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Sparta High School Service Dog Update: Fundraisers, New Dog

April 24, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School's newest staff member is currently undergoing training and is due to join the team sometime before the end of the school year.  Melvin has some important work to do as he is prepared to step in to the role of therapy dog for the students and staff at the school. 

Like any loved one, Franc will never be replaced.  Franc and his companion ...

Safe Stock Part I Indoor Fun Day for Sparta Students

SPARTA, NJ - Safe Stock Part I gave the students of Sparta High School a chance to have a break from their usual routine last week.  During the physical education classes the Spartans played backyard type games like Corn Hole bean bag toss, a variation of volleyball, Can Jam frisbee toss, foursquare basketball game in the main gym.  They also had a chance to tryout the Fatal ...

Boys Track Awarded First Place in Small School Division in Morris Hills Meet

April 25, 2017

ROCKAWAY, NJ - Though Sparta did not have a top two finish at the Morris Hills track and field meet on April 15, they were awarded first place as a team in the small school division.

There were three third place finishes at the meet. Andrew Pondiscio had two of them. He showed off his athleticism with a  20 feet, seven inch long jump that placed him the top three. He ...

Sparta High School Softball: Community Support Delivers New Scoreboard

SPARTA, NJ - The new Sparta High School softball scoreboard was finally put to use last week.  A rainy start to the season pushed back the first home game but it was worth the wait.  The new board got a work out with Sparta putting up 11 runs in the inaugural game against Montville.

Something that might easily be taken for granted, the scoreboard came about through a team effort; ...

Sparta Boys Lacrosse Score Seven in Fourth Quarter to Beat Morristown-Beard

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta boys lacrosse earned their second win of the season Saturday when they defeated Morristown-Beard, 16-13, behind a strong second half.

Stelios Kroudis and Mike Freeman each scored five goals with Kroudis adding an assist to lead the Sparta attack. They combined for more than half of the goals.

Jesse West had three goals and four assists. Russ Eberding won 81 ...

Sparta High School Service Dog Update: Fundraisers, New Dog

April 24, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School's newest staff member is currently undergoing training and is due to join the team sometime before the end of the school year.  Melvin has some important work to do as he is prepared to step in to the role of therapy dog for the students and staff at the school. 

Like any loved one, Franc will never be replaced.  Franc and his companion ...

Dragons Set to Return to Lake Mohawk for Sparta Education Foundation

SPARTA, NJ— A few spots remain for paddlers who want to participate in the Third Annual Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday, May 21.  The Sparta Education Foundation is sponsoring this event and invites everyone to come down to the Lake Mohawk Boardwalk to cheer on Dragon Boat teams. A major fundraiser for Sparta’s public schools, the Dragon Boat Festival’s opening ceremonies ...

Sparta Township Council Proclaims April to be Child Abuse Prevention Month

SPARTA, NJ – April was proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention Month at the Sparta Township Council meeting on Tuesday, April 12.  Mayor Gil Gibbs read a proclamation with the Sparta Women’s Club looking on. 

Gibbs said, “All children should be able to have a safe and healthy childhood.”

The women distributed blue pinwheels, a symbol of Child Abuse ...

Sparta Gets a Visit from the Easter Bunny

April 15, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Library and field behind the Mohawk Avenue School were overtaken by young children on Saturday, hunting eggs and enjoying breakfast with the Easter Bunny.  Outside the library, goats and chickens delighted the children as well as the pony available for riding. 

Inside volunteers Christel Schuhmann and Fredericka “Ricki” Link helped serve the ...

Fun with Son Night a Hit at Mohawk Avenue School

SPARTA, NJ – Mohawk Avenue School was humming with the energy of third grade boys and their parents for the Fun with Son night.  The PTO had ten different game stations set up in the gym.  The minute-to-win-it style games had the boys and their parents competing and laughing together.

They marked on their score card a W or an L next to the events.  All games competed ...

Sparta Township Resolves to Be a Stigma Free Community

April 20, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township has taken steps to be established as a Stigma-Free Community.  On April 12, at the township council meeting the members unanimously supported a resolution supporting the mental health and substance abuse initiative.

The council members signed a copy of the resolution to present to members of the Saint Clare’s Advisory Group Nicole Reina BSN RN CEN ...

Sparta Township Council Proclaims April to be Child Abuse Prevention Month

SPARTA, NJ – April was proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention Month at the Sparta Township Council meeting on Tuesday, April 12.  Mayor Gil Gibbs read a proclamation with the Sparta Women’s Club looking on. 

Gibbs said, “All children should be able to have a safe and healthy childhood.”

The women distributed blue pinwheels, a symbol of Child Abuse ...

Invite to Design Your Own APP Contest

April 23, 2017

Technology is just as important as money when it comes to a business idea. You can get a loan to start a new business and hire developers if you do not know how to create an app for your idea. But not everyone qualifies for a loan, and not everyone is connected to someone who is skilled in app building. But what if you had the opportunity to give your idea to someone who could make your app ...

Bon Jovi at Madison Square Garden was Awesome!

If you wanted to define New Jersey, two names come to mind: Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen. 

TAPinto Travels has had the pleasure of meeting and working with both and can vouch for their love of both the Garden State and greater New York area.

And so It was a homecoming of sorts for Bon Jovi on Saturday as he rocked Madison Square Garden.

It seems remarkable the ...

Swimming with the Australian Minke Whales

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It approaches from deep within the Coral Sea, 20 feet of steel grey torpedo-shaped flesh that sends shivers through the gaggle of snorkelers peering down from the surface.

A great white shark?

Nope. The elusive minke whale and we have leaped off a dive boat far out in Australia's Great Barrier Reef to swim with them.

Much to the consternation of ...

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Sparta Police Rescue Two Dogs from House Fire

April 20, 2017

SPARTA, NJ -A Sparta police officers rescued two dogs from a house fire on the afternoon of April 13.  Around 3:30 p.m.  Cpl. Rick Smith broke the rear sliding glass door of 65 Hillside Road to be sure no one was in the house that was on fire, police report.

With flames and smoke coming from the second story the police checked and found only the dogs at home.  After getting the ...

Sparta Recognizes April as 9-1-1 Month

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Council proclaimed the week of April 9 to 15 National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week and April  9-1-1 Education Month.  Mayor Gil Gibbs read a proclamation that was accepted by Acting Chief Neil Spidaletto. 

Spidaletto explained the police department sends dispatchers to school to talk with the first and second grade students and ...

Sparta Police: Port Jervis Woman Faces Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

SPARTA, NJ – A woman from Port Jervis was stopped on Route 15 for having a broken tail light on April 11 around 1 a.m. Sgt. John Lamon stopped the 1998 Plymouth, driven by Amanda Strohmeier on the northbound side, police report.

When Lamon spoke with suspected Strohmeier he suspected the 26-year-old was under the influence of a narcotic.  Lamon, joined by Sparta Cpl Joe Antonello ...

The First Earth Day and Now

April 24, 2017

To the Editor: Earth Day

I went to the first Earth Day at a college in Jersey City. Earth Day had been proposed by Senator Gaylord Nelson, a Democrat from Wisconsin, and Pete McCloskey, a Republican Conservationist, for April 1970 after an oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.  We would have many more  of those in coming years.

At the first Earth Day, we students probably had a ...

Upcoming Events

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Fri, April 28, 7:00 PM

Sparta Elks Lodge, Sparta

Line Dance Lessons

Arts & Entertainment

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Sat, April 29, 10:00 AM

Sparta Police Department, Sparta

Mark your calendar April 29th to “Spring Clean” ...

Health & Wellness

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Sat, April 29, 12:00 PM

Mohawk Avenue School, Sparta

Sparta Board of Education Retreat

Education

Michael Scalera III - Obituary

April 13, 2017

Michael was born on March 12, 1933 and passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017.

Michael was a resident of Newton, New Jersey at the time of his passing.

He graduated from Seton Hall University earning his BS in Business Administration and Management.

He served in the US Army Intelligence as a Cryptographer Seventh Army Group Headquartered in Konigsberg Germany.

He was married ...

Rumors of Poisoned Animals Spread After Two Dead Deer Were Found in Kenilworth

April 25, 2017

KENILWORTH, NJ- Rumors of poisoned animals are spreading after a post in the Union County Lost Pets Facebook Group showed a photo of two dead deer on a Kenilworth street. The resident who posted the photo also claimed that there was a dead cat in the same area.

According to comments on the Facebook page, the animals were found on Michigan Avenue and the deer show no major signs of ...

Sparta Softball and Paige Smith Shuts Down Jefferson

April 25, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - Seemingly pitching everyday, Paige Smith is still throwing strikes. Her complete game gave Sparta a 4-0 win over Jefferson for their seventh win of the season. 

Smith had 11 strikeouts and only gave up one hit. She got to two strikes on most batters and made Jefferson's batters miss badly with two strikeouts. She was not hit hard at all but great plays were made ...

Forgotten Soldiers: Why Congress Must Authorize an Emergency Expansion of the Afghan SIV Program

Congressional inaction to authorize visas for the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program has recently resulted in America breaking its promise of safety to thousands of Afghan interpreters and aides who risked their lives to assist US troops and diplomates. Such short-sighted policy undermines both our moral and national security imperatives.  It is morally reprehensible to abandon already ...

Millionaire Advises: Stop Renting and Buy a Home Now!

If you’re a millennial pondering whether or not to buy a Morris or Sussex County home, listen to this: a CNBC article quoted self-made millionaire David Bach as explaining that "the single biggest mistake millennials are making" is NOT purchasing a home because buying real estate is "an escalator to wealth.”

Bach explained:

"If millennials don't buy a ...

Need another reason to stop drinking diet soda? New research finds an association between artificial sweeteners, stroke and dementia.

Results of research published this week in the American Heart Association journal Stroke found that over a seven year period, people who drank one artificially sweetened beverage a day were almost 3 times (2.96 times to be exact) more likely to have a stroke caused by a blood clot than were people who didn’t drink artificially sweetened beverages. The same held true for dementia and ...

April Curriculum Letter - Part II

This is Part II of Dr Daniel Johnson's April Curriculum Letter.  

21st CENTURY SKILLS

How has technology changed our children's world?

Often, as educators, we are confronted with many questions regarding technology. As a father, I understand where these questions stem from. Questions such as:

 

Are our children experiencing too much screen time?
Will a 1:1 ...

April 12, 2017 Sussex County Freeholders Meeting

Link to the video of the April 12, 2017 Sussex County Freeholders Meeting

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Newton Rotary Club Commemorates 30th Anniversary of Supreme Court Decision Allowing Women into Rotary Clubs

April 25, 2017

It’s been only 30 years since women have been allowed, in this  club, or any of the other 32,000 world wide clubs.

Club Historian Bob Shankman will offer a 15 minute program that traces the progress and pitfalls of the movement, that began in 1905.

Prior to the decision women were not allowed as members.

The change was mandated by a Supreme Court decision announced on ...