HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Richard Goldberg has released his Thursday update, the second of two per week.  In this letter, he touches on the subjects of new coronavirus cases, small businesses, the need to continue social distancing, local taxation, the recycling center, recreation, and more.  His letter is below:

Dear Friends,

Thank you to those of you who watched my video message. It will be replayed whenever the Council meetings are scheduled for rebroadcast. There is a link on the Hawthorne website under News to view the video at your convenience.

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The [coronavirus] numbers as of this morning are 249 total positives with 111 being active cases.

I am very concerned for the small businesses and restaurants in Hawthorne that have been forced to close. I am extremely heartened to see that people are picking up takeout food or buying gift cards to support our local restaurants. This is the kind of community spirit which makes Hawthorne the great Borough that it is.

I can’t stress enough the need for social distancing and wearing masks. It’s inconvenient, and if you wear glasses, they fog up. The effort however is worth it: it is saving lives.

After trying to get State approval in extending the grace period for tax payments and being rebuffed by the Governor’s office and the State legislature, I discovered the Borough has the ability to control the interest payments on late payments. I have requested a special meeting of the Council to approve a zero percentage from May 10th through June 30th. While your taxes are due and payable on May 1, 2020, if you are financially unable to pay, this will enable you to pay before June 30th without financial penalty. However, you would be delinquent on this quarter’s tax payment.

The Recycling Center will reopen next week with limited hours. They will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM. The Center will not be selling leaf bags, nor accepting tires, motor oil, pallets, carpet or propane tanks. All patrons must wear masks and maintain proper social distancing. The staff will be unable to help with unloading items.

As I announced, we have canceled the Memorial Day Parade, but as of now the Service at noon is still scheduled. The pool will not open on Memorial Day, and we are still deciding when and how to open the pool. Decisions on Summer Rec and Leadership Camp won’t be made until later in the season.

For those who aren’t aware, the Borough has a non-perishable food pantry. If you need food and can’t afford or can’t get to a supermarket, please call the Board of Health at 973-427-4011. Many thanks to those people who have donated food to the Borough’s food pantry, as well as supplies and food for our first responders.

I know staying at home isn’t fun, but it keeps you and us safe. Eventually life will return to some form of normalcy and we can continue eating out, shopping, playing sports and return to school and work.

We are here at the Municipal Building. If you have any questions, please call us at 973-427-5555.

Mayor Richard Goldberg

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