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Sparta Schools Waiting for Additional Mask Guidance

July 30, 2021

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta Township public schools are on track to have students and staff in the classroom in the fall, according to Superintendent Matthew Beck.  In a letter to the district, Beck said building principals and district level administrators have been working on a plan to make it happen.

The plan is to have students and staff in the cafeteria for lunch as well.  During the ...

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS: Sparta High School Bids Farewell to Class of 2021 Part 2

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School Class of 2021 had their graduation ceremony on June 23. Graduates were called to the stage on Cassels Field to be recognized in front of family, friends, faculty and peers. Enjoy additional photos from the event.

Editor's note: Sparta High School alumna and former TAPinto Sparta intern Mikayla Bivona contributed her photographed of the ...

Sussex County COVID-19 July 29, 2021

July 29, 2021

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –The Sussex County officials reported on July 23, there were 54 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death, in their first report since July 16.

Sussex County officials said “due to the decrease in the number of positive COVID-19 cases,” they will only be reporting statistics on Fridays. Their next report will be on July 30.

As of July 23, there were ...

Gov. Murphy Signs Landmark Universal Maternal and Infant Care Legislation 

July 29, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – In a state faced with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy aims to tackle those numbers with the establishment of a universal home nurse visitation program for newborns.

Murphy signed a landmark bill (S690) on Thursday at the Leaguers, Inc. building in Newark, giving New Jersey one of the most comprehensive and robust home visitation ...

Sparta's Mohawk Avenue School Playground Construction is in Full Swing

July 29, 2021

SPARTA, NJ- The Mohawk Avenue School playground is taking shape.  Climbing equipment, slides, swings and other fun things are being installed on the field behind the school.

The equipment will take up about half of the field with a planned basketball court taking up the other half.

The project designed for the third-grade students of Mohawk Avenue School has a history of controversy.

Murphy Responds to Updated CDC Masking Guidelines

July 28, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control  on July 27 updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wearing a mask ...

Sparta VFW Awards 2021 Ralph Rojas Scholarships

July 22, 2021

SPARTA, NJ — The Sparta VFW hosted the annual Ralph Rojas Scholarship event on Wednesday. In a packed room packed with family, friends and VFW members, the recipients Kaitlyn Benes, Thomas Dean, Kyle McHugh and Benjamin Rogoff and were each presented with a check in the amount of $1500. 

"We want to thank everyone for purchasing your Christmas Tree at the VFW," Sparta VFW ...

National Weather Service: Tornado Watch in Effect for Sussex County on Thursday Evening

July 29, 2021

NEW JERSEY --  The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Tornado Watch for most of New Jersey for Thursday until approximately 9 p.m. Thunderstorms also are expected to move through the state with high winds and heavy rain. 

The Tornado Watch includes Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Warren, Camden, Cape May, ...

Sparta Special Olympics and Unified Athletes Celebrate 2020-2021 Seasons

July 28, 2021

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School’s Unified sports and Special Olympics athletes were recognized for their achievements in the 2020-2021 seasons at a celebration at the Sparta VFW on Sunday.  The room was filled with the athletes, families, coaches and team members sharing “welcoming smiles, hugs and high-fives,” Coach Jen Schock said.

“The highlight of our ...

Lakeland Bus Company Asks for Commuter Input on Return of Area Service

July 24, 2021

SPARTA, NJ - Lakeland Bus is looking to restore commuter bus service between Sparta and New York City.  They are asking for input from commuters to plan and schedule future routes.  

This survey will be open through August 8. 

Sparta to NYC Commuter Service Restoration Analysis/Survey

New Jersey Dentist Provides Painless Non-Invasive Laser Treatment for Sleep Apnea

July 26, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Dr. Joseph DalBon of the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry spoke with TAPintoTV to discuss a new painless laser oral treatment created to alleviate sleep apnea.

“Sleep apnea is a condition where the patient is waking up during the night and unable to breathe that can cause a number of serious health issues,” he said. Some of these health issues ...

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What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

5 Cool Tips to Prevent Heat-Related Illness

You’re finishing up your afternoon walk on a scorching 90-degree day when you feel a little dizzy. You check your pulse. It’s faster than normal. You’re sweating, and you feel a cramp in your left leg. Should you head indoors?

Yes, says Alexander Sarenac, MD, an emergency medicine physician with Atlantic AdvancED Urgent Care. “These are all signs of a health condition ...

Taste of Newton Returns for Food, Festivity and Fun!

July 29, 2021

The Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that A Taste of Newton is back for 2021! This year’s event, being held Monday, September 13 with a rain date of September 20, offers the opportunity to dine at numerous area restaurants in one night, bringing together local eateries and residents for food, festivity and fun!

Generously sponsored by Thorlabs and Teyma General ...

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center Ranked Number One Hospital in New Jersey for the Fourth Year in a Row by U.S. News & World Report

 MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System announced on Tuesday that Morristown Medical Center was ranked the number one hospital in New Jersey for the fourth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021-2022 Best Hospital rankings. The medical center is one of the top acute care hospitals in New Jersey to be nationally ranked, and ...

Open letter to Sparta Commons HoA Board

July 20, 2021

An open letter to the HoA board at Sparta Commons,

For two years now, the repair requests are not responded to. Not even acknowledged.  Our leaking roofs and loose gutters cause damage inside our homes, this is property damage we must pay for out of our own pocket. Over time, the state of disrepair causes mold, mildew, and health issues, as well as more expenses.

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Sat, July 31

Pig Whistle Inn, Czig Meister Brewing, Mama's& Cafe Bacci, The Homestead Rest, Hackettstown, Newton, Sparta

Cocktails for a Cause: Shelter from the Storm ...

Food & Drink Giving Back

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Sun, August 1

Pig Whistle Inn, Czig Meister Brewing, Mama's& Cafe Bacci, The Homestead Rest, Hackettstown, Newton, Sparta

Cocktails for a Cause: Shelter from the Storm ...

Food & Drink Giving Back

A Look At Housing Supply and What It Means For Sellers

A Look at Housing Supply and What It Means for Sellers

One of the hottest topics of conversation in today’s real estate market is the shortage of available homes. Simply put, there are many more potential buyers than there are homes for sale. As a seller, you’ve likely heard that low supply is good news for you. It means your house will get more attention, and ...

In Season: The Best Ways to Cook NJ Sweet Corn

July 28, 2021

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey sweet corn is in season until the beginning of September. Take advantage of this local summer veggie by eating it as soon as possible after it’s picked — the sugar turns to starch as it ages.

For storage, keep fresh corn on the cob in the husk in the fridge. Once you’re ready to enjoy your corn, remove the husk and silk, wash it and try one of ...

TAPinto Denville Franchisee Joins Senior Team of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

DENVILLE, NJ -- The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced the addition of Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq. -- franchisee, publisher, and editor of TAPinto Denville -- as chief of policy and government affairs. 

AACCNJ is a proactive advocacy group that provides a platform for New Jersey’s African-American business leaders to speak with a ...

5 Minute Intervals Or 30 Minutes At Once: Which Is Better?

Squeezing in time to exercise can be challenging, especially if you juggle a hectic schedule. But staying physically active is one of the most important things you can do for your health as you age.

Given the increasing popularity of 5-minute interval workouts (or High-Intensity Interval Training – HIIT), swapping short bursts of moderately intense and vigorous aerobic exercise followed ...

8 Simple Activities To Enjoy With Your Grandkids

Spending quality time with your grandkids (and kids) adds joy and laughter to any given day. Just basking in a child’s boundless energy and carefree silliness can boost your mood and make you smile. But joining in the fun also keeps you physically and mentally active – and research shows that multigenerational interaction is good for older adults and kids.

 

If you’re ...

Bring the Sunshine Indoors With These 4 Simple Décor Ideas

As summer approaches, everyone is eager to spend more time outside enjoying the sun. It’s also the perfect time to transition your home décor to reflect the added daylight and brightness outside. If you’re ready to bring more of the sunshine inside this season, here are four great ways to easily update your décor for a lighter and brighter feeling.

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How to Incorporate Chalk Paint Into Your Next Project

Chalk paint is all the rage for that cozy richness it gives to furniture, décor, and even walls. The matte finish adds a softness to bold colors and a thickness that covers even the most worn down surfaces.

 

Home decorating moguls love chalk paint, and now you can, too - here’s the lowdown on why, where, and how to use chalk paint for your next DIY decorating ...