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Newton Area Alumni Earned Accoladed and Degrees on Their College Campuses

August 18, 2019

NEWTON, NJ – Newton area alumni have earned degrees and accolades on their college campuses.

Tanner Euston graduated from Drew University.

Bryce Manz and Cailin Ruoti earned Dean’s List for the spring semester at SUNY New Paltz.

James Cranmer and Dione Marie Lalo graduated from Widener College.  Cranmer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. Lalo ...

Newton Area Alumni Earn Degrees and Accolades on their College Campus

NEWTON, NJ- Newton area alumni have earned degrees and accolades on their college campuses.

Irelee Ferguson, a neuroscience major, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2019 semester at Union College.

Ian Muray graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Business Administration Finance.

Hanna Balatero earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in ...

Newton School District Upcoming August Events

NEWTON, NJ—As summer begins to wind down, the Newton School District has announced a number of  upcoming events.

On Wednesday, August 21 and Thursday, August 22 Merriam Avenue School Kindergarten will have their teacher Meet & Greet.

On Tuesday, August 27 there will be a Board of Education meeting beginning at 7 p.m. in the Newton Board of Education Office located at 57 ...

UPDATED - Newton Girls Soccer Team Looks Ahead to New Season

August 14, 2019

NEWTON, NJ—The Newton High School girls soccer team will begin its 2019-2020 season optimistic, despite losing four of its starters, including its goalkeeper Briana Galeos and three forwards.

“We are a young team in a rebuilding year and are looking to battle for the division championship this year and make long runs into the HWS and State tournaments,” Head Coach Jake ...

Sussex County Children Can Bike

WANTAGE, NJ – It was not your usual summer camp in the gymnasium at High Point Regional High School this week.  Sparta resident Mitch Morrison organized an iCan Bike week long camp to allow children with disabilities to learn how to ride a two wheel bicycle. 

“It was fun,” Newton High School student Emma Vitrell said with a big smile. 

“She said she ...

Sparta High School Field Gets Turfed

SPARTA, NJ – It’s beginning to look a lot like football- and field hockey, lacrosse, marching band and soccer.  The $3.5 million turf field project is progressing with the installation of the turf last week. 

After weeks of challenging news for the district administrators with the failure of QSAC, the field is a bright spot for the community. 

The light poles ...

Veterans Cruise Night to be Held at Friendly’s Restaurant

July 25, 2019

NEWTON, NJ—The Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, partnering with Division of Senior Services, Municipal Alliance, and the veterans Committee, will be sponsoring a veterans’ outreach program in conjunction with Friendly’s Restaurant titles “Veterans Cruise Night”.

The event will take place at Friendly’s Restaurant, located at 9 Hampton ...

Popular Asbury Park Donut Shop Gains Both Neighborhood and National Success

August 16, 2019

ASBURY PARK, NJ – In our newest episode, HomeGrown visits Purple Glaze Donuts, an award-winning bakery on Summerfield Avenue. Open for four years in Asbury Park, the donuts are made by a mother and son team, and have already become a celebrated part of the community.

The shop opened in 2015 and began having success shortly thereafter. “We’ve slowly gotten the word out,” ...

Mustard Seed DR Holding Diaper & Supply Drive in Paterson to Benefit Orphaned & Disabled Children

NEW JERSEY -- Mustard Seed Children is holding a Diaper & Supply Drive event on Saturday, August 17 from 10am to 8pm at East Side High School in Paterson, New Jersey. East Side High School is located at 150 Park Avenue in Paterson. 

Mustard Seed Communities is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for the most vulnerable populations throughout the developing ...

Newark VOICE Summit Highlights Advances in Audio Production, Podcasting & Voice Technology

NEWARK, NJ -- TAPintoTV recently attended the second annual VOICE Summit, the world’s largest voice-tech conference held on the campus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology. We spoke to audio post engineer Steve Lack about the changes in voice technology and how these new applications are changing the way we communicate. 

“This looks like the new frontier,” said ...

HomeGrown Discovers Wellness & Small Business Success in Asbury Park

ASBURY PARK, NJ – HomeGrown, an original series produced by TAPintoTV, travels to Asbury Park to learn how this small town blends the arts with independent businesses to create a colorful and creative hot spot down the shore.

HomeGrown host Stephanie Willoughby sat down with Troy Teeboom, Owner of Kur Wellness Studios, who founded his business in Asbury Park. Kur offers more than 100 ...

Alan Alda Tells Steve Adubato How M*A*S*H TV Series Changed His Life

NEW JERSEY -- On a recent episode of One-on-One with Steve Adubato, Emmy-Award winning actor Alan Alda discussed his role in the groundbreaking TV series M*A*S*H. Not only did the show make him a better writer and actor, Alda said, M*A*S*H “changed his life in many ways.” 

M*A*S*H aired on CBS from 1972 to 1983 and was one of the highest-rated shows in the history of ...

Reminder: Newton to Hold Town-Wide Garage Sale This Weekend

August 1, 2019

NEWTON, NJ—The town of Newton will be holding the annual town-wide garage sale this August.

The event will take place beginning Friday, August 2 and run until Sunday, August 4, rain or shine.

Registration for the permits for the garage sale are now closed and all those who submitted one to the Clerk’s office have been placed on the 2019 map.

The map, which is ...

Residents of Sussex County Gather for Fiber Optic Open Forum

NEWTON, NJ—Over 100 residents from all over Sussex County gathered in the auditorium at Newton High School on Thursday, July 26 to attend the Fiber Optic Open Forum hosted by the Newton FIRST Varsity Robotics Team. The theme repeated often by citizens of the county was a call for more competition for CenturyLink to get better services. While representatives from both companies were present, ...

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Jockey Gets Doused In Baby Powder & Shaving Cream After First Win

August 18, 2019

OCEANPORT, N.J. — Drenched in water and covered in baby powder and shaving cream, all courtesy of her fellow Monmouth Park jockeys, Maria Maysonett was able to wipe away all but one thing Saturday: Her smile.

The 23-year-old apprentice jockey notched her first victory in the United States when she rallied favored Malekith from far back to capture the 11th race on Saturday at Monmouth, ...

Did You Lose an Engagement Ring on the Belmar Beach?

August 10, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — It’s been a month since Karen Farrell found what appears to be an engagement ring on the Belmar beach. And although it’s a longshot, she still hopes to find the person who lost it.

Farrell came to Belmar on Sunday, July 7 — the last day of an extended Fourth of July weekend — and took a spot along the oceanfront between Second and Third Avenues, where ...

Dole Recalls Baby Spinach Due to Possible Salmonella Risk

August 11, 2019

A limited number of cases of baby spinach have been recalled due to a possible health risk from Salmonella, announced Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc.  

The recall was issued after a sample of Baby Spinach yielded a positive result for Salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the Department of Agriculture in Michigan, said officials. 

The products being recalled ...

RAGU Pasta Sauce Recalled Due to Potential Plastic Contamination

Five RAGU pasta sauces have been recalled due to fragments of plastic in the sauce, announced Mizkan America INC. in a press release.

The recalled products were distributed nationwide and include: RAGU Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion, RAGU Old World Style Traditional and RAGU Old World Style Meat.  There have been no injuries or complaints, said the company in the release. Only ...

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Sparta Main Street Construction Closures Delayed

August 18, 2019

SPARTA, NJ - According to Sparta Police Department, the road work that had been scheduled for overnight hours last week has been delayed until next week.  

Information will be published as it becomes available. 

Upcoming Events


Sat, August 24, 9:00 AM

back parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers' Market

Business & Finance


Sun, August 25, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, SPARTA

Dedication of the Wagon House & Music Day

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, August 31, 9:00 AM

back parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers' Market

Business & Finance


Sat, September 7, 9:00 AM

back parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers' Market

Business & Finance


Thu, September 12, 7:00 PM

First Presbyterian Church of Sparta, Sparta

Connecting Past to Present: Preserving the NJ ...


Sat, September 14, 9:00 AM

back parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers' Market

Business & Finance


Sat, September 21, 9:00 AM

back parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers' Market

Business & Finance


Sun, September 22, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

NJ Glass: Earth, Wind and Fire - OPENING DAY

Arts & Entertainment Education


Thu, September 26, 11:30 AM

Mayfair Farms, West Orange

Komen North Jersey Pink Champagne Lunch & Fashion ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness


Fri, September 27

Our Lady of the Lake , Sparta

Women’s Cornerstone VII

Religions And Spirituality

Sprinkle this on Your Watermelon: Chile Lime Salt

August 18, 2019

Give the sweet summer watermelon a whole new flavor profile with chile lime salt.

Marty Silverman, manager of Savory Spice Shop in Westfield, said the shop’s Peruvian Chile Lime Seasoning is a big seller.

The lime adds brightness and the chile gives the fruit it a savory kick. But don't underestimate the importance of salt in the combo.

“Growing up, my dad, brother and I ...

Invitation To A Public Forum

August 9, 2019

Dear Ms. Parker:

The question is this:  Do we want to live in a Republic or not?

If we want to live in a Republic – in a representative democracy – we are going to need to accept speech that offends us.  All of us, each of us, have our own set of words or images or acts that we find offensive.  If we want our freedom, we need to be adult enough to ...

Calls for Elected Officials to Denounce Hate Speech

Letter to the Editor:

This is an open letter to all elected officials and both political parties in Sussex County:

I call upon all elected officials in Sussex County – Senator Oroho, Assemblymen Wirths and Space, the Freeholders, Sheriff Strada, and all elected municipal officials –AND both county political organizations to denounce, clearly and definitively, all racial and ...

Targum Will Publish Four Times a Week During 2019-20 School Year

August 18, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Daily Targum, the student-run newspaper that has been covering Rutgers for 150 years, will continue publishing during the 2019-20 school year.

However, Sandy Giacobbe, the paper's business manager,  said on Friday that the newspaper will publish on a Monday-through-Thursday schedule instead of five days a week.

He also said the Daily Targum will feature ...

MS Ultra Relay Brings Runner Over Roads of Roxbury

ROXBURY, NJ - The roads of Roxbury were beneath the running shoes Wednesday of a Hasbrouck Heights resident running almost 190 miles to raise money for MS research.

"Today was another great day," said the runner, Jamie Woyce, at the end of her fifth day - of seven in her segment - participating in the "MS Run the US" ultra relay.

The Roxbury piece took Woyce over Emmans ...

New Jersey Native Found Slain, Dismembered in Washington State, Police Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — The daughter of a Westfield native who was reported missing from her home in Olympia, Washington, last month has been charged in her mother’s death, police said.

Susan Lundy, 58, had been reported missing to Olympia City Police on July 6, and on Monday, officers arrested her daughter, Amara Lundy, 23, in connection with the homicide, Lt. Paul Lower, ...

New Jersey Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges After Bringing Computer to Bridgewater Store

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Hillsborough man was arrested on child pornography charges after explicit pictures of children were found on his computer when he brought it to be repaired in Bridgewater, according to a release from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

Michael Iden, 46, was charged with one count of third degree endagering the welfare of a child for the attempted possession of ...

New Jersey Teenager Reportedly Knocked Unconscious by Lightning While On Field; 'Shaken but Stable' According to Police

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham teenager Brendan Darby was "shaken but stable" after a witness said he was knocked unconscious by a lightning strike Thursday night on Haas Field in Chatham Borough.

According to Chatham Borough Police Chief Brian Gibbons, a call of a "suspected lightning strike" was received at 8:39 p.m.

"A juvenile witness running on the rubberized turf field ...

Branchville Man Arrested in 'Upskirting' Incident in New Jersey Store, Again

UNION, NJ – A man accused of taking "upskirt" photos surrendered to Union Police last week after this latest incident at a store on Route 22.  The Branchville man is accused in at least three other similar incidents in New Jersey and Utah over the past year.

Stephen Grogan, 42, surrendered to Union Police on August 1 and is charged with the criminal charge ...

Home-Buying Lingo You Need To Know

Let’s face it:  Buying a New Jersey home can be intimidating. Not being familiar with the terms used during the process makes it even more so.  Team Nest Builder to the rescue! Here we supply a list of some of the most common language you’ll hear when buying a home:

The best way to ensure your New Jersey home-buying process is a positive one is to find a real estate ...

Shop The Sparta West Mountain Community Garage Sale This Saturday

Team Nest Builder’s Sparta West Mountain Community Garage Sale takes over the Sparta West Mountain area Saturday, August 17th, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (rain or shine).

“We’re excited to launch the Sparta West Mountain Community Garage Sale this year, building on the success of our annual Sparta Mountain Community Garage Sale,” says Lynn Garafola, Team Nest Builder Team ...

Don't Miss This OPEN HOUSE Sunday for a Sparta 4BR with a Wonderful Backyard

Don't miss out on your DREAM HOME! Seeking a pristine, move-in ready Colonial home with a wonderful backyard in a great neighborhood? You’ve just found it in Sparta’s 9 Evergreen Place!  See for yourself at our OPEN HOUSE this Sunday, August 11th from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.!

Located on a quiet cul-de-sac in the lovely Sparta Mountain area, this 4-bedroom, ...

COMING SOON Sparta 4BR Colonial with Wonderful Backyard

Seeking a pristine, move-in ready Colonial home with a wonderful backyard in a great neighborhood? You’ve just found it in Sparta’s 9 Evergreen Place!  

Located on a quiet cul-de-sac in the lovely Sparta Mountain area, this 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home beckons you along the pavered front path with charming landscaping.

Inside, discover the open kitchen/breakfast area ...

Where Do We Start the Larger Conversation About Guns?

Let's talk about our rights and our freedoms.

How many were free to shop at a Wal-Mart last two Sundays ago without fear that El Paso copycat would announce himself with the staccato fire of an AR-15?

You saw the stampede in the theater district in New York City when a motorcycle backfired. And the evacuation of a Wal-Mart in Union because of a false report.

We may have freedoms, but ...

Pass It Along Alumni Shares Passions with New York Youth

Sparta native shares her passion and skills in uprising non-profit organization in Harlem, New York

SPARTA (NJ) - Christie Taylor, a local Sparta native, is taking her passions to the next level. This time, at a much larger scale, in the biggest city on Earth. 

After teaching hip-hop dance for six years, Taylor decided to turn her passion for the arts and community service into one, ...

IRS reminder: Tax scams continue year-round

August 16, 2019

Although the April filing deadline has passed, scam artists remain hard at work, and the IRS today urged taxpayers to be on the lookout for a spring surge of evolving phishing emails and telephone scams.

The IRS is seeing signs of two new variations of tax-related scams. One involves Social Security numbers related to tax issues and another threatens people with a tax bill from a fictional ...

Targum Will Publish Four Times a Week During 2019-20 School Year

August 18, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Daily Targum, the student-run newspaper that has been covering Rutgers for 150 years, will continue publishing during the 2019-20 school year.

However, Sandy Giacobbe, the paper's business manager,  said on Friday that the newspaper will publish on a Monday-through-Thursday schedule instead of five days a week.

He also said the Daily Targum will feature ...