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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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September 24, 2016

I really wanted to take one of my precious few PTO days I had left to drive down to Trenton on September 7th and tell the State Board of Education how disappointed I was in them, again.... but more important things were going on. There was a Kindergarten bus to catch and a first day of school morning to have and I had already wasted 2 of those precious days on a state BOE that has all but ignored ...

Trooper Bambara Visits Sparta's Mohawk Avenue School Students

September 30, 2016

SPARTA, NJ – The third grade students at Mohawk Avenue School had a special visitor on Thursday.  New Jersey State Trooper James Bambara, son of teacher Kim Bambara first met with the students in the auditorium.  He talked with them about Halloween safety and why schools have rules and laws.

The youngsters had the opportunity to ask Bambara questions.  They asked ...

Sussex County 200 Club Honored at Sparta Township Council

SPARTA, NJ – The 200 club of Sussex County was recognized at the Sparta Township Council meeting on Tuesday, for their dedication to the counties first responders and their families. 

Sparta Mayor Christine Quinn read a proclamation with the chapter’s President Tony Torre and Trustee Patrick Aramini looking on.  Sparta Police Lt Neil Spidaletto and Police Officer Kurt ...

Moving Man Steals $28K in Jewels from Budd Lake Newbies, say Police

MOUNT OLIVE, NJ - A moving company employee stole about $28,000 worth of jewelry while moving a family into their new home in Budd Lake, said police.

The man, Kenneth Wildrick, 52, of Lafayette, in Sussex County faces burglary and theft charges in relation to the incident, according to Mount Olive police.

They said they were called Aug. 25 to a house on Lamerson Circle, where ...

Sparta Police: Sparta Man Charged with DWI

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man faces charges after crashing into a rock wall and leaving the scene on Alpine Trail.  Sparta Police Officer Tom Snyder passed a 2017 Hyundai while on routine patrol when he received a call about a hit and run car accident, according to police.

The vehicle involved in the accident matched the description of the car Snyder passed on the road.  Snyder ...

Sparta Police: Remain Vigilant in Wake of Bombings

SPARTA, NJ – With the weekend bombings in New Jersey and New York area residents and law enforcement personnel appear to have increased awareness of their surroundings. 

“All the officers have a heightened awareness with all these incidents occurring locally around us,” said Sparta Police Sgt Dennis Proctor.  “As far as I know, our department has not been ...

Authorities: Bombing Suspect and Possible Accomplice Captured

LINDEN, N.J. - Authorities believe Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Elizabeth man suspected of planting bombs in the region, did not act alone.

Both Rahami and at least one other possible perpetrator were apprehended this morning, according to authorities. They released no information about the possible accomplices.

Rahami was captured in Linden after shooting two police officers, said authorities.

Local Organizations Honored at TransOptions 30th Anniversary Celebration

September 29, 2016

RANDOLPH, NJ – Newton Town Manager, Thomas S. Russo Jr and Newton Police Chief Michael Richards were honored at the 30 Anniversary Annual Recognition Breakfast of TransOptions on Wednesday.  In the ballroom of the Meadow Wood Manor in Randolph Russo and Richards were recognized as Government Officials of the Year. 

Newton Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Greene was also in attendance ...

Train Crashes at Hoboken Terminal; Three Dead and 100-Plus Injured

September 29, 2016

HOBOKEN, NJ – An NJ Transit train was unable to stop at the Hoboken Terminal, crashing into the platform during the morning commute. Three people are dead, more than 100 people are injured and there was structural damage to the station, according to various media outlets.

At 10:11 a.m., WNBC-TV in New York reported that there were three confirmed deaths due to ...

Falls Can Be Fatal For Older Adults

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on September 22, 2016 in conjunction with the 9th Annual National Council on Aging Falls Prevention Day,  showed that 29 million falls occurred in older adults in 2014 causing 7 million injuries resulting in 27,000 deaths.

For a summary of the report go to: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/313064.php

For the ...

Sparta School District Spotlight - September 2016

Welcome to this month’s edition of the Sparta School District Spotlight. The Sparta School District is pleased to provide this monthly article as another means of communication with our community.

Each start of the school year brings such an excitement. As we settle comfortable into another year, I invite our community to take advantage of all of the wonderful opportunities that you have ...