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Rise and Shine Program for Hopatcong residents

HOPATCONG BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – The Hopatcong Police Department is sponsoring an initiative free of charge for eligible residents called the “Rise and Shine Program”

The program is a self-generated welfare check program available to any resident 55-years-old or older living alone or any resident with a serious medical condition who lives alone, police said.

It requires participants to check in with police dispatch daily. If they do not hear from you first, they will try calling, and if there is no answer, police will respond and conduct a welfare check, police said.

Hopatcong Station Hardware has helped police acquire realtor-style lock boxes, which we will provide and secure your house key inside, so they do not need to force entry into your home. The combination will be unique and kept at the police department, police said.

The key will only be used to gain entry to your residence for this program; you will not even have the lockbox combination, police said.

“Our goal is not to have any of our vulnerable community members feel alone or distressed when immediate help is needed, such as falling and being unable to call for assistance for hours or days,” police said.

For a printable application, click here.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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