HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Richard Goldberg released his new update Tuesday, advising residents on the state of the borough amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  His letter reads below:

Dear Friends, 

The delay in my writing to you was because I had two conference calls scheduled for late yesterday afternoon with the County and the State, and I wanted to report to you after the calls. 

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The latest numbers are 290 confirmed cases, 11 fatalities, and 95 active cases. The bad news/good news is that people still get infected, but people are getting cleared. 

The most recent directive out of my office is to keep doing what you are doing: stay home, wash your hands, continue to social distance, and keep trips out of your house at a minimum. For the most part, supermarkets are fully stocked, with certain limits on popular products. Please don’t be a hoarder. Buying more than what you need just hurts your neighbors. 

A most recent study says that only one out of three restaurants will survive post-COVID-19 exposure. Therefore, it is imperative that we support our local restaurants by ordering a meal or buying a gift card. Thank you to the many people who have been making donations of food and/or cash to help our Borough non-perishable food pantry. The food pantry is here for any resident who for any reason may need it. Please call the Board of Health for further information at 973-427-4011. 

As you know, we have cancelled our public activities scheduled for the months of April and May, with the exception of the Memorial Day Service. It is my intention to hold it in some form to honor those who died defending our country. The decision on the pool, summer rec, tennis clinic, and leadership camp will be made at some point in the next few weeks. I understand the importance of these activities, and we are going to great lengths not to cancel prematurely. 

I am seeing more Hawthorne Strong and Thank You Valley Heroes signs throughout the Borough. It sends a positive message to our residents and those who drive through our town that Hawthorne will overcome this virus. 

While there have been efforts to reopen Goffle Brook Park, it remains closed at this time. 

My thanks to our first responders and to my Borough staff for their diligence and dedication to the Borough. 

Again, I continue to urge you to check on your elderly neighbors and to make sure they don’t need for anything, and to keep in mind those people who are working to provide you with medical care, food, mail, and other essential services. 

God bless you and God bless the Borough of Hawthorne. 

Sincerely, 

Mayor Richard Goldberg 

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