Roxys Best Of Community Posts

Roxy and a team of local bloggers share the best kid stuff, restaurants, food and wine, shopping, home and personal services, art, culture, and local community events… starting in New Jersey, expanded to San Francisco, Laguna Beach, Austin TX, Hartford CT and coming soon to a town near you!

Oct
17

New Baseball and Softball Classes, as well as Free Workshops, at RBIs in Randolph, NJ

RBIs in Randolph, NJ has just announced a series of November and December Baseball and Softball classes for ages 9 and up. The classes are designed for players to not only work on fundamentals and mechanics but also their approach at the plate, defense in the field, and the mental part of the game. [...]

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Oct
17

Branchburg Blaze Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Spectacular 2012 Season

The Branchburg Blaze Girls Fast-Pitch Softball organization celebrated their 10th year in 2012 and did so in a very big way. The Blaze had a roster of 36 girls over 3 different age groups. They played a continuous schedule from April – July.
Their 10 and Under Team (10u) went a record [...]

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Oct
05

Cupcake Wars: Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe in Chester, NJ

London and Maddie still don’t eat many vegetables, so they can live without Top Chef’s gourmet meals, but they love each and every one of the reality TV baking/dessert shows…we started our addiction two years ago when my sweet niece Candy was a judge on Top Chef Just Desserts, and Santa brought the girls their [...]

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Sep
28

VNA Rummage Sale Returns to Far Hills: October 5, 6 and 7th, 2012

As usual, I didn’t get my back-to-school cleaning done in time to get my donations to the VNA Rummage Sale in Far Hills, NJ.  But there’s no reason why you and I can’t join fellow treasure hunters and bargain shoppers at the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills’ (VNA) Fall Rummage Sale which will be [...]

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May
09

Pure Form 2012 - Ballet Forte Showcase at Bickford Theatre in Morristown Thursday, June 14th 2012

Pure Form 2012, the Ballet Forte Showcase coming to the Bickford Theatre in Morristown on Thursday, June 14th at 7:30pm, celebrates the achievements of some of New Jersey’s most talented young dancers.
Join Ballet Forte New Jersey founder and artistic director Andrea Kramer for an evening of classical, ballet and contemporary dance, showcasing the rising stars [...]

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Apr
23

Hexagon Players Presents Little Shop of Horrors: Friday, May 11th - Sunday, May 13th and Friday, May 18th - Saturday, May 19th

Hexagon Players of Mendham will present Little Shop Of Horrors (music by Alan Menken and book and lyrics by Howard Ashman) at Grace Lutheran Church, 65 Main Street, Mendham, on Friday, May 11 (7:30 pm), Saturday, May 12 ( 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm), Sunday, May 13 (2:00 pm), Friday, May 18 (7:30 pm) [...]

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Mar
05

Mendham Township Middle School Presents Dear Edwina Jr. This Thursday, March 8th Through Saturday, March 10th

The Mendham Township Middle School and the Mendham Township Recreation Department are pleased to present Dear Edwina Jr., a musical about the joys of growing up. Edwina Spoonapple is an advice-giver extraordinaire who stages “The Dear Edwina Show” every Sunday afternoon from her garage. She gives advice through songs on topics such as [...]

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Mar
04

Hexagon Players Spring Auditions for Little Shop of Horrors Scheduled for Sunday, March 11th and Tuesday, March 13th

Hexagon Players of Mendham will hold auditions for its May production of “Little Shop of Horrors” (music by Alan Menken, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman). Auditions for teens and adults will take place on Sunday, March 11th at 2:00 pm and Tuesday, March 13th at 7:00 pm at Grace Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall [...]

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Feb
14

Back to the Drawing Board: Mendham Township Superintendent Kris Harrison Moves On at End of June 2012

Yesterday, I received the following eBlast from the Mendham Township Board of Education:
“It is with regret that the Board of Education informs you that Kristopher Harrison has notified us of his intent to end his tenure as superintendent of schools at the conclusion of the 2011-2012 school year. It is his desire to pursue [...]

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Jan
26

UPDATED TIMES: Mendham Little League Baseball and Softball Player Evaluations Scheduled for January 28 and February 5, 2012

Registration for Mendham Little League baseball and softball remains open at mendhamlittleleague.org. Player evaluations will be held at Mendham High School’s gym.
Saturday January 28
Baseball 9am-11:30pm
Softball 11:30pm-1:00pm
Sunday February 5
Softball 10-11:30
Baseball 12:30-2:30
All boys in AAA Minors or Majors or girls in Minors or Majors must be evaluated. This includes returning boys playing the Majors.

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Jan
17

Spring Fever…Mendham Little League Baseball and Softball Player Evaluations Scheduled for January 28 and February 5, 2012

London and Maddie returned from ice skating at Bryant Park and cupcakes at Crumbs’ Bakery in NYC on Martin Luther King Day to a two-hour delayed opening at Mendham Township Middle School and Elementary School this morning due to the hail and sleet and ice on the roads…so I can’t really claim that Spring is [...]

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Jan
03

London’s First Chance at the Mendham Township Middle School Play: Dear Edwina Jr. Coming in March 2012

This afternoon, London and her Mendham Township Middle School classmates are meeting to learn about auditions for this year’s school play, Dear Edwina Jr.
According to Wikipedia, Dear Edwina is a musical by Zina Goldrich (music) and Marcy Heisler (book and lyrics). A children’s one-hour musical, it concerns a young girl who gives her neighborhood friends [...]

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Dec
22

Christmas Present Crisis…John’s Painting and Basking Ridge Electric to the Rescue!

This year, the big item on London and Maddie’s Christmas wish list was “new bedrooms”…and we’ve been working on making it happen this week. Yesterday, John’s Painting (908-604-8759) from Basking Ridge did an awesome job. Maddie asked for Benjamin Moore’s Aquarius (788) blue walls and Bainbridge Blue (749) trim; London also chose Aquarius [...]

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Oct
25

Roxy’s Secret Is Out…I Love Love Love My Mechanic: Moro Automotive in Mendham, NJ

Before I met Dennis Moro of Moro Automotive in Mendham, my service calls at the car dealer sounded something like this:

“It’s gonna cost you a grand just to open her up and take a look.  Of course, we’ll credit that against your [sky's-the-limit] total repair bill once we find the problem.”
“I know you brought her [...]

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Oct
14

Maddie and London’s Costumes Have Arrived…Ready for the Bay Head Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 30th

I know I’ve told you before, and I’ll tell you again…our family takes Halloween very very seriously. Even before London was a glimmer in our eyes, Rex and I would sit out on the porch of our beach house in Bay Head, New Jersey, on the Sunday before Halloween, and the crowds of ghosts, goblins, [...]

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Oct
13

Peanut Butter and Honey Love Their New Groomer: A+ Style Leash in Gladstone, NJ

As many of my loyal readers know, our family has two beautiful cockapoos from Mulberry Farm.  Peanut Butter is 19 months old, and Honey is just a 6-month-old puppy.  Now my loyal readers also know that the road to hell is paved with Roxy’s good intentions, and poor Peanut Butter’s fluffy coat had become shaggy and matted [...]

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Sep
11

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Hexagon Players’ Production of Wizard of Oz

Follow the yellow brick road to Bernards High as London makes her debut with Hexagon Players as they present one of the best loved musicals of all time…The Wizard of Oz. The outstanding cast, led by Director and Hexagon President Debbie Kirsch of Bernardsville, draws on talent from many local communities.
The Wizard of Oz, which [...]

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Sep
11

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to London’s Debut with Hexagon Players in the Wizard of Oz

Follow the yellow brick road to Bernards High as London makes her debut with Hexagon Players as they present one of the best loved musicals of all time…The Wizard of Oz. The outstanding cast, led by Director and Hexagon President Debbie Kirsch of Bernardsville, draws on talent from many local communities.
The Wizard of Oz, which [...]

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Aug
09

London Ready for Fall Dance Classes at Ballet Forte in Chester, NJ

Through dance and softball, my two daughters, London and Maddie, have found their respective passions. I’ve always believed that having that kind of passion is a positive for everything in life. For me, it was radio stations. I dreamed of becoming a disc jockey and owning radio stations, and always found a way to [...]

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Aug
09

Maddie’s Found a Home: Join Her at RBIs Baseball (and Softball) Academy in Randolph, NJ for Fall Ball Baseball and Softball Workouts August 23-25

While it has taken my tomboy, Maddie, a little longer than her older sister, London (the dancer), to find her passion, she’s found it in softball and just can’t get enough. This spring, Maddie pitched for our 3rd and 4th grade rec league team, the Mendham Minors Mets, who went 13-0 in the regular season [...]

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Aug
09

Randolph Gymnastics: Register Now for Fall Session and Get 10% Off

Friends and loyal readers know that Roxy is more of a procrastinator than a planner, but we also know that the early bird catches the worm, and today I learned of an early bird discount for London’s gymnastics classes that is just too good to pass up.
Register NOW (through August 31st) for the Fall Session [...]

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Aug
02

Jedi Clam Eaters, Sherman Brothers Band and DJ Trish Fans Alert: 16th Annual Clam Bake in Bay Head, NJ on Saturday, August 20th

Since my two girls are Jedi clam eaters, it may surprise you to know that we’ve never participated in the Annual Clam Bake to benefit the Bay Head Fire Company #1.
There’s a first time for everything, they say, and this may be our year…DJ Trish stopped by Roxy’s Bay Head Blog to let me know [...]

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Jul
06

Dog Nose Best…New Dog Training Class for Kids at Somerset Hills YMCA

For the first time ever The Family Dog is offering group classes for children and their dogs. It’s just in time for summer and promises to be great FUN for all. Held for one hour each Tuesday evening at the YMCA in Somerset Hills, Dog NOSE Best classes will turn your dog into a SUPER [...]

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Jun
15

London and Maddie are Rockin’ the Steven Tyler Feather Hair Extensions Thanks to Madeline at the Arrangement in Ledgewood, NJ

Every week since Steven Tyler started sporting feathers in his hair on Season 10 of American Idol, one more of London and Maddie’s friends shows up at school with feather hair extensions. And no, if London and Maddie’s friends show up with tattoos or nipple piercings, my girls won’t be following that trend…but the feathers seemed [...]

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May
29

What to Expect When You’re Expecting…a Puppy. Family Dog Clinics at Well Bred in Chester, NJ.

It’s been just about a year since I reported to our loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives and Roxy’s Best Of… readers that we had added our first cockapoo puppy, Peanut Butter, to our family. And just like I had my two girls 13 months apart, we’re expecting again…a Cockapoo sister for Peanut Butter, 8-week-old Honey…is due next weekend.  Right now, it feels [...]

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May
29

What to Expect When You’re Expecting…a Puppy. Family Dog Clinics at Well Bred in Chester, NJ.

It’s been just about a year since I reported to our loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives and Roxy’s Best Of… readers that we had added our first cockapoo puppy, Peanut Butter, to our family. And just like I had my two girls 13 months apart, we’re expecting again…a Cockapoo sister for Peanut Butter, 8-week-old Honey…is due [...]

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May
07

Best Mother’s Day Present Ever…Life in Motion Photography Captures Mendham Minors Mets in Action

Yep, I’ve neglected my blog lately, right here at Roxy’s Best Of… and over on Roxiticus Desperate Housewives.  However, I have a terrific reason, and it starts with Mendham Little League girls softball.  As my 9-year-old daughter Maddie puts it, “none of the dads had enough time to coach our softball team full time, so my [...]

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May
05

Mendham Little League Heart of the Diamond Tribute to Jim Turner on Saturday, May 21, 2011

On Saturday, May 21, Mendham Little League is sponsoring a “Heart of the Diamond” Tribute to Jim Turner.  The event begins with a 3:00pm Softball and Whiffle Ball Tournament and Homerun Derby on the Brookside Fields (adjacent to the Brookside Community Club).  The price for adults and kids is $10/person.
In the evening, the festivities continue [...]

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Apr
07

Mendham Little League Sponsors Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic Thursday, April 14th

Attn. Softball and Baseball Managers, Coaches, Game Coordinators, and any parent who may “Pinch Hit” on the field. 
Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Training is mandatory for Coaches, Managers, and any parent who wants to help out on the field at games or practice.  Mendham Little League’s policy is that any manager, coach or parent who helps on [...]

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Mar
18

Mendham Hoops Action: 6th Grade Boys Garden State League Basketball Championship and More

Our Mendham Patriot Boys 6th grade team in the top division of the Garden State League has won their conference regular season championship and advanced to the final of the year-end tournament. Mendham defeated defending champion Morristown 51-39 on Tuesday in the semifinal game.
Mendham will host the championship game against Montgomery this Saturday, March 19th [...]

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Mar
11

Local March Madness on Selection Sunday 3/13: Mendham vs. Chester Girls Basketball 3:30pm at Mendham Township Middle School

The Mendham Patriots 5th grade girls’ travel basketball team finished their inaugural season in the Garden State League with 11 wins and 3 losses. After receiving a first round bye Mendham now opens the playoffs at home against arch rival Chester. Chester is fresh off a stunning victory at Hanover and is looking to avenge [...]

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Mar
03

Bernards High School Presents GODSPELL March 11, 12 and 13

Bernards High School will present GODSPELL, one of the most popular musicals of all time, an uplifting, modern day interpretation of the gospel, according to Matthew, on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at 7 pm and Sunday, March 13 at 2:30 pm at the SHSD Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Bernards High School, [...]

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Feb
17

Mendham Little League Rocks! Fundraiser Saturday, March 5th, 2011 at 7pm

Yankee pitchers and catchers reported to spring training on Valentine’s Day, so London and Maddie’s softball season can’t be far behind. Mendham Little League is getting us ready ahead of time with a rockin’ fundraiser on Saturday, March 5th at the Brookside Community Club.
Saturday, March 5th, 7:00
Brookside Community Club
$75 Per Person Presale ($90 @ the [...]

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Jan
28

Follow the Yellow Brick Road! Auditions for Mendham Hexagon Players Production of Wizard of Oz

The yellow brick road may be covered in a foot of snow, but that won’t stop Hexagon Players of Mendham. Wizard of Oz auditions are scheduled for Wednesday, February 16th at 6:00pm & Friday, February 18th at 6:00pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 65 East Main Street in Mendham, NJ.
London has been preparing since we saw [...]

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Jan
18

Mendham Township Family Skate Night at Mennen Arena Set for Friday, January 21st

Yesterday, our family started what I hope will be an annual tradition to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday…we went in to NYC, starting our day with cupcakes at Crumbs Cupcake Bakery, followed by ice skating at The Pond in Bryant Park.  We had such a good time skating together that I decided to look up when the [...]

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Jan
13

CANCELLED: New York Knicks Legend Walt Frazier at Mendham Books Thursday, January 13th at 7:00 PM

Just received an email from Mendham Books that this event has been cancelled. New York Knicks Legend Walt Frazier will be visiting Mendham Books on Thursday, January 13th at 7:00pm to sign copies of his book, Rockin’ Steady: A Guide to Basketball & Cool.
For millions of basketball fans in the 1970’s, Walt “Clyde” Frazier defined [...]

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Jan
05

Mendham Little League Softball and Baseball Evaluations January 29th and February 6th, Register Now

Ask London or Maddie, Rex or me what’s the best new thing our family did last year and you’ll get a consistent answer (complete with whoop whoop): being a part of the Mendham Minor League Softball Champion Yankees.  We watched the Yankees come together as a team over the spring season after they started out [...]

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Jan
05

Martin Luther King Jr Day Open Workout at Randolph Gymnastics: Monday, January 17th

Just when you thought your kids were back in school and you were ready for a little “me time” at the spa, they’re running around the house, bouncing off the walls, and hollering about a day off to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Well, you could take them to the library to learn about MLK [...]

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Dec
16

Winter Break Open Workout at Randolph Gymnastics: Monday, December 27th and Wednesday, December 29th

London just came home from Randolph Gymnastics with an invitation to their Winter Break Open Workouts from 1:00pm - 3:00pm on Monday, December 27th and Wednesday, December 29th.
The cost is only $12.00 per child per day, and includes 2 hours of fun:

All gymnastics equipment
All inflatable: air track, castle and slide
Rock wall climbing at the Randolph Climbing [...]

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Nov
28

Making Plans for Nutcracker 2010: Garden State Ballet Performances Scheduled for December 4, 10, 12 and 18

The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a performance of the Nutcracker. Last year, for the first time, our family checked out a local performance by Garden State Ballet, where the girls study ballet and modern dance at the Randolph, NJ studio.  This year, London was invited to participate in the Nutcracker, but we weren’t ready to give up [...]

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Nov
20

Last Chance to See Hexagon Players Performance of Annie…Two Shows Today!

Rex and I took London, Maddie, and two of their good buddies to see last night’s performance of Annie by the Hexagon Players of Mendham. It was amazingly good, so if you have the chance to see the show today (Saturday, November 20th) at 2:00pm this afternoon or 7:30pm tonight, do check online and see [...]

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Nov
11

Kick Off Your Holiday Shopping with Home Gymnastics Equipment from Randolph Gymnastics

A few years back, Rex and I decided to turn our basement “frat house” into more of a home gym and gymnastics/dance studio. We hired Basking Ridge Glass & Mirror (908-766-9199) to install a custom mirror wall, ordered a ballet barre for the girls, and filled out the rest of the space with gymnastics equipment [...]

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Nov
10

When Black Friday Comes…Burn Off the Turkey with an Open Workout at Randolph Gymnastics

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is only two weeks away, and with it comes Black Friday. Whether you’ll be sleeping in on Black Friday or out the door at 5am to hit the malls and big box retailers, you’ll be able to burn off that Thanksgiving turkey with an open workout at Randolph Gymnastics from 1:00pm [...]

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Nov
09

Bernards High School Presents Tolkien’s Hobbit in Bernardsville NJ on November 19, 20, 21

Bernards High School and the Somerset Hills School District is thrilled to bring to life one of the most beloved classics of all time with its fall drama, The Hobbit. Based on the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, this stage adaptation takes us to Middle Earth where Bilbo Baggins, one of the most conservative of all [...]

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Nov
02

Mendham Basketball Recreational League Evaluations Scheduled for Saturday, November 13th

Halloween was a great night to catch up with the parents of all the devils, vampires, punks, bumblebees, babies, and Greek goddesses in Mendham, and it seems like all of London and Maddie’s friends will be coming out for Mendham Patriots basketball recreational league this winter.
Parity evaluations for boys in grades 5-8 and girls in grades 4-8 will be [...]

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Nov
01

Blogging Out Hunger Returns

My friend Deb over on Jersey Bites invited me to join the 2nd Blogging out Hunger campaign to help raise awareness and donations for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey — the largest food bank in the state.  Two years ago, when Roxy’s Best Of… New Jersey, Roxiticus Desperate Housewives and Roxy’s Bay Head Blog participated in [...]

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Oct
26

Oops…Mendham Patriots Travel Basketball Try-Outs Continue Tonight, Tomorrow and Thursday, October 26th through 28th

Remember the year I couldn’t convince London and Maddie to spend their Saturday mornings at Mendham Patriots basketball clinics? And then for the past two years, they couldn’t get enough, and wished the season would never end, until they discovered Mendham Little League softball?  Well, maybe because I couldn’t convince them to try out for [...]

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Oct
20

Hexagon Players of Mendham Presents Annie: November 12, 13, 14, 19, and 20

Hexagon Players of Mendham presents “Annie” coming to Bernards High Auditorium in Bernardsville. Performance dates include Novermber 12th at 7:30 pm, November 13th and 14th at 2:00 pm, November 19th at 7:30 pm and November 20th at 2:00 and 7:30 pm. Cast members include children and adults from several New Jersey towns. Tickets now on [...]

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Oct
14

Mendham Patriots Travel Basketball Tryouts Scheduled for Saturday, October 23rd

Mendham Patriots tryouts for boys and girls travel basketball teams will be held on Saturday, October 23rd, and from October 25th to 28th, at the Mendham Township Middle School. Travel players must register before October 23rd in order to be eligible to tryout. PLEASE REVIEW THE TRAVEL PROGRAM GUIDELINES FOR MORE INFORMATION.
A REVISED TRYOUT SCHEDULE, [...]

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Oct
14

From Roxy’s Mail Bag: NJ Charity Walk for Children in Foster Care in Newark on Saturday, October 23, 2010

Hi Roxy,
Foster and Adoptive Family Services is having an NJ Charity Walk for Children in Foster Care on Saturday, October 23, 2010 on the NJIT Campus in Newark, NJ. All proceeds go to fund programs that directly impact the lives of children in foster care. If you would see fit to give this event a [...]

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