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Sparta Middle School Announces First Marking Period Honor Rolls

December 3, 2016

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta Middle School announces the students who have earned High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the first marking period of the 2016-2017 school year.

Students who have earned A’s in all major subject, including World Language, with no grade below a B in any other class qualify for High Honor Roll.  For Honor Roll students must earn three A’s in major ...

Newton Robotics Team Hosted FIRST Lego League Qualifier at Sparta Middle School

SPARTA, NJ - The gymnasium at Sparta Middle School was taken over by robots on November 19.  The Newton Robotics team hosted the FIRST Lego League Qualifiers Event that included 13 middle school teams.  The Sparta team earned a sixth place at the competition.

Technology teacher at Halsted Middle School James Hoffman organized the event, while coaching both the high school and ...

Sparta High School Students Create a Thanksgiving Feast

SPARTA, NJ – The students in the Life Skills class at Sparta High School began the holiday season last week by preparing their own Thanksgiving feast.  They started the project by researching and learning about the origin of the American holiday.

The discussion then moved to their own family’s Thanksgiving traditions; where did they go and what did they eat. 

The next ...

Newly Combined Sparta Jefferson United Ice Hockey Team Beats Montville Twice

December 3, 2016

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The newly formed Sparta Jefferson United high school ice hockey team is off to a good start.  They won the first two games of the season, both against Montville. 

"With two schools that have been struggling in the past it is a good feeling to come together and get off to a goo 2-0 start," said Captain Jeremy Dericks, a Sparta High School senior.  ...

Large Turnout for Sparta Education Foundation's 10 Annual Krogh's Turkey Trot

SPARTA, NJ - The 10th year for the Sparta Education Foundation Turkey Trot was as popular as ever. More than 1,860 runners participated in the Tradition Before the Tradition as it has come to be known, according to the SEF. 

Sparta High School student Blaze Dalio sang the national anthem to open the event. Sparta Superintendent Dennis Tobin made some opening remarks to all that gathered ...

Sparta Strikers U11 Soccer Team Brings Home the Cup

SPARTA, NJ - The Sparta Soccer Club had a successful showing in the MCYSA League Cup with the U11 Sparta Strikers winning the League Cup Championship.

"The boys played some excellent soccer throughout the tournament, including two wins on penalty kicks," Travel VP and Director of Coaches for the club Jason Kellenberger said.  "They ended with a thrilling 1-0 win against the ...

Sparta German Christmas Market Day One

December 3, 2016

SPARTA, NJ - The first day of the German Christmas Market brought out big crowds.  By mid-day people were lined up waiting to get onto the boardwalk.  Every inch of the boardwalk and every room in the country club was consumed by the market and packed with shoppers.

The White Deer Plaza entrance to the boardwalk became a forest of wood carvings, a popular photo spot.  Several ...

Newton Robotics Team Hosted FIRST Lego League Qualifier at Sparta Middle School

SPARTA, NJ - The gymnasium at Sparta Middle School was taken over by robots on November 19.  The Newton Robotics team hosted the FIRST Lego League Qualifiers Event that included 13 middle school teams.  The Sparta team earned a sixth place at the competition.

Technology teacher at Halsted Middle School James Hoffman organized the event, while coaching both the high school and ...

Sparta's German Christmas Market Celebrates 15 Years on Lake Mohawk Boardwalk this Weekend

SPARTA, NJ – It is that time of year again.  The German Christmas Market will be open Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4.  With more than 110 vendors and favorable weather anticipated, crowds are expected to be large for the 15th anniversary of the holiday event on the Lake Mohwak boardwalk. 

Sparta Township official advise parking will be ...

Sparta's German Christmas Market Celebrates 15 Years on Lake Mohawk Boardwalk this Weekend

December 2, 2016

SPARTA, NJ – It is that time of year again.  The German Christmas Market will be open Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4.  With more than 110 vendors and favorable weather anticipated, crowds are expected to be large for the 15th anniversary of the holiday event on the Lake Mohwak boardwalk. 

Sparta Township official advise parking will be ...

Large Turnout for Sparta Education Foundation's 10 Annual Krogh's Turkey Trot

SPARTA, NJ - The 10th year for the Sparta Education Foundation Turkey Trot was as popular as ever. More than 1,860 runners participated in the Tradition Before the Tradition as it has come to be known, according to the SEF. 

Sparta High School student Blaze Dalio sang the national anthem to open the event. Sparta Superintendent Dennis Tobin made some opening remarks to all that gathered ...

Operation Toy Train to Stop in Sparta on Saturday

SPARTA, NJ - While Santa usually arrives in a sleigh to give toys, on Saturday Santa's train will be arriving in Sparta to collect toys.  For the first time the Operation Toy Train will be stopping in Sparta to pickup donations made to Toys for Tots. 

Santa, U.S. Marines in uniform and volunteers will be arriving at the newly refurbished Sparta Train Station around 3:45 p.m.

Sparta Township to Divorce from Sussex County Health Services

November 23, 2016

SPARTA,  NJ – Sparta Township is preparing to withdraw from the Sussex County Department of Health.  Citing issues related to both services and cost Township Manager William Close said they are pursuing other options that would be more cost effective and allow for better oversite.

In 2016 Sparta paid $418,000 which represents 20 percent of the budget of the county department, ...

Center for Prevention and Counseling Hosts Vision Alcohol Impairment Goggle Training

December 1, 2016

NEWTON, NJ—The Center for Prevention and Counseling will be holding a free fatal vision alcohol impairment goggle training event on Friday December 3.

The training will be held at The Center for Prevention and Counseling’s satellite office located at 65 Newton-Sparta Road, Manor Plaza, Andover. It will be from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Wendy Cooney, who is the Assistant ...

Community FoodBank of New Jersey Issues Donation Challenge for 'Giving Tuesday'

HILLSIDE, NJ - The Community FoodBank of New Jersey or CFBNJ has launched a new campaign to promote Giving Tuesday. This national day of charitable giving will be Tuesday, Nov, 29.  Sussex County's NORWESCAP is a distribution partner of the CFBNJ

An anonymous donor has issued a $25,000 Giving Tuesday Matching Gift Challenge. On Giving Tuesday only, every gift to the FoodBank will be ...

9:30 PM UPDATE -Newton Water Main Break

NEWTON, NJ – As of 8:15 p.m. the Town of Newton said the repair area was being back filled.  Additionally, all valves were slowly being opened, increasing the pressure and water lines were being bled by running fire hydrants.  Full pressure could be anticipated around 10:15 p.m.  Officials remind residents that the boil water advisory remains in effect until further ...

‘Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!’ runs at Disney's Hollywood Studios to Dec. 31

November 30, 2016

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL.- Christmas is indeed the most magical time of year at the Walt Disney World resort in Florida, and this year a little more Christmas magic joins the fun at at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the nighttime spectacular, “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!,”

With the facade of the Chinese Theatre serving as a movie screen of sorts, Disney ...

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Sparta Police: Third Sparta Man Charged with DWI in One Week

December 2, 2016

SPARTA, NJ- For the third time in less than a week Sparta Police have charged a Sparta resident with driving while intoxicated.  On November 27. Cpl. Marc Rubino stopped a 2015 Jeep, after seeing it being driven down the middle of the road, according to police. 

Christopher Liddle was pulled over for driving completely across the double yellow lines on West Shore Trail at 1:40 ...

Motor Vehicle Stop Leads to Newton Man’s Arrest

NEWTON, NJ-- A Newton man faces drug charges after being pulled over  for driving while talking on his cell phone.  Newton Special Officer Raul Couce stopped Bryan Johnson on November 10 at 7:53 p.m.

Couce found that Johnson was found to have two active warrants for his arrest. The warrants were issued by both the Essex County Superior Court and the Morris County Superior ...

Sparta Police: Sparta Man Faces DWI Charges on Report of Erratic Driving

SPARTA, NJ - A Sparta man faces charges of driving while intoxicated after his erratic driving prompted a call to police on November 25.  Sparta police responded to a report of an erratic driver on Stanhope Road, which included the license plate information, around 7:48 p.m. police report.

Sparta Cpl. Joe Anotnello spotted the 2007 Land Rover on as it turned from Park Road onto East Shore ...

Don't Sacrifice the Environment to Fund the State Treasury

November 22, 2016

Dear Editor:

New Jersey’s Natural Resource Damages (NRD) program is an incredibly important and necessary program rising from the state’s history of incremental spills and discharges, as well as historic industrialization. 

NRD requires polluters to go beyond the mandated cleanup and to pay damages for restoration and compensation for the public loss of use of natural ...

Newton High School Student Shares Her Dominican Republic Mission Trip Experience

November 27, 2016

NEWTON, NJ- A Newton High School student traveled to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip over the summer with a group from Sussex County.  Freshman Gemma Meade put together a slide show with photos of her trip to provide a backdrop to a presentation she made to her fellow students.

Meade’s French teacher began celebrating Thanksgiving with her classes on Tuesday and had Meade ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, December 4, 1:00 PM

Station Park, Sparta

Holiday Festival and visit with Santa

Arts & Entertainment

Fri, December 9, 5:30 PM

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Morris Plains

Holidays in the Log House: The Candlelight Tour

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, December 10, 5:30 PM

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Morris Plains

Holidays in the Log House: The Candlelight Tour

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, December 11, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Lime Crest Quarry: Eons in the Making, Men in the ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Roxbury Eyes Little Lake Hopatcong Peninsula, State Says "Go For It"

December 2, 2016

ROXBURY, N.J. - Roxbury Township is on the verge of getting its first chunk of lakefront property on Lake Hopatcong, a strip of land that once served as a steamboat passenger platform in Landing.

The first thing it wants to put there: A big Christmas tree.

The state, which owns the half-acre peninsula adjacent to Lake's End Marina, is eager to enter into a ...

Curriculum Currents November Part 3 - Update to the Sparta School District Website

Over the past months, the Sparta School District has been working on plans to update our current website. Working from feedback received in Superintendent Forums and other community meetings, the focus of this update is to provide a site that is more easily navigated, helping our community find important information in a more efficient manner.

The website is scheduled to receive this update on ...

Sparta Camera Club EXPO XXXII

December 3, 2016

Are you looking to take a break from the usual holiday rush? The Sparta Camera Club is holding their 32nd  photo exhibit and sale.  EXPO XXXII.  The club received over 200 entries EXPO XXXII. The photos are placed in number of categories that include; flora, fauna, landscapes, cityscapes, people, monotones, and sports.  Once the category winners are determined, the EXPO ...