Paddles Up, Another Successful Dragon Boat Race by Sparta Education Foundation

May 29, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta’s newest tradition, the Sparta Education Dragon Boat Festival, took over Lake Mohawk Beach 1, the boardwalk, the lower field and the corner of the lake all day on Sunday, May 21.

This year 48 teams raced.  With at least two races per team, the heats went from 8:30 a.m. until the finals ending around 2:30 p.m.  Each boat was propelled by 20 rowers and a ...

Sparta's SCARC Seniors Get Special Visitors

SPARTA, NJ – The people at SCARC had an exciting group of visitors on Thursday.  The rainy weather did not keep those in the senior program from coming outside to meet Sparta’s first responders.

The Sparta Ambulance Squad members Mike Maciejczk, Ashley Darnsteadt and Matt Crumm with  Sparta Fire Department’s Craig Wilson brought their trucks for the students to ...

Two Newton Students Accepted into “Give Something Back” Scholarship Program

NEWTON, NJ—Two ninth grade Newton High School student have been selected to receive college scholarships through a special program called “Give Something Back.”  Derek Ravshanov and Ryan Sesera are the recipients of the scholarships aimed at encouraging students who give back to get to move ahead.

 “Give Something Back provides mentors and scholarships to ...

Newton High School Bands Host Bowling Fundraiser

NEWTON, NJ—The Newton High School Jazz Band and Concert Band will be hosting their first ever bowling fundraiser this Friday, May 26.

The event will take place at Sparta Lanes from 8 until 10 p.m. Prizes, primarily gift cards to local businesses, will be awarded every 15 minutes for top scorers.

“This fundraiser is a chance for current and also alumni members to ...

Moose Lodge Hosts Second “Kids Helping Kids” Chalk Event

NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Moose Lodge will be hosting their annual “Kids Helping Kids” Chalk event from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 21 at the new Moose Lodge located on Swartswood Road in Newton.

The event started when Administrator Jason Baumann’s daughter Reanna and her friend Kassie started "chalking up" the lodge's parking lot one ...

Sussex County High School Students Honor Fallen Student

HAMBURG, NJ - Students in schools across Sussex County wore white on Monday in memory of Tommy Bock.  Bock, a student at Sussex Technical School, lost his life after a longboarding accident on Sunday.

A sign of the times, news of the accident reverberated on social media including facebook and twitter, according to parents of high school students in several different schools.  ...

Sussex County Technical School Students Face the Loss of a Classmate

SPARTA, NJ – Many students of Sussex County Technical School will be wearing white on Monday after the devastating news that one of their classmates died on Sunday.  Freshman Tommy Bock died from injuries sustained in a longboarding accident. 

He was reported to be wearing a helmet as he rode the board on a hill in Stockholm. According to family friends Bock underwent surgery ...

Newton Residents Gather For Neighbors Helping Neighbors Event

NEWTON, NJ—Along with the beautiful sunshine, residents got up and met at Town Hall’s municipal building on Saturday, April 29 at 8:30 a.m. to help with Newton’s annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors event.

Groups such as Girl Scout Troops, Cub Scouts Pack 85, Sussex Technical School’s Football Team-the Stags, and members of the Newton Fire Department, along with members ...

Newton to Hold 7th Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Event

NEWTON, NJ—The Neighbors Helping Neighbors Event, which is now in its seventh year, is all about joining together as a community.

“It is our goal to have as much participation as possible,” town manager Thomas S. Russo, Jr. said.  “By working together we can help keep our town clean for all to enjoy.”

The event takes place on Saturday, April 29 and ...

Dragons Set to Return to Lake Mohawk for Sparta Education Foundation

SPARTA, NJ— A few spots remain for paddlers who want to participate in the Third Annual Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday, May 21.  The Sparta Education Foundation is sponsoring this event and invites everyone to come down to the Lake Mohawk Boardwalk to cheer on Dragon Boat teams. A major fundraiser for Sparta’s public schools, the Dragon Boat Festival’s opening ceremonies ...

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Volunteer Gardeners Needed

May 15, 2017

Project Self-Sufficiency is seeking volunteers to assist with planting, maintenance and harvesting of fruits and vegetables from the community gardens at the agency’s Newton campus.  Volunteers would work alongside seasoned horticultural professionals on Monday – Thursday mornings, from 9 a.m. – noon.  Volunteers must be at least 17 years of age.  No experience is ...

Third Annual SEF Dragon Boat Festival a Success

May 27, 2017

Dear Editor,

The Sparta Education Foundation’s Third Annual Dragon Boat Festival drew thousands to the Lake Mohawk Boardwalk on Sunday, May 21.  From the sponsors, participants and schools to the many volunteers and cheering spectators, the Dragon Boat Festival was a true reflection of Sparta Pride.

Congratulations to the Dragon Boat Festival’s top three teams: first place ...