A lot has been happening the past couple of days and I ask that you bear with me as I bring you up to speed on our current situation which is evolving daily.
On March 21, 2020, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 107, in which he stated as of March 20, 2020 there were approximately 890 confirmed positive cases in the State of New Jersey. As I type this post, just 12 days later, there are 22,255 test positives being reported in the State. The President and the Governor are both reporting the worst is still in front of us with the surge of positive cases expected two weeks from now. I’m sure all of you are aware the Stay-At-Home order has been pushed out to April 30th and there are no guarantees things will return to normal abruptly at that time. We all need to be preparing ourselves mentally for the tough road ahead. Florham Park's daily test positives can be found at the link below:
We have received calls/emails from seniors in need of food shopping. A list of volunteer residents was established early on in this situation and is being coordinated through the efforts of the Borough Council to get those seniors their needed supplies. Please continue to check on your elderly neighbors and/or family members and forward any requests through the following email address; OEM@fppd.net.
Several local grocery stores have adjusted their hours and created senior only hours to accommodate as many people as possible. Those seniors who like to do their own shopping can find hours to accommodate you at the following locations:
1. ACME – Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00am to 9:00am
2. Costco – Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00am to 9:00am
3. Stop & Shop – Daily from 6:00am to 7:30am
4. Target – Wednesday from 8:00am to 9:00am
5. Trader Joe’s – Dedicated line for Seniors daily from 9:00am to 10:00am
6. Walmart – Tuesday from 6:00am to 7:00am
The link below will bring you a listing of all grocery stores with senior dedicated hours;
The FBI and Homeland Security are advising there are high incidents of fraud surrounding the Stimulus Package passed by Congress last week. People are targeting individuals via phone/email attempting to obtain personal identifying information and telling them it’s necessary in order to receive their stimulus money. All residents should be aware that the Federal Government will not be contacting anyone via phone/internet/email to obtain information from you in order to receive your entitled stimulus funds. Do not give anyone your personal identifying information. Furthermore, door to door solicitation is a violation of the Governor’s Executive Orders and anyone who observes any type of solicitation should not answer their door and contact the Police Department immediately.
I spoke today with Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Caponegro, who advised me he observed several groups of students congregating together while he was leaving Ridgedale Middle School. We respectfully ask that all parents refrain from allowing your children to congregate with non-family members. I also spoke with Father Thomas, of Holy Family Church, who advised me that he will be closing the church to all parishioners due to social distancing violations occurring within the parish. He asked me to notify all Holy Family parishioners of the same and that he as well will be emailing you. Father Thomas also expressed concern of several children playing in the Holy Family parking lots.
Front line first responders, especially hospital staff, nurses, doctors, first aid squad members and paramedics are battling this virus at extreme risk to their personal safety, for excessively long shifts and are in need of our support and respect. Meet Me in FP has joined forces with FLAG-CM to support local food establishments and feed those first responders at a time when they need us the most. See the Florham Park Community Forum on Facebook for information on how to help if you’re interested; https://www.facebook.com/groups/302281926624325/
I ask all residents to take this virus and the current situation we find ourselves in very seriously. This is a highly contagious disease and failure to adhere to proper social distancing standards, proper handwashing and personal hygiene can be catastrophic. The disease is believed to be spread through airborne droplets expelled from humans which is why social distancing is crucial in stopping the spread.
Lastly I want to ensure all residents that the Florham Park Police Department Office of Emergency Management is working diligently with all Borough partners to include the Mayor and Council, Florham Park Fire Department and First Aid Squad, the Morris County Office of Emergency Management, the State Office of Emergency Management, East Hanover and Madison Emergency Services and Atlantic Health, as well as all Florham Park Department Heads to provide all of you with the highest level of service while providing everyone with safest possible environment during this time.
Please email any questions or concerns to OEM@fppd.net and someone will respond to you in a timely fashion.
Wishing everyone safety and wellness.
Chief of Police / Deputy OEM Coordinator