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Newton High School Announces First Marking Period Honor Roll for 2016-17 School Year

December 3, 2016

NEWTON, NJ-- Newton High School announces the students who have qualified for Honor Rolls for the first marking period of the 16-17 school year. Students who have a GPA greater than or equal to 3.5 through 3.749 receive Cum Laude. Students who have a GPA greater than or equal to 3.75 through 3.999 receive Magna Cum Laude and students who have a GPA of 4.0 and above receive Summa Cum ...

Newton Robotics Team Hosted FIRST Lego League Qualifier at Sparta Middle School

SPARTA, NJ - The gymnasium at Sparta Middle School was taken over by robots on November 19.  The Newton Robotics team hosted the FIRST Lego League Qualifiers Event that included 13 middle school teams.  The Newton Middle School team earned a couple of awards at the competition.

Technology teacher at Halsted Middle School James Hoffman organized the event, while coaching both the high ...

Newton High School Student Shares Her Dominican Republic Mission Trip Experience

NEWTON, NJ- A Newton High School student traveled to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip at the beginning of November with a group from Sussex County.  Freshman Gemma Meade put together a slide show with photos of her trip to provide a backdrop to a presentation she made to her fellow students.

Meade’s French teacher Elizabeth Legon began celebrating Thanksgiving with her ...

Newton Lenape Valley Ice Hockey Starts Season with Two Wins

December 4, 2016

STOCKHOLM, NJ - The Newton Lenape Valley ice hockey team is off to a good start with two wins, shutting out Mountain Lakes 4-0 and beating Verona 3-1.

On Wednesday, November 30 NLV traveled to Codey Arena in West Orange.  Three different skaters put one in the net for Newton.  Andrew Dalessandro  scored in the first period assisted by Maverick Reiner and Todd ...

Large Turnout for Sparta Education Foundation's 10 Annual Krogh's Turkey Trot

SPARTA, NJ - The 10 year for the Sparta Education Foundation Turkey Trot was as popular as ever. More than 1,860 runners participated in the Tradition Before the Tradition as it has come to be known, according to the SEF. 

Sparta High School student Blaze Dalio sang the national anthem to open the event. Sparta Superintendent Dennis Tobin made some opening remarks to all that gathered in ...

Newton Boys Soccer Lose Heartbreaking Championship Game Against Bernards

UNION, NJ—Despite the snow falling and windy weather, the Newton High School boys soccer team met on the field at Kean University to go up  against Bernards for the State Championship Title on Sunday.

The Newton Braves defense,  anchored by Omar Ba, Cameron Saks, Liam Kerrick and Kevin Ayoso, played hard and strong against Bernards, but was unable to stop them as they ...

Sparta UNICO Donates Food to Local Organizations

December 4, 2016

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta UNICO distributed hams, turkeys and canned goods to local food banks.  The recipients included the Sparta Ecumenical Food Bank at the Sparta Presbyterian Church, Project Self-Sufficiency, Salvation Army at Saint Joseph's in Newton and Roxbury Social Services.

Italian American service organization distributed more than 40 hams and turkeys along with several cases of ...

Sparta's German Christmas Market Celebrates 15 Years on Lake Mohawk Boardwalk this Weekend

SPARTA, NJ – It is that time of year again.  The German Christmas Market will be open Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4.  With more than 110 vendors and favorable weather anticipated, crowds are expected to be large for the 15th anniversary of the holiday event on the Lake Mohwak boardwalk. 

Sparta Township official advise parking will be ...

Newton's Annual Holiday Parade Kicks off the Holiday Season

NEWTON, NJ—Newton began the 2016 holiday season with the annual holiday parade that is hosted by the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce the Saturday following Thanksgiving.

This year the parade fell on Saturday, November 26. Residents of all ages from Newton and all over Sussex County lined Spring Street.

This years’ parade sponsors included Balance Accounting, Hayek’s ...

Sparta German Christmas Market Day One

December 3, 2016

SPARTA, NJ - The first day of the German Christmas Market brought out big crowds.  By mid-day people were lined up waiting to get onto the boardwalk.  Every inch of the boardwalk and every room in the country club was consumed by the market and packed with shoppers.

The White Deer Plaza entrance to the boardwalk became a forest of wood carvings, a popular photo spot.  Several ...

Sparta's German Christmas Market Celebrates 15 Years on Lake Mohawk Boardwalk this Weekend

SPARTA, NJ – It is that time of year again.  The German Christmas Market will be open Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4.  With more than 110 vendors and favorable weather anticipated, crowds are expected to be large for the 15th anniversary of the holiday event on the Lake Mohwak boardwalk. 

Sparta Township official advise parking will be ...

Newton's Annual Holiday Parade Kicks off the Holiday Season

NEWTON, NJ—Newton began the 2016 holiday season with the annual holiday parade that is hosted by the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce the Saturday following Thanksgiving.

This year the parade fell on Saturday, November 26. Residents of all ages from Newton and all over Sussex County lined Spring Street.

This years’ parade sponsors included Balance Accounting, Hayek’s ...

Newton High School Government Classes Hold Their Own Debate

November 21, 2016

NEWTON, NJ—Newton High School's two AP government classes faced off against each other on November 4, in a town hall style series of debates, in order to prepare for this years' election.

“Teams of four students from each class debated in each class period on topics of Foreign Policy and World Leadership, the Environment, Immigration, Social Issues, the Supreme Court, ...

Newton Board of Education: Election Results are a Close Call

NEWTON, NJ— The Newton Board of Education election results have been announced.  It is a close race with Ed Caffrey, Ray Morris and Anthony Neggers coming out on top with all six voting districts counted.  Mail-in ballots, however, are not yet included in the total and could affect the final results.

Charles Fantasia with 1,332
Ray Morris with 1,476
Anthony Neggers ...

Sparta Township to Divorce from Sussex County Health Services

November 24, 2016

SPARTA,  NJ – Sparta Township is preparing to withdraw from the Sussex County Department of Health.  Citing issues related to both services and cost Township Manager William Close said they are pursuing other options that would be more cost effective and allow for better oversite.

In 2016 Sparta paid $418,000 which represents 20 percent of the budget of the county department, ...

‘Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!’ runs at Disney's Hollywood Studios to Dec. 31

November 30, 2016

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL.- Christmas is indeed the most magical time of year at the Walt Disney World resort in Florida, and this year a little more Christmas magic joins the fun at at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the nighttime spectacular, “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!,”

With the facade of the Chinese Theatre serving as a movie screen of sorts, Disney ...

Newton's Annual Holiday Parade Kicks off the Holiday Season

December 2, 2016

NEWTON, NJ—Newton began the 2016 holiday season with the annual holiday parade that is hosted by the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce the Saturday following Thanksgiving.

This year the parade fell on Saturday, November 26. Residents of all ages from Newton and all over Sussex County lined Spring Street.

This years’ parade sponsors included Balance Accounting, Hayek’s ...

Cookie-Palooza: Nanaimo Bars

NUTLEY, NJ - Bar cookies are great for the holidays and year-round. 

Nanaimo Bars:

Base of the bars:

½ cup butter

¼ cup sugar

¼ cup cocoa (unsweetened baker’s cocoa!)

1 tsp. natural vanilla extract

1 egg

1 ½ cup graham cracker crumbs

¾ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)

½ cup finely chopped pecans (I pulse them in ...

Community FoodBank of New Jersey Issues Donation Challenge for 'Giving Tuesday'

HILLSIDE, NJ - The Community FoodBank of New Jersey or CFBNJ has launched a new campaign to promote Giving Tuesday. This national day of charitable giving will be Tuesday, Nov, 29.  Sussex County's NORWESCAP is a distribution partner of the CFBNJ

An anonymous donor has issued a $25,000 Giving Tuesday Matching Gift Challenge. On Giving Tuesday only, every gift to the FoodBank will be ...

Center for Prevention and Counseling Hosts Vision Alcohol Impairment Goggle Training

December 1, 2016

NEWTON, NJ—The Center for Prevention and Counseling will be holding a free fatal vision alcohol impairment goggle training event on Friday December 3.

The training will be held at The Center for Prevention and Counseling’s satellite office located at 65 Newton-Sparta Road, Manor Plaza, Andover. It will be from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Wendy Cooney, who is the Assistant ...

Boil Water Advisory UPDATE

NEWTON, NJ – Officials from the Town of Newton report the Boil Water Advisory has been lifted.  Water samples have passed New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection standards.

The boil water advisory was made necessary following the water main break under Sparta Avenue on Thanksgiving morning. 

Emergency Alert: Water Main Break & Broken Valve in Town

NEWTON, NJ—The Town of Newton advised that there is currently a water main break on Lake Avenue and a broken valve on Swartswood Road, as of 7:30 p.m.

Some homes may experience low to no water pressure. The town’s DPW crews are on site to make the repairs.

Also, Town Manager Thomas Russo Jr. reminds everyone that the Boil Water notice is still in effect until further ...

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Sparta Police: Sparta Man Faces DWI Charges on Report of Erratic Driving

December 4, 2016

SPARTA, NJ - A Sparta man faces charges of driving while intoxicated after his erratic driving prompted a call to police on November 25.  Sparta police responded to a report of an erratic driver on Stanhope Road, which included the license plate information, around 7:48 p.m. police report.

Sparta Cpl. Joe Anotnello found the 2007 Land Rover on as it turned from Park Road onto East Shore ...

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Don't Sacrifice the Environment to Fund the State Treasury

November 22, 2016

Dear Editor:

New Jersey’s Natural Resource Damages (NRD) program is an incredibly important and necessary program rising from the state’s history of incremental spills and discharges, as well as historic industrialization. 

NRD requires polluters to go beyond the mandated cleanup and to pay damages for restoration and compensation for the public loss of use of natural ...

New Jersey Red Cross Encourages Community to Give Something That Means Something

December 4, 2016

 

PRINCETON, NJ— Give something that means something this holiday season and help the American Red Cross bring hope to people in some of their darkest hours. Donations to the annual Red Cross Holiday Giving Campaign support someone who has lost everything in a disaster, a hospital patient who needs blood, or a military family facing an ...

Roxbury Eyes Little Lake Hopatcong Peninsula, State Says "Go For It"

December 2, 2016

ROXBURY, N.J. - Roxbury Township is on the verge of getting its first chunk of lakefront property on Lake Hopatcong, a strip of land that once served as a steamboat passenger platform in Landing.

The first thing it wants to put there: A big Christmas tree.

The state, which owns the half-acre peninsula adjacent to Lake's End Marina, is eager to enter into a ...