MILLBURN, NJ — Yesterday afternoon, Millburn Mayor Jackie Lieberberg released one of a series of regular township updates to residents. the full text of the letter is below:

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents. This is your Mayor, Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg, and today is Monday, March 30th.

As of this message, there are 41 cases in the Township with 40 active cases.  This number includes one known resident that is hospitalized.   Essex County currently has 1,408 cases.  Please remember that as a State, we are still under a stay at home order by Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107.

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We are happy to announce that Millburn-Short Hills now has a FLAG, Front Line Appreciation Group, led by resident Shannon Cross.  FLAG of Millburn Short Hills is raising money to purchase meals from our local restaurants to give to our local front line workers, including Police, EMS, Fire and hospitals.  Through this effort, they will support Millburn Short Hills restaurants as well as those keeping us safe.  Please donate via PayPal to donations@flagmsh.org or Venmo to @shannon-cross-6.  Their Facebook page is FLAG (front line appreciation group) of Millburn Short Hills if you want further details.

Please continue to patronize local restaurants - they need our support.

The names and pick up hours are listed on the Township’s Website under our Coronavirus information hub entitled “How residents can support local during COVID-19”.   Please know that many places have had to close by executive order or made difficult business decisions.  Please see where you might be able to help through take out,  delivery or by simply purchasing an online gift card. https://twp.millburn.nj.us/481/How-Residents-Can-Support-Local-During-C

For small business owners or friends of small business owners, we understand that there has been great deal of information being distributed about help for those businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19.  We also know that all this information can be inundating and overwhelming to navigate.  I encourage you to visit the Township’s website, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority website or read more about the CARE act from our federal representatives, like Senator Menendez. The links are listed below:

https://twp.millburn.nj.us/476/Guidance-for-the-Business-Community

https://faq.business.nj.gov/en/collections/2198378-covid-19-novel-coronavirus-information-for-new-jersey-businesses

https://www.menendez.senate.gov/coronavirus/small-biz

Seniors, we are here to help. Please call us at 973-447-1223 to assist with your essential needs.  This program is meant for our most vulnerable, so please call if you are over the age of 70 or over 60 years of age with a compromising condition and have no one else to look after your needs.

Like many of you, I have been listening to Governors Cuomo and Murphy over the last several days and I am reminded of where we are as both Global Citizens and members of a caring, close knit community.  Try and find the silver lining. I know it may feel tiresome, but remember this is temporary. Continue to practice social distancing. In the words of Andrew Cuomo, “social solidarity”. Please do your part—do not equate isolation with loneliness, reach out to your friends, neighbors, acquaintances. Make it a priority to reach out to one new person each day. For those of you that are old enough to remember-dust off your rolodex.

We will get through this and we will persevere.  We are Millburn-Short Hills.  We are an extraordinary community. Stay safe. Thank you.