Business & Finance

November 13, 2019

SPARTA, NJ – The skirmish that has come to be known as the Lake Mohawk Country Club parking lot issue has come to a conclusion.  The township council voted unanimously to approve the ordinance introduced at the last meeting. The vote was not without comment.  While many of the White Deer Plaza ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The township council approve the first reading of an ordinance giving preference to United States Military veterans and surviving spouses for affordable housing within Sparta.  The ordinance was approved by a vote of 4-0 with Jerry Murphy, a veteran, abstaining. According to ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Starbucks is open in Sparta North Village.  The ribbon has been cut and people have been enjoying their favorite coffee whether from the drive thru or in the comfortable new shop where they can hang out with friends or jump on the wifi and get some work done. “I can finally tell ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The United States Census wants you.  The township council had a presentation by resident and U.S. Census partner Marvin Joss at their last public meeting part of which was to share information about getting residents to participate in the census and available jobs.  They are looking ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Council approved changes to the “signs” ordinance at their last meeting.  With no discussion from the public or council members ordinance 19-15 was unanimously approved, eliminating a number of previously prohibited options for businesses. Mayor Molly Whilesmith ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Electric car charging stations will be available next month.  According to Sparta Township Manager Bill Close on or about November 18 Sparta will be the first town in Sussex County to offer public charging stations. Two dual port chargers are to be installed in the parking lots at ...

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SPARTA, NJ- It was part parade, part carnival on Wednesday morning in North Village for the grand opening of the new Shoprite.  On Wednesday morning shoppers gathering more than an hour before the doors opened.  The Sparta High School Marching Spartans band and color guard performed several ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Area dogs now have a place to get groomed.  Muddy Pawz opened their doors on Sunday, with many new four legged friends coming in to see what was available and get their nails clipped. Mayor Molly Whilesmith came by to help with the ribbon cutting ceremony and congratulation the new ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Lake Mohawk Country Club officials announced the parking lot will remain open, after the township council meeting on Tuesday at which an ordinance was introduced to allow for paid parking. In front of a packed chamber, all five councilmembers voted to in favor of the first ...

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NEWTON, NJ – A new business has opened the doors on Spring Street.  Five businesses actually.  And some are not new.  The J. Caldwell building has been renovated and reopened as the home for five businesses. The visionary behind the project Jessica Caldwell also serves as the Town Planner for ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Council and Lake Mohawk Country Club have come to a preliminary agreement, according to Mayor Molly Whilesmith and Lake Mohawk Country Club President Bill Greenlaw. Council members will cast their votes for the first reading of the proposed ordinance at the next ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The parking lot was on everyone’s mind as they packed into the Sparta Township Council meeting on Tuesday, to be part of the discussion about the ongoing Lake Mohawk parking lot issue. Before they left they had heard the mayor, Molly Whilesmith and council members direct township ...

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SPARTA, NJ – According to township officials, East Mountain Road will be closed Wednesday, October 9 beginning at 7 a.m. for paving.  Officials ask that anyone with questions call the Department of Public Works at 973-729-6178.

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SPARTA, NJ – The issues surrounding the Lake Mohawk Country Club parking lot are not new. The planning board vote that denied the request for paid parking happened in March of 2017.  The LMCC took Sparta Planning Board to court over the issue and lost, in a ruling in February 2019.  They then filed ...

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SPARTA, NJ – For years there have been rumors about the property at 5 West Shore Trail formerly called Carl’s Auto Body owned by Rachael and Steve Scro.  The most recent development in the Lake Mohawk Country Club parking lot issue has brought that property back into the spotlight. TAPinto ...

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SPARTA, NJ –Sparta Township has put together a temporary solution to the anticipated parking crunch in White Deer Plaza because of Lake Mohawk Country Club’s decision to close their parking lot to non-members on October 23.  The former Carl’s Auto Body Shop at 5 West Shore Trail will provide ...

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SPARTA, NJ- With the township and the country club fighting in court and in the press, the people getting hurt are the businesses in White Deer Plaza.  That is how they see it. Owners and representatives from St. Moritz, Onore, Garlic and Oil and Ava and Jack Children’s Boutique, ...

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SPARTA,  NJ - After years of discussion, negotiation and litigation, the Lake Mohawk Country Club parking lot will only be open to members.  Beginning on October 23, non-authorized vehicles will be prohibited from parking in the lot across the street from the clubhouse, according to an announcement ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Sparta Township is saying farewell to Jan Op’t Hof after 32 years of service to Sparta Township.  Since 1990 Op’t Hof has been the Construction Official for Sparta. “Jan is truly one of the cogs in the wheel that gets things done,” Sparta Township Manager Bill Close said. “It is not ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The hearing about renewing Service Electric’s cable television franchise drew a large crowd on Tuesday night.  The council chambers was standing room only as residents verbalized their frustration with the utility. Seemingly a formality, as there is no other option in the region, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – With a backhoe as a backdrop, more than 20 officials and friends from around the county gathered for an unusual ground breaking ceremony.  But that suits Steve and Rachael Scro just fine.  Instead of shiny shovels, the invited VIPs had pitchforks and even a pumpkin harvesting tool; a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — TAPinto Westfield is a finalist in three categories for the Local Independent Online News Publisher’s inaugural awards, including for medium sized Publisher of the Year. The hyperlocal news website is among 45 publishers across the nation named as finalists by LION Publishers, a ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Clear out those old papers.  Sparta Township is offering free, secure paper shredding on Saturday, September 28.  Residents are welcome to shred a limit of five boxes per car with no limit on the number of visits.  According to the announcement boxes are approximately ...

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SPARTA, NJ -  Does  your dog have muddy paws?  Soon there will be a new in Sparta place to bring your pup to get cleaned up.  Muddy Pawz is getting ready to open in the building next to Talbots. Owners Sam Paul and her mom Karen cannot wait to greet their first furry clients. For Sam Paul the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Seneca Lake community had a small victory at the Byram Planning Board meeting in their fight to halt Tomahawk Lake from expanding.  Fred Welles, the secretary of Seneca Lake club said the planning board voted to require part of the Tomahawk Lake expansion project receive a D ...

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NEW JERSEY - The three day Labor Day weekend typically marks the unofficial end of summer as most teachers and students head back to school on the days following the federal holiday. Labor Day dates all the way back to the late 1800s. The concept to recognize the contribution of America's workers ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Dairy will be returning to Sparta.  The building with the familiar red roof will once again be a place of happiness that comes with ice cream. New owners Sarah and Anthony Ziccardi already own a business in town, Anthony Ziccardi Studios.  They have memories of going to ...

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SPARTA, NJ - During the summer of 2015, on a sunny Saturday morning, my wife Danielle and I visited the Sparta Farmers Market. As we walked along observing all the artisans and farmers selling their goods, it reminded me of the days working with my dad at his busy Greek specialty store in Fairview, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – It has been a difficult couple of weeks for a former Panera Bread employee.  Jenni Barkhorn, 28 was employed by Panera Bread for a little more than four years.  She was initially hired in June of 2015 to wipe down tables and chair, use the carpet sweeper and sometime clean the entry ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township continues to have a AA+ bond rating, according to the audit presented at the township council meeting on Tuesday, August 13 by Tom Ferry.  “The state of affairs are basically very good in Sparta,” the auditor said. The only comment is due to a statutory ...

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