HELMETTA, NJ - Borough Mayor Chris Slavicek has been recognizing Helmetta's front liners for their service during the coronavirus pandemic. Borough residents working as first responders, teachers, healthcare workers, truck drivers and more have been nominated by loved ones for their contributions during these unprecedented times. On Friday, the mayor gave a shoutout to the borough's small businesses and their employees for their contributions.

"Today, we salute our local businesses in Helmetta and their dedicated employees who continue to provide and serve on the frontline during this pandemic," Slavicek said. "These establishments have become staples and an extended family to many in our community. We appreciate and recognize the bravery and courage demonstrated to remain open and accessible for the residents within the Borough!"

Helmetta's Villa Borghese II, Gabbi's Trattoria and Helmetta Foods have remained open during the shutdown for takeout and deliveries.

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"We applaud them as each has been generous in their own way by giving back to the local network of healthcare and helping heroes," Slavicek continued. "Thank you to our residents who continue to patronize and support these local business!"

If you know a Helmetta Hometown Hero who is on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis, sent Borough Mayor Chris Slavicek as email at mayor@helmettaboro.com. Nominations should include the person's name, a brief description of their job, what makes them a hometown hero and a photograph.