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Fri, July 10, 5:30 PM


Welcome Shabbat (adding a little Jewish or ...

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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

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Sparta Police: New York Man Speeds to Drug Charges

October 21, 2020

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 ...

Vernon Police Officer's Specialized Training by Sparta's Velumcore Helped to Save Motorcycle Crash Victim's Life

VERNON, NJ- Not long after taking “Tack Med” trauma first aid training, Vernon Police Officers saved the life of a woman in a motorcycle accident.  On September 27, Officer John Gales responded to the scene of a motorcycle accident in which the passenger had nearly severed her leg.

The crash happened at a "dangerous curve" on Route 94. The motorcyclist ...

Not So Fast on Those Assessments

October 19, 2020

On September 30th Governor Murphy signed into law the long awaited, Legislation S908, sponsored by the 24th District Office, clarifying association assessment payment requirements in planned real estate developments also known as PREDFDA (Planned Real Estate Development Full Disclosure Act).

 On October 1st, Ernest Hofer, President New Jersey Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA), ...

Sensible Development, Environmental Responsibility – Sparta Priorities

October 15, 2020

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 ...

Strong Choice, not dirty politics

We seem to have struck a nerve with our recent Letter to the Editor in TAPinto Sparta. Our opponents seem to have become forceful in their attempts to scare residents into voting for them in lockstep without any real thought on the matter. Apparently, questioning leadership effectiveness or policy, or having new ideas and perspectives, gets labeled as “a small, radical movement ”.

Write-in Candidate Alan Yeung for Board of Education 1-yr Term

My name is Alan Yeung. I graduated as the Class of 2020 valedictorian from Sparta High School. As a remote student like many, I have a unique opportunity this year to effect positive change in the Sparta Township School District by filling the vacant one-year position on the Sparta Board of Education. I’m seeking your vote.

As a student who went through the entirety of the Sparta public ...

Adults Coming Together to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse

October 22, 2020

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 ...

How to Take Sparta From A Great School District to an Exceptional School District

If elected in November, I will continue to collaborate with my fellow board members to support specific proven initiatives that will take Sparta from being a great school district to an exceptional school district. 

My top priority as a Board of Education trustee is special education. I believe special education in Sparta needs to be reprioritized throughout the district and enhanced ...

Why We Walk To End Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey Chapter is spotlighting people who make a difference in the fight to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia, by participating in the upcoming 2020 Walk To End Alzheimer’s (WTEA) - the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Today we say thank you to Andrea and Steve ...


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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 ...

Real Estate Continues to Show Strength This Year

Real Estate Continues to Show Unprecedented Strength This Year


The 2020 housing market has surpassed all expectations and continues to drive the nation’s economic recovery. The question is, will this positive trend continue throughout the rest of the year, especially given the uncertainty around the current health crisis, the upcoming election, and more?

Here’s a ...

Murphy Vetoes Bill to Reimburse Restaurants for Indoor Dining False Start

October 19, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday vetoed a bill that would have appropriated $30 million in federal monies to reimburse restaurants owners who expended funds in anticipation of reopening for indoor dining July 2 — an opening the governor canceled two days before it was set to occur.

While in his veto statement Murphy said New Jersey government is meeting ...