News and Announcements
Municipal Offices Closed
The Wantage Township Municipal Offices will be closed on Monday, January 20.
911 Dispatch Change
Wantage Township has switched to the Sussex County 911 Dispatch. Your alarm company must change the emergency number to 973-940-5560. The old system no longer works. ~ Township of Wantage
Woodbourne Park Field Closure
Please take notice that Field 3 (soccer field next to the playground) of Woodbourne Park will be closed to all use until further notice. Thank you. ~ Township of Wantage
Christmas Tree Pickup
Place Christmas trees curbside for pickup through January 2020. Please remove tinsel, lights, and ornaments. Do NOT place tree in plastic bag.
Only Clean Dirt Wanted
Wantage Township warns residents about clean fill that may not be so clean. See flyer on how to guard your backyard. PDF icon.
If you can, stuff the can! Non-perishable food is being collected to benefit the Sussex County Social Services food pantry. All the food collected in this food drive will provide emergency food assistance to residents of Sussex County. Donations may be dropped off at the Municipal Building; Look for the Champions for Charity can!
Wantage Township First Aid Squad Members Needed
Wantage Township Residents: If you are interested in joining the First Aid Squad, please contact the WTFAS today! Time committment is minimal and all training and drills to be certified will be provided. Drivers are needed as well as EMTs. The Wantage Township First Aid Squad is made up of volunteers—your neighbors—who provide emergency medical service in Wantage. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanted: Your Ideas for the Berry Road Property
The Wantage Township government is seeking input from residents on ideas for the Berry Road property. Please share your visions! Email your ideas to Nicole Dunn, recreation secretary, at email@example.com or submit your ideas online.
To submit your Wantage event, please contact us.
Cover to Cover Book Club
January 22, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Library
The Cover-to-Cover Book Club meets the fourth Wednesday of each month in the Community Room. The title for January is Idaho by Emily Ruskovich, available in regular and large print. Go to the library website to reserve your copy today. open a new window icon for off-site link Come be part of the discussion. No registration required. For more information call or email club founder Jane Casale at 973 827-5170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the Footsteps of Louis and Clark
January 25, 12 p.m. at the Library
Follow the trail of Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark when they led an expedition across the western United States from May 1804 to September 1806. Their mission was to explore the newly acquired territory of the Louisiana Purchase and to find a practical route across the continent to the Pacific Ocean. In 2018 Bill and Wilma Bogertman traced their trail and in this program they will share their photos and thoughts about this historic trek. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Library. New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link Registration is not required.
Trex Community Recycling Program
January 25, 3 p.m. at the Library
Learn about the plastic recycling effort now running at the library. This short information session will discuss the TREX Community Program New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link, the importance of the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle concept and ways to calculate your own personal carbon footprint. Bring your questions and perhaps a collection of plastic for our recycling bin. (Snow Date: Sunday, January 28) Sponsored by the Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Library New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link. Registration is not required.
January 25, noon to 3 p.m. at High Point State Park
A Celebration of Snow and Ice in the High Point State Park Interpretive Center and on Lake Marcia. Activities will include bird feeder and winter crafts for children; storytime; sing-along; hot cocoa, cookies, s’mores, and beignets by the fireplace; guided winter hike; winter weather talk with Nick Stefano; sled dog education program and demonstration by the New Jersey Sled Dog Club; curling with the Plainfield Curling Club; snowshoeing and ice fishing demonstrations (conditions permitting). The event is free, but a suggested donation of $5 per person is appreciated. Proceeds to benefit the Friends of High Point State Park. For more information about this event or the Friends of High Point State Park, visit their website at friendsofhighpointstatepark.org New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link, their Facebook page New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link, or call 973-875-4800.
Big on Biography
February 5, 19, 26, 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. at the Library
The Library is going all-in on biographies to celebrate Black History Month. Each session there will be stories about different movers and shakers and discover their impact on history. Coloring pages, historical facts and much more. For children in preschool and above. Registration begins January 22.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Scavenger Hunt
February 5, 3:30 to 4:30 at the Library
Children in second grade and above are invited to join in a scavenger hunt to help class clown Kyle Keeley and his friends who are trapped in the library. Small groups will be sent out to follow clues and find items hidden throughout the library. Since it’s also Leap Into Reading! reading raffle time, children in fourth grade and above will earn an extra raffle ticket, while children in third grade and below can pick up an extra, weekly prize. Register for a timeslot by calling the Sussex-Wantage Library at 973 875-3940, beginning January 22.
Historical Music and Timeless Tales
February 15, 2 p.m. at the Library
Linda Russell New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link, a renowned folklorist, will perform songs of our American heritage. Her rich singing voice illuminates patriotic anthems, dance melodies, hymns and broadsides. A balladeer for the National Park Service in New York City for 16 years, she has performed for such venues as A Prairie Home Companion, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. Appropriate for all ages, chiuldren welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Library New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link. Registration is not required.
Thursday Night Sing-Along
February 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Library
This month's theme TBA. Musical expertise is not required. Lyrics are provided so everyone can join in. Children welcome when accompanied by an adult. If you play an instrument — kazoo, shaker, ukulele, or whatever — bring it.
February 22, 2 p.m. at the Library
Teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to the new Animanga Club. Talk about favorite series and what makes them so special. Snacks and drinks provided. New members always welcome. No registration required.
Soup & Sandwich Social
February 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sussex Firehouse
Enjoy a choice of sandwich (combos of ham, turkey & grilled cheese made to order) and a choice of tasty homemade soup (minestrone, chicken, cabbage, jambalaya, loaded baked potato, chili, taco, chicken tortilla, etc.) with a drink. $6 per person (add-ons are $3 soup or sandwich). Takeout available. Hosted by the Sussex Fire Department Auxiliary to raise funds for support of overall operating expenses of the Sussex FD. Questions, call 973-919-8335 or 570-994-948.
Jean Pocket Purse
February 26, 4 p.m. at the Library
Make and Take a Recycled Jean Pocket Purse. Bring in a pair of old jeans and make a simple, jean-pocket purse. You supply the pockets, the library will supply the rest (scissors, zippers, needle & thread, decorative elements, and know-how.) For children in middle school and above. Registration begins February 12.
Managing Stress Using Mindfulness
February 28, 1 p.m. at the Library
Learn about mindfulness and relaxation techniques that can reduce stress and lead to a calmer and more balanced life. The program will be run by Julie Lain-Trilling, a certified yoga instructor and a trained practitioner in health and wellness. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Library New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link. Registration is not required.
Watercolor Painting with “The Brit Lady”
March 7, 9:30 a.m. at the Library
This beginner watercolor painting class is for adults — no previous experience necessary. Participation is limited to 15 attendees. There will be a $5 materials cost. Please register with the Sussex-Wantage Library in person or by phone. Instructor Sally Stansfield is an art teacher with a B.A. in Fine Arts. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Library. New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link
March 14, 2 p.m. at the Library
Fifty years ago the Woodstock festival — "3 Days of Peace & Music"— created an unforgettable experience. In this program, speaker James Wynne will not only focus on the festival and the groups that played there, but will provide insight into how the aftershocks from this event in a little town in upstate New York changed the culture of rock..and the world. No registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Library. New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link
Electronics Recycling Day
March 28, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SCMUA
Dispose of up to five electronics for free at SCMUS's electronics recycling event. This service will also be available on May 16, July 25, and October 17. See the SCMUA website for more information New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link.
Potluck Book Chat
March 31, 1 to 3 pm at the library
Get together to share a meal and talk about favorite books. Bring food to share and a list of the books you love. Enjoy the company and conversation of other book lovers. Leave with more titles for your to-be-read list and perhaps make a new friend. Good books. Good food. Good company. Don’t miss it! No registration required.
Household Hazardous Waste Day
June 6, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SCMUA
Dispose of household hazardous waste for free at SCMUS's household hazardous waste event. This service will also be available on November 7. See the SCMUA website for more information New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link.
The Moving Wall
September 10 through 14 at Woodbourne Park
a half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Memorial Wall will be on display at Woodbourne Park. Details to come.
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.
4-H Clubs Help Clean Up Our Community
Thanks to the 4-H clubs, Kids in the Kitchen and Summer Blossoms, for participating in our Township Clean Communities Program. Participants were amazed at the amount of litter... and the number of miniature vodka bottles! A bit of Wantage is cleaner because of you!!