HAWTHORNE, NJ - On Thursday, April 2, Mayor Richard S. Goldberg released a letter, the second of the week as part of his twice-a-week coronavirus-related updates for the borough of Hawthorne.  His letter reads below:

Dear Friends,

The number of confirmed cases as of this afternoon is 80. I am told to expect a spike in numbers in the next two weeks due to increased testing and reporting. For those of you who thought that people were overreacting, you are unfortunately wrong. It is imperative that you take this virus seriously and stay at home and social distance when out.

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Our police officers are recovering and are getting ready to return to work, and for that I am grateful. As I have stated earlier, there can be no evictions or foreclosures during the crisis. Applications for business for low- and no-cost loans become available tomorrow. Unemployment insurance is available to people unable to or furloughed from work. In some cases owners of small businesses are also available for benefits.

We are still working at the Municipal Building even though the building is closed to the public. Seniors can drop of their PTR forms in our drop box or in the vestibule in the parking lot side of the building.

There is a great unease amongst us in Hawthorne. Some people are panicked and scared, but we must remain calm. Follow the advice that we are bombarded with about staying home maintaining social distance and wash your hands. Don’t panic-buy supplies or groceries.

Speaking of food, the Borough maintains a non-perishable food pantry. It is available for any resident in need. Please call my office at 973-427-1168 for more information, or the Health Department at 973-427-4021.

Last night’s Council meeting, although flawed, did the people’s business. If we are forced to continue to meet remotely, I promise it will get better.

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

Mayor Richard S. Goldberg

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