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Sparta Police: Newton Woman Drives Wrong Way, Faces DWI Charges

SPARTA, NJ - A Newton woman is facing driving while intoxicated charges when she was seen driving the wrong way on the Woodport Road jug handle.  On March 18, around 12:30 a.m. Police Officer Chris Favaro saw Kathryn Grieg driving in the wrong direction and pulled her over into a nearby parking lot according to police.

Favaro suspected the 30-year-old was intoxicated after speaking with her, police report.

Grieg was charged with DWI, reckless driving, wrong way on a one way street, improper turn, consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, improper backing and failure to wear a seatbelt.

Grieg was released to a sober driver pending a court appearance. 

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Sparta Police Rescue Two Dogs from House Fire

April 20, 2017

SPARTA, NJ -A Sparta police officers rescued two dogs from a house fire on the afternoon of April 13.  Around 3:30 p.m.  Cpl. Rick Smith broke the rear sliding glass door of 65 Hillside Road to be sure no one was in the house that was on fire, police report.

With flames and smoke coming from the second story the police checked and found only the dogs at home.  After getting the ...

Sparta Recognizes April as 9-1-1 Month

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Council proclaimed the week of April 9 to 15 National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week and April  9-1-1 Education Month.  Mayor Gil Gibbs read a proclamation that was accepted by Acting Chief Neil Spidaletto. 

Spidaletto explained the police department sends dispatchers to school to talk with the first and second grade students and ...

Sparta Police: Port Jervis Woman Faces Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

SPARTA, NJ – A woman from Port Jervis was stopped on Route 15 for having a broken tail light on April 11 around 1 a.m. Sgt. John Lamon stopped the 1998 Plymouth, driven by Amanda Strohmeier on the northbound side, police report.

When Lamon spoke with suspected Strohmeier he suspected the 26-year-old was under the influence of a narcotic.  Lamon, joined by Sparta Cpl Joe Antonello ...

The First Earth Day and Now

April 24, 2017

To the Editor: Earth Day

I went to the first Earth Day at a college in Jersey City. Earth Day had been proposed by Senator Gaylord Nelson, a Democrat from Wisconsin, and Pete McCloskey, a Republican Conservationist, for April 1970 after an oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.  We would have many more  of those in coming years.

At the first Earth Day, we students probably had a ...

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Michael Scalera III - Obituary

April 13, 2017

Michael was born on March 12, 1933 and passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017.

Michael was a resident of Newton, New Jersey at the time of his passing.

He graduated from Seton Hall University earning his BS in Business Administration and Management.

He served in the US Army Intelligence as a Cryptographer Seventh Army Group Headquartered in Konigsberg Germany.

He was married ...

Rumors of Poisoned Animals Spread After Two Dead Deer Were Found in Kenilworth

April 25, 2017

KENILWORTH, NJ- Rumors of poisoned animals are spreading after a post in the Union County Lost Pets Facebook Group showed a photo of two dead deer on a Kenilworth street. The resident who posted the photo also claimed that there was a dead cat in the same area.

According to comments on the Facebook page, the animals were found on Michigan Avenue and the deer show no major signs of ...

Sparta Softball and Paige Smith Shuts Down Jefferson

April 25, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - Seemingly pitching everyday, Paige Smith is still throwing strikes. Her complete game gave Sparta a 4-0 win over Jefferson for their seventh win of the season. 

Smith had 11 strikeouts and only gave up one hit. She got to two strikes on most batters and made Jefferson's batters miss badly with two strikeouts. She was not hit hard at all but great plays were made ...

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Millionaire Advises: Stop Renting and Buy a Home Now!

If you’re a millennial pondering whether or not to buy a Morris or Sussex County home, listen to this: a CNBC article quoted self-made millionaire David Bach as explaining that "the single biggest mistake millennials are making" is NOT purchasing a home because buying real estate is "an escalator to wealth.”

Bach explained:

"If millennials don't buy a ...

Need another reason to stop drinking diet soda? New research finds an association between artificial sweeteners, stroke and dementia.

Results of research published this week in the American Heart Association journal Stroke found that over a seven year period, people who drank one artificially sweetened beverage a day were almost 3 times (2.96 times to be exact) more likely to have a stroke caused by a blood clot than were people who didn’t drink artificially sweetened beverages. The same held true for dementia and ...

April Curriculum Letter - Part II

This is Part II of Dr Daniel Johnson's April Curriculum Letter.  

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How has technology changed our children's world?

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Are our children experiencing too much screen time?
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April 12, 2017 Sussex County Freeholders Meeting

Link to the video of the April 12, 2017 Sussex County Freeholders Meeting

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Ciattarelli Releases Five Years of Income Tax Returns

April 26, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Unlike Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy, who limited press access and hid his tax returns from New Jersey taxpayers, Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli, an entrepreneur and Main Street business owner has made good on his promise to provide complete transparency, posting five years of tax returns on his web site for the press and public to ...