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Widespread Power Outage Affects Sussex County

August 9, 2022

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ- A county wide power failure is impacting more than 62,600 customers in Sussex County Tuesday afternoon and the numbers continue to climb.  As the heat wave continues and temperatures reach into the 90’s more than half of JCP&L’s customers in the county are without power according to FirstEnergy.

In Sparta nearly 7,100 people have lost power. The Sparta ...

Newton Police Investigating Shooting Outside Police Station

NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Police Department, along with the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, are investigating the shooting that left a man unconscious on the ground at the back of the police station. On Friday, July 29 around 1:22 p.m. the unidentified man was found by a Newton Police Officer leaving the back of the building.

According to Police, it initially appeared that the man ...

Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce Looking for Sponsors for Taste of Newton

NEWTON, NJ—The annual Taste of Newton event is returning this September 12 and the GNCC is looking for sponsors to be a part of it.

“I’d like to invite you to show your support of our local restaurants and culinary businesses by becoming a sponsor of this popular event,” writes Kimberly Williams, Chair of the “A Taste of Newton” committee.  

There ...

Town of Newton Presents 2022 Movies in the Park

NEWTON, NJ—The Town of Newton will be hosting their annual movies in Memory Park. The movies are free and open to all.

The first movie will be "Encanto" and will be playing on Friday, July 29 with a rain date of Saturday, July 30.

The second movie, "King Richard" will be screened on Friday, August 26. Both movies are ...

Crowds Turn Out for Newton Day 2022

NEWTON, NJ – Spring Street was crowded with people on Saturday, enjoying huge pretzels, looking over vendors wares, chatting with representatives from local organizations and town officials.  Children with balloons and lollipops were bobbing down the street.

The event, sponsored by Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce had 54 different participants; groups, organizations, businesses ...

Deacon at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church in Sparta Faces Child Endangerment Charge

ROXBURY, NJ – Bruce Olsen serving at the St. Kateri Tekakwitha church in Sparta and as the religious education coordinator at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Bergen County is facing two counts of endangering the welfare of a child for possession and distribution of child pornography according to Warren County Prosecutor James L. Pfeiffer

Olsen is accused of uploading child ...

Happy Birthday to Newton's 105-Year-Old Jennie Switzer

NEWTON, NJ – About 100 people gathered on Monday to celebrate Jennie Switzer’s 105th birthday.  Family members Adam McDavitt and Rob McDavitt, Frank and Bernadett McDavitt and Katherine Switzer were on hand to share cake, cards and hugs with their amazing mother and grandmother.

Rising to address the people at her party Jennie said, “All I can say is thank you ...

Newton Robotics' Experience 2022 World Competition

HOUSTON, TX – Newton High School is being represented well by the students on Aperture Robotics Team.  The students are one of 450 teams from around the globe competing on the world’s robotic stage, coach James Hofmann said.

“This is the payoff for working long hours, putting in tons of extraordinary effort, reverse engineering and the completely iterative process ...

Sussex County Administrator Poff Set to Resign

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – More changes are coming to the Sussex County Board of Commissioners.  Close on the heals of the retirement announcement by County Commissioner Sylvia Petillo, the position of Sussex County Administrator will be vacant as of June 30, 2022.

Gregory Poff the current county administrator is on the agenda for the position of township manager in Randolph ...

All are Welcome to Easter Sunrise Service on Lake Mohawk

SPARTA, NJ - After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the community is once again invited to a sunrise Easter service.  The service will be from 7 to 7:45 a.m. on the boardwalk.  The service will be moved inside the county club if it is raining.

Rev. Dr. Patrick Sileo, the senior pastor from the First Presbyterian Church of Sparta will be the guest speaker.  

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Selling Your House? Your Asking Price Matters More Now Than Ever

Selling Your House? Your Asking Price Matters More Now Than Ever

 

There’s no doubt about the fact that the housing market is slowing from the frenzy we saw over the past two years. But what does that mean for you if you’re thinking of selling your house?

While home prices are still appreciating in most markets and experts say that will continue, ...

Avoid Heat Exhaustion this Summer

Increased activity in the summer could result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke, a cascading condition that can cause permanent disability or death. 

Older people, those struggling with health issues and young children are most susceptible to heat exhaustion as well as athletes who wear helmets and heavy uniforms during summer practices. But Atlantic Health System sports ...

New Jersey’s Disabled Community Feels Inflation the Most

Whether we push a shopping cart down the supermarket aisle or order through a delivery app, all New Jerseyans are noticing that grocery prices are on the rise. 

The cost of buying food has increased by 9.1% over the past year, according to government data released last month. Combined with fluctuating gas prices, rising rents as well as interest rates, inflation is forcing many of us to ...

NJ Herald Did Not Allow All BoE Candidates a Chance to Comment

August 9, 2022

Dear Editor,

I'm writing this email as I worry that Sparta citizens are not getting an accurate and comprehensive picture of what's going on with the forthcoming election for the Board of Education.

I reference a recent NJ Herald article "Sparta headlines crowded Sussex County school board election with 17 registered candidates" that quoted several but not ...

Community Leader Raises Funds to Send More than 180 Kids to the Fair

August 9, 2022

Sussex County Farm and Horse Show Association Executive Board member Lois Pellow has spearheaded an initiative to provide free admittance to the New Jersey State Fair to 181 local, low-income children.  Pellow teamed up with Project Self-Sufficiency to identify children in need who would enjoy a trip to the annual event hosted by the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, New Jersey.  In ...

Labor Day 5K to benefit Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation

The law firm of Askin & Hooker, LLC presents the 5th Annual Labor Day 5K on Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, at the Lake Mohawk Plaza in Sparta. The race will benefit the Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization focused on improving and preserving lake water quality at Lake Mohawk and the Wallkill River Watershed.

 

"We believe that everyone has a ...

Who is Running for Sparta Township Council- So Far

August 12, 2022

SPARTA, NJ – The township council ballot will be nearly as crowded as the board of education this November.  With the September 6 deadline several weeks away eight potential candidates have picked up “packets” from the township clerk.

2022 potential candidates - in alphabetical order:

Dan Chiariello - incumbent,
Meghan Childs,
Seth Dunn,
Christopher ...

Upcoming Events

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Sun, August 14, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Exhibit Spotlights

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Mon, August 15

Sparta Public Library, Sparta

Mystery Monday Grab and Go Craft Kit

Widespread Power Outage Affects Sussex County

August 9, 2022

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ- A county wide power failure is impacting more than 62,600 customers in Sussex County Tuesday afternoon and the numbers continue to climb.  As the heat wave continues and temperatures reach into the 90’s more than half of JCP&L’s customers in the county are without power according to FirstEnergy.

In Sparta nearly 7,100 people have lost power. The Sparta ...

Sen. Joseph Lagana Discusses School Safety Legislation, Says Students Must Be Protected

August 10, 2022

PARAMUS, NJ — Sen. Joseph Lagana has three main inspirations for wanting to keep New Jersey's children safe at school.

"I try to use my real-life experience and apply it to my job as a legislator," Lagana (D - District 38) told TAPinto. "And part of (that) is being a father and having three kids."

When he takes his daughters — who are headed into ...

TAPinto South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen Named Grand Marshal of Labor Day Parade

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — When Darlene Tedesco-Cullen received a call from South Plainfield Councilwoman Christine Faustini to talk about the borough's annual Labor Day parade, Tedesco-Cullen thought she knew what it was about.

"Usually I help judge the floats, so I figured she was going to ask me if I was going to be around Labor Day to judge again," Tedesco-Cullen, the ...