HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Goldberg's Monday letter to the borough is found below.  This is the first of his twice-a-week messages updating the borough as to its situation during the pandemic.

Dear Friends,

The numbers this morning are looking better: 413 total positives with 20 fatalities and 19 active cases. We haven’t had a new fatality in a while and our active cases keep dropping. Keep up the good work.

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I can’t stress enough the need for social distancing and wearing masks. It’s inconvenient, but the effort, however, is worth it: it is saving lives.

The Borough will be receiving money to offset our COVID-19 expenses. The amount we receive is determined by our population. Filling out the Census will help to accurately show our population, and I urge you to do it. It takes only a matter of minutes on line, and you truly help the Borough by filling out your Census form.

It appears that the Governor is getting ready to slowly open our economy and start to return to some form of normalcy. My administration is already planning on how we can safely open our restaurants and other small businesses.

I met with the person who runs our food bank. She can’t get over your generosity and says the food bank is doing well. The Hawthorne Rotary just donated $500.00 in supermarket gift cards to help feed Hawthorne’s hungry. If you need food and can’t afford or can’t get to a supermarket, please call the Board of Health at 973-427-4011.

I continue to see lawn signs and chalk drawings encouraging us to be strong and thank our nurses, first responders and essential workers. Let’s continue to keep these heroes in our prayers.

Every day I read the obituaries and I am taken aback by how hard this virus has hit our older population: our grandparents, parents and our elderly neighbors. We must be vigilant to keep them safe.

As you know Monday is Memorial Day and there will be no parade. We will hold a small public service to pay respects to our fallen heroes. We will record this event to replay for you. It is rare that I ask you not to come to an event like this, but these are different times. Say a prayer for those who made the ultimate sacrifice and honor them by staying home.

We are here at the Municipal Building, and if you have any questions you can call the main number at 973-427-5555, listen to the prompts for the different departments, or you can call my office directly at 973-427-1168 for assistance.

Mayor Goldberg

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