HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Goldberg has released his first of his twice-a-week notices to the borough regarding the coronavirus and other related news.  His letter reads below:

Dear Friends,

What a great weekend to spend some time in the park. I was there both Saturday and Sunday wearing a mask and keeping socially distant. Let’s not abuse our park privilege; continue to stay off the fields, playgrounds and picnic tables.

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Today’s numbers as of this morning are 390 total positives with 19 fatalities and 53 active. There were no new cases Sunday through Monday morning, and our active cases were reduced by 50%.

Now is not the time to let our guard down or return to risky behavior. We are doing a great job of flattening the curve, but the battle is not over. I am heartsick every morning when I review the obituaries in the paper. Our parents and grandparents, for the most part, are the ones dying. More times than not someone brought the virus to them: a family member, a health aide or a friend. We must remain vigilant.

I am heartened to see our local restaurants doing take out. Remember to order or buy a gift card to help. Hawthorne Rotary has authorized the purchase of $1,500.00 of restaurant gift cards to help our community. In addition they are purchasing supermarket gift cards for the Board of Health.

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 the Council acted to give our residents and business relief for the May tax quarter, Governor Murphy issued an executive order negating it. The Council will at its next meeting extend the grace period from ten to thirty days. I am told by our CFO that our collections are strong for the quarter and that those who can pay are paying. For that I thank you.

As I announced we have cancelled 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 pool. Decisions on Summer Rec and Leadership Camp won’t be made until later in the season.

For those of you 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 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 the main number 973-427-5555 and follow the prompts, or call my office directly 973-427-1168.

Mayor Goldberg

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