Giving Back

April 28, 2021

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta community is a little bit cleaner after the 2021 Sparta Bag it Day last week.  “Our community of family, friends, neighborhoods and organizations came together to keep Sparta beautiful,” organization Mitchell Morrison said.  Clean up took place along Sparta roads, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta school district received a donation of two pallets of Personal Protective Equipment from Ocean State Job Lot. Last week Sparta Acting Superintendent Patrick McQueeney, board of education member Robert Zywicki, Sparta Mayor Christine Quinn accepted the donation. “We ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Chelsea Senior Living partnered with the Sparta Police Department to bring Easter Baskets to Sparta seniors who participate in the township’s Good Morning program. “The members of the Sparta Police Department are honored to have worked with Molly Whilesmith, the Director ...

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SPARTA, NJ – It’s time for the annual Sparta Bag It Day, seasonal outdoor cleanup.  Neighbors and organizations are invited to participate in the annual event on April 17, 2021. According to organizer Mitch Morrision the rules for this year are only slightly different from past ...

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SPARTA, NJ – It’s that time of year.  Sparta Police Officers will be at the Stop and Shop on Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for Cram the Cruiser food drive.  The food collected will remain in the county to be distributed through local food pantries. “We get approximately 30,000 to 40,000 ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Even in retirement, three former police chiefs continue to give back. After years of serving the people of Sussex County, when three police chiefs retired last year they, together with Steve Scro of the Mohawk House, put together a unique send off. “We spend our careers looking to ...

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SPARTA, NJ —  Sparta’s dense woods are full of wildlife, as large as black bears and as small as mice.  One common visitor to these parts is the town’s animal control officer or ACO, easily identified by his long, well-coiffed blonde hair. Don Critchlaw has been an ACO for 30 years, the last 20 ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Visitors to Wallkill Wildlife Refuge in Sussex County have access to two “little free libraries” created by Brianna Conlon. Conlon built the book sharing structures for her Eagle Scout project.  Conlon said she undertook the project after contacting the refuge.  They offered a list ...

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DENVILLE, NJ -- Motherhood was one of the greatest joys for Debra Kaufman. Her pregnancy resulted in having a son, Bryan, now in his 30s. However, the pregnancy at the time also resulted in preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another ...

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SPARTA, NJ -For her Eagle Scout project Zoe Rizzo drew inspiration from her Girl Scout Silver Award project.  Rizzo is one of seven girls in Scout Troop 1150 to earn her Eagle rank this month. “It was a huge challenge,” Rizzo said.  “It’s been such a great experience.” Stanhope resident Rizzo ...

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SPARTA, NJ -  Seniors living in subsidized housing are at a heightened risk of coronavirus infection and fatality due to their age, living in close quarters, low income and poor health.  Lockdowns, implemented by many nursing homes across the country, are not an option for these low-income ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sussex Tech sophomore is among the seven girls in Sparta Scout Troop 1150 to earn the rank of Eagle.  Jasmine Lutz built benches and planted trees for Lake Lakawanna. “I wanted to do something with the beach because we spent every summer at that beach,” Lutz said. “I planted Maple ...

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SPARTA, NJ -  A trio of Sparta brothers have turned their love of chess into an opportunity to give back to the community.  Akshat, Ayush and Aneesh Iyer  made a donation to the Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry as well as donating gift bags to nurses at Newton and Morristown Medical Centers. The ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The folks working at the coronavirus testing site at 5 West Shore Trail and the volunteers and Sheriff’s Officers at the Sussex County Fairground COVID-19 vaccination site were served a hot lunch on Thursday from the Mohawk House. About 40 hot meals were donated by the Mohawk House.

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SPARTA, NJ – It was a smaller event than usual when the Sparta Ambulance Squad swore in the new officers last week at the in the ambulance building. Ashley Darnsteadt was installed as Captain.  Allyson Wright as First Lieutenant Ben Griffin as Second Lieutenant Max Merlino as ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Salute 07871 committee is holding their Sparta Hometown Heroes 2021 Banner Campaign.  People are invited to sponsor a banner for current or former Sparta residents who have served in the United States Armed Forces. So far, the committee chairwoman Tina Rowan reports there are ...

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SPARTA, NJ-Members of the Sparta Woman’s Club took part in the national initiative Wreaths Across America.  Joining with citizens across the country on December 19 the Sparta women joined with members of the McAfee Fire Department and the cemetery sponsors Vietnam Veterans of America Wallkill ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Two local young men made a donation of warmth to veterans just after Christmas.  Sparta High School freshmen Pahg Herbison and Patrick Dunn collected more than 100 warm hats, gloves and socks for veterans in need according to Sparta VFW Commander Pete Litchfield. “These young men are ...

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Over the last 4 weeks, Birth Haven’s 2020 Journey of Hope Holiday Drive brought in much-needed donations for homeless expecting mothers and their babies.  With COVID limiting the ability to produce video content for the fundraiser, Birth Haven, a shelter for Homeless Pregnant Woman and their ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Police Department and Fraternal Order of Police delivered a check to the Sparta Cancer Center last week.  The proceeds totaling approximately $2,500, were raised through their No Shave November initiative.  This is the third year Sparta officers have gone shaggy to raise ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The annual holiday event is underway at the Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry.  Each year for the past 13 years the local food pantry expands their reach beyond clients to schools, social service agencies and organizations in the county. The holiday event expands to serve approximately ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School Class of 2022 wants your old shoes.  Really.  They are asking the community to donate gently used or new shoes as part of a class fundraiser.  "We are excited about our shoe drive," Matt Bouma-Hannam, Junior Class President said. "We know that most people have ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Council honored Arlene Kayne as the 2020 Senior of the Year. Mayor Jerry Murphy and Kayne’s granddaughter Peighton Spidaletto read the proclamation at the meeting on Tuesday. “Arlene is truly a person who represents the best of Sparta,” Sparta Township Manager ...

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COVID has required Birth Haven, a shelter for Homeless Pregnant Woman and their Babies, to think on its feet and come up with new ways to raise awareness and donations.   This year, due to COVID, Birth Haven has faced additional costs in order to keep their mothers safe. Not to mention the ...

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NEWTON, NJ-  The pandemic has been more than a time of challenge, it has allowed or required people to be creative.  Newton High School’s James Hofmann’s STEM Academy students have been creative. Hofmann was inspired by a television news item depicting students learning virtually without a place ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A group of volunteers once again helped to bring Thanksgiving meals to those in need in the community.  “We have a very loving community,” organizer Mitch Morrison said.  He said volunteers and donors help to plate more than 1,350 Thanksgiving meals and desserts. The individually ...

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SPARTA, NJ- It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The Sparta VFW has been getting set up for their annual Christmas tree sale.  Beginning Thanksgiving weekend trees can be purchased right on Main Street on the front lawn of the Sparta VFW. According to Commander Pete Litchfield a large ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Sussex County Food Pantry has been receiving donations collected by police departments around the county recently during the Stuff the Bus campaign.  On Sunday Sparta Police officers were outside of Stop and Shop collecting food and monetary donations. “It was a great day,” ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The two Sparta High School students who have been raising money to purchase food for the Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry are at it again.  Bhavika Dawar and Jamie Rubin made their seventh food donation earlier this week.  "We just did a big stopping trip for Thanksgiving and are ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Police Department will be outside the Stop and Shop on Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. to collect food for their annual Stuff the Bus initiative.  They will be following a COVID-19 responsible protocol. The donations will be given to the Sussex County  Social Services Food ...

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