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.


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/.

Tire Turn-In Day and Paper Shred Event

October 10, 9 a.m. to noon at the Wantage Municipal Builidng
Limit of eight car and light truck tires, Proof of residency required. Sponsored by the Clean Communities program.


Wantage Township Fireworks Event

Saturday, October 17, 5 to 9 p.m. at Woodbourne Park
Wantage Township will be hosting an evening of music, food, and fireworks for its residents. The Elks food truck will be on hand to purchase food, or feel free to bring your own. Musical entertainment will be provided by The Harrisons. The evening will conclude with a fireworks display. Rain date is Sunday October 18.

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

Scheduled Recreation Fall Events Have Been Canceled

Due to the many uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, including how the virus could affect our community and the uncertainty of restrictions placed by the government, the Recreation Committee has needed to reevaluate its upcoming programs. At this time, the Wantage Township 5K and the Wantage Day Fall Festival are canceled. We continue to discuss new ideas and hope to bring a few of them to you this year.

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.

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 households are looking for ways to enjoy the summer and provide recreational opportunities during the current public health emergency and 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

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. An Open House is being planned, tentatively scheduled for September.

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

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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.



Wantage Plant Exchange

Saturday, September 19, 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Woodbourne Park Pavilion
This event is for all Gardeners and Gardeners-to-be.
Event will be held rain or shine.

The Moving Wall

September 8 through 12 2021 at Woodbourne Park
A half-size replica of the Washington, DC, Vietnam Memorial Wall will be on display at Woodbourne Park.

Family Fun 5K Race

September 19 at Woodbourne Park


Wantage Day Fall Festival

October 17, noon to 4 p.m. at Woodbourne Park


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.



Suspended until further notice

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