Monthly Archives for September 2018

Trunk or Treat 2018

Posted: September 26, 2018

Join us for Vernon’s Trunk or Treat at Lounsberry Hollow School on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Parents, decorate your car trunk and fill it with candy to hand out to participating trick-or-treaters. Admission is free but don’t forget to bring candy for treating!

Cars may begin to arrive at 2:00 p.m. and must be parked by 2:30 p.m. in the designated area. There will be music and games for the children between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., while the parents decorate their vehicles. The costume parade will start at 3:00 p.m. and “trunk or treating” will follow the parade.

No registration required. For complete details, visit the PAL web site.

November Rabies Clinic

Posted: September 25, 2018

Vernon Township Animal Control will be holding a free rabies clinic on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The clinic will be held at the township garage off Church Street, adjacent to both the recycling center and the DPW complex. All dogs must be on leashes and cats in carriers. Please bring prior rabies certificates and dog licenses if available.

Questions? Contact Vernon Township Animal Control at 973.764.7751.

VTMUA to Participate in “Imagine a Day Without Water” Campaign

Posted: September 21, 2018

Imagine a Day Without Water

On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, the Vernon Township Municipal Utilities Authority (VTMUA) will join elected officials, water and sewer utilities, community leaders, educators and businesses to participate in the fourth annual Imagine a Day Without Water, a nationwide day of education and advocacy about the value of water.

Led by the Value of Water Campaign, hundreds of organizations across the country will host events and spearhead projects aimed at raising awareness about the crucial need for investment in our nation’s water infrastructure.

After decades of underfunding, drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure is aging and in need of investment. Drought, flooding and population changes are stressing them. A single nationwide day without water service would put $43.5 billion of economic activity at risk. In just eight days, a national water service stoppage would put nearly two million jobs in jeopardy.

While many of these challenges are regional-specific and will require locally-driven solutions, reinvestment in water must be a national priority. Citizens going to the polls this fall to vote in the midterm elections should consider casting their votes for those who would make water a priority so no American has to live or imagine a day without water again.

The VTMUA is proud to join the Imagine a Day Without Water program to draw attention to the vital investments needed in these infrastructure systems.

Upcoming Service Academy Night Oct. 2

Posted: September 18, 2018

Are you a high school student interested in applying to a military service academy?

Rep. Josh Gottheimer‘s office will be hosting a service academy information night for students, teachers and parents to help educate them on the academy nomination process on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. The event will take place at the Newton High School, 44 Ryerson Avenue in Newton from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Representatives from all five of the academies—U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy—will be there as well as representatives from Senator Menendez’s and Senator Booker’s staff who handle academy nominations.

Those interested in attending should RSVP as soon as possible to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address) at 201.705.8356.

Free Radon Testing Kits Available

Posted: September 12, 2018

Residents are eligible to receive a free radon testing kit courtesy of a joint effort between the Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Radon Section.

According to the DEP, radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is a decay product of uranium. It is found in soil all over the world, but New Jersey has particularly high levels of radon due to its uranium rich natural environment. Radon gas can accumulate in enclosed places, such as homes or other buildings. However, its presence can only be detected by testing specifically for radon because the gas is invisible and has no odor.

All homeowners are encouraged to test their homes for radon because long term exposure to the gas has been linked to lung cancer.

To pick up your free kit while supplies last, please visit the Sussex County Division of Health at 201 Wheatsworth Road in Hamburg, NJ. Have question or need more information? Contact Anita DeMatteo at 973.579.0370.

Direct Bus Service from Vernon to NYC

Posted: September 11, 2018

Updated October 22, 2018:
Unfortunately, low ridership has resulted in the cancellation of this pilot program.

Updated September 25, 2018:
Effective Monday, October 1, 2018, the bus will begin leaving at 6:00 a.m. rather than the current time of 6:45 a.m. The new schedule will be as follows:

  • 42nd Street & 7th Avenue—7:25 a.m. return pick up at 5:30 p.m.
  • 42nd Street & 5th Avenue—7:30 a.m. return pick up at 5:25 p.m.
  • 42nd Street & 3rd Avenue—7:35 a.m. return pick up at 5:20 p.m.
  • 42nd Street & 1st Avenue—7:40 a.m. return pick up at 5:15 p.m.

Coach USA bus lines will begin a direct service from Vernon to NYC, Monday through Friday starting Monday, September 17, 2018. The service will be on a trial basis for 60 days. People looking to use this service can park in the Vernon Valley Plaza at 530 Route 515, at the opposite end from the ACME Supermarket.

There will be one bus able to carry 50 passengers that will leave from the shopping center at 6:45 a.m. and return in the evening at 6:55 p.m. Scheduled stops and pickups in Manhattan will be as follows:

  • 42nd Street & 7th Avenue—8:10 a.m. return pick up at 5:30 p.m.
  • 42nd Street & 5th Avenue—8:15 a.m. return pick up at 5:25 p.m.
  • 42nd Street & 3rd Avenue—8:20 a.m. return pick up at 5:20 p.m.
  • 42nd Street & 1st Avenue—8:25 a.m. return pick up at 5:15 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online

Get Rid of Bulky Waste Items in October

Posted: September 6, 2018

The Clean Communities program will be hosting a bulky waste clean-up day on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the DPW complex located on Riggs Way in Vernon Township from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This free event is being held for Vernon Township residents only. Please bring proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill for verification.

Bulky items that will be accepted include the following:

  • tires (no tires accepted on rims)
  • furniture
  • mattresses
  • carpets

Residents are allowed four tires per household which must be removed from rims. No truck tires, construction debris or hazardous waste type items will be accepted.

Brush will also be accepted at this time free of charge, however, it must be separated from bulky waste items. Leaves will not be accepted. DPW employees will be available to assist residents.

For any questions or further information, please contact the Vernon Township Department of Public Works at 973.764.3021.

5K Turkey Trot

Posted: September 5, 2018

Come join the fun at Vernon’s Second Annual 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, November 22, 2018 (rain or shine).

The race will begin at 8:00 a.m. at Glen Meadow Middle School, located on Sammis Road in Vernon. Check-in and bib pick-up will start at 7:00 a.m.

The fee is $20.00 for early registration and $25.00 for race day registration. Register by October 31, 2018 and receive a free t-shirt.

Race proceeds will benefit the Harvest House. Be sure to bring a non-perishable item to donate.

Race registration

For more information, contact the recreation department at 973.764.4055, ext. 2261.

Electronic Waste Recycling Day

Posted: September 4, 2018

The Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority (SCMUA) will be conducting an electronic waste recycling event on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at its facilities located at 34 South Route 94 in Lafayette. This program is available to Sussex County residents, businesses, school districts and municipalities.

According to the SCMUA, it holds this type of disposal event to keep hazardous materials and heavy metals such as lead, mercury, nickel and cadmium—commonly found in household electronics—from polluting our environment.

Examples of acceptable e-waste items:

  • computers
  • monitors
  • laptops
  • computer peripherals such as keyboards and mice
  • fax machines
  • VCRs
  • DVD & CD players
  • copiers
  • printers
  • televisions
  • radios
  • stereo equipment
  • cell phones

Residents may bring up to five electronic items for disposal free of charge per vehicle. For larger quantities, please consult the SCMUA website or contact them at 973.579.6998.