Sparta High School Robotics Gets a Bigger Home

September 23, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – The Robotic program at Sparta High School is growing so much that they were bursting at the seams.  Over the summer the robotics room was expanded and improved to meet the needs of the popular program.

Robotics I and II, How Things Work, Tech Foundations along with the Robotics Club will all be making use of the space. The room is divided into areas.  One side of ...

Sen. Oroho and Sparta Board of Education Response to Newton Mayor's County Consolidation School Plan

SPARTA, NJ – Last week Newton Mayor Wayne Levante addressed the Sparta township council looking for support for his plan to call for the consolidation of all public schools into a county system.  In his comments he referenced legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho that supported Levante’s postion.

Oroho said he had co-sponsored legislation two years in a row that called ...

Sparta School's Open with New Staff, Upgrades and Laptops

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta schools started up last week.  There were several new faces in the classrooms, not just students but new teachers as well.  Some facilities changes also greeted students, parents and staff last week as well. 

"The 2017-2018 academic term brings with it exciting new developments and new faces.  We are thrilled to have expanded our Robotics footprint ...

Sparta High School to Induct 15 into New Hall of Fame

September 24, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – With more than 60 years of history, Sparta High School will be inducting their first class of alumni to the Athletic Hall of Fame at a banquet on October 5, at the Skyview Golf Club. The inaugural class will include 15 inductees.

The Hall of Fame has “come about after many years of side conversations,” Principal Janet Ferraro said.  “Tim Librizzi got ...

Sparta High School Girls Tennis Add a Win and a Loss

SPARTA, NJ – It was an up and down week for Sparta High School tennis.  They won on the road against Saint Elizabeth on Friday after losing at home to Chatham on Wednesday.

Sparta won all five matches against Saint Elizabeth.

First Singles-Sarah Dioneda won 6-1, 6-2
Second Singles -Tatiana Esteva-Ingram won 6-4, 6-2
Third Singles -Jillian Parks won 6-2, 6-3
First Doubles ...

Sparta High School Football Blanks Vernon

VERNON, NJ - Sparta played under the lights in Vernon Friday night shutting out the Vikings 38-0.  Sparta's Quarterback Anthony Broccoletti connected with Thomas Agudo for 168 yards and three touchdowns.  Broccoletti ran one in four a fourth touchdown.

Broccoletti  also threw to Eric Castorino for 107 yards on four passes getting to the end zone twice.

Sparta kicker ...

Sparta Kiwanis Grills for Seniors

September 25, 2017

SPARTA, NJ -  More than 100 Sparta seniors were treated to a barbecue at Knoll Heights by the Sparta Kiwanis.  Hamburgers and hotdogs were grilled outside by President Ben Caruso and Mike Pelli as the guests filed into the meeting room getting together with friends to enjoy the meal.

Salads rounded out the meal, donated by Donna Wanio’s Homers.  The Kiwanis also provided ...

Newton's Spring Circle Business Organization is Collecting for Hurricane Relief

NEWTON, NJ – The Spring Street Merchant Circle and the Town of Newton are collecting items for Hurricane Harvey relief.  

Recollectables' Ryan Staple said the group was "inspired by Byram" to do something to help the victims of the hurricane.  According to Staple the Byram Police Department is going to be shipping the collected items collected in their town ...

9/11 Remembered at Sussex County Community College

NEWTON, NJ – Under a sky reminiscent of that fateful morning 16 years ago, about 150 people gathered on the field near the 9/11 monument at Sussex County Community College.  Students, faculty, residents, police officers, fire fighters and elected officials gathered to remember.

The event began with a recording of children talking about their experiences that day. The color ...

Sparta Township Sees Bond Rating Increased

September 22, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township’s credit rating has been raised to “AA+ with a positive outlook” township manager Bill Close announced at the council meeting on September 5.

Close said the boost in the rating came after Sparta Chief Financial Officer Sam Rome made a presentation to Standard and Poor’s in early August.  They also did a site visit as part of their ...

Perona Farms Recognized by Sparta Township Council for 100 Year Anniversary

SPARTA, NJ – It was a full agenda at the Sparta Township Council meeting on Tuesday night as Mayor Gil Gibbs presented a number of proclamations including one to commemorate a significant anniversary of a local business, Perona Farms.

The Andover restaurant is celebrating its 100th year.  Gibbs said the restaurant began when Emil Perona purchased a 260 acre dairy farm and now ...

Sabattis Saved: Boy Scouts' Adventure Camp to Remain Open After Patriots’ Paths Council Executive Board Vote

September 20, 2017

CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ -- The Patriots’ Paths Council Executive Board met on Monday, Sept. 18 in a special session to discuss the future operation of Sabattis Adventure Camp, which was threatened with closure.

After thorough and thoughtful discussion, the Board voted to continue Sabbatis camping activities through the end of the 2019 summer camping season. The Board ...

Inspiring Story of Morristown Medical Center Surgeon to Be Featured on ABC’s 20/20

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Long before becoming a general surgery resident at Morristown Medical Center, Dr. Christopher McCulloh experienced a life-changing event nine years ago that would be one of his greatest tests of will just six months before starting medical school at Case Western Reserve University, the top-ranked private research university in Ohio.

It was a typical a Sunday evening, as ...

State Infant/Child Car Seat Rules Currently in Effect

TRENTON, NJ - Effective September 1, 2015, legislation set in place revised parameters relative to the use of infant / child car seats in the Garden State. New Jersey guidelines currently mandate the following:

Newborn to Age 2

Children under age 2 and under 30 lbs. must be in a rear-facing car seat with a five-point harness. Toddlers who are tall or have long legs ...

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Sparta Police Nab Two on Outstanding Warrants

September 22, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Police picked up two people on outstanding warrants in two separate traffic stops on September 20.  Around 9 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Steven Guido stopped a car because the driver was not wearing his seatbelt, police report.

Camden resident Esteban Velez, 27, was found to have motor vehicle warrants from three towns, Camden, Pennsauken and Woodlynne totaling ...

Sparta Police: Two Arrested with 55 Packets of 'Death Wish' Heroin

SPARTA, NJ – A traffic stop on Route 15 yielded drug a large cache of heroin and two drug arrests.  On September 18 at 1 p.m. Sparta Police Officers Thomas Snyder and Chris Favaor were patrolling Route 15 when Snyder saw a car with an expired inspection sticker, police report.

They stopped the car and when Snyder spoke with the passenger, Fabian Rodriguez, 43, the officer saw two ...

Sparta Police Department Gets Special Visitors

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Police Department had special visitors on Monday morning.  A group of people from SCARC came for a tour of police headquarters.  Sparta Police Officer Dave Pridam and Officer Thomas Snyder conducted the tour for the visitors from SCARC, a local organization that provides care for people with developmental disabilities.

The group gathered in the lobby and ...


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Trump's international trash talk is counterproductive

September 25, 2017

To the Editor,

Donald trump stood before assembled world leaders and told them that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, i.e., the deal to limit Iran’s ability to build nuclear weapons, is an embarrassment to the United States.

Actually it’s Donald Trump and his bombastic public statements that are an embarrassment to the United States.

Sitting in the ...

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Annual Taste of Newton Event Brings Hundreds to Spring Street

September 19, 2017

NEWTON, NJ—Over 300 people filled Spring Street on Monday night to indulge in food and drink creations from local restaurants.

The event, which ran from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., included 21 different restaurants who shared some of their local dishes and drinks with the event goers.

The restaurants who participated included:

Andre’s Lakeside Dining
Applebee’s ...

1.7 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Our Area

September 25, 2017

MORRIS PLAINS, NJ - At approximately 6:35pm, the United States Geological Survey reports that there was a 1.7 magnitude earthquake about 1.24 miles SSW of Morristown, New Jersey. Earthquakes that small typically aren't felt, but the shallowness (just five feet below the surface) made it perceptible to residents.  People had reported hearing a loud boom, and some people say they felt ...

9 Easy Habits for an Always-Clean Home

Team Nest Builder knows it's tough to keep your New Jersey home perpetually company-ready clean---who has the time? YOU do! Just follow these 9 quick-and-easy habits for an always-clean home!

Sodium/salt intake associated with increased risk of diabetes – (Yes, salt…)

Research results presented last week at the annual conference of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes showed an association between salt intake and the risk of developing type II diabetes. Study participants that consumed the highest salt intake, about 1.25 teaspoons (2800 mg of sodium) a day, were 72% more likely to develop diabetes than those with the lowest intake. In general, a ...

The September 13, 2017 Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting

NEWTON, NJ - The September 13, 2017 Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting.


United Way’s Honey Open Golf Event Helps ALICE

September 25, 2017

NEWTON, N.J. – Some 115 area women took part in the annual United Way Honey Open Golf Outing on September 11 at the Farmstead Golf & Country Club.

More than $23,000 was raised at the women’s-only golf event to support scholarship opportunities for local women and their families who are ALICE -- Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed -- living ...