JCP&L, FirstEnergy Remind Public to Have a Safety-First Summer

With the Fourth of July fast approaching and the summer months upon us, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), and its parent company, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), are reminding the public to be cautious of potential electrical hazards associated with popular outdoor activities. Celebrating responsibly will help keep customers safe and the electricity flowing reliably this ...

JCP&L Completes Inspections and Maintenance to Enhance Service Reliability for Customers Through the Summer Season

With anticipated higher electric usage and severe weather possible during the hot summer months, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), has completed equipment inspections and maintenance throughout its central and northern New Jersey service area to help enhance service reliability for customers.

Nearly 800 miles of high-voltage ...

Andover Resident Sworn in as Patrolman in Newton Police Department

June 23, 2022

NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Police Department welcomed a new officer at the Monday, June 13 town council meeting. Andover resident Niko Anthony Grello took his oath of office with family, friends, and fellow officers looking on.

Grello, 26, is a lifelong resident of Andover. He is the son of Joseph and Darlene Grello and has a brother, Joseph and a sister Danielle.

He ...

Upcoming Events

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Sun, July 10, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

The Best of Van Kirk Museum

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Sun, July 24, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

The Best of Van Kirk Museum

SPARTA: It’s Part of You and Part of Me

June 25, 2022

Dear Neighbors and Friends:

Way back in 2007, Sparta Township Council had a communications committee of which I served as chair.  One of the tasks we were given was to hold a town-wide contest for a slogan.  The whole community was invited to submit their creative slogans and one that I remember well was “Sparta: it’s Part of You and Part of Me”.  I wish I knew ...

Response to an Important Facebook Post

This past Wednesday, I submitted my letter ‘Township Council NOT Closing the Door on Future MEGA Warehouses’ to TAP Into and it was published later that evening. Thursday morning, Mr. Andrew Reina, president of the Planning Board, responded on the Facebook page of SpartaResponsibleDevelopment.Org with a dignified comment that the letter contained a material inaccuracy:

“I ...

Sparta Township Council Refuses Member, Public's Request to Rescind Ordinance that Led to 880,000 Square Foot 'Warehouse' Application

June 23, 2022

SPARTA, NJ- So it seems the ball is not rolling after all.  In fact, some members of the Sparta Township Council seem to have decided not to play.  Councilwoman Molly Whilesmith asked to rescind the ordinance that got this whole game started, 21-01. But Mayor Dave Smith and council and planning board members Christine Quinn and Josh Hertzberg have a different idea.

Whilesmith was ...

Dozens Arrested at Illegal 'Pop-Up' Party in Wayne

June 26, 2022

WAYNE, NJ – Nearly four dozen people were detained by Wayne Police after an illegal “pop-up party” was very briefly held in a vacant commercial property in Wayne on Saturday night.

New Jersey State Police tipped off Wayne Police Chief Jack McNiff on Saturday afternoon, warning him that a group of people were posting invitations on social media for a “pop-up” party ...

Sparta UNICO "Trip of a Lifetime" to Italy has a Winner! 

July 2, 2022

Sparta UNICO had its Annual Trip of a Lifetime to Italy drawing in March and Congratulations to Barbara Antonini Stote from Sparta...   Our prize winner for the Trip to Italy.   Barbara was notified today, and her first words were "OMG I never win anything".   Well Barbara you and your loved Husband Lenny are going on a fabulous Trip to ...

Sussex County Division of Senior Service Holds Senior Olympics

The games returned!  After a two year absence due to the pandemic, the Sussex County Division of Senior Services held their annual Senior Olympics on June 29, 2022.  The host “city” for this year’s event was the Township of Vernon and it was held at Maple Grange Park.  The Olympics kicked off at 10:00 a.m. with six teams representing the following ...

Sparta UNICO hosts “Ambropalooza” Music Festival in Memory for Charter Member Robert Ambrosino

AmbroPalooza was hosted by Sparta UNICO on June 12th, 2022, at the Walpack Inn in Layton NJ established in 1949 and hosted by other bands like the Beach Boys. It was a music celebration dedicated to the memory of Robert Ambrosino's life. Robert Ambrosino was a 1998 Charter Member of Sparta UNICO and an exceptional High School business teacher, football, and softball coach, as well as a ...

Sign Up for July TAPinto Ownership Opportunities Webinar

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro will be holding an informational webinar on July 13, 2022, at 12:30 p.m. for anyone who may be interested in owning/operating a TAPinto local news and digital marketing platform.

"TAPinto has become the dominant player in the local news and digital marketing space," Shapiro said. "I look forward to our July ...

Don't Worry, Be Happy

As a sentient human being, I need to stop thinking.

Happy the elephant is not a person, New York court rules.

I was confused by this headline because in the clipped style common to breaking news reports, I understood it to mean that New York’s court system is joyful that an elephant is not a person.

That made me happy too. Although not in the same way as the elephant, who’s ...

Dozens Arrested at Illegal 'Pop-Up' Party in Wayne

June 26, 2022

WAYNE, NJ – Nearly four dozen people were detained by Wayne Police after an illegal “pop-up party” was very briefly held in a vacant commercial property in Wayne on Saturday night.

New Jersey State Police tipped off Wayne Police Chief Jack McNiff on Saturday afternoon, warning him that a group of people were posting invitations on social media for a “pop-up” party ...