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Sparta Police: Napping Men Face Drug Charges

February 15, 2019

SPARTA, NJ – Two men were sleeping on the shoulder on Route 15 south when Officer Brian Porter stopped to check on them.  On February 4 around 10:55 p.m. Richard Walko, 23 and Kevin Murray, 24 told the officer they were just tired from a day of hiking, so they stopped to take a nap, police said.

Porter smelled marijuana in the car.  The driver, Walko of Toms River, said that he ...

Sparta Police: Green Light Means DWI Charges

SPARTA, NJ – When the light turned green at the corner of Pinecone Lane and Woodport Road the grey Hyundai Tucson did not go.  Cpl. Mark Mastandrea checked on the driver, Robert Liga to make sure he was okay, police report.

When the officer spoke with the 53 year-old Hopatcong resident, Mastandrea found Liga to be drunk.  Officer Brian Porter arrived to take over the ...

Sparta Police: Drug Charges for Passenger

SPARTA, NJ – A traffic stop led to drug charges for a Jersey City woman on February 7 around 11:30 a.m. on Route 15 North. Officer Steven Guido stopped driver Curtis Evans because his Nissan Murano did not have a front license plate and tinted windows according to police.

Guido smelled marijuana in the car.  Evans said the passenger Maria Javier, 39, had smoked pot in the car.  ...

Sparta Education Association Statement to Learning Community

February 16, 2019

The Sparta Education Association would like to make the following statement in an effort to clarify the current situation affecting the Sparta leaning community: 

The teachers, secretaries, and paraprofessionals of the Sparta Education Association have been working with an expired contract for the last eight months.  The SEA consists of dedicated and hard-working educators who give ...

Star of ‘Cara’s Cucina’ to Host Groundwork Elizabeth Gala Feb. 27

February 16, 2019

Cara Di Falco, star of “Cara’s Cucina,” will host Groundwork Elizabeth’s WinterGreen gala Feb. 27 at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.

A nonprofit founded in Elizabeth in 2003, Groundwork Elizabeth builds sustainable communities in Elizabeth, NJ and in nearby Union County communities with urban agriculture initiatives, youth programing and more.

“So ...

Upcoming Events


Wed, February 20, 12:00 PM

Sparta VFW, Sparta

Fly Tying Classess Beginners and Intermediate



Fri, February 22, 6:00 PM

Newton High School Cafeteria, Newton

Newton High School Designer Bag Bingo -Tricky ...


Fri, February 22, 7:30 PM

Sparta Elks Lodge, Sparta

Sparta Elks Paint and Sip Fundraiser


Wed, February 27, 12:00 PM

Sparta VFW, Sparta

Fly Tying Classess Beginners and Intermediate



Sat, March 2, 7:00 AM

First United Methodist Church, Newton

Newton Rotary Pancake Breakfast


Wed, March 6, 12:00 PM

Sparta VFW, Sparta

Fly Tying Classess Beginners and Intermediate



Sat, March 9, 7:30 PM

Wallkill Valley Regional High School, Hamburg

Legally Blonde The Musical

Arts & Entertainment


Wed, March 13, 10:00 AM

Historic Court House, Newton

CASA of Morris & Sussex Information Session


Wed, March 13, 10:00 AM

Historic Court House, Newton

CASA of Morris & Sussex Information Session


Wed, March 13, 12:00 PM

Sparta VFW, Sparta

Fly Tying Classess Beginners and Intermediate


Newton Student Gets Help with Toothbrush Collection for Children in Need

February 16, 2019

NEWTON, NJ—Newton High School junior, Nicolette Occhifinto, spent the month of January collecting toothbrushes for a donation project she created through the National Honor Society.

This is not the first time that Occhifinto has collected toothbrushes. When she was in eighth grade in Vernon Township’s Glen Meadow School she collected toothbrushes for her service project while in ...

Theodore McCarrick, Former Archbishop of Newark, Removed from Ministry by Pope Francis

February 16, 2019

NEWARK, NJ -- The Vatican announced on Saturday that Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, formerly the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, has been defrocked. It is believed to be the first time an American archbishop has been removed from the ministry following accusations of sexual abuse. 

According to the Catholic Standard, The Vatican announced that the 88-year-old ...

Don't Miss Sunday's Sparta Mountain 4BR Open House

Seeking an amazing Sparta 4BR home?  Look no further than 28 Waters Edge ! Check it out at our OPEN HOUSE this Sunday, February 17th from 1-3pm---you'll fall in love!

Perched handsomely on an acre in the beautiful Sparta Mountain community, 28 Waters Edge offers a 4BR 2.5 Bathroom home with space and style.   Located in the ...

Waiting Until Spring To Sell Your NJ Home Could Be A Mistake

It’s common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off putting their homes on the market until then. Team Nest Builder explains why this is not a good strategy.

The other listings that come out in the spring represent increased competition to any seller. Do a greater number of homes actually come to the market ...

Don't Miss This Lake Mohawk 3BR OPEN HOUSE Sunday!

Longing to live the lake lifestyle? Today's your lucky day! Check out this amazing 3BR home with water views, available in Sparta's highly-desirable Lake Mohawk community! See it for yourself at our OPEN HOUSE, Sunday, February 10th from 1pm-3pm.

137 Hillside Road, Sparta

This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home at 137 Hillside Road, Sparta, ...

Good News! You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home

The largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home? Saving for a down payment. Rising rents amplify this challenge by eating into the amount of money renters have leftover for savings each month after paying expenses.

In combination with higher rents, survey after survey shows that non-homeowners (renters and those living rent-free with family or friends) believe they need to save ...

Karen Horowitz Joins Team Nest Builder

Lynn Garafola, New Jersey-Licensed Salesperson, Broker and Team Leader of Team Nest Builder, announced that Karen Horowitz has joined the team as the newest sales team member.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Karen to the Sparta office and the Team Nest Builder family,” Garafola said. “She possesses wonderful experience in home redesign, staging, construction and renovation.

Dodge the Ball 2019 is Coming Back to Sparta

LAFAYETTE, NJ  - Pass It Along is holding the Annual Dodge the Ball Tournament at the The Fieldhouse at Sparta, located in Sparta, New Jersey. The events is being held on March 2, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. All proceeds from this event will benefit Pass It Along, a non-profit organization providing volunteer opportunities, leadership development and self-discovery workshops for teenagers ...

AtlantiCast: Episode 24

On this week’s AtlantiCast, meet the newest chairman of the American Hospital Association, learn about a breakthrough in heart surgery at Morristown Medical Center, celebrate a year of innovation at Atlantic Health System and see some tips to stay flu free.


Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders February 13, 2019 Meeting Video

NEWTON, NJ - Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders February 13, 2019 meeting video.



So You want to Own Your Own Business…

Source: So you have decided you want to be your own boss. Maybe you are in a position to finally start your own business that you’ve always dreamed of? So where do you begin? Samuel K. Burlum explores what it takes to begin your own business venture. 

So you want to own your own business. Before you can determine the path in which your entrepreneurship career will be headed, ...

Congresswoman Sherrill Co-Sponsors Bill to Cut Down Wasteful Government Spending

February 16, 2019

Washington, DC − Congresswoman Sherrill (NJ-11) introduced legislation to cut down wasteful spending by Cabinet officials and increase transparency for taxpayers on renovation and decorating expenses at federal agencies. The Reining In Irresponsible Decorating Expenses (RIIDE) Act is a bipartisan bill led by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Congressman Mark Meadows ...

Local Non-Profits Share the Importance of Healthy Relationships

February 12, 2019

LAFAYETTE, NJ - Teenagers throughout Sussex County joined Pass It Along and DASI Thursday evening for A Healthy Relationships Workshop and Meme Contest, in light of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Audience members participated in an interactive workshop led by Kailey Denzer-Weiler and Sierra Agens, Education Coordinators for DASI. The workshop guided teens through warning signs of an ...