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Arts & Entertainment

February 25, 2024

SPARTA, NJ - This upcoming weekend, the Sparta high school auditorium will be filled with magic and adventure as the students of Sparta high school present 'The Wizard of Oz.'  The Wizard of Oz will run from Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3. On Friday and Saturday the play will start at ...

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NEWTON, NJ – With a red carpet and paparazzi, the locally filmed “Emerald Ties” had it’s premier at the Sussex County Community College Performing Arts Center. Officials from Newton, Sparta and the college were joined by the actors, crew and their families.  While the title may evoke thoughts of ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The middle school was the place to be on Saturday.  Families turned out to the Sparta Recreation Department’s Winter Carnival to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment and activities.  There was a magic show, performances by Dance Artistry, Elisa Girlando and Sparta Martial Arts ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The recreation department is inviting the community to the 2024 winter carnival Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Sparta Middle School. Families will be able to enjoy a magic show, Dance Artistry and Elisa Girlando performers and Sparta Martial Arts and ice carving demonstrations. There ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The “chop” continues on Sparta Mountain.  The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has announced 25 acres including about a quarter mile of trail on the “eastern side of Sparta Mountain MWA” will be closed to the public beginning February 1 continuing until March ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Their story began in Sparta.  The intervening chapters of that story have brought them to a ceremony at Cathedral Basilica in Saint Augustine, Florida, to Tennessee and beyond. Fellow freshmen at Pope John XXIII High School in the Class of 2014, Christiane Lowcher and Frank Cutrone ...

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SPARTA, NJ -  The Sparta Police Department  headquarters has been transformed to celebrate the holiday season for their first interdepartmental Christmas Decoration contest.  While the competition may have been “friendly” the departments put a lot of effort into wooing and wowing the ...

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AUGUSTA, NJ – One of the popular stops at the German Christmas market last weekend was the G-Scale model railroad display that “eclipse[d] last December's eye-opener,” located inside the Sussex County fairground’s conservatory building.  James Hofmann, affiliate member of the organization and ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Recreation Department has announced the entries for the 2023 Holiday Home Decorating Contest.  Residents have submitted photos of their homes for consideration. The community is asked to vote on their favorite by “liking” the photos.  The home with the most “likes” will win ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Publishing a children’s book is only the latest in a lifetime of impressive accomplishments for a Sparta mother.  It is not a surprise that Sabina Liss would  write “Sienna's First Day at Pre-K: A Caring Big Brother is Helpful,” once you get to know a little about her. “Never in my ...

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SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ - Enjoy an evening of songs, a one act, a staged reading, scenes and monologues from Sussex County Community College’s Theater program and Campus Life's Performing Arts Guild. The Theater Arts Student Showcase is free and open to the public and will be held on Tuesday, December ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Rain did not keep Santa away from the Sparta tree lighting.  It took the work of many elves from the parks and recreation department together with Sparta High School Key Club members, Sparta Recreation Advisory Committee, Sparta Library, the Sparta Fire Department, Police Department ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The stage at Sparta High School came alive with the drama club students’ presentation of Ken Ludwig’s “Midsummer/Jersey, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The comedy was a mix of the Bard’s romp and MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” Sparta’s presentation was directed ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Christmas celebrations continue at Sparta VFW.  The Christmas tree sale has ended as they sold their last tree on Sunday.  The funds raised through the Christmas tree sales go to their Ralph Rojas Scholarship fund. On Sunday, December 17 the community is invited to visit Santa and ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The Toys for Tots Operation Toy Train will be pulling into the Sparta Train Station bringing Santa for their annual event on December 9. The event, which will take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. will be at Sparta Train Station, located at 30 Station Road in Sparta. To visit with Santa ...

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 WANTAGE, NJ – Thirteen music students represented Sparta High School at the 23rd annual All Sussex County Honors Band and Choir concert. On November 16 the vocal and instrumental students performed with their peers from around the county at High Point Regional High School.  Chorus teacher Laura ...

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SPARTA, NJ – As Sparta ushers in the Christmas season with the annual tree lighting, Main Street will be closed in both directions in front of the municipal building and VFW beginning at approximately 6p.m. according to township officials. The free event will take place rain or shine. Event ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School photography student Nathaniel Burke won the student division of the NJ Monthly annual photo competition.  In addition to having a “spread” in the next edition of the magazine, the senior won a $1200 camera, according to photography teacher Christy Graham. “We are ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Though folks have been enjoying a good meal in an well-appointed space for more than a year, Industry Kitchen + Bar had an official opening with a ribbon cutting and special guests on Friday. While the doors have been open wiht people enjoying the dining room and bar for months, the ...

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NEW YORK, NY -  If viewing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is part of your tradition, be sure to watch carefully as five Spartans will be performing. This year Sparta will be represented in the 97th annual parade by Sparta High School junior Leah Andrini dancing with the Spirit of America ...

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HIGH POINT, NJ  - The All-Sussex County High School Band and Chorus will present its 48th annual concert on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 pm at High Point Regional High School.  This is a cooperative effort of the high school music teachers from Sparta, High Point, Kittantinny, Wallkill Valley, Lenape ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The Newton High School Fall production for 2023 is “Puffs.” The Newton actors will perform the Off-Broadway clever and inventive parody of Harry Potter.  The whole title says it all: "Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic." It is about the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – “If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right.”  Cliché but in every cliché there is truth.  Steve and Rachel Scro ascribe to that saying and it is evident in their dedication to their restaurants.  Industry has gone through a couple of iterations, quietly changing the menu, ...

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This is PART 2 with additional photos from the Friday night event.  Click here if you missed PART I  SPARTA, NJ – With a full moon lighting up the sky over Station Park approximately 600 trunk or treaters enjoyed the comfortable temperatures to collect Halloween candy and enjoy the creativity of ...

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SPARTA, NJ – With a full moon lighting up the sky over Station Park approximately 600 trunk or treaters enjoyed the comfortable temperatures to collect Halloween candy and enjoy the creativity of local trunk decorators. Three trunks were selected as prize winners from among the 40 cars that ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School student Romina Perri performed at the National Anthem at the Columbus Day Parade. “I am very proud and excited to sing at the Red Carpet 5th Avenue, in New York City, at the main stage at the Columbus Day Parade,” Perri said. Her performance was broadcast live ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The photography students in Christy Graham’s class had the opportunity to hold a photo shoot with an interesting model.  It was a 1913 Model T. “The Sparta Historical Society was awesome and volunteered their time to come in and let my photo students photograph their Model T car,” ...

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NEWTON, NJ—A group of artists called the North Jersey Arts Collective have planned an art show to highlight the work of several Sussex County artists. The “collective” was founded by Brendan Carroll, Tommy Carroll and Megan Ferguson at O’Reilly’s bar in Newton, in August of this year. All three ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Marching Spartans recognized their senior band members in a ceremony before the football game on Friday. Nine members were met center field by their family members. Ian Bellush was escorted by his mother Lorraine, father Michael, sister Natalie. Bellush has been a member of the ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Recreation department is looking for volunteers to participate with decorated trunks to hand out candy at the annual Trunk or Treat on October 27.  “Hosting a trunk is a great way to give back to our community and have a spooky fun time,” the event organizer ...

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