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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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Roxbury: ‘We Are One’ at Nixon School

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A handful of students and staff from Nixon Elementary School shared with the Board of Education on Monday, March 6th how they have worked to make the school a cohesive and accepting place for all students.

Danielle Lynch, principal at the school shared, “at Nixon School, we believe that learners are empowered to flourish in the 21st century by BEING THE CHANGE.”

Students and staff alike have taken the approach that if they want things to be better that they all have to get involved and make that happen.

Oliver Hargreaves, fourth grader, Early Act President, CCC Member, and Green Team Member said during the presentation that, “I think it is important to be the change because it is very easy to let other people make changes and you just sit back. Things will never improve in our schools and communities if we don’t do anything about it and actually participate. I think it is really great that I can help be the change at Nixon, and that there are so many different ways to get involved.”

Lynch and other students and staff went on to describe a few of the different programs at the school that are helping to make Nixon School and community a better place.

This year Nixon School developed a Green Team to help with the district’s sustainable schools initiative.

Kayla Mackey, third grader and Green Team Student Ambassador, explained the work of the green team and how important it is.

“The work of the green team is important because we need to help our environment and start recycling any bottles and cans we find. Picking up trash is important too because if animals mistake trash for food, they might die.”

As part of Nixon’s Green Team, they have begun to launch their “Re-Thinking Recycling” initiative which is be helped by a $2,000 Sustainable Jersey for Schools grant. This program will be supported in many ways, but one of the most exciting connections is the PTA’s planning of its first-ever Green Fair in October 2017.

Kelly Blessing, first grade teacher shared how at Nixon School they take pride in teaching both academics and character education.

“As a result of the Board’s support, we were able to launch the Nixon Early Act Club for our third and fourth graders.”

Students who participate in this Rotary-based club perform acts of kindness which involve giving to others.

“By participating in these activities, the act of giving becomes real to the students. They learn how other people feel in relation to their own feelings and how it feels to give their time to support an important cause. Through the Early Act Club, we hope to make the process of giving a natural part of their lives because when being generous feels personal and gratifying than children grow up to be kind, charitable, and giving adults.”

Since its inception in October, the school has held various fundraisers for donating money and items for the Giving Tree, the Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser, and candy collection for the soldiers.

A great deal of the cohesive nature and welcoming environment that all receive when going to Nixon is in part thanks to the Nixon Culture and Climate Committee where the staff teach students to “Be the Change” and encourage them to seek appropriate responses and reactions to situations that could otherwise become negative.

Jessica Mooney, school guidance counselor explained that “this mindset inspires students to be the best version of themselves while promoting positive interactions with one another.”

Two years ago, the CCC shared with the Board of Education highlights of things being done at the school to promote a positive school environment for all. Since then, the committee has expanded its work to include the mini-JAM in collaboration with the Roxbury High School mini-THON, movement Mondays, Words of Wisdom Wednesdays, Bucket Filling, and the Peaceful School Bus.

Nixon School along with assistance from Janine Byrnes, the district’s transportation director created the Peaceful School Bus initiative. This program has improved the students’ behavior on the bus. Students are more inclined to help one another, especially when it comes to seatbelts. Drivers are reaping the benefit of a more controlled atmosphere as they tackle daily road challenges. This support from the school community also strengthens the driver’s morale and helps them to perform their jobs more effectively.

Katie Szatkiewsicz, fourth grade teacher at the school went on to say that “when students have a voice and take ownership for, and in their school environment they will have pride and respect for their school, from the teachers to the physical property within the building. It is important for students to feel their school is a place that they can consider and call a home. Their voice is part of the decisions that are made for our school environment.”

Students at the meeting wrapped up with a sneak preview of their mini-JAM which they invited the board to that will take place on Friday, May 5th at 2:30 p.m. at the school.

 

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