Former School Cupola Gets New Home at Sparta Historical Society

October 17, 2016

SPARTA, NJ – A crowd gathered on the front lawn of the Sparta Historical Society building on Main Street to observer the cupola dedication ceremony.  In her opening remarks, Historical Society President Renee Ferguson called it a symbol of change growth and renewal in her opening remarks. 

Mayor Christine Quinn said, “One of the best things about living in Sparta is the ...

Fighting Monsters in Three Easy Steps: The Mighty Barribal and the Rigged Election

“Do I have to do everything myself in my dire condition?”


Just how is a gentleman of quality supposed to take on a dangerous giant while confined to his armchair, recovering from a sneak attack by a tricky landslide? The answer is that he is not, unless...

Unless... what exactly?

Unless there is a cast of supporting actors ready to step in as the story unfolds.

Sussex Tech Students' Short Films to Debut at Milford's Black Bear Film Festival This Week End

SPARTA, NJ - Two short movies made by students in Sussex Tech's cinematography program are to debut at this weekend's Black Bear Film Festival in Milford, Pa.


Sadie Price-Elliott's "Patience" and Madison Rambowski's "Methods" are included in the lineup for the prestigious festival's student showcase on Saturday, Oct.

Sparta High School Alumna Bringing Her Opera to Off-Broadway

NEW YORK, NY – Sparta High School graduate and Princeton University student Stephanie Leotaksos has created an original chamber opera titled OMG.  The opera debuted on the campus last spring, Leotaksos is preparing to bring it to off-Broadway at The Tank in New York City. 

The opera is scheduled to run Oct 21 from 7 to 8 p.m. and Oct 23 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the theater on ...

How ‘Heer Bommel’ became Squire Bomble - A Dutch icon comes to America

During this eventful political season, TAPinto Sparta has been running a daily feature ‘The Mighty Barribal’ by Dutch graphic novelist Marten Toonder. All episodes are available online in the Opinion Column. The story will be featured until Election Day. Today an in-depth interview with the translator, Adrian Meerman, about the story and its setting. The interview was edited for ...

Sparta Kiwanis Gives the Community Family Fun Day

SPARTA, NJ – Gray skies did not deter Sparta families from coming to the pavilion at Station Park on Sunday where the Kiwanis offered a free Family Fun day.  Children of all ages were able to select a pumpkin to paint from the pumpkin patch under the willow tree and much more.

“This is a family day, a give back to the community,” said Kiwanis member and event organizer ...

Sparta Train Station Rebuilt, Re-purposed, Reopened and Dedicated

SPARTA, NJ – A large crowd gathered, despite the cool drizzle on Saturday for the dedication of the Sparta Train Station.

Nearly 300 people came together in the PAL building adjacent to the station to hear the opening remarks given by William Dermody III and his son William Dermody IV, known as Bill III and Bill IV.   Katelyn Leondi, spokesperson for the newly created Train ...

Venturing Week 2016 Camp Somers MASR

ALLAMUCHY, NJ  - From July 24th to July 30th, Venturing Crew 276 attended a week long summer camp at Camp Somers in Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation located in Stanhope. The Crew stayed with Troop 18 as provisional scouts, since most of our members were on staff and unable to attend as participants.

“The troop welcomed us and treated us as if we were members,” said Melissa ...

The Mighty Barribal’s One-Week Anniversary Today


It’s been one week now since Squire Bomble and his good friend Ocelot entered the North Jersey cyber landscape and what a week it has been! Wicked weather, impudent preteens and a vengeful giant appeared in quick succession, and it doesn’t look like the future is going to be much better. But for all their hemming and hawing, these accidental heroes are doing exactly what ...

‘The Mighty Barribal’ to appear in TAPinto Sparta and Newton

In a world beset by problems of every kind imaginable—bad weather (too hot, cold, dry, damp etc.), awful traffic day in and day out, wrong viewpoints on just about anything under the sun, disregard for the wisdom of one’s elders and betters, and much, much more—where do we turn for common-sense answers?

Yes, where...?

TAPinto Sparta and Newton is proud to present a unique ...

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Junior Woman's Club of Sparta to Host Festival of Trees Fundraiser

October 19, 2016

Once again, The Junior Woman's Club of Sparta is excited to be organizing the Festival of Trees fundraiser. The holiday event will be held on Sunday, November 20th at The Lake Mohawk Country Club. The event will showcase a silent auction of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and prizes, brunch with Santa, a large bake sale, live entertainment and activities for the whole family ...

Crestwood Lake by Mark R. Vogel

Crestwood Lake by Mark R. Vogel (Create Space Independent Publishing Platform, 2015)

It's that time of year when the sun sets early and the rustle of autumn leaves scattering across sidewalks in the dusk makes us hurry to get inside our cozy homes. The goblins of our imaginations lurk among the jack o' lantern lit darkness. This is the time of year when readers, who love the masters of ...

‘Richard III’ Roars into Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – A taut, compelling production of “Richard III,” that cunning, evil king, will mesmerize you at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Director Paul Mullins has kept the action at full tilt, even as a raft of henchmen and royalty people the stage. Of course you need an actor as Richard who can both charm and antagonize those around him. Derek Wilson fills the ...

Going Toe to Toe

There are a lot of body parts I’m not particularly happy with (you thighs know who you are), but the one part of me I’ve never been bothered by is my feet. Not to be conceited, but I’ve always thought I had pretty nice feet, as far as feet go. They are not too fat or too thin, my arches are not too high or too low, and my toes all line up nicely in descending order. I ...

Five Halloween Hacks Every Parent Needs to Know

I’ve been celebrating Halloween with my kids for over a decade now, and as a result, I’ve got a few Halloween hacks for parents to share.

1. Go to the pumpkin patch early. Some might take this advice a step further and skip heading out to the over-crowded pumpkin-slash-apple-slash-pony-ride-slash-corn-maze extravaganza entirely, but not me. Those fall pumpkin ...

Why Worry?

The President of the United States and a designated Military Aide with top level security clearance are riding on Air Force One.


President: Reluctantly, I have decided to drop the bomb.


Aide: Yes, sir.  You will need this.  It’s the Nuclear Football.


President: It looks like a black briefcase with an antenna.


Aide: It is, ...