Sparta Township Introduces Budget, Including School Resource Officer

March 15, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township Council introduced the 2018 budget at the meeting on Tuesday night. 

“We are going out a just one additional tax point,” Township Manager Bill Close said. 

The average assessed home will see an increase of $35 to approximately $2196, due to the township budget according to Close.

The average home is Sparta has slightly decreased in ...

Newton's Town Council Censures Mayor, but 'Hell No' He Won't Go

NEWTON, NJ—Newton Town Council voted 4-1 to censure Mayor Wayne Levante.  A vote of no confidence yielded the same results but Levante would not resign.

“Hell, no” was Levante’s response to the censure resolution that was borne out of recent objectionable facebook posts.

The crowd was initially approximately 85 people, though it grew as people in town watched ...

Newton Town Council Proposes to Censure Mayor

NEWTON, NJ – The mayor of the Town of Newton, Wayne Levante will be facing a resolution “to censure Mayor Wayne Levante” at the special meeting scheduled for Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and there is a portion of the agenda set aside for public comment before the vote on the resolution to censure.

The mayor has been criticized for ...

Friends of Sparta Mountain Petition Council for Help as Logging Resumes

SPARTA, NJ -With the logging due of Sparta Mountain Reserve due to resume on February 14,Friends of Sparta Mountain spoke at the Sparta Township Council meeting on Tuesday.  Gail Adrian of Lake Tamarack and Robert Moss took the microphone during public comment to ask for help.

Adrian asked that the council members consider the value of the forest and its part in making Sparta a ...

Sparta Township Council Meeting: Proclamations, Credit Cards, SRECs and Water Tower

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Council issued two proclamations at the regular meeting on Tuesday night.  Mayor Josh Herzberg read a proclamation declaring February American Heart Month and another honoring Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Marshall, Sparta resident Betsy Sutherland.

Hertzberg explained the need for awareness of heart health challenges.  He spoke about ...

Sparta Planning Board Meeting Canceled

SPARTA, NJ - The Planning Board meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled for tonight, Wednesday, February 7.

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Gottheimer Recognizes Important Next Step To New Bus Service In Sussex And Warren

March 15, 2018

VERNON, N.J. --  Today, Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) celebrated the next step in increasing accessibility and transportation options for residents in Vernon Township and across Sussex and Warren County.

Through conversations with constituents, businesses, and local elected officials, Congressman Gottheimer identified the urgent need for more transportation options to New York City ...

5 Tips for elected officials

March 9, 2018

Dear Editor,

Wayne Levante, a self-described moderate, business-friendly mayor of Newton since his appointment 8 months ago, has been mired by one misstep and controversy after another.  From peddling debunked conspiracy theories about student “crisis actors” in the Parkland, Florida mass school shooting on social media, attacking residents and calling them ...