Government

July 21, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his regular COVID press briefing on Monday, July 19, that over 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in New Jersey and that more than 5 million individuals who live, work, or study in the state are now fully vaccinated. Among ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township interim Manager Neil Spidaletto announced the passing of Janice Stevens who has served the community for 23 years.  Stevens worked in the Planning and Zoning Departments where her responsibilities included zoning code enforcement, “no easy task.” “Janice was ...

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NEWTON, NJ — The Town of Newton has received a $360,000 grant for sidewalks.  Town officials have announced the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs grant will provide funding to install sidewalks along Route 206- Water Street. Further sidewalks that connect area neighborhoods with retail ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Council recognized June as LGBT Pride Month at the meeting on Tuesday.  Mayor Christine Quinn read a proclamation into the record.  The lights on the front of Sparta Township municipal building have been illuminated in rainbow colors to commemorate LGBT Pride ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Council passed an ordinance to opt out of all five cannabis business licenses at their meeting on Tuesday.  The vote was 3-1; Mayor Christine Quinn, Deputy Mayor Dave Smith and Councilwoman Molly Whilesmith all voting yes with Councilman Dan Chiariello the only no.  ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Council took steps to add another turf field to the recreation department’s inventory.  At their last  meeting with a vote of 4-1 the council members approved resolution 9-6, to submit an application for a “Local Recreation Improvement Grant,” seeking supplemental ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Council honored township employees in a proclamation recognizing Department of Public Works Week.  Mike McCarrick accepted the proclamation from Mayor Christine Quinn on behalf of Director James Zepp and the members of the Sparta DPW. “You cannot look around ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Office employees will be allowed to return to work without the need to wear masks or social distance, as long as they have proof of being vaccinated against the coronavirus, under Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest executive order. The order, which takes effect on June 4, also lifts minimum ...

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SPARTA, NJ- With all council members in the chamber for the first time in more than a year, Sparta Township Council took their first step, for the third time, to ban marijuana businesses within the town.  In a 4-1 vote, with Councilman Dan Chiariello the lone dissenter, Sparta approved the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ  – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Monday welcomed home Ashu Mahajan, a Scotch Plains resident who recently traveled to India to visit his ailing father and became trapped by tightening COVID-19 restrictions. Sen.

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TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey is now offering more incentives for unvaccinated people to get their shots, including free wine, free access to state beaches, and a chance to dine with the governor and first lady of the state. During his press briefing held at Island Beach State Park, Gov. Phil Murphy ...

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TRENTON, NJ—For the 15th consecutive time, Gov. Phil Murphy has extended New Jersey’s public health emergency for another month, but acknowledges that it may be the last time the executive order is needed. As state coronavirus metrics continue to trend in the right direction, Murphy said his ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Township Council passed the 2021 budget at the meeting on Tuesday. “This is a good budget,” Mayor Christine Quinn said at the previous council meeting.  “It’s good for the town, it’s good for the residents." The total local municipal tax is $17,734,106.67 representing a ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Touting the benefits of vaccination in curbing the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy at his press briefing today said that he anticipates that the CDC and the FDA will give the green light to Pfizer’s emergency use authorization application to vaccinate adolescents between the ages ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Murphy reported during his COVID briefing on Wednesday that effective May 19, the state will lift the prohibition on interstate indoor youth competitions. Additionally, he said that only 16 school districts are still all remote.  "We continue to work to see every school ...

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LAFAYETTE, NJ –The Sussex County Municipal Authority or SCUMa will be holding an E-Waste collection event on Saturday, May 22 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their facility at 34 State Route 94 in Lafayette. The electronic wasted they will accept includes: Computers, Hard ...

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NEWARK, NJ - NJ TRANSIT has announced a new partnership in a statement on May 4 to help get more New Jersey residents vaccinated. The partnership called VAXRide should help approximately 11,000 residents get free rides to both public and private vaccination destinations.  Novartis, a NJ based ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- With COVID-19 numbers trending decisively in the right direction and New Jersey progressing toward its adult-age vaccination goals, Gov. Murphy on Monday announced an additional easing of restrictions, including a removal of all percentage capacity limits for indoor and outdoor ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy at his COVID press briefing Wednesday announced that he would sign an Executive Order allowing for summer camps – both day camps and sleep away camps – to open for the upcoming season. The governor says that he is pleased with the way COVID numbers are trending ...

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NEWTON, NJ — The Sussex County Board of Elections had an unusual meeting on Tuesday during which public comment on the topic of “election integrity” took nearly two hours. Several members of the public attended, requiring the meeting to be moved to the conference room in Sussex County Clerk Jeff ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy signed bill A5405, which will direct $10 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund established under the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. This funding will be distributed to seven New ...

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TRENTON — Motorist now have a new option for their driver's license and non-driver identification cards. A Gender "X" option is now available announced the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Gender “X” will indicate a gender is unspecified and it will be offered alongside the existing “M” ...

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Governor Murphy has declared that the bear hunt is over. Sparta’s representatives in the New Jersey State Senate and Assembly disagree with his position.  Where does the public stand on the issue? SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ - In 2014 Pedals the black bear became famous for sauntering upright through ...

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BYRAM, NJ – The Sussex County Department of Engineering and Planning announced the bridge on North Shore Road going over Cranberry Lake Inlet in Byram Township will be down to a single lane of alternating traffic beginning Wednesday April 7 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. The bridge, identified as ...

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SPARTA, NJ — With the recent announcement of the township manager’s retirement on April 1 Sparta Township Council named Chief Neil Spidaletto to be Acting Township Manager. Sparta CFO Grant Rome will continue as Deputy Township Manager. “I think this is a phenomenal team that will balance each ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Township Manager announced he would be retiring, at the township council meeting on Tuesday night.  “After 37 years in local government, I notified the council I will be stepping away from the job and retiring as of April 1,” Bill Close said thanking members of the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Council passed a resolution referring the site of the former township dump to the Planning Board for evaluation as a potential “Brownfield Area in Need of Redevelopment.” According to engineer Stan Puszcz of CP Engineering, the 79.11 acre township owned site on ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his annual budget address on Tuesday by outlining a Fiscal Year 2022 Budget that includes investments to help New Jersey emerge from the pandemic stronger, fairer and more resilient he said. The governor said that he was proud to unveil this budget, ...

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NEW JERSEY — Around midday Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana-use and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months. The legislation will allow for adults to legally possess as much as six ounces of marijuana and mean relief for ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Months after signing expansive environmental justice legislative, Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday vowed New Jersey would put its money where its mouth is - investing over $130 million in clean transportation projects. Murphy, who spoke about more green initiatives during a press ...

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