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A Message from the Mayor

October 16, 2020


Residents of Spotswood,


I hope all is well and you are all healthy; if not, our prayers are with you. As you have noticed, the media is reporting that COVID numbers are rising. Our numbers as of today stand at 150 positives and 5 lost souls. To offer a bit of information, the only person who knows the names and addresses of the positives is the Chief of Police, and this is basically for our officers’ safety should they have to respond to the victim’s residence. HIPAA rules do not allow the distribution of this information to anyone one else.


It's my opinion that this rise is not necessarily due to us being lax in any way. It could be because we are becoming more socially active, or possibly the change of season. Regardless, keep up the good work and remain vigilant; i.e., social distancing, wearing masks, and good hygiene.


Halloween is just around the corner and, as of yet, nothing has changed. Spotswood Recreation is holding a drive-thru event, which is posted on the website, and trick-or-treaters are still allowed to walk the neighborhoods. And, as always, our police department will be patrolling the streets to insure a safe event.


Tic-Toc, Tic-Toc…Election Day is drawing nearer, and the race grows tighter. Currently there are three persons vying for Mayor, four persons for Council, and two for Board of Education in Spotswood. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; if you have not already voted, DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Our local election is just as important as the Presidential Election. As I understand it, currently one-third of Middlesex County have cast their ballots.


Some of the happenings here in the Borough: The Cottage Street project is near completion, with just a few punch lists items to clear. Soon we will be converting the town to LED street lighting, starting in the Tree Street section and working across town. This will not only provide better lighting and safer streets; it will also be more cost effective. The paving has been completed on Old Stage Road and there will be stricter enforcement of the 4-ton weight limit. The EMS Division picked up their new ambulance on October 15th and it should be in service shortly. To round things out, we are about to start lowering the level of the Lake to begin the dredging.


In closing, I would like to thank all the employees of the Borough; there is so much that goes on behind the scenes that most residents are not aware of, and these individuals, whether they be paid or volunteer, put in a lot of time to make our town a better place. This is no easy task, especially this year. So, for what it is worth, I again say Thank You!


As always, Stay Safe, Be Smart, and Stay Healthy!


God Bless,



Ed Seely,



Dredging of DeVoe Lake, Phase I

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