TOP LOCAL NEWS

Sparta High School Announces Students of the Month for October

December 12, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - Every month each of the departments at Sparta High School chooses a student of the month.  Principal Janet Ferraro announces the following students were selected for October.

Logan Daghlian was nominated by the English department.  His teacher said, “After a slow start, Logan responded by seeking out feedback and working tirelessly to grow and progress ...

Sparta High School Announces First Marking Period Honor Rolls

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School Principal Janet Ferraro and Guidance Director Kacey Dalton have announced the honor rolls for the first marking period of the 2017-2018 school year.  

According to the guidance department, Honor Roll is determined by a student’s grade point average for all marks earned in a given quarter.  To be named to the ...

Spartans Tackle Bullying With The New York Jets

SPARTA. NJ - Whether you’re a fan or not, let’s all clap it out for the New York Jets.

The NFL football team has teamed up with STOMP Out Bullying, a nonprofit that, simply, is dedicated to do exactly that. Together, the organization and football team strives to promote a healthy community for students in their school communities. With assistance, the NY Jets have made a prevention ...

Sparta High School Girls Basketball Prepare for New Season

December 11, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – The girls high school basketball team has started its winter season, the sixth under the leadership of head coach Catherine Willie.  This year the team will be relying on key returning players Paige Smith, Erin Walsh, Erin Scott, Tatiana Esteva-Ingram, Emily Dilger and Brianna Falco according to Willie.

Defensively the team will look to the leadership of Walsh and ...

Sparta High School Athlete Signs Letter of Intent for Football at Cornell

SPARTA, NJ -  Thomas Ferrara has signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his football career and education at Cornell University.

Sparta High School Boys and Girls Outswim Hackettstown

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ – Sparta High School swim team had a successful time in the pool on Monday, December 4, swimming against Hackettstown at the Centenary University pool.  Both Sparta girls and boys came out ahead; girls 50-44, boys 52-37.

The girls team was led by senior Bridget Hilgendorf in the 200 Freestyle, Chloe Rippey in the 400 Individual Medley and Freshman Mirando ...

Sparta's Season of Blessing: Tilly's Kids Christmas Outreach

December 1, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - The Sparta School community is once again rallying behind the Tilly’s Kids Organization run out of Newark in an attempt to bring holiday gifts to literally thousands of children living in poverty. In large part, the reason for the success of the Christmas Outreach program is due to the generosity of those affiliated with Sparta schools as well as the entire larger Sparta ...

UNICO Sponsors Pasta Dinner Comedy Night For Local Girl

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta UNICO Foundation will be hosting a pasta dinner and comedy night to raise funds for a Sparta High School student battling cancer.  On Saturday, December 16 at Mc Kenna Hall in Reverend Brown School beginning at 7 p.m. comedian Uncle Floyd will provide the entertainment at the dinner.

The net proceeds from the event will go to help 14-year-old Melanie ...

Sparta High School Students Sell Piggy Backs to Help Classmate

SPARTA, NJ – A group of Sparta High School students are offering Piggy Backs for $3 to raise money for a classmate battling cancer.  No, they are not carrying classmates around on their back, they are selling little rubber pigs that can be affixed to the back of cellphones to be used as a handle or a stand.

The group of mostly freshmen got together with English teachers Dorothy ...

Santa Arrives at Sparta's Station Park

December 11, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - Santa capped off a busy weekend with a visit to Station Park on Sunday, arriving by fire truck to the delight of the waiting children.  The popular annual event drew nearly 100 families with approximately 150 children having their picture taken with Santa. 

The event was presented by the Sparta Recreation Department and the Sparta Recreation Advisory Committee, as they ...

Sparta Alpine Elementary School Students Celebrate Holidays

SPARTA, NJ – The students at Sparta Alpine Elementary School experienced a multi-cultural sing along show called Christmahanukwanzamdan.  David Jack led the program that was sponsored by the Alpine PTO.

Jack introduced the children to different customs, historical figures, cultures and music associated with several winter holidays, according to school counselor Heather Yanoff.

At ...

Judge Orders Sparta to Start Over on Glen Lake Special Assessment

December 5, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township has been told to go back to the drawing board and come up with a better way to deal with the Glen Lake Dam special assessment.  On December 4, the ruling made Judge Stuart Minkowitz was received by the township attorney, Thomas Ryan of Laddey Clark and Ryan, LLP.

The judge found the township’s appointed expert’s methodology in developing the ...

Sparta Middle School Staff Shave Moustaches for Men's Health

November 30, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – November has come to an end and that means one thing at Sparta Middle School; time to show off the mustaches and beards.  Eleven staff members participated in the hair raising fundraiser for men’s health over the month known as Movember or No-Shave November.

The staff members were lined up in the entry way of the school as the students came into the building, ...

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Sparta

Sparta Police: Sparta Man's Toke Break Leads to Drug Charges

December 12, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man is facing drug charges having been found smoking in the parking lot of the Lake Mohawk Country Club.  On November 11 around 11 p.m. Cpl. Joseph Anotnello and Police Officer Steven Guido were patrolling on the boardwalk when they smelled marijuana, according to police. 

The officers saw four people in the lower level parking lot appearing to be smoking ...

Sparta Police: Traffic Stop Yields Hundreds of Empty Heroin Packets

SPARTA, NJ – A Long Valley resident was found to have hundreds of empty wax packets used to hold heroin when he was stopped for having an expired inspection sticker.  Sparta Police Officer Thomas Snyder stopped a gray Honda Accord on December 4 around 9:50 a.m. on Route 15, police report.

When Snyder went to speak with Daniel Gaeta, 30, the driver told the officer he was being ...

Sparta Police: Vernon Man Hits a Curb, Gets DWI

SPARTA, NJ – A Vernon man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after he hit a curb and disabled his Jeep.  On November 30 around 11;20 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Ericks Finley found the Robert Houdershieldt, 44, sitting in his Grand Cherokee on the Route 15 southbound ramp, police say.

When Finley spoke with the driver, Houdershieldt told the officer he was on the phone ...

Obituaries

- Jun 2, 2017
Jillian Mari Baluyot, 17, of Nutley, passed away on June 2, 2017. Born in Secaucus, she lived in ...
Read more
- Feb 21, 2017
Marisa Rincon (30) passed away in Randolph on February 21,2017. She was born is West Chester, PA ...
Read more

Thanks for Saving my House

December 10, 2017

It was strange to get a phone message at a local movie theater that my house was on fire in Lake Stockholm on Friday. It was thirty years ago that I had a house fire in the same community, but tonight I was at the AMC movie in Rockaway getting a call about my house again being on fire. I arrived in Lake Stockholm to see the firemen keeping damage to a minimum!

Without the great effort of ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, December 13, 12:00 PM

Stanhope

Top Notch Resume I: The Basics

Business & Finance

Thu, December 14, 10:00 AM

Sparta Ambulance Building, Sparta

Sparta Friends and Neighbors Holiday Charity ...

Giving Back

Carousel_image_f9cf10fb20db87a59cd0_1sp_presbyterian_cantata

Sun, December 17, 9:00 AM

First Presbyterian Chruch, Sparta

First Presbyterian Church of Sparta Christmas ...

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, December 20, 12:00 PM

Stanhope

Top Notch Resume II: Advanced

Business & Finance

AtlantiCast: Episode 008

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll learn about a groundbreaking new clinical trial in the fight against pancreatic cancer, meet an award-winning child neurologist at Goryeb Children’s Hospital and hear about the new Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center at Atlantic Orthopedic Institute – plus stay tuned at the end to see our debut episode of the AtlantiCast Medical ...

Two Elizabeth Residents Arrested in Massive Child Trafficking and Pornography Sting

December 1, 2017

TRENTON, NJ – Arrests have been made in a massive operation that stretched from New Jersey to California, that targeted sex offenders, and persons possessing child pornography was announced today by Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino.

Arrests of 79 child predators and child pornography offenders in “Operation Safety Net,” a nine-month, multi-agency child protection ...

Celebrate the Season at Sparta’s 16th Annual Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market

Don’t miss this weekend’s 2017 Weihnachtsmarkt: 16th Annual Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market at Lake Mohawk in Sparta!  

Ranked as “One of the Top Ten Things to Do in December in the State”, this market offers 100+ vendors selling beautifully-crafted and unique gifts; delicious food & drink; live entertainment (from folk dancers to carolers to chainsaw wood ...

Need another reason to brush and floss? Gum disease may increase cancer risk.

A study published in the journal Cancer Research this past week looked at the oral health of over 120,000 people in the U.S. for 10 years and found a 21% increase in the risk of esophageal cancer when people had gum disease caused by certain kinds of bacteria. 

 

National Library of Medicine – HealthDay summary: https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_170118.html

Journal ...

Sparta Education Foundation Funds Two High-Tech Grants

December 12, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - Two new grants totaling over $16,000.00 were approved at the Sparta Education Foundation’s November Board Meeting held at the Mohawk Avenue School. This round of grants will enrich the educational technology experience for students at Helen Morgan School and Sparta Middle School.

“These new grants assure that our students will be equipped with 21st century skills ...