HELMETTA, NJ - Borough Mayor Chris Slavicek updated residents on the latest information and changes in light of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy lifting the stay-at-home order that has been in place since March 21. The mayor noted that Helmetta has not had any additional positive coronavirus cases since May 31. Borough offices will reopen to the public on Monday, June 15. However, face coverings and social distancing will be required of employees and visitors. Slavicek also highlighted upcoming Helmetta events and other important information for residents. Mayor Slavicek's June 12 letter reads as follows:

Helmetta Friends and Neighbors,

Hope this correspondence finds you enjoying the beautiful sunshine and fresh summer air! As we slowly progress on the "Road Back" outlined by Governor Murphy, I am happy to report, to date, that Helmetta has maintained zero positive COVID-19 cases since May 31. While this presents good news, I strongly encourage you to continue to follow safety guidelines as it relates to social distancing and face coverings to uphold this pattern. The borough reports 37 total positive COVID-19 cases. Sadly four expirations; warm regards to the families and friends. I highlight and celebrate the recovery of 33 residents.

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Borough Offices will open to the public on Monday, June 15 with full services available. It is imperative that all employees and visitors practice social distancing with required face coverings. All in-person transactions are to be made through service windows in each office space. Online, email and phone services continue to be an option. The building will be fully sanitized on a daily basis. Thank you to the dedicated borough employees for truly being chameleons during the pandemic to provide for our community.

We value the recreation areas in town that are a vital part of social and mental well-being for residents and neighbors. The parks remain open with basketball and tennis courts opening on Monday, June 15. Playground areas will remain closed until further notice. Again, please play smart for your safety.

As the school year closes, hats off to our Class of 2020 graduates and all students alike. We invite all Helmetta children to join us on Wednesday, June 17 between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Maple Street Pavilion for a 'Sweet Wishes' Grab and Go Ice Cream treat for their fine accomplishments and flexibility with distance learning.

Are you zoomed out? Well...zoom over to our Drive-In Movie showing of Disney Pixar's "Onward" scheduled for Thursday, July 2 at 8 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Church Parking Lot. Reservations required to Sandy @ 732-521-4946 extension 100. All attendees remain in their cars with the sound being transmitted through an FM radio channel provided on the evening of the event.

All residents should have received their 2020 Consumer Confidence Water Report. It is posted on our website for your reference. Fire hydrant flushing will take place during the period of June 22 through June 26. You may experience a decrease in water pressure during the flushing. The scheduling of town-wide street sweeping is in process and will be communicated once dates are secured. Should you have specific questions regarding this report or these matters, please contact Paul Reed, Supervisor of Public Works, at preed@helmettaboro.com or 732-521-4946 extension 100.

Voting polls for the Primary Election on Tuesday, July 7 will be held at the Helmetta Community Center at One Brookside Avenue. Voting will be provided by provisional or mail-in ballot only. A voting machine will be available for any handicapped person who cannot write. Social distancing and face covering quidelines will be in effect. 

Save the Date...Helmetta Day 2020 is scheduled for Saturday, September 19 at 4 p.m. A family date with food, fun and fireworks at dawn. Rain date is Sunday, September 20. Come join the festivities!

Again, thank YOU for making Helmetta a beautiful community and the epitome of our small town, big heart motto.

Personally, I await the arrival of my niece, Hayley. Any day, any minute!

Always available,

Mayor Chris Slavicek

mayor@helmettaboro.com, 732-521-4946 extension 116