SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Borough Mayor Ed Seely provided residents with his latest update to start off the work week. Spotswood has two additional positive cases of the coronavirus since the mayor's last letter to residents on June 10, bringing the total to 98. There have been three fatalities in the borough due to the COVID-19 pandemic according to the mayor's letter.
Seely addresses the reopenings coming in the next few weeks as announced by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. The mayor also touches upon the July 7 Primary Day and local elections coming up in November. While certain things are reopening, borough parks will remain closed until the governor announces that amusement parks and other touch-centered activities can open. Helmetta reopened its borough offices to the public. Spotswood's Borough Offices remain closed to the public, but Seely stated that plans are in the works to reopen it to the public in the near future.
Mayor Seely's June 22 letter reads as follows:
Residents of Spotswood,
Hope all is well with you! It would seem that our perseverance is paying off; the numbers for New Jersey have been
level for almost a week now. Let’s all hope the downward trend continues. If we keep doing our part, it will. Our
number of positives is at 98 presently, with three lives lost. I pray we will not experience any further losses.
Restaurants and bars have been allowed to open for outdoor service as of Monday, June 15, and those I’ve seen in
business seem to be adjusting well to the guidelines set forth by the CDC and Health Department. If all goes well, the
limit on outdoor gatherings will go to 250 on June. This may make it possible for some folks to salvage events
they may have had planned and thought they would need to cancel. Additionally, shopping malls will begin to open
on June 29, and, of course, the same safety practices will be in place as they are elsewhere.
Local sports organizations can also resume practice, without contact, on June 22. Again, if all goes well, actual
competitions can begin on July 6 th . Apparently, there is a little more to Milltown Mel than we would have thought;
this pandemic hibernation has caused more than a few of us to need a little more exercise! I know it certainly
wouldn’t hurt me!
Given the relaxation of some restrictions, many of us are starting to plan our vacations. I know I am! I will be
traveling to Virginia to see my sister, and then on to Maryland to put my feet in the sand. I don’t mind telling you that
I am a little nervous, but I absolutely must get away. I will be social distancing and maintaining safe practices; it’s not
only my health, but the health of others as well.
You will notice a post on our website for an upcoming food distribution drive run by the County. This event is on June
27, and they are preparing packages for up to 1500 families. Please click the button under “Community Bulletin
Board” for complete information.
In addition to the Primary election on July 7, we are looking ahead to the November election in our own
Municipality. The packets are now available; thus far, two have been picked up for mayor and four for council. If you
are interested, please make an appointment to obtain a packet from the Borough Clerk. Completed packets need to
be submitted no later than August 31 at 4:00 p.m. Links to further information on both elections is on the homepage
of the website.
Many of you have been asking when the Borough Parks will be open again. This will happen when the governor lifts
the restrictions on amusement parks and other such entertainments. We are currently preparing for that, as well as
the eventual opening of the Municipal Building to the public.
Summer is finally here! I will close, as always, by saying Be Safe, Be Smart, Stay Healthy, and enjoy your summer.
Ed Seely, Mayor
Middlesex County has had 23 positive coronavirus cases reported in the last 24-hours. The county website lists Spotswood's number of positive cases at 98 as well, but has four fatalities for the borough. It is not unusual for the county's coronavirus numbers and the municipalities numbers to vary.