April Updates

Mayor’s Message 4/1

Unfortunately, the Township is experiencing technical difficulty in processing a voice call through its reverse 911 system. Today’s message from the Mayor will be done by email only. It will also be available on the Township’s website and social media channels. We hope very much to be able to send our normal call this Friday.

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents—This is your Mayor, Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg and today is Wednesday, April 1st.

As of this message, there are 48 cases of COVID 19. One hospitalization and one patient has recovered. Essex County currently has 2,202 cases.

The Millburn Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad is very grateful for your support but continues to rely on your financial donations to protect the First Responder Squad Volunteers and purchase additional PPE equipment—The link is https://www.mshvfas.org/ All donations are very much appreciated and tax deductible.

A reminder to residents to lock their cars and protect their deliveries. When our routines change dramatically, as they have, we may tend to forget to lock up. Please remain vigilant and continue or develop the routine of making sure your cars are locked and secure before 9:00pm. I also want to mention the Community Group---Millburn Short Hills Health Support---MillburnShortHillsHealthAssistance@gmail.com

Continues to provide CONFIDENTIAL ASSISTANCE for community members that may need an errand or grocery pick up---This email can be used to connect individuals that want to volunteer as well as residents needing assistance. All social distancing and CDC guidelines are observed and payments will be exchanged through various methods including Venmo, Zelle, etc. Please reach the group through the email listed above---they are providing a valuable service and outreach to our community---Special thanks to Maria Wu and her team for all their efforts. Once again that email is MillburnShorthillsHealthassistance@Gmail.com

To our small businesses---We know this is an extremely difficult time. The Township of Millburn, in partnership with local volunteers, are offering an opportunity for small businesses to gain insight, guidance and additional information to help navigate the CARES Act and other relief opportunities. We are grateful to a group of Millburn volunteers from Millburn businesses willing to offer their expertise and answer questions. Those who are volunteering their time to help with this information session - Paul Doherty, Heather Adelman and Naim Bulbulia, Partners from Hartmann Doherty Rosa Berman & Bulbulia, Investor’s Bank and Assemblyman John McKeon. The group will provide an overview of both the State and Federal economic programs available to small businesses as a result of COVID-19. This opportunity is available to small businesses located in Millburn Township.

This informative session will be done on the Zoom platform at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 3rd. This session will last until 3:30pm with a question and answer period at the conclusion of the presentation. If you are unable to attend the session, it will be recorded and posted to the Township’s Covid-19 information hub under “Guidance for the Business Community”. Please share the information with your neighbors and colleagues who could benefit from this information. Detailed information is now available on the Township’s website under “Latest News”.

For those that may be eligible, the Governor has gained commitment from many large banks to provide mortgage forbearance for up to 90 days. More information, including a list of participating banks are on the Township’s website, however those in need are asked to contact their mortgage lender directly.

Also today is Census Day! So please log on and be counted at https://2020census.gov. This will ensure that Millburn Township and its residents get the resources they need.

Residents--- Thank you for doing your part –staying home—going out for necessary food supplies only and practicing social distancing--- The famous artist, David Hockney said “They can’t cancel Spring!” Enjoy the sunshine. Go outside, take a walk, stretch and turn off the TV. Call your friend. Send an email. Use a free E-resource from the Millburn Public Library. Stay safe. Sending virtual hugs to you all.

Thank you.

Mayor’s Message 4/3

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents—This is your Mayor, Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg and today is Friday, April 3rd.

It is with great sadness that I inform you all of the Township’s first COVID-19 related death.  A resident in their 80s.  Please keep this individual’s family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.  Although this news is sobering, we should use it to strengthen our resolve to continue doing the right thing as a community and avoid further loss of our residents.

There are currently 56 cases of COVID 19 in Millburn Township.  One hospitalization and one patient has recovered.  Essex County is reporting 3,031 cases throughout the county. 

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Freeholder President Brendan Gill and Vice President Wayne Richardson announced that testing for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) will continue in Essex County Weequahic Park. Three additional dates have been scheduled for Monday, April 6th; Wednesday, April 8th and Friday, April 10th. Screenings are for Essex County residents only who are symptomatic of the Coronavirus and are by appointment only. They will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 noon; 250 tests will be available each day. Residents must arrive by car. To schedule an appointment—please visit www.EssexCOVID.org  where you will be required to answer a few questions  to determine your eligibility. If eligible, you will be given a confirmation number that you MUST bring to your designated appointment. Please call 973-324-9950 if you do not have internet service.

A big thank you to resident Carisa Reilly who has mobilized our workmoms group on a Mask and Scrub Caps initiative.  Carisa has raised nearly $1,900 dollars and will have 1,200 masks ready for first responders within 7 days. Donations can be made through Venmo - @Carisa-Reilly.  It takes a village, and we are engaged and mobilized.

Beginning this evening at 9:00PM and every Friday for the duration of our COVID 19 emergency, we want to encourage ALL residents to “LIGHT UP THE NIGHT” --- Please turn on your front porch lights, shine a flashlight – whatever we can do to bring some light to our neighborhoods and community. It will be an “Act of Social Solidarity”.

A couple of other reminders for our residents:

1—Please remember to WALK AGAINST Traffic—AND practice Social Distancing—if you are a family walking together—keep your distance from other residents please---Remember to RIDE your bicycle WITH TRAFFIC

2—Continue to support all our businesses.  There are several listings on our websites and please find your favorite Millburn shop online.

3- Our first aid squad continues to serve the community and needs your generous donations to purchase PPE Equipment

Our local restaurants (list on Township web page)—please order -- pick up or have delivered

Volunteer MillburnSHortHillsHealthAssistance@Gmail.com continues to assist residents

Additionally, Our local food pantry is up and running assisting our residents in need.  Non -perishable supplies can be dropped off at Green Nectar Market across from Town Hall and next to Haagen Daz on Millburn Avenue. Needed donations of Pasta, Tomato Sauce, Canned Soups, Vegetables, Beans, canned fruit and toiletries would be most WELCOMED for our residents in need. We appreciate your acts of community kindness.

Residents--- Please continue to practice social distancing—Stay home—We are approaching the Easter and Passover Holidays—try a new recipe, plant some flowers, call a relative—send a hand written note--- work on your dance steps—tackle a crossword puzzle—stretch.

We will get through this—stay safe--- We are all counting on each other--- Thank you for being an incredible community.

Mayor’s Message 4/6

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents—This is your Mayor, Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg and today is Monday, April 6th.

There are currently 70 cases of COVID 19 in Millburn Township.  Essex County is reporting 4,467 cases throughout the county. 

Some brief important items for our community;

  • Township Parks are open for passive recreation only.  Social distancing is required.  This is not an option.  If we cannot abide by this simple rule, the Township will be forced to close its parks and enforce these closures.  We know how important physical health and mental health are right now and our Taylor Park cherry blossoms can brighten any mood.  So please do the right thing. 
  • Today the Office of Emergency Management and I signed off on Emergency Directive 2020-03 to temporarily ban the use of short-term rentals throughout this public health crisis.  This directive is in accordance with Governor Murphy’s Administrative Order 2020-8, that gives authority to local municipalities to prohibit such activities.  There are some exemptions to this administrative order that includes healthcare workers taking temporary residence.  The full emergency declaration will be available on the Township’s website.
  • With the large volume of pedestrians using Township roadways, please be sure to walk against traffic.  This ensures you as a pedestrian are seen and can be seen.  Bicyclists should obey the rules of vehicular traffic.
  • Remember to lock your doors.  It is unfortunate but those looking to commit crimes also do not abide by Stay at Home Orders.  Please remove valuables from your car, remove your key fobs and lock your doors.  We are seeing an uptick in car thefts and attempted car thefts and your vigilance is necessary.   

I would like to thank Jack Ouyang for the Sichuan University Alumni Association donation of 500 masks to Beth Israel Medical Center.

As we enter into our school’s Spring Break I would like us all to take stock of the last few weeks and prepare for the week ahead.  We have done an amazing job as a community.  We have mobilized efforts to donate both time and money.  We have shown our capacity for creativity and drive to make masks, caps and face shields and other important equipment for our front line workers.  Most of all, we have shown our capacity for compassion, empathy and community spirit toward our fellow residents. The week ahead is predicted to be a tough one, but we as community, as Millburn-Short Hills, will not be undone.  Our efforts will continue and our spirit will persevere. 

Residents--- Please continue to practice social distancing—Stay home—We are in full swing of a holiday week ahead.  Be grateful for your loved one and the blessings of our community. Thank you for being great citizens.  Stay safe.  

Mayor’s Message 4/8

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents—This is your Mayor, Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg and today is Wednesday, April 8th.

There are currently 82 cases of COVID 19 in Millburn Township.  Essex County is reporting 5,565 cases throughout the county. 

Some brief important items for our community:

Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order closing all State and County Parks — for now, our Municipal Parks will remain OPEN with the understanding that all social distancing protocols must be adhered to. If the public does not comply with these regulations, the Township WILL CLOSE all of our Parks immediately until further notice.  We all know how important these facilities are to our community. The same social distancing guidelines apply to our sidewalks and streets.  As drivers, we must recognize that pedestrian activity on the streets has increased and as pedestrians, please understand that there are still cars on the road.  Everyone should be extremely cautious and mindful.

This morning we had a webinar for our local businesses regarding Federal and State benefits under the CARES Act and other programs. A big thank you to the law firm of Hartmann, Doherty, Rosa, Berman and Bulbulia for their time and commitment to our residents and business owners. A special thank you to Paul Doherty, Heather Adelman, Naim Bulbulia, Claudia Lechtman and Maralee Sanders for all their assistance in organizing the information session and helping us navigate these programs. The presentation can be downloaded from both the Township and the Hartmann Doherty websites.

Residents—Your generosity and compassion for our fellow neighbors, merchants and front line responders is acknowledged and very much appreciated. Please continue to donate generously - your time, your service and your contributions are some of the ways that I am reminded every day what a wonderful community we are.

Tonight, the Jewish community will celebrate Passover and on Sunday, the Christian community will celebrate Easter. Enjoy the time together with your families and extended families if you are using technology to assist in your gatherings.  It is unfortunate we cannot gather physically, but this year in particular, we must recognize our gratitude for our families and loved ones.

Thank you for listening. We are an exceptional community – yes we are! Continue to use good judgment. Stay strong and stay safe.  Thank you.

Mayor’s Message 4/10

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents—This is your Mayor, Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg and today is Friday, April 10th.

There are currently 89 confirmed patients with COVID 19 in Millburn Township.  Essex County is reporting 6,549 patients throughout the county. 

Some brief important items for our community;

  • Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 122 to cease all non-essential construction.  The short version of this executive order is this;
    1. If you have permits for a project, then work can continue.  No new permits will be issued by the Township’s building department
    2. Emergency work, for example a hot water heater replacement, can be done with proper permits.  The building department will issue emergency work permits on a case by case basis.
    3. All work sites must have 5 or less people on site that are practicing social distancing. 
    4. More information can be obtained from the Township’s website or calling the Township’s Building Department.
  • Governor Murphy also signed an Executive Order that establishes a new date for New Jersey’s primary election.  The new date is now Tuesday, July 7th. 
  • Continue to lock your car doors.  Get into the habit of locking your car every time you return home and are bringing your belongings into the house.
  • Township Parks are open for passive recreation only.  Social distancing is required.  This is not an option.  This weekend is expected to be a nice one.  Make good choices.  Township staff, recreation staff and the Millburn Police Department will all be monitoring our commitment to doing the right thing this weekend.  If the public cannot adhere to the regulations, our parks will close until further notice.  It is my hope that we can continue to provide these facilities in addition to our streets and sidewalks.
  • Please remember the Governor’s new orders that we should all be covering our faces and wearing gloves when visiting essential stores. Having your face covered and your hands gloved is not only to protect yourself but also others.

We are encouraged by hearing that some of our residents are recovering from COVID-19 and are on the mend. We have seen a stabilization in newly confirmed infection, however it is vital that everyone continue to follow CDC guidelines on social distancing and hygienic practices.  This is good news, but it is not a reason to let our guard down.  Our commitment to continuing our rigorous social distancing is our most important weapon right now to flatten the curve.

A big thank you to so many residents that have stepped up to work, donate, create and serve our community, first responders and merchants. We are all so appreciative of your efforts. A shout out to Carisa Reilly, Shannon Cross and Erin Williams who continue to provide services to some many.  Millburn First Aid Squad and all our Township workers continue to operate and provide essential services to our community.

Please join your neighbors and the Millburn-Short Hills Front Line Appreciation Group  for Operation Appreciation on Monday, April 13, 2020 at 7 p.m. as we stand outside our homes and make some noise to thank the health care workers, first responders and essential workers who have been working so hard to keep our families safe.

 We invite you to clap your hands, show off your handmade signs, honk your horns, dress up as your favorite superhero or play your musical instruments!

Tonight, Friday April 10th at 9 PM, please remember to turn on your front porch lights, stand outside with a flash light and cheer loudly.  Help bring some additional light to our amazing community.  Millburn Short Hills Residents - You are extraordinary. Take some deep yoga breaths. Stay home. Stay safe. Be grateful. Enjoy the weekend. THANK YOU!

Mayor’s Message 4/13

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents—This is Mayor, Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg and today is Monday, April 13th.

There are currently 91 confirmed patients with COVID 19 in Millburn Township.  Essex County is reporting 7,589 patients throughout the county. 

Some brief important items for our community;

  • A reminder with today’s storms and rain that if you are experiencing a power outage, please report it to JCP&L at 1-888-544-4877.  Never approach a downed power line or a downed tree that may have powers lines entangled. Always assume power lines are energized and keep your distance.
  • An update regarding the Township’s building department.  The building department will accept new permit applications.  These permits will be processed, but not issued at this time.  No new construction can be started, but we will work to make sure that the permits are ready when new construction is allowed.
  • All land use board meetings for the remainder of April are cancelled.  This includes Board of Adjustment, Planning Board and the Historic Preservation Commission.  More information will be made available shortly about when these groups are reconvening and in what capacity.
  • Township Parks are open for passive recreation only.  Social distancing is required.  This is not an option.  The Township’s Public Works Yard remains open, but the same guidelines are imperative.  Public Works employees may reduce the number of vehicles allowed in the yard at one time to help ensure compliance.  We want to continue to keep these facilities open for our residents.  Please continue to do the right thing.
  • Parents – I am asking that you continue to talk to your children, particularly those that enjoy a bit of independence, about their responsibilities in maintaining social distancing to fight the spread and flatten the curve.  Remember that children are not immune.  The gathering of children is NOT allowed.   

I am happy to report that Down the Block, a local charity here in Millburn Township and run entirely by Millburn/Short Hills residents, is available for our neighbors in need.  All of the Board Members are all volunteers, so you can feel comfortable that any donations are used 100% to support the health and well-being of our neighbors in crisis.  For those seeking assistance with short term emergency needs due to a financial setbacks, you can find out more and apply via www.downtheblock.org.  For those willing to help support your neighbors in this time of crisis, you can go through Down the Block. All inquiries regarding support services are CONFIDENTIAL.   Given the current economic climate, now more than ever, donations are very much needed to continue their support for our community.

 Again, please visit their website at www.downtheblock.org or call them directly at (973) 943-1424.

A reminder to join your neighbors and the Millburn-Short Hills Front Line Appreciation Group for Operation Appreciation tonight at 7pm.  Stand outside your homes and make some noise to thank the health care workers, first responders and essential workers who have been working so hard to keep our families safe.

 Millburn Short Hills Residents - You are extraordinary.  Remember to obey traffic and distancing protocols.   Stay home. Stay safe.  Practice some mindfulness— do some yoga poses—Be grateful. Enjoy your family —THANK YOU!

Mayor’s Message 4/15

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents—This is Mayor, Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg and today is Wednesday, April 15th.

There are currently 97 confirmed patients with COVID 19 in Millburn Township. Essex County is reporting 8,561 patients throughout the county.

Yesterday, I spoke with our County Executive’s office and they reported strong social distancing protocol numbers in Essex County that are above the rest of the state. We are observing the regulations and it is working. Residents - Thank you for following the guidelines and please continue to keep your distance and wear masks when doing essential shopping. The county will continue to test at Weequahic Park on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays providing that PPE equipment remains available. So far, 43 Millburn residents have used the testing site. All appointments must be scheduled in advance and have been scheduled through April 17th, 2020, but please continue to check the website for availability. The website is www.EssexCOVID.org

For those seeking assistance with short term emergency needs due to a financial setbacks, you can find out more and apply via www.downtheblock.org. For those willing to help support your neighbors in this time of crisis, you can go through Down the Block. All inquiries regarding support services are confidential. Given the current economic climate, now more than ever, donations are very much needed to continue their support for our community.

We also want to make sure those in need are aware that the Township now has a fully functional pantry for families that may qualify for this need based food program. Those that wish to inquire confidentially with the Township’s licensed social worker, can do so at Amillan@Millburntwp.org or by calling 973-535-7961 ext. 231.

Thank you so much for your continued contributions to FLAG of MSH. They have raised over $35,000 and paid out almost $28,000 to MSH restaurants and businesses for meals through April 18th. Keep the donations coming via PayPal at donations@flagmsh.org or Venmo at @flagofmsh. Please help us further thank our First Responders! Every family can go to the link below and create a thank you post that we will have printed out into posters for our Fire, Police and First Aid Squad. Deadline is this Friday, April 18th! https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/HIB6pKSm

Yesterday, our Rec and Senior Citizen support team delivered groceries to some of our eligible seniors, and yesterday’s deliveries included a personal gift of painted glow in the dark Art Rocks. These rocks were created by Jonah and Raffi Dovdavany. Each rock had a note of inspirational gratitude and hope. A special thanks to these young residents and all those out there that continue to contribute their time and energy to doing things that brighten people’s days.

Millburn Short Hills Residents - You are extraordinary. Remember to obey traffic and distancing protocols. Stay home. Stay safe. Practice some mindfulness— do some yoga poses — Enjoy your family — THANK YOU!

Mayor’s Message 4/17

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents—This is Mayor, Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg and today is Friday, April 17th.

There are currently 103 confirmed patients with COVID 19 in Millburn Township.  With many having recovered, we are deeply saddened to report the loss of another resident.  Essex County is reporting 9,656 patients throughout the county. 

As many of you are aware, Governor Murphy has issued an extension to school closures through May 15th.  Now more than ever, please continue to practice social distancing protocols for yourself, your families and our community.

The Township has begun a new virtual initiative starting next week that highlights our community spirit.  Please be sure to join us beginning April 20th, for a variety of daily activities. We are all in this together #MillburnStrong.  Engage your inner creative self.

Our residents continue to do exceptional good work to enhance the safety of our community.  Carisa Reilly and her team have made more than 1,000 masks and over 100 scrub caps for local first responders, hospitals, medical facilities and essential workers.  They continue to produce and distribute to these groups.  If residents are interested in volunteering or donating please reach out to her directly do so by emailing themasklady2020@gmail.com

For those seeking assistance with short term emergency needs due to a financial setbacks, you can find out more and apply via www.downtheblock.org.  For those willing to help support your neighbors in this time of crisis, you can go through Down the Block. All inquiries regarding support services are confidential. Given the current economic climate, now more than ever, donations are very much needed to continue their support for our community. We know that they have received some initial inquiries and donations, so please continue to support this vital community based non-profit where you are able.

We are also so very grateful that the Millburn Free Public Library continues to supply virtual programing for our residents.  A new addition to the digital library is called “Story Time Shorts”, which highlights short videos from the library’s Children Services department reading stories.  They are also posting for National Poetry Month, where staff members are reading favorite poems.  Be sure to check out all the Library has to offer.  http://millburnlibrary.org/

Millburn Short Hills Residents Spring is in the air.  Smell the flowers.  Take a long social distancing walk to check out our beautiful foliage.  Fill out your 2020 Census.  Look out for your neighbors.  Stay home. Stay safe.  Enjoy your family. THANK YOU!

Mayor’s Message 4/20

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents—This is Mayor, Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg and today is Monday, April 20th.

There are currently 110 confirmed patients with COVID 19 in Millburn Township.  With many having recovered, we are deeply saddened to report the loss of another resident.  This brings Millburn’s total to 5 residents lost to this disease.  Essex County is reporting 10,713 patients throughout the county. 

The Township has begun a new virtual initiative that highlights our community spirit.  Please be sure to join us beginning today, Monday, April 20th, for a variety of daily activities. We are all in this together #MillburnStrong.  Engage your inner creative self.

Today is crazy sock day and Tomorrow being Millburn Color Day—be sure to wear your Millburn Blue and White gear –Wednesday—Planting/yardwork day and bike riding in honor of Earth Day—observe social distancing at all times. Please check out our home page for more details.

The MHS AP Art Department has created a coloring book for the school community and overall population.  All are invited to Download the coloring book, color the drawings and share them on social media using the hashtag #ColorMillburn.

Link to coloring book: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1TQarfop1fZfskXtTCoLcAPhKO3d1Xx3y

For those seeking assistance with short term emergency needs due to a financial setbacks, you can find out more and apply via www.downtheblock.org.  For those willing to help support your neighbors in this time of crisis, you can go through Down the Block. All inquiries regarding support services are confidential.   Given the current economic climate, and knowing the financial consequences of Covid-19 can be distressing we thank our community for continuing to support one another.

We also want to make sure those in need are aware that the Township now has a fully stocked functional pantry for anyone that may qualify for this need based food program.  Please reach out to  the Township’s licensed social worker, Ana Millan-- Amillan@Millburntwp.org or by calling 973-535-7961 ext. 231.    All inquiries are confidential.  This is from residents to resident.  Don’t hesitate to call

The public works yard is still open, the building department is still processing permits to be ready when we are able permitted to issue, herbaceous waste pickup continues on your first garbage collection day with guidelines in our public works pamphlet. Also if you have questions specific to the current situation you can email covidquestions@millburntwp.org.  Township staff continues to be ready to serve our residents, so if you need anything please call or email us. 

Millburn Short Hills Residents, get some fresh air.  Smell the flowers. Remember to keep your social distance on the streets, in the park and on the sidewalks. Some of you are not abiding by the rules. This is not a dress rehearsal.  Do it now. Thank you all for your continued support. We will get through this.  Stay safe.

Mayor’s Message 4/22

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents—This is Mayor, Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg and today is Wednesday, April 22nd.

There are currently 115 confirmed patients with COVID 19 in Millburn Township.  There are many residents that have recovered throughout the Township and we are continually grateful for their perseverance.  Essex County is reporting 11,305 patients throughout the county. 

Today is Earth Day. If we have a silver lining in all of this, it is that a little bit of pressure has been taken off of Mother Earth.  A reminder about the Township’s virtual spirit week with today being the Earth Day challenge, so please send us your pictures of planting, blossoms or other Earth Day inspired photos with #MillburnStrong.  Tomorrow is Township Day, so maybe have the family create a sign about why they love being a part of the Millburn Township Community. Please check out our home page for more details.

Township Parks remain open, with daily monitoring by Township staff and the Millburn Police Department.  Keep up the great work and adherence to social distancing.  If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask outside while enjoying the parks, please do so.  While wearing masks outside is not a requirement it is certainly a good practice in our parks as we continue to provide a safe and convenient passive recreational space. 

The food pantry is stocked— all confidential—reach out to Ana Millan—973-535-7961 X 231

A special thank you to The 8th-grade SOAR Peer Leaders from Millburn Middle who have designed some spring mandala designs for our senior population. They went outside in their yards or stayed in and created works of art with them in mind.  Pictures of the project have been shared by the Township’s Senior Citizen Coordinator to bring a bit of color and beauty to our seniors. 

A shout out to Saina and Amay Balsara who are creating and distributing 30-40 care packages each day of healthy snacks and drinks to front line workers at our local hospitals.  Each day they are personalizing each one with encouraging words of gratitude & drawing artwork on the paper bags. The care packages are being delivered to East Orange General hospital, RWJ Barnabas Livingston, and Rahway Hospital.  For more info about donating email: shik_agr@yahoo.com

Kudos and much gratitude to our community. The MSH Flag group has just crossed the $50K donation line and continues to provide community sponsored meals to first responders and support our local businesses as well. Please continue to donate as they are actively engaged in putting the funds back into our local community.

Millburn Short Hills Residents - Get some fresh air. Remember to keep your social distance on the streets, in the park and on the sidewalks. Wear your masks. We are an amazing community. Thank you all for your continued support. We will get through this. Stay safe.

Spirit Week April 20th -24th

 

Mayor’s Message 4/24

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents—This is Mayor, Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg and today is Friday, April 24th.

There are currently 117 confirmed patients with COVID 19 in Millburn Township. I am pleased to report that just over 50% of our resident patients have recovered.  Essex County is reporting 12,115 patients.

Essex County will continue to test symptomatic residents in Weequahic Park on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Essex County plans to continue testing through the month of May, screening approximately 400-600 County resident each day of testing. Screenings are for Essex County residents only who are symptomatic of the Coronavirus and are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment—please visit www.EssexCOVID.org  where you will be required to answer a few questions  to determine your eligibility. If eligible, you will be given a confirmation number that you MUST bring to your designated appointment. Please call 973-324-9950 if you do not have internet service.

We are urging residents to not let their guard down.  Stay vigilant and maintain social distancing guidelines.  We are making great strides with our efforts and patience.  Hang in there and continue to comply by wearing a face coverings or masks in essential stores, social distancing in our parks, on our streets and on our sidewalks.  Please walk against traffic.  This significantly helps maintain social distancing where sidewalks don’t exist.  Residents - many of you have sent me emails regarding this topic, encourage your neighbors when you are walking to be mindful of the correct way, Follow the protocols.

Thank you to one of our senior residents, Maria Petrilli.  Thirty-five (35) years ago, the coat factory where Maria worked closed down and she was given some materials. Thankfully, it included huge rolls of elastic.  Maria has put that elastic to good use; making over 500 masks for senior citizens and hospitals in less than a month. Thank you Maria. Your generosity and hard work are very much appreciated!

If you need food or know someone that does, our pantry is open. Call Ana Millan the Township’s social worker at 973-535-7961 X 231.  All inquiries are confidential.

Millburn Short Hills Residents –Get some fresh air. Explore a new neighborhood. Prepare a new recipe. Make chocolate cake. Remember to keep your social distance. Thank you all for your continued support. We will get through this. Enjoy the springtime weather. Stay safe. Many thanks.

Mayor’s Message 4/27

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents—This is Mayor, Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg and today is Monday, April 27th.

There are currently 124 confirmed patients with COVID 19 in Millburn Township. I am pleased to report that many are recovering  and for that we are so very thankful.  Essex County is reporting 13,148 patients.

Today, Governor Murphy began to speak about the necessary steps to begin a “Road to Recovery” for the State of New Jersey.  While we continue to work through these important milestones, we want to remind our residents to remain steadfast in your resolve to protecting yourself, your family, your community and all those that continue to provide essential services, like our grocery store and pharmacy workers.  The greatest way to thank these workers and help this path to recovery, is to continue taking all the recommended steps to slow the spread; 

  • Continue to wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds
  • Social distance by keeping 6 feet between you and others that are not living with you
  • Wear a mask in essential businesses
  • Do not gather, even if you are young.  You are not immune to contracting the disease and certainly neither are your loved ones
  • Continue to disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

We  greatly appreciate the  amount of walking, exercising and social distancing our community is participating in while outdoors.  Please remember to be courteous to your fellow Millburn community members by;

  • Walking against the flow of traffic.  This means walk on the left- hand side of the road. 
  • Pick up after your pets.  This includes bringing all bags home for disposal in your household trash.  We are finding a lot of bags left on curbs.
  • Everyone’s comfort level towards their neighbors varies greatly.  Give a wide berth --say a friendly hello.  I assure you it will go a long way.  

Thank you to all that participated in our virtual spirit week last week.  There were so many great pictures shared with the Township and we are so proud of your community spirit.  Another virtual challenge has been added by our Recreation department.  A virtual 50k.  For more information, please visit the Township’s home page.

Please continue to support FLAG and Down the Block who give so much to our merchants, our first responders and our residents.  Your generous donations are appreciated.

I am sure many of you are aware of the variety of community engagement activities that are taking place in the metropolitan area. Millburn has our own---

A group of residence are putting together a community wide sing together  of "Lean of Me" Please email: MSHLeanonMe@Gmail.com  for singing and participation instructions and to participate in this community wide event. The deadline is Thursday, so please do not delay!

Soulfege A Cappella, Millburn High School’s student-run a cappella group is also doing their part to spread love and unity through the community and created the following video: Please be sure to listen in. You will not be disappointed! https://youtu.be/8ph-fdS85y4

Millburn Short Hills Residents are generous, thoughtful, selfless and caring. We are a fabulous community. Stay well. Keep smiling and enjoy the sunshine. Thank you.

Road map

Link to Governor’s Address:
https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=934220073716068&ref=watch_permalink

Link to Recreation Virtual 50k Challenge:  
https://twp.millburn.nj.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=828

 Mayor’s Message 4/29

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents—This is Mayor, Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg and today is Wednesday, April 29th.

There are currently 118 confirmed residents with COVID 19 in Millburn Township. This number can fluctuate in either direction for a variety of reason, but is generally due to a final determination of residency.  For example, someone who may have a home in Millburn, but has a permanent address in New York City.  Approximately 54% of our residents infected with COVID 19 have recovered.  Essex County is reporting 13,561 residents countywide.

Today Governor Murphy announced that County and State Parks will be opening at sunrise on Saturday, May 2nd.  We encourage our residents to enjoy the outdoors, but to do so with the same responsibility and social distancing practices that you have shown in our own parks.  Golf courses are also permitted to reopen and the Township will be making a determination as to the timing of our own golf course in the days ahead. 

If you need food or know someone that does, our pantry is open.   Call Ana Millan the Township’s social worker at 973-535-7961 X 231.  All inquiries are confidential.  We ask those that are so generously donating to only donate foods that are unexpired, not too close to expiration and no glass packaging please.  We want to ensure that we are providing food to those in need in a safe manner. 

A group of residents are putting together a community wide sing together  of "Lean of Me" Please email: MSHLeanonMe@Gmail.com  for singing and participation instructions and to participate in this community wide event. The deadline is Thursday, so please do not delay! 

A shout out to Saina and Amay Balsara who have created and distributed more than 600 care packages of healthy snacks and drinks to front line workers at local hospitals.  For more info about contributing fresh fruit, drinks, snacks and/or donating financially, please email: shik_agr@yahoo.com

Millburn Short Hills residents, Spring is in the air and May is just around the corner.  Please continue to practice social distancing.  Dust off your golf clubs, become an amateur photographer, stretch and stay safe.  We are #MillburnStrong.  Thank you.