Sussex County News

May 31, 2021

SPARTA, NJ – Following up on a report of someone driving the wrong direction on Route 15, Officer Taylor May saw a driver flashing his headlights following behind the suspected wrong way driver, police said. On May 20 around 2 a.m. May stopped Hamburg resident Kenneth Broda Jr., 30, on the ...

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SPARTA, NJ -An Andover man is facing drunk driving charges after a traffic stop on Route 181.  On May 15 around 1:50 a.m. Officer Steven Guido saw Anthony Brown, 25, cross the double yellow lines into the opposite lane, police said. Guido stopped Brown and when he spoke with the driver he ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Franklin man was picked up on drug charges after he fled from a traffic stop.  On May 11 around 1 p.m. Officer Brian Porter had stopped a car on the Route 517 bypass.  Because the back seat passenger Kyle Talmadge, 31, was not wearing his seatbelt, Porter asked for his ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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NEWTON, NJ – Town of Newton officials have announced the Newton Recycling Center on South Park Drive will be adding hours.  Beginning March 1, residents will be able to go on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in addition to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Officials said in December 2020 SCUMA ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Sparta woman was picked up for shoplifting in Stop and Shop.  On January 24 around 2:30 p.m. Sparta Police were called to the store to “take custody of a shoplifter that was being detained,” according to police. Lori Jordan, 56, was taken into custody by Sparta Police Officer Brian ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – As expected, the Friday storm passed far to our south and as that occurred, the big chill arrived to spend part of the weekend with us.  We will continue to see the coldest temps in two years for the next day or two.  This extreme cold is actually helping to feed into the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – An unlicensed man with outstanding warrants and other vehicle related issues was taken into custody after a traffic stop on Route 15.  On December 2 around midnight, Officer Michael Poon stopped Jeffrey Chevron, 27 of North Brunswick for failing to signal when he changed lanes, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ – An Hopatcong man is facing drug charges after being spotted sitting in his car in the Sparta Glen after the park had closed.  On December 1 around 9:30 p.m. Officer Jonathan Poon found Timothy Burlew, 18, in a white Mazda, police said. When Poon approached the car, a cloud of smoke ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The owner of Casa Mia, Michael Pugliese and his family attended the Sparta Township Council meeting last week to accept a proclamation honoring their 25th anniversary of serving Sparta area residents. Pugliese, “one of three sons of a hard-working fisherman,” came to Sparta from ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Planning Board voted to approve a 70 unit apartment complex at 53A Sparta Avenue.  The four-story buildings will be located behind the Burger King, years ago the site of an assisted living facility.  The site is 2.6 acres on Block 5019 Lot 23 on the Sparta tax map. The ...

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SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ - On Friday October 30, 2020, Municipal Court John Mulhern was laid to rest after retiring only three years earlier.  A service for Mulhern held at Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Long Beach Township was attended by many family members, friends and colleagues. Mulhern leaves ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Prayers of protection were said in front of the Sparta Township municipal building on Saturday.  A group of about 20 parishioners from Our Lady of the Lake gathered with a banner petitioning prayers from St. Michael.  Led by Rafael Gonzalez, they said “two Rosaries for the police to ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School football program has been suspended for two weeks following news of a student athlete testing positive.  While the student will not be identified, the district reports the player has had contact with team members. The acting Superintendent Patrick McQueeney ...

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SPARTA, NJ – All sports and the marching band have been put on hold for 14 days at Sparta High School.  The Sparta School District has been notified of two football players and member of the girls soccer team that  have tested positive for COVID-19. Effective immediately and out of an abundance ...

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SPARTA, NJ – In the weekly update from acting Superintendent Patrick McQueeney, he announced the district is “actively pursuing substitutes and leave replacement to meet our needs.”  The district is looking to bolster the reserves of substitutes anticipating a greater need during the pandemic ...

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SPARTA, NJ -The August 27 Sparta Board of Education meeting format caused more controversy than any of the agenda items.  It was announced the meeting would be held at Dykstra Park in an effort to accommodate the public under Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 173, according to a statement released ...

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SPARTA, NJ- About 50 of Sparta’s fourth and fifth grade students took advantage of the Sparta Police Department’s invitation to attend a Youth Day at Station Park.  With the cancellation of the annual week long Junior Police Academy due to the pandemic, the Sparta Police Department put together an ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Approximately 100 people gathered at Hillside Park in Andover for a peaceful Black Lives Matter Rally last Saturday. Despite the heat, from noon to three, a dozen people spoke, sharing poems, songs and their personal feelings and statements about the Black Lives Matter ...

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