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A Month of Wonder at Helen Morgan School

December 15, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - Helen Morgan students spent a month reading and learning about concepts presented in the novel Wonder.  The whole school went to see the movie at the Sparta Theater just before Thanksgiving.  

In addition to reading and discussing the book, the students created projects to earn a spot at the preview.  They also decorated their classroom doors, created signs for ...

UPDATE- Sparta Public Schools Cancelled

SPARTA, NJ - Due to the winter weather Sparta public schools are closed today, Thursday, December 14.   

Sparta Schools on Delayed Opening Schedule

SPARTA, NJ – Due to winter weather, Sparta public schools will be operating on a two-hour delayed opening schedule.

School will start:

Sparta High School: 9:15 a.m.

Sparta Middle School: 9:40 a.m.

Mohawk Avenue School: 10:50 a.m.

Helen Morgan School: 11 a.m.

Alpine Elementary School: Full Day Kindergarten, grade 1 and 2- 11:10 ...

Sparta High School Girls Basketball Prepare for New Season

December 11, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – The girls high school basketball team has started its winter season, the sixth under the leadership of head coach Catherine Willie.  This year the team will be relying on key returning players Paige Smith, Erin Walsh, Erin Scott, Tatiana Esteva-Ingram, Emily Dilger and Brianna Falco according to Willie.

Defensively the team will look to the leadership of Walsh and ...

Sparta High School Athlete Signs Letter of Intent for Football at Cornell

SPARTA, NJ -  Thomas Ferrara has signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his football career and education at Cornell University.

Sparta High School Boys and Girls Outswim Hackettstown

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ – Sparta High School swim team had a successful time in the pool on Monday, December 4, swimming against Hackettstown at the Centenary University pool.  Both Sparta girls and boys came out ahead; girls 50-44, boys 52-37.

The girls team was led by senior Bridget Hilgendorf in the 200 Freestyle, Chloe Rippey in the 400 Individual Medley and Freshman Mirando ...

Sparta Scouts Honored at Township Council Meeting

December 14, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – Girl Scout Gold Award and Eagle Scouts filled the council chambers on Tuesday night for special recognition by the Township Council.

Three boy scout troops and a girl scout troop were represented, as the scouts and their leaders received proclamations and a gift from Mayor Gil Gibbs on behalf of the township.

Gibbs announce each scout and invited them to speak about their ...

Sparta's Season of Blessing: Tilly's Kids Christmas Outreach

SPARTA, NJ - The Sparta School community is once again rallying behind the Tilly’s Kids Organization run out of Newark in an attempt to bring holiday gifts to literally thousands of children living in poverty. In large part, the reason for the success of the Christmas Outreach program is due to the generosity of those affiliated with Sparta schools as well as the entire larger Sparta ...

Santa Arrives at Sparta's Station Park

December 11, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - Santa capped off a busy weekend with a visit to Station Park on Sunday, arriving by fire truck to the delight of the waiting children.  The popular annual event drew nearly 100 families with approximately 150 children having their picture taken with Santa. 

The event was presented by the Sparta Recreation Department and the Sparta Recreation Advisory Committee, as they ...

Sparta Alpine Elementary School Students Celebrate Holidays

SPARTA, NJ – The students at Sparta Alpine Elementary School experienced a multi-cultural sing along show called Christmahanukwanzamdan.  David Jack led the program that was sponsored by the Alpine PTO.

Jack introduced the children to different customs, historical figures, cultures and music associated with several winter holidays, according to school counselor Heather Yanoff.

At ...

Mathnasuim Opens in Sparta

December 15, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - A new business has opened it's doors in Sparta.  On Saturday, December 9 Mathnasium had a ribbon cutting to celebrate their grand opening.  Helping to cut the ribbon were Mayor Gil Gibbs and the owners Mary and Ray Muller.  Also on hand were instructors Robert Wade, Sener Alptekin and Assistant Center Director Jake Muller.  

The facility is ...

Sparta Township Lays out Next Step in Special Tax Assessment Quandary

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township attorney Thomas Ryan laid out the next steps in the legal battle over the Glen Lake Dam special tax assessment at the council meeting on Tuesday night. 

Glen Road resident Ken Gartner came to the microphone to ask about the township’s plan to handle the issue following the court’s rejection of the special commission. 

“We are ...

Judge Orders Sparta to Start Over on Glen Lake Special Assessment

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township has been told to go back to the drawing board and come up with a better way to deal with the Glen Lake Dam special assessment.  On December 4, the ruling made Judge Stuart Minkowitz was received by the township attorney, Thomas Ryan of Laddey Clark and Ryan, LLP.

The judge found the township’s appointed expert’s methodology in developing the ...

New Technology Available to Enhance Visits to NJ State Parks

December 13, 2017

TRENTON - The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry on Thursday, November 16 officially launched a new smart device tool to enhance visits to state parks by helping users plan visits around the state park system's vast network of trails.

The Trail Tracker application, demonstrated by the Park Service during a news conference today at Allaire State Park in Monmouth County, may be ...

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Sparta Police: Man Arrested for Pot Despite Efforts to Cover Smell

December 15, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – A man from Port Jervis, New York was arrested on drug charges after being stopped for a missing license plate.  On December 12 around 1:30 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Christopher Favaro stopped a silver Toyota Camry on Route 15, driven by David Formisano, 18, police report.

Favaro smelled marijuana when speaking with Formisano, despite the driver’s effort to cover ...

Sparta Police: Son Gets a Conscience, Faces Drug Charges

SPARTA, NJ – When a father and son stopped for traffic violations it first appeared the father would be in trouble but in the end it was the son who ended up under arrest.  On December 5 around 11:15 a.m. Cpl. Marc Rubino saw a Honda driving with the windshield wipers on but not the headlights, police report.

When Rubino spoke with the driver John Maziot, the officer smelled alcohol ...

Sparta Police: Sparta Man's Toke Break Leads to Drug Charges

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man is facing drug charges having been found smoking in the parking lot of the Lake Mohawk Country Club.  On November 11 around 11 p.m. Cpl. Joseph Anotnello and Police Officer Steven Guido were patrolling on the boardwalk when they smelled marijuana, according to police. 

The officers saw four people in the lower level parking lot appearing to be smoking ...

Obituaries

- Jun 2, 2017
Jillian Mari Baluyot, 17, of Nutley, passed away on June 2, 2017. Born in Secaucus, she lived in ...
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- Feb 21, 2017
Marisa Rincon (30) passed away in Randolph on February 21,2017. She was born is West Chester, PA ...
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Thanks for Saving my House

December 10, 2017

It was strange to get a phone message at a local movie theater that my house was on fire in Lake Stockholm on Friday. It was thirty years ago that I had a house fire in the same community, but tonight I was at the AMC movie in Rockaway getting a call about my house again being on fire. I arrived in Lake Stockholm to see the firemen keeping damage to a minimum!

Without the great effort of ...

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AtlantiCast: Episode 008

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll learn about a groundbreaking new clinical trial in the fight against pancreatic cancer, meet an award-winning child neurologist at Goryeb Children’s Hospital and hear about the new Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center at Atlantic Orthopedic Institute – plus stay tuned at the end to see our debut episode of the AtlantiCast Medical ...

Need another reason to brush and floss? Gum disease may increase cancer risk.

A study published in the journal Cancer Research this past week looked at the oral health of over 120,000 people in the U.S. for 10 years and found a 21% increase in the risk of esophageal cancer when people had gum disease caused by certain kinds of bacteria. 

 

National Library of Medicine – HealthDay summary: https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_170118.html

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When a Stroke is Possible, Experience Makes the Difference

When it comes to accurately diagnosing whether someone has suffered a stroke, “one can never be too smart,” says Dr. Gary Belt.

Belt, a stroke neurologist at Atlantic Neuroscience Institute in Overlook Medical Center, has more than three decades of experience in making those tricky diagnoses. He knows that superficial signs that seem to indicate a stroke can’t always be ...

Skylands Ice Hockey Junior Player Signs Letter of Intent to Play in Iowa

December 15, 2017

FOREST CITY, Iowa – The Warrior hockey team added on the defensive line for the future, signing  junior-hockey product Nicholas Farkas to a letter-of-intent for the 2018-19 season.

Farkas, in his third year of junior hockey, graduated from high school in New York in 2015 and has attended Nassau County Community College.

"We are thrilled to add Nicholas to our 2018-19 ...