SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta community gave generously to the Sussex County Food Pantry this weekend.  On Saturday and Sunday  Sparta and Hopatcong police officers joined law enforcement efforts throughout the county collected food for those in need. 

Carol Norrit of the Sussex County Food Pantry was at the Stop and Shop on Sunday to accept a check from Eric Nielsen of Nielsen Automotive Group for $5000 presented by Steve Scro of the Mohawk House. Scro also assisted with the initiative, allowing food to be stored in the restaurant’s freezer.

In his Manager's report at the council meeting on Tuesday night, William Close said the Sparta Police Department had collected more than 150 frozen turkeys.

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Stop and Shop manager Sue Kurta-Pavloic joined the officers and volunteers as they wrapped up the collection efforts. 

Sparta Police Officers:

  • Sgt. Frank Schomp,
  • Lt. John Lamno,
  • Chief Neil Spidaletto,
  • Lt.Terrance Mulligan,
  • Cpl. Scot Elig,
  • Cpl. Dan Elig,
  • P.O. Phil Longo,
  • P.O. Brian Porter,
  • P.O. Tom Herd,
  • P.O. Steve Guido,
  • P.O.Mike Poon,
  • Cpl. Mark Mastandrea,
  • Cpl. Dave Pridham,
  • P.O. Erick Finley,
  • P.O. Paulete Willey,
  • P.O. Jen Naughton, and
  • dispatcher Cliff Cernek.

Hopatcong Police Officers: 

  • P.O. Chris Lotito,
  • Sgt. James Bianculli and
  • P.O. Daniel Campione.

Pope John students; Michael Melilio, Justin Fontana, Liam Gang, Luke Gang, Brady Coffey, Brady Anderson, Isabella Fiore assisted the officers, earning community volunteer hours.

The food was delivered to the Newton facility on Monday, to be distributed throughout the county.