WAYNE, NJ – Before Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano began his daily announcement of coronavirus numbers for the Township, he said: “I want to start today on a positive note.”  

“On behalf of the 54,711 residents of Wayne Township, I want to wish longtime Wayne resident Celeste Gardner a very happy 103rd birthday.” Gardner has been a Wayne resident for over sixty-five years, she has nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren,” said the Mayor.

Vergano then made a correction to yesterday’s announcements where he mentioned an outdoor wedding he performed over the weekend. “I think I was having a senior moment,” he said before telling the township that he announced the wrong names. “I want to correct myself and congratulate the real couple Seth and Lindsey on their wedding.”

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The Passaic County CASA sign hanging on the mayor’s podium was mentioned next. The sign read: Thank you to All the Heroes Among Us.

“CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates,” Vergano explained. “They are a great group of people that do a lot of work with young people in Passaic County.”  These signs are for sale on the CASA website and the money raised will go to fund their organization.  To purchase a sign, go to: https://www.PassaicCountyCASA.org

 “Now on to the serious stuff,” said the Mayor. “Unfortunately, we’ve experienced three more deaths in the Township due to COVID-19 and our death count now stands at 46. I can also report that we've had an additional 19 positive test results from today's results and the cumulative positive number is now at 709.”

Vergano added the usual warning: “Our numbers are stable again today, but please don’t think this is over. We need to stay away from each other, and we need to wash our hands as often as possible.”

The new positive cases include:

  • Men: 14
  • Women: 5
  • Average Age: 70
  • Age range: 30 – 90

“As we expected, we will be postponing this year's Memorial Day parade,” he said. “We're planning on holding the Memorial Day parade on Labor Day. In addition to honoring our veterans we will also be honoring our front-line workers and others who, due to the nature of their jobs, have worked very hard during this health crisis.”

“Additionally, we will still be holding the wreath laying ceremony at Town Hall on Memorial Day and we will broadcast this to you,” Vergano added. “It's very important that we still honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”

In conclusion, Vergano said: “I want to thank everyone for staying the course. For all the people that are doing so much for our community, whether you're making a contribution, whether you're at a restaurant getting take out to keep those businesses going, whether you're making masks on your 3D printers, whether you're making surgical masks, I just want to say thank you and I'm very proud that our community is stepping up this way.”

Today’s announcements included:

  • 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.
  • 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/
  • 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 Mayor announced that he touched his glasses.
  • The Mayor said to thank those that are still working during the health crisis as they are keeping the Township going while putting themselves at risk.
  • 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’.