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Sparta's Mohawk Avenue School Celebrates 100th Day

February 18, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – The students in Courtney Weir’s third grade class won the 100th Day project challenge.  The students of Alpine Elementary school marked the 100th day with classroom activities including creating an art project with 100 bottle caps.

Weir’s students drew their inspiration from recent classroom experiences.  They had been reading “Tale of a Fourth ...

New Rules for Little Bridge in Sparta

SPARTA, NJ – A little bridge in Sparta may cause some headaches for bus riders and truck drivers.  The Q-06 bridge that traverses Main Street over the Walkill River just beyond town hall will be subjected to new weight limits according to the Sussex County Department of Engineering and Planning.

In a public notice, the Division of Engineering said a 10-ton weight restriction will ...

Newton Superintendent Keeps the Spotlight on School Funding

NEWTON, NJ –For Newton Superintendent Dr. Kennedy Greene, the issue of school funding is not limited to the confines of Newton.  Greene has been lobbying in Trenton and other forums to have the state follow the court ordered funding formula that is supposed to be the law of the land.  His passion for the topic is fueled by wanting to do the best for the children in his care, and ...

Sparta Jefferson United Ice Hockey Blanks Gov. Livingston in 1st Round Public A NJSIAA Playoffs

February 22, 2017

STOCKHOLM, NJ – The successful season continues for Sparta Jefferson United ice hockey.  They shut out 22 seed Governor Livingston 5-0, playing at Skylands on Tuesday night.  The win moves the 11 seed SJU to the next round of Public A NJSIAA playoffs.

Freshman SJU goalie Logan Hanek continues to get stronger with each game as he blanked the Highlanders, stopping all 22 shots ...

On Sparta Girls Basketball Senior Night, Walsh and Dilger Show Bright Future In Victory Over Pope John

SPARTA, NJ - With only three seniors departing, the Lady Spartans are a very young team. They are also a very talented team that will only get better.

Seniors Beth Laing, Jackie Dowd, and Emily Lake let the underclassmen take center stage on their night, topping the Lyons, 42-39, in a nail biter.  They will gladly take the win over their crosstown rivals, Pope John, though.

The seniors ...

Sparta Wrestling: Third Place NJSIAA District 3 Tournament, Battaglia Named Coach of the Year

RAMSEY, NJ - What a weekend it was for the Sparta wrestling team. Seven wrestlers finished in the top three of their weight class and will wrestle next Saturday in the regionals.  Additionally, Head Coach Frank Battaglia won coach of the year for District 3 while.

"As I told the kids in the beginning of the year... In my coaching career, this is one of the hardest working groups ...

Sparta Township Council to Look Into Newton's Morris Lake Logging Plan

February 15, 2017

SPARTA, NJ  - Following action taken at the Newton Town Council meeting, Sparta residents brought their concerns about a new logging plan to the Sparta Township Council on Tuesday night.  The plan is to harvest 23.5 acres of trees at Morris Lake off  Glen Road.

The Town of Newton owns the property as part of their water system. 

At the Sparta meeting, Silvia Opresnick ...

Veritable Victory for Crew 276 at Klondike

February 21, 2017

STANHOPE, NJ – Local Venture Crew 276 took home the gold from this year’s Klondike Derby. 

While many people enjoyed the warmth of their homes, the scouts of Patriots’ Path Council, Sussex District were winter camping in below-freezing temperatures at the Klondike Derby on January 27-29.

This year, the Klondike was held at the Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation in ...

Sparta's Mohawk Avenue School Celebrates 100th Day

SPARTA, NJ – The students in Courtney Weir’s third grade class won the 100th Day project challenge.  The students of Alpine Elementary school marked the 100th day with classroom activities including creating an art project with 100 bottle caps.

Weir’s students drew their inspiration from recent classroom experiences.  They had been reading “Tale of a Fourth ...

Snow Fun in Sparta

SPARTA, NJ – The winter has not brought much snow.  When it did come last week, Sparta families went out to play.  A favorite sledding hill at Sparta Middle School was filled with sledders.  Snowmen popped up all over town as well.

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Sparta Councilman Murphy's DWI Charges Still Not Settled After One Year

February 19, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – More than a year after being charged with driving while intoxicated, Sparta Councilman Jerry Murphy has still not had his day in court, but that could soon change.

Murphy’s case, being heard in Hopatcong Municipal Court, is scheduled to be heard Feb. 22. A representative from the court said they did not have any information about why it is taking so long to ...

Sparta Police: DWI for Newton Man

SPARTA, NJ –  A Newton man is facing DWI charges after being found following a woman walking on the side of the road at Sparta Junction.  Sparta Police were alerted to a dispute in the Sparta Junction area on February 13 around 2:30 a.m. Police Officer Tim Lynott found a on foot woman on the side of the road with Santos Diego, 37, driving a 2003 Ford slowly behind her, ...

Sparta Police: Speeding Stop Ends with Pot Arrest

SPARTA, NJ – A traffic stop for speeding ended with a man from Maspeth, NY facing drug charges.  On February 10 around 10 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley pulled over a 2016 Buick for speeding on Route 15 North, according to police.

When speaking with the driver Kamil Jakubiak, 22, of Glendale, NY, Finley smelled burnt marijuana.  Finley also questioned the 22-year-old ...

Protect America

February 15, 2017

President Trump has faced viscous opposition for his temporary travel ban over the past couple weeks, and I’ve had just about enough of it. Of course Mr. Trump should’ve implemented the order in a better fashion, and of course he should have included countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Egypt on the list, but Mr. Trump’s principle of putting America’s security ...

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Newton Board of Education Takes Next Action Step in School Facilities Plan

February 16, 2017

NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Board of Education voted unanimously take the next step in addressing the facility needs of the district at a special meeting on Tuesday. They have decided to expand Meriam Avenue School to eventually house Newton’s pre-kindergarten through eighth grades. 

The board’s resolution directs Donna Snyder, the Business Administrator, to write up a ...

67 Years After Her Season in Pro Baseball, a Roxbury Grad Gets an Award

February 18, 2017

ROXBURY, NJ – Lois “Tommie” Barker, a Roxbury High School graduate who went on to play in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, was honored recently by the Ledgewood-based chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

Barker, 93, was presented with the DAR’s “Women in American History Award” in recognition of her contribution to ...

Injury Bug Bites Spartans Again As They Fall To Morris Hills

February 8, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - The Spartans cannot seem to leave the game with the same number of players they start with, but that was just one of their many problems in Tuesday's night game. The Spartans lost to Morris Hills, 52-24, in a game that never was close.

Sophomore Dante Joefield's knee injury occurred in the first quarter began the night of troubles for the Spartans. Joefield joins Nick ...

10 Top Curb Appeal Tips to Improve Your Home

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

First impressions matter, especially when it comes to selling your Sussex or Morris County home. A whopping 63 percent of potential home buyers drop by a home they’ve viewed online and found to their liking.* Employ our top 10 curb appeal tips to enhance your home’s exterior, consequently ...

Shoveling snow increases risk of heart attack in men

Researchers in Canada analyzed heart attack data from November to April of each year between 1981 and 2014 and found that 60% of deaths from heart attack during this time occurred in men. Further, the risk of dying increased as the amount of snow and number of hours it snowed increased.  Shoveling after a heavy snow fall (at least 8 inches) that lasted more than 24 hours increased the ...

Hidden In Plain Sight to be held in Sparta March 9, 2017

February 22, 2017

 

Sparta Middle School is hosting “Hidden in Plain Sight” on Thursday, March 9  at 7 p.m..  Presented by the Center for Prevention and Counseling, this exhibit and presentation to prevent youth drug misuse is suitable for parents and other adult community members who work with or care about young people.  

An exhibit of a teenager’s bedroom will be ...