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Sparta Schools Have Delayed Opening on Thursday

February 20, 2019

SPARTA, NJ – Due to winter weather, all Sparta schools will be following a two hour delayed opening schedule on Thursday, February 21.

School start times:

Sparta High School 9:22 a.m.
Sparta Middle School – 9:40 a.m.
Helen Morgan School – 11 a.m.
Mohawk Avenue School - 10:50 a.m.
Alpine Elementary School –
Full Day Kindergarten Grades 1 and 2 – ...

Sparta Schools to Dismiss Early on Wednesday

SPARTA, NJ - Due to anticipated winter weather, all Sparta schools will follow an early dismissal schedule on Wednesday, February 20.

School dismissal times are:

Sparta High School – 12 noon
Sparta Middle School – 12:20 p.m.
Helen Morgan School – 1:05 p.m.
Mohawk Avenue School – 12:55 p.m.
Alpine Elementary School – 1:15 p.m.

All afterschool ...

Sparta High School Alumni News

SPARTA,  NJ – Sparta High School alumni have earned honors and accolades on their college campuses.

Benjamin Toscano was named to the Dean’s List at Quinnipiac University for the fall semester.

Samantha Toscano was named to the Dean’s List at High Point University where she is in the Pharmacy Doctorate program at the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy.

Nicole Scalera ...

Sparta High School Boys Basketball Defeats Pope John on Senior Night

February 20, 2019

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta boys basketball finished up their regular season celebrating senior players and celebrating a victory over Pope John, 67-55 on Tuesday night.  With a big crowd in the Spartan gym the boys took their second season win over the Lions.

Jack Cavanaugh led the charge with 24 points, half coming from three point  land and eight from the foul line. Dante Joefield ...

Sparta High School Wrestling Finishes 3rd in NJSIAA District 4, Garrett Stewart 100 Wins

HILLSDALE, NJ – Sparta finished third in the NJSIAA District 4 finals held at Pascack Valley High School on Saturday.  Sparta put up 135.5 points bringing them in behind Don Bosco Prep with 194 and Pascack Valley with 170.

Garrett Stewart earned his 100th career win as well as being named 126 lb champion.  Spenser Stewart also won the championship at 120 lbs.

Cooper Stewart, ...

Sparta Moves Past Delaware Valley, Going to H/W/S Finals

HAMBURG, NJ – Top seed Sparta High School boys basketball got past fourth seed Delaware Valley 61-52 in the semifinal round of the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex tournament on Saturday playing at Wallkill Valley High School.

Delaware started strong putting up 17 in the first quarter to Sparta’s 12, but Sparta’s momentum kept them improving as the game went on.  They had closed ...

Sparta Man Bike Rides Across Country for Cancer Research

February 15, 2019

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta resident and cofounder and manager of the Sparta Farmers Market Mitch Morrison is about to embark on a cross country trip on his bicycle.  Morrison is riding solo from Portland, Oregon to Sparta beginning on April 10 arriving in late May.

“As part of my adventure, I am raising money for cancer research for Cycle for Survival,” Morrison ...

Michael Torpey Discusses the Student Debt Crisis on One-on-One with Steve Adubato

February 20, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- A new game show on truTV called “Paid Off with Michael Torpey” offers relief from student debt to its winners. Actor and Host, Michael Torpey, appeared on One-on-One with Steve Adubato to discuss the very real problem of outstanding college loan debt and how his show attempts to tackle this issue.

The show features recent college grads with student loan debt who ...

11th Annual Mustard Seed Dinner Dance Gala to Benefit Disabled Children Will Take Place March 9th

PATERSON, NJ -- The Mustard Seed Children’s 11th Annual Dinner Dance Gala will be held on March 9th at the Valley Regency in Clifton, beginning at 7pm. The event is a fundraiser for the Mustard Seed Community in the Dominican Republic, which supports orphan children with both physical and mental disabilities.

Mustard Seed Communities is an international nonprofit organization dedicated ...

Experience Colonial America at The Dey Mansion: George Washington Headquarters

WAYNE, NJ -- In honor of Presidents Day, TAPintoTV visited the Dey Mansion, one of several locations in New Jersey which served as General George Washington’s Headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

The Dey Mansion was the home of Theunis and Hester Dey, and was built around 1770. Ten years later, Theunis, who was the Colonel of the Bergen County Militia during the Revolutionary War, ...

Oscar Shorts: Celebrate the Underdog Film Festival Marks 10th Anniversary in Montclair

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- This Saturday, February 16 at Buzz Aldrin Middle School, you can have the chance to watch all of the short films nominated for Academy Awards. The “Oscar Shorts: Celebrate the Underdog” Film Festival is marking its 10th year of showing these short films, which is prior to the Oscar broadcast on February 24.

“People can come, they can learn something ...

The History and Origins of Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is widely known as the day of the year when love is celebrated, and indeed, February has been a month of romance for centuries. The St. Valentine’s Day we observe today evolved both from ancient Roman and early Christian history.

There are many legends about who St. Valentine was. One story dates from the third century A.D. Apparently, Emperor Claudius II of Rome ...

Clifton Mayor Proclaims City as Great Place for Both Families and Business in New Jersey

LIVINGSTON, NJ -- Today, we look back at our conversation from 2018 with Clifton Mayor James Anzaldi at a Regional Chamber of Commerce event. TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur discusses with the Mayor how Clifton is a great place to live and why businesses can also expect a very friendly welcome.

Clifton, New Jersey’s 11th largest municipality, celebrated their 100th Anniversary in 2017.

Sparta High School Photo Students Create Art from Ice

February 16, 2019

SPARTA, NJ – Fridgit tempertatures were turned into an opportunity to create art by photography students at Sparta High School.  Christy Graham’s students went out in the cold to photograph ice bubbles and other ice themed scenes.

Zoe Merold, William Kristiansen and Baily Plotts took on the difficult challenge of photographing a bubble turned into ice, before it ...

It's Groundhog Day, So Here Is the Story of Punxsutawney Phil

With Groundhog Day upon us, thousands will watch in person and even more will tune in from home to see Punxsutawney Phil make his yearly prediction.

As legend has it, if Phil sees his shadow at dawn on Feb. 2, six more weeks of winter are on its way. If Phil doesn’t see his shadow, and early spring can be expected.

Phil may very well be the world’s second most famous rodent ...

Tips for Driving in Snow and Ice in Sussex County

February 12, 2019

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ -- Winter storms, bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In fact, about 46 percent of all crashes involving bad weather take place in the winter.

AAA analyzed bad weather and crashes over a five-year period. The study found that the ...

Rutgers University Student Diagnosed With Meningitis

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Rutgers University student has been diagnosed with meningitis, and the university has sent a message to other students about steps to take as a precaution.

The student with the disease was hospitalized Monday is receiving treatment and is recovering, Dr. Melodee Lasky, University Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health and Wellness said in an email sent to students on ...

Red Ribbons on Sparta Main Street Signal Vial of Life Reminder

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Woman’s Club is continuing their efforts to promote the Vial of Life initiative in the community.  A group of members got together at the ambulance building to make red bows to be tied on the lamp posts on Main Street.

The ribbons, decorated with Vial of Life stickers, were tied by Sparta Ambulance Squad Cadets volunteers.  They made quick work of ...

N.J. Rider Helps Texas A&M Move Up In NCEA Rankings

February 20, 2019

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M Equestrian jumped two spots in the latest NCEA rankings with the help of a rider from New Jersey.

In victory over Sweet Briar on Feb. 15 in a Hunter Seat-only competition at the Rogers Riding Complex in Sweet Briar, Va., Adele McKenna of Rumson, N.J. scored a career high 90 to won her point in Equitation on the Flat.

The next day back at home at ...

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Cops: Sussex County Bomber's Other Skill - Magic Mushrooms

February 20, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – When police searched the Port Morris home of a man accused earlier this month of detonating a homemade bomb in Sussex County they discovered a hallucinogenic mushroom growing operation protected by cameras and filled with strategically placed weapons, according to court records.

Details of the findings are included in a Feb. 7 affidavit filed by Roxbury Police Detective Tom ...

Sparta Police: Speeding, Open Beers Leads to Trouble for Newton Man

SPARTA, NJ – A Newton man is facing drunk driving charges after being stopped for speeding on Woodport Road.  On February 16 around 2 a.m. Officer Michael Poon stopped Tyler Wehreberg  for driving 61 MPH in a 45 MPH zone, police said.

When Poon spoke with the 22-year-old the officer smelled alcohol and saw multiple open beers in the car.  Wehreberg told Poon he had one ...

Sparta Police Pick Up Wanted Man After Traffic Stop

SPARTA, NJ – A Lake Hopatcong man was stopped on Woodport Road and ended up in custody.  On February 14 around 7:30 a.m. Cpl. Marc Rubino saw Anthony Bellina, 33, in his VW Passat without his seatbelt on, police report.

Rubino found Bellina’s license was suspended and he had an active warrant from Wall Township.  He was taken to Sparta Police Department Headquarters for ...

Payless Shoes/Things Remembered

February 20, 2019

I know about retail and how it operates, but today online business monopolies apply the squeeze to mall retail chains!  This is again the case for both Payless Shoes, which made good shoes affordable, and Things Remembered a place to award co-workers, fathers and mothers, and students with special clocks, watches, silver key chains and more!

I found myself at the Rockaway wall, which has ...

Sparta Education Association Statement to Learning Community

The Sparta Education Association would like to make the following statement in an effort to clarify the current situation affecting the Sparta leaning community: 

The teachers, secretaries, and paraprofessionals of the Sparta Education Association have been working with an expired contract for the last eight months.  The SEA consists of dedicated and hard-working educators who give ...

Star of ‘Cara’s Cucina’ to Host Groundwork Elizabeth Gala Feb. 27

February 16, 2019

Cara Di Falco, star of “Cara’s Cucina,” will host Groundwork Elizabeth’s WinterGreen gala Feb. 27 at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.

A nonprofit founded in Elizabeth in 2003, Groundwork Elizabeth builds sustainable communities in Elizabeth, NJ and in nearby Union County communities with urban agriculture initiatives, youth programing and more.

“So ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, February 20, 12:00 PM

Sparta VFW, Sparta

Fly Tying Classess Beginners and Intermediate

Sports

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Fri, February 22, 6:00 PM

Newton High School Cafeteria, Newton

Newton High School Designer Bag Bingo -Tricky ...

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Fri, February 22, 7:30 PM

Sparta Elks Lodge, Sparta

Sparta Elks Paint and Sip Fundraiser

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Sat, February 23, 9:00 AM

Sparta Town Hall, Sparta

Sparta Township Council Special Budget Meeting

Government

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Wed, February 27, 12:00 PM

Sparta VFW, Sparta

Fly Tying Classess Beginners and Intermediate

Sports

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Sat, March 2, 7:00 AM

First United Methodist Church, Newton

Newton Rotary Pancake Breakfast

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Wed, March 6, 12:00 PM

Sparta VFW, Sparta

Fly Tying Classess Beginners and Intermediate

Sports

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Sat, March 9, 7:30 PM

Wallkill Valley Regional High School, Hamburg

Legally Blonde The Musical

Arts & Entertainment

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Wed, March 13, 10:00 AM

Historic Court House, Newton

CASA of Morris & Sussex Information Session

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Wed, March 13, 10:00 AM

Historic Court House, Newton

CASA of Morris & Sussex Information Session

Newton Pool Not Opening this Summer

February 17, 2019

NEWTON, NJ -    Area residents will have to find other plans for the summer with the Town of Newton announcing the pool will not be opened this year.  The news came from a letter released by the town manager Thomas S. Russo Jr on Thursday.

Citing an extensive list of “severe structural issues” Russo said the decision to remain closed through this summer was in ...

Cops: Sussex County Bomber's Other Skill - Magic Mushrooms

February 20, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ – When police searched the Port Morris home of a man accused earlier this month of detonating a homemade bomb in Sussex County they discovered a hallucinogenic mushroom growing operation protected by cameras and filled with strategically placed weapons, according to court records.

Details of the findings are included in a Feb. 7 affidavit filed by Roxbury Police Detective Tom ...

Grab This Amazing 55+ 1BR Rental at Seasons at Sparta

If you're 55+ and seeking a 1-bedroom apartment in the heart of Sparta, NJ--here's your chance!  This fantastic 1BR apartment , #203, can be YOURS.  What makes a Seasons at Sparta apartment so special? Read on...
 

Location, Location, Location

Being nestled in the heart of charming Sparta (at 84 Sparta ...

Don't Miss Sunday's Sparta Mountain 4BR Open House

Seeking an amazing Sparta 4BR home?  Look no further than 28 Waters Edge ! Check it out at our OPEN HOUSE this Sunday, February 17th from 1-3pm---you'll fall in love!

Perched handsomely on an acre in the beautiful Sparta Mountain community, 28 Waters Edge offers a 4BR 2.5 Bathroom home with space and style.   Located in the ...

Waiting Until Spring To Sell Your NJ Home Could Be A Mistake

It’s common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off putting their homes on the market until then. Team Nest Builder explains why this is not a good strategy.

The other listings that come out in the spring represent increased competition to any seller. Do a greater number of homes actually come to the market ...

Don't Miss This Lake Mohawk 3BR OPEN HOUSE Sunday!

Longing to live the lake lifestyle? Today's your lucky day! Check out this amazing 3BR home with water views, available in Sparta's highly-desirable Lake Mohawk community! See it for yourself at our OPEN HOUSE, Sunday, February 10th from 1pm-3pm.

137 Hillside Road, Sparta

This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home at 137 Hillside Road, Sparta, ...

Dodge the Ball 2019 is Coming Back to Sparta

LAFAYETTE, NJ  - Pass It Along is holding the Annual Dodge the Ball Tournament at the The Fieldhouse at Sparta, located in Sparta, New Jersey. The events is being held on March 2, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. All proceeds from this event will benefit Pass It Along, a non-profit organization providing volunteer opportunities, leadership development and self-discovery workshops for teenagers ...

AtlantiCast: Episode 24

On this week’s AtlantiCast, meet the newest chairman of the American Hospital Association, learn about a breakthrough in heart surgery at Morristown Medical Center, celebrate a year of innovation at Atlantic Health System and see some tips to stay flu free.

 

Local News: Real Stories About Us

For a dozen years I was a news columnist at the state’s largest newspaper and in the decade prior to that, I was its editor in charge of all local news.

I semi-retired from that company in December and wrote a farewell column expressing gratitude for being able to make a living doing something I loved for more than 40 years.

In that continued spirit, here is my inaugural column for ...

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders February 13, 2019 Meeting Video

NEWTON, NJ - Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders February 13, 2019 meeting video.

 

 

So You want to Own Your Own Business…

Source: So you have decided you want to be your own boss. Maybe you are in a position to finally start your own business that you’ve always dreamed of? So where do you begin? Samuel K. Burlum explores what it takes to begin your own business venture. 

So you want to own your own business. Before you can determine the path in which your entrepreneurship career will be headed, ...

Center for Prevention Receives NJ Human Services Investment to Combat Opioid Epidemic and Boost Recovery Supports

February 20, 2019

$1.4 million in awards; Programs for peer support, services to sustain recovery and alternatives to opioids

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Human Services has awarded nearly $1.4 million in grants for new addiction treatment programs focusing on peer recovery, intensive support for people dependent on opioids and alternatives to opioids for pain management for older ...

Local Non-Profits Share the Importance of Healthy Relationships

February 12, 2019

LAFAYETTE, NJ - Teenagers throughout Sussex County joined Pass It Along and DASI Thursday evening for A Healthy Relationships Workshop and Meme Contest, in light of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Audience members participated in an interactive workshop led by Kailey Denzer-Weiler and Sierra Agens, Education Coordinators for DASI. The workshop guided teens through warning signs of an ...