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Sussex County News

July 5, 2022

SPARTA, NJ – A Wharton man stopped for driving the wrong way on Route 15 is facing drunk driving charges.  On June 16 around 1:45 a.m. Officer Phil Longo was able to stop Sergio Villavicencio, 33, after patrol units worked to get the driver’s attention to alert him to the dangerous situation, ...

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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 ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Noury family was at the Sparta Township Council meeting to accept the proclamation recognizing June as Pride Month.   Kate Matteson of the Sparta Pride 2022 initiative introduced Laura, David, Emma, Jane and May Noury, Sparta residents for more than 20 years. Matteson said Jane ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Residents along East Shore Trail [County Road 613] and Stanhope Sparta Road [County Road 605] should not park on the shoulder on Tuesday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 22 because Statewide Striping Corp. will be painting the fog line/shoulder striping, according to the Sparta Police ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Police Department participated in the annual Torch Run through New Jersey.  In Sparta the torch was carried by Sparta Police Officers, Sparta High School Special Olympics and Unified Athletes, Sparta High School and Pope John Athletes and Sparta community members as part of the ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Sparta’s Environmental Commission has requested the township council hire environmental professionals to challenge the witnesses for Diamond Chip Realty in the hearings on the project proposed for 33 Demarest Road, citing the “alarming apparent lack of diligence and rigor underlying the ...

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SPARTA, NJ- After striking a tree in the area of Glen and Walnut roads and refusal of field sobriety tests, a young man from Sparta will appear in court for charges of DWI, reckless and careless driving and other offenses. Around midnight of May 10, Officer Andrew Spitzer was dispatched to the ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The planning board heard testimony about the origin of the 880,000 square foot facility proposed for Demarest Road; at least part of the history as related by developer Jim Ford. The council chambers was full again as residents turned out for the ongoing hearing of the Diamond Chip ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Another community event has returned after a two-year pandemic hiatus.  The Sparta Education Foundation’s Dragon Boat Festival roared back with more than 560 participants and crowds of onlookers and supporters lining the boardwalk.  “We had a great turnout today,” SEF Secretary and ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Library was temporarily “chess central” on Saturday as three brothers hosted Chess for Charity to raise money in honor of Sparta High School alumnae Erin Beebe.  The Iyers brothers Akshat, Ayush and Aneesh had about 20 people playing chess with the proceeds of the ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Bruce Olsen serving at the St. Kateri Tekakwitha church in Sparta and as the religious education coordinator at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Bergen County is facing two counts of endangering the welfare of a child for possession and distribution of child pornography according to Warren ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Town hall was bulging at the seams on Wednesday night for the planning board meeting as the public clamored to hear and be heard about the 880,000 square foot warehouse complex proposed for site of what is now Sparta Redi-Mix. At the end of the three-hour meeting the final question ...

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SPARTA, NJ - After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the community is once again invited to a sunrise Easter service.  The service will be from 7 to 7:45 a.m. on the boardwalk.  The service will be moved inside the county club if it is raining. Rev. Dr. Patrick Sileo, the senior pastor from the First ...

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SPARTA, NJ – In an effort to halt the warehouse project proposed for Demarest Road, two attorneys, Neill Clark and Anand Dash have filed an application with the Sparta Zoning Board “seeking an interpretation of whether the use proposed by Diamond Chip Realty LLC is a warehouse or a truck ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Tuesday night was the second township council meeting in a row to be dominated by discussions about the proposed Demarest Road warehouse project.  Once again public comments went for several hours and was, at times, heated. During the new business part of the agenda Councilman Dan ...

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SPARTA, NJ- No one was injured in a one car accident on Stanhope Road. Police responded on March 13 around 9:15 p.m. to find Alyssa Gessner, 25, whose car had hit a telephone pole, police said. The Hopatcong resident told officer Arlene Lippencott she must have slid off the road because of ice.  ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Planning Board held the first hearing regarding Diamond Chip Realty's project at 33 Demarest Road on March 2, via Zoom. Chairman Drew Reina said they would not be able to hear from the public because of the amount of testimony. The public was posting comments in the chat ...

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SPARTA, NJ – They are the champions.  Sparta girls basketball brought home the NJSIAA Group 3 trophy having defeated Mainland 62-41.  They had traveled to Toms River for the final game of the tournament on Sunday and had a police escort as they returned with the hardware. From the minute they ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The council chamber was full on Tuesday night for the township council meeting.  Residents addressed Mayor Dave Smith and Councilmembers Christine Quinn and Dan Chiariello, primarily sharing their concerns about an 880,000 square foot warehouse proposed to take the place of Sparta Redi ...

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SPARTA, NJ - Sparta overcame Ramapo by the score of 47-43, in what was a game of many storylines. After suffering a loss to top-seeded Ramapo in the 2020 season, followed by a pandemic-shortened season in 2021, the Sparta girls basketball team was seeking revenge over the Ramapo Raiders.  “I’m ...

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