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Sparta Police Announce Voluntary Residential Security Camera Registration Initiative

September 22, 2022

SPARTA, NJ – As home security cameras become more ubiquitous, police are asking residents to share information about their home surveillance equipment to “assist in future investigations and help protect the community,” according to the Sparta Police Department.

“What this does is allow residents to register with our department stating that they have a home security ...

Sparta Police: Jail for Man Injecting Drugs While Driving, Nearly Running Over Officers

SPARTA, NJ –  A North Began man narrowly missed hitting two Sparta Police officers while speeding away from a third officer before crashing his car into a tree. On September 1 around 10:30 p.m. Christopher Morales, 43, was seen driving erratically in a silver Kia Forte on Sparta Avenue, Sparta Lt. Lamon said.

When Sparta Det. Steve Guido tried to stop him on Sparta Avenue near ...

Sparta Police: Napping Alabama Man gets DWI

SPARTA, NJ- When Sparta Police Officer Andrew Spitzer followed up on a report of an unoccupied car stopped on the side of the road on Main Street with the motor running, he found Agoro Oluwadami, 49 sleeping on the front seat, police said.

Spitzer suspected the Gallion, Alabama resident had been drinking and had him perform field sobriety tests. Oluwadami was then taken to Sparta Police ...

Sparta Police: Augusta Man, Weaving and Napping Gets DWI

SPARTA, NJ -  Sparta Police Cpl. Lippencott found Brett Lewis, 45 apparently sleeping  in his car when she was following up on a report of an erratic driver.  On August 27 around 6:15 p.m. the officer knocked on the window of the tan Pontiac on the shoulder of Route 15 near the Blue Heron exit, police said.  

Lewis did not respond when she knocked on the window, police ...

Sparta Police Continue 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' Campaign through Labor Day Weekend

SPARTA, NJ – The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will be continuing in Sparta through the Labor Day weekend.  The campaign sponsored by the United States Department of Transportation provides grand funding to support extra patrols during the holidays, to focus on law enforcement with a goal of stopping drunk and impaired driving, Sparta Police Chief Neil Spidaletto ...

Sparta Police: Sparta Man's Broken Light Leads to DWI

SPARTA, NJ –A black Chevrolet on Route 15 north with a broken headlight caught the attention of Sparta Police Officer Mike Poon.  On August 18 around 1:15 a.m. Poon stopped Michael Colvin, 31 after checking the registration and finding the owner’s license was expired, police said.

Poon suspected Colvin had been drinking and had him perform field sobriety tests.  Colvin ...

Sparta Police: Sparta Man Weaves to DWI

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta woman driving black Jeep was weaving on Route 517 south and got pulled over on August 18.  Around 10:59 p.m. Officer Andrew Spitzer stopped Ali Elnasser, 54, police said.

Spitzer suspected Elnasser had been drinking and asked him to perform field sobriety tests.  He was then taken into custody and brought to Sparta Police Department Headquarters, police ...

Truck and Excavator Crash into Mavis Tire in Sparta

SPARTA, NJ – No one was injured when a truck pulling an excavator flipped over in the parking lot of Mavis Tire.  On August 23 around 9 p.m. Luciano Viera Dos Santos, 28 of North Arlington was driving down Glen Road toward Main Street when Dos Santos said his brakes failed, according to police.

Dos Santos hit two vehicles, a Sprinter van and Hyundai Sonata, parked in the Mavis Tire ...

Sparta Junior Police Academy: Day 3 Graduation

SPARTA, NJ – The final day of Junior Police Academy culminated in a graduation ceremony for the 50 participants.  They had another chance to run the obstacle course, a visit from Airforce K9 and few other activities before the closing ceremony.

“I am very proud of the many officers from our department who worked together in order to create an unforgettable experience for these ...

Newark Duo Arrested After Attempted Theft, Chase and Crash in Stolen Bentley

SPARTA, NJ – What started out as a botched attempt to steal a car out of a driveway ended with a chase, a crash and two Newark men under arrest.  On August 17 around 7:15 a.m. Sparta dispatch got a call from a resident reporting someone had tried to break into the cars in his driveway, according to police.

By the end of the ordeal, Dahmar Robinson, 21 and Rajohn Robinson, 27, ...


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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 kroghsturkeytrot.com

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 ...