Government

February 14, 2020

SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Township Council has been discussing or not discussing what goes on in the advisory committees.  When new mayor Jerry Murphy took the gavel for his first regular meeting, he told the council members they were to no longer give liaison reports from the committees with which ...

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SPARTA, NJ – One day after the 100th anniversary of New Jersey’s ratification of the 19th amendment insuring the right to vote for women, the township council presented a proclamation to members of the League of Women Voters.  Litsa Binder, Toni Zimmer, Susan Prionti and Bill Greenlaw accepted ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Several new members were appointed to Sparta Township Zoning and Planning Boards.  At the township council meeting on Tuesday, January 28 the council members met in executive session to interview candidates for the statutory boards. During the meeting the selected candidates were ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Councilwoman Molly Whilesmith was recognized for her service as the 2019 Sparta Township Mayor.  At the January 28 meeting current mayor Jerry Murphy gave Whilesmith a plaque, pin and paperweight from the township. “I’m always amazed when there are ladies on town council,” Murphy ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The township council bid farewell to Wilbur Goldschmidt as he steps away from his position on the Sparta Zoning Board.  Goldschmidt has volunteered for this statutory board for 42 years, 21 of which he served as president of the board. Goldschmidt said, “It’s a great town.” Mayor ...

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NEWTON, NJ – The latest step in Sparta Mayor Jerry Murphy’s litigation against Sparta Police Department when forward on Wednesday.  Hon. David Weaver heard oral arguments in Murphy’s Motion for Reconsideration in the old courthouse building from Murphy’s attorney George Daggett and Ashley Malandre ...

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TRENTON, N.J. –  The bill designating the Seeing Eye® dog as the State Dog, has now been signed into law. The Seeing Eye, which is located in Morris Township, enhances the independence, dignity and self-confidence of people who are blind, through the use of their specially trained dog. According ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Christmas tree pick up and storm debris drop off is ongoing in the township.  As planned, Christmas trees left at the curb, without any lights, decorations, bags or stands, will be picked up by the department of public works.  Christmas trees must be left at the curb by January 17, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Council selected new leadership from among the members at the 2020 re-organization meeting on Tuesday night at town hall. Jerard Muphy has been appointed Mayor.  The vote was 3-2 with Molly Whilesmith and Dan Chiariello voting no. Christine Quinn will reprise ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The two elected public boards will hold their reorganization meetings next week. Sparta Board of Education will hold their annual reorganization meeting on Monday, January 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Mohawk Avenue School.  New board members Niamh Grano and Kurt Morris and returning board ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy, on Dec. 19, signed into law a bill that now makes New Jersey one of more than a dozen states to allow undocumented immigrants the right to legally obtain a driver’s license.  “For everyone to have the ability to get licenses and therefore, if they have a car, get ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The township is holding a free rabies clinic for cats and dogs on Saturday, January 11 at the Department of Public Works, 15 Prices Lane. Dogs 1-3 p.m. Cats 1-4 p.m. This will be the only rabies clinic offered in Sparta for 2020 according to township manager Bill Close. He ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The township department of public works will be picking up Christmas trees from Thursday, January 2 through Friday, January 17. Residents must put the trees by 7 a.m.  The trees must not have any decorations, lights, tinsel or stands.  They cannot be in a bag.  Wreaths and branches ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy today signed legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses. The legislation, part of Murphy's progressive agenda, will allow an estimated 400,000 undocumented immigrants the right to apply for a license. New Jersey is the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township officials advised garbage and recycling collections scheduled for Tuesday, December 17 are canceled due to inclement weather. Sparta schools will be following a delayed opening schedule. This article will be updated if there are additional closures and ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market had a special visitor on Sunday afternoon. Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill joined Mayor Molly Whilesmith, council members Dan Chiariello and Dave Smith, Susan Egan and John Stanley of the Lake Mohawk Country Club to walk on the boardwalk taking in ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The township is assisting with the cleanup after the winter storm that hit earlier this week.  They have set up a temporary drop off site for residents at the Public Works facility at 15 Prices Lane, off Route 15, officials said. Only storm debris, including tree branches and brush ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The 2019 ballot had only a few contested elections.  The two assembly seats and for Sparta, three board of education seats. The unofficial results: Kim Bragg, Kurt Morris and Niamh Grano have won the board of education seats. Parker Space and Harold Wirths won the assembly seats.

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NEWTON, NJ—The 2019 general election will take place on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Polls are open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Election Day is not a federal holiday, but it is a state holiday in New Jersey. Since Election Day is not a federal holiday, there will be mail delivery on November 5. State ...

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SPARTA,NJ - The New Jersey Department of Transportation has announced a major construction project on Route 15 at the Main Street overpass in Sparta, anticipated to begin on or about August 1. The construction is anticipated to take 15 months with an estimated completion date of November 9, 2020, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Road work will begin on Old Prospect School Road and West Mountain Road on or around July 23, weather permitting according to Sparta Township officials.  The work will include milling and paving which will impact travel and could cause delays, according to the township. . For ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Fire Department has six new recruits.  The men were introduced in Sparta Township Manager Bill Close’s report at the council meeting last week as recommended by Chief Mike Herbst. Peyton Gaughan- recommended by current members, Paul Williams – recommended as Herbst ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Four state senators are calling for a Middlesex County Superior Court judge to be removed from the bench for her handling of a rape case involving a 12-year-old girl. Senators Bob Smith, Joseph Vitale, Linda Greenstein and Patrick Diegnan have submitted a formal complaint to ...

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SPARTA, NJ - The Sparta Township Council approved the first reading of two bond ordinances for municipal improvements at the June 25 meeting. Ordinance 19-8 is for improvements to be made to the Department of Pubic Works facility located at Prices Lane. According to the ordinance the bond ...

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BELLEVILLE, NJ - Protesters outside of a Belleville restaurant today weren’t feeling the love that U.S. Sen. Cory Booker so often speaks of on his presidential campaign trail.  “Booker’s a hypocrite! Booker’s a hypocrite!” about 40 protesters aligned with progressive groups chanted outside of ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Council wished Eric Powell a fare at the Sparta Township Council meeting on Tuesday.  The township engineer is retiring, sort of, after 29 years of service in Sparta. “This was obviously a tough decision,” Powell said.  “You don’t expect to start a job after ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Council presented a proclamation designating June as LGBT Pride Month.  The lights on town hall were turned into a rainbow.  The proclamation cited President Bill Clinton’s actions in 2000 declaring June Gay and Lesbian Pride month commemorating the 1969 ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – The sun shone brightly as Montville Township residents gathered to pay their respects to their fellow residents who are veterans, and to thank them and veterans who have died in military service for our country. The Montville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5481 held a heart-felt ...

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SPARTA, NJ – In recognition of National 911 Telecommunicators Week, the Sparta Township Council issued a proclamation. Dan Koteras a Sparta 911 Dispatcher together with Lt. John Lamon, received the proclamation on behalf of the Sparta Dispatchers.  Deputy Mayor Christine Quinn read the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The “chop” continues on Sparta Mountain.  The brief reprieve announced by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection was lifted. In March the trucks rolled into the Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area to cut down the trees under the guise of a forest stewardship ...

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