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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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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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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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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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Morris County introduces 2017 County Government Budget – With slight 1.79% increase

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Morris County homeowners will pay an average of just $18 more annually in property taxes to fund the services and programs provided by Morris County government through the 2017 county budget introduced by the Board of Freeholders last night.

The proposed $332.1 million budget includes a tax rate increase of 1.79 percent.

The 2017 budget remains within a state-set cap provides level spending in most areas except for contractual employee health insurance, which increased by $6 million.

The fiscally prudent budget allows the county to remain financially and operationally efficient; maintains, and in some areas, expands public safety initiatives; sustains all human services programs, and ensures maintenance of all countywide infrastructure projects.

It also, supports countywide economic development and tourism initiatives, protects the county’s long-standing, top-ranked Triple A bond rating; and preserves a stable level of fund balance required for well-run, top-ranked county governments.

In addition, the freeholders have maintained the county’s voter-approved preservation trust fund that finances vital open space, farmland and historic preservation projects, and provides money for recreational trails and flood mitigation.

To view the proposed 2017 county budget, and previous county budgets, visit: http://morriscountynj.gov/transparency/finance/

Freeholders Introduce Fiscally Prudent 2017 County Government Budget“Through this budget, Morris County will continue to be the premier place in which to live, work, and raise a family in New Jersey,’’ said Freeholder Christine Myers, chair of the freeholders’ budget subcommittee. “Our county will continue to build our vibrant and sustainable economy and preserve our natural resources and history,’’ she added.

“We will honor our unique quality of life, assure a safe, well-maintained infrastructure and offer cultural and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike,’’ said Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, a member of the budget subcommittee. “We will continue to offer compassionate support to those in need and maintain our tradition as a caring community.’’

The 2017 Operating Budget represents a “Year of Transition, featuring initiatives such as outsourcing of the Morris View Healthcare Center and introduction of a county-wide EMS Program.

It also includes a full year of costs related to Criminal Justice Reform, completion of the remaining Renewable Energy Sites in the county’s Solar II Program, are all conservatively presented.    

“We have carefully scrutinized all aspects of county operations to make sure we operate in a lean manner, while offering services that maintain Morris County’s quality of life, by running a modern, efficient and cost effective operation,’’ said Freeholder and Budget Subcommittee Member Deborah Smith.

“At the same time, the board continues to look at the big picture, at county long-term needs such as a new or enhanced court complex, to ensure we properly plan for the future while ensuring the effective, efficient and ethical stewardship of our residents’ hard earned tax dollars,’’ she added.

While maintaining a tight rein on spending, the freeholders’ proposed 2017 budget continues to invest in key programs and initiatives that maintain the high quality of life in the county.

Ongoing Investments in Education, Recreation, and Human Services, include:

  • $13.7 million: Morris County Park Commission
  • $11.8 million: County College of Morris
  • $7 million: Community Based Human Services Agencies
  • $6.2 million: Morris County School of Technology
  • $5.1 million: Morris County Library and Heritage Commission
  • $400,000: Economic Development and Tourism

The 2017 capital budget strategically authorizes $27.1 million to responsibly deal with critical infrastructure needs, with a continued emphasis on:

  • $7.8 million: Road improvements, to continue upgrading the county’s road network;
  • $4 million: Building and Structure Improvements, including Criminal Justice Reform;
  • $2.4 million: Bridge design and replacement projects;
  • $2.3 million: Law and Public Safety Equipment;
  • $2.2 million: Educational facilities;
  • $2.2 million: Public Works Equipment
  • $1.5 million: Information Technology

The 2017 Morris County budget also will fund a wide variety of vital Human Services that county residents expect, including:

  • More than 500,000 meals annually provided to Morris County’s senior citizens
  • Operation of the Morris View Healthcare Center, which remains home to 283 individuals
  • A wide variety of Human/Social Service programs, including Aging, Disabilities, and Veteran Services; Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse Services, Emergency Assistance Services, and Transportation Services

The freeholders will consider adoption of their budget at their Wednesday, April 22 meeting. It will be held at 7 p.m. at the Morris Plains Borough Hall, 531 Speedwell Avenue, in Morris Plains.

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