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Sparta Chess Club Begins a New Season

September 23, 2016

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Chess Club is about to begin the 15 season of competition.  Each of the Sparta schools has a club that meets weekly to practice and learn the game of chess.  The students at all levels will be together for the extended season that runs from September 26 through April, according to coach Tom Murray.

Alpine Elementary School meets on Wednesdays at 8 ...

Sparta Board of Education Fast Tracks Superintendent Search

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education has begun the search process for the next superintendent with an ambitious calendar.  According to Sparta Business Administrator and Board Secretary Barbara Decker the district received 23 applications by the Sept 12 deadline.

The search committee will be “paper screening applicants and conducting initial interviews” this week ...

Sparta High School Marching Band Wins Jefferson Competition

JEFFERSON, NJ – It was a good start to the competition season for Sparta High School Marching Band.  On Saturday, Sept 17 the Marching Spartans traveled to Jefferson High School for the first competition of the season where they took first place for their division. 

“I am so proud of our kids,” Band Director Dr Deborah Gianuzzi said. “This was an amazing first ...

‘The Mighty Barribal’ to appear in TAPinto Sparta and Newton

September 23, 2016

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Sparta Chess Club Begins a New Season

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Chess Club is about to begin the 15 season of competition.  Each of the Sparta schools has a club that meets weekly to practice and learn the game of chess.  The students at all levels will be together for the extended season that runs from September 26 through April, according to coach Tom Murray.

Alpine Elementary School meets on Wednesdays at 8 ...

Sparta High School Marching Band Wins Jefferson Competition

JEFFERSON, NJ – It was a good start to the competition season for Sparta High School Marching Band.  On Saturday, Sept 17 the Marching Spartans traveled to Jefferson High School for the first competition of the season where they took first place for their division. 

“I am so proud of our kids,” Band Director Dr Deborah Gianuzzi said. “This was an amazing first ...

Center for Prevention to Host Free Military Family Night Out

September 21, 2016

NEWTON, NJ—The Center for Prevention and Counseling will be hosting a Military Family Night Out on Thursday, September 22 at the Sparta Middle School from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

“This free program includes dinner as well as the opportunity to bring parents and children of all ages together while having fun,” said Patrice Reilly, a community educator for the Center for ...

TOPSoccer Starts Up Another Fall Season

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta’s TOPS will be starting up another season of fun for special needs children in the community.  The Outreach Program for Soccer or TOPS provides a soccer training and game program pairing special needs children ages five through 16 with a high school player buddy.

The Sparta Soccer Club has been sponsoring this program for years.  This season will be ...

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Sparta Township Proclamation and Concert

SPARTA, NJ – The town has been tied up in teal to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.  The teal ribbons were tied on lamp posts on Main Street again this year by Sparta resident and band teacher Andrew Lopez and his friends and family. 

Lopez was invited to the Sparta Township Council meeting on Tuesday night to receive a proclamation from Mayor Christine Quinn recognizing ...

Saturday's Sparta High School Football Game Canceled

September 23, 2016

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School football game scheduled for this Saturday against Vernon High School has been canceled “due to health concerns,” according to district officials.

Sparta was to play the Vikings at 2:30 p.m. on September 24 but an outbreak of the Coxsackie virus in Vernon has called the game off, as confirmed by the Sparta interim Athletic Director ...

Center for Prevention to Host Free Military Family Night Out

NEWTON, NJ—The Center for Prevention and Counseling will be hosting a Military Family Night Out on Thursday, September 22 at the Sparta Middle School from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

“This free program includes dinner as well as the opportunity to bring parents and children of all ages together while having fun,” said Patrice Reilly, a community educator for the Center for ...

TOPSoccer Starts Up Another Fall Season

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta’s TOPS will be starting up another season of fun for special needs children in the community.  The Outreach Program for Soccer or TOPS provides a soccer training and game program pairing special needs children ages five through 16 with a high school player buddy.

The Sparta Soccer Club has been sponsoring this program for years.  This season will be ...

Saturday's Sparta High School Football Game Canceled

September 23, 2016

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School football game scheduled for this Saturday against Vernon High School has been canceled “due to health concerns,” according to district officials.

Sparta was to play the Vikings at 2:30 p.m. on September 24 but an outbreak of the Coxsackie virus in Vernon has called the game off, as confirmed by the Sparta interim Athletic Director ...

Sparta High School Boys Soccer Beats West Morris

SPARTA, NJ -  Sparta High School boys soccer put one in the win column on Thursday afternoon beating West Morris on Veteran’s Field 2-1.

Both Spartan goals came from Junior Eric DaSIlva.  He was assisted by Peter DeFelice and Luke Gastper-Markel. This is DaSilva's fouth goal of the season.

Sparta’s goalie Danny Dimarco has seven saves.

Thursday’s win ...

Sparta High School Boys Soccer Loses a Close One to High Point

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School boys soccer team lost a close game to High Point on Monday on Veteran’s Field, 1-0.

Despite having to play a man down for most of the second half because of foul trouble, High Point held on to the single goal lead to the end.  Sparta created a number of opportunities in the second half but could not get the ball in the net.

Sparta’s ...

Discovery Newport, Rhode Island, This Fall

September 19, 2016

NEWPORT, RI - Newport has a long and storied history that includes hosting the America’s Cup sailing races, Gilded Age mansions and believe it or not, in 1663 Benedict Arnold was elected the first governor of the colony in Newport. The city by the sea, like much of the small state, is a tale of two cultures and visitors can savor both during a weekend excursion this fall.

The ...

Visit the Statue of Liberty this Autumn

TAPinto Travels recommends a trip to the Statue of Liberty this autumn.  

Getting to and from Ellis Island is extremely different than what our ancestor’s experienced when they came from faraway lands. Even though the island is no longer used as an entry port for new immigrants, two ferries make it easy for anyone to see both Liberty Island and Ellis Island; one from Battery Park in ...

Discovery Newport, Rhode Island, This Fall

NEWPORT, RI - Newport has a long and storied history that includes hosting the America’s Cup sailing races, Gilded Age mansions and believe it or not, in 1663 Benedict Arnold was elected the first governor of the colony in Newport. The city by the sea, like much of the small state, is a tale of two cultures and visitors can savor both during a weekend excursion this fall.

The ...

Girl Scout Troop 4224 Book Swap

September 24, 2016

ANDOVER -  Have you ever wanted to trade books with others for free? Do you love to read, but hate the price of books? Well, at our Girl Scout Book Swap, you can meet up with fellow bookworms and trade books!

We are hosting this event to help Troop 4224 earn our Bronze Awards, a critical part of becoming a Cadette. There will be refreshments provided, and any books untaken will be donated ...

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Project Help Concert for Veterans

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Sun, September 25, 12:00 PM

1st Presbyterian Church, Stanhope

Project Help Concert for Veterans

Arts & Entertainment

Dear Democrats: The Road Less Traveled Needs Paving

September 23, 2016

Dear Democrats: The Road Less Traveled Needs Paving
 
On November 8, many voters entering the voting booth will be checking the box for who they dislike the least. Sadly, our political culture is now defined more by what we oppose. This election will mark the end of a unique, if not historic campaign season punctuated by demagoguery and hate filled speeches by one candidate, and the ...

Moving Man Steals $28K in Jewels from Budd Lake Newbies, say Police

September 22, 2016

MOUNT OLIVE, NJ - A moving company employee stole about $28,000 worth of jewelry while moving a family into their new home in Budd Lake, said police.

The man, Kenneth Wildrick, 52, of Lafayette, in Sussex County faces burglary and theft charges in relation to the incident, according to Mount Olive police.

They said they were called Aug. 25 to a house on Lamerson Circle, where ...

Sparta Police: Sparta Man Charged with DWI

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man faces charges after crashing into a rock wall and leaving the scene on Alpine Trail.  Sparta Police Officer Tom Snyder passed a 2017 Hyundai while on routine patrol when he received a call about a hit and run car accident, according to police.

The vehicle involved in the accident matched the description of the car Snyder passed on the road.  Snyder ...

Sparta Police: Remain Vigilant in Wake of Bombings

SPARTA, NJ – With the weekend bombings in New Jersey and New York area residents and law enforcement personnel appear to have increased awareness of their surroundings. 

“All the officers have a heightened awareness with all these incidents occurring locally around us,” said Sparta Police Sgt Dennis Proctor.  “As far as I know, our department has not been ...

Authorities: Bombing Suspect and Possible Accomplice Captured

LINDEN, N.J. - Authorities believe Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Elizabeth man suspected of planting bombs in the region, did not act alone.

Both Rahami and at least one other possible perpetrator were apprehended this morning, according to authorities. They released no information about the possible accomplices.

Rahami was captured in Linden after shooting two police officers, said authorities.

Sparta Police: Car Versus Building, Early Morning Crash

SPARTA, NJ – Early Thursday morning, Sparta police responded to a call about a car having crashed into a building.  Police were dispatched to 11 Main Street where they found a 2011 GMC Acadia inside the front of the building, according to Sparta police.

By midday reconstruction of the damaged store front was already well underway.

The Acadia had been driven by 39-year-old Dana ...

UPDATED Sparta Police: Storm Damage, Road Closures and Power Outages

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township police report the microburst storm that hit the town has caused numerous power outages, extensive damage and street closures.  According to police the brunt of the storm hit East Shore Trail, West Shore Trail and Stanhope Road section of town.

According to Sparta police, JCP&L report power should be restored to Stanhope Road, Tall Oaks, Green Apple ...

Moving Man Steals $28K in Jewels from Budd Lake Newbies, say Police

September 22, 2016

MOUNT OLIVE, NJ - A moving company employee stole about $28,000 worth of jewelry while moving a family into their new home in Budd Lake, said police.

The man, Kenneth Wildrick, 52, of Lafayette, in Sussex County faces burglary and theft charges in relation to the incident, according to Mount Olive police.

They said they were called Aug. 25 to a house on Lamerson Circle, where ...

Sparta Spartan Youth Football and Cheer

Sparta Youth Football & Cheer held its opening games this past weekend, both home at Ungerman Field and away.

Back this is year is Homer's FAN-tastic Snack Shack!  Stop in and see what Donna & her team have cooking up this season.  While you're there, pick up an Order Form for our SYF & Cheer Swag Shop.  Orders are due back to Team Mom's no later than ...

Study finds many older adults not taking their high blood pressure medication – increasing risk of stroke and heart attack

A study reported in the CDC publication Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) reveals that 26% of people 65 and over with high blood pressure either don’t take their medication as directed or stop taking it altogether, increasing their risk of stroke ...