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Larry Grantham Charity Golf Classic Committee Announces Ottis "O.J." Anderson as Honoree


CLINTON, N.J. – A star-studded lineup of sports celebrities is set to hit the links at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster on July 12th for the 26th annual Larry Grantham Charity Golf Classic, a fundraising event to benefit Freedom House, a local nonprofit  in northwest New Jersey which provides adults with substance use disorders treatment, transitional/sober living housing, outpatient and case management services.   The day’s events include brunch, golf, a post-golf reception, dinner, and an awards ceremony which will celebrate honoree, Ottis "O.J." Anderson, former running back for the New York Giants and MVP of Super Bowl XXV.

“We are very excited to be honoring Ottis Anderson with the Sportsman of the Year Award for his outstanding sportsmanship throughout his career” comments Steven Gross, Golf Committee Co-Chairman.  This year’s award will be presented by Bruce Harper, former running back and kick returner for the New York Jets.  Scott Clark, former Director of Sports at WABC-TV in New York City, will be emceeing the day/evening festivities.

            “A wide variety of sponsorship and participation opportunities are available to fit nearly every sports enthusiast”, says Dawn Knill, Freedom House director of marketing and development, “What a great way to enjoy a wonderful day of golf, rub elbows with some sports celebrities, all while helping to raise money for a great cause.”

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The event takes place at the newly-renovated and expanded Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club, conveniently located in Bedminster, N.J.  One of the state’s most prestigious golf clubs, Fiddler’s Elbow now boasts an array of changes, upgrades and enhancements that have made it a truly unforgettable experience. Space is limited.  For more information about the event or for registration info, please contact Tracy Moran at or call 908-617-5492.  Visit this link to download a brochure  Freedom House is a 501(c)3 organization. 


Freedom House New Jersey, founded in 1986, provides four innovative model programs for those suffering from substance use and co-occurring disorders: long-term residential treatment in a halfway house setting to adult males; Transitional/sober living programs for men;  The Family Afterward a transitional program that provides intensive case management for women who are recovering from alcoholism and/or drug addiction and who are seeking reunification with their children; and the two outpatient locations for men and women who are in need of treatment, but also need to maintain their careers and family life during the recovery period.  Freedom House is committed to saving lives and reuniting families by keeping our doors and minds open, our staff engaged and our mission alive.  We have too many success stories over 31 years to stop now.  Our commitment to the future remains firm.  For more information, please call 908.617.5492 or visit

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Sparta Police: Failure to Keep Right Ends with Two in Jail

March 19, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Two people from Dingman’s Ferry are facing charges for drugs and other issues after a traffic stop on Route 15.  On March 16 around 12:45 a.m. Cpl. Marc Rubino stopped Cory Parker, 34, for failing to keep right, police report.

The officer smelled raw marijuana when speaking with Parker in the red four door Ford.  The passenger, 35-0year-old Lindsey Hutchinson ...

Sparta Police Pick Up Franklin Woman Driving While Suspended

SPARTA, NJ – A traffic stop yielded an arrest for driving with a suspended license for a Franklin woman.  On March 13 around 11:30 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Timothy Lynott stopped Christina Bradford on Route 15 for having a broken tail light on her gray GMC pickup, police report.

When the officer checked her credentials, he found Bradford’s license had been suspended and she ...

Sparta Police: Bronx Man Delivering Car Finds Himself in Trouble

SPARTA, NJ – A man from Bronx, New York was arrested on a myriad of charges stemming from his attempt to deliver a used car to Montague.  Jorge Villanueva caught the attention of Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley on Route 15 because his Nissan Pathfinder had a cracked taillight, police say.

On March 13 around 7:22 p.m. the officer found the license plate on the Pathfinder was ...

5 Tips for elected officials

March 9, 2018

Dear Editor,

Wayne Levante, a self-described moderate, business-friendly mayor of Newton since his appointment 8 months ago, has been mired by one misstep and controversy after another.  From peddling debunked conspiracy theories about student “crisis actors” in the Parkland, Florida mass school shooting on social media, attacking residents and calling them ...


March 11, 2018



Republican Freeholder Candidates, Dawn Fantasia and Josh Hertzberg commended the District 24 Legislators for taking action in the wake of the horrific school shooting that took the lives of 17 at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.   


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Newton’s Spring Street Turned Green for a Day for St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 19, 2018

NEWTON, NJ—Despite the semi-chilly weather, residents from Newton, Sparta, Andover, Green, and all over Sussex County gathered on Spring Street, dressed in green for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

This year was Sussex County’s 15th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and had over 941 people marching in it, 79 vehicles, six floats and about 45 animals.

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Sparta High School Hosts Second Annual Jazz Festival

March 19, 2018

SPARTA, NJ - The award-winning music department of Sparta High School is hosting its second annual Jazz Festival on Friday, April 13, 2018. The event gathers fifteen top jazz bands from northern New Jersey, who compete for group and individual ratings.

The Festival will once again take place in the modern, thousand-seat auditorium of Sparta High School, where the township’s jazz bands ...