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Sparta's First Responders Parade Past Elementary Schools as 9/11 Anniversary Approaches

September 11, 2021

SPARTA, NJ – The school district’s elementary students and staff showed appreciation for Sparta’s First Responders on Friday afternoon.  On the eve of the 20 anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks Sparta’s police, EMS, ambulance squad and fire personnel paraded through the parking lots of Alpine Elementary, Mohawk Avenue and Helen Morgan schools.

“Our ...

Mask Mandate Brings Parents to Sparta Board of Education Meeting

SPARTA, NJ – The board of education meeting was held outdoors on Cassels Field last week so no one had to wear a mask, but they were a big part of the meeting.  Board of education President Kim Bragg started off with a statement to the approximate hundred people in the stands.

“I believe we are all gathered here tonight because we have one thing in common and that is we all ...

Sparta Township Schools Closed Thursday

SPARTA, NJ- Sparta Township public schools will be closed on Thursday, September 2 because of power outages, flooding and road closures according to Superintendent Matthew Beck.  

The day began with an announcement of a delayed opening.  Conditions have not sufficiently improved to open the schools.

 

Sparta Township Schools Follow Delayed Opening Schedule on Thursday, Sept 2

SPARTA, NJ – Due to power outages, flooding and impassable roads, Sparta Township public schools will be following a delayed opening schedule according to Sparta Superintendent Matthew Beck.  They will continue to monitor conditions and provide further updates if necessary the announcement said.

Delayed Opening Start Times:

Sparta High School – 9:18 a.m.
Sparta Middle ...

Sparta High School Honors Top 10 Class of 2021 - Rachel Young

SPARTA, NJ – A tradition at Sparta High School is to honor the Top 10 students.  This year’s celebration was held in the cafeteria with water and cookies but at least the students and their families were in the same room with the teachers, administrators and board of education members.

As is tradition, each of the students invited a teacher for having had the most impact on ...

Sparta Area Alumni Campus News - August 29, 2021 Updated

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta alumni have earned accolades and degrees from their colleges and universities.

Michael Becke-Bomensatt graduated from Misericordis University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in government, law and national security.

Payton Markvicka graduated from Creighton University with a degree in business management and recently ...

Critical Race Theory - 'Not in Sparta,' Residents Voice Concerns About New Curriculum Standards

SPARTA, NJ- Critical Race Theory is not being taught in the Sparta schools. The issue was addressed in public during committee and liaison reports at the August board of education meeting held on Cassels Field at Sparta High School. 

Curriculum Committee Chair Niamh Grano said, “Mrs. Rossi is working on creating curriculum around the new [state curriculum] standards, but it’s ...

Sparta Area Alumni Campus News - August 25, 2021

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta alumni have earned accolades and degrees from their colleges and universities.

Allie Sangalli earned a Bachelor of Science degree in game design and development from the Rochester Institute of Technology. 

Sean Kumar graduated from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics.

Montclair University announced ...

Sparta Schools Continue Free Lunch Program for All Students

SPARTA, NJ — Sparta students will once again have a free lunch at school.  The district’s food service provider Sodexo has announced the continuation of the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Sumer Option run through the United Stated Department of Agriculture or USDA.

Each school’s menu is available on their website. All lunches include a full serving of ...

Sparta High School Honors Top 10 Class of 2021 - Ula Bitinaitis

SPARTA, NJ — A tradition at Sparta High School is to honor the Top 10 students.  This year’s celebration was held in the cafeteria with water and cookies but at least the students and their families were in the same room with the teachers, administrators and board of education members.

As is tradition, each of the students invited a teacher for having had the most impact on ...

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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 ...

Why Are Stinging Insects So Aggressive in the Fall?

During the early summer months, hornets and yellow jackets rarely come out and sting people. So why do they become so aggressive during the late summer and fall? The reason has to do with how they spend their time in the summer versus what they’re doing in the fall!

The Life of A Stinging Insect

Most stinging insects are social, meaning they start and build a new colony every year ...

New Program Supports Trauma Survivors, Promotes Prevention

September 20, 2021

Project Self-Sufficiency announces the October launch of a new workshop and discussion series, “Pizza & PACEs”, designed to facilitate the conversation about issues surrounding Positive & Adverse Childhood Experiences (PACEs).  Trauma experts and guest speakers will address the impact of adverse childhood experiences on social, emotional, and cognitive development, and ...

YMCA Offers Fall Membership Savings and Chance to Win $5K

HARDYSTON, NJ – The Sussex County YMCA welcomes new members this fall with special opportunities to save on membership and be eligible to win $5,000.

“As new school-year routines start, the fall is a perfect time to join or rejoin the Y, where you’ll find enrichment and wellness opportunities for all ages, and a community of support for you and your family’s health ...

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 ...

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Wed, September 22, 8:00 PM

Morristown

Impact 100 Garden State Meet & Mingle

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Wed, September 22, 8:00 PM

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'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 ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make the Grape Escape to Garden State Wineries

September 18, 2021

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

Thoughts of wine typically take your mind straight to Italy, France or Napa Valley. It’s understandable, but if you want to experience a mind-blowing date filled with beauty and flavor you should start thinking about New Jersey vineyards. 

Our state has many wineries from which to choose and most ...

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 ...