Messages from the Mayor

Mayor Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg is providing messages to the community on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  This is an archive of her messages. 

Mayor’s Message—Friday, June 5th

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—Tuesday, June 2nd 

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—Friday May 15th

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents, today is Friday May 15th. 

Today is a beautiful day and I hope that you all are enjoying it and staying positive.  Please enjoy the outdoors responsibly by social distancing and by wearing a face covering where required or where adequate social distancing just isn’t feasible. Please do the right thing-- 

There are currently 132 confirmed residents with COVID-19 in Millburn Township.  This number includes the approximately 66% of our residents that have recovered. Essex County is reporting 16,103 residents having tested positive for COVID-19.  

  • Governor Murphy’s issued Executive Order 142, stating that Non-essential businesses will be permitted to perform curbside pickup operations.  Please refer to the executive order for requirements on providing protection inside your stores.  We encourage stores that have parking lots in close vicinity to their retail business please have customers utilize these areas for pick up.  Any questions or need for guidance can be emailed to covidquestions@millburntwp.org

 

  • Executive Order 142 also permits non-essential construction to restart.  The Township’s building department has continued to process permit applications, field calls and inspect essential building projects.  We are ready to serve those that are ready to start work again.  Please visit the Township’s website or call (973) 564-7055 for guidance on how the release of permits will work. https://bit.ly/2Z5ints 

 

  • The Township continues to prepare and evaluate the opening of the Municipal pool.  Although no direct guidance has been given that pools will be permitted to open, the Millburn recreation department is working hard to be ready.  We do know that at this point, the opening weekend will be delayed until after Memorial Day.  If you are interested in signing up for the pool, please do so as it will help in our decision making.  Should the pool not be able to open, refunds will be made. 

 

  • Unfortunately, due to a restriction in gatherings, the Township will be canceling its Memorial Day parade that was scheduled for Saturday May 23rd. 

 

  • Tomorrow, Saturday, May 16th the MSH Lacrosse Club-6th grade boys will be running a “social distance” marathon to raise money for the MSVFAS, and the Police and Fire Dept Benevolent Associations. There is an article in the PATCH and a go Fund me page has been  set-up—Please email their Director:  JonathanFJustice@gmail.com for information and donation details about this event.

 

  • Bennett Murphy, a MHS Junior is helping our small businesses/customers by supplying them with 100% cotton masks with slide in filters that are monogrammed with “Millburn vs COVID”—Bennett has also set up a GOFUNDME page he can be reached at BennettJMurphy@icloud.com  for additional details.

 

  • Please also remember our young residents Saina and Amay Balsara  and their team who have made nearly 1000 snack bags with inspirational sayings for First responders—those willing to donate individual snacks, drinks,  fresh fruit, decorated bags or financial donations —please reach out to their mom organizer--- shik_agr@yahoo.com.  

Our residents are extraordinary--- Thank you for continuing to support our community and neighbors with your tireless efforts to bring unique engagement and fundraising initiatives to help our first responders, merchants, other Millburn/Short Hills residents and the greater Essex County communities.  

Here is a special thank you video for all those serving to protect and care for us and all our wonderful residents that do amazing things.  https://bit.ly/3bBlDzi

 

Thank you and enjoy the sunshine!

Mayor’s Message—Tuesday May 12th at 4 PM (email only)

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents, today is Tuesday May 12th. 

Just a reminder that our messaging will change going forward.  On Tuesdays, our residents will receive an email message with any updates or important information.  On Fridays, a voice call at 4 PM will go out to our residents with any updates.  

There are currently 128 confirmed residents with COVID-19 in Millburn Township.  This number includes the approximately 66% of our residents that have recovered. Essex County is reporting 15,826 residents having tested positive for COVID-19.  

•    The “Virtual Millburn Library” is open.  Borrow an e-book.  Stream a movie or a series through Hoopla or R.B. Digital.  Take a course with Universal Class or The Great Courses.  Learn a new language with Mango or Rosetta Stone.  Attend an online program.  Right now all libraries in New Jersey are closed under the governor’s order but the virtual library is open.  Millburn Library staff are online and able to help.  Go to www.millburnlibrary.org , call (973) 376-1006 or text (973) 988-4228 to learn more.

•    Please remember to fill out your census.  Every person counts.  The Township is currently at a 73% response rate. Our goal is 100% participation- To fill out the census please use the following link to make sure you are counted.  https://my2020census.gov/

•    Township parks are open for passive recreation.  The Township’s Par 3 is open and members can enjoy the Township’s tennis courts too.  Please visit the Township’s recreation page for more information on signing up. https://twp.millburn.nj.us/259/Pool-Golf-Tennis-and-Pickleball

•    County Parks are open, however those visiting Essex County parks and golf courses are required to wear face coverings.  

•    Many Millburn businesses are open for curbside, delivery services or with an online presence.  Be sure to shop all your favorite stores in town.  Support local now.  Here is more information on the business community.   business openings and offerings and more info on the Township’s website at https://bit.ly/2WTvwmI 

Residents - LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS AT ALL TIMES! Especially overnight. Stay vigilant.  

Remember our local charitable organizations, such as Down the Block, Millburn Short Hills FLAG, MEND and so many others that are doing such great work.  If you can, please continue to support these groups that support so others.  Remember to walk AGAINST Traffic and ride WITH traffic—Check in on your neighbors. Stay safe and enjoy the warm days ahead.   

Mayor’s Message—Friday May 8th

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents—This is Mayor, Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg and today is Friday, May 8th.

There are currently 125 confirmed residents with COVID-19 in Millburn Township.  This number includes the approximately 65% of our residents that have recovered. Essex County is reporting 15,350 residents having tested positive for COVID-19.  

  • The “Virtual Millburn Library” is open.  Borrow an e-book.  Stream a movie or a series through Hoopla or R.B. Digital.  Take a course with Universal Class or The Great Courses.  Learn a new language with Mango or Rosetta Stone.  Attend an online program.  Right now all libraries in New Jersey are closed under the governor’s order but the virtual library is open.  Millburn Library staff are online and able to help.  Go to www.millburnlibrary.org , call (973) 376-1006 or text (973) 988-4228 to learn more.

 

  • The Millburn Farmer’s Market will begin on Tuesday June 2, 2020 from 1pm – 6pm at the lot across from Fiamma-Liv Breads.   It will be great to have a place for our community to go and purchase fresh and healthy produce.  Of course, safety will be our top priority and new social distancing and contactless protocols will be put in place.   

 

  • MEND has begun a “curbside kindness program” to gather non perishables for Essex County food pantries. Items can be dropped off at boxes in front of the Book House, Millburn Camera and Paper Ribbon and Wrap. 

 

  • A notice to our residents that the milling and paving of Old Short Hills Road between Parsonage Hill Road and Essex Street will begin on Tuesday, May 12th.  This will result in partial and full closures of Old Short Hills Road throughout the project.  Please visit the Township website for updates or follow the Township on social media.

 

  • Our municipal tennis courts and par 3 are open- Please visit our recreation page for details and membership sign up and fees https://bit.ly/2zm1sbv

 

  • Please be aware that the scammers are out in full force—be very mindful of offers of generosity from “Covid charities” or other solicitations by phone or email.  These are attempts to get your personal data and steal your identity.  Be vigilant, verify and be careful what you click on or what information you give out over the phone.

Friendly reminder that starting next week, we will be updating the community by email on Tuesdays and a voice call on Fridays.  PLEASE be sure to sign up for SWIFT 911 alerts to stay informed. https://bit.ly/3cjwy1O   

Residents--Please do the right thing.  Continue to social distance and be considerate of others. Pick up after your dogs and walk AGAINST traffic.   It is so important that we continue to support each other as a community.  We have seen so many wonderful examples of Millburn’s character, its generous spirit and commitment to the greater good in such challenging times.   We will get through this.   A Happy Mother’s Day to all! #MillburnStrong. Stay safe and enjoy the weekend.

Mayor’s Message—Wednesday, May 6th

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents—This is Mayor, Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg and today is Wednesday, May 6th.

There are currently 125 confirmed residents with COVID-19 in Millburn Township.  62% have recovered.  We are very grateful that there are no additional fatalities to report in Millburn.  Essex County is reporting 15,053 residents having tested positive for COVID-19.  

  • We are pleased to report that municipally owned tennis courts will open tomorrow for members.  All members utilizing the Township’s tennis courts must follow the guidance and rules set forth by the recreation department.  To sign up for a membership and review the Township’s guidelines for court usage, please visit the Township recreation webpage.

The link is https://twp.millburn.nj.us/415/Tennis-and-Pickleball-Programs.

  • A reminder to our business community.  We understand that there are several businesses not listed as essential under Executive Order 107, are finding ways to operate.  Please use caution and get guidance prior to operating your business in any fashion.  All non-essential brick and mortar businesses are supposed to remain closed as per Executive Order 107. 

 

  • As of next week, our communications to the public will change.  We will no longer send out voice calls on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Instead an email update will be sent on Tuesday at 4pm and a voice call will be done on Friday at 4pm.  We are thankful that the Township’s situation continues to remain steady and we will adjust our communication accordingly.  If you have not signed up for SwiftReach alerts or wish to manage your account to receive emails, please visit http://bit.ly/millburnSWIFT
     

Residents---- Please do the right thing.  Continue to social distance and be considerate of others.  It is so important that we continue to support each other as a community.  When walking on the streets; social distance 6 feet, remember to walk AGAINST traffic and ride WITH traffic. Please be mindful of your 4 legged friends and dispose of trash properly, that includes used gloves as well.

We have seen so many wonderful examples of Millburn’s character, its generous spirit and commitment to the greater good in such challenging times.   We will get through this.  #Millburnstrong. Stay safe. Thank you.

Mayor’s Message—Monday May 4th 

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents—This is Mayor, Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg and today is Monday, May 4th

There are currently 126 confirmed residents with COVID 19 in Millburn Township. Essex County is reporting 14,732 residents countywide.

Today, Governor Murphy announced today that all public schools will remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the year.  We must give some special recognition to our Board of Education, Millburn school staff and teachers for their hard work and dedication to continuing our community’s education through the toughest of circumstances.  Most of all, our appreciation to the parents and students for taking it all in stride.  We know it is difficult at times and recognize the great work by all of those involved in our education system.  We commend your efforts at this challenging time.        

A reminder to businesses that there should be no outdoor seating for eating or congregating outside of stores.  Businesses should be open for curbside pickup, take out or delivery only.  Outdoor seating requires a sidewalk café license and the Township is not issuing any licenses at this time.

Our Millburn Short Hills First Aid Squad continues to purchase needed PPE Equipment to service our community.  ALL donations—both large and small are utilized to keep their crews safe –Your contributions are very much appreciated and are tax deductible.  Please visit www.MSHVFAS.org--

MSHFlag has raised and paid out over $70,000 and continues to be on the front line of supporting our First responders and local businesses.  All contributions are directly “re-injected” back to support our local restaurants and those workers on the front line—your support is acknowledged and appreciated—please keep up the good work. www.flagmsh.org

Venmo: @flagofmsh or by pay pal—Donations@flagmsh.org

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

Mayor’s Message—Friday, May 1st

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents—This is Mayor, Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg and today is Friday, May 1st.

There are currently 124 confirmed residents with COVID-19 in Millburn Township.  There are no additional fatalities to report in Millburn.  Essex County is reporting 13,561 residents having tested positive for COVID-19. 

Today we have numerous important announcements and information for our residents;  

•    Tomorrow, weather permitting, the Township’s Par 3 golf course will be opened with many new guidelines and safety precautions implemented for our users.  Attached to the transcript of this message will be a flyer and additional information about the opening.  This information can also be found on our website.  It is important to note that NO cash will be accepted at the course.  Payments will be made with Visa or MasterCard only. 

•    With County and State Parks being opened tomorrow at sunrise, this is a reminder that face coverings are required in all County parks and are their jurisdiction. The Township will continue its current approach that masks are recommended anywhere that social distancing cannot be adequately achieved.  This includes a strong recommendation that face coverings be utilized if local parks are crowded due to the nice weather.  This is not a requirement, but remember we are looking out for each other as a community.  We all must evaluate our own comfort level in these situations and act accordingly.  Social distancing is required and any gatherings will be dispersed.  All parks will be monitored by the Millburn PD and Township staff. 

•    A quick clarification regarding the use of face coverings in essential stores for both our residents and store owners under Executive Order 122.  First, essential businesses that are permitted to be open under the order should have signage posted requiring the use of face coverings upon entering.  Businesses should ask anyone entering their store without a mask to first put one on; if they are unable to do so, then they should be asked to wait outside for curbside service, if possible.  The responsibility has been placed on businesses to comply with EO 122 and the Police Department will enforce any continued refusal of someone to leave a store after being denied service. 

•    As of today, Friday, May 1st, 2nd quarter property taxes are due by the end of the grace period, previously extended by the Township Committee, which is May 11th because May 10th falls on a Sunday.  It is important to note that the grace period for taxes does not eliminate delinquency for that period.  If payment is made after May 11th, then interest is calculated back to the due date of May 1st.  We understand that these are difficult times for everyone in a lot of ways, including financial, and the Township Committee will continue to evaluate those options that were made available to municipalities and how it impacts the ability of the Township, Essex County and Millburn Schools to operate.

•    Essex County will continue testing at Weequahic Park next week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  They have a capacity of up to 600 test each of the days testing is open.  Please visit https://www.essexcovid.org/ to schedule a test. 

It is going to be a beautiful weekend.  Please do the right thing.  Continue to social distance and be considerate of others.  It is so important that we continue to support each other as a community.  We have seen so many wonderful examples of Millburn’s character—its generous spirt and commitment to the greater good in such challenging times.   We will get through this.  #Millburnstrong. Stay safe and enjoy the weekend.

 

MILLBURN PAR 3 GOLF COURSE
Policies/Guidelines 

Who can play: 

The Millburn Par 3 is open to 2020 Millburn Recreation Golf members.  If you are not registered for the 2020 Golf season, go to www.bit.ly/millburnrecreg and you can register online with Community Pass.  Returning members, bring your golf ID Badge. New members, please bring a copy of your email receipt to expedite check in at course.  Memberships are available to Millburn residents, age 8 and older and to a limited # of non-residents.

Golfing is restricted to only 2 golfers per group, unless you are playing with immediate family or household members.  If you or family members have displayed any symptoms or have been exposed to someone with Corona Virus, please stay home. 

How to pay greens fee:

Pay by credit card only, (Master card or Visa – no cash accepted).  Your ID badge will be scanned (through a glass window) and you will swipe your credit card to pay the greens fee outside of the clubhouse window.  Note:  no membership registrations will be taken at clubhouse, online only – thank you.  If a member is bringing a guest, the member must pay for the guest via credit card.  If member is bringing other family members, one credit card transaction per group.  Resident green fees are $4 weekdays & $6 weekends.  Non-resident fees are $6 & $9 respectively.  Guest fees are $10 weekdays & $13 on weekends.

Social Distancing & Face mask/coverings:

Golfers and staff, from the time they arrive in the parking lot till the time they return to their cars, must practice social distancing (a minimum of 6’) and are required to wear face coverings if social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.  Furthermore, anytime you are under the clubhouse roof (to pay greens fees), you must wear a face covering.

It is recommended that you also wear a face covering while playing and to maintain social distancing especially at the tee boxes and greens.

Only two golfers allowed under clubhouse roof/deck area at a time, others must form a line, 6’ apart, outside clubhouse steps.

Golf Course Special Guidelines:

Just golf and fresh air for now – No scorecards, pencils, bathrooms (plan accordingly), putting green, rakes, ball washers, benches, club rental or cart rental (carry bag or bring your own cart).

No touching of flagstick (special cups have been installed to easily retrieve your ball only). 
Thank you for your cooperation. Life has changed, but together we can adapt, play golf and move to a better and healthier time

Mayor’s Message—Wednesday April 29th 

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. 

Mayor’s Message—Monday April 27th 

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.

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—Friday April 24th 

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—Wednesday, April 15th at 4 PM

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—Monday, April 13th 

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—Friday, April 10th 

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;
  • If you have permits for a project, then work can continue.  No new permits will be issued by the Township’s building department
  • 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.
  • All work sites must have 5 or less people on site that are practicing social distancing. 
  • 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 7pm 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—Wednesday, April 8th

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—Monday, April 6th 

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—Friday, April 3rd at 4 PM

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 local 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 

4- The Town Recycling yard remains open during normal hours.  Our great appreciation to our Department of Public Works that continue to work, beautify and provide a great service to our Township. 

Our local restaurants - 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, canned Vegetables, canned Beans, canned fruit and also 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—Wednesday, April 1st at 4 PM

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---Friday, March 27th at 4 PM

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents—This is your Mayor, Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg, and today is Friday, March 27th.

As of this message, there are 28 cases in the Township.  There are two resident patients that are hospitalized.  Essex County currently has 789 cases.  I must reemphasize that we are not able to give specifics about patients, including location or other protected information.  If the health department finds, through contact tracing, that you need to be contacted, then you will be.  We are under a “stay at home” order from the State of New Jersey and Governor Murphy and for that reason we should all, with the exception of essential employees, be at home in self-quarantine.

The Essex County testing site opening went very smoothly yesterday, according to reports from the County.  Staff from St Barnabas and University Hospital were on hand for medical testing and additional logistical assistance was provided by the County that ensured a successful service for which we are grateful.  The site, however has appointments booked through April 3rd and is not accepting any further appointments at this time.  There are some private medical offices that are now able to provide testing and they are listed on the Township’s website.  Unfortunately, these are not free of charge and will likely require insurance, but it is an option I wanted to communicate with you all.  https://twp.millburn.nj.us/472/Updates-from-State-Federal-Offices

The Millburn Police Department has shared important information regarding scams and fraudulent activity that are taking advantage of our current situation.  These tips and reminders will help keep us from being victims or impacting our acts of kindness and generosity.  The information can be found on the Township’s COVID-19 information hub.  Please verify what or who you are donating to and ensure they are a trusted source.    https://twp.millburn.nj.us/483/Fraud-and-Scams-Related-to-COVID-19

Please continue to patronize local restaurants that need our support.

The names and pick up hours are listed on the Township’s Website under our Coronavirus information hub. https://twp.millburn.nj.us/481/How-Residents-Can-Support-Local-During-C  Also know the Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of commerce is partnering with our local restaurants to supply meals to 350 St. Barnabas personnel working with COVID-19 patients.  To donate please visit the events page of the Chamber’s website. https://millburnshorthillschamber.org/events/covid-19-donations/

Seniors we are here to help. Please call us at 973-447-1223 –to assist with your essential needs

We are now heading into another weekend where our daily lives will again be temporarily altered.  In my travels through various news articles or social media, I found a short quote by Aristotle that I felt was particularly poignant.   “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet”.  That fruit is normalcy, a hug from a friend, a sporting event, a social gathering, a birthday celebration.  We must be patient first.  Please continue to do what’s right as a community, for our community.  Stay home.  Social distance. Check in on our neighbors.  Continue to take these protocols seriously even if it seems to drag on.  Find new ways to lift your spirits. A new hobby, a craft project, a social distance walk, read the book that has sat on your shelf or simply cherish the time to relax a bit from our normal break-neck pace.  We will get through this and we will persevere.  We are MILLBURN SHORT HILLS.  We are an Extraordinary Community. Stay safe. Thank you.

Mayor’s Message 3/27

Updated: March 27, 4:00 p.m.

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents—This is your Mayor, Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg, and today is Friday, March 27th.

As of this message, there are 28 cases in the Township. There are two resident patients that are hospitalized.  Essex County currently has 789 cases. I must reemphasize that we are not able to give specifics about patients, including location or other protected information. If the health department finds, through contact tracing, that you need to be contacted, then you will be. We are under a “stay at home” order from the State of New Jersey and Governor Murphy and for that reason we should all, with the exception of essential employees, be at home in self-quarantine.

The Essex County testing site opening went very smoothly yesterday, according to reports from the County. Staff from St Barnabas and University Hospital were on hand for medical testing and additional logistical assistance was provided by the County that ensured a successful service for which we are grateful. The site, however has appointments booked through April 3rd and is not accepting any further appointments at this time. There are some private medical offices that are now able to provide testing and they are listed on the Township’s website. Unfortunately, these are not free of charge and will likely require insurance, but it is an option I wanted to communicate with you all. https://twp.millburn.nj.us/472/Updates-from-State-Federal-Offices

The Millburn Police Department has shared important information regarding scams and fraudulent activity that are taking advantage of our current situation. These tips and reminders will help keep us from being victims or impacting our acts of kindness and generosity. The information can be found on the Township’s COVID-19 information hub.  Please verify what or who you are donating to and ensure they are a trusted source. https://twp.millburn.nj.us/483/Fraud-and-Scams-Related-to-COVID-19

Please continue to patronize local restaurants that need our support.

The names and pick up hours are listed on the Township’s Website under our Coronavirus information hub. https://twp.millburn.nj.us/481/How-Residents-Can-Support-Local-During-C. Also, know the Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of commerce is partnering with our local restaurants to supply meals to 350 St. Barnabas personnel working with COVID-19 patients. To donate please visit the events page of the Chamber’s website. https://millburnshorthillschamber.org/events/covid-19-donations/

Seniors we are here to help. Please call us at 973-447-1223 to assist with your essential needs

We are now heading into another weekend where our daily lives will again be temporarily altered.  In my travels through various news articles or social media, I found a short quote by Aristotle that I felt was particularly poignant. “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” That fruit is normalcy, a hug from a friend, a sporting event, a social gathering, a birthday celebration.  We must be patient first.  Please continue to do what’s right as a community, for our community. Stay home. Social distance. Check in on our neighbors. Continue to take these protocols seriously even if it seems to drag on.  Find new ways to lift your spirits. A new hobby, a craft project, a social distance walk, read the book that has sat on your shelf or simply cherish the time to relax a bit from our normal break-neck pace. We will get through this and we will persevere. We are MILLBURN SHORT HILLS. We are an Extraordinary Community. Stay safe. Thank you.

Mayor’s Message 3/25

Updated: March 25, 4:00 p.m.

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents—This is your Mayor Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg and today is Wednesday, March 25.

Let me begin by saying how very proud I am of our community and the generosity of residents to help one another. Yesterday, the Township’s First Aid Squad, Police and Fire Departments received numerous charitable donations from the Millburn Short Hills Chinese American Association.  Special thanks to Louie Shen for organizing and mobilizing our residents in record time. The gift of 3,000 protective masks, PPE equipment, and cash donations were given to the departments. They also received Gift cards for their use at local restaurants for takeout food, while they are on the job working tirelessly for the safety and protection of our community.  We are very grateful for their donations.

Actions like this are another reminder of how extraordinary a community we are!

I would also like to extend my sincere gratitude to our Millburn Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad.  I am not sure if everyone knows that this organization operates solely on donations; they are an all-volunteer organization and are out there on the front line for our residents at this critical time. We ask that you be judicious when you call 911 for their services. Please know that supplies are in critical shortage and each call requires the utmost of care. If you are sick, call your doctor first for guidance.  If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID 19 or any other illness that constitutes a medical emergency, please call 911 and explain clearly what your symptoms are to a dispatcher.   

As of this message, there are 20 cases in the Township. 

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Freeholder President Brendan Gill and Vice President Wayne Richardson announced this morning that Essex County will be opening a drive-through testing site for Essex County residents who are symptomatic of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Essex County at Weequahic Park in Newark.

The site will open on Thursday, March 26th and Saturday, March 28th when 100 tests per day will be administered; it will then be open next week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday when 150 tests per day will be administered each day. The testing site is for Essex County residents only; appointments are mandatory. Residents must arrive by car. The appointments will be scheduled from 9 AM to 3 PM.

A copy of the full press release can be found on the Township’s website with further instructions for those that need to be tested and meet the criteria.  Residents that are symptomatic for COVID-19 can go to www.EssexCOVID.org to fill out a survey to determine eligibility for testing or if you are without internet access you can call (973) 324-9950 between the hours of 7am and 11pm and an operator will help complete the initial survey.  Residents must bring a confirmation number, meaning they are eligible, to the testing facility—Do not go to the facility without proper paperwork.    Again, additional details can be found at www.twp.millburn.nj.us

Residents, please continue to follow the social distancing protocols. The health of our community depends on each and every one of you. Thank you for listening to our recommendations. It will help us FLATTEN the curve. As the weather gets warmer, follow the safety guidelines; walk against traffic and ride bicycles with traffic and slow down when you see pedestrians both in your neighborhood and in crosswalks.

Please continue to patronize local restaurants that need our support.

The names and pick up hours are listed on the Township’s Website under our Coronavirus information hub.   https://twp.millburn.nj.us/bizsupport

Seniors—we are here to help you— call (973) 447-1223 with any shopping or essential service needs.  We have helped numerous qualifying seniors thus far and continue to reach out and check in on our most vulnerable.

I would also like to thank Alex McDonald, Steve Roth the President of First Aid Squad, Police Chief Brian Gilfedder, Fire Chief Rob Echavarria, Fire Capt. Chris Beady and Police Captain Ed Blazinski, our volunteer MSHVFAS and all our first responders in Police and Fire who have been at the helm of our emergency response. We are so grateful for their commitment to our community. An additional thank you to all my fellow Township Committee members who all care deeply about the health and well-being of our community.

Stay safe Millburn Short Hills Residents—We will persevere—Stay positive—Call your neighbor

Send an email—watch a silly movie—listen to a free audio on audible—We will get through this!!! Thank you.

Mayor’s Message 3/23

Updated: March 23, 4:00 p.m.

This is Mayor Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg with an update for the residents of Millburn Township. Today is Monday, March 23rd, 2020.

I want to start this message out with just how very proud we should all be of our Millburn Township community. We are all rising to the challenge, finding ways to stay positive and manifesting true community spirit. We see residents starting food drives for hospital workers, getting people to rally around making masks or donating supplies for the nurses and doctors battling so hard for us and of course the positive chalk messages in walkways and driveways. We hope to see more fresh inspiration after the rain has passed.

As of this message and including data from this weekend, the Township’s total number of COVID-19 patients is eighteen (18). This represents 6.6% of the Essex County total. We as a community have control over the spread here in Millburn. We can accomplish that by doing the following;

  1. First, take it seriously! If you are not already abiding by the strict guidelines-- you must immediately. The steps that have been taken by the State of New Jersey will save lives and will take time. Stay positive but also remain resolute in your commitment to stop the spread. This goes for all of our children, teens and college students. They are not exempt nor immune. Please talk to your kids about their ability to be a massive part of this solution.
  2. Second, keep your social distance while passively recreating. Township staff and police are carefully monitoring our passive spaces. Please do the right thing and maintain social distance outside of the family members that are self-quarantining with you. While everyone is home, these areas will tend to crowded, but use good judgment and continue best practices with regard to social distancing.
  3. Lastly, Stay Home and keep washing your hands. This is the most important. On Saturday, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 107, which closes all non-essential businesses. Our trips from home should be for essential business only! Even when we are out making an essential trip we must practice social distancing and good health habits.

I would also like to remind everyone that while you are out on the roads driving, walking, or biking, please remember:

  • Walk against traffic
  • Ride your bike with traffic
  • ALWAYS pay attention, regardless of what modality you have chosen
  • Be a courteous driver as more people will be using the roads to exercise and get out of the house. This includes the State Law that requires you to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk.

A reminder that grocery stores, pharmacies and doctor’s offices all remain open without restriction. This should no longer be a family trip. Please obey the guidelines that allow Seniors to have the first hour to shop: at Kings from 7 AM-8 AM and Shop Rite Millburn and Springfield, 7 AM-8 AM, and Shop Rite Livingston 6:30 AM- 7:30AM.

Continue to visit the Township’s website for updates on the COVID-19 response, including many
different subpages for subject specific information. If you have not signed up for the Township’s
Swift911 system or NotifyMe through the Township’s website, please do so as soon as possible.

Stay positive. Be kind to one another. Keep your social distance. Call your neighbors. Unplug
sometimes. Stay safe Millburn-Short Hills Residents! We will get through this! Thank you.

Mayor’s Message 3/20

Updated: March 20, 4:00 p.m. 

This is Mayor Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg with an update for the residents of Millburn Township. Today is Friday, March 20th. 

We are officially in Spring and although it might not be the beginning we all hoped for, we should find some comfort in the warmer weather and the beauty of spring blossoms in our community. 

The Township now has a total of 7 residents that have tested positive for COVID-19. There are not any additional details. Please do not speculate about these individuals. The health department will perform all contact tracing and make any necessary notifications.

The Township of Millburn staff, our first responders, the Millburn-Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad, Office of Emergency Management and the Township Committee continue to be here working hard to provide information, respond to resident concerns and of course being there to answer 911 emergencies.  

We ask that you be very judicious with these 911 calls. As you can imagine all emergency services are very much engaged.

Today I want to make a few very important points to the community as we head into the weekend

The first is that we all need to do our part to flatten the curve and reduce the anticipated pressure on hospitals, medical staff and first responders. Take social distancing seriously. There are still reports of kids gathering in groups or using the park or school playground equipment. This equipment is closed and closed for a reason. I hope that we do not need to rely upon our police department to ticket violators. Do the right thing.  It is in the best interest of our community and all of our residents.

At this time, I would like to announce that Essex County has closed all of their parks and recreational facilities. The South Mountain reservation and reservoir walking trails are also closed. 

Audible, a division of Amazon has launched a free streaming service that allows anyone anywhere to listen to hundreds of book titles. This can be reached at stories.audible.com. If you have questions about the service audiblestories2020@audible.com. Listening is unlimited and the service is completely free. The service is available in multiple languages. 

Grocery stores, pharmacies and doctor’s offices all remain open without restriction. We ask our residents to have one family member make these important trips, when they are necessary. While there may be larger numbers of people at these locations, with other businesses being shut down we can reduce these numbers by eliminating a family run when at all possible. Please note that Shop-Rite and Kings have set aside their first hour for seniors.  All other residents please respect this carve out.

Please also remember that official communication and information regarding the Township’s COVID-19 response will come through these Mayor’s messages, the Township’s office of Emergency management and the Township’s website or official social media accounts. Please stay informed and take your cues from these official sources.

We wish you a wonderful weekend. We are here working for you. Stay positive. Be kind to one another. Keep your social distance. Call your neighbors. Stay safe. We will get through this! Thank you.

Mayor’s Message 3/18

Updated: March 18, 4:00 p.m. 

This is Mayor Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg with an update --- Today is Wednesday, March 18th.

As of this update the Township’s total number of COVID-19 patients stand at 4.  Two women and two men, all over 60 years of age.   

Last evening, I reported that the Short Hills Mall has closed until further notice.

The restaurants are open for take out only.

We continue to follow the Governor’s guidelines and mandate an 8 PM curfew and request that all food pickups be made by 8 PM.   All essential traffic after 8 pm, will be reserved for only supermarket and pharmacy visits.

Our hot line is up and running for seniors requiring essential services and we will share that number again:  973-447-1223 ---- If you have questions about COVID 19—please email covidquestions@millburntwp.org.  Additionally, the State of New Jersey has set up a support line at (877) 294-4357 to provide emotional support, guidance and mental health referrals for those are struggling.

We continue to emphasis that SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL WORK TO FLATTEN THE CURVE—PLEASE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THESE CDC GUIDELINES--- We know that there is a bit of “Spring Fever” with the warmer temperatures—if you are outside—obey these guidelines--- Our parks are OPEN –Our Playgrounds and courts are NOT—Our recycling center is open during its normal operating hours. Please respect the essential protocols and keep your distances—

The Township is lifting parking restrictions and fees for any shopper parking as all parking will generally be delivery vehicles or food pickup.   

I was on a call with our county leadership this morning---Essex County is in the process of establishing 2 testing sites---As soon as we have the pertinent details—we will share with our residents—these will be for individuals that are experiencing the symptoms of the virus--- it will be a private lab and will be operational once all the requisite testing equipment is set up --- details will follow as soon as available.

Please also know that Congressman Malinowski has also been in constant contact with the Township and is working diligently in the House to help our citizens with programs that will extend family leave, small business loans at minimal interest rates and economic relief for all constituents that are not able to work--- We will provide this information as it becomes available on the Township’s Covid-19 response webpage.  Hopefully this legislation may address your individual concerns once passed. 

The citizens of Millburn/Short Hills are our most valuable resource.  Please follow all the protocols and continue to keep your social distancing.  We are depending upon each and everyone of you--- Thank you for being such a wonderful community.  I am so very proud to be your Mayor.

Mayor’s Message 3/16

Updated: March 16, 4:00 p.m. 

This is Mayor Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg with an update for the residents of Millburn Township.  Today is Monday, March 16th. 

We will begin providing regular updates to the public, pending any emergent information, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4:00 p.m.   

Today at 3:30 p.m., our OEM Coordinator Capt. Chris Beady and I signed a local declaration of emergency. This was not done as a result of any change in Millburn’s current health status. This declaration was done as a preparatory action for anticipated decisions and directives that will likely be necessary to continue the Township’s role in protecting the health and safety of all of our residents.

The Township has received confirmation of its second case of COVID-19. What we know about both of these cases is that the patients are women in their 60’s. Both are currently self-quarantined at home and recuperating. Each was determined to have minimal familial and public exposure.Current cases will be continually monitored by local health officials twice a day I must stress to the public that we will release information as it becomes available, however this will be limited by privacy laws. It is also important to remember that direct contact persons, organizations and places of work will be notified by health officials as they conduct contact tracing and receive this information from the patient. 

Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday March 17th the Township will implement a new program for our most vulnerable residents. Persons age 70 and older or over 60 with underlying health conditions, that do not have a local support system can call (973) 447-1223 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to discuss with Township staff how we can assist. Calls after business hours can leave a message and will be returned promptly. Please note that this program is designed as an outreach for necessary items for our senior population that demand attention. Click here for more information about the program: Opt for Shop and Drop for Senior Citizens.

Additionally, we have also set up an email address that residents can submit questions to at covidquestions@millburntwp.org. Township staff will monitor and respond to all inquiries. Going forward, please note that Town Hall walk-in traffic may be reduced. Please call ahead prior to your visit. 

We continue to emphasize to our community that social distancing is what will work. It will save lives and flatten the curve of this public health crisis. This is not a time for our teens and younger population to socialize and gather together. This is a time for all of us to spend time with our family, keep each other safe and listen to all recommendations to curb the spread of this disease. Take it seriously. The Township is prepared to take more drastic measures to enforce the limitation of social activities should that be necessary.

Businesses must take this time to begin preparing for the likely inevitable next step, which is the forced closure of all non-essential businesses. Restaurants should move their business to curbside pick-up and delivery. 

We do not want our residents to panic. These protocols of social distancing, good hygiene and preparedness are of paramount importance. These actions will protect you and your neighbors.  These changes to our daily lives will safeguard all of us. Continue to check on your most vulnerable. Stay safe. Thank you.

Mayor’s Message 3/15

Updated: March 15, 4:00 p.m. 

This is Mayor Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg, and today is Sunday, March 15th. We continue to work as a community to be on the offensive against COVID-19 and do our part to mitigate the impacts to our health care systems and all the incredible nurses, doctors and hospital workers that are working tirelessly through this emergency.  

As we begin the two-week closure of schools and our daily lives take on a different perspective, I want to remind residents, businesses and organizations that these are unprecedented times that call for discipline, creativity and most of all positivity to do what is best for our community, State and Country.   Our community is strong, we are prepared, we have a dedicated group of first responders and professional staff that will be here throughout to support our community.  

With that I offer you all these important reminders:

  • Although schools are closed.  We must take social distancing practices seriously.  This is not the time to engage in any social gatherings. This is a time to be with your family. This is the time to minimize any proximity to others.
  • Businesses, while I know this is a painful time for all of you, you must take steps to be a part of the solution as well.  We strongly encourage you all to limit the number of individuals in your stores, offer curb side pick-up, offer classes remotely or find other creative solutions to discourage crowds – continue to practice social distancing guidelines at all times.
  • Organizations, including religious congregations, are all encouraged to limit their gatherings--function by appointment only or hold online meetings and/or worship remotely.

We are taking this seriously and many requisite restrictions are in place.  The schools have closed.  Town functions have been canceled. Rec programs are postponed. The Millburn Library is closed.  Our daily lives have been altered. We are all important pieces in this fight and everyone should be working to make the right decisions to protect our families and our neighbors.  We continue to be in state of preparation and prevention.  We will keep the public updated on our efforts over the coming days. We WILL get through this.  Be safe. 

Thank you.

Mayor’s Message 3/13

Updated: March 13, 4:00 p.m.  

Hello all residents this is another important message from your Mayor Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg.  As a municipality we want to keep everyone as informed as possible throughout this difficult situation. However, we also cannot emphasize enough the need to support one another, come together in the spirit of community and remain calm and measured as we all do our part to combat and slow the onset of COVID-19. 

Today I have recently learned that the Township of Millburn has had its first resident test positive for the coronavirus. There is no other additional information at this time about how this person contracted the disease.  The health department is following the New Jersey Department of Health protocols and guidelines and is in the process of working on contact tracing of this individual.

We knew that Milburn Township would not be immune to the emergence of COVID-19, however our perseverance and proactive initiatives will bond our community and show our resolve.  We have already taken prudent and necessary steps to positively impact the health and safety of our residents with numerous public and private activities being canceled or postponed.  We ask that everyone continue to remain steadfast.  We ask that all residents take the guidance of health officials and the CDC seriously and adhere to social distancing practices.  Most importantly, if you are sick stay home and contact your health care provider or call 911 and follow their instructions. Additional guidance and information is consistently being added to the Township’s webpage and should serve as a reference point for our residents.

This is uncharted territory for many of us, however we have been through trying times before as a community.  Continue to look out for each other, take the necessary precautions and limit your interactions in public spaces or large groups.  We will come out stronger in the end. We are Millburn- Short Hills. We always do.  Thank you and be safe. 

*Additional Information

We would like to add some additional information to the message sent out earlier today by the Township of Millburn indicating the occurrence of our first COVID-19 case. The Township does not have additional information or have the authority to release any patient protected information about the confirmed case or any subsequent cases. Cases are investigated by the New Jersey Department of Health in conjunction with local health officials to conduct contact tracing. Direct notification will then be made to any individuals, organizations or employers that may have been impacted by an infected person.

The CDC outlines specific and detailed steps to take if you are sick.  This is important to ensure that we do not inundate the health care system and first responders we are all taking necessary action to protect. That information can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

Please consider these steps prior to calling 911, unless you are experiencing a medical emergency. In particular, if you are sick with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please contact your health care provider as first step.

Mayor’s Message 3/12

Updated: March 12, 4:00 p.m. 

Residents of Millburn Township, this is Mayor Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg, with an important message regarding the Township’s response to COVID-19.  The situation is constantly evolving and I want to encourage our residents to continue to take proactive steps to prevent and protect against COVID-19. 

As of the reading of this message, there are no positive cases in Essex County, inclusive of Millburn Township.  This information does not provide a rationale for complacency but an opportunity for a proactive and measured response. 

We all have recently learned that the Millburn Public Schools will be closed for a period of two weeks.  There will be an early dismissal tomorrow with a two-week closure beginning March 16.  This is a positive step in slowing the spread of the disease and further protecting our community. 

The Township is also implementing the following actions, effective immediately, in conjunction with the Millburn Board of Education:

  • All Township public meetings, inclusive of Planning board, Zoning board and Historic Preservation are postponed until April 13th.  An exception will be made for the Township Committee meetings; however, we encourage residents to participate by viewing the meetings on the Township’s YouTube channel. We will be mindful of not placing important agenda items that may merit resident input during this time period.
  • All senior programs are canceled until April 13.
  • All recreation programs are postponed until March 30, a re-evaluation of whether an extension is warranted will be made prior to this date and will likely coincide with school closure decisions.
  • All types of inspections will continue to be scheduled. Additionally, all residential inspections will require confirmation that everyone in the home is in good health.
  • The public is encouraged to utilize the Township’s website at www.twp.millburn.nj.us as both a resource for updated information on COVID-19, but also a way to interact with our offices from a distance. 

All of this information can be found on the Township’s website under the news feed for COVID-19. If anyone has any specific questions there is a 24-hour, multilingual State hotline at 1 (800) 222-1222.  The Center for Disease Control is also an excellent resource for up to date information. 

While we make these tough decisions and see our daily routines disrupted, I implore our residents to take advantage of the time with your family.  Do not encourage large gatherings or other activities that compromise the tantamount principles of social distancing.  The way to combat the spread of coronavirus is to take a united and committed approach to slowing its progression.  This is achieved by adhering to social distancing practices and following all the recommended guidelines as posted on the Township’s website. 

Please continue to check in on the vulnerable people in your own life and on your street.  Look out for one another.  I am proud to be a part of this community and know that we will uphold the very definition of community by continuing to do what is in the best interest of everyone in Millburn Township.  On behalf of myself and the entire Township Committee we are committed to the health, safety and welfare of each and every one of our residents.  Thank you and stay safe.

For more information from the Township of Millburn regarding COVID-19, visit Resident Services: Novel Coronavirus News and Information.

Check the CDC website daily for the latest information and updates.