June Updates

Mayor’s Message 6/2

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents, today is Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

Before I begin, I would like to share some of my personal thoughts about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

We all feel the horror, disbelief, and anger as another man of color’s life has been taken away by the callous and brute force of racism. What has made this event so incredibly troubling and painful is that we were all a witness to this tragedy.  The death of this unarmed man has forced us to once again face the grim reality of racism.  As we try to move forward, we must put aside one’s color, creed, religion, gender, or sexual orientation and try to make our community and nation a better place to live for all residents.

There are currently 138 confirmed residents with COVID-19 in Millburn Township.  This number continues to remain steady, so let’s keep up the good work here in Millburn Township. Essex County is reporting 17,761 residents having tested positive for COVID-19.  

  • Governor Murphy announced that the State will enter into Phase 2 of reopening on June 15th.  This includes non-essential businesses being able to open on June 15th, outdoor dining will be permissible on June 15th, hair salons and barbers will be permitted to open on June 22nd and the opening date for gym and fitness establishments has not yet been determined.  Guidelines are forthcoming from the State and we will keep the business community and residents apprised of this guidance and the Township’s efforts to support the transition into Phase 2.     
  • Every Thursday, Essex County will continue its food distribution service to our most needy. This week will be at Codey Arena with a 10 AM start.  If you are an in-bound senior without a car, special deliveries will be made.  Please check out the Essex County website for details.
  • Mobile testing will continue also on Thursday, in Maplewood from 4-6:30PM at the Maplewood community pool and in Nutley on June 9th at the Nutley Rec Bldg., 44 park Avenue.  Details can be found on the https://www.essexcovid.org/ website.
  • Turtleback Zoo has job opportunities in Guest Relations, Paddle boats, Treetop Adventure, parking and maintenance, must be 18 yrs. of age. Please visit the link for a complete list of available jobs and how to apply: https://buff.ly/2QWodaV
  • A reminder to residents that our parks are busier than ever and we all need to be respectful of others using the park.  By ordinance there are no dogs allowed in any municipal park. Also, be courteous to your neighbors and do not leave your dog’s business on our streets or your neighbor’s garbage.  Pick it up and take it home to throw away.   Please, please do the right thing.
  •  We continue to suggest that masks be worn in the park and in areas where social distancing is not feasible.  Face coverings are not mandated outdoors but recommended in crowded areas.    
  • A clarification to our last voice message on May 29th: Vote by Mail ballots will start to be mailed out to all registered Democrats and Republicans on or about June 11th. 

Thank you and enjoy the sunshine! Stay safe and keep the social distance PLEASE!

Mayor’s Message 6/5

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents, today is Friday, June 5, 2020.

There are currently 140 confirmed residents with COVID-19 in Millburn Township.  Our numbers continue to remain steady, but that is not without the efforts, precautions and continued awareness of our community. Essex County is reporting 17,922 residents having tested positive for COVID-19.  

  • The Township continues to work on plans to assist our businesses through the reopening process.  The Governor recently issued guidelines for outdoor dining beginning June 15th.  All previous café license holders will receive a letter and application for a license.  The Township Committee recently passed a resolution waiving fees, but an application must still be submitted.  If any businesses have questions regarding reopening, please email covidquestions@millburntwp.org       
  • On Sunday, June 7th there will be a peaceful rally organized by local residents.  The rally will begin at 12pm at the Millburn High School and will proceed down Millburn Avenue to Main Street, where a vigil will be held in Taylor Park.  The organizers are working with the Millburn Police Department to close roads and ensure the safety of all participants at the event.  
  • Thank you to our community for their generous donations to the Millburn Food Pantry.  The pantry is well stocked.  If you or someone you know are food insecure or may qualify for assistance, please contact Ana Millan at amillan@millburntwp.org.  All inquiries are confidential.
  • The Township Committee continues to seek volunteers for the board of trustees of a revised Special Improvement District.  Volunteer interest forms will be received until June 12th.  For more information, please visit the Township website newsfeed.  https://twp.millburn.nj.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=853
  • The July primary is July 7th. All registered Democrats and Republicans will receive a vote by mail ballot on or about June 11th. Unaffiliated Voters will be sent a revised vote by mail application. This application will allow voters to declare party affiliation. Once the application is received by the Clerk’s office, a ballot of the voter’s choice will be mailed to them. Visit www.essexclerk.com for more information.
  • A reminder to our residents to continue washing your hands, practice social distance and wear face coverings when mandated and when adequate social distancing is difficult.  These efforts must continue as we slowly open up and emerge from the current situation. 

Enjoy your first June weekend!  Stay safe.  Thank you.

 

Mayor’s Message 6/9

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents, today is Tuesday, June 9th.

There are currently 140 confirmed residents with COVID-19 in Millburn Township.  Our numbers continue to remain steady, but that is not without the efforts, precautions and continued awareness of our community. Essex County is reporting 18,123 residents having tested positive for COVID-19.  

  • The Township continues to work on plans to assist our businesses through the reopening process.  The Governor recently issued guidelines for outdoor dining beginning June 15th.  If any businesses have questions regarding reopening, please email covidquestions@millburntwp.org   
  • Municipal and private club swimming pools can open on June 22nd.  The Township’s Recreation department is awaiting official guidance from Governor Murphy’s announcement yesterday.  Recreation has been working diligently on protocols, occupancy numbers, training and other necessary items.  A formal announcement will be made from the Township in the near future. 
  • On Sunday, June 7th there was a peaceful March that began at Millburn High School and culminated at Taylor Park.  The Rally was very well attended and I want to acknowledge the student organizers ---Jade Wicker, Savannah Prager, Ranen Miao, Jason Campbell, Sabrina Liu, Danielle Mangabat, Carly Dinowitz, Ashley Bush, Mellisa Okoko, Purnima Palawat and Gabrielle Stoller for their leadership
  • The Township Committee continues to seek volunteers for the board of trustees of a revised Special Improvement District.  Volunteer interest forms will be received until June 12th.  For more information, please visit the Township website newsfeed.  https://twp.millburn.nj.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=853
  • A big thank you to Aarya Mehta and her team of student volunteers—Alisha Gupta, Natasha Gupta, Nandini Shulka, Aanya Bhandari, Aanya Bhardwaj and Aayan Mehta that are distributing 100+ cookies and notes of gratitude to healthcare workers at Overlook Hospital each week. If you wish to help—email Aarya at AAryaMehta03@Gmail.com
  • Please remember to fill out your Census 2020. This is very important for Federal funding to our state, county and municipality.
  • The July primary is July 7th. All registered Democrats and Republicans will receive a vote by mail ballot on or about June 11th. Unaffiliated Voters will be sent a revised vote by mail application. This application will allow voters to declare party affiliation. Once the application is received by the Clerk’s office, a ballot of the voter’s choice will be mailed to them. Visit www.essexclerk.com for more information.

A reminder to our residents to continue washing your hands, practice social distance and wear face coverings when mandated and when adequate social distancing is difficult.  These efforts must continue as we slowly re-open and emerge from the current situation.

 Mayor’s Message 6/12

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents, today is Friday, June 12, 2020.

There are currently 141 confirmed residents with COVID-19 in Millburn Township.  Our numbers continue to remain steady, but that is not without the efforts, precautions and continued awareness of our community.  Approximately 76% of our residents have recovered from the illness. Essex County is reporting 18,268 residents having tested positive for COVID-19.  

  • The Township is developing plans for outdoor dining and will discuss a resolution to make special allowances for outdoor dining on private and public property.  The Township Committee will be discussing options on Tuesday June 16.  These options may include the closure of parking lanes, use of municipal lots and the closure of Main Street to provide for socially distant outdoor dining in compliance with Executive Order 150.  It is important that the Township makes an attempt to provide as much opportunity for outdoor dining space as feasible and practical.  It is equally important that we show support by dining out, getting take out or ordering delivery from our local eateries.
  • A reminder to businesses to fill out sidewalk café licenses and return them to the Clerk’s office for approval.  This information can be found on the Township’s website or by calling the Clerk’s office at (973) 564-7092.
  • Remember that small businesses are permitted to open their doors on Monday June 15th. Sidewalk sales will be permitted starting Monday, June 15 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer for our businesses.  Let’s all show our local businesses how much we care about them and come shop local.  It has been a difficult time for all, but our small businesses have been significantly impacted by the shutdown and now is our opportunity to support them. #ShopLocal
  • We are pleased to announce that the Millburn Township Pool will open for the summer on Monday, June 22 and the Millburn Recreation Summer Camp Programs will begin on Monday, July 6. Please visit the Millburn Recreation page on the Township’s website at twp.millburn.nj.us/recreation for COVID-19 guidelines regarding our facilities and programs and to access registration information.
  • Today—Our ordinance prohibiting the use of single use plastic begins—Remember to bring your own bag along when shopping
  • Mark your calendars for our Outdoor Movie Nights—June 25-29 and be sure to sign up on the Recreation Page to reserve your spot https://twp.millburn.nj.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=874
  • We have extended the deadline for volunteers for the Board of Trustees for the revised Special Improvement District to June 26th. Find more information at following link https://twp.millburn.nj.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=853
  • A reminder to our residents to continue washing your hands, practice social distance and wear face coverings when mandated and when adequate social distancing is difficult.  These efforts must continue as we slowly open up and emerge from the current situation. 

Stay safe, enjoy the weekend and keep up all the great community spirit!  Thank you.

Mayor’s Message 6/16

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents, today is Tuesday June 16, 2020.

There are currently 142 confirmed residents with COVID-19 in Millburn Township.  Our numbers continue to remain steady, but that is not without the efforts, precautions and continued awareness of our community.  Approximately 76% of our residents have recovered from the illness. Essex County is reporting 18,377 residents having tested positive for COVID-19.  

  • Tonight, the Township Committee will discuss ideas for accommodating additional outdoor dining and space for retail shops.  A reminder for our community to keep it local this summer and shop, dine and reinvigorate our businesses.
  • Remember that small businesses opened their doors yesterday. Sidewalk sales will be permitted every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer for our businesses.  Salons, barbers and nail studios are permitted to open on Monday, June 22nd. #ShopLocal
  • Organized sports practices can begin on Monday June 22nd.  There will be not competition permitted until July 6th.  The following guidance will be helpful for our leagues, coaches and anyone else involved in sports. https://nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/COVID_GuidanceForSportsActivities.pdf
  • We are pleased to announce that the Millburn Township Pool will open for the summer on Monday, June 22 and the Millburn Recreation Summer Camp Programs will begin on Monday, July 6. Please visit the Millburn Recreation page on the Township’s website at twp.millburn.nj.us/recreation for COVID-19 guidelines regarding our facilities and programs and to access registration information.
  • Two movies have already sold out!  Please sign up for one of the remaining 3 movies by visiting the Recreation Page to reserve your spot https://twp.millburn.nj.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=874
  • A reminder to our residents to continue washing your hands, practice social distance and wear face coverings when mandated and when adequate social distancing is difficult.  These efforts must continue as we slowly open up and emerge from the current situation. 

Stay safe and keep up all the great community spirit!  Thank you.

Mayor’s Message 6/19

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents, today is Friday, June 19, 2020.

There are currently 144 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Millburn Township.  Our numbers continue to remain steady, but that is not without the efforts, precautions and continued awareness of our community.  Approximately 76% of those confirmed cases have recovered from the illness. Essex County is reporting 18,518 residents having tested positive for COVID-19.  

  • Outdoor dining for our local restaurants started on Monday June 15th.  Today we implemented some additional efforts to create space for both outdoor dining and retail shopping.  This morning the bollards on the north side of Millburn Avenue were pushed out to widen the sidewalk, spaces south of Main Street in front on Peter’s, Ms. Lin and Rock ‘N’ Joe are closed for full use of the sidewalk for dining and pedestrian access.  Main Street will be closed as of 4pm this evening through the weekend.  Please shop and dine local.  There are many great options in Millburn/Short Hills.
  • A reminder that on Monday June 22nd personal care businesses will be permitted to open.  Many of our salons, barbers, nail businesses are looking forward to seeing you again.  Please call ahead to see if your favorite spot will be open and to make an appointment.
  • We are pleased to announce that the Millburn Township Pool will open for the summer on Monday, June 22 and the Millburn Recreation Summer Camp Programs will begin on Monday, July 6. Please visit the Millburn Recreation page on the Township’s website at twp.millburn.nj.us/recreation for COVID-19 guidelines regarding our facilities and programs and to access registration information.
  • Millburn Twp. athletic fields at Gero Park, the Millburn Library and the Paper Mill Field will open on June 22nd for supervised youth sports. Announcements about other Township and school fields will be made next week. Any contactless, formal practices will require permitting by the Recreation department.  Those sports, such as basketball, that involve contact will not be permitted until July 6th.  Basketball courts will remain closed.
  • Our Outdoor Movie Nights are almost sold out.  There are still several spots left for the Monday June 29th showing of “Honey I Shrunk the Kids”.  
  • On July 2nd the Township will host a free COVID-19 testing site for our residents. Once details are confirmed they will be communicated via the Township website.
  • A reminder to our residents to continue washing your hands, practice social distance and wear face coverings when mandated and when adequate social distancing is difficult.  These efforts must continue as we slowly open up and emerge from the current situation.
  • Please note that beginning next Friday, June 26th our messages will be limited to Fridays by email communication only, unless there is something of exceptional importance or a significant change from the Governor.

Stay safe, enjoy the weekend, shop local and keep up all the great community spirit!  Thank you.

Mayor’s Message 6/26

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents, today is Friday, June 26, 2020.

There are currently 146 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Millburn Township.  Our numbers continue to remain steady, but we must implore that the community remain vigilant in their efforts to keep themselves and others safe.  Approximately 80% of those confirmed cases have recovered from the illness. Essex County is reporting 18,659 residents having tested positive for COVID-19.  

  • Outdoor dining in the Township continues with restaurants able to open to 25% capacity indoors, starting July 2.  This weekend Main Street will be closed again from 4pm Friday through Sunday night.  There will be two fitness classes taking place this weekend, one each on Saturday and Sunday morning.  https://bit.ly/2ZgTNVf
  • On Monday, June 29 the Mall at Short Hills will be permitted to open its doors per Governor’s Executive Order.
  • Millburn Township will be hosting an Essex County mobile testing site in Lot 7 on July 2.  There are some spots still remaining.  This testing is for Essex County residents only, will test only for the virus and will be a saliva administered test.  Please see the attached flyer for more information. https://bit.ly/385h14t
  • A reminder that the July 7 New Jersey primary, is a vote by mail election. For those that have received ballots, please mail them in as soon as possible.  There are drop boxes available throughout the County, with the closet one in West Orange.  Polling locations in the Township are only for provisional paper ballots.  Please fill out your vote by mail and send it back to the County.  More information available on the Township’s website. https://bit.ly/2NDXtdX
  • The Millburn/Short Hills July 4th Committee will be hosting a series of parades throughout the Township as an alternative celebration to their traditional day of rides and fireworks.  For more information, please visit their website at http://mshjuly4th.com/
  • Next week’s information update will be sent via email on Thursday, Jul 2 due to the July 4th Holiday being observed on Friday, July 3.    

Stay safe, shop local and enjoy the weekend and keep up all the great community spirit!  #MillburShortHills Thank you.