Sparta Top Stories

August 15, 2019

SPARTA, NJ – Students in Jen Caputo’s fifth grade class have been taught by the Sussex County Teacher of the Year. Sussex County Freeholder Herb Yardly and his dog Baxter presented Caputo with a certificate in June, before the end of the school year with her students and Principal Doug Layman ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Under the direction of a new head coach, the Sparta High School field hockey team is preparing to take the field.  Corinne Bright has worked with the team as assistant coach for five years. Bright will be looking to seniors Allie McGuire, Audrey Krajcek, Taylor Canfield, Lauren ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Route 15 will be closed in both directions tonight, Wednesday August 14 from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Thursday, August 15 between Houses Corner Road/Limecrest Road and Wilson Drive/White Lake Road, according to an announcement by Sparta Police Department. This closure was originally ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta school district did not get any Quality Single Accountability Continuum or QSAC points restored after the appeal meeting held two weeks ago according to the letter read by Superintendent Michael Rossi at the special board of education meeting on Monday.  Rossi, Assistant ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Queens, New York man was picked up on a warrant when his car broke down in the Bagel Station parking lot.  On August 10 around 2:15 a.m. Officer Thomas Herd found Terence Jones, 60 had a warrant out of Essex County, police said. Jones was taken to Sparta Police Headquarters for ...

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BRANCHVILLE, NJ -Sparta High School art students Luke Hein and Elizabeth Holden and art teacher Christy Graham won awards for their photography at the Sussex County Fair last week. "Being able to showcase my work to people all over the county is something I will never take for granted," Hein ...

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SPARTA, NJ –A traffic stop yielded an unlicensed Newark man with a warrant. On August 6 around 10:30 a.m. Officer Matthew Pletcher stopped Jose Gonzalez, 50 because he did not signal his turn on East Shore Trail, police said. When Pletcher spoke with Gonzalez he found that the driver did not ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education’s special meeting on Monday, August 12 has a single item on the agenda, approval of the Quality Single Accountability Continuum District Improvement Plan or QSAC DIP. As late as July 29 Superintendent Michael Rossi was seeking clarification about the ...

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UNION, NJ – A man accused of taking "upskirt" photos surrendered to Union Police last week after this latest incident at a store on Route 22.  The Branchville man is accused in at least three other similar incidents in New Jersey and Utah over the past year. Stephen Grogan, 42, surrendered to ...

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WANTAGE, NJ – It was not your usual summer camp in the gymnasium at High Point Regional High School this week.  Sparta resident Mitch Morrison organized an iCan Bike week long camp to allow children with disabilities to learn how to ride a two wheel bicycle.  “It was fun,” Newton High School ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Route 15 bridge construction project began on Friday, August 9.  According to an announcement by Sparta Police Department, on Monday, August 12 Route 15 will be closed on both directions between White Lake Road and Houses Corner Road from 9 a.m. until 6 a.m. A detour will be ...

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LAFAYETTE, NJ – A Newton man died in an car accident on Route 94 on Monday around 10:37 p.m. when a tow truck crossed the center line and hit him head-on.  James Ziniewicz, 43 was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident according to New Jersey State Trooper Alejendro Goez. The two ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ – Some Sparta High School students and teachers are not taking the summer off.  A group of AP Studio art students took a two hour class blowing studio at the Morris County School of Glass in Morristown on July 27. Teacher Jennifer Kucher-Csaltos accompanied incoming AP Studio ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta school district’s website, Sparta.org, is not available this morning, according to an announcement made by district officials.  The announcement said the district’s IT department is aware of the problem and is currently working to fix it. They said an announcement will be ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Maryland woman was charged with drunk driving after hitting another car and driving away.  Officer Michael Poon followed up on calls to Sparta dispatch reporting an erratic hit and run driver. On August 5 around 9 p.m. Poon found Maureen Mead, 47 of Timonium, Maryland on Woodport ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Branchville man is facing drunk driving charges after a speeding stop on Limecrest Road.  On August 4 around midnight, Sgt. Frank Schomp stopped Adam Warburton-Pitt, 29 for driving 85 MPH in a  55 MPH zone, police said. Officer Timothy Lynott took over the investigation as ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sussex County Department of Engineering has announced construction on County Road 605/Sparta Stanhope Road and Green Apple Road in Sparta, scheduled to start on August 5 will take one or two weeks.  The project is to repair the drainage system located along the northern portion of the ...

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NEWTON, NJ – Nothing has been decided yet.  That was the message from Sussex County Community College Board of Trustee Chair William Curcio, college President Jon Connolly and the college’s attorney Glenn Keiz in a press meeting on Monday called to discuss controversial tweets made by Trustee Vice ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A couple from Port Jervis, New York is facing numerous charges after a traffic stop on Route 15.  On July 31 around 11:45 a.m. Officer Matthew Pletcher stopped Kyle Olenick, 40 driving a grey Chrysler mini van, police said. When Pletcher had Kyle Olenick get out of the car the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The season ended with a win for the Sparta Little League All-Star 9U baseball team on Wednesday. The team won the District 20 Championships after beating High Point 4-3 on the road. Sparta took the field as number two seed, playing the undefeated number one seed.  Sparta had put ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta widow, mother of two and currently battling Stage 4 cancer is looking for support from the community. She is in a contest for a free roof and needs people to vote for her to win the No Roof Left Behind prize from Jeff Alte, Jr. Roofing and Siding contractor. In January 2002 ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta school district has announced a Special Meeting for Monday, August 12 to approve the Quality Single Accountability Continuum District Improvement Plan or QSAC DIP. Superintendent Michael Rossi had been confident that his appeal of the failing QSAC score would be ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Over 100 residents from all over Sussex County gathered in the auditorium at Newton High School on Thursday, July 26 to attend the Fiber Optic Open Forum hosted by the Newton FIRST Varsity Robotics Team. The theme repeated often by citizens of the county was a call for more competition ...

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SPARTA, NJ –  A Succasunna man with a suspended drivers license was stopped after Officer Brian Porter saw him weaving and driving slowly on Route 15 north.  On July 26 around 2:30 a.m. Richard Thomson, 57 was driving his black Chevrolet Tahoe 44 MPH in a 55MPH zone, police report. When Porter ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The I Can Bike Program that teaches people with disabilities how to ride a bike is looking for volunteers.  The event will be held at High Point Regional High School from August 5 through August 9. You do not need to be there for the entire time.  According to organizer Sparta ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The band shell at Dykstra Park, sight of summer outdoor concerts and family movie nights, has just received an update to make it more accessible to all.  Eagle scout Jackson Jurevich from Sparta Boy Scout Troop 150 created a viewing platform with pavers and railings for people in ...

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SPARTA, NJ – According to an announcement by Sparta Township officials, beginning on Wednesday, July 31 paving will begin on Seneca Lake Road.  Paving will continue for the next two days weather permitting.  Drivers are advised to expect delays in the area. The township requests questions be ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The board of education has a crowded field of candidates for the 2019 election.  Six candidates will vie for three 3-year seats in November.  According to Senior Deputy Clerk Angela Rosa from the Sussex County Clerk’s office the ballot will include: Kimberly Bragg, Kurt ...

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SPARTA, NJ – It’s beginning to look a lot like football- and field hockey, lacrosse, marching band and soccer.  The $3.5 million turf field project is progressing with the installation of the turf last week.  After weeks of challenging news for the district administrators with the failure of ...

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SPARTA, NJ – According to an announcement by Sparta Township officials, beginning on Monday, July 29 paving will begin on Cedar Tree Lane, Birch Tree Lane and Tulip Tree Lane.  Drivers are advised to expect delays in the area.  The township requests questions be directed to the Department of ...

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