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Kosher Food Isn't Boring

November 15, 2018

Just ask the more than 300 exhibitors at Kosherfest, the world's largest kosher-certified trade show held on Nov. 14 and 15 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.

Jackie Lieberman spoke with representatives from the leading innovators in the industry, including Manischewitz — a household name that's based right here in the Garden State. While ...

Sparta Police: Suspended, Unbelted Driver Faces Drug Charges

November 16, 2018

SPARTA, NJ -A Sussex woman is facing drug charges after police stopped her for not wearing her seatbelt.  On November 11, around 8:30 a.m. Cpl. Marc Rubino saw Jessica Craig driving her gold Honda on Route 15, police report.

When the officer spoke to the 32-year-old driver he smelled marijuana in the car.  Craig denied having any pot in her car, police report.

The car was searched ...

Sparta Police: DWI After Crashing into a Tree

SPARTA, NJ – A Lafayette man is facing drunk driving charges after crashing into a tree off of Route 94. On October 27 around 2 a.m. Sparta Cpl. Scot Elig found Zachary Watts, 21 trying to start the black Ford Escort, police report.

The Escort was 20 feet into the woods, head on into a tree and was so heavily damaged, it could not be started, according to police.

Watts told the ...

Sparta Police: Rogue Driver Charged with DWI

SPARTA, NJ – A Newton woman is facing driving while intoxicated charges after getting stopped for weaving in her lane on Sparta Avenue.  Police Officer Erick Finley stopped Dina Romeo, 51 in a silver Nissan Rogue on October 28 around 1:30 a.m. police report. 

Finley smelled alcohol when speaking with Romeo.  She told the officer she had “about three beers at a ...

18th Annual Sussex County Salute to Veterans

November 7, 2018

On Sunday I attended a wonderful event sponsored by the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the 18th Annual Sussex County Salute to Military Veterans, an event meant to honor all of the county’s military veterans for their service.

At the end of the event political representatives handed out commemorative pins to veterans in honor of their service. As a veteran myself I found ...

Vote for Grana, Matteson, Hamilton Sparta BOE - the Ethical Candidates

Dear Editor,

A school board member should not be permitted to discuss their political views or try to gather votes based on political affiliations.  The New Jersey School Ethics Act (N.J.S.A 18A:12-21 to 18A:12-33) requires Board of Education members and prospective members to adhere to the New Jersey School Board Code of Ethics.  Karen Scott, Christian Arnold and Vanessa Serrano ...

The Right Choice for Sparta Schools

November 4, 2018

It’s hard to believe that it is almost election day. It seems like yesterday we were eagerly submitting our petitions to run for the Board of Education and taking commemorative pictures in front of the Sussex County Clerk’s Office. It has been quite an incredible experience.

We have seen a lot of positive support from this community and the only negativity has come from our ...

A Thank You to Sparta Residents from Board of Education Candidate Kathryn Matteson

Jen Grana and I have spent the past few months knocking on doors, talking with Sparta residents,and proactively engaging in conversations with residents of all types about our district schools.  Speaking with our community about the importance of Sparta's public schools has been so informative. It has truly given us a more nuanced understanding of how Sparta residents view the ...

John Finkeldie Candidate for Sparta Township Council

Hello Sparta,

My name is John Finkeldie and I am running for Sparta Town Council.  I have always enjoyed living in Sparta and I’m very proud to claim Sparta as my home for the last 25 years.   Married 27 years to my wife Valerie, we are very proud to have been fortunate enough to raise two awesome children, Olivia and John Henry in Sparta.  I studied Engineering at ...

Whilesmith, Finkeldie and Smith Fiscally Responsible for Sparta Township Council

I have been honored to serve the residents of Sparta as a member of the Township Council for the last eight years. During this time my priorities have centered around enhancing public safety efforts, through our Police, Fire Dept, Office of Emergency Management and Ambulance Squad in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible. 

The Township receives approximately nineteen ...

I will work hard for Sparta

Hi! My name is Susan Hannon and I am running as a write-in candidate for Sparta Town Council.  I have been fortunate to live in Sparta for over 18 years.  My husband, Kevin and I have raised our sons here.  One is a freshman in college and the other is a junior at Sparta High School.  During the boys’ school years I volunteered at the schools, ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, November 17, 9:00 AM

Sparta VFW Hall, Sparta

Holiday Stocking Stuffer Marketplace

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, November 17, 6:00 PM

Pope John XXIII High School, Sparta

2018 PJHS Booster Club Beefsteak Dinner, Auction ...

Giving Back


Fri, November 23, 8:30 PM

Skylands Ice World, Stockholm

Skylands Ice World Friday Night Ice Jam

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, November 25, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Traditions from the Black Forest



Fri, November 30, 8:30 PM

Skylands Ice World, Stockholm

Skylands Ice World Friday Night Ice Jam

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, December 1, 10:00 AM


Winter Open House

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, December 1, 10:00 AM


Sparta German Christmas Market

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, December 2, 10:00 AM


Winter Open House

Arts & Entertainment


Sun, December 2, 10:00 AM


Sparta German Christmas Market

Arts & Entertainment


Sun, December 2, 2:00 PM

Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, Stillwater

Open House at Fairview Lake YMCA Camps

Health & Wellness

Newton High School Junior Helps Students with 'Weekend Bags'

November 10, 2018

NEWTON, NJ – While most high school juniors are consumed with classes, classes, tests, activities, graduation and college, one Newton students is also thinking about helping others.

In many ways Isobel Costello is a typical 11th grade student but her Weekend Bag Program is anything but typical.

Two years ago as a freshman, Isobel Costello created a program, now known as The Weekend ...

Missing 15 Year Old From Mountain Lakes Last Seen In Camden; Police Ask For Help Locating Him

November 7, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Thomas Kolding, who lives with his parents in Mountain Lakes is still missing, said Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp. In a press release, the Prosecutor's Office as well as Mountain Lakes Police Department continue to ask for the public's help to locate him.

According to authorities, Kolding has been missing since October 30, 2018. It ...

Home Sellers in Q3 Netted Average $61K at Resale

Great news! According to a recent report by ATTOM Data Solutions, home sellers who sold their homes in the third quarter of 2018 benefited from rising home prices and netted an average of $61,232.

This is the highest average price gain since the second quarter of 2007 and represents a 32% return on the original purchase prices.

After the Great Recession, many homeowners were left in ...

75% of Renters Have Been Misinformed

Recently, multiple headlines have asserted that homeownership is less affordable today than at any other time in the last decade. Team Nest Builder knows that although the headlines are accurate, they lack context and lead too many Americans to believe that they can’t partake in a major part of the American Dream – owning a home.

In 2008, the housing market crashed and home values ...

Join Us in Giving the Gift of Warmth This Season

We’re partnering again with United Way of Northern New Jersey, the New Jersey Herald, and several local businesses and human service agencies for the annual Gift of Warmth new coat drive, seeking donations of winter apparel for Sussex County families in need.

Drop off coats and other winter apparel, which must be new, at Team Nest Builder’s Realty Executives Sparta office (54 ...

Super Sparta 55+ Studio and Awesome Morristown 3BR Apartment For Rent

Team Nest Builder offers TWO fantastic apartments--a 55+ studio in Sparta and a 3BR in Morristown--read on and check them out!

84 Sparta Ave., #301,  Sparta 

If you're 55+ and seeking a studio apartment in the heart of Sparta, NJ--here's your chance!  We've JUST LISTED a fantastic studio apartment and it can be YOURS.  What makes ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 22

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn how Atlantic Health System is accelerating the pace of medical breakthroughs in the fight against cancer, AHS and the New York Jets make a crucial catch, meet New Jersey’s only cardiac “Shock Team,” find out some key warning signs to know if you have Thyroid Cancer and much more!


Location, Location, Location; Where to locate your Business

Source: Before picking out a location to start your business, consider the many factors of its potential location, as this issue is a key contributor to a business’s success or failure. Samuel K Burlum shares research in selecting a small business site. 

Most small business owners choose a location based on their own perception of where they think the business might be a good ...

No Farmers, No Food; Support Your Local Farmer

Source: Are you hungry for healthy food? Where do you go to get your supply of fresh produce, dairy, and meats? Do you trust your current food supply? If you have any doubt about your current food supply, Samuel K. Burlum shares how to get back to basics and support your local family farm.

Most households get their food supply from the local grocery or convenience store. Communities ...

Atlantic View

Morristown Medical Center Becomes First Hospital to Implement BEACON Advanced Energy Laser System

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has become the first hospital to implement the BEACON Advanced Energy Laser System, a unique tissue-sparing, CO2 laser-driven system which enables physicians to conduct complex surgeries in space-restricted areas of the body with greater accuracy and precision than ever before.

While flexible fiber-based CO2 surgery has long ...

Christmas Concert at Sparta United Methodist Church

November 17, 2018

Sparta United Methodist Church presents a special evening of music to begin the Christmas season! Selections from the Heavenly Metal Ringers hand bell choir will be followed by the choral cantata Sing Joy to All the World by Lloyd Larson. The concert will be accompanied by musicians from the Hanover Wind Symphony and will close with a carol sing.

Join us on December 1 at 7:30 p.m. and December ...