HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Richard Goldberg released his twice-a-week letter, addressing the issues affecting the borough as well as state and national events.  His letter reads below:

Dear Friends,
The numbers as of this morning are 429 total positives, with 20 fatalities and 16 active cases. There were some stragglers, delayed reporting, which boosted our number of positives.

I am very concerned about the recent events in our country. The incident that started this was abhorrent and unjustifiable. Peaceful protest is what this country was built on: our First Amendment rights of free speech and assembly. Violence, looting and the destruction of public and private property is not the answer to the incident. I am very proud of our Police Department, and I am sure an incident like that in Minneapolis will never happen here. The relationship between our residents and our Police is a positive one, and I hope it will remain so.
I can’t stress enough the need for social distancing and wearing masks. It’s inconvenient, and even if you find it uncomfortable, the effort is worth it: it is saving lives.

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It appears that the Governor is beginning to relax some areas, and hopefully we can return to some form of normalcy. His lifting restrictions on summer camps came too late to save our summer rec program, and we are still waiting for his ruling on public pools. With the lifting of athletic restrictions, we will examine our position on field closures with the Board of Recreation. On a positive note, the Governor is allowing outdoor dining and nonessential in-store retail openings as of June 15 as part of Stage 2, and we are working with our local restaurants to facilitate outdoor dining. On June 22 salons and barbershops will open, and I’m looking forward to getting a haircut!

I am working with Passaic County to bring free testing to Hawthorne, as well as food distribution for those who need it. We are tentatively planning to do this in the municipal pool parking lot. If you go on our website and press the COVID-19 button, it will bring you to a link for Passaic County COVID-19 Information and the link for the At Home COVID-19 Test.

On June 14th we will be having a street dedication in honor of Private Raymond E. Inlow, United States Army (Vietnam). This dedication will be on the corner of Royal and Diamond Bridge Avenues.

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 directly at 973-427-4011 or 973-427-4021. 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.

We are here at the Municipal Building. If you have any questions, please call my office directly at 973-427-1168 or the main number 973-427-5555 and follow the prompts.

Mayor Goldberg

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