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Public Notices & Public Service Announcements

Notice of Aerial Mosquito Larviciding
The Sussex County Office of Mosquito Control has scheduled an aerial application (by plane) from April 22-26, 2019 between the hours of 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. The Office will be using the product Vectobac GS EPA Reg # 73049-10 with an active ingredient of BTI (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) a bacteria for the control of larval (immature, Aquatic state) mosquitoes.

Route 565 Bridge over Papakating Creek Project
CR 565 at the bridge site continues to be closed to traffic due to the replacement of the bridge. Originally scheduled to be completed in December 2018, the timeline for the bridge replacement project has been extended due to weather issues. Click here for the January 7, 2019 updated report on the project. Get the latest news on this project from the Sussex County Government website and Facebook page.

Meeting Notice:
Rescheduling of Township of Wantage Reorganization Meeting and Regular Meeting

TAKE NOTICE that the 2018 Annual Reorganization Meeting and Regular Meeting of the Township of Wantage previously scheduled for Thursday, January 3, 2019 has been rescheduled to Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Township of Wantage Municipal Building, 888 Route 23, Wantage, NJ.
Debra J. Millikin Municipal Clerk, December 10, 2018

Notice of Aerial Mosquito Larviciding
The Sussex County Office of Mosquito Control has scheduled an aerial application (by plane) from August 21-24, 2018 between the hours of 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. The Office will be using the product Vectobac GS EPA Reg # 73049-10 with an active ingredient of BTI (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) a bacteria for the control of larval (immature, Aquatic state) mosquitoes.

Notice of Aerial Mosquito Larviciding
The Sussex County Office of Mosquito Control has scheduled an aerial application (by plane) from August 14-17, 2018 between the hours of 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. The Office will be using the product Vectobac GS EPA Reg # 73049-10 with an active ingredient of BTI (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) a bacteria for the control of larval (immature, Aquatic state) mosquitoes.

Notice of Aerial Mosquito Larviciding
The Sussex County Office of Mosquito Control has scheduled an aerial application (by plane) from August 6-10, 2018 between the hours of 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. The Office will be using the product Vectobac GS EPA Reg # 73049-10 with an active ingredient of BTI (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) a bacteria for the control of larval (immature, Aquatic state) mosquitoes.  

Notice of Aerial Mosquito Larviciding
The Sussex County Office of Mosquito Control has scheduled an aerial application (by plane) from July 31–August 3, 2018 between the hours of 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. The Office will be using the product Vectobac GS EPA Reg # 73049-10 with an active ingredient of BTI (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) a bacteria for the control of larval (immature, Aquatic state) mosquitoes.  

Milling and Paving Notice
Tilcon New York, Inc., will begin milling and paving in Wantage starting on July 30th. The roads to be milled and paved are: Dales Crossing, Adrienne Court, Marie Court, Mountain View Drive, Liberty Street, Sherman Ridge Road, Newman Road, Wantage School Road Section I & II, North Shore Road, a portion of Lewisburg Road, and Spreen Drive. There will be traffic delays within these areas during both the milling and paving. Tilcon New York, Inc., will begin first in the northern part of the Township starting on Dales Crossing.

Notice of Aerial Mosquito Larviciding
The Sussex County Office of Mosquito Control has scheduled an aerial application (by plane) on July 24–27, 2018 between the hours of 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. The Office will be using the product Vectobac GS EPA Reg # 73049-10 with an active ingredient of BTI (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) a bacteria for the control of larval (immature, Aquatic state) mosquitoes.  

Notice of Mosquito Spraying
July 10, between 5 and 11 p.m. Including roads and areas but not limited to: Judge Beach Road, Lower Unionville Road, Maida Dr, August Lane, Possum Glen Rd, Rose Morrow Road, Dunvale Road, Havens Road, Phillip Terrace, Born Road, Lott Road, Sally Harden Road, and Turner Rd. The product that is being applied is Zenivex E4 RTU EPA Reg. # 2724-807 with the active ingredient being Etofenprox.

Notice of Mosquito Spraying
June 29, between 5 and 11 p.m. Including roads and areas but not limited to: Judge Beach Road, Lower Unionville Road, Maida Dr, August Lane, Possum Glen Rd, Rose Morrow Road, Dunvale Road, Havens Road, Phillip Terrace, Born Road, Lott Road, Sally Harden Road, and Turner Rd. The product that is being applied is Zenivex E4 RTU EPA Reg. # 2724-807 with the active ingredient being Etofenprox.

Bridge X-09, County Route 565 over Papakating Creek
CR 565 at the bridge site is closed to traffic due to the demolition project of the existing bridge. Project completion and reopening the road to traffic is scheduled for December 2018. Read notice. Download project PDF.

Project Startup Notice for the 2018 Sussex County Crack Sealing Program
Weather permitting, work is scheduled to begin on MOnday, June 11th at 7 a.m. The complete list of programmed routes is included in the notice. All work is expected to advance under a mobile single lane closure. For questions/ more information contact Danielle Lordy, County of Sussex Division of Public Works, Phone: 973-579-0430 x 1313. Download Project Startup Notice for the 2018 Sussex County Crack Sealing Program.

Bridge X-09, County Route 565 over Papakating Creek
Starting on Monday, June 4, daily road closures will be in effect on CR 565 at the bridge site, from 8:30 a.m. through 2:30 p.m., in order for the contractor to construct accesses for the utility pole relocations. JCP&L will begin pole installation and line work starting on Wednesday, June 6 under the same daily road closure. The utility relocation work could take from 5 to 7 days to complete. Following JCP&L’s work, Century Link will relocate their lines to the new poles; that work may take place under a daily closure or flagger operation. The proposed utility work schedule could shift dependent on the weather conditions. On or about June 26, CR 565 at the bridge site will be closed to traffic and demolition of the existing bridge will commence. Project completion and reopening the road to traffic is scheduled for December 2018. See the public notice for more information regarding the project. Susan Delmar, P.E. 6/2/18

Notice of Mosquito Spraying
June 4, between 5 and 11 p.m.

Who Owns What? Ownership Guidelines for Your Home's Electrical System
Click here to download flier. 5/17/18

TAKE NOTICE that the Township Committee of the Township of Wantage will hold a special meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The meeting shall be held at the Wantage Township Building, 888 State Route 23, Wantage NJ. The purpose of this meeting shall be to hold a Budget preparation work session. Formal action may take place. Debra Milikin, Administrator, 02/23/18

Have FUN and get PAID while participating in democracy. Board of Elections training classes are being scheduled now. For more information call Jeannie at 973-579-0950 extension 4. 4/1/17

Help with Energy Bills
02-29-16   New Jersey residents who need help paying their energy bills can call 1-800-510-3102 to find out if they qualify for assistance, and how to apply. more info

Wantage Township First Aid Squad Equipped with New Life-Saving Device
Wantage Township EMTs received a new device to help treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The Autopulse helps improve blood flow to the heart and brain during SCA. Read complete press release.

Curfew in Effect October 30 & 31
It is unlawful for anyone under the age of 18 years to be in any public place in the Township of Wantage on October 30 and October 31 between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. of the following date, unless accompanied by his or her parent or guardian. No parent or guardian shall knowingly permit any juvenile to violate the curfew. The following apply:

posted Oct. 18, 2015

Gypsy Moth Notice
Is your property experiencing heavy infestation of gypsy moth caterpillars? Do you see heavy infestation in property near you? The NJ State Department of Agriculture provides the following phone number for local residents to report heavy infestations: 609-406-6939 (Dept of Agriculture, Division of Plant Industry.)

Beware of telephone scams
A Wantage resident reports that he recently received a telephone call from someone who claimed to be from "Windows Support", and informed that there was a problem on his computer. The caller then attempted to have the resident give remote access for his computer to the caller so the problem could be "fixed". THIS IS A SCAM. NEVER GIVE REMOTE ACCESS CONTROL TO YOUR COMPUTER OUT TO AN UNKNOWN PARTY! Several other Scams are also being attempted in the area, which were reported recently in the NJ Herald. Please heed Police Warnings: Never give personal identifying information such as Social Security numbers, credit card data or banking information to any person which cannot be identified with absolute certainty. If you are contacted by someone identifying themselves as a police officer, federal agent, IRS representative or any other governmental entity over the telephone, or as a Computer Support Individual who you did not contact, extreme caution should be used and no information should be given to that person over the telephone. Thank you.
Wantage Township Mayor and Committee

Military Families Survey
The Center for Prevention and Counseling would like to support the active and veteran military families in Sussex County. Our goal is to create an advisory board to aide in identifying military families in our area and gather information to help address the needs of those who have served and sacrificed for our Country. This includes not just our service members, but their spouses, children, and other loved ones as well. In our recent interaction with local military families it has been brought to our attention that finding and accessing services can be very challenging. This is especially due to our remote location.

In achieving this, we are asking that you please complete this anonymous survey to aide us in compiling a local resource list that can help guide those in need towards easily obtainable and helpful services. The online link is For more information please contact Natalie Yanoff-Smith at the Center for Prevention and Counseling, 973-383-4787.


It's an unfortunate fact that, in rural towns with lots of snowfall, snow plow operators may hit your mailbox and cause damage to the mailbox and/or post. It happens all over Sussex County and, in fact, all over rural USA.

Please accept our promise: we are not aiming for it. We didn't want to damage it. The last thing we want is to do something that will anger the public and cause possible criticism toward us. There is no upside to annoying the public.

More times than not, in a heavy snowfall, it is not actually the case that the snow plow hit the mailbox, but instead the displacement of large volumes of snow will push over the mailbox and post. Snow is a solid, and two solid objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. When large amounts of snow need to be pushed off the public road, the mailbox will sometimes lose out.

Other times the plow itself may, in fact, directly hit a mailbox. Again, this is not on purpose, but an accident. If you ever have any doubts about this, please contact Jim Doherty (Administrator) or Bob Wagner (DPW Supervisor) at town hall. Jim and Bob will make arrangements after the snow emergency has been dealt with for your snow plow operator to speak directly with you, and offer you his promise that it was not personal or malicious. Our DPW workers are dedicated and caring people, Wantage citizens themselves, many of whom have deep roots and all of whom have strong pride in our community. We are accountable to you and we want you to be proud of us.

If we do damage your mailbox, please do not attempt to flag down the snow plow operator in the middle of the storm to report it or express your disappointment. While that may be your immediate inclination, please understand that doing this is neither safe nor productive. Please instead call Wantage Town Hall at 973-875-7192. Even if no one is present, you can leave a voice mail message that we will receive. Tell us your name, address, and a daytime phone number where we can follow up with you.

We at town hall will create a master list of people and addresses who call in regarding damaged mailboxes. As time permits after the storm has ended, Bob Wagner and his crew will contact you from that list in the order the calls were received and find out what we can do to make it right for you.

Sometimes, all that is needed is to put the post and mailbox back up, which we will do if the ground is not frozen. Other times, the post and/or mailbox may have been damaged beyond salvage.

If we cannot fix it for you permanently right away, we will provide you with a temporary mailbox that can be used for the remainder of the winter. When the snow season is over, you can buy a new mailbox and post, comparable to your old one, and submit the receipt along with the old mailbox to us at town hall. We will reimburse you the cost of the mailbox. This is a courtesy service Wantage provides, but is not an opportunity to upgrade a mailbox at taxpayer expense, so that is why we ask you to submit the old mailbox, for comparison purposes. We will also use the old mailbox to supply our inventory of future temporary mailboxes (unless it is beyond use, of course).

Sometimes, a mailbox has been placed too close to the edge of the road, which will increase the likelihood of it being hit by a plow. Our DPW Supervisor will work with you to make sure the new mailbox is placed a safe distance from the road - not too far for the mail delivery person, not too close for the plow. While this won't guarantee anything, it will do everything in our power to avoid having this happen in the future.

Read notices

Wantage Township Now Owns Lake Neepaulin
Wantage Township now owns the body of water named Lake Neepaulin, the dam which supports that lake, and the beach property along South Shore Drive. Read notice

Hardyston Township will manage the Construction Department from the Hardyston municipal building located at 149 Wheatsworth Road in Hardyston. A satellite office will also be operated from the Wantage Municipal Building at 888 Route 23 South, Wantage.



OPEN 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
CLOSED 11:30AM - 12:30 PM
OPEN 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

FRIDAY: OPEN 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Should an individual need to contact or do business with the Department after 2:30 p.m., the main office of the Department at the Hardyston Municipal Building will be open and available to Wantage residents and contractors during normal business hours Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) until 4:30 p.m. Telephone 973-823-7020 Ext 9001.

Either the Construction Official or the Building Inspector/Sub-code Official (predominantly the Building Inspector/Sub-code Official) will be working out of the Wantage satellite office Monday and Wednesday mornings until noon. It is anticipated that the Construction Official or Building Inspector/Sub-code Official would be available to meet with the public for scheduled appointments in the office during those hours, in addition to performing inspections. Inspections in Wantage will also be conducted at other times throughout the week, scheduled in coordination with the needs of Hardyston Township and all of its partners.

In addition to the times where the Construction Official and/or Building Inspector/Sub-code Official is working physically in Wantage Township, the Construction Official and/or Building Inspector/Sub-code Official shall be available for consultation with the public and/or Wantage Township employees during normal business hours.

Common-Sense Cold Weather Tips
For tips on how to stay warm click here.

Department of Health Public Service Announcement
How to stay warm and healthy during Super Bowl festivities; New Jersey's Commissioner of Health, Mary E. O'Dowd, shares tips. read more

Hurricane Season Information from the Office of Emergency Management
The State Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has put together a comprehensive Hurricane Survival Guide (see attached or use link below). We ask that you please take a minute to look this over and share with family and friends. more

DEP Reminds Residents to Recycle TVs, Computers, and Monitors as Required by Electronic Waste Management Act read notice PDF

Friends of  Wantage Animal Shelter
raining cats and dogsThe first meeting of the Friends of  Wantage Animal Shelter will be held on September 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM in the Wantage Town Hall. We are seeking volunteers to work in a fund raising capacity for necessary renovations and additions to the Wantage Animal Control Building. To get this project done, great minds and busy hands must get together to expand the building.  If you have any special talent that you think may help, or just the drive to help animals, please contact Lynn Negele or leave a message for Lynn at the Wantage Municipal Building, 973 875-7192.

bearPeople and Bobcats and Bears, Oh My!"
Living in Northwest New Jersey is a wonderful experience, full of exciting opportunities for communing with Nature. It also carries with it a responsibility to stay fully informed about wildlife that you may come into contact with. See below public information provided from the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife:

Berry Road Bridge Closed
The Sussex County Engineer has stated that the Berry Road Bridge has been determined by the County to be unsafe, to the point that it requires closure. As of Friday, February 15, the bridge is officially closed. While repair projects on this bridge were undertaken in the recent past several years, those repairs did not take as hoped, and the entire bridge needs to be replaced, at an estimated cost to the County of $600,000. It is going to take three to four years before this project works its way up through the already-existing backlog of county bridge repair and replacement projects scheduled on the County priority lists. The bottom line is that a vehicle will not be able to travel from Armstrong Road to Sherman Ridge Road, or vice verse, via Berry Road. If a car gets to the end of Sherman Ridge and wants to get to Armstrong, they will have to turn left onto Berry instead of right, and then turn right onto CR 628 to get to the other end of Berry, from there proceeding to Armstrong. It adds about a 3/4 mile +/- roundabout trip onto the course instead of just being able to get to Armstrong directly off Berry. The same holds true in reverse if some one on Armstrong wants to get to Sherman Ridge. A public notice with more details from the County will be posted when received.

Taxpayers Be Aware
It has come to the attention of the Sussex County Board of Taxation that there is false solicitation being distributed throughout Sussex County in the form of a pink postcard.  This pink postcard resembles the mandatory assessment notice sent to all taxpayers as required by law. The information on this pink postcard may not necessarily reflect the correct assessed value or other information concerning your property. This pink postcard is NOT APPROVED by the State of New Jersey or the Sussex County Board of Taxation. more

Signatures needed to run for the Wantage governing body (Mayor and Committee). Click here for signature requirements.

New Jersey Phone Kidnapping Scams
During recent weeks, various sources in law enforcement and media outlets have been reporting phone kidnapping scams occurring in Central and Northern New Jersey and New York. View notice.

Foreclosure Assistance
The Department of Community Affairs and New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency recognize that many New Jersey families are currently going through or facing foreclosure. The State of New Jersey and the federal government provide a variety of programs to assist homeowners. Information about these programs is free.
About Foreclosure, First Steps:
Foreclosure Fast Facts in English | Foreclosure Fast Facts in Spanish
For more information on foreclosure relief programs, please call 1-800-NJ-HOUSE.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Provides Assistance to Homeless and At-Risk Veterans and Their Families
This program, funded by a US Department of Veteran Affairs grant, aims to keep veteran families from losing their homes and to rapidly re-house homeless veterans and their families. SSVF services include temporary financial assistance and case management services ranging from assistance in finding jobs and child care to linking the veteran to health care services. more

Low Energy Assistance Program
The Department of Community Affairs recently announced that supplemental benefits are available through the federally-funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Eligible households do not need to reapply for the program to receive supplemental benefits. The benefits are available because LIHEAP funding for the year increased beyond the original projection provided by the federal government. more

HomeKeeper Program
Worried about losing your home? Click here for the flier from the NJ HomeKeeper program.

Motorists Urged to be Cautious for Deer on Roads this Fall
The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife is urging motorists to be alert for white-tailed deer on roads across the state with the arrival of the fall breeding season, especially during morning and evening commutes when visibility may be poor and deer are more active. press release

Public Service Announcement: Grill Safety
The Department of Community Affairs' Division of Fire Safety recently reminded residents to review fire safety grilling tips to avoid injury this summer.
Click here for Safe Summer Cooking Tips

NJDEP Press Release - Wildfire Insurance
Click here to see the NJDEP Press Release concerning updating homeowners insurance policies regarding wildfires.

Township Supports St. Clare's
Resolution supports the retaining in-patient services at St. Clare's Hospital in Sussex. Click here to read resolution.

Woodstoves - A Note from the Building Department

With the rising cost of home heating fuels, many homeowners are deciding to install solid fuel appliances such as wood and pellet stoves to lower their heating bills.

Please be advised that permits are needed to install one in your home or business. Depending on type of unit to be installed, a fire, building or plumbing permit maybe required.

If you have installed or you have purchased a home with an appliance without permits, You may contact our department to apply for a permit and have your stove inspected.

Our main objective is to protect the public from a loss of life or the potential of having Insurance compensation being reduced or eliminated.

Thank you,
Patrick Stefanelli, Construction Official
February 9, 2012

Warning of Scams
At the Organization meeting of the Wantage Governing Body, Sussex County Clerk Jeff Parrott warned citizens of several on-going scams being pursued throughout the county. Senior citizens are particularly asked to take notice and warning of these scams, as quite often it is the elderly who are targeted.

One scam involves receiving a telephone call from some one who will try to convince you that it is necessary for you to have a certified copy of the deed of ownership for your property, and will offer to provide you with that document for a fee which could be $25 or more. Do not be fooled by this scam! If you do ever need to obtain a certified copy of your deed, you can obtain one at any time directly from the County Clerk's office, whenever you need one, and the average fee is in the range of $16 or less.

Another attempted Scam involves a telephone contact from a person claiming to be from an agency dealing with Medicaid or Medicare, and they will ask you to confirm information over the telephone. They will read you a fictional social security number, in the hope that you will realize it is wrong and provide them with the correct information. Social security numbers can be used to perpetrate Identify Fraud against you! Several other variations on this Scam can be attempted, but they all involve an effort to trick you into telling them private information that they, in turn, can use against you. Never tell some one your social security number or any other private information over the telephone!

Reward for Vandalism Information
The Mayor and Committee have authorized a $1,000 reward to be paid to the person who provides information that leads to the arrest of the party responsible for the act of vandalism at Woodbourne Park in Wantage Township.
    An unknown party stole military medals that had been donated to the Veterans Memorial within the park. The donation had been made by a Homeless Veteran who wished to honor his fellow servicemen and servicewomen. The medals were secured behind a plexiglass display within the base of the Memorial's centerpiece, and they were stolen by some one who smashed the glass.
   "This is an inexcusable insult to the Wantage Community and to Military Veterans everywhere. The Wantage governing body is outraged by this act. We call upon the New Jersey State Police to dedicate their full attention and efforts in identifying the person or persons responsible for this criminal act, and bring that person to justice. The memory and honor of our proud military veterans deserves nothing less" Says Mayor Bill Gaechter.
    Any one with information regarding this situation are requested to contact the New Jersey State Police or Wantage Township Municipal Building.

Warning - Do Not Do Business With Unlicensed Peddlers

A young man driving a white Van, advertising the company "US Beef", knocked on my door last evening, saying that he had completed his deliveries for the day and had some extra produce, and wanted to know if I wanted to buy it. I explained to this young man that such a solicitation is not permitted in Wantage Township. Please do the same if any person attempts to make a similar unsolicited sale to you.

While the purchase of food products through the Internet represents a valid and private business transaction, the act of knocking on some one's door in Wantage Township and offering to sell them something that they did not order represents an act of Peddling. There are currently no licensed peddlers in Wantage Township other than a hot dog cart on Route 23 and a Snack/Refreshment Cart that operates in the Township public parks.

If any one knocks on your door and offers to sell you something, ask to see their Peddler's Permit. If they do not have a Wantage Township Peddler Permit, these individuals have not paid their fees to Wantage; they may not be registered with the State of New Jersey for Sales Tax compliance; they have not obtained a Food Handling Permit so there is no protection for you regarding the safety or quality of the food they sell you; and, they are taking commerce away from the legitimate local Wantage Township businesses and farmers who pay their taxes in Wantage and rely on us to stay in business.

Please remember that you are not obliged to open your door to an unknown person, and you should take care to act with caution whenever some one offers to sell you food, fix your driveway, clean your gutters, or any other service which you have not requested. If they are a legitimate business person, they will be willing to send you their contact information in the mail and do business with you another day, if you choose to contact them. Do not accept suggestions of "good deals if you act now". Any such representations should raise a yellow flag of caution. If the offer seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

Suspicious activity involving the offering of such services should be reported to the New Jersey State Police at 973-383-1515.

Continued best regards,
Jim Doherty, Township Administrator
posted 7/8/11

Rabies Confirmed In Wantage
Please be advised that several cases of rabies have been confirmed in wildlife and feral cats within the Wantage community, within the last several days.

Citizens are cautioned to make sure that pets and children do not approach or interact with wildlife or stray cats. Please also do not feed wildlife or stray cats. Avoid all interaction with wildlife to the greatest extent possible.

Please remember that you can´t always tell for sure if an animal has rabies just by looking at it. But if the animal is acting strangely, take all necessary steps to avoid it.

Some animals may act mad when they have rabies. They will be hostile and may try to bite you or other animals. Other animals may act timid or shy when they have rabies.
Still others may act friendly or try to approach you or your pet. Since this is not how a wild animal should act, back away from the animal (do not turn your back on it), and go in your home or car to remove the danger of accidental interaction.

Never feed or approach a wild animal, and be careful of pets that you do not know. If you see a stray dog or cat, don´t pet it.

If you simply "see" a raccoon, bat or skunk during evening hours, this in and of itself is not unusual behavior, because said animals are nocturnal by nature.

If any animal is acting strangely, call your local animal control officer for help. Please report any unusual or strange behavior by wildlife and stray cats to the Wantage municipal building at 973-875-7192 during daytime hours, and leave a message at the Wantage pound at 973-875-9390 after hours or on week ends.

In the event of any bite or scratch from an animal, seek medical attention immediately and have the medical professionals contact the appropriate animal control department.

Thank you,
Jim Doherty
Wantage Administrator
posted 7/7/11

Get a Taste of the Great Outdoors with Fun Activities at New Jersey’s Parks and Forests
New Jersey delivers a great diversity of outdoors experiences in a small package—camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hunting, and even rock-hunting. There’s no better time than now—Great Outdoors Month—to get a taste of some of the many outdoors adventures New Jersey has to offer—and to get started on a lifetime of appreciation for the outdoors.
Click here to read complete press release with June schedule PDF     posted 6/2/11

New Jersey State Statue 27:5-9, prohibits the placing of signs (political or otherwise) on public utility poles. A sign may not be painted, drawn, or maintained upon public utility poles. Penalties range from $50 to $500 for each offense. Each day of the violation may be deemed to be a separate offense. Aside from being illegal, these signs pose a safety hazard to utility workers. Not only do the signs often prevent them from being able to physically climb the pole, but nails, staples, etc. could cause injury to utility workers or could jeopardize the integrity of safety equipment (gloves) that may unknowingly be punctured by these staples and-nails. Please obey the law! 3/24/11


To Find Out if A Shelter Has Been Opened in Wantage Township in response to a prolonged "no electricity, no heat" situation during a winter storm:
  1. The person in need of emergency shelter should call the County Office of Emergency Management, to see if the County or the Red Cross has opened a warming shelter anywhere in the county. County OEM Telephone number: 973-579-0888. If the answer is no, or if the County's shelter cannot be reached by the local resident(s):
  2. The person in need of an emergency shelter should call the State Police non-emergency number at 973-383-1515 (Do NOT call 911).
  3. State Police will then contact Wantage Township Emergency Management Coordinator Joe Konopinski, who will try to find out how long the power outage will continue.
  4. The Wantage Emergency Management Coordinator or his desingee will take appropriate steps, if deemed necessary, to open a local warming shelter.
  5. The Wantage Public Works Supervisor and Township Administrator will coordinate any needed transportation to the shelter, open up the shelter, and handle public information regarding the shelter.
  6. If it becomes necessary to make arrangements for food and overnight accommodations, the County Office of Emergency Management will make appropriate arrangements through the Red Cross. The County OEM will make contact with Red Cross.

Possible Door-to-Door Solicitation in Wantage

A group called the New Jersey Environmental Federation, also known as the Clean Water Action Project, Inc., utilizes their constitutional and legal rights as a Non profit group to conduct door-to-door education and fund-raising. As a non-profit group, they are exempt from the need to obtain local permits in order to carry out their activities.

A representative of this group will be knocking on doors in Wantage Tuesday evening, and perhaps for the next few days. We are informed that the representative of this group will be driving either a 1977 Blue/Green Ford Van, or a 2004 Black Yukon. The organization's representative is named Chamar Vernon, and is a Sussex County resident.

The representative of this organization who may be knocking on doors will be operating between the hours of 4 - 9 pm. This group informs that they have contacted the NJ State Police with their identification information. The organization says that their goals are to protect waterways and drinking water, educate citizens about drinking water, reduce pesticide use, and to elect "green" candidates. They may also request donations.

Whether or not you choose to open your door in response to this solicitation is entirely up to you. There is no obligation for you to engage in a conversation with this group, or to offer any donations, unless you desire to do so. If you wish them to leave, you may tell them to do so without opening your door. If you wish to listen to them and/or speak with them, that also is entirely up to you.

Jim Doherty
Wantage Township