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Sparta Middle School Celebrates the Week of Respect

October 17, 2018

SPARTA, NJ — Sparta Middle School students celebrated the Week of Respect with a variety of activities to promote kindness. Students and staff participated in spirit days all week. They kicked off the Week of Respect by showing solidarity and wearing blue shirts on Monday, October 1 to honor World Day of Bullying Prevention.

All three grades had assemblies. Tyler Durham and David ...

The Marching Spartans Honor their Seniors

SPARTA, NJ – The Award winning Sparta High School Marching Band honored their seniors on Saturday.  The band cut their halftime show for the recognition.  The band provided background music as the seniors were introduced, escorted onto the field by their families. 

“I always knew that eh band community had my back and would push me to become a better musician,” ...

Sparta School District Presents Turf Field Project to Planning Board

SPARTA, NJ — The Sparta Board of Education presented the turf field project to the Planning Board last week. While the Planning Board’s role is simply advisory, they had a number of questions for the professionals making the presentation before giving their approval.

Representing the school district, attorney Richard Roy, engineer Bill Edwards and architect Bill Bannister were ...

Sparta Football Falls to Randolph

October 14, 2018

SPARTA, NJ — It was the second loss of the season for Sparta as they fell to Randolph on Saturday 34-21.  It finally felt like football weather as the two teams battled on Cassels Field.

The Rams first drive ended with a blocked field goal attempt recovered by Carter Sheridan. A series of Randolph penalties would help Sparta get down field. Going for it on fourth and 1 Kenny ...

Sparta Girls Soccer Moves to H/W/S Semis on a Newton Shut Out

SPARTA, NJ – The girls soccer team moves to the semi final round of the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex tournament after taking Newton to 2-0 on Saturday.  Four seed Sparta took down the five seed Braves and will face third seed Vernon on October 20,

Keeper Julia Flake kept the Braves scoreless with seven saves.

Hope Davis and Anya Helmer got two for Sparta and Mikayla Bivona was ...

Sparta High School Inducts 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Class

SPARTA, NJ — The evening began with hearty handshakes and heartfelt hugs as Sparta High School alumni and their families gathered for the second Athletic Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. The newly appointed Skyview Country Club was the backdrop for the evening’s festivities.

The 2018 Sparta High School Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees included:

Ted Barbato — Athletic ...

Pass it Along Holds Leadership Conference 2018 in Sparta

October 16, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – The atmosphere at the Pass it Along Youth Leadership Conference was like a freshmen orientation; enthusiasm and high energy with a focus on activity.  Students from around the county had a day out of school to attend the event at Sussex Tech last week.

The theme of this year’s conference was Shatter the Stigma, referring to the stigma associated with mental ...

Sussex County Realtors Golf for Housing Charities

HAMBURG, NJ – Blue skies made an appearance just in time for the Sussex County Association of Realtors annual golf outing last week.  About 140 attending the outing at Wild Turkey, most heading out to enjoy a good day of golf.

Proceeds from the event will go to support housing related Sussex County charities.  The checks will be issued at Christmas time, according to SCAR ...

Sparta Knoll Heights Resident, the 'Real McCoy,' a Lifetime of Service

SPARTA, NJ — Born in a snowstorm, raised on the family farm in Burlington County Charlie Mc Coy is the embodiment the common sense, pragmatic values one would expect from such beginnings. But there is more to the McCoy story.

So much more that a two part book has been written by Mary Parker. McCoy, a resident at Knoll Heights, got together with Parker as part of an outreach at the ...

Sparta Historical Society Hosts Annual Car Show

October 18, 2018

SPARTA, NJ — The Sparta Historical Society held their third annual classic car show on Sunday, organized by Brian O’Neill. The beautiful fall day brought out approximately 70 cars and many more to admire the shiny pampered machines. 

A wide variety of cars were displayed in the middle school parking lot and at the historical society. A home made camper was a hit with young and ...

Sparta Kiwanis Hosts Fall Family Festival

SPARTA, NJ – The third annual  Kiwanis Club of Sparta  Fall Celebration for Families.  Families took over the front lawn of the Sparta VFW on Sunday playing games, painting pumpkins and masks and having their faces painted as well. 

Inside the crowd was treated to musicians from the Bill Wright School of Music.

The Kiwanis members grilled hotdogs and there were ...

Lake Mohawk Country Club Hosts Oktoberfest

SPARTA, NJ — The Lake Mohawk Country Club hosted their third annual Oktoberfest. The weather could not have been better for the crowds that gathered on the boardwalk and on Beach 1 on Sunday. 

A band set the atmosphere as people enjoyed traditional German food and beer. Many simply enjoyed the chance to relax outdoors with friends and neighbors at tables set up on Beach ...

Statewide Conference will Convene over 550 Leaders from Non-Profits, Business and Philanthropy

October 16, 2018

The Center for Non-Profits, New Jersey’s umbrella organization for the charitable community will convene over 550 attendees for the largest annual gathering of non-profit leaders and allies, at its 2018 New Jersey Non-Profit Conference, Raising the Voices of Our Communities, Wednesday, December 5 at The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, New Jersey.

This ...

Sparta Township Council Tables Marijuana Ban Ordinance

October 11, 2018

SPARTA, NJ — The Sparta Township Council tabled the ordinance to ban marijuana at the meeting on Tuesday. Deputy Mayor Christine Quinn read a statement from Mayor Josh Hertzberg who could not attend because of an “unanticipated family obligation.”

All of the council members present approved the motion to table the ordinance that had a first reading on September ...

Mentor/Student Among National Champions Crowned At Garden State Driving Event

October 18, 2018

STONE TAVERN, N.J. – Five USEF Preliminary Combined Driving National Champions were crowned at the Garden State Combined Driving Event CDE at the Horse Park of New Jersey on Oct. 14.

It was the debut of national championships at the preliminary level in order to serve as a catalyst to ignite further interest in the combined driving discipline, and cultivate combinations for the ...

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Sparta Police: Accident Results in Car Fire

October 18, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – No charges have been filed so far and no injuries reported in a car accident that resulted in a fire at the intersection of Newton Sparta Road and Pickneyville Road.  On October 18 around 7:50 a.m. Sparta Police Oficer Scott Elig arrived of a reported car accident to find a red Ford Explorer sport trac on fire, police report.

The officer spoke with the driver Sabrina ...

Sparta Police: Traffic Stops Net Wanted Drivers

SPARTA, NJ — Sparta police picked up a number of people on active warrants. On October 7 around 1:30 p.m. Officer Timothy Lynott stopped Daniel Aldea of Garfield because his silver Nissan Altima had an expired inspection sticker, police report.

Aldea initially told Lynott his name was Ramon Aldea in an attempt to avoid arrest on outstanding warrants. Lynott found Aldea had a suspended ...

Sparta Police: Drug Charges for Three Men in a Truck

SPARTA, NJ — Three people were taken into custody for various drug charges on one traffic stop. On October 8 around 10 a.m. Police Officer Steven Guido stopped a white box truck on Route 15 north for a broken break light, police report.

While speaking with the driver Richard Carranza, 38 of Newark and the passengers Ronnie Powell, 33, of Sayerville and Ronald Davis, 23, of Paterson, the ...

Response to Sue Hannon's letter to the editor

October 17, 2018

Sue - 

I understand your views on firearms, and respect your 1st amendment rights to voice them freely.  I also respect our citizens right to the 2nd amendment, something I feel the residents of Sussex county take very seriously.  I for one don’t believe our countries gun violence issue is solved by taking away those rights from law abiding citizens.  On that issue we ...

Vote NO to Hertzberg for Freeholder

To the Editor:

Last December, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 passed the House of Representatives.  This bill allows anyone who can legally conceal carry a hidden loaded weapon in their state to come to New Jersey and conceal carry here. 

If this bill passes, people from states with little or no gun regulations would be able to come to NJ with their guns.  We ...

What It Takes

October 18, 2018

I have a unique skill set that I feel prepares me well for a position on the Sparta Township council.  I provide project management, process improvement, and analysis of data services.  Plainly stated, I listen to people, understand the problems, design a solution, and implement it.  My experiences tell me to apply the skills I’ve learned to examine the challenges we face, ...

Supporting Sparta's Busy Families

When I think about a typical Sparta family, a few attributes come to mind:  family-oriented, hard-working, community focused, values education and a strong appreciation for our great town. Did I mention BUSY? As a Sparta mother of 4 daughters ranging in ages from 6-21, I often observe that we are constantly on the move for the sake our children.  

I chose to run for the Sparta Board ...

A Familiar Scene on Route Fifteen

If this scene on Route 15 is familiar to you, you’re not alone.  The Township’s approval for of a large commercial and residential development on that stretch is going to make the matter worse.  If your life is impacted by this, I hear you.  I’m on your side.  I will make it a priority for the Council to address this situation.


Upcoming Events


Sat, October 20, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market


Sat, October 20, 3:00 PM

Wallkill Valley Regional High School, Hardyston

Experience the Magic

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, October 20, 6:00 PM

The Hudson Farm Club, Andover

An Evening in Havana

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, October 20, 7:00 PM

Sparta Public Library, Sparta

Sparta Library Wine Tasting

Arts & Entertainment

Fri, October 26, 7:30 PM

The Red Mill Museum Village, Clinton

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! - The Haunted Village at The ...

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, October 27, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market


Sat, October 27, 6:00 PM

Sparta VFW, Sparta

Sparta FOP Lodge #28 Halloween Party

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, October 28, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Traditions from the Black Forest



Sun, October 28, 6:00 PM

First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna, Succasunna

Moonlight Cemetery Tour in Succasunna

Arts & Entertainment


Mon, October 29, 7:30 PM

Mohawk Avenue School, Sparta

Sparta Board of Education Meeting RESCHEDULED


Roxbury Dentist Buying Back Halloween Candy for Troops

October 17, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - Kitchin Dentistry, situated at 40 Main Street in Succasunna, is hosting a "Halloween Candy Buy Back," a program in which it pays kids for their extra candy and sends the donated goodies to members of the military serving overseas and to first-responders at home.

"The Halloween Candy Buy Back program is a great way to thank and support our troops and ...

3 Big Dangers of Buying a NJ Home Without A Real Estate Agent

How many times do you plan to buy a home during your entire lifetime?

For most of us, the number is somewhere between 3 and 5. It certainly doesn’t happen often enough to make us experts on the process.  Real estate agents, on the other hand, may handle 3-5 purchases per month. This experience makes them an invaluable resource to homebuyers.  Before you think about handling ...

7 Perfect Spots For Pumpkin Picking In Northern New Jersey

Cue the fresh apple cider and hayrides---it’s pumpkin picking season in Northern New Jersey! Team Nest Builder recommends you grab the kids, flee the house and head to one of these 7 super pumpkin-picking spots, pronto! (Just be sure to call ahead to confirm they’ll be open as weather and stock may impact hours and activities.  And if you’re thinking of loading up Fido, ...

Dispelling the Myth About Home Affordability

We’ve all seen the headlines that report that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in the last ten years, and those headlines are accurate. But, have you ever wondered why the headlines don’t say the last 25 years, the last 20 years, or even the last 11 years?

Team Nest Builder knows! The reason is that homes were less affordable 25, 20, or even 11 ...

The True Cost of NOT Owning Your New Jersey Home

Owning a home in New Jersey has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, Team Nest Builder looks at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for the entirety of America’s existence. reported that:

“Buying remains the more attractive option in the long term – that remains the American dream, and ...

OPEN HOUSE 10/7 Sparta 4BR with Pool and Big Backyard

Seeking a great home in Sparta?  Team Nest Builder offers you 335 West Mountain Road!  Come see for yourself at our OPEN HOUSE Sunday, October 7th from 1-3pm!

This 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home boasts new kitchens and bathrooms as well as a 2-car garage.  Dine and entertain on the back porch under the covered deck. Relax on the patio and in ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 21

On this week’s AtlantiCast, see who has the cleanest hands in health care, find out how Atlantic Health System is training the next generation of health care professionals, Overlook Medical Center joins the robot revolution and much more!


Branding the Right Message About Your Business

Source: A company’s brand is more than just a logo or graphic; it is the internal and external message that a business represents to its employees, investors, clients, and to the surrounding community, one which best describes what that business does, why it exists, as well as what the business and its’ leadership believes in. What does your brand say about your company? What ...

Who are the Eco-Warriors?

Source: As there is more public awareness and public education about environmental concerns related to fresh drinking water supplies, air pollution, and what occurs on land, local advocacy continues to grow to protect our communities from these threats. So, who is fighting for the planet? Samuel K. Burlum take a look at some of the non-profit groups that fight on the side of a cleaner ...

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders October 10 Meeting Video

NEWTON, NJ - Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders October 10 Meeting Video



Join Light the Night Walk for Blood Cancers, Saturday, Oct. 20, Morristown

October 18, 2018

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk is an annual event dedicated to shining a light on the urgent need for cures for blood cancers. During the walk, survivors and patients carry white lanterns, gold lanterns are carried by those walking in memory, and red lanterns are carried by supporters. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has been able to invest over $1 ...