Sussex County News

Newton Town Council Swears In New Mayor of Newton

42761ece5b80977499e6_IMG_6489.JPG
Credits: Danielle Francisco
510a8d22149df77e5702_IMG_6510.JPG
Credits: Danielle Francisco
f1c1cf12897f0ec296c0_IMG_6478.JPG
Credits: Danielle Francisco
d4fd7cdafa16656fc8ec_IMG_6485.JPG
Credits: Danielle Francisco
45f6a47aefa651036bc3_IMG_6500.JPG
Credits: Danielle Francisco
4c215b203dcc8d1d8048_IMG_6521.JPG
Credits: Danielle Francisco
47e2bb4caa446f4671c2_IMG_6527.JPG
Credits: Danielle Francisco
56ad5e211d1e42b13d78_IMG_6529.JPG
Credits: Danielle Francisco
265fe8a00ce7d9612506_IMG_6531.JPG
Credits: Danielle Francisco
2af2e46e875dae2b62a2_IMG_6538.JPG
Credits: Danielle Francisco
695c820bedf6587af228_IMG_6541.JPG
Credits: Danielle Francisco
43eca4397cb0b0fd85f6_IMG_6554.JPG
Credits: Danielle Francisco
69ca15292d62e03a00b7_IMG_6561.JPG
Credits: Danielle Francisco
4483552c0b1661503b45_IMG_6563.JPG
Credits: Danielle Francisco
569465f6e11a644e19b9_IMG_6570.JPG
Credits: Danielle Francisco
42761ece5b80977499e6_IMG_6489.JPG

NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Town Council swore in the new mayor at annual re-organization meeting Saturday, July 1.

After an Invocation by Reverend Anwar Qarmout from the Christ Community Church, the meeting started with a designation of Kevin Elvidge as the temporary Mayor, who nominated Wayne Levante as Mayor.

A unanimous roll call vote selected Levante as the new Mayor of the Town of Newton. Levante was sworn in with his wife and two daughters by his side.  Once sworn-in, Levante nominated Elvidge as Deputy Mayor of Newton. With another unanimous roll call, Elvidge was selected as Deputy Mayor.

Sign Up for E-News

Town Manager, Thomas S Russo Jr., thanked Sandra Diglio, former Mayor and current Councilwoman for serving as Mayor for the past year and helping turn Newton into a great community to be a part of. Diglio was not at the meeting.

Levante and Elvidge each thanked those in attendance including three freeholders, Sylvia Petillo, Carl Lazzaro, and George Graham, acting fire chief, Police Chief Michael Richards, Newton Board of Education members John Jackson, Ray Morris, President Stella Dunn, and Vice President Jessica Eigner, along with the winners of the Little Mister, Little Miss, Miss Newton competition; Ian Patrick Dodd and Alexander Michael Avila who won Co-Little Mister Newton, Emily Rossi as Little Miss Newton, and Lisa Qarmout as Miss Newton, and family and friends of the council members.

Levante went on to inform the public about three of the items he hopes to debate and/or implement during his term as Mayor.

“The first one, I want us to increase our focus on redevelopment in the core of the town by building upwards and urbanizing the downtown even more so…There are two areas in need of redevelopment that I want us to focus on, the first is 206 from the green until the Shoprite and the other location is Spring Street.

“Number two, I want to allow residents to upgrade their properties without a tax penalty…by extending the tax abatement program to the entire town for a short period of time to encourage improvements and increase property value…

“Number three, I’m also proposing that we eliminate all fees associated with opening up a business in the downtown.”

After congratulations were given by councilman Daniel Flynn and Councilwoman Helen LeFois, the meeting continued with the approval of the consent agenda which included appointments and designations of certain council members fulfilling roles on other boards, as well as the designation of Theresa Schlosser as the Tax Search Officer for the Town of Newton for the remainder of the 2017 calendar year.

A Benediction was given by Reverend Qarmout before the adjournment of the meeting, where pictures of the new Mayor and council were then taken. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Sparta

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

February 17, 2018

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 ...

Sparta Police: Marijuana Card is Not a Free Pass for NY Man

SPARTA, NJ – A man speeding on Route 15 faces drug charges despite having a medical marijuana card.  Muhammad Khan, 26, of Valley Stream, New York was stopped by Police Officer Erick Finley driving his red Lexus SUV 75 mph in a 55 mph zone, police report.

When the officer spoke with the driver and passenger Abubaker Masood, 29 of West Islip, New York, the officer smelled raw ...

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

One Injured in Two-Family House Fire in Newton

February 6, 2018

NEWTON, NJ—One man was injured, while three others escaped unharmed when a two-family two story apartment house caught fire on Saturday.  On January 27 at around 6:26 a.m. Newton Police received a 9-1-1 call from a passerby reporting a house on fire. Patrols immediately responded to the area and found a structure fire at 75 Trinity Street police report..

According to Police, ...

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 ...

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 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 

 

Coalition for Health and Safe Communities to Host Workshop for Community Pharmacists

February 16, 2018

NEWTON, NJ—A Pharmacist Workshop will be hosted by the Coalition for Healthy and Safe Communities, a program of Center for Prevention on Sunday, February 25.

The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. with registration starting at 5:30 p.m. It will be held at the Center for Prevention on Newton Sparta Road. 

This workshop will provide pharmacists with a Narcan training along with ...