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Sparta's Alpine Elementary School Marks 100th Day

February 18, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – The students and staff at Alpine Elementary School were dressed for a day of fun on Friday, February 16 as they marked the 100th day of school. The whole school was involved.

Tyler, a student in Kelly Deter’s first grade class said, “It’s cool because the days went by so fast.”

Principal Joe Leone said there were activities done by the whole ...

Sparta Schools Follow Delayed Opening Schedule February 14

 

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta public schools will be operating on a two-hour delayed opening schedule, Wednesday. February 14.

School will start:

Sparta High School: 9:15 a.m.

Sparta Middle School: 9:40 a.m.

Mohawk Avenue School: 10:50 a.m.

Helen Morgan School: 11 a.m.

Alpine Elementary School: Full Day Kindergarten, grade 1 and 2- 11:10 ...

Helen Morgan Students Explore Eyewitness Testimony

SPARTA, NJ – Students in the Helen Morgan CSI Explorations afterschool workshop had a couple of surprise visitors on Thursday.  The session began with Sparta Lt. John Lamon speaking to Christina Pitzer and Amanda Spence’s the fourth and fifth grade students about eyewitness testimony.

"This Explorations lesson served as a model for the ideal student classroom ...

Sparta Jefferson United Ice Hockey's Season Ends in the Semifinals

February 17, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Sparta Jefferson United fell to Madison in the semifinal round of the Halverson Cup this week 4-0.  The boys played at Mennen Arena, a rematch of the semifinal’s last year.

This marks the end of the second season of Sparta Jefferson United.  The two teams joined together last year because of dwindling participation in both schools.  Last year the ...

Sparta Wrestlers Compete in District 3 Tournament

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School wrestling will be on the mat in the District 3 tournament on Saturday at Don Bosco.  The top three finishers in the tournament will move on to the regional tournament next week.

Sparta will be represented by:

103 lbs Cooper Stewart, Sophomore - record of 27-3 Third seed
113 lbs Spencer Stewart, Freshman - record of 28-4   Second ...

Sparta Jefferson United Hockey to Face Madison in Halvorsen Cup Semifinal for Second Straight Year

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ – Round one playoff results are in. The Madison boys ice hockey team will battle it out with Sparta Jefferson United on Monday night at 6:30 p.m. in the Halvorsen Cup semifinal at William G. Mennen Sports Arena.

Sparta Jefferson United beat out the Kinnelon Colts 5-4 Saturday night at Mennen to clinch a spot in Monday’s game against the ...

Sparta Police Officer to Jump in the Ocean for Special Olympics

February 19, 2018

SPARTA, NJ –  A Sparta Police Officer will be taking a polar plunge for the Special Olympics.  Cpl. Dave Pridham will be part of the Mixed Bag O’Nuts team jumping into the ocean at Seaside to raise money for the New Jersey Special Olympics organization.

The team, comprised of active or retired military is seeking additional donations for the cause.  They will be ...

Sparta Boy Scout Troop 150 Honors New Eagles

SPARTA, NJ - On Sunday, January 21, 2018 Scouts, parents and friends of Boy Scout Troop 150, along with members of the Sparta community, gathered at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church to celebrate the eight of the Troop’s newest Eagle Scouts.  Buddy Al-Aydi, Tyler Holden, Andreas Oleinyk, Ben Schultz, Erich Schwarzrock, Quinn Van Es, Zach Van Es and Chris Zachok attained the ...

Sparta Youth Football Team Gives Back

SPARTA, NJ – The seventh grade Sparta Spartan Youth Football team made a donation of food to the Sparta Ecumenical Food pantry on Saturday.  The team representing Sparta at the National Football League Hall of Fame Championship tournament this past November.

“The team was so blessed with such a great season they wanted to give back to the community that supported them,” ...

Big Turnout for Sparta's Winter Festival

February 16, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Families turned out to Sparta Middle School on Saturday for the Winter Festival offered by the Sparta Recreation Committee and the Sparta Kiwanis.  Between 550 and 600 people attended, Sparta Township Manager Bill Close reported at the township council meeting on Tuesday.

Children of all ages played carnival games, had face painting and crafts, bounce house and obstacle ...

Local Scout Troop Competes in Skills Competition

WATCHUNG, NJ - Recently, Troop 95 from Sparta competed in the Watchung District Klondike. A Klondike is a competition in which Boy Scout patrols compete in fire building, wilderness survival, first-aid, tomahawk throwing, knots & lashings and orienteering, all while pushing a sled filled with 100 pounds of the gear needed for the challenges.

The competition, which takes place at ...

Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

February 20, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of Daniela Genaro who attended Nicholas LaCorte - Peterstown School No. 3 after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials say, it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's ...

Travels Spotlight - Coast Guard Ends Search for Fishermen Lost at Sea, Fund Established to Help Family

February 18, 2018

TAPintoTravels is here to promote travel whether it is for work or pleasure.  Most of our reporting is fun and helpful.  However on rare occasions, we do have to report on heart breaking stories.  It is always hardest when it involves men with families that have been lost at sea.  Please consider assisting this family in need and keep them in your thoughts or ...

TAPinto Travels Interviews Celebrity Politicians on Their Travel Preferences

TAPintoTravels - We frequent many events in the course of our travels. One of our favorite experiences is interviewing famous people about their travel preferences.  Here are a couple of our favorite interviews featuring politicians.

In this clip, former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey speaks about his love of Jersey City and what it has to offer.

In this clip, ...

With Valentine’s Day Being a Wednesday - Travel is Difficult - How About Enjoying a Romantic Travel Film Instead?

TAPintoTravels - Normally, it is not a practice of TAPinto Travels to discourage vacationing for such a romantic holiday.  With Valentine’s Day being a Wednesday, it simply isn’t practical. Instead, why not watch a romantic movie that will certainly encourage you to travel to a wonderful location?  TAPinto Travels recommends Somewhere in Time.  

It is one of our ...

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Sparta Police: Pot Arrest for Man Laying Down in Parked Car

February 19, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Two people sitting in the back seat of a car parked on Indian Trail made someone suspicious enough to call Sparta Police Department.  On February 15 around 12:50 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley went to investigate the red Dodge Caliber police report.

A man and a woman were lying down in the back seat when the officer arrived.  Finley asked them both for ...

Sparta Police: Stop for Broken Light Ends with DWI for Newton Man

SPARTA, NJ – A Newton man caught the attention of Sparta Cpl Rubino when he drove passed him on West Shore Trail with a broken license plate light.  Alexis Obolensky was stopped in his gold Subaru on February 15 around 7:45 p.m., police report.

When the officer was stopping the 28-year-old driver he saw him flick a cigarette out the window.  As Rubino spoke with him he smelled ...

Sparta Police Nab Two on Outstanding Warrants

SPARTA,NJ – Several people with active warrants were picked up by Sparta Police this week. On February 12 around noon, Sparta Police Officer Christopher Favaro stopped Newark resident Alex Nunes-Ramalho, 23, for broken break lights on his gold Chevy Impala. 

 Nunes-Ramalho told Favaro that he did not have his wallet with him.  Instead, the driver showed the officer a ...

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Tue, February 20, 6:30 PM

Sparta United Methodist Church, Sparta

Girl Scout STEAM Program

Arts & Entertainment Education

Sat, February 24, 7:00 PM

The Prudential Center, Newark

Sparta Education Foundation Night Out with the NJ ...

Giving Back Sports

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Tue, February 27, 6:30 PM

Sparta United Methodist Church, Sparta

Girl Scout STEAM Program

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Fri, March 2, 7:00 PM

Wallkill Valley Regional High School, Hamburg

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Arts & Entertainment

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Sat, March 3, 7:00 AM

First United Methodist Church, Newton

Newton Rotary Pancake Breakfast

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One Injured in Two-Family House Fire in Newton

February 6, 2018

NEWTON, NJ—One man was injured, while three others escaped unharmed when a two-family two story apartment house caught fire on Saturday.  On January 27 at around 6:26 a.m. Newton Police received a 9-1-1 call from a passerby reporting a house on fire. Patrols immediately responded to the area and found a structure fire at 75 Trinity Street police report..

According to Police, ...

Paterson's Poet Laureate

February 13, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- The City of Paterson has given birth to famous athletes, business leaders, actors, and now, a poet laureate.

Born and raised in Paterson, Talena Lachelle Queen told TAPinto Paterson that she has been writing since she was five-years old, and, as she grew older, realized that when it came to pursuing studies and a career in writing, she “didn’t have a choice.” ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating, leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The school shooting ...

Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying or Selling in NJ

Team Nest Builder knows that whether you are buying or selling a New Jersey home it can be quite the adventure, which is why you need an experienced real estate professional to guide you on the path to achieving your ultimate goal. But in this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can ‘For Sale by Owner’ or ...

Does Marriage or Mortgage Come First?

According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2017 at 57% of all buyers. Team Nest Builder knows it's no surprise that having two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to monthly housing costs makes buying a home more ...

Very Hot Tea Increases Cancer Risk

Researchers in China studying the consumption of “burning” hot tea, alcohol, and smoking habits of greater than 450,000 people ages 30 –79 for more than nine years found a five time greater risk of esophageal cancer in those who engaged in all three of the behaviors and a two time greater risk in those who either smoked or drank alcohol and consumed burning hot tea as compared ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7euCp86-c

AtlantiCast Episode 011

Breaking Atlantic Health System news on this week’s AtlantiCast! Plus, find out why Morristown Medical Center is one of the best hospitals in the nation when it comes to recovering from joint surgery, see the newest center for fighting brain cancer and an Atlantic Health System red-carpet premiere!

 

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders February 14 2018 Meeting Video

NEWTON, NJ - Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders February 14 2018 Meeting Video 

 

Sparta Woman's Club General Meeting

February 19, 2018

Sparta Woman's Club will have a meeting on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 11:45 am at the Lake Mohawk County Club located at 21 Boardwalk in Sparta. This month Kelly Evans, proprietor of Signs, Inc, will present the history and the technique for creating Pysanky, Ukrainian Easter eggs. Please contact Jennifer Mohr at 973-726-7273 for information on attending.