MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The following is the update for Maplewood from Mayor Frank McGehee, with the obituary of the Maplewood resident lost to COVID-19, Athalante Debrosse, and other Township alerts:

The Maplewood Public Health Division now has a total of 81 coronavirus COVID-19 cases including our one previously reported death. In the last two days we've been notified of 13 new cases. The new cases range from 22 to 80 years of age. The Public Health Division investigates and works to obtain the recent contact history for the new cases, including contacting anyone who has potentially been exposed.

The NJ Department of Health has reported 37,505 confirmed cases in the state of New Jersey which includes 4,082 in Essex County.  

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COVID-19 resources:

If you have received a positive confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 from your healthcare provider but have not heard from our Public Health Division in 24 hours of your diagnosis, please call the Maplewood Public Health Division at (973) 762-8120. 

CDC Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings:

In light of recent studies that coronavirus transmission can occur even when people are not showing symptoms (asymptomatic) there is a new recommendation encouraging the use of homemade masks to prevent further community spread by containing respiratory droplets. The primary benefit of covering your nose and mouth is that you protect others.  Please visit the link below for more information.

New Recycling Schedule Starts Tomorrow

The Township has revised the current recycling schedule for Zones 4, 5, and 6 from Monday to Tuesday. The change is part of our effort to improve the recycling experience, gain greater efficiency with our collection and allow our current contractor sufficient time to reach all the households in our community. 

Pickups for Zones 1, 2 and 3 will remain unchanged. The Township appreciates your patience and please contact Public Works at 973-762-1178 if you have any questions.


Remembering our departed community member

Please see below the public release of the obituary that was approved by the family. 

In Loving Memory of Athalante Debrosse

Sunrise May 26, 1975   Sunset March 29, 2020

Athalante Debrosse came into the world with a bang, umbilical cord wrapped around her neck; we couldn't wait for our new baby sister to come home. She lived a life of LOVE; She loved "FAMILY TIME!" She loved celebrating! She Loved the Lord and Loved to worship! She had a beautiful voice and loved to sing to the glory of God! She meant so much to so many. She was an AMAZING Mom! Our greatest cheerleader, a serious disciplinarian, the best party/vacation planner, a loyal, ever present best friend! Her dimples and her smile lit up every room. Athalante has worked for Horizon BlueCrossBlueShield for the past 18 years, managing Operations teams around the world. As such, she has literally spread her love world-wide. 

She leaves behind, her one and only, Frenchesca Gerard aka "Munch!" In addition to her daughter, she leaves her partner, James Felton; her best friend, Letitia Walker; her siblings: Ennelle Debrosse, Phaimy Bassette and Jean Debrosse; her brother-in-law, John Richard Bassette; her nieces and nephew, Nastacia, Elijah aka "Nephew-Son," Ja'nelle, Devyn and JaMya, and a host of extended family and friends, who have become family.  

Athalante, you made every gathering so special. Our hearts are in a million pieces. We love you, But God wanted you back... You will forever be missed. Your smile, your love and your tenacity for life will forever be imprinted in our souls.  

The Lord picks His brightest stars! Our baby sister...

We will always love and honor you.  

The family is committed and dedicated to Athalante's beloved, Frenchesca Ariana Gerard. In lieu of any other memorials, tributes, flowers or gifts, an educational fund has been established specifically for Munch. Please make any donations to Fidelity Investments at

A special celebration in honor of our angel will be planned for later, when travel and social restrictions have been lifted.


Taking Care of Your Mental Health and Well-being 

We are all experiencing something that is unprecedented and with these challenging times, comes a wide assortment of reactions. Please know that you matter and that you are not alone. We are all in this together. 

If you need a friend or crisis counselor to assist you with navigating through alcoholism and/or another addiction journey, please visit, which is an up-to-date site with information about online meetings or visit an additional resource. 

If you are in a domestic Violence abuse situation, please call the New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 (800) 572-SAFE (7233), which is available 24 hours a day. You will be provided with confidential access to information and services. The hotline is bilingual and accessible to the deaf and hearing impaired. You can also find more resources available on our township’s health page.

If you need assistance, please call our Mental Health Hotline at 866-202-4357or the NJ Hopeline for peer support and suicide prevention hotline at 855-654-6735. 


Mayor Frank