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Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from the Borough of Park Ridge

As of May 15, 2020, the Borough has 153 positive cases of COVID 19 and 27 deaths related to the virus. We continue to keep these families in our thoughts and prayers. The best way to honor them is to keep up the hard work of social distancing to prevent further spread.

In order to further help ease demand on the compactor we will have one more town wide curbside bulk pick up on Thursday 5/21 for the Eastside and Friday 5/22 for the Westside. We want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to take advantage of this great service. You do not need to call our office to take advantage of this opportunity, you can simply place your items at the curb. Our tentative plan is to reopen the recycling center on Wednesday 5/27/20.  For the first few weeks we will limit the opening to Wednesdays only and will not immediately resume our Saturday hours. In order to protect both our staff and the public, we will make some changes to traffic patterns and the number of people we allow at one time. This is why we encourage you to take advantage of the curbside pick-up we are offering this coming week. Once our reopening details are finalized, we will share them on our website, through email updates and on the Borough’s social media.

This week, Governor Murphy signed an executive order stating that effective May 18, 2020 at 6 AM, non-essential construction can resume, non-essential retails stores can reopen for curbside pickup and drive-thru and drive-in events are now permitted while adhering to social distancing guidelines. We hope that this helps local businesses start to make their way back. Our business community is innovative and creative and we have no doubt that they will use these guidelines to offer some great services to their customers. If you are a local business that is offering a new service within these safety guidelines, let us know and we will work with you to spread the word. Our recreation director is also looking at ways to be able to plan events within these new guidelines. Please watch your email and our social media and website for any announcements. 

One of the things I know many in our community are particularly disappointed with, is the cancellation of in-person graduation ceremonies. Many people have reached out to express their concern and offer suggestions on how an in-person ceremony could be held safely. While I appreciate these suggestions, the Governor has made it clear that it is not permitted right now. This issue concerns me not only as your Mayor, but personally as well. My youngest son is a member of the Park Ridge High School Class of 2020, so I certainly share in the community’s disappointment. We have been in constant contact with the schools and I am confident that they will find a safe way to congratulate the graduating class virtually and safely. That being said, if the Governor’s ban on in person ceremonies is lifted and the school is able plan a modified ceremony later in the summer, the Borough will offer any support we can to these efforts   There is so much for this group of graduates to look forward to as they plan their futures, I hope they are able to learn and grow from these experiences.  

Additionally, this week, the Governor has allowed beaches to reopen for the Memorial Day weekend. As he stated in his announcement, going down the shore is in our Jersey DNA. If you are lucky enough to be able to travel to the shore, please adhere to the social distancing guidelines to keep your family as well as the rest of the community safe. 

I have spoken many times to our local, state and federal representatives on all of these issues including summer programs. We have made a decision based on those talks that we will not be able to run our summer camp. This week Dr. Gamper, Park Ridge School Superintendent joined our virtual Mayor and Council meeting to discuss the school’s summer programs as well. Unfortunately, it has become clear given the Governor’s orders and CDC guidelines that these programs will be impossible to run.   The safety of our kids and our staff are paramount.  As for the pool, while a Memorial Day opening is not possible, we have not given up hope of being able to open in some capacity this summer. Given social distancing guidelines and good public health practices it will not be easy, so a great deal of planning will need to happen if the pool is able to operate. The Park Ridge Pool management is working tirelessly to makes plans for a possible modified opening. We will continue to be in touch with State and County officials and will advise as soon more concrete decisions and plans can be made.

Unfortunately, the Memorial Day parade has been cancelled. We are working on a virtual program that will be aired on PKRG to honor our fallen servicemen and women. More details will be available in next week’s update.

The Borough has a small supply of cloth masks if you are in need please call. If you or your neighbors are in need of assistance, please don’t hesitate to call the Borough, we are here to help.

God Bless and Be Well,

Mayor Keith J. Misciagna

 

 

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