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Fri, July 10, 5:30 PM


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Education Religions And Spirituality

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Looking for a little Jewish or Jew-ish Connection? Check out “Welcome Shabbat” Fridays at 5:30pm for 30 minutes of secular and Jewish songs and readings. Watch on the MAKOMnj Facebook page or join via Zoom. Go to to the events tab for more info.

Virtual ZOOM room or MAKOMnj Facebook page Morristown, NJ 07960

Thu, July 16, 5:30 PM

Sparta High School, Sparta

Sparta Board of Education Special Meetng


Add to My Calendar 07/16/2020 5:30pm 07/16/2020 6:30pm America/New_York Sparta Board of Education Special Meetng

Sparta Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 5:30 pm at the Sparta High School to vote on a separation agreement with Dr. Rossi and other personnel matters.

The Board will convene into executive session at the end of the public portion of the meeting for matters of personnel and attorney/client privilege.

17 West Mountain Road Sparta, NJ 07871

Fri, July 17, 5:30 PM


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Add to My Calendar 07/17/2020 5:30pm 07/17/2020 6:00pm America/New_York Welcome Shabbat (adding a little Jewish or Jew-ish to Friday nights)

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Virtual ZOOM room or MAKOMnj Facebook page Morristown, NJ 07960

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Invisible 911 Dispatchers in New Jersey Face Uncertainty During Pandemic

October 23, 2020

SPARTA, NJ -  On a fall day in 2019, a young boy riding his bicycle rolled onto the main road near his Sussex County home.  The reverberations from an oncoming dump truck would signal danger to any adult.  For this boy they foretold death.  Someone placed a 911 call.

Scot Sorensen, 49, is the 911 Coordinator for the Sparta Police Department SPD.  The dispatcher has ...

Sparta Police: New York Man Speeds to Drug Charges

SPARTA, NJ – A New York man is facing drug charges after being stopped for speeding.  On October 15 around 11 p.m. Officer Brian Porter stopped John Finch on Route 15 for driving 77 in a 55 MPH zone, police said.

When Porter spoke with Finch the officer smelled pot in the car.  Finch admitted marijuana had been smoked in the car earlier and he still had a small amount of pot on ...

Vote for honesty, transparency and helpfulness -- not misinformation

October 24, 2020

Republican Congressional candidate Rosemary Becchi (NJ-11) continues to spread misinformation about our state's 2020 election process. I would like to set the record straight.

In campaign advertisements, Ms. Becchi has repeatedly stated:

“Due to Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order, New Jersey will be holding an all vote by mail election this November– the ...

Get to Know Sparta Township Council Candidate Dean Blumetti

October 24, 2020

As we near the last week or so of the election season, I am sharing a shortened version of my earlier profile for those looking to learn more about their candidates.   

I grew up in northern New Jersey and spent childhood summers with local cousins in our nearby forests, lakes, and streams.  As a passionate fly fisherman, hiker, and photographer, I still spend most of ...

Importance of Student Representation

Students have as much a stake in their own education and perhaps more than anyone else. In both the middle school and high school, students are trying to build their future selves. They also build opinions and world views that may be different than that of previous generations. However, that does not mean that either one is wrong, yet one often gets discounted.

Multiple controversies over the ...

Sensible Development, Environmental Responsibility – Sparta Priorities

I. Sensible Development:

We believe development is an important way that communities grow and prosper.  It allows us to maintain a vibrant local economy, enjoy a charming town center, provide for the needs of current residents and business owners, attract new residents, and support desirable property values, just for example.  


However, new development ...

Transparency, Community Engagement, and Fiscal Accountability go Hand-in-Hand

I. Transparency and Community Engagement:

Continuously improving the information available to residents needs to be a goal of the Township.  The community must have clear, simple access to policy, project, and financial information.  Being an active participant in your town’s government is your right, and being able to offer suggestions, ask questions, and share ...

The hiring of Sparta's next superintendent

On May 26th, less than eight months after Dr. Rossi’s new contract was approved, offering a 13% increase in salary and occurring prior to the newly elected board members assuming their roles, Dr. Rossi took a leave of absence.  In July, the board of education formally voted to part ways.

As we begin the search for Sparta’s new Superintendent, it is crucial we follow the ...

Selecting the Next CEO of the Sparta Schools

The most important decision the board of education will make next year is choosing the next permanent chief educational officer (CEO) of the district. This decision will impact not only the students and families who attend the schools, but also the entire community. The school district is the #1 employer in Sparta and the superintendent oversees over $76,000,000 in operations.

The academic ...

Sparta Mom Launches Baby and Child Sleep Consulting Firm Just In Time for the 'Scary' Halloween Fall Back Time Change

October 23, 2020

SPARTA, N.J., October 21, 2020 — Sparta resident and mother of two boys, Jodi Willenborg, has launched Rest Sleep Rise, a child sleep consulting firm dedicated to bringing sleep back to the family -just in time for the time change that often plagues parents with sensitive sleepers. With the dreaded “fall back” time change occurring the day after Halloween, parents with young, ...

Tri-County Scholarship Fund to Honor Morristown Medical Center President Trish O'Keefe at Virtual Gala

MENDHAM, NJ – Tri-County Scholarship Fund (TCSF) will host its 39th Annual Awards Celebration on Monday, October 26, 2020, as a free, live-streaming event, honoring three New Jersey leaders, including Morristown Medical Center President, Trish O’Keefe. All of the honorees believe in and support the TCSF mission to provide partial scholarships for many of the state’s most ...

Adults Coming Together to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is participating in the Five Days of Action, Oct. 26-30, 2020. The Five Days of Action is a week designed to raise awareness and inspire adults to take action to protect children from sexual abuse. 

The Y encourages adults and organizations in the community to play a vital role in making the local community a safer place for ...

How To Get Property Tax Relief Senior Freeze Deadline November 2.

Most of us want to continue to stay in our homes and communities, but property taxes are driving us away.  Taking advantage of New Jersey’s Property Tax Relief programs can stretch our dollars.  Who qualifies?  Are there special programs for seniors?

The Senior Citizens Council has prepared a video presentation on the property tax relief options available for ...


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NJ Election 2020: Ballot question asks voters if they want to extend property-tax relief for military veterans

October 18, 2020

There are two parts to Public Question No. 2. Here are the details, who would benefit and what it could cost.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit

Editor’s note: NJ Spotlight News plans a look at each of the three ...

Sussex County Residents are Getting Their Ballots In

SPARTA, NJ – Did you vote yet?  Most Sussex County residents who are registered to vote have received their mail in ballots by now.  The governor required all registered voters to receive a mail in ballot, whether they ask for it or not. 

Board of Election Commissioner Allen Langjahr said as of Tuesday, October 13 the board of elections has received 22,193 mail in ...

Wallkill Valley LLD Class Meets with Senator Oroho via Zoom

October 23, 2020

HAMBURG, NJ - The LLD Class at Wallkill Valley High School spent an hour Friday, October 16th  learning more about New Jersey State Government and the role of a State Senator through a zoom visitation with State Senator Oroho. Oroho is the Senator for the 24th Legislative District. 

The LLD class consists of nine students grades nine through12 who have been ...

COMING SOON- Completely renovated home in Byram Township!

COMING SOON- Are you looking for a beautiful 2 bedroom home in Byram Township? 13 Union Street has it ALL. Extensively RENOVATED with NEW bath, kitchen, windows, deck, and more. NEW INDUCTION range, microwave, & dishwasher. Laundry in kitchen. FLAT open rear yard with shed. Oversized lot with off street parking. Includes a newer septic. Gorgeous hardwood floors. Do nothing but move right in! ...

New Jerseyans Say ‘Cheese!’ (But Hold the Dairy) with Vegan Cheese

October 24, 2020

Is plant-based cheese really cheese? Well, sort of. But instead of dairy from cows, sheep or goats, vegan cheesemakers are making it with plant milk, nuts, tapioca and even rice.

There are many different methods to make vegan cheese nowadays. The easy way? Using a plant-based milk base (from foods like cashews or almonds) and adding a few thickening agents and seasonings.

Plant-based ...