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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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As posted by the Jefferson Township Police Press Release, the following investigation found that the reported threat was not credible.

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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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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 Land Use Board meeting – Rescheduled for September 6th

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The following is a copy of the letter that was mailed to Propority owners that live within the affected River Styx area. Showing the rescheduled meeting for September 6, 2016 at the Hopatcong High School Auditorium, 2 Windsor Avenue, Hopatcong at 7:30 PM.

Copy of Letter:

July 21, 2016


River Styx Road

Hopatcong, NJ 07843


Reference:    Redevelopment Study Area Determination of Need

                      River Styx Area, Borough of Hopatcong, Sussex County

                      Re-Notification of Public Hearing


Dear XXXX:

First, we would like to apologize for the inconvenience that was caused by the last minute cancellation of the public hearing on the above referenced redevelopment area on Tuesday July 19, 2016. We greatly appreciated the larger than anticipated turn-out for the meeting and we hope that all members of the community will participate in the re-scheduled public hearing on September 6, 2016 at the Hopatcong High School Auditorium, 2 Windsor Avenue, Hopatcong at 7:30 PM.

The Local Redevelopment and Housing Laws set forth in N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-1 requires the governing body of a municipality by Resolution to authorize the Planning Board to undertake a preliminary investigation to determine whether a proposed area would qualify as a redevelopment area.  A Resolution was adopted and the study was prepared on behalf of the Land Use Board by its Planner, John K. Ruschke.  The study is entitled Redevelopment Area Determination of Need and is available at the Hopatcong Borough Municipal Building and online.  The study specifically identifies the properties which are being evaluated through lot and block identification and mapping which is attached to the study in accordance with the requirements of the local Redevelopment and Housing Law.

The law requires that a public hearing be held before the Land Use Board to determine whether the Land Use Board should recommend that the delineated area or any part thereof be determined or not determined by the municipal governing body to be a redevelopment area.  The hearing shall not consider the specifics of a Redevelopment Plan in the event that a recommendation is made that the area or portion of the area be determined to be a Redevelopment area. 

In the event that the Land Use Board recommends that the area or portion of the area specified in the study be determined by the municipal governing body to be an area in need of redevelopment then the governing body at a public meeting will evaluate that recommendation and make a decision whether to accept or reject the recommendation.  If the governing body determines that the area or portion of the area is in need of redevelopment then a Redevelopment Plan would be developed.  A Redevelopment Plan may provide opportunities for grants and financing and limited tax abatements. 


By way of summary, the steps involve include the following:

Step 1: Establish a need for a redevelopment zone;

Step 2: Develop and adopt a redevelopment plan.


The Redevelopment Study and Determination of Need, together with the Study, which includes identification of the properties being considered both through lot and block designations and mapping, may be inspected through regular business hours at the office of the Municipal Clerk and can be found on the Hopatcong Borough website.

The public hearing scheduled for September 6, 2016 will be limited to comments as to whether the area being considered would qualify pursuant to the statute as a redevelopment area

As of this time, a “Redevelopment Plan” has not been developed, no developers have approached the Borough requesting a redevelopment area, and there are no concept redevelopment plans under consideration. In accordance with LRHL, no action will be taken on preparing a redevelopment plan until the area is first determined to be in need of redevelopment. The preparation of the “Redevelopment Plan” would be developed with input gathered from the public in subsequent public meetings.

When an area is determined to be in need of redevelopment, it gives the Borough access to many redevelopment “tools” under the LRHL. In accordance with the authorizing Resolution by the Borough Council, a Redevelopment Area Determination shall authorize the Borough of Hopatcong to exercise the power of eminent domain to acquire property within the redevelopment area. At this time, there are no properties targeted or scheduled to be acquired via eminent domain. Any implementation of eminent domain would be detailed in the “Redevelopment Plan” to be drafted and open to public comment in the future. Please note that eminent domain only applies to the properties within the proposed redevelopment area.

We welcome and encourage your appearance at the public hearing. If any property owners in the proposed redevelopment zone have any immediate concerns or would like to discuss any concept development plans or ideas, please do not hesitate to contact our Borough Engineer, John Ruschke, at 908-238-5000.


Very truly yours,

Hopatcong Borough Economic Committee

Councilman Frank Padula,

Councilman Richard Bunce, and

Councilman Richard Schindelar


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