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Sparta Chess Club Celebrates 20 Years of Competition

September 17, 2021

SPARTA, NJ – This is the 20th anniversary of the Sparta Chess Club under the coaching of Thomas Murray. 

“The team is scheduled to play in many state and national events, including Baltimore, Memphis, Dallas and Orlando,” Murray said.

The season begins closer to home with a celebration of National Chess Day on the Lake Mohawk Country Club boardwalk.  Sparta team ...

Sussex County Tour de Farm 2021 Visited Nine Farms

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Bicycle riders toured nine farms on the 2021 Tour de Farm Sussex County event on September 4.  Riders had the opportunity to meet the farmers and sample their food.  Fossil Farms provided “a world-class, incredibly prepared” breakfast to kick off the day, tour organizer Mitch Morrison said.

At the end of the tour riders returned to Lusscroft Farm ...

Newton Residents Get Discount Miners Baseball Tickets This Thursday

AUGUSTA, NJ – The Sussex County Miners are inviting residents to Sussex County Appreciation Night on Thursday, August 26.  Residents of Newton will get a discount when purchasing tickets online or at the box office using the discount code NEWTON.

The Miners will be playing New Jersey Jackals with a 7 p.m. start.

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TSA PreCheck Application Center Available in Sparta

SPARTA, NJ – Area residents have an easy path to getting TSA PreCheck approval. IdentoGO, located on Main Street in Sparta can process the application in a matter of minutes.  The process begins with scheduling an appointment on their website. 

Once in the office, fingerprints will be scanned, identification reviewed and the application paid for and submitted all in one ...

Sparta Teen Wins 2021 Sussex County Fair Talent Contest

AUGUSTA, NJ – A Sparta girl took home the top prize in the Sussex County Fair talent competition for her division. Natalie Torres is 14-years-old, preparing to be a freshman at Sparta High School. She competed against other talented Sussex County 12 to 17-year-olds in the junior division, taking first place.

Torres’ winning performance was “I Who Have ...

Town of Newton Offers Free Fireworks After Saturday's Concert in the Park

NEWTON, NJ -  The free Concert Under the Stars will be followed by fireworks this Saturday only.  On August 14 Newton’s Memory Park will host Luke and the Troublemakers from 7 to 9 p.m. followed by the fireworks.

The show will go on rain or shine. 

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Sparta Arts Free Concert Series Continues Friday with John Byrne Band

SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Arts free summer concert series continues with John Byrne Band.  The concert at Dykstra Park will go from 7 to 10 p.m. Concertgoers should bring chairs and blankets but leave pets at home.

Should weather conditions require a move to Mohawk Avenue School the decision will be made by 2 p.m. on Friday.

Three concerts remain in the summer lineup:

August 20 ...


Last Call for Tickets to A Taste of Newton

September 7, 2021

Last Chance to Taste the Best of Sussex County!

A Taste of Newton is on Monday


SEPTEMBER 7, 2021 – NEWTON, NJ —It’s your last chance to purchase tickets for A Taste of Newton! The outdoor event will be held Monday, September 13th (with a rain date of September 20th) just off Trinity Street in downtown Newton. This is your opportunity to dine at numerous Sussex ...


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Sparta Police: DWI for Sparta Man with Three Kids in the Car

September 15, 2021

SPARTA, NJ – An anonymous call to the Sparta Police Department led to the arrest of a Sparta man in Station Park. On September 11 around 9 p.m. Officer Jon Poon responded to the report and found Peter Chlodnicki, 55 sitting in a car, police said.

Three children were also in the car.  Poon made arrangements for them to be driven home, police said.

After speaking with Chlodnicki, ...

Sparta Police: Car in Rainbow Park Gets Driver DWI

SPARTA, NJ- A Sparta man was charged with drunk driving after police found a car near the basketball court in the middle of Rainbow Park, a "pocket park" in Lake Mohawk. On August 25, around 9:30 Officer Mike Poon found William Greenlaw, 62 in a silver Toyota Prius, police said.

When Poon asked Greenlaw why his car was in the park.  The driver did not have an answer, police ...

Is the Number of Homes for Sale Finally Growing?


Is the Number of Homes for Sale Finally Growing?

An important metric in today’s residential real estate market is the number of homes available for sale. The shortage of available housing inventory is the major reason for the double-digit price appreciation we’ve seen in each of the last two years. It’s the reason many would-be purchasers are frustrated ...

How to Remove Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

What are Spotted Lanternflies?

Spotted Lanternflies were first spotted in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania. Since 2014, they have spread to more than seven states, including New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Spotted Lanternflies are an invasive species having the potential to cause devastating damage to vegetation and agricultural businesses.

Sussex County Cancels 2021 Harvest, Honey and Garlic Festival

September 16, 2021

The 2021 Harvest, Honey & Garlic Festival, which was planned at the Sussex County  Fairgrounds for Oct. 9, has been canceled due to increasing COVID-19 infections  countywide. 

The no-cost, annual, family-friendly happening celebrates agritourism, ecotourism  and arts and heritage tourism within Sussex County. At past festivals, in addition to an  array of garlic ...

Celebrated Chefs Support Project Self-Sufficiency at Fundraiser

Northwestern New Jersey’s premier culinary fundraising event, A Taste of Talent, will be held at the North Shore House on behalf of local non-profit agency Project Self-Sufficiency on Monday, September 27th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Patrons are invited to mingle with chefs from approximately 30 celebrated area restaurants while feasting on appetizers, entrees, and desserts.  The ...

Disputes Michael Schnackenberg's Letter about Overdose Awareness Vigil

September 15, 2021

The Many Lies of Michael Schnackenberg 

Something is rotten in the State of Sussex - enter left-wing radical blogger Michael Schnackenberg. This time he is using addiction as a political hit piece. He continues to perpetuate false narratives and blatant lies against elected County Commissioners and state legislators. This is the same individual who openly calls for killing of elected ...

'A Day Like Any Other' - 20th Year Remembrance Ceremony Held at Sussex County Community College

September 16, 2021

NEWTON, NJ—Saturday, September 11, 2021, started out just like any other day. The sun was shining and the sky was blue.

On this day, 20 years ago, people left their homes and families and headed to work and school for the day. However, this day, that started out just like any other day, turned into a day the world would never forget.

The 20th anniversary of the September 11 ...

It’s Apple Picking Season in NJ! How to Pick the Best Apples

September 11, 2021

NEW JERSEY — September is here, which means it’s apple picking season in the Garden State.

If you’re visiting one of New Jersey’s many pick-your-own farms for apples this season, use these tips to come home with the very best fruit:

First, get to know the varieties you’re picking. The color of a ripe apple will depend on that variety, so find out from the farm ...

Movement, Meditation, and Nature: 5 Tips to Alleviate Stress

Stress has a negative impact on our mental and physical health. It can cause various physical ailments like headaches, stomachaches, tight muscles, fatigue, and even high blood pressure. Mentally, stress can make it difficult to concentrate or create memory problems.

But in our busy society run by the pressure of work, family, and the need to do more, how do we alleviate stress?

There are ...

Easy, Crowd-Pleasing, and Seasonal: 5 Side Dish Recipes for Fall

September brings with it a host of fresh produce: grapes, apples, leeks, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, and so much more! There are tons of delicious, in-season fruits and veggies ripe for whipping up mouth-watering side dishes. If you’re wondering how you’ll incorporate seasonal produce into your fall meals, here are a few of the best recipes for your ...

7 Tips for Creating a Lasting Fitness Plan

Now that the bulk of the pandemic is behind us, many are looking for ways to get back in their old fitness routine or start a new one. Whether you’re back at the gym or in your home fitness center, here are seven tips for creating a new routine you’ll actually stick to!

Start Slow

When starting a fitness routine, many people make the mistake of taking on more than they are ...