Outages Remain, Neighbors Form Bond Top Local News
A look at some of the top headlines from this week in Hopatcong and Sparta.
Mayor Petillo announced on Wednesday that 80 percent of the borough still didn't have power, and said she plans on improving her communication with residents by sending daily updates.
Hopatcong OEM said the 1,900 homes that were supposed to get their power back Sunday night remained in the dark, and said that it could be two weeks until the borough is fully restored.
We created an interactive map of the streets that residents have reported having power back. Make sure to enter your street in the comments when you get yours restored.
Neighbors throughout the borough have come together to help each other out to survive living two weeks without power from the aftermath of Sandy.
Borough officials said they saw a "record number" of voters come out on Tuesday despite the hardships the residents have been facing from the damage from Sandy. Sparta also said they saw a "very heavy" turnout of voters on Election Day.
Incumbents Richard Bunce and Marie Galate defeated Democrats John Pezzino and Mara Modes for the Hopatcong Borough Council in Tuesday's election.
The three newly-elected Sparta Board of Education defeated the three incumbents running, and shared with Patch where they want to see the school district in the future.
Four pets were rescued from a fire in Sparta that ignited in the garage when the residents weren't home.
No one was injured in a fire that tore through an unoccupied Lackawanna Trail home early Wednesday morning, Fire Chief Wade Crowley said.