Wantage Township New Jersey

888 State Highway 23

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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.

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Wantage Township Fishing Contest

Saturday, July 11, 9 a.m. to noon at Lake Neepaulin
Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. Weigh-in closes at 12:30 p.m.

The township will be holding its fishing contest this year at Lake Neepaulin. We will need to follow the guidance of the Governor’s executive orders at the time of the contest. As the contest gets closer, we will post any additional guidelines we may need to follow. Please check back with our township website and Facebook page for any additional information.

Small Fry: 10 and under
Adult: 11 and up

Prizes awarded to each age group for:
First Fish Caught • Most Fish Caught • Longest Fish • Largest Fish • Smallest Fish
All judging done by recreation officials and is final.

Largest Bass Caught by Boater
Separate prizing for boat fishing — Bass fish only. Boat fishing is allowed in accordance with lake rules.

More Contest Information

  • Weigh-in is at the beach
  • All fishing is catch and release
  • A valid N.J. Fishing License is required
  • All fish must be alive
  • Bring your own bucket.

Entry Fee: FREE (Due to the current COVID-19 virus pandemic we will not be charging for the contest this year.)

A Reminder about Pools

Residential Pool Requirements – Please read the following important information regarding the installation of residential swimming pools (including the temporary small sold at retailers throughout our area.) We understand that as summer approaches and households are looking for ways to enjoy the summer and provide recreational opportunities during the current public health emergency and “stay at home” order they may be considering the installation of a pool; however please note that all state and local zoning and construction regulations still apply.

As a guideline for residential pools that require permits, please see the following:

  • Zoning permits are required for seasonal as well as permanently installed pools.
  • Any pool capable of holding 24″ of water requires a permit under the UCC (Uniform Construction Code)
  • Any pool with less than 48″ high sidewalls require some other type of compliant barrier; fence, self-closing, latching gates and ladders etc.
  • Electrical requirements for temporary and permanent pools must be strictly adhered to. Permit required.

The applicable codes can be found at https://codes.iccsafe.org/content/ISPSC2018P3, which include the International Swimming Pool Code and International Residential Code. For any further information or guidance please call the Hardyston Construction Department at 973-823-7020 extension 9001.

2020 Wantage Pageants Canceled

Due to the recent pandemic affecting our country, it is with great disappointmen that we must cancel our Miss Wantage, Little Miss Wantage, and Little Mr. Wantage pageants for this year. It is for the safety and wellness of all of us, that we feel this is the best decision. The director and coordinator for the NJ State Fair/Sussex Co. Farm & Horse Show stated, “It is with great disappointment that we will not be holding a Queen of the Fair pageant this year (2020). We look forward to see you all in 2021 when we will be holding the pageants again!"

All three 2019 winners “happily” consented to “hold over” their titles for the year 2020! We are grateful for all three of them to do this for us; that way Wantage Township has representation. Congratulations to all! Wantage 2019 pageant winners agreeing to reign in 2020 as well:

Miss Wantage 2020
Miss Wantage 2019 & 2020
Caroline Reese
Little Miss Wantage 2020
Little Miss Wantage 2019 & 2020
Lea Lynn Gunther
Little Mister Wantage 2020
Little Mr. Wantage for 2019 & 2020
Beau Yanish

Wednesdays To-Go Dinners

The Wantage United Methodist Church will be hosting free, to-go dinners on Wednesdays, beginning on May 20th. Reservations are required and can be made by phoning Melissa at 973-997-1822. There will be no contact — dinners will be picked up in the parking lot. You will be given information and instructions when you make your reservation. The program will run as long as there is a need. The first dinner will be spaghetti and meatballs. The menu will differ from week to week. There is no charge, but donations are welcome. All are welcome.

Bulky Waste Collection 2020

The 2020 Wantage bulky waste collection will take place during the first full weeks in June. Tickets/stickers are $35 per household and are on sale now. Click here for flyer. Purchased tickets permit residents to place up to 500 pounds of bulky items curbside for pickup. Deadline for ticket purchase is the Tuesday of your collection week.

Bulky waste tickets may be purchased by mail or by using the dropoff box outside the municipal building's front door. Please include your check for $35 with a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
Mail to:
   Bulky Waste Pickup
   Wantage Township Municipal Building
   888 State Highway 23
   Wantage NJ 07461.
Residents may also purchase a ticket when they are at the door to pay taxes. Save time. Save a stamp.

Collection dates: June 1 through 5 for residents living on the east side or Route 23; June 8 through 12 for residents on the west side of Route 23. Collection will not take place earlier than 7 a.m. nor later than 4 p.m. Items must be placed at curbside on the Sunday evening prior to your week's collection. Bulky items include household appliances, couches, tables, chairs, mattresses, bedsprings, etc. NO household garbage, electronics (TVs or computers), recyclable material, clothing, building materials, brush/leaves/grass, hazardous materials, or tires will be collected.

Public Meeeting: Berry Road Property

The Open Space Committee's public meeting to discuss options for the the Berry Road project will be rescheduled. It had been originally scheduled for April 27 at 7 p.m. but was canceled due to New Jersey's current restrictions.

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.

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.

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

Virtual Events

Login information will be included with each event description. For a Zoom tutorial go to https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting

Wantage Works Out

Wantage Recreation is hosting a Wantage Works Out program for residents. All different types of activities and workouts will be posted on the Wantage Recreation Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wantagerecreationandparks. To make this even more fun, you can get involved by posting youself doing your workout. It can be one that Wantage Rec posted or one of your own. Let's make this fun and interactive, and the best way to do that is through your input and sharing this with your friends and family.

The Four Vagabonds: Edison, Ford, Firestone, and Burroughs

June 9 at 1 p.m.
For one week each year, from 1915 to 1924, four giants of invention, industry, and science—Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and Charles Burroughs—went camping together. Learn about the adventures of this famed quartet, who captivated the public imagination as they “roughed it” —chopping wood, cooking meals, and exchanging ideas around the campfire. Presented by Dan Rose via Zoom. Register by June 8 and virtual meeting details will be emailed the morning of the event. If you don’t receive an email by 11:00 a.m. on event day, please check your spam filter and/or call the library at 973 948-3660, option 2 for meeting details. You can also call to register on the day of the event. This virtual event is provided free of charge by the Sussex County Library.

In-Person Events

To submit your Wantage event, click here.

NOTICE: All programs and meetings that were scheduled to take place at the Library or our schools have been canceled until further notice. 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.


Household Hazardous Waste Day CANCELED

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.


Fishing Contest

Saturday, July 11, 9 a.m. to noon at Lake Neepaulin.
Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Free. See flyer.



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. The Sussex Elks is looking for family members of those who lived in Sussex County and are listed on the wall. Volunteers for the event are also needed. Click here for more information.

Family Fun 5K Race

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


Wantage Day Fall Festival

October 17, noon to 4 p.m. at Woodbourne Park
Save the date! Details to come.


Household Hazardous Waste Collection

November 7, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SCMUA
Dispose of household hazardous waste for free at SCMUS's household hazardous waste event. See the SCMUA website for more information New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link.



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