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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!!

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Sparta Police: Light Out Leads to Charges

September 15, 2020

SPARTA, NJ – A Staten Island man was stopped for a broken headlight on September 8 around 10:30 p.m.  Officer Jonathan Poon pulled over Jonathan O’Brien, 21 in a black Jeep, police said.

When Poon spoke with O’Brien, the officer smelled

Get your local news delivered to your inbox for FREE each day. O’Brien admitted smoking pot in Pennsylvania, ...

Sparta Police: Traffic Stop on the Way to Camping Ends with Pot Charges

SPARTA, NJ – A New York man was pulled over on Route 15 north for tailgating. On September 4 around 7:15 p.m.  Officer Erick Finley stopped a red Honda Civic driven by Hakeem Bokhari, police said.

When Finley spoke with Bokhari the officer smelled marijuana in the car.  Bokhari admitted his passenger Naeem Semerkant, 22 also of New York, had marijuana, police said.

Semerkant ...

Councilman Writing to 'Clear a Few Things Up'

September 16, 2020

I felt a need to write this editorial to hopefully clear a few things up. My name is Dave Smith and I am a councilman of two years in Sparta and an emergency services volunteer for over 40 years in the Township. It is being alluded to that our council is not transparent. I am not sure I understand because our meetings are always advertised and the minutes always available. We even went to hybrid ...

Integrity, Transparency, and Innovation - Dr. Richard Snellings For Sparta Board of Education

September 18, 2020

I am committed to the Sparta community.  I am committed to serving Sparta schools.  My wife and I have 4 children in Sparta schools.  My running mates have an additional 7.  Between us we have 11 children currently in Sparta schools plus 2 recent graduates.  

Do you want your Board of Education members to have children in our schools?  Or, are you ok with BOE ...

Get to Know the Sparta BoE Team for Integrity, Transparency, & Innovation

Earlier this summer, four community-minded individuals announced they are running for four open seats on the Sparta Board of Education (BoE). Mike McGovern, Dr. Robert Zywicki, and Dr. Richard Snellings are seeking election to three-year seats, and Dr. Vanessa Serrano is seeking election to a one-year seat.  They are accomplished professionals, loving parents, and committed community ...

Introducing Sparta Board of Education Candidate Mike McGovern

I’m Mike McGovern, and I’m seeking a three-year term on the Sparta Board of Education.  I’ve been a proud Sparta resident for the past ten years.  My wife, Patti, teaches Second Grade at Alpine Elementary; two of our children are Sparta High School graduates, and our oldest is a Senior at SHS this year.  I’m connected to this community and, like every Sparta ...

Introducing Sparta Board of Education Candidate Dr. Richard Snellings

I am invested in Sparta and want what is best for our community and schools.  I am ready and willing to advance our school system to be the best it can be not just for my four children but for all the students in the Sparta Township Public Schools.  A strong public education is the key to a successful future and every child deserves one. 

Elevating the quality of education for ...

Introducing Sparta Board of Education Candidate Vanessa Serrano

My name is Vanessa Serrano, Ed. D. I am running for a one-year term for the Sparta Board of Education. I have been a resident of Sparta since 2011. I am married and have two children, Michael (7) and Ciara (5). 

I am running for the Sparta Board of Education because although our school system is exceptional, we can always improve. Having children in the school system and attending board ...

Candidate Statement from Christa Sorensen for Sparta Board of Education

My name is Christa Sorensen and I am running for the Sparta Township School Board of Education.  I have been a resident of Sparta since 2006, and I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you over the last 14 years.  I have three children, a Junior and two Kindergarteners. I received my degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Iona College which led me to a career in ...

IRS releases state-by-state breakdown of nearly 9 million non-filers who will be mailed letters about Economic Impact Payments

September 18, 2020

WASHINGTON –The Internal Revenue Service today released a state-by-state breakdown of the roughly nine million people receiving a special mailing this month encouraging them to see if they’re eligible to claim an Economic Impact Payment.

The IRS will mail the letters to people who typically aren’t required to file federal income tax returns but may qualify for an Economic ...

IRS reminds taxpayers who filed an extension that the Oct. 15 due date approaches - File and pay electronically, request direct deposit for refunds

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers who filed an extension that the Oct. 15 due date to file 2019 tax returns is approaching. Taxpayers should complete their tax returns and file on or before the Oct. 15 deadline.

Convenient electronic filing options, including IRS Free File, are still available. Taxpayers and tax professionals should continue to use ...

High Holidays at B'nai Shalom of Sussex County

Please join B’nai Shalom of Sussex County for a vibrant and meaningful Jewish High Holiday experience. The synagogue is excited to announce that they will be livestreaming services this year for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

With an over 100-year-old history here in Sussex County, New Jersey, the Temple is the oldest Jewish institution in the county and remains a very active and ...

IRS highlights higher penalties for some tax returns filed after Sept. 14

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service urges individuals who owe taxes but have not yet filed for 2019 to act now to avoid larger penalties that, by law, start after Sept. 14.

The tax deadline was July 15 this year. Taxpayers who submitted an extension have until Oct. 15 to file and do not face the failure to file penalty if they file their taxes by that deadline. But taxpayers need ...


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Sussex County Board of Election Administrator Announces Retirement After Box of Ballots Found Uncounted

September 18, 2020

NEWTON, NJ – The Sussex County Board of Elections has announced the retirement of Administrator Margaret McCabe as of October 1. The announcement comes in the wake of the discovery of a box of 1666 uncounted primary election ballots late last week.

The board of elections has “not yet made a decision about filling the position,” according to Republican Commissioner Member ...

Sussex County Voting in a Coronavirus World: Found Ballots, Drop Boxes, Mail In and Provisional Ballots

NEWTON, NJ – Even the most seasoned voter may have questions about voting in the general election in November.  New procedures put in place by Governor Murphy in response to the COVID-19 health crisis are different from anyone has ever experienced.

The “all vote by mail” primary in July was a dress rehearsal for the main event in November, uncovering some issues ...

Sparta West Mountain Community Garage Sale 9/19 From 9-4pm RAIN OR SHINE

The 2020 Sparta West Mountain Community Garage Sale is here! Come visit 15 homes in the Sparta West Mountain Area from 9-4pm on Saturday, September 19th! This event will be held RAIN OR SHINE! Our map will be posted on the morning of the sale. There will surely be something for everyone! COME SHOP! Any questions? Contact Team Leader Lynn Garafola at 973-222-3777!

Chilling Video Shows Four Gunmen Unleashing Hail of Bullets in New Brunswick

September 15, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A chilling video shows four men emerging from a car with guns drawn and unleashing a hail of bullets that left two dead and six injured early Sunday morning.

In the video provided to TAPinto New Brunswick, the shooters can be seen emerging from the four-door sedan with hoods pulled down in front of their faces. They open fire in the direction of 32 Delafield Street, ...

How Sweet! Check Out These NJ Honey Farms During National Honey Month

September 17, 2020

NEW JERSEY — September is widely recognized as National Honey Month. This month typically marks the end of the honey collection season for beekeepers across the US.

You don’t have to be arms deep in a beehive to appreciate the thick, golden stuff that makes everything sweeter. The Garden State has a number of bee and honey farms that produce high-quality, local raw ...