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Sparta School District 2021-2022 Retirees Honored at Board of Education Meeting

September 23, 2022

SPARTA, NJ – A dozen Sparta school staff members who retired in the 2021- 2022 school year were honored at the board of education meeting on Thursday.  Superintendent Matthew Beck presented Cheryl Dekmar, Susan Graham and Carolyn Lynch with plaques, thanking them for their service to the district. The other retirees were not in attendance. 

“They certainly saw ...

Free Fitness Challenge with U.S. Army at Fieldhouse on Saturday

September 26, 2022

SPARTA, NJ – The US Army in conjunction with the Fieldhouse at the Sparta Athletic Campus is running a free fitness challenge on Saturday, October 1. According to Lt Stephen Rozek from the North Jersey Recruiting Company the event “consists of exercises that soldiers do in their physical fitness test.

“We are holding this event for free with hopes of a high turnout and ...

'Mega-Warehouse' Developer Files Motion to Dismiss Residents' Lawsuit

September 27, 2022

SPARTA, NJ – The warehouse litigation is moving slowly along.  Instead of filing a response to the lawsuit, Diamond Chip Realty or DCR has filed a motion to dismiss.

“We are not surprised by this motion,” objector attorney Anand Dash said.  He said it is rare that the court circumvents the judicial process and dismisses a suit.

“They have deep ...

Sparta Police Announce Voluntary Residential Security Camera Registration Initiative

September 22, 2022

SPARTA, NJ – As home security cameras become more ubiquitous, police are asking residents to share information about their home surveillance equipment to “assist in future investigations and help protect the community,” according to the Sparta Police Department.

“What this does is allow residents to register with our department stating that they have a home security ...

Sparta Field Hockey Gets Shut Out by Hackettstown

September 27, 2022

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta field hockey had a tough time with Hackettstown on Monday losing 6-0.  The Tigers came out strong with five goals in the first quarter.  They got one more in the Spartan net in the third.

Net minder Orianna Bennett had 10 saves.  Keara Hynes stopped four.

The Sparta record moves to 3-4 as they prepare to play at Morris Hills on Thursday.

The Place to Be on Sunday- Sparta Historical Society's 7th Annual Free Car Show

September 21, 2022

SPARTA, NJ – This year’s  Sparta Historical Society car show will have a unique focus.  While they will have plenty of vintage, classic and “special interest vehicles” filling the field next to Sparta Middle School, attendees will be treated to a showing of Corvairs - misunderstood and often confused with another similarly named (initially-rear engine) ...

Livingston Teen Uses Mathematical Modeling to Assist in Ukraine Food Supply and Security Crisis

September 22, 2022

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following her summer of research under the direction of mentor Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer from George Mason University into the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Livingston High School (LHS) senior Renee Hong is sharing her insights with the community about the “large-scale disruption to global grain markets” that the invasion has caused and her ...

UPDATED 'Chess for Charity' Family Seeks Sponsors for Next Fundraiser for the Turtle Clan

September 25, 2022

SPARTA, NJ – The Iyer family is planning their next fundraiser.  The boys hosted a “chess for charity" event last spring to raise money for Muhlenburg College’s Department of Neuroscience in honor of Erin Beebee.  In a few weeks they will participate in a 20-mile bike ride in Philadelphia on October 15.  All six Iyer family members will be riding to raise ...

TAPinto Launches Marketing Campaign Featuring TAPinto Owner/Publishers to Help Fill the Void in Local News

September 8, 2022

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto launched a marketing campaign today to draw attention to the importance of local news and how owning a TAPinto local news and digital marketing platform can help fill the void in local news while providing a rewarding and profitable business for TAPinto franchisees.

TAPinto owner/publishers enjoy freedom and flexibility. They own their own business, ...

Help from New Jersey Headed to Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Fiona

September 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey is sending aid to Puerto Rico to help those impacted by Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall on Sunday, September 18. The storm brought more than 20 inches of rain and heavy wind, causing major infrastructure damage and power outages to the island.

"Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico during this devastating time," Gov. Phil ...

Chipotle to Pay New Jersey $7.75 Million to Settle Child Labor Law Violations

TRENTON, NJ — Chipotle Mexican Grill will pay the State of New Jersey a record $7.75 million to settle child labor law violations.

A 2020 New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) audit identified more than 30,000 violations that impacted minors at Chipotle locations in New Jersey. Those violations included Chipotle not abiding by limits on the number of hours ...

John Donnadio Advocates for County Government as Executive Director of the New Jersey Association of Counties

TRENTON, NJ — Sometimes, John Donnadio finds himself in 21 places at once.

As executive director of the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC), he’s an advocate for county government in Trenton and works with legislators and the governor’s office. At the local level, the NJAC is a nonpartisan and bipartisan resource for leaders and administrators in all 21 counties in New ...

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NJEDA To Open Food Security Planning Grant Program Application September 27

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced that it will open applications for its $1.5 million Food Security Planning Grant Program on Tuesday, September 27. This competitive program offers grants ranging from $75,000 to $125,000 to municipal governments, county governments, and redevelopment agencies to develop plans to improve food ...

NJEDA to Host Main Street Micro Business Loan Program Virtual Information Session

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is hosting a webinar for one of its new programs -- the Main Street Micro Business Loan -- to provide low-cost financing to New Jersey micro businesses in need of working capital to support future business operating expenses.

The Main Street Micro Business Loan will offer financing of up to $50,000 to eligible micro businesses in New ...

Will My House Still Sell in Today’s Market?

Will My House Still Sell in Today’s Market?

 

If recent headlines about the housing market cooling and buyer demand moderating have you worried you’ve missed your chance to sell, here’s what you need to know. Buyer demand hasn’t disappeared, it’s just eased from the peak intensity we saw over the past two years.

Buyer Demand Then and ...

Advocating for your Child

September 26, 2022

One of the greatest responsibilities and opportunities we have as parents and guardians is to advocate for our children. As Board members, we also share an important role in advocating for ALL students.

Parents go to Board members and attend Board meetings with complaints about how a matter is handled with their child. One of the biggest misconceptions about being a Board of Education member ...

Negotiations

Negotiations are a necessary part of the district and an important part of being a board member.   It does not serve any one party to drag out the negotiation process .  Personal feelings and emotions need to be put aside for the sake of the students. More importantly it certainly does not help our community to put out false information while the negotiations are taking place.  An ...

Overcrowding at Alpine Elementary School

Alpine Elementary School is bursting at the seams. While I understand that there has been a population increase in our lower grades, this is not a new issue. The District must better accommodate the overpopulation at Alpine.

Did you know that there is no art classroom now? That the students are receiving art class via art on a cart? A cart is moved from class to class with art supplies on it ...

Getting Politics Out of Our Schools

I want to serve my community.  My running mates and I are seeking your votes because we want to get politics and political agendas out of the classroom.  We want the focus to be on Sparta’s students receiving a strong educational foundation in the classroom and allow parents to take care of the rest.

We are disappointed to learn that the Lake Mohawk Country Club ...

Program Supports Childhood Trauma Survivors, Promotes Prevention

September 26, 2022

Project Self-Sufficiency will continue the workshop and discussion series, “Connections Matter”, designed to facilitate the conversation about issues surrounding Positive & Adverse Childhood Experiences (PACEs), with in-person sessions in English, Wednesday, October 12th, 5:00 p.m., and in Spanish, Wednesday, October 19th, 5:00 p.m.  Both workshops are free and open to the ...

Free Fitness Challenge with U.S. Army at Fieldhouse on Saturday

SPARTA, NJ – The US Army in conjunction with the Fieldhouse at the Sparta Athletic Campus is running a free fitness challenge on Saturday, October 1. According to Lt Stephen Rozek from the North Jersey Recruiting Company the event “consists of exercises that soldiers do in their physical fitness test.

“We are holding this event for free with hopes of a high turnout and ...

League of Women Voters Sussex Highlands to Sponsor Sparta Board of Education Candidate Debate

September 16, 2022

SPARTA, NJ- Voters will have a chance to question board of education candidates on Sunday, September 18, at the League of Women Voters Sussex Highlands' debate.  Their event will be held in the auditorium at Sussex County Technical School beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. allowing time for audience members to submit their questions in writing to the ...

Ballot Positions Drawn for 2022 Sparta Township Council Candidates

SPARTA, NJ – The ballot positions have been drawn for the Sparta Township Council candidates.  On Thursday at 3 p.m. most of the candidates gathered in Township Clerk Kate Chambers office.

Three tags with the names of the candidates were dropped into a coffee can and - with the lid affixed, were given a good shake. The tags were pulled one by one and Chambers announced the ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, September 27, 6:00 PM

Sparta

Senior Parent & Financial Aid Night Meeting

Sun, October 9, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Vintage Waterfowl Decoys: America's First Folk ...

Parking Rates and Policies for Town of Newton Updated September 1

September 26, 2022

NEWTON, NJ – Parking plaza passes for daily use can be purchased at the finance office in the municipal building.  The passes eliminate the need to purchase individual tickets from vending machines every time patrons use the parking lots.

The new rates for Parking Plaza Passes, effective as of August:

Monthly - $45
Quarterly - $135
Annual - $450

Parking passes and ...

Help from New Jersey Headed to Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Fiona

September 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey is sending aid to Puerto Rico to help those impacted by Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall on Sunday, September 18. The storm brought more than 20 inches of rain and heavy wind, causing major infrastructure damage and power outages to the island.

"Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico during this devastating time," Gov. Phil ...

TAPinto Wayne Celebrates 1 Million Pageviews and Counting in 2022

WAYNE, NJ — TAPinto Wayne and its owner/publisher Jon “Ferris” Meredith are celebrating a milestone — 1 million pageviews, and counting, in 2022.

It’s the second time the local news and digital marketing platform, which launched three years ago, passed the 1 million pageview mark in a calendar year. The other time was in 2020, the first full year it was ...