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Chase Conrad Wins Sparta Municipal Alliance Logo Contest

March 28, 2014 at 12:23 PM

SPARTA, NJ-The Municipal Alliance held a contest for Sparta high school students to recreate a logo for their organization.  Sparta High School student Chase Conrad's design has been chosen.   The freshman's design incorporates the acronym SMART in a bold burgundy oval.  SMART represents Sparta Municipal Alliance Resource Team. 

Originally formed in 1977 under the name Youth Development Committee, it was renamed Municipal Alliance Committee in 1990, according to information published by Sparta Township.  Local municipal alliances fall under the funding umbrella of the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.  They are established by local ordinance to coordinate residents, local government, law enforcement and school officials, faith communities and other non-profit organizations together with parents and youth to promote programs that seek to prevent substance abuse. 

Mayor Molly Whilesmith talks about the role of the Municipal Alliance in Sparta, "Substance abuse knows no socioeconomic boundaries.  We support education in both the schools and the community so that more awareness is brought to this topic.  We want to teach kids to never let their guard down.  One bad decision can end a life and life is too precious to trade for a brief 'high'."

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The Sparta committee consists of committee consists of Michael Dempsey, Marianne Dilworth, Rita Drevitson,  Rev Carol D Gadsden, Kacey Dalton,  Michael Dempsey, Marianne Dilworth, Rita Drevitson,  Rev Carol D Gadsden, Doug Layman, Julie Schuldner, Suzann Schroepfer, Marjy Scott, Mark Scott, Cpl Sue Parks, Mayor Molly Whilesmith.  Sparta schools Superintendent Dennis Tobin and the township manager, William Close serve as Ex-Officio members. 

The funding of these committees comes from fines levied against individuals convicted of  drug related crimes.   The Drug Education Demand Reduction Fund provides matching grants to the 400 local organizations.  

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Sparta Police: Wantage Man Faces Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

December 7, 2016

SPARTA, NJ – A Wantage man is facing drug charges after a traffic stop for an expired registration sticker.  According to Sparta police Shane Dedminicantanio was pulled over on Route 15 after he passed Sparta Cpl. Dan Elig and Police Officer Steve Guido on the Sparta Junction at 11:30 a.m. on December 4.

The officers smelled burnt marijuana while speaking with Dedminicantanio in his ...

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The police said they had to take ...

Sparta Police: Third Sparta Man Charged with DWI in One Week

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Christopher Liddle was pulled over for driving completely across the double yellow lines on West Shore Trail at 1:40 ...

Sussex County Legislators vote NO to domestic violence bill

December 5, 2016

To the Editor:

Domestic violence claims at least 2,000 lives each year. Seventy percent of the victims are women. More than half of the time, the weapon used to carry out an “intimate partner” homicide — when a person targets a spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, or someone with whom they previously had a romantic relationship — is a gun. To prevent intimate partner ...

Newton High School Student Shares Her Dominican Republic Mission Trip Experience

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Meade’s French teacher began celebrating Thanksgiving with her classes on Tuesday and had Meade ...

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Roxbury Eyes Little Lake Hopatcong Peninsula, State Says "Go For It"

December 2, 2016

ROXBURY, N.J. - Roxbury Township is on the verge of getting its first chunk of lakefront property on Lake Hopatcong, a strip of land that once served as a steamboat passenger platform in Landing.

The first thing it wants to put there: A big Christmas tree.

The state, which owns the half-acre peninsula adjacent to Lake's End Marina, is eager to enter into a ...

Curriculum Currents November Part 3 - Update to the Sparta School District Website

Over the past months, the Sparta School District has been working on plans to update our current website. Working from feedback received in Superintendent Forums and other community meetings, the focus of this update is to provide a site that is more easily navigated, helping our community find important information in a more efficient manner.

The website is scheduled to receive this update on ...

Stuff the Boat on behalf of the Season of Hope Toy Drive

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The Branchville Fire Department and patrons of local business Off Shore Marine have joined forces to fill a ski boat to the brim with toys to benefit the Season of Hope Toy Drive.  The toy drive, driven and coordinated by Project Self-Sufficiency along with a consortium of local businesses, schools and organizations, aims to gather 20,000 toys to benefit children in Sussex and northern ...