Giving Back

June 3, 2020

NEWTON, NJ — Downtown Newton is alive with color once again as the annual flowering baskets have been installed on its lampposts. The baskets are provided by the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce with support from its members. They are the first town decorations to be hung each year-- followed by ...

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NEWTON, NJ—While the ceremony was virtual, the Town of Newton officials honored military men and women who fought and gave their lives for our freedom. The Town Manager, Thomas S Russo Jr. was the Master of Ceremonies this year. The ceremony was hosted on the Town of Newton’s Facebook page and ...

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NEWTON, NJ- An American flag, donated to the Town of Newton will be flown on May 15 to honor the accomplishments and commissioning of Newton High School alumnus Andrew Cooney. Cooney will be commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army as he prepares to graduate from Loyola ...

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NEWTON, NJ—One year, 365 days have gone by since Lexi Faye, who was only 17, left this earth after a tragic accident on May 11, 2019. Messages of love flooded the Faye’s Facebook pages, with sentiments of remembrance on the day with many white hearts. White was Lexi’s favorite color. One way ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Sparta High School Alumnus is doing his part to “flatten the curve,” while supporting children in need.  Jack Valentine began his efforts with University of Vermont classmate Angie Salvi selling t-shirts with a “Flatten the Curve” message and logo. They expanded their efforts with ...

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NEWTON, NJ –The coronavirus health emergency is challenging the community but also bringing out the best in folks. Town Councilman Matthew Dickson’s took a moment during the council meeting on Monday to recognize local businesses that have supported the staff at Newton Medical Center, Newton ...

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SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – A truck load of meals departed from the Mohawk House on Thursday afternoon headed to the Newton Medical Center.  Nielsen Ford donated 150 “super comfort food” meals to the staff and first responders at the hospital. Nurse Chris Alvarez said, “It was coordinated beautifully.  ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The current "Stay at Home" situation has not dampened the giving Spartan spirit.  A few groups have taken up the mission of keeping their neighbors fed.  Food drives are being held at the Lake Mohawk Country Club, Sparta Athletic Club and Sparta High School students have set up a ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Help comes in many forms. For the officers of the Sparta Police Department assistance in the COVID-19 battle has come in the form of a 55 gallon drum.  “The Sparta Police Department would like to extend its appreciation and heartfelt thanks to a New Jersey company GTBM Info-Cop, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The coronavirus crisis is bringing out the best in people.  As communities navigate unimagined challenges, a pair of Sparta High School students are doing what they can to help. Bhavika Dawar and Jamie Rubin have organized a GoFundMe page “Feeding Sussex County COVID-19” for the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The owner of the Leather Zone in Sparta is doing what he can to help during the coronavirus pandemic.  Hratch Kechishian or "HK" has been cutting fabric and elastic, assembling free kits for people to sew into masks. “As of today, I’ve given out about 350 mask kits,” HK ...

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ANDOVER, NJ- Perona Farms is stepping up to support area residents in need during the coronavirus pandemic.  Beginning tomorrow, people who need a meal will be able to pick up a “ready to heat” dinner on March 19 between 2 and 5 p.m. Owner Bryant Avondoglio said the protocol will be for people ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Newton High School senior, Isobel Costello is being honored as one of the top youth volunteers of 2020 for New Jersey. Costello created her program “The Weekend Bag” when she as a freshman as a way to help her peers who were going home and worrying about not having enough food or ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The Class of 2021 of Newton High School will be holding a Designer Purse Bingo and Tricky Tray Event on March 28 as their class fundraiser. The event will take place at Merriam Avenue School, which is located at 81 Merriam Avenue in Newton. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for the ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Newton High School senior, Steven Ward, is this year's' Newton district recipient of the 2020 Pass It Along Scholar Athlete award. Ward will join the other honorees at the 35th annual Pass it Along Scholar Athlete banquet on March 5 at the Lake Mohawk Country Club in Sparta. The event ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Surrounded by family, friends and fellow scouts, Newton High School senior Brendon Thomas Read was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in the St. Joseph’s community center. According to his biography in the Court of Honor Program, Read was not originally interested in the scouting program ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Members of the Sparta VFW are once again, offering a scholarship to Sussex County veterans, spouses and dependents of veterans.  The Ralph Rojas scholarship is also available to active duty military personnel and their dependents stationed at Picatinny Arsenal and Sussex County ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Lenape Valley High School swim team will be hosting their second annual beefsteak dinner. Their first fundraiser of 2020 will take place on Saturday, January 11 at Andover Borough Fire Department. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the event will begin at 7 p.m. Attendees ...

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NEWTON, NJ - Birth Haven’s fourth, and final, 2019 Journey of Hope video episode has been released.  Historically, Birth Haven, a shelter for Homeless Pregnant Women and their Babies located in Newton, NJ, has had a large scale holiday fundraising gala. For the third consecutive year, Birth ...

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NEWTON, NJ – Wreaths Across America National Remembrance ceremony to honor veterans at Christmas has grown in the three years since it began to be observed in Newton.  On Saturday approximately 40 people, including Congressman Josh Gottheimer attended the event at the Old Newton Burial Ground under ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry is in need of volunteers to help distribute food from their location inside the First Presbyterian Church on Main Street. Valerie Macchio, the volunteer coordinator said they need help on Sunday, December 15 from 12:30 until around 2 p.m. to help ...

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SPARTA, NJ – People have been preparing for the 2019 German Christmas Market nearly since the day the 2018 event closed.  The huts have been assembled on the boardwalk and other behind the scenes activities were going on all week. On Wednesday, Carl Hagan of Rev it Up donated a box rental truck ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Santa came to town on Saturday.  He arrived by train to the delight of children and families from all over Sussex County.  The Santa Train made a stop in Sparta to pick up the toys donated throughout the town. More than 800 toys were added to the nearly 10,000 toys that filled the ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Fire Department kicked off the holiday season by escorting Santa Claus during the Holiday parade on Saturday, November 30. This is only the start.  The fire department will be hosting Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 8. The event will be at Newton Station House ...

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SPARTA, NJ – In just a few hours, several volunteers put together about 1400 prepared Thanksgiving meals for local folks in need.  The time they spent on Sunday at the United Methodist Church of Sparta was the culmination of efforts by Mitch Morrison who brought together more than 100 volunteers ...

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NEWTON, NJ – The Newton Police Department will continue their food collection on Sunday at the Newton ShopRite.  Joining with law enforcement agencies throughout the county, Newton officers will be Stuffing the Bus with items for the Sussex County Food Pantry. Food pantry volunteers and officers ...

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NEWTON, NJ—One set of gloves, one hat, one scarf, or a pair of socks. These simple things that keep us warm during the cold months are often taken for granted. Rebecca Milone Schick, 33 lives in Fredon but is a Newton High School graduate who created Mitten Mission as a way to help those who ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The Town of Newton honored its veterans, past and present with its first annual Flags of Honor dedication Ceremony on Saturday, November 9 at the municipal building.  Residents had a hand in the display, having submitted the names of veterans to be represented by a flag.  The Newton ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Two Sussex County football teams have put aside their rivalry for the past two years, if only for a few minutes, to honor a fellow student Tommy Bock. This year was no different.  At the Sussex Tech Wallkill Valley football game Mustangs’ Braydon Holt and Rangers’ Jake Vanerwiele ...

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NEWTON, NJ – Trick or Treaters had not yet made the rounds and the Thanksgiving turkey had not been stuffed but it was Christmas at Project Self Sufficiency.  The annual Season of Hope kick off event brought out a crowd to help get everyone into the spirit of giving, “the season of unexpected ...

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