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Sparta Board of Education Approves Amended Calendars

May 22, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education tackled two calendars at the regular May meeting on Monday night. They voted to change the controversial 2018-2019 calendar approved at the April meeting.  They also had to amend the 2017-2018 calendar to accommodate the two emergency closures from the spring storm.

Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi acknowledged “there was angst, ...

District Calendar and New Board Member on Sparta Board of Education May Agenda

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education will address the 2018-2019 District Calendar at the regular meeting on Monday, May 21 according to the agenda published on Friday.  The controversial calendar was approved at the April meeting by a vote of 8-1 with Kim Bragg the only no vote. 

Dr. Michael Rossi had changed the traditional calendar by eliminating Martin Luther King Day ...

Sparta's Kindergarten Students Enjoy Forces Day

SPARTA, NJ – The kindergarten students at Alpine school spent the morning outside learning about push and pull.  Originally scheduled for May 4, Forces Day had to be rescheduled to May 7 because of rain.

Their science curriculum focuses on the forces of motion.  The children had a fun day of experimenting with those concepts as they rotated through nine different stations on ...

Sparta High School Softball Crushes Garfield in NJSIAA Section 1 Group 3 First Round

May 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School girls softball had an early finish in the first round of the NJSIAA North Section 1 Group 3 tournament early defeating Garfield 10-0 in the fifth inning. 

Paige Smith worked both sides of the plate to contribute to the win. Smith pitched a no hitter, five inning shut-out and went 3-for-3, scoring twice with two RBIs.

Second seed in the ...

Sparta High School Boys Lacrosse Beats Jefferson in NJSIAA North Jersey Group 2 Quarterfinals

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School boys lacrosse moves to the semifinal round of the NJSIAA North Group 2 tournament after taking down Jefferson 10-4 on Saturday.  Playing at home Sparta’s coach Tyler Meth said possession was a key factor in the win.

Russell Eberding won 14 of 17 faceoffs and scooped up 10 ground balls. 

Stelios Kroudis led the Spartan offence with four ...

Sparta Baseball Drops One to Pope John

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School baseball lost to Pope John 3-1 on Friday.  The game was a 0-0 tie into the seventh.

Matt Sigillo was the only Spartan to cross the plate with a solo homerun in the bottom of the seventh.

Sigillo’s homer came after Pope John’s Kevin Putsky hit a three run home run at the top of the seventh.

Ronan Jarvis and Sebastian Jerome were on ...

A.J. Perri Helping Veterans in Need - Again

May 18, 2018

TINTON FALLS, NJ – A.J. Perri is back helping veterans in need – this time launching a search for veterans and their families through a partnership with ABC-TV.

As part of the A.J. Perri Cares Program, a lucky New Jersey veteran and their family will receive air conditioning/heating relief this summer.

"They fought for our country, and their families sacrificed," said ...

Sparta High School Holds National Honor Society's Annual Blood Drive

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School students had the opportunity to donate blood through the New York Blood Center on Thursday, May 3. The blood drive took place all throughout the school day in the annex gym, with student volunteers from the National Honor Society splitting morning and afternoon shifts.

National Honor Society President Quinn VanEs and Vice President Kaylynn Pierce worked on ...

A Mother's Day Story

HOLMDEL, NJ:   There's a saying we've all heard, 'you can choose your friends, but not your family members'.  Well for the Field family in Holmdel, they have a different tale to tell. It's a story about family, the selfless love of two mothers, and about dreams coming true. Holmdel's Darlene Field says, "While on vacation in the Caribbean Island of Sint ...

Sparta High School Photography Student Takes Top Prize in CCM Competition

May 19, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta High School photography student took home the top honor from the County College of Morris sixth annual photography competition from over 600 entries. Three other Sparta students also earned honorable mention in the event sponsored by the CCM Photo Club.

Reese Vanduk, a senior, earned first place for her interpretation of this year’s theme of ...

Another Successful Trout Fishing Derby in Sparta

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Recreation Committee held their annual Trout Derby for the township’s children.  Sponsored by the local FOP, more than 60 children turned out to try their hand at fishing at the pond in Station Park.

The pond had been stocked by Trout Unlimited and several members of the organization were at the derby to help the children learn about fishing from how to ...

Several Spartans Bring Home Hardware from Masters Cup Taekwondo Championships

SPARTA, NJ – Students from Pride Martial Arts recently participated in the 2018 Masters Cup Taekwondo Championship.  Several Sparta residents were among the winners at the event in Cresskill on April 28.

Michael Tonner-Mintier: First place in form, First place in breaking
Ava Rockey: First place in form, Third place in breaking, Second place in Sparring
Alex McCann: Second ...

Will Triple Crown Fever Lead Your Travels to the Belmont Stakes?

May 20, 2018

BALTIMORE, Md. — Ka-Ching! Ka-Ching!

That's the sound of the New York Racing Association's cash register ringing up ticket sales for the June 9 running of the Belmont Stakes that is sure to attract a sell-out crowd.

Racing fans and just plain wannabes will turn out to see Justify, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Saturday's $1.5 million, Grade 1 ...

Boyd Martin Wins 3 of 4 Divisions At Jersey Fresh International 3-Day

May 19, 2018

STONE TAVERN, N.J. — How does the Boyd Martin International Three Day Event sound?

 For 2018, the 16th annual Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event, held May 9-13 at the Horse Park of New Jersey (HPNJ), was dominated by Martin, an Olympian who won the CCI2*, the CIC3* and the CCI3*. He rode On Cue, Kyra and Long Island T, respectively. The large cardboard display check at the ...

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Sparta Police: Drunk Brooklyn Man Asks Police to Shoot Him

May 20, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – A Brooklyn man was taken for observation when he asked police to shoot him after having crashed his car down an embankment on County Road 517 near the Sparta Middle School.  On May 17 around 2:06 a.m. Sparta Police Officers Brian Porter and Timothy Lynott found Joshua Lindland of Brooklyn asleep in the driver’s seat of a gray Audi against a tree, police ...

Sparta Police: Passengers Face Drug Charges in Traffic Stop

SPARTA, NJ – Two Wantage women face drug charges after the car they were in was stopped for a broken headlight on Route 15.  On May 5 around 2 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Ben Griffin pulled over Alex Torres, 22, driving a white Honda Accord with two passengers, police say.

The officer saw a metal marijuana grinder behind the driver’s seat.  The car and ...

JCP&L Latest Information, Free Ice and Water

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – As of 8:47 p.m. JCP&L is reporting 12,745 customers or 22.11 percent, are without power in Sussex County.  In Sparta 2749 or 32 percent remain in the dark.

JCP&L said they anticipate the “vast majority of the remaining customers to be restored to service by late Thursday.”

JCP&L customers without power can get ice and water ...

Republican Party Values

May 21, 2018

Campaigns are interesting things.

Throughout the process, my opponents' supporters have labeled me a "political prostitute", "pimping" a message as a "spokesperson". I've been in a public meeting when referred to as a "lackey" who 
"belongs in a cage like the animal you are".

It's been said directly to me by a ...

Ethical Or Political Stunt

On May 9th Sussex County Freeholder Director Jonathon Rose announced formation of the Sussex County Transparency Committee. A committee established to monitor the ethics of County politicians.  

Alarming is what was left out of this announcement. Besides naming the dynamic duo Lazzaro and Graham, two other names show cause for curiosity. Jonathon never acknowledged, nor did he ...

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Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

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Sun, June 10, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River

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Thu, June 21, 2:00 PM

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Summer Afternoon Garden Soiree

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Sun, June 24, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River

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Newton's Petition to Move Election Certified, Tabled to May 30 by Council

May 15, 2018

NEWTON, NJ—The petition to move elections from May to November was certified by the clerk and presented to the Newton Town Council at the meeting on Monday night.  The petition has been circulating since April and was a point of controversy in the recent council election campaigns.

According to the town attorney, the town clerk certified “369 valid signatures of qualified ...

10-Year Old Boy Battling Cancer Receives Generous Donation From Randolph Hockey Family

May 20, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- While the inter-town hockey battles on the ice between Randolph and Roxbury are fierce at every age level, when it comes to real life battles off the ice there is no hesitation to offer help to their neighbor.

Such is the case with a recent gesture of unity and support from the Randolph Varsity hockey team, when they came together to deliver good wishes and ...

Is Your First Home Within Your Grasp Now?

 

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According to the US Census Bureau, ‘millennials’ are defined as 18-36-year-olds.


According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the median age of all first-time home buyers is 32.


More and more ‘old millennials’ (25-36) now realize homeownership is within their grasp now!

Are YOU ready for ...

Find Your Dream Home During Our DOUBLE Open House Weekend!

The forecast for this weekend is rain, rain, and more rain---so why not spend your time touring your new home?  Team Nest Builder offers 2 wonderful Open Houses this weekend, PLUS a new listing for you to check out via video tour!

27 Hilltop Trail, Sparta

Step into your own fairytale with this Lake Mohawk, storybook-sweet 3-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom gem! Gather in front of the rustic ...

Help Feed Hungry Sussex County Families Through Foodstock

Did you realize food pantry shortages INCREASE during the summer months? Decreased donations and increased need due to the summer break from school lunch and breakfast programs leave many Sussex County families hungry.  

Enter Foodstock:  an annual spring countywide food drive started 15 years ago through the coordinated efforts of Pass it Along, United Way of Northern New Jersey, ...

3 Tips for Making Your Home-Ownership Dream a Reality

 

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Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check = one of the best ways to save without thinking much about it.


Living within a budget right now helps you save money for down payments while also paying down other debts holding you back.  What are you willing to cut back on to make your dreams of homeownership ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!

 

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...

DAWN of a New Day: New Treatment Insights Shared at Atlantic Health's 18th Annual 'Stroke Symposium'

May 21, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Time is of the essence when it comes to identifying and treating symptoms of stroke and it’s widely accepted that the sooner treatment is provided the better the outcome will be, however new research suggests that all hope isn’t lost for certain types of stroke victims whose symptoms aren’t treated until later in time after last being seen as ...