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Sparta VFW Partners to Support a Wounded Veterans Education

August 28, 2016

SPARTA, NJ - Two of Sparta's active community organizations have paired up to give support to a Spartan in need.  The Sussex County Women's Club donated $1,500 to the Sparta VFW to assist with the cost of education for a veteran according to Post Commander Peter Litchfield. 

Additionally, Sparta residents Douglas and Roberta Nobile contributed a donation of $1,250 for ...

Solar Panel and Walking Path Projects Completed and More from Around Sparta

SPARTA, NJ – The solar project at Sparta Middle School is nearly completed Sparta Superintendent Dennis Tobin announced at the August board of education meeting.  The ground mounted solar panels cover the side hill of the school, surrounded by a six-foot chain link fence.

The project is much scaled down from what was originally proposed. It was part of what started out as a three ...

Sparta Superintendent Announces Retirement

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Superintendent Dennis Tobin announced his retirement at the August Board of Education meeting on Monday.

“After 35 years in education, 29 of them in Sparta,” Tobin will be leaving on December 1.  “It was a difficult decision; I’ve been thinking about it for a year. It’s a time consuming position and I don’t think I can continue ...

Sparta VFW Partners to Support a Wounded Veterans Education

August 28, 2016

SPARTA, NJ - Two of Sparta's active community organizations have paired up to give support to a Spartan in need.  The Sussex County Women's Club donated $1,500 to the Sparta VFW to assist with the cost of education for a veteran according to Post Commander Peter Litchfield. 

Additionally, Sparta residents Douglas and Roberta Nobile contributed a donation of $1,250 for ...

Solar Panel and Walking Path Projects Completed and More from Around Sparta

SPARTA, NJ – The solar project at Sparta Middle School is nearly completed Sparta Superintendent Dennis Tobin announced at the August board of education meeting.  The ground mounted solar panels cover the side hill of the school, surrounded by a six-foot chain link fence.

The project is much scaled down from what was originally proposed. It was part of what started out as a three ...

Newton Pool Party to Benefit the Halsted Class of 2017

NEWTON, NJ – The Newton Pool will be closing on August 28 for the season but will open on Monday, August 29 for a special event open to everyone.  The Halsted Class of 2017 is holding a pool party to “end your summer with a splash.”

From 3 until 8 p.m. the pool will open for $5 per person.  Pizza and snack will be available for purchase as well.  The pool is ...

Sparta Superintendent Announces Retirement

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Superintendent Dennis Tobin announced his retirement at the August Board of Education meeting on Monday.

“After 35 years in education, 29 of them in Sparta,” Tobin will be leaving on December 1.  “It was a difficult decision; I’ve been thinking about it for a year. It’s a time consuming position and I don’t think I can continue ...

Sparta Superintendent Announces Retirement

August 26, 2016

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Superintendent Dennis Tobin announced his retirement at the August Board of Education meeting on Monday.

“After 35 years in education, 29 of them in Sparta,” Tobin will be leaving on December 1.  “It was a difficult decision; I’ve been thinking about it for a year. It’s a time consuming position and I don’t think I can continue ...

Tours, T-Shirts, Ice Cream and Smiles at Sparta High School Orientation

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School held their freshmen orientation on Wednesday afternoon.   Approximatley 200 new students were greeted at the curb by the Spartan mascot, Vice Principal Rory Fitzgerald, music and signs welcoming the class of 2020. 

Principal Janet Ferraro, Interim Athletic Director Steve Stoner, Guidance Director Kacey Dalton and Franc the service dog were ...

Self-Funded Sparta High School Drama Club Holds Garage Sale

SPARTA, NJ – The Drama Club is down but not out.  The Sparta High School students will continue to have the opportunity to have their club but they are doing so without district funding so they are raising money beginning with a garage sale on Saturday. 

“As a self-funding club, we are having our first fundraiser,” said club president Jamie Corter. 

They ...

Solar Panel and Walking Path Projects Completed and More from Around Sparta

August 27, 2016

SPARTA, NJ – The solar project at Sparta Middle School is nearly completed Sparta Superintendent Dennis Tobin announced at the August board of education meeting.  The ground mounted solar panels cover the side hill of the school, surrounded by a six-foot chain link fence.

The project is much scaled down from what was originally proposed. It was part of what started out as a three ...

Newton Pool Party to Benefit the Halsted Class of 2017

NEWTON, NJ – The Newton Pool will be closing on August 28 for the season but will open on Monday, August 29 for a special event open to everyone.  The Halsted Class of 2017 is holding a pool party to “end your summer with a splash.”

From 3 until 8 p.m. the pool will open for $5 per person.  Pizza and snack will be available for purchase as well.  The pool is ...

Outdoor Concert, Movie, BBQ and More Planned for Sparta This Weekend

SPARTA, NJ - It is another busy weekend in Sparta, with several family friendly activities.

On Thursday, the Sparta Elks continue Push Cart Hot Dogs night on the boardwalk, outside the Elks Lodge. From 7 until 9 p.m. hot dogs will be available for $2 with chips or $3 for the special of the week and chips. This week's special is the Baked Bean Dog.   

On Friday evening, the VFW ...

Sparta VFW Partners to Support a Wounded Veterans Education

August 28, 2016

SPARTA, NJ - Two of Sparta's active community organizations have paired up to give support to a Spartan in need.  The Sussex County Women's Club donated $1,500 to the Sparta VFW to assist with the cost of education for a veteran according to Post Commander Peter Litchfield. 

Additionally, Sparta residents Douglas and Roberta Nobile contributed a donation of $1,250 for ...

Newton Pool Party to Benefit the Halsted Class of 2017

NEWTON, NJ – The Newton Pool will be closing on August 28 for the season but will open on Monday, August 29 for a special event open to everyone.  The Halsted Class of 2017 is holding a pool party to “end your summer with a splash.”

From 3 until 8 p.m. the pool will open for $5 per person.  Pizza and snack will be available for purchase as well.  The pool is ...

Community Leaders and Program Stakeholders Meet to Discuss Next Steps for C.L.E.A.R Program

NEWTON, NJ-- The Center for Prevention and  Counseling held a meeting on the morning of Wednesday, August 24, at their offices in Newton to discuss the status of the Sussex County C.L.E.A.R. Program and to determine next steps to take in their effort to locally combat the opiate epidemic. 

Since its official launch on July 18, 2016, “seven residents were helped to enter a ...

Sparta Township Council Approves Special Assessment for Glen Lake Beach Club

August 25, 2016

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township Council voted to approve the Glen Lake Dam Assessment as recommended by the commission, though there were many in the audience that did not agree.

The Special Assessment Committee was approved by resolution at the February 9 council meeting.  The three-member commission was established the purpose of “making assessments for benefits for local ...

Sparta Township Employee Celebrates 40 Years on the Job

SPARTA, NJ – A long time Sparta employee was recognized at the Sparta Township Council meeting on Tuesday.   Denise Ogden reached the 40 year anniversary of working for Sparta in July.  She was the reluctant recipient of a proclamation read by Mayor Christine Quinn, honoring her notable dedication to the township.

The audience was filled with Odgen’s colleagues ...

Community Leaders and Program Stakeholders Meet to Discuss Next Steps for C.L.E.A.R Program

August 26, 2016

NEWTON, NJ-- The Center for Prevention and  Counseling held a meeting on the morning of Wednesday, August 24, at their offices in Newton to discuss the status of the Sussex County C.L.E.A.R. Program and to determine next steps to take in their effort to locally combat the opiate epidemic. 

Since its official launch on July 18, 2016, “seven residents were helped to enter a ...

Area Woman to Appear on CNN Town Hall Meeting Panel

NEWTON, NJ –  Annmarie Shafer will be representing Project SAM or Smart Approaches to Marijuana on a CNN Town Hall Meeting.on Wednesday, August 17 at 9 p.m.

Shafet works locally with the Center for Prevention and Counseling.

She was invited by Kevin Sabet to be on the panel that will be moderated by CNN’s Chris Cuomo.  The event will be highlighting Green Party ...

Center for Prevention Holds Annual Changing the Face of Addiction Walk

NEWTON, NJ—The Center for Prevention and Counseling hosted their Annual Changing the Face of Addiction Walk for the second year in a row at the Franklin Fireman’s Pavilion on Saturday, August 6.

“The event was a great success with close to 425 people participating, and was inspired by two local mothers, Mary Burns and Elaine Tizzano, who lost their sons to addiction” ...

Sparta Woman Requests Changes to Town Hunting Ordinance

August 16, 2016

SPARTA, NJ – The topic of hunting was discussed at the Sparta Township Council meeting on Tuesday, August 9.  Tina Miragliotta asked the council members to reconsider some of the language in Odinance 15-01.

Miragliotta, who said she may be known to council members as Tina Dykstra, pointed specifically to the title of Chapter 4-3 Deer Hunting on Township Property, which only ...

Sparta Township Council Announces Addition of Turf Field

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Council voted unanimously to fund a new artificial turf field at Station Park at their meeting on Tuesday, Aug 10. 

“There will be no tax impact,” according to Sparta Township CFO Grant Rome.  The project will be funded by a combination of Open Space funding and “borrowing against our surplus in the next years’ Open Space ...

Rocking Horse Ranch: Year-Round Family Fun in the Hudson Valley

August 27, 2016

HIGHLAND, NY — If your kids get bored easily, Rocking Horse Ranch is up to the challenge.

Just a one-and-a-half hour drive from Westfield, the all-inclusive offers year-round horseback riding (“pony” rides for the little ones) on well-trained horses, a small indoor water park, an arcade with mini bowling, ping pong and a BB gun rifle range. In the winter, there’s ...

Bayonne Bridge to Close This Weekend

BAYONNE, NJ – The Bayonne Bridge will close this weekend due to ongoing construction, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey announced.

The bridge will close from 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 until 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 to accommodate work for the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance project, which will raise the span’s roadway 64 feet to allow taller ships to pass ...

Marina's Mission: Local EMT Heading to Louisiana to Aid Flood Victims

STAFFORD, NJ - In the wake of the Louisiana flood that occured just two weeks ago, a local EMT wants to make it "her mission" to aid those victims in this sudden crisis.

Southern Regional Class of 2013 graduate, Marina Milia, is the local EMT traveling to the Golf Coast and leading a convoy to help her hand out the donations to the families ...

New Jersey Youth Corps to be Offered by Project Self-Sufficiency

August 28, 2016

The New Jersey Youth Corps will take root at Project Self-Sufficiency this fall.  The program, funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development, provides young adults the opportunity to augment their literacy skills, prepare for the high school equivalency exam, obtain on-the-job work experience, and transition into a career, college or the ...

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Trump and the American Auto Industry

August 19, 2016

I worked via government in the Auto Industry.  In the 1970s, I was one of many state workers, who worked at the Ford Plant in Mahwah, in its closing days, and that closed plant has still left a legacy of pollution that has impacted many in Northern Bergen County. In the other two plants, I worked with my colleague Peter Nozza, an unusual asset for government and industry,  and his ...

Community Leaders and Program Stakeholders Meet to Discuss Next Steps for C.L.E.A.R Program

August 26, 2016

NEWTON, NJ-- The Center for Prevention and  Counseling held a meeting on the morning of Wednesday, August 24, at their offices in Newton to discuss the status of the Sussex County C.L.E.A.R. Program and to determine next steps to take in their effort to locally combat the opiate epidemic. 

Since its official launch on July 18, 2016, “seven residents were helped to enter a ...

Sparta Police: Fire at Sparta Tire, Damage but No Injuries

SPARTA, NJ – A fire broke out at Sparta Tire on Woodport Road in the afternoon on Thursday, August 25.  Sparta Fire Department, Sparta Police Department and Sparta Ambulance Squad all responded to the scene.  Police report that early indication is a car being worked on in one of the garage bays caught fire. 

The fire caused “extensive damage” to the ...

Elizabeth Man Flashes False ID, Faces Multiple Charges

SPARTA, NJ – An Elizabeth resident faces charges after falsely identifying himself as an Essex County Constable.  On August 21, just after noon, Juan Genao, 26, was pulled over by Sparta Police Officer Tom Snyder for “several equipment violations,” according to police.

While stopped on Tomahawk Trail, Genao showed Snyder a gold badge with a “poorly constructed ID ...

Sparta Police: Jefferson Man Crashes into Telephone Pole, Faces Several Charges

SPARTA, NJ - A Jefferson man faces multiple charges after crashing his car into a telephone pole.  Sparta police officers were called to the scene of the one car accident at 397 Main Street at 2:45 p.m.  on August 18.

They found Chase Wainstein, 21 of Jefferson, still in his car a 2013 Toyota Camry.  Cpl. Scott Elig spoke with Wainstein after he got out of his car and suspected ...

Route 15 Closed After 7 p.m. Friday, For Several Hours

Sparta, NJ—At approximately 7 p.m. on Friday, August 19, Rt. 15 was closed at mile marker 14, due to an accident that occurred earlier in the day, according to police.

A dump truck rolled into a pond needed to be removed. A detour was be set up diverting traffic around the area police reported..

According to Sparta Police, Route 15 northbound traffic had to be ...

Sparta Police: Driver and Passenger Charged in Route 15 Crash Involving Pregnant Woman

SPARTA, NJ - Charges have been filed in the accident that occurred on Route 15 on July 19 that led to injuries, including a pregnant woman.  Sparta police announced they have "issues charges against Joshua Buttacavole and the passenger of his vehicle Nicholas Baya."

The Lodi residents were in a 2005 Chevy that crossed from the northbound lane , rolled over in the grassy median ...

Freeholder Candidate Defends "Harebrained" Idea: A Casino in Roxbury

August 28, 2016

ROXBURY, NJ – One Roxbury official called it “harebrained” and his colleagues similarly scoffed, but Mitchell Horn truly believes it would be a good idea to build a casino on the former Hercules Powder Co. land in Roxbury.

Nobody really knows what lies beneath the surface of the 1,200-acre site, a place where Hercules made explosives for 125 years and is believed to have ...

Do you drive drowsy? Drowsy driving may cause up to 1 in 5 fatal accidents.

A report released last week from the Governors Highway Safety Association (an organization of state and territorial highway safety offices) estimates that up to 20% of fatal traffic accidents result from drowsy driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has added drowsy driving to its definition of impaired driving along with drunk, drugged and distracted ...

Welcome Back to School: Communication Guidelines, Safety Update

Welcome to this month’s edition of the Sparta School District Spotlight. The Sparta School District is pleased to provide this monthly article as another means of communication with our community. As summer draws to a close, we look forward to welcoming back our students and community to our five schools.

As shared last month, much preparation has gone into making each building ready for ...