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Sparta Superintendent and Police Chief Discuss School Security

February 24, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Recent event have refocused the spotlight on school security for many.  For the Sparta Police Chief Neil Spidaletto and the Sparta Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi, it is an ongoing concern. Some things have been added this year, some are in process and others will start next year.

“We are horrified by the recent shooting,” Rossi said.  “It has ...

Sparta High School Teacher Nominated for Governor's Educator of the Year

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School teacher Gerald Carter is more than just a teacher. Just ask students.  The popular teacher and coach was recently nominated for New Jersey Governor's Educator of the Year Award.

Before entering into the field of education Carter was in the United States Army from 1975 to 1978.  After his service ended he became as a Bloomfield police dispatcher. He ...

Sparta Schools: After School Activities Canceled Thursday

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta public schools announce, due to anticipated winter weather, all after school activities have been canceled for today, Thursday February 22.  

Sparta High School Girls Compete at NJSIAA Meet of Champions

February 25, 2018

TOMS RIVER, NJ – Sparta High School was represented by two track athletes at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions on Saturday at the Bennett Center Athletic Conplex.  Carlie Wilson competed in the high jump and Gianna Macones competed in the 55 meter hurdles. 

Wilson, a junior, had a “career day” according to coach Rich Heckman.  She earned a fourth place medal for her ...

Sparta High School Triple Jumper Breaks Records

NEW YORK, NY – Sparta High School track athlete Gianna Macones broke some records on Tuesday.  Continuing her successful season, Macones took home the silver in the triple jump at the Eastern States Championship held at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York.

Scoring 38.09.50 also earned Macones the Sparta High School and Sussex County indoor triple jump ...

Sparta Boys Basketball Lose to Pope John

SPARTA, NJ- Sparta High School boys basketball came up short in their against Pope John 66-50. The Spartans played their last home game on Wednesday in a packed gymnasium.

Jack Cavanaugh led the Spartan effort putting up 20 points including 12 from 3-point range and four successful free throws.  Cavanaugh has lifted the team all season with 342 points; 82 field goals,  38 ...

Sparta Police Officer to Jump in the Ocean for Special Olympics

February 19, 2018

SPARTA, NJ –  A Sparta Police Officer will be taking a polar plunge for the Special Olympics.  Cpl. Dave Pridham will be part of the Mixed Bag O’Nuts team jumping into the ocean at Seaside to raise money for the New Jersey Special Olympics organization.

The team, comprised of active or retired military is seeking additional donations for the cause.  They will be ...

Sparta Boy Scout Troop 150 Honors New Eagles

SPARTA, NJ - On Sunday, January 21, 2018 Scouts, parents and friends of Boy Scout Troop 150, along with members of the Sparta community, gathered at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church to celebrate the eight of the Troop’s newest Eagle Scouts.  Buddy Al-Aydi, Tyler Holden, Andreas Oleinyk, Ben Schultz, Erich Schwarzrock, Quinn Van Es, Zach Van Es and Chris Zachok attained the ...

Sparta Youth Football Team Gives Back

SPARTA, NJ – The seventh grade Sparta Spartan Youth Football team made a donation of food to the Sparta Ecumenical Food pantry on Saturday.  The team representing Sparta at the National Football League Hall of Fame Championship tournament this past November.

“The team was so blessed with such a great season they wanted to give back to the community that supported them,” ...

Big Turnout for Sparta's Winter Festival

February 16, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Families turned out to Sparta Middle School on Saturday for the Winter Festival offered by the Sparta Recreation Committee and the Sparta Kiwanis.  Between 550 and 600 people attended, Sparta Township Manager Bill Close reported at the township council meeting on Tuesday.

Children of all ages played carnival games, had face painting and crafts, bounce house and obstacle ...

Local Scout Troop Competes in Skills Competition

WATCHUNG, NJ - Recently, Troop 95 from Sparta competed in the Watchung District Klondike. A Klondike is a competition in which Boy Scout patrols compete in fire building, wilderness survival, first-aid, tomahawk throwing, knots & lashings and orienteering, all while pushing a sled filled with 100 pounds of the gear needed for the challenges.

The competition, which takes place at ...

Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

February 20, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of Daniela Genaro who attended Nicholas LaCorte - Peterstown School No. 3 after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials say, it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's ...

TAPinto Travels Toys of the Year from the New York Toy Fair 2018

February 25, 2018

TAPintoTravels - The International Toy Fair of New York ended earlier this week, but we are not done telling you about all the cool new stuff coming out.

The fair was enormous with over a thousand toymakers.  However, we have selected a few toys that we believe our readers will most value and enjoy.  Today is our big reveal though.

Every year, the Toy ...

Travels Report from the NYC Toy Fair - Here are Two More Winning Products for Your Children

TAPintoTravels - The International Toy Fair may have ended yesterday, but we are not done sharing with you our picks from the show.  

These are the products that we feel are the most innovative and your family will really enjoy.  We shall dub them the TAPintoTravels Toy of the Year Awards or T30TY’s for short. That seems appropriate since it sounds like ...

EarthCam Shares Live Webcam Views of Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge

TAPintoTravels - If you saw our article, you know about the Polar Bear Plunge this Saturday to support the Special Olympics.  If you cannot be there, but want to see the festivities, this press release tells you how you can.

WHAT: February 24 from 9am-1pm ET, thousands of people will make a mad dash into the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Seaside ...

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Sparta Police: Man Used Brother's Name to Evade Arrest

February 25, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man was picked up on active warrants, despite trying to deceive police by using his brother’s name.  On February 18 around 2:45 a.m. Sparta Cpl. Marc Rubino saw a white Chevy drive through a red light at the intersection of Main Street and Woodport Road, police say.

When Rubino stopped the truck the driver said he had left his wallet with his ...

Sparta Man Arrested on Phoned in Tip to Police

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man was arrested following a tip called into police about a possible drunk driver leaving the Sparta Theatre Center.  On February 17 around midnight Sparta Police Officer Thomas Snyder found the truck that had been reported, police report.

Snyder, joined by Cpl. Rubino, Police Officer Lippencott and Police Officer Porter, stopped the Ford pickup truck on ...

Sparta Police: Rear End Collision After Two Mimosas Too Many

SPARTA, NJ – A car accident on Winona Parkway left two Sparta residents injured and another facing driving while intoxicated charges.  On February 18 around 7:49 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Steven Guido went to the scene of the accident along with Sgt. Schomp and Cpl. Antonello, police report.

Lisa Degraw, 55 had run into the back of Mark Iussig, 41 who was stopped at the red light ...

Can Frelinghuysen At Least Stand with Working Families On His Way Out?

February 25, 2018

On January 29, Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen announced his decision to retire.  Presumably he is now free to vote his conscience rather than blindly go along with his party’s agenda against the interests of the working class in America.

On February 14, he voted to support a bill that allows usurious credit card rates to apply when loans are sold from one institution to another.

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Paterson's Poet Laureate

February 13, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- The City of Paterson has given birth to famous athletes, business leaders, actors, and now, a poet laureate.

Born and raised in Paterson, Talena Lachelle Queen told TAPinto Paterson that she has been writing since she was five-years old, and, as she grew older, realized that when it came to pursuing studies and a career in writing, she “didn’t have a choice.” ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating, leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The school shooting ...

Don't Miss This OPEN HOUSE Saturday for a 3BR Parsippany Trophy Home

Treat yourself to this newly-priced trophy home in majestic Puddingstone Estates in Parsippany, NJ!   See the details here or stop by the OPEN HOUSE on February 24th, 1 to 3 pm. If you can't make it, call Team Nest Builder's Lynn Garafola at 973-222-3777 for a private tour. 

You must experience this beautiful home to believe it!  It's ...

Where Does YOUR School District Rank in Safety?

Family safety remains paramount when it comes to choosing a new home and community in New Jersey, so Team Nest Builder wants to help you know where top local school districts rank.

Niche.com, which specializes in all different types of consumer rankings, provided a list of the safest school districts in the United States and New Jersey. Below find a list of the 200 safest school ...

Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying or Selling in NJ

Team Nest Builder knows that whether you are buying or selling a New Jersey home it can be quite the adventure, which is why you need an experienced real estate professional to guide you on the path to achieving your ultimate goal. But in this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can ‘For Sale by Owner’ or ...

Does Marriage or Mortgage Come First?

According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2017 at 57% of all buyers. Team Nest Builder knows it's no surprise that having two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to monthly housing costs makes buying a home more ...

Height during childhood associated with increased stroke risk in adulthood

Researchers in Denmark studied the health records of more than 300,000 people born between 1930 and 1989 and found that those who were shorter than average height between ages 7 and 13 had a greater risk of stroke as adults. The results of this study were published in the February 15, 2018 issue of the journal Stroke.

Summary: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320922.php

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AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders February 14 2018 Meeting Video

NEWTON, NJ - Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders February 14 2018 Meeting Video 

 

Sparta Friends and Neighbors March General Meeting

February 25, 2018

Chief Neil Spidaletto will be addressing the Sparta Friends and Neighbors on Thursday, March 8th, at the Sparta Ambulance Building at 10:00 A.M.  A lifelong resident of Sparta, Spidaletto has served on the Sparta Police Department since 1999.

He will be discussing challenges today in law enforcement in general and locally, and how the Sparta Police Department makes use of modern ...