Sparta's Helen Morgan Students Take First in Stock Market Game

May 12, 2017

SPARTA, NJ- Apparently it is never too early to start thinking about the stock market.  Four fourth grade Helen Morgan students did more than read about it, they competed and won the north elementary division on The Stock Market Game.  The Helen Morgan team finished at the top of 120 teams.

Sparta enrichment teacher Morgan Bleakley’s students Tyler Harms, Jack WIttenmeier, ...

Sparta High School Robotic Presents to Board of Education

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Robotics Team made a presentation to the Sparta Board of Education at the special budget meeting on Monday, May 1.  With team members, parents and district staff looking on several Sparta High School Students took their turn at the podium.

Principal Janet Ferraro introduced the program and senior Evan Marcino to begin the presentation.

Marcino thanked the ...

Sparta Board of Education Approves New Business Administrator and Other Personnel Items

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education approved a new Business Administrator/Board Secretary at the May 1 meeting.  In a unanimous vote Pamela Hinman was given the nod to take the office currently held by interim Anthony Mistretta. 

Hinman will being on July 1, or sooner if she is released from her current contract according to the agenda.  Her contract in Sparta is ...

Sparta Baseball Beats Newton in Skylands Stadium

May 21, 2017

BRANCHVILLE, NJ - Playing at Skylands Stadium on Military Appreciation Day Sparta beat Newton on Saturday, 4-3.  Jerome Sebastian starting on the mound for Sparta going four innings giving up six hits, and two walks earning two strikes.

Chris Murray finished the game for the win.  He threw for three innings allowing only one hit and striking out three, two to end the game.

Sparta ...

Sparta Boys Lacrosse Wins NJSIAA North Jersey, Group 2 Quarterfinals Over Pascack Valley

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School boys lacrosse easily moves through the quarterfinal round of NJSIAA North Jersey, Group 2 when they defeated Pascack Valley 12-3.  Playing on Veterans Field on Friday, the Spartans goalie Reed McCall had 10 saves.  He also grabbed two ground balls.

Russell Eberding won 14 of 19 faceoffs with seven ground balls.  Eberding now has 500 career ground ...

Sparta High School Girls Lacrosse Defeat Westwood in NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group 2 Quarterfinals

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School girls lacrosse crushed Westwood 21-7 on Friday.  The number one seed Spartans easily handled the quarterfinal round of the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group 2 tournament.

Kaitlin Mead found the net nine times with four assists and five ground balls.  Jacqui Hallack had five goals with four assists and Julianna McGuire contributed four with two ...

Sussex County High School Students Honor Fallen Student

May 8, 2017

HAMBURG, NJ - Students in schools across Sussex County wore white on Monday in memory of Tommy Bock.  Bock, a student at Sussex Technical School, lost his life after a longboarding accident on Sunday.

A sign of the times, news of the accident reverberated on social media including facebook and twitter, according to parents of high school students in several different schools.  ...

Friday Concert in the Park for Sparta High School Therapy Dog Program

May 18, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – Dykstra Park will host a band concert on Friday night.   Sparta High School students have organized a concert in the park on to support the therapy dog program at the school. Just prior to spring break the two dogs, Franc and Stanley, were hit by a car.  Franc died and Stanley survived after having surgery to reconstruct his face.

The concert, organized by the ...

Sparta's Annual Recreation Derby a Draws Anglers of All Ages

SPARTA, NJ-Young anglers brought their parents and grandparents to the pond at Station Park on Saturday, May 5 to enjoy the annual Trout Derby.  The pond was stocked with trout by the Sparta FOP.  The popular event was sponsored by the Sparta Recreation Advisory committee. 

Peter and Gene Donnelly were very successful; Peter caught seven fish and Gene caught six.  Cole ...

Sparta Day Postponed

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta Day has been postponed due to anticipated inclement weather.  Initially scheduled for Saturday, May 13 it will now be held on Saturday, September 23.  The Junior Woman's Club of Sparta will have additional information in the coming weeks.  

Sparta School District Job Fair Brings 500 Applicants

May 14, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta School District held a job fair on Saturday, May 6.  Sparta High School’s cafeteria and gymnasium were filled with activity as every administrator, building principal and supervisor was on hand to conduct interviews.

“I was expecting about 40-50 applicants,” Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi said, “and we ended up with about 500 ...

Rain Does Not Stop Sparta's Girls on the Run 5K

May 22, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – The Girls on the Run held their 5K on Saturday, May 13.  The cool rainy day did not discourage the girls and their families who gathered around 7:30 a.m. in the Sparta Elks Club Lodge on the Lake Mohawk boardwalk and in White Deer Plaza.

They were expecting nearly 400 girls from the New Jersey North chapter, along with others from the public.  Approximately 80 ...

Groundbreaking Celebration for Sussex County YMCA Expansion Draws a Crowd

SPARTA, NJ – It was a beautiful day to break ground at the YMCA.  More than 100 people gathered on the site of the soon-to-be-built addition to the Sussex County Y.  Board member, trustees, dignitaries, community leaders and invited guests enjoyed refreshments and a few remarks before they put the shovels into the ground.

 “This is wonderful.  Only one more ...

Sparta's Let Me Run Wrap Up Spring 5K Season

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Let Me Run team competed in the Action for Distraction 5K supporting the Goryeb Children’s Hospital.  Sparta boys came together for their final 5K of their third season on May 6 in Morristown.

Mud and rain did not stop the boys from enjoying the event. 

“The boys all crossed the finish line amid smiles, cheers and the support from their ...

Historic Flight Set for New York City to Farmingdale New Jersey

May 16, 2017

Nearly seventy years later and 4,000 miles away, one of history's greatest humanitarian efforts is about to remembered in New Jersey.

For almost precisely 15 years, the world's last remaining Boeing C-97 aircraft -- a Cold War workhorse linked to the famed Berlin Airlift in 1948-49 -- has sat idle, undergoing repairs and retrofits, overhauls and maintenance in a hangar at Floyd ...

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Sparta Police: Wantage Man Stopped for Broken Tail Light, Faces Drug Charges

May 18, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – A Wantage man is facing drug charges after getting pulled over for a broken tail light on Stanhope Road.  Sparta Police Officer Tom Herd saw Nicholas Veith driving a 2012 Honda on May 14 around 12:20 a.m. with a cracked tail light, a burned-out license plate light and window tinting that was too dark according to police.

When Herd spoke with the 20-year-old driver he ...

Sparta Police: Drug Charges for Ogdensburg Woman in Station Park After Closing

SPARTA, NJ –  A woman parked in Station Park after the park was close is facing drug charges.  Nicole Alonzi, 35, was found sitting in her 2002 Mercury by Sparta Police Cpl. Marc Rubino on May 10 around 9:20 p.m. according to police.

When the officer told the Odgensburg resident she had to leave the park, he smelled burnt marijuana.  When Rubino asked Alonzi about the ...

Sparta Police: Sussex Man Passed Out Behind Wheel Faces Drug Charges

SPARTA, NJ - A Sussex man faces drug charges after passing out behind the wheel on Route 15.  Sparta Police Cpl. Scott Elig and Police Officer Arlene Lippencott responded to a report made by someone who called 911 from their cell phone, according to police.

The officers found David Toli, 23, unresponsive in the driver's seat of a 2003 Mercury.  His breathing was slow and he had a ...

Biology Majors, the Time is Now

May 15, 2017


Travelling along any New Jersey highway, you're bound to pass at least a few pharmaceutical or biotechnology company buildings. Names like Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Becton Dickinson, Boehringer Ingelheim are strewn all across our state. As a result, biology majors here are a coveted cohort, making up nearly 100,000 of the New ...

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Moose Lodge Hosts First “Kids Helping Kids” Chalk Event

May 19, 2017

NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Moose Lodge will be hosting its first ever “Kids Helping Kids” Chalk event from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 21 at the new Moose Lodge located on Swartswood Road in Newton.

The event started when Administrator Jason Baumann’s daughter Reanna and her friend Kassie started "chalking up" the lodge's parking lot one ...

Seton Hall Prep Dedicates Tevlin Memorial Field and Zimmermann Scoreboard

May 22, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The family, friends, teachers and teammates of Brendan Tevlin (Class of 2013) and Billy Zimmerman (Class of 2011) gathered at the Seton Hall Preparatory School’s (SHP) Kelly Athletic Complex on Saturday as the high school officially dedicated the Brendan Patrick Tevlin ’13 Memorial Field and Billy Zimmermann ’11 Scoreboard.

The ceremony marked a ...

10 Terrific Mothers' Day Events In Morris And Sussex County

Whether you’re making plans for your mom, or you’re a mom yourself, make Mother’s Day extra-special this year with one of these Morris or Sussex County Mother’s Day events!  From hayrides to winery brunches and zoo trips to psychic fairs, Team Nest Builder has you covered.  Need to drop a hint? Just print this out and leave it somewhere mildly ...

Possibly record breaking tick season made worse by Powassan

The Centers for Disease Control is expecting this summer to be the worse tick season on record made even more troubling by Powassan, a potentially fatal viral disease transmitted by ticks. 

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Sussex County Freeholders Meeting Video May 10, 2017

Video recording of the Sussex County Freeholders May 10 meeting 

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Panel advances Space bill promoting smart choices in school lunchrooms

May 23, 2017


Legislation by Assemblyman Parker Space to combat the growing obesity problem was approved today by the Assembly Education Committee. The Smarter Lunchroom Act (A3444) promotes healthy food choices in school cafeterias and passed by a 9-0 vote.


“If kids learn to eat healthy when they’re young, it will help them live more fulfilling and rewarding lives, and avoid ...