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Retired Newton Police Officer Honored in Proclamation by Town Council

January 9, 2017

NEWTON, NJ—In front of a large crowd, the Town Council of Newton honored retired Newton police officer Frank E. Philhower, Jr. at the council meeting on Monday.  He was thanked for his dedication and service to the town.

In giving Philhower his retirement badge, Chief Michael Richards of the Newton Police Department said a few words.  Philhower was also given an award from the ...

Sparta Scout Creates Memorial Garden and Pergola at Shepherd of the Hills Church

SPARTA, NJ – A memorial garden and pergola, constructed as an Eagle Scout project, was recently dedicated at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.  Pastor Tina announced the dedication of the new space in November.

Joseph Schwab of Boy Scout Troop 150 in Sparta undertook the project with help from architect Ann Sears, mason Johnny Langermapp and his parents Glenn and Kathy ...

Local Daisy Scouts Create Cards for Soldiers

SPARTA, NJ – Girl Scout Daisy Troop participated in a Holiday Service Project they called Cards for Soldiers. The girls used their cookie sales money to purchase over 300 blank holiday cards. With the support from their schools, Walnut Ridge and Cedar Mountain in Vernon, teachers and students were asked if they would be willing to participate.  

Children helped decorate and write a ...

Town of Newton Lights up the Holiday with Annual Tree Lighting

NEWTON, NJ—The residents from all over Newton gathered on Monday night at 6 p.m. braving the chilly weather, to begin the holiday season by lighting the tree in front of the municipal/police department building.

Singers from Merriam Avenue School, directed by Ray Stocker, sang Christmas favorites like “Feliz Navidad” and “Silent Night”.

Then choir members from ...

Patriots Path Council Honors TAPinto Founder for Service

BRIDGEWATER NJ - The Patriots Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America honored TAP into founder and publisher Mike Shapiro on Wednesday at its 2016 Toast to Scouting Awards Dinner at the Raritan Valley Country Club.  Shapiro was one of five recipients.

The Patriots Path Council, which serves Central and Northern New Jersey, presents the award to those who exemplify in their daily life ...

Sparta High School Teacher to Run Boston Marathon on #261 Fearless Team

SPARTA, NJ - A Sparta teacher will be running in the Boston Marathon this year. Sarah Pisano will be running with a group called #261 Fearless comprised of approximately 100 women  from around the world, including a woman named Katherine Switzer.  The group takes its name from Switzer's ground breaking run in 1967.

Fifty years ago college student Switzer was the first woman to ...

Sparta Fire Deparment Holds Coin Toss for Sussex County Public Safety Memorial

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta First Department will be holding a coin toss fundraiser on Saturday, December 10 at the jug handle, corner of Main Street and Sparta Avenue.  The money collected will be added to the funds being raised to build a Sussex County Public Safety Memorial. 

The memorial is conceptualized as a place to recognize and remember the first responders who lose their ...

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 ...

Sparta Girl Scout Holds Seminar on Healthy Relationships

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta Girl Scout will be presenting a unique Gold Award project on Saturday, December 10 in the high school auditorium.  From 2 until 5 p.m. Elizabeth Bottoni will be hosting a seminar on avoiding abusive relationships for a high school aged audience.

Bottoni’s leadership project as a Girl Scout Ambassador is called The Relationship Rulebook.  She will ...

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Local Businesses Donate Car to Family in Need

January 14, 2017

RoNetco Supermarkets and Hinkley Auto Sales recently joined together to provide a newly-refurbished car to Project Self-Sufficiency participant Dyshell Bullock.  The vehicle was previously owned by RoNetco Supermarkets and had been used by the firm for company business.  After being taken out of service, the car was thoroughly detailed by Hinkley Auto Sales and then donated to Project ...

Local Businesses Donate Car to Family in Need

January 14, 2017

RoNetco Supermarkets and Hinkley Auto Sales recently joined together to provide a newly-refurbished car to Project Self-Sufficiency participant Dyshell Bullock.  The vehicle was previously owned by RoNetco Supermarkets and had been used by the firm for company business.  After being taken out of service, the car was thoroughly detailed by Hinkley Auto Sales and then donated to Project ...