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Sparta High School Senior Named U. S. Presidential Scholar Semifinalist

April 23, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School valedictorian Alex Poret has been named a semifinalist in the U. S. Presidential Scholars program.  She is one of only 630 other graduating seniors from across the country to receive this recognition.

"The Spartan family is extremely proud of Alex," principal Janet Ferraro said. "We all congratulate her on this wonderful ...

Sparta Middle School Announce Students of the Third Marking Period

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta Middle School Principal Michael Gregory has announced the Students of the third Marking 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 Announces February Students of the Month

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School Principal Janet Ferraro announced the January students of the month.  A student is selected to represent each department by their teachers.

Natalie Earl was nominated by her German teacher for the world language department.  “Natalie is an excellent student, responsible, smart and kind,” her teacher said. “She sets a great example for ...

Sparta High School Boys Golf Bests High Point

April 26, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School boys golf team came out on top when they played against High Point on Monday.  Playing on their home course at Lake Mohawk Golf Club the Spartans won 156-199.

The six best scores were put up by Sparta:

Jimmy Apostolico shot 36,
James Lynch, Ryan Richardson and Michael Foley all shot 40,
Vince Apostolico shot 41,
Cole Miller shot ...

Sparta High School Track Brings Home Hardware from Morris Hills Varsity Relays

ROCKAWAY, NJ – On Saturday, Sparta High School girls track took home several medals from the Morris Hills Relays. 

The 3x400 meter Intermediate Hurdle team took second with Carlie Wilson 1:09.19, Zoe Canzoniero 1:11.46 and Emily Kosker 1:11.97.

Wilson, Canzoniero, Kosker and Gianna Macones won the shuttle hurdle relay with a time of 1:03.84.  It was good enough to qualify ...

Sparta High School Girls Track Athlete Makes Top Triple Jump

ROCKAWAY, NJ – Sparta High School track athlete Gianna Macones set the season record in New Jersey for her triple jump on Saturday at Morris Hills High School Varsity Relays. Her 39.04 triple jump put her in the number one slot in the state.

Macones is “excited to start off with a strong mark early on.”  She now qualifies her for New Balance Nationals in North ...

Newton Student Collects Stuffed Animals for Sick Children

April 25, 2018

NEWTON, NJ – A young Merriam Avenue School student is collecting new stuffed animals for the children and families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.  Haeleigh Lestz asked her third grade teacher Nik Lasso if she could do a project in class.

Lestz told Lasso she wanted to collect the soft toys because she “felt it was important that the children and their siblings had ...

Sparta Alumnae Sets Sights on NYC Marathon to Support Team V Foundation

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta High School alumnae will be running in the New York City Marathon this November to raise money for the Team V Foundation.  Sara Lucas graduated from Sparta with 12 Varsity Letters having competed in cross country, indoor and outdoor track.

https://www.jimmyv.org/

Lucas had continued her running career at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.  ...

More Than Just Kindness for Roxbury Student Adored by Tragically Killed Boy

ROXBURY, NJ – She lost her 10-year-old son three years ago in a boating accident on Lake Hopatcong, but Laura D’Amico is sure her beloved Christopher speaks to her all the time. It’s subtle but firm, she says; messages that come as sparks of recollection, inspiration or intuition.

One of those unexpected inklings led Laura and her husband Chris to a jewelry ...

Sparta High School Inducts First Class into National Arts Honor Society

April 20, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – The media center at Sparta High School was packed on Tuesday night for the first induction ceremony of the National Art Honor Society.  The inaugural class had 38 students, including 16 seniors. 

“I am very proud to say that the first induction of the students into the National Art Honor Society was a success,” Principal Janet Ferraro ...

Miss Sparta Pageant Accepting Applicaitons for 2018 Event

SPARTA, NJ – The Miss Sparta Pageant is currently accepting applications for this year’s event.  The pageant is to be held on Wednesday, May 23 at the Lake Mohawk Country Club. 

The pageant organizers are looking for confident, accomplished young women between the ages of 17 and 20 at the time of the pageant, to represent Sparta. 

The winner will go on to compete ...

Sparta Township Council Announces Municipal Budget

April 19, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – The budget for the Township of Sparta for 2018 represents a levy increase of 1.19 percent according to Grant Rome, Sparta CFO. 

The average assessed home in 2018 has slightly dropped in value to 370,304 from $370,700 in 2017.  Rome said while the residential values have decreases the township ratables have increased, leading to an increase in the overall net ...

Regional Travel Update - Gov. Murphy Announces Proposed NJTransit funding increase

April 26, 2018

Newark, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday spread a message of hope regarding future improvements to NJTransit services and infrastructure due to a proposed $242 million increase in funding for NJTransit for the 2019 fiscal year. 

At a press conference held at NJTransit’s Central Maintenance Facility on Doremus Avenue in Newark, Murphy, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, and other ...

Somerset, Ocean and Hunterdon Win NJ 4-H Horse Judging & Hippology Contests

April 26, 2018

AUGUSTA, N.J.— New Jersey 4-H members convened at the Sussex County fairgrounds, April 14 and 15 to put their horse knowledge to the test in the New Jersey 4-H Hippology and Horse Judging contests.

Somerset County came out on top in both contests in the senior division.

In the junior division a team from Ocean topped judging while Hunterdon won the hippology contest.

The hippology ...

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Sparta Police: 6 Teens Arrested at Alpine Beach Area Party Spot

April 26, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Six Sparta teens found in the woods behind Alpine Beach parking lot have been arrested on drug charges.  According to police, over the course of months, the Sparta Detective Bureau had been following up on complaints about teenagers doing and dealing drugs in the area of Alpine Beach.

On April 16 around 3:15 p.m. when checking on the Alpine Beach area, Detectives ...

Sparta Police: DWI Sparta Man Crashes in his Own Yard

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man faces driving while intoxicated charges after crashing his car into a tree.  On April 22 around 4 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley went to the home of Mitchell Panten, 61, on Sagamore Trail following up on the report of an accident, police say.

Finley found Panten had hit the tree in his front yard when backing into his driveway.  Panten was ...

Sparta Police: Drug Charges for Sparta Woman After Traffic Stop

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta woman is facing drug charges after a traffic stop on Route 15.  On April 21 around 11:10 a.m. Sparta Cpl. Joe Antonello stopped Marina Scheer, 20, because the license plate on her green Toyota was bent making it impossible to read, according to police.

When Antonello spoke with Scheer he smelled marijuana in the car.  Scheer said there had been a passenger ...

The Issue of Alternatives to Elected School Boards

April 14, 2018

The time of electing local school boards should come to an end. According to the National School Boards Association, “the local school board is a critical public link to public schools. Whether elected or appointed, school board members serve their communities in several important ways. First and foremost, school boards look out for students. Education is not a line item on the school ...

Newton Mayor’s continued attacks

Mr. Levante has once again made himself out to be the victim and attacked numerous people in the process.  His latest social media antics lashed out against current council members, council candidates and TAPInto Newton.  With this considered, I have a few comments for him:

First, you have indeed facilitated some positive changes in Newton.  I have not found many people ...

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The Halsted Players Present Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. as Their Spring Musical

April 26, 2018

NEWTON, NJ—Just beyond the second star to the left in the sky lies Neverland, the place where Peter Pan and the lost boys live. The place where you never have to grow up. This is the setting for this year's Halsted Player’s spring musical.

Directed by Meg Penny, Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. is based on the play by J.M Barrie and the 1953 Disney film, with music that ...

A Celebratory Welcome in Parsippany to the Inaugural Riders of the National Memorial Trail

April 26, 2018

PARSIPPANY, NJ - Thirteen Hundred Miles.  That's the distance of a loop uniting three 9/11 memorial locations:  The World Trade Center, The Pentagon and the Flight 93 Memorial.  That loop is now a bike trail and today in Parsippany, at the Morris County September 11th Memorial, a celebration was in order as the riders hit their 700 mile mark right here in Morris ...

7 Tips For Using Mirrors in Your NJ Home

Mirror, mirror on the wall, how to decorate with them, if at all? First of all, mirrors serve as the perfect complement to nearly any space, so should definitely be incorporated in your New Jersey home decorating.  Secondly, if used thoughtfully, mirrors add considerable value to a space both aesthetically and functionally. So how should you bring on the mirrors? Team Nest Builder offers ...

You Could WIN a New Roof Through No Roof Left Behind

If you live in Sussex, Morris or Warren County and your home needs a new roof, you’re in luck! Jeff Alte Jr. Roofing & Siding will be giving away a free roof to a family in one of these counties through the national No Roof Left Behind program.

Nominations are being accepted through May 31st online only.  Nominate yourself or anyone you know who needs a new roof. Nominees must ...

Buying a Home Is Cheaper Than Renting in Majority of US

Great news for first-time New Jersey home buyers! The results of the 2018 Rental Affordability Report from ATTOM show that buying a median-priced home is more affordable than renting a three-bedroom property in 54% of U.S. counties analyzed for the report.

The updated numbers show that renting a three-bedroom property in the United States requires an average of 38.8% of income.

The least ...

Home Buying Myths Slayed

Team Nest Builder wants YOU to know the truths about buying a New Jersey home!

Some Highlights:


The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%!


Despite mortgage interest rates being over 4%, rates are still below historic numbers.


88% of property managers raised their rents in the last 12 months!


The credit score requirements for mortgage ...

Buy A Home To Build Your Family's Wealth

Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate, on average, by 3.6% per year and to grow by 18.2% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey. Team Nest Builder wants you to understand what that means for homeowners and their equity positions.

As an example, let’s assume a young couple purchased and closed on a $250,000 home ...

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders April 25, 2018 Meeting

NEWTON, NJ - Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders April 25, 2018 meeting video.

 

Reduce Your Risk for Colorectal Cancer

April 26, 2018

Morristown Medical Center’s Carol G. Simon Cancer Center presents “Protecting Your Colorectal Health” on Tuesday, May 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion, 333 Mount Hope Avenue in Rockaway. Admission is free.

This popular, educational program presents an opportunity to hear up-to-date presentations from leading experts in ...