HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Goldberg released his Monday letter to the borough advising residents of the town's situation with the coronavirus pandemic, addressed the Black Lives Matter rally held on Sunday, and news of pool openings.  His letter reads below:

Dear Friends,

Our numbers continue to improve. As of this morning there were 433 positives with 20 fatalities and only 9 active cases. Our last fatality was almost a month ago. Thank you all for doing your part in combating this virus; together we will prevail.

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As most of you know there was a march and protest in the Borough yesterday. The protesters gathered in the pool parking lot and marched to the municipal building. It was a loud but well-behaved group. At the end of the protest the organizers reminded people to pick up their garbage, and the Municipal Building was free of litter at the end of the day. There were no incidents yesterday.

My thanks to the organizers for keeping the crowd under control. They were passionate, spoke from the heart, and we became an example to other towns about free speech and assembly without violence.

In addition, thanks to Chief McAuliffe and the Hawthorne Police. Also, thanks to the Passaic County Sheriff and our County Prosecutor for their help as well.

Yesterday was a first for Hawthorne, and I thank everyone for coming together for this unprecedented event. I think our out-of-town guests now have a positive feeling about Hawthorne.

On Wednesday, July 1, the County of Passaic will be providing free food boxes to families who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This will take place in our pool parking lot from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

The Governor has finally authorized pools to open this summer; although the State has not issued the COVID-19 restrictions that will be in effect for operational planning, our target date is July 2. We hope to have more information available soon.

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

Mayor Richard S. Goldberg

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