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Students at Hudson Maxim School helped to "BOOst" the morale of our troops stationed overseas this Halloween, by shipping 80 pounds of candy to deployed troops, veterans, and first responders via Operation Gratitude. 

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A Night of Hope Benefit Concert is an uplifting night of Holiday music  performed by local musicians and appropriate for ALL ages. ALL of the proceeds that are generated by the event are then donated to HOPATCONG families in need.

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Whenever you purchase a Medium Utility Tote for $35 Project graduation will earn $12!

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Please pick-up a free snowman between Monday, Nov. 13th-and Nov. 21st, at borough hall.

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Jefferson Township Fire Company No. 1’s firehouse at 162 Milton Road will be transformed into The Village Marketplace with 18 arts, crafts, and merchandise vendors during The Jefferson Arts Committee’s 12th annual Christmas in the Village event on Saturday, December 2 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Located in the historically designated Village of Milton in the Milton/Oak Ridge section of Jefferson Township, admission is free as is parking.

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The Jefferson Township Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 winter season of its successful Challenger Basketball and Gym Activities program for special needs children. 

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Morris County’s Open Space Trust Fund Committee today recommended funding six 2017 open space preservation projects at a cost of nearly $2.4 million and totaling 147 acres located in six Morris County towns to the Morris County Board of Freeholders.

 

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It will soon be that time of year again when children everywhere anxiously await the arrival of Santa Claus, and the Jefferson Township Recreation Department will help fulfill those dreams even before December 25th arrives!

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Roxbury High School saw two senior athletes, Andy Axelson and Matt Dancsecs, commit to the Scarlet Knights last week for baseball and lacrosse. Two more Gaels, Tyler McDonald and Michael Christiansen, followed suit in signing letters of intent last Wednesday.

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Kids in grades 3-5 joined Robert Capra and a few other Roxbury staff members for a sports and games fundraiser on Thursday evening, November 9th at Eisenhower Middle School to support Matt Adonis as part of  “Face-Off with Team Matt”.

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Calling all of the Clark Griswold's that live within the Roxbury Region, if you can see your lights how from outer-space, than maybe this contest is for you!

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Two Roxbury High School seniors will be joining the Rutgers’ Scarlet Knights next fall. A letter of intent/college commitment ceremony was held Wednesday morning for two athletic scholars, Andrew “Andy” Axelson and Matthew “Matt” Dancsecs. Coaches, teammates, and family members joined these athletes at their signing at the high school.

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More than just an article of clothing, your coat can open opportunities for someone who needs one.

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November is almost upon us and you know what that means....NO SHAVE NOVEMBER!!!! Join the Mt. Arlington F.O.P. in raising awareness and funding for cancer research.

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The veteran Mount Arlington police officer died in a motor vehicle crash while on duty shortly after midnight in October 2011 — hit by a driver suspected of being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.

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The Project Lifesaver program has been implemented by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to provide enhanced support and assistance to Morris County residents who are primary caregivers for an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia disorder as well as families of children afflicted with Down syndrome, autism, traumatic brain injuries or cognitive impairments.

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The Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) is, once again, joining the Giving Tuesday campaign, a worldwide day of giving that encourages philanthropy and celebrates generosity. If we reach $5,000 this year it will be matched by a anonymous donor.

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Rewinding back to April 2017 we asked our over 30,000 readers to vote daily to help the Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) win a $50,000 grant from the USA Today Network. You delivered the votes and as a result of your efforts Lake Hopatcong will have a floating classroom starting in the spring of 2018.

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On Monday, November 13th, Dr. Fred Lubnow of Princeton Hydro will present the 2017 Lake Hopatcong water quality monitoring results at the Lake Hopatcong Commission meeting.  The open public meeting begins at 7pm at the Mount Arlington Civic Center, 7 Fern Road.

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The Lake Hopatcong Foundation has received an incredible amount of support from our amazing lake community with voting campaigns for grant money.  So we’re giving this Storymakers 2017 grant from TechSoup a go and we need your help! 

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Michael Wallace of Highland Lakes, NJ won the American Bass Anglers RAM American Fishing Tour, Division 10 Tournament held September 10th, 2017 on Lake Hopatcong.  

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Hopatcong Lake Regional News is pleased to continue to provide the weekly Fishing Report for the Lake Region to help inform you on what’s biting and where. Our guest author is Dows Boat Rental and Bait Shop.

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Hopatcong Lake Regional News is pleased to continue to provide the weekly Fishing Report for the Lake Region to help inform you on what’s biting and where. Our guest author is Dows Boat Rental and Bait Shop.

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On the weekend of September 23 & 24 2017 the Knee Deep Club of Lake Hopatcong will hold its Annual Fall Hybrid Striped Bass Contest on Lake Hopatcong.  

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Lake Hopatcong Foundation provides informative update to the Hopatcong Borough Council

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During the March 1, 2017, meeting the Lake Hopatcong Foundation updated the Hopatcong Borough Council on major projects that included; Water Levels, Weeds, Trails, 2017 Block Party and several other major topics.

Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF):

Martin Kane and Donna Macalle-Holly spoke on behalf of the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, as part of their normal schedule to update the Council at least once every six months.

 “This is the fifth year now for the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, and there are always two things you hear from people, the water level, and the weeds.” Stated Marty Kane.

1. The Water Level

The Lake has already started refilling this year, and hopefully, we’ll have a full lake this spring (9’ measured at the dam), which hasn’t happened in the last two years. (Note: the flow out from the dam is now only 8 cubic feet per second [cfs], which started on February 24th due to the drought conditions that still persist. Which should help the lake refill quicker.)

2. The Weeds

HydrorakingStarting on March 15, 2017, the LHF will start a pilot project using Hydro-Raking, which uses a backhoe type of arm that is mounted on a barge. This process takes up to 8” of muck off the bottom of the lake, including the plant life. The two targeted areas for the pilot are the Landing Channel and possibly Crescent Cove. LHF will be funding the entire cost of the pilot, which amounts to $44,000.

“Lake Hopatcong is much too complex to use just Hydro-Raking, so we will also be experimenting with the use of Herbicides in some areas, which we will be comparing to the normal Weed Harvesting. The LHF will work with groups and Homeowners that already use Herbicides, so we will not be incurring any costs in this area. Instead, we are funding the study from Princeton Hydro, which is $20,000.” Reported Marty and Donna.

The outcome of the study will be a document that is targeted to the Homeowners, so they can understand the different types of methods that can be used, and the Pros and Cons of each of them.

“Eventually, what I think we are going to see Long-Term is several different solutions that we will develop into a comprehensive plan on what works in different areas of the lake.” Stated Marty.

Mayor Michael Francis later challenged LHF to continue to look into using “Sterile Grass Carp” as a form of Weed control. They are used in New York and the Carolinas successfully. They are safer than Herbicides, and the fish work cheap.

LHF replied that currently Sterile Grass Carp are illegal in New Jersey, but they will continue to discuss and look into the matter.

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Lake Hopatcong Trails:

“We received a grant from DEP Trails, and the first section of the trail will be in Hopatcong, which will finish in the next couple of months.” Stated Donna

“Uniting the four communities around the lake into one trail is really taking off, 20 – 30 years from now people are going to be amazed by the trails that we have here.” Added Marty

Landing Gateway

The LHF is starting to make some headway on improving this area, so that the first time you see the Lake, it’s a positive experience. We just finished meeting with county today, and the Landing Bridge is scheduled to be redone and widen starting in 2019. There are several parcels of land that need to be purchased for the widening, so it may be 2020 before the project gets started.

Lake Hopatcong Train Station:

The roof is finally on, and we are pleased that this phase of the work is now finished. We are starting to work on the interior of the building, where the entire right side of the building will be a community center for everyone’s use. We have already scheduled a Smithsonian exhibit for 2019, so the work has to be fully completed by that time.

LHF Block Party:

LeeLee Moreau updated the Borough Council regarding their fourth annual Block Party that is scheduled for May 13, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Lee stated, “We like to think of this as a virtual Main Street for Lake Hopatcong for one day, as it represents all of the four communities and their businesses.

Hopatcong EMS, Fire and the Police Department are already onboard to support the event.

Last year under somewhat rainy skies, we had over 2,000 attendees, and this year if the weather is better we expect up to 3,000 attendees (50% Increase).

We still need the Borough’s assistance in electronic signage and assistance with the shuttles, and we are working with the High Schools, Boy and Girl Scouts and Veterans to recruit volunteers for the event.

 

Watch for additional articles from the Hopatcong Borough Council meeting that will cover the Lake Hopatcong Cruises, and the Lake Hopatcong Museum subjects that also occurred during the meeting.

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