HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Richard Goldberg released the first of his twice-a-week letters to the borough of Hawthorne, updating residents on the situation affecting the town as a result of coronavirus.  His letter reads below.

Dear Friends,

The number of confirmed cases as of this morning is 401, 20 fatalities and 29 active. Numbers in Hawthorne, the County and State seem to be getting better. That is only 11 new cases in the last 8 days. That just means social distancing, wearing masks and staying home is working. Let’s keep up the good work.

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I hope all of you Hawthorne mothers had a great Mother’s Day. For those of you that have lost a mother or anyone in your family, you have my deepest sympathies. I’m sure it was a little different from past Mother’s Days with the inability to celebrate in a restaurant or diner. I understand our restaurants did well with plenty of you picking up takeout meals. I know that given the restrictions that are in place, in- person gatherings are a challenge and a danger.

We are still working at the Municipal Building even though the building is closed to the public. Tax payments can be put in our drop- box or mailed to the municipal building. Remember, we have extended the grace period until the end of this month.

I realize that staying home is getting old. Some of us have begun to understand just how tough a job teaching is and how devoted our teachers are. However staying home and socially distancing is working. Wearing masks and avoiding crowds have helped to reduce new cases of the virus. The number of people on respirators and hospital admissions are down and hopefully we will soon be able to gradually relax restrictions to reopen our economy and resume our lives. Until then we must remain vigilant. This virus has been particularly hard on our parents and grandparents. Some knowing the dangers have isolated and haven’t had face-to-face contact in weeks. Please check on your elderly neighbors, family and friends to make sure that they are healthy and in good mental health. The effort it will take to do this will be far outweighed by the good feeling and knowledge that you’ve performed a good deed.

Just my usual reminder about our non-perishable food bank and its availability to our residents. We even have volunteers to deliver the food to you. We have seen great generosity from our neighbors donating food to the pantry.

Thank you all for doing your part in combating this virus; together we will prevail.

If you have problems or concerns, please email me at rgoldberg@hawthornenj.org or call my office directly at 973-427-1168.

Mayor Richard S. Goldberg

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