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Sparta School District Unveils $3.5 Million High School Turf Project

January 12, 2019

SPARTA, NJ – Community members turned out to hear a presentation about the turf field project proposed for Cassel’s Field at Sparta High School.  Approximately 70 people were in the auditorium at Mohawk Avenue School on Wednesday night to hear details of a project that has been discussed for nearly 10 years.

Superintendent Michael Rossi said the field will accommodate physical ...

Mold Found in Sparta Elementary School: Testing in Other Schools

SPARTA, NJ — A classroom in the Helen Morgan School has an “elevated level of Aspergillus/Penicillium, a common type of mold,” according to a statement sent by Sparta superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi. 

"Helen Morgan parents are very concerned. Mold can be a serious issue, with serious side effects," a Helen Morgan parent said. "I hope the ...

Franklin Police: Former Newton Man Caught Trying to Cash Friend's Stolen Check

FRANKLIN, NJ – A former Newton resident was picked up on charges of theft after trying to deposit a check that had already been deposited.  According to Franklin Borough police, Terry Baughman, 27, took a check from a friend’s home in East Stroudburg, Pennsylvania and tried to deposit it into the Chase Bank in Franklin.

According to police Baughman did not have a current ...

Water Main Replacement Could Cause Delays on Glen Road/Ridge Road in Jefferson

JEFFERSON, NJ –A water main is scheduled to be replaced beginning on Tuesday, August 7 on Ridge Road, which is Glen Road in Sparta.  Sparta police warn motorists to expect delays especially during peak travel times.

Spartans Head Off to Tour Russia

SPARTA, NJ- A group of nearly 30 Sparta High School Russian language students, teachers and chaperones gathered on the sidewalk of the school for a photo before departing on the first international field trip from the school district in two years.

Students will travel to Russia for nine days of touring in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. According to a parent the itinerary will include ...

Sparta High School Students Visited by Modern Day Hero

SPARTA. NJ — The students in Andrew Lowery’s Heroes and Heroines senior English class had a special visitor last week. Gillian Lichota from iRise Above Breast Cancer foundation met with Lowery’s students and students from Kate Brennan’s Women’s Studies class as well as Emily Scott’s AP Government in Politics students.

The story of how Lichota came to be in ...

Sparta Police: Tip Turns in Wanted Sparta Man

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man is facing additional charges after driving with a suspended license.  On June 1 around 7 a.m. Sparta dispatch got a call reporting Matthew McCann, 47 was driving with a suspended license, police said.

Police Officer Thomas Snyder stopped McCann in a black Audi on Sparta Avenue, shortly after the call was made, police report.

McCann was taken into custody ...

Sparta High School Photography Student Takes Top Prize in CCM Competition

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta High School photography student took home the top honor from the County College of Morris sixth annual photography competition from over 600 entries. Three other Sparta students also earned honorable mention in the event sponsored by the CCM Photo Club.

Reese Vanduk, a senior, earned first place for her interpretation of this year’s theme of ...

Sparta Police Scoop Up Three on Outstanding Warrants

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Police Officers have picked up three people on outstanding warrants recently in unrelated traffic stops.

On March 20, around 7:30 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley stopped 25-year-old Newark resident Crystal Dejesus for a broken tail light on her silver Toyota.  Finley found Dejesus had an outstanding warrant from Alpine Municipal Court, police ...

Sparta Police: Bronx Man Delivering Car Finds Himself in Trouble

SPARTA, NJ – A man from Bronx, New York was arrested on a myriad of charges stemming from his attempt to deliver a used car to Montague.  Jorge Villanueva caught the attention of Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley on Route 15 because his Nissan Pathfinder had a cracked taillight, police say.

On March 13 around 7:22 p.m. the officer found the license plate on the Pathfinder was ...

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