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Professional Mountain Biker Chris Clark to Visit Sparta Public Library

July 26, 2016

SPARTA, NJ - The Sparta Public Library will host professional mountain bike stunt rider Chris Clark.  Clark will perform on Monday, August 15 at the Mohawk Avenue School field beginning at 3 p.m. 

For the past decade Clark has competed around the world and entertained thousands at events such as the Gravity Games, Vans Warped Tour, New York City's Times Square Parade and even the ...

Six People to Run for Sparta Board of Education in November

SPARTA, NJ - Six names will appear on the ballot for the Sparta Board of Education election this November.  Five candidates will be vying  for three 3-year terms.  Only one candidate has decided to run  to fill the seat previously held by Doug McKernan.  McKernan had to resign because his family moved out of Sparta with one year left to his second term.

The five ...

New Sparta Police Junior Academy Promises an Activity Packed Camp Experience

SPARTA, NJ - A brand new program filled with hands on activities awaits students participating in the third annual Junior Police Day Camp. 

The Sparta Police Department is inviting students who will be entering fifth, sixth, seventh and eight grades in September.  This year Sgt John Lamon has revamped the program to incorporate several facets of police work, in addition to the focus ...

Newton Habitat for Humanity Gets a New Home

July 26, 2016

NEWTON, NJ - Newton Habitat for Humanity will soon have a new home of its own.  The non-profit organization received the deed to a foreclosed property on Mount View Road from Wells Fargo. 

The dwelling on the property will be demolished and replaced with a pole barn.  The building will be 40' x 50' by Shirk from Pennsylvania.  The new facility will have 1400 square ...

Professional Mountain Biker Chris Clark to Visit Sparta Public Library

SPARTA, NJ - The Sparta Public Library will host professional mountain bike stunt rider Chris Clark.  Clark will perform on Monday, August 15 at the Mohawk Avenue School field beginning at 3 p.m. 

For the past decade Clark has competed around the world and entertained thousands at events such as the Gravity Games, Vans Warped Tour, New York City's Times Square Parade and even the ...

Six People to Run for Sparta Board of Education in November

SPARTA, NJ - Six names will appear on the ballot for the Sparta Board of Education election this November.  Five candidates will be vying  for three 3-year terms.  Only one candidate has decided to run  to fill the seat previously held by Doug McKernan.  McKernan had to resign because his family moved out of Sparta with one year left to his second term.

The five ...

New Sparta Police Junior Academy Promises an Activity Packed Camp Experience

SPARTA, NJ - A brand new program filled with hands on activities awaits students participating in the third annual Junior Police Day Camp. 

The Sparta Police Department is inviting students who will be entering fifth, sixth, seventh and eight grades in September.  This year Sgt John Lamon has revamped the program to incorporate several facets of police work, in addition to the focus ...

Professional Mountain Biker Chris Clark to Visit Sparta Public Library

July 26, 2016

SPARTA, NJ - The Sparta Public Library will host professional mountain bike stunt rider Chris Clark.  Clark will perform on Monday, August 15 at the Mohawk Avenue School field beginning at 3 p.m. 

For the past decade Clark has competed around the world and entertained thousands at events such as the Gravity Games, Vans Warped Tour, New York City's Times Square Parade and even the ...

Six People to Run for Sparta Board of Education in November

SPARTA, NJ - Six names will appear on the ballot for the Sparta Board of Education election this November.  Five candidates will be vying  for three 3-year terms.  Only one candidate has decided to run  to fill the seat previously held by Doug McKernan.  McKernan had to resign because his family moved out of Sparta with one year left to his second term.

The five ...

New Sparta Police Junior Academy Promises an Activity Packed Camp Experience

SPARTA, NJ - A brand new program filled with hands on activities awaits students participating in the third annual Junior Police Day Camp. 

The Sparta Police Department is inviting students who will be entering fifth, sixth, seventh and eight grades in September.  This year Sgt John Lamon has revamped the program to incorporate several facets of police work, in addition to the focus ...

Professional Mountain Biker Chris Clark to Visit Sparta Public Library

July 26, 2016

SPARTA, NJ - The Sparta Public Library will host professional mountain bike stunt rider Chris Clark.  Clark will perform on Monday, August 15 at the Mohawk Avenue School field beginning at 3 p.m. 

For the past decade Clark has competed around the world and entertained thousands at events such as the Gravity Games, Vans Warped Tour, New York City's Times Square Parade and even the ...

New Sparta Police Junior Academy Promises an Activity Packed Camp Experience

SPARTA, NJ - A brand new program filled with hands on activities awaits students participating in the third annual Junior Police Day Camp. 

The Sparta Police Department is inviting students who will be entering fifth, sixth, seventh and eight grades in September.  This year Sgt John Lamon has revamped the program to incorporate several facets of police work, in addition to the focus ...

Weekend Events, Road Closures in Sparta July 22-24

SPARTA, NJ – Another busy summer weekend in Sparta begins on Friday night when the VFW once again hosts a barbecue for the community.

At the post on Main Street the communty is invited to a barbecue meal of chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers or sausage and peppers along with potato salad, cole slaw, dessert and a drink. The meal can be eaten in the newly refurbished hall or taken to ...

Newton Habitat for Humanity Gets a New Home

July 26, 2016

NEWTON, NJ - Newton Habitat for Humanity will soon have a new home of its own.  The non-profit organization received the deed to a foreclosed property on Mount View Road from Wells Fargo. 

The dwelling on the property will be demolished and replaced with a pole barn.  The building will be 40' x 50' by Shirk from Pennsylvania.  The new facility will have 1400 square ...

Plans Announced for 4th Annual Sussex County Veterans' Picnic

SUSSEX, NJ – The plans for the fourth annual Sussex County Veteran’s Picnic have been announce by the Sussex County Department of Human Services.  Together with Division of Senior Services, Municipal Alliance and the Veteran’s Committee they host the picnic on Saturday, Aug 27.

Veterans and their families are welcome to attend the event at the American Legion Post 213 ...

Weekend Events, Road Closures in Sparta July 22-24

SPARTA, NJ – Another busy summer weekend in Sparta begins on Friday night when the VFW once again hosts a barbecue for the community.

At the post on Main Street the communty is invited to a barbecue meal of chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers or sausage and peppers along with potato salad, cole slaw, dessert and a drink. The meal can be eaten in the newly refurbished hall or taken to ...

Sparta Township Council Awards Road Improvement Contracts

July 21, 2016

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township awarded bids to spend more than $500,000 to improve municipal roads. There were two separate resolutions to award two contractors.

The council approved $214,500 to Tilcon for milling and paving Conestoga Trail from State Road 181 to Hunters Lane.  The pricing was secured through the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council. 

The second ...

Permanent Make Up Facilities Opens in Sparta: It's Not What You Think

SPARTA, NJ – The doors are officially open to a new Sparta business.  Permanent Makeup by Kathy had a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 23 with Mayor Christine Quinn doing the honors.  Business owner Kathy Czerhoniak and her mother Patricia Heal along with Dawn Fritzsch of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce all gathered in front of the office at 83 Woodport Road for the ...

Local Man Seriously Injured Diving into Pool

July 23, 2016

SPARTA, NJ – While most of the town was celebrating the fourth of July, one young man sustained a traumatic neck injury.  A 23 year-old man from Vernon was at a party at a home on Lambert Drive when he dove into the pool, hitting the bottom and injuring his neck, according to Sparta police.

The man dove into the pool at the slope area, where it transitions from the shallow to the ...

Sparta Woman Brings Healing Through Hypnosis

SPARTA, NJ - It is not uncommon to know someone who has sought healing from alternative methods.  People attend yoga classes of all types.  Acupuncture and Reiki healers are also popular ways to achieve and maintain health.

Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique or QHHT is also becoming a familiar type of healing therapies.  The technique developed by Dolores Cannon over the course ...

Christie Orders Halt to All State-Funded Construction Projects; 23-Cent Gas Tax Increase Uncertain

July 2, 2016

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Chris Christie has shut down state-funded highway construction projects effective Saturday, July 2 after the state Senate balked at an Assembly plan backed by Christie that would have increased the state’s gasoline tax by 23-cents per gallon, money that would used to replenish the state’s battered Transportation Trust Fund.

Without a new source of revenue, ...

New Jersey Devils Partners with Sparta Middle School to Encourage Reading

July 24, 2016

SPARTA, NJ - Seventy-eight students in Heather Falotico and Laura Meade’s sixth grade Language Arts classes at Sparta Middle School participated in the New Jersey Devils “Stick With It” reading challenge.  Over a four-week period, their students read over 56,000 minutes and each was rewarded with a Stick With It foam puck, sunglasses, and drinking cup.  

"The ...

Weekend Events, Road Closures in Sparta July 22-24

SPARTA, NJ – Another busy summer weekend in Sparta begins on Friday night when the VFW once again hosts a barbecue for the community.

At the post on Main Street the communty is invited to a barbecue meal of chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers or sausage and peppers along with potato salad, cole slaw, dessert and a drink. The meal can be eaten in the newly refurbished hall or taken to ...

Area Girls Invited to Softball Try-outs

SPARTA, NJ - The Sparta Diamond Travel softball team is inviting girls from the area to try out for their 2017 season.  The tryouts are for the next years' travel teams and are different from the 2016 Spring and Fall teams.

The tryout schedule is:

July 19 - U10
July 20 - U12
July 21 - U14

The tryouts will take place on Ungerman Field.  Rain dates have yet to be ...

Introducing House on the Hudson

July 23, 2016

At TAP into Travels, we enjoy exploring the world and finding cool new things.  On our latest expedition to Cleveland where were observing elephants in their natural habitat, we discovered this wonderful micro brand, Little House on Hudson.

Little House on Hudson is a boutique brand specializing in handmade and unique accessories with a political bent.  While we were ...

An Introduction to TAPinto Travels

TAPinto Travels is pleased to join the TAPinto family of independent publishers. 

Our mission is simple.  We believe there is a world out there and we want you to see as much as you can.  We all work hard and we all deserve some time off to enjoy with our friends and family.  We will do our best to inform you of all the wonderful things you can do close to home and out in ...

Sussex County YMCA Installs Technology to Protect Against Sex Offenders

July 26, 2016

To safeguard children, the Sussex County YMCA next month will launch a visitor management system that screens for sex offenders.

“Keeping children safe is our top priority, and the Raptor System provides a first line of defense to keep out anyone who could pose a danger to them,’’ Sussex County YMCA Executive Director Jennifer Gardner said.

Under the Raptor System, anyone ...

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The Need to look at the Human Dimension of the Military

July 24, 2016

In 1970, there was draft for the Vietnam War.  My draft number was 356 near the bottom for recruitment.  Today, there are many more threats. We have the Chinese and the Russians near our coasts routinely, and we have action in the South China Sea and the Pacific over Chinese development of islands of sand, as well as terrorism and cyber attacks..

 

I have read numerous ...

New Sparta Police Junior Academy Promises an Activity Packed Camp Experience

July 25, 2016

SPARTA, NJ - A brand new program filled with hands on activities awaits students participating in the third annual Junior Police Day Camp. 

The Sparta Police Department is inviting students who will be entering fifth, sixth, seventh and eight grades in September.  This year Sgt John Lamon has revamped the program to incorporate several facets of police work, in addition to the focus ...

Local Man Seriously Injured Diving into Pool

SPARTA, NJ – While most of the town was celebrating the fourth of July, one young man sustained a traumatic neck injury.  A 23 year-old man from Vernon was at a party at a home on Lambert Drive when he dove into the pool, hitting the bottom and injuring his neck, according to Sparta police.

The man dove into the pool at the slope area, where it transitions from the shallow to the ...

Weekend Events, Road Closures in Sparta July 22-24

SPARTA, NJ – Another busy summer weekend in Sparta begins on Friday night when the VFW once again hosts a barbecue for the community.

At the post on Main Street the communty is invited to a barbecue meal of chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers or sausage and peppers along with potato salad, cole slaw, dessert and a drink. The meal can be eaten in the newly refurbished hall or taken to ...

Route 15 Head-On Crash Remains Under Investigation

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police released a statement today about the head-on collision on Route 15 southbound lane.  They continue to investigate the collision and said that charges are “potentially pending for Joshua Buttacavole,” the driver of the vehicle that crossed the grassy median and crashed into Melissa Scevola, in the southbound lane.

Fire departments from Sparta ...

Newton Man Charged with DWI Refuses Breath Test

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police responded to the area of East Mountain Road after receiving reports of an “erratic driver” in a 2010 Dodge pickup.

Police Officers Taylor May and Tom Snyder saw the truck on Woodport Road and pulled it over on Main Street near the post office on July 17 around 10:11 p.m. 

They identified the driver to be Stephen Yauch.  After speaking ...

Two Car Accident on Route 15 in Sparta Sends Two to the Hospital and Snarls Traffic

SPARTA, NJ – A two car collision on Route 15 led to the closure of the southbound lane and traffic snarls throughout the area. Police Chief Ernie Reigstad said two of the people involved in the accident were sent to the hospital but “their injuries do not appear serious at this time.”

Joshua Buttacavok was driving a Chevy Trailblazer in the northbound lane when he “lost ...

Newton Habitat for Humanity Gets a New Home

July 26, 2016

NEWTON, NJ - Newton Habitat for Humanity will soon have a new home of its own.  The non-profit organization received the deed to a foreclosed property on Mount View Road from Wells Fargo. 

The dwelling on the property will be demolished and replaced with a pole barn.  The building will be 40' x 50' by Shirk from Pennsylvania.  The new facility will have 1400 square ...

Roxbury Food Pantry to be Helped by Lake Hopatcong "Christmas in July" Celebrations

July 23, 2016

ROXBURY, NJ – As the region bakes beneath a so-called “heat dome,” a group of Lake Hopatcong businesses is asking people to revive their dormant Christmas Spirit on behalf of area charities including the beleaguered Roxbury Food Pantry.

Camp Six, Inc., the owner of The Windlass Restaurant, Lake Hopatcong Cruises, Alice’s Restaurant, Lake Hopatcong Golf Club and Main ...

Is Your Sunscreen Doing What It Should, and Are You?

By JOANNA HAYDEN PHD, CHES

A study published in the JAMA Dermatology last week found that 4 out of 10 sunscreens don’t meet the sun safety guidelines of the American Academy of Dermatology, regardless of their price. The biggest problem – the sunscreens didn’t meet even the minimal 40 minute water and sweat resistant criteria.

The complete article is ...