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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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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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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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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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RHS Mini-THON More Than Doubles Fundraising Goal

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More than 400 Roxbury High School students, some alumni, and friends from surrounding districts spent last Friday night and early Saturday morning dancing the night away to raise money and support for the fight against pediatric cancer in the Roxbury High School Gymnasium.

Over the past three years, the RHS mini-THON team had raised $39,900 total and they wanted to raise the bar for themselves and shoot for a goal of $20,000, this year alone. With hard work, they ended up crushing that goal! As a wrap up to the night, the mini-THON team announced the amount raised, first deceiving onlookers and then revealing the final total of $50,876.82.

Mike Gottfried, Key Club co-advisor and co-overseer of the Mini-Thon shared, “we are still in disbelief about how successful our fundraiser was. Our students stepped up in a way we have never seen before. We have to give a lot of credit to having our assembly three weeks in advance. That really inspired many students and motivated them to actually fundraise, rather than just pay $30 at the door. We are exhilarated and overcome with gratitude following this tremendous success.”

When asked what goal they would shoot for next year, Gottfried said, “It’s one we’ve been asking constantly and something we’ve discussed a lot, but no official goal has been set yet. How do you top a year where you triple the previous year’s success?”

Principal Jeff Swanson was just as shocked by the final number and shared “The THON committee set an ambitious goal of raising $20,000 this year. I was blown away by the final reveal at the end of the program, over $50,000! How can they ever top that? I bet they do next year. This type of thing happens at RHS because we have a school full of great kids, with great teachers to support and encourage them.”

The THON event officially kicked off a little before 7 p.m. Friday night by Sarah Waldron, junior and mini-THON president. She shared with her classmates that “Cancer is the leading cause of death in the United States and tonight we are doing one step to end it.”

She went on to introduce Dan Exter, RHS alumni class of 2004 and cancer survivor. He briefly shared his personal story of having cancer and conquering it thanks to research and treatments provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

As a survivor of a rare form of cancer, he shared how important it was to raise money to support ongoing research to find a cure.

“To see all of you for this event is truly remarkable. If it wasn’t for the treatment and doctors. My treatment was one in clinical trials that had funds raised at events like this and now it is the go to procedure for treating cancers like mine. You should all know that what you’re doing is making a massive impact in the fight against cancer.”

Exter has since dedicated his life to raising money for cancer research through his non-profit, Layups4Life. The group has an upcoming event on April 29th planned at RHS to raise money for cancer research and clinical trials.

Also during the kick off, senior Billy Lanno spoke and shared his story about having cancer as a child.

Knowing it was to be a long night, this year’s mini-THON offered lots for its participants. There were DJs and bands performing all night including two student bands, Velvet Rose and Strange Eclipse, with a Battery Electric as a special guest band.

Swanson also put in a special performance and sang “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen, accompanied by Dan Salyerds, district vocal music teacher, and Strange Eclipse.

Dan Coiro, the other Key Club advisor and overseer of THON got up there with Gottfried and sang the chorus to “Rockin’ in the Free World” by Neil Young with Salyerds and Strange Eclipse.

The event featured a line dance that took place every hour, led by the dance committee.

“We had an awesome dance performance by a student group, Ammo. They did a tae-kwon-do based dance routine,” shared Gottfried.

“At 11 p.m. all of the students who could not stay overnight due to sports, work, etc. had to leave and everyone else got locked in for the long haul,” explained Gottfried.

Events occurred throughout the night, into the wee hours of the morning. There was a rave hour around 2:30 a.m., Junior Alexa Scano performed with her piano, there was a sports-based tournament from 4-6 a.m., and Zumba from 6-7 a.m.

Finally, at 7:30 a.m., students were able to sit down and the total amount raised was revealed with cheers from all. Following the reveal, prizes for raffles were called including two blue-ray DVD players and DVDs.

Students were fed throughout the night with pizza, pasta, and mac n’ cheese. Olive Garden sponsored the event and gave food for 100, which THON turned around and gave to the top 100 fundraisers.

Gottfried went on to say, “There was also a ton of ice cream, cookies, brownies, chips, etc. for dessert and we had bagels, donuts, eggs, French toast, fruit etc. for breakfast.”

The THON committee would like to thank Gusto 46, ShopRite, Joe’s Pizza, Olive Garden, Push Beverages, High Grade Beverages, Dan Exter (Layups4Life), Cliff’s Ice Cream, Roxbury Bagels, Bagels on the Hill, Black River Barn Restaurant, Country Club Ice Cream, and many of the local businesses for contributing and donating to make this event so successful.

“We would also like to thank the administration, staff, students, and community. Without their support, none of this would have been possible. It is a great to live and work in a district as great and philanthropic as this one,” commented Gottfried.

On to next year…

Swanson seems optimistic that next year will be even better.

“I believe that THON has grown to be a part of our school community’s culture, something that we do because it is something that should be done. The enthusiasm of the students involved is infectious. I’m sure we will have even more dancers and participants next year.”

Planning technically started this past Monday. The team will begin brainstorming ideas, reflecting on the successes and areas for improvement. After spring break, the committee will hold a wrap-up meeting and start thinking about electing new captains for next year.

Gottfried said, “We’ll enjoy our break and then pave the way for next year.”

The Roxbury High School Mini-THON technically falls under the Key Club. However, it operates as its own group within the club with student captains and members.

A small group of students will go on the 13th to deliver a check of the funds raised to Hershey Children’s Hospital in Pennsylvania. These donations will be used to cover medical bills for families as well as cancer research.

Visit the Roxbury High School Gaelvision Facebook page to see more pictures from this year’s THON along with a chance to view the livestreamed video from the THON night.

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