Sparta Top Stories

September 11, 2019

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta school district has given notice that Superintendent Michael Rossi’s contract will be on the agenda of the October 28 meeting for approval.  The terms of his current contract do not expire until June 30, 2020. According to the public notice, Rossi’s contract has already had a ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Route 15 traffic is being detoured onto Layton Lane, according to Sparta Police Department.  Both northbound and southbound lanes are affected because of a utility pole down across the road.  It was pulled down by a truck near to the Bagel Station just beyond the railroad tracks.

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SPARTA, NJ- The high school girls soccer team put the pressure on early and did not let up until the final horn beating Montville 5-1.  The Spartans hosted the Mustangs on Monday playing at field 3 in Station Park as they await the goals to arrive at the new Cassels turf field. The second and ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta VFW is holding their Fourth Annual Clam Bake on Saturday, September 14 at 2 p.m.  The annual event is a fundraiser for the VFW National Home for Children.  On the menu- Steamed clams, Raw bar, Gourmet burgers, Jersey Rippers, Sausage and Peppers, Jersey ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The new theater group chose their name carefully.  North Star Theater is looking to remain focused on the goal of providing a positive theatrical experience for participants.  Board member and Sparta High School Band Director Deborah Gianuzzi said they have worked hard before “opening ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Warton woman is facing drug charges after a traffic stop.  On September 1 around 6:50 a.m. Officer Jonathan Poon stopped Martha Rubio, 21 in a red Volkswagen, for not moving to the right lane, police said. Poon smelled marijuana in Rubino’s car.  The officer searched the car and ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A truck driver from Dover is facing a number of charges after being stopped on West Mountain Road.  On September 4 around 2:30 p.m. Cpl. Craig Grauerholz stopped Felipe Holguin, 37 in a Mack dump truck, police said. The vehicle weight limit on West Mountain Road is four tons.  ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School boys soccer defeated Pope John on Friday afternoon 2-1.  Playing on the Station Park turf field with a bit of rain, the boys were at a 0-0 stalemate until the second half. Spartans Carlen Rivielle and Joe Collins got past the Lions’ keeper assisted by Kex Halmer.  ...

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NEWARK, NJ -  A Sparta High School student has been participating in the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Arts Education summer intensive with the “Tap Dance Kid” Savion Glover.  Mia Brady will be performing at the NJPAC’s Victoria Theater on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 13 to ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Budd Lake man stopped on Route 15 for several equipment violations was found to have several outstanding warrants.  On August 23 around 2:30 p.m. Michael Scott, 58 was found to have a suspended Pennsylvania driver’s license and warrants in Mount Olive, Newark and Columbia, police ...

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SPARTA, NJ – According to township officials, there will be continued overnight closures on Main Street from the municipal building parking lot to Mavis Tire. This work is being done in connection with the Route 15 bridge project. Main Street Closures will take place between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Plainfield man was picked up on a warrant after a traffic stop for speeding on Route 15.  On September 3 around 12:30 a.m. Cpl. Rick Smith stopped Collin Johnson, 25 for driving 85 MPH in a 55 MPH zone, according to police. When Smith asked for Johnson’s credentials, the driver ...

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Three Sparta High School students were featured on CBS This Morning in an interview regarding the use of Juul in schools. The interview, which aired on Friday, August 30, was an addition to the investigative report regarding the health effects and deceitful marketing of e-cigarettes conducted by ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Mohawk House will host the fourth annual Sussex County Police Chiefs’ Bocce and Brew.  The community is invited to join area police and their families and supporters to raise money for the Sussex County Chiefs organization on Thursday, September 12. Funds raised at this event ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School volleyball team took Chatham in their home opener 2-0. This was the first varsity home game of the 2019-2020 school year. It’s a new year and a new look for the team.  Coach Derek Hall has a win to start his third season as head coach. “I’m excited for the ...

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The eighth annual fund raising dinner and silent auction supporting the work of the Sparta Ecumenical Food pantry will be held on October 10th this year at the lake Mohawk Country Club.  The food pantry relies solely on donations from individuals,local service organizations, and the proceeds from ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta woman is facing drunk driving charges after a traffic stop on Woodport Road.  On September 2 around 11:30 p.m. Officer Steven Guido stopped Sharon Swanwick, 35 because her blue Hyundai had a broken headlight, police said. Guido suspected Swanwick had been drinking and had ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Special Education audit was presented at the August board of education meeting last week.  As people returned from the turf field ribbon cutting ceremony, Superintendent Michael Rossi, Special Education Director Danielle Hamblin and Special Education Supervisor Adrianne ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Sparta man with warrants was found in his car in White Deer Plaza.  On August 30 around 9 a.m. Officer Brian Porter saw Jonathan Barkhorn, 35 and recognized him from previous interaction, police said. Porter knew that Barkhorn had an active warrant from Morris County Sheriff’s ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Pennsylvania man was picked up on an outstanding warrant when neighbors called police to complain about construction noise.  On August 28 around 10 p.m. Officer Steven Guido went to 350 Sparta Avenue to follow up on the complaint, police said. Guido talked with the construction ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, will be spraying for mosquitos on Wednesday, September 4 between 7 and 11 p.m. on some Sparta Township Roads, according to the township officials. The roads that will be sprayed include but are not limited to: Milton ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education approved the superintendent’s merit bonus of $20,937.50 or 12.5% of his salary at the meeting on Monday night. The vote was 6-3 with no votes from Kim Bragg, Jen Grana and Kate Matteson. According to Rossi’s contract his goals for 2019-2020 are to be ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Brooklyn, New York man was picked up after a traffic stop on Route 15.  On August 27 around 11:30 p.m. Officer Thomas Herd stopped Reynaldo Lagares, 40 because his gray Kia did not have a light on the rear license plate, police said. When Herd checked his credentials, the officer ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School cross country team and community now have a couple of trails to enjoy in the woods at Station Park, thanks to a girl scout. It was two years in the making but Julia Muth just handed in her paperwork on the project to earn her Gold Award, the highest award in ...

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SPARTA, NJ – An accident by the roofing contractors at Sparta High School led to an asbestos issue at the school.  According to an email sent by Superintendent Michael Rossi four science rooms will be tested and abated for asbestos, requiring them to be closed temporarily. The email said the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man is facing drunk driving charges after police were alerted to a driver that was weaving on Woodport Road.  On August 21 around 8:30 p.m. Cpl. Craig Grauerholz stopped David Winslow, 52. Grauerholz had Winslow perform field sobriety tests and took him into custody.  ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Dairy will be returning to Sparta.  The building with the familiar red roof will once again be a place of happiness that comes with ice cream. New owners Sarah and Anthony Ziccardi already own a business in town, Anthony Ziccardi Studios.  They have memories of going to ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, will be spraying for mosquitos on Friday, August 30 between 7 and 11 p.m. on some Sparta Township Roads, according to the township officials. The roads that will be sprayed include but are not limited to: Hayward ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Students will be back to school next week but the Helen Morgan School already has a number of scheduled activities according to Principal Doug Layman.  September events: 6 - Helen Morgan Spirt Day – Sparta spirit wear 18 – Grade 4 Back to School night 7 to 8 p.m. 19 - PTO ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The community was introduced to the new turf field at Sparta High School on Monday night.  The board of education adjourned to go across the street for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Invited guests, students and community members gathered on the new concrete walkway, as Superintendent ...

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