Giving Back

Neighbors Come Together in Lake Mohawk

ffd47e4d9c484d6e6125_IMG_1979.JPG
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
dec0d0055fc6ab30b494_IMG_1972.JPG
1b861bec4156b174c5fc_IMG_1975.JPG
ffd47e4d9c484d6e6125_IMG_1979.JPG

SPARTA, NJ - Imagine getting ready to move into your new house just to discover with the final paperwork that your property is not what it seems. This happened to a young couple from Morristown, Mike and Ashley Soleau, who are expecting their first child.

They went to the closing on their new house in December to find the property that was directly behind them, their backyard, did not belong to them.  Somewhere in the history of the property, a separate lot was created cleaving the dwelling from the backyard.

Frank and Sheryl Clark, Anthony and Lynda Trongone and Planning Board member Ted Gall and his wife Diana, new neighbors of the Soleaus in Lake Mohawk were willing to come together to help them out.

Sign Up for E-News

None of the next door neighbors wanted to have another house build on the lot. They all agreed to chip in the funds to purchase the lot for the couple.  When they found they were still short of the purchase price another neighbor from across the street join the effort.  They did not want anything built there either for fear of an obstructed view.

This was not an easy task though. Attorney, Deborah Lynn Nicholson sought the assistance of Township Clerk Mary Coe, Deputy Clerk Kathleen Chambers and Land Use Administrator and Zoning Officer Maureen Donnelly, to help legally find the way to give the Soleau’s their backyard.

“We dug through mold-encrusted files.  It was an extraordinary effort by all.” said Nicholson.  They dug through many files to finally find the appropriate deeds and ordinances.

Nicholson represented the young couple and the neighbors working to devise the plan. The plan involves dissolving the plot and to equally distribute the land amongst the neighbors.

The Sparta Planning Board approved the plan unanimously.

Mayor Quinn said, “The residents are to be commended.  It is encouraging to see people working together.”

Chairman Ernie Hofer said, “It’s encouraging and refreshing to see people working together to accomplish something.” Adding they were “setting an example of a good community.”

The Soleau’s are expecting their first child. Diana Gall said, “Now the Soleau’s will have a yard for their child to play in.”  

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Sparta

Sparta Police: Pot Arrest for Man Laying Down in Parked Car

February 19, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Two people sitting in the back seat of a car parked on Indian Trail made someone suspicious enough to call Sparta Police Department.  On February 15 around 12:50 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley went to investigate the red Dodge Caliber police report.

A man and a woman were lying down in the back seat when the officer arrived.  Finley asked them both for ...

Sparta Police: Stop for Broken Light Ends with DWI for Newton Man

SPARTA, NJ – A Newton man caught the attention of Sparta Cpl Rubino when he drove passed him on West Shore Trail with a broken license plate light.  Alexis Obolensky was stopped in his gold Subaru on February 15 around 7:45 p.m., police report.

When the officer was stopping the 28-year-old driver he saw him flick a cigarette out the window.  As Rubino spoke with him he smelled ...

Sparta Police Nab Two on Outstanding Warrants

SPARTA,NJ – Several people with active warrants were picked up by Sparta Police this week. On February 12 around noon, Sparta Police Officer Christopher Favaro stopped Newark resident Alex Nunes-Ramalho, 23, for broken break lights on his gold Chevy Impala. 

 Nunes-Ramalho told Favaro that he did not have his wallet with him.  Instead, the driver showed the officer a ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_2f5911ae032b7193cdd2_girlscout_logo

Tue, February 20, 6:30 PM

Sparta United Methodist Church, Sparta

Girl Scout STEAM Program

Arts & Entertainment Education

Sat, February 24, 7:00 PM

The Prudential Center, Newark

Sparta Education Foundation Night Out with the NJ ...

Giving Back Sports

Carousel_image_2f5911ae032b7193cdd2_girlscout_logo

Tue, February 27, 6:30 PM

Sparta United Methodist Church, Sparta

Girl Scout STEAM Program

Arts & Entertainment Education

Carousel_image_54f5549c693ec0512950_thedrowsychaperone_flyer

Fri, March 2, 7:00 PM

Wallkill Valley Regional High School, Hamburg

The Drowsy Chaperone

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_563fe88c2c7424a0dce9_newton_rotary

Sat, March 3, 7:00 AM

First United Methodist Church, Newton

Newton Rotary Pancake Breakfast

Food & Drink

Paterson's Poet Laureate

February 13, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- The City of Paterson has given birth to famous athletes, business leaders, actors, and now, a poet laureate.

Born and raised in Paterson, Talena Lachelle Queen told TAPinto Paterson that she has been writing since she was five-years old, and, as she grew older, realized that when it came to pursuing studies and a career in writing, she “didn’t have a choice.” ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating, leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The school shooting ...

Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying or Selling in NJ

Team Nest Builder knows that whether you are buying or selling a New Jersey home it can be quite the adventure, which is why you need an experienced real estate professional to guide you on the path to achieving your ultimate goal. But in this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can ‘For Sale by Owner’ or ...

Does Marriage or Mortgage Come First?

According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2017 at 57% of all buyers. Team Nest Builder knows it's no surprise that having two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to monthly housing costs makes buying a home more ...

Very Hot Tea Increases Cancer Risk

Researchers in China studying the consumption of “burning” hot tea, alcohol, and smoking habits of greater than 450,000 people ages 30 –79 for more than nine years found a five time greater risk of esophageal cancer in those who engaged in all three of the behaviors and a two time greater risk in those who either smoked or drank alcohol and consumed burning hot tea as compared ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7euCp86-c

AtlantiCast Episode 011

Breaking Atlantic Health System news on this week’s AtlantiCast! Plus, find out why Morristown Medical Center is one of the best hospitals in the nation when it comes to recovering from joint surgery, see the newest center for fighting brain cancer and an Atlantic Health System red-carpet premiere!

 

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders February 14 2018 Meeting Video

NEWTON, NJ - Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders February 14 2018 Meeting Video 

 

Sparta Woman's Club General Meeting

February 19, 2018

Sparta Woman's Club will have a meeting on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 11:45 am at the Lake Mohawk County Club located at 21 Boardwalk in Sparta. This month Kelly Evans, proprietor of Signs, Inc, will present the history and the technique for creating Pysanky, Ukrainian Easter eggs. Please contact Jennifer Mohr at 973-726-7273 for information on attending.