Sparta Top Stories

October 8, 2019

SPARTA, NJ – According to township officials, East Mountain Road will be closed Wednesday, October 9 beginning at 7 a.m. for paving.  Officials ask that anyone with questions call the Department of Public Works at 973-729-6178.

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SPARTA, NJ – A woman from Lafayette is facing shoplifting charges after walking out of a store with a jacket she did not pay for.  ON October 6 around 12:30 p.m. Officer Michael Poon responded to a report of shoplifting at Ocean State Job Lot store, according to police. Stephanie Moore, 38 was ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The library was noisier than usual on Wednesday for the annual Coffee with a Cop.  Preschool children and seniors and people in between stopped in for a chance to chat with Sparta Police Officers and enjoy a snack. In addition to coffee, muffins and other treats were donated by ...

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SPARTA, NJ – In gratitude for hosting their party the Sparta High School class of ’69 made a donation to the Sparta VFW.  According to the Sparta VFW Commander Pete Litchfield, representatives from the class sent a letter and a check for $860.  The letter said, “an amazing time was enjoyed by ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The issues surrounding the Lake Mohawk Country Club parking lot are not new. The planning board vote that denied the request for paid parking happened in March of 2017.  The LMCC took Sparta Planning Board to court over the issue and lost, in a ruling in February 2019.  They then filed ...

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SPARTA, NJ – For years there have been rumors about the property at 5 West Shore Trail formerly called Carl’s Auto Body owned by Rachael and Steve Scro.  The most recent development in the Lake Mohawk Country Club parking lot issue has brought that property back into the spotlight. TAPinto ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The six seed Sparta High School girls soccer team held 18 seed North Warren scoreless on Saturday 4-0  in the first round of the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex tournament.  On Wednesday, Sparta lost a close one to Morristown 3-2. It was a team effort with four different Spartans finding ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A traffic stop yielded 100 wax folds of heroin and a drugged driver.  On October 2 around 11:15 p.m. Officer Thomas Herd stopped Jacob Parry 32, because the license plate light was broken the blue Ford he was driving on Route 15, police said. When Herd spoke with the Lord’s Valley, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School football dominated Jefferson on Friday night, playing under the lights at Cassels field. The final tally was 62-0. The first cold night of the season did not keep the crowds away.  Orange was the color for the night with both teams’ student sections showing ...

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SPARTA, NJ –Sparta Township has put together a temporary solution to the anticipated parking crunch in White Deer Plaza because of Lake Mohawk Country Club’s decision to close their parking lot to non-members on October 23.  The former Carl’s Auto Body Shop at 5 West Shore Trail will provide ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School boys soccer team defeated Pope John on Thursday 2-1.  The boys had two wins and a loss for the week, having also beaten Warren Hills and lost to Dover. Playing on the Lion’s turf the Spartans scored in each half.   Nick  Hornyak and Carlen RIvielle got past ...

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SPARTA, NJ- With the township and the country club fighting in court and in the press, the people getting hurt are the businesses in White Deer Plaza.  That is how they see it. Owners and representatives from St. Moritz, Onore, Garlic and Oil and Ava and Jack Children’s Boutique, ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Fraternal Order of Police is inviting the community to their annual Oktoberfest at the Mohawk House.  A $45 ticket includes German beer, authentic food and music, as well as support for the Sparta FOP.  Guests can also participate in a 50/50 raffle. All of the proceeds ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Young Family Fun Day will take over the front lawn of the Sparta VFW building on Sunday, October 13. This is the third year the Sparta Kiwanis will be offering the event. Each year Sparta Kiwanis improves on the success of the previous year.  This year in addition to free ...

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SPARTA, NJ- It was a win and a loss this week at home for Sparta High School boys soccer.  The Spartans lost to Dover on Tuesday, 3-1 after shutting out Warren Hills 3-0 on Monday. Sparta held their own against Dover with a 1-1 tie going into the half.  They would not be able to get past the ...

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SPARTA, NJ- It was not enough to run through a stop sign for Wharton resident Carlos Acacio-Ruge, he also was clocked at 90 MPH on Route 15.  On September 28 around 10:30 p.m. Officer Erick Finley saw the 36-year-old go onto Route 15 without stopping at the sign at the bottom of the ramp, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School girls soccer team honored their seniors before their game against Morris Hills.  It was a night game on the new turf field and the girls won, 4-1. “I could not have asked for a better group of seniors in my first year as head coach,” Daniel Trappe said. “This ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Parents have been meeting and discussing the undersized and inadequate playground facilities at Mohawk Avenue School. Several attended the September board of education meeting last week.  Public comment was where the action was at the meeting.  While many of the comments were made by ...

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SPARTA, NJ-  Sparta High School has just released the honor rolls for the 2018-2019 fourth marking period.  While they were not released over the summer, the students are being recognized for their academic success now, before the close of the first marking period of 2019-2020. According to the ...

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SPARTA,  NJ - After years of discussion, negotiation and litigation, the Lake Mohawk Country Club parking lot will only be open to members.  Beginning on October 23, non-authorized vehicles will be prohibited from parking in the lot across the street from the clubhouse, according to an announcement ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Sparta Township is saying farewell to Jan Op’t Hof after 32 years of service to Sparta Township.  Since 1990 Op’t Hof has been the Construction Official for Sparta. “Jan is truly one of the cogs in the wheel that gets things done,” Sparta Township Manager Bill Close said. “It is not ...

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NEWTON, NJ - Tim Parker has traveled throughout the world, and along the way has photographed thousands of photos. Many of those photos will be on display at Sussex County Community College in Newton through the end of October. The long-time Sparta resident has won numerous prizes for his ...

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NEWTON, NJ—On one of the sunniest and warmest Saturdays so far this month, Connor Dolan ran a lemonade stand for five hours to support the Hampton Township Fire and Rescue. Dolan, who is nine years old, came up with the idea all by himself back in August. According to his mom, Amy Dolan, he had ...

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CHICAGO, IL - Sparta High School alumna is excited to run in her first Chicago marathon.  On October 13 Sara Lucas will join thousands of other runners in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.  Lucas is running on the ChiParks team raising money for the city parks.  She has some good friends ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The hearing about renewing Service Electric’s cable television franchise drew a large crowd on Tuesday night.  The council chambers was standing room only as residents verbalized their frustration with the utility. Seemingly a formality, as there is no other option in the region, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A weaving driver, Jessica Strnatko, caught the attention of Officer Michael Poon or Woodport Road.  On September 25 around 11:45 p.m. Poon saw a red Jeep unable to stay in the lane, police said. Poon followed Strnatko onto Stanhope Road when the 35-year-old suddenly pulled onto the ...

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NEWTON, NJ – The Town of Newton will hold the fourth annual Classic Car Show on Spring Street.  On October 13 Spring Street will become a Fall Festival with: Classic Cars Live Music, Pie Contest, Face Painting, Vendors and Crafters, Kiddie Hay Bale Maze, 50’s Costume ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The agenda took a back seat at the board of education meeting on Monday night.  The theater of the meeting came during the public comment portions of the meeting. While the superintendent’s contract was not on the agenda, it was a large focus of the public’s comments. Lawyers were also ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Another sobering reminder that life can be fragile has occurred in a neighboring town.  On September 21, a Dover High School sophomore, Steven Gomez-Restrepo died after being hit by a car. Sparta High School will be participating in an Orange Out to show support and raise funds for ...

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SPARTA, NJ – With a backhoe as a backdrop, more than 20 officials and friends from around the county gathered for an unusual ground breaking ceremony.  But that suits Steve and Rachael Scro just fine.  Instead of shiny shovels, the invited VIPs had pitchforks and even a pumpkin harvesting tool; a ...

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