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Sparta Township Municipal Telephones Not Working

September 10, 2021

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township municipal offices are not accessible by telephone, township officials said.  Emergency services and 911 are NOT affected by this outage, officials said.

“The issue was caused by damage to a CenturyLink/Lumen fiber optic cable located in central New Jersey,” officials said.

They have been advised repair crews are “working around the ...

Flags Will Be Flown at Half Staff through August 30 in Sparta

SPARTA, NJ -- All flags will be flown at half-staff through sunset on August 30 as per the Presidential Proclamation, recognizing and mourning the death of Norman V. Inferrera, III, a lifeguard of the Cape May Beach Patrol. Flags will remain at half staff until Aug 30 as a mark of respect for the U.S. service members and other victims killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August ...

Sparta Township Council Takes Next Step to Complete Landfill Closure

SPARTA, NJ – The township council is taking the next steps to make the former landfill something better for Sparta.  Operations ceased at the 79.11 acre site in 1985 but the landfill is only 85% closed, engineer Stan Puszcz of CP Engineering said.

In March the township council asked the Planning Board to designation the property on Price’s Lane a “Brownfield Area in Need ...

University Doctor Says Government Messaging on COVID-19 Needs Improvement

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ- When COVID-19 arrived in the United States in early 2020, health agencies had to rapidly develop a plan to inform the public of the SARS-COV-2 virus. 

Given the pandemic’s rapid spread, communication mistakes were made, potentially contributing to a hesitancy by some to get vaccinated. Indeed the number of vaccine doses administered daily in the country has ...

Main Street in Sparta to be Closed for Bridge Repair Next Week

SPARTA, NJ- The Sussex County Engineer, Bill Koppenaal has advised Sparta Township emergency temporary repairs will be made to the bridge on Main Street.  According to Koppenaal work on bridge Q-06 will begin on August 24 and run through August 26. 

The small bridge goes over the Wallkill River and is located between the municipal building and Glen Road near the Route 15 ...

Sparta Township Council Approves $3 Million Bond Issuance for Water Utility Projects

SPARTA, NJ – More than $3 million was authorized to be bonded for various water and sewer utility related projects by the township council at their meeting on Tuesday night.  The funds from the bond issuances will refund existing debt related to water and sewer and department of public works projects, according to the township’s Chief Financial Officer Grant ...

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Sparta Police: DWI for Sparta Man with Three Kids in the Car

September 15, 2021

SPARTA, NJ – An anonymous call to the Sparta Police Department led to the arrest of a Sparta man in Station Park. On September 11 around 9 p.m. Officer Jon Poon responded to the report and found Peter Chlodnicki, 55 sitting in a car, police said.

Three children were also in the car.  Poon made arrangements for them to be driven home, police said.

After speaking with Chlodnicki, ...

Sparta Police: Car in Rainbow Park Gets Driver DWI

SPARTA, NJ- A Sparta man was charged with drunk driving after police found a car near the basketball court in the middle of Rainbow Park, a "pocket park" in Lake Mohawk. On August 25, around 9:30 Officer Mike Poon found William Greenlaw, 62 in a silver Toyota Prius, police said.

When Poon asked Greenlaw why his car was in the park.  The driver did not have an answer, police ...

Is the Number of Homes for Sale Finally Growing?

 

Is the Number of Homes for Sale Finally Growing?

An important metric in today’s residential real estate market is the number of homes available for sale. The shortage of available housing inventory is the major reason for the double-digit price appreciation we’ve seen in each of the last two years. It’s the reason many would-be purchasers are frustrated ...

How to Remove Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

What are Spotted Lanternflies?

Spotted Lanternflies were first spotted in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania. Since 2014, they have spread to more than seven states, including New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Spotted Lanternflies are an invasive species having the potential to cause devastating damage to vegetation and agricultural businesses.

Sussex County Cancels 2021 Harvest, Honey and Garlic Festival

September 16, 2021

The 2021 Harvest, Honey & Garlic Festival, which was planned at the Sussex County  Fairgrounds for Oct. 9, has been canceled due to increasing COVID-19 infections  countywide. 

The no-cost, annual, family-friendly happening celebrates agritourism, ecotourism  and arts and heritage tourism within Sussex County. At past festivals, in addition to an  array of garlic ...

Celebrated Chefs Support Project Self-Sufficiency at Fundraiser

Northwestern New Jersey’s premier culinary fundraising event, A Taste of Talent, will be held at the North Shore House on behalf of local non-profit agency Project Self-Sufficiency on Monday, September 27th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Patrons are invited to mingle with chefs from approximately 30 celebrated area restaurants while feasting on appetizers, entrees, and desserts.  The ...

Disputes Michael Schnackenberg's Letter about Overdose Awareness Vigil

September 15, 2021

The Many Lies of Michael Schnackenberg 

Something is rotten in the State of Sussex - enter left-wing radical blogger Michael Schnackenberg. This time he is using addiction as a political hit piece. He continues to perpetuate false narratives and blatant lies against elected County Commissioners and state legislators. This is the same individual who openly calls for killing of elected ...

'A Day Like Any Other' - 20th Year Remembrance Ceremony Held at Sussex County Community College

September 16, 2021

NEWTON, NJ—Saturday, September 11, 2021, started out just like any other day. The sun was shining and the sky was blue.

On this day, 20 years ago, people left their homes and families and headed to work and school for the day. However, this day, that started out just like any other day, turned into a day the world would never forget.

The 20th anniversary of the September 11 ...

It’s Apple Picking Season in NJ! How to Pick the Best Apples

September 11, 2021

NEW JERSEY — September is here, which means it’s apple picking season in the Garden State.

If you’re visiting one of New Jersey’s many pick-your-own farms for apples this season, use these tips to come home with the very best fruit:

First, get to know the varieties you’re picking. The color of a ripe apple will depend on that variety, so find out from the farm ...

Movement, Meditation, and Nature: 5 Tips to Alleviate Stress

Stress has a negative impact on our mental and physical health. It can cause various physical ailments like headaches, stomachaches, tight muscles, fatigue, and even high blood pressure. Mentally, stress can make it difficult to concentrate or create memory problems.

But in our busy society run by the pressure of work, family, and the need to do more, how do we alleviate stress?

There are ...

Easy, Crowd-Pleasing, and Seasonal: 5 Side Dish Recipes for Fall

September brings with it a host of fresh produce: grapes, apples, leeks, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, and so much more! There are tons of delicious, in-season fruits and veggies ripe for whipping up mouth-watering side dishes. If you’re wondering how you’ll incorporate seasonal produce into your fall meals, here are a few of the best recipes for your ...

7 Tips for Creating a Lasting Fitness Plan

Now that the bulk of the pandemic is behind us, many are looking for ways to get back in their old fitness routine or start a new one. Whether you’re back at the gym or in your home fitness center, here are seven tips for creating a new routine you’ll actually stick to!

Start Slow

When starting a fitness routine, many people make the mistake of taking on more than they are ...