WAYNE, NJ - During his daily coronavirus briefing, Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano made a point to honor the members of Wayne's Police Department for Police Appreciation Week.  A video followed his announcements that was created by Wayne Boy Scout Troop 108 as a thank you to all the first responders and front-line workers.

But first, the numbers.

The Mayor announced two deaths that were reported to him from the state’s online system. 

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A 90-year-old male and a 60-year-old male both passed away on April 18. This brings the total death count for Wayne to 117.

Twenty positive test results were also announced by the Mayor.  “18 of the 20 were from long-term care facilities and had dates of results ranging from April 13 through April 29,” said Vergano.

Yesterday the Mayor said that the information he was receiving was “kind of stale.”  The trend is clearly continuing.

The new positive cases include:

  • Men: 10
  • Women: 10
  • Average Age: 75
  • Age Range: 36 – 95

“Our grand total is now at 1,140,” he said.

With Memorial Day weekend less than two weeks away, Vergano mentioned that he has received numerous emails regarding The James Roe Pool and Captain Kilroy Park.

“We are ready to open both facilities as soon as we are given the green light from governor Murphy,” said Vergano. “We have formulated multiple plans to be ready and we will keep you posted once we are told that we can open.”

This week is national police week and Vergano did not fail to praise the men and women of the Wayne Police Department.

“We commend the brave men and women of our law enforcement community for continually summoning the courage to fulfill their solemn oath to protect and to serve,” he said. “We also pause to remember all those who have lost their lives and who have suffered permanent disabilities defending their communities and the rule of the law.”

Vergano then added: “Including the heroes we have lost this year to the coronavirus. Glen Ridge police officer Charles Roberts, Newark Sergeant Michael Clegg and Bloomingdale police officer Gary Walker. Our condolences go out to those departments and to the officers families.”

“Today we will be playing a great video sent to us from Boy Scout troop 108,” he said. “I am proud to add this video to our information session.”  The short video followed his presentation and can be seen in full here, starting at the 7:25 minute mark.

“I ask you to do three things,” said Vergano in conclusion: “Wash your hands and stay away from each other and we will get through this together. Well, that was only two things but please!”

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
  • The Wayne Farmer’s Market is open for pick-up only on every Saturday in May. 
  • 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
  • Primary Election Day has been moved to July 7
    • The last day to register to vote prior to this is June 16
  • Property Taxes for the Second Quarter are due on May 1. The Township will be waiving interest and penalties for those who are unable to make their payment on time for accounts owing $10,000 or less until Friday June 1
  • 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/