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Sparta Police: Caregiver Charged with Stealing from Elderly Resident

January 27, 2020

SPARTA, NJ- A Branchville woman is facing charges of having stolen money from the person she cared for.  On January 2, a Sparta resident went to the Sparta Police Department Headquarters to report they believed the person who took care of their elderly mother had stolen money from her, police said.

According to police approximately $8,000 was missing over a three week period, police ...

Sparta Police: Wanted PA Woman Caught in Traffic Stop

SPARTA, NJ – A Milford, Pennsylvania woman was picked up on a warrant after a being stopped for a broken light.  On January 21 around 10:30 a.m. Officer Brian Porter stopped Dawn Ashley, 33, police said.

Porter stopped Ashley a four door Mazda registered in Tennessee.  When he got her identification, Porter found Ashley’s license was suspended in New Jersey and she has a ...

Addiction still rears its ugly head of Death

January 17, 2020

For a number of years, I gave testimony to both Houses of the NJ Legislature on the causes of addiction! Addiction  like the individuals it affects are completely unique. Whether the addiction is derived from behavioral issues to Chemical compulsions, the answers lie in our brains, our genes, and the greater world around us.  I took leave of drugs, and testimony, as many of the younger ...

Sheriff Strada Praises Trump Administration for Challenging Gov. Murphy’s Sanctuary State Policies

January 27, 2020

U.S. Department of Justice Joins Court Action to Lift Police Restriction

NEWTON, NJ — Sheriff Michael Strada today praised the U.S. Department of Justice for entering a federal District Court lawsuit against Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal challenging reckless and irresponsible rules they established in 2018 that restrict local law enforcement from ...

IRS: Don’t be victim to ‘ghost’ tax return preparers

With the start of the 2020 tax filing season near, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers to avoid unethical “ghost” tax return preparers.

According to the IRS, a ghost preparer does not sign a tax return they prepare. Unscrupulous ghost preparers will print the return and tell the taxpayer to sign and mail it to the IRS. For e-filed returns, the ghost will prepare but ...

Wirths bill requiring regional school districts to coordinate with constituents signed into law

Under a bill (A6115/S3765) signed into law this week and sponsored by Assemblyman Hal Wirths, limited purpose regional school districts must work with their constituent school districts to coordinate calendars and analyze curriculum in order to facilitate consistency.

“This law will ensure schools work together to get students through their education successfully,” said Wirths ...

Community Leaders Participate in First Northeastern NETWORK Rural Roundtable

On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, Executive Director of NETWORK Advocates for Catholic Social Justice, Sister Simone Campbell held the fifteenth in a national series of Rural Roundtables in Wantage, New Jersey.  The event also notably marked the first Rural Roundtable held in the northeastern portion of the United States.   

Community leaders and community members of various ...

New Jersey Date Night: Making the Most of Chinese New Year

January 24, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Holiday festivities always make for a great date night, but have you ever celebrated the Year of the Rat? The animal changes annually, but the fun and flavor of Chinese New Year is always a constant. 

Beginning on Jan. 25, the lunar new year comes with lots of red paper decorations, couplets (the ...

Suspicious Person Report in Nutley Turns Into A Job for The Fashion Police

January 20, 2020

NUTLEY, NJ - Officers from the Nutley Police Department responded to a call about a suspicious person walking on Park Avenue. on Wednesday, January 15.

According to police reports, a man was walking West on Park Avenue wearing only a bathrobe and ski mask.

When police spotted the man, he refused to reveal his identity. He told police that his was the style he likes to ...

Atmosphere in Miami Is Electric

MIAMI — “The second we stepped off the plane in Miami, you could feel the electricity from the Big Game in the air. From the stands selling big game merchandise, to the countless photo ops, it is impossible to ignore the upcoming matchup."

That’s how Chandler Poczciwinski, station manager of WSBU-FM, St. Bonaventure University’s campus radio station described ...

Sparta's 175 Anniversary: 2020 Winter Festival, Ice Skate at Mohawk Avenue School

Vol. 2

For 2020, Sparta Recreation Department’s annual Winter Festival is going big!  The 175 Anniversary committee announces the first of several events celebrating the milestone.

Beginning on Friday night, February 7 the field in front of the Mohawk Avenue School will be transformed into a skating rink.  Skates will be provided.  Inflatable snow tubing and a snow maze ...

Sparta Township is Born

Welcome to Sparta’s 175 Anniversary Column.  Each week will feature history, facts, stories and photos about Sparta, as well as announcements about the celebrations that will happen throughout the year.

On February 13,1845 Sparta Township was formed by separating from Hardyston Township.

Sparta Township traces its name back to Phebe Ogden according to “Sparta, NJ Head ...

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders January 22, 2020 Meeting Video

NEWTON, NJ- Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders January 22, 2020 meeting video.