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Students at Hudson Maxim School helped to "BOOst" the morale of our troops stationed overseas this Halloween, by shipping 80 pounds of candy to deployed troops, veterans, and first responders via Operation Gratitude. 

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A Night of Hope Benefit Concert is an uplifting night of Holiday music  performed by local musicians and appropriate for ALL ages. ALL of the proceeds that are generated by the event are then donated to HOPATCONG families in need.

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Whenever you purchase a Medium Utility Tote for $35 Project graduation will earn $12!

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Please pick-up a free snowman between Monday, Nov. 13th-and Nov. 21st, at borough hall.

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Jefferson Township Fire Company No. 1’s firehouse at 162 Milton Road will be transformed into The Village Marketplace with 18 arts, crafts, and merchandise vendors during The Jefferson Arts Committee’s 12th annual Christmas in the Village event on Saturday, December 2 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Located in the historically designated Village of Milton in the Milton/Oak Ridge section of Jefferson Township, admission is free as is parking.

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The Jefferson Township Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 winter season of its successful Challenger Basketball and Gym Activities program for special needs children. 

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Morris County’s Open Space Trust Fund Committee today recommended funding six 2017 open space preservation projects at a cost of nearly $2.4 million and totaling 147 acres located in six Morris County towns to the Morris County Board of Freeholders.


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It will soon be that time of year again when children everywhere anxiously await the arrival of Santa Claus, and the Jefferson Township Recreation Department will help fulfill those dreams even before December 25th arrives!

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Roxbury High School saw two senior athletes, Andy Axelson and Matt Dancsecs, commit to the Scarlet Knights last week for baseball and lacrosse. Two more Gaels, Tyler McDonald and Michael Christiansen, followed suit in signing letters of intent last Wednesday.

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Kids in grades 3-5 joined Robert Capra and a few other Roxbury staff members for a sports and games fundraiser on Thursday evening, November 9th at Eisenhower Middle School to support Matt Adonis as part of  “Face-Off with Team Matt”.

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Calling all of the Clark Griswold's that live within the Roxbury Region, if you can see your lights how from outer-space, than maybe this contest is for you!

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Two Roxbury High School seniors will be joining the Rutgers’ Scarlet Knights next fall. A letter of intent/college commitment ceremony was held Wednesday morning for two athletic scholars, Andrew “Andy” Axelson and Matthew “Matt” Dancsecs. Coaches, teammates, and family members joined these athletes at their signing at the high school.

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More than just an article of clothing, your coat can open opportunities for someone who needs one.

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November is almost upon us and you know what that means....NO SHAVE NOVEMBER!!!! Join the Mt. Arlington F.O.P. in raising awareness and funding for cancer research.

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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 Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) is, once again, joining the Giving Tuesday campaign, a worldwide day of giving that encourages philanthropy and celebrates generosity. If we reach $5,000 this year it will be matched by a anonymous donor.

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Rewinding back to April 2017 we asked our over 30,000 readers to vote daily to help the Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) win a $50,000 grant from the USA Today Network. You delivered the votes and as a result of your efforts Lake Hopatcong will have a floating classroom starting in the spring of 2018.

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On Monday, November 13th, Dr. Fred Lubnow of Princeton Hydro will present the 2017 Lake Hopatcong water quality monitoring results at the Lake Hopatcong Commission meeting.  The open public meeting begins at 7pm at the Mount Arlington Civic Center, 7 Fern Road.

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The Lake Hopatcong Foundation has received an incredible amount of support from our amazing lake community with voting campaigns for grant money.  So we’re giving this Storymakers 2017 grant from TechSoup a go and we need your help! 

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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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