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Vol. 14 Issue 5 - Newton, NJ - Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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Sussex County is completing the process of creating a drive-through coronavirus testing site located in a parking area at the Sussex County Community College in Newton.

The county's coronavirus blog is updated daily with most updates posted on the county's Facebook and Twitter pages. Visit for the latest information. Recent entries:
5/4/2020 Press Release: The Division of Health reports 19 additional cases of COVID-19 and 5 additional deaths among county residents. .
5/4/2020 All schools will remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
5/1/2020 CDRSS Weekly Report. Long Term Care Facility Summary.
4/23/2020 Letter from Sussex County Freeholder Director Sylvia Petillo.
Updated Updated food pantry schedule. View food pantries on an interactive map.
Updated Human Services Provider Schedules.

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Health & Human Services

Older Americans Month - "Make Your Mark"Older Americans Month -
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The 2020 OAM theme, "Make Your Mark," celebrates and highlights the unique and lasting contributions older adults make to their communities.
A Week to Change DirectionA Week to Change Direction
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A Week to Change Direction is a virtual, global event where we are asking you to flood social media by sharing how you are taking care of your emotional well-being by creating and maintaining Healthy Habits.
Tick Season Awareness - May 2020Tick Season Awareness - May 2020
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Exposure to ticks can happen at any time of the year, but ticks are most active during the warmer months - from April to September.


Primary Election Rescheduled to July 7, 2020Primary Election Rescheduled to July 7, 2020
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To register to vote in New Jersey, you must be a United States citizen, at least 17 years of age, (you must be 18 to vote), and a resident of your home county for at least 30 days before the next election.
Other Election Dates & Deadlines:
May 13: Last day to change party affiliation before the Primary Election.
June 16: Last day to register to vote in the Primary Election. Board of Elections office is open until 9 p.m. for voter registration.
June 30: Last day to apply by mail for a Mail-In Ballot for the Primary Election.
July 6: Last day to apply in person for a Mail-In Ballot before 3 p.m. at the Sussex County Clerk's Office in Newton.
July 7: Primary Election Day: Polls are open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Spread the word: You can get a library card online!Spread the word: You can get a library card online!
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Family and friends who live, work or go to school in Sussex County (except Sparta) are all eligible for an SCLS library card, the gateway to eBooks,eAudio, online magazines and more!
Find yourself doing online shopping while staying safe at home? Did you know that you can access Consumer Reports reviews and buying guides for free with your library card? for Libraries is available from home while our buildings are closed. Access is as easy as 1-2-3.
Infobase has provided free access to a large selection of online learning resources that support students and educators across a wide variety of subject areas.
There is a silver lining to the scheduling delays for many standardized tests – the opportunity for more practice! LearningExpress has practice tests and tools for the SAT, ACT, GRE, GED and more!
TeenBookCloud is a collection of graphic novels, enhanced novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks, especially for middle and high school readers!
Call for submissions: Share your COVID-19 story Help us document this unprecedented time in history.

Engineering (Roads & Bridges)

Sussex County Resurfacing ProgramSussex County Resurfacing Program
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Resurfacing work along CR 607 in Hopatcong Borough and CR 616 in Andover Twp. was originally scheduled to be completed as night work operations based on traffic volumes. However, as a result of the Executive Orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequent traffic volume reductions, the Division of Engineering is currently conducting traffic studies to reassess these locations for possible daytime work.

Town of the Month

Wantage TownshipWantage Township
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Wantage Township was formed as a precinct on May 30, 1754, from portions of Newton Township. It was incorporated as a Township on February 21, 1798, as part of the state's initial group of 104 townships. Boundary exchanges were made with Frankford Township in both 1826 and 1834. Portions of the township were taken on October 14, 1891, to form the Borough of Deckertown (which was renamed to Sussex borough in 1902). The township was named for Wantage, England. (Wikipedia)

Census 2020 Tip of the Month

It's Not Too LateIt's Not Too Late
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It’s not too late to respond to the 2020 Census while being safe and practicing social distancing at home. Once you have responded, please encourage your family, friends, and loved ones to complete the census, too. #2020Census

Did You Know?

This Month in Freeholder HistoryThis Month in Freeholder History
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At the Annual Meeting of the Board of Freeholders held 8 May, 1799, John Broderick, an absentee, was fined 12 cents for not attending the Board for one Hour after the time ordered for the meeting.
Wm Helms was also fined for half hour ab 6 cents
Geo Baxter one Hour 12
Joseph Sharp one Hour 12
42 Cents all paid to Clerk.

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