Week of July 8, 2016
In Roxbury Township Public Schools, our students and schools are involved with more than just academics. They are active members of the community who give their time and efforts to important causes. Check out all the upcoming events happening throughout Roxbury in the coming weeks.

Sarah Richman, Roxbury Field Hockey Evangelist

Photo Credit: Tap Into Roxbury
In hopes of increasing local interest in field hockey by exposing girls to it at a young age, Roxbury High School rising senior Sarah Richman hosted an instructional clinic at the school recently.

At Richman's recent clinic, girls in grades five through eight learned fundamentals of playing field hockey and the rules of the sport while running some mini-games meant to hone their skills, according to a recent press release.

Richman organized the clinic for her Girl Scout Gold Award project, and had some of her high school teammates help demonstrate and explain drills. She was very happy with the results of the camp.

Her next step is to contact Roxbury Recreation Director Keith Knudsen to check on the feasibility of starting a field hockey recreation program in Roxbury that could influence more girls to opt for playing the sport in high school.

Richman can be reached at for more information on field hockey.

Click here to read the full story in Tap Into Roxbury.
1st Annual Roxbury Soccer Fun Day

The Roxbury High School Boys Soccer Parents Association is holding its First Annual Roxbury Soccer Fun Day on  August 20th at the Roxbury High School Soccer Fields. Register early for this event by downloading the registration form here!
Attention Vendors: Join Us for a Shopping Market Place!

The Roxbury High School Girls Volleyball team is hosting a Fall Shopping Marketplace on  Sunday, October 9  from  11:00 am to 3 pm . We're seeking vendors to participate in this fun-filled shopping day! Registrations for new vendors will be begin on  July 10 . If you're a crafter or vendor with goods you'd like to sell, come join us. Click here for additional vendor information.
George Fenske; A Life of Serving Beloved Roxbury

If you have been in Roxbury for a few years, you likely have heard the name George Fenske. 

Fenskie, a long time Roxbury resident has served the town in many capacities including Roxbury Police Chief, our Roxbury Schools Director of Transportation and bus driver, and more recently as president of the Ever Young Senior Citizen group. 

Click here to read a great profile of him that was recently published in Tap Into Roxbury.

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Information from Roxbury Township and Local Organizations
The latest edition of the Township's "Weekly What's Happening E-Newsletter" filled with upcoming district, township, and recreation events for all ages!

'Free To Breathe' Anti-Lung Cancer Walk in Roxbury in October
Free to Breathe, a national nonprofit lung cancer research and advocacy organization, has opened registration for its seventh annual Lung Cancer Walk in Succasunna on Sunday, October 2.

The event will be held at Horseshoe Lake Park and include a welcome rally, kids dash and one or two mile walk on a picturesque course that winds around baseball fields and Horseshow Lake. To register, visit

Online registration before September 28th is $25 and participants can register as individuals or as a team. The top three individual fundraisers and top three fundraising teams will be recognized on event day. The fee includes entry into the event, a 2016 Free to Breathe t-shirt, refreshments and entertainment. In addition to the walk, this year's event will feature a bake sale, family friendly activities and music from a local DJ.

Free to Breathe is a partnership of lung cancer survivors, advocates, researchers, healthcare professionals and industry leaders who are united in the belief that every person with lung cancer deserves a cure. Free to Breathe is committed to doubling survival by 2022 because the five-year lung cancer survival rate has increased only slightly in a decade, from 15 percent to 17 percent. The organization focuses on accelerating research, helping patients understand treatment options and ensuring patients benefit from innovative therapies that save lives. To learn more visit

For all the event details, click here to read the coverage in the Roxbury Register.

Lake Hopatcong Foundation Plans Annual Gala and Auction
The Lake Hopatcong Foundation, a 501©3 charitable organization dedicated to improving Lake Hopatcong will host the annual Gala and Auction on Saturday, July 30, at the historical Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club on Bertrand Island.

The gala offers an evening of food and drink, coupled with silent and public auctions of collectibles, artwork, experiences and gifts. Hank Shapiro will be the evening's musical guest.

All money raised will support the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, which supports projects and initiatives on the lake including water quality, safety, education, and community building.

Click here to read the full article on this event from the Roxbury Register.

Lake Foundation Sponsors 'Shop Local' Campaign
For the fourth year in a row, The Lake Hopatcong Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, is supporting area businesses with its "Shop Local Lake Hopatcong" campaign.

The foundation's intent is that the residents will view the four towns surrounding the lake as their "local downtown" and, by shopping and partaking of the services available, will help keep it a vibrant part of the economy.

Beginning this Friday, July 1, anyone who shops local, takes a picture and posts it on social media with #shoplocallakehopatcong will automatically be entered to win lake prizes, including floating tubes and rafts. Interested parties should follow the Lake Hopatcong Foundation's social media pages for full participation in the event: Facebook (LakeHopatcongFoundation), Twitter (@thisisyourlake), Instagram (LakeHopatcong) and Pinterest (LakeHopatcong).

This year the Lake Hopatcong Foundation is using Woobox, an app that automatically gathers up all the social media posts using #shoplocallakehopatcong from midnight on July 1 to 11:59 p.m. on July 31 and will generate the random winners of the lake prizes. LHF's direct link for Woobox is

Click here to read the full article in the Roxbury Register.

Residents Can 'Adopt A Road' in Roxbury Township
Roxbury Clean Communities h as proposed what it calls a "simple and fun way to be a part of the community."

Roxbury's Adopt-a-Road and Adopt-a-Spot programs are looking for individuals, school groups, churches, or businesses willing to donate some time to continue to keep the township trash and litter free. 

Click here for more information on this program from the Roxbury Register.
Roxbury Recreation Upcoming Programs and Events!

Roxbury Recreations sports and activities are now posted

Check out their new listing for Country Fit which incorporates country music and dance for an amazing workout! Click here to view the flyer!

Boys Basketball Camp for Grades 2-4 -  July 11-14 - Click here to learn about this upcoming camp.

Boys Basketball Camp for Grades 5-9 - July 11-14 - Click here to learn about this upcoming camp.

Girls Basketball Camp for Grades 3-5 - July 11-14 - Click here for the registration form.

Girls Basketball Camp for Grades 6-8 - July 18-21 - Click here for the registration form.

Jr. Gaels Football 2016 - Begins August 1 - Click here   for more information about registration.

Minecraft Enginering with LEGO at Roxbury Recreation - August 15-19 - Click here to read more about this summer camp.

Wrestling Camp - July 18-21 -  Click here to view the Roxbury Wrestling Camp.

NFL Instructional Flag Football Clinic -  Begins August 22nd. - Click here to view the flyer.

Roxbury Soccer Club Fall Registration Registration window open until Sept 10th - Click here to view flyer.

Roxbury Public Library Events: 

Click here to view the Roxbury Library's upcoming Calendar of Events for adults and children.

'Exercise Your Mind' this summer at the Roxbury Township Public Library  
Click here to read upcoming events this summer at the Roxbury Library posted in the Roxbury Register.

Adult Summer Reading Program
Date: Through August 8, 2016
Location: Roxbury Public Library  
All participants are encouraged to enter our weekly drawings for gift cards. The program will run for ten weeks with weekly Monday drawings through August 8th. Registration is required. To register call the library at 973-584-2400 ext. 501 or e-mail .

Youth Services Summer Reading 
Date: Ongoing
Location: Roxbury Public Library  
Children and teens can sign up for summer reading and start logging their hours and can start signing up for select programs beginning Monday, June 20. Visit our website at for more information. 

Call the library at 973-584-2400 Ext. 501 or e-mail for general info and information on registrations or appointments as necessary for some programs.   
Upcoming Events in Roxbury

Roxbury Community Summer Blood Drive 
Date:  Sunday July 17, 2016 
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Location:  Roxbury Senior Center, 72 Eyland Avenue, Succasunna 

Help save lives and donate blood! First 50 donors will receive a coupon for a free Skyscraper at Cliff's Homemade Ice Cream.  To schedule an appointment please visit . Age 16-17 must bring have NJBS Parental Consent Form signed. Please remember to eat, drink and bring ID. Event helps local student earn a scholarship

Free Concert Summer Series
Captains of Leisure 
Date:  Friday, July 15, 2016 
Time: 7:00 p.m. 
Location: Horseshoe Lake Bandshell, 72 Eyland Avenue, Succasunna 

Chris Westfall 
Date: Friday, July 22, 2016 
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Horseshoe Lake Bandshell, 72 Eyland Avenue, Succasunna 

The Kootz
Date: Friday, July 29, 2016  
Time: 6:00 p.m. 
Location: Horseshoe Lake Bandshell, 72 Eyland Avenue, Succasunna 

In case of inclement weather, event will be held inside the Investors Bank Theater. Visit for more information. Sponsored by Roxbury Arts Alliance and Investors Bank Theater.

Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce Upcoming Events

Community Yard Sale Returns to Roxbury
Last year there were food trucks and more than a 120 vendors and are hoping for an even bigger turnout this year!
Vendors vary from local businesses and corporations to individual home owners. Tables must be provided by the individual vendors. The Chamber is just renting the space for the day of the sale.

For more information regarding the Roxbury Chamber of Commerce, please click here!
First U.S. Fistball Team Seeks Help Funding Historic Squad

The nation's first U.S. U18 girls fistball team, a group of North Jersey girls bound for the world championships in Germany this month, is looking for donations to help smooth the path to Germany.

The team has set up a  Generosity fundraising page, hoping to gather $2,500 in donations for the upcoming trip. All costs to send the girls to the tournament are self-funded, and each family of the players is spending $2,200, said U.S. Fistball Association President Bob Feid.

Click here to read more about this event as published in Tap Into Roxbury!
 Tri-Harder Kids Triathlon in Roxbury
SAVE THE DATE - 11th Annual Wiffle Ball Tournament

Click here to download the registration form.

Police wiffle ball tourney will benefit Roxbury teen with cancer 
Click here to read more from the Roxbury Register!

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Registrations are now being accepted for the Roxbury Community School Preschool for the 2016/2017 school year

For more information about our high-quality program and to register for the Roxbury Community School Preschool, please visit,!

The Roxbury Community School Preschool program is a tuition-based program open to children ages 3-5 as of 10/1/2016 and runs congruently with the district calendar and is open to non-Roxbury residents as well!
Registration for Roxbury Summer Camps are still being accepted!
Our events and programs are open to Roxbury and non-Roxbury residents. You can register for all camps at

- Accents on Dance Camps for JULY and AUGUST (Ages 5-14+)

- Ceramics Camps (Gr 1-8) - 7/11/16-7/22/16 and 7/25/16-8/5/16 - Roxbury HS

- Mad Science (Grades K-6) - August Camps 

- Young Rembrandts (Grades 1-6) - August Camps - Additional Camps Now Offered!

- Kujenga Robotics and Coding (Ages 6 - 13+)

- Tennis Camp with Coach Miller (Ages 5-18) - July 2016 

- College Essay Writing 1-on-1 Sessions (Grs 11-12) - July and August - RHS

- Kaplan SAT Prep 

- Lentz & Lentz SAT Prep
Getting Paid to Talk
Summer Workshop

Date: Thursday, July 21, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Roxbury High School, Room A105 
Cost: $15 per person

To register for the upcoming class,  click here!

Date:  Thursday, October 6, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Roxbury High School, Room A105 
Cost:  $15 per person

To register for the upcoming class, click here!
One of the more interesting continuing education classes we offer is "Getting Paid to Talk," a single-evening introduction to Voice Acting class that's presented by a company called Voice Coaches. We're presenting the class again in a couple of months.
This class is especially appealing to educators and instructors who use their voices professionally already. It's a fun and enlightening evening that offers up a lot of great information about the field of Voice Acting. Learn more at .
Voice Coaches has been featured in articles in the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, Tampa Tribune, Newsday, and dozens of other newspapers around the country. They are a member of the Better Business Bureau, the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, and the American Society for Training and Development.
Adult ESL Course Offered this Fall

These classes would be "survivor English" with basic instruction including listening, speaking, reading, and writing in order for adults to more fully involve themselves in the community. Shopping, filling out forms, using a public library, finding your way around, interacting with your community, group discussion, speaking with people you meet, description of jobs and job applications, and much more!  Students must purchase a textbook and workbook for this class.  These materials can be purchased through  Registration deadline is Monday, August 29th.
Location:  Roxbury High School, A103
Dates:  Tuesdays - September 13 through December 13, 2016 - 14 Weeks  
Time(s): 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuition Cost:  $154 per student per semester (cost doesn't include books/student materials)
Click here to register now!
2016/2017 Aerobics with Annette Buzzelli  

Sign up now for an exhilarating fitness program that is a COMPLETE body workout that is as effective as it is fun!  This three-part program designed by Jackie Sorenson includes:  (1) Great abdominal workout;  (2) Weight training to strengthen your muscles, bones, and heart;  (3) Dynamic cardiovascular dance routines, all set to a wide variety of current popular music. 

Come "sweat and smile" with us as you work at your own individual level.
INSTRUCTOR:  Annette Buzzelli, Certified Sorenson Instructor, 973-927-9326 
LOCATION:  Kennedy Elementary School Gymnasium
TIME:  7 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
DATES:  Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning September 13, 2016
COST:  $99 per person per session

Click here to register for Fall, Winter, and Spring dates!
2016/2017 Yoga for Beginners

Sign up now for the beginner class that introduces the fundamental principles of alignment and breath work in a flow of postures linked together by the breath. Students will be introduced to yoga postures through step-by-step verbal description and demonstration. Emphasis is placed on student understanding, safety, and stability within each pose. Gradually these poses will be linked together into a gentle flowing sequence. If you have never tried yoga this is the class for you, designed to meet the needs of those new to yoga as well as those seeking continued understanding of basic yoga poses. This course is ideal for teens and adults.  
Peggy Sugrue
Location:  Franklin School, All-Purpose Room
Times:  6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Dates: Tuesdays - 10 Classes
Cost: $100 for 10 classes

Click here to register for Fall, Winter, and Spring dates!
Interior Design Workshops

Join Wendy Wrzos, a certified Interior Design Specialist and owner of the Blue Giraffe design company, for the following upcoming workshops for those individuals looking to buy or sell a home or homeowners looking for an update!

Wendy Wrzos -- Check out Wendy's Blog here!

Location:  Roxbury High School, Room A102

Cost: $20 per person per session

Organizing and Decluttering Your Home

Date:  Thursday, September 15, 2016
Time:  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Let's get organized and clear the clutter! Please bring all of your questions and photographs to this fun and interactive class. We will share lots of helpful tips, ideas, and give you a designer's perspective on how to control the chaos, save time, and find the easiest solutions for you and your home!
How to Sell Your Home - Staging 101
Date: Monday, October 17, 2016
Time:  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Before you call the Realtor, let's talk! Did you know that a home that is prepared for sale will attract more buyers, sell more quickly, and yield a higher price? You can stage your own home; we will show you how to begin, where to save money, and what you must do to make the best, first impression!
How to Decorate Your Own Home
Date: Monday, October 24, 2016
Time:  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Do you love your home? You home should be your favorite place to be. Come to the class and we'll share lots of designer secrets for making your home comfortable and beautiful. Bring your questions and photographs, so that we can chat about the best way to place furniture, display accessories, control clutter, use of colors and more!
Color Your Home with Paint
Date:  Monday,  December 5, 2016
Time:  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Choosing paint can be an overwhelming task for anyone, so why not come to our class and learn a few basic ideas before you start. We will show you why some colors will always work in your home (and which one's you should avoid). How to play it safe (without being boring) and how to add the perfect pop of color to what you already have.

Hypnosis Workshops

Join Barry Wolfson for a special set of workshops for Smoking Cessation, Weight Loss, and Relaxation through Hypnosis. Each workshop includes hypnosis exercises, discussion, and an option CD for $18, which assists in reinforcing immediate results.
Hypnosis is a medically approved method of tapping the normally inaccessible power of the mind and correcting negative behavior. 

Barry Wolfson
Location:  Roxbury High School, Room A103
Times:  6:30 to 9:15 p.m. (time frams varies depending on which session you register for)
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Cost: $50 per person per session

2016/2017 Community School  Programs/Trips

Adult Programs / Kids' Corner
Program planning for the 2016/2017 school year has already begun. Find scheduled programs for kids at and for adults at

Check back over the summer for the new additions to this year's line up! 

Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Every year the Community School takes a bus into New York City to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.  There is no better way to ring in the holiday spirit than a visit to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular while leaving the driving into Manhattan to someone else.
Enjoy prime seating and have a chance to take a picture with Santa!
Trip Date:  Sunday, November 20, 2016
Departure from Roxbury High School Parking Lot:  12:30 p.m.
Return to Roxbury High School Parking Lot:  approximately 8:00 p.m.
Show Time:  5:00 p.m. 
Seating:  Side Orchestra Section
Cost:  $85.00/per person (Includes Show Ticket and Bus Transportation. Bus has bathroom on board and luxury seating) 
Discount Opportunities: (documentation may be requested)
- Roxbury School District Employee - Ticket Price is $80.00 per person (5% off per ticket) 
- Senior Citizen Discount (65 +) -  Ticket Price is $80.00 per person (5% off per ticket) 
Click here to reserve your tickets now!
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Upcoming Board of Education Meetings

7/25/2016 - Regular (Note: This meeting will be in the Roxbury HS Media Center)
8/15/2016 - Regular (Note: This meeting will be in the Roxbury HS Auditorium)
9/6/2016 - Workshop (Note: This meeting will be held on Tuesday, instead of Monday)
9/19/2016 - Regular
10/4/2016 - Workshop (Note: This meeting will be held on Tuesday, instead of Monday)
10/17/2016 - Regular
11/7/2016 - Workshop
11/21/2016 - Regular
12/5/2016 - Workshop
12/19/2016 - Regular
1/3/2017 - Reoganization (Note: This meeting will be held on Tuesday, instead of Monday)

Location: Lincoln-Roosevelt School Auditorium (unless indicated otherwise)

Time: 7:30 p.m. 

View the Meetings and Minutes Page here
Check the Virtual Backpack
Here we will feature events of organizations, clubs, and teams throughout our communities that serve to enrich the lives of our students. This page is updated at least twice a month.
Check Your Honeywell Settings!
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