Sparta Police: Weaving on Glen Road Leads to DWI Charges

September 24, 2020

SPARTA, NJ – A Branchville man is facing drunk driving charges after a traffic stop on Glen Road.  On September 19 around 1 a.m. Sgt Fraser stopped Kevin Woodhead, 25 because he was weaving, police said.

Officer Phil Longo arrived to assist and administered field sobriety test.  Woodhead was taken into custody and brought to Sparta Police Department Headquarters for processing, ...

Sparta Police: DWI Charges for Woman Who Crashed into the Woods

SPARTA, NJ – A Lafayette woman was taken to the hospital after she crashed off Demarest Road.  On September 16 around 9:30 p.m. Police Officer Thomas Herd found Danielle Enman, 33 had gone off the road, about 20 feet into the wood, police said.

Enman, the only person in the car, appeared disoriented and did not know how her car ended up in the wood, police said.

Herd found a ...

Councilman Writing to 'Clear a Few Things Up'

September 16, 2020

I felt a need to write this editorial to hopefully clear a few things up. My name is Dave Smith and I am a councilman of two years in Sparta and an emergency services volunteer for over 40 years in the Township. It is being alluded to that our council is not transparent. I am not sure I understand because our meetings are always advertised and the minutes always available. We even went to hybrid ...

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Financial Acumen and a Switch to Zero-Based Budgeting

September 28, 2020

It is a statutory legal requirement for every board of education to be presented with a detailed and itemized budget proposal prior to the annual budget vote each year. In fact, it is a requirement that the itemized user friendly budget is posted to every district’s website during the budget development process. To say the Sparta Board of Education has voted on budget proposals that ...

Candidate Statement from Christa Sorensen for Sparta Board of Education Candidate

Approximately 64% of Sparta residents annual real estate taxes go to the Sparta school district.  A major challenge facing our town is staying within the 2% budget cap while continuously improving our district for optimal student achievement. Sparta has a robust budget, and our school district and board OWE it to our community to be crystal clear and honest about where our tax dollars are ...

Dr. Richard Snellings For Sparta Board of Education - Integrity, Transparency, and Innovation

What goes into the school budget and how it is developed is of great importance to me.  I am mindful that the money the district spends comes from the community.  I will strive to make the budget process transparent to all stakeholders.

I will look to see where cost savings can be maximized.  I would like particular attention paid to improving efficiencies through shared ...

Supporting Teaching and Learning in the Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed education like we never imagined. Overnight, the Sparta school district had to turn on a dime and teach virtually.  As the District reopened in September, at least there were a few months to plan.  Our administrators and teachers have had to reinvent education to meet the needs of all students with virtual learning. It isn’t an ideal situation for ...

Sparta Board of Education Candidate Joanne Hoover

I have been a resident of Sparta for six years. I am currently in my seventeenth year as a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Lenape Valley Regional High School. I  taught in Randolph at the elementary level for ten years. I held the positions as the Head Varsity Field Hockey for fourteen years at Lenape Valley as well as the Head Varsity Softball coach at Lenape Valley for ten years.

Development in Sparta Needs to be Sensible - Sparta Township Council Candidate Dean Blumetti

In early 2020, the Sparta Town Council passed (3-2) Ordinance 20-04 which could potentially create a negative impact on Sparta’s downtown.  The Ordinance provides several incentives to allow for mixed use retail and residential apartment buildings up to four stories (62 feet) tall, with an additional two underground stories on lots of two acres or larger.  

We all value a ...

YMCA Supporting Families with Affordable Child Care During the School Year

September 28, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges strives to create opportunities for all. Providing affordable, quality programs is central to the Y’s mission of strengthening communities, by ensuring that each person, no matter their background and economic status, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

The Y for All Fund enables individuals and families to participate in ...

Expert on Hoarding Disorder will lead online webinar October 7

People who have a tendency to hoard can accumulate so much “stuff” it overwhelms their lives, and family members and friends often do more harm than good in their attempts to help.  The New Jersey and Sussex County affiliates of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) want to help individuals and families better understand what is commonly known as hoarding disorder.

On ...

Volunteers Needed for Fall Events at Project Self-Sufficiency

Project Self-Sufficiency invites teens and adults who want to make a difference in their community to consider volunteering at the agency this fall.  The ongoing pandemic, coupled with the traditional rush of programs hosted by the agency during the holiday season, has created a large variety of volunteer opportunities. 


Food distribution continues to be a top priority for ...

IRS highlights employer credits for businesses during Small Business Week

WASHINGTON —During Small Business Week, the Internal Revenue Service reminds business owners and self-employed individuals of the employer credits available to them during COVID-19.  

These credits were specially created to help small business owners during this unprecedented time. During Small Business Week, the IRS wants to ensure all eligible people know about the relief ...


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Sussex County Board of Election Administrator Announces Retirement After Box of Ballots Found Uncounted

September 18, 2020

NEWTON, NJ – The Sussex County Board of Elections has announced the retirement of Administrator Margaret McCabe as of October 1. The announcement comes in the wake of the discovery of a box of 1666 uncounted primary election ballots late last week.

The board of elections has “not yet made a decision about filling the position,” according to Republican Commissioner Member ...

Sussex County Voting in a Coronavirus World: Found Ballots, Drop Boxes, Mail In and Provisional Ballots

NEWTON, NJ – Even the most seasoned voter may have questions about voting in the general election in November.  New procedures put in place by Governor Murphy in response to the COVID-19 health crisis are different from anyone has ever experienced.

The “all vote by mail” primary in July was a dress rehearsal for the main event in November, uncovering some issues ...

Newton High School Football Suspends Practice and Games After Player Tests Positive for COVID-19

September 28, 2020

NEWTON, NJ -An unfortunate sign of the times, Newton football will suspend practice and games for two weeks following report of a player testing positive for COVID-19.  Newton Superintendent Kennedy Greene announced on Monday afternoon Braves football will resume practice October 12.

Greene could not comment on the health of the student with the positive test.  He said the teams have ...

LAST DAY TO REGISTER- Churchill/Sawmill Area Community Garage Sale

LAST DAY to register for the Churchill/Sawmill Area Community Garage Sale! Registration closes today at 12am!

For over a decade we’ve helped hundreds of our Sparta neighbors not only clean out their garages, basements and attics, and make money doing it by participating in one of our Team Nest Builder Community Garage Sales. The Churchill/Sawmill Area Community Garage Sale will be ...

New Jersey Date Night: Butter Them Up with Lobster

September 27, 2020

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

We’re trading our flip flops for boots and our shorts for sweatshirts. Picnic dates on the shore might be coming to an end but one seaside dish that never goes out of season is lobster. 

Baked, broiled or served chilled, the ever-popular crustacean makes for a great meal on your ...

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders September 23 Meeting Audio

NEWTON, NJ - The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders September 23 meeting audio