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Sparta Police: Wrongly Placed Plate Leads to Drug Arrest

June 19, 2019

SPARTA, NJ –A traffic stop for a Swartswood resident ended with drug charges.  On June 14 around 1:30 a.m. Officer Michael Poon stopped Maeghan Tomasula, 21 when he saw the rear license plate in the rear window of the grey Honda Accord, police said.

When Poon spoke with Tomasula he smelled marijuana in the car.  The driver said there had been pot in the car the day before, ...

Sparta's Helen Morgan Students Enjoy LEAD Day

SPARTA, NJ – The fifth grade students from Helen Morgan had a perfect day for their LEAD Day celebration in Station Park.  The students had completed the Law Enforcement Against Drugs program run by Det. Sgt. Jeff McCarrick with Detective Brian Hasslock, Officer Taylor May, SRO Dave Pridham, Officer Thomas Snyder.

The national program, headquartered in New Jersey is an evidence ...

Sparta Police: Sparta Man Left Car on Lawn, Faces DWI Charges

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man faces drunk driving charges after his car was found on the front lawn of a home on Douglas Drive.  On June 15 around 11:45 p.m. Cpl. Arlene Lippencott went to the home at the intersection of Green Road to fine a grey Jeep Compass abandon in the yard, police said.

Lippencott determined the car was owned by Tarek Al-Aydi, 52.  She and Officer John Poon ...

STEM Crisis is Serious for US

June 20, 2019

To the Editor:

On June 1st, I sent out a piece on STEM, noted a crisis and two schools that were doing good in my home county of Sussex.  For this nation, and many schools and universities, there  is a world-wide revolution on STEM, which stands for Science, Technology Engineering and Math, and world-wide we are losing despite great schools like the Sparta and Newtons in our state ...

We Are Worth It!

I am writing to correct the myth about teachers' salaries and benefits.  Too many times I have heard comments like "teachers make a ton of money, and they should have to pay for their healthcare" or "teachers have it made because they get paid a lot to only work ten months out of the year."  These statements, coupled with a general lack of understanding about the ...

NJ Flavor’s Guide to New Jersey State and County Fairs

June 19, 2019

Wake up and smell the funnel cake — New Jersey’s state and county fairs have begun.

The big events, which take place all summer long around the state, began as a way for farmers to teach people about agriculture and show off horses and other animals. These days fair-goers can also enjoy rides, games, music and other types of live shows, contests and, of course, tons of great ...

Video of Newton Fireworks Dedicated to Lexi Faye

June 17, 2019

NEWTON, NJ – This year the Memorial Day fireworks display was dedicated to the memory of Lexi Faye.  The show was expanded to include a section specifically dedicated to Faye, with fireworks that were all white and glitter, for her favorite color.

 Using a drone, Michael Caraballo created a video of the fireworks, with cooperation from the town coordinator Kimberly Williams and ...

Governor Murphy Discusses Gun Violence at Westfield Forum

June 20, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ —Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle opened a press conference on gun violence by speaking about her late father, a soldier killed during the Vietnam War who "defended our right to live and would agree that common sense gun laws keep with the intent of the Second Amendment."

"I’ve heard you talk about your dad before, but never in this ...

Take A Sneak Peek At 2 Fantastic COMING SOON Sparta Homes

Shhhh....these 2 fantastic Sparta homes haven't hit the market yet, but they will soon! Take a sneak peek now before they're snapped up by someone else, and mark your calendar for our OPEN HOUSES at both on Sunday, June 23rd, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

79 Hidden Glen Drive

Seeking a traditionally-elegant home with a private backyard pool retreat in a fantastic neighborhood?  79 ...

6 Tips for Getting Your NJ Home Renovated on Reality TV

Owning a Morris or Sussex County home typically means taking on at least a few home renovation projects.  So, why not appear on one of those cool home renovation reality shows? Not so fast! Before starting down that path, check out the good, bad and ugly of reality TV home renovation.  Still into it? Follow Team Nest Builder's 6 tips to help that ...

Pass It Along Stands Up for a Stand Down for Veterans

SPARTA (NJ) - Pass It Along hosted the Stand Down for Veterans Event this past Saturday, opening the doors of the Sparta Evangelical Free Church, located in Sparta, New Jersey, to local military personnel, as well as their families, to a variety of medical, legal and personal care services within the local community.

Volunteers arrived to the church around 8:30 in the morning, and assisted ...

“Wings over New Jersey” columnist Jack Elliott Memorialized Sunday

My walk to high school in Summit each day took me past a large brick compound called the New England Village Garden Apartments.  The buildings were rectangular and, except for white Colonial door mantels, they were otherwise nondescript.

The village was filled with older people, who wanted to stay in town after unloading their homes. Each day, kids like me would walk by, oblivious to the ...

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders June 12, 2019 Meeting Video

NEWTON, NJ - Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders June 12, 2019 Meeting Video

 

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders June 3, 2019 Meeting Video

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders June 3, 2019 meeting video.

 

Representative Sherrill’s SALT Bill Receives AFT, Realtors Endorsement

June 20, 2019

Washington, DC – On May 10th, Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) introduced the bipartisan SALT Relief and Marriage Penalty Elimination Act (H.R. 2624) to provide tax relief to New Jersey residents, and today she announced endorsements from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Association of Realtors.

 

Eleven million ...

Hats Off for Father’s Day

June 14, 2019

Father’s Day is this weekend and I’m sure children are hitting the stores (or are online) to find the perfect card or gift to show their appreciation for all the father figures in their lives. Celebrated since 1908, Father’s Day became a permanent holiday in 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the law recognizing the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.

The day is ...

Leadership Through Advocacy

When I look at today’s youth, I think often about how we can best prepare them for the future and their future as leaders of our country.  Providing our youth with the life skills they need is imperative to helping to correct society’s most critical problems. One important aspect of that is civic engagement.

Several girls from Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey had the unique ...