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Fire in Oak Ridge Auto Junk Yard

OAK RIDGE, NJ- A large fire at Sar's Auto Wreckers, auto junk yard off of School House Road in Oak Ridge is visible for miles.  No injuries have been reported.  Fire companies from Sparta, Roxbury, Riverdale and others are on the scene to assist Jefferson Township.  School House Road is closed.  Consider taking an alternate route if planning to travel through Oak Ridge in the area of Ridge Road near Ridge Field/Ralph Ackerson Field and Russia Road, School House Road and Weldon Road near Bowling Green. 

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Sparta Police: Tailgating a Police Car Ends with DWI

February 22, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – A Rumson woman faces DWI charges after tailgating a police car on February 13.  Sparta Police Officer Taylor May was on patrol on Route 15 around 10 a.m. when he saw a car following him too closely.

May checked and found the registration to be expired.  He stopped Maryellen Cushing, 50 and when speaking with her May suspected Cushing was intoxicated.

Cushing was ...

Sparta Councilman Murphy's DWI Charges Still Not Settled After One Year

SPARTA, NJ – More than a year after being charged with driving while intoxicated, Sparta Councilman Jerry Murphy has still not had his day in court, but that could soon change.

Murphy’s case, being heard in Hopatcong Municipal Court, is scheduled to be heard Feb. 22. A representative from the court said they did not have any information about why it is taking so long to ...

Sparta Police: DWI for Newton Man

SPARTA, NJ –  A Newton man is facing DWI charges after being found following a woman walking on the side of the road at Sparta Junction.  Sparta Police were alerted to a dispute in the Sparta Junction area on February 13 around 2:30 a.m. Police Officer Tim Lynott found a on foot woman on the side of the road with Santos Diego, 37, driving a 2003 Ford slowly behind her, ...

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February 15, 2017

President Trump has faced viscous opposition for his temporary travel ban over the past couple weeks, and I’ve had just about enough of it. Of course Mr. Trump should’ve implemented the order in a better fashion, and of course he should have included countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Egypt on the list, but Mr. Trump’s principle of putting America’s security ...

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Newton Board of Education Takes Next Action Step in School Facilities Plan

February 16, 2017

NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Board of Education voted unanimously take the next step in addressing the facility needs of the district at a special meeting on Tuesday. They have decided to expand Meriam Avenue School to eventually house Newton’s pre-kindergarten through eighth grades. 

The board’s resolution directs Donna Snyder, the Business Administrator, to write up a ...

67 Years After Her Season in Pro Baseball, a Roxbury Grad Gets an Award

February 18, 2017

ROXBURY, NJ – Lois “Tommie” Barker, a Roxbury High School graduate who went on to play in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, was honored recently by the Ledgewood-based chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

Barker, 93, was presented with the DAR’s “Women in American History Award” in recognition of her contribution to ...

10 Top Curb Appeal Tips to Improve Your Home

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

First impressions matter, especially when it comes to selling your Sussex or Morris County home. A whopping 63 percent of potential home buyers drop by a home they’ve viewed online and found to their liking.* Employ our top 10 curb appeal tips to enhance your home’s exterior, consequently ...

Heavy drinking makes arteries stiff - increasing risk of heart disease

The results of a 25 year study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association looking at alcohol consumption and artery elasticity over 4-5 year intervals found that consistent heavy drinking (more than 4.6 oz of pure alcohol a week) stiffens arteries which increases the risk of heart disease.

 

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Soon after Ursula Rucki turned 50, the words in her beloved books became hard to decipher. A doctor diagnosed her with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss that affects more than 2 million U.S. residents.

As her vision worsened, teaching middle school math and science became too difficult — she couldn’t read the students’ papers to grade them ...