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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.

UPDATED: Let Us Know When You Have Power

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.

Sandy Brings Sense of Community to Neighbors

Neighbors throughout the borough have come together to help each other out to survive living two weeks without power from the aftermath of Sandy.

'Record Number' of Voters in Hopatcong Tuesday

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.

Republicans Take Both Hopatcong Council Seats

Incumbents Richard Bunce and Marie Galate defeated Democrats John Pezzino and Mara Modes for the Hopatcong Borough Council in Tuesday's election.

New Sparta BOE Members Plan to Involve Community More

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.

Pets Rescued From Sparta Garage Fire

Four pets were rescued from a fire in Sparta that ignited in the garage when the residents weren't home.

Fire Rips Through Lackawanna Trail Home

No one was injured in a fire that tore through an unoccupied Lackawanna Trail home early Wednesday morning, Fire Chief Wade Crowley said.

Kelly November 10, 2012 at 11:55 AM
I thought the Mayor was going to set up a Facebook page for updates? Did she?
David T. Gould November 11, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Yea they created a Facebook page that you can't post comments on, and that they only update every 3 days.
Ggggary November 11, 2012 at 01:07 PM
The page was set up, there was one update, any comments people posted (good or bad) were removed, and its been more or less silent since then.
michelle November 11, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Does it surprise u? Send a nice thank you letter with your tax check and your jcp&l estimates bill.
Adam Guy November 12, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Please let me know about any tree hazards in the area. Adam www.agtree.com 425-830-8820 lic, ins, bonded professionals.

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