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NJ Education Officials: Schools Should Consider Screening Graduation Guests for Fevers, Ceremony Guidelines

May 28, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Schools should consider screening visitors with noncontact thermometers and excluding anyone with a fever exceeding 100.4 degrees, according to graduation ceremony guidelines released by the state Department of Education.

The guidance, released on May 27, outlines three options for K-12 school commencement ceremonies: virtual, drive-thru/drive-in and modified ...

Sparta High School Valedictorian Earns U.S. Presidential Scholar Award

SPARTA, NJ – For the second time in two years a Sparta High School senior has been selected to be one of 161 students in the country to earn the United States Presidential Scholar award.  Class of 2020 Valedictorian Alan Yeung was informed of the award in a letter from the United States Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos on May 21.

Yeung is one of only 20 high school seniors ...

Sparta School's Superintendent Takes Leave of Absence-UPDATED

SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a leave of absence for Superintendent Michael Rossi “for personal reasons, until further notice,” at the special meeting held via Google on Tuesday night.

The leave is effective immediately according to board president Kim Bragg.

The resolution was moved by board member Kurt Morris and seconded by board ...

Sparta Board of Education Special Meeting DATEand TIME CHANGE

SPARTA, NJ - The special board of education meeting scheduled for Friday, May 22 was moved to Tuesday, May 26 at 6 p.m., according to an announcement by district officials.  The meeting will be held virtually.  

The agenda for the canceled meeting only showed a public participation and executive session.  No resolutions were included on the agenda.  There was no ...

Sparta Board of Education Discusses Change to Nepotism Policy

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education Personnel and Policy committee discussed amending the Nepotism policy at their April committee meeting.  The policy was not on the April agenda. 

April Personnel and Policy committee minutes reflect proposed language for the Nepotism policy to be amended.  The suggestions include:

"In the event a sitting board ...

Sparta High School Seniors Share College Decision Day Photos

SPARTA, NJ – Normally decision day is the first of May.  High school students all over the country make their college selection by May 1.  Sparta High School students traditionally wear their college gear to school on decision day.

With help from Supervisor of College and Career Readiness Danielle Colte, students have shared their college decision photos.

Jillian Stote - ...

Sparta Middle School Announces 2019-2020 Third Marking Period Honor Rolls

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Middle School announces the students who have earned High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the third marking period of the 2019-2020 school year.

Students who have earned A’s in all major subjects, including World Language, with no grade below a B in any other class qualify for High Honor Roll. For Honor Roll students must earn three ...

Sparta High School Announces Some End of Year Plans for Seniors

SPARTA, NJ – Without question the Sparta High School Class of 2020 will have a story to tell about their senior year.  In the past seniors have complained about having to miss an event here or there but it’s hard to recall a senior class missing everything- through no fault of their own.

"I am truly honored that the Class of 2020 is my first senior class at Sparta High ...

NJ Officials on Graduation Ceremonies: Gatherings Violate 'Stay at Home' Order, Suggestions for Alternate Plans

NEW JERSEY -- While school districts across the state have been planning alternatives to traditional high school graduation ceremonies, any plans that school districts had in the works appear to violate Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No.107, which directs New Jersey residents to stay at home and prohibits public gatherings.

In a letter to school administrators, NJ State Police Colonel ...

Sparta High School History of Genocide Teacher Has Article on Early Holocaust Published

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta High School Russian and Social Studies teacher has had an article published in The American Public University’s Historical Studies Honor Society journal, Saber and Scroll.  William Brennan, the History of Genocide teacher wrote an article examining the role of a senior Nazi Reinhard Heydrich.

"Mr. Brennan is another example of why our ...


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Sparta Police: Sparta Man Charged with DWI After Crash

May 28, 2020

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man is facing drunk driving charges after crossing into the opposite lane and crashing into a Vernon woman.  On May 26, around 7 p.m. Sparta officers went to the scene of the accident on West Shore Trail, police said.

David Bauer, 59 had crashed his gray Ford Fusion into Maria Oliveira.  Oliveira had two passengers in her black Mazda CX, a 76-year-old ...

Sparta Police: Construction on West Shore Trail will Cause Road Closures, Detours

SPARTA, NJ-  Sparta Police announce construction on West Shore Trail began on Wednesday, May 27.  The closure will run from South Shore Trail to Island Trail and will continue at least through Friday, May 29 or into next week if necessary.

Police said residents who live between South Shore, the guard shack and Rocky Terrace will be given access to their homes by officers regulating ...

Protect Your Health: Do Not Put Off Important Medical Care

The safety of patients and team members is Atlantic Health System’s top priority. To make sure emergency departments across Atlantic Health’s hospitals remain safe for every patient who enters, reconfigured processes and facilities are in place to optimize safety and improve the patient experience.

All care is delivered with strict rules around social distancing, universal mask ...

Wear a Mask

May 28, 2020

I was very disturbed the other day when I saw the mayor and a few VFW members participate in the Memorial Day Ceremony in Sparta,  not wearing masks or distancing themselves.  I would love to know their mind set. 

The scientists, mental health specialists, and many governors have all agreed that in order to fight this pandemic spreading before a vaccine can be developed, WEAR A ...

Correcting a tax return will soon be easier -

May 29, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service  announced today that later this summer taxpayers will for the first time be able to file their Form 1040-X, Amended U.S Individual Income Tax Return, electronically using available tax software products.

Making the 1040-X an electronically filed form has been a goal of the IRS for a number of years. It’s also been an ongoing request from the ...

Sparta Education Foundation Funds 7 New Grants

SEF Approves Seven Grants at April and May Board Meetings


SPARTA, NJ—May 28, 2020--The Sparta Education Foundation (SEF) approved seven grants at their April 21 and May 5 board meetings. “These grants really embody what we are all about,” said SEF President Donna West. “Districtwide, our teachers put a great deal of thought into which items that will enhance ...

Rep. Sherrill Hosts Food Security Roundtable

Parsippany, NJ -- Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) convened a roundtable discussion last week with local food pantries and meal programs to discuss the issue of food security during the COVID-19 pandemic. As noted by the Star-Ledger Editorial Board, 23 percent of Americans are food insecure, and in homes with children under 12, that number increases to 40.9 percent.

“Food ...

Sparta's Veritas Christian Academy Welcomes New Head of School

SPARTA, NJ - Veritas Christian Academy is welcoming new Head of School Thomas Argersinger.  Argersinger will being on July 1.  He is joined by Alison, his wife of 35 years.  He has previously served as Head of School at the Manhattan Christian Academy and Community Christian School in Tallahassee, Florida.

Read more about the new school leader. 

Car Auction, Junk Yard at Airport Site on the Agenda in Andover

May 18, 2020

ANDOVER, NJ- Thousands of disabled cars could end up in Andover if the Land Use Board approves a request for a variance made by BHT Properties Group. On Tuesday, May 19, the Land Use Board is set to hear the variance application for the old airport on Stickles Pond Road.

Residents have spoken out against the proposal spearheaded by Eileen Ibranyi saying it will “completely ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

May 28, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

Why Summer 2020 Is THE Real Estate Season!

Why This Summer Is the 2020 Real Estate Season


With stay-at-home orders starting to gradually lift throughout parts of the country, data indicates homebuyers are jumping back into the market. After many families put their plans on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, what we once called the busy spring real estate season is shifting into the summer. In 2020, ...

The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders May 13, 2020 Meeting Video

NEWTON, NJ -  The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders May 13, 2020 meeting video.