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Ongoing Events

Amateur Artists
Friday Night Dinner
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Wantage Community

Community Notices

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Weather Alerts
Keep up to date with the Wantage Township Office of Energy Management Facebook page.

North Jersey Senior Men’s Softball League
The North Jersey Senior Men’s Softball League is for players ages 60+. For more information please contact Gene Stracco at genestracco@optimum.net. | flier

Poll Workers Needed
The County is in short supply of poll workers. The day is long, but you earn $200 each election. New PW training classes are scheduled for March 29, March 30, April 9, April 11, April 23, and April 27. If interested, call 973-579-0950 x 4 or email to SussexPWInfo@gmail.com.

coyotes are in the area

Coyotes Are in the Wantage Area
Please be aware of your surroundings and potential wildlife around you. Click here for some coyote precautions to remember.

Route 565 Bridge over Papakating Creek Project
CR 565 at the bridge site continues to be closed to traffic due to the replacement of the bridge. Originally scheduled to be completed in December 2018, the timeline for the bridge replacement project has been extended due to weather issues. Click here for the January 7, 2019 updated report on the project. Get the latest news on this project from the Sussex County Government website and Facebook page.

Library Homebound Services
When someone is ill or homebound, a good book can be a great comfort. The Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Library are pleased to offer two free services to members of the Sussex-Wantage community. more

Displays at Sussex-Wantage Library
The Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Library sponsor monthly exhibits highlighting local history. If you have an idea for a future display, or a collection you would like to exhibit, please call Barbara Young at 973-875-7864.

Ownership Guidelines for Your Home's Electrical System
Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) reminds customers that they need to be aware that individual outages to their homes may require an electrician and inspection before service can be restored. For information that helps explain what equipment customers may need an electrician to address before restoration can be completed, click here.

Food Drive
Working as a Community to Eliminate Hunger. Drop off your donations at the Wantage Town Hall, Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30. Donations to benefit the Sussex County Social Services Food Pantry. All food collected in the food drive will provide emergency assistance to Sussex County residents in need. Thank you. Flier.

Know the Bear Facts: Black Bears in New Jersey
Download Tips for Preventing Unwanted Bear Encounters or visit the NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife njfishandwildlife.com/bearfacts.htm

DEP Offers Tips on Reducing Conflicts and Encounters with Black Bears
click here to read notice and tips

E-mail Address Dedicated to Recycling Facility Concerns
In response to a request from Wantage Township, RER Supply has created a dedicated E-mail address for members of the public who wish to report a concern regarding the presence of odors being generated from its Route 23 Recycling facility, and/or any other concerns. read notice

Concerns about ATVs and Dirt Bikes
Complaints continue to be received from residents in various areas of the Township about illegal use of ATVs and dirt bikes on public roads and other people's private property. It is important for the message to be carried: Individuals violating this law will be prosecuted. If youths are involved, their parents will be held accountable. PLEASE! It is a matter of safety. It is a matter of courtesy. And IT IS A MATTER OF THE LAW. Keep ATVs and Dirt Bikes off public roads and property, and off the private property of people who have not given you permission for the use of their property.

Trimming Trees/Bushes on Public Rights of Way See Mayor's Notes

Do Not Do Business with Unlicensed Peddlers Read notice

Avoid Phone Scams Article on how to avoid phone scams

Route Redevelopment Plan Download the report PDF 8.5 MB | Ordinance 2015-10

How Does Wantage Township Inform Citizens About Emergencies And Other Important Public Notifications? See Mayor's Notes

Ongoing Points of Interest See Mayor's Notes

Ongoing Events

Friday Night Dinners
second and fourth Friday of the month, 6 to 9 p.m. at Sussex Elks Lodge
Call 973-875-3990 or e-mail SussexElks2288@gmail.com for weekly specials. Dinner is $10, which includes salad, coffee, tea, and dessert. Hungry man portions available for $12. Grill menu also available; hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, and more. Large parties, please call or email to reserve seating. flier

Drop in for Recovery
Third Wednesday of the month, 2 to 4 p.m. at Sussex Municipal Building
Are you affected by addiction and don't know where to go, what to do? Drop in to speak with a recovery coach. Download flier. Call 844-722-5327.

Girls on the Run
Girls on The Run spring registration is open. Visit gotrnjn.org to register.

High Point United Soccer Club Spring Season Registration
To register online or for more information: highpointsoccer.org or Facebook page.

Upcoming Community Events


Earth Day Celebration
April 23, 10 to 10:30 a.m. OR 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the Library
Celebrate Earth Day through stories and a hand-print craft. For children in ages 2-5. This program will meet at 10:00 a.m. and again at 11:00 a.m. in the library’s smaller meeting room. Register for one of the sessions at the library's front desk.

Cover to Cover Book Club
April 24, 6:30 at the Library
The Cover-to-Cover Book Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month in the Community Room. No registration required. Come be part of the discussion. For more information call or email club founder Jane Casale at 973 827-5170 or hanna05@ptd.net.

Beemerville Volunteer FD and Auxiliary Tricky Tray
April 26 at Beemerville Fire Hall
Doors open at 6 p.m.; tray drawings start at 7:30
Must be 18 years or older to attend. Donations call Sharon at 973-864-7858

Think Outside the Window Box: A Container Gardening Program
April 27, 2 to 3 p.m. at the Library
Cynthia Rauth, staff horticulturist from Andersen Farms, will demonstrate how to assemble planters using repurposed items to create unique containers that reflect your personal style. Whether you have a sunny deck, shady porch, or want to grow fresh herbs near the grill, Cynthia will spark your imagination and give practical tips on planting and caring for container gardens. Seating is on a first-come basis. No registration required for this free program presented by The Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Library. For further information, please call the library at 973-875-3940.

Mets Bus Trip
April 28
Hosted by Wantage Recreation. For tickets or more information, contact Nicole at the municipal building. Cost is $65 per ticket. See flier. (jpg, not PDF)


Can You Homeschool?
May 4, 11 a.m. to noon at the Library
The path to homeschooling is fraught with questions: Am I qualified to teach my children? What about socialization? Will my children be perceived as strange? How do I do this? Sally Stansfield, seasoned homeschooler and mother of eight, will address these questions and any other concerns you may have about homeschooling. Bring your questions and a notebook. Registration begins April 20. Free.

Barn and Rummage Sale
May 3 and 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sussex United Methodist Church
Barn and yard sale, rummage sale, lunch booth, and bake sale. For more information call 973-875-5852.

Lake Cleanup at High Point State Park
Saturday, May 4, 1 to 4 p.m. Meet on the beach at Lake Marcia.
This year, the Friends of High Point State Park cleanup is through the NJ Clean Communities program, which will provide a generous donation to the Friends of High Point State Park for every participating volunteer. Trash pickup will be along the shores of Lake Marcia, Steenykill Lake, and Sawmill Lake. Participants may get wet and dirty so wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Participants should bring their own waterproof footwear, hip-waiters, and work gloves if they have them. No swimming permitted. Individuals, families, and groups are welcome to participate. Call 973-702-0488 for more information about the event. To learn more about the Friends of High Point State Park, visit friendsofhighpointstatepark.org.

Spring Has Sprung Bicycle Ride
Sunday, May 5, 11 a.m. to 1 pm. at High Point State Park
Join the Friends of High Point State Park volunteer Rob Oleksy on a bike ride to view emerging spring foliage and flowers along an eight-mile loop on Sawmill and Park Ridge roads. A few shorts stops will be made along the way to view points of interest and to enjoy a quick snack. For riders ages 14 and older. Helmets are required. Bring bicycle, helmet, water, and snack. The group will meet at the Sawmill Lake parking area. No rain date is scheduled. The event is free, but a suggested $5 donation per participant is appreciated. Please email Rob at rthawk@ptd.net for more information and to register. To learn more about the Friends of High Point State Park and their events, visit friendsofhighpointstatepark.org.

Teen Cosplay Sewing Class
May 15, 22, and 29, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Library
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to participate in a three-week sewing class to make and decorate a basic tunic for your cosplay wardrobe. Schedule: Week 1 (5/15) – design your pattern and cut the fabric; Week 2 (5/22) – sew the tunic together; Week 3 (5/29) – decorate and model your tunic. We have two sewing machines, thread, scissors, and trims. Some fabric available but you can also bring your own for a more personal design. You’ll need 1¾ yards. Space is limited to six teens. One-time registration begins May 1 and covers all three classes.

Thursday Night Sing-Along: Sea Shanties and Train Songs
May 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Library
Hit the road, the rails, or the high seas at this month’s sing-along. Songs will be about Casey Jones, hauling the main sail, row-row-rowing your boat, and navigating the treacherous Erie Canal, among others. Join in, raise your voice, and have some fun. Led by Walt Houck and his magic watermelon ukulele. All ages welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. Grab a friend and raise your voices in song! No registration required. This free program is brought to you by the Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Library.

Barn Sale
May 17 and 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lusscroft Farm
Lusscroft Farm kicks off its 2019 Barn Sale Season with an amazing, fresh inventory. The barn is filled to capacity with rows of fabulous furniture (bring your truck), collectibles, antiques, framed art, housewares, books, lighting, crafts, jewelry, games, tools, and much more. Don't miss this one...YOU name the price! There will also be a plant sale and bake sale. Free admission, free parking. Cash or check only. For the benefit of restoration of Lusscroft Farm. Presented by The Heritage and Agriculture Association, Inc., in cooperation with the NJ DEP/Division of Parks and Forestry. For more information go to LusscroftFarm.org, call 973-288-2760, or email LusscroftFarm@gmail.com.

Make the Perfect Pie Crust with the Brit Lady
May 18, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Library
Learn to make pie crust that comes out perfectly every time. You’ll never buy frozen crust again! Note-taking is encouraged so don’t forget to bring a notebook. Demonstration followed by a tasting of pastry-based dishes. Presented by Sally Stansfield, aka the Brit Lady. Registration begins May 4.

Salute to Veterans
Sunday, May 19
2 p.m.: Commemorative wreath laying at High Point Monumnet
4 p.m.: Complementary dinner for all veterans at Sussex Elks Lodge (Non-veterans guests-$10 per person)
To register, contact the Sussex Elks at 973-875-3990 or email SussexElks2288@gmail.com

Watercolor Art with the Brit Lady
May 29, 3 to 5 p.m. OR 6 to 8 p.m. at the Library
The Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Library are sponsoring two watercolor classes today; the first at 3 p.m. and the second at 6 p.m. The classes are identical and limited to 15 adults for each session. Each class will led by professional artist and “Brit Lady,” Sally Stansfield. Sign up is in person at the library beginning May 15. A $5 materials fee will be collected at the start of class. Please bring exact change.


Pop-Up Sewing Workshop
June 1, 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Library
Learn to sew. From threading the machine to tying off the final stitch, instructor Ellen Lumpkin Brown takes you step-by-step through the process of making your own Boxy Market Tote Bag complete with pockets. Ellen brings the fabric, sewing machines, and know-how. No previous sewing experience required. Space is limited to 12 participants, ages 14 through adult. Registration begins May 11.

Storytelling for Adults with Ken Karnas
June 1, 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Library
Before television, radio, or print, we used face-to-face oral language to communicate, educate, impart values, and entertain. Master storyteller Ken Karnas continues that tradition with folktales for adults, including “Old Frost and Young Frost” from Lithuania, “Tia Miseria” from Portugal, and other around-the-world stories of Elders and their wisdom, humor, and honesty. Join the Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Library in the Community Room for this free program. No registration required. Seating on a first-come basis. Light refreshments to be served after the program.

Wantage Township Pageants (Little Miss, Little Mr. & Miss)
June 8
Details to come

Classic Car and Truck Show
June 23 , noon to 4 p.m. at the Sussex Elks Lodge
Entertainment, food, and activities. Classic motorcycles welcome! Pre-registration by June 10 is $15; day of show is $20. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Sussex Elks Lodge Veterans Committee. For more information call Patty at 973-875-3990 or email SussexElks2288@gmail.com.


High Point Golf Clinic
July 1, 2, 3; 9 to 11 a.m. at Black Bear Golf Course
Featuring PGA Mary Beth Kohberger. For boys and girls in grades third through ninth. Cost is $100. For more information contact Bill Percey at 973-875-3101 ext. 3562 or email wpercey@hpregional.org. Click here for flier and registration form.


Wantage Township 5K
September 21 at Woodbourne Park
Details to come

Wantage Township Fall Festival
September 28 at Woodbourne Park
Details to come


Wantage Township Tree Lighting
December 6 at the Wantage School
Details to come

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