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Hopatcong Tulsa Trail Students, along with their families, had a fun night of science and discovery.  COHESION: Families Bonding Together to Solve Real World Problems brought families together through interactive, science based inquiry.

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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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The Jefferson Township Recreation Department Announces Its Seven Adult Exercise Programs for the WINTER 2018 season. Just do it with the Jefferson Township Recreation Department!

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Missing Dog: Her name is Sushi. She is a small teacup Shitsz Tsu- primarily white in color. She can be approached.  She went missing 6:45 pm Sunday 11/20

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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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Two of Roxbury’s seven schools recently earned the distinction of being named as Future Ready Schools as part of Roxbury’s district technology goal.

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Roxbury Township Police Department showed up at Kennedy Elementary School this afternoon. It wasn’t for a crime but an act of good will.

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Many may not be aware that November 15th though was indeed National Recycling Day which millions of people across the country take part in. It is another day to raise awareness about recycling and purchasing recycled products.

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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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Once again Mount Arlington is holding their Holiday Lights Decorating Contest, do you have what it takes to beat the winners from last year?

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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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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio to establish the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” has passed the Senate Environment Committee. The bill still has a way to go to get through the legislative approval process, but this is excellent news.

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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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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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Hopatcong Special Meeting -- Without Notice?

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The Hopatcong Borough Council will hold a special meeting tonight, that to the best of our knowledge was not announced ahead of schedule to select a mayor and approve the contract of a new business administrator.

Ex-Vernon Mayor Victor Marotta is slated to become the borough's business administrator pending approval by the council. His employment with the borough will begin effective Dec. 12.

"I'm excited about the opportunity," Marotta said on Wednesday. "The governing body in Hopatcong has done a fine job and I look forward to joining the team."

Marotta was selected from a pool of 10 applicants. Details of Marotta's contract will be available after the council approves his appointment.

For the open mayor's seat, the Borough Council will be choosing among three of their own. Council President Frank Padula, Councilman Michael Francis and Councilman Richard Schindelar were the three names selected by the Hopatcong Republican Committee to fill the position that was vacated by county Freeholder-elect Sylvia Petillo on Nov. 17.

See updated article on the new Mayor

Petillo was elected to the freeholder board on Nov. 8, along with incumbent Freeholder Director George Graham.

The council member selected to serve as mayor will fill an unexpired term until the end of 2017. A primary and a general election will take place next year and the appointed mayor can file a petition in April to be on the June ballot.

The vacated council seat will be filled in a similar fashion; the municipal Republican committee will select three names for the council's consideration and the appointed candidate will fill an unexpired term.

Padula and Francis won unopposed re-election bids on Nov. 8. Padula was appointed to the council in May 2014, to fill the seat vacated by Richie Hoer and won election to a two-year, unexpired term that November. Francis has been on the council since 2008. Schindelar won election to the council in November 2014.

Hopatcong's mayor serves a four-year term. Borough Council members are elected to three-year terms.

Marotta was Vernon's first directly-elected mayor. He took office in 2011 after voters changed the form of government and empowered the mayor, previously chosen among council members, with executive authority. He lost to Harry Shortway in November 2015 which was a rematch of their 2011 showdown.

In May, Marotta registered his candidacy for the Vernon Township Council in 2017 with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJ ELEC) but he declined comment in June about his prospects for returning to elected office.

Former Business Administrator Robert Elia reached a retirement agreement with the borough in September. Elia's retirement is not effective until Jan. 6, but he has not been in the municipal office full-time since August.

Elia will receive his current salary and benefits through Jan. 6. His salary for 2016 is $142,212.25, according to borough records.

The retirement agreement also stated Elia must use all of his available benefit time and that no new benefit time will accrue in 2017. Elia will not be entitled to any financial compensation for benefit days as of the date of his retirement, the agreement states. Elia had been the borough administrator since 2011.

Tonight's meeting is open to the public and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building on River Styx Road.

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