Monthly Archives for March 2021

Community Plant Swap

Posted: March 26, 2021

Join us on Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon for a free community plant swap. This is also the opening day of the farmers market and will take place in the rear parking lot at the municipal building (21 Church Street).

A plant swap provides a great opportunity for fellow gardeners and plant enthusiasts to come together and share seeds, cuttings, transplants, tips and helpful hints and of course to make new friends!

How does it work? Bring seeds, plants or transplants (for spacing there is a limit of 5 plants per person) and trade for another. Only trades or giveaways—no sales permitted. Plants must be healthy and well-cared for.

Everyone is in a different place in their plant journey so be prepared to chat, trade and learn and maybe find that special plant you have been searching for!

No registration required. All are welcome! Space is limited—please give space to others once you have swapped your plants. You are responsible for all plants you bring.

Contact the recreation department at 973.764.4055, ext. 2261 for more information.

Free COVID-19 Testing Locations

Posted: March 25, 2021

The Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health announces that it will be adjusting the rotation of the county’s COVID-19 testing site locations. The change of the COVID-19 testing locations will occur due to the steady demand for testing in certain areas within the county, while demand decreases in others. Sussex County hopes to best serve residents by providing free COVID-19 testing to the community.

The new COVID-19 testing schedule can be found below:

DateLocationTime
3/25/20215 West Shore Trail, Sparta10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
4/1/2021Newton VFW, 85 Mill Street, NewtonNoon - 4 p.m.
4/8/20215 West Shore Trail, Sparta10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
4/15/2021Newton VFW, 85 Mill Street, NewtonNoon - 4 p.m.
4/22/20215 West Shore Trail, Sparta10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
4/29/2021Newton VFW, 85 Mill Street, NewtonNoon - 4 p.m.

If you have further questions about COVID-19 testing within the county, please visit the Sussex County Division of Health COVID-19 website. Residents may also call the Sussex County COVID-19 Hotline at 973.579.9488 to speak with a Division of Health staff member. The hotline’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Vernon PAL/Vernon Twp. Fishing Derby

Posted: March 24, 2021

This year’s Vernon PAL/Vernon Township Fishing Derby will be held at the Firemen’s Pavilion Pond on Rte. 515 on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Contest will take place rain or shine!

  • Kids in Kindergarten to Grade 2:
    Registration at 8:45 a.m.
    Fishing Contest from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
  • Kids in Grades 3 to 6:
    Registration at 10:15 a.m.
    Fishing Contest from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Children should bring their own fishing gear and bait. All kids up to grade 6 are welcome to participate. A parent or other adult must accompany each child. Prizes will be awarded for each age division at the end of each session. Only children are permitted to fish, one rod per child.

Everyone must register on the day of event during his or her scheduled registration time. Download the registration form in advance 

Also sponsored by Double V Rod & Gun Club and Dairy Swirl.

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

2021 Proposed Municipal Budget Online

Posted: March 23, 2021

Mayor Howard Burrell has made the 2021 proposed municipal budget, which was introduced at the March 22, 2021 council meeting, available for review.

The township council public hearing date for the adoption of the 2021 budget is April 26, 2021.

Vernon is a 2020 New Jersey Healthy Town to Watch

Posted: March 11, 2021

New Jersey Healthy Town

The 2020 Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC), a program of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, has announced “New Jersey Healthy Town” winners who are being recognized for their innovative responses to local needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each year, communities participating in the MWC complete a comprehensive healthy town application outlining the research they’ve done to identify their community health needs and explaining how they have organized their local MWC committee. The application also highlights the actions they’ve taken to make their communities healthier places to live, work, and play.

This is Vernon Township’s second year being designated as a Healthy Town to Watch. Throughout the pandemic, the township has focused on providing important updates and information regarding the status of the pandemic. The town implemented curbside to-go meals for the senior center nutrition site and provided a safe, accessible, covered outdoor seating area. This provided access to healthy food for the most vulnerable populations, as well as a place for much needed socialization.

“On behalf of the residents of Vernon Township, the mayor and council offer our thanks to the Quality Institute for designating Vernon Township as a 2020 New Jersey Healthy Town to Watch. This honor would not have been possible without the host of volunteers who serve our town on municipal committees such as the board of recreation, the beautification committee, the greenway action advisory committee, the economic development advisory committee, the environmental commission, and the senior citizen committee. To make our town an even better and healthier place to live, we are in the early stages of planning a beautiful new town center walking and biking trail—all part of our efforts to move Vernon forward,” said Mayor Howard Burrell.

Learn more about the MWC or contact Julie DeSimone at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address).

Get Rid of Bulky Waste Items in April

Posted: March 10, 2021

The Clean Communities program will be hosting a bulky waste clean-up day on Saturday, April 24, 2021 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.

COVID Vaccine Information

Posted: March 2, 2021

UPDATE: Governor Murphy announced an expansion to the state’s COVID-19 vaccination program as summarized below.

Beginning Monday, March 15, 2021, the following categories are eligible for vaccination:

  • Educators, including support staff, in pre-K through 12th grade settings
  • Childcare workers in licensed and registered settings
  • Public and local transportation workers, including bus, taxi, rideshare, and airport employees; NJ TRANSIT workers; and Motor Vehicle Commission staff
  • Public safety workers who are not sworn law enforcement or fire professionals, including probation officers and fire safety inspectors
  • Migrant farm workers
  • Members of tribal communities
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness and those living in shelters, including domestic violence shelter

Beginning Monday, March 29, 2021, the following categories are eligible for vaccination:

  • Food production, agriculture, and food distribution
  • Eldercare and support
  • Warehousing and logistics
  • Social services support staff
  • Elections personnel
  • Hospitality
  • Medical supply chain
  • Postal and shipping services
  • Clergy
  • Judicial system


Visit the Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services COVID Vaccine page to see where vaccinations are being offered and to schedule your appointment or register for an alert when appointments become available. Vaccine quantities remain limited and appointments may not be available.

Seniors who are unable to access the Internet may call the Sussex County Division of Senior Services at 973.579.0555 for help registering for a vaccination appointment.

Seniors in need of transportation to vaccination sites located in Sussex County may contact Skylands Ride at 973.579.0480 for assistance. When possible, please contact Skylands Ride prior to registering for your COVID-19 vaccination so that transportation can be coordinated with your scheduled vaccination date.

Seniors who have questions related to COVID-19 may call the Sussex County COVID Hotline Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 973.579.9488.