- Parents of Hopatcong elementary and middle schoolers will need to know this: The first marking period of the new school year is already over and on Friday, progress reports will be sent out for students at Tulsa Trail and Durban Avenue elementary schools and Hopatcong Middle School. If you don't see one soon, check with your child's school.
- Have a child at Hudson Maxim School? Make 'em look pretty—Friday is Fall Picture Day.
- If your child attends a Sparta Township public school, here's a headsup for Monday: All next week will be Sparta Schools Respect Week. For Friday, it may be a good idea to put the respect and kindness bug into the young ones' ears in anticipation of next week's activities.
- Friday is the deadline if you want to nominate an outstanding Boy or Girl Scout for the Scout Scholar Athlete Awards. The Patriots' Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America is looking for young men and women who work to achieve academic success while practicing healthy living for the prize. Scouts in grades 10-12 or their first year of college and who had an average high school grade point average of 3.0 are eligible to be nominated by teachers, coaches, scoutmasters or fellow scouts. Interested scouts must be in 10th-12th grade or college freshman and have an average GPA of 3.0 throughout their high school career. Winners will be recognized at the 3rd Annual Scout Scholar Athlete Award Breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 8. For more info, contact Ian VanCarpels at 973-765-9322 ext. 244 or at email@example.com.
- Newton First Presbyterian Church in Newton holds a Used Book Sale to benefit the church and literacy throughout Sussex County. Among the stacks will be a diverse array of books, including best sellers, coffee table books, children's readers, DVDs and audiobooks. The sale takes place all day Friday at the church, 54 High St. in Newton.
- Keeping it Clean: In Hopatcong, follow Garbage Schedule D; there is no recycling pickup on Friday. For Sparta readers, check the schedule on the municipal website.