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Another Dog Bitten by Bear in Sparta

May 16, 2022

SPARTA, NJ -  A third dog has been attacked by a bear in Sparta.  On Saturday night around 11:30 p.m. police said they got a call from residents on Meredith Drive. Their dog had received “a laceration” from a bear.

“The homeowner said the dogs were barking like they wanted to go out,” Lt. Jeff McCarrick said. He said when they let the dogs out they ...

LGBTQ+ Flag Gets Attention in Sparta: Tips Sought in Bias Incidents, Council Talks About Pride Month Recognition

SPARTA, NJ- In the wake of a second Pride flag having been vandalized at the Sparta United Methodist Church, the Sparta Police Department is asking for help from the community.  They are seeking tips in finding who burned the church’s LGBTQ+ flag on April 20 around 12:20 a.m. and on January 1.

The bias incidents were referenced at the Sparta Township Council meeting as residents ...

Lake Mohawk Road Construction Continues for Another Week

SPARTA, NJ – Road construction on East Shore Trail will continue through May 18.  Residents should expect delays and prepare alternate routes through the area. 

Sparta Township Council Questioned About Diamond Chip Project TImeline, Mayor Blasts Citizen Group

SPARTA, NJ – The township council meeting was well attended with residents who wanted to discuss or learn more about the proposed Demarest Road project. 

Resident and attorney Neill Clark summed it up with his question to the township council member “How did this happen.”  He talked about statements from the developer Jim Ford and the attorney for the developer; ...

Bridge on Main Street to be Closed Thursday and Friday

SPARTA, NJ – The small bridge on Main Street between Glen Road and the Sparta municipal building will be closed from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday for repairs, according to the Sparta Police Department. 

Detours will be posted.

Paving in Sparta's White Deer Plaza Restricts Parking

SPARTA, NJ – White Deer Plaza businesses remain open while the road is being milled and paved Monday through Thursday. 

The plaza will be closed to parking from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, though cars will be able to drive through the area during construction, according to the Lake Mohawk Country Club. Pedestrians will also have unrestricted access to the shops and ...

Sparta Police: Open Trunk, Weaving, Vomit Covered Driver Gets DWI

SPARTA, NJ- A car weaving down Route 15 with the trunk open caught the attention of Sparta Police Officer Arlene Lippencott.  On April 20 around 1:40 p.m. Lippencott stopped Adam Doukas, 35 and saw he was covered in vomit, police said.

The Otisville, New York resident told Lippencott he thought he was in Port Jervis.  His confusion continued when he handed the officer his ...

Sparta's Professionals Worked with Warehouse Developer for Months Before Application

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta township professionals were meeting with the developer of the proposed 880,000 square foot warehouse complex for months before their application, as early as October 27, 2020. In an email obtained through an OPRA request Tony Diggan of Kimley-Horn, Diamond Chip Realty Demarest Road project engineer acknowledges a discussion with Sparta Township Planning Board Engineer ...

Sussex County Administrator Poff Set to Resign

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – More changes are coming to the Sussex County Board of Commissioners.  Close on the heals of the retirement announcement by County Commissioner Sylvia Petillo, the position of Sussex County Administrator will be vacant as of June 30, 2022.

Gregory Poff the current county administrator is on the agenda for the position of township manager in Randolph ...

Questions for Sparta Zoning Board About Application Challenging 880,000 Square Foot Warehouse Project

SPARTA, NJ – The zoning board was the most recent forum to hear from the community about the facility proposed for Demarest Road. At the end of their Zoom meeting on Wednesday, Cathy Ebbinkhuysen asked about the procedure the zoning board members will use to hear an application about the project. 

“This is my first time attending a zoning board meeting so I would appreciate if ...

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If You’re a Homeowner, You Have Incredible Leverage When You Sell Today

In today’s housing market, homeowners have a great opportunity to sell their house and receive the best terms for their personal situation. That’s because there’s a limited number of homes for sale, which is creating competition among buyers. Right now, homebuyers want three things:

To be the winning bid on their dream home
To buy ...

Newton Police Department Offers 'Coffee with a Cop'

May 17, 2022

NEWTON, NJ – The community is invited to enjoy Coffee with a Cop on Thursday at Hayek’s Market.  The officers will be available to chat beginning at 10 a.m. at the Mill Street shop.

According to Newton Police Department the event is meant to “break down barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask ...

Upcoming Events

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Sun, May 22, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

The Best of Van Kirk Museum

Education

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Sun, May 22, 3:00 PM

Sparta United Methodist Church, Sparta

Sparta Scout Troop to Hold Open House

Arts & Entertainment

Obituaries

May 28, 1945 - Nov 18, 2021
Barbara Renee Goldberg, resident of Roseville, Ca. passed away peacefully at Wayside Care center ...
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Some Facts About Sodexo - Serving Sparta Schools for 28 Years

May 17, 2022

Hello, an actual Sodexo employee here! I was disappointed to read the Letter to the Editor from May 16 titled “The Untold Truth about Sodexo School Lunch”. First, I refer you to stateofchildhoodobesity.com for current statistics. Poor mental health over the last year cannot be contributed to Sodexo’s food, it can however be contributed to the effects of a global ...

The Untold Truth About Sodexo School Lunch

Childhood obesity rates have tripled since 2016, 664,000 people have gained mental health issues since last year. And there will be more plastic in oceans than aquatic life by 2050. Unfortunately they are all related. And it leads back to Sodexo school lunches, here is why: 

The recent trend of thousands of schools across America switching from their original lunch to using a company ...

Another Dog Bitten by Bear in Sparta

May 16, 2022

SPARTA, NJ -  A third dog has been attacked by a bear in Sparta.  On Saturday night around 11:30 p.m. police said they got a call from residents on Meredith Drive. Their dog had received “a laceration” from a bear.

“The homeowner said the dogs were barking like they wanted to go out,” Lt. Jeff McCarrick said. He said when they let the dogs out they ...

New Jersey Warns of Price Gouging During Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage

May 19, 2022

NEWARK, NJ —New Jersey's Acting Attorney General and the Division of Community Affairs (DCA) are warning customers and merchants statewide about price gouging and any fraud dealing with the sale of baby formula in New Jersey.

“The current baby formula shortage may have scammers and unscrupulous vendors coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of parents at a vulnerable ...

Breast Cancer Survivors Invited to Celebrate

May 20, 2022

Breast cancer survivors are invited to a unique celebration of life at Project Self-Sufficiency on Saturday, June 4th, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  The Survivor Celebration will feature break-out sessions, lunch, music and interactive exhibits.  A keynote presentation will be offered by therapist, author and motivational speaker Diane Lang.  Music will be provided by Sue ...

Sparta High School Students Hold Concert to Benefit Food Pantry

Sparta High School junior Remi Coleman and a group of his friends are holding a concert on June 1st, 2022 at 7 p.m. at Sparta High School at 70 West Mountain Road in Sparta.  All proceeds from this event will benefit the Sparta Food Pantry.  

Musical acts will be local bands including The Creator Wolfe, Dumpster Babies, Lifeboat, Sarah Kosker, and a special performance by Alex ...

Van Kirk Museum’s Spring Exhibit is Open 5/22 & 6/12

Sparta Historical Society presents “The Best of Van Kirk Museum” open on both Sunday, May 22 and June 12 from 1-4pm as the Van Kirk Homestead Museum’s spring exhibit.  Sparta Historical itself is celebrating its 20th Anniversary and this exhibit draws heavily upon its Museum’s impressive group of rare historic objects through its collection gifts and purchases.

'Two Minutes with TAPinto' Features South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen.

When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time.

"I say this to all ...

Just a Second

May 20th is World Metrology Day.

I am counting down the hours on an atomic clock which is accurate to 1 second in 10 million years.

Metrology is the scientific development of systems of measure. Unlike Meteorology, the study of weather, you don’t have to be chipper and TV good looking to study Metrology. You do have to have geekish tendencies and more degrees than a thermometer, ...

New Jersey Warns of Price Gouging During Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage

May 19, 2022

NEWARK, NJ —New Jersey's Acting Attorney General and the Division of Community Affairs (DCA) are warning customers and merchants statewide about price gouging and any fraud dealing with the sale of baby formula in New Jersey.

“The current baby formula shortage may have scammers and unscrupulous vendors coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of parents at a vulnerable ...