HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Goldberg released his Monday letter to the borough which reads below.

Dear Resident,

Last week we had a weather event that came with very strong winds and soaking rain. It caused trees and branches to fall and, in most cases, a power failure. According to PSE&G, this morning only 5 people had no power, and the company is working to restore power to those residents. Hawthorne is a tree city, and downed power lines happen. I know it’s bad enough dealing with a pandemic, but to be in the dark with no television or internet isn’t fun.

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Today’s numbers, as of this morning, are 447 total positives with 20 fatalities and 5 active cases. We have had employees test positive in the Municipal Building, so we have closed the building to the public; last week we did another deep clean. Our local health agency informed us that individuals from the public entering Borough Hall over the last two weeks did not meet the CDC criteria for exposure that would require contact tracing.

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. Please continue to wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and remain vigilant. Also, those of you with compromised health issues should take care when leaving home.

Thank you for your support of our local restaurants. Your doing outdoor dining or take-out has helped tremendously. Don’t forget our other local businesses and our farmers market. Shopping local helps us all.

We are planning a 9-11 remembrance at our memorial on September 11th. Our keynote speaker is a Hawthorne Sheriff’s Officer who worked the pile at the World Trade Center. Please join us as we remember.

Once again, just a reminder that the Borough has a non-perishable food pantry. If you need assistance, please call the Hawthorne Board of Health at 973-427-4012 or 973-427-4011. Many thanks to those people who have donated food to the pantry and who have supplied food to our first responders.

Please feel free to call us at the Municipal Building at 973-427-5555 or my office directly at 973-427-1168.

Mayor Goldberg

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