HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Richard Goldberg released a letter Monday, March 30, appraising residents of the state of the borough in light of the ongoing coronavirus situation.  His letter reads below.

Dear Friends,

The battle with COVID-19 continues. Our confirmed cases are now in the low 40’s. We expect that in the next few weeks these numbers will continue to rise. President Trump has extended social distancing through the end of April. Please limit your trips out of the home and when out keep out 6 feet away from others when possible.

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Several Police Officers have been diagnosed with the virus and quarantined. None were hospitalized and will soon be returning to work. Their desire to return to duty is an example of Hawthorne pride and spirit.

There are federal and state policies to protect homeowners and renters. No one will be foreclosed on or evicted during the crisis. Unemployment insurance and loans to small business are now readily available to those in need.  For more information on available programs, visit the New Jersey State website at www.state.nj.us or www.hud.gov/states/new_jersey.  Additional information on federal programs is available through www.usa.gov.

Here at the municipal building we are operating with as few employees as possible, while the rest are working from home. Our plans are to hold the Council meeting with only 5 in person and the rest calling in to prevent the spreading of the virus. We will be introducing our budget at this meeting.  Information on the budget will be placed on the Borough website shortly.

I know that many of you are scared and nervous. Fear is a normal reaction to the unknown. The entire Country is working to mitigate this outbreak. The President and the Governor are giving daily updates. Follow the advice of the professionals to lessen your exposure, and remember, it is important to continue to maintain social distancing at this time.    

Last Saturday I was part of an impromptu parade of first responders for a 5 year old birthday. Just another example of Hawthorne spirit.

People have asked for more frequent news from me. I will increase my letter to twice a week, Mondays and Thursdays. If you have problems or concerns please email me at rgoldberg@hawthornenj.org. 

Sincerely,

Mayor Richard S. Goldberg

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