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Gov. Murphy Signs Landmark Universal Maternal and Infant Care Legislation 

July 29, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – In a state faced with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy aims to tackle those numbers with the establishment of a universal home nurse visitation program for newborns.

Murphy signed a landmark bill (S690) on Thursday at the Leaguers, Inc. building in Newark, giving New Jersey one of the most comprehensive and robust home visitation ...

Algae Bloom Affects Sparta's Lake Mohawk Beaches

SPARTA, NJ – Lake Mohawk Country Club beaches are open. A day after announcing they would be closed due to an algae bloom, LMCC General Manager John Stanley announced in a second letter to members, swimming could resume except for Beach 1 and Beach 5.

The July 28 closure was because of a “moderate algae bloom over most of the lake,” according to the July 27 letter sent out by ...

Beach Reopens at Hopatcong State Park

ROXBURY, NJ — The swimming/beach area at Hopatcong State Park, closed over the weekend due to contamination, reopens today, according to the state.

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) closed the area on July 24, citing only high bacteria counts in the lake water. It did not specify the source of the bacteria or the type, but past closures have been due to too much E.

Atlantic Medical Group Cardiologist Offers Heart Health Tips During Extreme Heat

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- As we start to hit the peak of summer heat, it is more important than ever to keep our hearts healthy. Individuals who have a preexisting heart condition need to be extra careful with these extreme weather circumstances. However, people with healthy hearts are likely to experience problems as well.

Michael Weinrauch, MD, Chairman of Cardiology at Overlook ...

Sparta Police Department Go 2 Cooling Center Open Friday and Saturday

SPARTA, NJ – The lobby of the Sparta Police Department will be open as a GO 2 cooling center during the heat advisories on July 16 and 17. Residents taking advantage of the cooling center are asked to check in with dispatchers when they arrive.

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J&J Recalls Neutrogena and Aveeno Sunscreens

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - All lots of Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol sunscreen products have been voluntarily recalled, announced Johnson & Johnson.

According to a company announcement, internal testing identified low levels of benzene in some product samples. Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen, a substance that could potentially cause cancer depending on the level and extent of ...

Atlantic Health System, NYU Langone Health Announce Organ Transplantation Partnership

SUMMIT and MORRISTOWN, NJ - New Jersey-based Atlantic Health System and New York-based NYU Langone Health -- two of the leading names in healthcare in the Tri-State region -- are joining together to give patients greater access to heart and liver transplants and the coordinated, high-quality care needed to stay healthy.

The health systems will coordinate transplant ...

Mold Found at Two Sparta Schools During Summer Maintenance

SPARTA, NJ – The heating and air conditioning replacements at Helen Morgan and Alpine Elementary schools hit a “little hiccup” when mold was discovered behind old units as they were being removed.

“We were not expecting mold but we were not surprised,” Superintendent Matthew Beck said. “The systems are old, that’s why they are being ...

Sparta Township Opens Go 2 Cooling Centers Through Wednesday

SPARTA, NJ -Due to the high temperatures over the next few days, the Sparta Go 2 Centers will be open to anyone who needs a place to cool down or recharge their phones, according to an annoucement from Sparta Township Officials.

The Sparta Police Department lobby is open 24 hours.  Residents are asked to check in with dispatch when they arrive.  The Sparta Township Public Library is ...

Sparta Senior Center Hosts WISE Program

SPARTA, NJ – Senior had the last of a series of six classes as part of the Wellness Initiative Senior Education or WISE program last week.  Each week the group of approximately 30 people gathered in the Senior Center at Knoll Heights for discussions on various health topics. 

“I enjoy coming to the WISE,” Eileen Francis said.  “I always get something ...


Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center Ranked Number One Hospital in New Jersey for the Fourth Year in a Row by U.S. News & World Report

July 27, 2021

 MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System announced on Tuesday that Morristown Medical Center was ranked the number one hospital in New Jersey for the fourth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021-2022 Best Hospital rankings. The medical center is one of the top acute care hospitals in New Jersey to be nationally ranked, and ...


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What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

5 Cool Tips to Prevent Heat-Related Illness

You’re finishing up your afternoon walk on a scorching 90-degree day when you feel a little dizzy. You check your pulse. It’s faster than normal. You’re sweating, and you feel a cramp in your left leg. Should you head indoors?

Yes, says Alexander Sarenac, MD, an emergency medicine physician with Atlantic AdvancED Urgent Care. “These are all signs of a health condition ...

Taste of Newton Returns for Food, Festivity and Fun!

July 29, 2021

The Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that A Taste of Newton is back for 2021! This year’s event, being held Monday, September 13 with a rain date of September 20, offers the opportunity to dine at numerous area restaurants in one night, bringing together local eateries and residents for food, festivity and fun!

Generously sponsored by Thorlabs and Teyma General ...

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center Ranked Number One Hospital in New Jersey for the Fourth Year in a Row by U.S. News & World Report

 MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System announced on Tuesday that Morristown Medical Center was ranked the number one hospital in New Jersey for the fourth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021-2022 Best Hospital rankings. The medical center is one of the top acute care hospitals in New Jersey to be nationally ranked, and ...

Open letter to Sparta Commons HoA Board

July 20, 2021

An open letter to the HoA board at Sparta Commons,

For two years now, the repair requests are not responded to. Not even acknowledged.  Our leaking roofs and loose gutters cause damage inside our homes, this is property damage we must pay for out of our own pocket. Over time, the state of disrepair causes mold, mildew, and health issues, as well as more expenses.

Upcoming Events


Thu, July 29

Pig Whistle Inn, Czig Meister Brewing, Mama's& Cafe Bacci, The Homestead Rest, Hackettstown, Newton, Sparta

Cocktails for a Cause: Shelter from the Storm ...

Food & Drink Giving Back


Thu, July 29, 1:00 PM

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church , Sparta

Community Blood Drive at Shepherd of the Hills ...

Giving Back Other

A Look At Housing Supply and What It Means For Sellers

A Look at Housing Supply and What It Means for Sellers

One of the hottest topics of conversation in today’s real estate market is the shortage of available homes. Simply put, there are many more potential buyers than there are homes for sale. As a seller, you’ve likely heard that low supply is good news for you. It means your house will get more attention, and ...

In Season: The Best Ways to Cook NJ Sweet Corn

July 28, 2021

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey sweet corn is in season until the beginning of September. Take advantage of this local summer veggie by eating it as soon as possible after it’s picked — the sugar turns to starch as it ages.

For storage, keep fresh corn on the cob in the husk in the fridge. Once you’re ready to enjoy your corn, remove the husk and silk, wash it and try one of ...

TAPinto Denville Franchisee Joins Senior Team of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

DENVILLE, NJ -- The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced the addition of Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq. -- franchisee, publisher, and editor of TAPinto Denville -- as chief of policy and government affairs. 

AACCNJ is a proactive advocacy group that provides a platform for New Jersey’s African-American business leaders to speak with a ...

5 Minute Intervals Or 30 Minutes At Once: Which Is Better?

Squeezing in time to exercise can be challenging, especially if you juggle a hectic schedule. But staying physically active is one of the most important things you can do for your health as you age.

Given the increasing popularity of 5-minute interval workouts (or High-Intensity Interval Training – HIIT), swapping short bursts of moderately intense and vigorous aerobic exercise followed ...

8 Simple Activities To Enjoy With Your Grandkids

Spending quality time with your grandkids (and kids) adds joy and laughter to any given day. Just basking in a child’s boundless energy and carefree silliness can boost your mood and make you smile. But joining in the fun also keeps you physically and mentally active – and research shows that multigenerational interaction is good for older adults and kids.


If you’re ...

How to Incorporate Chalk Paint Into Your Next Project

Chalk paint is all the rage for that cozy richness it gives to furniture, décor, and even walls. The matte finish adds a softness to bold colors and a thickness that covers even the most worn down surfaces.


Home decorating moguls love chalk paint, and now you can, too - here’s the lowdown on why, where, and how to use chalk paint for your next DIY decorating ...

Tile, Wood, or Laminate — What’s Your Flooring Match?

If your wood floors are discolored and scratched, your tile chipped, or your laminate worn, you may need an upgrade! But what’s the best flooring option? That all depends on the purpose of the area to be refinished, your budget, and your style.

The following sections will outline some of the key differences between wood, tile, and laminate.

Since there are pros and cons to each type ...