HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Goldberg released his letter to the borough Tuesday, the contents of which are found below.
There seems to be some confusion about the numbers in my letter. As you know my letters started in March when the virus was recognized as a real health problem. I informed the residents of the reported cases and deaths of Borough residents. As the weeks passed and people recovered, I started reporting total cases, including the ones that cleared, deaths to date and active cases where the person was actively infected with COVID-19. Active cases involved adding new cases and subtracting those no longer positive. For example, this morning we added 10 and subtracted 3 from yesterday’s numbers. The numbers as of this morning are 873 total cases, 21 fatalities and 83 active cases in the Borough. In the last two days 49 were added and 58 were removed. The numbers come from the State of New Jersey, and they can be slow to add or subtract cases. My numbers should be viewed to see if numbers are increasing, decreasing or staying level. For months the numbers fluctuated between 0 and 10. Our latest numbers show concern, but they are following a state and national trend.
Yesterday the Governor issued a new Executive Order calling for a suspension of indoor youth and high school sports until January, when he will then review his policy.
The Governor suggested that we look at our tree lighting and other events. As you know the Chamber of Commerce cancelled the Santa Parade, and the Volunteer Railroaders cancelled the train to pick up the Toys for Tots collection (however, they are collecting unwrapped toys from donation boxes, and we have a Toys for Tots box here at Borough Hall). We have turned our tree lighting into a Holiday Drive-By Parade. The tree lighting itself will be livestreamed on the Borough’s Facebook page. We have invited families in their vehicles to gather behind Hawthorne High School on Bamford Ave (facing towards Vreeland Avenue) and join a parade of cars led by the Fire Department and Ambulance Corps. You may decorate your car or not. The Hawthorne Police Department will bring up the rear as the parade passes in front of Borough Hall to see the tree, the Mayor and Santa! This way everyone is safe, and we can kick off the holidays.
We are working at the Municipal Building and are open by appointment. These dedicated workers have staffed the building or worked from home to serve the needs of its residents since March. I am proud of their commitment to you and the Borough.
I also want to honor and thank our first responders: Police, Fire and Ambulance Corps, for their dedication and for providing essential lifesaving services to the people of Hawthorne. Please keep them in your prayers.
Keep using masks, wash your hands and practice social distancing. Please don’t become complacent.
Follow the Governor’s new Executive Order of wearing masks outdoors when social distancing is not possible. The Governor has lowered the number of people to 25 for outdoor gatherings. This does not apply to outdoor dining which has its own limits. These limits do not apply to religious events, weddings, funerals, political gatherings or protests.
Again, I remind you that the Borough has a non-perishable food pantry. Please call the Board of Health at 973-427-4011 if you need assistance. Thanks to everyone who has donated food, and to those of you who have provided food to our first responders.
If you have any questions, or if you require assistance, please call my office directly at 973-427-1168.