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Merriam Avenue Starts the Holiday Season with Music and Song

December 8, 2016

NEWTON, NJ—With snow falling outside, Merriam Avenue Elementary School celebrated the holiday season with its Winter Concert on Monday, December 6.

Ray Stocker was in the unique position of directing both the fourth grade band and chorus. The students performed for the many parents, families, teachers, and friends that came out to support the students and enjoy the ...

Randolph NJ’s Brendan Fletcher Reaches Top 8 on NBC’s “The Voice”; Sings Again Mon. Dec 5

LOS ANGELES, CA- “And though the course may change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea” – Led Zepplin, Ten Years Gone

After years of changing his course, living in New Jersey, Boston, Brooklyn, and Charleston, all while singing in small local bars, at open mic nights, and working as a bartender to make ends meet, Randolph NJ’s Brendan Fletcher always ...

Merriam PTO Partners with Newton Theatre For a Christmas Treat

NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Elementary School, Merriam Avenue School is partnering with The Newton Theatre for the showing of the movie The Polar Express for a family holiday event.

“This collaboration is a continued opportunity for the Newton School District to work together with the Newton business community,” said a Joan Faye, a member of the PTO at Merriam.

The event ...

Newton Begins the Holiday Season with Decorations and Tree Lighting

NEWTON, NJ - The Town of Newton has announced a holiday house decorating contest for township residents.  The homes must be decorated by December 9 to be eligible.  First, second and third place winners will be presented with a prize at the Town Council meeting on December 28.

The  annual Tree Lighting will take place on December 12 in front of town hall.  The community is ...

Sparta German Christmas Market Day One

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 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 ...

Operation Toy Train to Stop in Sparta on Saturday

SPARTA, NJ - While Santa usually arrives in a sleigh to give toys, on Saturday Santa's train will be arriving in Sparta to collect toys.  For the first time the Operation Toy Train will be stopping in Sparta to pickup donations made to Toys for Tots. 

Santa, U.S. Marines in uniform and volunteers will be arriving at the newly refurbished Sparta Train Station around 3:45 p.m.

Santa Asks for Newton's Children's Help Finding Stan the Snowman

NEWTON, NJ – The children of Newton are invited to help Santa find Stan the Snowman.  On Saturday, November 26, Santa will be in front of the Newton Fire Museum on Spring Street after the holiday parade.

Children can participate in Santa’s Lost Snowman Scavenger Hunt sponsored by the Downtown Newotn Association and the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce.  There will be ...

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Fri, December 9, 5:30 PM

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Morris Plains

Holidays in the Log House: The Candlelight Tour

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Sat, December 10, 5:30 PM

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Morris Plains

Holidays in the Log House: The Candlelight Tour

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Sun, December 11, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

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Sparta Camera Club EXPO XXXII

December 3, 2016

Are you looking to take a break from the usual holiday rush? The Sparta Camera Club is holding their 32nd  photo exhibit and sale.  EXPO XXXII.  The club received over 200 entries EXPO XXXII. The photos are placed in number of categories that include; flora, fauna, landscapes, cityscapes, people, monotones, and sports.  Once the category winners are determined, the EXPO ...

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philiippa Gregory (Touchstone of Simon and Schuster, 2016)

 

When one reads an historical novel by Philippa Gregory, s/he is transported magically through the power of words to that era. Given the turbulence of the recent political scene in America, returning once again to the complicated and violent Tudor reign helped me to escape the ugliness of the ...

‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales' Captures Old-Fashioned Nostalgia at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – It’s clear the Welsh love to sing as the evening moves on with relatives gathering for Christmas dinner at the Thomas home in Wales.

The play opens with three children and then a chorus singing “In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,” a melancholy tune that conjures visions of Swansea, a village in Wales,  with “fallen snow on ...

Beckerman’s Theory of Everything

Any armchair theoretical physicist knows that Stephen Hawking has pursued a lifelong quest to come up with a Theory of Everything. This all-encompassing theory would tie together general relativity (large scale and high mass galaxies, stars, etc), quantum theory (quantum mechanics, quarks, atoms, subatomic particles), and Newtonian physics (gravity on small bodies, gas laws, electromagnetism) to ...

What's in a Name?

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And here and here and here.  Initial these five boxes.  Then sign right here and over here stating that you understand that you are signing something you haven’t read.  And on the last page please sign and date this disclaimer stating that you are fully responsible for signing and dating this document even if you ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, December 9, 5:30 PM

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Morris Plains

Holidays in the Log House: The Candlelight Tour

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, December 10, 5:30 PM

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Morris Plains

Holidays in the Log House: The Candlelight Tour

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, December 11, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Lime Crest Quarry: Eons in the Making, Men in the ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Sparta Camera Club EXPO XXXII

December 3, 2016

Are you looking to take a break from the usual holiday rush? The Sparta Camera Club is holding their 32nd  photo exhibit and sale.  EXPO XXXII.  The club received over 200 entries EXPO XXXII. The photos are placed in number of categories that include; flora, fauna, landscapes, cityscapes, people, monotones, and sports.  Once the category winners are determined, the EXPO ...

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philiippa Gregory (Touchstone of Simon and Schuster, 2016)

 

When one reads an historical novel by Philippa Gregory, s/he is transported magically through the power of words to that era. Given the turbulence of the recent political scene in America, returning once again to the complicated and violent Tudor reign helped me to escape the ugliness of the ...

‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales' Captures Old-Fashioned Nostalgia at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – It’s clear the Welsh love to sing as the evening moves on with relatives gathering for Christmas dinner at the Thomas home in Wales.

The play opens with three children and then a chorus singing “In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,” a melancholy tune that conjures visions of Swansea, a village in Wales,  with “fallen snow on ...

Beckerman’s Theory of Everything

Any armchair theoretical physicist knows that Stephen Hawking has pursued a lifelong quest to come up with a Theory of Everything. This all-encompassing theory would tie together general relativity (large scale and high mass galaxies, stars, etc), quantum theory (quantum mechanics, quarks, atoms, subatomic particles), and Newtonian physics (gravity on small bodies, gas laws, electromagnetism) to ...

What's in a Name?

Sign here:   ________________________________

 

And here and here and here.  Initial these five boxes.  Then sign right here and over here stating that you understand that you are signing something you haven’t read.  And on the last page please sign and date this disclaimer stating that you are fully responsible for signing and dating this document even if you ...