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Arts & Entertainment

January 24, 2023

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Library has a new program to encourage an early love of reading for preschool children.  Called “1000 Books Before Kindergarten,” the initiative offers a new way to regularly incorporate reading time into each family’s homes. Families can join through the library’s ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Ogre may not want you in his swamp but the rest of the fairytale characters are looking forward to seeing you. The Sparta Middle School theater students will be performing Shrek Jr this weekend on the Sparta High School stage. The students are enjoying the process of getting ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Christmas trees will be picked up by the department of public works through January 16.  Trees must be put at the curb and not have any stands, tinsel, lights or ornaments. The trees cannot be in a bag. No additional branches or tree parts will be collected.

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SPARTA, NJ -This year’s annual holiday home decorating contest had 12 participants.  The first place winner is 25 Brandy Ridge Road with 211 Second place went to 60 Stanhope Road with 190 likes. The Sparta Recreation Department sponsors the friendly competition by posting the participants’ ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Santa arrived by firetruck on Friday night, to help light the Sparta Christmas tree.  Many children were on hand to greet him and take a turn sitting on his lap for a photo. While they were waiting for the tree to be lit, everyone was kept busy making reindeer food and writing letters ...

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SPARTA, NJ - This year Sparta Public Library has turned to more innovative measures to keep up engagement with their younger patrons. Enter Launchpads, tablets preloaded with educational games and videos. With no downloads or WiFi needed for use, the new additions add a sophisticated touch to the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Looking for something to do after Thanksgiving. How about a movie.  Sparta movie theater will open its door on Friday, showing three movies: Black Panther Wakanda Forever   Disney's Strange World and Ticket to Paradise with Julia Roberts and George Clooney. Owner James ...

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NEWTON, NJ – Santa and Mrs. Clause will be at the Saint Joseph Community Center on Saturday, December 3 from 2 until 4:30 p.m. helping the Don Bosco Columbiettes and other local charities.  Everyone is invited to don their favorite Christmas sweater, bring their family and their pets to take their ...

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NEWTON, NJ – The annual Holiday Parade will be marching up Spring Street on Saturday, November 26 beginning at 10 a.m.  The Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce is the parade sponsor and promise dancing, singing, floats, animals and a visit from the “Big Guy” with some help from the Newton Fire ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The students in Christy Graham’s photography class had an extra treat this Halloween when Kerry Tobin vistied. The make-up artists, better known to youngsters as Pixie Pop the Clown expanded the holiday fun to explore photography lighting techniques. “Each class got the opportunity ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Station Park was bustling on Friday night with trick or treaters of all ages. The Sparta Recreation Department’s Trunk or Treat included 45 decorated “trunks.” Field #1 was transformed into a mini pumpkin patch with a table for pumpkin decorating.  After visiting the activities the ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ – Last weekend the Marching Spartans took their show on the road to West Essex High School’s Tournament of Bands Region 10 Championship where they won Group 2A for the second year in a row. “This is a wonderful accomplishment for the whole Marching Spartan community,” Band ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Lanes was overrun with witches, ghouls, princesses and all manner of costumed children on Friday afternoon for Harte Orthodontics’’ annual Halloween party.  They had approximately 300 attendees enjoying bowling, face painting, pizza, cotton candy and dunkin donuts.  “We have ...

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BUTLER, NJ -  The Marching Spartans are in the top spot in their group in the Tournament of Bands.  After taking their 2022 show “Fosse” on the road last Sunday, the band finished in first place in Group 2A with a score of 91.140, according to Andrew Lopez, Sparta High School instrumental ...

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SPARTA, NJ- As part of Fire Prevention Week Sparta Township Fire Department is holding an open house on Sunday.  Residents are welcome to join them at headquarters at 141 Woodport Road from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The fire department has several activities planned: Fire house tours Fire ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The field next to the Sparta Middle School because a parking lot for the Sparta Historical Society’s seventh annual classic car show.  “It is a nice setting with the view of the trees,” Organizer and President of the Corvair Racing Club Brian O'Neill said.  “We are not sitting on a ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Chess Club is inviting the community to join them in celebrating National Chess Day on the Lake Mohawk Country Club boardwalk on October 8.  As they have done for the past few years the club will be hosting games for all levels on regular chess boards and the oversized chess ...

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SPARTA, NJ – This year’s  Sparta Historical Society car show will have a unique focus.  While they will have plenty of vintage, classic and “special interest vehicles” filling the field next to Sparta Middle School, attendees will be treated to a showing of Corvairs - misunderstood and often ...

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NEWTON, NJ - The Taste of Newton event scheduled for Monday night has been postponed until September 19 due to forecasted inclement weather. Tickets will be honored on the new night.

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Keller Williams Integrity is inviting the community to help celebrate their Grand Opening at Sparta Theater Center with a Taste of Sparta on Wednesday, September 14 from 5 until 8 p.m. Area restaurants will be sharing tastings from their menu items at this free event. South Sparta ...

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SPARTA, NJ - As the season draws to a close, so does Sparta Public Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Program. More than 2,200 participants enjoyed 78 creative programs put together by  the staff at Sparta Library. As if that wasn’t enough, according to Youth Services Librarian Morgan Gwinnett, 324 ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Arts Summer Concert series continues with  AJ Smith on Friday evening. The free concert will be held at Dykstra Park from 7 to 10 p.m. Rain location is the Mohawk Avenue School auditorium, announcements will be made by 2 p.m. on Friday if the location has changed. Check ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The second day of the Junior Police Academy held at the Sparta Middle School was packed with activity for the participants.  The New Jersey State Police TEAMs unit visited to talk with the junior cadets about the 10 member squads.  The three TEAMs units are available to handle ...

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SPARTA, NJ – It’s almost that time of year again. Tickets are available for the sixth annual Sparta VFW Clambake scheduled for September 10 from 2 until 6 p.m. The post at 66 Main Street will be packed for the popular event as people enjoy good food and good company in support of a good ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Arts Summer Concert series continues with Kelley Swindall  on Friday evening. The free concert will be held at Dykstra Park from 7 to 10 p.m. Rain location is the Mohawk Avenue School auditorium, announcements will be made by 2 p.m. on Friday if the location has ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Day one of Sparta’s Junior Police Department was busy for the 50 participants. After getting their shirts, hats, bags and water bottles, the participants got the first of several interesting visitors. The New Jersey State Police Bomb Squad robot was rolled out to give the ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The annual Taste of Newton event is on again for this year, with tickets on sale now. The event will be held on Monday, September 12 beginning at 5:30. The rain date for this event will be the following Monday, September 19 Since last years’ event was so well attended, this years’ ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Arts Summer Concert series continues with Bobby Harden on Friday evening. The free concert will be held at Dykstra Park from 7 to 10 p.m. Rain location is the Mohawk Avenue School auditorium, announcements will be made by 2 p.m. on Friday if the location has changed. Next ...

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SPARTA, NJ - The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) has been a popular program for Sparta families for years. This summer some small but important changes were introduced to make the program accessible to a wider audience. Participants of the program can now be divided into three groups: ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Though town council meetings are still dominated by civic disagreement about plans for the Diamond Chip warehouse, the proclamations that kicked off last Tuesday’s meeting highlighted points of pride and unity for the town. In recognition of Parks and Recreation month, Sparta’s Parks ...

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