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Andover Resident Sworn in as Patrolman in Newton Police Department

June 23, 2022

NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Police Department welcomed a new officer at the Monday, June 13 town council meeting. Andover resident Niko Anthony Grello took his oath of office with family, friends, and fellow officers looking on.

Grello, 26, is a lifelong resident of Andover. He is the son of Joseph and Darlene Grello and has a brother, Joseph and a sister Danielle.

He ...

New Special Officer Sworn Into Newton Police Department

NEWTON, NJ—Special Officer Daisy Negron took her oath of office with the Newton Police Department last Monday, at the town council meeting, With family, friends,and fellow officers looking on.

Negron was born in Dover, raised in Wharton and attended Morris Hills High School as well as the Morris County School of Technology, where her focus was culinary arts.

After high school, ...

New Patrolman Sworn Into Newton Police Department

NEWTON, NJ—Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow officers, the Newton Police Department swore in their new patrolman during the Town Council meeting on Monday, June 13.

Peter Vex is 30-years old and spent his early years living in the Lake Hiawatha section of Parsippany before moving to Vernon Township. He attended Vernon Township High School and graduated in 2010.

Vex continues ...

Former Hampton Diner Owner Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

NEWARK,NJ — Newton resident Dimitrios Protogeropoulos, pleaded guilty to evading personal income taxes for failing to report all the income earned from his restaurant.  His plea comes with the requirement he pay back the $674,764 due on the undisclosed revenue as well as unpaid payroll taxes.

On Wednesday 60-year-old Protogeropoulos pleaded guilty via video link before U. S.

Newton Police Department Swears in New Patrolman

NEWTON, NJ—Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow officers, the Newton Police Department swore in their new patrolman during the Town Council meeting on Monday, June 13.

Erik Soroka has been a Sussex County resident since he moved here from Bergen County with his parents when he was nine. He grew up on Fairview Ave in Newton and used to love fishing with his friends at the college or ...

Newton Police Officer Promoted to Lieutenant at Town Council Meeting

NEWTON, NJ—Surrounded by family, friends and fellow officers, Sergeant Joseph D’Annibale was promoted and sworn into Lieutenant during the Newton Town Council meeting on Monday, June 13.

Lt. D’Annibale was born and raised in the town of Newton, a 2001 graduate of Newton High School and still resides in town with his wife Joanna and daughter Meadow, both of whom were present ...

Young Sparta Man Rescued from Woods After Dirt Bike Accident Left him Unconscious for Hours

SPARTA, NJ- A Sparta family is very grateful as their son is recovering from injuries after a dirt bike accident in the woods behind Angelo Drive on Friday evening, that required an airlift to the hospital. The young man had been unconscious for two hours before he regained consciousness to call for help. 

“We are super grateful for the community, the Sparta Fire Department, ...

Newton Police Sgt. Tosti Retires

NEWTON, NJ – The Town of Newton bid farewell to another police officer on Tuesday.  Sgt. Thomas Tosti retired after 25 years in law enforcement.

“We’re going to miss Sgt. Thomas Tosti,” Chief Steven VanNieuwland said.  “He has been an asset to our department with years of experience with students as the SRO and with LEAD.  He was instrumental in ...

Sparta Police: Sussex County Woman Speeds to DWI

SPARTA, NJ- A Montague woman is facing drunk driving charges after being stopped for speeding on Route 15 North.  On May 8 around 8 p.m. Officer Michael Poon saw Stacey Gilligan, 31 driving 85 MPH in a 55 MPH zone, police said. 

After stopping Gilligan, Poon suspected the driver had been drinking.  After administering field sobriety tests Gilligan was taken into custody and ...

Newton Police Department's Scott King 'Walks Out' to Retirement

NEWTON, NJ – It was a beautiful day for the final walk out for Police Lt. Scott King.  A crowd gathered at the back of the police station to witness King leave the building to enter into retirement.  His wife, sons Dan and Tom and his mother were there as he walked through the phalanx of officers.

A bagpiper announced King - “Badge number 30" departure as his ...

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JCP&L, FirstEnergy Remind Public to Have a Safety-First Summer

With the Fourth of July fast approaching and the summer months upon us, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), and its parent company, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), are reminding the public to be cautious of potential electrical hazards associated with popular outdoor activities. Celebrating responsibly will help keep customers safe and the electricity flowing reliably this ...

JCP&L Completes Inspections and Maintenance to Enhance Service Reliability for Customers Through the Summer Season

With anticipated higher electric usage and severe weather possible during the hot summer months, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), has completed equipment inspections and maintenance throughout its central and northern New Jersey service area to help enhance service reliability for customers.

Nearly 800 miles of high-voltage ...

Andover Resident Sworn in as Patrolman in Newton Police Department

June 23, 2022

NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Police Department welcomed a new officer at the Monday, June 13 town council meeting. Andover resident Niko Anthony Grello took his oath of office with family, friends, and fellow officers looking on.

Grello, 26, is a lifelong resident of Andover. He is the son of Joseph and Darlene Grello and has a brother, Joseph and a sister Danielle.

He ...

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SPARTA: It’s Part of You and Part of Me

June 25, 2022

Dear Neighbors and Friends:

Way back in 2007, Sparta Township Council had a communications committee of which I served as chair.  One of the tasks we were given was to hold a town-wide contest for a slogan.  The whole community was invited to submit their creative slogans and one that I remember well was “Sparta: it’s Part of You and Part of Me”.  I wish I knew ...

Response to an Important Facebook Post

This past Wednesday, I submitted my letter ‘Township Council NOT Closing the Door on Future MEGA Warehouses’ to TAP Into and it was published later that evening. Thursday morning, Mr. Andrew Reina, president of the Planning Board, responded on the Facebook page of SpartaResponsibleDevelopment.Org with a dignified comment that the letter contained a material inaccuracy:

“I ...

Sparta Township Council Refuses Member, Public's Request to Rescind Ordinance that Led to 880,000 Square Foot 'Warehouse' Application

June 23, 2022

SPARTA, NJ- So it seems the ball is not rolling after all.  In fact, some members of the Sparta Township Council seem to have decided not to play.  Councilwoman Molly Whilesmith asked to rescind the ordinance that got this whole game started, 21-01. But Mayor Dave Smith and council and planning board members Christine Quinn and Josh Hertzberg have a different idea.

Whilesmith was ...

Dozens Arrested at Illegal 'Pop-Up' Party in Wayne

June 26, 2022

WAYNE, NJ – Nearly four dozen people were detained by Wayne Police after an illegal “pop-up party” was very briefly held in a vacant commercial property in Wayne on Saturday night.

New Jersey State Police tipped off Wayne Police Chief Jack McNiff on Saturday afternoon, warning him that a group of people were posting invitations on social media for a “pop-up” party ...

Sparta UNICO hosts “Ambropalooza” Music Festival in Memory for Charter Member Robert Ambrosino

July 1, 2022

AmbroPalooza was hosted by Sparta UNICO on June 12th, 2022, at the Walpack Inn in Layton NJ established in 1949 and hosted by other bands like the Beach Boys. It was a music celebration dedicated to the memory of Robert Ambrosino's life. Robert Ambrosino was a 1998 Charter Member of Sparta UNICO and an exceptional High School business teacher, football, and softball coach, as well as a ...

Workshop Supports Trauma Survivors, Promotes Prevention

Project Self-Sufficiency will continue the workshop and discussion series, “Connections Matter”, designed to facilitate the conversation about issues surrounding Positive & Adverse Childhood Experiences (PACEs), with a session in English, Wednesday, July 13th, 2:00 p.m., and a session in Spanish, Thursday, July 21st, 2:00 p.m.  Participants are invited to explore the ...

Sussex County’s 9th Annual Veterans Picnic

(Sussex, NJ) The Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of  Senior Services, Municipal Alliance, and the Veterans Committee welcome veterans and their  families to attend the 9th Annual Veterans Picnic. This event will be held on Saturday, August 20,  2022, from noon to 2:00 p.m., at the American Legion Post 213, located at 915 Route 23 (North),  ...

Sign Up for July TAPinto Ownership Opportunities Webinar

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro will be holding an informational webinar on July 13, 2022, at 12:30 p.m. for anyone who may be interested in owning/operating a TAPinto local news and digital marketing platform.

"TAPinto has become the dominant player in the local news and digital marketing space," Shapiro said. "I look forward to our July ...

Don't Worry, Be Happy

As a sentient human being, I need to stop thinking.

Happy the elephant is not a person, New York court rules.

I was confused by this headline because in the clipped style common to breaking news reports, I understood it to mean that New York’s court system is joyful that an elephant is not a person.

That made me happy too. Although not in the same way as the elephant, who’s ...

Dozens Arrested at Illegal 'Pop-Up' Party in Wayne

June 26, 2022

WAYNE, NJ – Nearly four dozen people were detained by Wayne Police after an illegal “pop-up party” was very briefly held in a vacant commercial property in Wayne on Saturday night.

New Jersey State Police tipped off Wayne Police Chief Jack McNiff on Saturday afternoon, warning him that a group of people were posting invitations on social media for a “pop-up” party ...