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Sparta Schools Closed

January 17, 2018

SPARTA, NJ - Due to the winter storm, all Sparta School District schools will be closed today, Wednesday, January 17.  All afterschool activities will be canceled as well.

Sparta School Have Delayed Opening on Wednesday

SPARTA, NJ – Due to impending winter weather, Sparta public schools will be operating on a two-hour delayed opening schedule on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

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 ...

Sparta School District Weather Announcement for January 16

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta school district officials have announced that all after school and evening activities have been canceled for tonight, January 16.

 

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Sparta High School Track Has Busy Start to 2018

January 14, 2018

MADISON, NJ – Sparta High School winter track teams were back in action at Drew University on January 11 for the Valentine Invitational and on January 9 for the Back Invitational.  The Spartan boys and girls joined teams from 25 other high schools at both meets.

In the Valentine Invitational Gianna Macones took first place in the 55 meter dash and third in the 55 meter ...

Sparta Girls Basketball Splits; Defeats Morris Knolls, Loses to Hanover Park

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School girls basketball team lost a close one to Hanover Park on Saturday 39-34.  Erin Scott put up 14 points.  Erin Walsh contributed eight points and 10 rebounds. It just was not enough to overcome the Hornets.

The girls dominated Morris Knolls on Friday night winning 43-34.  The Spartans held the ball in their end much of the first ...

Sparta Boys Basketball Splits; First Loss to Newton and Win Against Morris Knolls

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School boys basketball beat Morris Knolls on Friday night at Knolls 57-55. The Spartans were led by Dante Joefield with 18 points.  Jack Cavanaugh was close behind with 17 points for the night. 

It was a team effort with contributions from Aidan Mastandrea putting up eight points, and Cam Riley and Jake Vreeland with seven each.

On Thursday the boys ...

Local Scouts Honor Veterans with Wreaths Across America

January 5, 2018

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ - Early on the morning of December 16, 2017, Sussex County Scouts from Crew 276, Troop 283, Troop 187, Troop 84, Troop 98, Pack 183, and Pack 153,  joined tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the country and overseas to remember our nation’s veterans by placing wreaths at veterans’ cemeteries and monuments, as part of the efforts of Wreaths Across ...

Sparta Gallery Features Local Teacher's Photographs

January 3, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta resident and Sparta High School photography teacher will have her work featured in the new George Segale studio this month.  The community is invited to a champagne reception on the opening night this Friday beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The gallery is located in the White Deer Plaza, across from St. Moritz restaurant.  Each month the studio chooses a local ...

New Sparta Business MindFit USA Offers Unique Fitness and STEM Workouts

January 17, 2018

SPARTA, NJ- A new business in Sparta offers fitness for mind and body for area children and adults.  The high ceilings and big windows make the facility feel open and light.  The homework bar by the entrance indicates the mission of the facility. 

MindFit USA, the brain child of Michael Fancher, has been four years in the making, though he traces to roots farther back than ...

Facebook Changes Its News Feed; How You Can Get Your Local News

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Facebook recently announced it is changing its news feed and algorithms so that news from legitimate publishers and posts from businesses will seldom appear. 

This will be frustrating for people who use Facebook to find news and information relevant to them, said TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro. 

“Relegating legitimate news publishers and ...

Crowds Pack Sussex County YMCA's Open House

January 17, 2018

HARDYSTON, NJ – The Sussex County YMCA was packed on Saturday afternoon.  People from all over Sussex County came by to try out the new facilities and see the expansion and renovations.  Special guests spoke at the opening ceremony in the new gymnasium.

Jennifer Gardner, Executive Director announced special guests U. S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer, New Jersey Senator Steve ...

New Sparta Business MindFit USA Offers Unique Fitness and STEM Workouts

SPARTA, NJ- A new business in Sparta offers fitness for mind and body for area children and adults.  The high ceilings and big windows make the facility feel open and light.  The homework bar by the entrance indicates the mission of the facility. 

MindFit USA, the brain child of Michael Fancher, has been four years in the making, though he traces to roots farther back than ...

Emotional Meeting at NJ Sharing Network Bonds Donor Family and Organ Recipient

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Saturday's reunion wasn't an ordinary meeting -- it was an incredibly powerful reunion between a donor family and an organ recipient at the NJ Sharing Network in New Providence. You could feel the raw emotion of the Rodriguez family as they anxiously waited to meet Robert Fisher, who lives because of their brother's gift of life.

Nolman Vidal ...

United Airlines Offers Customers Two Free Checked Bags on Travel To/From China and Hong Kong

January 14, 2018

CHICAGO, IL - United Airlines has eliminated charges for customers' second checked bag on all routes from North America to China and Hong Kong including those originating at Newark Liberty Airport. 

"We are responding to valuable feedback from customers who are seeking added benefits when they travel to China and Hong Kong, ...

Ocean County Freeholders Firmly Against Drilling Off the New Jersey Coast

TOMS RIVER - The Ocean County Board of Freeholders are strongly opposed to a Trump administration plan to expand offshore oil and gas drilling to the waters of nearly every coastal state in the nation..

The proposal by the Trump Administration includes 47 potential lease sales in 25 of the 26 planning areas — 19 sales off the coast of Alaska, seven in the Pacific region, 12 in the Gulf ...

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Franklin Police: Fake Bomb Threat Called in to Distract Police

January 16, 2018

FRANKLIN, NJ – A man called in a fake bomb threat to distract police from an attempted burglary, Franklin police report.  On January 13 Franklin Borough Police were called to the Shop Rite Plaza because of a bomb threat that had been reported by a caller.

An employee at Dunkin Donuts assisted in the investigation when he reported information about the suspected caller.  The ...

Sparta Police: Several Wanted People Picked Up in Traffic Stops

SPARTA, NJ – Traffic stops have let to the apprehension of people on outstanding warrants in the past week. On January 10 around 8:45 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Thomas Snyder stopped a gray Nissan Altima for having an expired inspection sticker, according to police. 

When the officer checked the driver’s identification Snyder found Rene Figuerroa, 57, had a suspended license ...

Sparta Police: Speeding Man Made to Stay Awhile

SPARTA, NJ – A man from Homdel was stopped for speeding on Route 15 and wound up under arrest on drug charges.  On January 9 around 9 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Steven Guido stopped a Mini Cooper driven by  Justin Fernandes, 26, police report.

When speaking with Fernandes the officer smelled raw marijuana in the car.  When Guido asked the driver, Fernandes admitted he had ...

Opiod Prescriptions are out of Sight

January 5, 2018

To the Editor:

For seven years, I was the Representative for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD-NJ) for the 24th District where I gave testimony on drug Issues  before budget committees in the Assembly and State Senate! Before that I did a drug usage study of High School students in two NJ Counties, but neither of the above would prepare me for ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, January 24, 12:00 PM

Sussex County Library, Louise Childs Branch, Stanhope

Acing the Interview II: Mock Interviews

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Mon, January 29, 7:30 PM

Mohawk Avenue School, Sparta

Sparta Board of Education January Meeting ...

Education

Sat, February 24, 7:00 PM

The Prudential Center, Newark

Sparta Education Foundation Night Out with the NJ ...

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Between the Bread Celebrates Two Year Anniversary

January 16, 2018

NEWTON, NJ— Between the Bread, owned by 22 year old, Newton High School graduate, Erin Louglas, celebrated on Saturday, January 13. It was two years since the doors first opened. 

This little cafe has thrived, despite 70 percent of Newton’s Spring Street filled with vacant store fronts, according to Newton Town Council when a business development plan ...

Report: Gov. Christie Won’t Sign Cooperative High School Sports Bill Before Leaving Office

January 16, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. – The proposed bill to allow school districts with multiple high schools to “co-op” in all sports based on participation or financial issues will not be signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie will “pocket veto” the bill, by placing it on an “action not taken list” prior to leaving office on Tuesday, according to a report by Greg ...

Top Family-Voted Sledding Spots in Sussex and Morris Counties

Snow-bound and down? Team Nest Builder says, “Get out of the house, grab that dusty Radio Flyer sled out of the garage, and head to one of these Sussex or Morris County hills for brrrrrrrreath-taking fun!”

 

MORRIS COUNTY:

Boonton:


Tourne County Park (a portion of the park area an officially designated sledding hill)

Chester:  


Grove ...

OPEN HOUSE Check out this TROPHY 3BR Parsippany Home SUNDAY

It's time to TREAT YOURSELF to a real trophy home!  Seeking a stunning 3BR/2.5 Bath pad with panache in upscale Puddingstone Heights that's both tranquil and private, yet minutes from Morristown?  29 High Ridge Road's your house! And you can check it out in person at our OPEN HOUSE this Sunday, January 14th from 1pm-3pm.  

Located ...

10 Tips to Stop Those Pipes Freezing During the Northern NJ Icy Blast

Brrrrrr!!!!! This Northern New Jersey cold weather means chapped lips, dry hands and worse, frozen home pipes.  Team Nest Builder advises avoiding the disaster of bursting home pipes by adding these 10 tips to your winter home protection repertoire:

 

No Hosers!

Disconnect those outdoor hoses! A water-filled hose connected to the faucet freezes, ice backs up into the pipe ...

Top 10 Reasons to Visit this Morris Township OPEN HOUSE Sunday

Seeking a move-in ready 3BR/2 Bath home in Morris Township? Mark your calendar NOW for Team Nest Builder's OPEN HOUSE for 77 Spring Brook Road, Morristown, happening this Sunday, January 7th from 1pm to 3pm. Need a little more convincing? Read on for the TOP 10 reasons you'll love this home!

1. The fantastic neighborhood/location! This great social and friendly neighborhood hosts ...

Man-flu may be for real!

Man-flu may be for real!
Joanna Hayden, PhD, CHES
A study published in the British Medical Journal on December 27, 2017 reporting the results of an investigation into the existence of “man-flu” suggests that flu in men may really be more severe and cause worse symptoms than flu in women.

Abstract of original journal article: ...

Confirmed! Sugary drinks linked to world-wide obesity

If you doubted the link between sugar consumption and obesity, doubt no more. Researchers from around the world reviewed 30 studies published since 2013 involving close to 250,000 people that looked at obesity and sugar sweetened drink consumption. The results of 93% of these recent studies confirmed the results of studies done prior to 2013 that sugar sweetened beverage consumption is linked to ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast Medical Minute – Winter Weather Edition

On this episode of AtlantiCast Medical Minute, learn how to take the fight to Old Man Winter, while staying safe! Learn some winter health tips with Anthony Brutico, MD, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Newton Medical Center.

 

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders January 10, 2018 meeting

NEWTON, NJ - Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders January 10, 2018 meeting video.

 

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders January 8, 2018

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ - The video of the January 8, 2018 Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

 

Red Cross blood shortage prompts urgent call for blood and platelet donations during National Blood Donor Month

January 17, 2018

This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.

Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet ...