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Sparta Middle School's 2018 Completion Ceremony

June 24, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Under the sunny blue sky on Thursday evening Sparta Middle School held their eighth grade completion ceremony.  The event took place on Cassels Field at Sparta High School.  The bleachers were filled with family and friends to watch as the students close one chapter and look ahead to the next.

The ceremony began with comments from student Matt Bouma-Hannam.  ...

Sparta High School Celebrates with First Senior Walk

SPARTA, NJ — The Sparta High School seniors took part in the first senior walk on Wednesday. After the senior academic award breakfast the students donned their mortarboards and gowns and boarded buses to tour the district.

Sparta High School Principal Janet Ferraro organized the initiative, based on similar walks done by high schools throughout the country she said in her note to ...

Sparta Middle School Students of the Fourth Marking Period 2018

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta Middle School Principal Michael Gregory has announced the Students of the fourth marking period 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 Represented by 2 Track Athletes at NJSIAA Meet of Champions, New Records Set

June 11, 2018

COLUMBUS, NJ – Sparta High School was represented by two track athletes at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions on Saturday, June 9. Gianna Macones and Carlie Wilson participated having finished at the top of their events in the Group 2 championship last week.

Macones took second in the long jump establishing a new Sparta High School and Sussex County record with a 19’4” jump. She ...

Sparta Elks and 10 Community Organizations to Celebrate Flag Day

June 11, 2018

SPARTA, NJ - On Tuesday, June 12 the Sparta Elks in inviting the community to celebrate the symbol of our nation.  The Elks will be joined by members of Sparta Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, the Kiwanis, the Sparta Police Department, Fire Department, Ambulance Squad, two chapters of the Knights of Columbus and others. 

The ceremony will take place on the lawn in front of the Sparta ...

Enjoy a Night of Laughs at Sparta High School Production of 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

June 23, 2018

SPARTA, NJ — The community is invited to a night of fun and laughter at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The musical comedy will be presented at Sparta High School auditorium on Monday June 26 and Tuesday, June 27 at 7 p.m. It is recommended for a mature audience.

The story is of six tweens spelling their way through a series of words, hoping to continue their dreams ...

Sparta Elks Hosts a Flag Day Celebration

SPARTA, NJ – The plaza in front of town hall was filled with flags on Tuesday evening for the Sparta Elks Flag Day commemoration ceremony.  In addition to the Elks, there were flag bearing representatives from the Sparta Police Department, Fire Department and Ambulance Squad, Sparta VFW, Knights of Columbus from two different parishes, Kiwanis, Sparta Boy Scouts and Girl Scout ...

Sparta Township Council Agrees to Approve Sewage Franchise for Village North Project

June 16, 2018

SPARTA, NJ — The Village North at Sparta development is moving ahead Anyone driving north on Route 15 has seen the construction has started on the Shop Rite Project. Attorney Deborah Nicholson and owner Owen Dykstra appeared in front of Sparta Township Council at the meeting on Tuesday to get the sewer service infrastructure moving along.

Nicholson requested council members pass a ...

What do TSA officers want travelers to know?

June 23, 2018

RICHMOND, VA  – You come to an airport checkpoint hoping to catch your flight and arrive at your destination safely and on time. Seems simple enough, but sometimes something you weren’t expecting comes up at the checkpoint and it slows you down.

Meet Deborah Simms and Ryan Seymour, Transportation Security Administration officers at Richmond International Airport (RIC).

College Alumni, Reunite & Ride At Tournament of Champions

June 23, 2018

RINGOES, N.J. — In a college reunion of a different kind, the Alumni Tournament of Champions was held at Briarwood at Black river farm on June 3.

It was the seventh annual event that brought together alumni members of the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA).

Like IHSA shows, riders do not bring their own horses, mounts are provided by the host. A random draw determines ...

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Sparta Police: Green Light Means DWI Charges

June 23, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – A Stockholm resident is facing drunk driving charges when she did not go when a traffic light turned green.  On June 16 around 1:15 a.m. Police Officers Thomas Snyder and Jonathan Poon stopped Christina Sacerdote, 52, police report.

When the officers spoke with the driver they determined she had been driving her white Mazda under the influence of alcohol.  ...

Sparta Police: Speeding Stop Ends with Lost Driver Charged with DWI

SPARTA. NJ – A Newark man who thought he was heading to Atlantic City only won a trip to the Sparta Police Department headquarters after being stopped for speeding.  On June 18 around 3 a.m. Cpl. Kurt Morris stopped Manuel Pinheiro, 48, for driving 84 MPH in a 55 MPH zone on Route 15 south, police said.

When Morris spoke with Pinheiro the officer smelled alcohol coming from the ...

Sparta Police: Byram Woman's Broken Light Ends in Drug Charges

SPARTA, NJ – A Byram woman is facing drug charges having been stopped for a broken headlight on White Lake Road.  On June 15 Abigail Carkhuff, 22, was pulled over by Police Officer Brian Porter around 10:40 p.m. police report.

When Porter spoke with Carkhuff the officer smelled marijuana in the car.  A search of the grey Ford Escape turned up a ziplock bag of marijuana and a ...

Sparta High School Time Capsule

June 20, 2018

To the editor: 

For this year’s AP project in our English class, we have put together a 2018 Sparta High School time capsule to be opened in 25 years. The capsule, likely to be buried next to the garden behind the school, will contain student testimonies, memes, and other relics of our time. Hopefully with this project we hope to preserve our unique experience of teenage ...

The Power of Positive Engagement

To the Editor:

I wanted to share this letter from Laurie Beacham, Media Director for NJ 11th for Change, about the notable increase in voter turnout and citizens deciding to run in the recent primary election:

"The 11th Congressional District has a lot to be proud of. In the June 5th primaries, voter turnout climbed from almost 33,000 in 2014 to over 86,000. Democratic ...

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Sparta Board of Education Meeting UPDATED

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Sparta Farmers Market

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Sparta Farmers Market

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Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Sussex County Views: The Art of Toni Chaplin

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Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Sussex County Views: The Art of Toni Chaplin

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Sat, July 14, 9:00 AM

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Sparta Farmers Market

Tue, July 17, 6:00 PM

CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties, Morristown

CASA Information Session

Education Giving Back Law & Justice

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Sat, July 21, 9:00 AM

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Sparta Farmers Market

Sussex Stags Football Team to Hold Fourth Annual Golf Outing

June 16, 2018

NEWTON, NJ—The Sussex County Stags will be holding their fourth annual gold outing on Saturday June 23.

Arrival time is 11:30 a.m. at the Minebrook Golf Club located at 500 Schooleys Mountain Road in Hackettstown. Golfing will begin at 1 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online at www.sussexstags.com.

Tickets are $125 per person and include the following: golfing, the cart, an all you ...

Update: Police Break Up Fight Involving 40-50 People at Bridgewater Commons Mall

June 15, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — No injuries have been reported in an incident that shut down Bridgewater Commons Mall Thursday evening after a fight involving a crowd of 40-50 people.

Police are still investigating unconfirmed reports of shots being fired, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

The mall is closed for the evening as the investigation continues.

Somerset County ...

5 Home-Related To-Do’s Before Leaving On Vacation

With school out and the summer sun shining down, thoughts turn to summer vacation trips.  Team Nest Builder offers these 5 home-related tips to follow to avoid everything from minor inconveniences to major headaches upon your return:

Pause Your Post & Paper

Piled up mail and newspapers act like a “rob me” sign!  Avoid tipping off strangers to your absence by ...

Why Buying a Home is Better Than Renting

People often ask if now is a good time to buy a home in New Jersey, but nobody ever asks whether or not it’s a good time to rent. Regardless, Team Nest Builder wants to make certain that everyone understands that now is NOT a good time to rent.

The Census Bureau recently released their 2018 first quarter median rent numbers. This graph from their report shows rent increases from 1988 ...

5 Fab Father's Day Happenings in Sussex & Morris Counties

Father’s Day hits this Sunday--what do YOU have planned? Team Nest Builder offers a slew of Father’s Day fun in Morris and Sussex County. Read on and surprise Dad with cool activities! (Be sure to check if registration is required prior to showing up!)

Alstede Farms' Father's Day Brunch – Chester

From 9am-noon, take a scenic hayride to a brunch buffet that offers ...

Don't Miss Sunday's OPEN HOUSE for 4BR Sparta Mountain Beauty

Perched handsomely on an acre in the beautiful SpartaMountain community, 28 Waters Edgeoffers a 4BR 2.5 Bathroom home with space and style. Come see for yourself this Sunday, June 17th, from 1-3pm at our OPEN HOUSE!

Located in the prestigious Sparta Mountain Reserve, this large, beautiful center hall colonial with open floor plan has a nice, level play yard with direct ...

Days on The Housing Market Drops to New Low

According to recently released data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the median number of days that a home spent on the market hit a new low of 26 days in April, as 57% of homes remained on the market for under a month.

NAR’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, opined,

“What is available for sale is going under contract at a rapid pace. Since NAR began tracking this ...

Pass It Along Triathlon

Tri-something new this July and sign up for the Pass It Along Triathlon!

The 9th annual Pass It Along Triathlon will take place on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at the Lake Mohawk Country Club. This triathlon features two USAT-certified courses - Olympic and Sprint. This triathlon has become a Sparta tradition and everyone is welcome to attend to cheer on athletes and be a part of the ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast Episode 17

On this week’s AtlantiCast, it’s National Men’s Health Month, so check out important health tips for you or the men in your life, learn about groundbreaking research into breast cancer treatment that could mean an end to chemotherapy for some patients, meet a local sports hero who’s living his baseball dreams thanks to Goryeb Children’s Hospital and much ...

June 13 Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting

NEWTON, NJ - The June 13 Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting video.

 

Oroho, Space & Wirths Vote Against Trenton Democrats’ Effort to Cut Local School Aid by $40 Million

June 23, 2018

Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space, and Assemblyman Hal Wirths (all R-24) voted against legislation advanced by Trenton Democrats today to cut State school aid to the 24th Legislative District by $1.5 million next year, a reduction that would increase to $40 million loss annually when the new school aid formula is fully phased in.

“New Jersey’s school funding formula is ...