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Sparta High School Students Find Volunteering as EMT Rewarding

June 18, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School students have had a history of volunteering with the Sparta Ambulance Squad.  For students with an interest in and passion for the medical field or for those who are simply looking to improve their people skills this has proven to be an undeniably impactful experience.

Currently there are eight volunteers from Sparta High School; Maddie Arcuri, ...

Newton Public Schools will Dismiss Early on Monday

NEWTON, NJ – Newton Public Schools will operate on an early dismissal schedule tomorrow, Monday, June 18, due to the predicted high heat index. 

Afternoon pre-school and Project Launch are canceled for Monday as well.

Newton High School will release at 11:45 a.m.
Halsted Middle School will release at 11:55 a.m.  No lunch will be served, according to the posted ...

Newton Alumni Spring News from College Campuses

NEWTON, NJ - Newton alumni have been leaving their mark on college campuses around the country. Many alumni have received their degrees this spring as well.

Several Newton area students recently graduated from East Stroudsburg University.  Tyler Rodimer received a bachelor of science in Criminal Justice, Christian Silva received a bachelor of science degree in Exercise Science, Mary ...

Sussex Stags Football Team to Hold Fourth Annual Golf Outing

June 14, 2018

NEWTON, NJ—The Sussex County Stags will be holding their fourth annual gold outing on Saturday June 23.

Arrival time is 11:30 a.m. at the Minebrook Golf Club located at 500 Schooleys Mountain Road in Hackettstown. Golfing will begin at 1 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online at www.sussexstags.com.

Tickets are $125 per person and include the following: golfing, the cart, an all you ...

Merriam Avenue Teachers Fundraise With Hands-on Method

June 14, 2018

NEWTON, N.J. — Teachers from Newton’s elementary school, Merriam Avenue, got together to raise money for the school’s PTO program through an event known as “McTeacher Night.”

They partnered with the Newton McDonalds for the second year in a row to host an event in which the teachers worked behind the counter and served customers.

The events were held in ...

Town of Newton Honors & Remembers Those Who “Gave All” on the 100 Year of Remembrance

NEWTON, N.J. — Although it was a bit chilly in the beginning, the Town of Newton celebrated those who fought for their freedom and paid the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, in the annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28.

The residents, from babies and seniors, to pets alike, lined Spring Street in red, white and blue waving American Flags as high as they could.

The County Crier, ...

Sparta Elks and 10 Community Organizations to Celebrate Flag Day

SPARTA, NJ - On Tuesday, June 12 the Sparta Elks in inviting the community to celebrate the symbol of our nation.  The Elks will be joined by members of Sparta Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, the Kiwanis, the Sparta Police Department, Fire Department, Ambulance Squad, two chapters of the Knights of Columbus and others. 

The ceremony will take place on the lawn in front of the Sparta ...

Town of Newton Holds Annual Newton Day Festival

June 19, 2018

NEWTON, NJ—The Town of Newton held their 15th annual Newton Day Festival on June 9, which began at 10:30 a.m. on Spring Street.

The festival is sponsored in a joint effort every year by the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce and the town of Newton.

The weather was beautiful and the sun was shining for the residents to come and walk up and down Spring Street, looking to buy toys, ...

Little Miss, Little Mister, and Miss Newton 2018 Named

NEWTON, N.J. — Family and friends of the 15 Little Miss, Little Mister and Miss Newton contestants gathered at Project Self-Sufficiency building on the evening of Friday, June 9 at 5:30 p.m. At the end of the event, the votes were cast and the winners selected. The 2018 Little Miss Newton winner is Ishtar Jaoudy. The 2018 Little Mister winner is Noah Osborne, the 2018 Miss Newton is ...

Area Scout Earns All 138 Boy Scout Merit Badges

ANDOVER, NJ- Stephen Rozek completed work on the last merit badge that the Boy Scouts of America currently offers on June 8, 2018,. Stephen, an Eagle Scout since age 13, completed the Scuba Diving merit badge after becoming SSI Open Water Diver certified this week. This badge marked the 138th and final merit badge currently available in the BSA.

Rozek had set a goal for earning all the ...

Newton to Hold Town Wide Garage Sale

June 7, 2018

NEWTON, NJ- The Town of Newton will hold a town wide garage sale on August 3, 4 and 5.  Permits are available from the Municipal Clerk’s office at 39 Trinity Street for all three days for $15.

A map will list all of the participating homes, along with key items to be sold.  A garage sale application must be completed before July 27 to be able to be placed on the map, according ...

Horse Care Workshops at Lord Stirling Start June 23

June 19, 2018

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable is offering Horse Care Workshop 101 for adults and youth seeking to gain experience and confidence around horses through a combination of non-riding activities and hands-on practice.

Horse Care Workshop 101 will be held at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ beginning Saturday June ...

Manutti Marina in Belmar: Top Choice for Boating, Fishing and All-Around Family Fun

June 17, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — It’s no secret that Belmar Manutti Marina ranks among the best boating destinations along the Atlantic coast.

Tucked along the eastern shoreline of the idyllic Shark River — just a five-minute trip by boat to the ocean — the state-of-the-art marina is a top choice among boaters looking to stay for the season, enjoy a vacation or spend the weekend.

In ...

Mosquito Spraying - June 14

June 14, 2018

The Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health - Office of Mosquito Control will be conducting a truck mounted ULV Application of Adult Mosquitos on June 14th between 5pm and 11pm. The spraying area will include but is not limited to: South Park Drive, North Park Drive, Mount View Street, Trinity Street, East Stuart Street, Townsend Street and Moran ...

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Newton Police: Drug Charges for Wanted Andover Man Parked in Cemetary

June 16, 2018

NEWTON, NJ—An Andover man is facing drug charges after caught the attention of police having parked in the Newton Cemetery.  On June 8 around 4:30 p.m., Ptl. John Flanagan was patrolling the cemetery when he saw Jeffrey Schermerhorn, 27, standing outside his car, police report. 

As the officer approached he was Schermerhorn throw something into the woods.  Schermerhorn ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, June 21, 2:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Summer Afternoon Garden Soiree

Home & Garden

Sat, June 23, 10:00 AM

CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties, Morristown

CASA Information Session

Sun, June 24, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River

Education

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Sun, July 8, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Sussex County Views: The Art of Toni Chaplin

Arts & Entertainment

Tue, July 17, 6:00 PM

CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties, Morristown

CASA Information Session

Education Giving Back Law & Justice

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Mon, July 23, 10:00 AM

Sparta Public Library, Sparta

Watercolor Workshop

Arts & Entertainment

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Sun, August 26, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Sussex County Views: The Art of Toni Chaplin

Arts & Entertainment

Sparta High School Students Visited by Modern Day Hero

June 16, 2018

SPARTA. NJ — The students in Andrew Lowery’s Heroes and Heroines senior English class had a special visitor last week. Gillian Lichota from iRise Above Breast Cancer foundation met with Lowery’s students and students from Kate Brennan’s Women’s Studies class as well as Emily Scott’s AP Government in Politics students.

The story of how Lichota came to be in ...

The Power of Positive Engagement

June 17, 2018

To the Editor:

I wanted to share this letter from Laurie Beacham, Media Director for NJ 11th for Change, about the notable increase in voter turnout and citizens deciding to run in the recent primary election:

"The 11th Congressional District has a lot to be proud of. In the June 5th primaries, voter turnout climbed from almost 33,000 in 2014 to over 86,000. Democratic ...

Again, Oroho, Space and Wirths Get It Wrong

On Wednesday, June 13th, a series of gun violence prevention bills were signed into law by Governor Murphy. These bills will strengthen our already strong gun laws in New Jersey and none of these new laws infringe on anyone’s right to keep and bear arms.   

Unfortunately, Senator Oroho and Assemblymen, Space and Wirths our Legislative District 24 representatives voted NO to a ...

Update: Police Break Up Fight Involving 40-50 People at Bridgewater Commons Mall

June 15, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — No injuries have been reported in an incident that shut down Bridgewater Commons Mall Thursday evening after a fight involving a crowd of 40-50 people.

Police are still investigating unconfirmed reports of shots being fired, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

The mall is closed for the evening as the investigation continues.

Somerset County ...

2 Morristown Residents Help Take 1,500 Car Trips off NJ Roadways During Annual Bike to Work Challenge

CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ - Morristown residents Christopher Buck and Rebecca Karger were among the 150 commuters who embraced a more sustainable commute by trading in their car keys for pedals during TransOptions' annual Bike to Work Challenge.

Buck logged 832 miles and Karger recorded 38 trips during the month. Overall, participants took 1,379 trips, and ...

Hillsborough HS Teacher Suspended after Arrest for Alleged Sexual Relationship with Student

NEW BRUNSWICK , NJ - A Hillsborough High School English teacher has been suspended following his arrest for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student during a five-month period earlier this year, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey.

Kenneth Shindle, 27, of Plainsboro, has been charged with two second-degree counts of endangering the welfare ...

Why Buying a Home is Better Than Renting

People often ask if now is a good time to buy a home in New Jersey, but nobody ever asks whether or not it’s a good time to rent. Regardless, Team Nest Builder wants to make certain that everyone understands that now is NOT a good time to rent.

The Census Bureau recently released their 2018 first quarter median rent numbers. This graph from their report shows rent increases from 1988 ...

5 Fab Father's Day Happenings in Sussex & Morris Counties

Father’s Day hits this Sunday--what do YOU have planned? Team Nest Builder offers a slew of Father’s Day fun in Morris and Sussex County. Read on and surprise Dad with cool activities! (Be sure to check if registration is required prior to showing up!)

Alstede Farms' Father's Day Brunch – Chester

From 9am-noon, take a scenic hayride to a brunch buffet that offers ...

Don't Miss Sunday's OPEN HOUSE for 4BR Sparta Mountain Beauty

Perched handsomely on an acre in the beautiful SpartaMountain community, 28 Waters Edgeoffers a 4BR 2.5 Bathroom home with space and style. Come see for yourself this Sunday, June 17th, from 1-3pm at our OPEN HOUSE!

Located in the prestigious Sparta Mountain Reserve, this large, beautiful center hall colonial with open floor plan has a nice, level play yard with direct ...

Days on The Housing Market Drops to New Low

According to recently released data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the median number of days that a home spent on the market hit a new low of 26 days in April, as 57% of homes remained on the market for under a month.

NAR’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, opined,

“What is available for sale is going under contract at a rapid pace. Since NAR began tracking this ...

June 13 Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting

NEWTON, NJ - The June 13 Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting video.

 

Pass It Along Triathlon

Tri-something new this July and sign up for the Pass It Along Triathlon!

The 9th annual Pass It Along Triathlon will take place on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at the Lake Mohawk Country Club. This triathlon features two USAT-certified courses - Olympic and Sprint. This triathlon has become a Sparta tradition and everyone is welcome to attend to cheer on athletes and be a part of the ...

Welcome to the Pass It Along Column!

This is the first in a weekly series of columns which will focus on news, events, announcements, and opportunities from Pass It Along. Please check back next week to see what’s happening!

Welcome to Pass It Along's TAPinto column! We are so excited to partner with TAPinto Sparta to share news, highlights and opportunities with you to get involved with Pass It Along!

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AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 16

Summer is in the air, and the latest episode of AtlantiCast is ready to help you enjoy some fun outdoors while staying safe! This week’s episode opens with tips for sunscreen usage from Atlantic Health System’s Chief Medical and Academic Officer, Dr. Jan Schwarz-Miller. You’ll also learn about how Atlantic Health System is advancing the future of health care through ...

Summer Hockey Programs at Skylands: 3v3, U8 and Beginner Hockey Camp

June 19, 2018

Skylands U8 Cross Ice Challenge League

Skylands Cross Ice Challenge League is an intermediate league for kids ages 8 and under. Emphasis on fun, skill progression, and player development, it de-emphasizes stressful, high-pressure, game scenarios and ultra-competitive play. It's focus is more on individual skating, player skills & puck touches
One practice per week ...

Update: Police Break Up Fight Involving 40-50 People at Bridgewater Commons Mall

June 15, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — No injuries have been reported in an incident that shut down Bridgewater Commons Mall Thursday evening after a fight involving a crowd of 40-50 people.

Police are still investigating unconfirmed reports of shots being fired, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

The mall is closed for the evening as the investigation continues.

Somerset County ...