Giving Back

Roxbury Kids Raise More Than $100K for Pediatric Cancer

ea0be8fed496fd05fed8_25b5f7cb68cd77d28b1b_Giammarino_Zanni_DeChristofano_Donnelly.JPG
Brady Giammarino, Dante Zanni, James DeChristofano, and Jake Donnelly at LRS St. Baldrick's Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
41739e62130635ffb14f_8b8a5d49e2275a1caeac_Evan_Morgan_and_Jaret_Haupt.JPG
Evan Morgan and Jaret Haupt at LRS St. Balderick's Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
cdc11db6da216a348e3b_d3396138b7dd7f464799_Ambra_Celeste_and_Kali.JPG
Valentina Ambra, Sofia Celeste, and Jonah Kali at Kennedy School Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
b55b5c952e6fd36f9a97_fde2386ab9c9aedaecf6_Argenziano_and_McDermott.JPG
LRS Principal Chris Argenziano and Jim McDermott after getting their heads shaved for St. Baldrick’s Foundation Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
b7cf5c256d9e780470a0_Airyana_Hoover.JPG
Airyana Hoover Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
6c2207ed3acd3d4e29f0_Argenziano_welcomes_shavees.JPG
LRS Principal Argenziano welcomes shavees Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
88f3f22b555921642a0b_5de0f10a6d433329f48b_Joe_Pinto_gets_his_head_shaved.JPG
Joe Pinto gets his head shaved Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
65a6092902a3e818848f_Joe_Pinto_after_his_head_is_shaved.JPG
Joe Pinto after his head is shaved Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
30f490ca52216b2de642_Kennedy_St_Baldricks_Group_Picture.JPG
Kennedy St Baldricks Group Picture Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
3a997315dd0ffab92596_4f51ab29285e3614bdd8_Kennedy_students_with_Leprechaun.JPG
Kennedy students with Leprechaun for Early Act Club Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
c5ca6d482ae4d22b602e_Matthew_Navarra_and_Edwardo_Vargas.JPG
Matthew Navarra and Edwardo Vargas at LRS St. Baldrick's Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
149d7bb3431b898fd89d_McDermott_calls_up_the_girls_who_donated_their_hair.JPG
Mr McDermott calls up the girls who donated their hair at LRS St. Baldrick's Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
efcbe8dc80e3ca201917_Mendonca_T_Brooks_A_Brooks_and_Baron.JPG
Austin Mendonca, Tyler Brooks, Alex Brooks, and Alex Baron at LRS St. Baldrick's Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
2d94b1c82c5daea7759f_Nathan_Byrne_prepares_to_have_his_head_shaved.JPG
Nathan Byrne prepares to have his head shaved Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
2f36775c13ea4f2c3990_Pennisi_Family.JPG
Pennisi Family at Kennedy St. Baldrick's Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
38c176f49fdc20862a29_Project_Glow_Gold.JPG
Project Glow Gold Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
0e0a159b46babc1d0163_RHS_Mini_THON_Total_Reveal.jpg
RHS Mini THON Total Reveal Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
e1f28e8d117db2a08447_eebea88545398d966774_RHS_Students_describe_Project_Glow_Gold.JPG
RHS Students describe Project Glow Gold Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
d09f498d3d21b6788ea4_Sofia_Celeste_and_Mr_Renfors.JPG
Sofia Celeste and Mr Renfors at Kennedy St. Baldrick's Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
32876d9f478b30f9563e_Sofia_Celeste.JPG
Sofia Celeste at Kennedy's St. Baldrick's Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
bd8709e3a6d60660a7b9_Students_have_their_heads_shaved_and_hair_cut_at_LRS.JPG
Students have their heads shaved and hair cut at LRS Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
b8266d416d83e5054c66_Team_Matt.JPG
Team Matt at LRS St. Baldrick's Credits: Roxbury Public Schools
ea0be8fed496fd05fed8_25b5f7cb68cd77d28b1b_Giammarino_Zanni_DeChristofano_Donnelly.JPG

ROXBURY, NJ - At three separate events on one day this month, Roxbury students raised more than $100,000 that will be donated to help support children and families impacted by pediatric cancer.

Lincoln/Roosevelt and Kennedy Elementary School each hosted a St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The foundation assists families whose children are battling cancer. Lincoln/Roosevelt had extra support once again from Franklin School students. Forty-seven fifth and six graders from LRS shaved their heads while Franklin had 16 participants.

Lincoln/Roosevelt Principal Chris Argenziano kicked off the event, noting it is one of his favorite events each year. He and event organizer and Lincoln/Roosevelt physical education teacher Jim McDermott once again had their heads shaved for the cause.

Sign Up for E-News

Once the parade of  the shaven entered the gymnasium, Argenziano introduced three students from Roxbury High School who came to tell the students about a special project they’ve been working that ties into helping families affected by pediatric cancer.

Jessica Bartelloni, Madison Ketch and Gabrielle Keuscher are working on Project Glow Gold. This community service project came about from their high school English teacher, Jonathan Benbow. Bartelloni explained that Benbow decided to assign a year-long project.

“The project criteria was to spend 20 percent of your time on something that would be valuable to you," she said. "After thinking for a little bit, an idea came to me that we should do something with pediatric cancer. I figured pediatric cancer is a big epidemic all around the world. Also, every single person on this earth has been touched by any form of cancer, regardless if its breast cancer, pediatric, etc.”

Bartelloni asked the students at Lincoln/Roosevelt if they knew anyone affected by cancer and hands flew up. She asked if anyone knew of any children affected by cancer and again, hands went up which indicated how necessary Project Glow Gold and St. Baldrick’s is in helping with the fight.

The high schoolers explained they have collection boxes in all the schools and around town for people to donate items like earbuds, Play-Doh, coloring books and markers, action figures and Barbie dolls, activity books, makeup and cosmetic bags, gift cards, stress balls, gum, anti-nausea wristbands, etc. Care packages will then be created and donated to area hospitals to children under the age of 18 battling cancer.

Lincoln/Roosevelt has been hosting St. Baldrick’s events for the last ten years according to McDermott. He shared with all the kids that since this began at LRS, they’ve raised $260,000. This year’s total as of March 19 was $14,390. McDermott also shared that sixth grader, William Knapp had raised over $2,000 by the day of the event.

This year’s participants from Lincoln/Roosevelt were:

Grade 6 - Alex Baron, Joseph Benanti, R.J. Blakut, Tyler Brooks, Alex Brooks, Austin Buczynski, Nathan Byrne, Jonathan Castellano, Nicole Cunha, Patrick D’Agostino, Sebastian DeMarco, Ryan Donnelly, Priscilla Gorgas, Nicholas Holick, Airyana Hoover, Peter Karipidis, William Knapp, Dominick Maltese, Nicholas Maltese, Justin Masi, Caleb McInnes, Austin Mendonca, Jake Morgan, Justin Mound, Zackary O’Connor, Nicholas Pieper, Caleb Pinto, Alex Russell, Louis Schulz, Caleb Smith, Christian Sokolowksi, Odon Wasielewski

Grade 5 – Jake Arteaga, Connor Brunton, James DeChristofano, Jake Donnelly, Jason Gabrielson, Brady Giammarino, Gracie Giammarino, Nick Kemmerer, Ryan Reonieri, Joseph Ronchetta, Espen Sears, Alejandro Tabares-Giraldo, Vineet Varghese, Griffin Warsaw, Anthony Schnabel.

Franklin’s participants were Stephen Jason, Sebastian Sanabria, Nicholas Pecorella, William Connelly, Evan Morgan, Jaret Haupt, Nolan Montalbano, Brady Stierch, Dominick DeMarco, Jimmy Murphy, Matthew Navarra, Eduardo Vargas, Nathan Millun, Tyler Forschner, Piper Beach and Olivia Alberti.

Sixth-grader Airyana Hoover not only donated her hair but also shaved her head to show her support.

A few students and parents were spotted with “Team Matt” shirts to show their support for Matt Adonis, a fourth grader at Nixon School who is currently battling cancer.

This event would not have been possible without the barbers who donated their time for this worthy cause: Toni-Marie Ficchi with Matthew Vincent, Suzanne Mendonca with Via Veneto, Cynthia Mardin with Buzzwerks, Janet Stone with Buzzwerks, Kevin Culleny with Cuts by Kevin, Kelly McNicholas with Atelier, Kathleen Benemerito with Dominick’s, Jennifer Weintraub, Lisa Groshopp with Salon Déjà vu and John Wright with Just Braggin Salon.

Kennedy School, with the extra help from Jefferson and Nixon students, also had a great event that raised $15,300 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Fifteen students from Kennedy School had their hair cut or shaved. Those students were Kindergartener Heath Jackson, first grader Ricky Pennisi, second graders AJ Montrose, Sophia Celeste, Cesar Chico, Matthew Hypes, Daniel Recchia, Christian Tumino, PJ Zoesch, third graders Drew Malone, Jaedon Reilly, Jacob Schuchman, and fourth graders Dylan Cooper, Jonah Kali, and Valentina Ambra. They even had a Kennedy alumni fifth grader, Michael Stigliano, come back to have his head shaved again.

Ten students from Jefferson School joined them along with two from Nixon School. The Jefferson students were Soham Bhagauatula, Connor Boyle, Sean Fairbairn, Cam Guerra, Andres O'Brien, Noah Orszulak, Ryan Parker, Alex Potocki, Henry Smith, Ray Stednitz and the Nixon ones were Aaron List and Nicholas Pierri.

A special thanks goes to the Kennedy shavers as well which included Gloria Bloom, Dina Corsi, Shereyl Denning and Ricky Pennisi.

Kennedy’s Early Act Club arranged to have a leprechaun (Steve Alford from the Roxbury Rotary Club) show up at the St. Baldrick’s event to have students take their pictures with him as an additional fundraiser for the event. Students could pay $1 for a picture with the leprechaun. The Club raised an additional $275.

Mini-THON a Major Success

Roxbury High School’s Mini-THON took place Friday night into Saturday morning. More than 500 Roxbury High Schools students (more than a third of the school), some alumni and friends from surrounding districts danced the night away to a Disney theme in the Roxbury High School gym to raise money and support for the fight against pediatric cancer.

Funds raised from this event will be donated to the Four Diamonds, which covers medical bills for families as well as cancer research.

Over the past four years, the RHS mini-THON team raised more than $90,000 and set an ambitious goal of $75,000 for this year, which they exceeded.

Mini-THON co-advisor and high school teacher, Mike Gottfried shared, “I’m still in disbelief that we had another unbelievably successful year. It’s one thing to surpass your previous total, but another to crush it (again).”

Adding, “As of Thursday morning we were at $52,000 and managed to bring in over $23,000 in the final 48 hours, taking us to $75,526.09. Since the event ended, a few more donations have come in, bringing our total to $78,103.80.”

Mini-THON had many bands perform throughout the night to keep up everyone’s energy. The bands included Strange Eclipse, The Off Band and Found Vegas, a band that includes several faculty put together by Dan Salyerds.

During Strange Eclipse’s set, Salyerds joined them for a few songs with one featuring Roxbury High School Principal Jeff Swanson singing Glory Days, and another featuring some Mini-THON advisors singing the chorus and playing the shakers and tambourines.

The evening’s DJs included DJ Ego, DJ Supmikecheck and Mr. Coiro.

The Mini-THON organizers said they wanted to thank the Roxbury Police Department and Roxbury Fire Company #1 for providing support. Roxbury Fire Co. #1 staffed several volunteers during multiple shifts throughout the night.

“We are also grateful for the tremendous support from our local businesses donating food and sponsoring our event," Gottfried added.

Donors included Gusto 46, Riviera Maya, Joe’s Pizza, Roxbury Bagels, Flanders Bagels, and sponsorships from Micro Logic and Buddy’s Small Lots.

“A major thank you to our high school administration and staff who provided tremendous support," Gottfried said. "Many teachers volunteered their time as chaperones or made trays of food for our event. We are beyond thankful for the support of our administration, our student body, community, and leaders who made all of this possible. It truly takes the support of everyone to achieve all that we have in just five years. In total, we have raised nearly $168,000!”

The RHS Mini-THON Committee sent an email to the high school student body and staff sharing, “We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you who helped make our 5th annual mini-THON an unbelievable success. To go from $8k (70 students) in our first year to $14.5k (125 students) in 2015, $17.4k (175 students) in 2016, $52.2k (400 students) in 2017, and $76,0064.54 (and counting) in our 5th year is simply incredible. We had about 500 students (over 36% of the student body) participate Friday night, with another 100 who signed up but could not attend (due to sports and other commitments). We also had over 60 faculty members donate their time, money, or food to us this year!”

The committee added,  “Our 17 student leaders and seven advisors have put in a tremendous commitment, logging a collective 3,429.5 hours, averaging 143 hours per person during this year alone. These students have transformed from volunteers into well-rounded leaders through our program. Mini-THON is more than an event, as it continues to change and shape the lives not only for the families and their children through the Four Diamonds, but for our students and community as well. Thank you for helping mini-THON to define Roxbury High School and continue to give both our school and community pride.” 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Roxbury

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_b4e0efca635492cbbd12_f64578b10d4f50f8eedb_best_4693bc70533a87953536_pitch_hit_and_run_poster

Sat, April 21, 10:00 AM

Landing Park, Landing

Pitch, Hit & Run (Softball & Baseball)

Sports

Carousel_image_da8e7bd3928c78f8cc12_download

Sat, April 21, 6:00 PM

St Therese Auditorium, Succasunna

Charity Auction and Tricky Tray

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink Giving Back

Carousel_image_afd0d9e1c3acce03b12c_beer_and_donuts

Wed, April 25, 7:00 PM

Circle Bowl and Entertainment, Ledgewood

Devils Backbone Beer and Donuts!

Food & Drink

Carousel_image_a564abd6d49c88fd33f4_eat_drink_play

Thu, April 26, 7:00 PM

Circle Bowl and Entertainment, Ledgewood

Pallet Paint Night!

Arts & Entertainment

Columns

Peyton'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 ...

Getting it Right From the Start; Roxbury Realtor Bob Idakaar

ROXBURY, NJ – Twenty years ago this month, Bob Idakaar experienced an unprofessional real estate agent. That’s when he decided to be a good one.

Idakaar, a lifelong Succasunna resident and TAPinto Roxbury sponsor, bought his fifth home in July 1997. A big event, one that could have been joyous, ended up being stressful and unenjoyable.

“I had a bad experience,” he ...

Roxbury Diner: Homespun Hospitality Through Thick and Thin

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury was being buried in snow March 14 and most businesses were closed. Not Roxbury Diner.

Roxbury Diner isn’t like most businesses.For co-owner Jimmy Dontas, a snowstorm – even a blizzard – isn’t a reason to suspend operations. Instead, it’s a call to action.

To many in town, Roxbury Diner – a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor – is ...

It Began With Filling Your Tank; Now They Fix Your Grandson’s Car

When we drive east on Route 10 through Roxbury, many of us might remember a Shell station at the Randolph border next to the golf range. It was in that station that Nancy and Peyton Knight began their long history of auto repair in the township.

That was 1983 and soon the Knights’ business grew and expanded. The humble gas station gradually morphed into a state-of-the-art ...

Orthopedic Urgent Care in Roxbury - Open Late and on Weekends

ROXBURY, NJ – It’s a pleasant Sunday morning, you’re playing volleyball in the back yard with the kids and – forgetting you’re not 17 anymore – you jump up to smack that ball.

Instead of feeling the satisfaction of an unanswered spike, you feel the stinging pain of a wounded ankle.

The only good thing about this scenario is that you live in Roxbury. That ...

Love of His Hometown Drives Roxbury Realtor Ted Miller II

ROXBURY, N.J. – Most local real estate agents can tell you what houses are for sale in Roxbury. Ted Miller can probably tell you what was there before the houses were built. 

Miller, a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor, grew up in the township and has watched it change from bucolic to bustling. The son of a local Realtor, ...

Three Sons at His Side, John Klein Makes Plumbing a Family Affair

ROXBURY, N.J. - Running water and a warm house during winter months are some of the most important amenities we enjoy -- and often take for granted -- in our homes.

With John Klein Plumbing & Heating, a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor, residents of Roxbury (and beyond) have a father-and-sons company they count on for reliable plumbing and heating services to keep the ...

Letters to TAPinto Roxbury

St. Therese K of C Says 'Thanks Roxbury'

April 20, 2018

Dear Editor,

St Therese Knights of Columbus Council #6320 would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to the residents of Roxbury and its surrounding communities for their continued support of our annual Citizens with Developmental Disabilities Drive held April 13-15.

Your generosity enabled us to raise $4,700 which will go to support the missions of the local Department for Persons with ...

Roxbury School Board Statement Inaccurate and Misleading

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to the Roxbury Board of Education’s April 11 online news release regarding the status of negotiations with the Roxbury Education Association (REA). 

To say we are disappointed by this piece of fiction, written by what can only be described as selective memory on their part, is putting it mildly.  It is inaccurate, misleading, and a ...

Roxbury Golf Management Student Brian Quilty Honored at Coastal Carolina

March 1, 2018

CONWAY, SC -- Brian Quilty of Succasunna, is among the 106 Professional Golf Management students at Coastal Carolina University with a 3.0 GPA or higher. A 2.0 GPA is required to remain enrolled in the program.

"Our PGA Golf Management Program students take their academics seriously and are committed to performing at a high level," said Will Mann, PGA, director of the ...

Student from Succasunna Makes RIT Dean's List

ROCHESTER, NY -- Joelle Marston of Succasunna, who is in the environmental sustainability, health and safety program, made the Dean's List for the fall semester at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Dean's List if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of "Incomplete", "D" ...

Two From Roxbury Area Make Loyola Dean's List

BALTIMORE, MD -- Two students from the Roxbury area made the Loyola University fall 2017 Dean's List.

In order to qualify for the Dean's List at Loyola, a student must achieve a minimum QPA of at least 3.500 for the term, provided that, in the term they have successfully completed courses totaling a minimum of 15 credits.

The following local students have achieved this ...

Three from Roxbury Area Make James Madison Dean's List

HARRISONBURG, VA -- James Madison University is pleased to announce the following students made the dean's list for the fall 2017 semester:

Jordan Israel Taylor of Flanders .

Nicolette Thorkildsen of Flanders .

Olivia J Viparina of Ledgewood .

Students who earn dean's list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of between 3.5 and 3.899.

Totaro Makes Hofstra Dean's List

HEMPSTEAD, NY -- Julia Totaro of Mt. Arlington excelled during the Fall 2017 semester, achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 to earn a spot on the Hofstra University Dean's List.

Roxbury Area Students Named to the Marist College Dean's List

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY -- The following local students have been named to the Marist College Dean's List for the Fall 2017 semester:

Mariah Christian of Flanders is a member of the Class of 2018 and is majoring in Communication.

Jenna Ficula of Flanders is a member of the Class of 2019 and is majoring in Computer Science.

Erika Hofgesang of Kenvil, is a member of the Class of ...

Press Releases

MWBI Music Festival At Roxbury, April 21

April 12, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School, Music for All, and the Roxbury Band Parents Association (RHSBPA) are pleased and proud to announce the Fifth Annual Metropolitan Wind Band Invitational (MWBI) Saturday, April 21 in the Roxbury High School Auditorium, 1 Bryant Drive, in Succasunna, NJ.

This all-day music festival will be filled with 18 performances by several of the regions most ...