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Judge Orders Sparta to Start Over on Glen Lake Special Assessment

December 6, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township has been told to go back to the drawing board and come up with a better way to deal with the Glen Lake Dam special assessment.  On December 4, the ruling made Judge Stuart Minkowitz was received by the township attorney, Thomas Ryan of Laddey Clark and Ryan, LLP.

The judge found the township’s appointed expert’s methodology in developing the ...

Sparta High School Students Sell Piggy Backs to Help Classmate

SPARTA, NJ – A group of Sparta High School students are offering Piggy Backs for $3 to raise money for a classmate battling cancer.  No, they are not carrying classmates around on their back, they are selling little rubber pigs that can be affixed to the back of cellphones to be used as a handle or a stand.

The group of mostly freshmen got together with English teachers Dorothy ...

Sparta Police: Near Collision Gets a DWI for Driver

SPARTA, NJ – A driver from Lake Hopatcong caught the attention of Sparta police when he nearly ran into a guardrail and rock wall, on November 10 around 6 p.m.  Sparta Police Officer Scott Elig stopped a green Toyota Tacoma driven by Vernon Rolstad on Glen Road, police say.

When Elig spoke with the 52-year-old, the officer smelled alcohol in the car.  Sparta Sgt. Fraser, ...

Sparta Councilman's DWI Drags On in Court

SPARTA, NJ – More than 21 months after his arrest for Driving While Intoxicated, Sparta Township Councilman Jerry Murphy’s court proceedings drag on.

The matter was moved to Hopatcong a few months after the arrest.  According to Hopatcong Municipal Court Administrator Erin Geiger the court case has come to a “dead stop” while the Sussex County Prosecutor ...

Sparta Police: Expired Medical Marijuana Card Not Enough to Avoid Arrest

SPARTA, NJ – An Andover man is facing drug charges after a traffic stop for a broken headlight.  On November 11 around 11:30 a.m. Sparta Police Cpl. Kurt Morris saw a white Acura driving on Woodport Road, police say.

When speaking with the driver, Yosiff Hafez, 35, the officer smelled marijuana in the car.  Hafez showed Morris a glass jar containing marijuana and a medical ...

Local Private School Recognized for Providing 50 Years of Education in Sparta

SPARTA, NJ – It was a busy night at the Sparta Township Council meeting last month. Mayor Gil Gibbs presented a number of proclamations including one to commemorate the significant anniversary of local business, Hilltop Country Day School. 

The Hilltop Country Day School was recognized for 50 years of privately educating children in the area.  The proclamation says ...

Sparta Police Make Arrest in Home Burglary

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Police Detectives have solved a burglary that took place on July 13, 2017 with an Elmwood Park man now facing charges.  Police say Sparta homeowners came back from vacation to find their bedrooms had been ransacked and jewelry was missing.

Sparta Detective Hassloch’s investigation led him to a Cash-For-Gold shop in Clifton had some of the stolen ...

Sparta Man Sleeping at Green Light, Awakens to Drug Charges, Police Say

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man who fell asleep at a traffic light on Sparta Avenue, caught the attention of Sparta police, ended up facing drug charges.  On October 26 at 12:15 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Thomas Snyder saw Christopher Mattessich’s car did not move when the red light changed to green.

Snyder saw Mattessich, 26, had his head resting on the driver’s side window ...

Two Sparta Police Officers Promoted to Sergeant

SPARTA, NJ – As is the tradition in Sparta, a large crowd packed the council chambers on Tuesday night as two Sparta police officers received promotions.  Escorted into the room by their fellow officers in dress uniform, with a bagpiper Officer Korger from Morris County Pipes and Drums leading the way, Robert Fraser and Frank Schomp were elevated to Sergeant. 

Chief Neil ...

Sparta High School Celebrates Athletic History at Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

SPARTA, NJ – Part reunion, part celebration the banquet room at Skyview gold club was overflowing with smiles, laughter, hugs and handshakes at the induction ceremony for the first class of Sparta High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

On Thursday night fifteen athletes, coaches and teams were honored with plaques, speeches and applause.

“This is a trip down memory lane,” ...

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