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A Message from the Mayor
May 29, 2020
Residents of Spotswood,
Another holiday has come and gone in this year of pandemic. To those of us that have served this country, it’s a particularly important one. I don’t mind saying that Memorial Day felt very different this year; yes, we still honored those lost with our Memorial Day Services, but the services seemed more somber than in years past, if that’s possible. To quote Bob Dylan, “the times, they are a-changin’.” I attended services with members of American Legion Post 253, along with Councilman Charilie Spicuzzo and Past Council President/Councilman Jim Shearn.
Today the Governor is expected to lift a couple more restrictions; as you know, he has stated that graduations will be allowed to proceed. However, as yet we have no information on the number of participants that will be allowed. I am in constant contact with our school officials, and this is putting a tremendous burden on them. I do not envy them having to deal with the constant inconsistency of our government officials, which has them running in eight directions at once. But I’m certain they will make it happen to the best of their abilities, with a little help.
Now to the numbers; although testing has increased dramatically, our count is 92 positive cases with the loss of three precious lives. The statewide positivity rate is in the single digits, and that’s a good sign. Hopefully, we will be out of the woods soon.
I receive calls from a lot of people with questions about the reopening of our community. When will small businesses be allowed to open? What do we have to do to prepare? What restrictions will be placed on us? Frankly, all of us get this information at the same time, so I have no advantage over the general public. I don’t know why, but, even though we have these Zoom calls, we are not given any advance notice of what will be discussed. Recently, the decision was made that these calls will be held every two weeks, instead of every week. Frustrating, to say the least.
Since the Executive Order has changed to allow gatherings of 25 people, I’ve been going out to meet with friends on Saturday evenings (responsibly, of course). I have to tell you, it feels great! However, I do suggest that, if you choose to do this, keep a ledger or journal of everyone you meet. God forbid that you or someone you have spent time with contracts COVID-19, it will be easier to trace yours steps. The virus is like air; you cannot see it, but we all know it’s out there. So be careful.
We have a great deal of information posted through links on the Borough website for ease of reference. Please don’t be shy about accessing these sites; it’s your health, and the last thing we want is for something to happen to you and/or someone in your family.
That wraps up this week’s installment, so I will close by saying, as always, Be Safe, Be Smart, and Stay Healthy!
Due to CDC recommendations, all MUNICIPAL OFFICES are CLOSED to the public until further notice. Office staff will be available by phone from
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. or via email. Payments for taxes or utilities can be paid online, mailed, or deposited in the locked drop box outside the Municipal Building.
Reminder: Odd/Even water restrictions are in effect from May 1 through September 15 pursuant to Borough Ordinance 205-4I. Your cooperation is appreciated.
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Bulk & Metal Pickups to Resume
Crescent Ave Water Shutoff 5/27
COVID-19 Contract Tracing Text Message Scam
Expiration Date Extensions
Cottage Street Improvements
Firearm Applicant Procedures
ACH Convenience Fee Credit for online Tax & Utility Payments
COVID-19 Operations Changes
COVID-19 Service Changes
Primary Election Date Change
Community Bulletin Board
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Spotswood Community Calendar
PSE&G has established a hot line number to assist residents with concerns about the ongoing gas line replacement project. Though we are not given advance notice of the construction locations as they happen, we expect to be given notice when paving is scheduled.
PSE&G HOT LINE: 833-661-6400