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"Terrible But True" History Stories Author Visits Sparta Middle School

January 17, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – The eighth grade students at Sparta Middle School sat in silent attention as visiting author Dinah Williams shared stories from her book Terrible but True Awful Events in American History.  Throughout the day, the history classes met in the school’s media center to get a different kind of history lesson.

Some of the stories Williams told gave more detail and ...

Sparta High School Students Become Teachers in Inclusion English Lessons

SPARTA, NJ – The students in Courtney Hyland’s Life Skills classroom participated in a unique writing experience before Christmas.  Students in Amber Mauriello’s grade 11 College Prep level English class worked with the Life Skills students to work on writing skills. 

There were 24 CP English students working with seven of Hyland’s students.  They started ...

Sparta Science Olympiad Team Performs Well at NJIT

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School Science Olympiad team competed at the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Wednesday, January 11.  The team of Joseph Dempsey and Patrick McGurrin earned fourth place. 

“They were competing against 21 teams, mostly from STEM academies and other specialized science, technology, engineering and math focused school,” Advisor Mark ...

NJSIAA Changes Transfer Students Rules; Bars State Tourney Play

January 16, 2017

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – The somewhat never ending saga of the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association’s student-athlete transfer rule might have seen the light at the end of the tunnel.

Members of the NJSIAA Executive Committee voted in an overwhelming majority (Yes – 27, No – 7, Abstain – 0) to accept a new transfer policy that would mandate a 30-day sit-out ...

Two More Wins for Sparta Jefferson United Ice Hockey

STOCKHOLM, NJ – Sparta Jefferson United added two to the win column this week squeaking one by  Paramus 7-6 on Friday and defeating Howell 4-2 on Saturday.

Playing on their home ice at Skylands Ice World on Saturday Jeremy Dericks led the SJU effort with two goals.  Connor Erickson had three assists. 

Zach Harmel started the scoring off with a first period goal assisted ...

Sparta High School Girls Basketball Beats West Milford

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School girls basketball team hosted West Milford, beating them 38-29 on Saturday afternoon, putting up 20 points in the second quarter.

Brianna Falco led the lady's effort with 13 points;  four 2-pointers,  a three pointer and two free-throws.   She contributed with three rebounds and a steal as well.

Erin Scott had three 2-pointers, three ...

Sparta Township Council, Select New Mayor, Swear in Members

January 5, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township Council has chosen Gilbert Gibbs to serve as the next Mayor and Joshua Hertzberg to be Deputy Mayor at the reorganization meeting on Thursday evening.  The meeting was opened by Township Attorney Thomas Ryan and turned over to Gibbs upon his approval as Mayor.

Gibbs had been nominated by Christine Quinn, seconded by Jerry Murphy and without opposition ...

"Terrible But True" History Stories Author Visits Sparta Middle School

January 17, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – The eighth grade students at Sparta Middle School sat in silent attention as visiting author Dinah Williams shared stories from her book Terrible but True Awful Events in American History.  Throughout the day, the history classes met in the school’s media center to get a different kind of history lesson.

Some of the stories Williams told gave more detail and ...

Community Invited to Dinner Dance at VFW by Helen Morgan PTO

SPARTA, NJ – The community is invited to a night of dinner and dancing at the Sparta VFW.  Sponsored by the Helen Morgan PTO, the event is an opportunity for an enjoyable night out while supporting the school. 

Dinner will be catered by Dominick’s of Newton.  Live music will be provided by Luke and the Troublemakers.

Tickets can be purchased in advanced for $40 ...

Community Invited to Dinner Dance at VFW by Helen Morgan PTO

January 12, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – The community is invited to a night of dinner and dancing at the Sparta VFW.  Sponsored by the Helen Morgan PTO, the event is an opportunity for an enjoyable night out while supporting the school. 

Dinner will be catered by Dominick’s of Newton.  Live music will be provided by Luke and the Troublemakers.

Tickets can be purchased in advanced for $40 ...

Wexler Associates: Local Computer Fix-it

January 9, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - A local man can help you find the answer to computer problems that plague nearly everyone at one time or another.  Shelby Wexler began fixing computers while attending Caldwell College [now Caldwell University] “because I found my college’s IT department wasn’t around 24/7 to the students in the dorm.”

After graduation, Wexler was hired on a short-term ...

Sparta Township Council, Select New Mayor, Swear in Members

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township Council has chosen Gilbert Gibbs to serve as the next Mayor and Joshua Hertzberg to be Deputy Mayor at the reorganization meeting on Thursday evening.  The meeting was opened by Township Attorney Thomas Ryan and turned over to Gibbs upon his approval as Mayor.

Gibbs had been nominated by Christine Quinn, seconded by Jerry Murphy and without opposition ...

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Sparta Police: Intoxicated Sparta Man Crashes into Light Pole

January 16, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man was charged with driving while intoxicated after he crashed into a light pole.  On January 9 around 11 p.m. Sparta police Cpl. Kurt Morris responded to the report of a naccident on West Shore Trail near White Deer Plaza according to police.

Morris found a 2014 Honda had struck a light pole and knocked it down. The car reportedly sustained a lot of ...

Sparta Man Speeds Past Police, Faces Numerous Charges

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man faces numerous charges including driving while intoxicated after speeding past a police car on Woodport Road.  Jake Forshey drove past police officer Tom Snyder on January 8 around 2:50 a.m, according to police. 

In his 2008 Charger, Forshey was going well above the 45 mph limit and did not stay in his lane, as Snyder pursued him.  Additionally, ...

Sparta Police: Dover Man Stopped for Speeding Faces Drug Charges

SPARTA, NJ –  A Dover man faces drug charges after getting pulled over for speeding on Route 15.  On January 8, around 12:12 pm, Sparta Cpl. Joe Antonello stopped a 2014 Honda on the southbound side of the highway, police report.

 When approaching the driver, Jhonny Garcia-Romero, Antonello smelled raw marijuana.  The police officer also saw loose marijuana on the ...

The Epidemic of Opiate Abuse

January 17, 2017

I do not agree with the Governor on much, but I am happy to hear that he has decided to work on drug issues in his final year of office. In our state and in my ex-rural region of Sussex County opioid abuse continues to be a major issue, but it has become now more of a national issue. According to The New York Times, “Opioid addiction is America’s 50-state epidemic.”  ...

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Former Quarterdeck Inn Site Set To Transform Into 105 Room Hotel LBI

January 17, 2017

SHIP BOTTOM, NJ - The owner and developer of two distinctive properties in Stafford and LBI plans to erect a 105 room Victorian style hotel at the former site of the Quarter Deck Inn at the entrance to Long Beach Island in Ship Bottom.   The plans were approved a few years ago for the large hotel but the owner decided to moderately renovate the Quarterdeck building and develop it into the ...

Sparta Education Foundation Funds Two New High-Tech Grants

January 17, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - Two educational grants were recently approved by the Sparta Education Foundation (SEF). These technology-based grants include Google Expeditions Kits for Sparta Middle School and the Wonder Workshop Dash & Robot Classroom Pack for Mohawk Avenue School.

“The approval of these new grants means the SEF has funded over $775,000 in educational grants to Sparta’s public ...