Sparta Top Stories

September 27, 2019

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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SPARTA, NJ- A Parsippany man ended up with more trouble than a damaged car after he hit a telephone pole.  On September 23 around 9:30 p.m. Officer Arlene Lippencott was patrolling on Route 181 when she saw a black Ford was off the road, with the driver trying to start the car, police ...

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WARREN, NJ - The Watchung Hills girls soccer team defeated Sparta on Thursday, 2-1. Emily Morris netted a goal, and Jenna Tobia had a goal and an assist for the Warriors.  “This was a good win for us,” said WHRHS head coach Brian Figueiredo.  “Sparta is a solid program who is having an excellent ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Sparta Police Department has announced Route 15 will be closed in both directions from Thursday, September 26 at 9 p.m. through 6 a.m. Friday morning.  The closure will be between Houses Corner Road/Limecrest Road and Wilson Drive/White Lake Road. According to the map provided the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School girls tennis team has put together a winning season so far.  They are undefeated in their conference with one loss to Randolph 4-1. All but one of their wins was a shut out.  Sparta shut out High Point on Tuesday 5-0. Singles: First singles – Alexa ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Vial of Life program  being promoted by the Sparta Woman’s Club is expanding far beyond Sparta.  The group is also promoting a change in the health form that is part of the kit to include a section that addresses mental health issues. The Vial of Life kits contain a ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Following up on a call to Sparta Police Department dispatch, on September 20 around 10:30 p.m.  Officer Chris Favaro stopped an Andover man, Guillermo Silva 35 on Route 15.  Police had received a tip that a driver in a blue Ford F350 pickup could not stay in his lane, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Spain was on the board of education agenda on Monday night.  Students and staff who traveled to Spain this summer shared details of their with the board members and public. Sparta High School vice principal Michael Lauricella introduced Spanish teachers Haley Sytsema, Amanda ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta High School field hockey team played their first official home games on the new turf field ealier this month. With three consecutive wins over high-ranking teams High Point, Chatham, and Jefferson, things could not be looking better. Unlike other sports played on the new ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The annual National Coffee with a Cop day will be celebrated in Sparta at the Sparta Library.  On Wednesday, October 2 from 10 a.m. until noon and 5 to 7 p.m., the community is invited to come to the library for coffee and a conversation with Sparta Police. Crafts will be provided ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Clear out those old papers.  Sparta Township is offering free, secure paper shredding on Saturday, September 28.  Residents are welcome to shred a limit of five boxes per car with no limit on the number of visits.  According to the announcement boxes are approximately ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The community turned out for a barbecue and ice cream hosted by the Sparta Police Department, Fire Department, Ambulance Squad, Dispatchers and CERT.  The food was purchased by the Fraternal Order of Police and the other first responders. Det. Sgt. Jeff McCarrick manned the grill ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education will meet on Monday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m.  The agenda shows Board of Education Goals will be discussed, led by New Jersey School Boards Association field service representative Kathy Helewa. There will also be a presentation by the new food ...

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PARSIPPANY, NJ – The Sparta High School girls cross country team had another good showing last week at the meet at Greystone Park.  After being sidelined with an ankle injury for the first few weeks of the season, Nuala Hynes returned without missing a step according to Coach Sarah Pisano. The ...

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CHESTER, NJ – It was a close one.  The Sparta High football team was able to pull it out at the end earning a 27-21 win over West Morris High School on Friday night. The Wolf Pack was steady with seven points each quarter while Sparta was kept from the endzone for the second and third quarter.  ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Sussex man stopped for speeding is facing drunk driving charges.  On September 19 around 12:1 a.m. Cpl. Kurt Morris stopped Michael Evans, 58 in a white Toyota SUV speeding 75 in a 55 MPH zone on Route 15 north, police said. When Morris spoke with the driver he smelled alcohol in ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The back patio of the Mohawk House was crowded with Sussex County law enforcement officers and friends for the Sussex County Chiefs’ Association Annual Bocce and Brew.  Approximately 100 people attended the outdoor event, despite threatening skies. They enjoyed good food, drink and ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School field hockey team shut out North Warren on Thursday 4-0.  Playing under the lights on Cassels field the girls dominated throughout the game with two goals in each half. Kayla Collinson, Lauren Groff, Allie McGuire and Yasmeen Caswell each got past the Patriots ...

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SPARTA, NJ -  Does  your dog have muddy paws?  Soon there will be a new in Sparta place to bring your pup to get cleaned up.  Muddy Pawz is getting ready to open in the building next to Talbots. Owners Sam Paul and her mom Karen cannot wait to greet their first furry clients. For Sam Paul the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Police Department, Fire Department, Ambulance Squad, Dispatchers and CERT will be serving free ice cream on Friday, September 20 from 5 until 9 p.m., as part of 2019 Emergency Services National Night Out. The community is invited to the Former Carl’s Auto Body on 5 West ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Acting on an anonymous tip, Sparta Police went to a Sparta residence to find a man wanted by the Sussex County Sheriff’s Department.  When the officers arrived, Kyle Talmadge, 29 of Franklin Boro ran into the woods, police said. Talmadge, who had been working at the home, was chased ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta VFW Post #7248 awarded a scholarship to a newly minted Sparta High School graduate.  Last week Ron Pace and Doug Nobile presented Ryan Richardson with a check for $4500. Richardson was named to the Top Super 100 All-State Football team in March at a dinner at the Pines ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta field hockey team defeated Chatham 3-1 on Wednesday at Cassels field.  The Spartans battled from whistle to whistle getting by the Cougars goalie twice in the first half and once in the second. “We played really well,” Captain Allie McGuire said.  “We’ve definitely been ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School girls soccer finished strong against Mount Olive on Tuesday winning, 2-1.  The Spartans were held scoreless through the first half but turned Alisa AWilliamson and Kate Mazzella scored for Sparta, with Mazzella getting an assist as well. Spartan keeper Taige ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The CLEAR program celebrated its third year with a luncheon at the Mohawk House to thank participants, recognize supporters and discuss the future. The program Community, Law Enforcement, Addiction, Recovery or CLEAR in Sussex County brings together local police, medical staff and ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Seneca Lake community had a small victory at the Byram Planning Board meeting in their fight to halt Tomahawk Lake from expanding.  Fred Welles, the secretary of Seneca Lake club said the planning board voted to require part of the Tomahawk Lake expansion project receive a D ...

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SPARTA, NJ - The Sparta Chess Club will be starting its 18th season the week of October 7. Coach Thomas Murray has led the teams to many championships and trophies through the years. Each Sparta school has a meeting time. Tuesday – Sparta Middle School after school in room ...

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PARSIPPANY, NJ- Sparta boys and girls cross country teams competed in a meet against Morris Knolls and Roxbury at Greystone Park on September 10. The girls finished ahead of Morris Knolls and lost by three to Roxbury.  The boys lost to both schools. Girls: Genesis Sanchez took first in the ...

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