Wantage Township New Jersey

888 State Highway 23

News and Announcements

Please refer to the new Coronavirus page, for the many announcements, updates, closings, and cancellations. This page is updated frequently, so check in often for the latest information.

Legal/Public Notices

Notice of Hours Change

The Wantage Township Building Department has new hours of operation. The new hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Anyone needing assistance outside of these hours can call Hardyston Township at (973) 823-7020 or visit the office located at 149 Wheatsworth Road, Hardyston.

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

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Please refer to the new Coronavirus page, for the many announcements, updates, closings, and cancellations. This page is updated frequently, so check in often for the latest information.

Public Meeeting: Berry Road Property

The Open Space Committee will hold a public meeting about the Berry Road project on April 27. The meeting will be held at the municipal building and will begin at 7 p.m.

Rabies Clinic canceled

The spring rabies clinic will be held on April 3 at the Township garage from 6 to 7:30 p.m. has been canceled.

Fraud Alert

The CDC wants to caution the public that it is not deploying teams of people to go door to door to conduct surveillance. If an individual claims to be from the CDC do not let them in your home or speak with them. They are imposters. Contact your local law enforcement if this activity is reported in your municipality. See Sussex County Coronavirus page.

New York Yankees Bus Trip

Looking for Community Interest
The Wantage Township Recreation Committee is looking for baseball fans interested in a bus trip to the Yankees vs. Tampa Bay game on Sunday, June 7 at 1:05 p.m. Price per person includes game ticket and bus transportation. Acutal price will depend on number of people attending and section. ($76.30 to $100.52) Click here for flyer. Please call Nicole at 973-875-7193 or email nicole@wantagetwp-nj.org if you are interested or for more information.

Men's Senior Softball League Seeking Players

The Sussex County team of nine players is looking to add addition players for senior league (ages 59 and up.) See flier for details.

Only Clean Dirt Wanted — Guard Your Yard

Wantage Township warns residents about clean fill that may not be so clean.
See flyer on how to guard your backyard. PDF icon.
Click here for the NJ offical Guard Your Backyard website.
Click here to read Ordinance #2019-04, "Wantage Township Soil Importing and Exporting."

Environmental Complaints

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has a toll-free telephone hotline number you can use to report environmental incidents, abuses, and complaints in New Jersey or impacting it. The 1-877-WARNDEP number can be used in the continental United States.

Sheriff Warns of New Phone Scam

Some Sussex County residents have reported receiving telephone calls stating the call is from the Sussex County Sheriff's Office. The caller states that you will be arrested if you do not satisfy a particular debt. You are given a case number and a callback number. Do not fall for this latest scam. The Sussex County Sheriff's Office is not making these calls. If you have received a call threatening arrest by the Sussex County Sheriff's Office and you feel it is a scam, please call the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office at 973-383-1570 ext 4526. Read warning on the Sussex County website.

Dognapping Alert

It has been reported that there have been attempts to steal dogs and other pets in our area. It is suspected that the stolen pets would be sold in the black market. Click here to see notice (posted on Facebook.)

Mailbox Theft / Postal Fraud

A resident has recently reported an issue of postal fraud and mailbox theft. She reports that a package had been delivered to her mailbox, attached to the mailbox flag. She noticed that the flag had been damaged and there were bits of plastic attached to the flag. She found the empty package a half mile down the road. She later learned that someone had used her husband's name and address for a purchase and then appeared to be watching the mailbox for the delivery so that this person could grab the package as soon as it was delivered. It was also reported that a truck appeared to be following a mail truck and had stopped by a resident's mailbox, but quickly left when the resident called out to him. The truck picked up a man seen walking along the road. The resident believes that the truck was following the mail truck to see if packages were delivered and to steal them. The holiday season with its many package deliveries may be over, but this type of scam may continute and residents are urged to remain vigilant.

Food Drive

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 wtfas.nj.recruitment@gmail.com


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NOTICE: All programs and meetings that were scheduled to take place at the Library or our schools have been canceled until further notice due to health concerns. All March events have been canceled. April events are tentative at this time. When/If the organizers of other events contact the website with updates, these updates will be posted. It is recommended that you contact the organizers of events before attending.


Potluck Book Chat postponed

March 31, 1 to 3 p.m. at the library


Tricky Tray canceled

April 2, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at High Point Regional High School.
Hosted by the Sussex Woman's Club to benefit the scholarship fund for Sussex-Wantage children. $1 admittance fee include a bottle of water and baked good. For additional information call 973-827-1710.

Rabies Clinic canceled

April 3, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Township garage.
Dogs must be on a leash. Cats must be in a carrier.

Easter Egg Hunt canceled

April 5, 12 noon at Woodbourne Park
Meet by the pavilion and bring your own basket. Sponsored by the Wantage Parks and Recreation Committee and Sussex Kiwanis. Rain date April 11.

Vernal Pools Exploration Hike canceled

April 5, 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Lusscroft Farm
Learn about the fascinating creatures that live in the vernal pools at Losscroft Farm. Fun for all ages. The hike is free but donations are appreciated for restoration efforts. For more information or to pre-register email lusscroftfarm@gmail.com or visit lusscroftfarm.org New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link

Lute with John Sheehan canceled

April 5, 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the library
Multi-instrumentalist John Sheehan presents a program of Renaissance century music for the lute. Like a guitar but more complex, the lute is an ancient instrument making a comeback in music today. Seating is on a first come, first served basis, no registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Library. New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link

Drills 4 Skills Basketball Clinic canceled

For boys and girls in grades third through ninth. Cost is $90 per child. The clinic is run by HPRHS basketball coaches, but is not affiliated with HPRHS. For more information and the registration form click here for the Google Doc. New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link.
*Eight weeks; also on May 3, 10, 17, 31, June 7.

Safety Pin Craft canceled

April 6, 4 to 5 p.m. at the library
Tweens and teens are invited to stop by the Library and make their own wearable art from safety pins and assorted craft supplies. All materials provided, no registration required.

Bedtime Math canceled

April 6 & 13, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. at the library
Kids in kindergarten and above are invited for math-related fun at the zoo! We’ll subtract, divide, measure and more, all with a fun animal theme. Bedtime Math programs are targeted to kids entering kindergarten through 2nd grade, and also teach parents easy ways to make math a fun part of everyday activities. Registration begins March 23.

Touch a Truck canceled

April 17, 11 a.m. to noon at the library
Dump trucks, school buses, and other fun and interesting vehicles will be parked in the library's lot for kids of all ages to climb on and explore. Their operators will be on hand to answer questions as well. This event will be held rain or shine. No registration required.

Used Book Sale canceled

April 24, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
April 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thousands of adult and children’s books, audio books, DVDs, and CDs will be available at the Library at bargain prices. On Saturday from noon to closing, there will be a bag sale where shoppers can fill a grocery-store size shopping bag for only $3. Funds raised in the book sale are used to pay for community programs and special items to enhance the Sussex-Wantage Library. The book sale encourages reading and provides the community with inexpensive reading material for all ages.

If you would like to volunteer with the sale, please email the Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Library at sussexwantagefol@gmail.com or sign up at the Library's circulation desk. Donations of the following items in good condition are welcome: children’s and adult books (paperback and hardcover), DVDs, audiobooks, and music CDs and cassettes. Donations that cannot be accepted are videos without covers, encyclopedias, textbooks, condensed books, magazines, or any items in poor condition. Donations should be dropped off at the library from Saturday, April 18 through Wednesday, April 22 during regular library hours. Please pack your donations in small boxes or double-strength grocery bags.

Berry Road Property Meeting

April 27, 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building
The Open Space Committee invites the public to this meeting about updates on the Berry Road project.

Earth Day Recycle Crafts

April 27, 6 to 7 p.m. at the library
Turn your trash into treasure during this make and take event. Bring in an item to recycle. The library will supply the crafting materials (paint, tape glue, etc.) and the room to make a mess. You leave with something totally new! All ages welcome. No registration required.


Barn Sale

May 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lusscroft Farm
Event features furniture, vintage items, wall art, glassware, lamps, toys, books, jewelry, and a plant sale. Funds raised support restoration of the buildings and grounds at this historic farm. For more information email lusscroftfarm@gmail.com or visit lusscroftfarm.org New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link

Spring Fest

May 16 and 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lusscroft Farm
Celebrate spring at Lusscroft Farm. Event will feature vendors and crafters, local farmers, a plant sale, bake sale, bird walks, live music, barn sale, food, a historic building tour, a hike to Outlook Lodge, carriage rides, educational displays, workshops and more. Cost is $7 per adult; kids are free. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed. Funds raised support restoration of the buildings and grounds at this historic farm. For more information email lusscroftfarm@gmail.com or visit lusscroftfarm.org New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link


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.

Family Fun 5K Race

September 19 at Woodbourne Park
Save the date! Details to come.


Wantage Day Fall Festival

October 10, noon to 4 p.m. at Woodbourne Park
Save the date! 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.

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