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Sparta High School Students Create Faces of Sparta Video: 'One Small Act of Kindness'

June 19, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School AP English students have created a video as part of the AP English class end of year project.  They chose to create a “video that hopefully captured simple reactions to kindness,” according to the students, Julia Loewen, Bailey Kellenberger, Evan Johnson and Mikayla Bivona.

They shared the video with their classmates, endeavoring “to ...

Sparta High School Holds Academic Scholarship Dinner

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School held their academic scholarship dinner at Perona Farms last week.  With their families looking on, students received scholarships from area and national organizations.

"The staff and administration would like to congratulate all of the seniors who received scholarships at the dinner on June 13th," Principal Janet Ferraro said.

Awards ...

Sparta Alumni Spring News from College Campuses

SPARTA, NJ — Sparta alumni have been leaving their mark on college campuses around the country. Many alumni have received their degrees this spring as well.

Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania has announced Jeremy Dericks, Jillian Henderson, Justin Koss, Katelyn McAndris and Benjamin Skalla have been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester with a ...

Sparta High School Represented by 2 Track Athletes at NJSIAA Meet of Champions, New Records Set

June 11, 2018

COLUMBUS, NJ – Sparta High School was represented by two track athletes at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions on Saturday, June 9. Gianna Macones and Carlie Wilson participated having finished at the top of their events in the Group 2 championship last week.

Macones took second in the long jump establishing a new Sparta High School and Sussex County record with a 19’4” jump. She ...

Sparta Elks and 10 Community Organizations to Celebrate Flag Day

June 11, 2018

SPARTA, NJ - On Tuesday, June 12 the Sparta Elks in inviting the community to celebrate the symbol of our nation.  The Elks will be joined by members of Sparta Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, the Kiwanis, the Sparta Police Department, Fire Department, Ambulance Squad, two chapters of the Knights of Columbus and others. 

The ceremony will take place on the lawn in front of the Sparta ...

Sparta Elks Hosts a Flag Day Celebration

June 12, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – The plaza in front of town hall was filled with flags on Tuesday evening for the Sparta Elks Flag Day commemoration ceremony.  In addition to the Elks, there were flag bearing representatives from the Sparta Police Department, Fire Department and Ambulance Squad, Sparta VFW, Knights of Columbus from two different parishes, Kiwanis, Sparta Boy Scouts and Girl Scout ...

Area Scout Earns All 138 Boy Scout Merit Badges

ANDOVER, NJ- Stephen Rozek completed work on the last merit badge that the Boy Scouts of America currently offers on June 8, 2018,. Stephen, an Eagle Scout since age 13, completed the Scuba Diving merit badge after becoming SSI Open Water Diver certified this week. This badge marked the 138th and final merit badge currently available in the BSA.

Rozek had set a goal for earning all the ...

UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL PHOTOS Sparta High School Prom 2018

SPARTA, NJ - The Lake Mohawk Country Club boardwalk was packed on Friday afternoon.  Students in gowns and tuxes, with wristlets and tough-to-pin-on boutonnieres in  posed in pairs and groups for pre-prom photos in front of the picture postcard back ground.  The same scene was repeated in backyards all over town, parents with cameras taking "way too many pictures," ...

Sparta Township Council Agrees to Approve Sewage Franchise for Village North Project

June 16, 2018

SPARTA, NJ — The Village North at Sparta development is moving ahead Anyone driving north on Route 15 has seen the construction has started on the Shop Rite Project. Attorney Deborah Nicholson and owner Owen Dykstra appeared in front of Sparta Township Council at the meeting on Tuesday to get the sewer service infrastructure moving along.

Nicholson requested council members pass a ...

Manutti Marina in Belmar: Top Choice for Boating, Fishing and All-Around Family Fun

June 17, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — It’s no secret that Belmar Manutti Marina ranks among the best boating destinations along the Atlantic coast.

Tucked along the eastern shoreline of the idyllic Shark River — just a five-minute trip by boat to the ocean — the state-of-the-art marina is a top choice among boaters looking to stay for the season, enjoy a vacation or spend the weekend.

In ...

Horse Care Workshops at Lord Stirling Start June 23

June 19, 2018

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable is offering Horse Care Workshop 101 for adults and youth seeking to gain experience and confidence around horses through a combination of non-riding activities and hands-on practice.

Horse Care Workshop 101 will be held at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ beginning Saturday June ...

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Sparta Police: Speeding Stop Nets Drug Charges for Two Brooklyn Men

June 19, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Two men from Brooklyn, New York stopped for speeding are facing drug charges.  On June 16 around 11 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Thomas Herd pulled over a grey Toyota Rav4 driven by David Mai, 20 going 95 MPH in a 55 MPH zone, police said.

When Herd spoke with the Mai, the officer smelled marijuana in the car. Mai said he had pot in his backpack.  Sparta Police ...

Sparta Police: Wanted Sparta Man Stopped for Speeding

SPARTA, NJ — A Sparta resident was picked up on an active warrant after getting stopped for speeding on Route 181. On June 16 around 1:35 a.m. Cpl. Marc Rubino stopped John Clark, 51 in his black Ford pickup driving 60 in a 45 MPH zone, police report.

Clark was not able to show the officer his license but gave his personal information. Rubino found Clark’s license had expired and ...

Sparta Police: Wanted Man Picked Up in Speeding Stop, Gets Drug Charges

SPARTA, NJ — A Newark man was picked up when the car in which he was riding was stopped for speeding. On June 8 around 11:50 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Thomas Herd pulled over Tashiana Martin, 27, of West Orange for speeding, police report.

When Herd spoke with Martin he smelled marijuana in the car. Herd also saw that passenger Ibenabdul Harden, 28, was not wearing a seat belt. When the ...

The Power of Positive Engagement

June 17, 2018

To the Editor:

I wanted to share this letter from Laurie Beacham, Media Director for NJ 11th for Change, about the notable increase in voter turnout and citizens deciding to run in the recent primary election:

"The 11th Congressional District has a lot to be proud of. In the June 5th primaries, voter turnout climbed from almost 33,000 in 2014 to over 86,000. Democratic ...

Again, Oroho, Space and Wirths Get It Wrong

On Wednesday, June 13th, a series of gun violence prevention bills were signed into law by Governor Murphy. These bills will strengthen our already strong gun laws in New Jersey and none of these new laws infringe on anyone’s right to keep and bear arms.   

Unfortunately, Senator Oroho and Assemblymen, Space and Wirths our Legislative District 24 representatives voted NO to a ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, June 21, 2:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Summer Afternoon Garden Soiree

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Sat, June 23, 9:00 AM

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Sparta Farmers Market

Sat, June 23, 10:00 AM

CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties, Morristown

CASA Information Session

Sun, June 24, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River

Education

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Mon, June 25, 5:30 PM

Mohawk Avenue School, Sparta

Sparta Board of Education Meeting UPDATED

Education

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Sat, June 30, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market

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Sat, July 7, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market

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Sun, July 8, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Sussex County Views: The Art of Toni Chaplin

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Sun, July 8, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Sussex County Views: The Art of Toni Chaplin

Arts & Entertainment

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Sat, July 14, 9:00 AM

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Sparta Farmers Market

Sussex Stags Football Team to Hold Fourth Annual Golf Outing

June 16, 2018

NEWTON, NJ—The Sussex County Stags will be holding their fourth annual gold outing on Saturday June 23.

Arrival time is 11:30 a.m. at the Minebrook Golf Club located at 500 Schooleys Mountain Road in Hackettstown. Golfing will begin at 1 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online at www.sussexstags.com.

Tickets are $125 per person and include the following: golfing, the cart, an all you ...

Update: Police Break Up Fight Involving 40-50 People at Bridgewater Commons Mall

June 15, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — No injuries have been reported in an incident that shut down Bridgewater Commons Mall Thursday evening after a fight involving a crowd of 40-50 people.

Police are still investigating unconfirmed reports of shots being fired, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

The mall is closed for the evening as the investigation continues.

Somerset County ...

Why Buying a Home is Better Than Renting

People often ask if now is a good time to buy a home in New Jersey, but nobody ever asks whether or not it’s a good time to rent. Regardless, Team Nest Builder wants to make certain that everyone understands that now is NOT a good time to rent.

The Census Bureau recently released their 2018 first quarter median rent numbers. This graph from their report shows rent increases from 1988 ...

5 Fab Father's Day Happenings in Sussex & Morris Counties

Father’s Day hits this Sunday--what do YOU have planned? Team Nest Builder offers a slew of Father’s Day fun in Morris and Sussex County. Read on and surprise Dad with cool activities! (Be sure to check if registration is required prior to showing up!)

Alstede Farms' Father's Day Brunch – Chester

From 9am-noon, take a scenic hayride to a brunch buffet that offers ...

Don't Miss Sunday's OPEN HOUSE for 4BR Sparta Mountain Beauty

Perched handsomely on an acre in the beautiful SpartaMountain community, 28 Waters Edgeoffers a 4BR 2.5 Bathroom home with space and style. Come see for yourself this Sunday, June 17th, from 1-3pm at our OPEN HOUSE!

Located in the prestigious Sparta Mountain Reserve, this large, beautiful center hall colonial with open floor plan has a nice, level play yard with direct ...

Days on The Housing Market Drops to New Low

According to recently released data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the median number of days that a home spent on the market hit a new low of 26 days in April, as 57% of homes remained on the market for under a month.

NAR’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, opined,

“What is available for sale is going under contract at a rapid pace. Since NAR began tracking this ...

Pass It Along Triathlon

Tri-something new this July and sign up for the Pass It Along Triathlon!

The 9th annual Pass It Along Triathlon will take place on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at the Lake Mohawk Country Club. This triathlon features two USAT-certified courses - Olympic and Sprint. This triathlon has become a Sparta tradition and everyone is welcome to attend to cheer on athletes and be a part of the ...

Welcome to the Pass It Along Column!

This is the first in a weekly series of columns which will focus on news, events, announcements, and opportunities from Pass It Along. Please check back next week to see what’s happening!

Welcome to Pass It Along's TAPinto column! We are so excited to partner with TAPinto Sparta to share news, highlights and opportunities with you to get involved with Pass It Along!

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AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 16

Summer is in the air, and the latest episode of AtlantiCast is ready to help you enjoy some fun outdoors while staying safe! This week’s episode opens with tips for sunscreen usage from Atlantic Health System’s Chief Medical and Academic Officer, Dr. Jan Schwarz-Miller. You’ll also learn about how Atlantic Health System is advancing the future of health care through ...

June 13 Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting

NEWTON, NJ - The June 13 Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting video.

 

Summer Hockey Programs at Skylands: 3v3, U8 and Beginner Hockey Camp

June 19, 2018

Skylands U8 Cross Ice Challenge League

Skylands Cross Ice Challenge League is an intermediate league for kids ages 8 and under. Emphasis on fun, skill progression, and player development, it de-emphasizes stressful, high-pressure, game scenarios and ultra-competitive play. It's focus is more on individual skating, player skills & puck touches
One practice per week ...