Amid seemingly endless cancellations, offers of help arise

Community. There have been many event cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19, but there are also some special offerings to help residents such as online sobriety support and early morning Sparta Shop and Shop hours exclusively for senior citizens.

Byram /
16 Mar 2020 | 10:55

By Mandy Coriston

There have been a lot of event cancellations and postponements, lately. But there are also some special offerings to help residents through these changing times.

Residents aged 60 and over can "shop safely," at the Sparta Stop and Shop, which offers them special early morning hours. Beginning on Thursday, March 19, senior citizens will have exclusive access to the supermarket from 6 a.m. through 7:30 a.m. Sparta’s Senior Bus Service will continue as scheduled with extra sanitation protocols in place.

Some agencies are finding virtual connection clients: Since the "Sober St. Patrick’s Day" gathering has been cancelled, the Center for Prevention and Counseling offers online resources for those in recovery. Those services can be accessed by visiting www.centerforprevention.org/rcc/support-meetings. Those in need of additional support can also call 973-940-2966.

The Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services will suspend daily nutrition congregate sites for seniors in Vernon, Franklin, and Hopatcong until further notice. Because the agency recognizes that this may be a sole source of nutrition for some senior citizens, the department is working with all site coordinators and Newton Medical Center to arrange delivery for seniors in need. More information on deliveries for participants in this service can be obtained by calling 973-579-0555.

Below is a listing of some of the many event cancellations and postponements as of Monday evening, March 16, 2020.
Andover Township
Time change
Tues., Mar 17
Andover Regional School Board
now 6:30 p.m, LPS cafeteria
Cancelled
March 18 & 26
Joint Municipal Court
will be rescheduled TBD
Byram
Suspended
Septic/well Records pickup
will resume with extended deadline
Fredon
Cancelled
Friday, April 3
Spring Rummage Sale
all-day, Yellow Frame Church
Cancelled
Wed., April 8
Fish (or Chicken) & Chips dinner
5 p.m., Yellow Frame Church
Closed
Fredon Civic Center
closed for next two week minimum
Green
Limited
Municipal building access
see www.greentwp.com for details
Hampton
Postponed (5/16)
Sat., March 28
KRHS Tricky Tray
6 p.m.,
Kittatinny Regional HS
Closed
Town Hall & Community Center
visit: www.hamptontownshipnj.info
Newton
Limited ongoing
Senior Shuttle Service
info at www.newtontownhall.org
Closed
Newton Town Hall
info at www.newtontonhall.org
Cancelled
Wed., March 18
Bankruptcy Law Seminar
6 p.m., Project Self-Sufficiency
Postponed
Sat., March 21
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
11 a.m., Spring Street
Cancelled
Thurs., March 26
PSS Spring Fling
6 p.m., Project Self-Sufficiency
Cancelled
Wed., April 8
Expungement Seminar
6 p.m., Project Self-Sufficiency
Cancelled
Wed., April 22
Elder Law Seminar
2 p.m., Project Self-Sufficiency
Cancelled
Thurs., April 23
PSS Family Fun Night
6 p.m., Project Self-Sufficiency
Cancelled
Wed., April 29
PSS Career Fair
10 a.m., Project Self-Sufficiency
Cancelled
Thurs., April 30
PSS Family Expo
5 p.m., Project Self-Sufficiency
Suspended
Wed., until May
PSS Parenting Classes
6 p.m., Project Self-Sufficiency
Suspended Through March 31
PSS Journey Mobile Service
weekdays
Stanhope
Postponed (5/17)
Sun., March 22
Tri-County Youth Darts
11 a.m., American Legion
Cancelled
Mon., March 23
Community Wellness Academy
3 p.m., Valley Road School
Postponed (TBD)
Wed., March 25
Seniors Concert and Luncheon
noon., Lenape Valley RHS
Cancelled
Fri., March 27
Monthly Dart Tournament
7:30 p.m., American Legion
Stillwater
Limited
ongoing
Town Hall -pickup/drop-off only
info: 973-383-9484
Sparta
Suspended
Sparta Municipal Court
sessions will resume in two weeks
Suspended
ongoing
All recreation/senior events
Per Sparta Rec/Senior Calendar
Cancelled
Tues., March 17
Project Help Brainstorm Session 7:30 p.m., Sparta VFW
Postponed
Thurs., March 19
Tea with Jackie O.
11:30 a.m., Ambulance Building
Postponed
Thurs., March 20
Carrie Chapman Catt program
7 p.m., 1st Presbyterian Church
Postponed
Thurs., March 26
Police Chiefs’ Retirement Beefsteak
6 p.m., Mohawk House
Postponed
Sat., March 28
Youth Sports S.A.F.E.T.Y.
9 a.m., 5 West Shore Trail
Cancelled
Sat., April 4
Bunny Breakfast
9:30 & 11:00 a.m., Sparta Library
Newton/Countywide
Postponed
Newton Theatre in Newton is closed
all shows through April 3, 2020
Postponed
NORWESCAP Training
all dates through March 30, 2020
Cancelled
Tues., March 17
Spotted Lanternfly Education
10:30 a.m., Public Safety Academy
Cancelled
Wed., March 18
Intro to Sami’s Law
1 p.m., Morristown Admin. Bldg.
Cancelled
Fri, March 20
4-H Presentations
7 p.m., High Point HS
Cancelled
Fri, March 27
4-H Presentations
7 p.m., Kittatinny Regional HS
Cancelled
Sat, March 28
SCMUA E-waste Day
see www.scmua.org for details
Cancelled
Thurs., April 2
4-H Presentations Rain Date
7 p.m., Frankford Twp. School
Postponed (TBD)
Sat., April 4
Home and Garden Show
all day, Fairgrounds
Cancelled
Sat., Apr 11
4-H Spring Fling
11 a.m., Fairgrounds
Postponed
April 25/26
Military Vehicle Swap Meet
all weekend, Fairgrounds