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Sparta Board of Education Says Good Bye and Hello, Again

May 24, 2018

SPARTA, NJ -Two people said good bye from the board table on Monday night.  Sparta Assistant Superintendent Dr. Daniel Johnson and board member Linda Curcio attended their last Sparta Board of Education meeting.

Johnson is going to be the superintendent in Butler in Passaic County.  He began in Sparta as the principal of Sparta High School. He moved into the assistant superintendent ...

Sparta Alpine Students Create and Share Character Education Books

SPARTA, NJ -Each month at Alpine Elementary School the School Counselor, STEP teacher, and Media Specialist collaborated on a Character Education project involving kindergarten and second grade students.

Each month Heather Yanoff, School Counselor held a Character Education assembly, focusing on a different character trait.  In April several staff members got involved with the character ...

Sparta Board of Education Approves Amended Calendars

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education tackled two calendars at the regular May meeting on Monday night. They voted to change the controversial 2018-2019 calendar approved at the April meeting.  They also had to amend the 2017-2018 calendar to accommodate the two emergency closures from the spring storm.

Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi acknowledged “there was angst, ...

Sparta High School Girls Lacrosse: Big Win Over Indian Hills for NJSIAA North Section 1 Group 2 Championship

May 24, 2018

OAKLAND, NJ- Sparta High School girls lacrosse has won the NJSIAA tournament title in a crushing victory over Indian Hills 22-7.  The game was played on number one seed Indian Hills turf on Thursday.

"The girls were awesome, simply awesome, from start to finish," Coach Kate Brennan. "Heart, smarts, guts, and finesse. It was really and truly ...

Sparta Softball Moves to NJSIAA North Seciton 1 Group 3 Semis After Demarest Defeat

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School softball got by Demarest 3-1, in the NJSIAA tournament quarterfinal game on Wednesday.  Playing at home the girls built on their winning record moving to 17-6.

Olivia Bouma Hannam scored twice going 2-for-4. Pitcher Paige Smith got 17 of the 21 outs on strikeouts. 

Second seed Sparta came out strong putting up two runs in the first.  The ...

Sparta Girls Lacrosse Gets to NJSIAA North 1, Group 2 Finals Beating Lakeland and Ramapo

WANAQUE, NJ – Sparta High School girls lacrosse has moved easily through the first two rounds of the NJSIAA North Section 1 Group 2 tournament, beating Lakeland 13-6 and Ramapo 21-8.

The number two seed Lakeland semifinal  game was played on the Lancers field on Monday. The Spartan effort was led by Brianna Falco and Kaitlin Mead with four goals apiece.  Meade also won eight ...

Sparta Township Council Honors Injured Veteran

May 23, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Council honored a veteran who recently returned after being injured on a tour of duty in Afghanistan. 

Mayor Josh Hertzberg said “about a year ago” the Sparta VFW Commander Peter Litchfield told him Mike Krapels’ story.  Hertzberg said Krapels did not get support from his town when he returned, he did not have any visitor when ...

A.J. Perri Helping Veterans in Need - Again

TINTON FALLS, NJ – A.J. Perri is back helping veterans in need – this time launching a search for veterans and their families through a partnership with ABC-TV.

As part of the A.J. Perri Cares Program, a lucky New Jersey veteran and their family will receive air conditioning/heating relief this summer.

"They fought for our country, and their families sacrificed," said ...

Sparta High School Holds National Honor Society's Annual Blood Drive

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School students had the opportunity to donate blood through the New York Blood Center on Thursday, May 3. The blood drive took place all throughout the school day in the annex gym, with student volunteers from the National Honor Society splitting morning and afternoon shifts.

National Honor Society President Quinn VanEs and Vice President Kaylynn Pierce worked on ...

Sparta High School Photography Student Takes Top Prize in CCM Competition

May 19, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta High School photography student took home the top honor from the County College of Morris sixth annual photography competition from over 600 entries. Three other Sparta students also earned honorable mention in the event sponsored by the CCM Photo Club.

Reese Vanduk, a senior, earned first place for her interpretation of this year’s theme of ...

Another Successful Trout Fishing Derby in Sparta

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Recreation Committee held their annual Trout Derby for the township’s children.  Sponsored by the local FOP, more than 60 children turned out to try their hand at fishing at the pond in Station Park.

The pond had been stocked by Trout Unlimited and several members of the organization were at the derby to help the children learn about fishing from how to ...

Menendez, State Health Department Outline Efforts to Curb Spike in NJ Lyme Disease Cases

May 22, 2018

PARSIPPANY, NJ - With Lyme Disease cases rising at alarming rates across New Jersey, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and State Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal visited Mountain Way Park in Parsippany today to discuss efforts to stem the tide, and to raise awareness.  New N.J. Department of Health (DOH) data show the highest number of reported Lyme diseases cases in the state in nearly ...

Allegany Alumni Band & Friends on June 10th

May 24, 2018

The Palmer Event Center Presents the Allegany Alumni Band & Friends on June 10th from 2-4 PM at The Palmer Event Center on Flag Day Observance in conjunction with the Cuba Chamber of Commerce. Admission by Donation. Over the years the band has grown to include many local friends who also share a passion for music. AAFB plays every year, but mostly busy in summer months,entertaining audiences ...

NJ Equine Artists Association Show Kicks Off In Stockton, N.J.

May 22, 2018

STOCKTON, N.J. — New Jersey Equine Artists’ Association’s eighth biennial national juried show and sale, “NJEAA Art of the Horse,” opened with a public reception on May 20 in an historic saw mill in Prallsville Mills.

The historic site, that now serves the arts community and cultural events is located at 33 Risler Street, (Route 29) Stockton, ...

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Sparta Police: Drunk Brooklyn Man Asks Police to Shoot Him

May 20, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – A Brooklyn man was taken for observation when he asked police to shoot him after having crashed his car down an embankment on County Road 517 near the Sparta Middle School.  On May 17 around 2:06 a.m. Sparta Police Officers Brian Porter and Timothy Lynott found Joshua Lindland of Brooklyn asleep in the driver’s seat of a gray Audi against a tree, police ...

Sparta Police: Passengers Face Drug Charges in Traffic Stop

SPARTA, NJ – Two Wantage women face drug charges after the car they were in was stopped for a broken headlight on Route 15.  On May 5 around 2 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Ben Griffin pulled over Alex Torres, 22, driving a white Honda Accord with two passengers, police say.

The officer saw a metal marijuana grinder behind the driver’s seat.  The car and ...

JCP&L Latest Information, Free Ice and Water

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – As of 8:47 p.m. JCP&L is reporting 12,745 customers or 22.11 percent, are without power in Sussex County.  In Sparta 2749 or 32 percent remain in the dark.

JCP&L said they anticipate the “vast majority of the remaining customers to be restored to service by late Thursday.”

JCP&L customers without power can get ice and water ...

Republican Party Values

May 21, 2018

Campaigns are interesting things.

Throughout the process, my opponents' supporters have labeled me a "political prostitute", "pimping" a message as a "spokesperson". I've been in a public meeting when referred to as a "lackey" who 
"belongs in a cage like the animal you are".

It's been said directly to me by a ...

Ethical Or Political Stunt

On May 9th Sussex County Freeholder Director Jonathon Rose announced formation of the Sussex County Transparency Committee. A committee established to monitor the ethics of County politicians.  

Alarming is what was left out of this announcement. Besides naming the dynamic duo Lazzaro and Graham, two other names show cause for curiosity. Jonathon never acknowledged, nor did he ...

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Thu, May 24, 6:00 PM

Sparta High School Media Center, Sparta

Sparta High School Art Gala

Arts & Entertainment

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Sat, May 26, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market

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Sat, May 26, 11:00 AM

Sparta High School Media Center, Sparta

Sparta High School Art Gala

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, May 27, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River

Education

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Sat, June 2, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market

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Sat, June 9, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market

Sun, June 10, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River

Education

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Sat, June 16, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market

Thu, June 21, 2:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Summer Afternoon Garden Soiree

Home & Garden

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Sat, June 23, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market

Newton's Petition to Move Election Certified, Tabled to May 30 by Council

May 15, 2018

NEWTON, NJ—The petition to move elections from May to November was certified by the clerk and presented to the Newton Town Council at the meeting on Monday night.  The petition has been circulating since April and was a point of controversy in the recent council election campaigns.

According to the town attorney, the town clerk certified “369 valid signatures of qualified ...

10-Year Old Boy Battling Cancer Receives Generous Donation From Randolph Hockey Family

May 20, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- While the inter-town hockey battles on the ice between Randolph and Roxbury are fierce at every age level, when it comes to real life battles off the ice there is no hesitation to offer help to their neighbor.

Such is the case with a recent gesture of unity and support from the Randolph Varsity hockey team, when they came together to deliver good wishes and ...

Why You Should Buy Your NJ Home Before Interest Rates Rise

Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage climbed from 3.95% in the first week of January up to 4.61% last week, marking a 7-year high according to Freddie Mac. Many factors fueled the current pace of acceleration.  Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist, opines:

“Healthy consumer spending and higher commodity prices spooked bond markets and led to higher mortgage ...

Is Your First Home Within Your Grasp Now?

 

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According to the US Census Bureau, ‘millennials’ are defined as 18-36-year-olds.


According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the median age of all first-time home buyers is 32.


More and more ‘old millennials’ (25-36) now realize homeownership is within their grasp now!

Are YOU ready for ...

Find Your Dream Home During Our DOUBLE Open House Weekend!

The forecast for this weekend is rain, rain, and more rain---so why not spend your time touring your new home?  Team Nest Builder offers 2 wonderful Open Houses this weekend, PLUS a new listing for you to check out via video tour!

27 Hilltop Trail, Sparta

Step into your own fairytale with this Lake Mohawk, storybook-sweet 3-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom gem! Gather in front of the rustic ...

Help Feed Hungry Sussex County Families Through Foodstock

Did you realize food pantry shortages INCREASE during the summer months? Decreased donations and increased need due to the summer break from school lunch and breakfast programs leave many Sussex County families hungry.  

Enter Foodstock:  an annual spring countywide food drive started 15 years ago through the coordinated efforts of Pass it Along, United Way of Northern New Jersey, ...

3 Tips for Making Your Home-Ownership Dream a Reality

 

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Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check = one of the best ways to save without thinking much about it.


Living within a budget right now helps you save money for down payments while also paying down other debts holding you back.  What are you willing to cut back on to make your dreams of homeownership ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!

 

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders May 9 video

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ - Video of the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders May 9 meeting. 

 

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...

Newton Town Pool Registration is Open

May 23, 2018

NEWTON, NJ – Memberships are available for the Newton Town Pool for the 2018 summer season. 

The Newton Town Pool has two water slides, a fully enclosed kiddie pool with walk-in entry, a grass picnic area, a picnic pavilion, lounge chairs, large pool umbrellas, snack stand, updated change rooms and an ADA lift.

The pool will be open June 25 through August 26.  Open swim ...