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Sparta Robotics Teams Collects Awards at Home Competition

January 15, 2020

SPARTA, NJ – Robotics teams from all over the state converged on the Sparta High School on Saturday for a VEX competition.  Sparta’s eight sub-teams competed against 32 other schools.  The 5249 S “Yorktown” and 5249 Z “Ignite” teams finished in the top 10 of the Tower Takeover challenge.  

Yorktown made a run in the semifinal round and ...

Sparta High School November 2019 Students of the Month

SPARTA, NJ- Sparta High School principal Ronnie Spring announces the November Students of the Month 2019.  Every month a student is selected to represent each department, nominated by teachers.

The English department selected Amanda Roberson.  Her teacher said, “Amanda is a quiet student who is consistent in her work. She avoids distractions and has a keen attention to ...

Sparta High School Robotics Team Wins at TCNJ Competition

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Sparta High School robotic team opened their season at The College of New Jersey in December.  Sparta descended on the competition with 42 students.

The STEM Academy team 5249 D took second place having finished the qualifying matches 5-0.  They won through the quarter and semi finals with their only loss coming in the finals.

Team 5249 Z won the Judges ...

Sparta Boys Basketball Adds a Win Over Kittatinny

January 14, 2020

SPARTA, NJ- The Spartan boys basketball team defeated the Cougars on Monday 74-52. Four Spartans scored double digits as their record moves to 6-2.

Matt Piwko had 17 points with four 2-pointers, two 3-pointers and three from the foul line.

Aidan Mastandrea added 14.  Rasir Scott and Luke Szabo each had 10.  Dean Alkovic put up eight points, Mike McGovern had seven and Colby Plotts ...

Sparta Girls Win Close One Over Randolph

SPARTA, NJ – Girls basketball won the battle against Randolph on Tuesday night 42-37.  Both Brynn McCurry and Mason Munier at 10 points in the game. McCurry played tough on both ends of the court, grabbing 14 rebounds.  She also had three blocks, three steals and three assists.

Ally Sweeney put up eight points.  Olivia Bouma-Hannam and Bailey Chapman each contributed ...

Sparta High School Track Brings Home the Hardware from Wayne Valentine Invitational

MADISON, NJ -  Sparta High School track athletes fared well at the Wayne Valentine Invitational on Thursday at Drew University coach Richard Heckman said.

Jake Galluccio brought home a gold medal for the High Jump.  Julia Wilson earned a silver medal for her second place finish in the 300 Meter run.

Jack Maraziti, Justin Grau, Chris Johnson and Anthony Lomardo earned medals for ...

Sparta Middle School Clubs Serve Coffee and More

January 16, 2020

SPARTA, NJ - In a packed room on the lowest level of a local middle school, more than thirty minutes after the last of buses departed, an oven timer beeps as the smell of freshly baked muffins fills the room. 

To some, it may have seemed perfectly innocent, “Perhaps an after-school cooking club!” you might say. But there’s a deeper meaning behind these flavorsome ...

Sparta High School Alumnus Looks for Support in Army ROTC Competition

SPARTA, NJ- Sparta High School alumnus Jeremy Dericks is heading up a team of 11 Army ROTC cadets to compete in the Bataan Memorial Death March.  The annual competition pits teams of ROTC cadets as well as other military personnel against each other and against the elements.

The race is marathon length, 26.2 miles, in two categories; carrying a backpack or ruck of 0-34 pounds ...

TAPintoTV Joins News12+ To Reach Millions of Online and Broadcast Viewers Across the Tri-State Metro Area

January 11, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Altice USA’s News 12+, a television news broadcast channel available on cable systems throughout the NY/NJ/CT tri-state area, has added TAPintoTV to its programming schedule. The weekly TAPintoTV program, which airs Sundays at 11AM EST, will feature topical news and lifestyle segments, reaching over 3 million viewers that comprise the News 12+ audience.

“An ...

Frozen Jr. Comes to Sparta High School's Stage

January 13, 2020

SPARTA, NJ – Olaf, Elsa and Anna are coming to Sparta High School with all of their friends from Arendelle. Sparta Middle School students are bringing Frozen Jr. to life this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Directors Paige Lucas and Elisa Girlando have been working with a large cast and volunteers for weeks.  The story of Frozen has a cast of “beloved characters.  It is ...

Sparta High School Art Students Work on Display at Peter's Valley

SPARTA, NJ – Several Sparta High School art students will join other high school students from the area at an art show at Peter’s Valley.

Spartans will be joined by students from Delaware Valley, Fort Lee, High Point Regional, Kittatinny Regional, Newton, New Providence Regional, Northern Highlands, Randolph, Wallkill Valley Regional and Watchung Hills.

Freshmen through seniors ...

New York City's Worst Kept Secret: The Times Square New Years Eve Ball Has NJ Roots

NEW YORK, NY – Walter Fuhrman Palmer, the head electrician at the venerable New York Times newspaper more than 100 years ago, helped to create a legacy shared by tens of millions of people who have jammed Times Square on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the traditional countdown to the New Year.

Palmer, who lived in Warren, NJ, designed the first giant sphere to drop on Times Square, ...

Sparta's Library-Ungerman Bridge to be Replaced

January 11, 2020

SPARTA, NJ- The Bridge that connects Ungerman Field to the Sparta Library, Mohawk Avenue School complex has been closed for more than a month.  The bridge will have to be replaced due to damage sustained when a tree branch fell on it, according to Sparta Township Manager William Close. 

Initially the bridge was closed while the structural integrity was evaluated.  According to ...

It's a Boy! Atlantic Health System Welcomes First Baby Born in 2020

January 2, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ  -  The first baby of the new year was born at Morristown Medical Center at 7:58am on January 1. Baby Henry weighed in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and measured 20. 5 inches, announced Atlantic Health System.

Baby Henry and his parents are doing well and resting comfortably.



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Sparta Police: Traffic Stop Ends with Drug Charges

January 16, 2020

SPARTA, NJ- A Brooklyn man is facing drug charges when the car in which he was a passenger was stopped for a broken tail light.  On January 14 around 2 a.m. Officer Thomas Herd stopped Akeem McKinney, 21 for the broken light on her green Volkswagen, police said.

When Herd spoke with the driver, the officer smelled pot in the car.  When the car was searched, Herd found marijuana and ...

Sparta Police: Man in Ditch Gets DWI

SPARTA, NJ – A Netcong man who drove into a ditch is facing drunk driving charges.  On January 11 around 8:30 a.m. Officer Michael Poon found John Leonard, 32 had driven off the road at Andover Road and Kimberly Court, police said.

Leonard was slurring his words and unsteady on his feet.  Poon had him perform field sobriety tests and then took him to Newton Medical Center for ...

Sparta Police: Wanted, Unlicensed Driver Faces Drug Charges

SPARTA, NJ – Both a driver and passenger caught the attention of Sparta Police Officer Steven Guido when they were ashing their cigarettes out of the window while they were driving on Route 15.  On January 10 around 1 p.m. Lords Valley, Pennsylvania resident Kayla Murphy, 25 was stopped in a blue Subaru Impreza, police said.

After pulling her over, Guido saw Honesdale, Pennsylvania ...

Second Amendment Sanctuary is a Terrible Idea

January 10, 2020

Sussex County Assemblyman, Parker Space, is making the rounds to towns like Sussex Borough and Branchville and helping them craft a symbolic resolution making the town a “Second Amendment sanctuary”.  This resolution opposes the passage of further gun control laws and supports “holding accountable the violent criminal offenders, rather than irrational and/or disproven ...

Statement in Response to Sparta Mayor

Dear Editor,

“It is extremely disheartening to see Mayor Molly Whilesmith's comments regarding my case against the Township and Police.  In her statement she explains that the settlement money was not “hush money” and was rather a “modest sum” offered as a business decision, rather than a silence payment.  

The Township and It's officers ...

New Jersey Date Night: Lettuce Eat Salad

January 12, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

The days following the holiday season can be rather heavy — we’re heavy hearted that the celebrations are all over and heavier in the waistline from enjoying every last bite of the festivities. 

In New Jersey it’s difficult to say no to tasty treats like Christmas ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, January 18, 2:00 PM

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sussex County, Newton

World Music Concert with Chuck Wood a New ...

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, January 19, 1:00 PM


OPEN HOUSE- 275 East Shore Trail

Real Estate


Wed, January 29, 10:00 AM

Sparta United Methodist Church Thrift Shop, Sparta

Sparta United Methodist Church Half-Price Sale

Giving Back


Thu, January 30, 10:00 AM

Sparta United Methodist Church Thrift Shop, Sparta

Sparta United Methodist Church Half-Price Sale

Giving Back


Fri, January 31, 10:00 AM

Sparta United Methodist Church Thrift Shop, Sparta

Sparta United Methodist Church Half-Price Sale

Giving Back


Sat, February 1, 10:00 AM

Sparta United Methodist Church Thrift Shop, Sparta

Sparta United Methodist Church Half-Price Sale

Giving Back


Mon, February 3, 6:00 PM


Veritas Christian Academy Open House


Thu, February 13, 12:00 PM

Welcome Center, Sparta

The Chelsea at Sparta to Hold Open House

Arts & Entertainment

COMING SOON 3BR Custom Lake Mohawk Home

Imagine coming home to a beautiful custom lake home? You will fall in love with this 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom custom home in Sparta’s highly desirable Lake Mohawk Community. It's coming soon!

In this lake home you will find a beautiful stone wood-burning fireplace in the warm and inviting living room. 

An updated kitchen with oak cabinets, also includes a breakfast ...

OPEN HOUSE Sunday 3BR Charmer in Lake Mohawk

Step into 2 Seneca Trail and this sweet 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom Cape Cod in Sparta’s highly-desirable Lake Mohawk community captures your heart.  See for yourself at our OPEN HOUSE Sunday, January 12th, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Pristine hardwood floors lead you through the light-filled living room past the brick fireplace soon-to-contain a new wood-burning insert.

This move-in ready ...

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders January 8 Meeting Video

NEWTON, NJ- Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders January 8 meeting video.



The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders January 3 Reorganization Meeting Video

NEWTON, NJ- The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders January 3 reorganization meeting video.


Rep. Sherrill Votes to Protect Older New Jersey Workers from Age Discrimination

January 16, 2020

Washington, DC -- Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) voted yesterday for a bipartisan bill to protect older New Jersey workers from age discrimination. The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (H.R. 1230) addresses the 2009 Gross v FBL Financial Services Supreme Court decision that has made it harder for older workers to prove discrimination. It would return ...