Sparta Top Stories

September 2, 2019

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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SPARTA, NJ – It was the first day of school for Sparta’s newest teachers.  Monday morning 17 “talented, energetic” educators met in the professional development center at Mohawk Avenue School Assistant Superintendent Patrick McQueeney said.  They were greeted by Superintendent Michael Rossi, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School girls soccer team will look quite different when they take the field this season.  Thirteen of the players graduated in May and Daniel Trappe is now the head coach.  Trappe had been the JV coach for seven years. The varsity team will feature five returning ...

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SPARTA, NJ - During the summer of 2015, on a sunny Saturday morning, my wife Danielle and I visited the Sparta Farmers Market. As we walked along observing all the artisans and farmers selling their goods, it reminded me of the days working with my dad at his busy Greek specialty store in Fairview, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Main Street will be closed between the Sparta Municipal parking lot and Glen Road from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. for the Route 15 bridge repair project, according to Sparta Township officials. The closures will run from Monday, August 26 through August 30.

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SPARTA, NJ – It was a packed house in the patio room at the Mohawk House on Friday afternoon for the Junior Police Academy graduation ceremony.  The more than 80 fifth through eighth grade participants spilled outside for their lunch before the awards were handed out. Program organizer Lt. John ...

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SPARTA, NJ- According to Sparta Township officials, Cedar Crest Drive is scheduled to be paved Monday, August 26 having been postponed from last Friday because of the rain.  Residents are asked to park on Knoll Road or Neally Lane if necessary. Questions can be directed to Sparta DPW ...

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SPARTA,  NJ – The Sparta Board of Education will meet at Sparta High School for the August meeting.  According to the agenda, the meeting will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new turf field across the street. The Special Services Audit done last winter, will be presented to the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – It has been a difficult couple of weeks for a former Panera Bread employee.  Jenni Barkhorn, 28 was employed by Panera Bread for a little more than four years.  She was initially hired in June of 2015 to wipe down tables and chair, use the carpet sweeper and sometime clean the entry ...

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SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County middle school children can show their support for military veterans through the annual essay contest.  The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders have announced the patriotic essay contest for students grades six, seven and eight. The theme for the contest is ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Morris Plains man caught the attention of Officer Brian Porter as he flew up Route 15 at 98 MPH.  On August 17 around 3 a.m. Porter stopped Evan Rokoszak, 31, for speeding in a black Volkswagon Jetta, police said. Rokoszak told Porter he knew he was stopped because he was ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School volleyball team is looking forward to a strong season with five key returning players.  This is the third year Coach Derek Hall will be heading up the team after three years as JV coach. Seniors Liv Bouma-Hannam, Kate Esso, Morgan Saulys and Brook Serovich and ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Volleyball is coming to Station Park.  Two new white-sand volleyball courts are being constructed near the footbridge over the Wallkill river and should be done next week, according to Sparta Parks are Recreation Director Jeanne Montemarano. The construction work is being done by ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta women ended up in trouble after falsely reporting she was hit by another vehicle.  On August 13 around 11:40 p.m. Officer Taylor May went to the scene of a reported hit and run accident on Route 517 near the Sparta Middle School, police said. Jamie Lewis, 21, told May a tan ...

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SPARTA, NJ – When the first bell rings for the 2019-2020 school year, Sparta High School students will be greeted by a new principal and “sort of new” vice principal.  Ronnie Spring was appointed principal in July.  Jamie Barker returns to Sparta after a year in Butler where she served as ...

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SPARTA, NJ -  The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is in full swing is Sparta.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA initiative is once again going on in an effort stop drunk driving at the local level.  In Sparta, a Nutley woman was stopped when Sparta Officer ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Milkbowl tradition of "kids helping kids" will continue this year. on Freedom Field in Station Park.  On August 24 the Sparta Spartan Youth Football and Cheerleading teams will kickoff the season with fundraiser games dedicated to Devon Carbery. Devon, wife of Sparta Police ...

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SPARTA, NJ - According to Sparta Police Department, the road work that had been scheduled for overnight hours last week has been delayed until next week.   Information will be published as it becomes available. 

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SPARTA, NJ – A young boys cross country team will represent Sparta High School this year.  Robert Gilmartin continues his role as Head Coach for a second year, after having coached the Sparta Middle School team for three years. “We have only one returning upperclass varsity runner,” Gilmartin ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township continues to have a AA+ bond rating, according to the audit presented at the township council meeting on Tuesday, August 13 by Tom Ferry.  “The state of affairs are basically very good in Sparta,” the auditor said. The only comment is due to a statutory ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Lake Hopatcong man was picked up on an outstanding warrant when Cpl. Marc Rubino stopped him for a broken windshield.  On August 12 around 10 a.m. the officer stopped the black Hyundai on Route 15, police said. When Rubino checked into driver Marcello Pinto, 45, the officer found ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School girls cross country team is expecting a good showing this season with four returning runners and three newcomers to varsity.  Coach Sarah Pisano is looking forward to her seventh season as head coach. “We have strong depth this year,” Pisano said. Veterans ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Claims that he was not good at a stick shift, was not enough to get Brandon Soares, 24, out of trouble.  On August 9 around 4:30 p.m. Officer Brian Porter stopped Brandon Soares of Milford Pennsylvania because he was weaving in his lane on Route 15 North, police said. When speaking ...

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