WAYNE, NJ – Mayor Chris Vergano had bad news and good news to report today. The good news is that New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will be signing an executive order that will allow state and county parks and golf courses to open beginning Saturday, May 2 at sunrise. 

“This is very good news,” said the Mayor. “Therefore, I will rescind my directive closing our parks effective Saturday. This will be for passive recreation only and social distancing must be followed.” 

All Township parks will reopen Saturday morning including: High Mountain Park, Laurelwood Arboretum, Waks Field and the Alps road Sports Complex.

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There was, of course the bad news.

“Unfortunately, we have experienced seven more deaths today in the Township due to COVID-19 and our death count now stands at seventy-eight,” he said solemnly, and then read off the list.

  • 77-year-old male pass on April 4
  • 93-year-old female passed on April 14
  • 92-year-old female passed on April 22
  • 78-year-old female passed on April 24
  • 89-year-old female passed on April 26
  • 62-year-old male passed on April 28

*Note, the Mayor mentioned seven deaths, but only gave the details on six.

Vergano explained the issue with delayed reporting. “If you're wondering why I give you the dates, it's important to note that the state reporting system is not always up-to-date and when the first death that I'm talking about was from April 4th that was quite a while ago, and we just received the report today,” he said.

“I can also report that we've had an additional nineteen positive test results,” Vergano added. The Township’s cumulative number is now 862.

The new positive cases include:

  • Men: 10
  • Women: 19
  • Average Age: 55
  • Age Range: 10 – 92

Eight residents are currently being treated in local hospitals.

“If you drive by town Hall at night, you're going to see red white and blue lights in the corner by the library, said Vergano. “These are in memory of those who have passed to COVID-19. We want to thank Christmas Decor for contacting us and installing and donating the beautiful lighting, and thanks to Wayne residents Danielle and Craig Janko for making this happen.”

Because of an executive order signed by Governor Murphy, Wayne Township will be waiving late fees and interest for second quarter property Tax payments through June 1. This is a change from a previous Mayoral announcement.

“We had previously announced that we would extend until June 12. Unfortunately, by law we are not permitted to do that, and we can only waive interest until June 1,” said the Mayor.

The Mayor’s announcements included:

  • Passaic County CASA is selling “Thank you to the Heroes Among Us” signs as a fundraiser.  Go to their website to purchase: www.PassaicCountyCASA.org
  • The COVID Testing site in Passaic County is looking for volunteers. To volunteer, email: volunteers@passaiccountynj.com
  • Click here for a list of food retailers that remain open in Wayne
  • Cloth face coverings are required in retail stores and other areas of close contact with others.
  • Do not throw disposable gloves and masks on the ground.
  • STAY SIX-FEET AWAY FROM EACH OTHER. NO CONGREGATING
  • Local food stores have special hours for people at high-risk:
    • Stop and Shop is open from 6:00 AM to 7:30 AM everyday
    • Trader Joe's is open from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM every day
    • Costco is open 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM on Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday
    • ShopRite is open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM on Wednesdays
    • Jack’s Super Foodtown is open from 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
  • The WIN Food Pantry is in need of monetary donations to feed the hungry citizens of Wayne.  Click here for their website: http://www.winfoodpantry.org/
  • The Township Memorial Day Parade is postponed to Labor Day
  • Wayne day has been moved to September 13th
  • The annual shredding event was moved to June 20th
  • He gave an update on the FLAG of Greater Wayne group who are feeding and supporting front-line healthcare workers and first responders. You can find their facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/214967119732121/
  • The YMCA is hosting a Blood Drive on May 13th.  You must pre-register first: www.redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code ‘Wayne YMCA’