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
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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Oct
05

Halloween Party at Annie’s Playhouse on Thursday, October 28th in Far Hills, NJ

My little devils can’t get enough of Annie’s Playhouse… London and Maddie are getting serious about musical theatre in Annie’s Master Class this Fall. Our family also takes Halloween very seriously, and we never turn down an opportunity to show off our costumes. On Thursday, October 28th, join us at Annie’s Playhouse for a Halloween [...]

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Oct
05

Celebrate Roxy’s Birthday and Columbus Day with Open Gym at Randolph Gymnastics

October is shaping up to be a terrific month for our family…business is going well for Rex and me, and London and Maddie are settled into their school routine as well as a full slate of after school activities. One of London’s favorites is gymnastics class… she’s just started her sixth year at Randolph Gymnastics, [...]

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Sep
24

Time to Sign Up for Mendham Patriots Recreational Basketball League, Deadline Is November 10th

The 2010-11 Mendham Patriots Basketball Season is right around the corner!  I just received an announcement that Mendham Patriots Basketball registration is OPEN for Travel Players, Recreational Players and Clinic participants, and London and Maddie are all signed up to play.  Registration, and payment, will only be available online this year. Payment must be submitted [...]

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Sep
14

Tickets On Sale Soon for Far Hills Race Meeting October 23, 2010, to Benefit Somerset Medical Center

Charity begins at home (and a good time is had by all) at the Far Hills Race Meeting to benefit Somerset Medical Center, returning to Moorland Farms on Saturday, October 23, 2010.  Rex, London, Maddie and I are fair weather steeplechase fans, so our family has enjoyed the Hunt twice in the past three years:

in October [...]

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Sep
08

See You at the Clam Bake in Mendham Township, NJ, this Saturday, September 11, 2010

Every June, since we moved to the Roxiticus Valley at the end of 2003, our family hosts an annual Roxiticus Sunset Party that parents and kids look forward to all year.  So much so, that when we ran into friends at the Labor Day Parade and Carnival, several of our friends asked why we didn’t have a back [...]

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Sep
08

Best Hairdresser in Morris County, New Jersey: Madeline at The Arrangement in Ledgewood, New Jersey

Have I mentioned how spoiled and pampered a Roxiticus Desperate Housewife I am? Ever since we moved out here to the Roxiticus Valley from New York City in October 2003, my hairdresser, Madeline (who has been doing my haircuts and highlights for over 25 years), has been making house calls. Every six weeks, she comes out [...]

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Sep
07

4th Annual Sounds Around Town, A Musical Stroll Through Bernardsville, NJ on Friday, September 10, 2010

I don’t have many of the details yet, but the 4th annual Sounds Around Town is scheduled for Friday, September 10th, 2010 from 5:00pm TO 9:00pm. The rain date is Saturday, September 11th.

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Sep
07

Last Chance to Audition for Hexagon Players’ Production of Annie: Friday, September 10th at 6:00pm

AUDITIONS FOR HEXAGON PLAYERS “ANNIE”
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH at 6:00pm
Our family spent the last two weeks of the summer at our beach house in Bay Head, New Jersey and missed the first two chances to audition for Hexagon Players of Mendham’s upcoming fall musical, “ANNIE.”  London has chosen her audition song (keeping it a secret from our [...]

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Sep
07

Get Back to School and Clean Out Your Closets with the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Rummage Sale in Far Hills, NJ Coming Soon

Fall Sale Dates - 2010
October 1, 2, & 3, 2010
Time
Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
DONATION DATES: September 4 - 22, 2010
DONATION TIMES: Mon thru Sats 10 a.m. - 1 p.m
It’s official… London and Maddie are “back to school” at Mendham Township Elementary today.  They’re excited about a new school year, [...]

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Aug
23

Annual Pastime Club Carnival and Labor Day Parade (and Roxy) Return to Mendham Borough: Friday, September 3rd through Monday, September 6th

Loyal readers know that Roxy grumbles about having to return from our beach house in Bay Head, New Jersey, a moment (nevermind a day) before we have to, but this year we’re actually looking forward to returning to the Roxiticus Valley for the last day of the Pastime Club Carnival and Labor Day Parade in Mendham Borough.  The [...]

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Aug
21

Jedi Clam Eaters Alert: 15th Annual Fire Company Clam Bake in Bay Head, NJ Today — Saturday, August 21, 2010

It is a gorgeous day in Bay Head, New Jersey, and I’m lounging on our front porch, listening to Lucinda Williams, while Rex takes a long bike ride and London and Maddie help out with their friend’s yard sale across the street.  It’s the perfect day for the beach… or for a clam bake!
Since my [...]

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Aug
20

Broadway Babies London and Maddie Look Forward to A Chorus Line at NJPAC in Newark, NJ in April 2011

Ever since London and Maddie started their fourth year of Annie’s Playhouse Summer Stars musical theatre camp in Far Hills, NJ, thanks to this year’s Glee theme, my girls have turned into Broadway babies.  We watched the entire first season of Glee over the course of a few weeks leading up to the big show [...]

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Aug
20

Heirloom Tomato Dinner at Due Terre Enoteca in Bernardsville NJ Next Thursday, August 26th

Thursday, August 26th, 2010
Heirloom Tomato Dinner
Due Terre Enoteca in Bernardsville, NJ
Late August brings tomatoes at their highest peak, but for the first time in the fifteen years we’ve been together, Rex has not had a successful heirloom tomato garden.  We planted a bunch of heirloom tomato plants in May, but didn’t give them our full attention during [...]

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Aug
19

I Hope I Get It! Auditions for Mendham Hexagon Players Production of Annie!

AUDITIONS FOR HEXAGON PLAYERS “ANNIE”
TO BE HELD AUGUST 28TH AND 29TH & SEPTEMBER 10TH
So…last night I received some exciting news and shouted it out to London and Maddie as they bagged my groceries in Shop Rite of Chester NJ. They didn’t hear me quite right, so I’ll repeat the big news here for them and for [...]

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Aug
19

Open Workout on Rosh Hashanah at Randolph Gymnastics and Climbing Center in Randolph NJ

We’re down at our beach house in Bay Head, NJ, and Maddie and London are trying hard not to hear words like “back to school.”  Meanwhile, I’ve been reviewing the school calendar to figure out when we have to head back to the Roxiticus Valley.  The first day of school is, unfortunately, the day after [...]

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Aug
18

Upcoming Fundraisers at Randolph Gymnastics in Randolph NJ

Support the Randolph Gymnastics competitive team and get great holiday gifts for friends and family by participating in the Yankee Candle Fall/Holiday Collection of 2010 Fund Raiser running Sept. 1st – 29th at Randolph Gymnastics.  The team is also holding a bake sale from Monday, September 13th – Saturday, September 18th featuring home made treats, coffee, and more.
CLOTHING [...]

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Aug
11

Somerset County 4-H Fair Started Today… Join London and Maddie Thursday, August 12th for Free Family Fun!

August 11-12-13, 2010
North Branch Park, Milltown Road, Bridgewater, N.J.
Time flies when you have kids, and I can’t believe London and Maddie are finishing up their third year of 4-H Prep with the grand finale — the Somerset County 4-H Fair in Bridgewater, New Jersey. London is graduating from Prep this year in a little ceremony tomorrow [...]

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Aug
11

Shout Out to Shep Greene, The Somerset Hills HandyMan

Last month (July 2010) was the month when everything broke:

My shower… the one with the ridiculously expensive parts and fixtures, thanks to the fabulous taste of the prior owners of our home.  The drip drip drip is enough to drive me crazy.  Call went out to Reissman Plumbing in Chester, NJ, but they have to [...]

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Aug
11

Will London and Maddie “Go Pro” at Annie’s Playhouse this Fall?

Dreams are important… when we’re kids, and when we grow up. When I was 8 years old, I wanted to be a disc jockey and own radio stations. By the time I was a sophomore in high school, I was working at the local radio station in my home town. Today, as an investment banker [...]

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Aug
11

New Jersey American Water Launches Virtual Food Drive

Roxy’s Best Of… is committed to blogging out hunger in New Jersey. I received the following note in my Bay Head water bill this month, and thought I’d share the info on a worthy cause:
New Jersey American Water is teaming up with other investor-owned utilities across the state to help fight hunger in New Jersey.
For its campaign, [...]

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Aug
10

Maddie’s Major: Veterinarian, Minor: Singing

Dreams are important… when we’re kids, and when we grow up. When I was 8 years old, I wanted to be a disc jockey and own radio stations. Today, as an investment banker who once put together a small-market radio group for a private equity fund, I’ve never regretted pursuing my childhood radio dreams.
My youngest [...]

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Aug
06

It Pays to Plan Ahead! Register Now for Fall Session at Randolph Gymnastics and Get 10% Off

Friends and loyal readers know that Roxy is more of a procrastinator than a planner, but we all know that the early bird catches the worm, and today I learned of an early bird discount for London and Maddie’s gymnastics classes that is just too good to pass up.
Register NOW (through August 30th) for the [...]

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Aug
04

Mendham Township Recycling Calendar

As my sister and I have been cleaning out my mom’s house, we’ve filled lots of tubs and boxes with trash and various forms of recycling, so I was checking the Mendham Township, NJ, recycling calendar, which runs every other Monday morning.  Unfortunately, I missed the most recent pickup date on Monday, August 2nd, so [...]

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Aug
02

Peanut Butter, Fetch!!

Photos to come.  And they’ll be cute.  I just have to figure out how to manage the camera, the puppy, and the toy all at once.
Now, my loyal readers know I can’t say enough good things about our personal puppy nanny 911, Justine Schuurmans of The Family Dog. She’s helped us through housebreaking, separation anxiety, [...]

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Jul
31

Peanut Butter Recommends: Dr. Wendy Turner at the American Animal Hospital in Randolph, NJ

Since we got our beloved cockapoo puppy, Peanut Butter, back in May, we have certainly been remiss in not posting Peanut Butter’s personal recommendation of Dr. Wendy Turner at the American Animal Hospital in Randolph, NJ.  We found Dr. Turner through a referral by our personal puppy nanny 911, Justine Schuurmans of The Family Dog.  [...]

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Jul
26

Junior Olympic Winners at Randolph Gymnastics

At the end of every school year, Randolph Gymnastics holds an annual Junior Olympic Ceremony where all of their students receive an award for participating for the entire season. Students ages 5 and up undergo testing during the month of May. The outstanding students that receive the most points are also awarded with a trophy or [...]

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Jul
06

Roxy’s Restaurant Week at the Jersey Shore

As many of my loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives and Roxy’s Best Of… readers know, every year our family spends the last week of June at our beach house in Bay Head, NJ, to celebrate Rex’s birthday.  Since Rex does all of the cooking in our family, we like to give him the week off from [...]

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Jun
13

Our Cockapoo Puppy Peanut Butter’s Progress with the Family Dog of Morris County, NJ

Hard to believe it’s been three weeks since we drove up to Mulberry Farm in Duchess County, New York to bring home our beloved cockapoo puppy, Peanut Butter. You can see from the photos that little Peanut Butter has settled right in with our family. As I write this post, Rex is out in the [...]

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Jun
12

Peanut Butter’s Progress

Hard to believe it’s been three weeks since we drove up to Mulberry Farm in Duchess County, New York to bring home our beloved cockapoo puppy, Peanut Butter. You can see from the photos that little Peanut Butter has settled right in with our family. As I write this post, Rex is out in the [...]

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Jun
04

Congratulations to the Randolph Gymnastics Team! 2010 USAIGC State Championship Results

The 2010 USAIGC State Championships were held on May 29th and 30th at the Convention Center in Wildwood, New Jersey.
For the Gold Division, 12 year old Hannah Liu won bronze medals on Balance Beam, Floor Exercise, All Around, and won the gold on Vault making her the 2010 Vault State Champion. 13 year old Aimee [...]

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May
19

Open Registration for Fall Session at Randolph Gymnastics

Even though our family has been highly focused on London and Maddie’s softball games with the Yankees and the Mets this season, our daughters’ thoughts are never far away from the good times they’ve had over the years at Randolph Gymnastics. I just received an email reminding me that it is almost time to sign [...]

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May
19

Big Surprise In Store for Maddie and London This Weekend: We Need Puppy Nanny 911!!

My loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives and Roxy’s Best Of… readers know that we’ve been planning to add a cockapoo puppy to our family this summer.  We originally thought that our puppy would come from a cocker spaniel mom due in the first week of May, and we’ve been planning to bring our eight-week-old puppy home from the [...]

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May
17

Hexagon Players Present 13, the Musical, at Morristown-Beard School on May 28, 29, 30 and June 4 & 5, 2010

HEXAGON PLAYERS PRESENTS 13, THE MUSICAL AT MORRISTOWN-BEARD SCHOOL FOUNDERS’ HALL-PAC ON MAY 28, 29, 30 AND JUNE 4 & 5
Hexagon Players of Mendham will present 13, the musical, a young man’s journey into adulthood and the stereotypical teens he meets along the way, on Fri., Sat., Sun., May 28, 29, and 30 [...]

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May
07

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend…Get Yourself A Little Something Nice at the VNA Rummage Sale in Far Hills, NJ

Last week, when I visited Dr. David Matthews, my dentist in Far Hills, NJ, to have an embarrassing cavity filled (what kind of role model is a mom who gets cavities??) I noticed that the tents were up for the semi-annual Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Rummage Sale. The bad news is that our family has been so busy [...]

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Apr
23

Rex and Roxy Rock with the Meathooks and the Mendham Little League

We got a babysitter and we’re going…
This year, London and Maddie are playing softball for the first time ever in Mendham Little League. The girls met their coaches and had their first practices this past Saturday, when the weather was 75 degrees and sunny… just classic to be out on the softball field. We’re psyched [...]

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Apr
19

Get Out and Vote FOR the Mendham Township School District 2010-2011 Budget on Tuesday April 20th

Mendham Township School Budget and Board of Education elections are on Tuesday April 20th. Please make sure your vote is counted by voting at either the Ralston or Brookside Firehouses. Middle School students want their voices to be heard on the question of whether gum can be chewed in school so take them with you [...]

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Apr
19

Ocean Fun Days 2010 at the Jersey Shore

I received a flyer about Ocean Fun Days 2010 in the latest bill for our beach house from NJ Natural Gas.  It seemed kind of interesting, so I thought I’d share it with all of you… London and Maddie’s softball schedule conflicts with the Saturday event in Seaside Park, but maybe we’ll see you in [...]

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Apr
19

Anna Quindlen Comes to Mendham Books on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 7:00pm

Mendham Books invites us to join them to welcome legendary author Anna Quindlen, who will be signing copies of her forthcoming novel, Every Last One, this Wednesday, April 21st at 7:00 PM.
Over the last 30 years, Anna Quindlen’s work has appeared in some of America’s most influential newspapers, many of its best-known magazines, and [...]

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Apr
16

Pavan’s Spring Tennis Camp for Ladies June 1st - 4th at Flanders Valley Tennis Club

How many times have you heard how envious I was of London and Maddie’s Munchkin tennis classes with Coach Pavan?  Well, I have no more excuses… now Pavan’s Tennis Training Acadmey is offering a Ladies Spring Tennis Camp from Tuesday, June 1st through Friday, June 4th from 10am until Noon at the Flanders Valley Tennis Club.
The cost is [...]

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Apr
16

London Still Has Cartwheelatitis…Open Registration for Spring Session and Summer Camp at Randolph Gymnastics

London and Maddie just started playing softball this year, and they’re having a blast… however, you can always recognize London when she’s not in the field… instead of sitting obediently on the bench, waiting for her turn at bat, she’s cartwheeling along the sidelines.   When London learned the “windmill” pitching technique at a softball pitching clinic last weekend, [...]

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Apr
16

Attention Mendham and Chester Cheerleaders… Twin Boro Bears Cheerleading Registration Starts Monday, April 19th

Last summer, given my daughters’ gymnastics and dancing talents, I looked into cheerleading as a possible activity for London and Maddie.  We had missed the registration deadline, so I marked my calendar to revisit cheerleading this year, and if your 3rd through 8th grader in the Mendham or Chester NJ area is interested in being [...]

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Apr
02

Bernardsville Art Walk, First Friday of Every Month from 5pm-9pm

This just in from Roxy’s mail bag… don’t forget Bernardsville’s Art Walk, the first Friday of every month. Tonight, it’s April 2nd from 5-9pm.

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Mar
23

Mendham Little League Wants to ROCK with YOU!

This year, London and Maddie are playing softball for the first time ever in Mendham Little League.  The girls met their coaches and had their first practices this past Saturday, when the weather was 75 degrees and sunny… just classic to be out on the softball field.  We’re psyched for the games to get started [...]

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Mar
23

Another Amazing Birthday Cake for Maddie from Carol Falcone and As You Like It Cakes in Far Hills, NJ

As my loyal Roxy’s Best Of… and Roxiticus Desperate Housewives readers know, our cake lady, Carol Falcone of As You Like It cakes in Far Hills, New Jersey, has been baking our family’s special birthday cakes for seven years.  She baked a Nemo cake when Maddie turned two, and has outdone herself every year since.  [...]

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Mar
19

Hey, Mamma! London and Maddie Recommend Mamma Caterina Restaurant in Randolph, NJ

At the beginning of this year’s “season” for Garden State Ballet and Randolph Gymnastics, London and Maddie discovered a new restaurant:  Mamma Caterina, 1250 Sussex Turnpike in Randolph, NJ.  Since the girls’ ballet and modern dance classes run pretty late, we’ve found it very convenient to stop in to Mamma Caterina either before or after [...]

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Mar
07

Roxy’s Best Of… Morris County, NJ Summer Camps (as well as a few in Somerset County, NJ)

Now that the weather has warmed up and the snow has melted, the Roxiticus Desperate Housewives are ready to get serious about summer camp 2010. As usual, I’ll do my best to cover the camps my kids have tried, and the ones my friends recommend. Some of my favorites haven’t posted all the details [...]

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Mar
07

Pavan’s Tennis Academy is Moving in May 2010… to Flanders Valley Tennis Club, Flanders NJ

On and off for the past four years, London and Maddie have taken tennis lessons with Pavan Patel through Pavan’s Tennis Academy at Fox Chase Tennis Club in Chester, NJ, and Pavan also runs an awesome summer tennis camp for kids of all ages (kindergarten through high school). Pavan Patel was one of the first [...]

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Mar
07

Roxy’s Best of Summer Camp 2010

Now that the weather has warmed up and the snow has melted, the Roxiticus Desperate Housewives are ready to get serious about summer camp 2010.  As usual, I’ll do my best to cover the camps my kids have tried, and the ones my friends recommend. Some of my favorites haven’t posted all the details on their [...]

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Mar
06

From Roxy’s Mailbag: Anything Goes at Bernards High School… at least from Friday, March 19th through Sunday, March 21st!

Dear Roxy,
Can you possibly put this in your Bernardsville area blogs?
Come join more than 125 Somerset Hills School District students including a Bernards High School cast of 70, 15 technicians, 20 orchestra members, 5 cast members from Bernardsville Middle School, and a cameo chorus of 30 Bedwell Elementary students and set sail from the SHSD [...]

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