HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Richard Goldberg has released his Monday coronavirus and state of the borough letter, part of his twice-a-week update to the residents.  His letter is as follows:

Dear Friends,

I hope that last weekend you were able to enjoy the nice weather perhaps taking a walk and keeping your distance from others; it is good for your physical health and your mental health. Unfortunately, due to a lack of social distancing, the track at the high school and Goffle Brook Park are now closed.

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As of this morning there are 145 confirmed cases with 3 fatalities. This count includes a growing number of individuals who have recovered and are therefore no longer active cases.

If you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please call your doctor or hospital for guidance. Only call an ambulance if you have serious difficulty breathing.

As I have indicated previously, the Borough is staffed every weekday, but if you need to get in touch with someone at the Borough after hours or on a weekend, I invite you to reach out by email. Please go to the Borough website www.hawthornenj.org and search in the top right for “Staff”. The directory will show our email addresses.

People have inquired about donating to our non-perishable food pantry. Donations can be delivered to the Municipal Building vestibule. Please call the Health Department to let us know it is coming.

The children in our town are using chalk to write inspirational comments on sidewalks and driveways, and I call out to the children and to adults as well to scribble uplifting words and comments and post those pictures on social media.

In a show of solidarity and support of our first responders, medical personnel, and those people staffing essential businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies, and restaurants, I am asking that on Thursday at noon you go outside or open a window to applaud all of those people who have sacrificed to make our life better. Please remember that our firefighters and ambulance corps members are all volunteers.

I am very proud of our community and how we are coming together during this crisis. We will get through this. Hawthorne is a special town, filled with special, caring, selfless individuals. Let’s keep a positive vibe throughout our special community. Take care of yourself and your families, and remember to continue to check in on your neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Mayor Richard Goldberg

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