Sparta Students Earn Accolades and Degrees from their Colleges

July 19, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – Several Sparta area students have received accolades from their colleges. 

Bridget Higdon and Gina Castellano were named to the dean’s list at the University of Vermont for the spring 2017 semester. 

Robert Galante and Jacob Melville have graduated from Colgate University this spring.  Galante was a Mathematics major and Melville majored in Political ...

Sparta High School Graduation; Additional Photos

SPARTA, NJ - Enjoy these photos from Sparta High School's graduation night.


Sparta Middle School Announces 2016-2017 Fourth Marking Period Honor Rolls

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 subjects ...

Sparta 10U Little League All-Star Team Wins the District

July 15, 2017

VERNON, NJ – The Sparta 10U Little League All-Star team clinched the district title when they played High Point in Vernon on Thursday.  The select 13 players won seven of nine games in three weeks of challenging tournament play to earn the title. 

The Sparta All-Stars played against Sussex County teams from Vernon, High Point, Newton and Kittatinny.  With the District win ...

Sussex Stags Football Teams Wins Home Opener

NEWTON, NJ—The Sussex Stags football team took the home opener as a win in the record books on Saturday, July 8, beating the Jersey Shore Hurricanes 38-13.

The Stags, a semi-pro football team, use Newton High School’s football field as their home turf.  The team was established in 2014 by Steve Massoti Sr. and Gary Haase.

This year the team starts the season with ...

Sparta Diamonds 10A Softball Team Headed to World Series

SPARTA, NJ – The World Series takes on a whole new meaning for the Sparta 10A Diamonds.  Rather than a chilly October night, it will be the warm July days for the girls softball team at the 2017 Babe Ruth World Series. 

The girls earned a spot at the big tournament in Florida having secured the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regionals.  According to Diamonds organizers, ...

June 28, 2017 Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting

July 6, 2017

The video of June 28, 2017 Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting


Sparta High School Holds First Juried Art Gala

July 18, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School media resource center was transformed to an art gala last month for the first juried Sparta Arts Gala.  Each art student had several pieces on display from the front door and throughout the room.

This was also the first year the artwork could be displayed on the new boards donated to the school through the Sparta Education ...

Sparta Elks Fourth of July Parade Draws Big Crowds - Photos

SPARTA, NJ – The Fourth of July parade was held on July 2 in Sparta.  The picture perfect weather brought the town out to watch the floats, tractors and firetrucks and cheer on the marchers.  White Deer Plaza and Mohawk Avenue was lined with old and young wearing their best red, white and blue, waving flags and collecting the candy thrown from the marchers.

Retired Sparta ...

Sparta Residents Invited to Outdoor Events

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta residents have options to take advantage of the outdoors with the arrival of summer. 

The Sparta Summer Concerts series begins this Saturday, July 7 with Milagro Saints.  The Sparta Cultural Arts Committee has put together eight concerts to be staged at Dykstra Park.  The show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. running until 10 p.m. 

At the June 27 ...

Newton's Petition to Bring Trader Joe's to Town

July 12, 2017

NEWTON, NJ – The Town of Newton is asking residents to consider adding their names to a petition to encourage a Trader Joe’s to open in the community.  The petition is on the municipal website.

Link to the petition.



Summer Hours for the Town of Newton and Green Township

NEWTON, NJ- The Town of Newton and Green Township Municipal Court Offices, specifically the Violations Bureau, will be closed on Friday, July 7 and Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

The Town of Newton’s municipal building is following summer hours through September 1.  The municipal building will be open

Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to ...

Sparta's Ambulance Squad Recognized for 70 Years of Service

July 16, 2017

SPARTA, NJ -The Sparta Township Ambulance Squad is celebrating their 70th anniversary.  The accomplishment was recognized with a proclamation presented to Captain Brad Erickson and First Lieutenant John McChensey at the Sparta Township Council  meeting on Tuesday night. 

Mayor Gil Gibbs read the proclamation to the two and many of the squad members present in the council ...

Troop 150 Boy Scouts Help Out at Sparta Safety Village

SPARTA, NJ - Several Boy Scouts from Troop 150 helped out at the Sparta Safety Village.  On June 22, 2017, scouts Adam B, Christian D, Robert H, Tyler H, Kaden K, Andreas O, Erich S, Thomas S and Scoutmaster, Joe Fucito, participated in the annual program by conducting four sessions on hiking preparedness and safety.

This was one of four activity areas that the incoming ...

TAPinto Travels Suggestions for Weekend Fun

July 12, 2017

July is one of the hottest months of the year in New Jersey and the festival scene is scorching as well. Most townships hold their community fairs throughout the summer months to draw the most crowds. Go early and stay late at any of these fun-filled events this coming weekend.


Boys and girls alike always have a ball at touch-a-truck events. The South Plainfield Lions Club is ...

TAP into Some Weekend Fun with the Family - July 6-9

TAPintoTravels - With the state back open for business, we no longer have to worry about being turned away from state-run parks and recreational sites. If your weekend plans were ruined due to the shutdown, make up for lost time by visiting one of the area’s most anticipated upcoming weekend events.

97th Annual Carnival

The town of Califon in Hunterdon County is hosting ...

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Sparta Police Department 4th Annual Junior Police Academy Already Full, Much More To Come

July 19, 2017

On August 23rd, the Sparta Police Department will host its 4th annual Junior Police Academy.  The interactive program, directed towards Sparta youth in grades 5th through 8th, has already hit their maximum number of participants.


Sparta Lieutenant John Lamon attributes the growth to the changes made in the program last year, designing it to be more interactive and fun.

Photos from the Air Intercept over the Somerset Hills Surface

SOMERSET HILLS NJ - Somerset Hills residents have become accustomed to weekend visits from President Trump.   However, this past weekend there was a twist.   That twist came in the form of the roar of a fighter jet intercepting an errant private aircraft.

President Trump attended the LPGA United States Womens Open at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster.  Accordingly, the ...

Sparta Police: Newark Man Faces Drug Charges after Traffic Stop

SPARTA, NJ – A Newark man was stopped on Tomahawk Trail because his car did not have an inspection sticker.  When Sparta Police Officer Tom Snyder approached the Ford van driver Andre Lugo, on July 4 at 6:09 p.m., Snyder smelled marijuana, according to police.

Lugo, 36, denied knowing anything about the marijuana. Snyder searched the van and found a zip lock bag containing marijuana ...


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How Many Politicians Does it Take to Fix a Lake?

July 9, 2017

As candidates running to represent Sussex, Warren, and Morris Counties in the State Legislature, my running mate Kate Matteson and I are spending quite a bit of time learning about the needs of Hopatcong residents.  As we knock on doors and make phone calls, one of the complaints we hear regularly is that the State has severely neglected Lake Hopatcong.  This is a travesty.

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Thu, July 20, 6:00 PM

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Sun, July 23, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

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Newton Medical Center, Romano Conference and Education Center, Room 100, Newton

Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s Newton Support Group

Health & Wellness

US Will Reimburse Somerset County for Trump Visits

July 19, 2017

WASHINGTON - New Jersey Rep. Lance (R-7th) has confirmed that the United States Secret Service has designated Bedminster a priority for presidential protection – allowing law enforcement and other protection-related costs eligible for reimbursement by the federal government. 

“Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and the excellent law enforcement personnel in New ...

Do you have a marketing plan? Let's Create One

July 15, 2017

In this weekly series, we will walk through the process of how to fit TAPinto into your marketing plan. 

Not only are we the premiere marketing platform for many businesses, we also are the source of getting the message out to our community for municipalities, organizations, schools and teams. We also are the source for promoting community ...

4 Tips for New Jersey Home Buyer Success

In New Jersey’s highly competitive real estate market, where inventory levels are not keeping pace with buyer demand, smart buyers take steps to ensure they’re prepared for success when buying a home.  Here, Team Nest Builder shares 4 tips for New Jersey home buyer success:

1. Be Prepared

“Homebuyers should talk with a lender, real estate agent, and a home inspector ...

Medication Errors on the Rise: Are You Taking Your Medication Correctly?

Using data from national Poison Control Centers, researchers analyzed the more than 67,000 reports of medication errors occurring outside of a health care facility between 2000 - 2012 and found the rate of serious medical consequences doubled during this period. The greatest number of errors involved cardiovascular medications and the greatest number of deaths were from pain medication errors.

July 12, 2017 Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders

NEWTON, NJ - Video of July 12, 2017 Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders


Free Computer Classes and Career Assistance Offered at Project Self-Sufficiency

July 18, 2017

Those who are interested in upgrading their computer skills or brushing up on job searching techniques are invited to try out one of the free courses offered at Project Self-Sufficiency.  During August, classes about QuickBooks accounting software and Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook courses will be held, as well as sessions about computer skills and internet safety for senior ...