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TEAM NEST BUILDER Sparta Mountain Community Garage sale is coming soon! Make sure to register before the RSVP date of 7/24!!

For over a decade we’ve helped hundreds of our Sparta neighbors not only clean out their garages, basements and attics, and make money doing it by participating in one of our Team Nest Builder Community Garage Sales.

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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 Sorensen & McGovern for Sparta BOE for Fresh Perspective and Valuable Experience

October 26, 2020

Who you vote for entirely depends on what you are looking for in a School Board member. For me, I value people that think for themselves and are not afraid to share their opinions. At this point, I think the Board really needs a healthy dose of new AND old perspectives. The role of the Board is to support the recommendations of the Superintendent and his administrative team, as a group, but it is ...

On November 3rd, support the team dedicated to Integrity, Transparency & Innovation

October 27, 2020

Sparta’s two elected bodies, Town Council and Board of Education, are intentionally non-partisan.  As residents and voters, we get a reprieve from the noise of politics when choosing fellow Spartans to guide our most important local institutions:  our schools, police, public works, parks and recreations, and other essential services.  We must be doing something right, because ...

School Rankings and the Home Sales

A few years ago, I made a career change into the world of real estate.  I’ve seen firsthand how school district rankings affect home values in New Jersey.  When I am working with new buyers who are just discovering our area for the first time, many who are coming from areas closer to the city, one of the very first questions they ask me is “How is the school ...

Get to Know Sparta Township Council Candidate Bill Greenlaw

The final day of voting is close. As a service to those looking for information on the candidates, here is a shortened version of my bio. I look forward to representing each Sparta citizen while serving on the Council!

I believe that “the most important job in a democracy is that of a citizen” and continuously works to improve the ability of citizens to do their job ...

Get to Know Sparta Township Council Candidate Dean Blumetti

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 ...

Sparta Church Reunited with Pastor

October 27, 2020

At Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, the word on the street is “Pastor Jack is back!”.  The congregation recently reunited with the Rev. Dr. Jack DiMatteo, who once served as the pastoral assistant there eighteen years ago but left to pursue another ministry in 2002.  

Now, Pastor Jack has accepted a full-time call to be the senior pastor at Shepherd of the ...

Income ranges for determining IRA eligibility change for 2021

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced cost‑of‑living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2021 in Notice 2020-79, posted today on

Highlights of changes for 2021

The income ranges for determining eligibility to make deductible contributions to traditional Individual Retirement Arrangements ...

North Star Theater Company to Hold Christmas Caroling Auditions For Sussex County Teens

Are you a teenager in 8th grade to 12 grade looking to spread good cheer to the Sussex County Community?  Are you needing to complete service hours and want to help bring smiles to the faces of first responders and senior citizens? Come out for the North Star Theater Company’s (NSTC) Christmas Caroling auditions on Monday, November 2, at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Church (OLL), 294 ...

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

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, ...


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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 ...

Two Important Impacts of Home Equity


Equity continues to rise, helping American homeowners secure a much more stable financial future. According to the most recent data from CoreLogic, the average homeowner gained $9,800 in equity over the past year. In addition, experts project 2020 home prices to continue rising. With prices going up, equity gains will also keep accelerating. Black Knight ...

Hanging on by a Thread, Some NJ Restaurateurs Fear the Worst This Winter

October 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY — During the typical holiday season, hundreds of thousands of dollars flow through the Rail Yard Tavern in Fairlawn.

From Thanksgiving to New Years, hundreds bustle in and out of the restaurant every weekend. By this time, its 186 seats are reserved months in advance for Christmas parties, one of the most lucrative times of the year. 

But not this year.

“We ...