HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Richard Goldberg released his first letter of the week addressing the borough in light of the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

Dear Resident,

We are down to one active case in Hawthorne. While it is a reason for celebration, let’s not forget the hard work it took to get us here. Don’t become overconfident. Keep wearing masks and socially distancing.

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Outdoor dining in Hawthorne is a success, as well as the closing of Diamond Bridge Avenue. We will remind some restaurants as to placement of tables and the maximum size per group. In addition, the Governor announced the opening of indoor dining, including catering halls, as of July 2nd with 25% of capacity.

Personal services such as beauty parlors, nail salons and barbers opened today. I’ve already scheduled a haircut on Saturday.

I was at the County’s testing site in Hawthorne this morning, and it seemed to be running smoothly. Remember on July 1st the County will host a food giveaway to needy families also at the pool lot.

We are planning to open the pool on July 2nd, and we will be charging the August 1st rates. There will be a need to social distance, and we may have to limit the time allowed at the pool.

For those that aren’t aware the Borough has a non-perishable food pantry. If you need food and can’t afford or can’t get to a supermarket, please call the Board of Health 973-427-4011 or 973-427-4012. Many thanks to those people who have donated food to the Borough’s food pantry as well as supplies and food for our first responders.

As of last week, 28% of Hawthorne residents had failed to fill out their census forms. It is very important that everyone is counted. Recently Passaic County received $87 million in Federal aid under the CARES Act due to its population (taken from the last census), and Morris County received nothing. The difference in population was a few thousand, but the difference in aid was tremendous.

In closing, as July 4th comes closer, the use of fireworks increases in the Borough. Please be mindful of neighbors and don’t set them off too late. Also remember that most pets are scared of the noise and act up. Be a good neighbor.

We are here at the Municipal Building if you have any questions please call my office directly at 973-427-1168 or 973-427-5555 and follow the prompts.

Sincerely,
Mayor Goldberg

 

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