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No. 2 Vol. 10

October 2016

Local Scout Begins Eagle Project To Beautify Former Ledgewood Circle

By J.L. Shively en Smith, a senior at Roxbury High School, has undertaken the responsibility to complete the highest rank in Boy Scout, the Eagle Award.

A member of the scouts since he was six years old, Smith then joined Boy Scout Troop 159 in 2010, after completing Cub Scouts. Now approaching his final years in Scouts, Smith

moved toward the direction of achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. “My inspiration is my dad’s Eagle Scout project,� explains Smith. Smith’s father was responsible for the construction of the raised bed where Eyland Ave. crosses Rt. 10. This bed is still in place and is maintained by the Women’s Club. “Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve wanted to do something like that,� says Smith. Future plans for the old Ledgewood circle will be just that. “I am building a raised flower bed that will be holding a V-shaped sign. I am also cleaning up the area around it,� states Smith. This raised bed is located along Rt. 10 East by the King house. At the time of this article, Smith had just broken ground at his project sight, but many hours had already

gone into the planning stages of the project. “I have estimated that I personally have put in about 80 hours so far and then my troop and I put in 17.5 man hours all together the day of my project,� states Smith. Before the project could begin, Smith had to get an idea of the materials needed

for the project as well as find where he could acquire the building supplies from. “Scott Fullerton of Fullerton Landscapes has contributed greatly to the project and continues to guide me,� says Smith. Under Fullerton’s advice, Smith opted to dig the trench for the raised bed

with a machine rather than by hand and also move the bed closer to the road to make it more visible. Deciding to build the raised planter with stone, Smith approached local landscaping business, EP Henry for advice. “Rory McCloskey and continued on page 4

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Roxbury Town Manager Announces Retirement After 16 Years

By Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta oxbury Township Manager Christopher Raths announced that he will be retiring in Spring 2017, leaving a position he’s held for 16 years. “I reached retirement age,” said Raths. “And I’m at a place in my life where it was a good time.” Of Raths’ many accomplishments, too many to name he said, he felt it was a great 16 years working with the mayor and council. In the press release, Raths noted “favorite and most meaningful volunteer work” takes place each year during the annual Roxbury Day of Service. Raths stated, “The reason I like the Day of Service is because it is organized entirely by residents to help the township’s senior citizens and less fortunate.” Other accomplishments cited in the press release include Roxbury’s tax rate, one of the state’s lowest, its good bond ratings, municipal services, park systems, and overall quality of life. A concern reflected in Rath’s retirement announcement was that these days one of his goals is to help improve Roxbury’s sense of identity, noting that many people, even residents, identify more with their localities than with the township as a whole. He also stated, “Whether you live in Landing, Kenvil, Berkshire Valley, Port Morris, Legewood, or Succasunna, Roxbury is a unique township because of its great sense of

community spirit. It is this sense of community that allows us to achieve great things.” In the release, Roxbury Mayor Jim Rilee praised Raths, noting they’ve worked together for all his 16 years. Riles stated, “He has been a real asset to Roxbury from his first day on the job. While we are sorry to see him retire, we respect his decision and are grateful for his many years of service and dedication to the township and its citizens.” In 2011, Raths was named “Business Person of the Year” by the Roxbury Chamber of Commerce. Raths attends most chamber meetings. In regard to that honor he said, “It’s unusual for a town manager to be named ‘Business Person of the Year.’ The way we run the township in a business-like manner, they appreciated it. I was quite honored with that.” In addition to his duties as township manager, Raths is also an active member of the Township’s Rotary Club, and a frequent volunteer around the community. When Raths leaves office, his future plans include hiking the Appalachian Trail, something he’s been wanting to pursue for quite some time. He said, “After that maybe a little traveling. I’ll be volunteering around. We’ll be in Roxbury a cou-

ple years. Nothing for sure.” Raths was raised in Alabama and was paid $160,000 by Roxbury. Prior to being hired by Roxbury in 2001, he served as municipal manager for towns in North Carolina and Massachusetts. Raths lives in Roxbury with his wife Alison. The Raths raised two daughters in Roxbury, according to his retirement announcement. In regard to a replacement, Raths said that the Council will go through a nationwide search. He said, “I’m sure you’ll get a lot of interested candidates. It will take several months to select a new manager.”

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Officials Consider Turf Field As Possible Addition At Horseshoe Lake Park

By: J.L. Shively pgrades and additions at Horseshoe Lake Park are on the horizon as Roxbury Township officials examine what will best benefit the community. “The township is reviewing draft plans for the final phase of the recreation master plan which was completed years ago,” states Councilman Fred Hall. The master plan in question was developed nearly nine years ago and has been developed in different ways over the years. “This has been a multi-phased approach to delivering quality recreational improvements and programs to our residents,” says Hall.

Over the years different renovations have been made, allowing for new avenues of progress. Recently a major effort to establish a park at the Landing area part of Roxbury Township was completed. “This implementation of this new facility provided residents with new parks containing softball fields, walking paths and a playground,” explains Hall. “With the completion of that facility we are now in a position to start to retire the softball fields at the Horseshoe Lake facility and create additional multipurpose fields,” Hall explains. In order to implement these changes a decision will have to be made on the best configuration which will allow for You Name It... We’ll Do It!

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optimum usage of the fields. Some of the goals which Hall notes as priorities in the plans for the Horseshoe Lake facility included many topics which have been brought up by the township and the community. Some of the goals Hall noted to be on the list include enhanced safety, such as improvements to field repairs by resting fields that are often used, expanding use for soccer/football/lacrosse by opening Dell and Landing complexes, enhancements to the existing parking, improving access to the Black River trail, addressing drainage concerns and also improving lighting for spots activities and walkers. Hall notes that at this time the township is still in the preliminary stages. There are many concerns that need to be addressed before moving forward with a plan. “We have an extensive list of questions that the governing body has asked us to research,” Hall explains. The Roxbury Recreation Advisor Committee is working in unison with the town council and administration to devise the best way to fund and move forward with the plans proposed so far. “We also need to invite the stakeholders in to review the plans and, of course, we need to hold public hearings to obtain any concerns or potential modifications with the plan,” states Hall regarding the next steps. continued on next page

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As plans progress, more information will become available regarding the time of completion as well as the projected cost of the project. Along with the other project goals a turf field is also under consideration to be a part of the Horseshoe Lake Park renovations. “Since the high school turf field was implemented in a shared service effort with the Roxbury BOE we have seen the far reaching benefits of this field for our high

school sports programs, extracurricular activities, as well as Roxbury recreation and the high school music program, primarily our exceptional band program,” Halls states. “I think the way the plans are progressing is just great and I am very excited,” he adds. “Roxbury recreation is second to none and the emphasis that has been placed on improving facilities and programs in Roxbury is heart-warming.”

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Micki Margot of EP Henry have donated all of the block and cap stone that I needed through their HeroScape program,” explains Smith. According to the EP Henry website, the HerosScaping program is a program dedicated to restoring “memorials, monuments and residential projects for our returning soldiers.” This program began in 2001 to help build a memorial honoring those who lost their lives on Sept. 11. So far EP Henry has helped to build and restore approximately 25 of these projects. “The first day of building went very well,” says Smith. The first step was to lay the base for the bed and make sure that all materials placed were level. This will allow for the best overall appearance of the finished project while also insuring it will last over the years.

After laying the first row of blocks the Scouts assisting with the project filled the trench with gravel and then proceeded to lay the next row of block. Each block was glued into place and filled with gravel. While a team of scouts worked on the raised bed another team of boys were working on cutting and removing brush from around the site. “I did not expect to be able to build the entire wall, fill it in with dirt and clean up the area around the project all in one day,” states Smith. Although there is more work ahead, Smith is optimistic that the project will be completed as quickly as possible and is grateful to all those who have helped him along the way. “I am very thankful to everyone that donated their time to help me build my dream project,” Smith states.

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Roxbury Fills Director Of Security Spot With Familiar Face

By Cheryl Conway ome who see him in the schools may think ‘hey isn’t that the police chief who retired this past year from the Roxbury Police Department after 32 years?’ No need to get a detective to figure it out. Former Roxbury Police Chief James Simonetti of Frelinghuysen recently began in the Roxbury School District as the Director of Security. His first day at his new post was Tues., Oct. 4. After spending more than three decades working for the Roxbury Police Dept., in every division, from patrolman where he began in Nov. 1984, to sheriff for five years, Simonetti who grew up in Netcong, returns to Roxbury after being away for seven months. He had mixed emotions when he left law enforcement in March; he returns with a renewed energy. “It’s a good challenge for me teaming up with Superintendent Loretta,” says Simonetti. “We can do a nice job and protect the kids.” Before the security director position was created, there was one individual involved in technology and security. Officials decided to separate the two roles. Roxbury Schools Superintendent Loretta Radulic explains, “The position of security director was transformed from the security technician position that we previously had in the district. The security director position encompasses

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many of the same elements, but includes a broader scope of security issues. With the current climate, as well as district security initiatives, we are looking to be proactive and ensure the safety of our children and the full implementation of security initiatives.” Out of eight individuals interviewed by a panel of six for the position of security director, “Mr. Jim Simonetti was the unanimous selection,” says Radulic. “It is a position that we regard as integral to being able to provide a safe, learning environment for our students,” says Radulic. “He brings with him a knowledge of the district and community, an ability to implement ALICE, strong interpersonal skills and a shared vision for the protection and safety of our students and staff. We are thrilled to have him join our team and look forward to the difference he will make.” Simonetti, 54, is happy to return to Roxbury where he had spent most of his career. He had announced his decision to retire back in January realizing “I’ve achieved all of the goals I’ve set for myself as a Roxbury police officer,”

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he had said then. His plan was to run for Warren County Sheriff so he filed paperwork back in January with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJELEC). While he gave it his best shot during his campaign, Simonetti did not win the nomination in the June 7 primary, in which he ran against two other candidates. Retired Washington Township Police Chief James McDonald won the Republican primary by a small margin. “It happens,” Simonetti says as to his loss. “It was a good race.” Afterward, Simonetti kept busy working with his wife Kelly to operate her non-profit organization, Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary- a 120-acre preserved farm in Warren County cares for more than 1,000 sick, injured or orphaned wildlife annually. When he heard about the director of security position in Roxbury, Simonetti knew what he wanted. “I’m still young,” says Simonetti. “I still wanted to work. I saw it was a challenge and a need. I just like to solve problems. I’m very fortunate to have worked with Roxbury Township for so many years. I know all the players. I was excited to share my knowledge.” Even though he had always been active in the schools regarding security issues while working in law enforcement, Simonetti says he wanted a larger role. He was incontinued on next page


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volved in some of the school programs such as D.A.R.E., now called LEAD, and he used to teach a Cops and Shops class. He was also instrumental in outfitting each of the seven schools in Roxbury, funded by Roxbury Rotary, with two trauma kits, a high level medical kit in times of emergency. In his new role, “I’ll be there on a daily basis to solve their problems.” Simonetti will work out of Roxbury High School, but will be in charge of the safety at all of the schools district-wide. His primary goal is to “Create a safe environment for the students,” he explains. He says he will visit every school in the district, to see every child arriving and departing, to look at buildings to see how they are operated, to make sure “we’re following best practices in school safety” in regards to entranceways, visitors, secure windows and doors. His first main priority will be to implement ALICE training district wide. His next goal will be “to make each building a safer

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environment for children.” ALICE- Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate- is a training program to provide a more proactive approach to dealing with threatening situations. Simonetti is a certified instructor trained to teach ALICE for active shooters and critical incidence. With a combined effort with the RPD, Simonetti’s first big assignment was to provide training to all faculty and teachers on Oct. 10 during Roxbury’s inservice day with a lesson plan, PowerPoint, instruction, lecture and practical exercises district-wide. ALICE is a “new approach,” being taught throughout the nation, says Simonetti. “Years ago it was a lock down, you hid and you prayed nothing happened. It took police time to get there.” Now there is a “change in mindset. Don’t be a sitting duck. If you can get away, get away. It is no longer acceptable that you just lock down. There needs to be another approach.” Simonetti plans to implement and share the techniques of securing a building and



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classrooms. Training will continue all year. “Like any serious critical incident you have to train throughout the year with drills,” says Simonetti. He will be partnering with police for proper drilling and technique, he adds. “The goal is to be a survivor not a victim,” says Simonetti. “It empowers people,” adds Radulic. Simonetti had held a two day training seminar on ALICE this past March, which


is a great benefit. “We’re very fortunate that we have close to 15 instructors in ALICE in Roxbury,” says Simonetti, “for good training.” Some of the principals, teachers, police officers and even Radulic participated. Simonetti looks forward to working with the RPD in his new role. “It’s nice when you know someone; you’ve worked with each other. It’s a good feeling that way.”

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Roxbury Provides Information 24/7 With New Portal

By Jane Primerano ften the most complicated part of home improvement is getting the required permits. Do-It-Yourselfers who work 9-to-5 jobs have difficulty picking up permit applications, getting them approved, paying for them and picking up the permit from a municipal building open the same hours they have to work. Roxbury Township has a solution to part the problem by means of an online portal called 24/7 ROX. The portal was created by staff, Township Manager Christopher Raths said, and is supported by a company called Spatial Data. Now the portal only allows access to permits which can be filled out online. The homeowner or contractor must still pay for the permit at the municipal building, but Raths said eventually the entire process will be online, with the applicant not having to drive to the municipal building at all. In addition to allowing DIYers to access permits at midnight, 24/7 ROX also provides access to the agendas and minutes of the township council and all its boards and commissions, saving interested members of the public a trip to the municipal building in

Ledgewood. Also included on the portal are property records, useful to homeowners with a question about property boundaries or the location of wells or septic tanks. Real Estate agents who often seek property information can now get it online, saving time for municipal employees. “Our intent is to give people the content they want,” Raths said. He acknowledged some of the information now online would normally have to be accessed through an Open Public Records Request. OPRA requests can be time consuming for township employees and expensive for the person requesting the document. “Not everything is available,” Raths said. “We will put more information online as we are able. He said the next information to go up will be for pet licenses. Roxbury licenses both dogs and cats. He expects the licensing information to go up this fall. In addition to 24/7 ROX, a smart phone app is also available, Raths explained. The Connected Roxbury NJ mobile app is available for free for IOS and Android, allowing residents to access the township’s information from anywhere. The app provides all the

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information on the township website, actually mirroring the website, including contact information, links to the Roxbury Newsletter, online payments, notification sign-ups and the calendar of township events. The municipal code book is also available online. Service requests and complaints can also be viewed. A weekly information pack, including all events in the community, can also be sent to a smartphone, Raths said.

Both 24/7 ROX and Connected Roxbury NJ went live on Sept. 1. Raths said feedback from the public has been positive so far. In addition, the staff of Spatial Data are touting Roxbury’s portal to other clients, he said. They were very impressed with the way Roxbury rolled out the product. In addition members of the township staff actually trained the Spatial Data employees on the use of the portal.


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Local Songwriters' Group Announces Fall Performance Line-Up & Open Mic Events


he Skylands Songwriters Guild (SSG), a Ledgewood based nonprofit singer/songwriter organization, hosts a monthly Open Mic and Songwriter Showcase at Enzo's Pizzeria in Budd Lake. This casual gathering takes place every third Thursday of the month, with a focus on original music. The music kicks off with the Open Mic segment at 7 p.m. The feature artist follows, playing an intimate set of their own songs and sharing insight into how they approach their craft and anecdotes of their artistic journey. This showcase songwriter can be an individual SSG member working to gain performance experience in a supportive atmosphere or a more seasoned performer. All levels welcome, from burgeoning songwriters to accomplished entertainers! Come to listen or share a few songs. Cost is $5 with food and drinks available for purchase. Visit the SSG website for up-to-

date event information at On Nov. 17, SSG welcomes Kevin Kinsella, with his smoky vocal rasp and original acoustic compositions, wide variety of musical genres and styles, ranging from classic rock-influenced ballads, to 'acid country' and blues and reggae. Dec. 15, “Holiday Extravaganza”: Open Mic only – no feature performer. Come share an original Holiday song – for Christmas, Hanukka or any December holiday or New Year's. So start putting pen to paper and create a little holiday cheer – there's plenty of time to finish before Dec. 15. Skylands Songwriters Guild is a recognized 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing the community of Singer/Songwriters of Northwest New Jersey and the surrounding region.

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Kennedy Holds Kick-Off BBQ


ennedy Elementary School PTA hosted its first annual “Welcome Back BBQ” on Fri., Sept. 16, filled with food, games, and even a Roxbury firetruck. More than 200 people attended this event including students, parents, grandparents, teachers, and the Roxbury Schools Superintendent. Kids enjoyed playing games like egg and spoon races, pass the orange relay race,

and potato sack races while the food cooked. Kennedy dads took to the grill while many of the moms handed out food. The fun continued with the adults joining in on the fun with the guys playing Dizzy Bat Race, the women doing threelegged races all the while DJ Renfors played music for the kids on the playground. It was a great night with fun by all who attended!

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Sign Up For Events, Sports Offered In Roxbury

oxbury has some fun upcoming events and programs planned. Halloween at R-Roxbury Does trick-or-treating sound s-scary? And those giant h-haunted houses?? Then join the rest of the town on Thur., Oct. 27, at the Roxbury High School Turf Field for trick or treating fun. Set-up a ‘house’ at the track, and hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters while the family trick-or-treats between 6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m. Trick-or-Treating takes place around the track at Roxbury High School. Roxbury residents only. To participate, register online at On Thur., Oct. 27, bring a house to RHS Track to set up between 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m. Bring candy to hand out to the trick-or-treaters. Must have a house and candy in order to participate in trick-or-treating and games. Houses can be a minimum of a chair and a bucket of candy, or an elaborate, haunted display . Roxbury Township’s Home for the Holiday Planning is underway for a festive winter celebration in Roxbury! Mark the calendar for a day will with caroling and entertainment groups as well as crafters, food trucks and Santa Land in the Library on Sat., Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street. Shows in the Investors Bank Theater include Rudolph at noon and 3 p.m., and a Christmas Concert by Chris Westfall at 7:30 p.m. The evening will conclude with the Annual Tree Lighting and the arrival of Santa on a fire truck! If interested as a vendor, complete a 2016 Vendor Registration Form. Visit for more information as the date gets closer.

Roxbury Youth Ice Hockey 2016-17 season registration is open for boys and girls ages six through 16. Email with questions. More info at Girls Skills and Drills Basketball Clinics Clinics are offered for girls in third through eighth grades. Dates are Oct. 26, 28; Nov. 2, 4 at the Lincoln-Roosevelt Gym. Grades three through five are 6 p.m.-7 p.m., and grades six through eight are 7:15 p.m.8:15 p.m. zregister online or in-person. Fee is $30. Recreation Children’s Bowling League Bumper Bowling for kids in K-third; Regular Bowling for kids in four through eight. Dates are Oct. 26-March 22, 4 p.m.-5:15 p.m. at Circle Bowl. Total of 21 sessions of two games each. Register in-person only at Rox Rec. Boys Skills and Drills Basketball Clinics For boys in grades three through eight. Dates are Nov. 1, 3, 8, 15. Grades three through five will be 6 p.m.-7:15 p.m.; grades six to eight are 7:15 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at RHS Gym. Register online or in –person at Rec Office. Fee is $30. Fall Basketball Register now for Rec Basketball program, for children ages K-12th grade, including travel teams. K-first and second grade clinics begin in November. Programs for three through 12 begin in December. More info on the Rec page at Jr. Gaels Wrestling Clinic Program is for grades K-first grade. Clinic will be held Fridays, 5 p.m.-6 p.m. beginning Dec. 9 at the Roxbury High School Aux. continued on page 15

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Chabad Prepares Families For High Holidays With Lasting Traditions

ough was not the only thing to rise this past month.

The Chabad Jewish Center of Northwest New Jersey rose to the occasion, literally, to prepare children and families for the recent High Holidays with challa baking and family fair. Students of the Chabad Hebrew School in Flanders were invited to the High Holiday Family Fair on Sun., Sept. 25, at Flanders Country Day School in Flanders where the Hebrew school classes are held weekly. Families were invited to join in at 11 a.m. to enjoy an hour of fun and learning in honor of the High Holidays. Families got to make apple plates, shofar key chains, play a game and even shape homemade dough for challa baking at home. In another program, the Jewish Women’s Circle through the Chabad, sponsored a Pre-Rosh Hashana Challa Bake on Wed., Sept. 28. Women were invited to unite with other Jewish women in the area, discover the art of challa making

and learn about this “timeless feminine mizva” or good deed. Whether made with cinnamon, raisins, chocolate chips or plain, challa is traditional bread eaten during Rosh Hashana and then dipped in honey to represent a sweet new year. The Jewish Women’s Circle brings together Jewish women of all ages and background to learn, laugh, experience and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.

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Gym. Total of five sessions. Register online or in-person. Fee is $40; t-shirt included. A Parent’s Roadmap to Protecting Their Children in the Digital World Wed., Oct. 19, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., at the Roxbury High School Auditorium. This presentation will educate parents and community members in online danger areas such as digital footprint and detox, cyberbullying, social networking, tech talk, and more. Tips and solutions will be discussed. Class is presented

by private investigator and social justice advocate Melissa J. Straub. Family Breakfast Sat., Oct. 22, at 8 a.m., at Succasunna United Methodist Church in Succasunna. Enjoy a hot breakfast and hear a presentation by Katherine Ritchey and Chris Boyle of Morris Habitat for Humanity talking about bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Their program provides affordable homeownership to lower income families in Morris County. They will


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also share the latest on their 121 Main Street Roxbury project offering many opportunities in the coming year to become involved with Morris Habitat. For more info, contact the church office at 973-584-7349 or Roxbury Youth Ice Hockey AssociationNight with the NJ Devils Sat., Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at NJ Prudential Center, Newark. Order tickets now for this fun event! Group package includes $10 food and beverage voucher. See the Roxbury Mites & Squirts on the ice during intermission. Group seating, discounted ticket, welcome on the scoreboard, group gift for everyone in attendance. Lower level seating. Ticket is $57 each. Please contact Stephanie at to order. Roxbury Fire Co. #3 Annual Open House Sun., Oct. 23, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Roxbury Fire Co. #3, Wharton. Kids activities, live demonstrations, and more! Sat. Nov., 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Document Shredding, Horseshoe Lake Parking Lot. Support Roxbury High School Ice Hockey while cleaning out files. This event is a fundraiser for the RHS Ice Hockey Booster Association. Cost is a donation of

your choosing. Thanks in advance for your support. Blood Drive Sun., Nov. 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna. Walk-ins welcome! Hot soup will be available for all donors. To give blood, must be in generally good health, weigh 110 pounds or more and be at least 17 years of age. Remember to eat, drink and bring ID. For questions, call 800933-2566 or visit Grover Kemble Presents: Durante! Sun., Nov. 13, 2 p.m., VFW Post 2833, Kenvil. Don’t miss this enjoyable show for viewers of all ages. Call for tickets: 973-9276647 or 973-229-5322. $20 tickets available at the door, drinks available downstairs. This fundraiser is hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2833. Adopt-A-Road & Adopt-A-Spot Programs The NJ Clean Communities program is a comprehensive litter abatement program serving New Jersey residents and visitors for over 25 years. For more information about Clean Communities go to Any questions about programs or volunteering in Roxbury, contact 973-448-2053 or email Kellie Ann at

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Police Chief Visits White House To Hear From Experts, Shares Input On Effective Policing

By Cheryl Conway oxbury’s chief of police was honored to participate in a session at the White House last month as part of a task force on community policing. Roxbury Township Police Chief Marc Palanchi was among close to 80 police chiefs from throughout the nation invited to attend the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing on Fri., Sept. 16, noon to 6 p.m. He heard from experts on a variety of topics such as the importance of officer safety, use of social media to improve public relations and methods to strengthen community relations. After going through the Six Pillars of Policing identified in the 21st Century Policing model, Palanchi was reassured that the Roxbury Police Department is prepared and already meeting the standards identified in improving policing and relationship with the community. “We’ve been doing all these here forever,” says Palanchi, who has been serving as the RPD chief since March. “This is nothing new to us. It’s not like that everywhere. We’ve been doing community policing the entire time I’ve been here. It reaffirms that they are doing things the right way.” On Dec. 18, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The Task Force Members sought expertise, identified best practices and released the final report to Obama on May 18, 2015.

Obama issued that executive order as a means “to fix policing and the relationship between police and community,” explains Palanchi. The sessions, which were held on five different dates, were conducted by senior staff at the White House to gain input on that final report. “They wanted us to talk about it, make presentations and get feedback,” says Palanchi, and also offer suggestions based on their own departments and practices at home. Palanchi heard from “very smart people saying this is the standard you need to reach.” He was most pleased when he found out that his department is “already doing it. This is what you need to do and you are already doing it? It’s reinforcement. This is why we are policing; this is how we are policing. It was very well worth it,” he says about his trip to Washington. The first of the six pillars identified includes Building Trust and Legitimacy. “People are more likely to obey the law if they believe those who are enforcing it are trust worthy,” explains Palanchi. “Some people are rebelling against police because they don’t feel action is warranted.” Pillar two is Policy and Oversight. “Does your police department policies reflect on what your community needs and values? Are you reviewing your policies? Are they the best practice? Is it effectively working? Are you correcting it? Are you fixing it?” he asks. Pillar three deals with Technology and

Social Media. “Implementing new technologies can give police departments an opportunity to fully engage and educate communities in a dialogue about their expectations for transparency, accountability, and privacy” as explained on the website. “We put everything on Facebook,” says Palanchi. “What we are doing, why we are doing it,” such as the food drive or Thank a Police Officer Day. “It’s a way for people to communicate with us on concerns or complaints,” to dialogue. Community Policing and Crime Reduction is pillar four. When dealing with police, the issue should not always be a “call for help” or a distress call. There should be a “positive interaction,” explains Palanchi. “It’s the kids you have to target. We walk through our schools every day.” Non-enforcement encounters. Palanchi says he walks through the elementary schools to encourage that positive interaction, ‘so it’s positive so

when they have to deal with police they are comfortable.” Last year, when students visited the police department to bring food to donate, they met police officers and toured the station. “It let the kids know they are helping people and having a positive interaction with police,” says Palanchi. Training and Education is pillar five. “Hire really good people and train them well,” says Palanchi. “Educate them continually and make them as well rounded as you can. Police are being asked to do more stuff than ever. Now you are expected to know terrorism, immigration laws, technology,” as well as the growing mental crises with veterans dealing “with a lot of serious issues,” as well as mental health with elderly and people with special needs. “ Officers “need to know a lot of different stuff to be able to do it in a course of a shift,” Palanchi explains, immigration issues, domestic issues, mental health issues. continued on next page

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“We are being asked to go into the schools, we’re being asked to teach. These people you hire have to be smart, with good common sense, quick thinking. You have to keep educating. This stuff is constantly changing. We’re spending more money on training than ever.” Pillar six is Officer Wellness and Safety.

“Physically fit officers make better decisions, are more capable, are more alert,” says Palanchi. “If you can do all of these pillars, you can have positive influence,” says Palanchi. The challenge is that there are other communities that are not able to provide all of those pillars because of the lack of funding, adds Palanchi.

“Everything is funding,” says Palanchi, “and the government doesn’t have it.” Some police departments, “they don’t have enough money; they don’t have the personnel. Every issue we face is down to the money. If money wasn’t an issue, you’d put cops everywhere. These inner cities with these big departments have a lot going on.


“We agree with it,” the six pillars. “We are already doing it. We are funding it but we are a small department.” Below is the link for The President’s Task Force on 21st Community Policing

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HVAC Inspection Advised To Prepare For Cold Months

he leaves may be falling now, but winter is just around the corner. Don’t wait until cold weather arrives to make sure the heating system can take on the chill. Properly preparing the heating system for winter requires only a few hours of time and guarantees comfort during the colder months. No one wants to have their furnace breakdown in the middle of winter! Regular check-ups and maintenance ensure that the system is performing efficiently and providing optimum home comfort. A maintenance plan also extends the life of equipment, increases cost effectiveness and ensures safe operation. Recommended by


manufacturers and utilities alike, regularly scheduled maintenance on a heating and air conditioning system can reduce breakdowns by as much as 95 percent and lower utility bills by up to 35 percent. Air Group offers a wide choice of service plans for heating, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical & generator systems. A service technician is available 24 hours a day seven days a week from October-April for heating through its on-call rotation, which is especially important during extreme weather when someone is entrusted to get equipment going right away. The easiest and most cost-effective way

Music Ensemble Scouting Performers

he Roxbury Boy Scout Music Ensemble is seeking new members for the upcoming season. The band is composed of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and some alumni members from around Roxbury, Randolph, and surrounding towns. For those who play an instrument and are interested in having some fun this holi-


day season, come out and join in! Performances are during the winter holiday season every year and then in the springtime performances in the Memorial Day parade. Practices will begin the second week of October and will be held twice a week. If interested, contact Matt Iannicelli at

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A New Take on Turkey

here are more ways to enjoy turkey than as part of the traditional mashedpotatoes-and-stuffing feast you’ve grown up with. That’s why Carlos Rodriguez, executive chef of Orinoco in Boston, reinterpreted a Latin American favorite to put a new spin on the season’s favorite dish. “It’s turkey like you’ve never had it before,” Rodriguez said. “Barbecue meets Latin fusion, meets the best turkey sandwich you’ve ever had.” Rodriguez’s inspiration comes from El Salvador. His Slow Roasted Turkey Con Pan with Sundried Tomato and Apricot Jam is based on a tender, savory Salvadoran favorite called “Panes con Pavo.” This turkey is perfect for a crowd and serves 12, which is why Rodriguez uses the generously sized Culinario Series 16-quart Deep Roaster from Princess House to braise four full-sized turkey breasts. “Not every roaster works for braising,” Rodriguez said, “but this one is perfect because of its depth, even heat distribution and

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1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced 2 bunches watercress Sundried Tomato and Apricot Jam (recipe below) In blender, puree oil, peppercorns, sesame seeds, oregano, chipotle peppers, garlic, bay leaves, guajillo peppers and 1 cup water. In roaster, combine puree and beer. Add rack and enough water so that sauce just covers the top of the rack. Bring to a boil. Season turkey with salt and pepper and add to roaster on top of rack. Reduce heat to simmer, then cover and braise until turkey is tender, about 2 hours. In blender, puree tomatoes, chopped onion, bell peppers and 1 cup water. Transfer turkey to plate (leave sauce in pot); let cool. Add puree to sauce in pot; simmer over medium-high heat, stirring often, until thickened, about 45 minutes. Discard skin from turkey; tear meat into thick pieces. Stir turkey into sauce, reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Di-

vide stew between loaves; garnish with sliced onions, watercress and jam. Sundried Tomato and Apricot Jam 3 medium onions, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce 2 cups dry white wine 1 cup sherry vinegar 1/2 cup packed dried apricots, thinly sliced 1 cup drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped In medium saucepan, cook onions, butter, sugar, salt, pepper and chipotle peppers, covered, over low heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and pale golden, about 30 minutes. Add wine, vinegar, apricots and tomatoes and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally until thick, 20-30 minutes. Serve with turkey.

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Create A Delicious One-Pot Meal For A Crowd

arm, hearty meals, including stews, casseroles, soups, and chilis, make for great comfort foods when temperatures drop. Another advantage to these types of meals is they can easily be expanded to serve extended family. Also, when prepared using a slow cooker, these meals can be easily transported to a friends’ potluck or relative’s home. Beloved for their turn-it-on-and-forget-it convenience, slow cookers allow cooks to start meals in the morning and then return home at night and have dinner ready and waiting. Busy working families may find that the convenience of slow cookers is unparalleled. This recipe for “Creamy Ham ‘n’ Broccoli” from “Taste of Home Casseroles, Slow Cooker & Soups” (Taste of Home Books) is ideal for a cool fall or winter evening. It’s a delicious meal to come home to after a busy day and also a great way to make use of leftover ham from a previous meal, such as a

family gathering during the holiday season. Creamy Ham ‘n’ Broccoli Serves 6 to 8

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he Roxbury Public Library plans to present Sharing the World with Raptors, Sat., Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m. Learn what raptors are; discover the different adaptations that these predatory birds use as daytime and nighttime hunters. Get to know some of the species of hawks and owls that are common residents in New Jersey and find out how important they are to


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Roxbury Schools Celebrate Thank A Police Officer Day


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appreciate what they do. Stefanie DelRusso, guidance counselor at Jefferson and Kennedy Elementary Schools organized this event for the schools. “As a longtime resident of Roxbury Township, it is easy to see how great the relationship is between the police department and the youth here in town,” she says, In preparation for this visit, students were asked to either write or draw a ‘thank you’ for their special visitor. Students hand delivered these notes and pictures of thanks directly to Roxbury Chief of Police Marc Palanchi who in turn visited their classrooms, spoke to the children, and answered their questions about being a police officer and his role in the community. “Fostering an understanding of how the police are here to help and be a part of our everyday lives is imperative to helping our students better understand our community as a whole,” said DelRusso.

Conveniently, this day landed amidst the visit of the “Officer Phil” safety program which was sponsored in the schools by the Roxbury PBA. In addition, to the emphasis on student safety this week, many of the students discussed community helpers as a part of their usual lesson plan. This community lesson covers a myriad of people that help make a community work including police officers, fire fighters, postal service workers, etc. DelRusso said, “Most importantly, we want our students to feel safe, not only here in school but in every activity here in the community and familiarizing them with all the facets that make this township run smoothly is a great way to do so.” Palanchi encouraged the students to always reach out to an officer in uniform if they are ever in need. All the notes and pictures of thanks will be shared with all the members of the Roxbury Police Department.


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Historical Society Presents Newspaper Coverage Of Past Presidential Elections

n recognition of the 2016 presidential election, the Morris County Historical Society offers the thought-provoking "Race to the Finish: Newspaper Coverage of Presidential Elections, 1789-2008" beginning Sun., Oct. 30 in the Exhibit Galleries at Acorn Hall. Featured in the exhibit are rare, original, historic presidential newspapers from the personal collection of local historian, author, and MCHS Board of Trustees member Peter J. Tamburro, Jr. On Thur., Nov. 10, an exhibit opening and reception with light refreshments is planned from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., highlighted by a special guided tour of the exhibit at 4:30 p.m. led by Tamburro. In this exhibit, newspaper headlines and articles illustrate the campaign promises, electoral obstacles, and political gaffes of more than 20 U.S. presidents and their rivals. See early newspaper coverage of George Washington’s election through

Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and an authentic copy of the 1948 “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline of the “Chicago Daily Tribune.” Complementing the newspapers are period clothing such as an 1876 dress worn to an inauguration party for President Rutherford B. Hayes, political paraphernalia including campaign buttons for Adlai Stevenson and Franklin Roosevelt, and a 1917 telegram sent by President Woodrow Wilson and other cultural artifacts– all from the extensive collections of the MCHS. The exhibit closes on Jan. 29, 2017. The cost to participate in Tamburro’s exhibit tour is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $7 for students, and free for MCHS members. Tour participation is limited to the first 25 registrants, and prepayment is required. To make a reservation, contact the MCHS at 973-267-3465 or,

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Seven Candidiates Vying For Roxbury Board of Education

oxbury Township residents will have the opportunity to vote for three seats for a three-year term on the Roxbury Board of Education on the Nov. 8 ballot. In preparation of this election, the Lincoln/Roosevelt PTO is hosting a ‘Meet the Candidates Night’ tonight, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in a debate format moderated by the NJ League of Women Voters. The Roxbury public is invited to this debate to learn more about the seven candidates running and where they stand. This event will take place in the Lincoln/Roosevelt School Auditorium in Succasunna. The seven candidates seeking election are Richard Alexander, Joyce Ferraro, Dan Masi, Lisa Millus, Peter Okun, Carol Scheneck and Meredith Soranno. Individual candidate statements and biographies will be available the night of the debate. For those who miss this debate, here us some brief information on each. Peter Okun, is director of Marketing for New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP). He has 20 years of marketing experience, including senior leadership roles with nationally and globally recognized education and travel brands. He has also served on various educational advisory boards. Okun received his bachelor’s from Ramapo College in international business with a specialty in marketing. Born and raised in NJ, he and his wife Amy, a 1992 RHS graduate, moved to Succasunna 13 years ago. They are have two children who attend Eisenhower and Kennedy. His goals are to halt reckless hiring practices and minimize high-turnover plaguing the district; improve board image and district to attract home-buyers and students under School Choice program to off-set tax burdens; prompt board to conduct proper research and analysis prior to making decisions; ensure that contract negotiations reflect needs of employees, students and taxpayers. Meredith Soranno is a special education teacher in Copeland Middle School in the Rockaway Township School District since 2004. Prior to that, she worked in River Vale and Paterson school districts. As a long-time human rights advocate, Soranno has worked with REACT on the

Fenimore landfill issue before the DEP took over and currently volunteers her time on several other projects worldwide. Soranno received a bachelor’s degree from William Paterson College of New Jersey in elementary education and special education K-12. As a life-long NJ resident, she moved to Roxbury in 2001 with her husband Don. They have two children attending Lincoln-Roosevelt and Eisenhower this fall. Soranno’s goals are to improve special education program to bring students back into the district instead of costly bussing to other towns; review the district’s hiring practices to ensure the most qualified and well-suited candidates are hired; investigate the many layers of recently added administration despite the diminishing enrollment; form a committee to review textbooks and curricula instead of blindly approving; develop a standard of implementing the curriculum among the curricular staff; create an environment that fosters colleagues learning from one another; keep the school budget in check. Lisa Millus, is founder and facilitator of Keep Learning Fun Tutoring and Educational Services as well as the creator of Roxbury’s community-based Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) and the Roxbury Cares About Schools Facebook page. She also works at American Christian School as a substitute teacher. Millus began her teaching experience 20 years ago after graduating from Saint Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, NY, and a master’s in literacy from Saint John’s University. Born and raised in NY, she and her husband Larry, relocated to Succasunna 12 years ago. They have three children at the high school, middle school and Jefferson School. Her goals are to ensure the district is meeting its special education requirements; encourage public attendance at meetings; foster communication between the board members, parents, taxpayers and employees; ensure that public discussion about important issues takes place during open meetings; improve the nutritional quality of the school lunches; stop needless spending and waste. Dan Masi is an engineer/scientist with a broad background who has worked in

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neering and a master’s in computer science; and master’s of electrical engineering, all from Stevens Institute of Technology. He and his wife Carolyn, a music teacher in NJ public schools, moved to Roxbury 11 years ago. They have two children, ages 10 and 13, in the Roxbury school system. He’s been a 20-year member and past board president of Hanover Wind Symphony; appointed to NJ Standards Review Committee on Common Core, 2015; organizing member of Save Our Schools NJ; and a grassroots education advocate. “Roxbury has so much to offer, and our school system is a tremendous asset,” says Masi. “I want to work to ensure that it keeps moving in the right direction. Fresh perspectives, fervent community involvement, and bold local control are our keys to future success.” Richard Alexander is director of Product Management with Asurion, responsible for Smart Home support services. He has been engaged in all phases of product lifecycle, contract and P&L management during his 30 plus year career, holding positions such

as Market Segment leader, International Product director, Multicultural Operations director, and Training & Support director. Alexander has a master’s in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a bachelor’s in computer information systems from Manhattan College where he is inducted in the Athletic Hall of Fame & U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials participant. He and his wife Anne are 24 year Roxbury residents with three daughters who attended Roxbury schools. Information on Joyce Ferraro has been unavailable as of press time. Alexander has been a board member since 2014 & committee chair; head coach of Roxbury Recreation Track and Field Program and basketball; Religious Education Board member & Parish Council finance liaison at St. Elizabeth; and fifth grade Religious Education teacher at St. Elizabeth. “I’m passionate about Roxbury and developing all our children to the best of their ability. I’m proud of our educational and infrastructure advancements and the Board and Administration’s recognized fiscal accountability.” Carol A. Scheneck is an attorney in pri-

vate practice, with an office in Succasunna. She has a bacehlor’s in mathematics from Montclair State; K-12 Math Certification; JD from Seton Hall Law School; is an adjunct assoc. professor at CCM IT Dept.; and is a Computer Systems analyst at NJ Bell. Scheneck is a life-long resident of Roxbury. She and her siblings attended Roxbury public schools. She has served on the Roxbury Board of Education from 2007 to the present, and is proud of the school district and its many academic, athletic and performing arts accomplishments. She has been recognized as a Certificated Board Member by the NJ School Board Associa-


tions. She has also served on the Roxbury Township Council, Board of Adjustment, is president of Drakesville Condo Assoc. since 1991, is a past Brownie leader and CCD teacher at St. Therese. “I have an interest and background in education and have great regard for the school system I went through and the town where I grew up. I would like to give back to the community which has given me so much. I am proud of my voting record and am very fiscally conservative. I believe I can use my experience in government and in handling budgets to control spending, but not at the expense of the students.”

Roxbury Hosts Cheerleader Competition

he Roxbury High School Cheer Parents Club is hosting a cheerleading competition for fall football half-time shows on Sun., Oct. 23 at Roxbury High School. High school and recreational teams are invited to come out and compete against their peers to earn the title of “The Best”! This fun, friendly competition will give fall cheerleaders the opportunity to experience the three of

competition without committing the time and expense of a competition cheer team. No additional preparation is needed. Just take the regular half-time show ‘on the road’ to compete against the schools and towns each week of the season! Registration information can be found on Roxbury Cheerleading’s homepage at www.freewebs/roxburycheer. Submissions are due by Thur., Oct. 20.

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