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Sparta Middle School Celebrates the Week of Respect

October 17, 2018

SPARTA, NJ — Sparta Middle School students celebrated the Week of Respect with a variety of activities to promote kindness. Students and staff participated in spirit days all week. They kicked off the Week of Respect by showing solidarity and wearing blue shirts on Monday, October 1 to honor World Day of Bullying Prevention.

All three grades had assemblies. Tyler Durham and David ...

The Marching Spartans Honor their Seniors

SPARTA, NJ – The Award winning Sparta High School Marching Band honored their seniors on Saturday.  The band cut their halftime show for the recognition.  The band provided background music as the seniors were introduced, escorted onto the field by their families. 

“I always knew that eh band community had my back and would push me to become a better musician,” ...

Sparta School District Presents Turf Field Project to Planning Board

SPARTA, NJ — The Sparta Board of Education presented the turf field project to the Planning Board last week. While the Planning Board’s role is simply advisory, they had a number of questions for the professionals making the presentation before giving their approval.

Representing the school district, attorney Richard Roy, engineer Bill Edwards and architect Bill Bannister were ...

Sparta Field Hockey Shuts Out Wallkill Valley

October 22, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta field hockey held Wallkill Valley scoreless on Friday at home 2-0.  Lauren Groff and Allie McGuire each got past the Rangers goalie.  Lucie Wolfson assisted on both goals.

Sparta goalie Emma Cerra had five saves to hold on to the shut out. 

The girls record moves to 8-7.  They will host High Point on Tuesday.

Sparta Field Hockey Shuts Out Wallkill Valley

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta field hockey held Wallkill Valley scoreless on Friday at home 2-0.  Lauren Groff and Allie McGuire each got past the Rangers goalie.  Lucie Wolfson assisted on both goals.

Sparta goalie Emma Cerra had five saves to hold on to the shut out. 

The girls record moves to 8-7.  They will host High Point on Tuesday.

Football: Sparta Holds On for Win Over Montville's Late Comeback

MONTVILLE, NJ - In a game that featured two offenses that averaged over 30 points per game, it certainly was reasonable to expect a lot of offense in Friday night’s tilt between the Montville football team and Sparta.

Both teams showed off their offensive abilities throughout, but ultimately it was Sparta (6-2) which held on for a 42-41 win on Friday at Montville High School, as it ...

Pass it Along Holds Leadership Conference 2018 in Sparta

October 16, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – The atmosphere at the Pass it Along Youth Leadership Conference was like a freshmen orientation; enthusiasm and high energy with a focus on activity.  Students from around the county had a day out of school to attend the event at Sussex Tech last week.

The theme of this year’s conference was Shatter the Stigma, referring to the stigma associated with mental ...

Sussex County Realtors Golf for Housing Charities

HAMBURG, NJ – Blue skies made an appearance just in time for the Sussex County Association of Realtors annual golf outing last week.  About 140 attending the outing at Wild Turkey, most heading out to enjoy a good day of golf.

Proceeds from the event will go to support housing related Sussex County charities.  The checks will be issued at Christmas time, according to SCAR ...

Sparta Knoll Heights Resident, the 'Real McCoy,' a Lifetime of Service

SPARTA, NJ — Born in a snowstorm, raised on the family farm in Burlington County Charlie Mc Coy is the embodiment the common sense, pragmatic values one would expect from such beginnings. But there is more to the McCoy story.

So much more that a two part book has been written by Mary Parker. McCoy, a resident at Knoll Heights, got together with Parker as part of an outreach at the ...

Sparta High School Student Earns Accolades for Singing

October 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ — Sparta High School freshman Shannon Huhn will be receiving the State Certificate of Excellence from the Royal Conservatory of Music in January. This past spring Huhn participated in the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations in the spring.

Huhn was high scorer at Lineblad School of Music for level four Voice. She was high scorer at her school and in New Jersey.

Huhn ...

Sparta Historical Society Hosts Annual Car Show

SPARTA, NJ — The Sparta Historical Society held their third annual classic car show on Sunday, organized by Brian O’Neill. The beautiful fall day brought out approximately 70 cars and many more to admire the shiny pampered machines. 

A wide variety of cars were displayed in the middle school parking lot and at the historical society. A home made camper was a hit with young and ...

Sparta Kiwanis Hosts Fall Family Festival

SPARTA, NJ – The third annual  Kiwanis Club of Sparta  Fall Celebration for Families.  Families took over the front lawn of the Sparta VFW on Sunday playing games, painting pumpkins and masks and having their faces painted as well. 

Inside the crowd was treated to musicians from the Bill Wright School of Music.

The Kiwanis members grilled hotdogs and there were ...

Statewide Conference will Convene over 550 Leaders from Non-Profits, Business and Philanthropy

October 16, 2018

The Center for Non-Profits, New Jersey’s umbrella organization for the charitable community will convene over 550 attendees for the largest annual gathering of non-profit leaders and allies, at its 2018 New Jersey Non-Profit Conference, Raising the Voices of Our Communities, Wednesday, December 5 at The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, New Jersey.

This ...

Sparta Township Council Tables Marijuana Ban Ordinance

October 11, 2018

SPARTA, NJ — The Sparta Township Council tabled the ordinance to ban marijuana at the meeting on Tuesday. Deputy Mayor Christine Quinn read a statement from Mayor Josh Hertzberg who could not attend because of an “unanticipated family obligation.”

All of the council members present approved the motion to table the ordinance that had a first reading on September ...

Spectators Cash In At Far Hills Races For The First Time

October 22, 2018

FAR HILLS, N.J. — When Caldbeck, won the Far Hills Races’ $50,000 Gladstone Stakes for three-year-old he made history.

It was not because he won by 11 1/2-length victory but because he was the first time spectators could cash wining pari-mutuel tickets on any race.

Caldbeck paid his backers $6.60 for every $2 win bet. Those who had less confidence in him actually made $7 per ...

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Sparta Police: Car Accident Ends with Sparta Man Arrested

October 22, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man is facing charges of driving while intoxicated after a car accident near Station Road.  On September 30, Police Officer Arlene Lippencott found Michael Familant, 29 had rear ended the driver of a Ford SUV with his Subaru, police report.

When speaking with Familant, Lippencott smelled alcohol on his breath and saw his eyes were watery and bloodshot and his ...

Sparta Police: Accident Results in Car Fire

SPARTA, NJ – No charges have been filed so far and no injuries reported in a car accident that resulted in a fire at the intersection of Newton Sparta Road and Pickneyville Road.  On October 18 around 7:50 a.m. Sparta Police Oficer Scott Elig arrived of a reported car accident to find a red Ford Explorer sport trac on fire, police report.

The officer spoke with the driver Sabrina ...

Sparta Police: Traffic Stops Net Wanted Drivers

SPARTA, NJ — Sparta police picked up a number of people on active warrants. On October 7 around 1:30 p.m. Officer Timothy Lynott stopped Daniel Aldea of Garfield because his silver Nissan Altima had an expired inspection sticker, police report.

Aldea initially told Lynott his name was Ramon Aldea in an attempt to avoid arrest on outstanding warrants. Lynott found Aldea had a suspended ...

Letter to the Editor: Mikie Sherril is Listening

October 19, 2018

Dear Editor, 

In the race to be New Jersey’s next 11th Congressional district  representative, there is only one candidate who supports a woman’s right to choose. Her name is Mikie Sherrill, a former Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor.

Her opponent, Republican Jay Webber, has aggressively fought for years to defund Planned Parenthood, a non profit that ...

Response to Sue Hannon's letter to the editor

Sue - 

I understand your views on firearms, and respect your 1st amendment rights to voice them freely.  I also respect our citizens right to the 2nd amendment, something I feel the residents of Sussex county take very seriously.  I for one don’t believe our countries gun violence issue is solved by taking away those rights from law abiding citizens.  On that issue we ...

Re-evaluating bus safety for the benefit of ALL: students, parents, AND drivers

October 19, 2018

Bus safety is an issue regularly discussed each school year as a consistent concern for many parents. This year the main concerns center around the youngest students.

Having a K-2 elementary school introduces challenges when oldest children on the bus are 8 or 9 years old. Typically, older students model good behavior and can help younger ones, something that is limited in this ...

What It Takes

I have a unique skill set that I feel prepares me well for a position on the Sparta Township council.  I provide project management, process improvement, and analysis of data services.  Plainly stated, I listen to people, understand the problems, design a solution, and implement it.  My experiences tell me to apply the skills I’ve learned to examine the challenges we face, ...

Supporting Sparta's Busy Families

When I think about a typical Sparta family, a few attributes come to mind:  family-oriented, hard-working, community focused, values education and a strong appreciation for our great town. Did I mention BUSY? As a Sparta mother of 4 daughters ranging in ages from 6-21, I often observe that we are constantly on the move for the sake our children.  

I chose to run for the Sparta Board ...

Upcoming Events


Tue, October 23, 7:30 PM

Town Hall, Sparta

Sparta Township Council Meeting


Fri, October 26, 7:30 PM

The Red Mill Museum Village, Clinton

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! - The Haunted Village at The ...

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, October 27, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market


Sat, October 27, 6:00 PM

Sparta VFW, Sparta

Sparta FOP Lodge #28 Halloween Party

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, October 28, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Traditions from the Black Forest



Sun, October 28, 5:30 PM

Sparta Library Parking Lot & Memorial Field, Sparta

Sparta Recreation's Trunk or Treat & Munchkin ...

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Sun, October 28, 6:00 PM

First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna, Succasunna

Moonlight Cemetery Tour in Succasunna

Arts & Entertainment


Mon, October 29, 7:30 PM

Mohawk Avenue School, Sparta

Sparta Board of Education Meeting RESCHEDULED



Mon, October 29, 7:30 PM

Mohawk Avenue School, Sparta

Sparta Board of Education Meeting


Wed, October 31, 4:00 PM

West Orange

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Newton Board of Education Recognizes Sussex County Teacher of the Year

October 22, 2018

NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Board of Education, recognized the Sussex County’s Teacher of the year, Kate DelVecchio, at the beginning of their board of education meeting last month.

“We couldn’t be prouder of Kate,” Newton’s Superintendent Dr. Ken Greene said. “She’s done a tremendous job in our district in really a very short period of time. She ...

Roxbury Dentist Buying Back Halloween Candy for Troops

October 17, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - Kitchin Dentistry, situated at 40 Main Street in Succasunna, is hosting a "Halloween Candy Buy Back," a program in which it pays kids for their extra candy and sends the donated goodies to members of the military serving overseas and to first-responders at home.

"The Halloween Candy Buy Back program is a great way to thank and support our troops and ...

5 Tips for Starting Your New Jersey Home Search

In today’s real estate market, with low inventory dominating the conversation in many areas of the country, Team Nest Builder knows it can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared.

In a recent article entitled, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind,” the author highlights some steps that first-time ...

3 Big Dangers of Buying a NJ Home Without A Real Estate Agent

How many times do you plan to buy a home during your entire lifetime?

For most of us, the number is somewhere between 3 and 5. It certainly doesn’t happen often enough to make us experts on the process.  Real estate agents, on the other hand, may handle 3-5 purchases per month. This experience makes them an invaluable resource to homebuyers.  Before you think about handling ...

7 Perfect Spots For Pumpkin Picking In Northern New Jersey

Cue the fresh apple cider and hayrides---it’s pumpkin picking season in Northern New Jersey! Team Nest Builder recommends you grab the kids, flee the house and head to one of these 7 super pumpkin-picking spots, pronto! (Just be sure to call ahead to confirm they’ll be open as weather and stock may impact hours and activities.  And if you’re thinking of loading up Fido, ...

Dispelling the Myth About Home Affordability

We’ve all seen the headlines that report that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in the last ten years, and those headlines are accurate. But, have you ever wondered why the headlines don’t say the last 25 years, the last 20 years, or even the last 11 years?

Team Nest Builder knows! The reason is that homes were less affordable 25, 20, or even 11 ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 21

On this week’s AtlantiCast, see who has the cleanest hands in health care, find out how Atlantic Health System is training the next generation of health care professionals, Overlook Medical Center joins the robot revolution and much more!


The Minimum Wage Debate: What Are We Really Missing?

Source:  Do we make law to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour as some are demanding or are we missing the bigger picture and asking for the wrong request? Samuel K. Burlum investigates

In June of 2015, the City of Los Angeles had adopted an ordinance which mandates the hourly minimum wage to be raised to $15 per hour over the next four years. Prior to the action by the governing ...

Branding the Right Message About Your Business

Source: A company’s brand is more than just a logo or graphic; it is the internal and external message that a business represents to its employees, investors, clients, and to the surrounding community, one which best describes what that business does, why it exists, as well as what the business and its’ leadership believes in. What does your brand say about your company? What ...

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders October 10 Meeting Video

NEWTON, NJ - Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders October 10 Meeting Video



Realtors Endorse Mikie Sherrill for Congress

October 22, 2018

Fairfield, NJ -- Today the National Association of Realtors PAC endorsed Mikie Sherrill for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th District.

“Mikie Sherrill understands that homeownership is part of the American Dream,” said Angela Sicoli, Century21 Award Agency, Broker. “In New Jersey, home ownership can grow our economy, fuel job creation, and make our state a destination for ...