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Sparta High School Senior Named U. S. Presidential Scholar Semifinalist

April 23, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School valedictorian Alex Poret has been named a semifinalist in the U. S. Presidential Scholars program.  She is one of only 630 other graduating seniors from across the country to receive this recognition.

"The Spartan family is extremely proud of Alex," principal Janet Ferraro said. "We all congratulate her on this wonderful ...

Sparta Middle School Announce Students of the Third Marking Period

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta Middle School Principal Michael Gregory has announced the Students of the third Marking for the 2017-2018 school year.  The teachers of the three academic teams in each grade level recognized two students for their notable actions and contributions to the Sparta Middle School community.

The sixth grade teams are Amber, Sapphire and Topaz.

The Amber team ...

Sparta High School Announces February Students of the Month

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School Principal Janet Ferraro announced the January students of the month.  A student is selected to represent each department by their teachers.

Natalie Earl was nominated by her German teacher for the world language department.  “Natalie is an excellent student, responsible, smart and kind,” her teacher said. “She sets a great example for ...

Sparta High School Girls Track Athlete Makes Top Triple Jump

April 22, 2018

ROCKAWAY, NJ – Sparta High School track athlete Gianna Macones set the season record in New Jersey for her triple jump on Saturday at Morris Hills High School Varsity Relays. Her 39.04 triple jump put her in the number one slot in the state.

Macones is “excited to start off with a strong mark early on.”  She now qualifies her for New Balance Nationals in North ...

Sparta Boys Lacrosse Edges By Kinnelon

SPARTA, NJ – The boys lacrosse won a close one on Saturday against Kinnelon 11-10. Jesse West led the Sparta team with four goals and three assists. Goalie Reed McCall kept them in the game with 17 saves.

Russell Eberding won 13 of 23 faceoffs and grabbed nine ground balls.

The Spartans came out strong with five goals in the first quarter to the Colts’ two.  They stayed ...

Sparta Baseball Dominates Hopatcong in First Round H/W/S Tournament

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta baseball team easily took their first round of the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex tournament against Hopatcong on Saturday 15-3.

The game ended early with five Spartans batting 1.000 and three others going .500.  The score was 8-0 going into the fourth where Sparta finished it off getting seven across the plate. 

Hopatcong came back with three in the top of ...

Sparta Alumnae Sets Sights on NYC Marathon to Support Team V Foundation

April 24, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta High School alumnae will be running in the New York City Marathon this November to raise money for the Team V Foundation.  Sara Lucas graduated from Sparta with 12 Varsity Letters having competed in cross country, indoor and outdoor track.

https://www.jimmyv.org/

Lucas had continued her running career at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.  ...

More Than Just Kindness for Roxbury Student Adored by Tragically Killed Boy

ROXBURY, NJ – She lost her 10-year-old son three years ago in a boating accident on Lake Hopatcong, but Laura D’Amico is sure her beloved Christopher speaks to her all the time. It’s subtle but firm, she says; messages that come as sparks of recollection, inspiration or intuition.

One of those unexpected inklings led Laura and her husband Chris to a jewelry ...

Sussex County Veterans Can Sign Up for Discount Card for Local Restaurants and Businesses

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Veterans can get an ID card that entitles them to special discounts on meals, goods and services.  The program is offered through County Clerk Jeff Parrott’s office in collaboration with Sheriff Michael Strada and Sen. Steve Oroho. 

The card is free, similarly sized to a credit card. It easily fits into a wallet, eliminating the need to ...

Sparta High School Inducts First Class into National Arts Honor Society

April 20, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – The media center at Sparta High School was packed on Tuesday night for the first induction ceremony of the National Art Honor Society.  The inaugural class had 38 students, including 16 seniors. 

“I am very proud to say that the first induction of the students into the National Art Honor Society was a success,” Principal Janet Ferraro ...

Miss Sparta Pageant Accepting Applicaitons for 2018 Event

SPARTA, NJ – The Miss Sparta Pageant is currently accepting applications for this year’s event.  The pageant is to be held on Wednesday, May 23 at the Lake Mohawk Country Club. 

The pageant organizers are looking for confident, accomplished young women between the ages of 17 and 20 at the time of the pageant, to represent Sparta. 

The winner will go on to compete ...

Sparta Township Council Announces Municipal Budget

April 19, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – The budget for the Township of Sparta for 2018 represents a levy increase of 1.19 percent according to Grant Rome, Sparta CFO. 

The average assessed home in 2018 has slightly dropped in value to 370,304 from $370,700 in 2017.  Rome said while the residential values have decreases the township ratables have increased, leading to an increase in the overall net ...

Allegany County Arts & Music Road Rally and Scavenger Hunt

April 24, 2018

The Palmer Opera House & Event Center is excited to present the Allegany County Arts & Music Road Rally and Scavenger Hunt on Saturday May 19!  Follow Clues to Discover Allegany County's Rich Music and Arts Treasures & Preserve & Record the Moments With Your Original "Selfies" and A Smile! Give Your Team A Name - Dress Up - Be Creative - Collect Points For ...

TAPInto Dressage: New Board Members Join Dressage at Devon & More

April 24, 2018

DEVON, Pa. — Kathleen M. Kiesel, MJ, BSN, RN, and Anne Snipes Moss, both of Coatesvillle, Pa., were elected to the Board of Directors of Dressage at Devon (DAD), a non-profit, internationally recognized horse show.

Kathy Kiesel currently works as a Risk Management Coordinator for Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children and has been in health care for more than 30 years.

But, in ...

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Sparta Police: Drug Charges for Sparta Woman After Traffic Stop

April 24, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta woman is facing drug charges after a traffic stop on Route 15.  On April 21 around 11:10 a.m. Sparta Cpl. Joe Antonello stopped Marina Scheer, 20, because the license plate on her green Toyota was bent making it impossible to read, according to police.

When Antonello spoke with Scheer he smelled marijuana in the car.  Scheer said there had been a passenger ...

Plane Crashes into Lake Aeroflex in Sussex County Park

NEWTON, NJ—A one-manned plane crashed into Lake Aeroflex in Kittatinny Valley State Park around 11:30 this morning.

“I heard the plane cut out, then I saw it turn left and flatten out, and then it landed in the lake,” passerby Justin Leyman said. “It took the rescue crews about a minute or so to get the pilot out of the lake."

The plane was completely ...

Sparta Police: Blocked Plate Ends with Drug Charges

SPARTA, NJ – A Phillipsburg man pulled over for a traffic stop, ended up facing drug charges on April 11.  Around 7:55 p.m. on Route 15 Sparta Police Officer Steven Guido stopped a silver Saturn Ion for having an obstructed license plate, police report.

Charles Williams, 29, was driving with two passengers in the car.  When speaking with Williams, Guido smelled marijuana in the ...

The Issue of Alternatives to Elected School Boards

April 14, 2018

The time of electing local school boards should come to an end. According to the National School Boards Association, “the local school board is a critical public link to public schools. Whether elected or appointed, school board members serve their communities in several important ways. First and foremost, school boards look out for students. Education is not a line item on the school ...

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Sun, April 29, 3:30 PM

Codey Arena, West Orange

Girls Try Hockey Free Clinic

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Fri, May 4, 7:00 PM

Sparta Evangelical Free Church, Sparta

Veritas Christian Academy presents The Music Man

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11th Annual Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for ...

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First Presbyterian Church of Sparta, Sparta

Creating a Pollinators Garden - Talk & Plant Sale

Education Home & Garden

Sun, May 13, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River

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Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River

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Life Along the Wallkil River

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Sun, June 24, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River

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Newton Council Candidates Call for Elections to be Moved

April 12, 2018

NEWTON, NJ – Four candidates for the Town of Newton Council have the same idea; move the election for council members to the November general elections.  Candidates Matt Dickson and Jason Schlaffer and Ludmilla Mecaj and Wayne Levante just do not agree on how to make that happen.

As a Faulkner Act town, Newton originally established their non-partisan elections to be held separately ...

You Could WIN a New Roof Through No Roof Left Behind

If you live in Sussex, Morris or Warren County and your home needs a new roof, you’re in luck! Jeff Alte Jr. Roofing & Siding will be giving away a free roof to a family in one of these counties through the national No Roof Left Behind program.

Nominations are being accepted through May 31st online only.  Nominate yourself or anyone you know who needs a new roof. Nominees must ...

Buying a Home Is Cheaper Than Renting in Majority of US

Great news for first-time New Jersey home buyers! The results of the 2018 Rental Affordability Report from ATTOM show that buying a median-priced home is more affordable than renting a three-bedroom property in 54% of U.S. counties analyzed for the report.

The updated numbers show that renting a three-bedroom property in the United States requires an average of 38.8% of income.

The least ...

Home Buying Myths Slayed

Team Nest Builder wants YOU to know the truths about buying a New Jersey home!

Some Highlights:


The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%!


Despite mortgage interest rates being over 4%, rates are still below historic numbers.


88% of property managers raised their rents in the last 12 months!


The credit score requirements for mortgage ...

Buy A Home To Build Your Family's Wealth

Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate, on average, by 3.6% per year and to grow by 18.2% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey. Team Nest Builder wants you to understand what that means for homeowners and their equity positions.

As an example, let’s assume a young couple purchased and closed on a $250,000 home ...

Now’s the Time to Buy Your NJ Luxury Home

House no longer fits your needs? Planning on buying a New Jersey luxury home? Now is the time to do so!

Recently, the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing released its Luxury Market Report which showed that in today’s premium home market, buyers are in control.  The inventory of homes for sale in the luxury market far exceeds the number of people searching to purchase these ...

Buy a Home NOW Before Mortgage Rates Climb Higher

Whether you’re a buyer searching for your first home, or a homeowner looking to move up to your next home, Team Nest Builder knows you should pay attention to where mortgage interest rates are heading.

Over the course of 2018, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates increased from 3.95% in the first week of January to 4.40% in the first week of April.

At ...

Girls are Signing Up for a Summer of Adventure at Girl Scout Camp

April 25, 2018

 RIVERDALE, NJ - There are still spots open for campers to sign up for Girl Scout Summer Day Camp at Jockey Hollow in Mendham Township and Lake Rickabear in Kinnelon. Parents and guardians can check out one of our Open House events, or our online camp brochure, as well as sign up at www.gsnnj.org. Your girl does not need to be a registered Girl Scout to ...