Giving Back

Two Sparta Residents in Most Recent Class of CASA Volunteers

June 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM

NEWTON, NJ-Five volunteers from Morris, Sussex and Union Counties were recently sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocates by The Honorable James A. Farber, Presiding Family Court Judge of the Morris/Sussex Vicinage. CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties, a local non-profit organization, trains and supervises community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. The new volunteers have made the extraordinary commitment to speak up for these vulnerable children in court and to advocate for them until they reach a permanent home.

The ceremony was held at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton. The new volunteers sworn in that day included

  • Virginia Mahoney from Sparta, 
  • Denise Surdoval from Sparta.
  • Bill Bilinkas from Flanders,
  • Joanna Mlicka-Anderko from Randolph and
  • Lauren Hinnes from Sussex.

Melinda Bennington from Chatham, Olga Netto from  Summit  and Jennifer Wheeldon from Rockaway were also members of the training class. They will be sworn in next week.

Sign Up for E-News

Essentially, CASA volunteers make sure that children in foster care are receiving the services they need and are placed in a permanent, safe, and nurturing home as soon as possible. CASA volunteers make recommendations to the court to further the child’s physical, psychological, and educational well-being.

CASA volunteer advocates participate in an extensive 36 hour training program before officially being sworn in to be assigned to a child in the foster care system. Prior to the swearing in ceremony, volunteers and their guests gathered at the CASA office in Morristown for a welcome reception.

“Swearing In ceremonies are an important event as we connect new volunteers to our CASA Family.  Our CASA volunteer advocates are the heart and soul of our organization.  They are passionate and dedicated to bringing better tomorrows to vulnerable children,” said Dr. Lisa Firkser, Executive Director of CASA.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Sparta

Sparta Police Seek Help Identifying Car Burglary Suspect

January 20, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta police are asking the community for help in locating a person of interest in several car burglaries.

Police have released two photos; one of the man they are seeking to identify and the other of a vehicle police believe may be connected to the suspect.  They believe the suspect may have driven the car when the burglaries took place.

 According to ...

Sparta Police: Bronx Man Charged with Trying to Fill Fraudulent Prescription

SPARTA, NJ – A man from Bronx, NY was taken into custody for trying to fill a fraudulent prescription at Sparta CVS on January 16 around 12:51 p.m.

Sparta Police were called.  When Detective Brian Hassloch got to the Theater Center he saw a person meeting the description given by the CVS, driving away in a black mini-van.  Hassloch and Detective Jeff McCarrick stopped the ...

Sparta Police: Intoxicated Sparta Man Crashes into Light Pole

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man was charged with driving while intoxicated after he crashed into a light pole.  On January 9 around 11 p.m. Sparta police Cpl. Kurt Morris responded to the report of a naccident on West Shore Trail near White Deer Plaza according to police.

Morris found a 2014 Honda had struck a light pole and knocked it down. The car reportedly sustained a lot of ...

The Epidemic of Opiate Abuse

January 17, 2017

I do not agree with the Governor on much, but I am happy to hear that he has decided to work on drug issues in his final year of office. In our state and in my ex-rural region of Sussex County opioid abuse continues to be a major issue, but it has become now more of a national issue. According to The New York Times, “Opioid addiction is America’s 50-state epidemic.”  ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_9ffec5ae3c45d5263138_skylandslogo

Sat, January 21, 8:45 AM

Skylands Ice World, Stockholm

Learn to Play

Sports

Thu, January 26, 7:00 PM

Franklin Firehouse, Franklin

Stop the Chop on Sparta Mountain Town Hall Meeting

Education Health & Wellness

Fri, January 27, 7:00 PM

The Inn at Millrace Pond, Hope

A Night of Songwriters At The Inn

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_9ffec5ae3c45d5263138_skylandslogo

Sat, January 28, 8:45 AM

Skylands Ice World, Stockholm

Learn to Play

Sports

Carousel_image_9ffec5ae3c45d5263138_skylandslogo

Sat, February 4, 8:45 AM

Skylands Ice World, Stockholm

Learn to Play

Sports

Former Quarterdeck Inn Site Set To Transform Into 105 Room Hotel LBI

January 17, 2017

SHIP BOTTOM, NJ - The owner and developer of two distinctive properties in Stafford and LBI plans to erect a 105 room Victorian style hotel at the former site of the Quarter Deck Inn at the entrance to Long Beach Island in Ship Bottom.   The plans were approved a few years ago for the large hotel but the owner decided to moderately renovate the Quarterdeck building and develop it into the ...

Local Non Profit Schedules Events To Help People In Need

January 18, 2017

Nothing is Impossible, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit created by the senior partners of the McGivney and Kluger law firm. Their mission is to provide temporary financial assistance to individuals and families following a catastrophic event so that they may be able to maintain their independence in the community.  Feeling grateful for their successes, Chuck McGivney ...