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Sparta School District Hosts Tech Night: Sharing Tech Tools for Learners

November 21, 2017

SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta school district’s Special Education department held a technology night for students with disabilities.  Director Danielle Hamblin, together with Special Education Parent Advisory Group Co-chairwomen Mary Lynn Komar and Melissa Do coordinated the evening that took place in the Sparta High media center.

The evening centered around four stations for parents to ...

Sparta High School Student's Winning Letter Printed in New York Times

NEW YORK, NY – A Sparta High School student has had a letter published in the New York Times. Simon Levien, 16, accepted the challenge of the Times to submit a letter of 150 words in response to an article, editorial, Op Ed or column from the previous week.  Levien’s father brought the contest to his attention, but the work was all his.

“It took me 30- 60 ...

Sparta Pope John Student Named Sussex County Student of the Month

SPARTA, NJ – A Pope John student has recently been named TransOptions’ Sussex County Student of the Month.  Sparta resident Griffin Sellinger’s award was announced on WSUS radio on Wednesday morning. 

Sellinger has a challenging course load including four Advanced Placement classes this year, according to the family.  He has a 4.0 grade point average and has ...

Sparta High School Athlete Signs Letter of Intent to Play Lacrosse at West Point Military Academy

November 22, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School athlete Russell Eberding has signed a letter of intent to continue his lacrosse at West Point Military Academy.

"Russell is a natural leader and gifted face off specialist," Coach Tyler Meth said. "He will be a great addition to the Army Lacrosse team based on his ability to make everyone around him a better player on the field and a ...

Sparta High School Athlete Signs Letter of Intent to Play Lacrosse at Villanova University

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School athlete Stelios Kroudis has signed a letter of intent to continue his lacrosse career at Villanova University.

"Stelios is one of the toughest and hardest working players I have ever coached," Coach Tyler Meth said. "He is already so prepared for D1 lacrosse in terms of his maturity and work ethic. It won't be long before ...

Sparta Youth Football has Two Super Bowl Champion Teams

PERTH AMBOY, NJ – Two Sparta Youth Football teams have won their New Jersey Suburban Youth Football League Super Bowl titles.  On Sunday the seventh grade team beat Parsippany 37-6 and the sixth grade Spartans beat Summit 25-7.

The seventh grade team, coached by Jerry DiBlasio and Kevin Frattura had an undefeated season going 8-0.  The sixth grade team, coached by Tim Lindsay ...

Sparta Police Department Asking for Community Help as they Cram the Cruiser

November 19, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - THe Sparta Police Department, together with Byram and Andover Police Departments are collecting food items  on Sunday, November 19 in front of the Sparta Stop and Shop.  The food will go to Sussex County residents in need for the Thanksgiving holiday.  

All food and money they collect at the Stop and Shop, as well as items collected on Saturday at ...

Sparta Commemorates Veterans Day

SPARTA, NJ – On the eleventh day of the eleventh month this country celebrates Veteran’s Day.  Sparta VFW hosts a commemoration each year, inviting the community to remember, and celebrate. On Saturday more than 50 people gathered at the monument in front of the Sparta VFW. 

Cold temperatures rearranged the program a bit.  Everyone was invited inside to hear a few ...

Sparta Attorney Launches Scholarship Fund with Dinner at VFW

SPARTA, NJ – The meeting room at the VFW was packed last Sunday evening as people gathered for the launch of the Ralph Rojas Scholarship Fund.  The fund was established by Sparta attorney Jacqueline O’Donnell in honor of Korean War veteran Ralph Rojas.

The scholarship will be available to people in Sussex County who are in the military or are from a military family and wish to ...

Sparta Education Foundation's Annual Krogh's Turkey Trot 5K: the Tradition Continues

November 21, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - The annual Krogh's Turkey Trot 5K, sponsored by Sparta Education Foundation will be held on Thursday morning beginning and ending in White Deer Plaza.  Registration will begin at 7 a.m. in front of Krogh's at 23 White Deer Plaza.

Online registration has closed but participants are welcome to register in person on Wednesday, November 22 at the Lake Mohawk Country ...

Newton's Spring Street to Be Transformed into Diagon Alley

NEWTON, NJ –The Holiday magic will continue all day on Spring Street on November 25.  Immediately following the holiday parade, the Spring Circle Merchants will be transforming the street into Diagon Alley. 

Harry Potter fans young and old will enjoy shopping in Ollivanders (Charcoal Moons), Weasleys Wizards Wheezes and more.  They will enjoy eating at the Leaky ...

Troop 150 Scouts Attend Summer Camp at Resica Falls Pa.

RESICA FALLS, PA - It is always a magical time of year when scouts wave their parents goodbye, load their bags onto the trailer and hit the road for a fun-filled week of memories. As they pull into Resica Falls, their faces were pressed up on the glass. After the wide-eyed scouts checked in at the office they grabbed their towel and a bathing suit and took the swim test.

Free Holiday Parking Offered in Newton

November 17, 2017

NEWTON, NJ - Continuing with their annual holiday traditon, the Newton Parking Authority would like to wish everyone a joyous holiday season by offering free parking from Thursday, November 23, through January 1, 2018.  The Adams Street lot #1, Main Street lot #2, Western Plaza lot #3 and Central Plaza lot #4 will have free parking during that period.  

Sparta Announces Leaf and Brush Collection and Shredding Event

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township curbside leaf and brush collection is scheduled to being November 6 to 13 and November 27 through December 1, Sparta Township Manager Bill Close announced at the township council meeting. 

An unlimited number of biodegradable kraft paper bagged leaves and brush tied in four foot lengths left at the residents’ curb will be picked up on a random ...

Sparta Middle School Men Get Shaggy for Men's Health

November 19, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – Visitors to Sparta Middle School might be surprised to see the men in the schools looking a little shaggy.  Some of the staff members are participating in a No Shave November and Mustache for Men’s Health fundraiser this month.

People can support the cause by donating any amount to the Movember Foundation. 

Students who have made donations will also ...

Sussex County Community College Presents 'Breaking the Stigma of Addiction' Event

NEWTON, NJ—The Sussex County Community College, located at 1 College Hill Road, Newton, NJ will present “Breaking the Stigma of Addiction” event on Thursday, November 16 through the efforts of a local young college student in recovery.

This special event is open to the public and will be held in the D Building Student Theater Center on the college campus beginning at 6:00 ...

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Sparta Police Collect Carloads of Food for Sussex County Pantry

November 22, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – Thanking the communities for their generosity, Sparta Police Department together with Byram and Andover Police Departments collected 35,328 pounds of food and $6,900 in cash for the Sussex County Food Bank.

On Saturday, November 19 the police made collections at Karl’s Auto Body. On Sunday, November 20 the police, Mohawk House’s Steve Scro and collected food ...

Sparta Police: Michigan Man Arrested for Marijuana

SPARTA, NJ – A man from Michigan is facing drug charges, having been stopped by Sparta Police Cpl. Joseph Antonello because the driver’s view was obstructed.  On November 11 around 1 p.m. Antonello stopped Gabriel Larosa of Ypsilanti, Michigan driving a white Jeep, according to police.

When the officer spoke with Larosa, Antonello smelled marijuana.  Antonello asked ...

Sparta Police Pick Up Newark Man with Outstanding Warrants

SPARTA, NJ – A Newark man has been arrested on drug charges after getting the attention of Sparta police on Route 15.  On November 12 around 9 p.m., Sparta Police Cpl. Dave Pridham stopped a white Chevy van driven by Manuel Chimborazo for speeding and failing to keep right, police report.

The 31-year-old man told Pridham that he did not have a U.S. driver’s license.  ...

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- 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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Thank you District 24 Voters

November 19, 2017

Dear Editor:

We would like to thank the voters of the 24th Legislative District for the trust they have placed in us through our election to the State Legislature.  It was a hard fought campaign and we thank all of those who participated in the electoral process.

With the campaigning over, we are getting right back to work to address such critical issues as the high cost of property ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, November 24, 12:00 PM

Newton Medical Center, Romano Conference and Education Center, Room 100, Newton

Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s Newton Support Group

Education Health & Wellness

Fri, November 24, 12:00 PM

Newton Medical Center, Romano Conference and Education Center, Room 100, Newton

Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s Newton Support Group

Health & Wellness

Sat, November 25, 10:00 AM

Newton Medical Center, Romano Conference and Education Center, Room 100, Newton

Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s Newton Support Group

Education Health & Wellness

Sun, November 26, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Princess White Deer: A Woman, a Mohawk, and a ...

Education

Fri, December 8, 5:00 PM

Sparta High School, Sparta

Holiday Music Spectacular

Arts & Entertainment

AtlantiCast: Episode 007

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll see how Atlantic Health System is driving innovation and finding new ways to solve tomorrow’s health care challenges, find out how a near tragedy on the tennis courts was averted thanks to some world-class training and technology at Chilton Medical Center and meet the 70 cancer doctors you need to know about – plus much ...

Undefeated Newton Football Team Heads to NJSIAA Finals

November 19, 2017

WESTWOOD, NJ – The Newton High School football team is headed to the NJSIAA North 1, Group 2 finals after defeating Westwood on Friday night 21-6. The undefeated Braves went into the semifinal round against top ranked Cardinals with a fourth seed. 

The Braves returned to the field where they suffered a 63-12 loss to Westwood in the North 1, Group 2 semis in 2013, but this is a far ...

Montclair Attorney Pleads Guilty in Fraud Ring that Bilked Nearly $4 Million from Insurance Carriers

November 18, 2017

TRENTON – Mark Gertner, of Montclair, has pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal running and is awaiting sentencing in a medical fraud ring that bilked nearly $4 million from insurance carriers, Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor announced Wednesday. He was named along with five other defendants.

A former North Jersey ...

6 Top Turkey Trots in Morris and Sussex Counties

Before you tear into that turkey on Thanksgiving Day, get out of the house and head to one of these top Turkey Trots in Morris and Sussex Counties.  Team Nest Builder promises you won’t feel quite so bad about that second helping of pumpkin pie after running a 5K--gobble, gobble!

Krogh’s Annual Turkey Trot 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run Benefiting Sparta Public Schools

23 White Deer ...

Do you have high blood pressure under the new guidelines?

New guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology announced last week revised the reading at which high blood pressure is diagnosed from 140/90 to 130/80.  This change increased the number of Americans with high blood pressure from about a third to almost half of all adults. Previous guidelines had a systolic reading of 130-139 as pre-hypertension or ...

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting November 8 Meeting

NEWTON, NJ - Meeting of the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders November 8, 2017.

 

 

Family Health

Be Aware of Pancreatic Cancer’s Warning Signs

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and nationally renowned gastrointestinal (GI) cancer physician-scientist Angela Alistar, MD thinks it is critical that everyone learn how to recognize the warning signs of this aggressive cancer. Dr. Alistar is medical director of GI medical oncology at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center of Morristown Medical Center, Atlantic Health ...

Birth Haven's '12 Days of Hope' Raises Funds for Homeless Mothers with Tech and Social Media

November 21, 2017

NEWTON, NJ - Birth Haven is a shelter for Homeless Pregnant Woman and their Babies located in Newton.  Birth Haven is a privately run, non-profit organization providing shelter, support and education for its residents.

Historically, Birth Haven has had a large scale fall fundraising event, such as a dinner dance or a casino night.  This year, Birth Haven is raising funds by different ...