HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Richard Goldberg released the second of his twice-a-week updates to the borough. He noted the coronavirus numbers affecting the borough and encouraged the continuation of social distancing, Goffle Brook Park's reopening, Hawthorne's R 56-20 invalidation by Trenton, and more. His letter reads below.
The number of confirmed cases as of this morning is 361, 18 fatalities and 80 active. Numbers in Hawthorne, the County and State seem to be getting better. That just means social distancing, wearing masks and staying home is working. Let’s keep up the good work.
On a positive note the County is reopening Goffle Brook Park. It will be for passive recreation only. The fields, the bathrooms and the playgrounds are closed. Parking will be limited and social distancing and masks are requested.
We are still working at the municipal building even though the building is closed to the public. Tax payments can be put in our drop box or mailed to the municipal building.
Speaking of taxes, the Council met on Monday to pass a resolution extending a zero interest rate through June 30, 2020. We notified you by mail to that effect. The next day the Governor issued an executive order negating what we did but allowing us to move the grace period to the end of May. We will do this at our meeting next week. In addition, we will have to re-notice you of the change. The Governor’s last minute order will cost the Borough thousands of dollars in postage and printing, when if he had done this even a week ago we would have had no extra expense.
I want to thank all of you that have donated to our non-perishable food pantry. It shows our extraordinary community spirit. We are Hawthorne Strong.
Thank you all for doing your part in combating this virus; together we will prevail.
If you have problems or concerns please email me at email@example.com or call my office at 973-427-1168.
Mayor Richard S. Goldberg
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