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Vol. 14 Issue 4 - Newton, NJ - Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center (EOC, shown above before social distancing guidelines) was activated on March 16, 2020 for Level 2 Enhanced Operations with staff from the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Division of Health (SCDOH) and Health and Human Services. The county's coronavirus blog is updated multiple times daily with most updates posted on the county's Facebook and Twitter pages. Visit for the latest information. Recent entries:
4/6/2020 Division of Health reports 90 additional cases of COVID-19 (pdf) and and two additional COVID-19 related deaths (pdf) among county residents. County total cases (pdf).
4/6/2020 140,488 Reasons Why Sussex County Needs State Support (pdf). Freeholder Director Sylvia Petillo on the extremely disappointing aspects of the federal stimulus funding impact on Sussex County businesses.
4/6/2020 CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings external link in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
4/6/2020 Ballot Draw via Live Stream at 3 p.m. April 9.
4/6/2020 These food pantries (pdf) have reported changes to their normal operations.
4/6/2020 These Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC) service providers (pdf) have reported changes to their normal operations.
4/5/2020 Testing in Sussex County.
4/3/2020 Message to religious leaders (pdf) on maintaining distance during religious holidays.
4/3/2020 Want to get your Coronavirus relief check? Scammers do too external link. Do not give anyone your personal information to "sign-up" for your relief check.
4/3/2020 Emergency Child Care Assistance Program (ECCAP) external link supports child care costs when a parent or guardian is an essential employee, regardless of your income.
4/2/2020 Disaster Response Crisis Counselors (pdf) are available by calling the Sussex County COVID-19 Hotline - 973-579-9488 from 9-4.
4/2/2020 See Coronavirus Business Resources for summaries of business assistance programs for businesses suffering economic hardship from Covid-19.
4/1/2020 State income tax filing deadline and the corporation business tax filing deadline extended to July 15 external link.

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Health & Human Services

National Public Health WeekNational Public Health Week
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Join the Sussex County Division of Health, Office of Public Health Nursing in observing National Public Health Week during the week of April 6-12, 2020.
Bath Salts are Dangerous and IllegalBath Salts are Dangerous and Illegal
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The Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Substance Abuse and Alcohol Services has been made aware of a recent increase in the use of bath salts in the County.
"Design a Pin Contest" Announced for Sussex County Military Veterans Salute
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Sussex County students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades are encouraged to submit a pin design for the contest to show their support and appreciation to the veterans of Sussex County.
Wear Purple Day in Sussex CountyWear Purple Day in Sussex County
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April is Alcohol Awareness Month, the month for raising awareness about the serious problem and harmful effects of alcohol abuse.


Primary Election Day Is Approaching - Are You Registered to Vote?Primary Election Day Is Approaching - Are You Registered to Vote?
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NOW is the time to make sure you are registered, your registration is up to date, and you've applied for an absentee ballot, if you need one.
Election Dates & Deadlines (some information is subject to change based on the pandemic):
April 8: Last day to file Party Declaration Forms to change political party affiliation for the June Primary.
April 9: Ballot Draw via YouTube Live at 3 p.m.
May 12: Last day to register to vote for the June Primary Election.
May 26: Last day to apply by mail for a Mail-In Ballot for the Primary Election.
June 2: Primary Election Day.

Law Enforcement

National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 19-25, 2020National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 19-25, 2020
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Specially trained Victim Advocates at the Sussex County Office of Victim Witness Advocacy provide services to help victims of crime.


Freeholder Conference Call
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Due to public health issues arising from the coronavirus situation, the Sussex County Board of Freeholders will "meet" on Wednesday, April 8 at 4:30 p.m. remotely via a conference call. Residents are invited to attend by calling: 973-310-7191.


Your Virtual LibraryYour Virtual Library
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Working with our partners through the NJ State Library, we've come up with an amazing array of free resources to keep people informed and entertained at home until we can open our doors again.

Engineering (Roads & Bridges)

Replacement of Bridge X-48Replacement of Bridge X-48
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A design contract for the replacement of Bridge X-48 was awarded to Boswell Engineering of South Hackensack, NJ, at the March 25, 2020 meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders.


Sussex County Receives Safety AwardSussex County Receives Safety Award
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Sussex County received a well deserved safety award at Statewide Insurance Fund’s annual reorganization meeting, held on February 6, 2020 at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park.
Call for Proposals for Historic MarkersCall for Proposals for Historic Markers
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If you know of a site that should be considered for a Historic Marker in 2020, please send a brief e-mail to County Historian William Truran by April 15, 2020.

Town of the Month

Hampton TownshipHampton Township
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Hampton Township was formed from portions of Sussex County by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 11, 1864.[18] The township was named for Jonathan Hampton, who donated land in 1769 to the Episcopal Church of Newton. (Wikipedia)

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