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Sparta Planning Board Approves 70 Unit Apartment Project

November 22, 2020

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Planning Board voted to approve a 70 unit apartment complex at 53A Sparta Avenue.  The four-story buildings will be located behind the Burger King, years ago the site of an assisted living facility. 

The site is 2.6 acres on Block 5019 Lot 23 on the Sparta tax map. The schematic of the project shows two residential wings with a common area and gym ...

Newton Schools Move to All Remote Learning

NEWTON, NJ- The Newton public schools will be going to an all remote schedule beginning Monday, November 23.  Superintendent Kennedy Greene made the announcement on Friday afternoon.

Greene said the “decision to move to fully remote instruction” was made “in consultation with the Sussex County Department of Health and our local school district partners.” Newton ...

Joint Newton Police, Sussex County Narcotics Efforts Earn New Drug Charges for 'Early Release' Offender

NEWTON, NJ—A Newton man was picked up on new heroin  and crack related drug charges the same day he was released early under Governor Murphy’s sentence and parole reduction law, police said.

On November 4, following a joint effort of Detectives from the Newton Police Department and the Sussex County Narcotics Task Force, Leigton Brown, 42 was taken into custody at his ...

Newton Police Department Swears in New Officer


EWTON, NJ—The Newton Police Department held the swearing-in of Officer Garrett H. Armstrong, Badge #48 in an outdoor ceremony at Newton Town Hall.

Precautions were in place as all in attendance wore masks and maintained social distancing, including the current officers of the Newton Police Department.

Armstrong is a lifelong resident of Hampton Township, where he lived most of ...

Retired Sussex County Municipal Judge John Mulhern Laid to Rest

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ - On Friday October 30, 2020, Municipal Court John Mulhern was laid to rest after retiring only three years earlier.  A service for Mulhern held at Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Long Beach Township was attended by many family members, friends and colleagues.

Mulhern leaves behind his wife Jayme, two daughters Anne and Ellen, son-in-law Richard Zjawin and ...

Wallkill Valley LLD Class Meets with Senator Oroho via Zoom

HAMBURG, NJ - The LLD Class at Wallkill Valley High School spent an hour Friday, October 16th  learning more about New Jersey State Government and the role of a State Senator through a zoom visitation with State Senator Oroho. Oroho is the Senator for the 24th Legislative District. 

The LLD class consists of nine students grades nine through12 who have been ...

Spartan's Pray for Police

SPARTA, NJ- Prayers of protection were said in front of the Sparta Township municipal building on Saturday.  A group of about 20 parishioners from Our Lady of the Lake gathered with a banner petitioning prayers from St. Michael. 

Led by Rafael Gonzalez, they said “two Rosaries for the police to protect us and to be protected,” a participant said.  They also sang the ...

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

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 ...

Sparta High School Suspends Varsity Football Season to Quarantine Following Player's Positive Test

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School football program has been suspended for two weeks following news of a student athlete testing positive.  While the student will not be identified, the district reports the player has had contact with team members.

The acting Superintendent Patrick McQueeney announced in a letter to the community, two students had tested positive for the ...

Le Frois and Teets Town Council Candidates First to Sign Police Support Pledge in New Jersey

NEWTON, NJ—The Town Council candidate team of Helen Le Frois, incumbent, and Michelle Teets are the first to sign and submit the Police Pledge in the state of New Jersey.

According to the website of Heritage Action for America, ( the only state officials or candidates in the state of New Jersey to sign this Police Pledge are the Le ...