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10. 'Stop the Chop': Opposition to Sparta Mountain plan continues

Opponents see the plan as a logging scheme disguised as a forest stewardship plan, and feel cutting down trees would have an overall negative effect on an area 70 percent of the state depends on for water.

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9. Sparta's new police chief sets his course

“To say he is qualified for this job is an understatement,” Sparta Deputy Mayor Josh Hertzberg said the day of Neil Spidaletto's swearing in as the new chief.

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8. Walmart picks up NJ native's invention

Nadine Savino, a New Jerey native educated at Rutgers and Seton Hall, invented a “spill proof stretchable bottle cap for kids,” called the G Cap.

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7. A lost dog brings out the best in the community

A golden retriever named Lily, brought to its new home in Sparta on a Monday, escaped from the fenced-in yard on Tuesday, and brought the community together in searching for her.

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6. Italian soccer club opens first-ever training center in Sparta

The facility will provide youth soccer players with an opportunity to develop through a variety of programs under Juventus coaches and following the club's methodologies and curriculum.

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5. Help for little boy with rare genetic disease

Drew Anderson of Andover was diagnosed at 17 months with Tay-Sachs disease, for which there is no cure.

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4. Woman whose passion is giving to others needs help fighting cancer's scars

A psych ward nurse, Liz Montgomery, now battles cancer and the treatment's aftermath.

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3. Kindness of a stranger helps save a man's life

Monica Transier, a passerby, stopped and stayed on the roadside aiding and comforting a badly injured motorcyclist until help arrived.

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2. Sparta says farewell to historic house

Local history buffs were dismayed at the decision to raze the 18th century Van Dillen house on Main Street to make way for a professional building.

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1. Frelinghuysen note forces activist from her job

Saily Avelenda resigned her position as senior vice president and assistant general counsel at Lakeland Bank, saying that pressure from her employer because of the congressman's note, which called her a ringleader of a group opposing Frelinghuysen, contributed to her decision to quit.

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