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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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Jefferson High School – Addams Family the Musical (March 31st – April 2nd)

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Jefferson High School will be entertaining the community with the Addams Family Musical starting this weekend. Seats are assigned so you need to buy advance tickets now, to get the best seating (middle – center is advice of the Artistic Director).

Hopatcong Lake Regional News had the opportunity to go behind the scenes as this production was entering its final week of rehearsals and preparation for the Friday March 31 premiere opening.

For Advanced Ticket Sales: Contact James Wynne - jwynne@jefftwp.org  <<Reserve your Seat Now>>

James Wynne - Artistic Director

James WynneUnder the guidance of James Wynne the Artistic Director for this musical, who has been producing these plays for Jefferson for over 20 years, the selected leads for this production must be able to perform in three different areas:

  1. Ability to Act – Audition in Character
  2. Ability to Dance – Show you have the ability to Dance
  3. Ability to sing – Ability to carry a tune

James admits that the Addams Family Musical is a rather complex production to produce, since it requires all three different areas, but he knew as soon as last summer that his talent pool had the ability to handle the production, and to offer the community a great performance.

“This year we have new sound and lighting and stage drapes, which adds to the overall appeal of the production, but also created a few challenges for us as we needed to make the necessary adjustments. The entire behind the scenes are handled by the students, under the guidance of Mary Anne Cantwell the Production Designer.”

“I feel that this year we are in really good shape and this is going to be one of our best productions yet! People need to come to see this as it’s really going to be fun! This is new different and exciting!”

Set Construction:

Starting in January both the Parents and Students start the set construction based upon plans from James and Mary Anne, and they continue every weekend until it’s completed. "We are lucky to have people that are good in wood-working and have artistic capabilities," Sated James.

Many of these volunteers come back year-after-year to help with the set, regardless if they have kids currently in the school district. For example, this weekend they expected up to 30+ volunteers to help with the set construction. As we watched, this team of Parents and Students worked together as a well oiled-machine on the different details for the set.

Use of Alternating Leads:

James utilizes a unique system, where there may be two different actors for the same major role, which allows more students to participate, and allows for different students to handle different show dates.

Maryann Cantwell - Production Designer:

Maryann serves as the Production Designer who takes James vision for the play, and works with him on the actual blueprint that can be created for the production and stage. As we were on-site during our behind the scenes review, Maryann was the most sought-after person as people needed direction on building, paint and the overall logistics.

Sydney Interview with Sydney Blanchard – Morticia Addams

As a senior and now participating in her sixth production, “I have always selected a role of a strong sassy female in the past, and this year this role really spoke to me and it was something I wanted to do. I thought this would be really fun, and the pest that I’ve done so far.”

In the future, I’m going to major in communication in collage, but still take acting and see where it goes from there.”

Her advice… “I think that people should come to the show, as it’s a fantastic show and people are putting a lot of hard work into it. I think that seeing the show is a super special thing, since you get to see students that really care about what they are doing.”

GomezInterview with Connor Helma – Gomez Addams

“I’ve never done a musical before and I thought this was a great role to go for… I got the soundtrack months before the start of the production, and I thought that Gomez was a really cool crazy character, and something that I would want to play.”

“I watched the old TV show with my Father several times, so I was well aware of the show and the different characters.”

“I really think that people need to some out to the show, as it’s a fun unique show, and it’s one of a kind!”

The Cast:

  • Gomez Addams ... Connor Halma
  • Morticia Addams ... Sydney Blanchard
  • Wednesday ... Lindsey Tarsitano (T & Sat) Hallie Schiavo (F &Sun)
  • Pugsley Addams .... Kyle Welch
  • Lurch ... Victor Schiavo
  • Fester Addams ... Colton Bassett
  • Grandma Addams ... Cara Langner (T & Sat) Brianna Holster (F &Sun)
  • Lucas Beineke ...Yves Turgeon (T & Sat) Bill Wilson (F &Sun)
  • Mai Beineke ... Matt Schlomann
  • Alice Beineke ... McKenna Brown (T & Sat) Dana Miller (F &Sun)

Credit where Credit is due:

Production Staff

  • Artistic Director : Mr. James Wynne
  • Choreographer: Ms Beth Nash
  • Production Designer: Mrs. Mary Ann Cantwell
  • Orchestra Preparation: Mr. Richard Barrieres
  • Student Producer: Katie Barone
  • Student Technical Director: Landon Buell
  • Dance Captains: Kaya Snow, Kim Neuschatz

Plus so many others!






The Orchestra: (* denotes student musician)

  • Flute/Piccolo – Kara Majury
  • Flute - Annabelle Del Rosario*
  • Tenor and Soprano Sax - Matt Sluzark*
  • Clarinet and Bass Clarinet - Melanie Feliciano*
  • Clarinet and Alto Sax - Janies Knapik*
  • Violin - Kristine Bartley*
  • Trumpet - Ryan Schmidt*
  • Trombone- Dylan Graham*
  • Cello - Eileen Hahn* (Sparta HS)
  • Keyboard I - Maedean Kramer
  • Keyboard II - Taylor Hine
  • Guitar - George Stritter
  • Bass - Andrew Rosciszewski
  • Drum Set - James Wynne, Jr.
  • Percussion:
  • Dean Gonnella*
  • Jordan Durnal*
  • Mallet Percussion
  • Lyndsi Cortese*



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