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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: Understanding the Process and what to expect.

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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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