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The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Sussex County Division of Senior Services, and the Veterans Committee cordially invite you to attend the 17th Annual Salute to Military Veterans Event.

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The 8th annual Sussex County Harvest, Honey and Garlic Festival will be held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta, on October 7th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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The Hopatcong Creative Arts Council in partnership with Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is once again presenting the hugely popular and delicious Apple Pie & Art event on Saturday, September 30th from 11a-4p at Hopatcong High School (HHS).

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As a special appreciation event for our community, Hopatcong Dental Associates is sponsoring a very special day at the Hopatcong Farmers Market on October 1, 2017, which will feature a Free Cookout Lunch for all attendees!

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The Jefferson Township Recreation Department is again sponsoring a school-based 6-week after –school ski/snowboard program at Mountain Creek in Vernon for Jefferson Township students in grades 3 to 12 as well as for family and friends.    

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The Jefferson Township Recreation is accepting online registrations for the 10th Fall season of the Challenger Soccer Program for special needs children. Boys and girls age 5 – 18 (or the completion of high school) with physical or mental challenges are invited to join this program.

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The Jefferson Township Recreation Department is partnering with Sparta Lanes to provide another fall bowling program for Jefferson Township students in Kindergarten (5 year olds) through 12th graders. 

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The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlain House, will participate in the 8th Annual Pathways of History Tour of Historic Places in Morris County. 

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The Roxbury Board of Education held its September Board of Education meeting on Monday, September 18th in the Lincoln/Roosevelt Auditorium.

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The RHS Band Parents Association to collect donations to be sent to the Rockport-Fulton, TX, HS Marching Pirates who Lost Everything in Harvey

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For over a century, Roxbury High School graduates have answered our nation’s call to defend our freedom, to aid our friends and allies, and to turn back aggressors. Numerous young men and women have traded in the navy blue and gold of the Gaels for the colors of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. They have brought honor and distinction upon themselves and made their school, community, and nation proud.  

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Fourteen Roxbury High School students successfully auditioned for the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division High School Honors Choir. This prestigious ensemble is comprised of the top singers in the northeastern part of the United States. 

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The veteran Mount Arlington police officer died in a motor vehicle crash while on duty shortly after midnight in October 2011 — hit by a driver suspected of being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.

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The Project Lifesaver program has been implemented by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to provide enhanced support and assistance to Morris County residents who are primary caregivers for an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia disorder as well as families of children afflicted with Down syndrome, autism, traumatic brain injuries or cognitive impairments.

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The Borough of Mt Arlington’s goal is to provide you with premier water service. As part of this commitment, we will be flushing fire hydrants and water mains starting the week of 8/7/17 (Excluding Landing Area and Seasons Glen). The result will improve your service, reliability and water quality.

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The Golden Pineapple is your destination for unique gifts, home accents, jewelry and accessories plus a new selection of stylish “Lake Living” items!

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It’s the final countdown…. Weather is going to be gorgeous for this Sunday’s 5th Annual Lake Hopatcong Foundation Lake Loop. You have until midnight on Friday, September 22 to register for $45. If you wait till Sunday, the registration fee is $65. 

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The state DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife plans to stock more than 20,000 trout in the state’s major trout waters, including a host of waters in Morris County and Northwest Jersey in early October. The fish will be stocked from the Pequest Trout Hatchery from Oct. 10-18, to offer some excellent fall fishing opportunities.

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One of the most major events for this weekend is the 5th Annual Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) Lake Loop, the forecast is for great sunny day, so get off the couch and help support the lake!

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The NJ State Championship Power Boat Races are Celebrating 50 years by returning to Lake Hopatcong for 2017. As they come, they are bringing the very best of boat racing, and exciting opportunity for our local community!

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Michael Wallace of Highland Lakes, NJ won the American Bass Anglers RAM American Fishing Tour, Division 10 Tournament held September 10th, 2017 on Lake Hopatcong.  

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Hopatcong Lake Regional News is pleased to continue to provide the weekly Fishing Report for the Lake Region to help inform you on what’s biting and where. Our guest author is Dows Boat Rental and Bait Shop.

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Hopatcong Lake Regional News is pleased to continue to provide the weekly Fishing Report for the Lake Region to help inform you on what’s biting and where. Our guest author is Dows Boat Rental and Bait Shop.

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On the weekend of September 23 & 24 2017 the Knee Deep Club of Lake Hopatcong will hold its Annual Fall Hybrid Striped Bass Contest on Lake Hopatcong.  

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A slice of Broadway occurs locally with the All Shook-Up Production (2 of 3)

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During this second article, we’ll explore why this production is something you really need to attend based upon the rich experience Hopatcong High School has in the area in producing Broadway Quality Shows.

Article #2: Behind the scenes at the Production of “All Shook Up.”

Joe Ross – Director

Joe Ross - DirectorIt all starts with Joe Ross, who has been a full-time teacher with the Hopatcong School District for the last 13 years. In this role he teaches Acting & Play Writing, Public Speaking, English and a course in American Culture in the 21st Century.

More importantly, while Joe started his career as a Drama teacher, after five years he quickly decided to start acting full time. This led to 35 years as a professional actor, where he played many major roles as Scrooge in a Christmas Carol, King Henry in Becket, George in who is afraid of Virginia Wolf, and danced in the role of Uncle Drosselmeier in Nutcracker. Joe is also a publisher of a book on acting called “The Performance of your life.”

As you notice, there are no Hollywood/TV roles in his past, as Joe indicates: “I love the live theater, with no safety net, there is no reshooting a scene, you have to think quickly and be nimble on your feet.”

Based upon his rich and cast acting experience, Joe can mentor and direct the students to Open-Up, Expand, Blossom to “Fill the Space": as they play their different roles, which he indicates is sometimes difficult for High School students.

Joe RossJoe utilizes a very rigorous try-out schedule with the Drama Club members, as he looks for the right talent for the right role, versus selecting someone just because they have been with the Club for the longest period of time. “I believe it’s more important to cast the roles correctly, with the people I feel will do the best job. That’s why we have a freshman this year in one of the major roles.”

In talking to Joe about his role as both Teacher and Director, “It’s a pleasure to do what I do… I’ve come full circle as I started teaching and then became a full-time actor, and I’m now able to teach this and pass along my acting experience. Some teachers can talk about how the roles can be played; I’m able to play it in my mind and to give them additional direction based upon my acting experience.”

Nicole Schwarz -- Head of Lighting and Sound

Nicole & Technical TeamNicole is a senior at Hopatcong High School and has already been accepted to Keene State University for Lighting and Sound, which she has selected as her full long-term career goal.

Nicole’s responsibilities as the head of Technical are the direction of stage lighting, spotlights and sound and the special effects.

Nicole relates, “We really have to be on queue back here as we need to make sure each transition in lighting, sound and special effects happens right on cue, and while we have our standard cues, things may change in the scene, which means we have to adjust and respond quickly to the changes. The bottom line is we need to make sure we work smoothly.”

Antony Marinaro (left), who is the second in command, and will fill Nicole shoes as she leaves, added: “Last year I went through proving what I could do, and now this year everything I do this year is based is finishing my training on how to run and direct the crew under Nicole’s leadership. To prepare for each production the technical team reads the scripts at least three times to understand the play, the cues and what needs to be done from our standpoint.”

AAbby Dance Movesbby Dekker – Dance Captain:

Abby is not only the Dance Captain, but she also stars as Miss Sandra during the production. Based upon her eight years of dance experience, she has helped the entire group learn their dance steps for the production.

 “This production is based upon Elvis, which is fairly challenging; we had to research the moves from videos, as to how the moves and how it was originally produced. From there we get ideas, which I have to work with each group on their steps and movement.”

“Sometimes this can be difficult, so I go over the moves multiple times with each group, as we cover their movements, steps, and dance. I make sure everyone understands before we move forward.”

The picture to the right shows Abby (on the right) reviewing the dance steps with some of the major cast members.

Michael Batche – Technical Director: Set Design & Special Effects

Michael and Joe have worked together for the last ten years on set designs and special effects, and during this performance, you will be treated to some of the best multiple level designed sets, and even live motorcycles used in the production. Michael consults with the art department for assistance in the final design and production of the sets.

Michael BatcheIn speaking to Michael, “While I handle the major set design and many other aspects, my goal is to turn this production over to the students once we reach the dress rehearsal stage. As I’d like just to give them their palette, and they have create their own art for the production.”

“There are a lot of moving parts that need to be coordinated in a production of this level, but this is a passion with me!”

“I learned over the Christmas break on which production he had selected, so I just close my eyes and imagined what each scene needed, what Joe wanted, and what materials we have to work with... Based upon that vision, I was able to design the overall set, so Joe and the actors can start with the actual production.”

 Michael will not only serve as the Technical Director during this production but also be featured in the Pit Band playing guitar, along with his son who will be playing the lead guitar.

Kurt Zimmermann – Head Orchestra and Band Director.

Kurt is the Hopatcong Music Teacher who also serves as the Pit Band Director for this musical.

“While I serve duo positions, I look at it as all one picture, as everyone here plays an important role. The majority of the orchestra comes from my band students, and we have several alumina students that will also be participating. That’s what it makes it a fun and an exciting environment.”

“In the early stages my team learns the music, and then during final last week, we bring together both the Band and Actors the actors together to make sure that they are all on the same page.”

“This is a challenging play; these are Broadway Play roles and music not written for students, I’m so proud of these students, who were able to expand into these roles, and to deliver such a great performance!”

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