HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Richard Goldberg has released his weekly update to the borough as the pandemic marches on.  His letter is below:

Dear Resident,

Today’s numbers, as of this morning, are 477 total positives with 20 fatalities and 10 active cases.  

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Now is not the time to let our guard down or return to risky behavior. We are doing a great job of flattening the curve, but the battle is not over.  

I am so pleased with how you have been supporting our local restaurants; now with a combination of outdoor and indoor dining it is easy to help them. Remember, the choice of eating inside or outside is yours. Your personal comfort level should drive your decision. In instances  where you feel the establishment has too many people inside, speak to the management and let them know your concerns.

I can’t stress enough the need for social distancing, washing hands and wearing masks.  

There has been much advice on Halloween and trick-or-treating. Our website has  information under our COVID button. Whether you allow your children to trick-or-treat or whether  you choose to give out candy is a personal one. I have no plans at this time to cancel trick-or treating, however, I am monitoring the Governor’s office in case the State does something.

Last week I wrote that we are in the middle of a Presidential and General Election. Signs are appearing on lawns supporting candidates or causes. I asked that you respect your neighbors and not  remove or destroy signs. I am sad to report that in the last week signs were taken from my house as well as the Council President’s house. This is America, and we respect everyone’s free speech, not just our own. Rather than destroy a sign, engage your neighbor in conversation. You may not change their mind, but you will have let them know your political opinion. Be respectful and I’m sure your neighbor will act respectful towards you. This is Hawthorne, and we hold each other to a higher  standard. 

I am told that scam phone calls are on the rise. They are looking for money, social security  numbers, bank account numbers and credit card numbers. If you are unsure of what to do, take their number and call the Police Department. They would rather assist you beforehand, rather than  after you are conned. 

Please remember that we have a non-perishable food pantry. Call the Borough Board of  Health at 973-427-4011 if you need assistance. Many thanks to all of you who have donated to the  Borough’s food pantry. 

We are here at the Municipal Building; if you have any questions, call us at 973-427-5555, or  you can call my office directly at 973-427-1168.

Mayor Goldberg

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