As always, thank you for all you are doing to flatten the curve and to get through these difficult and unprecedented times. Your actions are not only protecting yourself, but also helping others. Another way to help others is by donating blood, something that is desperately needed at this time.

The Borough of Madison is hosting a blood drive from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2 at the Community Arts Center at Rose Hall. Reservations will be required so that they can collect the blood while maintaining social distancing. You will be able to book your slot through the Red Cross website though as of this afternoon this drive has not been listed yet. Please check in a few days.

Of course, this weekend would be the traditional opening of the Madison Community Pool. We expect the guidelines from the state any day now on the timing of the pool opening. In advance of the opening the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association has issued COVID-19 Aquatics Considerations for Planning. This provides great health and safety guidance for our current world. The Madison Community Pool Board and staff are working hard to have the pool ready for when the time comes, and it is confirmed that they can open under the regulations put in place. As with any summer, the safety of the members will be the Madison Pool’s number one priority. And while you won’t be diving in the pool this weekend, keep in mind with weather this month, the water would have been pretty darn cold!

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It has been great to see so many families out and about walking in our parks and neighborhoods. It also has brought a few complaints about walking conditions. So during this time that we have been cleaning our basements, attics, arranging our sock drawer and taking up gardening it is also a good time to take a look at the front of your house where the public is walking. A few things to check:

• Once installed sidewalks are the responsibility of the homeowner, but there is a cost sharing program with the Borough. If your walk is unsafe, please check with the engineer’s office for details; o If the damage was caused by a town street tree, the Borough will repair the sidewalk;

• Check any hedges or bushes that are along the sidewalk, make sure they are trimmed back from the walk;

• Check for low hanging tree branches that would be a big surprise to a distracted walker. Trim the branches on your trees and report the low branches on town trees to the Department of Public works;

• If you are on a corner lot, make sure shrubs and plants do not hinder the sight distance at the intersection;

• And if you see a hazard please report it by clicking on Report a Concern at Rosenet.org

Don’t forget to check for updates on Rosenet.org on a regular basis and visit TriTownCares.org for mental health support. Thank you for your time, take care of yourself, your loved ones and others through social distancing and personal protection measures.

Be Home, Be well