Sparta: About Us is an all-online independent local newspaper covering more than 100 towns in New Jersey and New York. It was founded by New Providence, New Jersey residents Michael and Lauryn Shapiro.  Over 6,000,000 absolute unique users have read during the past year.

Since moving to Sparta with her husband and four sons 14 years ago, Jennifer Dericks  has been a tireless volunteer.   She continued her role as Den Leader and then Committee Chair of Cub Scout Pack 150, brought her award winning Volunteer Involvement Program to Alpine School and became active in the PTOs.  At Sparta High School, Jennifer has been the PSTO Treasurer for ten years, annually coordinates the Senior Academic Awards dinner, and created the Alumni Brunch.  As Chairwoman of the GOTV committee she helped lead the community to approve the referendum to rebuild the high school.  She was a founding member of the Sparta Education Foundation.  During her term on the Sparta Board of Education she spent a year as Vice President and two as President, during which time she oversaw the reconstruction of Sparta High School.

Jennifer has also been a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor for 10 years teaching privately and for the Sparta Recreation Department.  She is a Deacon and served as a Sunday School teacher at Packanack Community Church in Wayne where she grew up.

Jennifer graduated from Douglass College, Rutgers University with a BA in Communications; Public Relations and Advertising. Joining affords the opportunity to bring together her Communications background and volunteering experiences to  provide relevant, quality coverage of community events and local government, youth and high school sports, student activities and achievements and a meaningful, targeted forum for local merchants to reach Sparta residents.

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