Business & Finance

Standard Tile Manager Helps Roxbury Food Pantry, Teaches Sons

cbd9a72be0a4a27b6792_40bd188392957ef1d780_Roxbury_food_bank.jpg
Standard Tile of Roxbury Manager Brandon Curtis and sons at Roxbury Food Pantry
cbd9a72be0a4a27b6792_40bd188392957ef1d780_Roxbury_food_bank.jpg

ROXBURY, NJ - After a month of collecting donations for the Roxbury Food Pantry, it came time for Standard Tile of Roxbury store manager Brandon Curtis to deliver the items to Roxbury Social Services.

That’s when the food drive, already a good deed, also became an educational opportunity.

Instead of just driving the bags over to the Food Pantry alone, Curtis grabbed his sons – Matthew, 15, and Tyler, 9 – and brought them along to help. “I have two young kids,” he explained. “I want them to grow up to do the right things. To extend a helping hand to people in need and realize how fortunate they are to have all of the things they have.”

Sign Up for E-News

At the Food Pantry, Brandon and his boys not only saw shelves in need of filling but also met some of the less fortunate people of Roxbury. “There was a mother there, with her kids, needing to pick up a list of groceries,” Curtis said. “This woman was looking for breakfast and lunch food.”

The 36-year-old Curtis, a Succasunna resident who’s been with Standard Tile since 1999, said he hosted the food drive at Standard Tile as a way of giving back to his town. Customers who brought items to the Route 10 store for the food drive received a 20 percent discount on purchases.

“I’m a member of this community,” Curtis said. “I wanted to help out. I’d heard, through a couple of Roxbury police, that they collected items in the police station. I see a lot of people every day so I said I should do something too.”

Standard Tile of Roxbury is a TAPinto Roxbury and TAPinto Randolph sponsor.

The food drive, which took place from mid-July to mid-August, yielded about three shopping carts’ worth of items for the Food Pantry, said Curtis, who also gave a monetary donation when he and his sons delivered the items Aug. 23.

Curtis and Roxbury Social Services Director Janet Wald noted that summer is particularly tough for struggling parents because – with school being out – they can’t rely on school lunches to help feed their kids. Wald also pointed out that fewer people think about making charitable donations in the summer, compared to during the holidays.

She said she really appreciated Curtis’ efforts and those of all others in the township who keep the Food Pantry going. “Our shelves are very low right now,” Wald said. “We’re always out of paper products.”

Wald, walking the Food Pantry aisles, also saw a need for dishwasher and laundry detergent, canned meats, snacks for kids, Pop-Tarts, mayonnaise and Chef Boyardee products.

Curtis asserted it’s important for local businesses to do what they can to give back to the towns in which they operate. “A lot of the pride I feel about it has to do with my uncle’s father, who just passed away, “Curtis said, referring to Bill Spina Sr., who founded the Standard Tile store in Succasunna in 1963.

“I definitely feel a need to not only run a successful business but to make sure that Standard Tile is a big part of this community. If I do those things I know I will make him proud,” Curtis said.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Roxbury

Columns

Letters to TAPinto Roxbury

Necessary Discussion and Debate of Addressing School Violence

June 10, 2018

Dear Editor,

As of late, due to most disturbing acts of violence against children in our schools, there is much vigorous debate regarding gun control and protection of our children and grand-children.

Much of the debate is based on emotion rather than reasoned thought.

I think that exploration in three areas needs to be more thoroughly discussed and debated. The first is ...

Necessary Discussion and Debate of Addressing School Violence

Dear Editor,

As of late, due to most disturbing acts of violence against children in our schools, there is much vigorous debate regarding gun control and protection of our children and grand-children.

Much of the debate is based on emotion rather than reasoned thought.

I think that exploration in three areas needs to be more thoroughly discussed and debated. The first is ...

Student from Roxbury Makes UConn Dean's List

June 21, 2018

STORRS, CT - Jamie Katzenberger of Kenvil made the spring semester dean's list at the University of Connecticut, said the school.

At the end of each semester the dean of each school and college names to the Dean’s List those students who (1) were registered for at least 12 credits calculable for grade points, (2) received no grade below “C”, including the actual ...

Two Students from Roxbury Make Springfield College Dean's List

SPRINGFIELD, MA -- Two students from Succasunna qualified for the spring semester dean's list at Springfield College. Criteria for selection to the dean's list requires that the student must have a minimum semester grade point average of 3.5 for the semester.

The students:

Mackenzie Miller, who is studying Health Science/Pre-physician Assistant.

Megan Schneider, ...

22 From Roxbury Area Make U of Delaware Dean's List

NEWARK, DE - The following Roxburyuarea students have been named to the University of Delaware Dean's List for the Spring 2018 semester:

Samantha Aquino of Flanders 

Olivia Boon of Ledgewood 

Christopher Bouvier of Flanders 

Alyssa Cartier of Flanders 

Juliette Castro of Landing 

Brennan Chuprinko of Flanders 

Ryan Decker of ...

Press Releases

County Chamber Statement about Proposed State Tax Increases

June 20, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Paul Boudreau, president of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, today issued the following statement on the budget negotiations in Trenton:

“Individuals and businesses are shouldering a significant tax burden already in our state. Raising taxes sends a signal to our employers and future investors that New Jersey will remain uncompetitive for decades to ...

JCP&L Completes Inspections and Projects Prior to Summer Season to Help Enhance Customer Service Reliability

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has completed inspections and projects across its 13-county service area to enhance customer reliability in preparation for the summer season.  The work included upgrading transmission and substation equipment, upgrading circuits and trimming trees along power lines. 

Helicopter patrols are completing inspections on more than 780 ...