The most recent reporting from the State shows 163,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey; 6,548 are in Morris County, and 137 cases in Madison, an increase of four since my report on May 29.

We are all looking forward to outdoor dining and our favorite shops opening up on June 15. There has been a bit of banter on social media about all the steps other towns are doing, while wondering if Madison is taking any action. Well I can tell you that we have been doing quite a bit and I have enjoyed watching other towns use our ideas and adopting our resolutions. This week the Governor announced a temporary expansion of liquor licenses, an idea I sent to his office a month ago.

While we have to wait a week before we can once again enjoy a meal out in our great downtown, rest assured we are working nonstop to be ready. Lisa Ellis, Madison’s Director of Business Development will be working with all our food establishments to make sure their dining plan meets the guidelines and approvals are in place. In the meantime, please continue to order your take-out for delivery or curbside pickup. And to the owners of our great restaurants and food establishments; remember, no outdoor tables just yet, but get them ready and get applications in for your free outdoor dining permits; we want you to be ready to welcome your loyal customers back.

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A few more reminders:
• Sign-up for May Day on June 13 & 14 is now up on Rosenet and through our Facebook page. Don’t be scared by the time frame. Just sign up for your location by day and show up on your schedule. The mulch will be waiting for you.
• Don’t forget that the Madison Farmers’ Market returns Thursday, June 11 at its new location, Dodge Field. Social distancing guidelines will be in effect. Don’t forget your mask and your reusable bags.

Lastly, I want to talk about why I am wearing an orange shirt. Today is Gun Violence Awareness Day. During this time of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the call to end social injustice it is easy to lose track of the lives lost every day to gun violence. Today 100 Americans will be shot and killed. Let me say that
again, 100 lives lost due to gun violence and tomorrow it will happen again.

We have sacrificed to slow the spread of the virus, we can make the same commitment to end gun violence, a commitment to get guns out of the hands of dangerous people while protecting second amendment rights.

This weekend ,I wear orange in memory of Hadiya Pendleton, a high school student from the south side of Chicago, who marched in President Obama’s second inaugural parade. One week later, Hadiya was shot and killed on a playground in Chicago. I ask all of you to join me in wearing orange in memory of Hadiya and all lost to the senseless gun violence. We can all take a stand to save lives.

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