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Gcada & Hopatcong Municipal Alliance Invite the Family Watch - The Free Movie Wonder

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Hopatcong Defiance Engine Co. #3 were pleasantly surprised recently when Kylie Ovalles with Girl Scout Troop 6581 dropped off cupcakes before their monthly meeting.  

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Hopatcong Ambulance finally had a night off for our annual installation dinner.

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Mrs. Shawna Longo will be receiving the 2018 Master Music Teacher Award from the New Jersey Music Educator’s Association (NJMEA) at their annual conference in February 2018.

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The Jefferson Arts Committee is pleased to announce its Student Artists of the Month awards for February.  According to committee chair Jason Nicholas,  the students chosen by their art teachers this month to be recognized for outstanding work on a class art project are:

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Morris County is extremely proud to announce that our sixth-annual Morris County Public Safety Youth Academy program will be held this July for students entering grades 9-12 in the fall.

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Think Spring as The Jefferson Township Recreation Department is once again offering beginner and intermediate golf lessons at Bowling Green Golf Club to students 6 to 14 years of age and students 15 through adults beginning in April.

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Time to think spring because the Easter Bunny has scheduled a visit to Jefferson Township on March 24, 2018.  Because the wrath of winter and sometime soon (hopefully) the warmth of spring may be upon us, the event will be held in the Jefferson Township High School’s Freedom Gym at 1010 Weldon Road at 12:30 pm. 

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It is hard to believe this year is already more than half over but Kennedy School celebrated the 100 day mile stone by giving back to the community.

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Two Roxbury High School seniors, Tara Egan and Evan Van Biert, both had artwork submitted in the 32nd Annual Mount Olive High School National Art Honor Society Invitational this year.

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Roxbury High School had two more senior athletes, Ashleigh Sarafin and Bethany Sansone, sign letters of intent this morning at the school. The signing ceremony was due to take place on Wednesday but due to a snow day and delayed opening, this wasn’t possible.

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Seussical is coming to the Roxbury High School stage! One of the most performed shows in America, this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza brings to life some of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie, The Grinch, and Jojo, a little boy with a big imagination!

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In 2016, there were zero reports of violent crimes in the affluent lakeside community of Mt. Arlington, New Jersey.

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On June 24, 2015, Christopher Jr. fell into the water from a pontoon boat rented by his father in the area of Byram Cove. Christopher Jr. suffered a head injury when he was struck by the boat. The boy's organs were donated, and a month later, in his memory and in effort to promote random acts of kindness, the family launched the Kindness for Christopher campaign.

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Morris Arts is pleased to offer two scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors who have exhibited artistic excellence in dance, drama, music, or visual arts and plan to pursue post-secondary studies at an accredited institution or acknowledged arts school or fine arts program.

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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS LABORER – BOROUGH OF MOUNT ARLINGTON (Morris County) is seeking an individual to assist in the operation, maintenance and repair within the Department of Public Works, including Water/Sewer and Roads. 

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As spring is right around the corner, it’s time local businesses and organizations to secure a spot in the lineup biggest event of the year, the annual Lake Hopatcong Block Party.

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February 9, 2018 | By Holly Odgers - The sky was grey and tiny snowflakes were just starting to swirl on Sunday morning, February 4, as more than 30 adults and kids gathered for an Ice Fishing 101 workshop at Hopatcong State Park. It was perfect weather, actually, for this hardy group of both experienced and aspiring winter anglers.

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The annual chili cook-off was held Sunday at Patrick’s Pub to benefit Team Patrick’s Leap in the Lake that further supports special needs children at Camp Moore.

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The Lake Hopatcong Foundation was selected to receive an incubation grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) to conduct a front-end evaluation survey to assist us with determining what type of programming will be of most interest to the community as we prepare for the opening of the Lake Hopatcong Cultural and Environmental Center.

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Lake Hopatcong conditions show a possible early end to ice-fishing on the lake as ice breaks and thickness falls to about 4 inches.

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The Knee Deep Club will hold the third 2018 Ice Fishing contest on Sunday March 4, 2018. The contest will begin at 6 AM and conclude at 4PM.The contest entry fee is $20.00 for club members and $25.00 ($20.00 fee plus $5.00 non-member fee).

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Dows Boat Rental reports the ice on Lake Hopatcong is still between 6 to 8 inches.

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The Knee Deep Club will hold the second 2018 Ice Fishing contest on Sunday February 11, 2018. The contest will begin at 6 AM and conclude at 4PM.

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River Styx Eminent Domain: What is it? And what does it mean to you?

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River Styx Series Part 2: The Hopatcong Borough Council is moving towards a long-term plan to revitalize the River Styx area to increase property values, Contractor Investments and to become eligible for Federal & State grants. In this second article we will investigate further, what is Eminent domain and what does it mean to the people effected in this area?

What is Eminent domain?

Eminent domain is a tool in local government’s property acquisition toolkit to acquire property from its owner, while providing reimbursement at a fair market value.

The use of eminent domain in New Jersey is governed by the Eminent Domain Act, N.J.S.A. 20:3-1 et seq., which spells out in detail the procedures that must be followed to carry out a taking under the law:

  • The Local Redevelopment and Housing Law, N.J.S.A.40A-12A-8(c) authorizes the taking of property in redevelopment areas for the purpose of carrying out plans for the physical, social and economic development of the community
  • The Fair Housing Act, N.J.S.A.52:27D-325, authorizes the taking of property for the construction or rehabilitation of low and moderate income housing or conversion to low and moderate income housing; and
  • The Urban Redevelopment Act, N.J.S.A.55:19-56(c)(2) authorizes the taking of individual properties for clearance, development, redevelopment or repair of abandoned properties.

Note: In the state of New Jersey, the eminent domain process can only be stopped if the proposed taking does not meet the requirements for public purpose (see below).

Public Purpose: The justification which the government must establish in its powers of eminent domain to acquire private property. Examples of endeavors which satisfy the public purpose include roads, parks, schools, other public buildings, or any other endeavor where the purpose of the project serves a public good or need.

So what does this mean?

The United States Constitution, as well as New Jersey law, requires that all takings of property under eminent domain be at fair market value. While that principle is straightforward, the question of what constitutes fair market value in any particular situation is far more complicated.

The procedures required by the act is described step-by-step as follows:

Step 1: The appraiser must determine the full cost, including not only construction and site remediation, where necessary, but all relevant soft costs such as fees, permits, architectural or engineering costs, legal expenses and marketing expenses either (a) to rehabilitate the property or (b) to demolish the property and construct a new building on the site, under existing planning and zoning regulations (N.J.S.A. 55:19-102[a]).

Step 2: The appraiser must then determine what the realistic market value will be for the property after new construction or rehabilitation, as the case may be, taking into account the market conditions particular to the neighborhood or subarea of the municipality in which the property is located (N.J.S.A.55:19-102[b]).

The relevant market conditions for purposes of the appraisal are those of the immediate neighborhood or sub-area, not the city or region. This is particularly important, because in many urban areas, real estate values can change dramatically from one part of the city to the next, sometimes within a matter of a few blocks. If, under Step 1, the appraiser has analyzed both the new construction and rehabilitation options, the appraiser should determine the realistic market value at this point under both alternatives, since there may be some variation between the two values.

Step 3: The appraiser must compare the costs determined in Step 1 with the post rehabilitation and/or post-construction market value determined in Step 2. If the appraiser finds that the cost exceeds the value, the law provides that “there shall be a rebuttable presumption in all proceedings under this subsection that the fair market value of the abandoned property is zero, and that no compensation is due the owner.” If, on the other hand, the appraiser finds that the market value exceeds the cost, the appraiser can look at other factors, such as comparable sales or income ratios, as long as the combined cost of the “as is” value and the cost to reuse the property do not exceed the subsequent market value.

Bottom Line: If you are in the River Styx area, and the Borough enacts this provision, you are entitled to fair market value for your home. Which is protected by Federal and State law! Also, as related in the first article, the Mayor and Town Council are not looking to enact this provision, rather just seek the alternative methods first to increase the property values, Contractor Investments and to become eligible for Federal & State grants.

 

The team at Hopatcong Lake Regional News hopes that this helps to inform you on what’s happening, and gets you involved on the matters that are important to you!

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