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No. 16 Vol. 4

April 2018

Roxbury Student Events Raise More Than $100K For Pediatric Cancer


By Julie Ross ighting isn’t permitted in the Roxbury Township Public Schools, but helping to fight cancer through fundraising efforts is a different story. Here’s proof: At three separate events held on March 16, students from several of Roxbury’s schools raised more than $100,000 that will be donated to help support children and families affected by pediatric cancer. Both Lincoln-Roosevelt Elementary School and Kennedy Elementary School hosted head-shaving events to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which assists families whose children are battling cancer. Forty-seven Lincoln-Roosevelt students, along with 16 students from Franklin Elementary School, had their heads shaved during the Lincoln-Roosevelt event, as did Lincoln-Roosevelt

Principal Chris Argenziano and event organizer Jim McDermott, the school’s physical education teacher. Lincoln-Roosevelt has been holding St. Baldrick’s events for the past decade. During the event, McDermott shared with the students that the school has raised $260,000 over that time. This year’s total was about $14,390, including $2,000 raised single-handedly by sixth-grader William Knapp. Three Roxbury High School students-Jessica Bartelloni, Madison Ketch, and Gabrielle Keuscher-came to the event to tell them about Project Glow Gold, a community service project on which they are working. This year, students of Jonathan Benbow, a Roxbury High School English teacher, must all complete a year-long community service project whose criteria is to spend 20 percent of their time on some-

thing of value to them. The high-schoolers explained that they are collecting a variety of items for cancer patients at collection boxes in all Roxbury schools and around town. Care packages containing the items, which range from toys and arts and crafts supplies to anti-nausea wristbands, gift cards, and gum, will be created and donated to area hospitals where cancer patients who are under 18 are receiving treatment. Kennedy Elementary School’s event also benefitted the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, generating a total of $15,300 in donations. Fifteen Kennedy students had their hair cut or shaved. Joining them were 10 students from Jefferson Elementary School and two students from Nixon Elementary School. Thanks to an arrangement organized by Kennedy Elemen-

tary’s Early Act Club, a leprechaun-Steve Alford of the Rotary Club of Roxbury-appeared at the event. Students were invited to have their photographs taken with Alford as an additional fundraiser, paying $1 apiece to do so. The photo opp raised an additional $275. Meanwhile, Roxbury High School students took a literal stand against pediatric cancer at their fifth annual Mini-THON, a 12-hour, all-night event that began on Friday evening and continued through Saturday morning. More than 500 Roxbury High School students participated in the event, raising a record $76,064.54 and exceeding their goal of $75,000, according to Key Club advisor and Mini-THON overseer Mike Gottfried. RHS alumni and friends from nearby districts also took part in the event. Additional funds were colcontinued on page 4

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Platinum Minds Hosts 11th Annual Fundraiser Dinner To Support N.J. Inner-City Boys


latinum Minds will host its 11th Annual Fundraiser Dinner on May 3, in support of its multiple programs serving inner-city boys. This year’s theme is “United For A Brighter Future” and the event will be held at the Olde Mill Inn, Basking Ridge. The dinner will feature speaker and author Marc

Demetriou as the keynote speaker. Demetriou a Morris County resident is a nationally recognized mortgage banker, bestselling author, and top rated motivational speaker. He spoke at the Mastermind Summit along with world-renowned motivational speakers Tony Robbins and Barbara Corcoran from ABC Television’s

Shark Tank. As an authority on real estate and finance, Demetriou has been quoted in many local and national publications and media outlets. His grandfather’s hard work and success inspired him to write his best-selling book, “Lessons from my Grandfather: Wisdom

For Success in Business and Life.” He says he strongly believes that success is a choice which is consistent with the Platinum Minds philosophy that boys can choose to excel academically and in community service with the proper guidance.

Spaghetti Dinner To Benefit Outreach Program


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continued from front page lected in the few days following the Mini-THON, bringing the total funds raised to $78,526.09. The funds were donated to the Four Diamonds Foundation, whose mission is to “conquer childhood cancer by assisting children and their families through superior care, comprehensive support, and innovative research.” Mini-THON participants remained standing throughout the entire Disney-themed event. In addition to dancing, the students participated in color wars, watched dance group AAMO, viewed Disney movies, learned Zumba moves, and played Disney-themed games. Multiple bands, including local bands Strange Eclipse, The Off Brand, and Found Vegas, entertained the crowd, playing upbeat rock music and organizing “rave hours” as well as lip-sync battles. Several teachers, including RHS Prin-

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cipal Jeffrey Swanson, joined students on stage to perform in musical acts. Gottfried said the event received “tremendous support” from the school community, as well as from the Roxbury community and local businesses. Many RHS teachers prepared trays of food for the participants, with additional food donated by Gusto 46, Riviera Maya, Joe’s Pizza, Roxbury Bagels, and Flanders Bagels. Micro Logic and Buddy’s Small Lots pitched in with sponsorships. Other teachers chaperoned the event. The Roxbury Police Department and Roxbury Fire Company #1 provided support as well. In total, more than 60 members of the RHS faculty donated time, money, or food to the event this year, according to an email sent to the high school student body and staff by the RHS MiniTHON committee.


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Specialty Gift Shop, The Golden Pineapple, Finds New Home

he area’s favorite specialty store has a new front door, with the same wonderful gift selection and great service that customers love. Now in its 23rd year, the Golden Pineapple has moved to 180 Howard Blvd in Mt. Arlington, just off Route 80, Exit 30, Roxbury Commons, the Cracker Barrel/Holiday Inn Plaza. The Golden Pineapple has become the area’s headquarters for custom Lake Hopatcong items including: carved wood clocks, etched glassware, lake maps, pottery, customizable slates, historic Bertrand Island photographs, and so much more - even Lake Hopatcong

can/bottle coolers and playing cards! Owners Donna Lohmeyer and Dara Ely are excited to debut new lake products this spring. Whether shopping for one’s home or for the perfect gift, customers will continue to find their favorite products at The Golden Pineapple. Customers love Lampe Berger, a unique home fragrance system that destroys odors and germs while adding a beautiful scent to the air, with more than 35 scents to choose from, all without an open flame and no awful soot or harmful chemicals. Wow guests and gift recipients with handcrafted Mariposa

Heartbeat Dance To Benefit Make-A-Wish


eartbeat Dance Center in Succasunna will present “Hearts for Hope,” its 7th Annual Dance Showcase to benefit Make-A-Wish New Jersey, June 9 at Roxbury High School. The evening will showcase solos, duos and trios in many different styles of dance. The event will be held at 5 p.m.; doors open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the box office on the night of the show or at Heartbeat Dance Center,

Succasunna. For ticket reservations, call 973-584-3111. Admission is $8 per person. Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Serving children in every municipality in the Garden State, Make-A-Wish New Jersey has granted almost 10,000 wishes since its inception in 1983. For more information about MakeA-Wish New Jersey, call 800252-WISH or visit www.nj.wish. org.


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ccording to Dr. Seuss, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” The place to go on Thursday, March 15 was Durban Avenue School’s Second Annual Book Bingo Night. The Hopatcong Education Association was proud to sponsor this well-attended event that brought together families, staff members, and the administration in a very fun, special way to celebrate “Read Across America” and the district’s ongoing

“Love of Reading” theme. Many children had the opportunity to shout “bingo” by the end of the night and all children attending were able to take home a brand-new book to read and share with their family. Five different prize baskets were raffled off

throughout the evening, which included themes such as, “teacher’s choice books,” books that were made into movies, and even some Dr. Seuss-themed stuffed animals. More than 170 people were in attendance, surpassing last year’s total.

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Local Dentist, Dr. Ira Goldberg, Is Nationally Recognized For Providing Complex Dental Treatments

r. Ira Goldberg, a well-respected community leader in dentistry, spent the last few days at an alumni meeting for The Dawson Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida. At this meeting he earned a spot as a finalist for the presentation of some complex and comprehensive dental care he recently provided. The Dawson Academy is a global organization that is known for educating dentists to become the best that they possibly can be. Graduates of this curriculum are trained to provide exceptional dental care to their patients, so that the results leave patients looking great, functioning comfortably, and stable. These are goals that may sound simple, but they require diligent training and methodical implementation by the dentist and his or her staff. Not only is Dr. Goldberg a member of the Dawson Academy, but he is what is known as

a Scholar. A Scholar has gone through the core curriculum of the Academy, which consists of many courses. It requires both a large time and financial commitment. Dr. Goldberg has even gone beyond the Scholar requirement: he has participated in all of the elective programs, too. At the alumni meeting this year, there were over 140 dentists present. They all had the opportunity to submit a summary of some recent treatment they provided to a patient. The treatment that Dr. Goldberg submitted was a complex case involving dental implants combined with traditional crowns and bridges. The presentations and provided care were evaluated by all the dentists present, and Dr. Goldberg finished in the top three. “The dentists who have chosen to become ‘Dawson Dentists’ are the best of the best,” states Dr. Goldberg. “What I love about these alumni meet-

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ings is that we get to learn from each other, which makes us even better. To have my work recognized by this amazing group of practitioners is an honor that I can’t describe in words.” Dr. Goldberg has been practicing dentistry for 23 years. During this time he has treated hundreds of patients utilizing Dawson Academy principles. The end result is that his patients benefit on extraordinary levels. Great attention goes into providing patients with restorations that work in harmony with each other, with the jaw joint, and the associated muscles. Again, this probably sounds simple and expected to the reader, but it is quite complex. “Whether my patient re-

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Students Try New Things At Digital Learning Day

igital Learning Day, a celebration of educational technology that gives students an opportunity to expand the use of technology in the classroom, took place Feb. 22 in Roxbury. Karen Kovarik, the technology teacher at Kennedy School, registered the school with the Digital Learning Day website and then emailed the building staff with the news and encouraged them all to try something new in technology with their students that day. The day began with a special

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their Chromebook screens to the Smartboard so the whole class could see their work. Tina Banta and Rebecca Peppel’s fourth-grade class created its own digital portfolios of the work students did in various subjects using Google Sites. Technology goes beyond reading, writing and arithmetic. Rose Abbey’s art class created holograms using iPads.

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Hopatcong Wind Ensemble Earns ‘Distinguised’ Ranking


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By Ricki Demarest verybody needs a paycheck. Sometimes, whether one just graduated or is still in college, been recently laid off or had a life changing event – a job is a must. Becoming a temporary employee, or “temp,” can provide a solution. According to the American Staffing Association website, around 15 million people a year are hired as temporary and contract workers in the United States. In 2016, approximately 417,000 were in New Jersey. Nearly half of them claimed that it was a good way to get to a full-time job. One third of those workers were offered a full-time job while on assignment. Nine out of 10 agreed that temping was a viable way to become more employable. Temporary workers have the power to select their assignments and match their skills to a position that may or may not become a full-time situation. Temping or “project work” also looks better on a resume than simply having long stretches of unemployment. Learning new skills while on assignment makes one a stronger candidate for future positions. Staffing agencies that manage contract workers vary in size from national or international firms with local offices to smaller organizations that focus on an industry or skill. Finding the right agency depends on matching skills and experience with the right agency. For instance, those who have worked in the corporate world may be the right fit for a large firm that offers general office help. Those with specific skills, may need to look a little harder. The easiest way to find an agency is by asking people who have used nearby offices and by checking those websites. One of the many firms that

place temporary workers is TeleSearch Staffing Solutions, which has offices throughout New Jersey. Kim Carsillo, the Flanders office branch described her company as “a large full-service placement firm.” In a recent interview, Carsillo outlined the process by which candidates are screened. Carsillo said that a recruiter will first interview a prospective candidate, who also completes paperwork and computerized assessments. Background and reference checks are part of the process. Then workers are matched with assignments. Workers who are placed, she noted, are employees of her agency not the companies where they are working. TeleSearch pays temp workers on a weekly basis, taking and tax and necessary deductions from the gross amount. Being realistic about one’s skill level and showcasing work experience makes it easier to place a candidate. “If you’re looking to re-enter the work force as an administrative assistant you will want to make sure that your typing and software skill are up to industry standards…companies are hiring because they need someone to easily transition into their environment,” said Carsillo. TeleSearch does welcome everyone regardless of work experience and criteria. “We are able to find work for a wide variety of skill sets. We look for people who have recent work history, good references and willingness to work. The main thing all companies want are hardworking and reliable employees.” She stressed that her company offers free training for those who want to upgrade their office skills. Certain companies do want specific criteria in their candidates. For instance, college degrees

are desirable in the corporate sector. Fork lift and computer skills are often requested for light industrial work. Some employment agency blog posts discuss what qualities will make a company take notice of, and possibly hire, a temporary worker for a fulltime position. The Liberty Staffing Company blog stresses punctuality, reliability, excellent communication skills and ability to adapt to new demands. The Robert Half International Inc. staffing agency is the umbrella agency that hires personnel for industries as diverse as finance, marketing and the law. The idea that agencies only hire entry level people or that temp work makes a job search impossible are fallacies, according to its recent post. Temp work offers flexible schedules and a way for individuals to build their

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Roxbury’s Hefferle Honored With Division MVP


illy Hefferle, a senior on Roxbury High School’s ice hockey team, recently received the 2018 Edward Halvorsen Memorial Award. This honor is given to the Mennen and Halvorsen Division Most Valuable Player. Hefferle and fellow senior Johnny Facchini also received All-Mennan Division Honors. Hefferle is Roxbury High School’s alltime leading scorer.


Hopatcong Plans Earth Day Hike On New Trail


ome join the Hopatcong Environmental Commission for a hike on the new Lake Hopatcong Trail in celebration of Earth Day, Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. – noon; raindate is April 28. Hikers will gather at the Hopatcong Senior Center on Lakeside Blvd. for this guided hike narrated by Cliff Lundin and John Young, who will share

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risAnne Hall a Constitutional educator, speaker and author plans to present Roots of Liberty Seminar, at Bernay’s Apgar American Legion Post 342, Chester, on May 5, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In this five-hour seminar, Hall takes the audience through the 700+ years and five foundational documents that laid the foundations of American Liberty. She also presents each of the first ten amendments, which comprise of the Bill of Rights, in their historical context. Does one know the fate of the Constitution rested on a handshake? What is the purpose of the 2nd amendment and who are the militia? What

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Seventh Graders At Eisenhower Told Not To Forget Holocaust


eventh grade students at Eisenhower Middle School got to witness a piece of history recently when they met Joseph and Magda Ungerleider, two Holocaust survivors who currently reside in Rockaway. “Principal Dominick Miller shared with the English/Language Arts teachers this opportunity as he thought it was a perfect connection to the curriculum,” said Kimberly Farina, ELA teacher at the school. “The seventh-grade students at EMS are currently in the Human Resiliency unit. They are reading, “The Diary of Anne Frank,’’ and completing multiple activities that educate the students on how to become upstanding citizens.” For over an hour, students listened intently to the point where one could hear a pin drop in the auditorium as Ungerleider gave an intimate account of what he experienced as a young man during World War II. To begin the program, Ungerleider read a statement in regard to remembrance and had two students, Lori Horta and Jack Demetris, on stage with them to bear witness and light the Yahrzeit Memorial Candle. “Take what you hear today to teach the younger generations so that this never happens again,” they said. Ungerleider shared that it would be 74 years on March 19 since Germany occupied Hungary. As a young man of just 17, he and his friends were waiting to go out for an afternoon dance and have a good time when they heard the regimented noise of German troops making their way into town blaring on megaphones for everyone to return to their homes and await further instruction. In the coming days, he and his family were advised that all Jewish people would not be allowed out of their homes until after 11 a.m., until all non-Jewish people finished their shopping. The yellow stars came soon after to identify them as Jewish people. Ungerleider was one of many males from his town who ranged in age from 1550 who were gathered in the town square to be told to march for the next two to two and a half days to Romania. The men were instilled in labor camps to guard and protect the oil deposit and rail lines in this area in case of bombings. “The bombs came and we had to fix the rail line when bombed,’’ he recalled.

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“More bombings came and we were told to retreat. The Torda Bridge we crossed on the way there was bombed out. The Germans went door to door to get flat boats and planks to carry trucks across during the retreat. We walked for days until we reached a village. It was a ghost village. We were told to march again. We heard endless rumblings and shootings and realized it was the sound of guns. When this happens, you don’t know what’s happening around you. You just have to keep going.” Ungerleider and others marched to Budapest, Hungary’s capital. He knew his sister lived there. He found the way to her house and she let him in. It was the first night in a long time he was able to sleep on a coach with a roof over his head. The safety and security of his sister’s home did not last long. On numerous occasions, Ungerleider and the others were told to form columns. At one such column, the SS soldier walked behind the column and shot every tenth person dead. He lived there for five years and worked at a shoe store. One day, he thought he saw his mother and called out to her to only find out it wasn’t her. His mother had been killed in Auschwitz during the war. Magda Ungerleider, his wife, also a Holocaust survivor, had a different story to share. Her husband shared it for her, saying, “In the spring of 1944, the Germans came to where she lived, knocked on the door. She was told to pack light and head

to the railroad station. The train headed from village to village, town to town, until they had enough people to fill in the wagons. Some wagons had 60-70 people, no bathroom, only a bucket. People went mad, berserk. They took the people’s belts off to restrain them so not to hurt others. Pregnant ladies and children rode for two days before arriving at Auschwitz.” When they arrived, they were told to line up. The old, sick, weak, or infirmed were sent to the gas chambers. The other half, like Magda Ungerleider, were led into the concentration camp where she and others were experimented on by Joseph Mengele. Mengele was in charge and determined who lived and who died. “Mrs. Ungerleider spent much of her time in the camp cleaning bomb shells with mustard gas. Their hair and teeth turning yellow and rotting away,” he told the children. “We must never let this happen again. What people did to people just because of religion, tell you to leave your house, bed, pillow, dreams and become a number, humans to them were disposable. This should never happen again!” After sharing their stories, Ungerleider encouraged the students to ask them questions saying, “There are no stupid questions. Don’t go home tonight having not asked them. You are now one of the witnesses to six billion, so do not forget what you are witnessing today.”

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Coe, Masi Named To Honors Band

ixth graders Antonio Coe and Justin Masi, of the Lincoln/Roosevelt School, have been selected to the 2018 NJSMA Region I Elementary Honors Band. Coe (clarinet) and Masi (trombone) were nominated based on exemplary performance and efforts on their instruments, both in and outside of the classroom, and were selected from a total of 263 talented North Jersey students who applied. Antonio and Justin will participate in the Elementary Honors Band Festival, which will take place all day on May 5 at South Orange Middle School and will conclude with an afternoon concert. Photos courtesy of Roxbury Schools


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Roxbury HS Singers Stack Eastern Division Honors Choir

ourteen Roxbury High School Students performed in Pittsburgh on March 10 in the American Choral Director’s Association Eastern Division High School Honors Choir. The prestigious ensemble is comprised of the top singers in the northeastern part of the United States. Roxbury High School students made up 10 percent of the choir, more than any other school. Students Tay-

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hroughout 2018, you can create easy, healthy and delicious family meals by using time-saving recipes. For example, these “Cook Once, Eat Twice” recipes from CanolaInfo start with pork chops that double as the base for lunch or dinner the following day. “The more you cook your own meals, the more you can control portion sizes and ingredients,” said Manuel Villacorta, registered dietitian. “Knowing the right oil to use is essential. I like using canola oil to keep the flavors of your dishes intact due to its neutral taste and light texture. Plus, it contains high levels of monounsaturated fat and plant-based omega 3 fat, and is low in saturated fat. I use it regularly in my home kitchen and recommend it to

my clients.” For more time-saving recipes, visit Pork Loin Chops with Sweet Balsamic Mushrooms Servings: 8 8 boneless center-cut pork loin chops (4 ounces each), trimmed of fat 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided 12 ounces sliced portobello mushrooms 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons water 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon sugar 2 tablespoons chopped green onions Sprinkle both sides of pork with



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Lincoln Roosevelt Kicks Off Green Initiative With Magic

tudents at the Lincoln Roosevelt School in Roxbury officially kicked off their school’s green initiative with a magic show by Bill Kerwood on March 9. Kerwood combined his unique comedy variety show with a recycling program geared toward Roxbury’s recycling efforts. Students learned about misdirection and direction through laughter and magic, while Kerwood tied his approach to encouraging each and every student to be recycling captains in their community and at home. He provided a brief overview using magic of which items are to be recycled and how. Kerwood emphasized that the more we recycle the more we keep out of the landfills

and we should all try to recycle and reuse as much as we possibly can. Kerwood’s message of reducing, reusing, and recycling was brought to the school by Kellie Ann Keyes from Roxbury’s Clean Communities program. The four K-4 schools saw this presentation back in the fall, thanks to this township program. Roxbury’s Clean Communities program is a comprehensive litter abatement program serving New Jersey residents for 25 years. Its basic mission is to reduce litter in public places, promote the volunteer cleanup of public lands and sustain a reduction in litter through education. At the end of the show, Assistant Principal Roxanne Me-

From the left, Presenter Bill Kerwood, Assistant Principal Roxanne Medina and Roxbury’s Clean Communities Coordinator Kellie Ann Keyes take a break during the evening.

dina shared with the students how this green initiative will become a schoolwide one in the coming months with the formation of a school green team. Lincoln/Roosevelt will

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Middle School Students Learn Lessons On ‘Lioning’ With Simba

he Eisenhower Middle School drama club recently had a special afternoon with a Broadway star. In preparation for its spring musical “The Lion King,’’ the 80-person cast and crew received tutelage from Jelani Remy, who plays Simba in the Broadway production at the Minskoff Theatre in New York City. Students spent more than two hours with the New Jersey native. Remy held warm-up and projection activities like Zip-Zap-Zop with the students, before diving right into a dress rehearsal of the show. He worked one on one with the different characters as needed. “Jelani’s excitement and willingness to work with us made it most enjoyable,’’ said one student. Another student added, “I enjoyed when he was

working on Scene 6 and when he was helping us with blocking and telling us how to improve our characters.” This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity came to the school through EMS Drama Club Advisor Jessica Harrison Calderon. “Jelani is from Cedar Grove, N.J., and I am friends with the music teacher there,’’ she explained. “When she found out that our drama club was doing the “Lion King,” she reached out to me and told me about this amazing experience her students had when Jelani came to work with them. She encouraged me to contact him to see if he was interested in coming to Eisenhower.” Afterward, Calderon asked her students what they liked best about working with Jelani. One student, in particular, Alex Brinkman who plays young Simba in the EMS show,


Jelani Does Warm Up Exercises with students.

received an extra bonus. He was headed to the Broadway show onMarch 14. Alex’s mom, Kristen Brinkman, shared in an email with Calderon, “This is life-changing stuff, his first time performing in a play and his first time seeing a Broadway show.” Eisenhower Middle School’s workshop with Remy was also

featured on his Vlog at The Eisenhower Middle School’s production will take place Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m., Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 28, at 2 p.m. Reserve tickets now by going to


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Roxbury Robotics Team Earn Semi-Finalist In RIT Competition


he Roxbury High School Robotics Team, Roxbotix, was a semi-finalist at the Finger Lakes Regional FIRST Robotics Competition Event held in Rochester, N.Y., at the Rochester Institute of Technology on March 15-17. For the competition, the students designed, built and programmed a robot capable of grasping a milk crate lying on the floor, lifting it eight feet in the air, and


The Roxbury team comprised, from left, Ethan Villasin, Nyomi Vasquez, Kara Rickley, Jensen Tayler, Brody Hageneder, Caedon Roushinko, Gavin Coulthurst, Thomas Sexton, Aidan Crysler, Jordan Migneault, Ian Rasmussen, Adam Pedersen, Martin Daskalov, Rowan Luppnow, Gretchen Ruoff, Assistant Advisor Matthew Brauer, Sebastian Matiz, Kyle Finnan, David Brown, Bevan Luppnow, Anavil Patel and Cameron White.

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Roxbury School Dinner Show Brings Families Together

ifty families from Franklin and Nixon Elementary Schools in Roxbury Township were recently treated to a dinner and show at their latest Title I Student Academic Intervention and Learning Parent Academy of the year at Nixon School. These two elementary schools in Roxbury Township qualify for Title I funding, based on the number of students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. These Title I programs are organized and coordinated by Kelly Freund, Franklin and Nixon technology teacher. The latest installment of S.A.I.L. brought parents and their children together for a hot dinner catered by Aramark, the district’s food services provider, followed by a show by the Paper Bag Players. The show, “It’s Quite Absurd!” had families laughing, singing and dancing along. The hour-long show was filled with stories, songs, freewheeling dances and audience participation with paper bag costumes and scenery. Scenes covered topics of friendship, family, the sun and moon, as well as the popular tug-a-manias, which received an uproar of applause and cheers from the kids in the audience. The district’s purpose for holding S.A.I.L. Parent Academics is to educate parents on the things going on in their

child’s elementary school and education. These academics were designed to make parents feel comfortable and welcome in their child’s school and to provide help for them in the easiest and most convenient ways possible. In an effort to increase participation in

the workshops, the district actively strives to eliminate as many barriers as possible. For instance, registration forms were distributed via email, hard copy, and Facebook in both English and Spanish. Meals, childcare and translator services were also available at the academy.

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Morris County Open Space Grant Applications Being Accepted

he Morris County Department of Planning and Public Works, Division of Planning and Preservation, has announced that grant applications for funding of open space projects under the Morris County Preservation Trust are now available online. Any of Morris County’s 39 municipalities and qualified charitable conservancies are eligible to apply for grant funding, said Barbara Murray, open space program coordinator. Funding for the grants comes from the county’s Preservation Trust Fund, which generates revenues through a voter-approved special county tax. The tax, set at 7/8 of a cent per $100 of tax assessment, should generate about $8 million this year. Of that money, the county allocates 2/8 of a cent to the Park Improvement

Trust used by the Park Commission to restore facilities and 5/8 of a cent is allocated to the other Preservation Trust Programs. About 13,900 acres of open space have been preserved with the assistance of grant funding from the county program since its inception in 1993, according to Murray. The deadline for submitting 2018 open space applications and appraisals is Friday, June 15. The Morris County Open Space Trust Fund Committee will visit proposed sites in September, with final presentations made in October, and recommendations made to the freeholder board in early November. Obtain additional information by contacting the Morris County Division of Planning and Preservation at 973-8298120.

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5 Ways To Refresh Your Home For Spring

pring is a time for renewal and awakenings. It’s also the perfect time to take your cues from Mother Nature and devise a plan to reduce and reimagine your way to a refreshing, updated home you can fully enjoy once more. Reorganize cluttered areas If a room (or rooms) in your house are in disarray, start by reorganizing those often-used spaces to give them a likenew look and feel. Begin by removing everything from the room - including the furniture, if you’re able - and separate your belongings into boxes or piles based on what you plan to put back in the room, move to another location and throw away or donate. Once you’ve cleaned the space, resituate the necessary furniture then place items you’re keeping back in their places in tidy fashion so they’re easy to locate. Eliminate the extras While you’re freshening up the house, it’s the perfect time to purge unwanted and unused items, but remember that items in good condition can actually do good for those in need. By donating clothing, electronics, furniture, household goods and vehicles to be sold in The Salvation Army Family and Thrift Stores, you can help transform lives in your local community. A good rule of thumb: if you haven’t used it in the last year and it doesn’t have special sentimental value, it’s probably time to let it go. Get rid of grime A whole season’s worth

of dirt and dust accumulates during the cold winter months. A deep clean inside and out can restore your home to its former glory. Inside, take time to launder all of your linens, including curtains, rugs and bedding. Move furniture to vacuum behind and below, and don’t overlook dust and dirt magnets like mirrors, light fixtures and the insides of cabinets, especially higher shelves that see infrequent use. Outdoors, hose off or power-wash surfaces like windows, siding, decks and concrete to restore a crisp, clean appearance. Revise for real life If there’s an area of your home that isn’t quite working for your lifestyle, spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to make a change. That may mean reconfiguring furniture for a more functional living room or converting an underused guest room into a useful craft or project space. Take time to consider what changes will make the space more practical, and even sketch out some possibilities on paper to finetune your ideas before you get to work. Discover new decor A spring refresh is about more than just decluttering and cleaning, it’s about giving new life to your home with new decor, accessories and artwork. One affordable option: seek out unexpected treasures by shopping for great bargains at thrift stores. The proceeds from the sale of items found at shops like The Salvation

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