HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Richard Goldberg released the first of two expected letters this week, updating the borough of its coronavirus status and related issues.  His letter reads below:


Dear Friends,


I hope you enjoyed the Easter and Passover holidays. It was a challenge this year with virtual church services and Passover Seders. What was normally a family celebration became a solitary one. Stay strong – next year we can gather with our families.

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As of this morning there are 220 confirmed positive tests. This count includes a growing number of people that have recovered and therefore are no longer active cases. I am pleased to report that as of tomorrow our Police Department will be fully staffed.

Again, if you haven’t been tested and are experiencing mild symptoms, please self-quarantine and follow CDC guidelines. Our ambulance corps members are volunteers in our community, and we want to keep them safe as well. Please keep that in mind should you experience mild symptoms; look under the newsfeed on our website for “Negative” and “Positive” guidelines.

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.

Please remember that the Borough has a non-perishable food pantry that is available to those in need. Please call our Health Department for more information.

I’m afraid the rain has affected the chalk drawings on our sidewalks. I want to thank the children in our town who are using chalk to write inspirational comments on sidewalks and driveways.

I believe I was one of the first to have a Hawthorne Strong lawn sign. These are being done by a local resident with the proceeds being donated to our Police, Fire and Ambulance Corps. You can order a sign at www.InDesignApparel.com/Hawthorne, and it will be delivered to you within a week after placing your order.

I have been posting to my Facebook page every time I pick up lunch or dinner as a way of encouraging you to support our local businesses. People wonder if my wife knows how to cook, and the answer is ‘yes’, but we like to support our local establishments.

I am heartbroken when I open The Record and see so many names in the obituaries. It brings the reality of this pandemic to life. I can accept the social distancing, the wearing of masks, and the parks being closed if it means we can break the back of this virus.
Stay safe and check on your elderly family and neighbors. Continue to show what a caring community we are. We are Hawthorne Strong.


Sincerely,
Mayor Richard Goldberg

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