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Two More Sparta High School Students Test Positive for COVID-19

September 22, 2020

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta School District announce two additional cases of COVID-19 among the student population, despite the schools following an all remote learning schedule.  This announcement, in a letter on Monday night from acting Superintendent Patrick McQueeney, brings the total number of students testing positive for coronavirus to five.

The letter said, “athletic teams ...

Sparta Board of Education to Hold Hybrid Meeting at Dykstra Park

SPARTA, NJ - The Sparta Board of Education has announced they will hold their September 24 meeting at Dykstra Park behind Mohawk Avenue School.  The meeting will open inside Mohawk Avenue School at 7 p.m. for a closed session.  

According to the meeting announcement the board members will hold an executive session to discus personnel and student matters and matters of attorney ...

Sussex County COVID-19 September 23

September 23, 2020

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –The Sussex County officials reported six new cases and no additional deaths on September 23.

As of September 23 there were 1,534 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 198 deaths and 1,277 recovered coronavirus patients. Two positive tests attributed to Sussex County have been reassigned to another location.

The New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli reported ...

Sussex County COVID-19 September 22

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –The Sussex County officials reported 7 new cases and no additional death on September 22.

As of September 22 there were 1,530 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 198 deaths and 1,272 recovered coronavirus patients. TWO positive test attributed to Sussex County have been reassigned to another location.

Five states were added to the list of travel quarantine ...

You May Not Know if You Were Exposed To COVID-19, But App Could Tell You

September 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – The state is piloting a mobile app that will notify residents if they have been in close, prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said state employees as well as students from Montclair State University, Stockton University and Passaic County Community College have been testing the app.

“You ...

Medvacon, LLC Expansion Fueled By Growth And Opportunity


Sparta, N.J. – On September 10, 2020, Medvacon, LLC announced the growth and expansion of their organization.

“This is a very exciting time for Medvacon, our employees and customers,” Managing Member Ray Roggero said. 

Medvacon has expanded into four unique organizations: Medvacon, LLC is a holding and management company; Medvacon Life Sciences, LLC, ...

Local Women Attorneys Mourn Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, A Former Rutgers Law Professor

September 21, 2020

SPARTA, NJ  - Female leaders from across the country, the state, and the local community are mourning the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday, Sept. 18. Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman appointed to the Court and served more than 27 years.

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg was ...

This is how Murphy’s budget allocates $2.4 billion in federal COVID funding

Some lawmakers and state-funded organizations worry what will happen when that money is gone.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit

For six months the coronavirus pandemic has loomed large over New Jersey, taking an enormous ...

Halos for Angels Fright Factor Fundraiser Moves Closer to Home This Year

September 10, 2020

NEWTON, NJ—The charity, Halos for Angels, which is primarily based in Florham Park, has moved their annual Halloween fundraiser closer to the Town of Newton this year.

Due to the pandemic, the Angels are unable to host their biggest fundraiser, the Fright Factor Haunted House that they run every October. Instead, they are bringing the competition closer to home, literally, with a ...

Sign Of The Times - Sparta Chess Online

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta Chess enters its 19th season amid the current challenges. Players will be playing and learning chess skills through different online resources.

Interested players of all abilities, kindergarten through grade, should email Students from all Sparta schools are invited to join.

“Sparta Chess is the best K-12 program in New Jersey,” ...

For 19 Year, Sparta Elks Lodge Remembers Those Lost on 9/11

September 14, 2020

SPARTA, NJ – Some things are too important to be canceled.  The Sparta Elks annual ceremony remembering those who lost their lives to the 9-11 terrorist attacks was held on the plaza in front of the municipal building on Friday.

Sparta Elks Lodge 2356 Anthony Alfonso was the Master of Ceremonies for the early morning event.

The crowd was smaller and there were fewer participants ...

Sparta Elks to Hold Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Area Resident Battling Cancer

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Elks Lodge is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, September 26 with all proceeds going to a local family in need. 

Family is in Newton, in our footprint ,and the mother is battling colon cancer.  Her daughter is special needs and has been one of our campers that we send to Elks Camp Moore in the Summer.

The menu offers two options:

Spaghetti ...

Sparta Township Forming Special Assessment Committee for Glen Lake Dam Project- Volunteers Wanted

September 23, 2020

SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Township Council is accepting applications from community members interested in volunteering to serve on the Special Assessment Committee.  The announcement was made at the township council meeting on Tuesday.

The committee will be tasked with creating the formula for the assessment related to the Glen Lake dam replacement.  Any resident who lives in the Glen ...

Sparta Parking Lot Closures for Milling and Paving Projects Beginning this Week

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township Manager Bill Close announce three paving projects at the township council meeting on Tuesday night.  Three township parking lots will be milled and paved, requiring closures beginning this week.

The lower level parking lot at Sparta Town Hall will be closed on Wednesday, September 23 for milling and on September 30 for paving.  The public is asked ...

Sparta School District Cancels All Fall Sports for Two Weeks in Wake of COVID-19 Positive Tests

September 20, 2020

SPARTA, NJ – All sports and the marching band have been put on hold for 14 days at Sparta High School.  The Sparta School District has been notified of two football players and member of the girls soccer team that  have tested positive for COVID-19.

Effective immediately and out of an abundance of caution,” the letter from acting Superintendent Patrick McQueeney ...

Sparta High School Girls Soccer: Strength in Numbers

SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta High School girls soccer team has the benefit of 13 returning players and a strong 2019 season on which to build a successful 2020 season.

Daniel Trappe is starting his second year as head coach after having led the JV squad for eight years.  According to the coach, they are seeking to “continue our success from last season,” where they finished with a ...

NJ Apple Picking Farm Provides Husky Dogs a Better Life

September 23, 2020

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help rid the orchard of critters and provide a better life ...

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Sparta Police: DWI Charges for Woman Who Crashed into the Woods

September 23, 2020

SPARTA, NJ – A Lafayette woman was taken to the hospital after she crashed off Demarest Road.  On September 16 around 9:30 p.m. Police Officer Thomas Herd found Danielle Enman, 33 had gone off the road, about 20 feet into the wood, police said.

Enman, the only person in the car, appeared disoriented and did not know how her car ended up in the wood, police said.

Herd found a ...

Sparta Police: Public Calls in Drunk Driver

SPARTA, NJ- A Riverdale woman was stopped after police were alerted to an erratic driver on Route 15 north.  On September 17 around 8:15 p.m. Officer Matt Pletcher found Tracy Vayda, 31 driving a white Volkswagen Jetta, police said.

Vayda admitted to Pletcher she had a couple of drinks.  Vayda was given field sobriety tests and brought to Sparta Police Department Headquarters for ...

Councilman Writing to 'Clear a Few Things Up'

September 16, 2020

I felt a need to write this editorial to hopefully clear a few things up. My name is Dave Smith and I am a councilman of two years in Sparta and an emergency services volunteer for over 40 years in the Township. It is being alluded to that our council is not transparent. I am not sure I understand because our meetings are always advertised and the minutes always available. We even went to hybrid ...

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Sparta Board of Education Candidate Joanne Hoover

September 22, 2020

I have been a resident of Sparta for six years. I am currently in my seventeenth year as a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Lenape Valley Regional High School. I  taught in Randolph at the elementary level for ten years. I held the positions as the Head Varsity Field Hockey for fourteen years at Lenape Valley as well as the Head Varsity Softball coach at Lenape Valley for ten years.

Development in Sparta Needs to be Sensible - Sparta Township Council Candidate Dean Blumetti

In early 2020, the Sparta Town Council passed (3-2) Ordinance 20-04 which could potentially create a negative impact on Sparta’s downtown.  The Ordinance provides several incentives to allow for mixed use retail and residential apartment buildings up to four stories (62 feet) tall, with an additional two underground stories on lots of two acres or larger.  

We all value a ...

Integrity, Transparency, and Innovation - Dr. Richard Snellings For Sparta Board of Education

I am committed to the Sparta community.  I am committed to serving Sparta schools.  My wife and I have 4 children in Sparta schools.  My running mates have an additional 7.  Between us we have 11 children currently in Sparta schools plus 2 recent graduates.  

Do you want your Board of Education members to have children in our schools?  Or, are you ok with BOE ...

Get to Know the Sparta BoE Team for Integrity, Transparency, & Innovation

Earlier this summer, four community-minded individuals announced they are running for four open seats on the Sparta Board of Education (BoE). Mike McGovern, Dr. Robert Zywicki, and Dr. Richard Snellings are seeking election to three-year seats, and Dr. Vanessa Serrano is seeking election to a one-year seat.  They are accomplished professionals, loving parents, and committed community ...

Introducing Sparta Board of Education Candidate Mike McGovern

I’m Mike McGovern, and I’m seeking a three-year term on the Sparta Board of Education.  I’ve been a proud Sparta resident for the past ten years.  My wife, Patti, teaches Second Grade at Alpine Elementary; two of our children are Sparta High School graduates, and our oldest is a Senior at SHS this year.  I’m connected to this community and, like every Sparta ...

Introducing Sparta Board of Education Candidate Dr. Richard Snellings

I am invested in Sparta and want what is best for our community and schools.  I am ready and willing to advance our school system to be the best it can be not just for my four children but for all the students in the Sparta Township Public Schools.  A strong public education is the key to a successful future and every child deserves one. 

Elevating the quality of education for ...

IRS highlights online resources during Small Business Week; many resources available in multiple languages

September 23, 2020

WASHINGTON – In support of National Small Business Week – Sept. 22 to 24 – the Internal Revenue Service is emphasizing the many IRS online resources available to help small business owners and self-employed individuals needing to handle the tax aspects of their business.

Resources in multiple languages

The IRS has a long history of providing resources in Spanish and ...

New Jersey to Provide Opioid-Overdose Antidote Naloxone for Free to Residents September 24-26 at Participating Pharmacies Across the State

New Jersey to Provide Opioid-Overdose Antidote Naloxone for Free to Residents September 24-26 at Participating Pharmacies Across the State

Residents Can Obtain Free Naloxone at 322 Participating Pharmacies Without Providing Name or a Prescription


Sept. 21, 2020 

(TRENTON) – Governor Murphy and Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today announced the ...

Human Services Opens Applications for COVID-19 Child Care Tuition Assistance Program

Eligible Families Needing Child Care Assistance as Schools Open Remotely Can Apply Now at ChildCareNJ.Gov

(TRENTON) – New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today announced that applications are now open for the new COVID-19 child care tuition assistance program the Murphy Administration has created to help families with child care costs as schools open ...

Atlantic Health System’s four ACOs saved Medicare more than $21 million, improved care for 75,000 patients in 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ – SEPTEMBER 2020 – Atlantic Health System’s four accountable care organizations saved Medicare a total of more than $21 million through efforts to improve quality and reduce health care costs in 2019, according to recently released performance data from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The four ACOs - Atlantic ACO, HealthCare Quality Partners ...


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Sussex County Board of Election Administrator Announces Retirement After Box of Ballots Found Uncounted

September 18, 2020

NEWTON, NJ – The Sussex County Board of Elections has announced the retirement of Administrator Margaret McCabe as of October 1. The announcement comes in the wake of the discovery of a box of 1666 uncounted primary election ballots late last week.

The board of elections has “not yet made a decision about filling the position,” according to Republican Commissioner Member ...

Sussex County Voting in a Coronavirus World: Found Ballots, Drop Boxes, Mail In and Provisional Ballots

NEWTON, NJ – Even the most seasoned voter may have questions about voting in the general election in November.  New procedures put in place by Governor Murphy in response to the COVID-19 health crisis are different from anyone has ever experienced.

The “all vote by mail” primary in July was a dress rehearsal for the main event in November, uncovering some issues ...

Le Frois and Teets Town Council Candidates First to Sign Police Support Pledge in New Jersey

September 21, 2020

NEWTON, NJ—The Town Council candidate team of Helen Le Frois, incumbent, and Michelle Teets are the first to sign and submit the Police Pledge in the state of New Jersey.

According to the website of Heritage Action for America, ( the only state officials or candidates in the state of New Jersey to sign this Police Pledge are the Le ...

LAST WEEK TO REGISTER- Churchill/Sawmill Area Community Garage Sale!

GOT JUNK? For over a decade we’ve helped hundreds of our Sparta neighbors not only clean out their garages, basements and attics, and make money doing it by participating in one of our Team Nest Builder Community Garage Sales. The Churchill/Sawmill area Community Garage Sale will be held on 10/3 from 9-4pm RAIN OR SHINE. CLICK HERE to sign up today! The last day to sign up is 9/25.

Chilling Video Shows Four Gunmen Unleashing Hail of Bullets in New Brunswick

September 15, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A chilling video shows four men emerging from a car with guns drawn and unleashing a hail of bullets that left two dead and six injured early Sunday morning.

In the video provided to TAPinto New Brunswick, the shooters can be seen emerging from the four-door sedan with hoods pulled down in front of their faces. They open fire in the direction of 32 Delafield Street, ...

5 Ways to Make Your Favorite Chili Into a Totally Different Meal

September 22, 2020

Does the cooler weather have you craving chili? A bowl of red is a great way to warm up, and if the leftovers start to bore you, there are plenty of ways you can mix things up.

Make your favorite chili into totally different meals with these simple ideas:

Serve it Cincinnati-style* over spaghetti with shredded Cheddar cheese and chopped onions.

Make it part of a “baked ...