News and Announcements
Notice of Hours Change
The Wantage Township Building Department will have new hours of operation beginning March 2, 2020. The new hours will be 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or for more information.
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.
Dog License Renewals Were Due in January
Dog license renewal forms were due by January 31. Owners of a dog found to be unlicensed on or after February 1st shall be required to pay a late fee. Licenses are required for all dogs six months old and older that reside in the Township. Owners of new dogs must obtain a license for their dog within ten days of when their dog reaches licensing age. Dog license forms may be downloaded here. For more information, refer to the Animal Control page.
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.
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 email@example.com
Parents and Kids Day
March 1, 1 to 5 p.m. at Under My Wing Avian Refuge
Children age five and older and their parents are invited to enjoy a day at the refuge helping to do small tasks and learn about birds. Most of the children who visit Under My Wing like to feed the birds and to learn to assemble toys. Both parent and child will learn about the many species of parrots, their unique personalities, and the proper care of the individual species. The refuge promotes sponsorship of birds to offset the many individuals who acquire via sale or adoption. Learn more about sponsoring a bird at undermywing.org/sponsor.html. Under My Wing Avian Refuge is located at 1243 Route 23 North. The event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. This is an indoor event. See more information about Under My Wing Avian Refuge on its Facebook page.
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 13, 6 p.m. at the Beemerville Firehouse
The Sussex Middle School Fundraising Committee is holding a tricky tray to benefit the SMS eighth-grade trip to Washington DC. Door prizes, 50-50, specials. Food and drinks available for purchase. For more information or to donate, please call Lori Marangi at 973-600-5354 or Lisa Schmitt at 973-903-8405.
St. Baldrick's Fundraiser
March 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sussex Firehouse
St. Baldrick’s is a volunteer-powered charity with a funny name that funds grants for childhood cancer research through head-shaving events and other fundraisers across the globe, giving volunteers the opportunity to “go bald” in solidarity with kids fighting cancer, and to raise money to support life saving childhood cancer research. The event at Sussex Firehouse supports this charity, forwarding 100% of the donations it receives from people like you to give kids better, safer treatments and hope for a cure. Be a part of this St. Baldrick's event—whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate. In addition to shaving and donating in support of others shaving, the SFD event includes a breakfast sandwich sale, t-shirt and mug sales, live music, face-painting, some vendors, traveling beer tap, and more.
For more information about this event, call Kayla at 862-268-1174 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about St. Baldrick click here. Every kid deserves to grow up cancer free. Support kids with cancer by braving a shave or making a donation!
March 14, 2 p.m. at the Library
Fifty years ago the Woodstock festival — "Three 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
St. Patrick's Dinner-Dance
March 14, 6 p.m. at the Sussex Firehouse
Tickets are available by calling 973-600-7043 or 973-271-1085. $35 per person, which includes corned beef and cabbage dinner buffet, beer and wine (cash bar available), and DJ Khyle Conklin (7 p.m. to midnight.) Must be 21 years old or older to attend. No ticket refunds. Note: There will be no St. Baldrick’s haircutting at this event.
Thursday Night Sing-Along
March 19, 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.
Teatime with “The Brit Lady”
March 21, 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Library
Learn to make a proper “cuppa” and the best scones this side of the pond. Then consume the results and enjoy! Sally Stansfield, aka “The Brit Lady,” will lead this delicious class for adults. 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
Maple Sugarin' Open House
March 21 and 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lusscroft Farm
Learn how maple syrup is made. Watch ongoing live demonstrations of how to tap the maple trees, collect the sap, and make the delicious syrup. Fresh maple syrup will be available for purchase. Free admission. Funds raised support the maple sugaring project at historic Lusscroft Farm For more information visit lusscroftfarm.org. New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link
Senior Breakfast and Show
March 24, 8:45 a.m. at the Sussex Middle School
Sussex Middle School will hold its annual senior breakfast on Tuesday, March 24 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. in the school cafeterial. Following the breakfast, students will present a showing of this year's musical Disney's Frozen Jr. For more information Please RSVP by March 17 to 973-875-4138 with the totla number in your party.
March 27, 6 p.m. at the High Point Regional Regional High School Cafeteria
Hosted by the Sussex-Wantage PTO. No one under the age of 18 will be admitted. For information or early bird registration (by March 6) contact Lisa Zollinger at 973-390-3369.
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 p.m. 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.
Easter Egg Hunt
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.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
April 5, 8 to 11 a.m. at the Sussex Firehouse
Buffet includes fluffy scrambled eggs, golden pancakes, french toast, sausage, hash browns, OJ, milk and/or coffee/tea. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children, no charge for kids under three years old. Take-out is also available. All tickets purchased at the door. For more information, please contact 862-354-4809 or 862-266-2997. All proceeds benefit Sussex Fire Department
Lute with John Sheehan
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
Safety Pin Craft
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.
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
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
April 24 & 25, at the library
Save the date for the annual Spring Used Book Sale hosted by the Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Library. Details to come!
Casino Bus Trip
April 25, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Wind Creek Casino
Bus departs promptly at 8:30 from Sussex Firehouse. Cost is $40 per person (includes $25 slot play); must be paid in advance to guarantee your seat on the bus (sorry, no exceptions). Contact Kim at 973-713-4752 to reserve your seat. Sponsored by Sussex Fire Department Auxiliary.
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.
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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