Monthly Archives for November 2020

Community Tree Lighting

Posted: November 25, 2020

Due to gathering restrictions, the annual tree lighting event will be live streamed on the township Facebook page on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. We hope Santa will be able to make an appearance on the live stream event—be sure to be on the lookout for him!

There may be no in-person event this year but join us in sharing some holiday cheer with a holiday outdoor decorated tree competition throughout the community hosted by the Vernon PAL and Vernon Township will be hosting

  1. Submit a picture of your outside decorated tree (any type of tree) to the PAL Facebook page. Trees considered must be decorated by December 9, 2020 for judging purposes.
  2. E-mail your picture and your name and address to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address) (this will be used only for the judging panel to come by and view your entry).
  3. Everyone should light their tree in conjunction with the 7:00 p.m. live stream so we can make Vernon shine bright.
  4. Winners will be announced at the live streamed tree lighting and prizes will be mailed out to the winners.

Have questions or need more information? Contact the Vernon PAL at 973.764.9514.

 

Pet Pictures with Santa

Posted: November 17, 2020

The Vernon Animal Shelter will be hosting pet pictures with Santa on Saturday, November 28, 2020 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the lobby of the municipal building.

Photography by B. Luchynskyy Photography of Vernon.

Donations suggested and appreciated to support our local Vernon Township Animal Shelter.

Annual Reassessment Program

Posted: November 6, 2020

Latest Update:

There was a public Zoom meeting presentation on September 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. with Associated Appraisal Group and the municipal tax assessor to go over the annual reassessment program and answer any questions the public may have. View the slideshow presentation . View the recording of the presentation.

 

Property owners will receive a letter in the mail advising that their property will be inspected in the near future. Properties scheduled to be inspected that will receive a notification letter in 2020 include the following:

  • All commercial property—letters mailed on 7/24/2020; inspections started week of 8/31/2020. Inspections are approximately 90% complete.
  • All exempt property—letters mailed on 7/24/2020; inspections started week of 8/31/2020. Inspections are approximately 90% complete.
  • All vacant lots—inspections are approximately 65% complete.
  • Residential homes that have sold since 10/1/2019—letters mailed on 8/24/2020; inspections started on 10/1/2020. Inspections are approximately 65% complete.
 

The Sussex County Board of Taxation and the New Jersey Division of Taxation have authorized the Township of Vernon to perform a reassessment for the 2021 tax year as part of the annual reassessment program that has been implemented within the township.

The township has contracted Associated Appraisal Group, Inc. to assist in conducting the reassessment program.

The purpose of the reassessment program is two-fold:

  • Updating assessments each year will ensure that property taxes are accurate, fair and in line with current market trends. There will no longer be steep property tax changes or “tax shifts” that result from long periods of time between revaluations.
  • Maintaining tax assessments at 100% of true market value on a year-to-year basis will help to alleviate burdensome tax appeals that are a drain to the township’s financial stability.

As a requirement of the annual reassessment program, 20% of all properties within the township need to be inspected each year. Associated Appraisal Group, Inc. representatives will carry photo identification and their names will be registered with the police department and the township assessor’s office. Please do not allow anyone to enter your home without proper identification. You will be requested to sign the field form used by the representative to acknowledge when an interior inspection is made. View inspector information 

It is important to note that while only 20% of properties are being inspected each year, all properties in town will be valued. All property owners will be notified by mail of their proposed assessed values and will have an opportunity to question/contest the values.

Any inquiries with respect to the inspection and/or valuation procedure should be directed to Associated Appraisal Group, Inc. at 908.967.6272 or the Vernon Township Tax Assessor’s Office. General information about the reassessment process can be obtained from the Associated Appraisal Group Inc. website. Regular updates on the status of the reassessment will be posted here.

Holiday Market

Posted: November 5, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Unfortunately, in light of the recent setbacks of COVID-19 and the updated mandates that Governor Murphy is putting into place, we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to cancel the upcoming holiday market and bazaar. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Be sure to visit our vendors’ websites to order online for all of your holiday needs!

  • Brother Beans Coffee Roasters
  • Bushel and a Peck Candles
  • Cactus Pete’s Beef Jerky
  • Chainsaw Carved Woodwork
  • Chic Chick Spot
  • Custom Baby Accessories
  • Double Doodle Design
  • Farmside Gardens and Flowers
  • For the Love of Toffee, LLC
  • Good Vibes Soap Shop
  • .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address)
  • Hand Painted Watercolors
  • Healthy Thymes Market
  • Jersey Girl Cheese
  • Jersey Pickles
  • .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address)
  • MPV Designs
  • Mangalitsa by Mosefund
  • Melanies Designs
  • Mother of Wildlings Embroidery
  • .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address)
  • Nomad Spice Company
  • Nutty Mamas
  • Plentifull Kitchen Cheesecake Jars
  • Rosie’s Empanadas
  • The Rustic Bee Pallet Wood Works
  • Senegence from Jamie Weber
  • Sweet Pea Style Ups
  • Top of the Mountain Honey Bee Farm
  • West End Soapery and Kandles
  • Whipped Smart

Join us for the holiday market on Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cobblestone Village at Mountain Creek. Admission is free!

Operation Blue Elf Toy Drive
Toys/gifts accepted both wrapped and unwrapped. If wrapped, please place a note on the exterior indicatinh the type of toy, appropriate age and girl or boy.

Vernon Township Animal Shelter Supply Drive
Cleaning supplies (bleach, paper towels, Lysol, Dawn soap)
Wet kitten/cat food
Kitten milk replacer
Comfort Zone for cats
Paper plates

40+ Craft And Food Vendors
Candles, coffee, jerky, chainsaw wood carvings, wreaths, home decor, soap/bath products, spices, sweet treats, headbands, masks, healthy items, cheese, pickles, empanadas, honey.

F&B snack and beverages available for purchase.

Have questions or need more information? Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address) at 973.764.4055, ext. 2261.

Social Security is Here to Help!

Posted: November 5, 2020

The Social Security Administration (SSA) remains committed to providing uninterrupted benefits and vital services the public relies on, especially during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Despite challenges government and businesses face at this time, the SSA wants people to know that it remains ready and able to help them by phone with most social security matters.

Most business with SSA can be done online but many people still rely on phone or in-person help. Local community members may speak with a representative by calling the local Newton social security office at 1-877-575-5189 or the national number at 1-800-772-1213.

Although their offices are not providing service for walk-in visitors, they may be able to schedule an appointment for limited, critical issues if they cannot help someone by phone and if they cannot get the information they need or conduct their business online.

Residents may call or take advantage of their secure and convenient online services to:

  • Apply for Retirement, Disability, and Medicare benefits
  • Check the status of an application or appeal
  • Request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas)
  • Print a benefit verification letter

Remember Our Fallen, One Wreath at a Time

Posted: November 3, 2020

Wreaths Across America

Once again, it is time for the local Wreaths Across America (WAA) effort this year.

Wreaths Across America began in 2006 as an offshoot of the Arlington National Cemetery wreath project to remember the fallen, honor those who serve, and teach our children the value of freedom.

Wreaths Across America groups will help adorn veteran memorials and grave sites in all 50 states with red-ribboned remembrance wreaths this holiday season.

To learn more about the organization and its mission, visit the WAA website.

Your wreath sponsorship of $15.00 will honor a fallen hero by placing a wreath on his or her grave. To donate via the WAA website, visit the Glenwood Cemetery page and click on sponsor wreaths.

The wreath laying ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Glenwood Cemetery (926 Route 517 in Vernon). You need not sponsor a wreath to attend—all are welcome to participate in this meaningful ceremony.