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Sparta Township Gets $300K LEAP Grant for Court Room Upgrades

September 27, 2022

SPARTA, NJ – The township council received a Local Efficiency Achievement Program or “LEAP” grant  from the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs or DCA.  The funding of $306,735.89  will go to cover the costs of the improvements to the council chambers that is also used for municipal court.

Some of the improvements have already been installed including the ...

'Mega-Warehouse' Developer Files Motion to Dismiss Residents' Lawsuit

SPARTA, NJ – The warehouse litigation is moving slowly along.  Instead of filing a response to the lawsuit, Diamond Chip Realty or DCR has filed a motion to dismiss.

“We are not surprised by this motion,” objector attorney Anand Dash said.  He said it is rare that the court circumvents the judicial process and dismisses a suit.

“They have deep ...

Sparta Township Planning Board's Subcommittee to Review 'Mega-Warehouse' Ordinance

SPARTA, NJ – The subcommittee of the Sparta Planning Board has been selected and will begin meeting this week. According to chair Andrew Reina the committee consists of six people including two planning board members.

The committee is

Cliff Cernek,
Ron Day,
Lindsey Schlott,
Ann Lopuch,
Christine Quinn – councilwoman and planning board member,
Peter Skei – ...

Applications Due Friday for Sparta Planning Board Ordinance Review Subcommittee

SPARTA, NJ- Residents have until the “close of business” on Friday, September 9 to apply for the planning board subcommittee announced last week, according to Sparta Planning Board Chair Drew Reina.

The applications were initially due on Wednesday but because “there was a delay in the getting the press release out” Reina said the deadline was pushed back until ...

New Sparta Planning Board Member Appointed by Township Council

SPARTA, NJ – Former Sparta Police Chief Ernest Reigstad was appointed to the planning board at the  last township council meeting.  The former chief was approved 4-1 with councilman Dan Chiariello opposing the appointment because he had not had the chance to talk with the candidate in advance of the recommendation he said.

Under the New Business portion of the agenda Mayor ...

Sparta Township Labor Day Garbage and Recycling Reminder

SPARTA, NJ- Township officials remind residents, due to the Labor Day holiday on September 5, there will be no trash or recycling pickup. Recycling will be picked up on Tuesday, September 6th. The next scheduled trash pickup day will be Thursday, September 8th.

Sparta Residents Invited to be Part of Planning Board Subcommittee to Review Ordinances

SPARTA, NJ – The community is invited to apply to be part of a Sparta Planning Board subcommittee to review the land use ordinances pertaining to the Economic Development or ED Zone and the Planned Development Resource Management-1 or PDRM-1 Zone. The proposed Diamond Chip Realty application is for a property in the ED Zone.

“I’m really excited about this,” Planning ...

Mandatory Water Restrictions Announced for Some Areas of Sparta

SPARTA, NJ – With ongoing drought conditions, Sparta Township officials have announced mandatory water restrictions for two water systems; Highlands Water System and the Sussex Mills Pressure Zone in the  Lake Mohawk Water System. The Sunset Lake Water System is also an issue because of over-watering, according to the Sparta Water Utility.  Other areas of Sparta are reminded of ...

Sparta Township Council Announces Formation of Committee to Review 'Warehouse' Ordinance

SPARTA, NJ – Four months after some township council members announced, “the ball was rolling,” on changing land use ordinance 21-01 that opened the door to the 880,000 square foot multi-modal project application, it appears they are closer to doing something.

The council chambers were full once again for the township council meeting on Tuesday night as mayor Dave Smith ...


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NJEDA to Create Offshore Wind Workforce and Skills Development Grant Challenge

TRENTON, NJ - Opportunities to develop job skills for careers in New Jersey’s growing offshore wind industry are coming to residents across the state, particularly those in New Jersey.s Overburdened Communities,

Approved earlier this month by the NJEDA’s Board, the $3.725 million Offshore Wind Workforce and Skills Development Grant Challenge (Grant Challenge) will offer grants to ...

NJEDA To Open Food Security Planning Grant Program Application September 27

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced that it will open applications for its $1.5 million Food Security Planning Grant Program on Tuesday, September 27. This competitive program offers grants ranging from $75,000 to $125,000 to municipal governments, county governments, and redevelopment agencies to develop plans to improve food ...

NJEDA to Host Main Street Micro Business Loan Program Virtual Information Session

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is hosting a webinar for one of its new programs -- the Main Street Micro Business Loan -- to provide low-cost financing to New Jersey micro businesses in need of working capital to support future business operating expenses.

The Main Street Micro Business Loan will offer financing of up to $50,000 to eligible micro businesses in New ...

Will My House Still Sell in Today’s Market?

Will My House Still Sell in Today’s Market?


If recent headlines about the housing market cooling and buyer demand moderating have you worried you’ve missed your chance to sell, here’s what you need to know. Buyer demand hasn’t disappeared, it’s just eased from the peak intensity we saw over the past two years.

Buyer Demand Then and ...

Shared Services

October 2, 2022

The Sparta School District is currently working in coordination with Sparta Township on several shared service projects, upgrading our facilities and grounds. These projects grant accessibility to all community members, improve safety and security, and provide savings to the taxpayers.  I have been a liaison between the School District and the Township for the past ...

Parental Rights

As Supreme Court Justice James McReynolds said, “The child is not the mere creature of the State.” 

Recently, the Sparta Board of Education voted in new Sex Ed curriculum for our students.  Niamh Grano, Jennifer Miller, Patrick McKernan, Wendy Selander, Vanessa Serrano, and Craig Palleschi voted yes to affirm this new curriculum.  Kurt Morris and Lauren Collier voted ...

Student Achievement and Ranking

New Jersey is overall ranked #3 in public education in the country. It is remarkable that we live in a state well known for its public school systems; it is reflected in the property taxes we incur. Despite this, Sparta continues to slide in the district rankings within New Jersey. Sparta was trending downward prior to the pandemic, so we cannot blame it on that. Further, it is noted that state ...

Voting Has No Place in Schools

It is long overdue that schools need to be removed as an acceptable site for public voting. Sparta has plenty of other options for locations. For years, the Board of Education has been told voting must be located in schools by the Board of Elections. Why?  Because schools are the preferred site.

Yet, horrific school shootings are occurring on a regular basis all over our country. Our ...

Frank Advice Regarding Sparta Council Election

September 29, 2022

I enjoy political cliches-such as “at the end of the day”, “we need to have an adult conversation about.....” and especially “we are at a crossroads”. Sometimes the latter is actually true. Sparta is at a crossroads and it will require not just a one time choice of path, but a sustained push in the right direction if we are to manage inevitable development ...

Sussex County 22nd Annual Salute to Military Veterans  

October 1, 2022


(Augusta, NJ) The Sussex County Board of County Commissioners, Department of Health  and Human Services, Division of Senior Services and the Veterans Committee cordially invite you to  attend the 22nd Annual Salute to Military Veterans Event. After two years of hosting this event  virtually, our annual tribute will be in person and will begin at 1:00 p.m., on Sunday, ...

Register today for the 16th annual Sparta Education Foundation Krogh's Turkey Trot!

The Sparta Education Foundation’s popular Krogh’s Turkey Trot will return to Sparta for its 16th year this Thanksgiving morning, with registration now open for the 5k and 1 mile Fun Run at

Starting October 1 and continuing until 8 am race-day, registration is $35 for the 5k, and $20 for the 1-mile Fun Run.

Throughout the month of October, Krogh’s ...

Upcoming Events


Sun, October 9, 12:00 PM

VFW, Sparta

Sparta Students First to Host Town Hall Candidate ...

Sun, October 9, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Vintage Waterfowl Decoys: America's First Folk ...

Parking Rates and Policies for Town of Newton Updated September 1

September 26, 2022

NEWTON, NJ – Parking plaza passes for daily use can be purchased at the finance office in the municipal building.  The passes eliminate the need to purchase individual tickets from vending machines every time patrons use the parking lots.

The new rates for Parking Plaza Passes, effective as of August:

Monthly - $45
Quarterly - $135
Annual - $450

Parking passes and ...

Help for Hurricane Ian's Victims Coming from New Jersey

September 29, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Members of the New Jersey National Guard will soon deploy to Florida to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, which made landfall on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced 135 members, in addition to 40 military and support vehicles will be sent to help with the storm response.

“We are thankful for the 135 men and women who bravely ...

TAPinto Kenilworth Publisher to Perform in Local Musical

KENILWORTH, NJ — Not having a plan is part of Telina Cuppari's plan.

"I'm the most impulsive person in the world," Cuppari, the owner and publisher of TAPinto Kenilworth, said. "I've always been spontaneous. I'm more of a go-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of girl. I don't like planning."

Earlier this year, Cuppari saw an article on ...