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Sparta Middle School Announce Students of the Third Marking Period

April 21, 2018

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 ...

Helen Morgan Students Virtually Travel the Country

SPARTA, NJ – The students at Helen Morgan School have been going on Virtual Fields Trips this year.  The trips are hosted by a variety of people on Skype or Google Hangout.  The classroom teacher sets the time to best suit their schedule.

"A trip allows students to get out of the classroom without having to physically leave," Media Center Specialist Stephanie Bernardo ...

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

April 21, 2018

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 Girls Lacrosse Rolls Over Pope John

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School girls lacrosse had a big win over Pope John on Wednesday 21-9.  Playing on the Lions’ turf the Spartan dominated from start to the with a 15-4 score at halftime that kept the clock running.

Pope John scored two quick goals at the start of the second half but Sparta answered right back. 

“This was a great win,” captain ...

Sparta Boys Track and Field Highlights from Wallkill Valley and Morris Hills Meet

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School boys track has competed at Morris Hills and Wallkill Valley.

On April 14, at Wallkill Valley the sprint medley team of Paul Shumlas, Justin Grau, Jhordin Griffin and Brayden Jenson finished third with at time of 3:46.97. 

In javelin the duo of Ben Davis and Anthony Lombardy threw for third place with Davis making the third best throw of the day at ...

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

April 18, 2018

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 Middle School Annual Hoops for Hope Student Faculty Game Raises $2200 for Cancer Run

SPARTA, NJ – The 15 annual Hoops for Hope Basketball game sponsored a Sparta alumnea’s effort to raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund.  The student versus faculty basketball game at Sparta Middle School raised $2243 for Claire Romine’s 4K run, 4,000 miles across the country.

The game has become one of the highlights of the year, especially for the eight grade ...

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 ...

Area Girl Scouts Donate Care Packages to Overlook's Pediatric Eating Disorders Center

April 7, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - Girl Scout Troops 96253 and 96252, both from Parsippany, delivered Jared boxes they filled things like bubbles, stress balls, journals, coloring books, and other items to Overlook Medical Center's Pediatric Eating Disorders Center at Atlantic Health System Children’s Health.

The donated boxes are to help patients cope during treatment.

The Pediatric Eating ...

Travels Reminder - Can You Fly With Your State ID?

April 21, 2018

Travels recommends that you always travel with a passport, even domestically.  The U.S. Passport is our national I.D.  With it you will be able to fly domestically to any state. 

The DOHS offers this further explanation:

The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for ...

20 Tri-State Area Rescues Plan Help A Horse Day Events

April 21, 2018

NEW YORK, N.Y. — ASPCA Help a Horse Day is celebrated annually on April 26 — a date chosen for its significance to the ASPCA’s long history of horse protection. In 1866, ASPCA founder Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for horse mistreatment.

A national grant competition in honor of Help a Horse Day ...

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Sparta Police: Blocked Plate Ends with Drug Charges

April 16, 2018

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 ...

Sparta Police: Running a Red Light ends with Drug Charges

SPARTA, NJ – A man stopped for driving through a red light on Route 15 wound up facing drug charges.  On March 30 Sparta Police Officer Thomas Herd pulled over Steven Lassends, 27in a black Infinity, on Route 15, police say.

When the officer spoke with the Montague resident, Herd smelled raw marijuana.  Herd, with the assistance of Sgt. Pensado, Cpl. Antonello and Police ...

Sparta Police: Traffic Stop Ends in Pot Arrest

SPARTA, NJ – A man from Ogdensburg is facing pot charges after a traffic stop on April 4 around 11 p.m. Police Office Thomas Herd pulled over a green Honda driven by John Malone, 23 for failing to move to the right lane, police report.

Herd smelled marijuana when speaking with Malone.  Malone admitted there was a “small marijuana roach” left in his car by a friend.

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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Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

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Codey Arena, West Orange

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Sparta Evangelical Free Church, Sparta

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

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Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River

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Sun, May 27, 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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Sun, June 24, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River

Education

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 ...

Six 11th Congressional District Candidates Attend 'Town Hall Project Morristown' to Answer Questions on Gun Control

April 9, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Following a massive turnout of over 13,000 people at last month’s March for Our Lives Morristown rally, the students behind the march organized an event called “The Town Hall for Our Lives.” This event brought together 11th Congressional District candidates who were questioned by student panelists about their views on gun control and how make schools ...

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 ...

6 Simple Decorating Tricks for Your NJ Home

Ever watched “Trading Spaces” and wondered, “How do they pull together a beautiful room so quickly?”  Team Nest Builder knows! Read on for these 6 simple decorating tricks from the newly relaunched “Trading Spaces” stars.  You’ll be amazed at what a difference they make in your New Jersey home!

Let Your Heart Choose Your Art

Laurie Smith ...

Clean Your Closet and Help Sussex County Children By Donating Shoes

You know those shoes in the back of your closet that scream.”I grew up watching “Friends”’? Team Nest Builder wants to help YOU get rid of them while doing good for Sussex County children, through the Sojihuggles Children’s Foundation.

Now through May 15th, donate your gently worn, used or new shoes to help underprivileged children in Sussex County while ...

Want to avoid gaining weight? Don’t diet!

Researchers aiming to identify lifestyle factors related to weight management followed more than 4,500 young adults (average age 24) for ten years. At the end of the study period, 77% of the men and 72% of the women had gained weight. The lifestyle factors associated with no weight gain among the remaining 23% of the men and 28% of women were regular eating patterns (not skipping meals) and no ...

Free Family Expo Offers Resources and Fun Activities

April 20, 2018

Northern New Jersey parents and children are invited to Project Self-Sufficiency’s annual Family Expo, Thursday, April 26th, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Workshops for parents will be supplemented by children’s activities, dinner, gift card raffles and other events.  The Family Expo is sponsored by the Sussex County Family Success Center at Project Self-Sufficiency and Project ...