Sparta Top Stories

September 16, 2019

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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SPARTA, NJ- Two Sparta boys have been charged with simple assault in an attack that took place at Ungerman Field in mid July.  According to police both boys are 14 years old, as is the victim. Several people video recorded the assault but no one called the police during the attack, according to ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School’s varsity football inaugural home game on the newly turfed Cassels field was a big win against Roxbury 49-6.  According to Athletic Director Steve Stoner approximately 2000 fans showed up to watch Friday night football under the lights. “It’s always been a great ...

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SPARTA, NJ – This year in addition to ribbons on the lamp posts on Main Street, the Sparta Town Hall has also been Turned Teal for Ovarian Cancer awareness month.  At the August meeting Andrew Lopez accepted a proclamation from Mayor Molly Whilesmith recognizing Ovarian Cancer Awareness ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The high school volleyball team continues to take down their opponents.  On Friday they defeated Jefferson in two games, both 25-14. The girls are now 4-1.  They will play in a tournament at Hackettstown on Saturday.  They will face Hackettstown High School and Voorhees.

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School has a 2020 National Merit Scholar semifinalist.  Michael Caruso has been named in the first round of the 65 annual Merit Scholarship Program, according to Supervisor College and Career Readiness, Danielle Colte. To achieve finalist status Caruso will have to ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta girls tennis shut out Lenape Valley on Thursday 5-0 at home.  Singles: First – Alexa Matkiwsky won 6-0, 6-1 Second – Reagan Rech won 6-1, 6-1 Third – Jenna Bargfrede won 6-0, 6-1 Doubles: First – Gabby Canzoniero and Paige Markvicka won 6-1, 6-1 Second ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta volleyball defeated Morris Hills in two games on Tuesday.  They took the first game 25-18 and the second was 25-14. MacKenzie Wiggins had 10 kills and an ace.  Brooke Serovich had eight digs and 16 assists with a kill and an ace.  Daniella Abbasante had four kills and a ...

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MORRISTOWN – The Morristown High School girls soccer team earned a 1-1 draw with in-conference foe Sparta on Thursday at Greystone-Central Park in Morris Plains. The Colonials had a good result against a Sparta team that had only surrendered two goals coming into the matchup, and had a 11-2 goal ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta field hockey team defeated High Point 2-1 on Wednesday at home. Audrey Krajieck and Haley Capeci each scored with assists from Lauren Groff and Stephanie Villar.  Morgan Denmead was in new for Sparta.  She had four saves.  The Wildcat goalie stopped seven Spartan ...

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PARTA, NJ -Playing the first varsity home game on the newly turfed Cassels field, Sparta field hockey lost a close game to Lenape Valley 1-0 on Tuesday. The only goal of the game came in the first half when a Patriot shot was able to get past the Spartan goalie Denmead.  The teams were so ...

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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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