Merging Roxbury, Mount Arlington up for discussion

The possibility of merging Mount Arlington and Roxbury would save a substantial amount of tax dollars and streamline services, officials say, and a public forum this week will begin exploring that possibility.

Gina Genovese, executive director of Courage to Connect New Jersey, will be the featured speaker at the forum, set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Roxbury Public Library, to discuss proposed efforts to consolidate public schools and municipal government in Roxbury and neighboring Mount Arlington. Genovese has been invited to present by former Roxbury school board candidates Ralph Nappi, Virginia Mushinski and Chris Rogers, who withdrew their names from the November election in order tofocus on consolidation. Scheduled speakers will also include two members of Courage to Reconnect, a grass-roots group in Scotch Plains and Fanwood that was the first to successfully petition the state for a municipal consolidation study. The state Local Finance Board approved their application earlier this month.

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