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No. 7 Vol. 12

December 2015

Third Graders Become Fighting Hunger Heroes In Roxbury

By Cheryl Conway
onating items to
those in need is becoming a regular
practice for third graders at
School in Succasunna.
In October, the 38 students in Tina Bantas and

Rebecca Szigetis classrooms held a Halloween

candy fundraiser drive organized through Picatinny
Arsenal. For two weeks the
students collected candy
throughout their school to
give to the military troops.
Whether they turned

over candy they collected

on Halloween, or brought in
new bags of candy, the students were able to gather almost 40 grocery-size bags
to donate to the candy drive.
The success from that
donation was the motivation that led to a recent food
drive by these same third
The teachers learned
about the Police Officer
Drive from a flyer sent
home throughout the school
community so they decided
to help. The students asked
for donations from Nov. 9
through Nov. 24.
Then on the last day of
















the collection, Principal

Eric Renfors offered a oneday challenge to the teachers and staff to bring in as

Photo courtesy of Roxbury Public Schools.

many non-perishable items

as possible. That alone
added an extra four boxes,
said Szigeti, filling up the

principals trunk as the students couldnt fit any more

food donations on the bus.
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Toy/Clothing Drive Deadline Dec. 20th

ew View Media Group is holding its annual clothing and

toy drive. The company is looking for people to donate
new unwrapped toys, as well as new clothing including tshirts, socks, pants, and winter necessities such as hats, coats,
gloves, and scarves (sizes ranging from newborn to 14 year olds).
Gift cards will also be accepted.
Please drop off all donations to the following locations by Dec.
New View Media Group, 1 Old Wolfe Road, Budd Lake, NJ (in
Weis Supermarkets, Rt. 206, Flanders (drop off at the courtesy
Budd Lake Bagels -141 Route 46, Budd Lake
Mt. Olive Bagels - 135 Route 46 East, Paramount Plaza, Budd

Fanucci's - 134 Ledgewood Ave. (Rt. 46 E.), Netcong
Red Dot Firearms 22 Main Street, Stanhope
Charmoy Dental, 924 Route 10 West, Randolph
(drop off a toy and you will be entered to win a 32 TV)
Philly Pretzel - 150 Mountain Ave, Hackettstown
( 3 FREE Pretzels when you drop off)
HomeTown Hardware - 234 Main Street, Hackettstown
Fresco Mexican 137 E. Main Street, Chester
For additional information regarding this toy drive or to ask
for a list of businesses involved, call Mary on her cell phone at
(973)-768-1815 or email at She will be
able to help with any of your needs as well as comply a list of
children and gifts they want for the holiday.

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Pet O2 Masks Help Save Furry Friends

By Jane Primerano
ften house fires start when the family isnt at home. The human family, that is.
Sometimes pets are home alone and
even when they arent they may panic and
hide when the house fills with smoke, according to Renee Coughlin of Canine Company, an invisible fence company based in
Wilton, CT. They dont know to run out of
the house and up to 150,000 pets die in fires
each year, according to the companys website. Most pet fire fatalities are from smoke
The firm donates specially-designed pet
oxygen masks for use in pet rescues. Regular oxygen masks for humans dont work
for dogs, making it difficult to revive a canine suffering from smoke inhalation.
Ralston Engine Co. in Mendham Twp.
received three sets of these masks in October, according to Deborah Bennetts of the
Canine Company. They were requested by
Assistant Chief John McDonough, she said.
The company has three trucks, so each
truck now has a set of masks. Each set contains three sizes that fit many pets.

Although the Canine Company specializes in care for dogs, the masks fit other animals such as cats and rabbits as well. The
masks accommodate even the largest dogs,
according to the companys literature.
The donations are part of the Project
Breathe initiative launched by the Invisible
Fence brand. Donations are made across the
Across New Jersey, the Canine Company has donated more than 100 sets of
masks to 34 fire and rescue teams, according to a press release.
Roxbury Township received three sets.
They were accepted for the fire department
by the township council at its Nov. 10 meeting, according to Lisa Spring, township finance officer. Calls to the main fire
department number were not returned, so it
isnt clear which fire companies received
them. The value of the donation was not
noted, Spring said.
Mendhams other fire company, Brookside, has a few masks purchased out-ofpocket about five years ago, according to
Chief Peter Dwyer. He said only two of
their engines carry them. The company also

has a mini-pumper and a utility truck and,

ideally, they would have mask sets as well,
Dwyer said.
We have had multiple animals saved on
our side of town, he said.
Other fire companies that received
masks are Denville, Jefferson Township,
Lincoln Park, Rainbow Lakes and

Riverdale. Also donated were special decals

that can be affixed to the front door of a
window to alert firefighters there are pets
in the home.
Canine Company also provides other
supplies to pet owners and operates a mobile grooming service.

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On the morning of Tues., Nov. 24, the
students boarded a school bus at 9:30 a.m.
with their donation bags and traveled to the
Roxbury Police Station to hand-deliver
their food donations, tour the station and
take a picture with a police officer.
Kids who donated atleast two items became a Fighting Hunger Hero, as mentioned on the fundraiser flyer.
McGruff the Crime Dog and members
of the Roxbury Police Department greeted
the third grade students of Kennedy School
as they came off the bus at the police station. The Roxbury Police Department assists the Roxbury Social Services
Thanksgiving Food Drive every year. At the
end of Nov. the food gets donated to Roxbury Social Services to help out low-income working families, seniors and people
with disabilities living on fixed incomes.
Many individuals and families in Roxbury Township rely on social services and
the food pantry for food. Items collected
varied from coffee, tea and juice, to macaroni and cheese, kids snacks, cans of veg-

etables, boxes of stuffing and mashed potatoes, soup and necessities such as diapers,
shampoo, soap, deodorant and paper towels.
Banta and Szigeti arranged this opportunity for their students to spend the morning
at the police station to help them better understand social awareness and community
"Throughout my own schooling, the
moments that stick out most in my mind
were the extra activities where we would
give back and help the community, says
Banta. Miss Szigeti and I wanted to do the
same, and what a better way to do it than to
team up with the community leaders and
work together to help bring items to those
in need during this special time of year.
Szigeti agrees and says "Teaching students to give back to the community and to
be good citizens should go beyond the textbook. When Miss Banta and I saw the opportunity to get our students involved in a
service project, we knew it would be a fantastic experience for everyone involved. We
want to help the students understand that

even small contributions, can make a huge

Students were given a guided tour of the
facility by Patrolman Feeney and Valdes.
They were shown around the municipal
building and police station where they
asked questions and tested out the equip-

The officers explained how each piece
of gear was used and in what situations certain equipment would be brought out.
When students arrived back at school at
12:30 p.m., each child received a souvenir
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of their own child identification card, and
pencils and erasers that changed colors.
Renfors was a big supporter of their efforts.
The third grade teachers approached
me with this idea and I just love it, he says.
They took the initiative to reach out to police headquarters and really took this learning experience to a whole different level for
our students in terms of what theyre going
to get out of giving back.
Sometimes lessons need to go outside
the pages read in the classroom.
Szigeti said, Teaching students to give
back to the community and to be good citizens should go beyond the textbook. When
Miss Banta and I saw the opportunity to get
our students involved in a service project,
we knew it would be a fantastic experience for everyone involved. We want
to help the students understand that even

small contributions can make a huge difference!

Banta adds, Its part of our curriculum
to learn about community leaders. The Roxbury PB is very involved in our community.
This is really a great way to include our
community leaders that they deal with and
see on a daily basis.
Seeing the joy on the kids faces knowing they are helping others in the community has made their efforts worth every
Banta says, Kids learned theyre very
fortunate to have what they have, and also
about the need to give to others.
I enjoyed giving the student the opportunity to give back to the community, says
Szigeti. Even the little things can make a
big difference. Even something as small as
a can of food can help a family who is less
fortunate enjoy a holiday meal that they
may not have been able to have.

Attention Schools, Churches,

Organizations Send Your Press Releases to

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Highlighted Happenings In Town

ign up for the following events through

Roxbury Recreation.
Recreation Street Hockey for children
in first through sixth grade. Season runs end
of January through March. Equipment
needed is a helmet, hockey gloves, shin
guards & hockey stick. Register online or inperson at Roxbury Recreation. Fee: $70; includes t-shirt.
Boys Jr. Gaels Lacrosse
Registration is open for boys in second
through eighth grade. Program runs March
through June. More info. at Fee: $95; two children,
$170; family max, $225.
Girls Lacrosse Signups- for grades third
through eighth. Practices are two to three
times a week at Roxbury High School fields
with games once a week. Season runs April
1 through mid-June. Registration deadline is
Dec. 18. Assistant coaches needed too! Register online or in-person at Roxbury Recreation. Fee: $85; two children, $135; family
max, $190.
Now until Dec. 18, Holiday Toy Drive is
ongoing Mon.-Fri., from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
weekends 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Drop-off locations
are at RE/MAX Landing Office, 101 Landing Road; or RE/MAX Mt. Arlington Office,
180 Howard Blvd.

Holiday toy drive to benefit children in the

Mt. Arlington school district identified as in
need. Please drop off unwrapped toys to either location.
Friends of the Roxbury Public Library
Membership Drive is ongoing at the Roxbury Public Library.
A membership covers the period Jan. 1
Dec. 31, 2016. Membership entitles attendance to the friends-only preview night of the
popular fundraiser book sale. Donations to
the Friends are tax deductible. Membership
fees are: seniors, $5; individual, $10; family,
$20; sponsor, $50; patron, $100; mentor,
$250. Applications for membership are available at the Library's circulation desk or by
On Sat., Feb. 20, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to
5 p.m., a Grade Nine Soccer New Referee
Course is scheduled to be held at the Roxbury Township Senior Center. Register now!
Course is for anyone age 14 and older who is
interested in becoming a certified soccer referee. The course is taught by the New Jersey
Referee Committee. The course is for new
referees only and not for recertification. Contact Stuart Marcus, referee coordinator for the
Roxbury Soccer Club at for registration information.

RHS National Honor Society

Held Used Clothing Drive

he Roxbury High School National

Honor Society held a used clothing
drive fundraiser on Fri., Dec. 4, with
a collection dropoff in the Roxbury High
School main lobby.
Items collected are made of fabric.
These items include all types and styles of
used wearable clothing and shoes for men,
women, and children, general accessories

of purses, backpacks, briefcases, belts, hats,

gloves, socks, under garments, scarves,
ties, and baby accessories. Additional
household items of blankets, quilts, comforters, towels, bath rugs, drapery/curtains, kitchen/bath accessories, table
cloths, bedspreads, sheets and pillows
along with soft toys like stuffed animals
will also be accepted.



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Girl Scouts Collaborate With Crayon Initiative To Help Kids In Hospitals

By J. L. Shively
s part of the Girl Scout Law, all Girl
Scouts promise to use resources
wisely as well as to make the world
a better place. Brownie Troop 6188 and
Daisy Troop 6255 of Byram are staying true
to this mission with their recent collaboration
with a crayon collection for the Crayon Initiative.
Brownie troop leader, Ann Marie Kraemer and Daisy troop leader, Allyson
VanDyke have been friends for years and decided to have their troops team up to make
this collection possible.
When Allyson heard about the Crayon
Initiative I thought it was a brilliant idea,
Kraemer explains and without hesitation they
began their plans.
The seven girls in troop 6188 are first year
Brownie Girl Scouts and are between the
ages of seven and eight years old while troop
6255 consists of 12 girls in Daisy Girl Scouts,
all of whom are in the first grade.
According to the Crayon Initiative website, In order to grow and learn, children
need to have the freedom to be creative and
express themselves through art. This nonprofit initiative is a Northern California based

group whose members have dedicated themselves through promoting art by making artistic resources available to children in hospitals
to be used in their art programs.
By becoming part of this collection, the
Girl Scouts are helping in more ways than
Crayons dont break down so they just
sit in landfills, Kraemer explains. The
Crayon Initiative website goes on to explain
that each year between 45,000 and 75,000
pounds of crayons are deposited in landfills
and these simple, colorful, wax sticks are
there to stay forever.
When crayons are collected, even the broken bits, the Crayon Initiative melts them
down again to be remolded into new crayons
which are then sent to the hospitals. Providing children with this creative outlet while
they spend time in the hospital is important
to their development and their recovery.
Its important for children to continue
normal childhood development and skills
building and keep life as close to normal as
possible, the website explains, also elaborating on the fact that hospitalized children
are likely to be harboring some anxiety and
stress which can be alleviated through art

which acts as a psychological support system.

Who doesnt remember opening that new
box of crayons as a child and gazing at the
blank page on the table? The possibilities
with that piece of paper were endless, offering all children a sort of escapism or a suspension of reality as their imaginations run
wild with those rainbow colors. What child,
especially one in a hospital for an extended
period of time does not need something like
This is exactly why Kraemer and

VanDyke decided on such a project.

The project is something the girls can relate to, says Kramer. They love to be creative and use drawing to express themselves.
Drawing and coloring is a go to for the girls.
Kraemer even remarked that coloring for
adults has become a very popular trend lately.
Book stores and craft stores alike have been
stocked full with intricate coloring books
marketed specifically for adults to help relieve stress.
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Bryan Ware, the founder and president of
the Crayon Initiative, created this group by
combining his manufacturing background
and love of the arts. Kraemer explains that
Wares inspiration for his initiative came
upon him while he was out for dinner with
his family and questioned the wait staff about
what was done with the used crayons.
Most broken and used crayons in restaurants are discarded along with the rest of the
trash, like crayons used at other businesses
and even those used at home. Rarely does a
child use a crayon until there is nothing left,
but when you combine that crayon with a
million other broken stubs you have a whole
new set of crayons, ready to use.
Neither of these Girl Scout troops are taking on this project for any award or service
patch, It is more of a feel good project and
gives them a taste of what service projects are
about, Kraemer explains. Certainly this
project will bring warmth not only to these
young Girls Scouts but to the children in hospitals all across the nation.
The collection being conducted by troops
6188 and 6255 will be taking place through
the end of February. The Staples in Newton
has offered to ship the collected crayons to
the Crayon Initiative upon the completion of
the collection.

Any community members who wish to

help can donate any unwanted crayons, including new, used and broken crayons, by
placing them in provided bins. If interested
in having a collection bin located in a school
or place of business contact Kraemer at or VanDyke at
Bins are already stationed in many local
locations such as Macaroni Grill in Mt. Olive,
Byram Lakes Elementary School, Byram Intermediate School, Our Savior Lutheran
Church in Stanhope, Sals Pizzeria in Stanhope and Aspen Ice in Randolph.
Casey Griffin, general manager of the
Macaroni Grill in Flanders, placed a collection bin at their host stand. Romano's Macaroni Grill prides itself on being part of the
community, she says. Since we are a
restaurant, many believe the only way for us
to be involved is through food. This is not
true. One of the distinct features Romano's
Macaroni Grill is known for is its family
friendly atmosphere, especially the papercovered tables for kids, and adults, to draw
on. Because of this, we throw away hundreds
of crayons a week that are worn-out or broken, which we are unable to use.
For more information on the Crayon Initiative or to help continue the collection go to

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Roxbury Rules At Morris County Volleyball Tournament

By Cindy Forrest
ets go Rox, lets go Rox, amid
cheers and chants from an auditorium filled with supporters, the
Roxbury High School 2015 Varsity Girls Volleyball team wrapped up the Morris County
Tournament with a 25 - 22 defeat of West
Morris Central High School on Sat., Oct. 31.
The Morris County volleyball championship title was Roxbury's first in the 15 year
history of the tournament. West Morris Central has won that tournament 12 times since
2000. The best of three tournament ended in
the second game after Roxburys 25 - 21 victory in game one.
The two teams met up twice during the
regular season with West Morris winning
both games. In fact, just weeks before the
tournament, West Morris beat Roxbury 25 9. Being up against a school with such a
daunting winning record might have seemed
like a long shot but for the Roxbury team,
headed by coach Elizabeth Grasso and assistant coaches Anthony McMichael and Jessica
Trotter, it was a fitting ending to an amazing
four-year athletic journey.
Grasso has coached the team for the last
five years. In year one, the team was focused
on honoring their former coach, who fell ill

and eventually passed away. Year two was

about the girls believing in themselves.
I told the girls the only ceiling in life is
the one you give, Grasso said. The program
kept getting stronger as each year the older
girls took the younger ones under their wings.
Grasso called it, a cycle of unity.
Last year the Roxbury team showed what
they could do, ending the season as co-winners in its conference.
In June, Grasso was watching World Cup
Soccer when a commercial grabbed her attention. It said, strong alone, unstoppable
together; and after the last match, it said,
strong alone, champions together, and she
thought, thats us this year.
Going into the tournament the team analyzed video of past games and put together a
plan, which they successfully were able to
put into action.
McMichael explained, This team had a
very special bond both on and off of the
court. They constantly made sacrifices for
each other, and each girl always played her
best for the rest of the girls in the huddle.
Each girl committed to being great, not for
themselves, but for their teammates.
Its that very commitment to the team and
each other that drove the girls to that final

victory. Late in the game with Roxbury in

the lead 23 -19 but West Morris starting to
build momentum, senior Lauren Kornmann
dove for a ball and hit the floor face first chipping two teeth and cutting her lip open.
When Lauren fell it was a moment that
defined the character of our team, Grasso recalled because instead of the injury causing
the girls to fall part it galvanized them.

They felt they had to win it for Lauren, she

said, and they did.
With 12 kills, six blocks and four digs during the championship match, Kornmann was
named the Morris County Tournament MVP.
In November she was named the Morris
County Player of the Year and has since been
given a scholarship to continue playing volleyball at SUNY Binghamton.

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Harriet Meeker And Annie Hosking, Founders

Of The Roxbury Township Historical Society

By Marge Cushing
ore than half a century ago in
1961, two lively and energetic retired teachers, Harriet Meeker
and Annie Stelce Hosking, each with roots
firmly planted in Roxbury, responded to the
New Jersey Department of Conservation
and Economic Developments request for
all communities within the state to identify
and compile an inventory of historic sites
within their borders in preparation for NJs
300th anniversary that would take place in
In consideration of Roxburys notable
beginnings as one of the first four townships designated by the British Board of
Freeholders of the County of Morris in
1740, its pre-Revolutionary beginnings, and
its Revolutionary War prominence, one
would imagine that there might already
have been cohesive documentation of its
history, but that was not the case until
Meeker and Hosking participated in creating the inventory and were inspired to establish and incorporate the Roxbury

Township Historical Society in 1962.

Meeker served as the societys first president and Hosking was her first vice president supported by a strong and industrious
One of the buildings on the inventory, at
that time a rental house known as the old
Riggs house, was threatened by demolition for commercial development. In spite
of its forlorn condition, it caught the eye
Meekers nephew, Henry Emmans, who
urged saving it, and the townspeople rallied
round the cause with fund-raisers and donation to make it happen. Emma Louise
King, great granddaughter of the first
recorded inhabitants of the Saltbox House,
Silas and Harriet Riggs, deeded a piece of
land adjoining her homestead a half a mile
south and west of her ancestral home on
which to relocate the old house; the developer donated it to the society, and the society had it moved intact to its new site on
April 24, 1962the societys first of its numerous accomplishments. Now known as
the Silas Riggs Saltbox House at 213 Main

Street in Ledgewood, the house is owned

by the society, which restored it under the
direction of noted architectural historian,
John Dodd, resulting in its being nominated
to the National Register of Historic Places
in 1974. It serves as a living history museum, as well as the societys headquarters.
For the past 53 years, the Roxbury
Township Historical Society has served as
bedrock for historic preservation in the
township. With its publication of Meeker
and Hoskings first volume of The History of Roxbury Township in 1964, followed by Volume II in 1975, the society
awakened the citizenry to its pre-Revolutionary development along Lenni Lenape
Indian trails that to this day are home to its
oldest churches, among other sites of distinction including a pre-Revolutionary
stage coach stop enlarged and in current
use as a residence, and a churchyard that
contains the remains of early colonists and
Indian remains. The society was influential
in the formation of the Township Landmarks Commission, which lead to the des-

ignation of the 1984 Historic District Ordinance that designated four historic districts
in the township in Succasunna, Kenvil,
Ledgewood and Lower Berkshire Valley,
which in turn lead to the establishment of
the Historic Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the Planning Board, to oversee the districts. After the township
acquired the King Canal Store and King
Homestead at 209 and 211 Main Street in
Ledgwood with Green Acres funding, the
society helped form the Roxbury Historic
Trust which is overseeing the continued
restoration of these two properties and operates them as museums.
Both women were well-equipped to
meet the demands of the goals of documenting, preserving and communicating
the history of the township to which the society is dedicated. As children their paths
had crossed when they were pupils in the
Chestnut Hill School on Main Street, established in 1857 that continued in operation
until 1903, only recently relegated to the
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category of lost landmarks. Meeker and
Hosking recalled walking up hill to school
when chestnuts lined Main Street and
showered down on them, as children gathered them by the bushel.
Meeker and Hosking completed their
high school education in the still-standing
Grey Building on North Hillside Avenue in
Succasunna, the first school built by the
newly formed Board of Education in 1904,
when the early one-room school houses,
dating to the early 1800s, scattered across
the six villages of the township were
deemed inadequate. Meeker was of the
Roxbury High School class of 1912, with
Hosking in 1913.
Hosking, born in 1896, was descended
from three generations of Roxbury Township residents, and earned her bachelors
degree from New Jersey State Teachers
College in Newark, and her masters from
Newark State College at Union, now
known as Kean College. She devoted 40
years to teaching children in Roxburys elementary schools while residing with her

husband, Benjamin Hosking in their home

on Eyland Avenue, Succasunna, that was
built by her father John Stelce, where their
daughter Doreen Hosking Wright grew up.
Doreen with her husband, John Wright
raised their family of five children on
nearby Main Street in Succasunna, where
she continues to live, looking forward to her
upcoming 90 birthday. The Eyland Ave.
house is still in the family, home to Linda
Wright Yates and her husband Bob, whose
two daughters grew up in their great-grandparents home.
A twinkle in her eye and a tote bag containing a few volumes of The History of
Roxbury Townshipjust in case someone
wanted to buy one; after all, they were a
fund-raiserwere Hoskings trademarks as
she and Meeker informed local organizations and school children of Roxburys history and the goals of the Historical Society.
The Board of Trustees of the society often
met in the morning in trustees homes in the
1970s. Hosking died in 1982 at the age of
86, and her passing left a major void within
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husband, Benjamin, who lived to be 99

years old.
Meekers ancestors, many of whom
were Quakers, came to NJ in the 1600s.
She was born on North Hillside Avenue in
Succasunna in 1894 in a house built by her
great-grandfather William Corwin. After
earning her bachelors degree from Oberlin
College in Ohio and her masters degree
from Teachers College of Columbia University in New York City, Meeker began her
teaching career in Illinois, taught at Roxbury High School for five years, ultimately
teaching at Fort Lee High School until her
retirement in 1955. Meeker died in 1994, a
few months shy of her 100th birthday.
Both society leaders cherished time
spent with family and friends and held leadership roles in their churches; Meeker in the
First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna;
and Hosking in the United Methodist
Church of Succasunna. They participated
in reading clubs, philanthropic organizations and retired teacher associations. It
seemed that no challenge ever ruffled them
as they worked with purpose, patience, ded-

ication, a sense of humor, and above all

faith that goals would be achieved. They
were role models for all who followed in
their footsteps.
The legacy of Meeker and Hosking continues, embodied in the Roxbury Township
Historical Society that in 2016 will mark
the 54th anniversary of its founding still
documenting, preserving and communicating the heritage of Roxbury Township. A
handful of society members remain who
had the privilege of working with and forming friendships with these two memorable
women who are recalled with affection and
admiration, along with other endearing
early members of the society who contributed to its success. They look forward
each year to the blooming of plants the
founding members shared with them; have
hand-written recipes in their recipe boxes
and personal notes received from them
tucked into their desks; and continue to be
blessed with many lasting friendships with
those who share in the desire to preserve the
history of the Township of Roxbury.

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Through Kind Deeds, Grieving Family Turns Sadness Into Giving

By Anastasia Marchese
arents of a 10 year old Mt. Arlington
boy who lost his life this summer are
honoring the loss of their son by encouraging others to participate in kind

Earlier this year the DAmico family
was changed forever by the sudden death
of their son Christopher, in a boating accident. On June 24, while boating on Lake
Hopatcong, Christopher fell overboard and
was struck by the propeller of the pontoon
Instead of having the 24th of every
month be just a horrible reminder of this
tragedy, Christophers parents, Christopher
Sr. and Laura, wanted to set the date apart
to commemorate Christophers life. They
dedicated the 24th of each month to do acts
of kindness for others in Christophers
name. They set up a Facebook page to
spread the news and the response has been
Its just blowing up, said Christopher
Sr. It is all over the world, not just here in
NJ. About four months ago Fox news covered the DAmicos familys efforts to
honor Christophers legacy and that really
spurred world wide interest in their mission.
All you want is for your kids to have a
legacy, says his father. He has a legacy

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now. People who didnt even know who he

was; people riding bikes tour in his name
in Italy and people writing his name on the
beach in the sand in Hawaii.
His father remembers Christopher as a
very special kid. The word that comes to
mind is kind. His father retells how
when Christopher was visiting a nursing
home, other kids in the group were uncomfortable with the elderly residents but
Christopher hugged every single person
afterwards. He didnt need to be asked or
goaded into it. He was just that kind of
After his football games he would thank
his coaches. One Christmas he said, I have
enough toys. I want everyone to bring over
a bag of pet food for the shelter instead.
There has been tremendous community
support. More than 2,000 people turned
out for his funeral and a GOFUNDME
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Since Christophers life was so characterized by kindness, what a better way to
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mourning our son, Christopher Sr. says

they decided to turn the 24th of the month

into joyfulness. Now they have decided to
devote the entire month of December leading up to Christmas as a celebration of
kindness. Not just once a month, it should
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it is about?
The DAmicos found a Random Acts
of Christmas Kindness 2015 calendar online and have reposted it on their Facebook
page to encourage others to take the next
step to make kindness a way during this
Christmas holiday.
The family is also spear heading other
efforts to spread Christophers spirit of
kindness. Currently they are collecting
cozy flannel and fleece pajamas to give to
patients at Goryeb Childrens Hospital a
comfortable alternative to hospital gowns.
Christophers unofficial uniform was a pair
of fleece pajama bottoms and a sweatshirt.
They have also raised money for area animal shelters, since Christopher was a devoted animal lover.
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he Roxbury High Schools National

Honor Society inducted its newest
members last month at its annual induction ceremony. Seventy eight new members were inducted at this ceremony, joining
67 of their classmates.
Students inducted pledged to continue to
uphold the four pillars that make up the National Honor Society (NHS) which are
scholarship, service, character, and leadership.
At the induction ceremony, Principal
Jeffrey Swanson said, While this is a great
accomplishment for you students, the induction really signifies much more than just
an achievement, more than just another notation on your college resume. Induction
into the National Honor Society is the beginning of a lifelong commitment to the
four pillars of the National Honor Society.
Swanson said, Im counting on your
dedication to these cornerstones and am
charging you with an important responsibility. As paradigms for the other students here
at Roxbury High School, your role is very
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the responsibilities do not stop at the doors
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your life as you move into college and career.
In order to fulfill the scholarship pillar,
students must either be a junior or a senior
with at least a 3.75 grade point average and
have a minimum of 60 credits.
Service, another pillar, also plays a
strong role in being a member. The National
Honor Society is highly concerned with
giving its all to the school and community
at large and believes service will enrich the
lives of others through dedicating their own
time to make a difference without compensation.
Students must meet all the criteria in the
third pillar of character. These individuals
must be able to take criticism willingly,
consistently exemplifies desirable qualities
of behavior, upholds principles of morality
and ethics, cooperates by complying with
school regulations, demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability,
shows courtesy, concern, and respect for
others, observes instructions and rules,

punctuality, and faithfulness both inside and

outside the classroom while actively ridding the school of bad influences.
The final pillar of leadership looks for

students who demonstrate and successfully

hold leadership positions of authority in the
community and must be dependable and responsible in that role.

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No-Shave November Yields Big Results In One Day Fundraiser

ennedy School Principal Eric Renfors has taken

part in the No-Shave November campaign for
the past few years to raise awareness about cancer prevention and to aid those fighting the battle. The
goal of No-Shave November is to have individuals grow
out their hair which many cancer patients lose. Instead of
spending money on shaving and grooming, the money is
donated to educate people on cancer prevention.
Renfors sent out an e-blast fundraising challenge to
his schools families on Nov. 30, asking each student to
donate at least one dollar per student, which would be
$236 for the entire student body if everyone donated. If
the school met that goal, he would shave off only half of
his beard for the day making sure all the students got to
see him.
He explained, If you havent seen me lately, Ive
been participating in No Shave November. Much to
Mrs. Renfors delight I will be shaving my beard tomorrow and Id like to have a little fun with it and also raise
some money for a good cause before I shave.
Families knew the money donated would be going to
a Jefferson School family whose kindergarten student is
currently battling cancer and the mom had to quit her job
with the district to stay home and care for her son.

This one-day fundraiser turned out to be a huge success. With many students donating more than what was
asked; the Kennedy Cougars showed just how much they
really care and support one another by raising $941.94 in
just one day with donations.
Thanks to the very generous donation by second
grader, Tyler Curtis, he got the ceremonial first clipper
through half Renfors beard. With another very generous
donation, siblings, Ryan and Juliana Geller got the first
picture with Renfors as two-faced.
Thanks for helping us to demonstrate that the
Kennedy Cougars care, and for helping us continue to
teach our students the lesson that even though they may
be small, they can still make a big difference! Renfors
Each year that Renfors takes part in this event, he
changes it up a bit. Two years ago he let his students vote
at a cost of twenty five cents per vote as to how they
wanted him to shave his beard at the end of the November. The final winner was the Elvis Muttonchops look.
The money raised that year was donated to Roxbury Social Services.
For more, information can be found at

No Shave November - Principal Eric Renfors and Second Grader

Tyler Curtis. Photos courtesy of Roxbury Township Public

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Newspaper Company Goes Full Circle, Doubles In Size, Returns Home

By Cheryl Conway
ith a new year comes change, like a different
office for New View Media Group LLC.

But for Joe Nicastro and Mary Lalama of Flanders,

co-owners with Darwin Oordt of Cherry Hill, they return
to the office where the company first started a dozen
years ago. Coming home is a wonderful feeling for them,
not only to return to the original office, but in the literal
sense that it is located where they dwell in Mt. Olive
On Mon., Nov. 16, New View Media Group moved
from its East Hanover office to Lakeview Plaza at 1 Old
Wolfe Rd, suite 205, in Budd Lake. The company had
been in East Hanover since April when it had merged
with the Marketeer, which had been headquartered there
for for about 15 years after being in Livingston since 1978.
What a nice homecoming it has been for Nicastro and
The lease was up and being from Mt. Olive and a
councilman I wanted to bring my business to my hometown, says Nicastro. From a personal view it is close
to home for me and Mary and our employees that come
in on a daily basis. I am very happy to be back in Mt.
Olive close to home.
While the current location is just temporary, Nicas-

tros plan is to purchase a different building in town

We are in the process of purchasing a building and
needed a temporary place, says Nicastro. The address
we are at now is the same address that we moved to when
we started the papers in 2004. We had started the Mt.
Olive Weekly back then and found that location. It was
available once again.
Nicastros plan is we are looking at a small building
along Route 46 that we feel would be a perfect home and
give great exposure to the business.
For New View Media Group, 2015 has been a tremendous year of growth.
With a current circulation of about 159,000 homes
from as far west as Hackettstown to as far east as Cedar
Grove, New View Media Group has grown from eight
monthly papers this time last year and plans to hold
steady with 15 papers moving into 2016.
On April 1, they had formed a partnership with Oordt,
owner of the Marketeer, a free shopper type supplement.
They changed their name from MJ (My Jersey) Media to
New View Media with The idea that we have a new
view on media, says Nicastro.
All community news, from schools to government,
people, organizations, places of worship, libraries, nonprofit organizations, volunteer services, childrens

groups, scouts, fundraisers and more are featured in the

free monthly papers. The companys philosophy is to
showcase all the good, positive news that surrounds its
New View Media Groups publications, moving forward, include Mt. Olive News, Hackettstown News,
Roxbury News, Randolph News, Black River News,
Morristown News, Mendham News, Madison News,
Chatham News, Livingston News, Hanover News, Caldwell News, Verona/Cedar Grove News, Millburn/Short
Hills News and East Hanover/Florham Park News.
As far as continued growth, Nicastro says We are in
the middle of reevaluating the papers to see where and
when other expansions would make sense.
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New View Media Group also invites the community
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RHS Senior Signs With New Haven For Lacrosse

oxbury High School hosted a Letter of Intent/College Commitment Ceremony Wed., Nov. 11, for
Olivia Serpa to sign with the University of New
Haven to play lacrosse.
As a player, Serpa moved up the ranks and joined the
varsity team as a freshman and has been a large part of the
teams recent success.
As a player, she is a coachs dream, said RHS
Lacrosse Coach Kevin Bewalder. She has bought into
everything that we are trying to accomplish on the field,
and has tried to fill her role to the best of her abilities. She
has a tireless motor that enables her to play a full game in
a highly demanding midfield position. She is constantly
working on her game and keeps coming back stronger each
year. I cant wait to see what this spring holds for her and
our program. With Olivia, New Haven will be getting
somebody that regardless of her role, will make her
teammates work hard on a daily basis, pushing herself
and them to get better, and wanting nothing more than her
team to be successful.
Serpa, who played attack in middle school was moved
to the defensive side by Bewalder her freshman year when
she was pulled up to varsity. Eager to play, she didnt care
what position she was put in. The most important thing for
her was to be on the field. A quick study, Bewalder wanted
her to play defense to improve her skills so that she would
be able to play both sides of the field.

For this I am incredibly grateful because it made me

into the player I am today and helped me reach my goal of
playing at the collegiate level, said Serpa at the signing.
Looking back on her time with the team, Serpa said Its
an honor to be a part of the Roxbury Girls Lacrosse program. It has been a great experience for me under the guidance of Coach Bewalder. To say he has taught me
everything I know about lacrosse would be an understatement. From being coconference champions my
freshman year to having one of the best girls lacrosse
record in Roxbury history and lastly being a part of Coach
Bewalders 100th career win, I have loved every second of
The scouting process for Serpa began last January after
playing a tournament game for her T3 Lacrosse Club.
Coach Fallon, the head coach of New Haven reached
out to her and after researching the university and the
lacrosse program, Serpa was excited to learn that the university had her intended major. She was very impressed
with Coach Fallons athletic career and longevity at UNH.
I was equally impressed with the teams success and
how they stacked up to other DII womens lacrosse programs. Just last spring, they finished as the #6 team in the
nation and they have finished in the top 20 of all DIV II
programs since Coach Fallon took over the program.
Coach Fallon continued to come see her play for her
club team at various tournaments. After meeting with

Pictured left to right: Jill, Olivia, and Rich Serpa.

Coach Fallon directly, visiting the campus, and meeting

her future teammates, she knew immediately that New
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Morris County Volleyball Champ Commits To Binghampton

t a letter of intent/college commitment ceremony held Fri., Nov. 13,

at Roxbury High School, senior
Lauren Kornmann has committed herself
to playing at the University of Binghampton next fall.
The recent Morris County Volleyball
Tournament champion helped take an average team make history by winning the Conference in 2014, the Morris County
Championship in 2015 and advancing to the
State Sectional Finals in 2015.
Coach Beth Grasso said, Lauren is an
exceptional young lady! I have had the
great honor and privilege of coaching her
on the varsity squad for the past four
years and I have witnessed her transform
herself and our volleyball program into a
Top 20 team in the state.
In two seasons, Kornmann helped lead
her team to a record of 46 wins and 9 losses.
She exemplifies the values of hard work,
character, and a commitment to excellence, and is one of the most humble
and unselfish individuals I have ever met,
says Grasso. When meeting her you would
have no idea that she is one of the top volleyball players in the state of New Jersey.

Lauren continuously brings out the best in

others and takes no credit for doing so.
Korrnmann looks forward to her time at
the University of Binghampton finding it an
overall perfect fit, beautiful campus, outstanding academics and exceptional volleyball program.
I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to play for such amazing coaches and
to play alongside such amazing girls, said
Grasso agreed, I am extremely confident that just as she has for our program,
Lauren will make a huge contribution to the
team and school community at University
of Binghampton. I will miss Lauren but I
am excited to see her inspire others to
achieve greatness the way she has done at
Roxbury High School.
Without forgetting where she comes
from Kornmann said, I am sincerely
thankful for everyone who has helped me
reach this goal Ive had ever since I
was younger. Roxbury High School is
where Ive spent the best four years of my
life. Ive excelled not only academically,
but athletically as well. I have been a part
of the Roxbury Girls Varsity Volleyball

Kornmann Signs with Coaches Jessica Trotter, Anthony McMichael, Lauren Kornmann, and Beth

Team ever since I walked through the doors

of the high school as a freshman. Playing
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Lake Hopatcong Foundation Raised Funds For Roof Tiles

By Jane Primerano
iving Tuesday had a special meeting
for the Lake Hopatcong Foundation.

The LHF asked members and friends to

consider buying roof tiles for the Landing
Station on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Fund raising for the roof began last November, shortly after the foundation closed
on the station, with a rent party and membership meeting of the board. Samples of the
green roof tiles were available for perusal by
the attendees. Each was invited to purchase
a tile for $25.
For Giving Tuesday, the tiles were offered
for sale in bundles as well as individually.
They were offered at $50 for two, $100 for a
block of four and $300 for a row of 12. For a
donation of $500, contributors can be a
roofer and secure 20 tiles. For $1,000, the
giver can be a roof raiser and purchase 40
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halfway to its goal of selling 300 tiles for a
total of $7,500, according to Jennifer DeWitt,
assistant development director of the Foundation. She said people were stopping by the

foundation office on Nolans Point to drop off

checks. She anticipates more checks to arrive
my mail in addition to a number of electronic
Giving Tuesday was established in 2012
by the 92nd Street Y in New York City.
There are many other projects to be done
at the Landing Station, but the roof takes priority, DeWitt explained since a completed
roof will secure the building from water damage.
A total of about $450,000 will be needed
to fund the purchase of the building and renovate it for use as the Lake Hopatcong Cultural and Environmental Center. The
foundation plans on moving its offices from
donated space overlooking the Lake Hopatcong in Jefferson Township. The station will
provide more office space and a meeting
space for the Foundation and other groups.
Community events will be scheduled
there and the foundation will create lakethemed displays.
The Lake Hopatcong Historical Society
Museum, located at Hopatcong State Park
near the Roxbury/Hopatcong line, will bring
exhibits to the station as well.

Besides the Historical Society, the foundation is also partnering with the Morris
Canal Working Group with 150 members
from nonprofit organizations and federal,
state, county and local governments. The
goal is to preserve as much of the canal rightof-way as possible and create a public greenway.
The station is right on the Greenway and
Lake Hopatcong owes its existence as the
largest lake in New Jersey to the creation of

the canal. Great Pond and Small Pond were

dammed, at what is now the state park, to
provide sufficient water for the Canal, an engineering marvel of the 19th Century that
carried coal from Phillipsburg to Jersey City.
The Foundation sees the station as essential to the revitalization of Landing which
has several empty storefronts in a oncebustling lakefront village. The station is one
of the first buildings drivers see heading toward the lake from Route 80.

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Roxbury Womans Club Announces

Winners Of Book Contest

he Roxbury Womans Club has announced this years winners of the

My Favorite Book Contest. Awards
were set to be presented Wed., Dec. 2, by
the Youth Services Department at the Roxbury Public Library.
This event, sponsored by the Roxbury
Womans Club and the New Jersey State
Federation of Womens Clubs GFWC, is
held each year for students in sixth grade
who live or go to the Roxbury Schools.
Entries were accepted from Oct. 26 through

Nov. 15.
Sammy Olander, the first place winner,
received a $25 gift card; Tori Hayeck, the
second place winner, received a $20 gift
card; and Kaylee Chau, third place winner
received a $15 gift card. All three gift cards
are to Barnes and Noble.
Students needed to complete an application and provide in 50 words a summary of
the book, what their favorite part was, and
who their favorite characters were in the

Kennedy Kicks Off

Computer Science Education Week

ennedy Elementary School officially kicked off Computer Science Education Week on Mon.,
Dec. 7. There was a short assembly featuring local professionals who make their
living in the area of computer science,
a special presentation by Kennedy students, and hopefully an appearance by the
Roxbury High Schools Roxbotix team.
Following the assembly, students will
spend time participating in a global
hour of code event which is spearheaded by Karen Kovarik, the technology
teacher at Kennedy School. The Hour of
Code is a global movement reaching tens
of millions of students in over 180 countries
with a onehour introduction to computer
science designed to demystify code and
show that anybody can learn the basics.
Principal Eric Renfors said, I have been
so impressed with how every year Mrs. Kovarik has worked to grow this event. The
kids get so excited to learn the ins and outs
of how the computer works, and several of
our students who have shown a particular
interest and passion for this topic are now

starting to write their own code in

JavaScript, not just using the click and
drag programming that they started with.
It has been fascinating to see how so many
of these young people have taken to this
like fish to water.
According to the Hour of Code website,
Every student should have the opportunity
to learn computer science. It helps nurture
problemsolving skills, logic and creativity.
By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st century career path.
Kovariks excitement is evident when
talking about this program when she says,
It is so rewarding for me to see students
creating and running a sequence of code for
the first time, no matter how basic. This exposure to computer programming opens
their eyes to career options available in the
field of computer science.
This will be the second year Kennedy
School has this coding activity.
For more information about the Hour
of Code, visit

Volunteers Needed

ew Jersey Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center,

which supplies blood products
and services to 60 hospitals throughout
the state, is in need of volunteers at blood
drives. The blood service volunteer is an
integral member of the collection team
whose task it is assist donors with registration, escorting and canteen duties, and

to watch for post donation reactions. Volunteers should have the ability to relate to
the public, be able to perform different
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