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Scouts Honor Outstanding Women at 24th Annual Sussex County Tribute to Women Awards Luncheon

Judith E. Bosworth
Jennifer Gardner
Judy Heim & Shelly Heim
Dr. Cynthia Jones
Karin Meyer, Gudrun Rank, Judy Beelaert, and Helena Bould
Janice Stevens
Tammie Horsfield, Event Chair
Cathy Kut, Event Chair

The Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council will be honoring local women at the Sussex County Tribute to Women Awards Luncheon.  Judith Bosworth, Jennifer Gardner, Judy Heim & Shelly Heim, Dr. Cynthia Jones, MD, Janice Stevens, and the Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market Founding Members will be recognized on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 11:00 am at The Reserve at Perona Farms in Andover, for serving as exemplary role models for the youth of our area.  These recipients were chosen for their outstanding services as evidenced by the interest and leadership they have demonstrated within the community of Sussex County. They are citizens who live the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. The luncheon co-chairs for the event are Tammie Horsfield and Cathy Kut who are past honorees.

This year’s honorees prove to be outstanding role models to our youth in Sussex County. Judith Bosworth is the Past Treasurer of Garden State C.O.P.S., the New Jersey Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. The organization’s main goal is to provide resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line-of-duty. C.O.P.S. also provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to support the law enforcement profession and its survivors.

Jennifer Gardner is the Executive Director of the Sussex County YMCA. She has worked for the Y for 10 years, starting as the membership and marketing director and serving as the executive director for the last 6 years.  At the Y, she recently completed an expansion and renovation, adding a gymnasium, children’s play structure and dedicated spin studio.  Jennifer has served as a board member for the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce for the past 4 years and recently took on Chair of the Board for the Chamber.

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Judy and her daughter Shelly Heim own and have operated Morning Star Farm, a horse farm located in Fredon Township, for 27 years. Their specialty is the training of children, adults, children with special needs, Home School Children, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts, the art of horseback riding and horse care and safety. They take part in boarding, training and horse sales. They also host public school field trips, senior citizen field trips, Summer Camp, summer programs for the handicapped, and Boy Scout and Girl Scout badge qualification.

Dr. Cynthia Jones began her career as attending surgeon for Jacobi Medical Center and the North Central Bronx Hospital. While there, she developed and ran a multidisciplinary breast surgery service and earned grants to take care of breast cancer patients from The Susan G. Komen Foundation. In Louisiana, she become Chief of Staff and Chair of the Department of Surgery for the Northern Louisiana Medical Center.  She continued her community involvement, giving lectures on healthcare topics, particularly breast and colon cancer awareness. She joined the staff of the Newton Medical Center in 2012 where she recently became the vice chair of the department of Surgery. Continuing her commitment to helping others, she recently joined the board of the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice.

Helena Bould, Judy Beelaert, Karin Meyer, Gudrun Rank, and the late Edda Kramm founded the Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market in 2001.  Its mission was and is to focus on raising funds to give back to local nonprofit organizations. Having continually grown since then, the committee has now donated close to $300,000 back to local organizations that are annually recognized as having the greatest need. Today, there are over 200 volunteers involved in the market. The market is now recognized as the largest Annual Christmas Market in the State of New Jersey, and the only German Christmas Market run specifically to donate all proceeds back into the community.

Janice Stevens has worked for Sparta Township in various capacities for the past 20 years. She is currently the Zoning Coordinator and Code Enforcement Official. She has volunteered as a Sunday School Teacher at First Presbyterian Church for over 7 years and was an Ambassador for the Newton Medical Center “Year of the Woman Campaign.” Janice serves on the Karen Ann Quinlan Fashion Show Committee and played Santa Claus for the Sparta Farmers Market Holiday Event.  She also volunteers yearly for the “Tour De Farm Tour.”

Through the Sussex County Tribute to Women Awards Luncheon, funds will be raised to support the award-winning child abuse prevention programs offered to the community at large by the Boy Scouts of America. The Patriots’ Path Council ranks high among all the Boy Scout councils in the nation in their fight against child abuse. If you would like to purchase tickets, please contact Jennifer Volz, Sr. Development Director, 973-765-9322 ext. 249, or visit

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Sparta Police: Drunk Brooklyn Man Asks Police to Shoot Him

May 20, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – A Brooklyn man was taken for observation when he asked police to shoot him after having crashed his car down an embankment on County Road 517 near the Sparta Middle School.  On May 17 around 2:06 a.m. Sparta Police Officers Brian Porter and Timothy Lynott found Joshua Lindland of Brooklyn asleep in the driver’s seat of a gray Audi against a tree, police ...

Sparta Police: Passengers Face Drug Charges in Traffic Stop

SPARTA, NJ – Two Wantage women face drug charges after the car they were in was stopped for a broken headlight on Route 15.  On May 5 around 2 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Ben Griffin pulled over Alex Torres, 22, driving a white Honda Accord with two passengers, police say.

The officer saw a metal marijuana grinder behind the driver’s seat.  The car and ...

JCP&L Latest Information, Free Ice and Water

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – As of 8:47 p.m. JCP&L is reporting 12,745 customers or 22.11 percent, are without power in Sussex County.  In Sparta 2749 or 32 percent remain in the dark.

JCP&L said they anticipate the “vast majority of the remaining customers to be restored to service by late Thursday.”

JCP&L customers without power can get ice and water ...

Republican Party Values

May 21, 2018

Campaigns are interesting things.

Throughout the process, my opponents' supporters have labeled me a "political prostitute", "pimping" a message as a "spokesperson". I've been in a public meeting when referred to as a "lackey" who 
"belongs in a cage like the animal you are".

It's been said directly to me by a ...

Ethical Or Political Stunt

On May 9th Sussex County Freeholder Director Jonathon Rose announced formation of the Sussex County Transparency Committee. A committee established to monitor the ethics of County politicians.  

Alarming is what was left out of this announcement. Besides naming the dynamic duo Lazzaro and Graham, two other names show cause for curiosity. Jonathon never acknowledged, nor did he ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, May 26, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market


Sat, May 26, 11:00 AM

Sparta High School Media Center, Sparta

Sparta High School Art Gala

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, May 27, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River



Sat, June 2, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market


Sat, June 9, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market

Sun, June 10, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River



Sat, June 16, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market

Thu, June 21, 2:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Summer Afternoon Garden Soiree

Home & Garden


Sat, June 23, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market

Sun, June 24, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River


Newton's Petition to Move Election Certified, Tabled to May 30 by Council

May 15, 2018

NEWTON, NJ—The petition to move elections from May to November was certified by the clerk and presented to the Newton Town Council at the meeting on Monday night.  The petition has been circulating since April and was a point of controversy in the recent council election campaigns.

According to the town attorney, the town clerk certified “369 valid signatures of qualified ...

Vehicular Homicide Charges for Driver of Paramus School Bus

May 25, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The driver of a school bus involved in a crash on Route 80 last week that killed two people faces two counts of second-degree vehicular homicide/death by auto, it was announced today.

The driver, Hudy Muldrow, 77, of Woodland Park, attempted to make an illegal U-Turn on the highway in an attempt to find his way to Waterloo Village, the planned destination of the bus that was ...

Why You Should Buy Your NJ Home Before Interest Rates Rise

Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage climbed from 3.95% in the first week of January up to 4.61% last week, marking a 7-year high according to Freddie Mac. Many factors fueled the current pace of acceleration.  Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist, opines:

“Healthy consumer spending and higher commodity prices spooked bond markets and led to higher mortgage ...

Is Your First Home Within Your Grasp Now?


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According to the US Census Bureau, ‘millennials’ are defined as 18-36-year-olds.

According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the median age of all first-time home buyers is 32.

More and more ‘old millennials’ (25-36) now realize homeownership is within their grasp now!

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Find Your Dream Home During Our DOUBLE Open House Weekend!

The forecast for this weekend is rain, rain, and more rain---so why not spend your time touring your new home?  Team Nest Builder offers 2 wonderful Open Houses this weekend, PLUS a new listing for you to check out via video tour!

27 Hilltop Trail, Sparta

Step into your own fairytale with this Lake Mohawk, storybook-sweet 3-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom gem! Gather in front of the rustic ...

Help Feed Hungry Sussex County Families Through Foodstock

Did you realize food pantry shortages INCREASE during the summer months? Decreased donations and increased need due to the summer break from school lunch and breakfast programs leave many Sussex County families hungry.  

Enter Foodstock:  an annual spring countywide food drive started 15 years ago through the coordinated efforts of Pass it Along, United Way of Northern New Jersey, ...

3 Tips for Making Your Home-Ownership Dream a Reality


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Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check = one of the best ways to save without thinking much about it.

Living within a budget right now helps you save money for down payments while also paying down other debts holding you back.  What are you willing to cut back on to make your dreams of homeownership ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!


Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders May 9 video

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ - Video of the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders May 9 meeting. 


SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...

Newton Town Pool Registration is Open

May 23, 2018

NEWTON, NJ – Memberships are available for the Newton Town Pool for the 2018 summer season. 

The Newton Town Pool has two water slides, a fully enclosed kiddie pool with walk-in entry, a grass picnic area, a picnic pavilion, lounge chairs, large pool umbrellas, snack stand, updated change rooms and an ADA lift.

The pool will be open June 25 through August 26.  Open swim ...