Sunday, May 19, 2013
Complaints remain about heavy trucks, hours of operation.
Sparta resident Socrates Platides was back before the Township Council last Tuesday demanding a stronger response by the township to the continuing disruption of his neighborhood caused by PSE&G. According to Platides, the disuption is being caused by trucks heading to and from the PSE&G construction site in Hopatcong. Platides’ neighborhood is a cluster of substantial homes centered on New Star Ridge Road near the site where the power company is rebuilding a switching station in adjacent Hopatcong. Supply trucks, construction equipment and workers’ vehicles pass through the neighborhood daily, and residents complained about unsafe conditions. The Hopatcong project, located near Tomahawk Lake Park, is part of the Susquehanna-Roseland …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
PSE&G is rebuilding a power station in Hopatcong and Sparta citizens say it is making their neighborhood unsafe.
Residents of a quiet mountaintop neighborhood dumped their frustrations on the Sparta Township Council last week, complaining that their hilly, private streets had become an extension of the nearby construction site where PSE&G is building a new electric transmission line. By Wednesday, their complaints had reached the ears of power company officials, who met with residents that afternoon, said public relations manager George Sous. Sous said the company reached out to its suppliers and contractors on that site to mitigate the intensity of the delivery activity, modify delivery schedules, emphasize hours of operation, and focus on safety. Still, he said, the work at the Hopatcong station is an intense construction project on a tight …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Violinist Kathryn Chamberlain in the running for $1,000 music education scholarship.
Thursday, April 11
Sparta resident and violinist Kathryn Chamberlain has made it to the final round in Don Bosco Prep’s Young Artists’ Scholarship Competition with two qualifying performances in the contest. The Scholarship Competition committee has selected thirteen finalists to perform the final concert of Chapel Concerts on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the music room of St. John’s Hall. The finalists include: Of these, one winner will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used towards music education. These young artists, from high schools throughout the area, have made it through two rounds of auditions. They are judged by a panel of experts on talent, technique, musicianship, skill, interpretation, presentation, presence. The …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Additional charges pending against 18-year-old Sparta man charged with DWI, reckless driving, etc.
A Sparta teen was driving drunk when he caused a collision that left his brother injured, Sgt. John P. Beebe said Sunday. Farrel J. Windle, 18, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier north on East Mountain Road after 2 a.m. Sunday when he ignored a stop sign at the intersection with Glen Road, Beebe said. He drove through the intersection and turned into the path of a Jeep Liberty driven by a 24-year-old Sparta woman, Beebe said. The woman tried to avoid Windle's Cavalier but instead struck it on the driver's side, sending it into a counter-clockwise spin before both vehicles came to a stop. Windle's passenger, his brother Lewis Windle, 24, had a large contusion on his head and was drifting in and out of consciousness when paramedics …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Check our map for real-time reports before you head out
- PUBLIC SAFETY
Friday, March 8
Check our map before you go for the latest local road conditions. In this real-time traffic map from Mapquest, green portions mean traffic is flowing freely, while yellow and red indicate traffic delays.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Resident remains in critical condition.
- POLICE & FIRE
Sunday, March 3
A fire deemed 'suspicious' by Sparta police has been ruled an arson, according to a report on NJ.com. A Fox Trail Road home was gutted Thursday night by the quick-moving fire, and resident Lindsay Kiensicki, 26, suffered burns to her head, face and arms, Sgt. John-Paul Beebe had said. Homeowners Robert and Lois Kiensicki were not home at the time of the blaze, Beebe said. Investigators initially deemed the fire suspicious, and the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office is investigating it as a case of arson, NJ.com reported. "There's no cause for public alarm," First Assistant Prosecutor Greg Mueller said. Kiensicki remains in critical condition at St. Barnabas Medical Center.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Spokesperson says online company will assist authorities however possible.
Donors who gave money to an allegedly phony Hurricane Sandy relief fund may get their money back from PayPal, according to nj.com. PayPal spokesperson Bergen Kay said the online money transfer system would cooperate with law enforcement if criminal charges are filed and assist with refunds dependent on court outcomes, the report said. The state filed suit last week against John Sandberg and Christina Terracino, of Sparta, after an investigation revealed the duo set up the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation without charity status. The suit claimed Sandberg and Terracino solicited $631,000 in donations through the fund, with less than 1-percent being given to victims of the devastating 2012 natural disaster. Of the funds donated, the pair is …
Friday, February 22, 2013
State says $631K in donations garnered, less than 1 percent went to Hurricane Sandy victims.
The state has filed suit against a Sparta pair who allegedly created a Hurricane Sandy relief fund without properly registering it as a charity, and “unlawfully misled the public,” Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said. The suit claims John Sandberg and Christina Terraccino diverted public donated funds designed for Hurricane Sandy relief into their own personal accounts, misleading donors with false claims about the ways donations would be used, falsely claiming that donations are tax-deductible, and otherwise deceiving the public in violation of New Jersey’s charity registration and consumer protection laws. As of January, the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation, created by the duo, raised more than $631,000 in monetary donations from at …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Steven Oroho, 24th Legislative District Senator, speaks out on potential deception of Hurricane Sandy victims.
Reports of a Sparta-based couple operating a unregistered charity in the name of Hurricane Sandy relief has drawn the attention of the 24th Legislative District's senator, Steven Oroho. In a report released Sunday by the Asbury Park Press, John Sandberg and Christina Terraccino are operating the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation — while using the same name of a charity legally registered by first lady Mary Pat Christie to solicit funds — while not being a tax-exempt organization, although it claims to be. “Any attempt to deceive good-willed residents or business owners into funding a fake charity is a serious criminal offense — attempting to capitalize off of Superstorm Sandy victims would be unforgivable and incomprehensible,” Oroho said …
Monday, February 11, 2013
If you're single on Valentine's Day, the world is your oyster!
Monday, February 11
If you haven’t been shot with Cupid’s arrow yet or your Valentine is yet to be found because he or she is still hiding under a rock, fear not. You have a whole list of things to celebrate on Feb. 14, also known to many as Singles Awareness Day. It’s great to be single on Valentine's Day because you don’t have to please anyone or care about anyone’s opinion of what you want to do. Go see that horrible or cheesy movie that you’d never go to on a date at Sparta Movie Theater. You can also really enjoy being with your friends. Get a group together and go to Sparta Lanes. If dining out isn’t your thing, try out a class at Tiger Shin's Tae Kwon Do with friends to get your endorphin count up. You also have the freedom to date around. Try a speed…