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.


Turkey Season Opens Saturday

The 2020 fall turkey season opens this Saturday 10/24 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 31 (excluding Sunday). Permits are available for all THAs but are running low in some. Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset. For more information see njfishandwildlife.com or the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife Facebook page.

Notice Regarding Upcoming Election

On August 28 Governor Murphy signed P.L 2020, c 72, requiring County Clerks to send all active voters a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 3 election.The County Clerk has issued a letter about the upcoming election to explain what this means to you. Click here to read the letter. For more information on elections, visit https://sussexcountyclerk.org/elections/.

Ballot Box

The ballot box has been installed at Townhall. You can drop off your ballot at any time. The box will be emptied every day.

Rabies Vacination Clinic

November 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the municipal garage
Pet owners must wear masks. Bring proof of prior rabies shot. Dogs must be leashed; cats must be in a carrier. This is a three-year vaccine. Please fill out the rabies form and bring it with you. You may download the rabies form here.

NJ Department of Health Issues Halloween 2020 Celebration Guidance

October 5
Traditional Halloween celebrations often involve crowds, close contact between individuals, and activities in closed spaces.It is important to plan early and identify safer alternatives for celebrating the fall season. Outdoor activities, as opposed to indoor parties and events, are recommended. Those planning celebrations or participating in Halloween activities should keep in mind public health recommendations of social and physical distancing, wearing masks that cover the nose and mouth, and hand hygiene. Costume masks are not an acceptable substitute for cloth or disposable masks. Individuals should minimize interaction and contact with others who are not a part of their household... Read the complete guidance PDF.

SCMUA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Saturday, November 7, 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
See SCMUA website for details. New rule for this event: Gas must be brought in disposable containers. These containers will NOT be returned.

Notice from the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife

The Division is asking the public to be alert for deer that may be affected by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) and to report any suspected cases. Symptoms include: difficulty standing, drooling, lethargy, respiratory distress, foam from the mouth or nose, and swelling of the face, tongue, and neck. Sick or dead deer are often seen in or near water. Reports can be made as follows:
Northern Region: 609-259-6965
Southern Region: 609-748-2065
Division Veterinarian: 908-735-6398

More Information on EDH in Deer
Deer In New Jersey
Office of Fish and Wildlife Health and Forensics

Notice about Unsolicited Seeds

The NJ Department of Agriculture has been receiving reports of people receiving seeds in the mail from China that they did not order. Sometimes the seeds are sent in packages stating that the contents are jewelry. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants, or be harmful to livestock. Here's what to do if you receive unsolicited seeds from another country:

  • DO NOT plant them and if they are in sealed packaging don't open the sealed package.
  • Take a photo of the package and seeds and send the photos to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture to joseph.zoltowski@ag.nj.gov and USDA SITC at SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov
This is known as agricultural smuggling. Report it to the USDA! Maintain the seeds and packaging and send to the USDA Office located at 1500 Lower Rd, Linden NJ 07036 for evidence. If individuals are aware of the potential smuggling of prohibited exotic fruits, vegetables, or meat products into or through the USA, they can help APHIS by contacting the confidential Anti-smuggling Hotline number at 800-877-3835 or by sending an email to SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov. The USDA will make every attempt to protect the confidentiality of any information sources during an investigation within the extent of the law.

Do not plant seeds. Take picture and send to AG and USDA. For more information go to nj.gov/agriculture/news/hottopics/topics200727.html

Municipal Building Open to the Public

The Municipal Building reopened to the public on July 6. The public is required to wear a face mask and to maintain proper social distancing while inside. The number of people allowed inside at one time is 25, which includes employees.

SCMUA Resumes Special Events

The Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority has resumed its special events. See Paper Shred details. See E-Waste details.

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


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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.

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 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.


Winter Craft Fair

December 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Colesville Firehouse
contact the firehouse for details.


Suspended until further notice

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