Sparta Superintendent Announces Plan to Adjust School Calendar

March 16, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – It is no secret that the winter weather has played havoc with the school calendar.  Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi explained his plan for the district to make up the extra days in a letter to the “Sparta Learning Community” on Thursday. 

Rossi said high school graduation will remain on June 22 and the middle school completion ceremony will remain on ...

Sparta High School Announces the Top 10 Students for 2018

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School Principal Janet Ferraro has announced the Top 10 Students for 2018.

In order from first to 10th:

Alexandra Poret
Audrey Biss
Bader Al-Aydi
Melissa Nolan
Erin Walsh
Eileen Huhn
Victoria Heim
Paige Smith
Soumya Duggirala
Benjamin Dottinger

The ranking is determined by looking at the students' grade point averages for seven ...

Sparta Students Silent Walk Out for School Security

SPARTA, NJ –As a show of unity and protest for the school shooting in Parkland Florida one month ago, a couple hundred Sparta High School students walked out of school, standing in silence for 17 minutes.  Each minute represented each of the students killed in the school shooting.

Sparta students joined with students across the country on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Nearly 60 students ...

Sparta to Host 1st County Senior Olympics

March 14, 2018

SPARTA, NJ- Sparta’s Station Park will be the site of the first Sussex County Senior Olympics this spring. 

Organized by Marianne Dilworth of the Sparta Recreation Department and Lorraine Hentz of Sussex County Division of Senior Services, the event is being sponsored by the Sussex County Division of Senior Services and the Senior Quality of Life Foundation in Newton. On ...

Sparta Fourth Grade Boys PAL Basketball Undefeated Seasons Earns Championship

ROCKAWAY, NJ – The fourth grade Sparta PAL Youth Basketball team took home the top prize in the Lakeland Midget Basketball League championships.  On Sunday, March 4 the boys played at Morris Hills High School beating Randolph 32-27.

The boys had a “thrilling run” in the final two minutes of the game, putting up eight unanswered pointes for the exciting win, according to ...

Sparta High School Girls Track Finish Strong at New Balance Nationals

NEW YORK, NY – Sparta High School girls track finished eighth in the country at the New Balance National Indoor Championship at the Armory in New York City on Saturday, March 10.

The 4x 55 meter shuttle hurdle team of Carlie Wilson, Emily Kosker, Zoe Canzoniero and Gianna Macones finished their event in 34.16 according to Coach Rich Heckman.

This was the sixth time the girls ran this ...

Paralyzed Sussex County Young Man Needs Help Getting Stem Cell Treatment

March 15, 2018

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – A young man injured in a diving accident is seeking help in getting Stem-cell treatment.  The 22-year-old lives with his aunt in Vernon.  She has raised him since his mother died when he was eight.

Then the accident occurred Mackenzie was 21, working and in the Navy Reserves.  He was going for extra training, anticipating making the Navy his career ...

Sparta High School Spring Athletes Run for Melanie

SPARTA, NJ – The high school spring athletes got together for a good cause on Saturday.  The athletes ran to raise funds to support Melanie DiDomizio-Russo as she battles cancer, according to Lacrosse coach and teacher Kate Brennan.

DiDomizio is a Sparta High School students is continuing her fight with an aggressive form of bone cancer. She has undergone chemotherapy and surgery to ...

Newton's Party After the Parade

March 16, 2018

NEWTON, NJ - After the parade, the party will continue in a great number of Newton restaurants and shops in the area.  Please patronized these community businesses:

The Barrel House,
Between the Bread,
Black Dog Books,
Bon Appetit and Costa Rican Coffee
Charcoal Moon,
Decades of Memories,
Downtown Dollar,
Maxwell's and Molly's Closet,m
Robin ...

Center for Prevention Hosts 4th Annual Recovery Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Party

NEWTON, NJ—The Center for Prevention and Counseling will be hosting its fourth annual Sober St. Patrick’s Day Party on Saturday, March 17 beginning at 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

“Often times, many people associate the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day with alcohol filled parties, creating a barrier for families or people in recovery to have a fun and safe, ...

Sparta Township Council's Patriots Awarded to Knoll Viewers

SPARTA, NJ – Several Sparta seniors were given Patriots’ Awards at the township council meeting on Tuesday night.  Flossie Meyer, Lisa Reidinger and Brent DeFeo were recognized for the role they played in getting better services for the residents on Knoll View.

Councilman Gil Gibbs called the trio along with Marianne Dilworth, Director of Senior Services to the front of the ...

Paralyzed Sussex County Young Man Needs Help Getting Stem Cell Treatment

March 15, 2018

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – A young man injured in a diving accident is seeking help in getting Stem-cell treatment.  The 22-year-old lives with his aunt in Vernon.  She has raised him since his mother died when he was eight.

Then the accident occurred Mackenzie was 21, working and in the Navy Reserves.  He was going for extra training, anticipating making the Navy his career ...

Health Alert: Child with Measles Traveled to Newark Airport on March 12

March 16, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — If you were at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday, March 12 between 12:45 and 9 p.m., you may have been exposed to measles and should contact your health care provider.

The N.J. Department of Health has issued a public health alert after a child with a confirmed case of measles — a highly contagious disease — arrived in Terminal B at Newark Liberty ...

Komen North Jersey Pink Tie Party Set For March 16

SUMMIT, NJ - The annual Susan G. Komen North Jersey Pink Tie Party fundraiser affair is coming up.

The event, which will be held Friday, March 16 at The Grove in Cedar Grove, is focused on raising funds to support Komen’s BOLD GOAL:  to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50% by the year 2026, by improving access to quality and ...

Local Travel Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day - Calm Family Events to Drinking Shots from...Nevermind

March 16, 2018

TAPintoTravels - St. Patrick’s Day is coming upon us even faster than St. Patrick chased the snakes out of Ireland.  Here are some of the areas great events to celebrate Irish pride.

March 17 Events

Hoboken - The Nerds at Willie McBride’s (see poster up in the slide show)

Newton - Sober St. Patrick’s Day Gathering

Newton (parade) - Sussex County St.

A Travels Must - The Apple Museum in Prague - It isn’t Necessarily a Bucket List Item as Much as a Pilgrimage

TAPintoTravels - The Apple Museum is a must stop in Prague.  It is family friendly and brings out the nerd in all of us.

The museum houses the most extensive private collection of Apple memorabilia in the world including virtually all models of Apple computers, unique art installations, and even Steve Job’s personal motorcycle.  All contained in what could be the ...

TAPintoTravels Just Visited the Mecca for Gear Heads - The Flagship Store of Summit Racing

TALLMIDGE, OH - TAPintoTravels recently visited the flagship store Summit Racing in Ohio.  It is only one of four in the country and is a must see for car fanatics.

We have to admit that as New Yorkers, we don’t know much about cars.  However, we know quality when we see it.  This showroom has plenty of quality goods to finish your perfect vehicle.

It is not just ...

Zone 2 USHJA Championships To Be Held in NJ and Pa.

March 16, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The United States Hunter Jumper Association announced the dates for 2018 Zone Horse of the Year, Stirrup Cup and Equitation championships, which provide members with an exciting opportunity to earn Championship Points toward zone year-end HOTY and Stirrup Cup awards. 

The championships are open to all zone competitors who meet the minimum requirements, except the ...

Junior Summer Workshops To Be Held at Lord Stirling Stables

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable has announced the dates for the Junior Summer Workshops, which are themed five-day programs focusing on riding and horse care. The Stable is located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge.

Junior riders may enroll in Summer Workshops beginning Saturday, March 17, 2018 at ...

Photos: Horses At Hackettstown St. Patrick's Day Parade

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Horses and carriages were part of the 2018 Hackettstown St. Patrick’s Day Parade held on March 11.

An antique hearse drawn by a pair of black Percherons was provided by Scala Memorial Home of Hackettstown.

A team of Clydesdales pulling a wagon from Willow Grove Farms in Long Valley, N.J.

If you missed the parade the Sussex County St. Patrick’s ...

Students Encouraged To Apply For AQHA Media Internships

The American Quarter Horse Association offers three paid marketing and communications internships each summer, spring and fall.

Internships provide young professionals with the chance to gain practical experience in a real-life setting that can’t be mimicked in the classroom. An internship with AQHA is an excellent opportunity to apply knowledge from your university courses and gain ...

Grand Marshall Of NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade To Ride in Carriage

NEW YORK CTY, N.Y. — St. Patrick’s Day will be very special for Liam Picco, 15, the grandson of St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal Loretta Brennan Glucksman, as Liam rides up Fifth Avenue with his Grandmom, his good friend, Hansom Carriage Driver Stevie Hand and Samson, a black Percheron.

“Samson is my favorite horse. I like going on the carriage rides through ...

Garden State Horse Show Set For May 2 to 6

AUGUSTA, N.J. — Kick off your spring show season with the Garden State Horse Show May 2-6 New Jersey’s US Equestrian Premier, AA-rated horse show held annually at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta.

Offering a full range of classes from lead line to equitation, hunters and jumpers, it features classics, hunter derbies, including a USHJA National Hunter Derby and is a USHJA ...

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Sparta Police Arrest Newton Man on DWI, Hit and Run with Baby on Board

March 16, 2018

SPARTA, NJ –  A Newton man driving drunk with is infant child in the back seat is facing charges after a hit and run accident on Route 15.  On March 10, around 7:05 p.m. Sparta Cpl. Smith went to Limecrest Road to investigate the accident, police report.

The officer was met by the driver of one of the vehicles involved.  That driver said he was on Route 15 South when a VW ...

Sparta Police: Wantage DWI Driver Takes Down Pole

SPARTA, NJ – A Wantage man took down a utility pole with his car in a drunk driving accident on White Lake Road.  Sparta Sgt. Joe Pensado reported the accident.  Sparta Cpl. Dan Elig arrived to take over the investigation of the one car accident on March 1 around 11 p.m. police report.

Elig asked the driver Richard Luciano, 35, what happened.  Luciano told the officer he ...

Sparta Police: Newton Woman Snoozing in Parking Lot Faces Drug Charges

SPARTA, NJ – A Newton woman is facing heroin charges after getting the attention of Sparta police in the Quick Chek parking lot, police report.

On March 6, around 10:55 p.m. Sydney McNamara, 21, and male passenger were sleeping in her Kia with the engine running.  Sparta Cpl. Scott Elig and Police Officer Ben Griffin checked on the duo.  Griffin knocked on the window to wake up ...

5 Tips for elected officials

March 9, 2018

Dear Editor,

Wayne Levante, a self-described moderate, business-friendly mayor of Newton since his appointment 8 months ago, has been mired by one misstep and controversy after another.  From peddling debunked conspiracy theories about student “crisis actors” in the Parkland, Florida mass school shooting on social media, attacking residents and calling them ...


March 11, 2018



Republican Freeholder Candidates, Dawn Fantasia and Josh Hertzberg commended the District 24 Legislators for taking action in the wake of the horrific school shooting that took the lives of 17 at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.   


Senator Oroho, Assemblyman Space and ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, March 17, 12:00 PM


Resume Boot Camp

Business & Finance


Tue, March 20, 6:30 PM

Sparta United Methodist Church, Sparta

Girl Scout STEAM Program

Arts & Entertainment Education


Sat, March 24, 9:30 AM

Sparta Recreation Department, Sparta

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, March 24, 6:00 PM

McKenna Hall, Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Sparta

Night with NJ Giants #53 Harry Carson Beefsteak


Sat, March 24, 6:00 PM

Perona Farms, Sparta

Trout Unlimited Annual Fund Raising Banquet

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, April 8, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River



Sat, April 14, 9:00 AM


Jr Lions Football - Meet & Greet

Education Sports

Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River


Byram Intermediate School Receives High Honors

March 7, 2018

BYRAM, NJ - The Byram Intermediate School has been recognized as a School to Watch.  The school is one of eight middle schools in New Jersey to receive the designation.

"We are so proud of this group of educators who have created one of the most dynamic schools in the state of New Jersey," Principal John Fritzky said.  

New Jersey Schools to Watch are ...

Westfield Volunteer Baseball Coach Desperately Seeking Kidney Donor

March 3, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Westfield High School volunteer baseball coach Mike Cappiello is in desperate need of a kidney donor.

The 28-year-old former WHS baseball player hit 46 doubles playing college ball for Plymouth State University in New Hampshire — the most in the school's history.

One day in April of 2012, during his senior year, he was off to another good start to ...

6 Easy Ways to Increase Zzzz’s During National Sleep Awareness Month and Beyond!

Team Nest Builder knows sleep deprivation leads to a myriad of problems, so we’re here to help you make your New Jersey home bedrooms the havens you deserve! Take a look at these simple ideas for increasing your zzzzz’s:

Soften Up

Employ a large area rug that covers the entire room to help absorb sound and enhance comfort.

Feeling Blue

According to a study by Travelodge, ...

4 Top Reasons NOW Is A Great Time To Buy A New Jersey Home

Team Nest Builder offers four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting:

Prices Continue to Rise

CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices appreciated by 6.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.3% over the next year.  The bottom in home prices came and left. Home values will ...

Does YOUR School District Rank For 2018 Best Teachers? compiled a 2018 list of the top 100 New Jersey school districts who possess the best teachers, based on student and parent ratings of teachers, teacher tenure, teacher salaries, student-teacher ratio, teacher absenteeism, and the Niche Academics Grade for the district.  Team Nest Builder understands the importance of owning a home in an area with a strong school district, so ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 13

On this episode of AtlantiCast, new clinical studies in the fields of cardiology and immunotherapy, national and statewide recognitions for Atlantic Health System medical centers and the inaugural AtlantiCast Collab Challenge!


Enrollment Extended for New Jersey Youth Corps at Project Self-Sufficiency

March 16, 2018

Enrollment for the current session of the New Jersey Youth Corps program at Project Self-Sufficiency is has been extended.  The sixteen-week program gives those who have not completed high school the opportunity to boost their literacy skills, prepare for the high school equivalency exam, obtain on-the-job work experience, and transition into a career, college or the military.  Project ...