Giving Back

June 8, 2021

NEWTON, NJ—The Stratigis family, Grandma Helen, mom Adrienne, children Kaily-17, Quentin-15, Savannah-13, Kai-12, Jace-7 and Varik, their dog, were renting the home at 10 Union Place and are now displaced because of the Saturday night fire. Everyone got out safely but everything in the house was ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Police Department’s former Chief, Robert Osborn’s son Trey, has decided to participate with his fraternity brothers in the Ability Experience: Journey of Hope. Trey, a student at Virginia Tech and member of Pi Kappa Phi, will participate in the experience which helps ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The Scenic Lakes Community Association, a volunteer supported membership based in the private lake communities of Hardyston and Vernon Township will be hosting their annual Memorial Day Charity walk on Monday, May 31. The event, known as the “Carry the Load” walk will begin at 10 a.m.

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NEWTON, NJ—Four members of Newton’s Senior Troop 5688 were awarded the Silver award this past week. Led by Michelle Franzone, Aimiee Davis and Meg Penny, the four freshmen go to Newton High School and have been together since they started as Daisy’s. Ariel Franzone, Ava Bryski, Kelsey Snellen ...

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NEWTON, NJ – The Newton VFW will be offering chicken Parmesan and pasta with salad, garlic bread and dessert on Friday, May 21 for  $10.  The meal can be eaten in or taken home. The Newton VFW has been offering $10 Friday night dinners since March. 

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SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Chelsea Senior Living partnered with the Sparta Police Department to bring Easter Baskets to Sparta seniors who participate in the township’s Good Morning program. “The members of the Sparta Police Department are honored to have worked with Molly Whilesmith, the Director ...

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SPARTA, NJ – It’s time for the annual Sparta Bag It Day, seasonal outdoor cleanup.  Neighbors and organizations are invited to participate in the annual event on April 17, 2021. According to organizer Mitch Morrision the rules for this year are only slightly different from past ...

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SPARTA, NJ – It’s that time of year.  Sparta Police Officers will be at the Stop and Shop on Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for Cram the Cruiser food drive.  The food collected will remain in the county to be distributed through local food pantries. “We get approximately 30,000 to 40,000 ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The Merriam Avenue School’s PTO is sponsoring an Easter Egg hunt, COVID-19 style, on residents' lawns, instead of all together in on place. By signing up and supporting the school, you will get a lawn covered with filled Easter eggs, but how many is up to you. One dozen eggs filled ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Visitors to Wallkill Wildlife Refuge in Sussex County have access to two “little free libraries” created by Brianna Conlon. Conlon built the book sharing structures for her Eagle Scout project.  Conlon said she undertook the project after contacting the refuge.  They offered a list ...

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DENVILLE, NJ -- Motherhood was one of the greatest joys for Debra Kaufman. Her pregnancy resulted in having a son, Bryan, now in his 30s. However, the pregnancy at the time also resulted in preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another ...

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SPARTA, NJ -For her Eagle Scout project Zoe Rizzo drew inspiration from her Girl Scout Silver Award project.  Rizzo is one of seven girls in Scout Troop 1150 to earn her Eagle rank this month. “It was a huge challenge,” Rizzo said.  “It’s been such a great experience.” Stanhope resident Rizzo ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sussex Tech sophomore is among the seven girls in Sparta Scout Troop 1150 to earn the rank of Eagle.  Jasmine Lutz built benches and planted trees for Lake Lakawanna. “I wanted to do something with the beach because we spent every summer at that beach,” Lutz said. “I planted Maple ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The folks working at the coronavirus testing site at 5 West Shore Trail and the volunteers and Sheriff’s Officers at the Sussex County Fairground COVID-19 vaccination site were served a hot lunch on Thursday from the Mohawk House. About 40 hot meals were donated by the Mohawk House.

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NEWTON, NJ—Newton Girl Scout Troop 4224 is on a journey working towards their Gold award this year and is asking the community for assistance. Five Newton High School students Aisling Gill, Reese Smith, Amanda Cleary, Sydney Cotter and Meghan Carr have been meeting remotely during the pandemic ...

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SPARTA, NJ-Members of the Sparta Woman’s Club took part in the national initiative Wreaths Across America.  Joining with citizens across the country on December 19 the Sparta women joined with members of the McAfee Fire Department and the cemetery sponsors Vietnam Veterans of America Wallkill ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Two local young men made a donation of warmth to veterans just after Christmas.  Sparta High School freshmen Tahg Herbison and Patrick Dunn collected more than 100 warm hats, gloves and socks for veterans in need according to Sparta VFW Commander Pete Litchfield. “These young men are ...

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Over the last 4 weeks, Birth Haven’s 2020 Journey of Hope Holiday Drive brought in much-needed donations for homeless expecting mothers and their babies.  With COVID limiting the ability to produce video content for the fundraiser, Birth Haven, a shelter for Homeless Pregnant Woman and their ...

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SPARTA, NJ - Sparta UNICO is proud to announce partial scholarship awards to three well-deserved Sussex County students who graduated in June, 2020.  Timothy Spatola from Franklin graduated from Pope John in the spring and is currently attending DeSales University where he is pursuing a ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The annual holiday event is underway at the Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry.  Each year for the past 13 years the local food pantry expands their reach beyond clients to schools, social service agencies and organizations in the county. The holiday event expands to serve approximately ...

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COVID has required Birth Haven, a shelter for Homeless Pregnant Woman and their Babies, to think on its feet and come up with new ways to raise awareness and donations.   This year, due to COVID, Birth Haven has faced additional costs in order to keep their mothers safe. Not to mention the ...

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SPARTA, NJ- It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The Sparta VFW has been getting set up for their annual Christmas tree sale.  Beginning Thanksgiving weekend trees can be purchased right on Main Street on the front lawn of the Sparta VFW. According to Commander Pete Litchfield a large ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A group of volunteers once again helped to bring Thanksgiving meals to those in need in the community.  “We have a very loving community,” organizer Mitch Morrison said.  He said volunteers and donors help to plate more than 1,350 Thanksgiving meals and desserts. The individually ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Police Department, partnered with Atlantic Health to Stuff the Bus this week with food donations for local food pantries. Newton Police Chief Robert Osborn said, “Through the generosity of others, we were collectively able to provide 600+ non-perishable food donations ...

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NEWTON, NJ-  The pandemic has been more than a time of challenge, it has allowed or required people to be creative.  Newton High School’s James Hofmann’s STEM Academy students have been creative. Hofmann was inspired by a television news item depicting students learning virtually without a place ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Ambulance Squad is sponsoring a Holiday Sock collection.  The initiative, benefiting Family Promise of Sussex County, will run through the end of November. Each year Family Promise helps families and individuals in Sussex County who are dealing with a housing crisis. Last ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Police Department and Atlantic Health are joining forces in hosting local efforts of the Sussex County “Stuff the Bus” Food drive this week. “Newton Police partnered with Atlantic Health due to their Food Service Manager, Daniel Kous, reaching out to our agency and ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The Town of Newton honored veterans with the second annual Flags of Honor dedication ceremony on Sunday, November 1, right before the rainstorm hit. The ceremony took place in front of the town’s municipal building with a beautiful presentation of flags in honor of the veterans’ names ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Each year a number of community members come together to provide Thanksgiving meals for people in need.  The pandemic has added challenges to putting meals together but has also created a greater need. This year organizer Mitch Morrison anticipates delivering more than 1000 ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Benevolent Society is hosting two fundraising activities.  On November 10 poker aficionados and rookies can Dine to Donate at Pizza one and on November 12 can join a Community Poker Tournament. Pizza One will donate 10% of the proceeds any order when the patron mentions ...

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