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Sparta High School Alumnus, Professional Photographer Shares His Story with Students

March 27, 2017

SPARTA,  NJ – The  photography students at Sparta High School had a special guest last week.  Teacher Christie Graham’s former student Chris Szczypala visited the intermediate and advanced photography students talk about his career as a professional photographer.

“I have been teaching at Sparta for over 11 years and its nice when past students come back to ...

Sparta Middle School Student's Poetry Awarded and Published

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta Middle School student has been awarded third place in a national writing contest.  Kavya Kamath, a seventh-grade student in Cherie Shefferman’s STEP program. 

Shefferman explained the STEP students are able to select an interest group for their academic assistance period at the end of each day. 

“Our Wednesday interest group is Book ...

Sparta High School Sends 20 to DECA Nationals in Calif.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Sparta High School has 20 students headed to California after a strong showing at the Distributive Education Clubs of America or DECA State competition. The Spartan contingency had a number of finalists and first place winners in Atlantic City allowing them to advance to the DECA National competition in Anaheim, California.

Sparta sent approximately 80 students to ...

Sparta High School Alumni Named US Coast Guard Athlete of the Week

March 16, 2017

BOSTON, MA – A Sparta High School graduate, currently attending the U.S. Coast Guard Academy was recently named Athlete of the Week at the school.  Courtney McKenna, a freshman, received the honor for her contributions to the Coast Guard Bears softball team.

Playing in the PFX Games in Clermont, FL. McKenna went 5-5 with five RBI’s, a grand slam, two doubles and four runs in ...

Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation Sponsors Earth Day Community Cleanup

March 24, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - Earth Day is celebrated on April 22- a Saturday this year- and community members will be celebrating with an annual Community Clean Up. Last year the Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation had well over 100 volunteers participate in cleaning up our community.  More than 100 bags of trash and 20 full bags of recyclables were collected in just a few hours.

Organizers are ...

Sparta High School Student Raising Funds for DASI

SPARTA, NJ - A Sparta High School student is doing what she can to help local victims of domestic and sexual violence.  Rachael Schmidt, a senior, attended a Positivity Summit in Allamuchy in March.  Schmidt was sponsored to attend by Cornell Thomas, the creator of the Positivity Summit.

“I love his attitude, so I knew it would be good,” Schmidt said. 

It was ...

Casino Night Kicks off New Sparta High School Hall of Fame

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School is taking the first steps in creating a Hall of Fame, seeking to honor alumni who have gone on to further  success after graduation. The Hall of Fame committee, a 501c3, is holding a Casino Night to raise funds to create the facility to display the inductees.

The initiative began last year, spearheaded by guidance counselor and coach Tim Librizzi. He ...

Sparta High School Alumnus, Professional Photographer Shares His Story with Students

March 27, 2017

SPARTA,  NJ – The  photography students at Sparta High School had a special guest last week.  Teacher Christie Graham’s former student Chris Szczypala visited the intermediate and advanced photography students talk about his career as a professional photographer.

“I have been teaching at Sparta for over 11 years and its nice when past students come back to ...

Sparta Middle School Student's Poetry Awarded and Published

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta Middle School student has been awarded third place in a national writing contest.  Kavya Kamath, a seventh-grade student in Cherie Shefferman’s STEP program. 

Shefferman explained the STEP students are able to select an interest group for their academic assistance period at the end of each day. 

“Our Wednesday interest group is Book ...

Sparta High School's Blues, Inc! Headed to Jazz Finals

SPARTA, NJ -The Sparta High School's Jazz Bank "Blues, Inc!" has qualified for the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education State Jazz Finals.

Band Director Andrew Lopez was "honored to share the news," with the band, explaining the group earned a fourth place rank based on their performance at the Liberty Middle School in West Orange on March 6.

The finals will be ...

TAPinto CEO Shapiro goes “One on One” with Steve Adubato

March 17, 2017

TAPinto.net CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro appeared on “One on One” with Steve Adubato Thursday night and answered questions about the role of hyperlocal online news media.

The interview was broadcast on WNYY, NJTV and WNET. Adubato closed by saying that “Michael Shapiro, he is on the cutting edge of media.“

Shapiro answered a wide-range of questions about ...

Sparta's Mohawk Avenue School Students Get Heart Smart

March 23, 2017

SPARTA, N J – The third grade students at Mohawk Avenue School are getting heart smart. School nurse Leslie Huhn is getting creative when teaching students about heart health.

After getting the health lesson in their classroom, students were given diagrams of the heart to fill out and color in.  Huhn made it into a contest awarding a pedometer to each student in the class with the ...

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Sparta Police: Sussex Man Picked Up on Outstanding Warrants

March 23, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – A Sussex man is in custody on outstanding warrants and new traffic charges.   On March 18 around 9:20 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley pulled over Gilvanio Ferraz because a check of his registration showed he had multiple outstanding warrants, according to police.

The 48-year-old was taken into custody for two warrants from Paramus and one from ...

Sparta Police: Newton Woman Drives Wrong Way, Faces DWI Charges

SPARTA, NJ - A Newton woman is facing driving while intoxicated charges when she was seen driving the wrong way on the Woodport Road jug handle.  On March 18, around 12:30 a.m. Police Officer Chris Favaro saw Kathryn Grieg driving in the wrong direction and pulled her over into a nearby parking lot according to police.

Favaro suspected the 30-year-old was intoxicated after speaking with ...

Franklin Police: Franklin Man Faces Charges Related to Car Theft

FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ - A Franklin man who is facing charges after selling a car that did not belong to him.  Mark Garrera was arrested at his mother's home on Susquehanna Street after police found that he had sold a car that he was supposed to be restoring.

Garrera, 25,  had been given parts and $400 to make the repairs.  The owner of the car complained to the police that ...

Why All Parents Should Consider Refusing the PARCC—2017 Edition

March 16, 2017

Hi. My name is Jen Grana – I live in Sparta township and have 3 boys – 2 of which are in the public education system now – a middle schooler, a Kindergartner and a sweet oblivious 2 year old who will be there before I know it I am sure. We spend a lot of time talking about and thinking about public education in our house because we will be knee-deep in it for the next 20 years ...

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A Look Into Merriam Avenue, Newton’s Elementary School

March 25, 2017

NEWTON, NJ—As the brick on the wall outside of Merriam Avenue Elementary School states, the building was originally built in 1963 and housed pre-kindergarten through fourth grade students.

However, in 2001, an addition expanded the school to house the fifth graders from Halsted Middle School for a few years. The new space included a gymnasium with extra classrooms, restrooms and an ...

Pennsy Man Charged with Picatinny Bribes

March 22, 2017

NEWARK, NJ – A Stroudsburg, Pa. man working for the federal government accepted bribes in connection with renovation projects at Picatinny Arsenal and Fort Dix law enforcement officials said.

The man, Kevin Leondi, 56, faces up to five years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 if convicted, acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick said.

He said Leondi was arrested Wednesday at ...

What You NEED To Know About Home Short Sales in Morris & Sussex County

First-time Morris and Sussex County home buyers get a whole slew of new terms thrown at them.  Perhaps you’ve heard the term “short sale” bandied about, but wondered what the heck that meant.  Never fear! Here, Team Nest Builder offers a topline explanation to help you better understand the Morris and Sussex County home short sale.

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Got Chronic Lower Back Pain- Steroids Injections May Not Be the Answer

The results of a study published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that a single steroid injection to reduce disc inflammation in people with chronic low back pain provided relief for a month in 55% of those treated. These results led researchers to conclude that steroids were not effective for long-term pain relief.

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1:1 Initiative Letter from Superintendent Rossi

March 2017

Dear Sparta Learning Community,     

As you are aware, Sparta Public Schools greatly value the infusion of technology as a staple component of the teaching and learning process.  Beginning in 2014, the District began to pilot various devices and software applications targeted at heightened communication, collaboration, and diversity of instruction.

Our ...

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Atlantic Health System Joins American Cancer Society in Fight Against Colorectal Cancer

Atlantic Health System (AHS), a leading health care delivery network, announced today the organization’s commitment to increase colorectal cancer screening in New Jersey by joining "80 percent by 2018" - a national effort of the American Cancer Society in the fight against the disease. 

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women.

Meet the Master Children's Art Event

March 28, 2017

Newton, NJ – Meet the Masters, a hands-on art appreciation program for children in first grade and above, will be held at four Branches of the Sussex County Library System this month. Wassily Kandinsky is the featured artist for April. After learning about Kandinsky’s unique abstract style, children will be encouraged to create their own artwork using his techniques.

Meet the ...