Wronko's Roxbury Notables

December 6, 2016

Doreen Wright was born Jan. 28, 1926 and will be celebrating her 91st birthday next month. So, to start off, I am sending an early Happy Birthday wish to her.    What is even more special about Doreen is that she was born at home in her parents' house on West Street in Succasunna, a fact ...

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If you have been a reader of this column, you probably have noted that all of the folks I have interviewed so far have moved into the Roxbury area rather than residing their entire life here. My curiosity risen, I began to look for a notable member of our community whose roots go back a ...

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I've got to admit that I am really enjoying writing this column. I am getting to meet such wonderful and fascinating people, many of whom have flown below the radar, so to speak,  or are just not known to most of us in Roxbury for what they bring and have brought to our community.    I want to ...

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Now you should know something about Gail Robortaccio right off: She is a very pleasant, down to earth and unpretentious person.   I was warmly welcomed into her home to interview her. That welcome even extended to her dog Max who greeted me enthusiastically and who wanted to sit in on the ...

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Edward Gates had an auspicious beginning in 1924. When his mother went into labor, she and Ed's father got into a Model T Ford to drive from their home in Jersey City to the hospital where she was due to be delivered in New York City. They headed to the ferry slip only to find that they had ...

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I was at lunch the other day with a few of my retired friends, as we usually do on Fridays, and I was asked how my column on Tap into Roxbury was fairing. I told them I was enjoying it and that I was meeting some remarkable people.   We discussed some potential future articles. I mentioned that ...

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I recently read a news item in 'Tap into Roxbury' about the Roxbury Police Department. It seems Cpl. Eric Weaver interrupted his patrol to help a resident move a lawn mower out of the weather before an imminent rain storm.   That act of kindness resulted in a thank you to the Police Department ...

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Roxbury has been around for a long time. It was incorporated in 1740, way beyond the lifespan of anyone now living here. However, we do have residents who’ve lived and been involved in Roxbury for quite a few years and the stories of their involvement speak highly of their contributions to our ...

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