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After a summer break from official membership meetings, the Hopatcong Woman’s Club will be reconvening on Wednesday, September 19th at the Lake House Restaurant for its first meeting of season.

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The annual goal of the Season of Hope Holiday Toy Drive is to collect 20,000 new and unwrapped toys for distribution to children and teens.​

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The storm on social media started with a post on a Hopatcong Residents Facebook page, where the author admitted that her son ran over three cats, and she was so proud of him.

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HERO Boys is a youth development and engagement program for boys in 3-5 grades.

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The Jefferson Township Recreation is accepting online registrations for the 11th Fall season of the Challenger Soccer Program for special needs children.

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The Jefferson Township Community Chorus, sponsored by the Jefferson Arts Committee, will begin its fall/winter rehearsal schedule on Tuesday, September 11 from 7:30 to 9 pm in the Jefferson Township High School Chorus Room, 1010 Weldon Road, Milton/Oak Ridge under the direction of James Wynne. 

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Bridge Marina Team Member Lawrence Hsieh (right) is the winner of the 2018 Bridge Marina Staff Scholarship award in recognition of his outstanding performance and commitment to customer service. 

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The Morris County Board of Freeholders invites residents from all 30 Morris County towns to join in observing the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against our nation at the Morris County Remembers 9/11 Service on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m.

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The physical education staff from Roxbury Township Public Schools took part in a professional development opportunity given by Greg Zohovetz, Junior Golf and Player Development Director for the PGA on September 5th.

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During the week of August 28, 45 new eager educators attended Roxbury’s New Staff Orientation at Roxbury High School. 

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New Menu Launches September 24th featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients and more local beers on tap

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Hanover, Roxbury, Netcong and Washington Township (Long Valley) celebrate with family fun

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Mount Arlington knows how to throw a party, and this year’s Halloween Bash will be no exception in the long line of great events that they hold annually.

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Morris County has moved to a new emergency alert system called AlertMorris. In our town, it will be called AlertMtArlington.

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All girls ages 7-16, with residency or who attend school within Mount Arlington and Roxbury are welcome to play both regular season, tournaments, and All stars!

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Mt. Arlington Board of Recreation Commission Presents the Free Movie called "A WRINKLE IN TIME"

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Only weeks away from the Lake Hopatcong Foundation LAKE LOOP “CHOOSE YOUR CHALLENGE”, Sunday, October 7, 2018!  And we want to challenge YOU to come on out with your co-workers and/or staff for a day of team building on the lake!  

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Last week the Hopatcong Lake Regional News reported that an unnamed donor was willing to meet Lake Loop donations at a $1-to-$1 value for the first $5,000 dollars.

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The Hopatcong Hawks are paddling in the Lake Hopatcong Foundation Lake Loop and seek your assistance in reaching 25 team members and raising $3,000 to support the community.

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By Lake Hopatcong Foundation Jess Murphy - This year, the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection will be moving forward with its five-year, 60-inch drawdown procedure to allow access to waterfront structures for inspection and maintenance.

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The following Fishing Report for Lake Hopatcong is provided by Dows Boat Rental & Bait.

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The Knee Deep Club will hold its annual Lake Hopatcong Catfish Contest the weekend of August 11 and 12, 2018.

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Knee Deep Club Dominick Sarinelli Memorial Hybrid Striper contest

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Fishing continued to escalate on Lake Hopatcong over the last week with several nice catches.

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Part 3: The third article in this series of the approaching Eminent Domain for the River Styx area is designed to help you understand the process and what to expect each step along the way, and more importantly, what are the deadlines if you wish to contest the process at any point.

(Special Thanks to William J. Ward from Carlin & Ward, who as an expert in this area, and agreed to be interviewed for this article. See the Company information at the bottom of the article)

 

Background on River Styx Project:

As discussed in the first two articles, the Hopatcong Borough Council is moving forward in their long-term plan that started back in 1996 to revitalize the River Styx area. This plan is designed to increase overall property values, and gain additional Contractor Investments within the Hopatcong area. It may also make Hopatcong eligible for additional Federal & State grants.

 

Phase 1: The Process towards Eminent Domain:

Eminent Domain is covered by Local Redevelopment Housing Law, which requires the following steps to take place before Eminent Domain is declared:

  1. Redevelopment Study/Report
  2. Analysis of Property
  3. Resolution of Land Use Board
  4. Resolution of Borough Council

a. Resolution of Borough Council passed

b. Hopatcong Borough now has the power of Eminent Domain

Note: We are currently at the second stage of this process, so now is the time to become informed and get involved.

Important: If you are a property owner in this area, you will have only 45 days from the adoption of the resolution (4.a) to file an action contesting the validity of the resolution.

 

Phase 2: The Redevelopment Process

Once Eminent Domain is declared, the Redevelopment Process starts, which is where the Hopatcong Borough will seek a Developer(s), who under contract will handle the steps and the costs of moving forward. This includes:

  1. The Condemnation Process
  2. The Acquisition Process
  3. The Engineering Studies
  4. The Appraisal Process (for Fair Market Value)

Under the Eminent Domain act, the property owner is entitled to the following:

  • Fair market value determined by highest and best use (comparable to homes within that area)
  • Relocation assistance, to help move you within a 50 mile radius normally about $4,000 – $5,000
  • And potentially a supplemental housing bonus, if the value of your home is less than what can be acquired for a similar home in the new area.

 

Optional: Process for contesting Fair Market Value

There are two steps available to you if have a dispute on what is the Fair Market value of your home.

Step 1: An Assignment Judge in Morris County will appoint 3 commissioners (Normally: Two lawyers and one Real Estate Broker). Who will hear your case, and help determine the fair real estate value based upon the testimony of the Developer and the Property owner.

If you are still dissatisfied you can appeal within 20 days, and move to Step 2.

Step 2: Superior Court trial before a Judge, or a Jury if you select

 

Bottom Line:

So as you can see, we are still in the early stages of this process. If you live within the River Styx area, or feel strongly in either direction. Now is the time to become informed and involved. Watch for our Fourth Article on this subject, where we review what the River Styx project could mean to Hopatcong if it is implemented successfully.

 

About Carlin & Ward, Attorneys at Law

Carlin & Ward specializes in Eminent Domain cases, led by William J. Ward who has over 40 years’ experience for this subject matter in New Jersey.

Carlin & Ward, P.C.

P.O. Box 751

25A Vreeland Road

Florham Park, NJ 07932

Phone: 973-377-3350

 

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