Giving Back

January 15, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Sparta resident Kelly Bonventre was recently honored with the Spirit Award at the New Jersey Sharing Network.  Bonventre earned this award for having shown exemplary passion and dedication to the organization and going above and beyond her role supporting the New Jersey Sharing ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Newton High School junior, Isobel Costello was recently honored by U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer during his third Hometown Hero Awards ceremony for her Weekend Bags initiative. The ceremony honors New Jersey residents who have made outstanding contributions to their community. As a ...

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Birth Haven, a shelter for homeless pregnant women and their babies, located in Newton, New Jersey, is continuing its “Journey of Hope” video series by releasing its third, and most surprising, feature of the series.  In the third part of this series, Amanda continues to prepare for her life ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Helen Morgan School cafeteria was buzzing with the energy from the busy hands of Christmas elves at the third annual Family Service Night.  On Friday night, December 1 students and their families donated their time wrapping a mountain of toys for children in foster care in Sussex ...

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Birth Haven, a shelter for homeless pregnant women and their babies, located in Newton, New Jersey, has launched a video series following the life of one expecting mother to generate awareness and donations during the holiday season. Historically, Birth Haven has had an annual large-scale fall ...

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SPARTA, NJ  - Pass It Along announced the new location of their facilities at ‘An Evening for Pass It Along’ benefit event held at Perona Farms, in Andover, on October 25. Pass It Along will be moving their facilities to The Shoppes of Lafayette, located in Lafayette. The new facility will be ...

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HAMPTON, NJ – The Hampton Township Fire and Rescue will be holding their annual Christmas Tree and wreath sale.  The sale begins on Friday, November 23 and will continue “until we are sold out,” according to organizer Amy Dolan. Purchases can be made on weekends between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. and ...

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SPARTA, NJ — A large crowd assembled in front of the monument at the Sparta VFW on Main Street on Sunday. Precisely at the eleventh hour, the Veterans Day ceremony began. “Do not let us be used as tools,” was one of three points made by the guest speaker, Howard Burrell, Air Force ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Marine Corps Toys for Tots organizers are gearing up for the season.  In the county there will be several locations where new unwrapped toys can be donated, according to Jim Brady, Toys for Tots Chairman. From  November 25 through December 18 collection boxes will be at Sparta ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The ladies of the Sparta Woman’s Club were joined by Sparta Ambulance Squad Cadets and Boy Scouts from Troop 95 and St. Kateri Knights of Columbus Squire Roses and Squires in their efforts to make and distribute free Vile of Life kits. Club members Arlene Kayne and Marjorie ...

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NEWTON, NJ — While most high school juniors are consumed with classes, classes, tests, activities, graduation and college, one Newton students is also thinking about helping others. In many ways Isobel Costello is a typical 11th grade student but her Weekend Bag Program is anything but ...

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NEWTON, NJ – Volunteer Elves are wanted to help with Project Self Sufficiency’s Season of Hope Toy Shop. Saturday, December 1 – 3 p.m.-- Sparta Train Station to unload 18,000+ toys from the Toys for Tots train to trucks to be transported to Project Self Sufficiency in Newton. Saturday, ...

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NEWTON, NJ – The holiday season kicked off last week at Project Self Sufficiency.  Christmas event announced the beginning of the annual Season of Hope toy drive for Sussex County families.  The calendar said October but it looked like December 25 inside with toys, a Christmas tree, singers and ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The back patio of the Mohawk House played host to the third annual Sussex County Police Chiefs’ Bocci and Brew.  Police officers from around the county as well as family, friends and supporters enjoyed as outdoor fall evening of food and fun for a good cause. Steve and Rachael Scro ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Newton’s own Billy Young, a senior on the football team, has been nominated by Coach Matthew Parzero for the USA Football Heart of a Giant Award. Young is a student assistant coach on the Braves’ football team. In his sophomore year Young was projected to be the starting running back, ...

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STOCKHOLM, NJ - November is Hockey Fights Cancer month.  This month Skylands Ice World will be hosting a Skate-a-Thon presented by Northwell Health on November 17.  They are also hosting Hockey Fights Cancer night at Madison Square Garden on November 26 when the New York Rangers play the Ottawa ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Several people gathered at the Sparta PAL building on Tuesday afternoon to participate in the opening of the new entrance to the building. Brief remarks were made from a podium set up in the new entry way. Director of the Sparta PAL former Sparta Police Chief Ernie Reigstad, Sparta ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The Halsted Middle School parent organization held this years’ first tricky tray. It was a success according to those involved. The fundraiser raised a little over $15,000 and will be put towards the Halsted’s eighth grade class’ end of the year overnight trip and dance. Doors for ...

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NEWTON, NJ-- The Newton High School’s Pass-It-Along club honored the first responders with their annual First Responders dinner this year in the school cafeteria. “The dinner has been an annual event for the last five or six years,” coordinator Kelly Gvoth said. “It started as a way to honor ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The atmosphere at the Pass it Along Youth Leadership Conference was like a freshmen orientation; enthusiasm and high energy with a focus on activity.  Students from around the county had a day out of school to attend the event at Sussex Tech last week. The theme of this year’s ...

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HAMBURG, NJ – Blue skies made an appearance just in time for the Sussex County Association of Realtors annual golf outing last week.  About 140 attending the outing at Wild Turkey, most heading out to enjoy a good day of golf. Proceeds from the event will go to support housing related Sussex ...

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SPARTA, NJ — Born in a snowstorm, raised on the family farm in Burlington County Charlie Mc Coy is the embodiment the common sense, pragmatic values one would expect from such beginnings. But there is more to the McCoy story. So much more that a two part book has been written by Mary Parker.

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NEWTON, NJ—Teachers from Merriam Avenue School teamed up with workers from Newton McDonald’s to raise money for the school’s parent teacher organization with a pro-active approach. The teachers worked behind the counters taking orders, handing out food to patrons. Some even cooked the food and ...

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SPARTA, NJ — A young man of 14 turned a terrible situation into a life’s ambition. In March 2009 Nick Addesso and his mother Cindi were at a service in the Sparta Presbyterian Cemetery when she collapsed. “One minute I was telling him to slow down and wait for me and the next I was having a ...

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SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – A football player from Lenape Valley needs your vote.  Justin Peterson has been selected by the New York Giants and USA Football as part of their Heart of a Giant program. The initiative recognizes athletes for the good work they do on and off the playing field.  Peterson ...

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NEWTON, NJ — Seventeen years have passed since this country was attacked. It was a day that changed the world. It is a day to remember. The 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony is an annual event organized at Sussex County Community College by members of the Sussex County PBA Local #138. This years’ event ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Pride Foundation, which began in 1994, will host its annual Hall of Fame Dinner this year on Sunday, September 23 at Perona Farms in Andover. The 2018 class of inductees: Cynthia deVries Johnson, Class of 2001 Mike Ettore, Class of 1974 John “Jack” Hontz, Class of ...

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LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Nick Sauter, resident of Little Falls is still seeking a living kidney donor. He is in renal failure and on dialysis three times a week. He is a former college and high school football player, who played for Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, between 1973-77, on a full ...

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NEWTON, NJ — The proverbial phrase “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is one that Grace Zayac took to heart in her hometown of Newton. Six year old Zayac, lives with her mom, MaryBeth and their dog Stella. She decided that she wanted to raise money for the St. Joseph’s Food Pantry by ...

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NEWTON, NJ — The Sussex County Recovery Advocacy team of NCADD-NJ and the Center for Prevention and Counseling will host a Candlelight Vigil and Name Reading Ceremony in observance of International Overdose Awareness Day on Friday, August 31, on the Newton green. International Overdose Awareness ...

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