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This page will provide you with updated information on actions the Borough of Leonia is taking regarding the Coronavirus (formally known as COVID-19), as well as to provide you with important reminders and resources for you to utilize, and to share with others:

May 26, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

A couple of important updates today, as well as updated case counts. I have also included charts with 14-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please ensure that you read this email in its entirety, in order to ensure that you are up-to-date. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

Current COVID-19 Case Status

Updated case information is shown below. Please remember that these cases aren’t necessarily “new,” but rather, test results received into the State reporting database over the past 24 hours.

  • New Jersey (Statewide): There have been an average of 761 new cases/day over the past four days; the New Jersey statewide case total stands at 155,764.
  • Bergen County: There have been an average of 78 new cases/day over the past four days; the Bergen County total stands at 17,963.
  • Borough of Leonia: No new cases over the past four days; Leonia’s total cases remains at 137. Over the weekend, we received word that an additional Leonian had succumbed to the COVID-19 virus, bringing total deaths to 11.  

Census Response Rates

The importance of ensuring that all Leonians are counted in the 2020 census cannot be overstated. If you haven’t yet responded, please visit www.2020census.gov to complete your response online. If you have questions, we have posted an FAQ document at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392. Below are the updated census response rates:

  • New Jersey: Response rate = 62.1%, +0.2% since Friday
  • Bergen County: Response rate = 68.3%, +0.3% since Friday
  • Leonia (Total Borough): Response rate = 75.5%, +0.4% since Friday
  • Leonia (East side of Broad Ave./Above Broad Ave.): Response rate = 78.6%, +0.5% since Friday
  • Leonia (West side of Broad Ave./Below Broad Ave.): Response rate = 73.1%, +0.3% since Friday

If you are a resident who requires assistance with completing the 2020 Census, please send an email to LeoniaCensus@leonianj.gov and include a request for a specific language, if needed. A Leonia Census volunteer will then contact you to arrange a time to help you.

Updates/New Information

  • NEW – In-Person Graduation Guidance: This morning, the Governor announced that, beginning July 6, 2020, in-person graduations would be permitted, outdoors only. There are numerous other restrictions/exclusions, including, but not limited to:
    • Events must comply with any restrictions on total group size which may be in place at that time (meaning that multiple ceremonies might need to be accommodated)
    • School districts must ensure that proper social/physical distancing requirements are maintained.
    • Caps, gowns and/or diplomas must be mailed to students, or distributed in such a manner so as to “comply with social distancing guidelines.”
    • Outdoor, in-person ceremonies are only permitted for graduation from middle school and/or high school; in-person ceremonies that “mark promotion from one grade to the next” are not permitted.

       

      As you know, the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education and the school district leadership team have been working for some time on the planning of graduation ceremonies; this new guidance will certainly require time to analyze, in order for them to determine what impact the new guidelines have on the plan for the Leonia School District. They will provide specific information to students and parents as it is finalized. 

  • NEW – Tuesday Night Candlelight Vigil Time Change: Please gather with your household on your front walk at 8:30 PM tonight, with lighted candles, for a 2-minute moment of silence to honor the frontline workers fighting the pandemic, as well as those Leonians who we have lost to the virus, and those who are recovering. Again, the weekly candlelight vigil will now take place at 8:30 PM every Tuesday.
  • REMINDER – DPW Schedule: Please remember that we are now following the normal DPW collection schedule. On Wednesday, May 27, commingled container recycling will be collected, town-wide. Leonians are reminded to abide by all local ordinances regarding curbside placement of items to be collected by the DPW. You may NOT put anything on the curb until 5:00 PM the night before the item is scheduled to be collected.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.
  • Volunteers Needed for Census Assistance: The Borough of Leonia and the Leonia Board of Education are asking residents to volunteer their time to assist their fellow Leonians with completing the 2020 Census. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, and we are particularly in need of people who speak languages other than English.  We need your help to make sure that all Leonians are counted! To volunteer, please click on the Leonia Census 2020 Volunteer Signup Form.

I hope that many of you were able to either view live or review later in the day yesterday’s Memorial Day ceremonies in Leonia. I want to thank all who participated, working together to create fitting tributes to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. If you haven’t had the opportunity, I encourage you to take a look at the videos either on the Borough’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BoroughOfLeonia/ or the Borough’s YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxUMFnWMsmv-figMVUpTeAw.

Please enjoy this week’s warmer weather; get outside, take a walk, jog or bicycle ride (observing social distancing guidelines and, if possible, wearing face coverings), and check in on your neighbors, as we continue to work to reopen our community in a way that ensures, to the greatest extent possible, the health and safety of all who live and work in Leonia.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

________________________________________________________________________________

May 22, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

A couple of important updates today, as well as updated case counts. I have also included charts with 14-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please ensure that you read this email in its entirety, in order to ensure that you are up-to-date. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

NOTE: Unless there are critical items to share, and as Monday is Memorial Day, there will be no daily update on Saturday, Sunday or Monday (May 23 – 25). The next update will be on Tuesday, May 26.

Current COVID-19 Case Status

Updated case information is shown below. Please remember that these cases aren’t necessarily “new,” but rather, test results received into the State reporting database over the past 24 hours.

  • New Jersey (Statewide): 1,247 new cases (+1%).
  • Bergen County: 70 new cases (+0.4%).
  • Borough of Leonia: 0 new cases (+0%). 137 positive case reports to date. The total number of Leonians who have succumbed to the virus remains at 10.  

Census Response Rates

The importance of ensuring that all Leonians are counted in the 2020 census cannot be overstated. If you haven’t yet responded, please visit www.2020census.gov to complete your response online. If you have questions, we have posted an FAQ document at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392. Below are the updated census response rates:

  • New Jersey: Response rate = 61.9%, +0.1%
  • Bergen County: Response rate = 68.0%, +0.1%
  • Leonia (Total Borough): Response rate = 75.1%, +0.2%
  • Leonia (East side of Broad Ave./Above Broad Ave.): Response rate = 78.1%, +0.1%
  • Leonia (West side of Broad Ave./Below Broad Ave.): Response rate = 72.8%, +0.2%

If you are a resident who requires assistance with completing the 2020 Census, please send an email to LeoniaCensus@leonianj.gov and include a request for a specific language, if needed. A Leonia Census volunteer will then contact you to arrange a time to help you.

Updates/New Information

  • NEW – Limited Outdoor Gatherings Permitted: This afternoon, Governor Murphy signed an additional Executive Order permitting outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people. During his daily briefing, the Governor stated, in part, "If you're looking forward to gathering with your neighbors for a Memorial Day cookout, you may do so as long as social distancing and personal responsibility remain the order of the day."

If you have gatherings at your home, guests are required to stay outdoors, are required to remain a minimum of 6’ away from each other, and are STRONGLY encouraged to wear face coverings. In addition, as a host, you are required to ensure that all surfaces have been thoroughly sanitized (and kept sanitized during any gathering). No group sports or other activity that requires people to be closer than 6’ from each other are permitted.

Please remember that the increase in the gathering limit was done primarily for outdoor facilities like golf ranges, outdoor batting cages, etc. All Leonians are encouraged to think carefully before hosting any multi-family event at your home, remembering that, in the event of inclement weather, you will have to cancel (because indoor gatherings are still prohibited), and ensuring that you are able to abide by the mandated social distancing requirements, at all times. At this point, the only proven way to slow/decrease the rate of infection is social distancing…so if you can’t host people at your home safely (regardless of the number), then you should avoid doing so.

  • NEW – “Graduation Guidance:” The Governor indicated during his press conference that he would have “additional guidance” on graduations “early in the week.” Dr. Bertolini and his team are working hard on various scenarios for graduation, and will provide updates directly to school community as additional information becomes available.
  • REMINDER – Memorial Day Activities: Memorial Day is Monday, May 25. As a reminder, we will hold several observances, all of which can be viewed live on the Borough’s YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGk1VPgvXZCUVYV_JdjE19g. Details on the observances are as follows:
    • 9:00 AM – Leonia Fire Department Memorial Service: The members of the Leonia Fire Department will gather to remember those who have given their lives in service to the community.
    • 11:00 AM – Memorial Day Service: The Leader of Post #1, the Mayor and a small number of others will gather to conduct a Memorial Day Service to honor those Leonians who gave their lives in service to our country.
    • 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM (Approximately) – Honor Guard Procession through Leonia: Two honor guard processions, each consisting of a police vehicle followed by a flag-draped fire engine, will travel all of Leonia’s streets and will, with lights and sirens, honor our community’s fallen heroes. Leonians are encouraged, when the honor guard procession is proceeding on your street, to go to your front walk and cheer for the honor guard procession, which is representing those who fought and died on our behalf.

Again, both the 9:00 AM Fire Department Service and the 11:00 AM Service will be livestreamed via the Borough’s YouTube channel. Please join us for all three of these important ceremonies, honoring Leonia’s true heroes.

  • REMINDER – DPW Schedule: Please remember that we are now following the normal DPW collection schedule. Monday, May 25 is Memorial Day; there will be no collection. On Tuesday, May 26, household garbage will be collected, town-wide. Leonians are reminded to abide by all local ordinances regarding curbside placement of items to be collected by the DPW. You may NOT put anything on the curb until 5:00 PM the night before the item is scheduled to be collected.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.
  • Volunteers Needed for Census Assistance: The Borough of Leonia and the Leonia Board of Education are asking residents to volunteer their time to assist their fellow Leonians with completing the 2020 Census. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, and we are particularly in need of people who speak languages other than English.  We need your help to make sure that all Leonians are counted! To volunteer, please click on the Leonia Census 2020 Volunteer Signup Form.

We are pleased that we were able to create Memorial Day activities which properly recognize the sacrifices of the Leonians who have gone before us, and which allow all Leonians to participate, both in person (for the honor guard procession) and virtually (for both services). I strongly encourage all Leonians to take time this weekend to reflect on what each of the nation’s war dead have given to us – and in their honor, recommit to ensuring that our community and our nation remain strong and united.

I continue to be both honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve you as your Mayor and, on behalf of the Council members and our entire municipal government, thank you for your continued perseverance during this current health crisis, and for helping to make Leonia the wonderful community we are all so proud to call home. As always, if I can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out.

I look forward to having you join our Memorial Day service livestreams at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGk1VPgvXZCUVYV_JdjE19g, and to seeing all of you in person in the near future.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

_________________________________________________________________________________

May 21, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

A couple of updates today, as well as updated case counts. I have also included charts with 14-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please ensure that you read this email in its entirety, in order to ensure that you are up-to-date. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

Current COVID-19 Case Status

Updated case information is shown below. Please remember that these cases aren’t necessarily “new,” but rather, test results received into the State reporting database over the past 24 hours.

  • New Jersey (Statewide): 1,073 new cases (+1%).
  • Bergen County: 93 new cases (+1%).
  • Borough of Leonia: 0 new cases (+0%). 137 positive case reports to date. We were informed today that one of our residents, who had tested positive several weeks ago, had succumbed to the virus. This brings the total number of Leonians we have lost to 10, and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with them, and with their families.  

Census Response Rates

The importance of ensuring that all Leonians are counted in the 2020 census cannot be overstated. If you haven’t yet responded, please visit www.2020census.gov to complete your response online. If you have questions, we have posted an FAQ document at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392. Below are the updated census response rates:

  • New Jersey: Response rate = 61.8%, +0.1%
  • Bergen County: Response rate = 67.9%, +0.1%
  • Leonia (Total Borough): Response rate = 74.9%, +0.2%
  • Leonia (East side of Broad Ave./Above Broad Ave.): Response rate = 78.0%, +0.2%
  • Leonia (West side of Broad Ave./Below Broad Ave.): Response rate = 72.6%, +0.2%

If you are a resident who requires assistance with completing the 2020 Census, please send an email to LeoniaCensus@leonianj.gov and include a request for a specific language, if needed. A Leonia Census volunteer will then contact you to arrange a time to help you.

Updates/New Information

  • NEW – Leonia Memorial Day Observances: As mentioned earlier in the week, we have worked with the members of American Legion Post #1, the Leonia Fire Department and the Leonia Police Department to put together Memorial Day observances that will appropriately honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of all who call the United States home…and all Leonians will be able to participate! Memorial Day is Monday, May 25; Leonia’s observances will be as follows:
    • 9:00 AM – Leonia Fire Department Memorial Service: The members of the Leonia Fire Department will gather to remember those who have given their lives in service to the community. Only members of the Department will be permitted to attend in person; all attendees will be wearing masks, and will be observing social distancing protocols.
    • 11:00 AM – Memorial Day Service: The Leader of Post #1, the Mayor and a small number of others will gather to conduct a Memorial Day Service to honor those Leonians who gave their lives in service to our country. The service will include the laying of the wreath at the memorial, remarks, and the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner,” among other elements of the service. Only participants are permitted to attend; spectators are prohibited, and participants must observe all social distancing guidelines.
    • 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM (Approximately) – Honor Guard Procession through Leonia: Two honor guard processions, each consisting of a police vehicle followed by a flag-draped fire engine, will travel all of Leonia’s streets and will, with lights and sirens, honor our community’s fallen heroes. Leonians are encouraged, when the honor guard procession is proceeding on your street, to go to your front walk and cheer for the honor guard procession, which is representing those who fought and died on our behalf.

Both the 9:00 AM Fire Department Service and the 11:00 AM Service will be livestreamed via the Borough’s YouTube channel. We’ll provide the link tomorrow, and a reminder prior to the start of each service. Please join us for these important ceremonies, honoring Leonia’s true heroes.

  • REMINDER – DPW Schedule: Please remember that we are now following the normal DPW collection schedule. On Friday, May 22, household garbage will be collected, town-wide. Leonians are reminded to abide by all local ordinances regarding curbside placement of items to be collected by the DPW. You may NOT put anything on the curb until 5:00 PM the night before the item is scheduled to be collected.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.
  • Volunteers Needed for Census Assistance: The Borough of Leonia and the Leonia Board of Education are asking residents to volunteer their time to assist their fellow Leonians with completing the 2020 Census. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, and we are particularly in need of people who speak languages other than English.  We need your help to make sure that all Leonians are counted! To volunteer, please click on the Leonia Census 2020 Volunteer Signup Form.

We are expecting a number of announcements from the State, beginning as early as tomorrow, regarding additional changes to activity restrictions, and at the same time, are working on the preparations to reopen Borough facilities as quickly as possible.

This, of course, can’t occur unless the rate of infection continues to remain stable and/or decline – which means that it can’t happen without all of you! Please resist the urge to have gatherings at your home, or attend gatherings at other homes, over this Memorial Day weekend. All Leonians are reminded that not only are such gatherings illegal under the current State Executive Order #107, but also put at risk our ability to continue to move forward as quickly as possible the process of reopening our community.

It's frustrating, but VERY necessary…and your cooperation and strict compliance with the previously published restrictions and guidelines is both expected and sincerely appreciated. As always, if you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

___________________________________________________________________________

May 20, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

A couple of updates today, as well as updated case counts. I have also included charts with 14-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please ensure that you read this email in its entirety, in order to ensure that you are up-to-date. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

Current COVID-19 Case Status

Updated case information is shown below. Please remember that these cases aren’t necessarily “new,” but rather, test results received into the State reporting database over the past 24 hours.

  • New Jersey (Statewide): 1,386 new cases (+1%).
  • Bergen County: 116 new cases (+1%).
  • Borough of Leonia: 0 new cases ((+0%). 137 positive case reports to date. We were informed today that one of our residents, who had tested positive several weeks ago, had succumbed to the virus. This brings the total number of Leonians we have lost to 10, and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with them, and with their families.  

Census Response Rates

The importance of ensuring that all Leonians are counted in the 2020 census cannot be overstated. If you haven’t yet responded, please visit www.2020census.gov to complete your response online. If you have questions, we have posted an FAQ document at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392. Below are the updated census response rates:

  • New Jersey: Response rate = 61.7%, +0.2%
  • Bergen County: Response rate = 67.8%, +0.1%
  • Leonia (Total Borough): Response rate = 74.7%, +0.2%
  • Leonia (East side of Broad Ave./Above Broad Ave.): Response rate = 77.8%, +0.2%
  • Leonia (West side of Broad Ave./Below Broad Ave.): Response rate = 72.4%, +0.2%

If you are a resident who requires assistance with completing the 2020 Census, please send an email to LeoniaCensus@leonianj.gov and include a request for a specific language, if needed. A Leonia Census volunteer will then contact you to arrange a time to help you.

Updates/New Information

  • NEW – County Financial Assistance: This afternoon I participated in a call with Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco and the County’s other Mayors, during which the County Executive provided information on the financial assistance that the County will be providing to its communities, as well as to small businesses. Bergen County received a significant amount of funding from the Federal Government (through the CARES Act), and has created several funding opportunities.
    • Municipal Assistance: The County has created a grant program for municipalities, which will allow us to receive reimbursement for the 25% of COVID-19 related costs that are not reimbursed by FEMA. In addition, because the CARES Act allows for reimbursement of a larger variety of expenses, Leonia will be able to receive additional reimbursement for things like salaries, for the portion of these that have been expended while responding to the pandemic. While details are still emerging, the funding will be provided in three tranches, with the first received as early as next month.
    • Small Business Assistance: The County will, in very short order, introduce a new grant program designed to get funding into the hands of very small businesses (one segment targeted to businesses with 1-5 employees, and the other targeted to businesses with 6-19 employees), to provide them with immediate reimbursement for expenses like rent and utilities during the period they have been unable to open to serve customers. Like the municipal assistance program, details are still being finalized, but the County Executive indicated that their goal is to get funding out to the businesses within the next couple of weeks. Bergen County is also exploring potential ways to assist commercial landlords, which have also been significantly impacted by the pandemic.

Obviously, these are very positive developments not just for Leonia, but for every municipality in Bergen County; this exactly the kind of support desperately needed by municipal governments across the state and across the nation. I would like to thank the County Executive for his leadership and recognition of the urgent needs of the municipal governments in Bergen County. Please be assured that we will be working hard to ensure that we receive every possible dollar of funding for which we are qualified.

  • REMINDER – DPW Schedule: Please remember that we are now following the normal DPW collection schedule. On Thursday, May 21, there will be no collection of any kind. Leonians are reminded to abide by all local ordinances regarding curbside placement of items to be collected by the DPW. You may NOT put anything on the curb until 5:00 PM the night before the item is scheduled to be collected.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.
  • Volunteers Needed for Census Assistance: The Borough of Leonia and the Leonia Board of Education are asking residents to volunteer their time to assist their fellow Leonians with completing the 2020 Census. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, and we are particularly in need of people who speak languages other than English.  We need your help to make sure that all Leonians are counted! To volunteer, please click on the Leonia Census 2020 Volunteer Signup Form.

We are continuing to work closely with all levels of government to ensure that our response to the COVID-19 pandemic is reflective of the latest possible data, as well as consistent with the statewide guidelines. We’re making progress every day – and ask that every Leonian redouble your commitment to continuing to do everything you’ve been doing, which in turn will allow us to drive forward on the road to recovery.

As always, if your municipal government can assist you in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

_____________________________________________________________________________

May 19, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

A couple of minor updates today, as well as updated case counts. I have also included charts with 7-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please ensure that you read this email in its entirety, in order to ensure that you are up-to-date. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

Current COVID-19 Case Status

Updated case information is shown below. Please remember that these cases aren’t necessarily “new,” but rather, test results received into the State reporting database over the past 24 hours.

  • New Jersey (Statewide): 974 new cases (+1%).
  • Bergen County: 57 new cases (+0.3%).
  • Borough of Leonia: 0 new cases ((+0%). 137 positive case reports to date. The total number of Leonians who have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus remains at nine.  

Census Response Rates

The importance of ensuring that all Leonians are counted in the 2020 census cannot be overstated. If you haven’t yet responded, please visit www.2020census.gov to complete your response online. If you have questions, we have posted an FAQ document at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392. Below are the updated census response rates:

  • New Jersey: Response rate = 61.5%, +0.1%
  • Bergen County: Response rate = 67.7%, +0.1%
  • Leonia (Total Borough): Response rate = 74.5%, +0.3%
  • Leonia (East side of Broad Ave./Above Broad Ave.): Response rate = 77.6%, +0.4%
  • Leonia (West side of Broad Ave./Below Broad Ave.): Response rate = 72.2%, +0.2%

If you are a resident who requires assistance with completing the 2020 Census, please send an email to LeoniaCensus@leonianj.gov and include a request for a specific language, if needed. A Leonia Census volunteer will then contact you to arrange a time to help you.

Updates/New Information

  • NEW – Resumption of In-Person Automobile and Motorcycle Sales: This afternoon, Governor Murphy announced that, effective at 6:00 AM on Wednesday, May 20, the in-person sale of automobiles and motorcycles may resume. Proper social distancing protocols must be maintained, and customers must wear masks when entering a dealership.
  • REMINDER – Tuesday Night Candlelight Vigil is Tonight: Please gather with your household on your front walk at 8:00 PM tonight, with lighted candles, for a 2-minute moment of silence to honor the frontline workers fighting the pandemic, as well as those Leonians who we have lost to the virus, and those who are recovering. 
  • REMINDER – DPW Schedule: Please remember that we are now following the normal DPW collection schedule. On Wednesday, May 20, recyclable mixed paper will be collected, town-wide. Leonians are reminded to abide by all local ordinances regarding curbside placement of items to be collected by the DPW. You may NOT put anything on the curb until 5:00 PM the night before the item is scheduled to be collected.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.
  • Volunteers Needed for Census Assistance: The Borough of Leonia and the Leonia Board of Education are asking residents to volunteer their time to assist their fellow Leonians with completing the 2020 Census. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, and we are particularly in need of people who speak languages other than English.  We need your help to make sure that all Leonians are counted! To volunteer, please click on the Leonia Census 2020 Volunteer Signup Form.

The Governor reiterated today that they continue to review the timelines for easing restrictions, based on updated data. The best way that all of us can assist is…yes, you guessed it…continuing to abide by the stay-at-home orders, practice social distancing, wear face coverings when out of your home (when possible), and observing proper sanitary protocols.

Our municipal government undertakes the same constant review of our response, and will continue to keep all Leonians updated with the latest information, as events warrant. I hope all Leonians continue to stay safe and healthy, and please, don’t forget to participate in tonight’s candelight vigil, tonight at 8:00 PM.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

_________________________________________________________________________________

May 18, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

A couple of updates today, as well as updated case counts. I have also included charts with 7-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please ensure that you read this email in its entirety, in order to ensure that you are up-to-date. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

Current COVID-19 Case Status

Updated case information is shown below. Please remember that these cases aren’t necessarily “new,” but rather, test results received into the State reporting database over the past 24 hours.

  • New Jersey (Statewide): 1,184 new (Saturday), 1,285 new (Sunday), 1,705 (Monday). +1% each day.  
  • Bergen County: 55 new (Saturday), 89 new (Sunday), 75 (Monday). Under 1% increase each day. 
  • Borough of Leonia: 1 new case each on Saturday and Sunday, 2 new cases today. 137 positive case reports to date. The total number of Leonians who have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus remains at nine.

Census Response Rates

The importance of ensuring that all Leonians are counted in the 2020 census cannot be overstated. If you haven’t yet responded, please visit www.2020census.gov to complete your response online. If you have questions, we have posted an FAQ document at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392. Below are the updated census response rates:

  • New Jersey: Response rate = 61.4%, +0.3% (since Friday)
  • Bergen County: Response rate = 67.6%, +0.4% (since Friday)
  • Leonia (Total Borough): Response rate = 74.2%, +0.4% (since Friday)
  • Leonia (East side of Broad Ave./Above Broad Ave.): Response rate = 77.2%, +0.4% (since Friday)
  • Leonia (West side of Broad Ave./Below Broad Ave.): Response rate = 72.0%, +0.5% (since Friday)

If you are a resident who requires assistance with completing the 2020 Census, please send an email to LeoniaCensus@leonianj.gov and include a request for a specific language, if needed. A Leonia Census volunteer will then contact you to arrange a time to help you.

Updates/New Information

  • NEW – Ability to Reopen Additional Facilities: This afternoon, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order #145, which will, effective May 22, 2020, allow for the opening of several types of facilities: Batting cages, golf ranges, shooting ranges, archery ranges, horseback riding, community gardens (Leonia’s Community Garden has remained open, with restrictions continuing), and private tennis clubs. Golf courses may permit foursomes, as of the May 22.
    • NOTE: This does not mean that these types of facilities automatically reopen; only that municipalities may approve their opening, if appropriate to do so.
    • Leonia Tennis Club: We are reviewing with the leadership of the Leonia Tennis Club the restrictions that will need to be in place in order to permit reopening; if the facility can reopen safely, it will be permitted to do so. Check directly with the Leonia Tennis Club for updates.
    • Wood Park Tennis Courts: We are discussing the restrictions that will be needed to be mandated in order to permit the reopening of the Wood Park tennis courts, as well as what actions will need to be taken to other areas of Wood Park, prior to opening the Tennis Courts, in order to ensure that there is no use of other facilities. We will provide additional information in the coming days. 
  • NEW – Memorial Day Observances: As you know, Monday, May 25, 2020 is Memorial Day. Unfortunately, in the interest of public safety, this year’s Memorial Day Parade has been canceled; however, it is important that we honor the members of our Armed Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice, on our behalf, so that we can enjoy the freedoms we enjoy today. We have been working on various options, and will be conducting the following activities on Memorial Day:
    • Memorial Observance (Time TBD): Several members of American Legion Post #1, as well as myself and several other community leaders, will gather at the Memorial by the Leonia Public Library, in order to lay a wreath in honor of our fallen heroes. The names of all Leonians who have died in service to our country will be read, and there will be several other remembrances and remarks. The event is closed to the public, but will be live-streamed on Leonia’s Facebook page.
    • “Honor Guard” Procession Through Leonia Streets (Time TBD): In order to properly honor our fallen heroes, two honor guard units will be dispatched (one north of Fort Lee Rd., one South of Fort Lee Rd.). Each unit will consist of a Leonia Police Department vehicle, and a Leonia Fire Department truck, which will be draped with American Flags. Every street in Leonia will be visited by one of the honor guard units; when you hear the sirens approaching, you are encouraged to come out to the street to applaud the honor guard unit, representing all who have given their lives in service to our nation. Leonians are encouraged to photograph the honor guard, and share the images and your thoughts through social media, using the hashtag #LeoniaRemembers.
    • Leonia Fire Department Memorial Observance (Time TBD): The members of the Leonia Fire Department will gather for a brief ceremony to honor those who have gone before them. The ceremony is restricted to Fire Department members only (no family members); all in attendance will be wearing face coverings, and will practice social distancing. The event will be live-streamed on the Borough of Leonia’s Facebook page.
    • Displaying of American Flags: All Leonia residents are encouraged to display American flags on their front porches, the front of their homes, their apartment windows, etc.

Even though we can’t all be physically together on Memorial Day, we still have the opportunity to show the strength of our community by ensuring that, together, we honor our fallen heroes. We encourage all of you to watch the formal observances, applaud the honor guard units when they visit your street, and proudly display the American flag.

  • REMINDER – Tuesday Night Candlelight Vigil: All Leonians are reminded that every Tuesday night at 8:00 PM, you should gather on the front walk of your homes and/or apartment buildings (practicing proper social distancing), with lit candles, and observe a two-minute moment of silence in honor of our frontline healthcare workers as well as all those who have succumbed to COVID-19, and those who continue to fight the disease either themselves or on our behalf. Please take the few minutes to show your neighbors how much you appreciate the efforts of all who are helping to fight the pandemic, and to remember those who are battling the disease as patients, and well as those how have succumbed to it. This show of unity is very meaningful to all who are being honored; please participate!
  • REMINDER – DPW Schedule: Please remember that we are now following the normal DPW collection schedule. On Tuesday, May 19, household garbage will be collected, town-wide. Leonians are reminded to abide by all local ordinances regarding curbside placement of items to be collected by the DPW. You may NOT put anything on the curb until 5:00 PM the night before the item is scheduled to be collected.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.
  • Volunteers Needed for Census Assistance: The Borough of Leonia and the Leonia Board of Education are asking residents to volunteer their time to assist their fellow Leonians with completing the 2020 Census. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, and we are particularly in need of people who speak languages other than English.  We need your help to make sure that all Leonians are counted! To volunteer, please click on the Leonia Census 2020 Volunteer Signup Form.

Approximately 200 households attended last night’s Town hall meeting; those who attended heard that we are expecting to receive over the next few days and weeks guidance from the State regarding the gradual reopening of various businesses as well as municipal facilities. I want to thank the members of our COVID-19 Task Force, who continue to work with me, seven days a week, to evaluate all of the data and guidelines we are receiving. We are using this information to continue to refine and revise our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and ensure that we are moving as quickly as possible to reopen our community, while ensuring that we relentlessly focus on our number one priority: ensuring, to the greatest extent possible, the health and safety of all who live and work in our community.

We will continue to provide as much information as possible, as quickly as we can. All that we ask from all Leonians is that you continue to follow all of the restrictions that are currently in place regarding staying at home, practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings when visiting businesses or out for exercise (if you’re able to do so without risking your health due to other conditions), and by continuing to check on your neighbors.

We ARE getting through this – together; as always, if your municipal government can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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May 15, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

A couple of updates today, as well as updated case counts. I have also included charts with 7-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please ensure that you read this email in its entirety, in order to ensure that you are up-to-date. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

NOTE: Unless there are is critical information to report, we will not be sending out updates on Saturday, May 16 or Sunday, May 17. Our next update is planned for Monday, May 18.

Current COVID-19 Case Status

Updated case information is shown below. Please remember that these cases aren’t necessarily “new,” but rather, test results received into the State reporting database over the past 24 hours.

  • New Jersey (Statewide): 1,201 new cases (+1%).
  • Bergen County: 108 new cases (+1%).
  • Borough of Leonia: 0 new cases ((+0%). 133 positive case reports to date. The total number of Leonians who have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus remains at nine. 

Census Response Rates

The importance of ensuring that all Leonians are counted in the 2020 census cannot be overstated. If you haven’t yet responded, please visit www.2020census.gov to complete your response online. If you have questions, we have posted an FAQ document at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392. Below are the updated census response rates:

  • New Jersey: Response rate = 61.1%, +0.1%
  • Bergen County: Response rate = 67.2%, +0.1%
  • Leonia (Total Borough): Response rate = 73.8%, +0.3%
  • Leonia (East side of Broad Ave./Above Broad Ave.): Response rate = 76.8%, +0.2%
  • Leonia (West side of Broad Ave./Below Broad Ave.): Response rate = 71.5%, +0.3%

If you are a resident who requires assistance with completing the 2020 Census, please send an email to LeoniaCensus@leonianj.gov and include a request for a specific language, if needed. A Leonia Census volunteer will then contact you to arrange a time to help you.

Updates/New Information

  • NEW – Resumption of Elective/Non-Emergency Surgeries: This afternoon, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order #144, which will, effective May 26, 2020, allow for the resumption of elective surgeries throughout the State of New Jersey, provided the surgical facility or hospital has the appropriate protocols, PPE and staffing in place. There are numerous new guidelines which must be followed by patients (including pre-procedure quarantining for at least three days); if you require an elective/non-emergency surgical procedure, please ensure that you obtain from your healthcare providers all patient guidelines and requirements.
  • NEW – July 7, 2020 Primary Election Information: As you know, the June primary was moved to July 7; today, Governor Murphy announced a number of details as to how the election will be conducted:
    • All voters currently registered either as “Democrat” or “Republican” will automatically receive a postage-paid vote by mail ballot.
    • All voters currently registered as “unaffiliated” will automatically receive a postage-paid vote by mail application.
    • Voters are encouraged to participate in the June 7 primary election using the mail-in ballot.
    • Every municipality is required to have at least one (1) polling location in operation; we will determine as quickly as possible which polling location will be open, and all voters in Leonia will be permitted to vote at that location, regardless of whether or not that is your regular polling location.
      • Social distancing requirements will be mandated
      • Voting machine surfaces will be sanitized between each use
    • Vote by mail ballots must be postmarked not later than July 7, 2020; vote by mail ballots can be dropped off in Hackensack as well; the deadline to drop off a vote by mail ballot will be July 14, 2020.
  • NEW – Small Business Financial Assistance: The Governor announced today that the State of New Jersey will be allocating $50 million from the amount received through the CARES ACT, for the purpose of assisting small businesses financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will be administered by the State Economic Development Authority. Details on eligibility, etc. have not been made available; those who need further information are encouraged to visit the NJEDA’s website at https://www.njeda.com/. 
  • NEW – Reopening of Leonia Car Wash: I have been working with the Governor’s office in order to determine the circumstances under which the Leonia Car Wash could reopen and today, received approval to do so. When the Leonia Car Wash reopens, they are permitted to provide exterior car washes only, and passengers must remain in their vehicles at all times. All employees will be required to wear PPE. We certainly encourage all Leonians who are able to and feel safe doing to patronize the Leonia Car Wash (and all of our Leonia businesses!), in order to help our local businesses get back on their feet, and allow their employees to continue to remain employed.
  • REMINDER – Town Hall Meeting: In order to give our residents an opportunity to ask questions about the changes that are occurring literally on a daily basis, we will hold another virtual Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, May 17, 2020, from 7:30 – 9:00 PM. Pre-registration is required: To register, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5172263632662331405.
  • REMINDER – DPW Schedule: Please remember that we are now following the normal DPW collection schedule. On Monday, May 18, yard waste will be collected, town-wide. Leonians are reminded to abide by all local ordinances regarding curbside placement of items to be collected by the DPW. You may NOT put anything on the curb until 5:00 PM the night before the item is scheduled to be collected.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com
  • Volunteers Needed for Census Assistance: The Borough of Leonia and the Leonia Board of Education are asking residents to volunteer their time to assist their fellow Leonians with completing the 2020 Census. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, and we are particularly in need of people who speak languages other than English.  We need your help to make sure that all Leonians are counted! To volunteer, please click on the Leonia Census 2020 Volunteer Signup Form.

We have been advised that additional announcements will be forthcoming in the very near future regarding the potential opening of businesses and facilities that have not yet been addressed. We will continue to actively participate in all discussions with County, State and Federal officials, and provide as much information to you as quickly as we can. Please note that much of what will be forthcoming from the State will be guidelines for County and municipal governments. We will at the same time continue to determine if/how to incorporate these guidelines into our reopening, so please ensure, when it comes to any business or facility within the Borough of Leonia, that you are relying on guidance only from the municipal government, NOT based on rumors, social media or other posts, etc.

I’ve said it almost every day, but it still bears repeating: the efforts that every Leonian are putting in to ensure that you’re abiding by all stay-at-home and social distancing requirements are the reason that we’ve been able to take even the small steps we’ve taken so far; please continue these efforts, so that we can continue to move forward with the safe reopening of our community.

Please don’t forget to pre-register for Sunday night’s town hall meeting; we’re taking the time to do this so that YOU with the opportunity to ask your questions directly, so take the opportunity, and actively participate! As always, if we can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

_________________________________________________________________________________

May 14, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

A couple of updates today, as well as updated case counts. I have also included charts with 7-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please ensure that you read this email in its entirety, in order to ensure that you are up-to-date. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

In order to give our residents an opportunity to ask questions about the changes that are occurring literally on a daily basis, we will hold another virtual Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, May 17, 2020, from 7:30 – 9:00 PM. Pre-registration is required: To register, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5172263632662331405. This is your opportunity to talk directly with us, get your questions answered, etc. It’s been several weeks since we’ve held a Town Hall – I hope everyone in our community take the time to attend, and we exceed the 362 households we had at our first Town Hall Meeting.

Current COVID-19 Case Status

Updated case information is shown below. Please remember that these cases aren’t necessarily “new,” but rather, test results received over the past 24 hours.

  • New Jersey (142,704, +1%): The NJ Dept. of Health reported 1,144 new cases in the past 24 hours. As the 7-day trailing average tracking chart shows, the statewide cases are starting to settle at a relatively consistent daily average.
  • Bergen County (17,150, +0%): Bergen County reporting has not been updated in the State reporting system; however, based on the new State totals, we assume that there are a similar number of new case reports as in recent days (~75 – 100)
  • Leonia (133, +0%):  Leonia had no new cases in the past 24 hours. The total number of Leonians who have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus remains at nine. 

Census Response Rates

The importance of ensuring that all Leonians are counted in the 2020 census cannot be overstated. If you haven’t yet responded, please visit www.2020census.gov to complete your response online. If you have questions, we have posted an FAQ document at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392. Below are the updated census response rates:

  • New Jersey: Response rate = 61.0%, +0.2%
  • Bergen County: Response rate = 67.1%, +0.2%
  • Leonia (Total Borough): Response rate = 73.5%, +0.2%
  • Leonia (East side of Broad Ave./Above Broad Ave.): Response rate = 76.6%, +0.2%
  • Leonia (West side of Broad Ave./Below Broad Ave.): Response rate = 71.2%, +0.1%

Updates/New Information 

  • NEW – Opening of Walking Track at Leonia Middle School: Because Leonia’s recreational facilities don’t offer passive opportunities, they have necessarily remained closed. However, in recognition of the continued improvement in the rate of spread of the virus, and the efforts of all Leonians regarding social distancing, etc., effective Saturday, May 16, the walking track ONLY at Leonia Middle School will be reopened, FOR WALKING OR JOGGING ONLY. Please note the following additional restrictions:
    • All other areas of the Leonia Middle School exterior remain closed; use of the baseball field, soccer field, etc. is strictly prohibited.
    • Bicycling is prohibited on the track; the only permitted activities are walking and jogging.
    • All walkers and joggers must maintain strict social distancing requirements, and must walk/jog in the same direction at all times.
    • Anyone using the track at the Leonia Middle School MUST wear a face covering; this is a requirement, not a request.
    • Use of the track at the Leonia Middle School is limited to daylight hours only; nobody is to be on school grounds at any time, between sunset and sunrise.

The Leonia Police Department will be actively monitoring the usage of the track at the Leonia Middle School, in order to ensure that there is 100% compliance with the requirements noted above. If we determine that these restrictions, which are being put in place to ensure the health and safety of all Leonians, are being ignored, we will have no choice but to once again close this facility. Please respect your neighbors and use the walking track, but use it in a responsible way.

Please also don’t forget that Highwood Hills (at the top of Highwood Ave.) remains open. Visitors to Highwood Hills are also required to follow all social distancing requirements, etc.

  • NEW – New Jersey Beach Opening Date: This afternoon, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order #143, which, effective on Friday, May 22, 2020, reopens New Jersey beaches, subject to significant restrictions. These include, but are not limited to:
    • Each local government is responsible for setting and enforcing capacity limits for each beach.
    • Strict enforcement of social distancing will be in effect at all beaches.
    • Amusement parks and arcades will remain closed, without exception.
    • No events (including fireworks displays, festivals, concerts, and similar activities) are permitted.
    • No organized sports of any kind on the beach at any time.
    • Showers and restrooms will be open; municipal governments must ensure that such facilities are regularly and completely cleaned and sanitized.
    • Restaurants in beach communities must follow the same restrictions as extended to all restaurants statewide: service is limited to delivery and takeout only.
    • While not mandated, People visiting beaches and shore communities are “strongly encouraged” (the Governor’s words, not mine) to wear face coverings when not in the water, “especially in circumstances wherein keeping social distance is more difficult.”
  • REMINDER – Leonia Swim Club Survey: We’ve gotten a great response to the survey regarding the Leonia Swim Club, but we want to ensure that we have the input of as many people as possible who were/are considering joining the Leonia Swim Club. We ask that only one survey response be submitted per household. The deadline to submit your survey response is Saturday, May 16, 2020. To respond to the survey,  please visit https://forms.gle/mWemPcoqmhB6RDsj8.
  • REMINDER – DPW Schedule: Please remember that we are now following the normal DPW collection schedule. On Friday, May 15, household garbage will be collected, town-wide. Leonians are reminded to abide by all local ordinances regarding curbside placement of items to be collected by the DPW. You may NOT put anything on the curb until 5:00 PM the night before the item is scheduled to be collected.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.
  • Volunteers Needed for Census Assistance: The Borough of Leonia and the Leonia Board of Education are asking residents to volunteer their time to assist their fellow Leonians with completing the 2020 Census. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, and we are particularly in need of people who speak languages other than English.  We need your help to make sure that all Leonians are counted! To volunteer, please click on the Leonia Census 2020 Volunteer Signup Form.

Today’s announcements regarding the opening of the LMS track, as well as New Jersey’s beaches, continue to demonstrate the benefits of ensuring that every Leonian continues to follow the mandated restrictions and guidance that has been provided regarding staying at home, social distancing, etc. In Leonia, we continue to focus on how best to reopen our community, both in terms of Borough and school facilities and programs, as well as assisting our businesses. We will continue to make these decisions based on the overriding principle which has guided us throughout the pandemic: ensuring, to the greatest extent possible, that we are keeping all Leonians, as well as those who work in our community, healthy and safe.

We understand and respect that there are differing opinions on many of the issues with which we’ve been grappling, and as I’ve written on so many occasions, there is rarely one “right” answer. We are making the decisions we believe are truly represent the best interest of our entire community, not those that might be the most “popular.” We ask of each of you that you continue to share your opinions and ideas with us, in a respectful and collaborative manner, but at the same time, that you support the decisions we are making, for the good of everyone in Leonia.

Thanks, to everyone, for your continued sacrifices. If we can do anything at all to assist you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

_______________________________________________________________________________

May 13, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

A few updates today, as well as updated case counts. I have also included charts with 7-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please ensure that you read this email in its entirety, in order to ensure that you are up-to-date. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

Current COVID-19 Case Status

Updated case information is shown below. Please remember that these cases aren’t necessarily “new,” but rather, test results received over the past 24 hours.

  • New Jersey (141,560, +1%): The NJ Dept. of Health reported 817 new cases in the past 24 hours. As the 7-day trailing average tracking chart shows, the statewide cases are starting to settle at a relatively consistent daily average.
  • Bergen County (17,150, +0%): Bergen County has reported 59 new cases in the past 24 hours; like the statewide trend, Bergen County too is flattening.
  • Leonia (133, +2%):  Leonia had no new cases in the past 24 hours. The total number of Leonians who have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus remains at nine. 

Census Response Rates

The importance of ensuring that all Leonians are counted in the 2020 census cannot be overstated. If you haven’t yet responded, please visit www.2020census.gov to complete your response online. If you have questions, we have posted an FAQ document at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392. Below are the updated census response rates:

  • New Jersey: Response rate = 60.8%, +0.2%
  • Bergen County: Response rate = 66.9%, +0.3%
  • Leonia (Total Borough): Response rate = 73.3%, +0.3%
  • Leonia (East side of Broad Ave./Above Broad Ave.): Response rate = 76.4%, +0.6%
  • Leonia (West side of Broad Ave./Below Broad Ave.): Response rate = 71.1%, +0.3%

Updates/New Information

  • NEW – Revised Restrictions for Non-Essential Retail Businesses: This afternoon, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order #142, which, effective at 6:00 AM on Monday, May 18, allows retail businesses previously deemed non-essential to open for curbside pickup only. It is important to note that NO customers are permitted in these stores at any time; orders can only be placed either online or via telephone. In addition, any staff working in the location must be provided with appropriate PPE, and must follow social distancing requirements. Customers must notify the retailer when they have arrived to pick up their merchandise (either via text or by advance appointment), and MUST remain in their vehicle while the retailer’s employee brings the customer’s merchandise to the vehicle.
  • NEW – Permissibility of Construction Previously Deemed Non-Essential: Executive Order #142 also permits construction previously deemed non-essential to resume (also effective on Monday, May 18).  All construction workers must wear face coverings at all times, and must be working in a socially distant manner (including staggered work and break schedules). If you plan on having work done at your residents, you are required to ensure that the individuals working on your home are abiding by all of the restrictions contained in the executive order. If these restrictions are not followed, a stop work order may be issued by the municipality.
  • NEW – Permissibility of Gatherings in Cars: Executive Order #142 clarifies that in-car gatherings and businesses, including, but not limited to, drive-in movie theaters, religious services, and drive-thru farms and safaris, are permitted. All occupants of the vehicle must remain in their original vehicle throughout the event, and the vehicle’s windows, sunroof, etc. must remain closed unless the vehicles are more than six feet away from each other. I am in the process of attempting to get further clarification on some of the other areas of permissibility, and will advise as I get additional information.
  • NEW – Leonia Swim Club Survey: As mentioned in yesterday’s message, we are in the process of reviewing several different scenarios for the 2020 Leonia Swim Club season…and we need your input! We have created a survey to gauge the impact of various potential changes on your decision regarding whether or not you would consider joining the Swim Club this summer. If you were a swim club member in the past three years, or are considering joining this year, please visit https://forms.gle/mWemPcoqmhB6RDsj8 and take the survey. Please submit your response by Saturday, May 16, 2020.
  • REMINDER – COMMON SENSE: It is astounding to me that I actually have to remind anyone about the following items – but based on what we’re seeing on Leonia streets, it’s clear that a stronger reminder is necessary:
    • Litter: The street is not your trash can – please stop dropping your litter on Borough streets. Used masks and gloves are especially ridiculous – but littering in general is very disrespectful of your neighbors and of the entire community.
    • Dog Waste: A resident advised me that she witnessed a fellow Leonian start to walk away after their dog had deposited its business on her front curb area. The response she got was “nothing I can do about it – I forgot a bag.” Really? REALLY??? Let’s take this from the top: dogs are living things, living things must excrete waste from their bodies, owners are required to pick up this (solid) waste when it’s excreted, so don’t leave your house without the tools necessary to do so. There is no excuse to ignore this.
    • Bicycles on Sidewalks: This too is simple: NOBODY IS TO RIDE THEIR BICYCLE ON THE SIDEWALK. You are putting both yourself and the pedestrians who utilize the sidewalk at risk. If you are scared to ride your bicycle on the street on certain streets…then don’t travel by bicycle on those streets. The Leonia Police Department WILL be on the lookout for bicyclists on the sidewalk, and WILL be issuing summonses.
    • Group Activities (in Parks or Otherwise)/Groups of Unaccompanied Children: Again, very simple, as stated in Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #107: People are to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave their home. Further, group gatherings OF ANY SIZE are prohibited. In addition, the Borough’s parks are closed (because group sports are prohibited, and our parks don’t have walking trails). Given this, why would it be necessary for our police to respond to a group of children playing soccer today, at Sylvan Park? Parents – it is your responsibility to ensure that your children do not violate Executive Orders or restrictions on the use of Borough Parks…without exception. There is absolutely NO reason for children to be leaving their home, unless they are with an adult household member, or another trusted adult. The fine for violating an Executive Order can be up to $1,000; if you’ve got that kind of extra money lying around burning a hole in your pocket, please donate it to a food pantry…and keep your children at home.  

Apologies in advance if I offended anyone by writing the above…but to be completely candid, I’m more than a little offended that after all this time, there are still people in our community who still just don’t get it – and your actions are negatively impacting everyone else in Leonia.

  • REMINDER – DPW Schedule: Please remember that we are now following the normal DPW collection schedule. On Thursday, May 14, trash will be collected for all homes south of Fort Lee Rd. All Leonians are also reminded to abide by all local ordinances regarding curbside placement of items to be collected by the DPW. You may NOT put anything on the curb until 5:00 PM the night before the item is scheduled to be collected.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.

I know I’ve been writing for weeks about the fact that everyone’s social distancing, face covering, and stay at home adherence efforts are making a difference – and I hope you are as happy as I am that we are now beginning to see the fruits of that labor. Even though the steps taken today are relatively small, they are still steps in the right direction – and the only way that we’ll be able to continue this progress is with the help of everyone in our community. So…please…stay home, stay apart, stay [virtually] connected, and stay safe, so that we can all gather together again, sooner than later.

As always, we are here to help – if you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

_______________________________________________________________________________

May 12, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

A few updates today, as well as updated case counts. I have also included charts with 7-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please ensure that you read this email in its entirety, in order to ensure that you are up-to-date. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

Current COVID-19 Case Status

Updated case information is shown below. Please remember that these cases aren’t necessarily “new,” but rather, test results received over the past 24 hours.

  • New Jersey (140,743, +1%): The NJ Dept. of Health reported 798 new cases in the past 24 hours. As the 7-day trailing average tracking chart shows, the statewide cases are starting to settle at a relatively consistent daily average.
  • Bergen County (17,091, +0%): Bergen County has reported 63 new cases in the past 24 hours; like the statewide trend, Bergen County too is flattening.
  • Leonia (133, +2%):  Leonia received notification of two new cases in the past 24 hours. The total number of Leonians who have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus remains at nine.

Census Response Rates

The importance of ensuring that all Leonians are counted in the 2020 census cannot be overstated. If you haven’t yet responded, please visit www.2020census.gov to complete your response online. If you have questions, we have posted an FAQ document at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392. Below are the updated census response rates:

  • New Jersey: Response rate = 60.6%, +0.2%
  • Bergen County: Response rate = 66.6%, +0.1%
  • Leonia (Total Borough): Response rate = 73.0%, +0.2%
  • Leonia (East side of Broad Ave./Above Broad Ave.): Response rate = 75.8%, +0.2%
  • Leonia (West side of Broad Ave./Below Broad Ave.): Response rate = 70.8%, +0.1%

Updates/New Information

  • NEW – Volunteers Needed for Census Assistance: The Borough of Leonia and the Leonia Board of Education are asking residents to volunteer their time to assist their fellow Leonians with completing the 2020 Census. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, and we are particularly in need of people who speak languages other than English.  We need your help to make sure that all Leonians are counted! To volunteer, please click on the Leonia Census 2020 Volunteer Signup Form.
  • NEW – Leonia Swim Club: Understandably, we are getting more and more questions about the 2020 season at the Leonia Swim Club. We know that the Leonia Swim Club is a very important part of summer in Leonia, and we are doing a significant amount of scenario planning to determine the circumstances under which we might open, when we might open, what the 2020 season might look like, etc. These discussions are ongoing, and we’ll make sure to keep everyone fully informed as we continue this process.
  • NEW – End of Year School Activities: Many of you are already aware of the Administrative Order issued this past weekend, which prohibits any in-person graduation or other similar end-of-year school activities, as well as “wave parades” (parade-type events where people are standing and watching the parade, even if the participants themselves are in enclosed vehicles). The Leonia Public Schools leadership team is very aware of how important graduation and other similar milestone events at ACS and LMS are, both to the students and to their families, and they are working to determine how best to deliverable memorable experiences while abiding by the existing restrictions. The Borough of Leonia has committed to providing full support to help our Board of Education/Leonia School District partners deliver the best possible experiences for all participants. Additional details will be provided by the Leonia School District as the plans take shape.
  • REMINDER – Alternate Side Parking Regulations in Effect: Please remember that alternate side of the street parking regulations are now back in effect, town-wide. The vast majority of Leonians are abiding by these requirements (thank you!), but to those who have forgotten, please ensure that you know where to park legally, and do so.
  • REMINDER – DPW Schedule: Please remember that we are now following the normal DPW collection schedule. On Wednesday, May 13, commingled container recycling will be collected, town-wide. All Leonians are also reminded to abide by all local ordinances regarding curbside placement of items to be collected by the DPW. You may NOT put anything on the curb until 5:00 PM the night before the item is scheduled to be collected.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.

The weather is getting nicer, and by the end of the week, temperatures will be in the high 70s. Everyone should get out and enjoy the fresh air – but please, remember to practice proper social distancing, wear a face covering when out on Borough streets or visiting essential businesses, and wash your hands frequently.

Let’s continue the progress we’ve been making, so we can all enjoy the company of our families, neighbors and friends, in person, as soon as possible. As always, if your municipal government can assist you in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

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May 11, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

A few updates today, as well as updated case counts. I have also included charts with 7-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please ensure that you read this email in its entirety, in order to ensure that you are up-to-date. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

Current COVID-19 Case Status

Updated case information is shown below. Please remember that these cases aren’t necessarily “new,” but rather, test results received over the past 24 hours.

  • New Jersey (139,945): The NJ Dept. of reported approximately 1,400 – 1,500 new cases per day for the past three days. As the 7-day trailing average tracking chart shows, the statewide cases are starting to settle at a consistent daily average.
  • Bergen County (17,028): Bergen County has reported an average of approximately 100 new cases per day for the past three days; like the statewide trend, Bergen County too is flattening.
  • Leonia (131):  Leonia had no new cases on Saturday and Sunday, and three new cases today. The total number of Leonians who have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus remains at nine.

Census Response Rates

The importance of ensuring that all Leonians are counted in the 2020 census cannot be overstated. If you haven’t yet responded, please visit www.2020census.gov to complete your response online. If you have questions, we have posted an FAQ document at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392. Below are the updated census response rates:

  • New Jersey: Response rate = 60.4%
  • Bergen County: Response rate = 66.5%
  • Leonia (Total Borough): Response rate = 72.8%
  • Leonia (East side of Broad Ave./Above Broad Ave.): Response rate = 70.7%
  • Leonia (West side of Broad Ave./Below Broad Ave.): Response rate = 75.6%

Updates/New Information

  • REMINDER – Wearing Face Coverings When Outside: In walking and driving through Leonia several times over the weekend, I was disappointed to see that more and more people are not wearing face coverings when they are not on their own properties. Several important things to consider:
    • A significant number of people who have COVID-19 are asymptomatic; in other words, you might have it, and not know it.
    • The incubation period for COVID-19 is anywhere from 3 – 14 days; therefore, you might not be symptomatic, and might not even test positive for the virus, but display symptoms the next day, the day after that, etc. – and in the meantime, have inadvertently infected people during the intervening period.
    • There are still approximately 1,400 new cases every day being reported in New Jersey, and 100 new cases being reported every day in Bergen County. In other words, the spread of the virus is still active in our area.

     

    When you wear a face covering, you are protecting yourself but, to an even greater extent, you are protecting others with whom you may come into contact. There’s no doubt that wearing a face covering or mask is uncomfortable – but it’s a lot better than ending up in social isolation for an even longer period than what might be necessary if we all take every possible precaution we can to slow the spread of the virus.

    The last thing that I want to do is create formal mandates for everyone to follow – but my number one priority is to protect the health and safety of all who live and work in Leonia. If more Leonians don’t start consistently wearing face coverings while out in public, then formal action will unfortunately have to be taken. This is a community that cares about each other – so, please, let’s demonstrate that by doing the right thing, and wearing face masks for face coverings any time you are not on your own property.

  • REMINDER – Bicycle Restrictions: All Leonians are reminded that it is illegal to ride bicycles on the sidewalk; at a time when more Leonians are out walking throughout our community, it is even more important, for the safety of all of our residents, that everyone ride their bicycle on the street, and abide by all motor vehicle regulations, at all times.
  • REMINDER – DPW Schedule: Please remember that we are now following the normal DPW collection schedule. On Tuesday, May 12, household garbage will be collected, town-wide. All Leonians are also reminded to abide by all local ordinances regarding curbside placement of items to be collected by the DPW. You may NOT put anything on the curb until 5:00 PM the night before the item is scheduled to be collected.
  • REMINDER – Alternate Side Parking Regulations in Effect: Please remember that alternate side of the street parking regulations are now back in effect, town-wide. The vast majority of Leonians are abiding by these requirements (thank you!), but to those who have forgotten, please ensure that you know where to park legally, and do so.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.

The Governor has indicated that at some point this week, he is hoping to release additional, specific information regarding the reopening of our state, relaxation of certain guidelines, etc. As always, we will provide this information to you as soon as we receive it. In the meantime, please continue to abide by all of the restrictions currently in place – not just because it’s legally required, but because it is clearly making a difference!

As always, if there is anything that your municipal government can do to assist you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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May 8, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

Several important pieces of new information today, as well as updated case counts. I have also included charts with 7-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please ensure that you read this email in its entirety, in order to ensure that you are up-to-date. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

NOTE: Barring any significant developments over the weekend, we will NOT be sending an update on Saturday or Sunday. The next update will be on Monday, May 11. 

Current Case Status

  • Current Cases: Updated case information is shown below. Please remember that these cases aren’t necessarily “new,” but rather, test results received over the past 24 hours.
    • New Jersey (135,454, +1%): The NJ Dept. of Health is reporting 1,819 new cases over the past 24 hours. As the 7-day trailing average tracking chart shows, the statewide cases are consistently declining.
    • Bergen County (16,709, +1%): Bergen County has reported 100 new cases in the past day.
    • Leonia (128, +1%):  Overnight we received word of one additional case in Leonia. The total number of Leonians who have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus remains at nine.

Updates/New Information

  • NEW – Resumption of Regular DPW Collection Schedule: As previously mentioned on several occasions, we are constantly reviewing all existing restrictions, compliance with Executive Orders, and rates of infection both among residents and Borough employees. We do this so that we can continue to update our response to the pandemic in order to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our community, while ensuring everyone’s continued health and safety. To that end, I am pleased to announce that effective Monday, 5/11/2020, we will be resuming our regular DPW collection schedule. As a reminder, in general, the collection schedule is as follows:
    • Mondays: Alternating each week between yard waste (entire town) and household trash (for addresses North of Fort Lee Rd.)
    • Tuesdays: Household garbage (entire town)
    • Wednesdays: Recycling (entire town), alternating each week between paper and commingled containers
    • Thursdays: Household trash (every other week, for addresses south of Fort Lee Rd.)
    • Fridays: Household garbage (entire town)

     

    On Monday, May 11, household trash will be picked up only for addresses north of Fort Lee Rd. All residents are reminded that it is a violation of our ordinances to put any item out for collection sooner than 5:00 PM the night before the item is to be collected.

  • NEW – Testing Opportunities: I have registered Leonia to get access to one of two new mobile testing vans that Bergen County is providing to those municipalities which express interest. The testing vans will provide testing, without an appointment, to all Bergen County residents as well as those who work in Bergen County. No appointment will be necessary, and there will be no cost to anyone for the testing. All testing (including antibody testing) has been approved by the appropriate authorities.

The County has indicated that we should be able to get the testing van here in Leonia within the next 2 – 3 weeks (there is a backlog, and priority is being given to municipalities with higher per capita rates of infection). I will provide additional details as soon as they are finalized, but wanted to let everyone know that we are actively working to provide testing opportunities for all Leonians who believe they need testing.

  • NEW – Memorial Day Parade/Memorial Day Observances: Based on the latest direction from the Governor’s staff, and of course based on the need to prioritize the health and safety of all Leonians, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Memorial Day parade. However, we MUST appropriately honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf, and so will be working with Commander Palka and the team at American Legion Post #1 to plan and execute alternative memorial ceremonies, and do our best to ensure that in some way these observances involve the entire community. We’ll provide more details as they are finalized.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Important Reminders Accessible via Website: Please remember that all of the key information we’ve covered is available on the Borough website. To access it, visit  https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/covid-19-resources-info/covid-19-key-reminders.

     

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.

     

  • 2020 Census: All Leonians need to ensure that you respond to the 2020 census. Your voice impacts how we are represented in Trenton and in Washington, and how billions of dollars in federal money is distributed. Leonia’s response rate is currently 72.5%. This is higher than both the State or County averages – but we still have a long way to go! Please visit www.2020census.gov to complete the census response for your household. If you have any questions about the census, you can access an FAQ document at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392.   

This Sunday is Mother’s Day – a time when we’d normally be gathering with family and friends to celebrate all of the moms in our lives. If you’ve got a mom or moms in your household – make this Mother’s Day extra special! If you’ve got a mom or moms (or grandmothers, or great-grandmothers, etc.) who aren’t living with you – be creative and celebrate with them, by using video calls, texts, emails, etc. Please try to resist the urge to have family gatherings involving multiple households – we’re making real progress towards ending the current restrictions on social isolation, and I would hate to see anything set the progress back! Please also remember that gatherings of any size are prohibited by State Executive Order #107 – so please, celebrate Mother’s Day, but celebrate responsibly.

To all the Moms in Leonia – and especially to my wife, my mother, and my mother-in-law, all of whom are proud Leonia residents – thanks for all that you do, every day, and best wishes for a great Mother’s Day 2020!

As always, if there is anything that your municipal government can do to assist you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

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May 7, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

A couple of important updates today, as well as updated case counts. I have also included charts with 7-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please ensure that you read this email in its entirety, in order to ensure that you are up-to-date. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

Current Case Status

  • Current Cases: Updated case information is shown below. Please remember that these cases aren’t necessarily “new,” but rather, test results received over the past 24 hours.
    • New Jersey (133,635, +1%): The NJ Dept. of Health is reporting 1,745 new cases over the past 24 hours. As the 7-day trailing average tracking chart shows, the statewide cases are consistently declining.
    • Bergen County (16,609, +1%): Bergen County has reported 89 new cases in the past day; although Bergen remains the County with the most positive cases, Hudson County’s new cases have been higher for some time, and will within days eclipse the Bergen total.
    • Leonia (127, +1%):  Overnight we received word of one additional case in Leonia. The total number of Leonians who have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus remains at nine.

Updates/New Information

  • NEW – Resumption of Alternate Side Parking Regulations: We want to ensure that we are keeping the streets as clean as possible; the only way to ensure that this occurs is to utilize the street sweeper, which cannot be utilized if one side of the street isn’t clear of vehicles. Therefore, effective Monday, 5/11/2020 at 8:00 AM, alternate side of the street parking regulations will once again be in effect. Please don’t panic; we aren’t going on a ticket-writing blitz, and this isn’t being done to generate revenue from tickets. The Leonia Police Department will be utilizing significant discretion in determining if/when tickets should be issued. Again, the purpose of resuming alternate side parking regulations is so that our street sweeper can once again be deployed, which in turn will improve the cleanliness of our streets.
  • NEW – Phishing and Phone Scams on the Rise: Unfortunately, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, bad people continue to do bad things, and law enforcement professionals across the United States, including here in Leonia, have seen an uptick in phishing, phone and other scams. No reputable government agency or business will ever contact you online or via phone and ask you for money “on the spot,” or your social security number or any other sensitive information. In recent days, we’ve seen these scams attempted on Leonia residents. If you think that you have been the victim of a scam or other fraudulent act, you are encouraged to contact the Leonia Police Department at (201) 944-0800. For more information on phone scams, here is a link to a resource from the Federal Trade Commission: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0208-phone-scams. They also have a resource on phishing scams, which you can access by clicking on the following link: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams.
  • NEW – Honoring the Class of 2020 and Spring Student Athletes: At the request of the Leonia/Edgewater school district, we will be participating in the national #BeTheLight initiative taking place this Friday, May 8. On that date, athletic venues across the nation will, at 8:20 (2020 in military time) turn on their field lights to honor the Class of 2020, and to recognize the senior athletes who had their Spring athletic season canceled due to the COVID-19 virus. We will show our support by lighting Sylvan Park and at the same time, Veteran’s Park in Edgewater will also be lit. The lights will stay on for 20 minutes. NOTE: Please do not gather at Sylvan Park during this time; the parking lot is closed off with a barricade, as is the Swim Club parking lot. Pictures will be posted on multiple platforms.
  • REMINDER - DPW Schedule – Friday, May 8: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Friday, May 8, there will be no collection of any kind. Please remember to abide by local ordinances, and do NOT put anything out for collection prior to the night before the day on which it is scheduled to be collected.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.
  • 2020 Census: All Leonians need to ensure that you respond to the 2020 census. Your voice impacts how we are represented in Trenton and in Washington, and how billions of dollars in federal money is distributed. Leonia’s response rate is currently 72.1%. This is higher than both the State or County averages – but we still have a long way to go! Please visit www.2020census.gov to complete the census response for your household. If you have any questions about the census, you can access an FAQ document at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392.   

Finally, a STRONG reminder: if you are going out for an essential reason, PLEASE wear a face covering. This is as much for your protection as for the protection of those around you. I’ve seen too many people out on the street for walks, etc., without face coverings in place. We can’t let up now, when we’ve made so much progress. PLEASE ensure that you and everyone in your household is consistently abiding by all social distancing and sanitary guidelines, which includes the wearing of face coverings when you leave your home or vehicle.

As always, if your municipal government can assist you in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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May 6, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

A couple of important updates today, as well as updated case counts. I have also included charts with 7-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please ensure that you read this email in its entirety, in order to ensure that you are up-to-date. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

Current Case Status

  • Current Cases: Updated case information is shown below. Please remember that these cases aren’t necessarily “new,” but rather, test results received over the past 24 hours.
    • New Jersey (131,890, +1%): The State is reporting 1,297 new cases over the past 24 hours; the flattening trend is continuing.
    • Bergen County (16,520, +0%): Bergen County has reported 60 new cases in the past day; the rate of infection continues to decline significantly in the northern part of our state.
    • Leonia (126, +2%):  We have received word of three additional cases in Leonia, although one of these represents a test from a month ago, and the individual is already fully recovered. The total number of Leonians who have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus remains at nine.

Updates/New Information

  • NEW – Extension of Executive Order Governing Health Emergency: This afternoon, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order #138, which extends the current health emergency (first declared on March 9, 2020), to June 9, 2020. The Governor was clear in that the extension was not meant in any way to express or imply that there has been a regression in the positive trends that have been seen regarding slowing the rate of infection, the rate of hospitalization, etc. However, it is important to remember that, by extending the public health emergency, all of the related Executive Orders remain in place, unless and until those are rescinded. Please ensure that you continue to do all of the things you are legally required to do regarding staying at home, social distancing, etc., as these requirements still remain in effect.

     

  • NEW – “Light the Fight” Honoring Frontline Healthcare Workers: At our May 4, 2020 meeting of the Leonia Mayor and Council, we passed resolution 2020-114, which encourages all Leonia residents and places of businesses to show their support of all frontline healthcare workers through lights on their properties:
    • Everyone (residents and business owners) are encouraged to place a string of lights, or flameless candles, in their front windows, or porches (if you have them), or wherever they might be most visible.
    • Everyone is encouraged to take pictures of your lights and post these to your social media pages, using the hashtag #LighttheFight to let healthcare workers know that we support and appreciate their bravery and work on our behalf. Don’t forget to post them to the Borough of Leonia’s Facebook page as well!
  • REMINDER - DPW Schedule – Thursday, May 7: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Thursday, May 7, there will be no collection of any kind. Please remember to abide by local ordinances, and do NOT put anything out for collection prior to the night before the day on which it is scheduled to be collected.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Important Reminders Accessible via Website: Please remember that all of the key information we’ve covered is available on the Borough website. To access it, visit  https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/covid-19-resources-info/covid-19-key-reminders.

     

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.

     

  • 2020 Census: All Leonians need to ensure that you respond to the 2020 census. Your voice impacts how we are represented in Trenton and in Washington, and how billions of dollars in federal money is distributed. Leonia’s response rate is currently 71.5%. This is higher than both the State or County averages – but we still have a long way to go! Please visit www.2020census.gov to complete the census response for your household. If you have any questions about the census, you can access an FAQ document at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392.   

Last night I participated in a call, led by Congressman Pascrell, along with other Mayors from the 9th congressional district, regarding the 2020 Census. The Northeast Director of the Census Bureau was also in attendance. Both were thrilled with Leonia’s response rate thus far – but agreed with me that we need EVERYONE to be counted, to ensure that we maximize our funding and our elected representation. So – please – remind your friends, family and neighbors here in Leonia about the importance of the census, and encourage them to take the ten minutes to respond, either online or via phone, using the link above.

We continue to put the plans in place to help facilitate the reopening of our Borough as quickly, safely and responsibly as possible. As these plans are finalized, we will of course share the updates with you. As always, please continue to do what you’ve been doing in terms of social distancing and limiting time outside of your homes to essential reasons only, so we can continue the progress we’re making.

As always, if your municipal government can assist you in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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May 5, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

A couple of important updates today, as well as updated case counts. I have also included charts with 7-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please ensure that you read this email in its entirety, in order to ensure that you are up-to-date. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: It is VERY important that people get their information ONLY from official sources. For example, today, someone posted on a listserv in Leonia that “Governor Murphy extended the grace period for property tax payments.” This is completely incorrect, and could cause people to pay their property taxes late, and incur unnecessary interest charges. We send out daily updates, and provide a significant amount of information on the Borough website, so that, to the greatest extent possible, we can provide everyone with the latest information possible. Please avoid posting information on listservs, social media, etc., unless it is simply a link to an official and/or reputable source.  

Current Case Status

  • Current Cases: Updated case information is shown below. The State continues to indicate that numbers from the past two days may be under-reported, due to “systems issues.”
    • New Jersey (130,593, +2%): The State is reporting 2,324 new cases over the past 24 hours; the flattening trend is continuing.
    • Bergen County (16,460, +1%): Bergen County has reported 178 new cases in the past day; the rate of infection continues to decline significantly in the northern part of our state.
    • Leonia (123, +0%):  For the third day in a row, Leonia is reporting no new positive test results. The total number of Leonians who have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus remains at nine.

Updates/New Information

  • NEW – Additional Testing Availability: We have been advised that the testing site at Bergen Community College is now taking for testing those who are not actively exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. Priority is still being given to health care and congregate living center workers, as well as symptomatic first responders, and asymptomatic New Jersey residents who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The site, at 400 Paramus Rd. in Paramus, is open weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Each day the site will open at 8:00 AM, and will close when the daily maximum 500-test capacity is achieved. You are reminded that the COVID-19 virus has a significant incubation period; therefore, the “worried well” shouldn’t rush to get tested; it is always a good idea to talk to your health provider first, prior to going to any testing site.
  • NEW – Nursing Appreciation Day/Week:  May 6 through May 12 is Nursing Appreciation Week and tomorrow (Wednesday, May 6) is Nursing Appreciation Day. There are many, many heroes fighting the COVID-19 war, but nurses are without question true superheroes. Throughout the pandemic, they have headed toward danger, putting their own health at risk so as to protect and ensure the health of others. I hope that all Leonians take the time to express your appreciation to these selfless warriors. As Mayor, I want to personally thank two nurses with whom I have been working closely throughout this pandemic, and who exemplify commitment and service. First, I want to thank Aleta Zygiel, Leonia’s Public Health Nurse, who has been working almost 24/7 to assist those Leonians who have been directly impacted by the virus, while also ensuring that we are providing the necessary reporting to County, State and Federal agencies. Maryellen Peters Neu is a lifelong Leonia resident who not only serves as the volunteer President of the Leonia Board of Health, but also works on the front lines of the pandemic, as a nurse at Columbia Presbyterian. I couldn’t be more honored to have both of these nursing professionals on Leonia’s pandemic response team, and thank them, as well as all of the other nurses in our community, for their exceptional service and dedication.
  • NEW – Food Pantry Fundraiser: On this “Giving Tuesday,” I want to encourage all who are able to support a fundraiser that has been organized and is being managed by a group of Leonia High School sophomores. All proceeds from the sale of the T-shirts and lawn signs they have created (which show support for our front-line first responders and healthcare professionals) will go to the St. John’s Food Pantry in Leonia, as well as the Holy Rosary Food Pantry in Edgewater. To see what these enterprising students have created, and support the initiative, which will help those who are in such immediate need, you can visit their online store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/LionPrideStore, or visit their fundraising page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lion.pride.520900.
  • NEW – Elder Care Planning, Elder Law and Estate Planning Webinars: The Leonia Recreation Department is providing valuable opportunities for Leonia residents to learn more about the important topics related to elder care, elder law and estate planning. The first session will be held on May 13, 2020, and will focus on elder care planning, and the important discussions and plans needed to ensure proper planning. Pre-registration is required. To learn more about these valuable sessions, visit https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1442. To register, visit register.communitypass.net/leoniarecreation.
  • REMINDER - DPW Schedule – Wednesday, May 6: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Wednesday, May 6, mixed paper recycling will be collected, town-wide. Please remember to abide by local ordinances, and do NOT put anything out for collection prior to the night before the day on which it is scheduled to be collected.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders 

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.
  • 2020 Census: All Leonians need to ensure that you respond to the 2020 census. Your voice impacts how we are represented in Trenton and in Washington, and how billions of dollars in federal money is distributed. Leonia’s response rate is currently 71.0%. This is higher than both the State or County averages – but we still have a long way to go! Please visit www.2020census.gov to complete the census response for your household. If you have any questions about the census, you can access an FAQ document at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392.   

Thank you, as always, for what you are doing to continue to flatten the curve and slow the spread of infection. These positive trends allow us to begin to take steps to reopen more of our community (more on this in the coming days). I know it’s REALLY hard to continue to do it – but PLEASE…stay home, wear face coverings when it is necessary to leave (for exercise or to run essential errands), and make sure that if there are children or teens in your household, you’re taking the time to let them know the important role they play in getting through the pandemic, how critical it is that they continue to follow all mandated restrictions and, perhaps most importantly…how they too are making a huge, positive difference in their community and beyond.

Let’s continue to look out for one another, stay strong as a community, and work together to continue to achieve positive progress. I continue to be honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve you as your Mayor, being able to help all Leonia residents by leading Leonia’s COVID-19 response, and to have such an amazing team of people on our COVID-19 Task Force and working on your behalf in our Borough.

As always, if you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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May 4, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

A couple of important updates today, as well as updated case counts. I have also included charts with 7-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please ensure that you read this email in its entirety, in order to ensure that you are up-to-date. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

Current Case Status

  • Current Cases: Updated case information is shown below. Note that yesterday the State reporting system experienced an outage for a prolonged period; therefore, the numbers for the State and for Bergen County are under-reported.
    • New Jersey (128,269): For the period between Friday and Monday, a total of 7,079 new cases were reported statewide; the day by day totals are consistent with the numbers that have been recently reported.
    • Bergen County (15,830): For the period between Friday and Monday, a total of 452 new cases were reported throughout the County, as the rate of infection continues to decline.
    • Leonia (123):  For the period between Friday and Monday, Leonia’s total cases increased by two (on Sunday). On Saturday, no new cases were reported, and there were no new cases to report today as well. The total number of Leonians who have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus remains at nine.

Updates/New Information

  • NEW – Extension of School Closure: This afternoon, Governor Murphy extended the current Executive Order regarding school closures, through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year June 30, 2020). The current distance and remote learning protocols that are in place will continue. Additional information and updates can be found at https://www.leoniaschools.org/covid19_updates. We recognize that there are going to be lots of questions as a result of the school closure extension; we are actively working on these issues, and updates will be provided as soon as they are available.
  • NEW – Teacher Appreciation Week: May 4 – through May 8 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. While our teachers have always demonstrated dedication, creativity and leadership in providing an excellent educational experience for Leonia’s students, their efforts during these times of unprecedented change are nothing short of inspiring. I urge all Leonians, regardless of whether or not you have a student attending our schools, to express your appreciation to these dedicated public servants through emails, social media, or any other method that works best for you.
  • NEW – County Parks Update: I am THRILLED to report that the vast majority of weekend visitors to Overpeck Park complied with all of the restrictions and requirements around social distancing, not gathering, not engaging in any team sports, etc. In addition, the vast majority of visitors were wearing face coverings (which is STRONGLY encouraged whenever you leave your home). We will of course continue to actively monitor compliance at Overpeck County Park, working in close collaboration with our partners from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office. I also want to express appreciation to Sheriff Cureton and his team for ensuring that there was a consistent presence at Overpeck Park – and which significantly helped ensure that the park could remain open for all to enjoy.
  • REMINDER - DPW Schedule – Tuesday, May 5: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Tuesday, May 5, household garbage will be collected, town-wide. Please remember that there is only ONE household garbage pickup per week (tomorrow). Please remember to abide by local ordinances, and do NOT put anything out for collection prior to the night before the day on which it is scheduled to be collected.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.
  • 2020 Census: All Leonians need to ensure that you respond to the 2020 census. Your voice impacts how we are represented in Trenton and in Washington, and how billions of dollars in federal money is distributed. Leonia’s response rate is currently 70.8%. This is higher than both the State or County averages – but we still have a long way to go! Please visit www.2020census.gov to complete the census response for your household. If you have any questions about the census, you can access an FAQ document at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392.   

As we continue to see positive trends in declining rates of infection, we are actively discussing the timing around changes to operations within the Borough of Leonia, when various services, etc. can open, etc. We will continue to be guided by the same overarching principle on which we have focused since the COVID-19 pandemic began: ensuring that, to the greatest extent possible, we are protecting the health and safety of all who live and work in the Borough of Leonia.

Every Leonian can help to move forward the process of gradual relaxation of restrictions by ensuring that you continue to strictly abide by all of the restrictions currently in place; stay home, do NOT visit other households, wear face coverings when leaving your home for essential reasons, and follow all social distancing and sanitary guidelines.

We’ve made huge progress in the past several weeks; if we all continue to focus on doing what’s right, we’ll be able to slowly reopen our Borough, and get back to enjoying each other’s company in person! As always, your municipal government is here to help; if you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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May 1, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

A shorter update today, as there is only one piece of new information to provide, as well as updated case counts. I have also included charts with 7-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

NOTE: Unless there are significant pieces of new information to provide, we will not be providing updates on Saturday, May 2 or Sunday, May 3. The next update will be on Monday, May 4.

Current Case Status

  • Current Cases: Updated case information is shown below, and continues to demonstrate the flattening overall in New Jersey, and the downward trend in Bergen County and in Leonia.
    • New Jersey (121,190, +2%): The State has reported 2,538 newly reported positive cases. This continues the “flattening” trend.
    • Bergen County (15,830, +1%): Bergen continues to report significant declines in new positive reported cases, with 220 being reported overnight.
    • Leonia (121, +0%):  For the first time since April 15 (and only the second time since the pandemic began), Leonia recorded no new cases overnight.  The total number of Leonians who have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus remains at nine.

Updates/New Information

  • NEW – Next Meeting of Leonia Mayor and Council: The next regular meeting of the Leonia Mayor and Council will take place on Monday, May 4 at 7:30 PM. The meeting will take place virtually, and preregistration is NOT required. To join via your laptop, use the following URL: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/693484901. You can also join by phone; to do so, simply dial 872-240-3412, and use access code 693-484-901.    

 

  • REMINDER - DPW Schedule – Monday, May 4: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Monday, May 4, yard waste will be collected, town-wide. Please remember to abide by local ordinances, and do NOT put anything out for collection prior to the night before the day on which it is scheduled to be collected.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Important Reminders Accessible via Website: Please remember that all of the key information we’ve covered is available on the Borough website. To access it, visit  https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/covid-19-resources-info/covid-19-key-reminders.

     

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.

     

  • 2020 Census: All Leonians need to ensure that you respond to the 2020 census. Your voice impacts how we are represented in Trenton and in Washington, and how billions of dollars in federal money is distributed. Leonia’s response rate is currently 69.5%. This is higher than both the State or County averages – but we still have a long way to go! Please visit www.2020census.gov to complete the census response for your household. If you have any questions about the census, you can access an FAQ document at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392.   

The weather this weekend is forecasted to be sunny and in the 70s, both on Saturday and Sunday. Please remember that you are required to stay at home unless you are outside for exercise (you are STRONGLY encouraged to wear a face covering) or are visiting an essential business (where face coverings are required, in all cases). Gatherings of any size are prohibited; this includes baseball, soccer or basketball games, tennis matches, or any other group sport. Do NOT visit other homes, unless you are a primary caregiver to someone in the home you are visiting. Please ensure that any children and/or teens in your home clearly understand the legal restrictions they are under.

Overpeck Park will be open beginning at 6:00 AM on Saturday; the County Executive has advised that there will be a significant police and security presence, in order to enforce social distancing and “exercise only” requirements (that means no picnicking is permitted). No courts of any kind will be open, nor will the dog park. Please also remember that parking at State and County parks is limited to a maximum of 50% of capacity, and we will be enforcing both temporary and permanent “no parking” zones on our streets, in order to ensure the safety and security of Leonia residents.

Your social distancing efforts are paying off; we are making significant strides in slowing the spread and reducing the risk of infection. The nice weather means that it’s going to be even harder to keep doing the right thing but please…for you AND for everyone else in our community and beyond…continue to strictly abide by all social distancing and sanitary protocols.

Thanks for all that you’re doing – if your municipal government can assist you in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

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April 30, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

Just a couple of pieces of new information today, as well as updated case counts. Please ensure that you read this email in its entirety, to ensure that you’re staying up-to-date. I have also included charts with 7-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

Current Case Status

  • Current Cases: Updated case information is shown below, and continues to demonstrate the flattening overall in New Jersey, and the downward trend in Bergen County and in Leonia.
    • New Jersey (118,652, +2%): The State has reported 2,388 newly reported positive cases. This continues the “flattening” trend.
    • Bergen County (15,610, +1%): Bergen continues to report significant declines in new positive reported cases, with 164 being reported overnight.
    • Leonia (121, +2%):  Leonia had two new reported cases overnight.  The total number of Leonians who have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus remains at nine.

Updates/New Information

  • NEW – Bergen County Parks Reopening: Today, County Executive Tedesco issued a statement indicating that, he, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order #133, is authorizing the reopening of Bergen County parks and golf courses, effective at “sunrise” on Saturday. All organized sports including, but not limited to, tennis, volleyball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, etc.) are prohibited, and all playground and common areas will continue to be closed until further notice. Picnicking and group gatherings of any kind are also prohibited. All mandated social distancing requirements must be strictly followed, and all visitors to the parks are “strongly encouraged” to wear face coverings. Parking capacity is restricted to 50% of total typical capacity.

As a large portion of Overpeck Park is in the Borough of Leonia, I have been in contact with the County Executive in order to ensure that we have a full understanding of what resources are to be allocated to Overpeck Park in order to consistently enforce all restrictions. In the event that the County is not providing the necessary and appropriate resources to ensure the safety of all visitors to the Leonia sections of Overpeck Park, I have directed Chief Rowe to deploy the resources necessary to ensure this.

We have also provided in writing suggestions to the Bergen County Department of Parks for additional signage in order to ensure the safety of all park visitors (for example, signage directing people to walk or jog in one direction only, on all paths). We don’t know whether or not the County will follow these recommendations but given the short time between the decision to open and the effective date of the decision, it is doubtful that these will be implemented when the parks first reopen.

We will also be strictly enforcing any and all parking restrictions, concentrating on the areas of Leonia that immediately border Overpeck Park. Unfortunately, neither the Governor’s Executive Order or the County Executive’s decision have contemplated what we are reasonably certain will be significant overflow challenges on the streets of municipalities in which these parks are located; again, we have an obligation to ensure that all Leonians are kept healthy, safe and secure, and will take any action we deem necessary in order to ensure this.

While I understand, empathize with and share the frustration of being unable to utilize public parks, etc., I am also very concerned about the potential negative impact of creating opportunities for large crowds to congregate, if they do not observe strict social distancing and protective protocols. This weekend’s weather is forecasted to be sunny and warm; this will almost without question result in large numbers of people visiting Overpeck Park. If everyone is acting appropriately, then the ability to do so is welcomed; if, however, this doesn’t occur, we will be prepared to take the actions necessary to protect, to the greatest extent possible, the health and safety of all Leonians, as well as all who visit our Borough.

 

  • REMINDER – Borough Parks and School Grounds: Please remember that all Borough Parks and all school grounds at Anna C. Scott School, Leonia Middle School and Leonia High School remain closed until further notice. We will reopen recreational and other facilities when we believe, based on the data we are seeing and with the input of public health professionals that to do so will not put at risk the health of our residents and those who visit our community. Until these facilities reopen, all Leonians are reminded that it is illegal to utilize them, and doing so could result in significant fines of up to $1,000 and/or other penalties. Please ensure that everyone in your household (especially children and teens) are fully aware of the need to stay away from these facilities, until instructed otherwise.

 

  • REMINDER - DPW Schedule – Friday, May 1: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Friday, May 1, there will be NO collection of any kind. Please remember to abide by local ordinances, and do NOT put anything out for collection prior to the night before the day on which it is scheduled to be collected.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Important Reminders Accessible via Website: Please remember that all of the key information we’ve covered is available on the Borough website. To access it, visit  https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/covid-19-resources-info/covid-19-key-reminders.

     

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.

     

  • 2020 Census: All Leonians need to ensure that you respond to the 2020 census. Your voice impacts how we are represented in Trenton and in Washington, and how billions of dollars in federal money is distributed. Leonia’s response rate is currently 68.3%. This is higher than both the State or County averages – but we still have a long way to go! Please visit www.2020census.gov to complete the census response for your household. If you have any questions about the census, you can access an FAQ document at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392.   

I know that many have opinions regarding whether or not certain businesses and/or facilities should remain closed or should open, and at various levels. As I have written and stated on occasions too numerous to mention, there is rarely one “right” answer or decision to/for the issues and challenges being faced by our community. We have been, and will continue to be, guided solely by data and by our continued first priority: ensuring, to the greatest extent possible, the health and safety of all Leonians, as well as those who work in and visit our Borough.

All that we ask of you is that you respect that we are making our decisions based on what we truly believe to be in the best interest of our community as a whole, and that you continue to abide by all of the mandates and requirements that have been put in place on your behalf.

As always, if you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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April 29, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

Just a couple of pieces of new information today, as well as updated case counts. Please ensure that you read this email in its entirety, to ensure that you’re staying up-to-date. I have also included charts with 7-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

Current Case Status

  • Current Cases: Updated case information is shown below, and continues to demonstrate the flattening overall in New Jersey, and the downward trend in Bergen County and in Leonia.
    • New Jersey (116,264, +2%): The State has reported 2,408 newly reported positive cases. This continues the “flattening” trend.
    • Bergen County (15,446, +1%): Bergen continues to report significant declines in new positive reported cases, with 195 being reported overnight.
    • Leonia (119, +2%):  Leonia had two new reported cases overnight.  The total number of Leonians who have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus remains at nine.

Updates/New Information

  • NEW – Executive Order re: State and County Parks and Golf Courses: Today, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order #133 which reopens State parks and golf courses, and permits (but does not require) County governments to reopen their parks and golf courses, at the discretion of the County government. The Executive Order takes effect at “sunrise” on Saturday, May 2. This does NOT mean that the County Parks (including Overpeck Park) will automatically reopen – only that County governments can reopen their parks (municipalities have always had the ability to keep parks open or closed, at our discretion). I have reached out to the County Executive in order to get some clarity into whether or not he intends to open Overpeck Park (or other County Parks). At this writing, the only response I have gotten is “we’re working on it;” once I have substantive information, I will provide it to all Leonians.

NOTE: Even if the County parks reopen, there will be significant restrictions in place, and many areas (including, but not limited to, playgrounds, tennis courts, soccer fields, volleyball courts, restrooms, etc.) will remain closed. Social distancing is required, and the wearing of face coverings is “strongly encouraged.” If these restrictions aren’t followed, then I am confident that the parks will once again close, so it’s up to all of us to do the right thing (whether it’s in a park, or otherwise), regarding social distancing, etc.

Please also note that due to the fact that our municipal parks are “activity-centric,” and the types of activities that would typically be held there remain prohibited, they will remain closed until further notice.

 

  • REMINDER – 2020 Census: It is VERY important that ALL Leonians complete the 2020 census. The census determines how we are represented both at the State and Federal levels, and also how billions of dollars is distributed to communities for schools, public works and other important initiatives. Leonia’s response rate is currently 67.9% (I’ve attached a chart comparing the response rates of the State of New Jersey, Bergen County, and Leonia). While we’re higher than both the County and the State, over 72% of Leonia residents remain uncounted! Please visit www.2020census.gov to complete the census response for your household.

 

  • REMINDER - DPW Schedule – Thursday, April 30: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Thursday, April 30, there will be no collection of any kind. Please remember to abide by local ordinances, and do NOT put anything out for collection prior to the night before the day on which it is scheduled to be collected.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Important Reminders Accessible via Website: Please remember that all of the key information we’ve covered is available on the Borough website. To access it, visit  https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/covid-19-resources-info/covid-19-key-reminders.

     

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.

The data certainly suggests that in New Jersey in general, and our area in particular, the spread of the COVID-19 virus is slowing. HOWEVER, if we abandon the stay at home orders and social distancing requirements to which all Leonians are legally bound and which are our obligation to ensure the health and safety of all Leonians, we risk backsliding into higher rates of infection, and an even longer period of quarantine.

So…please…be smart: Stay home, stay physically distanced, so that you can stay healthy, and we can continue the progress that has been made.

As always, if you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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April 28, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

There are several pieces of new information in today’s communication, as well as updated case counts. Please ensure that you read this email in its entirety, to ensure that you’re staying up-to-date. I have also included charts with 7-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

Current Case Status

  • Current Cases: Updated case information is shown below: the State is still indicating that the daily numbers may be understated, as they catch up with weekend reporting.
    • New Jersey (113,856, +2%): The State has reported 2,668 newly reported positive cases. This continues the “flattening” trend.
    • Bergen County (15,251, +1%): Bergen continues to report significant declines in new positive reported cases, with 147 being reported overnight. As with the State, the reporting for Sunday and Monday may be understated.
    • Leonia (117, +1%):  Leonia had one new reported case overnight.  total new cases. The total number of Leonians who have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus remains at nine.

Updates/New Information

  • NEW – Executive Order re: Property Tax Payments: Today, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order #130, which permits (but does not require) municipalities to extend the grace period for property tax payments from May 10 to June 1, without penalty. Leonia, like most municipalities, is not financially able to extend the deadline; if we did, the only way that we would be able to meet our financial obligations to the Leonia Board of Education, Bergen County, and to continue the Borough’s government, would be to issue a Tax Anticipation Note (“TAN”). This would require us to incur more debt, and we would be selling the TAN in a bond market that is offering interest rates that are exponentially higher than they were prior to the pandemic. The result would be additional interest expense that would be borne by…yes, you guessed it…all of us, as taxpayers. Some municipalities are doing this, but all the action does is push off financial obligations to a future date, and adds taxpayer-funded cost. If municipalities have unanticipated revenues, they might be able to afford to do this without the issuance of a TAN; however, very few in New Jersey are in this position.

Candidly, I am disappointed that the Governor took this action at this late juncture, and without any input from the local elected officials representing the local communities most directly impacted by his action. It sounds great on paper – but it is something that municipalities simply cannot afford or sustain.

  • NEW – Administrative Order re: Essential Businesses: Also today, the State Office of Emergency Management issued Administrative Order #10, which contains additional guidelines regarding specific businesses, as follows:
    • Pet-Related Businesses: The order indicated that pet grooming, daycare and boarding facilities are deemed essential, in addition to stores selling pet food and supplies (these were previously deemed essential). I have no information as to when/if the pet grooming business in Leonia will open; please contact them directly if you have questions. These businesses must, if operating, ensure that proper social distancing protocols are strictly maintained.
    • Car Dealerships: Car dealerships are permitted to allow test drives by customers who have ordered a vehicle online. The customer must be alone in the vehicle, and the vehicle must be sanitized after the test drive has concluded.
    • Personal Care Service Businesses: The Administrative Order clarifies that personal care businesses (i.e. hair salons, nail salons, barber shops, etc.) may NOT conduct these activities in homes while the closure restriction is in place, unless they are performing such services on family members or other members of their household. The Order states that simply being a customer does not allow in-home provision of these services.

       

  • NEW – Borough Document/Payment Dropoff at Borough Hall: In order to ensure the security of payments and documents that our residents need to drop off at Borough Hall, we have installed for your convenience a secure lockbox outside of the building.

     

  • NEW – Leonia Recreation Spring Virtual Schedule: The Leonia Recreation Department is offering 14 instructor-led virtual programs, which will begin during the week of May 11, and will continue through June 19. The brochure is available online, and can be accessed by clicking here. Registration will open on Friday, May 1; you can register for programs through Community Pass, by clicking here: https://register.communitypass.net/reg/home.cfm?s=IuVPBPjTwsw%3D&fti=.   

 

  • REMINDER - DPW Schedule – Wednesday, April 29: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Wednesday, April 29, commingled container recycling will be collected, town-wide.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Important Reminders Accessible via Website: Please remember that all of the key information we’ve covered is available on the Borough website. To access it, visit  https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/covid-19-resources-info/covid-19-key-reminders.

     

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.

From the beginning of this pandemic, your municipal government has been conducting careful analyses in order to determine what actions make the most sense for all of our residents. We will not be guided by political gimmicks or “quick fixes,” which may or may not be fixes at all. We will continue to provide you with as much information as possible, so that you are fully informed on all of the issues we’re addressing. As I have said many, many times, the decisions we make are made with one overarching goal; to protect the health and safety of all Leonia residents, as well as our Borough employees and those who work in our community. This is how we will continue to be guided throughout the course of the pandemic.

Thanks to all of you for continuing to stay at home and ensuring that you are abiding by the legal requirements concerning social distancing. Your efforts are making the biggest difference of all – so let’s keep it up!

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

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April 27, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! Today’s updates include a recap of Governor Murphy’s “Road Back” announcement, as well as additional announcements and updated case counts. I have also included charts with 7-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.

Current Case Status

  • Current Cases: New reported case updates over weekend and thru today are below. The State has advised that the numbers from yesterday and today may be lower than actual, due to weekend reporting delays and the earlier start of today’s state update.
    • New Jersey (111,188): The State has reported day-over-day increases of 3%, 3% and 2% for the past three days. This continues the “flattening” trend
    • Bergen County (15,104): Bergen County had new case increases of 3%, 2% and 1% for the past three days. As with the State, the reporting for Sunday and Monday may be understated.
    • Leonia (116):  Leonia had six total new cases reported for the past three days (three on Saturday, two on Sunday, and one today).  The new case reported today was a fatality, bringing the total number of fatalities in Leonia related to the COVID-19 pandemic to nine.

Updates/New Information

  • NEW – Governor Murphy’s Discussion of “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health: Today, the Governor unveiled general requirements that need to be in place as discussions regarding “reopening” New Jersey continue. These are as follows:
    • Demonstrate sustained reductions in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations – 14-day declines in key health-related metrics will need to be realized before moving to step 2.
    • Expand Testing Capacity – The State’s goal is to double testing capacity by the end of May.
    • Implement Robust Contact Tracing – The State is pursuing contact tracing solutions that are both technology-based and that will rely on human resources.
    • Secure Safe Places and Resources for Isolation and Quarantine – The State is working to ensure that people who need to isolate and/or quarantine can do so safely, and have the services they require while in isolation/quarantine.
    • Execute a Responsible Economic Restart – The Governor is establishing a Restart and Recovery Commission to guide the timeline and specifics of economic recovery. The Commission will assist in identifying businesses that are higher or lower on the scale between “essential” and “non-essential,” and will be working with the Dept. of Health to determine the level of risk associated with opening various types of business (in the context of proper social distancing, personal protection ability, probability of exposure, etc.)
    • Ensure New Jersey’s Resiliency – The State will work to ensure that all hospitals and healthcare systems have adequate ongoing supplies of ventilators and PPE, and that the State builds its own stockpile of these critical items. In addition, a “playbook” will be formalized which will assist future administrations in responding to similar circumstances, should that need arise.

    What everyone wants to know, of course, is, “when?” The Governor had no timeline for the roadmap he reviewed, other than to say that the stay at home order will remain in place “until further notice,” and that we are definitely not at a point where even the first milestone above can even be considered as being “achieved.”

     

    It’s worth noting that any “reopening” will be done in stages – and it will take a significant amount of time for many areas to reopen (again, guided by whether or not these types of entities represent a higher or lower risk, etc.). In addition, it appears that the implementation of any reopening will be done “statewide,” because of the potential of people from higher-risk areas simply coming to other areas of the state that have been deemed “lower risk,” in order to avail themselves of businesses, parks, etc. that might not be open in their area.

     

    What the Governor stated repeatedly – and what we have continued to communicate to you, daily – is that in large measure, how slow or fast this process goes is, to large extent, up to us. If we continue to strictly observe the mandated stay at home, social distancing, face covering and other requirements, then we will help to drive the results needed to move forward positively. If we don’t, then we will backslide – only delaying the ability for all of us to begin to achieve some sense of normalcy. So, as I always do, I ask each of you to recommit yourselves and your families to doing not just what is legally obligated, but what’s right – stay home and stay apart, so we can all stay healthy.

     

  • NEW – Blue Angels and Thunderbirds Flyover – Tuesday, April 28: In order to pay tribute to our region’s first responders and healthcare workers, The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds squadrons will be conducting a flyover in the New York/Newark/Long Island area. The flyover will occur between 12:00 PM and 12:40 PM; from the maps that have been provided, it appears that the flyover in our area will probably occur closer to 12:00 PM.  Times and routes are approximate, and may be subject to change. You are encouraged to watch the flyover from your yards or front walks. Be on the lookout tomorrow for this amazing tribute!

 

  • REMINDER – Property Tax Payment Due Date: As a reminder, 2nd quarter property taxes are due on May 1; your municipal government does not have the statutory authority to change/extend the due date. Taxes can be paid online, via mail, or by dropping off payment at Borough Hall (there is a slot in the door through which you can deliver your payment). If you’d like a confirmation of a payment that is dropped off, please include a stamped, self- addressed envelope with your payment.

     

  • REMINDER - DPW Schedule – Tuesday, April 28: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Tuesday, April 28, household garbage will be collected, town-wide. As a reminder, during the period when the temporary schedule is in effect, household garbage will only be collected once a week.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Important Reminders Accessible via Website: Please remember that all of the key information we’ve covered is available on the Borough website. To access it, visit  https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/covid-19-resources-info/covid-19-key-reminders.

     

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.

We are ALL anxious to end the stay-at-home quarantine, and get back to being able to spend time with friends and family members, in-person, not to mention going out to restaurants, playing sports, etc. However, if we rush the reopening of anything, we risk a second wave of infection, which will bring with it even more tragic deaths. So…PLEASE…take care of yourselves and all Leonians by staying home, staying apart, and staying safe.

If you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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April 23, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

Just a couple of reminders, as well as updated case counts. I have also included charts with 7-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Case Status

  • Current Cases: New case reports over the past 24 hours are as follows:
    • New Jersey (99,989, +4%): The State of New Jersey reported an increase of 4,124 new cases, an uptick vs. the relatively stable numbers that have been reported for the past ten days.
    • Bergen County (14,049, +3%): Bergen County reported an increase of 363 new cases, remaining on the “flattening” trend.
    • Leonia (109, +3%):  Overnight, we received word of three additional positive cases in Leonia. None of the reported cases are currently receiving in-hospital care. One of the three new patients succumbed to the virus, bringing the total number of lives lost in Leonia to the pandemic to eight. We continue to keep all of these individuals in our thoughts and prayers.

Updates/New Information

  • UPDATED – Bergen County FEMA Testing Site Eligibility: The information that the Governor distributed yesterday has since been revised by him; in order to be tested at the Bergen County FEMA Testing Site at Bergen Community College, individuals MUST be symptomatic. As always, if you believe that you have the COVID-19 virus, your first call should be to your healthcare provider.

     

  • REMINDER – Mental Wellness Hotline: We are all going through a range of emotions as we deal with the impact of these unprecedented times on our own lives, as well as the lives of our families and friends. If you need to talk with someone, there is help available. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the State of New Jersey Cares Hotline at 866-202-HELP (4357).

 

  • REMINDER - DPW Schedule – Friday, April 24: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Friday, there will be no pickups of any kind. Please remember not to put out trash, yard waste or garbage early; items should not be put on the curb until the night before that specific category is scheduled for pickup.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Important Reminders Accessible via Website: Please remember that all of the key information we’ve covered is available on the Borough website. To access it, visit  https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/covid-19-resources-info/covid-19-key-reminders.

     

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.

Frustrations are increasing on everyone’s part, as the “stay at home/shelter in place” requirements remain in place. We are ALL experiencing these same emotions – but that doesn’t change the fact that these are every Leonian’s legal obligations, and that they are in place for your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of everyone around you. Take the time to find the things that make you feel positive, and that make you laugh – yes, we need to take our responsibilities seriously, but we also need to do our best to continue living our lives, and taking care of ourselves!

Don’t forget to check in on your neighbors (virtually) – let’s continue to be there for one another, so that we can continue the progress we’re seeing in flattening the curve, and slowing the spread. As always, if we can help in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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April 22, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

Just a couple of reminders, as well as updated case counts. I have also included charts with 7-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Case Status

  • Current Cases: In general, new cases continue to point to a true “flattening” of the curve. New case reports over the past 24 hours are as follows:
    • New Jersey (95,865, +4%): The State of New Jersey reported an increase of 3,478 new cases.
    • Bergen County (13,686, +2%): Bergen County reported an increase of 330 new cases.
    • Leonia (106, +2%):  Overnight, we received word of four additional positive cases in Leonia. None the reported cases are currently receiving in-hospital care. We are also reporting two new fatalities, bringing the total of lives lost in Leonia to the pandemic to seven. NOTE: The two additional fatalities were reported to us unofficially approximately a week ago, but were not in the State’s reporting system. As a reminder, daily case updates should be viewed directionally, as test result reporting times still vary significantly.

Updates/New Information

  • NEW – Bergen County FEMA Testing Site Eligibility: We have been advised that due to increased capacity, the Bergen County FEMA Testing Site located at Bergen Community College in Paramus will, effective Thursday, April 23, be open to all New Jersey residents, regardless of whether or not the resident is symptomatic. Please remember that the COVID-19 incubation period is still generally thought to be between 11 – 14 days; therefore, if you don’t have symptoms and get tested, the results only reflect your results at that point in time.

     

  • REMINDER – Property Tax Payment Due Date: As you know, the due date for 2nd quarter property taxes is May 1, 2020. This is the date set by New Jersey State Statute, and municipalities do not have the legal authority to extend it. Some of you may have heard that a small number of municipalities have, in spite of the State statute, extended the payment due date. I have investigated this thoroughly, and can tell you with certainty that it is not legal, and these municipalities will be quickly ordered to rescind their extensions. We are aware of the financial challenges faced by everyone in our community (remember, your elected officials are taxpayers as well!), but again, we have no legal authority to extend the tax payment deadline.

 

  • REMINDER - DPW Schedule – Thursday, April 23: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Thursday, there will be no pickups of any kind. Please remember not to put out trash, yard waste or garbage early; we are seeing too many instances of people putting yard waste or trash on the curb days or even weeks before the next pickup date, which poses a danger to themselves and to others. This is a violation of our property maintenance ordinances and if not corrected, could result in significant fines. More importantly, it is inconsiderate of your neighbors. Please do the right thing and only put items on the curb for collection the night before the scheduled pickup date.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Important Reminders Accessible via Website: Please remember that all of the key information we’ve covered is available on the Borough website. To access it, visit  https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/covid-19-resources-info/covid-19-key-reminders.

     

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.

Today is Earth Day – I encourage everyone to get outside, enjoy the sunshine, and get a little exercise (in a socially distant way)!

In addition, tomorrow is the first day of Ramadan – we wish a sincere “Ramadan Mubarak” (Happy Ramadan!) to those who observe .

Finally, and as always, thank you to all Leonians for continuing to strictly comply with the directives that ARE working and that ARE “flattening the curve. Stay home, stay healthy, and stay Leonia Strong!!  

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

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April 21, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

Just a couple of reminders, as well as updated case counts. I have also included charts with 7-day trailing average new case trends for the State, County and for Leonia. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Please don’t forget that our weekly candelight moment of reflection is tonight at 8:00 PM.

Current Case Status

  • Current Cases: In general, new cases represent relative stability in the trends, which points to a true “flattening” of the curve. New case reports over the past 24 hours are as follows:
    • New Jersey (92,387, +4%): The State of New Jersey reported an increase of 3,581 new cases.
    • Bergen County (13,356, +3%): Bergen County reported an increase of 345 new cases.
    • Leonia (102, +2%):  Overnight, we received word of two additional positive cases in Leonia. None the reported cases are currently receiving in-hospital care. The total number of Leonians who have lost their lives to COVID-19 remains at five.

Updates/New Information

  • REMINDER – Alternate Side Parking Restrictions: Because of the fact that most Leonians remain at home, alternate side of the street parking rules continue to be suspended. However;
    • Street Sweeper Effectiveness: Clearly, the street sweeper cannot be effective with cars parked on both sides of the street. So – EVERYONE PLEASE STOP DROPPING LITTER ON STREETS, IN PARKING LOTS, ETC. If you see a piece of litter, and you’re comfortable doing so, please pick it up and put it in a waste receptacle (there are plenty provided, throughout town).
    • Emergency Vehicle Clearance/Common Sense/Courtesy: This is another area where we need all Leonians to exercise common sense:
      • If you have a driveway, please park your vehicles in it; leave spaces on the street for those without driveways.
      • If you live on one of Leonia’s many narrow streets, don’t park your vehicle directly across from another vehicle. If you do, emergency vehicles will have difficulty getting through. Remember – it could be YOUR house that’s on fire, or where there’s a medical emergency, so please make sure our first responders can get to you, and to your neighbors.
      • Be courteous! Please don’t block driveways; it’s illegal, and it’s rude. In addition, it greatly increases the possibility of YOUR car getting damaged.
  • REMINDER - DPW Schedule – Wednesday, April 22: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Wednesday, recyclable paper and cardboard will be collected, town-wide.

  • REMINDER – 2020 Census Response: We need EVERYONE to respond to the 2020 Census. It takes about 10 minutes to respond to the Census online, which you can do by visiting https://www.2020census.gov/. A group of dedicated volunteers has also created a detailed FAQ document for use if you have questions; it can be found on the Borough of Leonia’s website by visiting https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392. 63% of Leonians have already responded – so PLEASE add your voice by responding today!

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Important Reminders Accessible via Website: Please remember that all of the key information we’ve covered is available on the Borough website. To access it, visit  https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/covid-19-resources-info/covid-19-key-reminders.

     

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.

Hopefully the weather will start to improve over the next few days and when it does, I encourage everyone to get outside for some fresh air and sunshine! If you’re going for a walk, run, bike ride, etc., please remember to stay at least 6’ away from non-household members; some type of face covering is recommended during exercise, and is required for visiting essential businesses.

Thanks to EVERYONE for all that you’re doing – please…keep it up!

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

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April 20, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

Today’s communication will contain updated case counts, and VERY important reminders. I ask that you read the communication in its entirety. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Case Status

  • Current Cases: NOTE: Charts showing new case 7-day trailing averages for the State, Bergen County, and for Leonia are now included in each communication. New case reports over the past 24 hours are as follows:
    • New Jersey (88,806, +4%): The State of New Jersey reported an increase of 3,505 new cases. While the past two days’ results have been a bit higher statewide, overall, the “flattening” trend is continuing.
    • Bergen County (13,011, +3%): Bergen County reported an increase of 372 new cases. The data for Bergen County shows positive trends in terms of 7-day trailing average declines.
    • Leonia (100, +1%):  Overnight, we received word of one additional positive case in Leonia. The two residents who were in hospital have now been released, and are continuing their recovery in non-acute facilities. Leonia’s daily average continues to show a declining trend. The total number of Leonians who have lost their lives remains at five.

Overall, the numbers are showing trends in the right direction; however, if we relax our vigilance and start to ignore social distancing, stay at home and other legally mandate requirements, there is no doubt that there will be a resurgence of the COVID-19 virus in our area.

Updates/New Information

  • NEW – Survey Results: Over 800 Leonians completed the COVID-19 Response Assessment and Status Survey. I reviewed the results with those who attended last night’s COVID-19 Town-wide conference call. If you’d like to review the information, please click here, or visit https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1416.

     

  • NEW – Town-wide Conference Call Videos Available Online: For those who may have missed last night’s town-wide conference call, or who wish to review what has been covered in any of the conference calls we’ve held to review our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the videos are now available online. To access them, simply visit www.leonianj.gov/COVID-19-Conference-Videos.

     

  • REMINDER – Littering: I’m not sure why we have to continue to spend time on this, but based on the conditions seen on Broad Ave., at our bus stops, etc., it’s apparent that some people aren’t getting the message. DO NOT DROP YOUR MASKS, GLOVES OR ANYTHING ELSE ON THE GROUND AND WALK AWAY. It’s obviously illegal but frankly, it’s tremendously disrespectful to your neighbors.

 

  • REMINDER - Town-wide Moment of Reflection/Candlelight “Gathering:” A reminder that Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 8:00 PM, all Leonians are encouraged to gather with their households, on their sidewalks (or front walks, or front lawns, if you don’t have a sidewalk). Everyone should, if possible, hold a candle to honor those who have been lost as well as those who are fighting the pandemic. Let’s honor these individuals for a period of two minutes, then simply say “hello, and stay safe” to neighbors on either side and/or across the street from you (while remaining an appropriate distance away from each other). This small gesture is simply one way to encourage being “together,” even when we are forced to be apart.

     

  • REMINDER - DPW Schedule – Tuesday, April 21: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Tuesday, household garbage will be picked up. Household garbage is only being picked up once a week, on Tuesdays.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

  • Important Reminders Accessible via Website: Please remember that all of the key information we’ve covered is available on the Borough website. To access it, visit  https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/covid-19-resources-info/covid-19-key-reminders.

     

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: This is a reminder that the Leonia Cares Assistance Program is available for any resident who cannot leave their home to get food, medicine. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer for the program, please send an email to leoniacares@gmail.com.

All Leonians continue to make significant personal sacrifices in order to comply with the current legal restrictions requiring you to stay at home, practice social distancing, etc. Everyone should feel GREAT about doing their part – because it’s working! Now, let us all recommit to doing everything we can to keep the trends moving in a positive direction – so that we can, as soon as possible, enjoy each other’s company in person, rather than virtually.

As always, if you need any assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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April 18, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

Again today, we have no new significant updates, other than case counts. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

I want to remind everyone about the next town-wide conference call, which will occur tomorrow (Sunday), April 19 at 7:30 PM. Pre-registration is required: to register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2263413261763443469. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have – I hope you’ll join us.

Current Case Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County numbers continue to show stabilization; the latest case numbers are below. Please note that cases are updated as of the day they are reported into the State’s Communicable Disease Database System; there is, therefore, a lag between the day tests are performed, and the day on which we get the positive results.
    • New Jersey (81,420, +4%): The State of New Jersey reported an increase of 2,953 new cases. The trend of “flattening the curve” is continuing to be reflected in the results.
    • Bergen County (12,163, +3%): Bergen County reported an increase of 300 new cases. These numbers too are consistent with a positive “flattening” trend.
    • Leonia (98, +7%):  Overnight, we received word of six additional positive cases in Leonia. Of the total number of Leonians who have tested positive, two are still receiving hospital care. The total number of Leonians who have lost their lives remains at five.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

Every day, the data points more and more clearly to positive trends about “flattening the curve;” however, this doesn’t in any way minimize the seriousness of the situation, or that if we do not continue to be vigilant, the fact that a new surge will begin. Every Leonian deserves sincere thanks for consistently and strictly abiding by the “stay at home,” social distancing, and essential business visitation guidelines. You ARE making a difference!

I hope to talk with many of you tomorrow night on our conference call – please visit the link above, and register ASAP.

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

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April 17, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

Other than updated positive case totals, there are no other new updates today. Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

I want to remind everyone about two upcoming virtual meetings, as well as the Response/Status Survey:

  • Town-wide Conference Call – Sunday, April 19 – 7:30 PM. Pre-registration is required: to register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2263413261763443469.
  • Mayor and Council Meeting Monday, April 20 – 7:30 PM. The next virtual meeting of the Leonia Mayor and Council will be on Monday night. To join the meeting, visit https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/732446957. You can also join by phone by dialing 872-240-3212, and entering Access Code 732-446-957. No preregistration is required.
  • Response Assessment/Status Survey: Almost 800 responses have already been received; please submit your survey by 11:59 PM on Saturday, April 18. To access the survey, visit: www.leonianj.gov/covid19survey. One response per resident over 18 (not one per household).

Current Case Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County numbers continue to show stabilization; the latest case numbers are as follows:
    • New Jersey (78,467, +4%): The State of New Jersey reported an increase of 3,150 new cases. The trend of “flattening the curve” is continuing to be reflected in the results.
    • Bergen County (11,863, +4%): Bergen County reported an increase of 454 new cases. These numbers too are consistent with a positive trend.
    • Leonia (92, +3%):  Overnight, we received word of three additional positive cases in Leonia. Of the total number of Leonians who have tested positive, two are still receiving hospital care. The total number of Leonians who have lost their lives remains at five.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

I know that it’s the weekend, and at least on Sunday, the weather is going to be a bit nicer. PLEASE – don’t forget that what you do doesn’t only affect you, but everyone in your household and potentially, others in the community. So – get out for a walk, or a bike ride – but do it only with those in your household, while strictly observing the law about social distancing, and DON’T gather with those from other households. Check in on your neighbors – but do it via text, email or call. We ARE making progress – but we need everyone’s effort to ensure that we keep moving forward, so that we can get to a “new normal” as soon as possible.

We’re here to help – if your municipal government can assist in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I look forward to talking with you on Sunday night!

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

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April 16, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

Just a few updates today; Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County numbers continue to show stabilization; the latest case numbers are as follows:
    • New Jersey (75,317, +6%): The State of New Jersey reported an increase of 4,287 new cases. These numbers represent a day-over-day increase, but still contribute to the trend of “flattening the curve.”
    • Bergen County (11,409, +5%): Bergen County reported an increase of 561 new cases. These numbers too are consistent with a positive trend.
    • Leonia (89, +2%):  Overnight, we received word that of two additional positive cases in Leonia. Of the total number of Leonians who have tested positive, two are still receiving hospital care, as two have now been discharged. The total number of Leonians who have lost their lives remains at five.

Updates/New Information

  • NEW - School Closure Extension: This afternoon, Governor Murphy announced the extension of the current closure of all schools statewide. Schools will now remain closed until at least May 15, 2020. Leonia’s public schools will continue to provide distance learning based on the protocols previously communicated. Additional information can always be found on the Leonia public schools website at www.leoniaschools.org.

     

  • NEW – Mental Wellness Assistance: The State of New Jersey has a number of resources available to residents who might need to talk with someone about mental wellness, or who have questions. You can obtain assistance by calling 1-866-202-HELP (1-866-202-4357).

     

  • REMINDER - Town-Wide Conference Call: Based on the positive feedback from the last two calls, we will schedule another town-wide conference call on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 7:30 PM. Leonia Mayor Judah Zeigler and Superintendent of Schools Ed Bertolini will each provide updates on the response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and attendees will be able to ask questions. Registration is required. To register, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2263413261763443469.

     

  • REMINDER – Leonia Cares Assistance Program: Don’t forget that the Leonia CARES program is available to assist Leonia residents who are unable to leave their homes to get food, medicine, etc. If you need assistance, or would like to volunteer to assist, please email leoniacares@gmail.com.

     

  • REMINDER - DPW Schedule – Friday, April 17: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Friday, there will be NO pickup of any kind. Residents MUST abide by all ordinances regarding when garbage and trash is placed outside of your homes for collection.

     

  • REMINDER - Response Assessment/Status Survey: Thank you to the 691 Leonians who have already responded to the COVID-19 Response Assessment/Status Survey! All responses are anonymous, and your response helps us analyze our response to the pandemic, and provide feedback to ou Federal and State officials. Details are as follows:
    • Survey URL: www.leonianj.gov/covid19survey
    • Survey Response window: The survey will be open now through 11:59 PM on Saturday, April 18, 2020.
    • Requested Respondents: All Leonia residents 18 years of age or older. If there is more than one adult living in your home, please have each person submit a separate response.

Other Key/Important Information and Reminders

There are still thousands of new cases being reported every day across the State, and hundreds each day in Bergen County. Therefore, it is even more important that all Leonians strictly abide by the law: you MUST stay home, only leaving for essential purposes. If you visit any essential businesses, you MUST wear a face covering; I have seen too many people out without this protection, which simply creates an unnecessary risk both for yourself and for everyone else in your household.

We’ve been “locked down” for approximately a month – and the longer this goes on, the harder it is to do what we all know we must do. Now, more than ever, community matters – so check in with each other via text, call or email. When you see your neighbor in their yard, walk outside and say hello to them. We have no choice but to be apart – but we also have an opportunity, as a strong, vibrant community, to support one another, both for our benefit and for each other. As always, if your municipal government can assist you in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

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April 15, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

Just a few updates today; Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County numbers continue to show stabilization; the latest case numbers are as follows:
    • New Jersey (71,030, +3%): The State of New Jersey reported an increase of 2,206 new cases. These numbers continue to point to a stabilization in terms of new cases across the State.
    • Bergen County (10,848, +4%): Bergen County reported an increase of 422 new cases. These numbers too are consistent with what has been reported over the past week.
    • Leonia (87, +0%):  For the first day since March 25th, no new COVID-19 cases were reported in Leonia. Of the total number of Leonians who have tested positive, four are still receiving hospital care. The total number of Leonians who have lost their lives remains at five.

Updates/New Information

  • Suspension of Registration for Leonia Swim Club and Summer Camp: Given the continued uncertainty around when the current “shelter in place,” distance learning, social distancing and other mandated restrictions will begin to be lifted, the Borough of Leonia is, effective today (Wednesday, April 15), suspending until further notice the acceptance of registration for ACS and Wood Park Summer Camps, as well as Leonia Swim Club memberships. We know that many Leonians are struggling financially, and we don’t want to require anyone to lay out funds that may end up needing, either in whole or in part, to be refunded. Please be assured that if you have already registered for either of these programs, your funds are safe and if there are adjustments to be made, you will be issued either a full or partial refund.  The Recreation Department is fully prepared to open the Leonia Swim Club and/or the Summer Camp programs as soon as circumstances allow for this.  At that time, notification will be sent out via our usual methods, advising people that the Community Pass system will once again be available to accept registrations. Any discount periods will of course be extended. You can always find the latest information at www.leonianj.gov/recreation.

     

  • Town-Wide Conference Call: Based on the positive feedback from the last two calls, we will schedule another town-wide conference call on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 7:30 PM. Leonia Mayor Judah Zeigler and Superintendent of Schools Ed Bertolini will each provide updates on the response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and attendees will be able to ask questions. Registration is required. To register, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2263413261763443469.

     

  • Federal and State Income Tax Filing Deadline Extension: While today would normally be the deadline for filing of your 2019 Federal and State income tax returns, you are reminded that the deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020. Please note that property taxes are still due on May 1, 2020; local governments do not have the statutory authority to move this date.

     

  • DPW Schedule – Thursday, April 16: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Thursday, April 16, there will be NO pickup of any kind. Residents MUST abide by all ordinances regarding when garbage and trash is placed outside of your homes for collection.

     

  • Response Assessment/Status Survey: Thank you to the 567 Leonians who have already responded to the COVID-19 Response Assessment/Status Survey! This is your chance to provide your feedback, and help us to learn from our response to the pandemic, and how it is impacting our residents. All Leonians 18 and over should complete the survey (NOT one per household); if you haven’t yet responded, please click on the link below. All responses are anonymous (unless you choose to provide your contact information). Details are as follows:
    • Survey URL: www.leonianj.gov/covid19survey
    • Survey Response window: The survey will be open now through 11:59 PM on Saturday, April 18, 2020.
    • Requested Respondents: All Leonia residents 18 years of age or older. If there is more than one adult living in your home, please have each person submit a separate response.

Key/Important Reminders and Information

Even though we had no new cases yesterday, we MUST continue to ensure that we are abiding by all of the restrictions that are mandated by law. PLEASE…stay home, do not allow non-household members into your home (or visit anyone else), ensure that you are wearing a face covering when visiting an essential business, and make sure that you are continuing to practice property sanitary guidelines (wash your hands!).

Your municipal government continues to do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all Leonians; we don’t necessarily “like” the decisions that we have to make, or that we have to enforce, but they are what is required to protect YOU. As always, if you need any assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

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April 14, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

Just a few updates today; Please don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County numbers continue to show stabilization; the latest case numbers are as follows:
    • New Jersey (68,824, +7%): The State of New Jersey reported an increase of 4,240 new cases. These numbers are consistent with what has been reported over the past week.
    • Bergen County (10,426, +3%): Bergen County reported an increase of 334 new cases. These numbers too are consistent with what has been reported over the past week.
    • Leonia (87, +10%):  Today we received notification of eight additional Leonians who are currently positive for the COVID-19 virus. Of the total number of Leonians who have tested positive, four are still receiving hospital care. The total number of Leonians who have lost their lives remains at five.

Updates/New Information

  • Response Assessment/Status Survey: Thank you to the 321 Leonians who have already responded to the COVID-19 Response Assessment/Status Survey! If you are an adult who is over the age of 18, and have not yet responded, you are encouraged to click on the link below and complete the survey. It will help us ensure that we’re learning from our response to this crisis, as well as gain a better understanding of the economic impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our residents. All responses are anonymous (unless you choose to provide your contact information). Details are as follows:
    • Survey URL: www.leonianj.gov/covid19survey
    • Survey Response window: The survey will be open now through 11:59 PM on Saturday, April 18, 2020.
    • Requested Respondents: All Leonia residents 18 years of age or older. If there is more than one adult living in your home, please have each person submit a separate response.

       

  • Census 2020 Response: As of April 13, 2020, Leonia’s Census 2020 response rate was 60.5%. In contrast, Bergen County’s overall response rate was 54.4%, and the New Jersey statewide response rate was 49.6%. The Census determines the amount of funding that Leonia receives for schools, roads, public buildings, and a myriad of other Federal, State and/or County aid sources. It also determines the representation that we have both in our State and Federal governments. Simply put – your voice counts! It takes about 10 minutes to respond to the Census online, which you can do by visiting https://www.2020census.gov/. A group of dedicated volunteers has also created a detailed FAQ document for use if you have questions; it can be found on the Borough of Leonia’s website by visiting https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392.

     

  • Timeline for School Reopening: I know that this is an area of increasing frustration for many, as the current school closure order expires on April 17 (Friday). I have several times requested to his staff that the Governor issue his guidance in advance of the expiration, as have many other elected officials; however, the only comment that the Governor has explicitly made was during his briefing today, when he stated that he would “have a statement on this by Friday.” With that said, I think everyone would be fairly safe in assuming that the current physical school closures, and the continuation of distance learning, will be extended for at least the next few weeks. However, we will get formal guidance on this by Friday; unfortunately, the decision-making process is completely out of the control of your local elected and appointed officials, including the Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools, although all of us continue to push for the decision as soon as possible.

     

  • Landscapers: There still seems to be confusion here. The Governor has determined that landscapers are to be considered an “essential business,” and thus their activities are permitted, within the confines of all applicable, existing local ordinances. Under Executive Order #108, local and/or County elected officials are prohibited from taking any action which might be more restrictive or enact any prohibition over and above what is contained in the relevant Executive Orders issued by Governor Murphy. There are broad areas which do remain under my authority as Mayor; however, this authority does not include overriding the types of businesses which the Governor has or has not deemed “essential.”

     

  • DPW Schedule – Wednesday, April 15: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Wednesday, April 15, commingled recycling (glass plastic) will be collected, town-wide.

Key/Important Reminders and Information

Although the number of new cases in Leonia increased a bit more in the past 24 hours, they are still well below the county-wide per capita average. I continue to actively participate in calls with Federal, State and County elected officials, and am in constant contact with my fellow Mayors, so that we can ensure that we have the best possible understanding of the ever-changing landscape of this pandemic. In addition, our COVID-19 Task Force meets (virtually), on a daily basis, seven days a week, and during these meetings all of the key leaders of the Borough provide the latest updates to us, and bring forth issues that need to be addressed.

Our #1 priority continues to be the health and safety of all Leonians, and all of the decisions we are making are with this priority clearly in mind. Thanks to all of you for continuing to do your part – together, we will, when it is safe to do so, come together again as a community – and be stronger for all that we have faced as neighbors and friends. As always, if you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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April 13, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

As there was no significant information to report over the weekend, I decided to give everyone a break (including our volunteer translators and myself). We’re back today with a few updates for you.

Don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County numbers continue to show stabilization; the latest case numbers are as follows:
    • New Jersey (64,584): The State of New Jersey reported an increase of 3,563 on Saturday, 3,699 on Sunday, and 2,734 on Monday. These numbers are consistent with what has been reported over the past week.
    • Bergen County (10,092): Bergen County reported an increase of 434 cases on Saturday, 422 cases on Sunday, and 309 on Monday. These numbers too are consistent with what has been reported over the past week.
    • Leonia (79):  We had four additional cases on Saturday, two on Sunday, and one additional case today. Currently, we have three Leonians still receiving hospital care as they fight the virus. The total number of Leonians who have lost their lives remains at five. Please keep these victims, and their families, in your thoughts and prayers.

Updates/New Information

  • NEW - Response Assessment/Status Survey: We want to ensure that we’re learning our response to this crisis, as well as gain a better understanding of the economic impact that the COVID-19 pandemic. To do this, we’ve created a survey for Leonia residents to complete. The survey also asks respondents to rate their approval of response of various levels of government, and seeks input into whether you consider various types of businesses to be “essential” or “non-essential.” This will allow us to provide feedback to Federal, State and County officials, as they are continuing to weigh revisions to the current Executive Orders and guidelines. Details are as follows:
    • Survey URL: www.leonianj.gov/covid19survey
    • Survey Response window: The survey will be open now through 11:59 PM on Saturday, April 18, 2020.
    • Requested Respondents: All Leonia residents 18 years of age or older. If there is more than one adult living in your home, please have each person submit a separate response.

     

    All responses are anonymous, unless you choose to provide your contact information (in order to allow us to follow up with you). This is a great opportunity for you to provide feedback, and offer suggestions. We encourage you to complete the survey as soon as possible. Please note that at this time the survey is available only in English; however, there is an on-site “translate” function that might be of assistance, while we work to have the survey translated into other languages.

  • Town-wide Moment of Reflection/Candlelight “Gathering:” A reminder that Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 8:00 PM, all Leonians are encouraged to gather with their households, on their sidewalks (or front walks, or front lawns, if you don’t have a sidewalk). Everyone should, if possible, hold a candle to honor those who have been lost as well as those who are fighting the pandemic. Let’s honor these individuals for a period of two minutes, then simply say “hello, and stay safe” to neighbors on either side and/or across the street from you (while remaining an appropriate distance away from each other). This small gesture is simply one way to encourage being “together,” even when we are forced to be apart.

     

  • Requirements for Visiting Essential Businesses: All Leonians are reminded that when visiting essential businesses, you are legally required to wear a cloth face covering. In addition, essential businesses are legally required to deny entry to any customer who attempts to enter without wearing a cloth facing covering. Further, essential businesses are required to limit the total number of customers in the business to not more than 50% of their total capacity. We WILL be conducting spot checks of essential businesses in order to ensure that there is consistent compliance. Please remember that these requirements are in place for your protection, and the protection of the workers who are putting themselves in harm’s way to work in essential businesses. Regardless of whether or not you agree or disagree with the requirements, they are your LEGAL OBLIGATION – so please ensure that you are complying, without exception.

     

  • DPW Schedule – Tuesday, April 14: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. household garbage will be picked up. Household garbage is only being picked up once a week, on Tuesdays. Please ensure that you are abiding by local ordinances governing when to place refuse on the curb; residents who place items on the curb significantly ahead of the designated pickup day will receive a written warning, and directed to move the refuse back onto their properties (and out of sight). Repeated challenges could result in summonses and fines. Lots of people are walking, jogging, biking, etc. on our streets – so everyone needs to do their part to keep our town looking great!

Key/Important Reminders and Information

While it certainly appears that the rate of new cases is stabilizing, we are nowhere near out of the woods; it is now more important than ever for all Leonians to ensure that you are abiding by all laws regarding staying at home (except to leave for essential purposes), not gathering in multi-household groups of any size, and ensuring that you are following proper social distancing protocols. Also, please ensure that if you are visiting any essential business, that you are wearing a face covering. Under the Governor’s Executive Order, customers not wearing face coverings should not be allowed access into an essential business.

Your municipal government continues to work on your behalf to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that all Leonians remain healthy and safe. We’ll only be successful if all Leonians do this together – so please do your part, consistently, so that we can get through this pandemic as quickly as possible.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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April 10, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

In an effort to ensure that as many people as possible are actually reading the daily communications, I’m going to try to shorten them. The full “key reminders” section will no longer be included, but can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/covid-19-resources-info/covid-19-key-reminders.

Also, don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County in particular, continue to see significant numbers of positive cases.
    • New Jersey (54,588): Today, the State of New Jersey reported an increase of 3,561 from yesterday’s total reported cases (7% day-over-day increase)
    • Bergen County (8,928): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases.  The new total represents an increase of 585 cases vs. yesterday (8% day-over-day increase).
    • Leonia (72):  Today, we were advised that we have three additional Leonia residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 (4% day-over-day increase). The total number of Leonians who have lost their lives remains at five. Please keep these victims, and their families, in your thoughts and prayers.

Updates/New Information

  • Leonia Public Schools Distance Learning: A reminder that all students will resume online classes on Monday, April 13, according to the revised schedule that has been previously disseminated. If you need more information, please visit www.leoniaschools.org.

Please remember that, pursuant to State of New Jersey Executive Order #107, nobody should be leaving their homes to visit other homes (either within or outside of Leonia), unless you are considered a primary caregiver in the home you are visiting. Avoid the temptation to gather this weekend with family and friends; we are flattening the curve, and everyone needs to continue to do their part, so that we can, to the greatest extent possible, ensure everyone’s health and safety.

As always, your municipal government is here to help; there are lots of resources available on the Borough website at www.leonianj.gov; as always, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. Best wishes for continued health and safety.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

______________________________________________________________________________

April 9, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

Just a few updates today, as well as key reminders. It is IMPERATIVE that you read the ENTIRETY of all communications that are being sent to you. We continue to get questions about things that are included in the “reminders” section of this communication – please check there first.

Also, don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County in particular, continue to see significant numbers of positive cases.
    • New Jersey (51,027): Today, the State of New Jersey reported an increase of 3,590 from yesterday’s total reported cases.
    • Bergen County (8,343): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases.  The new total represents an increase of 469 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (69):  Today, we were advised that we have six additional Leonia residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. The total number of Leonians who have lost their lives remains at five. Please keep these victims, and their families, in your thoughts and prayers.

Updates/New Information

  • Construction Restrictions: Yesterday, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order #122, which takes effect at 8:00 PM on Friday, April 10, 2020, and which places restrictions on the types of construction projects which are permitted.  In general, public construction projects are permitted to continue. In the case of private construction (i.e. construction on single family homes), the only permitted projects are those which “are already underway” AND “with a crew of five (5) or fewer individuals.” This does NOT include projects for which permits may have been requested, but which have not yet been instituted.

     

    While this is a welcomed change, in my opinion it does not go far enough, nor did the Governor prohibit other types of business currently deemed “essential,” but which are clearly not. For example, I believe that the Governor should prohibit landscape services, as I believe that the activity not only puts our residents at risk (due to the dust particulates), but also puts landscape workers at risk, because it is almost impossible for them to properly practice social distancing from each other, as they conduct their activities. Unfortunately, I am legally prohibited from issuing any order which imposes any prohibitions or limitations that are more restrictive than those in the Governor’s Executive Orders. In my frequent conversations with the Governor’s staff, I continue to request that they consider removing landscapers from the list of “essential businesses,” and many other Mayors have also raised the issue. The Governor and his staff have assured us that that the list is “constantly being reviewed, based on the input of local elected officials.” I will continue to push for sensible modifications to the list of essential and non-essential businesses.

     

  • Group Gatherings: As we begin the Passover holiday period, and with Easter occurring this Sunday, it is important that everyone clearly understand that there are to be no multi-household group gatherings of any size. Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #107 states, in part, “All New Jersey residents are to remain in their homes unless they are…visiting family or individuals…for whom the individual is a caretaker…” In addition, the order states clearly, “gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations or other social events, are canceled…” Note that this last requirement does not provide a minimum group size; put simply, it applies to all gatherings, without exception.

     

    We all recognize, and are all equally impacted by, these very significant restrictions, which become even more frustrating during times when we would ordinarily gather with family and friends to celebrate important religious and other events. However, it’s important to remember that all of the restrictions that have been directed, by State, County and local governments, have been implemented solely to protect the health and safety of you and those around you. None of us like the restrictions, but all of us have a legal obligation to abide by them – without exception.

     

  • DPW Schedule – Friday, April 10: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Friday, April 10, there will be NO pickup of any kind. This would have been the case anyway, as tomorrow is Good Friday. Please remember that all residents MUST abide by all ordinances regarding when garbage and trash is placed outside of your homes for collection.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Shelter in Place:  MANDATORY for ALL residents, regardless of age, except for certain essential or permitted activities. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179. Further, there are to be NO multi-household gatherings, inside or outside, for any reason. Violators (including minors) are subject to fines of up to $1,000, as well as other penalties.
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember all previously communicated social distancing protocols, and try to remain at least six feet away from non-household members at all times. Do NOT share sports equipment or toys with anyone outside of your household.
  • Hospital Healthcare Worker/First Responder “Safe House:” Assistance is available for Leonia residents who are first responders or working as a hospital healthcare worker, and who are concerned with returning to their homes after work and potentially exposing their families to the COVID-19 virus. Proof of residency and employment will be required. For further information, contact the Leonia OEM Coordinator at 201-592-5780, extension 262. You may also send an email to the OEM Coordinator at rcchace@leonianj.gov.
  • Census 2020 (Leonia current response rate: 57.5%): It is very important that all Leonians complete the 2020 census, in order to ensure that our community gets the funding, Federal and State representation to which we are entitled. To complete the Census online, visit https://www.2020census.gov/.  An FAQ document has been created for your use; it can be found at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392.
  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program Rollout: The Leonia Cares rollout is continuing. We need more block captains, especially in apartment buildings. If you’d like to volunteer to be a Block Captain or Runner, please complete the interest form here: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7. This program is only going to become more important in the month ahead; please consider volunteering for this critically important initiative. If you have questions about the program, please email leoniacares@gmail.com.
  • Town-wide Weekly Moment of Reflection: Every Tuesday night at 8:00 PM, all Leonians are encouraged to gather on their front sidewalk or lawn, with lit candles, and observe a two-minute “moment of reflection” in honor of those who have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus, as well as those who are still afflicted with it. This is also a great time to check in (in a proper socially distant fashion) with your neighbors. This is about keeping our community strong – all Leonians are STRONGLY encouraged to participate.
  • COVID-19 Information: As a reminder, all residents should only be getting information from reputable sources. These are as follows:
  • Nixle Signup: Make sure that all Leonians are signed up to get the Nixle alert messages! To sign up, visit https://local.nixle.com/city/nj/leonia/, or text “07605” to 888777.

The number of cases reported in the past 24 hours has increased, but remember, the period of time between testing and reporting varies widely. In general, it appears that case numbers are stabilizing, but in the case of the COVID-19 virus, far more is unknown than is known. Please – for your safety, as well as everyone else’s – continue to fully comply with all directives regarding sheltering in place, non-essential travel, social distancing, and sanitary protocols. In addition, please take the time to ensure that everyone in your household, including children, clearly understand why these restrictions are so important.

If you or any of the members of your household is having challenges adhering to the requirements, or needs assistance, we have been and will continue to put programs in place to help you. Please use the resources that we continue to include in these daily communications and if you can’t find the help that you need, reach out to me directly, and I will do my best to direct you towards where help can be provided.

Stay healthy, stay safe, and – as one community – let’s stay strong, for ourselves and for one another.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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April 8, 2020 Updates

Fellow Leonians:

There are a number of important updates today, as well as key reminders. It is IMPERATIVE that you read the ENTIRETY of all communications that are being sent to you. We continue to get questions about things that are included in the “reminders” section of this communication – please check there first.

Also, don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County in particular, continue to see significant surges in positive cases.
    • New Jersey (47,437): Today, the State of New Jersey reported an increase of 3,021 from yesterday’s total reported cases.
    • Bergen County (7,874): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases.  The new total represents an increase of 341 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (63):  Today, we were advised that we have three additional Leonia residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Tragically, we have also lost another two Leonians to the COVID-19 virus, bringing the total casualties to five. Please keep these victims, and their families, in your thoughts and prayers.

Updates/New Information

  • Suspension of All Non-Essential Construction: Governor Murphy today issued an additional Executive Order requiring all non-essential construction (which includes all non-emergency residential construction) to be suspended effective at 8:00 PM on Friday, April 10th. This is something that many Mayors, including me, have been requesting for several weeks, as it is clearly not in keeping with the need for social distancing and social isolation by everyone. The only exceptions are hospitals, schools, transportation, utilities and affordable housing. If you have any construction going on in your home, it is your responsibility to ensure that your contractor discontinues work on the project as of 8:00 PM on Friday. 
  • Face Covering Required When Visiting Essential Businesses: The Governor has also issued an Executive Order requiring that anyone visiting an essential retail business wear either a mask or other face covering. All employees working in these businesses have the same requirement. The Order also requires essential businesses to limit the number of customers to “not more than 50% of their approved capacity.” As a reminder, 100% compliance with all legally executed Executive Orders is REQUIRED by ALL Leonia residents, without exception. We will be issuing summonses for non-compliance, with such summonses carrying fines of up to $1,000, as well as potential criminal penalties.

There have been several requests for the municipality to provide face masks to residents. Not only do we not have sufficient supply, but anything that we do have is reserved for first responders and healthcare workers (as has been the case since the pandemic began). There are plenty of online video resources available to show people how to make a face covering, using materials that almost everyone has in their home. Please don’t rush out and purchase surgical or N95 masks, rather than making face coverings; doing so only takes them out of the hands of those who need them most!

  • New Date for Primary Election: The Governor has also, by Executive Order, delayed the 2020 primary date in New Jersey, from June 2 to July 7.
  • All Broadway Shows Canceled:  It was announced today that all Broadway shows have been canceled, at least through June 7, 2020. If you have tickets for a show prior to that time, you should contact the organization from which you purchased the tickets in order to determine your next steps.
  • DPW Schedule – Thursday, April 9: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Thursday, April 2, there will be NO pickup of any kind. Residents MUST abide by all ordinances regarding when garbage and trash is placed outside of your homes for collection.
  • Leonia Moment of Reflection – Now Weekly: In response to the overwhelmingly positive response to last night’s Moment of Reflection, we will make this a weekly event. Every Tuesday at 8:00 PM, we encourage all residents to gather their families on their front sidewalk or lawn, with lit candles, and pause for two minutes of silence in honor of those who have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus, as well as those who are still afflicted with it. This is also a great time to check in (in a proper socially distant fashion) with your neighbors. This is about keeping our community strong – I STRONGLY encourage everyone to participate.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Shelter in Place:  MANDATORY for ALL residents, regardless of age, except for certain essential or permitted activities. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179. Further, there are to be NO multi-household gatherings, inside or outside, for any reason. Violators (including minors) are subject to fines of up to $1,000, as well as other penalties.
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember all previously communicated social distancing protocols, and try to remain at least six feet away from non-household members at all times. Do NOT share sports equipment or toys with anyone outside of your household.
  • Hospital Healthcare Worker/First Responder “Safe House:” Assistance is available for Leonia residents who are first responders or working as a hospital healthcare worker, and who are concerned with returning to their homes after work and potentially exposing their families to the COVID-19 virus. Proof of residency and employment will be required. For further information, contact the Leonia OEM Coordinator at 201-592-5780, extension 262. You may also send an email to the OEM Coordinator at rcchace@leonianj.gov.
  • Census 2020 (Leonia current response rate: 57.5%): It is very important that all Leonians complete the 2020 census, in order to ensure that our community gets the funding, Federal and State representation to which we are entitled. To complete the Census online, visit https://www.2020census.gov/.  An FAQ document has been created for your use; it can be found at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392.
  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program Rollout: The Leonia Cares rollout is continuing. We need more block captains, especially in apartment buildings. If you’d like to volunteer to be a Block Captain or Runner, please complete the interest form here: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7. This program is only going to become more important in the month ahead; please consider volunteering for this critically important initiative. If you have questions about the program, please email leoniacares@gmail.com.
  • COVID-19 Information: As a reminder, all residents should only be getting information from reputable sources. These are as follows:
  • Nixle Signup: Make sure that all Leonians are signed up to get the Nixle alert messages! To sign up, visit https://local.nixle.com/city/nj/leonia/, or text “07605” to 888777.

While the number of new cases statewide, in Bergen County and in Leonia seems to be stabilizing and potentially beginning to decline, it is far too soon to draw any conclusions about having achieved a “peak.” In addition, the addition of two new fatalities in Leonia (one of whom was a family member of a volunteer on the Leonia COVID-19 Task Force) is a sobering reminder of the need for each and every one of us to act responsibly. The requirements that have been put in place by your State, County and local governments are there for one reason and one reason only; your health and safety, and the health and safety of those around you. Compliance requires significant sacrifice – but the alternative is far worse. Let us honor the memories of those who we have lost to the COVID-19 virus by committing ourselves to doing everything possible to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that we minimize additional losses.

We continue to do everything we can to keep all Leonians healthy and safe, and to support all of you in every way we can. Finally, tonight marks the start of the Passover holiday, a time when those who observe would gather with family and friends. While this is not possible this year, if you are observing in a smaller way at home, Chag Pesach Sameach (Happy Passover!).

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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April 7, 2020 Updates

Fellow Leonians:

Tonight’s Moment of Reflection was a truly beautiful thing to behold – watching my neighbors leave their homes, with candles flaring against the night sky, and come to their front walks, so that ultimately, there were flames of hope burning up and down the street – truly inspiring. Then, when the time for reflection ended, people walked toward each other and, keeping the right distance, checked in to see how neighbors were faring. This is what our community is TRULY about – thank you to everyone who participated!

We have some important updates today, as well as important reminders.  Please make sure that you read the entirety of all communications that are being sent to you. We continue to get questions about things that are included in the “reminders” section of this communication – please check there first.

Also, don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County in particular, continue to see significant surges in positive cases.
    • New Jersey (44,416): Today, the State of New Jersey reported an increase of 3,326 from yesterday’s total reported cases.
    • Bergen County (7,533): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases.  The new total represents an increase of 671 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (60):  Today, we were advised that we have six additional Leonia residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Leonia’s total casualties remains at three of our neighbors; we continue to keep them, and their families, in our thoughts and prayers

Updates/New Information

  • Extension of State Public Health Emergency: Today, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order #119, which extends the current Public Health Emergency for an additional 30 days (through at least May 9, 2020), unless the Order is rescinded or amended. Note that Executive Order #107 (which establishes the mandatory “shelter in place” order for all New Jersey residents) still remains in full force and effect.
  • Closure of All State and County Parks: In response to continued problems with park visitors who were not practicing proper social distancing, Governor Murphy today issued Executive Order #118, which closes all State Parks, State Forests and County Parks, statewide, effective at 8:00 PM this evening. As a reminder, all parks in the Borough of Leonia remain closed as well. Anyone who violates park closures of any type could be subject to a fine of up to $1,000 and/or criminal charges
  • DPW Schedule – Wednesday, April 8: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Wednesday, April 8, recyclable paper and cardboard will be collected, town-wide.
  • Driving in Leonia: While out on a long walk today, I observed many vehicles with drivers “loosely” following traffic laws. Although there are fewer vehicles on our streets, there are MANY more pedestrians, bicycles, etc. It’s more important than ever for drivers to be aware of their environment and to follow all traffic laws (including, but not limited to, complete stops at stop signs, observing “no turn on red” and “no U-turn” restrictions, etc.).

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Shelter in Place:  MANDATORY for ALL residents, regardless of age, except for certain essential or permitted activities. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179. Further, there are to be NO multi-household gatherings, inside or outside, for any reason. Violators (including minors) are subject to fines of up to $1,000, as well as other penalties.
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember all previously communicated social distancing protocols, and try to remain at least six feet away from non-household members at all times. Do NOT share sports equipment or toys with anyone outside of your household.
  • Hospital Healthcare Worker/First Responder “Safe House:” Assistance is available for Leonia residents who are first responders or working as a hospital healthcare worker, and who are concerned with returning to their homes after work and potentially exposing their families to the COVID-19 virus. Proof of residency and employment will be required. For further information, contact the Leonia OEM Coordinator at 201-592-5780, extension 262. You may also send an email to the OEM Coordinator at rcchace@leonianj.gov.
  • Census 2020 (Leonia current response rate: 56.6%): It is very important that all Leonians complete the 2020 census, in order to ensure that our community gets the funding, Federal and State representation to which we are entitled. To complete the Census online, visit https://www.2020census.gov/.  An FAQ document has been created for your use; it can be found at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392.
  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program Rollout: The Leonia Cares rollout is continuing. We need more block captains, especially in apartment buildings. If you’d like to volunteer to be a Block Captain or Runner, please complete the interest form here: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7. This program is only going to become more important in the month ahead; please consider volunteering for this critically important initiative.
  • COVID-19 Information: As a reminder, all residents should only be getting information from reputable sources. These are as follows:
  • Nixle Signup: Make sure that all Leonians are signed up to get the Nixle alert messages! To sign up, visit https://local.nixle.com/city/nj/leonia/, or text “07605” to 888777.

I want to close by thanking all of the people who are working with me to ensure that we are continuing, to the greatest extent possible, to keep all Leonians safe and healthy. Our first responders (many of whom are volunteers), our OEM Coordinators, our employees, our elected and appointed officials, and our partners in the Leonia Public Schools and Leonia Board of Education, and a very significant number of volunteers are all working together to ensure that all Leonians are well-served during these unprecedented times. It is my privilege and honor to be leading the response – but this is a true team effort. To all of these unsung heroes, on behalf of all Leonia residents, thank you for all that you have done, and will continue to do, in order to help ensure that we as a community emerge stronger than ever.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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April 6, 2020 Updates

Fellow Leonians:

We have a few updates today, as well as important reminders.  Please make sure that you read the entirety of all communications that are being sent to you. We continue to get questions about things that are included in the “reminders” section of this communication – please check there first.

Also, don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County in particular, continue to see significant surges in positive cases.
    • New Jersey (41,090): Today, the State of New Jersey reported an increase of 3,585 from yesterday’s total reported cases.
    • Bergen County (6,862): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases.  The new total represents an increase of 675 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (54):  Today, we were advised that we have two additional Leonia residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Leonia’s total casualties remain at three of our neighbors; we continue to keep them, and their families, in our thoughts and prayers

Updates/New Information

  • COVID-19 Testing: Health officials are concerned that people who may be ill are choosing not to get tested, but instead are simply self-quarantining. It is VERY important that anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of having the virus get tested. If you believe that you may have COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider, who will be able to provide you with assistance in testing. Please note that under the provisions of the Federal CARES Act, there is no cost for COVID-19 testing, so please don’t let cost be a barrier to getting tested.

     

  • “Our Community Dinner Table:” A Leonia resident reached out to me to advise me that she is working with a group of people who together have created a way for residents of Leonia or Palisades Park who need meals on an emergency basis to obtain them, no questions asked. They are paying for these meals with their own funds, and through donations. Here are the details:
    • Meal Distribution Dates: Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8 – 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    • Distribution Location: Palisades Park Library, 257 2nd St., Palisades Park, NJ
    • First-come, first-served
    • One person per family should come to the distribution site: People may take up to four (4) prepackaged meals per family
    • Social distancing measures must be maintained; meals are pre-packed, and volunteers are all wearing protective gear.
    • Donations: Donations to help the effort can be made through either of the following links: venmo.com/CDTABLE or paypal.me/CDTABLE
    • Additional information: For more information on the program, please visit either of the following links: facebook.com/CDTABLE or instagram.com/OurCommunityDinnerTable

       

  • Town-wide Moment of Reflection/Candlelight “Gathering:” A reminder that Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 8:00 PM, all Leonians are encouraged to gather with their households, on their sidewalks (or front walks, or front lawns, if you don’t have a sidewalk). Everyone should, if possible, hold a candle to honor those who have been lost as well as those who are fighting the pandemic. Let’s honor these individuals for a period of two minutes, then simply say “hello, and stay safe” to neighbors on either side and/or across the street from you (while remaining where you are). This small gesture is simply one way to encourage being “together,” even when we are forced to be apart.

     

  • DPW Schedule – Tuesday, April 7: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. household garbage will be picked up. Household garbage is only being picked up once a week, on Tuesdays.

     

  • Town-wide Conference Call: Thanks to the 384 households who participated in last night’s town-wide conference call, during which we provided information and important reminders, and answered a large number of questions. Thanks too to Dr. Ed Bertolini for his participation in the call. We will post the recordings of both the first and second calls as soon as possible; you’ll be able to access them on the Borough of Leonia’s website, by clicking on the “COVID-19 Info” link.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Shelter in Place:  MANDATORY for ALL residents, regardless of age, except for certain essential or permitted activities. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179. Further, there are to be NO multi-household gatherings, inside or outside, for any reason. Violators (including minors) are subject to fines of up to $1,000, as well as other penalties.
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember all previously communicated social distancing protocols, and try to remain at least six feet away from non-household members at all times. Do NOT share sports equipment or toys with anyone outside of your household.
  • Hospital Healthcare Worker/First Responder “Safe House:” Assistance is available for Leonia residents who are first responders or working as a hospital healthcare worker, and who are concerned with returning to their homes after work and potentially exposing their families to the COVID-19 virus. Proof of residency and employment will be required. For further information, contact the Leonia OEM Coordinator at 201-592-5780, extension 262. You may also send an email to the OEM Coordinator at rcchace@leonianj.gov.
  • Census 2020 (Leonia current response rate: 54.8%): It is very important that all Leonians complete the 2020 census, in order to ensure that our community gets the funding, Federal and State representation to which we are entitled. To complete the Census online, visit https://www.2020census.gov/.  An FAQ document has been created for your use; it can be found at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392.
  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program Rollout: The Leonia Cares rollout is continuing. We need more block captains, especially in apartment buildings. If you’d like to volunteer to be a Block Captain or Runner, please complete the interest form here: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7. This program is only going to become more important in the month ahead; please consider volunteering for this critically important initiative.
  • COVID-19 Information: As a reminder, all residents should only be getting information from reputable sources. These are as follows:
  • Nixle Signup: Make sure that all Leonians are signed up to get the Nixle alert messages! To sign up, visit https://local.nixle.com/city/nj/leonia/, or text “07605” to 888777.

We sincerely appreciate the fact that today, there were NO groups of people observed in the Borough of Leonia – we know that this is especially difficult during this week of Spring break for our Leonia Public School students, and recognize the sacrifices that everyone is making. If we all follow the proper social distancing and isolation protocols, we WILL slow the spread together – so that we can, as a community, begin a period of recovery as soon as possible.

Our municipal government is, as always, here to help, and is working hard to provide programs to assist you. Ideas are always welcomed, so please don’t hesitate to reach out. We hope all Leonians stay healthy and safe – and hope that those who are battling the virus successfully and fully recover as soon as possible.

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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April 5, 2020 Updates

Fellow Leonians:

We have a few updates today, as well as important reminders.  Don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County in particular, continue to see significant surges in positive cases.
    • New Jersey (37,505): Today, the State of New Jersey reported an increase of 3,381 from yesterday’s total reported cases.
    • Bergen County (6,187): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases.  The new total represents an increase of 427 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (52):  Today, we were advised that we have one additional Leonia residents who has tested positive for COVID-19. Unfortunately, we have also lost another neighbor to the virus, bringing the total casualties to three.  Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who were lost, as well as their families. All flags in the Borough of Leonia have been lowered to half-mast, in order to honor those who have been lost; the flags will remain at half-mast for the duration of the pandemic.

Updates/New Information

  • Hospital Healthcare Worker/First Responder “Safe House:” We have received several inquiries from Leonia residents about this program, the goal of which is to provide a safe place to stay for those Leonia residents, who are first responders or hospital healthcare workers, and who are concerned about exposing their families to the virus once they return home from work. If this is assistance you need, please contact Leonia Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Chace at 201-592-5780, extension 262. You may also send an email to the OEM Coordinator at rcchace@leonianj.gov.

     

  • Town-wide Moment of Reflection/Candlelight “Gathering:” As much as we are in a period of enforced isolation, it is very important for all of us to remember that we are part of a community, and to show support for those who are impacted by the virus, those who have been lost, their families, as well as our healthcare workers and first responders. On Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 8:00 PM, all Leonians are encouraged to gather with their households, on their sidewalks (or front walks, or front lawns, if you don’t have a sidewalk). Everyone should, if possible, hold a candle to honor those who have been lost as well as those who are fighting the pandemic. Let’s honor these individuals for a period of two minutes, then simply say “hello, and stay safe” to neighbors on either side and/or across the street from you (while remaining where you are). This small gesture is simply one way to encourage being “together,” even when we are forced to be apart. If Leonia residents have other ideas, don’t hesitate to email me with them!

     

  • DPW Schedule – Monday, April 6: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Monday, April 6, yard waste will be picked up, town-wide. Residents MUST abide by all ordinances regarding when garbage and trash is placed outside of your homes for collection. Do NOT leave garbage or trash outside your homes for prolonged periods, as this presents a health and safety hazard to your neighbors, and to all Leonians.
  • 2020 Census Response: As of April 3, 2020, 54% of Leonia’s residents have responded to the census; while this is higher than the averages both for New Jersey and for Bergen County, we still have a long way to go! Remember, census counts determine how much funding Leonia gets from State and/or local governments, what public projects get funded in our area, and how much representation we get at the State and Federal level. It is CRITICAL that every household in Leonia responds! You can respond to the census by visiting  https://www.2020census.gov/.  Responding should only take about ten minutes. We’ve also created an FAQ document, which can be accessed at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Shelter in Place:  MANDATORY for ALL residents, regardless of age, except for certain essential or permitted activities. Violators are subject to summons and/or criminal charges. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179.  
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember all previously communicated social distancing protocols, and try to remain at least six feet away from non-household members at all times. Do NOT share sports equipment or toys with anyone outside of your household.
  • School “Spring Break:” Leonia Public Schools will be closed for “spring break,” from April 6 through April 10. This does NOT mean that there is a break from the law; everyone is required to remain in their homes, except if engaging in other essential activities. Parents and guardians should not permit their minor children to leave their home unless they are accompanied either by a parent or guardian, or another trusted adult. There will be ZERO TOLERANCE for those who do not comply with everyone’s legal obligations.
  • Census 2020: It is very important that all Leonians complete the 2020 census, in order to ensure that our community gets the funding, Federal and State representation to which we are entitled. To complete the Census online, visit https://www.2020census.gov/.  An FAQ document has been created for your use; it can be found at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392.
  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program Rollout: The Leonia Cares rollout is continuing. We need more block captains, especially in apartment buildings. If you’d like to volunteer to be a Block Captain or Runner, please complete the interest form here: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7. This program is only going to become more important in the month ahead; please consider volunteering for this critically important initiative.
  • Group Gatherings: There are to be absolutely no multi-household group gatherings of any kind, either inside or outside. Violators are subject to significant fines and/or other penalties. Please help keep everyone safe, and don’t participate in ANY group activities!
  • COVID-19 Information: As a reminder, all residents should only be getting information from reputable sources (which don’t include listservs, social media sites, emails from friends (unless you are friends with Dr. Fauci!), etc.). These are as follows:
  • Nixle Signup: Make sure that all Leonians are signed up to get the Nixle alert messages! To sign up, visit https://local.nixle.com/city/nj/leonia/, or text “07605” to 888777.

Remember that everyone in your municipal government is working tirelessly to ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, every Leonia resident is kept healthy and safe. Do your part by staying at home, practicing social distancing when departures from home are necessary, and ensuring that you’re following all legal and suggested guidelines.

We succeed or fail together – so please help us to succeed in slowing the spread.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

____________________________________________________________________________

April 4, 2020 Updates

Fellow Leonians:

We have a few updates today, as well as important reminders.  Don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County in particular, continue to see significant surges in positive cases.
    • New Jersey (34,124): Today, the State of New Jersey reported an increase of 4,229 from yesterday’s total reported cases.
    • Bergen County (5,760): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases.  The new total represents an increase of 894 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (51):  Today, we were advised that we have nine additional Leonia residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Leonians who have tested positive range in age from a week-old infant to a 79-year-old resident. As previously indicated, we have so far lost two Leonians to the pandemic, and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who were lost, as well as their families.

Cases in all parts of New Jersey, especially in Northern New Jersey, are continuing to increase significantly each day; therefore, it is more important than ever for all Leonians to strictly comply with the law; stay home, unless you have to leave for essential reasons, and when leaving your home maintain appropriate social distancing. Please also ensure that you are following proper sanitary guidelines both inside and outside of your home.

Updates/New Information

  • Hospital Healthcare Worker/First Responder “Safe House:” Several of our residents who serve either as first responders or healthcare workers in hospitals are concerned about going back to their homes after prolonged contact with positive patients. Working in collaboration with the Borough of Fort Lee, we have together instituted a program wherein eligible residents of either community can, if necessary, stay at the Doubletree Hotel in Fort Lee. The Borough of Leonia will pay the Doubletree directly the costs of the hotel room (heavily discounted, thanks to the generosity of the Doubletree’s owner), plus tax, for eligible hospital healthcare workers or first responders.  Those who wish to participate will need to provide to the Borough proof of residency, as well as proof of current employment either as a first responder or a hospital. If you are eligible and need a “safe house” in order to avoid potential exposure by you to your household members, please contact Leonia Office of Emergency Management Coordinator    Bob Chace at 201-592-5780, extension 262. You may also send an email to the OEM Coordinator at rcchace@leonianj.gov.

     

  • PPE Disposal – Although this has been covered before, it appears that there are more than a few people who have decided not to utilize common sense when it comes to PPE disposal. If you choose to wear a mask and/or disposable gloves when outside of your home, do NOT simply drop them in the street when you are finished with them. I know that most of you will have the same logical reaction that I had (“should anyone need to be reminded of this?”), yet, based on the significant amount of PPE we’re seeing on the streets, on sidewalks, on people’s lawns, etc., there are still quite a few people who don’t understand that the world is not a garbage can. PPE should be discarded in an appropriate waste receptable – not just dropped on the ground.

     

  • Park Closure Continues – Another area that shouldn’t require any additional space, yet judging by the number of people in Overpeck Park this afternoon, people are still not getting the message. All Borough of Leonia and Bergen County Parks (including Overpeck Park) are closed – without exception. If you’re going there – no matter what the reason – you need to stop.

     

  • DPW Schedule – Monday, April 6: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Monday, April 6, yard waste will be picked up, town-wide. Residents MUST abide by all ordinances regarding when garbage and trash is placed outside of your homes for collection. Do NOT leave garbage or trash outside your homes for prolonged periods, as this presents a health and safety hazard to your neighbors, and to all Leonians.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Shelter in Place:  MANDATORY for ALL residents, regardless of age, except for certain essential or permitted activities. Violators are subject to summons and/or criminal charges. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179.  
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember all previously communicated social distancing protocols, and try to remain at least six feet away from non-household members at all times. Do NOT share sports equipment or toys with anyone outside of your household.
  • School “Spring Break:” Leonia Public Schools will be closed for “spring break,” from April 6 through April 10. This does NOT mean that there is a break from the law; everyone is required to remain in their homes, except if engaging in other essential activities. Parents and guardians should not permit their minor children to leave their home unless they are accompanied either by a parent or guardian, or another trusted adult. There will be ZERO TOLERANCE for those who do not comply with everyone’s legal obligations.
  • Census 2020: It is very important that all Leonians complete the 2020 census, in order to ensure that our community gets the funding, Federal and State representation to which we are entitled. To complete the Census online, visit https://www.2020census.gov/.  An FAQ document has been created for your use; it can be found at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392.
  • Town-wide Conference Call: We will be hosting a town-wide conference call on Sunday April 5, 2020 at 7:30 PM. The call will be led by Mayor Judah Zeigler; Superintendent Ed Bertolini will also participate. Registration is required; to register, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7287349070091403788
  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program Rollout: The Leonia Cares rollout is continuing. We need more block captains, especially in apartment buildings. If you’d like to volunteer to be a Block Captain or Runner, please complete the interest form here: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7. This program is only going to become more important in the month ahead; please consider volunteering for this critically important initiative.
  • Group Gatherings: There are to be absolutely no multi-household group gatherings of any kind, either inside or outside. Violators are subject to significant fines and/or other penalties. Please help keep everyone safe, and don’t participate in ANY group activities!
  • COVID-19 Information: As a reminder, all residents should only be getting information from reputable sources (which don’t include listservs, social media sites, emails from friends (unless you are friends with Dr. Fauci!), etc.). These are as follows:
  • Nixle Signup: Make sure that all Leonians are signed up to get the Nixle alert messages! To sign up, visit https://local.nixle.com/city/nj/leonia/, or text “07605” to 888777.

If you haven’t done so already, please remember to register for tomorrow night’s town-wide conference call (registration link is above). I look forward to talking with many of you tomorrow night, and thank you, as always, for doing your part to slow the spread, by staying home…without exception.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

____________________________________________________________________________

April 3, 2020 Updates

Fellow Leonians:

We have a few updates today, as well as important reminders.  Don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County in particular, continue to see significant surges in positive cases.
    • New Jersey (29,895): Today, the State of New Jersey reported an increase of 4,305 from yesterday’s total reported cases.
    • Bergen County (4,866): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases.  The new total represents an increase of 767 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (42):  Today, we were advised that we have six additional Leonia residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Cases in all parts of New Jersey, especially in Bergen County, are continuing to increase significantly each day; therefore, it is more important than ever for all Leonians to strictly comply with the law; stay home, unless you have to leave for essential reasons, and when leaving your home maintain appropriate social distancing. Please also ensure that you are following proper sanitary guidelines both inside and outside of your home.

Updates/New Information

  • Use of Masks: Late this afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) issued new recommendations for the use of face coverings. Following is the CDC recommendation: “CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.”

     

    NOTE: This DOES NOT mean you should rush out and try to obtain surgical or N95 masks for personal use. These items are already in short supply, and healthcare workers and first responders are having difficulty getting what they need in order for them to stay healthy and continue to serve all of us as the true front-line soldiers in this fight. If you wish to cover your face, please use a bandana, scarf or other cloth covering, saving the medical masks for those who need them most. 

  • Suspension of Rockland Coach Bus Service as of April 4: Anecdotally, I learned that the bus lines that travel on Grand Ave. (operated by Rockland Coach) were suspended, and have now confirmed that this is the case. The suspension is effective tomorrow, April 4, 2020, and applies to all Rockland Coach bus service. In Leonia’s case, the following bus lines are suspended until at least early May: 11A, 14E, 20, 21.

     

  • DPW Schedule – Monday, April 6: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Monday, April 6, yard waste will be picked up, town-wide. Residents MUST abide by all ordinances regarding when garbage and trash is placed outside of your homes for collection. Do NOT leave garbage or trash outside your homes for prolonged periods, as this presents a health and safety hazard to your neighbors, and to all Leonians.

Bright Lights

  • Leonia Retirement Housing Assistance: As all Leonians know, we have had to place the Leonia Retirement Housing complex into quarantine, in order to ensure the safety of all of the older residents who reside there. When this happened, we immediately worked with the management of that building to ensure that all of the residents had access to meals.

40 people were identified as needing assistance, and we worked with Bergen County’s Meals on Wheels program to fill the need. Less than 24 hours later, each person had a full week of nutritious meals delivered to them, and the service will continue as long as each person indicates that they need our help. Thanks to Councilwoman Maureen Davis for volunteering to help make this happen – including picking up the meals and delivering them to our residents.

  • “Front Door Egg Hunt”/Front Door Decorating: Let’s brighten our community by participating in the Leonia Recreation Commission’s Front Door Egg Hunt/Decorating Program! From now through April 12, we encourage all Leonians to decorate your front doors with Easter eggs, or any other artwork you’d like to share with your fellow Leonians! Everyone can then get some exercise (following proper social distancing, of course!), and enjoy the creativity of our community. You’re encouraged to email pictures of your creations to recreation@leonianj.gov. Thanks to our Recreation Department team members for getting this going!

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, regardless of age, except for certain essential or permitted activities. Violators are subject to summons and/or criminal charges. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179.  
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember all previously communicated social distancing protocols, and try to remain at least six feet away from non-household members at all times. Do NOT share sports equipment or toys with anyone outside of your household.
  • School “Spring Break:” Leonia Public Schools will be closed for “spring break,” from April 6 through April 10. This does NOT mean that there is a break from the law; everyone is required to remain in their homes, except if engaging in other essential activities. Parents and guardians should not permit their minor children to leave their home unless they are accompanied either by a parent or guardian, or another trusted adult. There will be ZERO TOLERANCE for those who do not comply with everyone’s legal obligations.
  • Census 2020: It is very important that all Leonians complete the 2020 census, in order to ensure that our community gets the funding, Federal and State representation to which we are entitled. To complete the Census online, visit https://www.2020census.gov/.  An FAQ document has been created for your use; it can be found at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1392.
  • Town-wide Conference Call: We will be hosting a town-wide conference call on Sunday April 5, 2020 at 7:30 PM. The call will be led by Mayor Judah Zeigler; Superintendent Ed Bertolini will also participate. The call will be held on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 7:30 PM. Registration is required; to register, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7287349070091403788
  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program Rollout: The Leonia Cares rollout is continuing. If you’d like to volunteer to be a Block Captain or Runner, please complete the interest form here: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7.
  • Group Gatherings: There are to be absolutely no multi-household group gatherings of any kind, either inside or outside. Violators are subject to significant fines and/or other penalties. Please help keep everyone safe, and don’t participate in ANY group activities!
  • COVID-19 Information: As a reminder, all residents should only be getting information from reputable sources (which don’t include listservs, social media sites, emails from friends (unless you are friends with Dr. Fauci!), etc.). These are as follows:
  • Nixle Signup: Make sure that all Leonians are signed up to get the Nixle alert messages! To sign up, visit https://local.nixle.com/city/nj/leonia/, or text “07605” to 888777.

All Leonians are urged to continue to do your part in flattening the curve by staying home, keeping your social distance from others when outside of your home, and by practicing proper sanitary guidelines. Don’t forget to sign up for the town-wide conference call on Sunday night (details above), which will give you the opportunity to ask questions, and will give me the opportunity (at least virtually) to connect with my neighbors! I look forward to talking with you then.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

_________________________________________________________________________

April 2, 2020 Updates

Fellow Leonians:

We have a few updates today, as well as important reminders.  Don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County in particular, continue to see significant surges in positive cases.
    • New Jersey (25,590): Today, the State of New Jersey reported an increase of 3,335 from yesterday’s total reported cases.
    • Bergen County (4,099): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases.  The new total represents an increase of 605 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (36):  Today, we were advised that we have three additional Leonia residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Unfortunately, we have also lost another Leonia resident to the COVID-19 virus (a total of two Leonians have been lost). Please keep these individuals, and their families, in your thoughts and prayers.

I have had a couple of requests for trend data for Leonia; I caution everyone that attempting to utilize the small data set with which we in Leonia have to work is dangerous, because it would be virtually impossible to arrive at any conclusions that would be anything other than guesses. The State of New Jersey’s COVID-19 website has state and county-level data (link is below). For those who do want to see a history of state, county and Leonia daily totals, you can find every communication on the COVID-19 information page on the Leonia Borough website (the link is below).

Updates/New Information

  • State and Municipal Budget Timeline Extensions: Governor Murphy has directed that the State budget timeline has been extended, and the timeline for municipalities to introduce their budgets has also been extended. Although we had planned on introducing our municipal operating budget at our April 6, 2020 virtual meeting of the Leonia Mayor and Council, we are choosing to delay the introduction until April 20. This will allow us more time to try to get details regarding assistance that may be provided to municipalities to address anticipated revenue shortfalls, and are also looking at all anticipated expenditures, in order to ensure that we are doing everything we can to ensure that we continue to provide the high levels of services that Leonians both expect and deserve, while also doing our best to limit budget increases. We ask our residents to remember that your elected officials are also Leonians who pay the same property tax rate that you pay. The economic challenges we will all face are unprecedented, and your elected officials are committed to doing all that we can to spend efficiently and only in a manner that reflects the best interests of our community as a whole.

     

  • DPW Schedule – Friday, April 3: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Friday, April 3, there will be NO pickup of any kind. Residents MUST abide by all ordinances regarding when garbage and trash is placed outside of your homes for collection. Do NOT place garbage on the curb tonight or tomorrow.

     

  • School Schedule/”Spring Break” – Please be reminded that Leonia’s virtual school system will be closed next week (April 6 – 10), for Spring Break. While our students will have a break from classes, they MUST abide by the legal obligation to remain in their homes, and only venture out for purposes deemed essential, pursuant to Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #107. There will be ZERO TOLERANCE for multi-household gatherings of any kind, either within homes or outside. Violators are subject to significant fines and/or criminal penalties. Parents and guardians are urged to prohibit their children from exiting their homes unless they are in the presence either of a parent or guardian, or with another trusted ADULT (i.e. going for a supervised walk, observing social distancing guidelines). Please remember that the requirements that are in place are there for everyone’s protection, but they are not “guidelines,” but rather, are the legal obligation of EVERY Leonian.

     

  • FEMA Field Hospital – Secaucus: The Governor has indicated that the FEMA field hospital to be located at the Meadowlands Convention Center in Secaucus will begin its operations next week. The facility will have 250 beds, and will serve patients who do not have COVID-19, which in turn will take pressure off of the existing hospital systems, which are quickly getting overwhelmed.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

We continue to actively participate in calls and briefings with Federal, State and County agencies and officials, and will provide as much information as possible, as quickly as possible, throughout this pandemic. All that I ask is that every Leonian do their part by strictly adhering to their legal requirements to stay home, practice proper social distancing protocols, and do everything you can to help slow the spread.

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

_________________________________________________________________________

April 1, 2020 Updates

Fellow Leonians:

Some important updates today, as well as key reminders.  Don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

I will be hosting another town-wide conference call on Sunday, April 5 at 7:30 PM. Preregistration is required; to register for the conference call, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7287349070091403788.  Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email, and will receive a customized link which will allow us to recognize individual attendees, during the Q&A period.

Leonia Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Bertolini will join me on the call; we will provide updates regarding the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic, Leonia’s response, and school-related information. All Leonians are encouraged to join; in order to ensure that there is enough room for everyone, we request, if possible, one registration per household. You can join the discussion either via computer or phone, so multiple people in your home can participate via a single device.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County in particular, continue to see significant surges in positive cases.
    • New Jersey (22,255): As of this afternoon, there are 22,255 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this represents an increase of 3,559 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (3,494): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases (even allowing for the receipt of mass testing results). The new total represents an increase of 585 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (33):  Today, we were advised that we have seven additional Leonia residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Thus far, one Leonian in total has succumbed to the disease, and we continue to keep them, and their family, in our thoughts and prayers, and ask that all Leonia residents do the same.

To reiterate, experts have not yet determined when we will reach the peak; it certainly appears that we are in the surge, there is no consensus on when the true peak will be reached. It is imperative that everyone follow the proper shelter in place, social distancing, and sanitary protocols, in order to slow the spread.

Updates/New Information

  • State Income Tax Filing Deadline Extension: Governor Murphy announced today the deadline to file New Jersey state income taxes has been extended to July 15 (consistent with the Federal income tax extension). Of course, you can file at any time before that date.
  • DPW Schedule – Thursday, April 2: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Thursday, April 2, there will be NO pickup of any kind. Residents MUST abide by all ordinances regarding when garbage and trash is placed outside of your homes for collection. Today, I saw several homes with large piles of trash on the curb outside of their homes, when the next pickup isn’t for ten days. Persistent non-compliance could lead to the issuance of summonses and fines.
  • Census 2020 – t's easy to forget about the 2020 Census with everything that is going on w/COVID-19. The funding that is being provided from the federal government to combat COVID-19 as well as our schools, roads and hospitals is based on the 2010 census data. The more Leonians who respond to the 2020 Census could increase Leonia’s ability to receive additional public funding. Please complete your census questionnaire by mail or phone, or by logging on to www.2020census.gov. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Informational FAQs can be found at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11vjA4uj8jf-VW8w9qElAVJKRyc32e3yCnhq3RAL5eM4/edit?usp=sharing.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, regardless of age, except for certain essential or permitted activities. Violators are subject to summons and/or criminal charges. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember all previously communicated social distancing protocols, and try to remain at least six feet away from non-household members at all times. Do NOT share sports equipment or toys with anyone outside of your household.
  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program Rollout: The Leonia Cares rollout is continuing. If you’d like to volunteer to be a Block Captain or Runner, please complete the interest form here: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7. If you have already completed the volunteer form, but need to sign the waiver, you’ll find it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1scsQp2QXdgaROiZ-XkoDoMsryE9wJiO3/view?usp=sharing.
  • Group Gatherings: There are to be absolutely no multi-household group gatherings of any kind, either inside or outside. Violators are subject to significant fines and/or other penalties. Please help keep everyone safe, and don’t participate in ANY group activities!
  • COVID-19 Information: As a reminder, all residents should only be getting information from reputable sources (which don’t include listservs, social media sites, emails from friends (unless you are friends with Dr. Fauci!), etc.). These are as follows:
  • Nixle Signup: Make sure that all Leonians are signed up to get the Nixle alert messages! To sign up, visit https://local.nixle.com/city/nj/leonia/, or text “07605” to 888777.

Your municipal government is working around the clock to ensure that the health and safety of all Leonia residents is protected to the greatest extent possible. Thank you for doing all that you can to assist, and for ensuring that we continue to display the community strength that makes Leonia such a special place to live.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

____________________________________________________________________________

March 31, 2020 Updates

Fellow Leonians:

Only a few updates today and of course, important reminders.  Don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County in particular, continue to see significant surges in positive cases.
    • New Jersey (18,696): As of this afternoon, there are 18,696 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this represents an increase of 2,060 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (2,909): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases (even allowing for the receipt of mass testing results). The new total represents an increase of 427 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (26):  Today, we were advised that we have seven additional Leonia residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Thus far, one Leonian in total has succumbed to the disease, and we continue to keep them, and their family, in our thoughts and prayers, and ask that all Leonia residents do the same.

To reiterate, experts have not yet determined when we will reach the peak, but most agree that it is at a point still several weeks away. It is imperative that everyone follow the proper shelter in place, social distancing, and sanitary protocols, in order to slow the spread.

“Bright Light” – Stories of Hope

As I either directly come across Leonians who are doing something special to help in this time of crisis, or I’m made aware of such actions, I’m going to include them here, because I think we all need a reminder that there are “bright lights” that always shine in our community, and should serve to give us all hope. If you’d like to share something you think should be highlighted, please email me; I’ll share these, as appropriate.

  • Caring in a Family’s Darkest Hour – Yesterday, I received an email from a Leonia resident who, along with his wife, owns a restaurant in a neighboring community. This Leonia resident had seen in my email that there had been a COVID-19 related death in our community, and reached out to me to offer to provide food for the victim’s family, either dropped off or, if the family preferred, to be picked up at the person’s restaurant. The resident who offered didn’t know the victim or their family, but, as he so eloquently put it, “we are all in it for one another.”

His generosity and selflessness quite literally brought tears to my eyes – his first thought wasn’t of himself, but instead, only about what he could to do help others in their darkest hour. I’d love to share his name with you, but need to protect his privacy (as he certainly didn’t make the offer to gain publicity). However, his action spoke to me and gave me even more faith than I already have – faith that if we pull together as neighbors and as a community, we will prevail over this enemy.

Updates/New Information

  • DPW Schedule – Wednesday, April 1: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Wednesday, April 1, commingled recycling (glass plastic) will be collected, town-wide.
  • Leonia Retirement Housing Complex Quarantine – Please note that, pursuant to the order of the Leonia Public Health Officer, and consistent with State of New Jersey Executive Order #107, the Leonia Retirement Housing Complex on Glenwood Ave. is under a quarantine until April 14, 2020. No visitors are permitted unless the visitor is deemed to be an essential caregiver, and in those cases, the essential caregiver must don a mask and disposable gloves prior to entering the resident’s apartment. Deliveries are to be left at the management office, for distribution by management staff to the recipient’s apartment. This action is being taken in order to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that all residents of the Complex are kept healthy and safe.
  • Wearing Masks – Unfortunately, there continues to be conflicting messaging coming from many areas, including whether or not masks should be worn by asymptomatic individuals, when they are not in their homes. The World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control, have not recommend that this measure be taken, and remind everyone that, even if someone properly dons a mask, if they aren’t also wearing proper eye protection, the degree of protection is significantly reduced. In addition, if those who do not have symptoms start to purchase masks for personal use, there will be further strain placed on an already critical shortage of masks for healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers who are doing everything possible to ensure health and safety.

Although guidance from the official health organizations will continue to evolve as more is learned about COVID-19, all residents are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines and legally required shelter-in-place directives.

 

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, regardless of age, except for certain essential or permitted activities. Violators are subject to summons and/or criminal charges. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember all previously communicated social distancing protocols, and try to remain at least six feet away from non-household members at all times. Do NOT share sports equipment or toys with anyone outside of your household.
  • Mental Wellness Professionals Needed: As a reminder, we are creating a group of volunteer mental health professionals to assist in addressing the needs of Leonia residents. If you haven’t yet signed up, please visit the following link to volunteer your expertise: https://forms.gle/vizYpaXBNcucGqFP9.  We need a significant number of additional volunteers to make this initiative successful; please consider volunteering!
  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program Rollout: The Leonia Cares rollout is continuing. If you’d like to volunteer to be a Block Captain or Runner, please complete the interest form here: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7. If you have already completed the volunteer form, but need to sign the waiver, you’ll find it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1scsQp2QXdgaROiZ-XkoDoMsryE9wJiO3/view?usp=sharing.
  • Group Gatherings: There are to be absolutely no multi-household group gatherings of any kind, either inside or outside. Violators are subject to significant fines and/or other penalties. Please help keep everyone safe, and don’t participate in ANY group activities!
  • COVID-19 Information: As a reminder, all residents should only be getting information from reputable sources (which don’t include listservs, social media sites, emails from friends (unless you are friends with Dr. Fauci!), etc.). These are as follows:
  • Nixle Signup: Make sure that all Leonians are signed up to get the Nixle alert messages! To sign up, visit https://local.nixle.com/city/nj/leonia/, or text “07605” to 888777.

The number of cases in Leonia has more than doubled in the last 72 hours – and while this is certainly frightening, it is not at all unexpected. As the surge continues, we will unfortunately continue to see significant increases in the number of Leonians who are directly impacted by COVID-19. This is why it is so critically important to stay home and, when it is absolutely necessary to go out, observe proper social distancing protocols. Doing so WILL help flatten the curve, and will also save lives…perhaps even your own.

Your municipal government is working around the clock to ensure that the health and safety of all Leonia residents is protected to the greatest extent possible. Thank you for doing all that you can to assist.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

__________________________________________________________________________

March 30, 2020 Updates

Fellow Leonians:

Only a few updates today and of course, important reminders.  Don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County in particular, continue to see significant surges in positive cases; this is entirely as expected, and is similar (from the perspective of data trends) to New York (where many of our residents were commuting, prior to the executive order).
    • New Jersey (16,636): As of this afternoon, there are 16,636 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this represents an increase of 3,250 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (2,482): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases (even allowing for the receipt of mass testing results). The new total represents an increase of 313 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (19):  Today, we were advised that we have four additional Leonia residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, and we are aware of several additional cases that have not yet made it in to the state communicable disease database. I am deeply saddened to report also that we have lost our first Leonia resident to COVID-19; While we can’t, for obvious reasons, share any details about the family of the individual, please nevertheless him that person, as well as their family, in your thought and prayers.

To reiterate, experts have not yet determined when we will reach the peak, but most agree that it is at a point still several weeks away. It is imperative that everyone follow the proper shelter in place, social distancing, and sanitary protocols, in order to slow the spread.

Updates/New Information

  • DPW Schedule – Tuesday, March 31: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Tuesday, March 31, household garbage will be picked up. Household garbage is only being picked up once a week, on Tuesdays.
  • Direct Assistant Payment Scams - BEWARE – Please be aware that some residents have been receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to represent various government agencies, and asking for personal information so that the individual being targeted can quickly get their Federal direct relief checks. The U.S. Government is utilizing IRS filing information from all taxpayers in order to determine eligibility of payments, as well as where these payments will be sent. Please do NOT give out any personal information to anyone who may try to call you about this, or any other assistance program.
  • Litter – We are seeing an increase in the amount of litter on Borough streets, especially items like disposable masks and gloves. All residents are requested to deposit all waste items into trash receptacles either in your home or on our main streets. Please do not simply throw items on the ground. If you come across litter and wish to pick it up, please ensure that you are ALWAYS wearing gloves when doing so, and please deposit it immediately in a waste receptable, also discarding the gloves you were wearing when picking up the litter items.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, regardless of age, except for certain essential or permitted activities. Violators are subject to summons and/or criminal charges. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember all previously communicated social distancing protocols, and try to remain at least six feet away from non-household members at all times. Do NOT share sports equipment or toys with anyone outside of your household.
  • Mental Wellness Professionals Needed: As a reminder, we are creating a group of volunteer mental health professionals to assist in addressing the needs of Leonia residents. If you haven’t yet signed up, please visit the following link to volunteer your expertise: https://forms.gle/vizYpaXBNcucGqFP9.  We need a significant number of additional volunteers to make this initiative successful; please consider volunteering!
  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program Rollout: The Leonia Cares rollout is continuing. If you’d like to volunteer to be a Block Captain or Runner, please complete the interest form here: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7. If you have already completed the volunteer form, but need to sign the waiver, you’ll find it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1scsQp2QXdgaROiZ-XkoDoMsryE9wJiO3/view?usp=sharing.
  • Group Gatherings: There are to be absolutely no multi-household group gatherings of any kind, either inside or outside. Violators are subject to significant fines and/or other penalties. Please help keep everyone safe, and don’t participate in ANY group activities!
  • COVID-19 Information: As a reminder, all residents should only be getting information from reputable sources (which don’t include listservs, social media sites, emails from friends (unless you are friends with Dr. Fauci!), etc.). These are as follows:
  • Nixle Signup: Make sure that all Leonians are signed up to get the Nixle alert messages! To sign up, visit https://local.nixle.com/city/nj/leonia/, or text “07605” to 888777.

Hopefully we’ll start to see the sun again tomorrow – everyone should take the opportunity to get outside and get some exercise (yes – I’ll say it – remember to maintain proper social distancing!). Also, don’t forget to say “hi” to your neighbors if you see them outside, or via phone, text, email Facetime, Houseparty, Google Duo, Skype, or whatever other platform makes sense for you. Leonia is a tremendously strong community – so let’s use all of the tools at our disposal to make sure we stay that way!

As always, please know that every member of your municipal government, is working hard to ensure that everyone is staying healthy, safe and secure.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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March 29, 2020 Updates

Fellow Leonians:

Only a few updates today, as well as a correction to one piece of information and of course, important reminders.  Don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County in particular, continue to see significant surges in positive cases; this is entirely as expected, and is similar (from the perspective of data trends) to New York (where many of our residents were commuting, prior to the executive order).
    • New Jersey (13,386): As of this afternoon, there are 13,386 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this represents an increase of 2,262 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (2,169): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases (even allowing for the receipt of mass testing results). The new total represents an increase of 331 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (15):  Today, we were advised that we have five additional Leonia residents who has tested positive for COVID-19, and we are aware of additional cases that have not yet made it in to the state communicable disease database. Again, most of the patients in Leonia are well under age of 60; this serves as a sobering reminder of the need for everyone, without exception, to follow the guidelines that have been established.

To reiterate, experts have not yet determined when we will reach the peak, but most agree that it is at a point still several weeks away. It is imperative that everyone follow the proper shelter in place, social distancing, and sanitary protocols, in order to slow the spread.

Updates/New Information

  • DPW Schedule – Monday, March 30: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Monday, March 30, there will be trash pickup, town-wide.

  • New Jersey State Income Tax Filing Deadline – CORRECTION: The deadline to file New Jersey State income taxes is currently April 15, 2020; while it is anticipated that this deadline will be extended, the Governor has not yet confirmed this.  

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, regardless of age, except for certain essential or permitted activities. Violators are subject to summons and/or criminal charges. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember all previously communicated social distancing protocols, and try to remain at least six feet away from non-household members at all times. Do NOT share sports equipment or toys with anyone outside of your household.
  • Mental Wellness Professionals Needed: As a reminder, we are creating a group of volunteer mental health professionals to assist in addressing the needs of Leonia residents. If you haven’t yet signed up, please visit the following link to volunteer your expertise: https://forms.gle/vizYpaXBNcucGqFP9.  We need a significant number of additional volunteers to make this initiative successful; please consider volunteering!
  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program Rollout: The Leonia Cares rollout is continuing. If you’d like to volunteer to be a Block Captain or Runner, please complete the interest form here: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7. If you have already completed the volunteer form, but need to sign the waiver, you’ll find it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1scsQp2QXdgaROiZ-XkoDoMsryE9wJiO3/view?usp=sharing.
  • Group Gatherings: There are to be absolutely no multi-household group gatherings of any kind, either inside or outside. Violators are subject to significant fines and/or other penalties. Please help keep everyone safe, and don’t participate in ANY group activities!
  • COVID-19 Information: As a reminder, all residents should only be getting information from reputable sources (which don’t include listservs, social media sites, emails from friends (unless you are friends with Dr. Fauci!), etc.). These are as follows:
  • Nixle Signup: Make sure that all Leonians are signed up to get the Nixle alert messages! To sign up, visit https://local.nixle.com/city/nj/leonia/, or text “07605” to 888777.

I know this is getting tiresome for everyone, but please – let’s focus on the fact that we are all doing what we can to flatten the curve, protect the health and safety of our frontline healthcare workers (including many Leonia residents!), and saving lives. We all have a part to play in ensuring, to the greatest extent possible, that we’re protecting the health and safety of all Leonians so please, do everything you can to help!

Thanks to all of you – I look forward to the day when I can talk to everyone in person – and not have to worry about standing at least six feet away from you!

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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March 28, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

Only a few updates today, as well as some new, but important, reminders; as always, please read the entire email carefully, so that you are fully up-to-date. Don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with version available in English, Korean and Spanish. Each page of information is organized in date order (with the most recent information at the top). You can access all of this information at https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.  There are links on each page to the pages containing the information in languages other than English.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: We continue to see significant day-over-day increases in cases both at the State and County level; fortunately, the precautions that we have been taking seem to be working, as our increases are smaller than many other similarly-sized Bergen County municipalities. This is why it is so important to strictly follow all “stay at home” and social distancing guidelines.
    • New Jersey (11,124): As of this afternoon, there are 11,124 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this represents an increase of 2,299 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (1,838): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases (even allowing for the receipt of mass testing results). The new total represents an increase of 333 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (10):  Today, we were advised that we have one additional Leonia resident who has tested positive for COVID-19. Please note that we are seeing positive results across all age groups, with most under the age of 60; this serves as a sobering reminder of the need for everyone, without exception, to follow the guidelines that have been established.

To reiterate, experts have not yet determined when we will reach the peak, but most agree that it is at a point still several weeks away. It is imperative that everyone follow the proper protocols, in order to slow the spread.

Updates/New Information

  • Mental Wellness Advisory Team: The Borough of Leonia would like to ensure that we are providing all Leonians with information on the best available resources to ensure optimized mental health, especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic. To that end, we are asking Leonia residents who are also licensed mental health professionals to volunteer to come together (virtually), and as a group, determine the best "toolkit" that can be developed for use by our residents.

     

    We will do this by conducting 1 - 2 webinar discussions, during which the professionals will be able to share their expertise on how to assist in this endeavor, and jointly, determine next steps for ensuring that the toolkit is developed as quickly as possible. 

    If you're interested in assisting in this critically important effort, please click on this link and fill out the intake form: https://forms.gle/vizYpaXBNcucGqFP9 

  • Property Tax Payment Dates: While the Federal government has extended the deadline for filing of income taxes, and the State of New Jersey has done similarly, property taxes remain due on schedule. Local governments don’t have the authority to “deficit spend;” therefore, we don’t have the ability to delay property tax payments, as we would not be able to fund essential government services, including public schools. This is why it is so important that we get assistance from both the Federal and State government; we continue to press our legislators and Governor on this point.

     

  • Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety: Please remember that bicycles are NOT permitted on sidewalks in the Borough of Leonia; now that parks are closed, there are a significant number of people exercising by taking walks on our streets, and we must ensure that they are safe while doing so. If you wish to ride a bicycle, please ensure that you are riding in the street, using a helmet, and abiding by all other safety guidelines.

     

  • Vehicle Security: Unfortunately, even in times of crisis, criminals will always try to find a way to act like criminals. Since criminals know that most people are home, they are now shifting their attention to vehicles. While we haven’t seen an increase in vehicular break-ins in Leonia, they are increasing in many communities in Bergen County; all Leonia residents are encouraged to ensure that their car doors are locked, and their key fobs, keys, etc. are brought into homes when leaving vehicles.

     

  • Leonia Cares Launch: Leonia Cares Block Captains have begun to drop off information letters to the homes to which each have been assigned. If you would like to sign up as a Block Captain, please visit this link: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7. If you have already signed up, but have not yet signed and returned your waiver, you must do so before you are able to drop off the information letters to your assigned area. Please visit this link to download, sign and electronically return it: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1scsQp2QXdgaROiZ-XkoDoMsryE9wJiO3/view?usp=sharing. The goal is to have all letters delivered to homes in areas with block captains, by the end of the day on Monday. Those who need assistance should follow the directions in the letter to contact your individual block captain.

     

  • Group Gatherings: In spite of both the overwhelming evidence of the benefits of social distancing to slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus and saving lives, and the fact that every resident is now legally obligated to remain in their homes except for short, authorized activities outside of each household, we have in the past day received several reports of groups representing different households participating in gatherings, including an outdoor baseball game which occurred yesterday afternoon.
    • PARENTS: There is NO reason for your children to be leaving your home, unless they are either with you or with another adult that you trust, and you know that they will be participating in an activity that doesn’t pose an increased exposure risk. Please talk to your children, and remind them of why it is so critical (and legally required!) for them to fully comply with all  “shelter in place” directives, and that doing so is the best thing they can do both for their health, as well as for everyone else in your household.
    • ALL LEONIA RESIDENTS: You are reminded that violation of the Executive Orders issued by authorized Federal, State, County and/or local government officials is illegal, and violators are subject to the issuance of summonses and/or criminal charges against them. No, we’re not suggesting that we’re going to be hauling people to jail – but at the same time, we are serious about protecting everyone’s health and safety. If group gatherings occur moving forward, participants will in most cases receive summonses, which can carry significant financial and other penalties. PLEASE – do what’s RIGHT – and strictly observe all of the guidelines we’ve been so deliberate about communicating to you.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, regardless of age, except for certain essential activities. Violators are subject to summons and/or criminal charges. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember all previously communicated social distancing protocols, and try to remain at least six feet away from non-household members at all times. Do NOT share sports equipment or toys with anyone outside of your household.
  • COVID-19 Information: As a reminder, all residents should only be getting information from reputable sources (which don’t include listservs, social media sites, emails from friends (unless you are friends with Dr. Fauci!), etc.). These are as follows:

Thanks to everyone who is doing all that they can to slow the spread of the virus, as well as to all who are stepping forward to assist fellow residents with urgent needs. Every Leonian has an obligation to protect the health and safety of those in their household – and every Leonian should know that your municipal government is doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of every resident of our community, as well as those who work here.

We will get through this – together.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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March 27, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

Today’s updates include information on the Federal CARES Act, as well as County park updates and other critical areas; please carefully read the entire email, so that you’re up to date.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: The current cases continue to climb at a significant rate; while not unexpected, this does speak to the continued need to strictly observe the Governor’s Executive Order requiring all New Jersey residents to stay at home, and to observe proper social distancing protocols.
    • New Jersey (8,825): As of this afternoon, there are 6,876 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this represents an increase of 1,949 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (1,505): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases (even allowing for the receipt of mass testing results). The new total represents an increase of 299 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (9):  This afternoon, we were advised that we have one additional Leonia resident who has tested positive for COVID-19.

     

    To reiterate, experts have not yet determined when we will reach the peak, but most agree that it is at a point still several weeks away. It is imperative that everyone follow the proper protocols, in order to slow the spread. 

    Updates/New Information 

  • Federal Relief (CARES Act): This afternoon I, along with many of the State’s other Mayors, participated in a all with Senators Menendez and Booker, who provided additional information (to the extent that it is available) the federal relief bill which was signed into law late this afternoon. Following are the key points from that call:
    • Direct Assistance Payments: Many people will, within the next few weeks, receive direct payments from the government, subject to the following:
      • Payment Amounts: $1,200 for single income tax filers/$2,400 for joint filers
      • Payments for Children: Adults will receive $500 per child
      • Income limits: Payments begin to become smaller at $75,000 income (single filers) or $150,000 (joint filers). Maximum eligible income is $99,000 (single filers) or $198,000 (joint filers).
      • Basis for payments: Payments will be based on either a taxpayer’s 2019 tax return (if already filed) or 2018 return (if 2019 has not yet been filed). If, when the taxpayer files a 2020 return, their 2020 income entitles them to a higher payment than they automatically receive, they will receive an additional credit.
      • Taxation on Relief Payments: Relief payments are non-taxable.
    • Unemployment Benefits: The CARES Act supplements state unemployment benefits, as follows:
      • Expanded Eligibility: Under the Act, certain independent contractors and part-time workers (i.e. Uber/Lyft drivers) are eligible for benefits
      • Increased Benefit Timeline: The Act extends unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks.
      • Increased Benefit Amount: The Act increases benefits by $600/week (additional to the state-level benefit), for a period of up to four months.
    • Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Loans: There is a $350 billion fund established for loans targeted to small businesses (500 employees or less). Key details:
      • Maximum loan amount: $10 million
      • Loan payments may be deferred for up to one year
      • Portion of loan used for salaries and/or benefits could be eligible for loan forgiveness.
    • Small Business Grants: An emergency grant program has also been established; loans of up to $10,000 are offered, for use by small businesses to meet immediate demands.
    • School District Assistance: The Act establishes a $310 million fund for assistance to K-12 public school districts; details regarding distribution are not yet available.
    • Assistance for Municipalities: Unfortunately, the Act does NOT include any direct assistance for municipal governments; on today’s call (as I did on my last call with the Senators), I voiced a strong concern that without direct assistance, if property tax collections fall significantly, municipal governments will be faced with significant financial challenges, leading to layoffs and an inability to properly fund school districts. Senator Menendez indicated that there is a $150 billion allocation for states, and counties with populations of over 500,000 (which includes Bergen County). Based on preliminary calculations, New Jersey should receive approximately $3.44 billion, and Bergen County should receive approximately $164 million. The Senator indicated that municipalities will receive assistance from these funding sources; however, he was not able to provide details.

       

      I remain deeply concerned about the lack of clarity around how municipalities like Leonia will receive assistance to help address the very significant financial impact of the pandemic. I will continue to keep pressing this issue with our elected officials, and will provide updates as additional information is received.

       

  • Bergen County Parks CLOSED: This morning, all vehicular traffic was banned from Bergen County Parks. Unfortunately, those utilizing the parks (including Overpeck Park) continued to ignore what should now be very well-known and accepted social distancing protocols. Because of this, Bergen County Executive Tedesco has this evening issued Bergen County Executive Order 2020-01E, which states that effective at 8:00 AM on Saturday, March 28, 2020, all Bergen County Parks (including Overpeck Park) have been ordered CLOSED until further notice.

     

    I have seen the emails and social media posts from residents who are unhappy with the Bergen County Executive’s decision to close the parks to vehicular traffic (and, I can only assume, will be even more unhappy with the decision to close the parks completely). I remind everyone that we are in a situation that is almost without precedent – and having to make the “sacrifice” of not being able to utilize parks, for what will more than likely be a relatively short period of time, is not anywhere near an insurmountable obstacle. Everyone also needs to remember that all levels of government are doing everything we can to “flatten the curve,” because we are trying to save lives.  Candidly, I am disappointed and surprised that anyone would do anything other than FULLY support EVERY effort we are making in this regard.  

  • Change to FEMA Testing Site – Bergen Community College: Note that tomorrow (Saturday, March 28, 2020), the FEMA testing site at Bergen Community College in Paramus will be open ONLY to first responders and healthcare workers, all of whom must either be Bergen County residents or work in Bergen County. The site will resume normal operations on Sunday.

 

  • Bergen County Mobile Testing Site Launch: There is a new mobile testing site being launched; details are as follows:
    • Location: Newbridge Medical Center (Ridgewood Ave., Paramus) – Parking Lot
    • Launch Date: March 30, 2020 (tentative)
    • Eligible: First responders and healthcare workers only
      • Phase II: Once space available, also open to essential County and local government employees
      • Phase III: Once space is available after phase II, open to Bergen County residents, with doctor’s prescription
      • Phase IV: Once space is available after phase III, open to anyone over 60 with active symptoms
    • Appointments: Required
    • Telemedicine: All visitors must first have been screened through telemedicine.
    • Planned Capacity: 200 tests available
  • FEMA New Jersey Field Hospital:  The Meadowlands Convention Center in Secaucus is being transitioned into a FEMA field hospital. It is anticipated that this process will take 2 – 3 weeks; once online, it should help take some of the burden of non-COVID-19 cases off of existing Bergen and Northern Hudson hospitals.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, regardless of age, except for certain essential activities. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember all previously communicated social distancing protocols. Do NOT share sports equipment or toys with anyone outside of your household.
  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: To volunteer, please visit the following link: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7
  • Nixle Signup: If you know someone who isn’t getting the Nixle messages, please have them text “07605” to 888777, in order to sign up.

I recognize that the decisions that are being made by myself and other government officials are ones which might result in some level of inconvenience to you or members of your household. However, these decisions are being made with singular purpose: to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and ensure the health and safety of all Leonia residents. Therefore, regardless of any personal opinions, all Leonians are expected to fully and without exception comply with all directives issued by all levels of government.

It is also worth reminding all Leonians that your elected officials, and many of those who are first responders and members of essential Boards, are all volunteers, performing our responsibilities solely to assist our neighbors. We are sacrificing time with our families, time performing professional responsibilities, and/or other commitments, instead choosing to prioritize YOU; please think about this before you write a negative post on a listserv, or on social media. Anyone can disagree with something; offering an alternative solution, and doing so in a respectful, manner, makes far more sense.

Now is the time for all Leonians to pull together and support each other, as well as the efforts that are being made on every Leonian’s behalf.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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March 26, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

Today’s email contains a significant amount of new information, as well as important reminders. PLEASE read the email IN ITS ENTIRETY, so that you’re completely up to date.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: You will see that the number of cases across the state, and in Bergen County, has increased very significantly. This is largely due to the fact that today marked the first day for which results from testing centers was received, and this was for five days of testing (March 20 – 24); so, while we expect incidence rates to continue to increase by significant amounts, for the foreseeable future, the large increases below aren’t necessarily representative of the wave of cases actually in the state.
    • New Jersey (6,876): As of this afternoon, there are 6,876 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this represents an increase of 2,474 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (1,206): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases (even allowing for the receipt of mass testing results). The new total represents an increase of 387 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (8):  Two additional Leonians have tested positive, bringing our total to eight. One of these remains hospitalized; the other seven are at home and under quarantine.

     

    To reiterate, experts have not yet determined when we will reach the peak, but most agree that it is at a point still several weeks away. It is imperative that everyone follow the proper protocols, in order to slow the spread.

    Updates/New Information

  • School Closure Timeline: Governor Murphy announced today that the matter of when schools in New Jersey “won’t even be discussed until April 17.” This means that all schools, public and private, including Leonia Public Schools, will continue to be closed at least through this date, with students continuing the distance learning protocols which have already been put in place. Dr. Bertolini will continue to provide additional information in this regard directly to the school community, following their established communication methodologies. 
  • Bergen County Parks Closed to Vehicular Traffic: This afternoon I participated in a call with the Bergen County Executive; he has at last taken action on the continued potential health issues at the county parks. Effective at 8:00 AM on Friday, March 27, all vehicular traffic will be prohibited within the confines of all Bergen County parks (including Overpeck County Park). This should significantly limit the number of people utilizing the park, which in turn should result in a greater ability to observe proper social distancing protocols. The County Executive has committed that, in the event park users continue to ignore social distances requirements, he will close the parks entirely.
  • Major Disaster Declaration: Today, President Trump, at Governor Murphy’s request, declared the entire State of New Jersey as a major disaster area. This paves the way for FEMA response teams to increase their presence in the State (typically takes 2 – 3 weeks), and allows State, County and local governments to obtain reimbursement, on behalf of their taxpayers, for disaster-related expenses. Leonia has, from the beginning of the pandemic, been carefully tracking all human resource and other expenses related to our response, and we will ensure that we obtain as much relief as possible from the Federal government.  If there are individual FEMA programs for which our residents may be eligible, we will communicate these to you as the information is provided to us. 
  • Use of Non Live-In Household Service Employees: I have been made aware of discussions (online and otherwise) regarding recommendations for individuals who perform housecleaning or similar non-emergency household services. As a reminder, these individuals have NOT been deemed “essential” by the Governor and thus, as is very clearly articulated in the Governor’s Executive Order #107 (which has been communicated by me through these messages, every day since it was created), bringing these individuals into your home is illegal, unless and until the Executive Order is rescinded. Likewise, encouraging others to do so is similarly illegal. More importantly, it simply doesn’t make sense to bring these individuals into your home, as it is not in keeping with the necessary social distancing protocols which are not only legally required, but which are proving to be the only effective way to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

 

Executive Order #108 expressly prohibits me, or any local or county leader, from implementing any order that in any way contradicts Executive Order #107, and requires me, as well as all law enforcement and other personnel, to strictly enforce the directives as outlined in the Executive Order.

 

This does not in any way mean that I don’t understand the significant financial hardship placed on these individuals a result of the current situation; however, my statutory responsibility is to uphold the law, and to do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all Leonia residents. All Leonia residents should ensure that they strictly comply with the requirements that have been previously provided, and which are posted on the Borough website at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179.  I urge everyone to be guided accordingly.

There are other items of new information that are less critical, so rather than bury you with too much information today, I will provide the details on those items in tomorrow’s communication.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Quarantined:  All Anna C. Scott School students and Staff, as well as Leonia Middle School students who attend SACC at ACS, and SACC staff working at ACS, should be in a self-quarantine period, through March 27, 2020.
  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, except for certain essential activities. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • School Closure: All public and private schools are closed through April 17, 2020 (at a minimum). All students should follow the distance learning protocols previously established and communicated.
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember the following social distancing protocols:
    • Do not participate in games with friends (indoor or outdoor), if they involve utilizing any shared items (i.e. basketballs, soccer balls, baseballs, softballs, etc.).
    • All who are participating should always remain at least six feet apart from each other.
    • If you approach others while you are out for a walk, cross the street or take other action to avoid getting closer than six feet to other people. In these cases, it’s not about distance; it’s about avoiding situations where someone might inadvertently transmit the virus through a cough or sneeze.
  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: We continue to recruit Block captains and others for the Leonia Cares assistance program, which ensures that homebound and/or vulnerable residents are able to obtain food and prescription medicine. All volunteers will conduct their activities in a manner that utilizes all best practices in social distancing. To volunteer, please visit the following link: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7A list of the streets that, thus far, still need block captains, is included at the very end of this message; please take a look and if you can assist, sign up and help.

Please be assured that every decision that we make is guided by one goal; to ensure the health, safety and security of all Leonia residents, as well as those who work and visit our community. I recognize that there is rarely a single “right” answer to any issue; however, we are making our decisions based on our ongoing discussions with health experts, as well as ongoing communications with all levels of government.

It is imperative that each and every Leonia resident do their part by strictly following the guidelines that have been established – and, equally importantly, by looking out for one another and being a resource for each other, as Leonians do so well. We will see this through together, as one community – and I am honored to have the privilege to continue to lead this effort.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

Streets with Need for Block Captains

 

Street

Between

Beechwood Pl.

Broad Ave. to Glenwood Ave.

Bergen Blvd.

Fort Lee Border to Lester St.

Bergen Blvd.

Lester St. to Washington St.

Bergen Blvd.

Washington St. to Hazlitt St.

Bergen Blvd.

Hazlitt St. to Christie Lane

Borough Pl.

Broad Ave. to Wood Park

Broad Ave.

Ames Ave. to Sylvan Ave.

Broad Ave.

Sylvan Ave. to Highwood Ave.

Broad Ave.

Park Ave. to Christie St.

Broad Ave.

Summit Ave. to Westview Ave.

Broad Ave.

Christie St. to High St.

Broad Ave.

Westview Ave. to Allaire Ave.

Broad Ave.

Beechwood Pl. to Woodland Pl.

Broad Ave.

Woodland Pl. to Hillside Ave.

Broad Ave.

Harold St. to Christie Heights St.

Broad Ave.

Christie Heights St. to Vreeland Ave.

Broad Ave.

Vreeland Ave. to Van Orden Ave.

Broad Ave.

Lakeview Ave. to Englewood City Limit

Brook Terr.

Overlook Ave. to Lakeview Ave.

Brook Terr.

Lakeview Ave. to dead end

Chestnut St.

Fort Lee Rd. to road bend

Chestnut St.

Road bend to Reldyes Ave.

Chestnut St.

Reldyes Ave. to Irving Pl.

Christie Heights St.

Broad Ave. East to dead end

Coover St.

Hillside Ave. to Harrison St.

Cottage Pl.

Grand Ave. to Leonia Ave.

Edgewood Rd.

Nordhoff Pl. to Englewood City Limit

Elizabeth Terr.

Meadowview Pl. to cul-de-sac

Fort Lee Rd.

Spring St. to Grand Ave.

Fort Lee Rd.

Grand Ave. to Romaine Pl.

Fort Lee Rd.

Romaine Pl. to Leonia Ave.

Fort Lee Rd.

Gladwin Ave. to Oaktree Pl.

Fort Lee Rd.

Oaktree Pl. to Broad Ave.

Fort Lee Rd.

Paulin Blvd. to Linden Terr.

Fort Lee Rd.

Linden Terr. to Warwick Lane

Fort Lee Rd.

Warwick Lane to Cumley Terr.

Fort Lee Rd.

Cumley Terr. to Oratam Terr.

Fort Lee Rd.

Oratam Terr. to Fort Lee Borough limit

Fairway Dr.

Dead end to Greenway Dr.

Fairway Dr.

Greenway Dr. to Nordhoff Dr.

Glenwood Ave.

Sylvan Ave. to Highwood Ave.

Glenwood Ave.

Woodland Pl. to Hilltop Terr.

Glenwood Ave.

Hilltop Terr. To Hillside Ave.

Glenwood Ave.

Hillside Ave. to Dogwood Terr.

Glenwood Ave.

Birch Pl. to cul-de-sac

Grand Ave.

Edsall Blvd. to Oakdene Ave.

Grand Ave.

Oakdene Ave. to Moore Ave.

Grand Ave.

Christie St. to Maple St.

Grand Ave.

Maple St. to Prospect St.

Grand Ave.

Prospect St. to Palisade Ave.

Grand Ave.

Palisade Ave. to Fort Lee Rd.

Grand Ave.

Cottage Pl. to Harrison St.

Grand Ave.

Harrison St. to Christie Heights St.

Grand Ave.

Christie Heights St. to Vreeland Ave.

Grand Ave.

Vreeland Ave. to Van Orden Ave.

Grand Ave.

Van Orden Ave. to Overlook Ave.

Grand Ave.

Overlook Ave. to Longview Ave.

Grand Ave.

Longview Ave. to Lakeview Ave.

Grand Ave.

Lakeview Ave. to Englewood City Limit

Grandview Terr.

Greenway Dr. to Nordhoff Dr.

Greenway Dr.

Grandview Terr. to Fairway Dr.

Greenway Dr.

Fairway Dr. to Ridgeland Terr.

Harold Ave.

Broad Ave. to dead end

Hazlitt Ave.

Reldyes Ave. to Bergen Blvd.

Hillcrest Ave.

Christie Heights St. to Vreeland Ave.

Hillcrest Ave.

Vreeland Ave. to Van Orden Ave.

Hillcrest Ave.

Van Orden Ave. to Overlook Ave.

Hillcrest Ave.

Overlook Ave. to Lakeview Ave.

Hillside Ave.

Grand Ave. to Leonia Ave.

Hillside Ave.

Leonia Ave. to Coover St.

Hillside Ave.

Coover St. to Wood Terr.

Hillside Ave.

Wood Terr. To Kingsley St.

Hillside Ave.

Broad Ave.to Glenwood Ave.

Hillside Ave.

Glenwood Ave. to Overlook Terr.

Hilltop Ave.

Glenwood Ave. to Overlook Terr.

Hilltop Ave.

Overlook Terr. To Madonna Cemetery

Hoeffley's Lane

Fort Lee Rd. to Church Lane

Irving St.

Christie Lane to Chestnut St.

Irving St.

Chestnut St. to Fort Lee Rd.

Knapp Terr.

Paulin Blvd. to Park Ave.

Knapp Terr.

Park Ave. to Reldyes Ave.

Lakeview Ave.

Lakeview Circle to Grand Ave.

Lakeview Ave.

Grand Ave. to Brook Terr.

Lakeview Ave.

Brook Terr. To Hillcrest Ave.

Lakeview Ave.

Hillcrest Ave. to Eastview Ave.

Lakeview Ave.

Eastview Ave. to Broad Ave

Longview Ave.

Grand Ave. to Brook Terr.

Lowe St.

Ray Ave. to Leonia HS

Magnolia Pl.

Broad Ave. to Glenwood Ave.

Maple St.

Dead end to Station Pkwy.

Maple St.

Station Pkwy. to Spring St.

Maple St.

Spring St. to Grand Ave.

Nordhoff Dr.

Fort Lee Borough limit to Ridgeland Terr.

Nordhoff Dr.

Grandview Terr. To Pine Hill Rd.

Palmer Pl.

Oakdene Ave. to Highwood Ave.

Palmer Pl.

Highwood Ave. to Park Ave.

Ray Ave.

Western Blvd. to Lowe St.

Ray Ave.

Lowe St.to Grand Ave.

Richmond Pl.

Reldyes Ave. to dead end

Ridgeland Terr.

Greenway Dr. to Nordhoff Dr.

Ridgeland Terr.

Edgewood Rd. to Englewood City limit

Romaine Pl.

Palisade Ave. to Fort Lee Rd.

Schor Ave.

Grand Ave. to Willow Tree Rd.

Station Pkwy

Meadowview Ct. to Maple St.

Spring St.

Maple St. to Fort Lee Rd.

Van Orden Ave.

Hillcrest Ave. to Broad Ave.

Van Orden Ave.

Broad Ave. to cul-de-sac

Vreeland Ave.

Grand Ave. to Hillcrest Ave.

Vreeland Ave.

Hillcrest Ave. to Broad Ave.

Vreeland Ave.

Broad Ave. to Pine Hill Rd.

Vreeland Ave.

Pine Hill Rd. to Birch Pl.

Vreeland Ave.

Birch Pl. to Golf Course Dr.

Washington Terr.

Reldyes Ave. to Bergen Blvd.

Western Blvd.

Ray Ave. to dead end

Winthrop Pl.

Park Ave. to Reldyes Ave.

 

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March 25, 2020 Update 

Fellow Leonians:

Again, just a few updates, along with additional key reminders. As always, please review the entire message, carefully, in order to ensure that you have the latest, official, correct information.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: 
    • New Jersey (4,402): As of this afternoon, there are 4,402 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this represents an increase of 727 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (819): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases. The new total represents an increase of 118 cases in the past day.
    • Leonia (6):  We continue to hold steady at six cases in Leonia.

    Please remember that experts have not yet determined when we will reach the peak, but most agree that it is at a point still weeks away. It is imperative that everyone follow the proper protocols, in order to slow the spread. 

    Updates/New Information 

  • Mental Health Assistance: We recognize that as the time during which people are isolated increases, some residents may have the need to talk with a mental health professional. We are in the process of identifying volunteer resources who are willing to assist in these cases, and will provide more details as soon as they are finalized. All are encouraged to spend at a least a little time outside each day (practicing social distancing), to call or digitally interact with friends and/or family, and take time for yourself.

     

  • Additional DPW revisions: We have had additional discussion regarding the DPW schedule, and are pleased to advise that Monday pickups will alternate between yard waste and trash (town-wide). Therefore, the revised schedule is as follows:
    • Mondays: Alternating between yard waste and trash pickup
    • Tuesdays: Household garbage collection (town-wide)
    • Wednesdays: Recycling collection (alternates between paper and glass/plastic; consult Borough calendar in order to determine which is being collected each week.

       

      I did receive several complaints about the decision to reduce garbage pickup to once per week. I urge those individuals first to remember that we have an obligation to ensure the safety not just of our residents, but also of our employees, and also that a once per week garbage pickup is consistent with the rate at which the vast majority of other municipalities collect household garbage. To be frank, this is, at most, a minor inconvenience. 

  • Dante’s Closure: As the owner of Dante’s reported this afternoon (and thus, I am able to include here), one of his employees has had a presumptively positive test result. Therefore, Dante’s will be closed for at least 14 days. We wish Yuri and all of his staff the best during this period, and look forward to their reopening, as soon as it is safe to do so.

     

  • Daycare Center Closures: Today, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order #110, which requires all daycare centers to close effective April 1, 2020, and remain closed until further notice. The only exceptions are those centers which exclusively serve the children of essential personal, and these centers must, by March 27, 2020, certify that they should be included in this category.

     

  • Scouting for Food – Postponed: We have been asked to advise all Leonians that the Scouts Scouting for Food program (originally scheduled for this weekend) has been postponed until a date TBD. All Leonia residents are encouraged to remember that food pantries (including Leonia agencies) are in continued significant need of non-perishable foods; please contact those organizations directly in order to arrange donations.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Quarantined:  All Anna C. Scott School students and Staff, as well as Leonia Middle School students who attend SACC at ACS, and SACC staff working at ACS, should be in a self-quarantine period, through March 27, 2020.
  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, except for certain essential activities. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember the following social distancing protocols:
    • Do not participate in games with friends (indoor or outdoor), if they involve utilizing any shared items (i.e. basketballs, soccer balls, baseballs, softballs, etc.).
    • All who are participating should always remain at least six feet apart from each other.
    • If you approach others while you are out for a walk, cross the street or take other action to avoid getting closer than six feet to other people.
  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: We continue to recruit Block captains and others for the Leonia Cares assistance program, which ensures that homebound and/or vulnerable residents are able to obtain food and prescription medicine. All volunteers will conduct their activities in a manner that utilizes all best practices in social distancing. To volunteer, please visit the following link: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7.   

 

We continue to work hard to try to anticipate the needs of all Leonia residents not just today, but in the days and weeks ahead, and ensure that we are putting in place the ability to offer as much support as possible. This wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of all of our incredible Borough employees, as well as all of the volunteers (including your elected officials), who are giving of themselves so selflessly. Seeing their efforts makes me even more proud to be a member of this community – and gives me the inspiration to continue to do everything possible to ensure everyone’s safety and security.

Be there for one another, Leonians, in every way possible – we will succeed, as one community.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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 Update - March 24, 2020

Fellow Leonians:

Just a few updates today, along with some important reminders. Please review the entire message, carefully, in order to ensure that you have the latest, official, correct information.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: 
    • New Jersey (3,675): As of this afternoon, there are 3,675 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this represents an increase of 831 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (701): Of the total cases shown above, 701 are reported to be in Bergen County.  This represents an increase of 116 from yesterday.
    • Leonia (6):  Leonia continues to have six known cases (no new cases from yesterday).

    The incidence rate continues to increase significantly, and will continue to do so, for the foreseeable future. New York State in general, and New York City in particular, is recognized as the U.S. “hot spot” for COVID-19, and it seems to be generally accepted that the virus has been in the New York metropolitan area for several weeks. Given the large number of New Jersey residents who have, until very recently, commuted to New York for business and pleasure, there is little question that New Jersey’s cases will also continue to increase significantly.

    Updates/New Information

  • Revised DPW Collection Schedule: As we continue to refine our continuity plans in order to ensure that we have essential staff available throughout the duration of the pandemic, we will at times find it necessary to alter the manner in which services are provided. Therefore, effective immediately, the following changes are being made to the DPW collection schedule:
    • Trash Collection: Suspended until further notice
    • Household Garbage Collection: Decreased to once per week, on Tuesdays.

     

    This will result in the following DPW collection schedule, which will be in effect until further notice:

    • Mondays: Yard waste collection (town-wide)
    • Tuesdays: Household garbage collection (town-wide)
    • Wednesdays: Recycling collection (alternates between paper and glass/plastic; consult Borough calendar in order to determine which is being collected each week).

     

  • Essential Businesses: This afternoon, the State Director of Emergency Management signed Administrative Order 2020-06, which designates additional businesses as essential. These are as follows:
    • Mobile phone retail and repair shops
    • Bicycle shops, but only to provide service and repair (sales are not permitted)
    • Nurseries and garden centers

       

      All essential businesses are, pursuant to Executive Order 107, required to ensure that proper social distancing and sanitary protocols are strictly followed. 

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: We will begin to roll out the Leonia Cares Assistance program within the next day; it will be implemented based on the areas of the community in which we have registered volunteers. We still have LOTS of areas that need Block Captains, and we still need young people (ages 18-25) to assist with obtaining the groceries for those who are being assisted, as well as picking up prescriptions.  The Program is being implemented utilizing the very best practices in social distancing and sanitary protocol; there will be NO person-to-person interaction between volunteers and those being assisted. To sign up to volunteer, please visit the following link: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7.This is a VERY important program; I urge all Leonians to strongly consider assisting.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Quarantined:  All Anna C. Scott School students and Staff, as well as Leonia Middle School students who attend SACC at ACS, and SACC staff working at ACS, should be in a self-quarantine period, through March 27, 2020.
  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, except for certain essential activities. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember the following social distancing protocols:
    • Do not participate in games with friends (indoor or outdoor), if they involve utilizing any shared items (i.e. basketballs, soccer balls, baseballs, softballs, etc.).
    • All who are participating should always remain at least six feet apart from each other.
    • If you approach others while you are out for a walk, cross the street or take other action to avoid getting closer than six feet to other people.
  • Alternate Side of the Street Parking Restrictions: Suspended, until further notice. However, please utilize common sense when parking your vehicles on the street; all residents need to park in a manner so as to ensure that emergency vehicles can get through if necessary.

I was able to get out for a walk this afternoon with a couple of my youth soccer players (following proper social distancing protocols, of course!), and it really lifted my spirits; I definitely encourage everyone to get outside weather permitting), and take a walk or run. It was also great to see everyone who was outside following the social distancing guidelines we’ve been communicating – well done, to all!

As this period of mandatory isolation continues, it’s only natural that tempers grow short, and frustration increases. We all need to accept that – and remember it when we’re dealing with each other, both inside and outside of our homes. There’s no doubt that this is an incredibly difficult time (and could get even more so); however, it will get better, and when it does, we’ll all recognize that even in these dark hours, we all will have learned a great deal from and about each other, and about ourselves.

I continue to be incredibly grateful to live in this wonderful, special community – and thank each and every Leonian for the sacrifices you are making, each and every day.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

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Update - March 23, 2020

Fellow Leonians:

There are several important updates I’d like to provide to you today, as well as to reinforce some of the key areas I’ve covered previously.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: 
    • New Jersey (2,844): As of this afternoon, there are 2,844 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this represents an increase of 587 from Saturday to Sunday, and 930 from Sunday to Monday.
    • Bergen County (585): Of the total cases shown above, 585 are reported to be in Bergen County.  This represents an increase of 95 cases from Saturday to Sunday, and 128 from Sunday to Monday. 
    • Leonia (6):  Leonia has six cases, including one that was identified overnight. The latest patient is hospitalized; the remaining five are at home and in quarantine.

    As the number of tests continues to increase, we will continue to see a commensurate increase in the number of positive cases statewide, as well as in Bergen County and, unfortunately, in Leonia. 

    Updates/New Information

  • Increased Enforcement – Stay at Home/”Shelter in Place” Order: During today’s briefing, Governor Murphy indicated that he, through the Attorney General’s office, is allocating additional resources to ensure people strictly adhere to his order that all New Jersey residents stay at home/”shelter in place,” except for essential trips outside of their homes. All Leonia residents MUST remain in their homes, except for reasons as outlined in Saturday’s communication. You can get full details by clicking on this link: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179

     

  • Town-wide Conference Call: 405 people registered for last night’s town-wide conference call, and 317 participated. In addition to the information that was provided, there were many questions asked and answered, on a variety of topics. A recording of the call will be posted on the Leonia website within the next 24 hours, and we are planning additional calls as we move forward.

     

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: The Leonia Cares Assistance Program is just about ready to launch. As a reminder, we need LOTS of volunteers to serve as Block Captains, ensuring that seniors, those with disabilities and others who cannot leave their homes have the ability to obtain groceries, prescriptions, and that they are staying in good health. To sign up to volunteer, please visit the following link: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7.We also need young people (ages 18-25) to assist with obtaining the groceries for those who are being assisted, as well as picking up prescriptions. This is a VERY important program; I urge all Leonians to strongly consider assisting. NOTE: the program will be implemented utilizing all social distancing and sanitary best practices; there will be no person-to-person interaction between volunteers and those being assisted.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Quarantined:  All Anna C. Scott School students and Staff, as well as Leonia Middle School students who attend SACC at ACS, and SACC staff working at ACS, should be in a self-quarantine period, through March 27, 2020.
  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, except for certain essential activities. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember the following social distancing protocols:
    • Do not participate in games with friends (indoor or outdoor), if they involve utilizing any shared items (i.e. basketballs, soccer balls, baseballs, softballs, etc.).
    • All who are participating should always remain at least six feet apart from each other.
    • If you approach others while you are out for a walk, cross the street or take other action to avoid getting closer than six feet to other people.
  • Ongoing COVID-19 Information:  As a reminder, it is VERY important that people carefully review any information provided to them about COVID-19. It is HIGHLY recommended that you obtain your information ONLY from one of the following sources:
  • Flushing Toilets: Please remember that you should NOT flush anything other than toilet paper. Flushing wipes, feminine products, etc. could (and often will) result in pipes and/or sewers backing up. We have already seen several issues of this type; please be responsible, and discard in household garbage any items other than toilet paper.

I know that everyone will start to get a little “stir crazy” as we progress through this period of mandated isolation; I urge all Leonians to ensure that you take the time to virtually interact with family and friends through phone calls, Facetime, Whatsapp, Skype, Houseparty, or whatever other platform you prefer. In addition, you’re encouraged to get outside (using proper social distancing and sanitary guidelines) and get exercise.

Most importantly – please stay positive! This is a difficult, stressful time for everyone – but we’re all in it together! Let’s all be there for one another – and please continue to be reassured that your municipal government is doing everything possible to ensure the safety and security of all Leonia residents.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

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Update - March 21, 2020

Fellow Leonians:

There are several important updates I’d like to provide to you today, as well as to reinforce some of the key areas I’ve covered previously.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: 
    • New Jersey (1,327): As of this afternoon, there are 1,327 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this is an increase of 437 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (362): Of the total cases shown above, 362 are reported to be in Bergen County.  This represents an increase of 113 cases from yesterday. 
    • Leonia (5):  Leonia now has five (5) positive cases, with two more being reported in the last 24 hours.

     

    As the number of tests increases, we will continue to see a commensurate increase in the number of positive cases statewide, as well as in Bergen County and, unfortunately, in Leonia.

    Updates/New Information

     

  • Statewide Executive Order to Stay at Home/Shelter in Place:  Today, Governor Murphy issued Executive Orders #107 and 108, which require all New Jersey residents to stay in their homes, effective at 9:00 PM today (Saturday), March 20, 2020, except to undertake essential activities. The order also includes new restrictions on business closures (both retail and non-retail), and bans non-essential travel in the State of New Jersey, 24 hours a day.  Full details were transmitted in a separate Nixle email, and can also be found on the Borough website at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Townwide Conference Call: We’re going to give this another try, so please read these instructions carefully.
    • Date: Sunday, March 22, 2020
    • Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    • Registration Required: To register for the call, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8302167515960481035
    • Once you visit the link and register, you’ll receive an email with a unique link; you’ll click on this link tomorrow, in order to join the webinar. You can join by phone as well, but you must still register, using the link above.

      

  • Conference Call with Federal Officials:  This morning, I, along with 100 other New Jersey Mayors, participated in a conference call with Senators Menendez and Booker. Following are some of the key points that we discussed:
    • Aid Package: Congress is currently finalizing negotiations with the White House on a $1 trillion aid package that covers a number of key items, including, but not limited to;
      •  Extension of unemployment insurance benefits
      • Providing small business grants (in addition to loans)
    • Direct Cash Payments: The Senators indicated that if the Federal Government issues direct cash payments to individuals, these will be the same for everyone who qualifies (vs. based on a predetermined scale). Currently, the plan is to distribute these based on 2018 income tax records; I urged the Senators to push for a different mechanism, as there are many people whose circumstances have changed significantly since that time. The Senators agreed with the concern, however, I have my doubts as to whether there will be any movement on this.
    • Small Business Loan Forgiveness: There is a strong push to include a provision forgiving certain small business loans, in order to ensure that small businesses remain viable once the health crisis itself begins to abate. This has not yet been finalized.
    • Tax Filing Deadline: The date by which you must file your income tax return for 2019 has been moved from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. If you owe tax, you will not incur interest or penalties if you file by the new date. You are of course permitted to file before the deadline (and if, like many, you are receiving a refund, you are encouraged to do so).
    • Student Loans: Student loan payments have been deferred for 60 days (you should check with your lender for details). There is a push for forgiveness of a portion of student loan debt, but this has not yet been finalized.
    • Funding for Municipalities: I raised a question to the Senators regarding what assistance could be provided directly to municipalities in the event that we experience a decline in property tax collection, due to significant unemployment, business closure or other financial hardships. There is currently a bill being developed which will permit the Federal Reserve to purchase municipal bonds; however, I pushed hard (as did other Mayors who spoke after me) for direct financial assistance from the Federal Government, rather than simply asking municipalities (and, by extension, taxpayers) to simply incur more debt. This relief is far from certain – and frankly, is something that is a significant concern. I will continue to push our Federal officials on this point, and urge everyone to do the same.
    • November Elections: All are in agreement that Election Day must occur; the current bill packages include additional funding for elections, including increased reliance on vote by mail and other alternative voting protocols.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Quarantined:  All Anna C. Scott School students and Staff, as well as Leonia Middle School students who attend SACC at ACS, and SACC staff working at ACS, should be in a self-quarantine period, through March 27, 2020.
  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, beginning at 9:00 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2020, except for certain essential activities. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Social Distancing: When you are not in your home, you should remain at least six feet away from any non-family member not living with you.
    • If you want to go for a walk or run with your neighbor or friend, that’s fine; however, make sure that you remain six feet away from them at all times.
    • Playing catch, using neighbor’s play equipment, or using anyone else’s items for shared exercise should be avoided. For example, if you are standing six feet away from someone, but playing catch, you are sharing with each other whatever is on the ball that you are using (including, potentially, the COVID-19 virus), which completely negates the effectiveness of social distancing.
    • Playing basketball with friends (either at home or at a park, all of which are closed, but some of which are continuing to be frequented) is also not an example of social distancing; not only are you playing a sport requiring close interaction between participants, but the ball itself is “shared,” further endangering anyone who is participating…and those frequently MUCH more vulnerable members of their households.
  • Ongoing COVID-19 Information:  As a reminder, it is VERY important that people carefully review any information provided to them about COVID-19. It is HIGHLY recommended that you obtain your information ONLY from one of the following sources:

Today’s Executive Order does little more than make a requirement those guidelines that we have already been asking all Leonia residents to follow for some time. In case there are any Leonians who still think that everyone is overreacting…the time is long past for you to get over it. The crisis is real, and the virus is in our community. Everyone has for some time been asked to do the right thing; now, you are legally required to do the right thing.

As Mayor, I take the responsibility of ensuring the health and safety of all Leonia residents as my highest priority – and I assure you that our municipal government will have NO tolerance for people who continue to ignore what are now their legal obligations. We all need to remember that we are part of a larger community – and thus must each do our part to help “flatten the curve” and limit exposure, active cases and ultimately, loss of life.

Thanks to all of you who have been, and will continue, to do what’s right – as I’ve said so many times before, we are all in this together. Please – let’s support one another, care for one another – and emerge from this time of great challenge as a stronger community.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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Update - March 20, 2020

Fellow Leonians:

There are just a few COVID-19 updates I’d like to provide to you today, as well as to reinforce critical areas which have been communicated previously.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: 
    • New Jersey (890): As of this afternoon, there are 890 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this is an increase of 148 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (249): Of the total cases shown above, 194 are reported to be in Bergen County.  This represents an increase of 55 cases from yesterday. 
    • Leonia (3):  Leonia now has three (3) positive cases, all of whom are doing well and are at home. Initially, a fourth case was incorrectly reported as a Leonia resident; however, that case involved someone who was visiting a family member, and the impacted individual lives outside of Bergen County. We are aware of at least one other case that is presumptively positive, but has not yet been reported through the State database.

       

      There are a significant number of tests which have been administered by Bergen County’s hospitals, but for which results have not been received. Thus, we can expect to continue to see large increases in the number of cases, each day, for some period of time. 

      Updates/New Information 

  • Bergen County Drive-Up Testing Center: The new FEMA testing center located at Bergen Community College opened at 8:00 AM on Friday morning; as anticipated, it quickly reached capacity, and thousands of people were turned away. The center will process a maximum of 350 tests/day. As a reminder, you must be a New Jersey resident and have active symptoms in order to be tested at the center. If you are feeling unwell, you are strongly encouraged to contact your healthcare provider, rather than driving to the center.

     

  • Response to Request for Personal Protective Equipment:  We had an outstanding response from our community to our request for various items of personal protective equipment (PPE), both in terms of direct donations as well as identification of companies from which we were able to purchase additional supplies. Thanks to everyone who responded!

     

  • Business Closures:  The Governor has indicated that there is a strong likelihood that, within the next 24-48 hours, he will issue additional directives requiring the closure of all “non-essential” businesses, until further notice. We will provide details of these closures when they are made available to us; in the meantime, all Leonians are STRONGLY urged to remain in their homes, except to obtain food or medicine, or to receive medical attention. This is the best way to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of the virus.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Quarantined:  All Anna C. Scott School students and Staff, as well as Leonia Middle School students who attend SACC at ACS, and SACC staff working at ACS, should be in a self-quarantine period, through March 27, 2020.
  • Shelter in Place:  While not mandatory, it is HIGHLY recommended that all other Leonians shelter in place in your homes, limiting your time outside, and practicing proper social distancing and sanitary procedures.
  • Social Distancing: When you are not in your home, you should remain at least six feet away from any non-family member not living with you.
    • If you want to go for a walk or run with your neighbor or friend, that’s fine; however, make sure that you remain six feet away from them at all times.
    • Playing catch, using neighbor’s play equipment, or using anyone else’s items for shared exercise should be avoided. For example, if you are standing six feet away from someone, but playing catch, you are sharing with each other whatever is on the ball that you are using (including, potentially, the COVID-19 virus), which completely negates the effectiveness of social distancing.
  • School Updates: The Leonia Public Schools have been doing an excellent job keeping their school community updated; all updates regarding the Leonia Public Schools will continue to come through those channels.
  • Virtual School Closure – Wednesday, March 25: As previously indicated, on Wednesday, March 25, there will be no distance learning conducted through the Leonia Public Schools. This does NOT mean that students should leave their homes, or congregate within homes with visitors. PLEASE observe proper social distancing and sanitary protocols, to protect both students as well as those with whom they live.

I have no doubt that people are probably getting tired of seeing some of this information over and over; however, the simple fact is that we are still seeing too many instances of people ignoring the necessary social distancing guidelines that have been put in place. This puts EVERY Leonian at an increased risk – so please do your part by observing all of the social distancing, quarantine and/or shelter in place guidelines that have been issued to you. Our goal is simple; to protect the health and safety of all Leonians.

Finally, don’t forget your neighbors; while the Leonia CARES assistance program details are being finalized, call, email or text your neighbors (especially the elderly and those with disabilities), and ensure that they have enough food and medicine, and are not feeling in any way unwell. If this is the case, they should immediately contact their healthcare provider.

Thanks again to everyone who is doing their part to slow the spread of the virus; if you observe a neighbor or resident not doing so, take the time to remind them of the need to be part of the solution, by observing social distancing and sanitary guidelines.

We will get through this – together – and at this time, I am VERY grateful to live in a community where we all care so deeply about one another.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

______________________________________________________________________________

 

Update - March 19, 2020

Fellow Leonians:

There are several important COVID-19 updates I’d like to provide to you today, as well as to reinforce critical areas which have been communicated previously.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: 
    • New Jersey (742): As of this afternoon, there are 742 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this is an increase of 315 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (194): Of the total cases shown above, 194 are reported to be in Bergen County.  This represents an increase of 80 cases from yesterday.  52 of Bergen County’s 70 municipalities are reporting at least one COVID-19 case in their community. The towns with the two largest number of cases are Teaneck (42) cases and Englewood (16).
    • Leonia (2):  Leonia now has two (2) positive cases, with the second one being identified overnight. The person who was most recently identified had been hospitalized due to an underlying condition, but is now home (like the first case).  Both are quarantined.

     

    There are a significant number of tests which have been administered by Bergen County’s hospitals, but for which results have not been received. Thus, we can expect to continue to see large increases in the number of cases, each day, for some period of time. 

    • Updates/New Information 

  • Federal Response: This morning, I, along with 17 other Mayors, participated in a call with Congressman Pascrell, during which he provided us with updates regarding the federal bills which are being considered. During the Q&A period, all of us drove home to the Congressman the importance of ensuring that individuals and small businesses get the economic help they need, immediately, in order to ensure that the continued economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is, to the greatest extent possible, mitigated. We also reinforced the need for the Federal government to provide urgent supplies (like personal protective equipment and sanitizer) directly to our communities, for use by our first responders. The Congressman clearly heard our message, and will be working to ensure that economic programs and availability of necessary supplies are addressed as quickly as possible.

     

  • Drive-Up Testing Center:  The first drive-up testing center in New Jersey will begin operation on March 20, 2020. The center is operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”); details regarding testing requirements, etc. are as follows:  
    • Location:  Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ
    • Opening Time:  The center will open at 8:00 AM daily
    • Requirements:  In order to be tested, you must meet the following requirements:
      • New Jersey residents only (must have proof of residency with you)
      • Must have active symptoms (fever, runny nose and cough); those who are asymptomatic (i.e. the “worried well”) will be turned away
      • Testing priority will be given to health care workers and first responders
      • You do NOT need a prescription from your healthcare provider
    • Appointments:  No appointment is needed; however, you MUST meet the requirements described above, or you will be turned away.

    If you are experiencing symptoms or are feeling unwell in any way, your first course of action should always be to call your healthcare provider. There is little doubt that there will be long lines and significant wait times at the testing center (especially during its early days of operation); exercise common sense when making the decision about whether or not to visit the drive-up testing center.

     

  • Urgent Items (WE NEED YOUR HELP):  In order to ensure that we have the equipment and supplies we need to ensure your health and safety, we are asking all Leonians who either have any of the items in the list below, or who might have access to these (through their professional affiliations), to let us know:
    • Hand sanitizer (minimum 60% alcohol concentration)
    • Hand sanitizer wipes (minimum 60% alcohol concentration), or bleach wipes
    • Surgical masks
    • NIOSH-approved particulate respirator (i.e. N-95 or higher respirator)
    • Disposable medical-grade examination gloves
    • Eye protection (goggles or disposable face shield fully covering the front and sides of the face)
    • Disposable isolation gowns or Tyvek full body coveralls

      The Borough of Leonia will purchase these items if you know of vendors who have them available or, if you have extras that you are willing to donate, we would be happy to accept them. If you have any of these available, or know where we can procure them (meaning, you know that one or more of these items are in stock and available for immediate purchase), please email us at COVIDsupplies@leonianj.gov 

  • Emergency Services Protocols: It is critically important that we ensure the continued health and safety of our first responders (police, volunteer fire, and emergency medical services personnel). Please remember the following important guidelines:
    • Please avoid rushing up to first responders when they arrive at your home; even in an emergency, you MUST follow proper social distancing protocols, and stay six feet away from each other.
    • When calling 911 and/or when first responders are arriving at your home, you should be prepared to answer questions about the health of the members of your household. This is permitted under the current State Health Emergency, and is being done to ensure that the first responders are wearing the proper personal protective equipment when responding.
    • Not everyone who responds to a call may necessarily enter your home or “actively” participate; please don’t get close to first responders who don’t seem to be immediately engaged in the emergency, as again, doing so puts both your health, and theirs, at risk. 
  • School “Snow Day:” As you know, Leonia Public Schools are closed through April 10, 2020 (at the earliest), and distance learning is now taking place at all three schools, utilizing protocols communicated to all students directly by the school district. In order to allow teaching staff at all three buildings the ability to continue to refine their teaching and lesson plans, the district will have a “snow day” on Wednesday, March 25; there will be NO distance learning on this date.

     

    NOTE: This does NOT mean that students should congregate with one another, either in private homes or in public areas. The need for social distancing continues to be of critical importance, becoming more so with each passing day. Those who are suggesting that social distancing is not necessary are, quite simply, wrong; every Leonian needs to do their part to stem the tide of COVID-19, and the best way to do this is to stay in your homes unless it is absolutely necessary for you to venture out. 

  • Business Closures:  As indicated in yesterday’s update, all nail and hair salons were directed to close as of midnight. Governor Murphy has directed the same for these businesses (as well as other “close contact” businesses, such as spas, massage parlors, and tattoo parlors), statewide, as of 8:00 PM today, March 19, 2020.
  • Bergen County Executive Order 2020-1B: We received word today that the Executive Order issued by the Bergen County Executive, which was to have gone into effect as of 8:00 AM on Saturday, March 21, has been rescinded. As indicated above, this does not in any way mean that it is “business as usual;” while some businesses in Leonia (and other communities) remain open, you should visit these only if necessary (remaining at home at all other times). Most businesses that are open will also have reduced hours of operation; please contact the businesses directly to obtain the latest information. 

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Quarantined:  All Anna C. Scott School students and Staff, as well as Leonia Middle School students who attend SACC at ACS, and SACC staff working at ACS, should be in a self-quarantine period, through March 27, 2020.
  • Shelter in Place:  While not mandatory, it is HIGHLY recommended that all other Leonians shelter in place in your homes, limiting your time outside, and practicing proper social distancing and sanitary procedures.
  • Social Distancing: When you are not in your home, you should remain at least six feet away from any non-family member not living with you.
    • If you want to go for a walk or run with your neighbor or friend, that’s fine; however, make sure that you remain six feet away from them at all times.
    • Playing catch, using neighbor’s play equipment, or using anyone else’s items for shared exercise should be avoided. For example, if you are standing six feet away from someone, but playing catch, you are sharing with each other whatever is on the ball that you are using (including, potentially, the COVID-19 virus), which completely negates the effectiveness of social distancing.
  • School Updates: The Leonia Public Schools have been doing an excellent job keeping their school community updated; all updates regarding the Leonia Public Schools will continue to come through those channels.
  • Foreign Travel:  If you have, within the last 14 days, returned from travel to South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy or Mainland China, and have not already been in contact with the Leonia Public Health Department, you are STRONGLY requested to immediately contact the Public Health Nurse at (201) 592-5780, x259.

With each passing day, as cabin fever sets in, we are all tempted to leave our homes to shop, interact with others, etc. I participate in multiple calls every day with State, County and local leaders, during which leaders from the healthcare community provide us with the latest updates on research and treatment for COVID-19. One core message remains very clear; the need for social distancing, including, for the time being, staying in your homes as much as possible, is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING we can do to help limit the spread of the virus, and avoid allowing our healthcare facilities to become overrun with cases, resulting in needless fatalities due to lack of equipment or healthcare staff.

The decisions we are making are not easy, and we know that they have a profound impact on both individuals as well as businesses in our community. We are guided by one overarching principle; doing what is best for the health and safety of everyone who lives and works in our community, county state and nation. Please know that I will, as always, provide you with the most accurate and timely information possible, and ask that all Leonians understand the need for what we are asking of you, and for your continued, sustained and complete cooperation with all requirements.

Finally, don’t forget your neighbors; while the Leonia CARES assistance program details are being finalized, call, email or text your neighbors (especially the elderly and those with disabilities), and ensure that they have enough food and medicine, and are not feeling in any way unwell. If this is the case, they should immediately contact their healthcare provider.

Thanks to all Leonians for what you are doing not just for yourselves, but for each other. The strength of this community continues to inspire me as well as all of the other members of our team who are working so hard on your behalf; please, keep it up, knowing that we WILL get through this together.

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

________________________________________________________________________________

 

Update - March 18, 2020

Fellow Leonians:

This email will include a few updates (including the fact that Leonia has now reported its first positive case of a Leonia resident), as well as providing restating the most important pieces of information from previous emails, in order to ensure that we’re reinforcing these critical elements.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: 
    • New Jersey: As of this afternoon, there are 427 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this is an increase of 162 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County: Of the total cases shown above, 114 are reported to be in Bergen County.  This represents an increase of 30 cases from yesterday. 
    • Leonia:  This morning, we received word of our first positive case among Leonia residents.  The impacted individual is a healthcare worker (who works at a healthcare facility outside of Bergen County), and is currently in quarantine at home, in good condition.

    There are a significant number of tests which have been administered by Bergen County’s hospitals, but for which results have not been received. Thus, we can expect to continue to see large increases in the number of cases, each day, for some period of time. 

    Updates/New Information 

     

  • Driver License Expiration and Motor Vehicle Inspections:  The New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles has provided guidance that New Jersey residents who have their driver’s license or motor vehicle inspection expiring prior to May 31, 2020 will automatically receive two-month extension.  All DMV offices are closed through March 30, 2020 (or longer, as events warrant).
  • Price Gouging and/or Suspected Scams:  Unfortunately, there are those who, at times such as these, seek to unfairly profit from others, or who break the law through new scams.  If you suspect either price gouging (defined as charging a price that is more than 10% higher than what would typically be charged for something), or that someone is attempting to scam you, please contact the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs at (973) 504-6240, or you can report the issue online by visiting www.njconsumeraffairs.gov
  • Leonia CARES Assistance Program:  As described yesterday, we are finalizing the logistics required to roll out a new program designed to ensure that everyone in our community has proper supplies of food and medicine, and is not experiencing unreported health issues.  Since last night’s email, we’ve had a great response to our call for Block Captains; however, we need more assistance if we’re going to be able to cover our entire town!  To learn more, and to express interest in becoming a Block Captain, please visit https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7. This is a VERY important program to ensure the health and safety of all Leonians; please strongly consider signing up as a Block Captain.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Quarantine:  All Anna C. Scott School students and Staff, as well as Leonia Middle School students who attend SACC at ACS, and SACC staff working at ACS, should be in a self-quarantine period, through March 27, 2020. During this period, please take your temperature at least twice per day; if you begin to feel ill in any way, contact your healthcare provider.
  • Recommended Shelter in Place:  While not mandatory, it is highly recommended that all other Leonians shelter in place, and limit time outside of your home. If you wish to take a walk in your neighborhood, or go to Overpeck Park, you should feel free to do so; however, please ensure that you practice proper social distancing protocols (stay six feet away from others, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or a tissue and if a tissue, discard the tissue into an appropriate trash receptacle).
  • School Closure:  All schools are closed through April 10 (at the earliest).  Through April 3, distance learning will occur, according to the protocols previously provided to all students.
  • Ongoing COVID-19 Information:  As a reminder, it is VERY important that people carefully review any information provided to them about COVID-19. It is HIGHLY recommended that you obtain your information ONLY from one of the following sources:
  • Nixle Alert System:  All critical communication from the Borough of Leonia will be issued through the Nixle alert system.  You are encouraged to sign up for the Nixle alert system at https://local.nixle.com/borough-of-leonia/
  • Facebook Page: You are encouraged to “like” the Borough of Leonia’s Facebook page, as notifications are automatically pushed there as well.
  • Prevention Tips:  As with influenza and other contagious diseases, there are a number of actions you can take in order to protect yourself and your families:
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.  If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with an alcohol concentration of at least 60%.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with individuals who are sick
  • Stay home from school or work if you are sick
  • Either with a tissue or with your sleeve, cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing
  • Foreign Travel:  If you have, within the last 14 days, returned from travel to South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy or Mainland China, and have not already been in contact with the Leonia Public Health Department, you are STRONGLY requested to immediately contact the Public Health Nurse at (201) 592-5780, x259.

We are continuing to do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all Leonians, and thank each of you for the support you are showing, and for your assistance in ensuring that you are following established guidelines.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

_____________________________________________________________________________

 

Update - March 17, 2020 

There are only a few COVID-19 updates to share with you this evening; I’ve also included information on two new initiatives we’ve started, as well as the most important pieces of information from previous emails, in order to ensure that we’re reinforcing these critical elements.

New Initiatives

  • Multi-Language Communication: I am THRILLED to announce that we have identified a group of Leonia students who have generously agreed to translate my communications regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and our response; therefore, effective with this evening’s communication, the emails being sent through the Nixle system will contain the same language in three languages (scroll down in the email to see the language of your choice): English, Korean and Spanish.

We are working on a way to allow you to identify the language in which you’d like to receive these communications, but this is going to take some time; so, in the meantime, we’ll simply provide the message, in different languages, all in one email file.

I would like to thank the students who have stepped forward to donate their time; we truly appreciate their efforts!

 

  • Leonia CARES Block Program: We are in the process of finalizing the infrastructure to roll out the initial phase of a program that will ensure that all Leonians, especially our seniors and those with disabilities, have food, medication and are in good health, throughout this health crisis.  I have asked Councilwoman Terrell and Councilman Ziegler to spearhead this program; if you are interested in serving as a block captain, you can visit https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7 to sign up, and to obtain additional information.  This is a VERY important program to ensure the health and safety of all Leonians; please strongly consider participating as a block captain.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: 
    • New Jersey: As of this afternoon, there are 267 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this is an increase of 89 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County: Of the total cases shown above, 84 are reported to be in Bergen County.  This represents an increase of 23 cases from yesterday. 
    • Leonia:  At this time, Leonia does not yet have a reported positive case amongst Leonia residents.

    There are a significant number of tests which have been administered by Bergen County’s hospitals, but for which results have not been received. Thus, we can expect to continue to see large increases in the number of cases, each day, for some period of time.

     

  • Drive-Up Testing Centers:  We have been advised that the drive-up testing site being deployed in Bergen County remains on track for completion at the end of this week. We will provide you with as much detail as possible on the new center, as soon as we receive final details from the appropriate Federal, State and County authorities. 

Updates/New Information

  • Bergen County Executive Order:  The Bergen County Executive Order (2020-1B) will NOT go into effect this evening, as originally scheduled. It is now scheduled to be effective at 8:00 AM on Saturday, March 21, 2020.
  • Leonia Closures:  Based on guidance from the Leonia Public Health Officer, I am directing the following closures:
    • Daycare Centers:  Currently closed; will continue to remain closed through March 27, 2020 (we will revisit this classification of business prior to that date, in order to determine if the closure should be extended).
    • Nail and Hair Salons:  All nail and hair salons in the Borough of Leonia are to be closed, effective at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  These are to remain closed until further notice.

     

    Important Information and Reminders

    Following are important reminders and information:

    • Quarantine:  All Anna C. Scott School students and Staff, as well as Leonia Middle School students who attend SACC at ACS, and SACC staff working at ACS, should be in a self-quarantine period, through March 27, 2020. During this period, please take your temperature at least twice per day; if you begin to feel ill in any way, contact your healthcare provider.
    • Recommended Shelter in Place:  While not mandatory, it is highly recommended that all other Leonians shelter in place, and limit time outside of your home. If you wish to take a walk in your neighborhood, or go to Overpeck Park, you should feel free to do so; however, please ensure that you practice proper social distancing protocols (stay six feet away from others, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or a tissue and if a tissue, discard the tissue into an appropriate trash receptacle).
    • School Closure:  All schools are closed through April 10 (at the earliest).  Through April 3, distance learning will occur, according to the protocols previously provided to all students.
    • Ongoing COVID-19 Information:  As a reminder, it is VERY important that people carefully review any information provided to them about COVID-19. It is HIGHLY recommended that you obtain your information ONLY from one of the following sources:
    • Nixle Alert System:  All critical communication from the Borough of Leonia will be issued through the Nixle alert system.  You are encouraged to sign up for the Nixle alert system at https://local.nixle.com/borough-of-leonia/
    • Facebook Page: You are encouraged to “like” the Borough of Leonia’s Facebook page, as notifications are automatically pushed there as well.
    • Prevention Tips:  As with influenza and other contagious diseases, there are a number of actions you can take in order to protect yourself and your families:
      • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.  If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with an alcohol concentration of at least 60%.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
      • Avoid contact with individuals who are sick
      • Stay home from school or work if you are sick
      • Either with a tissue or with your sleeve, cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing
  • Foreign Travel:  If you have, within the last 14 days, returned from travel to South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy or Mainland China, and have not already been in contact with the Leonia Public Health Department, you are STRONGLY requested to immediately contact the Public Health Nurse at (201) 592-5780, x259.

     

    We recognize that everyone is continuing to adjust to the continuing evolving disruptions to daily life; we would like to thank all Leonians for their support and cooperation, and would like to reiterate our municipal government’s commitment to ensuring the health and safety of all Leonia residents.


    ____________________________________________________________ 

 

Update - March 16, 2020

Current Status

  • Current Cases:  As of this writing, there are 178 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; 61 of those are in Bergen County. 23 of the 70 towns in Bergen County have at least one positive case (13 of the 23 were advised of their first case within the last 24 hours). At this time, Leonia does not yet have a positive case amongst Leonia residents.

There are a significant number of tests which have been administered by Bergen County’s hospitals, but for which results have not been received. Thus, we can expect to continue to see large increases in the number of cases, each day, for some period of time. 

  • Drive-Up Testing Centers:  We have been advised that the first drive-up testing site in New Jersey will be in Bergen County, and will be located at Bergen Community College. The current plan is to have the center up and running by the end of this week; at scale, the site will have a planned capacity of 200 tests per day. The National Guard is assisting with the establishment of the site (providing logistics and security support); FEMA is also sending mobile units to the site.  NOTE:  If you believe that you need a test, you should NOT go to the testing site without a doctor’s order; you MUST get a doctor’s test order first, or you risk being turned away.

State of New Jersey and Bergen County Executive Orders

 

  • New Executive Order – State of New Jersey:  This afternoon, New Jersey Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 104, which established new statewide restrictions:
    •  All preschools, public and private elementary, middle and high schools, colleges and universities are to be closed, effective Wednesday, March 18; no date for reopening has yet been established.
    • All gatherings over 50 people are to be canceled.
    • The following are closed until further notice:
      • Casinos
      • Racetracks
      • Gyms and similar fitness facilities
      • Movie theaters and all other performance venues
    • All restaurants and other foodservice establishments statewide must limit their offerings to curbside, takeout or home delivery; dine-in services are prohibited
  • New Executive Order – Bergen County:  Also this afternoon, Bergen County Executive Tedesco issued a new Executive Order (2020-1B), which is far more restrictive.  The new restrictions are effective as of 11:00 PM on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and are as follows:
    • All businesses (retail or otherwise) within Bergen County are to cease operations as of with the following exceptions:
      • Food stores (but the number of shoppers is limited to the maximum that will still permit proper social distancing protocols)
      • Pharmacies
      • Gas stations
      • Healthcare facilities (NOTE:  Dental offices have been ordered closed unless the dentist is completing an emergency procedure)
      • Law firms, but only to conduct activities pertaining to current Superior Court trials or other “emergent transactions.”
      • Banks
      • Funeral homes
    • All utility works is suspended, with the exception of emergencies
    • No groups of more than four (4) people, with the exception of those living in the same household, may congregate on any public street or area.
    • A curfew will be in effect in Bergen County between the hours of 8:00 PM and 7:00 AM, for "all public outdoor activities.

Clearly, there are some conflicts between the State and County Executive Orders; however, in order to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, the safety and security of all Leonia residents, I have directed the Leonia Police Department and all other Borough Departments to be guided by Bergen County’s restrictions, as described above.

 

Current Status of Schools, Borough Facilities, Borough Parking Ordinances and Other Leonia Entities

The following is the most up-to-date status of Borough Facilities, buildings operated by the Leonia Board of Education, and other facilities operating within the Borough of Leonia. The status of non-governmental facilities can change without our knowledge; therefore, it is suggested that you check directly with that facility if you have questions:

  • Leonia Public Schools:  Closed through April 10, 2020 (at a minimum), with distance learning occurring, based on the protocols provided by the Leonia School District. All extracurricular and/or school sponsored activities are also canceled.
  • Borough Hall, Recreation Center, Public Library and DPW:  All Borough facilities are closed to the public.  We have limited staff working in our facilities (as well as remotely). The public is encouraged to contact employees via email or phone, and visit www.leonianj.gov for additional information regarding online form availability, as well as a staff telephone directory.
  • Borough Parks/School Playgrounds:  All Borough parks and school playgrounds are closed until further notice.
  • Parking Ordinances:  Ordinances encompassing alternate side parking as well as residential hangtag restrictions have been suspended during the period when school buildings are closed.
  • Borough Board, Commission and Committee Meetings: All non-essential Board, Commission and Committee meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • Mayor and Council Meetings: Meetings of the Mayor and Council will be virtual; the public will be provided with information on how to access the meetings, and will have the opportunity to ask questions during the public portions (which will also be virtual).
  • Borough Businesses, Restaurants, etc: As you know, all foodservice establishments in Leonia were, effective at 3:00 PM yesterday, limited to takeout, curbside, or home delivery services.  This will continue until further notice.  Most other businesses, with the exceptions noted in the Bergen County Executive Order as described above, will be closed beginning at 11:00 PM on Tuesday, March 17.
  • Houses of Worship:  Most houses of worship have suspended in-person services and activities. Some are conducting online services; please contact them directly for the most up-to-date information.

Quarantine Information

  • As announced on March 15, a staff member at Anna C. Scott School has tested positive.  Many have expressed frustration at not being able to obtain the name of the staff member, or other information. Please note that it is a violation of Federal HIPAA law for this information to be given to anyone, and in fact, most of us don’t even know the identify of the individual in question. However, even if you knew the name of the individual, the required quarantine protocols would remain the same, as shown below.
  • All Anna C. Scott school students and staff should begin a period of self-quarantine, extending through Saturday, March 27, 2020. This means that you should remain in your homes, and monitor yourself for any symptoms. If you are feeling unwell, you should contact your physician.
  • All Leonia Middle School Students who attend the SACC program, and all SACC staff who work at Anna C. Scott School, are also to immediately begin the same self-quarantine period, extending through March 27, 2020.
  • The urgent quarantine requirements described above do not extend to the family members or caregivers of the population segments described above; those who potentially came into direct contact with the affected staff member, either directly or through touching an infected surface, are the ones who are required to abide by this.
  • Quarantine guidelines:
    • Do not interact with anyone other than those living in your household, for the duration of the quarantine period.
    • You are permitted to go outside; however, you must avoid any interaction with others.
    • Do not invite guests into your home.
    • If you are getting food or other deliveries, have them left at your front door.
    • Do not travel, locally or otherwise.
    • Take your temperature twice per day, to ensure that you do not have a fever.
    • In the event that you begin to develop any type of illness or fever, contact your healthcare provider immediately; do NOT simply go to the hospital/ER.
    • Remember to follow proper sanitary guidelines (wash hands for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face).
  • NOTE:  All Borough residents are STRONGLY encouraged to limit their interaction with non-family members not living with you, as well as others, and limit any unnecessary local and other travel.  This includes visits to other Borough residents, unless necessary. If you would like to check on your neighbors, please do this via telephone, email or text.

Emergency Response

Please note that if you require police, fire or emergency medical services response to your home, you may be asked to provide the health status of all members of your household. This is permitted under the current Federal and State States of Emergency, as well as the State Health Emergency, and these questions are being asked in order to ensure that the individuals who are attempting to render aid are utilizing the proper personal protective equipment in order to ensure that they do not unnecessarily expose themselves to COVID-19.

Latest COVID-19 Information

As a reminder, it is VERY important that people carefully review any information provided to them about COVID-19.  It is HIGHLY recommended that you obtain your information ONLY from one of the following sources:

You are encouraged to sign up for the Nixle alert system at https://local.nixle.com/borough-of-leonia/.  This is the system that we utilize for all official updates. You are also encouraged to “like” the Borough of Leonia’s Facebook page, as notifications are automatically pushed there as well.

As a reminder, listservs and private bulletin boards are NOT official communication mechanisms but rather, are private sites. The Borough of Leonia cannot guarantee that official announcements or communications will appear on these sites; you are encouraged to visit the Borough website to obtain official Borough information.

Prevention & Foreign Travel

  • Prevention:  As with influenza and other contagious diseases, there are a number of actions you can take in order to protect yourself and your families:
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.  If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with an alcohol concentration of at least 60%.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
    • Avoid contact with individuals who are sick
    • Stay home from school or work if you are sick
    • Either with a tissue or with your sleeve, cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing
  • Foreign Travel:  If you have, within the last 14 days, returned from travel to South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy or Mainland China, and have not already been in contact with the Leonia Public Health Department, you are STRONGLY requested to immediately contact the Public Health Nurse at (201) 592-5780, x259.

I know that this is a great deal of information to read and understand, which is why I had hoped to cover it instead in a conference call. However, it is very important that you have the latest information as soon as possible, and so we have chosen to provide it in written fashion, rather than wait until the call is rescheduled.

We are together facing a new reality, and one that will, almost without question, continue for an extended period of time. All of us will have to learn to do things differently, to put up with numerous inconvenient changes to the way we live our lives, and to deal with frustration as the situation changes rapidly, and new or revised requirements are put in place.

Through it all, I ask all Leonians to remember that we are, first and foremost, a community of neighbors who deeply respect and care about one another. Our municipal government, working in collaboration with the Leonia Board of Education and School District Administration, is committed to doing everything possible to provide you with the latest, most accurate information, as well as guidance on how best to ensure that you and your families are safe and secure. We won’t get everything right, but we will make decisions based solely on what we believe to be in the best interest of our community as a whole.  We ask for your support, we ask for your commitment to ensuring that you are adhering to the requirements and recommendations that are in place, and we ask for you to be patient and flexible, recognizing that we are all working VERY hard to ensure your continued health and safety.

Leonians are strong and resilient, and so is our community as a whole; I look forward to partnering with all of you to face these challenges together, and to emerging even strong, once this pandemic is behind us.

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

Update - March 15, 2020

We have been advised today that a member of the Anna C. Scott School staff has tested positive for COVID-19. In order to ensure the health and safety of all Leonians, we are taking the following immediate actions:

  • All Anna C. Scott school students and staff should immediately begin a period of self-quarantine, extending through Saturday, March 27, 2020. This means that you should remain in your homes, and monitor yourself for any symptoms. If you are feeling unwell, you should contact your physician. 
  • All Leonia Middle School Students who attend the SACC program, and all SACC staff who work at Anna C. Scott School, are also to immediately begin the same self-quarantine period, extending through March 27, 2020.  
  • The Leonia School District buildings will continue to be closed through Friday, April 3, observing the distance learning protocols previously provided to all students. Spring break is already scheduled for April 6 through April 10; therefore, the current plan is to reopen Leonia School District Buildings on April 13, 2020 (subject to conditions at that time). 
  • As a result of the latest developments, the distribution of computers from the Leonia School District will be delayed until Monday afternoon (March 16), or Tuesday morning (March 17). Details will be communicated directly from the Superintendent of Schools.
  • For families that participate in the Leonia School District lunch program, the pickup location has been changed to the front entrance of Leonia Middle School (pickup will NOT be available at Anna C. Scott school). For families that chose home delivery, the process will remain unchanged. 
  • All Borough restaurants have been directed to offer takeout or delivery service only; no dine-in service is permitted at any Borough food establishment, until further notice. 
  • All Borough parks are closed and off-limits to everyone, until further notice. 
  • Borough Hall, the Leonia Recreation Center and the Leonia Public Library are closed to the public; staff are available via telephone and email. Please visit www.leonianj.gov, for an employee directory as well as available online services.
  • All non-essential Borough Board and Commission meetings are to be postponed.
  • All Borough residents are strongly encouraged to limit their interaction with non-family members not living with you, as well as others, and limit any unnecessary local and other travel. This includes visits to other Borough residents, unless necessary. If you would like to check on your neighbors, please do this via telephone, email or text.

We recognize that these new requirements represent significant inconvenience; however, they are being taken out of an abundance of caution, in order to ensure the health, safety and security of all Leonians.

Our municipal government and Board of Education are working together to ensure that we are doing everything possible to proactively and responsibly address the current situation; we thank you for your anticipated full support and cooperation with the new requirements, and hope that all Leonians stay safe during this difficult period.

 

Update - March 12, 2020

Current Status

  • Current Cases:  As of March 12th, 2020, there are 29 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey, of which 13 are in Bergen County.  At this time, Leonia does not have any presumptive positive or positive cases.
  • Testing by private laboratories has now begun, which means that there will be a significantly greater number of tests being performed.  This will result in a rapid increase in the numbers of cases being diagnosed. 
  • New Jersey State of Emergency/Bergen County State of Emergency:  On March 5, Governor Murphy issued both a State of Emergency (Executive Order 103) and a Health Emergency (NJSA 26:13-1).  On March 10, County Executive Tedesco issued a State of Emergency for Bergen County.

It is worth noting that these actions are taken primarily to ensure that costs that are incurred by State, County and/or local governments can be reimbursed, depending upon whether or not the U.S. Government also declares a State of Emergency for New Jersey.  This does NOT mean that there are plans for any large-scale social distancing or quarantining initiatives, or that any other large-scale action is being taken.

 

Current Priorities

  • COVID-19 Task Force:  The Borough has convened a COVID-19 Task Force, consisting of Mayor Zeigler, Councilwoman Davis (as Board of Health Liaison), our Emergency Management Coordinator, our Borough Administrator, and the leaders of all of the essential services departments within our Borough, which include emergency services, DPW, and our Board of Health. Representatives of Englewood Hospital are also participating. The Leonia School District is also represented, both by the Superintendent of Schools and by the Buildings and Grounds Supervisor.
  • Continuity Planning:  Our priority is to establish a comprehensive continuity plan, in order to ensure, in the event any large-scale social distancing or quarantine initiatives are required, that we maintain essential services for all Leonians. As you can imagine, there are a great many details that must be considered, and we are working as quickly as possible in order to ensure that we identify what is needed, and to have in place a plan that will allow us to ensure the continued safety of all Leonians. It is important to note that at this time, no social distancing or mandatory quarantine initiatives are being contemplated; however, we must be prepared in the event that such measures become required. Leonia's COVID-19 Task Force is meeting very regularly to review the latest information, as well as to discuss upcoming events in Leonia, in order to issue guidance to various organizations regarding whether or not events should be postponed or canceled.
  • Protection of Vulnerable Population Segments:  We are focusing decision-making on ensuring that the most vulnerable segments of our population are not in an environment wherein they are potentially exposed to COVID-19.  These segments are:
    • Those with ages 60 and higher;
    • Those with autoimmune disorders;
    • Those who have other underlying medical conditions that would make recovering from exposure to COVID-19 more difficult. 

 

Resources and Information

  • As you can imagine, information regarding COVID-19 changes constantly; the Mayor has been and will continue to participate in calls with Governor Murphy and State Health Commissioner Persichelli, and our Board of Health leadership is in constant contact with their counterparts at the County and State levels of government. To get the latest information on the situation, it is recommended that you bookmark the following websites and take note of the State’s COVID-19 hotline:
  • Nixle System:  The Borough of Leonia utilizes the Nixle system for emergency announcements; in order to sign up for the system, follow please complete the following steps:
    • To receive both email and text alerts, go to https://local.nixle.com/city/nj/leonia/ and follow the instructions provided to sign up for the Nixle messaging service. This method allows you to customize your locations and the type of  alerts you receive.
    • To receive only text messages to you cellular phone, you may register by texting “07605” to the number 888777. You will receive a reply text from Nixle. Reply “YES” to receive messages from Nixle. This method allows for fewer options and no customization, but you can always log onto the Nixle website later on to set your preferences.

 

Upcoming Events & Borough Facilities

  • Event Cancellations:  Guidance from the CDC and State of New Jersey is that any event planned that involves vulnerable populations, or events of over 250 people in total, be canceled or postponed.  Additional guidance from hospitals and other health system experts is that events over 20 should be reviewed, in order to determine if they should be canceled or postponed.  Based on this, the following events have been canceled or postponed:
    • Senior Programs:  All programs for senior citizens are suspended until further notice.
    • Recreation Basketball Program: Playoffs scheduled for March 14th have been postponed to a future date TBD.
    • Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast:  Postponed (check with Knights of Columbus regarding whether or not this will be rescheduled).
    • St. John’s Altar Society Fish Fry:  Postponed (check with St. John’s Altar Society regarding whether or not this will be rescheduled).
    • Lee Clark Scholarship Final 4 Fundraiser:  Canceled 

We are continuing to review upcoming events in order to determine which, if any, should be canceled or postponed.  Please check with the organization responsible for each event for the latest status.
 

  • Recreation Center:  Effective at 4:30 PM on Friday, March 13, all remaining winter programs and activities at the Leonia Recreation Center will be cancelled. The Borough of Leonia will provide updates as to when the Borough of Leonia will reopen.
  • Leonia Public Library:  At this writing, the Library is operating under standard hours.  If this changes, the public will be notified by the Borough of Leonia.
  • Jury Duty:  The Bergen County Executive has advised us that those who are feeling unwell or are a member of one of the vulnerable population segments described above, and who are concerned about participating as a Juror, should contact the Bergen County Courts at the telephone number provided on the Jury Notice, and you will be excused.
  • Municipal Court:  At this writing, municipal court operations are proceeding as normal.  If this changes, the public will be notified by the Borough of Leonia.

 

Preparedness for Individuals and Families

  • Prevention:  As with influenza and other contagious diseases, there are a number of actions you can take in order to protect yourself and your families:
    • Wash your hands frequently, each time for at least 20 seconds, and using soap and water. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with an alcohol concentration of at least 60%.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid contact with individuals who are sick.
    • Stay home from school or work if you are sick.
    • Either with a tissue or with your sleeve, cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
  • Face Masks:  The CDC does NOT recommend the use of face masks for those who are not exhibiting symptoms of illness. Face masks should be worn by those who are ill (in order to prevent the spread of germs to others). 
  • Shopping and visiting other public places:  There have been anecdotal reports of a significant drop in business being experienced by businesses in Leonia and across the area. Again, no social distancing or mandatory quarantining initiatives are contemplated, and there is no reason to think that shopping at Leonia businesses puts anyone at any greater risk than not doing so. By following the guidelines above, you can minimize your risk to exposure not just to COVID-19, but to the other common respiratory illnesses also present in our area.  There is no reason to avoid patronizing our local businesses.
  • Travelers from High-Risk Areas:  If you have recently returned from travel to China, South Korea, Italy or Iran, the CDC recommends that you self-quarantine for a period of fourteen (14) days from the date of departure from that country, and conduct self-monitoring during that period. Please contact the Leonia Board of Health at (201) 592-5780, x259; the Public Health Nurse will be able to provide you with additional assistance.
  • Individuals with symptoms:  As with any other illness, if you begin to feel ill, you should seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms can be found on the CDC and/or New Jersey Department of Health websites (links above).

 

Price Gouging & Potential Bias Incidents

  • Price Gouging:  Unfortunately, there are individuals who seek to unfairly profit from situations like this.  If you find a retailer charging a price for something that is higher by 10% or more of the price you would typically pay, you are encouraged to report this to the Bergen County Office of Consumer Affairs at (201) 336-6400.  The Bergen County Executive has advised us that all reports will be fully investigated, and those who violate the State’s price gouging law will be prosecuted to the fullest extent.
  • Bias Incidents:  Even more unfortunate is that at times like these, people sometimes unfairly lash out at selected ethnic, religious or other groups, and in recent days there have, in Bergen County, already been increases in these types of incidents.   If you experience or are witness to something like this, you are encouraged to contact the Leonia Police Department at (201) 944-0800.  The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office has advised us that they will fully investigate all reports of potential bias crimes; to be clear, the Borough of Leonia has zero tolerance for such behavior. 

 

Ongoing Updates

  • Borough Updates:  We will update information on the Borough website as frequently as is appropriate; this will also push to the Borough’s Facebook page. We will also push urgent information and updates through the Nixle system. Listservs or bulletin boards are not official communication mechanisms; as such, while we will try to include these in our communication distribution, you should not rely on them. Instead, make sure that you are registered with the Nixle system, and sign up to receive updates from the Borough website.
  • School Updates:  Any updates to the Leonia Public School community will be made by the Superintendent of Schools and/or representatives of the Leonia Board of Education. We are of course working in close cooperation with the Board of Education and the school administrative team; however, if they have district-specific information to share, they will do so based on their established protocols.
  • Town-Wide Conference Call:  We are in the process of setting up a town-wide conference call, during which Leonia residents will be able to ask questions, and we will be able to provide you with the latest information on the COVID-19 situation.  We will advise you when the call has been scheduled, and provide you with dial-in information at that time.

Please be assured that we are doing everything possible to properly prepare to ensure that we are able to properly serve all of our residents, and will continue to keep everyone updated as new information is provided to us. We encourage everyone to utilize the online resources highlighted in this email, as they will provide you with the most up-to-date information.