sparta

Giving Back

May 2, 2022

SPARTA, NJ- The Iyres brothers, chess brothers, are continuing to express their love for the game in several ways.  Their Chess for Charity is organizing a chess tournament on May 21 at Sparta Library to honor Erin Beebe. Beebe, a Sparta High School alumnae recently passed away as she was preparing ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ – In just six years Sparta VFW’s Ralph Rojas Scholarship fund has grown to be able to award seven students with $16,000 in scholarships. Several of the recipients, their family members along with members of the name’s sake Rojas family and members of the VFW attended a ceremony on ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta VFW continues their support of the Ukrainian soldiers in their fight to keep their country.  They have collected $9,500 so far, to purchase trauma kits to be sent to Ukrainian people and soldiers, Sparta VFW Commander Pete Litchfield said. There are three different size ...

Read more »

BRANCHVILLE, NJ- The New Jersey State Fair, Sussex County Farm and Horse Show Association will be dedicating the first and only Blue Star Memorial in Sussex County.  The memorial is part of a national initiative that began in New Jersey to honor men and women who serve in the United States Armed ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ – Three local teens went to Long Branch for a Peer Leadership training weekend sponsored by Sparta Elks.  They spent the weekend with other high school students from around the state at the Ocean Palace hotel in workshops and other activities acquiring skills to help others. Faith ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta VFW continues to send aid to the Ukrainian people and soldiers.  They have purchased 10 trauma kits and will be purchasing another six and three large medic bags on Friday, using monetary donations, according to Pete Litchfield, Commander of the Sparta VFW. People wishing ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ – It was not a competition… but if it had been the winner would have been a sixth grade girl.  Payton Spidaletto was the first one in the freezing water and the last one out at the annual Sparta Elks Lodge's "Chillin’ for the Children" fundraiser on Sunday.  “It was very cold, but you ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ – Spartans are invited to participate in the annual Bag It Day on April 2 and 3.  Individual, families, organizations and businesses can help to keep Sparta beautiful by picking up litter along roads and in parks. Anyone interested in participating is asked to email organizer Mitch ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ-  The Sparta Food Pantry has announced they are extending their hours to accommodate people who are working.  Beginning March 24 they will be open on Thursdays from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. The extended hours will be offered: March 24 and 31 April 7, 14, 21 and 28 May 5, 12, 19 and ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta VFW has resumed their collection of boots, socks, hunting style clothing and new or gently used sleeping bags to send to the Ukraine. “The donation backlog has been resolved,” Stan Tryba said. The Sparta VFW has collection boxes by the back door to accept the ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ – Local efforts to help Ukrainians continue, initiated and supported by Sparta residents with personal ties to the region.  Natalia Mysh, originally from Russia, organized collections of medical and wound supplies, along with boots and hunting style clothes. That initiative has ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ – It was a nice night for Sparta Township Ambulance Squad.  The volunteers who donate their time to server their community were honored at Perona Farms last week.  After remarks from John McChensey and Mary Hookway’s prayer the new officers and trustees were sworn in by Sparta ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ – The community can continue to support people in the Ukraine fighting to keep their country with donations of hunting style or military clothing, boots and new and gently used sleeping bags.  The Sparta VFW has two collection boxes by their back door to help with Mysh’s ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta family is doing what they can to help friends who now live in Ukraine. The story begins years ago with a piano teacher. Natalia Mysh, who was born in Russia and moved to the United States more than 30 years ago, found T.G. (names withheld for safety concerns) to give lessons ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ – The community is showing support for the Moore family who lost their wife and mother Erin in a car accident on Sunday evening.  A GoFundMe page has been established by family friend Danielle Wilkinson. According to Wilkinson the money raised through this effort will go to the family ...

Read more »

CRANFORD, NJ - Amanda Langner-Hurewitz, wife of Cranford Firefighter Robert Hurewitz, has launched a GoFundMe to save their home after severe medical complications have ended his career. "Being a firefighter was Rob's dream job and he got to live that dream", Amanda told TAPinto Cranford. As a ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ – A very young Sparta resident made a donation of teddy bears and books to the Sparta Police Department.  On Monday Lucas Jaffe with his parents, sister and brother brought 46 sets of “Cuddle Bears” for children who may need comfort or activities while at the police station. “They are ...

Read more »

An annual “Journey of Hope” fundraiser for Birth Haven, a shelter for homeless preg nant women and their babies, suffered a major setback when approximately 3,500 solicitations dropped off for mailing to past donors somehow went missing.   As Co-chairman of the Board, John Ursin, explained, ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ – The Santa Train made a stop in Sparta on Saturday to collect Toys for Tots donations.  COVID-19 restrictions made it a smaller event but approximately 50 to 75 people turned out to greet the man in the red suit and load the toys onto the train. The toys will be put together with ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta brownies joined with the Sparta Elks Club to raise money for the annual Christmas party given by the Center for Prevention and Counseling for their clients. The organizations came together through a tragedy; a young man who died from an overdose. The young man's mother Julie ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ – A young Sparta resident made a heartfelt contribution to the Sparta VFW this weekend.  According to VFW Commander Pete Litchfield a donation of $2.02 was made by Luke Rossi. Rossi penned a letter to the VFW thanking them “for serving in the U.S.A. military.” He said, “I’m very ...

Read more »

NEWTON, NJ - Birth Haven is a shelter for Homeless, Pregnant Women and their Babies located in Newton, NJ. It is a privately run, non-profit organization providing shelter, support and education for their residents. Historically, Birth Haven has had a large scale holiday fundraising gala. For ...

Read more »

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – A grassroots initiative of area community members pooled their talent and their time again this year for the annual Love in Action Thanksgiving Meal and Dessert event. This year our community made, packaged and delivered over 1,600 Thanksgiving meals to those in need,” ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ – For the first night of Chanukah was commemorated at the Sparta VFW with the lighting of the Menorah.  Rabbi Mendel Dubov of Chabad Jewish Center in Sparta assisted Mayor Christine Quinn in lighting the first lamp. Quinn said she was happy to be able to gather with them to celebrate ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ – The 15 annual Sparta Education Foundation’s “tradition before the tradition,” Krogh’s Turkey Trot drew a crowd of nearly 1500 runners and walkers.  In 2020 the pandemic forced the race to be virtual. For 2021 it was back in person, including the pasta party on Wednesday night, catered ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ – With Thanksgiving dishes cleared attentions now turn to Christmas.  The Sparta VFW’s annual Christmas tree sale begins on Friday on the front lawn of the Sparta VFW on Main Street. Volunteers will be on hand to help with selection from among the trees ranging from six to 12 ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ- The police department’s annual tradition of collecting donations for the Sparta Community Food Pantry before Thanksgiving continued last Sunday.  Officers accepted donations outside Stop and Shop, filling a van. “It was a beautiful day,” Sparta Police Chief Neil Spidaletto said. “The ...

Read more »

NEWTON, NJ – Santa is getting ready to load up his sleigh.  He made an appearance in Newton at Project Self Sufficiency’s Season of Hope kickoff.  Santa joined the celebration to remind area residents their help is needed. “This is our busiest time of year, Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ- The DECA club at Sparta High School hosted another successful volleyball fundraiser on Tuesday, November 16 in the school's gymnasium. After being put on hold last due to Covid, the night brought out a record-breaking 17 competing teams of Sparta High School students.  This year the ...

Read more »

SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Township Police Department will be collecting donations for the Sussex County food pantry on Sunday, November 21 at the Stop and Shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  They have a collection box at the municipal building to collect donations before Thanksgiving that will also go to ...

Read more »