HAWTHORNE, NJ - On Thursday afternoon, Hawthorne Mayor Richard Goldberg released his twice-a-week update.  The contents of his letter reads below:

Dear Friends,

At noon today I hope you joined along with me to applaud our first responders, medical workers and people working essential jobs. Bergen County towns have been tying blue ribbons around trees to show solidarity with health care workers and first responders; it might be a nice idea to do in Hawthorne as well. I have joined with other Mayors in the State to ask churches to ring their church bells at 10 am on Easter Sunday to show a sign of unity. I hope it will lift spirits and renew our faith.

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As of this morning there are 183 confirmed cases in our town. This count includes a growing number of people that have recovered and therefore are no longer active cases. I am also told that 213 people from Hawthorne tested negative for the virus. It seems social distancing is working, so let’s keep up the effort.

There was some confusion earlier this week as to our County Park. A Passaic County Sheriff’s Officer informed our Police Department that the park was closed. That caused us to send a Nixle message and caused the school board to close the track. I was on a conference call with the County at 5 pm, and the County Administrator told me the park was open. I sent a Facebook message stating that the County had not closed the park but was waiting to hear what the Governor would do with the State parks on Tuesday. At 2 pm on Tuesday the Governor ordered all State and County parks closed. It was then that the County officially closed the park.

As I have indicated previously, the Borough is staffed every weekday but closed to any visitors. 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.

I have rescheduled the street corner dedication originally scheduled for May 1st until July 1st. It was with a heavy heart that I cancelled the Memorial Day Parade. As of today the service at noon is still scheduled. We are discussing the pool and summer rec and will make decisions in the next few weeks.

During this Holy Season of Easter and Passover, I wish your family a blessed holiday. Let us be grateful for what we have as a family and as a community. I am very proud of our community and how we are coming together during this crisis. We are a special town. Please keep a positive attitude, take care of yourself and your families, and continue to check in on your neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Mayor Richard Goldberg

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