruit," said Alford. "For every case they sell, approximately $4 will go to Raising the Roof for Levi. As the fruit is unloaded Nov. 19, they will have their own section in front of the Roxbury Recreation Department where they will - true to their form - handle everything from collection of money to logging in cases of fruit to disbursement of fruit. It's a wonderful opportunity for them to learn leadership skills and be involved in a hands-on civic project." 

Rotary expects to sell at least 900 cases of fruit and at least 200 pies. They will be distributed between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Horseshoe Lake parking lot on Eyland Avenue on Nov. 19.

Pies and fruit can be pre-ordered online. For more information call Roxbury Rotary President Gary Ribe at 973-219-4367.


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events


Sun, July 22, 9:00 AM

Henry Bona Pools & Spas, Kenvil

Bona Pools Customer Appreciation Sale!

Home & Garden


Sun, July 22, 12:00 PM

Circle Bowl & Entertainment, Ledgewood

2nd Annual Circle Day at Circle Bowl & ...

Arts & Entertainment


Mon, July 23, 6:30 PM

Iron Hills Tavern, LEDGEWOOD

Chili Cheese Dog Contest!

Food & Drink


Mon, July 23, 6:45 PM

Roxbury Public Library, Succasunna, NJ 07876

Library Concert Series: Finn & Foster Duo

Arts & Entertainment

Have You Seen Buttons?

July 11, 2018

MOUNT OLIVE, NJ - Residents of Roxbury living near Flanders are asked to keep an eye out for a lost female Yorkie mix that has been missing since July 7.

"Buttons" was last seen near Kevin Drive and Christopher Court in Flanders. The dog, described as friendly but shy, is brown with dark highlights and a white chest patch. If you see her, please call 973-219-9323.


Peyton Knight's Pointers for Safer Driving

Many customers ask my advice for ways to add more years of life to their vehicles. Here are a few pointers from my 35 years of experience in the auto repair industry, as well as some tips to keep you safer on the road.  

1.    Pull Through a Parking Spot.  Pull through to the other side of a parking space so your vehicle faces forward out ...

More Snow! Let Your Kid Drive in It!

ROXBURY, NJ - We are again about to be walloped by a snowstorm. These words, first written at the beginning of winter, need to be reiterated:

Many parents with a new driver at home will see the storm approaching and instinctively decide to not allow their kids to get behind the wheel until the snow's been cleared.

They might want to rethink that.

When it snows, ...

Is Your Car Ready for Old Man Winter?

You know it’s coming: That first frigid morning when you discover your car is covered in ice. Old Man Winter has reared his ugly head once again to wreak havoc on your car and your ride to work. 

Well, I’ve got one thing to say about that: Let’s be ready for him this year!

Owning a repair shop for over 30 years, I have spent many harsh winters coaxing a dead ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.



AtlantiCast Episode 17

On this week’s AtlantiCast, it’s National Men’s Health Month, so check out important health tips for you or the men in your life, learn about groundbreaking research into breast cancer treatment that could mean an end to chemotherapy for some patients, meet a local sports hero who’s living his baseball dreams thanks to Goryeb Children’s Hospital and much ...

Letters to TAPinto Roxbury

A Problem and a Solution

July 17, 2018

Greetings, residents of Roxbury Township.  Let me begin by thanking you for the opportunity to serve as the high school principal for the past 15 years.  It has been an honor and a pleasure to do so.

As I “walk into the sunset,” I’d like to bring an important issue to your attention.  It is a significant issue that will plague the district for years to come if ...

Three Roxbury Area Students Make Drew Dean's List

July 20, 2018

MADISON, NJ - Three students from the Roxbury area made the Drew University Dean's List for the Spring 2018 semester:

Alexis Castanheira of Landing, a member of the Class of 2019 majoring in Psychology.

Mariam Ghaly of Mount Arlington, a member of the Class of 2021 majoring in Business.

Anthony McMyne of Succasunna, a member of the Class of 2019 majoring in ...

Warsaw of Ledgewood Makes St. Lawrence Dean's List

CANTON, NY - Nolan Warsaw of Ledgewood has been selected for inclusion on St. Lawrence University's Dean's List for academic achievement during the Spring 2018 semester.

Warsaw is a member of the Class of 2021. Warsaw attended Roxbury High School.

To be eligible for the Dean's List, a student must have completed at least four courses and have an academic average of 3.6 based on ...

Two From Roxbury Graduate From Roger Williams

BRISTOL, RI - The following local residents were among the 1,127 students who received their degrees in May as part of the Class of 2018

Paul Bohrer of Succasunna N, with a B.A. in Public Health

Samuel Sherwood of Succasunna NJ (07876), with a B.S. in Finance

Press Releases

Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion Recognized with 2018 New Good Neighbor Award by the NJBIA

July 21, 2018

Morristown, NJ–Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion in Rockaway, New Jersey was recognized with the 2018 New Good Neighbor Award by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association on Tuesday.

The New Good Neighbor Award recognizes the companies, architects, builders and financial entities whose redevelopment projects have benefited their communities ...


Events Will Include STEM, Shooting sports, games and More!


STANHOPE, NJ – July 5, 2018– Time for the whole family to experience adventure this summer!  Have some free summer evenings and ready for a summer evening of family fun?!  Families are invited to attend any of four Family Adventure Nights at Camp Wheeler or Watchung Day Camp at no ...