A Look Into Merriam Avenue, Newton’s Elementary School

March 25, 2017

NEWTON, NJ—As the brick on the wall outside of Merriam Avenue Elementary School states, the building was originally built in 1963 and housed pre-kindergarten through fourth grade students.

However, in 2001, an addition expanded the school to house the fifth graders from Halsted Middle School for a few years. The new space included a gymnasium with extra classrooms, restrooms and an ...

Newton High School Presents “Pippin” as Spring Musical

NEWTON, NJ—The students of Newton High School will present “Pippin” on Friday, March 24 through Sunday, March 26. The show is directed by Brendan Scullin.

“Pippin” is a story about a performing troupe that moves from town to town performing their stories. The story takes place in no particular time or place. What keeps their lives and professions going, is their ...

Byram Township’s Troop 276 Honors 50th Eagle Scout

BYRAM, NJ - Brendan Raffay is Byram Township’s Troop 276 newest Eagle Scout making him the 50th to receive this honor since 1978.   Brendan comes from a family of Eagle Scouts.  He is the fifth Eagle including both his father Russ Raffay and Uncle Charles Raffay who were also both in Troop 276.   Brendan and his family celebrated his accomplishment at an Eagle Court ...

Newton Board of Education Takes Next Action Step in School Facilities Plan

NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Board of Education voted unanimously take the next step in addressing the facility needs of the district at a special meeting on Tuesday. They have decided to expand Meriam Avenue School to eventually house Newton’s pre-kindergarten through eighth grades. 

The board’s resolution directs Donna Snyder, the Business Administrator, to write up a ...

New Rules for Little Bridge in Sparta

SPARTA, NJ – A little bridge in Sparta may cause some headaches for bus riders and truck drivers.  The Q-06 bridge that traverses Main Street over the Walkill River just beyond town hall will be subjected to new weight limits according to the Sussex County Department of Engineering and Planning.

In a public notice, the Division of Engineering said a 10-ton weight restriction will ...

Franklin Police: Two Men Vandalize Irish Cottage and Post Video

FRANKLIN, NJ – Two Sussex County men face charges for twice vandalizing the Irish Cottage Inn on Route 23 in Franklin and posting it on social media. 

Franklin Police Department investigated a complaint of damage caused to the rest room on January 22, police report. The Irish Cottage reported thousands of dollars of damage. 

The two men, Sean Mc Bride, 21, and Przemyslaw ...

Merriam PTO Partners with Newton Theatre For a Christmas Treat

NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Elementary School, Merriam Avenue School is partnering with The Newton Theatre for the showing of the movie The Polar Express for a family holiday event.

“This collaboration is a continued opportunity for the Newton School District to work together with the Newton business community,” said a Joan Faye, a member of the PTO at Merriam.

The event ...

Newton Board of Education reassess facility priorities

NEWTON, N.J.—The Strategic School Facilities Plan was on the agenda of the Newton Board of Education met at their bi-monthly meeting on November 22.

Discussion of the topic concluded with the board coming together in agreement as to which facility projects would be addressed in the upcoming budget.  They developed a priority list for each of the schools as they begin the budget ...

Newton High School Student Shares Her Dominican Republic Mission Trip Experience

NEWTON, NJ- A Newton High School student traveled to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip over the summer with a group from Sussex County.  Freshman Gemma Meade put together a slide show with photos of her trip to provide a backdrop to a presentation she made to her fellow students.

Meade’s French teacher began celebrating Thanksgiving with her classes on Tuesday and had Meade ...

Newton Boys Soccer Lose Heartbreaking Championship Game Against Bernards

UNION, NJ—Despite the snow falling and windy weather, the Newton High School boys soccer team met on the field at Kean University to go up  against Bernards for the State Championship Title on Sunday.

The Newton Braves defense,  anchored by Omar Ba, Cameron Saks, Liam Kerrick and Kevin Ayoso, played hard and strong against Bernards, but was unable to stop them as they ...

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