Sparta Community Invited to Create Long Range Strategic Goals for School District

August 15, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta community will once again be asked to give input on long range goals for the school district.  Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi announced a second round of strategic planning meetings at the July Board of Education meeting.

The district sent out an invitation this week for parents, staff, municipal leaders, members of civic groups and residents are invited to ...

Sparta Area Alumni Earn Degrees and Accolades on Campus

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta area alumni have earned accolades and degrees from their colleges and universities. 

Rochester Institute of Technology announced the dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester; 

Allie Sangalli in the game design and development program,
Sydney Liebman in the photographic and imagining arts program,
Brendon Strowe in the web and mobile computing ...

After Outpouring of Support Sussex Freeholders Plan Another Meeting on McGuire Campus with SCCC, Newton Town Council, Sussex Tech

NEWTON, NJ — The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting on Wednesday was standing room only with people spilling out to the hall. The crowd was drawn to the meeting because of anticipated discussion of the Sussex County Community College’s plans to convert the McGuire property on the Newton green to a downtown campus.

The meeting began, however, with the Freeholders ...

Sparta Little League Baseball U10 All-Stars District 20 Champs

August 2, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Little League baseball U10 All-Stars won the District 20 Championship but were unable to move through the Section 1 tournament.  The U10 team was undefeated in the All-Star four game pool play on their way to the District title.

“We are very proud of how our team played this season,” Head Coach Jeffery Kopco said.

The team lost the section ...

International Overdose Awareness Day Event To Be Held on Newton Green

August 5, 2018

NEWTON, NJ — The Sussex County Recovery Advocacy team of NCADD-NJ and the Center for Prevention and Counseling will host a Candlelight Vigil and Name Reading Ceremony in observance of International Overdose Awareness Day on Friday, August 31, on the Newton green.

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event that is held on August 31 each year. The event aims to raise awareness ...

Summer Activities in Sparta

August 9, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Summer activities continue in Sparta for all ages.

The Sparta Arts Council continues their summer concert series on Friday night with Mark Berger & the Ride.  The show goes from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Dykstra Park.  Rain location is inside Mohawk Avenue School. 

Next week the Sparta Recreation Department will offer Patterns & Designs: A World Tour with ...

Newton Theatre Arts Academy Opening Draws Crowd, Congressman Gottheimer

NEWTON, NJ- The Newton Theatre drew a crowd on Monday afternoon. U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer was joined by Town Manager Thomas S. Russo, Jr, ThorLabs President Alex Cable, Sussex County Chamber of Commerce President Tammie Horsfield across the street from the theater to cut the ribbon to officially open the Newton Theatre Arts Academy. 

Several Sparta children participated in a ...

Sparta Township Council: Audit Report, Village North Wastewater Utility Tabled

August 12, 2018

SPARTA, NJ — Sparta Township Council heard a good report from the auditor. It was a report of “strong financial growth increasing the township’s surplus and decreasing the debt,” according to Grant Rome, CFO.

“Sparta has been funding more capital projects with cash versus incurring debt,” Rome said. 

The auditor made comments and recommendations ...

Sparta Township Continues Road Repairs

SPARTA, NJ – The summer 2018 road resurfacing program is underway.  Several Sparta roads are scheduled to be treated the week of August 6 according to the township.

Morning Star Drive and Maxie Lane are scheduled for August 6.
Carriage House is scheduled for a second application on August 7.
Friendly Lane, Trapasso Drive, Village Green, Lewis Lane and Knox Road are all ...

Aerial Mosquito Larviciding in Sussex County

August 2, 2018

NEWTON, NJ- Town of Newton officials have announced aerial mosquito larviciding will continue through August 3 between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m.  The Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services Office of Mosquito Control is conducting the application by plane.

Officials note it is not a liquid or aerosol spray, nor is it directed at adult mosquitoes.  It is to reduce future adult ...

Vendors & Crafters Sought for Roxbury's Home for the Holidays Street Festival

August 3, 2018

It’s never too hot and humid to think “holidays”!  Vendor/crafter registration is now open for Roxbury’s 4th Annual Home for the Holidays street festival scheduled for Saturday, December 1st.  Go to to get registration form.  Vendors are encouraged to register early – see registration form for early bird ...

Create a Bas-Relief Horse Head Tile At Harness Racing Museum

August 15, 2018

GOSHEN, NY – Join the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame on Sunday, Aug. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. and use sculpting tools to model air-dry terracotta clay into a bas-relief horse head tile. 

At just $10 per person the event promises to be both fun and affordable for those ages 8 and up.Scouts, Pony Club and 4-H members participate for free.  Preregistration ...

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Sparta Police: Traffic Stop Yields Stolen Property

August 13, 2018

SPARTA, NJ — A man from Dingman’s Ferry Pennsylvania, pulled over on Route 15 is facing charges after police found a “large role of copper wire,” in the car, police said.

On August 2 around 7 p.m. officer Steven Guido stopped Colton Lee Greene, 22 for failing to signal a lane change. When speaking with Greene the officer saw the ball of copper partially hidden under a ...

Sparta Police Hold Child Safety Seat Inspection

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Police Department partnered with the Safe Kids Worldwide, Hilltop Country Day School and the Fraser Law Fire to offer a child safety seat inspection program.  In the parking lot of the Hilltop school, in the heat and humidity the officers checked a several seats and discussed child safety with parents, according to Cpl. Kurt Morris.

Morris, Officer Steve Guido ...

Sparta Woman Gets DWI on Public's Tip

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta woman is facing drunk driving charges after someone called in a tip to the Sparta police about a possible intoxicated driver.  On August 3 around 5:30 p.m. police officer Steven Guido stopped the black BMW X5 that had been reported traveling to Sparta from Jefferson, police report.

Marvilys Flores, 43, was stopped on East Shore Trail, after Guido observed her ...

Frequently Asked Questions About SCCC's Plans for the McGuire Property in Newton

August 6, 2018


In talking with people around the county, we have frequently heard the same questions asked.  To better inform people about the project, we have provided answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQs).


Dan Chiariello Introduction for Sparta Town Council

August 11, 2018

My name Dan Chiariello, and I would like to introduce myself to you as a candidate for the Sparta Township Council.  There are a number of goals I would like to achieve if I am fortunate to be elected.  I will present these in brief posts and videos as we get closer to Election Day. I invite you to follow my campaign page and share it with your friends and neighbors: ...

Upcoming Events


Wed, August 15, 12:00 PM

MAYO Performing Arts Center, Morristown

The Power of Nine - Fine Art Exhibit by the ...

Arts & Entertainment


Thu, August 16, 6:00 PM


Cub Scout Pack 295 Open House


Sat, August 18, 8:00 AM

Newton Moose Lodge, Fredon

Newton Moose Lodge Sunday Breakfasts

Food & Drink


Sat, August 18, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market


Wed, August 22, 10:00 AM

Sparta United Methodist Church, Sparta

Sparta UMC Thrift Shop Bag Sale

Giving Back


Wed, August 22, 12:00 PM

MAYO Performing Arts Center, Morristown

The Power of Nine - Fine Art Exhibit by the ...

Arts & Entertainment

Franklin Police: Former Newton Man Caught Trying to Cash Friend's Stolen Check

August 9, 2018

FRANKLIN, NJ – A former Newton resident was picked up on charges of theft after trying to deposit a check that had already been deposited.  According to Franklin Borough police, Terry Baughman, 27, took a check from a friend’s home in East Stroudburg, Pennsylvania and tried to deposit it into the Chase Bank in Franklin.

According to police Baughman did not have a current ...

News Reporter Attacked in New Brunswick Courtroom

August 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - While working in her role as a reporter covering the courts in New Brunswick, a female journalist from NJ Advance Media, a media group represented locally by and The Star Ledger, was assaulted by another woman following the trial of Tejay Johnson.  A three-year member of the Rutgers University football team, Johnson was one of three former ...

10 Questions to Ask When Buying a Waterfront Home

Do you drool over Lake Mohawk homes? Find yourself dreaming of a home on Lake Hopatcong? Turn green with envy over Green Pond houses? What are you waiting for? Start your search for a waterfront home now! But before signing on the dotted line, gain answers to these 10 questions:

1. Can you procure an adequate loan?

Before you fall in love with the ...

5 Ways to Commute to New York City from New Jersey

Thinking of finding a New Jersey home and commuting to work in New York City? Here, Team Nest Builder offers an evaluation of 5 methods of making the commute--read on to get moving!

Follow the PATH

Fast and cheap, the PATH Subway connects Newark, Hoboken and Jersey City to Manhattan Midtown and the World Trade Center. With stops at 9th, 14th, 23rd and 33rd St, it’s super convenient to ...

4 Tips For Buying Land For Your Business

You know you’re ready to open or expand your business, and you’re wondering, “Should I rent space? Or buy commercial property and build?"  Purchasing a property helps you enjoy higher flexibility and freedom, but the search for commercial property that suits your needs can be difficult. Here, Team Nest Builder offers tips to ease the process:

Location, Location, ...

OPEN HOUSE 8/5 Sparta Sunset Lakes 4BR Colonial w/ Pool

You'll adore this lovely 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom Colonial home perched on the top of a knoll in one of Sparta's most sought-after neighborhoods:  Sunset Lakes. See 72 Morning Star Drive for yourself at our OPEN HOUSE Sunday, August 5th from 1-3pm!

Make this YOUR home and you'll enjoy an in-ground pool with spa in total privacy in the beautifully landscaped ...

Have a Blast on a Budget at the NJ State Fair

So you want to get out of your house and hit the 2018 New Jersey State Fair Sussex County Farm & Horse Show, but you can’t afford a hit to your wallet? Team Nest Builder offers these helpful tips for taming your spend:

Admit One

There’s loads of admission savings--just plan for your day!

Are you a veteran or active in the military? Show your ID for free ...

This Week at Pass It Along - August 13

Below is a weekly update of free programs offered by Pass It Along. A majority of the following programs repeat each week. For more information and how to register, click the title of each opportunity.

Week of August 13, 2018

Hot Topics – Monday, August 13 at 6:00 pm at the Pass It Along Youth Center – Teens engage in conversations about a variety of issues facing them ...

This Week at Pass It Along - August 6

Below is a weekly update of free programs offered by Pass It Along. A majority of the following programs repeat each week. For more information and how to register, click the title of each opportunity.

Week of August 6, 2018.

Hot Topics – Monday, August 6 at 6:00 pm at the Pass It Along Youth Center • Teens engage in conversations about a variety of issues facing them ...

Lake Mohawk Filled for the 9th Annual Pass It Along Triathlon!

Driving through the streets of the Lake Mohawk Country Club on a daily basis provide a scenic view of Lake Mohawk, along with the quiet hum of community happenings. However, the 9th Annual Pass It Along Triathlon brought action on Saturday, July 29, 2018, as hundreds of participants raced through the streets both on bike and foot.

Over 350 participants took part of the triathlon, ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 19

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find some can’t-miss back to school tips for parents and students, learn about a new treatment for brain injury, see which Atlantic Health System medical center is the only one in New Jersey to make a new, national list, find out how to avoid “avocado hand,” and much more!


Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders August 8 Meeting VIDEO

NEWTON, NJ - Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders August 8, 2018 meeting video.



Gottheimer Salutes Sussex County Senior of the Year, Local Veteran Roy McQueen

August 15, 2018

AUGUSTA, N.J. -- Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) visited the New Jersey State Fair, where he presented a flag and certificate to Sussex County's "Senior of the Year" Roy McQueen, an army veteran from Hopatcong. Gottheimer also greeted and thanked veterans at the veterans tent, stopped by the Sussex County Beekeepers Association demonstration, and tours 4-H  ...