Giving Back

June 1, 2020

SPARTA, NJ – Four college bound students have been awarded the Ralph Rojas Scholarship, presented by the Sparta VFW.  According to Commander Pete Litchfield the scholarship committee selected the five basted on their application, essay and letter of recommendation. Mary Cabassa, Olivia ...

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NEWTON, NJ- The Sparta Education Association teamed up with Eric’s Deli and Catering to donate lunch to the frontline workers at Newton Medical Center on Friday.  SEA leadership, Sue Sawey, Sue Tessier, Ann Warhol and Bob Medina together with Eric Gonzalez brought the meal purchased with a grant ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Missing were the floats, marching band and crowds waving flags but Memorial Day was not forgotten.  A small crowd gathered in front of the monument at the Sparta VFW to remember on Monday at noon. While it was disappointing to have to compromise the usual celebrations, “this is ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The residents of Knoll Heights were treated to a meal donated by the team of Franklin Sussex Auto Mall and the Mohawk House.  More than 160 meals of thyme and garlic roasted Black Label chicken breast from Pat LaFrieda, parsley mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli were prepared by ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry got a large donation this week.  The Sparta Police Chief Neil Spidaletto, Detective Lieutenant Terrence Mulligan, Mohawk House owner Steve Scro and executive chef Joe Sanfilippo brought a truck load of food to the First Presbyterian Church. “It was ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A pair of twins decided to share their birthday with the Sparta Police Department.  On Tuesday, Evan and Emmanual turned five. They and their six-year-old big sister Estella brough pizza to the officers. “Their father works for the Fire Department of New York,” mom said. “What a ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A Sparta High School Alumnus is doing his part to “flatten the curve,” while supporting children in need.  Jack Valentine began his efforts with University of Vermont classmate Angie Salvi selling t-shirts with a “Flatten the Curve” message and logo. They expanded their efforts with ...

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SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – A truck load of meals departed from the Mohawk House on Thursday afternoon headed to the Newton Medical Center.  Nielsen Ford donated 150 “super comfort food” meals to the staff and first responders at the hospital. Nurse Chris Alvarez said, “It was coordinated beautifully.  ...

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SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – The coronavirus shutdown of schools and businesses has created pressures on the county food pantries.  In Sparta the Ecumenical Food Pantry serves not only the residents in Sparta but throughout the county as well. Food Pantry Director, Valerie Machio said for their 30-year ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Two Sparta High School students have been collecting funds to purchase food donations for the Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry.  Bhavika Dawar and Jamie Rubin had their first shopping trip on Friday morning at Stop and Shop, delivering the food by 9:30 a.m. Dawar works at the grocery ...

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SPARTA, NJ – With the mission of getting people happy again and giving everybody a purpose Sparta resident Melissa Prestipino has created Sparta Helps Healthcare Heroes.  "When we are faced with this challenge, our true colors come out and we need to pull together," Prestipino said, crediting ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The current "Stay at Home" situation has not dampened the giving Spartan spirit.  A few groups have taken up the mission of keeping their neighbors fed.  Food drives are being held at the Lake Mohawk Country Club, Sparta Athletic Club and Sparta High School students have set up a ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Help comes in many forms. For the officers of the Sparta Police Department assistance in the COVID-19 battle has come in the form of a 55 gallon drum.  “The Sparta Police Department would like to extend its appreciation and heartfelt thanks to a New Jersey company GTBM Info-Cop, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The coronavirus crisis is bringing out the best in people.  As communities navigate unimagined challenges, a pair of Sparta High School students are doing what they can to help. Bhavika Dawar and Jamie Rubin have organized a GoFundMe page “Feeding Sussex County COVID-19” for the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Due to the coronavirus and the New Jersey Governor's orders, Sparta Bag It Day has been postponed.   Looking for something to do?  Join in the Sparta Bag it Day on March 28 and 29 to get outside and help to keep Sparta beautiful.  Sparta Mountain resident Mitch Morrison organizes ...

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SPARTA, NJ- It's time to think spring. Time to get outside. Time to work in the yard. The scouts of Troop 150 are holding their annual mulch sale, with the option to order online.  This is more than a fundraiser for these scouts.  Most of the proceeds from the mulch sales are used in their support ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The owner of the Leather Zone in Sparta is doing what he can to help during the coronavirus pandemic.  Hratch Kechishian or "HK" has been cutting fabric and elastic, assembling free kits for people to sew into masks. “As of today, I’ve given out about 350 mask kits,” HK ...

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ANDOVER, NJ- Perona Farms is stepping up to support area residents in need during the coronavirus pandemic.  Beginning tomorrow, people who need a meal will be able to pick up a “ready to heat” dinner on March 19 between 2 and 5 p.m. Owner Bryant Avondoglio said the protocol will be for people ...

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SPARTA, NJ-Students and staff members of Sparta High School are again going bald to raise money for childhood cancer research.  This year’s St. Baldrick's event will be dedicated to Melanie DiDomizio, a Sparta High School junior who recently lost her long battle with cancer, according to event ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Lake Mohawk may not be frozen, but it is not quite suitable for swimming.  And yet on March 8 a number of people will be voluntarily jumping into the lake.  They will be a part of the annual Sparta Elks Club “Chillin for our Children” fundraiser. Participants will be seeking ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Old jeans are getting a new life.  Sparta High School is working with Pass it Along on their campaign with Aeropostale for the ninth annual Teens for Jeans initiative. The jeans will go to homeless teens in the United States, according to Sparta High School’s Paige Lucas.  “Almost ...

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SPARTA, NJ – With 26 new members, the Sparta Ambulance Squad has 96 active members, the highest number “in quite some time,” according to newly appointed Captain Ashley Darnsteadt. The organization held their annual installation dinner last week at Perona Farms. Though some attendees opted to ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Members of the Sparta VFW are once again, offering a scholarship to Sussex County veterans, spouses and dependents of veterans.  The Ralph Rojas scholarship is also available to active duty military personnel and their dependents stationed at Picatinny Arsenal and Sussex County ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Holiday giving took on a new meaning for the students in Jen Caputo and Denise Garagliano fifth grade classes.  The two classes donated more than 100 new books to Sussex County based Family Promise in lieu of teacher gifts in December.  Last week volunteer Event Coordinator Nicole ...

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SPARTA, NJ – More than 100 Sparta High School students spent their Friday afternoon in the school’s gym for a good cause.  They rallied together for DECA’s Annual Volleyball fundraiser.  The selected charity was The Good Grief Foundation. The Morristown based Good Grief Foundation is a ...

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SPARTA, NJ - In a packed room on the lowest level of a local middle school, more than thirty minutes after the last of buses departed, an oven timer beeps as the smell of freshly baked muffins fills the room.  To some, it may have seemed perfectly innocent, “Perhaps an after-school cooking ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Christmas season brings many familiar sights and sounds.  Kiwanis members in a red apron ringing a brass bell for the Salvation Army covers both. This year 15 Sparta Kiwanis Club members rang the bell, raising $9,692 in cash and 43 pounds of coins for an approximate total of ...

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SPARTA, NJ-  The Sparta Police Department joined the “We’ve Got Your Covered,” campaign collecting new sheets and blankets for Benny’s Bodega.  On Wednesday, some of the police families who participated gathered to hand off the collection to Benjamin Davey. Chief Neil Spidaletto, Officer Brian ...

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NEWTON, NJ - Birth Haven’s fourth, and final, 2019 Journey of Hope video episode has been released.  Historically, Birth Haven, a shelter for Homeless Pregnant Women and their Babies located in Newton, NJ, has had a large scale holiday fundraising gala. For the third consecutive year, Birth ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Sussex County Board of Realtors and Sparta VFW held a blood drive at the VFW late last month. The successful afternoon had 37 scheduled donors through the American Red Cross including a number of “super donors,” According to Carol Lee and Fred Spages of the Red Cross, each pint ...

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