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Gov. Murphy Commends NJ's Peaceful Protests for George Floyd

June 4, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Eight days after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer saw at least 21 protests across New Jersey on Tuesday. 

Gov. Phil Murphy in a press conference Wednesday said these have been peaceful demonstrations, despite the crowds at some — with Mayor Michael Soriano estimating as many as 4,000 people marching in ...

Murphy Emphasizes Collaboration and Trust-Building

TRENTON, NJ - In the wake of days of civil unrest across the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed New Jersey's efforts by law enforcement at collaboration and trust-building with the public while also unveiling a new data point to bolster his decision to move the state farther along its path toward restarting its stalled economy in the wake of COVID-19.

Murphy used ...

Sparta Residents Have Been Paying Their Taxes

SPARTA, NJ- Residents have had the option to delay paying their property taxes until June 1 but most have already paid.  Sparta Township Manager Bill Close responded to Councilwoman Molly Whilesmith’s inquiry about the collection rate with the one-month extension.

At the township council zoom meeting on Tuesday, May 26, Close said collections were about 1.5 to 2% off last year at ...

Murphy on George Floyd Killing: 'We Need a Deeper Well of Accountability and Responsibility'

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy closed out his daily COVID-19 press conference on Friday with comments about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis kept his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes.

"George Floyd should be alive today – not just as a matter of principle or justice, but as a matter of human ...

Sparta Polling Locations to Change for July Primary

SPARTA, NJ- The date is not the only change voters will see for the upcoming primaries.  Originally scheduled for June 16, the governor has pushed the date to July 7.    

Township manager Bill Close said he has been consulting with Board of Elections Administrator Margaret McCabe about the polling locations and processes.  At the township council meeting on ...

Sparta Township Council Meeting Continues to ZOOM with Password Requirement

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township Council has been holding meetings virtually via Zoom and they are now moving other meetings to the electronic platform.  The Zoom meetings, however, are password protected. 

Residents who wish to attend the meetings are required to email to receive the required password the day before the meeting.  This link becomes ...

NJ Beaches Will Be Open By Memorial Day Weekend, But Remember Social Distancing

NEW JERSEY — While referencing “Jersey Girl” — in which Bruce Springsteen ruminates over everything being alright at the shore — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday that all public and private beaches in the state will re-open in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Starting May 22, more than 120 miles of beaches in the state of 9 million, as well as lakefronts, ...

'It stinks.' Gov. Murphy and State Police Chief Say Graduation Ceremonies and Parades That Gather Crowds Are Out

TRENTON, NJ -- During his daily COVID-19 press conference on Monday, May 11, Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ State Police Col. Patrick Callahan attempted to clarify some confusion following publication of a letter Callahan sent to school administrators concerning high school graduations ceremonies and car caravans.

Over the weekend, the head of the state police advised school districts ...

Murphy: Federal Funding Needed To Prevent 'Second Great Depression'

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy spent a large part of his daily press briefing on Monday lobbying federal officials to help fund states hit hardest by Covid-19

Joined by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D – NJ), Murphy publically asked for President Donald Trump and federal lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to help fund state shortfalls and “prevent this public health emergency ...

A 4-Year-Old Child Has Died of Coronavirus in NJ, the First Fatality Under 18

TRENTON, NJ — A 4-year-old of New Jersey has died of COVID-19, State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli announced Friday during the state’s daily briefing in Trenton. 

The child was the first death reported in the state of anyone under the age of 18, Gov. Phil Murphy confirmed to members of the media.

The child had an underlying medical condition, but Persichilli would ...


Rep. Sherrill Hosts Food Security Roundtable

May 29, 2020

Parsippany, NJ -- Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) convened a roundtable discussion last week with local food pantries and meal programs to discuss the issue of food security during the COVID-19 pandemic. As noted by the Star-Ledger Editorial Board, 23 percent of Americans are food insecure, and in homes with children under 12, that number increases to 40.9 percent.

“Food ...


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Sparta, Newton Police Chief, Freeholder Address BLM Demonstrations in Sussex County

June 4, 2020

SUSSEX, NJ –The Green in Newton will be the site of what is being billed as a “peaceful Black Lives Matter vigil” on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Newton Police Chief Robert Osborn said Sussex County has approved permits for “demonstrations scheduled for Friday and Saturday within the county park.”

“Event organizers have ...

Sparta Police: Sparta Man Charged with DWI After Crash

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man is facing drunk driving charges after crossing into the opposite lane and crashing into a Vernon woman.  On May 26, around 7 p.m. Sparta officers went to the scene of the accident on West Shore Trail, police said.

David Bauer, 59 had crashed his gray Ford Fusion into Maria Oliveira.  Oliveira had two passengers in her black Mazda CX, a 76-year-old ...

Protect Your Health: Do Not Put Off Important Medical Care

The safety of patients and team members is Atlantic Health System’s top priority. To make sure emergency departments across Atlantic Health’s hospitals remain safe for every patient who enters, reconfigured processes and facilities are in place to optimize safety and improve the patient experience.

All care is delivered with strict rules around social distancing, universal mask ...

Sparta, Where is Our Pride?

June 4, 2020

Dear Sparta,

We say we have Spartan pride. We yell it at football games, print it on T-shirts, and hang it on banners. But do any of us know the full history of the land on which we have built our homes, schools, and churches? How can we have “Spartan pride” if we don’t educate ourselves on the history of our town, and try to do better than those who came before us--try to ...

Answers to tax questions are just a few clicks away on

June 4, 2020

There are many easy-to-use tools available on Even better, they are available 24 hours a day. These tools help people file and pay taxes, find information about their account and get answers to tax questions.

Here are a few things that people can do with a quick visit to

Filing a tax return 
Taxpayers who earned $69,000 or less in 2019 can file using free brand-name ...

Veritas Christian Academy Girls’ Basketball Coach Wins National Coach of the Year

SPARTA, NJ – This week the National Christian School Athletic Association announced its 2019-2020 awards. Veritas Christian Academy (VCA) girls’ basketball coach, Greg Gaffney has been selected as the 2019-20 NCSAA Girls' Varsity Basketball National Coach of the Year.

Gaffney has coached the Veritas girls' team for nine years, during which time he has a 237-50 coaching ...

Pregnant Women & Parents of Young Children Can Get Help at Local Agency

Parents of infants and toddlers, or those who are pregnant with their first child, are invited to receive advice and support from a certified nurse or family support worker through Project Self-Sufficiency.  The agency offers a range of family support programs to income-eligible families in Sussex, Warren and Hunterdon counties.  The programs are free, voluntary and confidential.  ...

IRS reminder: June 15 tax deadline postponed to July 15 for taxpayers who live and work abroad

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today reminded people who live and work abroad that they have until Wednesday, July 15, 2020, to file their 2019 federal income tax return and pay any tax due. The usual deadline is June 15.

The additional time was included in a wide range of Coronavirus-related relief announced in early April. The postponement generally applies to all taxpayers ...

Amid Outrage Over George Floyd Killing, Organizers Advocate for Newark’s Civilian Complaint Review Board

June 2, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Thousands of demonstrators marched through downtown Newark on Saturday, part of a nationwide show of resistance against police brutality, in response to the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.

Organizers used the display of solidarity with Minneapolis as an opportunity to call attention to Newark's own struggle for officer ...

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

Home Prices: Its About Supply And Demand!

Home Prices: It’s All About Supply and Demand


As we enter the summer months and work through the challenges associated with the current health crisis, many are wondering what impact the economic slowdown will have on home prices. Looking at the big picture, supply and demand will give us the clearest idea of what’s to come.

Making our way through the month of June ...

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders May 27 Virtual Meeting Video

NEWTON, NJ - Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders May 27 virtual meeting video.  Please note the meeting is audio only.