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Sparta Volleyball Player MacKenzie Wiggins Named Gatorade’s New Jersey Player of the Year

May 15, 2021

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta, fresh off of winning their first sectional title in the history of the girls' volleyball program, has another accolade to be proud of. Senior outside-hitter MacKenzie Wiggins was named the 2020-2021 New Jersey Volleyball Player of the Year.

“This recognition means so much to me,” Wiggins said, “It is such a rewarding feeling to be recognized and ...

Sparta Police: Report of Erratic Driver Breaks Up Shoplifting Scheme

SPARTA, NJ – A plan to shoplift was thwarted when someone reported the get away car to the police for driving erratically.  On May 6, Officer Steven Guido went to a local supermarket parking lot to find the car, police said.

When Guido spoke with the driver he did not see any problem with the driver who said he was waiting for two friends inside the store.  While the officer ...

Sparta Township Council Working On Details After Manager's Retirement

SPARTA, NJ — With the recent announcement of the township manager’s retirement on April 1 Sparta Township Council named Chief Neil Spidaletto to be Acting Township Manager. Sparta CFO Grant Rome will continue as Deputy Township Manager.

“I think this is a phenomenal team that will balance each other and will serve Sparta well during our transition,” Mayor Christine ...

Sparta Schools Pull Back Reopening Plan with High Staff Absences and Regional COVID Cases

SPARTA, NJ — In a year of stops and starts, one step forward and one step back Sparta schools are again taking one step back. The district will be adjusting the schedules in response to the changing coronavirus landscape.

“The Sparta Board of Education’s number one goal is to get our students back to school for in-person full time instruction,” Sparta Board of Education ...

Sparta Schools: Subs Needed, $150 Per Day

SPARTA, NJ –The Sparta public school district needs more substitutes and they are willing to pay for it. Beginning March 22 the rate of pay has moved from $110 to $150 per day. 

Interim Superintendent Patrick McQueeney said anyone interested in the position should apply through the district website.

“It is our intention to attract certificated substitutes to assist in our ...

Sparta Township Manager Retires, Police Chief Named Acting Manager

SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Township Manager announced he would be retiring, at the township council meeting on Tuesday night. 

“After 37 years in local government, I notified the council I will be stepping away from the job and retiring as of April 1,” Bill Close said thanking members of the township council, municipal staff and professionals for their support during his ...

Sparta Township Council Seeks Brownfield Designation to Complete Landfill Closure

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Council passed a resolution referring the site of the former township dump to the Planning Board for evaluation as a potential “Brownfield Area in Need of Redevelopment.”

According to engineer Stan Puszcz of CP Engineering, the 79.11 acre township owned site on Price’s Lane operated as the municipal landfill from 1967 to ...

Taking Care of Animals Starts with People - Don Critchlaw, Sparta’s Animal Control Officer

SPARTA, NJ —  Sparta’s dense woods are full of wildlife, as large as black bears and as small as mice.  One common visitor to these parts is the town’s animal control officer or ACO, easily identified by his long, well-coiffed blonde hair.

Don Critchlaw has been an ACO for 30 years, the last 20 of them in Sparta.  His ability to get along with ...

Sparta's Unified Basketball Squad Gets Ready for Their Season

SPARTA, NJ – The athletes have taken the court. Sparta High School and Sparta Middle School Unified players and coaches have been working out in the middle school gym to prepare for their basketball season.

On Tuesday, the Unified partners were leading the drills, working with the team members developing skills.  

“I like the feel of the partners running ...

Traffic Snarls Addressed at Sparta's North Village Starbucks

SPARTA, NJ- The driveway at Starbucks at North Village has been a problem since it opened about a year and a half ago. Cars in the drive through of the popular coffee place back up causing a traffic jam in the parking lot, even backing up to Route 15.

The township began implementing a temporary fix on Friday, according to Sparta Police Cpl. Kurt Morris of the Traffic Division.  ...

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Missing Baby Found Unharmed After NJ Police Issue Statewide Amber Alert

May 10, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Following an Amber alert issued on Monday afternoon, authorities located two-week-old Chinna Payne in East Orange just after 3 p.m. along with the man last seen with the infant, according to New Jersey State Police. 

Police reported that Damion Payne, 27, of Newark, is accused of assaulting the child's mother in Newark before leaving ...

Sparta Volleyball Player MacKenzie Wiggins Named Gatorade’s New Jersey Player of the Year

May 15, 2021

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta, fresh off of winning their first sectional title in the history of the girls' volleyball program, has another accolade to be proud of. Senior outside-hitter MacKenzie Wiggins was named the 2020-2021 New Jersey Volleyball Player of the Year.

“This recognition means so much to me,” Wiggins said, “It is such a rewarding feeling to be recognized and ...

NW Jersey Clean Waters and Healthy Ecosystems

May 11, 2021

It is gratifying to recently learn that the ecosystems and water quality of the Paulins Kill River Watershed are being improved though out Sussex and Warren Counties.  Headwaters of the Paulins Kill River, originate largely in Newton and in Sparta Township, to form the Paulins Kill River which travels 41+ miles through thirteen Sussex and Warren municipalities to its mouth on the shores of ...

New Jersey Democrats Plea for Mercy to Avoid Wrongful Death Scandal

Governor Phil Murphy mishandled the pandemic, allowing more than 8,000 residents of long term care facilities to die.  Their reaction to COVID put the Murphy Administration in a dark place in history.

Now, in an attempt to protect Murphy, the Sussex County Democrats have written a plea for mercy, and then weighted it with baseless accusations.  But it doesn’t change the ...

Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Minimal Impact to New Jersey, Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

May 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

In an update this morning, Colonial Pipeline Co. announced that a majority of the pipeline is up and running, including the Linden, New Jersey’s, petroleum ...

2021 Community Garage Sales Hosted By Team Nest Builder

Team Nest Builder is proud to be hosting 3 Garage Sale Events this year!

It’s FREE for you to participate, and we take care of ALL advertising in print and on-line, and we place driveway signs and street directional signs leading buyers to your home on the day of the sale.  We also provide shoppers with printed and digital maps with your address listed to ...

New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

May 13, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

There’s always something growing in New Jersey, be it excitement for warmer weather or the flowers in everyone’s yard. Celebrating springtime in the Garden State requires a garden date. We have so many options at our fingertips — possibilities guaranteed to inspire romance and ...

Morristown Medical Center Among 1st to Receive American College of Cardiology Transcatheter Valve Certification

May 14, 2021

Only 6% of 750+ Hospitals Performing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Have Achieved This Elite Recognition of Best Practices and Quality Care

Morristown, NJ – Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has received American College of Cardiology (ACC) Transcatheter Valve Certification, a designation of excellence that recognizes demonstrated ...

Sussex County Health and Human Services, Senior Services Annual Public Hearing Announced

(Newton, NJ) The Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Division  of Senior Services (Area Agency on Aging) and its Advisory Council will hold their Annual  Public Hearing on Thursday, June 3, 2021, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., via Zoom. The purpose  of the Hearing is to receive comments on the proposed 2022-2024 Area Plan, which generates  funding for Sussex ...

Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Veteran TAPinto Franchisee Launches TAPinto Raritan Bay

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Longtime TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood franchisee John Mooney is taking his talents to the banks of the Raritan. After spending years growing TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood into one of the networks top 5 most-visited sites, Mooney is officially launching TAPinto Raritan Bay, covering Sayreville and South Amboy, N.J.

“Since I am familiar with Sayreville-South Amboy and ...

Learn How To Cook From Anywhere With These Online Classes

Cooking can be fun at any age, and learning new skills exercises your mind, especially as you get older. Whether you’re just finding your way around the kitchen or you’re a seasoned home chef, online cooking classes are a wonderful way to spend your day! From free courses featuring various dishes to lessons led by celebrity chefs, there are vast opportunities to satisfy just about any ...

Fighting Fatigue: How To Sleep Better And Longer

Getting a good night’s sleep plays a vital role in your overall health. Sleeping recharges your body and brain to help prepare and energize you for each new day. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can cause a slew of problems, including memory issues and an increased risk for car accidents.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26-64 need seven to nine hours of sleep ...

The Best Natural Deodorants for the Toughest Workouts

Chances are, your wellness journey includes some heavy-hitting workouts, and a good deodorant is key to feeling confident after every session. Mainstream products can contain harmful ingredients that may actually be blocking some of your body’s natural processes as well as potentially causing health problems down the road. If you’re ready to switch to a more natural product but are ...

Understanding SPF for Healthy Summer Skin

As we head outside to take advantage of the warmer weather, skincare and sun safety should be top priorities. While the sun’s rays provide countless benefits, the ultraviolet (or UV) components of sunlight are damaging to our skin. A sunburn from overexposure isn’t just temporarily painful - the UV rays that cause a burn are doing long-term damage to your skin cells that’s ...

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“It's over Bill. I don’t do Windows.”

And so, with a simple Ctl+Alt+Del over Twitter, the marriage of Bill and Melinda Gates has powered down.

The wealthy, philanthropic tech couple sadly announced their union was “irretrievably broken.” I took this to mean they received a critical error message followed by the blue screen of death because their marital ...

Is Your A/C Summer-Ready? 12 Things to Check Before the First Heat Wave

Soaking in the summer sun is part of the fun of the season. But if you don’t have a cool home to retreat to, that heat can start to feel overbearing. Make sure your A/C (or swamp cooler!) can handle any heat wave this summer with these 12 tips, plus guidance on how to know when to call in the pros.

 

Before beginning preparation steps for either an air conditioner or swamp ...

4 Unique and Meaningful Ways to Decorate for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to think about decorations that will brighten up your home as well as show Mom that she’s a unique, valued person in your family. With a few simple touches, it’s easy to create meaningful decorations that highlight the things that she loves best. Here are four great ways to add some color and style to Mom’s favorite ...

Bringing Spring Inside: Adding Pops of Color in Every Room

As the weather warms up, spring colors are arriving in home décor trends. Whether you’re inviting guests over in person or continuing your distanced Zoom calls, you’ll want to incorporate pops of spring color into every room of your house. Fortunately, adding color doesn’t have to break the bank, and you can easily experiment with the best way to invigorate your spaces ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...

Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Minimal Impact to New Jersey, Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

May 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

In an update this morning, Colonial Pipeline Co. announced that a majority of the pipeline is up and running, including the Linden, New Jersey’s, petroleum ...