KENILWORTH, NJ – Please see this important message from Mayor Linda Karlovitch.

Currently, there are 169,415 Cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, 16,304 Cases in Union County, and 153 Cases in Kenilworth.

I hope everyone takes advantage of outdoor dining along the boulevard and patronize our restaurants and retail establishments in the Borough. They need your support now more than ever. As we continue to open up we are all enjoying more freedoms such as shopping and getting a haircut. County picnic areas will be open July 1, reservations can be made to use them with a maximum of 250 people this number will increase to 500 on July 3 if the COVID-19 outbreak continues to trend down. Parks will be opening on July 2, Graduations, and other outdoor gatherings will be permitted after July 6. Malls will be opening back up and life as we know it is resembling more normalcy. Dog parks, tennis courts, archery range, and golf courses have reopened with adjustments. New Jersey’s amusement rides, theme parks, and water parks can reopen July 2. The parks must limit attendance to 50% capacity. Social distancing is still required and masks are strongly recommended.

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I would like to take a moment to recognize the anniversary of the Woman’s Service Integration Act. Enacted June 12, 1948, a United States law that allowed women to become permanent, regular members of our armed forces. I am grateful to all the women who have made tremendous advances in traditional male-dominated cultures. Please count yourself in the census, Kenilworth is currently counted in 74.2 %

I am sure everyone has received their vote by mail ballot. I encourage everyone to please fill it out and mail it. If you opt to go to the polls on July 7 you will still be voting using a paper ballot this election. If you prefer not to mail your ballot at the post office, drop boxes are available at the Cranford Community Center, Union County Administrative Building 10, Plainfield Municipal Parking lot, Union Municipal Building, and The Fraser Building in Westfield.

Just a reminder Saint Theresa’s food bank has new hours. They are open the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 10 am to 12 noon.

In efforts to keep residents in the tri-state area safe New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut have issued a joint travel advisory, all individuals traveling from states with significant COVID-19 community spread must quarantine for 14 days. This includes any state with an infection rate higher than 10 per 100,000 people or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.

I would like to congratulate all our High School and Middle School David Brearley, graduates. I know your graduation may not have been as you always envisioned, you all worked very hard under unusual circumstances and did an amazing job. I wish you great success and all the best as you continue to pursue your dreams.

Please stay safe, well, and be kind to each other.

Very Respectfully,

Linda Karlovitch