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Sparta High School Announces First Marking Period Honor Rolls

December 10, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School Principal Janet Ferraro and Guidance Director Kacey Dalton have announced the honor rolls for the first marking period of the 2017-2018 school year.  

According to the guidance department, Honor Roll is determined by a student’s grade point average for all marks earned in a given quarter.  To be named to the ...

Spartans Tackle Bullying With The New York Jets

SPARTA. NJ - Whether you’re a fan or not, let’s all clap it out for the New York Jets.

The NFL football team has teamed up with STOMP Out Bullying, a nonprofit that, simply, is dedicated to do exactly that. Together, the organization and football team strives to promote a healthy community for students in their school communities. With assistance, the NY Jets have made a prevention ...

Panel Discussion in Sparta: School Consolidation Complex and Costly

SPARTA, NJ – A large crowd filled the Sparta High School media center on Wednesday to hear a panel discussion about school consolidation.  More than 150 people attended the event sponsored by New Jersey School Boards’ Association, according to Ray Pinney, Director of Member Engagement.

The through discussion of topic hit both sides of the issue.  “Some say it is a ...

Sparta High School Girls Basketball Prepare for New Season

December 11, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – The girls high school basketball team has started its winter season, the sixth under the leadership of head coach Catherine Willie.  This year the team will be relying on key returning players Paige Smith, Erin Walsh, Erin Scott, Tatiana Esteva-Ingram, Emily Dilger and Brianna Falco according to Willie.

Defensively the team will look to the leadership of Walsh and ...

Sparta High School Athlete Signs Letter of Intent for Football at Cornell

SPARTA, NJ -  Thomas Ferrara has signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his football career and education at Cornell University.

Sparta High School Boys and Girls Outswim Hackettstown

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ – Sparta High School swim team had a successful time in the pool on Monday, December 4, swimming against Hackettstown at the Centenary University pool.  Both Sparta girls and boys came out ahead; girls 50-44, boys 52-37.

The girls team was led by senior Bridget Hilgendorf in the 200 Freestyle, Chloe Rippey in the 400 Individual Medley and Freshman Mirando ...

Sparta's Season of Blessing: Tilly's Kids Christmas Outreach

December 1, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - The Sparta School community is once again rallying behind the Tilly’s Kids Organization run out of Newark in an attempt to bring holiday gifts to literally thousands of children living in poverty. In large part, the reason for the success of the Christmas Outreach program is due to the generosity of those affiliated with Sparta schools as well as the entire larger Sparta ...

UNICO Sponsors Pasta Dinner Comedy Night For Local Girl

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta UNICO Foundation will be hosting a pasta dinner and comedy night to raise funds for a Sparta High School student battling cancer.  On Saturday, December 16 at Mc Kenna Hall in Reverend Brown School beginning at 7 p.m. comedian Uncle Floyd will provide the entertainment at the dinner.

The net proceeds from the event will go to help 14-year-old Melanie ...

Sparta High School Students Sell Piggy Backs to Help Classmate

SPARTA, NJ – A group of Sparta High School students are offering Piggy Backs for $3 to raise money for a classmate battling cancer.  No, they are not carrying classmates around on their back, they are selling little rubber pigs that can be affixed to the back of cellphones to be used as a handle or a stand.

The group of mostly freshmen got together with English teachers Dorothy ...

Santa Arrives at Sparta's Station Park

December 11, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - Santa capped off a busy weekend with a visit to Station Park on Sunday, arriving by fire truck to the delight of the waiting children.  The popular annual event drew nearly 100 families with approximately 150 children having their picture taken with Santa. 

The event was presented by the Sparta Recreation Department and the Sparta Recreation Advisory Committee, as they ...

Sparta Alpine Elementary School Students Celebrate Holidays

SPARTA, NJ – The students at Sparta Alpine Elementary School experienced a multi-cultural sing along show called Christmahanukwanzamdan.  David Jack led the program that was sponsored by the Alpine PTO.

Jack introduced the children to different customs, historical figures, cultures and music associated with several winter holidays, according to school counselor Heather Yanoff.

At ...

Judge Orders Sparta to Start Over on Glen Lake Special Assessment

December 5, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township has been told to go back to the drawing board and come up with a better way to deal with the Glen Lake Dam special assessment.  On December 4, the ruling made Judge Stuart Minkowitz was received by the township attorney, Thomas Ryan of Laddey Clark and Ryan, LLP.

The judge found the township’s appointed expert’s methodology in developing the ...

Sparta Middle School Staff Shave Moustaches for Men's Health

November 30, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – November has come to an end and that means one thing at Sparta Middle School; time to show off the mustaches and beards.  Eleven staff members participated in the hair raising fundraiser for men’s health over the month known as Movember or No-Shave November.

The staff members were lined up in the entry way of the school as the students came into the building, ...

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Sparta Police: Traffic Stop Yields Hundreds of Empty Heroin Packets

December 7, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – A Long Valley resident was found to have hundreds of empty wax packets used to hold heroin when he was stopped for having an expired inspection sticker.  Sparta Police Officer Thomas Snyder stopped a gray Honda Accord on December 4 around 9:50 a.m. on Route 15, police report.

When Snyder went to speak with Daniel Gaeta, 30, the driver told the officer he was being ...

Sparta Police: Vernon Man Hits a Curb, Gets DWI

SPARTA, NJ – A Vernon man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after he hit a curb and disabled his Jeep.  On November 30 around 11;20 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Ericks Finley found the Robert Houdershieldt, 44, sitting in his Grand Cherokee on the Route 15 southbound ramp, police say.

When Finley spoke with the driver, Houdershieldt told the officer he was on the phone ...

Sparta Police: Wanted Orange Man Picked Up After Driving Erratically

SPARTA, NJ – An Orange resident is in custody on outstanding warrants and other charges after getting stopped by Sparta police on Woodport Road.  On November 21 around 1:40 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Thomas Snyder stopped an Audi driven by Damani Weekes, police say.

According to police Weekes was driving erratically, crossing over the yellow line several times.  When Snyder ...

Obituaries

- Jun 2, 2017
Jillian Mari Baluyot, 17, of Nutley, passed away on June 2, 2017. Born in Secaucus, she lived in ...
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- Feb 21, 2017
Marisa Rincon (30) passed away in Randolph on February 21,2017. She was born is West Chester, PA ...
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Thanks for Saving my House

December 10, 2017

It was strange to get a phone message at a local movie theater that my house was on fire in Lake Stockholm on Friday. It was thirty years ago that I had a house fire in the same community, but tonight I was at the AMC movie in Rockaway getting a call about my house again being on fire. I arrived in Lake Stockholm to see the firemen keeping damage to a minimum!

Without the great effort of ...

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AtlantiCast: Episode 008

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll learn about a groundbreaking new clinical trial in the fight against pancreatic cancer, meet an award-winning child neurologist at Goryeb Children’s Hospital and hear about the new Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center at Atlantic Orthopedic Institute – plus stay tuned at the end to see our debut episode of the AtlantiCast Medical ...

Two Elizabeth Residents Arrested in Massive Child Trafficking and Pornography Sting

December 1, 2017

TRENTON, NJ – Arrests have been made in a massive operation that stretched from New Jersey to California, that targeted sex offenders, and persons possessing child pornography was announced today by Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino.

Arrests of 79 child predators and child pornography offenders in “Operation Safety Net,” a nine-month, multi-agency child protection ...

Celebrate the Season at Sparta’s 16th Annual Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market

Don’t miss this weekend’s 2017 Weihnachtsmarkt: 16th Annual Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market at Lake Mohawk in Sparta!  

Ranked as “One of the Top Ten Things to Do in December in the State”, this market offers 100+ vendors selling beautifully-crafted and unique gifts; delicious food & drink; live entertainment (from folk dancers to carolers to chainsaw wood ...

Are your medications interacting with one another? For the health of it, find out!

A national poll of almost 1700 people age 50 - 80 conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Institute for Health Care Policy found that only a third of them who take at least one prescription drug had talked to a health care professional about drug interactions in the previous two years. Among those taking six or more medications, less than half had talked with a health care ...

I Love America Poster Contest Announced by Project Help

December 11, 2017

SUSSEX, NJ – “I Love America” poster contest

Project Help a local charity devoted to helping veterans, is hosting their first annual Poster contest for students all over New Jersey. 

The theme is “I Love America” and open to all budding young artists.  Prizes will be awarded in each category grade category and will be judged on design, originality and ...