SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Borough Mayor Ed Seely provided residents with his latest update, noting the length of the stay-at-home is quickly approaching the three-month mark. Mayor Seely did not report the number of coronavirus cases in Spotswoood, but instead focused on the latest businesses allowed to reopen by Governor Phil Murphy in addition to discussing the absence of a Memorial Day Parade in the borough for the first time since it became a federal holiday. Mayor Seely's May 22 letter reads as follows:
Residents of Spotswood,
We are fast approaching the three-month mark of what basically amounts to a lockdown. Stress levels and bills are
high, patience and finances are low, and, if all the proposals of financial aid actually manifest, one wonders how we
will pay these loans back. As most of us are aware, nothing comes without a price tag, and repayment is a subject that
has yet to be discussed.
However, on the brighter side, people are slowly getting back to work and that is our greatest need. As you’ve no
doubt heard, the Governor has allowed a few more things to open. I don’t consider batting cages or car dealerships as
essential as other businesses I can think of; clearly, however, there are those that do. It’s being speculated that more
announcements will be made today. Hopefully, the list of openings will be expanded.
The month of May is home to a number of commemorations, including National Hospital Week, National Nurses
Week, National Nursing Home Week, and Older Americans Month. We honor some of our own, as well, marking
National Police Week, National EMS Week, National Public Works Week, and National Municipal Clerk’s Week; we are
certainly proud of and thankful for all that they do. That brings me to National Military Appreciation Month, and
As we move into Memorial Day weekend, we know Monday will have a very different feel for us as a Community. For
the first time since its inception as a day of commemoration, there will be no Memorial Day Parade. For many
residents, myself included, this is something we look forward to every year as the unofficial kick-off to Summer. More
significantly, however, there will be no Memorial Day Services. For me, as a Veteran, this is a day to pay my respects
and offer tribute to my fellow service members, those that paid the supreme sacrifice. I’m asking all of our residents
to place a candle in your windows on the evening of Memorial Day in remembrance, honoring these brave men and
women in the quiet of your hearts and homes. It is important to remember that, while current circumstances are
trying for most of us these days, we would not enjoy the freedoms that we have if not for them.
For those residents in the Cottage Streets area, please be advised that road work is scheduled to resume on Tuesday,
May 26, so parking will most likely be a bit problematic. We apologize for any inconvenience, and greatly appreciate
The 2020 Census is being wrapped up, and, if you have not yet done so, please take a minute to be represented. It has
never been more important to us than it is this year, as the funding the State receives is decided by our population
count. It only takes five to ten minutes and can be completed online at 2020CENSUS.gov. Remember to include every
person in your household. I can’t stress enough how vital this is; thank you for taking the time.
Again, it’s Memorial Day weekend; while we may be celebrating very differently this year, I’ll guess that there will still
be barbeques and family get-togethers. I encourage you to enjoy the weekend in the best way possible, but I also
remind you to Be Safe, Be Smart, and Stay Healthy.
Mayor Ed Seely