Seal of Biliteracy Earned by 24 Sparta High School Students

March 18, 2018

SPARTA, NJ –A number of Sparta High School students having earned the Seal of Biliteracy were recognized at the most recent board of education meeting.  Supervisor of World Languages Michael Lauricella presented the students at the meeting.

“We have 24 students who qualified for the Seal of Biliteracy this year, including one who qualified in two different languages,” ...

Sparta Superintendent Announces Plan to Adjust School Calendar

SPARTA, NJ – It is no secret that the winter weather has played havoc with the school calendar.  Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi explained his plan for the district to make up the extra days in a letter to the “Sparta Learning Community” on Thursday. 

Rossi said high school graduation will remain on June 22 and the middle school completion ceremony will remain on ...

Sparta High School Announces the Top 10 Students for 2018

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School Principal Janet Ferraro has announced the Top 10 Students for 2018.

In order from first to 10th:

Alexandra Poret
Audrey Biss
Bader Al-Aydi
Melissa Nolan
Erin Walsh
Eileen Huhn
Victoria Heim
Paige Smith
Soumya Duggirala
Benjamin Dottinger

The ranking is determined by looking at the students' grade point averages for seven ...

Sparta to Host 1st County Senior Olympics

March 14, 2018

SPARTA, NJ- Sparta’s Station Park will be the site of the first Sussex County Senior Olympics this spring. 

Organized by Marianne Dilworth of the Sparta Recreation Department and Lorraine Hentz of Sussex County Division of Senior Services, the event is being sponsored by the Sussex County Division of Senior Services and the Senior Quality of Life Foundation in Newton. On ...

Sparta Fourth Grade Boys PAL Basketball Undefeated Seasons Earns Championship

ROCKAWAY, NJ – The fourth grade Sparta PAL Youth Basketball team took home the top prize in the Lakeland Midget Basketball League championships.  On Sunday, March 4 the boys played at Morris Hills High School beating Randolph 32-27.

The boys had a “thrilling run” in the final two minutes of the game, putting up eight unanswered pointes for the exciting win, according to ...

Sparta High School Girls Track Finish Strong at New Balance Nationals

NEW YORK, NY – Sparta High School girls track finished eighth in the country at the New Balance National Indoor Championship at the Armory in New York City on Saturday, March 10.

The 4x 55 meter shuttle hurdle team of Carlie Wilson, Emily Kosker, Zoe Canzoniero and Gianna Macones finished their event in 34.16 according to Coach Rich Heckman.

This was the sixth time the girls ran this ...

Paralyzed Sussex County Young Man Needs Help Getting Stem Cell Treatment

March 15, 2018

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – A young man injured in a diving accident is seeking help in getting Stem-cell treatment.  The 22-year-old lives with his aunt in Vernon.  She has raised him since his mother died when he was eight.

Then the accident occurred Mackenzie was 21, working and in the Navy Reserves.  He was going for extra training, anticipating making the Navy his career ...

Sparta High School Spring Athletes Run for Melanie

SPARTA, NJ – The high school spring athletes got together for a good cause on Saturday.  The athletes ran to raise funds to support Melanie DiDomizio-Russo as she battles cancer, according to Lacrosse coach and teacher Kate Brennan.

DiDomizio is a Sparta High School students is continuing her fight with an aggressive form of bone cancer. She has undergone chemotherapy and surgery to ...

Newton's Party After the Parade

March 16, 2018

NEWTON, NJ - After the parade, the party will continue in a great number of Newton restaurants and shops in the area.  Please patronized these community businesses:

The Barrel House,
Between the Bread,
Black Dog Books,
Bon Appetit and Costa Rican Coffee
Charcoal Moon,
Decades of Memories,
Downtown Dollar,
Maxwell's and Molly's Closet,m
Robin ...

Center for Prevention Hosts 4th Annual Recovery Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Party

NEWTON, NJ—The Center for Prevention and Counseling will be hosting its fourth annual Sober St. Patrick’s Day Party on Saturday, March 17 beginning at 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

“Often times, many people associate the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day with alcohol filled parties, creating a barrier for families or people in recovery to have a fun and safe, ...

Sparta Township Council's Patriots Awarded to Knoll Viewers

SPARTA, NJ – Several Sparta seniors were given Patriots’ Awards at the township council meeting on Tuesday night.  Flossie Meyer, Lisa Reidinger and Brent DeFeo were recognized for the role they played in getting better services for the residents on Knoll View.

Councilman Gil Gibbs called the trio along with Marianne Dilworth, Director of Senior Services to the front of the ...

Paralyzed Sussex County Young Man Needs Help Getting Stem Cell Treatment

March 15, 2018

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – A young man injured in a diving accident is seeking help in getting Stem-cell treatment.  The 22-year-old lives with his aunt in Vernon.  She has raised him since his mother died when he was eight.

Then the accident occurred Mackenzie was 21, working and in the Navy Reserves.  He was going for extra training, anticipating making the Navy his career ...

Sparta High School Students Create Donate Life Club

March 17, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School students held their inaugural meeting of the Donate Life Club on Wednesday, March 14. Minutes after the walk out in solidarity with Parkland school shooting victims, thirty students met in a classroom during lunch to hear from the NJ Sharing Network about organ donation.

Many of the students were classmates of Isak Anderson, a boy who passed away suddenly ...

Health Alert: Child with Measles Traveled to Newark Airport on March 12

TRENTON, NJ — If you were at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday, March 12 between 12:45 and 9 p.m., you may have been exposed to measles and should contact your health care provider.

The N.J. Department of Health has issued a public health alert after a child with a confirmed case of measles — a highly contagious disease — arrived in Terminal B at Newark Liberty ...

Komen North Jersey Pink Tie Party Set For March 16

SUMMIT, NJ - The annual Susan G. Komen North Jersey Pink Tie Party fundraiser affair is coming up.

The event, which will be held Friday, March 16 at The Grove in Cedar Grove, is focused on raising funds to support Komen’s BOLD GOAL:  to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50% by the year 2026, by improving access to quality and ...

Travels Spotlight: Ecodivers Roatan, West End, Roatan

March 17, 2018

We are a small dive operation in West End with one main objective - catering to divers specific needs while operating in a environmentally friendly manner. We offer professional, personalized attention in a laid back and comfortable environment. We are committed to making your time in Roatan a truly memorable experience.

Our waterfront location in Half Moon Bay, West End will ease off your day ...

Local Travel Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day - Calm Family Events to Drinking Shots from...Nevermind

TAPintoTravels - St. Patrick’s Day is coming upon us even faster than St. Patrick chased the snakes out of Ireland.  Here are some of the areas great events to celebrate Irish pride.

March 17 Events

Hoboken - The Nerds at Willie McBride’s (see poster up in the slide show)

Newton - Sober St. Patrick’s Day Gathering

Newton (parade) - Sussex County St.

A Travels Must - The Apple Museum in Prague - It isn’t Necessarily a Bucket List Item as Much as a Pilgrimage

TAPintoTravels - The Apple Museum is a must stop in Prague.  It is family friendly and brings out the nerd in all of us.

The museum houses the most extensive private collection of Apple memorabilia in the world including virtually all models of Apple computers, unique art installations, and even Steve Job’s personal motorcycle.  All contained in what could be the ...

Photos: Horses In The Sussex County St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 17, 2018

NEWTON, N.J. — The 2018 Sussex County St. Patrick’s Parade was held March 17.

The New Jersey Quarter Horse Association brought several different breeds of horses, the Happy Horses 4-H Club marched, The New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show 2016 Queens rode on a wagon and cowboys and cowgirls from Wild West City participated.

It was the 15th Anniversary ...

Zone 2 USHJA Championships To Be Held in NJ and Pa.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The United States Hunter Jumper Association announced the dates for 2018 Zone Horse of the Year, Stirrup Cup and Equitation championships, which provide members with an exciting opportunity to earn Championship Points toward zone year-end HOTY and Stirrup Cup awards. 

The championships are open to all zone competitors who meet the minimum requirements, except the ...

Junior Summer Workshops To Be Held at Lord Stirling Stables

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable has announced the dates for the Junior Summer Workshops, which are themed five-day programs focusing on riding and horse care. The Stable is located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge.

Junior riders may enroll in Summer Workshops beginning Saturday, March 17, 2018 at ...

Photos: Horses At Hackettstown St. Patrick's Day Parade

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Horses and carriages were part of the 2018 Hackettstown St. Patrick’s Day Parade held on March 11.

An antique hearse drawn by a pair of black Percherons was provided by Scala Memorial Home of Hackettstown.

A team of Clydesdales pulling a wagon from Willow Grove Farms in Long Valley, N.J.

If you missed the parade the Sussex County St. Patrick’s ...

Students Encouraged To Apply For AQHA Media Internships

The American Quarter Horse Association offers three paid marketing and communications internships each summer, spring and fall.

Internships provide young professionals with the chance to gain practical experience in a real-life setting that can’t be mimicked in the classroom. An internship with AQHA is an excellent opportunity to apply knowledge from your university courses and gain ...

Grand Marshall Of NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade To Ride in Carriage

NEW YORK CTY, N.Y. — St. Patrick’s Day will be very special for Liam Picco, 15, the grandson of St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal Loretta Brennan Glucksman, as Liam rides up Fifth Avenue with his Grandmom, his good friend, Hansom Carriage Driver Stevie Hand and Samson, a black Percheron.

“Samson is my favorite horse. I like going on the carriage rides through ...

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Sparta Police Pick Up Franklin Woman Driving While Suspended

March 18, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – A traffic stop yielded an arrest for driving with a suspended license for a Franklin woman.  On March 13 around 11:30 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Timothy Lynott stopped Christina Bradford on Route 15 for having a broken tail light on her gray GMC pickup, police report.

When the officer checked her credentials, he found Bradford’s license had been suspended and she ...

Sparta Police: Bronx Man Delivering Car Finds Himself in Trouble

SPARTA, NJ – A man from Bronx, New York was arrested on a myriad of charges stemming from his attempt to deliver a used car to Montague.  Jorge Villanueva caught the attention of Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley on Route 15 because his Nissan Pathfinder had a cracked taillight, police say.

On March 13 around 7:22 p.m. the officer found the license plate on the Pathfinder was ...

Sparta Police Arrest Newton Man on DWI, Hit and Run with Baby on Board

SPARTA, NJ –  A Newton man driving drunk with is infant child in the back seat is facing charges after a hit and run accident on Route 15.  On March 10, around 7:05 p.m. Sparta Cpl. Smith went to Limecrest Road to investigate the accident, police report.

The officer was met by the driver of one of the vehicles involved.  That driver said he was on Route 15 South when a VW ...

5 Tips for elected officials

March 9, 2018

Dear Editor,

Wayne Levante, a self-described moderate, business-friendly mayor of Newton since his appointment 8 months ago, has been mired by one misstep and controversy after another.  From peddling debunked conspiracy theories about student “crisis actors” in the Parkland, Florida mass school shooting on social media, attacking residents and calling them ...


March 11, 2018



Republican Freeholder Candidates, Dawn Fantasia and Josh Hertzberg commended the District 24 Legislators for taking action in the wake of the horrific school shooting that took the lives of 17 at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.   


Senator Oroho, Assemblyman Space and ...

Upcoming Events


Tue, March 20, 6:30 PM

Sparta United Methodist Church, Sparta

Girl Scout STEAM Program

Arts & Entertainment Education


Sat, March 24, 9:30 AM

Sparta Recreation Department, Sparta

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, March 24, 6:00 PM

McKenna Hall, Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Sparta

Night with NJ Giants #53 Harry Carson Beefsteak


Sat, March 24, 6:00 PM

Perona Farms, Sparta

Trout Unlimited Annual Fund Raising Banquet

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, April 8, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River



Sat, April 14, 9:00 AM


Jr Lions Football - Meet & Greet

Education Sports

Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River


Sun, May 13, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River


Byram Intermediate School Receives High Honors

March 7, 2018

BYRAM, NJ - The Byram Intermediate School has been recognized as a School to Watch.  The school is one of eight middle schools in New Jersey to receive the designation.

"We are so proud of this group of educators who have created one of the most dynamic schools in the state of New Jersey," Principal John Fritzky said.  

New Jersey Schools to Watch are ...

6 Easy Ways to Increase Zzzz’s During National Sleep Awareness Month and Beyond!

Team Nest Builder knows sleep deprivation leads to a myriad of problems, so we’re here to help you make your New Jersey home bedrooms the havens you deserve! Take a look at these simple ideas for increasing your zzzzz’s:

Soften Up

Employ a large area rug that covers the entire room to help absorb sound and enhance comfort.

Feeling Blue

According to a study by Travelodge, ...

4 Top Reasons NOW Is A Great Time To Buy A New Jersey Home

Team Nest Builder offers four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting:

Prices Continue to Rise

CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices appreciated by 6.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.3% over the next year.  The bottom in home prices came and left. Home values will ...

Does YOUR School District Rank For 2018 Best Teachers? compiled a 2018 list of the top 100 New Jersey school districts who possess the best teachers, based on student and parent ratings of teachers, teacher tenure, teacher salaries, student-teacher ratio, teacher absenteeism, and the Niche Academics Grade for the district.  Team Nest Builder understands the importance of owning a home in an area with a strong school district, so ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 13

On this episode of AtlantiCast, new clinical studies in the fields of cardiology and immunotherapy, national and statewide recognitions for Atlantic Health System medical centers and the inaugural AtlantiCast Collab Challenge!


Project Self-Sufficiency Unveils New Mobile Services Vehicle

March 17, 2018

Project Self-Sufficiency’s long-awaited mobile services vehicle was unveiled at a festive event on Thursday, March 15th.  The new program, PSS Journey: Opportunity on the Move, will enable the agency to reach residents in the more remote regions of Sussex and Northern Morris Counties where residents may not have easy access to personal vehicles or public transportation.  Funding ...