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Sparta Middle School Students Create 20Time Projects

April 20, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – There is something special going on in Laura Sofen’s eight grade English classes.  In addition to the curriculum, Sofen’s students have been engaged in 20Time projects.

She was inspired by an article she had read about how Google encouraged their employees to use 20 percent of their time developing pet projects. Google supported 20Time projects that have led ...

Newton Golf Team Adds Two Wins to Record

April 23, 2018

NEWTON, NJ—The Newton High School golf team won two matches this week as they played against both Pope John and Kittatinny.

The results for both matches are as follows:

Newton vs. Pope John: 174-179

Newton:

Tyler Wilson with a score of 40
John Nitting with a score of 43
Justen Samiljan with a score of 44
James Daley with a score of 47

Pope John:

Brett Parker ...

Newton Boys Tennis Lose By Three to High Point

NEWTON, NJ—The Newton High School boys tennis team lost by three against High Point, when they played them home on Friday. The ending score was 4-1.

The results of the matches are as follows:

Singles:

1st singles: Jason Maikis (HP) defeated Kellen Miller (N), 6-2, 6-0

2nd singles: Nikolai Cibenko (HP) defeated Jonathan O’Brien (N), 6-3, 6-2

Doubles:

1st doubles: J ...

Newton Baseball Team Loses By Three to Montville

NEWTON, NJ—The Newton High School boys baseball team lost 6-3 against Montville when they played them away on Friday.

Jimmy McKeown led the Braves in runs batted in, bringing in two RBIs during his two at bats where he went 1-for-2.

Alex Stone went 2-for-4 with an RBI as well. Chase Cramer went 1-for-4 with a stolen base, Jake Tarabokija went 3-for-4 scoring one run, and ...

Newton Student Collects Stuffed Animals for Sick Children

April 22, 2018

NEWTON, NJ – A young Merriam Avenue School student is collecting new stuffed animals for the children and families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.  Haeleigh Lestz asked her third grade teacher Nik Lasso if she could do a project in class.

Lestz told Lasso she wanted to collect the soft toys because she “felt it was important that the children and their siblings had ...

More Than Just Kindness for Roxbury Student Adored by Tragically Killed Boy

ROXBURY, NJ – She lost her 10-year-old son three years ago in a boating accident on Lake Hopatcong, but Laura D’Amico is sure her beloved Christopher speaks to her all the time. It’s subtle but firm, she says; messages that come as sparks of recollection, inspiration or intuition.

One of those unexpected inklings led Laura and her husband Chris to a jewelry ...

Sussex County Veterans Can Sign Up for Discount Card for Local Restaurants and Businesses

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Veterans can get an ID card that entitles them to special discounts on meals, goods and services.  The program is offered through County Clerk Jeff Parrott’s office in collaboration with Sheriff Michael Strada and Sen. Steve Oroho. 

The card is free, similarly sized to a credit card. It easily fits into a wallet, eliminating the need to ...

Sparta High School Inducts First Class into National Arts Honor Society

April 20, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – The media center at Sparta High School was packed on Tuesday night for the first induction ceremony of the National Art Honor Society.  The inaugural class had 38 students, including 16 seniors. 

“I am very proud to say that the first induction of the students into the National Art Honor Society was a success,” Principal Janet Ferraro ...

Former Owners Retrieve Horses From 'Kill Pen,' More need Help

April 23, 2018

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Some Standardbreds in imminent danger of shipping to slaughter were returned to their former owners, but others await help.

Since Friday, April 20, of the 21 horses weighed and tagged to ship for slaughter:

Mr. Mystic N was helped by his past owner, Eric Goodell, and trainer Joshua Green, and is being returned to Goodell.
Jeremy Sharky was helped by ...

Travels Jersey Shore Seal Sighting on Spring Lake Beach

April 23, 2018

SPRING LAKE, NJ — Another seal came ashore — this time at the jetty on the south end of Spring Lake's beach.

Photographer Nancy Orlowski was walking the beachfront when she spotted this seal at about 3 p.m. on April 18 and took these real-time animated photos. It’s not known whether it returned to the ocean.

On April 12, a harp seal made its way onto Belmar's Fifth ...

Newton Proclaims April Donate Life Month

April 15, 2018

NEWTON, NJ – The Newton Town Council proclaimed April Donate Life month at the meeting on Monday, April 9.  Representatives from the New Jersey Sharing Network were on hand to accept the proclamation read by Mayor Wayne Levante.

Kelly Bonventre, manager of Philanthropy and Foundation Programs thanked the council for their support again this year.

“When people are educated ...

Center for Prevention Announces New Prevention Initiative

NEWTON, NJ-- The Center for Prevention and Counseling announced a new prevention initiative addressing alternative approaches to pain management in older adults.

Sussex County residents are invited to the inaugural event “Your Health and You … What You Need to Know About Taking Control of Your Total Wellness,” on Tuesday, April 24. 

This event will be held at the ...

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Plane Crashes into Lake Aeroflex in Sussex County Park

April 23, 2018

NEWTON, NJ—A one-maned plane crashed into Lake Aeroflex in Kittatinny Valley State Park around 11:30 this morning.

“I heard the plane cut out, then I saw it turn left and flatten out, and then it landed in the lake,” passerby Justin Leyman said. “It took the rescue crews about a minute or so to get the pilot out of the lake.

The plane was completely ...

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The Issue of Alternatives to Elected School Boards

April 14, 2018

The time of electing local school boards should come to an end. According to the National School Boards Association, “the local school board is a critical public link to public schools. Whether elected or appointed, school board members serve their communities in several important ways. First and foremost, school boards look out for students. Education is not a line item on the school ...

Buying a Home Is Cheaper Than Renting in Majority of US

Great news for first-time New Jersey home buyers! The results of the 2018 Rental Affordability Report from ATTOM show that buying a median-priced home is more affordable than renting a three-bedroom property in 54% of U.S. counties analyzed for the report.

The updated numbers show that renting a three-bedroom property in the United States requires an average of 38.8% of income.

The least ...

Home Buying Myths Slayed

Team Nest Builder wants YOU to know the truths about buying a New Jersey home!

Some Highlights:


The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%!


Despite mortgage interest rates being over 4%, rates are still below historic numbers.


88% of property managers raised their rents in the last 12 months!


The credit score requirements for mortgage ...

Buy A Home To Build Your Family's Wealth

Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate, on average, by 3.6% per year and to grow by 18.2% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey. Team Nest Builder wants you to understand what that means for homeowners and their equity positions.

As an example, let’s assume a young couple purchased and closed on a $250,000 home ...

Now’s the Time to Buy Your NJ Luxury Home

House no longer fits your needs? Planning on buying a New Jersey luxury home? Now is the time to do so!

Recently, the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing released its Luxury Market Report which showed that in today’s premium home market, buyers are in control.  The inventory of homes for sale in the luxury market far exceeds the number of people searching to purchase these ...

Buy a Home NOW Before Mortgage Rates Climb Higher

Whether you’re a buyer searching for your first home, or a homeowner looking to move up to your next home, Team Nest Builder knows you should pay attention to where mortgage interest rates are heading.

Over the course of 2018, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates increased from 3.95% in the first week of January to 4.40% in the first week of April.

At ...

6 Simple Decorating Tricks for Your NJ Home

Ever watched “Trading Spaces” and wondered, “How do they pull together a beautiful room so quickly?”  Team Nest Builder knows! Read on for these 6 simple decorating tricks from the newly relaunched “Trading Spaces” stars.  You’ll be amazed at what a difference they make in your New Jersey home!

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Laurie Smith ...

A Special Performance by The Mental Health Players Raises Awareness of Mental Health Issues

April 23, 2018

In recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, NAMI Sussex and Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services are coming together to sponsor a special performance by The Mental Health Players. The Mental Health Players is a group of volunteer performers who use theatrical improvisation and role playing to bring the ...