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Byram Township’s Troop 276 Honors 50th Eagle Scout

Brendan (3rd from the left) & Family

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 of Honor at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Netcong with his family and friends on Sunday March 12, 2017.

In 2005, Brendan started his journey becoming a Tiger Cub in Byram Township’s Pack 276. After building many wonderful memories and friendships and completing all of the requirements including his Eagle project, Brendan was awarded Eagle Scout, the highest honor in Boy Scouts of America. His Eagle project was a GaGa Pit constructed at the Byram Intermediate School.  In addition to his Eagle Project he completed 30 Merit Badges throughout his years of Scouting.  A highlight of Brendan’s scouting career was attending Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico and completing a seventy-three mile High Adventure Trek.

In addition to his scouting achievements Brendan has also been very active in other community activities.  At his parish, St. Michaels in Netcong, he has served as an alter server and peer minister.  At Lenape Valley High School he has participated in various musical groups and led the Marching Band as Drum Major.  He has also been on several varsity athletic teams. 

Working his way to Eagle Brendan served in many leadership positions including Chaplain’s Aide, Quartermaster, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, and Troop Representative for the Order of the Arrow.  He graduated last June from Lenape Valley and is now a student at the State University of New York Maritime College.

 

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Sparta Police: Wanted Pennsylvania Man Faces New Charges

June 21, 2017

SPARTA, NJ- A Pennsylvania man with an outstanding warrant is facing additional charges related to drunk driving.  On June 18, around 10:50 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Arlene Lippencott followed up on a report of an erratic driver, police report.

Lippencott found the red Hyundai on Route 10 north and saw that the driver David Eisner could not stay in his lane.  When she stopped and ...

Sparta Police: Wanted Newton Man Facing New Charges

SPARTA, NJ - A Newton man with an outstanding warrant is facing new drug charges after a traffic stop on Route 15.  Sparta Cpl. Marc Rubino pulled Brett Petersen over after seeing Petersen change lanes, cutting off another car on June 13 around 7:30 p.m.  

Rubino checked Petersen's documents he found that the 33-year-old had an outstanding warrant from the Sussex County ...

Franklin Police Report $30,000 Loss from Break-in at Franklin Mineral Museum

FRANKLIN, NJ – Burglars broke into the Franklin Mineral Museum early Monday, June 19 around 4:40 a.m. stealing approximately $30,000 in precious stones, gems and minerals. They broke in through a second story window and caused significant damage to the shelves and the museum’s display cabinets, according to Franklin Borough police.

In addition to the monetary loss, the merchandise ...

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- Jun 2, 2017
Jillian Mari Baluyot, 17, of Nutley, passed away on June 2, 2017. Born in Secaucus, she lived in ...
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- Feb 21, 2017
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Thank you voters

June 18, 2017

To the editor:

We want to thank the voters of Sussex, Warren, and Morris counties who took part in the June 6 Republican primary.  Once again, they have placed their trust in a strong conservative team and we are honored to be their nominees for the Legislature in the 24th District.

Now is the time to get behind our nominee for Governor, Kim Guadagno, and to ...

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Newton's Merriam Avenue School Ends School Year With Some Fun

June 15, 2017

NEWTON, NJ—The students and staff at Merriam Avenue School ended the school year with fun, color, and style.

On Friday, June 2, over 500 students from kindergarten up to fourth grade participated in the annual Field Day event held at the school.

“Field Day was organized by Mr. Down and Mrs. Waldron and me”, said one of Merriam’s gym teachers, Scott Zymet, ...

Local residents graduate from Morristown-Beard School

June 20, 2017

The Morristown-Beard School Class of 2017 has officially joined the ranks of MBS alumni as the School held its Commencement ceremony on campus on Saturday, June 10.

Faculty, family, and friends gathered under the tent on Senior Circle and cheered as the following 103 seniors received diplomas:

Jennifer Rose Adelman of Short Hills — University of Michigan

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THIS WEEKEND Visit Sussex County's Rock Ribs And Ridges Festival

Grab your family and friends and head to the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta this Saturday and Sunday, June 24th and 25th for great food, awesome music and a super laid-back crowd at Sussex County’s Rock, Ribs and Ridges Festival.

 Get ready to rock as a slew of songsters take the stage over the weekend:

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A 30 year study published in the British Medical Journal this week found an association between alcohol consumption, brain shrinkage in the area responsible for cognitive skills, and diminished “language fluency” ( a measure of memory and thinking skills). Regular, moderate drinkers (4-7 drinks a week) were 3 times more likely to have more brain shrinkage and less language fluency, ...

Sparta United Methodist Church Thrift Shop Holds Half-Price Sale

June 23, 2017

The Thrift Shop of the Sparta United Methodist Church, 71 Sparta Avenue, is holding a HALF-PRICE SALE from Wednesday, JULY 12 through Saturday, JULY   15. 

ALL ITEMS IN THE SHOP WILL BE HALF PRICE.  All proceeds support local, national, and global charities. 

Shop Hours:  Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m. to 4 ...