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An Important COVID-19 Message

July 2020

Dear Residents and Business Owners of the Northern Valley,

As we remain in the midst of a dangerous public health emergency due to COVID-19, we as your elected officials are reinforcing our commitment to keeping our communities safe for all residents and visitors.

We are all hopeful the worst of this dangerous virus is behind us, yet the need to remain diligent in protecting our families, businesses, communities, first responders and medical facilities cannot be overly emphasized. Containing the spread of this virus is extremely important for all citizens and it is the only way we will begin to emerge safely into a “new normal”. It is important to remember that we need to be prepared, be informed and be proactive in prevention measures.

Please take time to speak with your family members and employees, even friends and neighbors, about the basic practices to help keep them safe. Heed the advice of public health experts who agree that the most effective ways to slow the spread of the virus are: practice social distancing (6 feet apart), wash hands often and for at least 20 seconds, avoid physical contact like handshakes and hugs, and above all, wear a face covering whenever you are out in public.

Those who are at an increased risk for illness will need to take additional precautions, as will the persons who are around them. Being sure to have access to several weeks of medications and supplies, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces and limiting access to outside activities will help insure a measure of safety.

Staying informed and in-touch with current information from public health officials and creating an emergency plan such as a contact list and information on resources should you or a family member become ill may ease some of the anxiety associated with this emergency.

The recent news is highlighting areas of increased pockets of COVID-19. These outbreaks are being attributed to the absence of social distancing and wearing of face coverings. Your assistance in taking extra precautions, limiting group gatherings, only going out for essential services, and staying home when you or a family member are sick is requested.

The Northern Valley Mayors believe that working together we can help to control the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe for all.

Stay safe and stay well,

Northern Valley Mayors

John Glidden (Closter), Melinda Iannuzzi (Demarest), Paul Hoelscher (Harrington Park), Thomas Ference (Haworth), James Barsa (Norwood), Patrick Marana (Northvale), and John Kramer (Old Tappan)


July 7, 2020

Testing Statistics (Includes Community Mobile Sites and BNBMC Drive-Thru Testing)      

30 Locations in first eight weeks of mobile testing

24,528 Total COVID-19 Tests

14,369 Total COVID-19 Saliva Tests at Community Mobile Locations

6,357 Total COVID-19 Antibody Tests at Community Mobile Locations

3,802 Total COVID-19 Saliva Tests at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Drive-Thru Site

2.5% May COVID-19 Diagnostic Positive Rate

June COVID-19 Diagnostic Positive Rate 12.2%

May/June COVID-19 Antibody Positive Rate 77%





May 21, 2020

Dear fellow residents,
    Conditions related to COVID-19 appear to be improving.  Working together, we are into our third week with the number of residents that have tested positive remaining at 28.  I thank you for co-operation with our requests to keep Harrington Park a safer and healthier environment. Please know this is still not the time to give up on our struggle with this terrible virus.  I ask you to continue following the basic recommendations of wearing a face covering when outside your home, keep practicing social distancing and avoid large groups of people.  It is important that our young children understand the importance of these recommendations.  I have seen large groups of children riding bikes together without face masks or distance between them.  Let’s keep our children safe and healthy.  We have to work together to keep our number of positive cases at the current level.
    You may already know the following, but be advised:
o    The leaders of the HP Swim Club have decided to keep the pool closed this year.
o    The Memorial Day Parade has been cancelled by Commander Simpson of the HP American Legion. Please spend some time explaining the importance of the Memorial Day Holiday with your children.
o    Based on a conference call with County Executive Tedesco yesterday, our tennis courts will be open at 8am, Friday, May 22 for Single playing ONLY.
o    Our parks are still limited to passive use only, such as walking, jogging and bike riding on the paved and lawn areas. Sports playing, playgrounds, tables and benches are still off limits.
o    If you haven’t paid your real estate taxes, they are due May 31, 2020.  If not paid, the interest accrued goes back to May 1, 2020.
o    Vegetation collection this Monday, May 25 will be moved to Tuesday, the 26th for the observance of Memorial Day.
In Harrington Park, we have zero tolerance for the use of racial slurs. While we still do not know who did it, someone used chalk to write a racial slur on a paved area in town.  The disparaging remark has been removed.  Based on the location of the slur, it most likely was the work of one of our younger residents.  Please explain to family members the reasons this practice is unacceptable. Thank you for your help.
Our grade school and regional high school in Old Tappan remain closed for the remainder of the academic year.  During a very difficult time, our teachers have provided a very valuable service.  Related to education, the residents of Harrington Park congratulate all of our graduates.  Whether its grade school, high school or college/university, we wish everyone success in your future.
I extend my best wishes to all for an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.  Please stay well and keep yourself and your family safe.  

 Paul A. Hoelscher


From Chief Maalouf-Click on this link for information regarding Rumor Control and Disinformation COVID-19



May 3, 3030
From the Desk of Mayor Paul A. Hoelscher,Der Fellow Residents,
    Our current numbers for COVID -19 are 29 positive cases and 3 related deaths.  While this is an increase, we still remain one of the lowest municipalities in Bergen County.  I thank you for your support and cooperation.  I ask you to remain strong, and continue to comply with the recommendations of our medical professionals, during your day to day activities.  There is still a ways to go on this war against this disease.
    Based on conference calls with Governor Murphy, Congressman Gottheimer and County Executive Tedesco, along with posts from Assemblywoman Schepisi, cautious optimism appears to be the word of the day.  North Jersey hospitals are reporting a decline in the number of people needing assistance for COVID-19 related problems.  Hopefully, this trend will continue.
    Based on Governor Murphy’s decision to open parks for passive recreational activity, Harrington Park will open our parks, on a trial basis, at 12 noon, May 4, 2020. I use the term “trial basis” because if residents fail to comply with the restrictions associated with opening of our parks, I will have them closed immediately. I have a tremendous concern for the health, safety and welfare of all our residents.  I will not allow a few people put our community at risk. The parks will be monitored by our police department, and if necessary, summonses will be issued for violations of the rules.
    The only permitted use at the parks is the paved walk ways.  This includes walking, jogging and bike riding.  No other activities are permitted.  Sitting on chairs, or on blankets, picnicking or using tables, and congregating in groups are prohibited.  Absolutely, no dog walking in these areas will be permitted.  Bathrooms will not be open. Basketball and tennis courts will remain closed.  No sports activities of any kind are permitted.  The use of face masks is strongly recommended.  None of the playground facilities are available for use.  The restrictions mentioned above are not suggestions, all must comply.  I anticipate your adherence to the rules and thank you for your support.
    The development of the United Way residency for people with special needs, will be taking applications in a few months.  Completion date is scheduled for early October, or sooner.  The construction is taking place on the corner of Elm Street and Schraalenburgh Road.  Questions should be directed to Mr. Thomas Toronto at 201-291-4051.
    The grace period for paying your property taxes have been extended from May 10, 2020 to June 1, 2020.  Interest charges and/or late fees will revert back to May 1, 2020 if not paid by this date.
    In an attempt to end on a positive note, those residents who were on the “swan watch” near the bridge on Harriot Avenue will be happy to hear the arrival of eight cygnets. Watching the swan family from the roadway is quite an enjoyable sight.
    Thank you,
Paul A. Hoelscher

April 26, 2020
From the Desk of Mayor Paul A. Hoelscher
Dear Fellow Harrington Park Residents,
Since my last memo related to conditions in Harrington Park, I can report that we now stand at 28 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, as well as two confirmed deaths. The actual number of existing positives cases may be lower, since once a diagnosis makes the list, it is not removed, even after recovery. This point was confirmed during Friday’s conference call with the Bergen County officials and the mayors of the county.
I ask you to continue following the same basic suggestions in your day to day activities. Please try to stay home as much as possible. Avoid large groups of people (10 or more). Follow social distancing (6 feet more). Remember to wear a face mask and gloves when in public areas. Finally, wash your hands as often as possible. This is not the time to ease off our efforts to defeat COVID-19. We are on a slow road to victory. Let’s keep working together.
Please keep in mind the following:
o Our food bank is in need of contributions of non-perishable items. You can drop off donations at St. Andrew’s Church
o Cotton fabric is still needed for those making masks. There is a drop off container at Borough Hall entrance
o HP schools will remain closed through the middle of May, if not later
o Be aware of any attempts of fraud. People are receiving calls asking for personal information related to the IRS refunds. Don’t respond. The IRS does not communicate by phone.
o Be careful of who you allow into your home or residence. This is a special concern at locations like Brookside Village.
o Keep in touch with family and friends. They will be happy to hear from you.
If you haven’t done so already, please complete your census form as soon as possible. This can be accomplished on line. The website is When it opens, click on the box that says RESPOND and follow the instructions as they appear. It is important that you file because our state population will have a great impact over the next few ten years in so many ways.
Real estate property taxes are due May 1, with a grace period through May 10, 2020. Since Borough Hall remains closed to the public, you can mail your payment to the Borough Hall or drop it in the LOCK BOX at the entrance to the building. If you need to know your amount, we have added information to our website click on the link for tax amounts for your property.
Please lock your car(s) and take the keys with you. There are reports that cars are being stolen because most homes are usually occupied as a result of COVID-19.
Paul A. Hoelscher

April 19, 2020
From the Desk of Mayor Paul A. Hoelscher
Dear Harrington Park Residents,
As I write this weekend update, the number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 still remains at 24. We are the third lowest community in Bergen County. The only towns that have less cases than HP are Alpine and Teterboro. This number may actually be lower, because I have received information that at least one of our citizens has recovered. The number of confirmed deaths remains at 2.
While our numbers remain basically stable, this is not the time to relax our efforts to control COVID-19 in the Borough of Harrington Park. I ask you again, to please stay home as much as possible. Limit your involvement with groups of more than 10 people. Practice the 6 foot social distancing protocol when near other people. Always wear a facial covering when you are in public areas. Keep washing your hands as much as possible. Please be careful and stay well. Protecting yourself and your family must remain your top priority.
Other matters or items you should be aware of include the following:
• Schools will remain closed through the middle of May, as per Governor Murphy.
• Property taxes are due May 1, 2020. In the interest of everyone’s safety, please mail in your payment since Borough Hall remains closed.
• Working with our Emergency Management Coordinator, our supply chain is working effectively for protective and safety items the Borough needs.
• We still need cotton fabric for those working on face masks. The bin remains at the entrance of Borough Hall for your contributions.
• Our food pantry is in need of your contributions. There are many using this service.
• Please keep an eye on your neighbors and friends who may need assistance.
• Remember, we have many volunteers willing to help with shopping and pharmacy needs.
• We have posted “Safe Reminder” signs throughout the town. Please adhere to the announced message.
• Our Annual Humus (compost) sale is ongoing. The DPW will deliver to your driveway. Cost is $20 for 2 cubic yards. Form is on our Borough website. Please mail in payment with form or you may place in drop box on the right side of the Borough Hall entrance.…/environmental-green-team
I wish I could share with you all the wonderful kind offerings that the people of Harrington Park are doing to help each other during this difficult period. If stress is becoming an issue for you, we have people that can help.
There are signs that conditions may be improving, so let’s keep united in our efforts to win this battle. Better days are coming. Stay well and remain strong. Thank you for your cooperation.
Paul A. Hoelscher

April 14, 2020
From the Desk of Mayor Paul A. Hoelscher
Dear Harrington Park Residents,
The most recent information relative to Harrington Park and the COVID-19 problem is as follows:
o We have 20 people who have tested positive, which is an increase from my last post.
o There have been 2 confirmed deaths.
Bergen County reports 10,092 people who have tested positive and 482 deaths. Even with an increase in Harrington Park, we remain the municipality with the lowest percentage of residents impacted by the virus (less than .4%). Your cooperation has a lot to do with keeping our percentage low. Please keep up the good work! For the small group of people not following the recommendations of our medical professionals, please join us to keep our level from increasing.
Other items of possible interest to you include the following:
o Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #126 provides you with protection from having your cable and telecommunication services terminated during this crisis period. If you are having problems, please contact your provider directly.
o Please continue to support our food pantry, by donating food to St. Andrew’s Church
o We still need cotton fabric to make face coverings for our first responders-box is by the door of Borough Hall
o With the help and support of so many people, we continue to receive valuable assets need to combat COVID-19
o Please keep all of our first responders and volunteers, helping to battle this invisible enemy, in your thoughts and prayers
o Don’t forget to wear a face mask when you are out in public
o Remember, we have volunteers ready to help with shopping and pharmacy needs
o Reminder, that it is not necessary to pay your taxes in person. You may mail it in, or drop in the lock box by entrance door (parking lot side) of Borough Hall. If you would like a receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
o This official Bergen County link can be very useful:…/209-covid-19-update-bergen-co…
o Finally, try to stay inside your home, as much as possible.
Thank you for your patience, remain safe and remain well. By staying separate we can win this together!
Paul A. Hoelscher

April 12, 2020

Where: The county operated site is located at: Bergen New Bridge Medical Center at 230 East Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus, NJ.  This is an APPOINTMENT ONLY site.

Who: This site is open to Bergen County residents who are symptomatic; this site will continue to serve first responders and healthcare professionals who live or work in Bergen County as well. 

Symptomatic Bergen County residents, first responders or healthcare professionals must provide photo identification proving their residency and/or professionals to provide qualifying photo id.

NEW!!. The Bergen County operated site is now open to all municipal employees who work in any of our 70 municipalities regardless of residency. Proof of employment within the municipality required. Also, open to ALL Bergen County employees regardless of residency with proof of employment; individuals must be symptomatic and must follow the below steps.


OPTION 1. Residents must first be screened by completing a brief survey located at and evaluated by a Telehealth doctor. Patients will then be given a confirmation code number to present at the drive-thru testing site that corresponds with their appointment.


OPTION 2. Patients with orders (prescription) from their private physicians have expedited scheduling.

Log into portal:

Follow link to COVID screening and follow prompts to upload a doctor’s order (prescription) into the system.

More information is available at: and at

WHEN: By appointment 7 days a week

*** Please note that this is a County operated site and is separate from the FEMA site located at Bergen Community College in Paramus.

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April 9, 2020
From the Desk of Mayor Paul A. Hoelscher
Dear Harrington Park Residents,
     The most current numbers of people infected by COVID-19 are as follows:
    Statewide Cases 47,437
    County Cases 7,874
    Harrington Park 12
    Countywide deaths 314    I thank you, again, for your willingness to cooperate with the basic requests of our medical professionals.  There are many, of the experts, who believe we are beginning to level the curve, as a result of your support.  There are however, a small group of residents who still have not accepted the message.  Hopefully, this will change soon.
    Please be advised that the testing centers at the New Bridge Hospital, PNC Arts Center, and the Bergen County Community College, will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020.
    Chief Maalouf reports the 400 face masks he ordered recently have arrived.  The primary use of this shipment will be to support our first responders in their day to day activities.  This is important, since 78 Bergen County Law Enforcement personnel have tested positive for COVID-19.  I wish each of them a speedy recovery.  All of our first responders, as well as medical personnel, deserve our thanks for the work they perform.
    Governor Murphy has moved primary day from June 2, 2020 to July 7, 2020.  He also called for non-essential construction to cease, as of Friday, April 10, 2020.  This order does not apply to affordable housing projects.
In order to protect everyone, both the shoppers and employees, in retail, stores are required to wear face masks.  Please cooperate.
    I make an urgent plea to all parents, please keep your children out of Beechwood Park.  On occasion, there are too many of our youngsters gathering there.  Please keep them home.  I have asked the Police Department to keep a close eye on this area.
    Finally, with the warmer weather, many are out walking, running and bike riding for daily exercise.  Please continue to use social distancing during these activities.  Be considerate, possibly, cross to the other side of the road, or slow up and stay behind 6’.  Everyone will benefit from this effort.
    Please take care of yourself and remain well.
    Paul A. Hoelscher

Combating Coronavirus Fraud Hotline

A Hotline has been established to assist in combating Coronavirus Fraud as well as Hoarding and Price Gouging:
National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline 866-720-5721 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


April 6, 2020
From the Desk of Mayor Paul Hoelscher
Dear Residents of Harrington Park,
    It is with a heavy heart that I am writing today’s update. The Bergen County Department of Health has reported to me the following information. Our COVID-19 positive cases has jumped to 11 since my last update report.  In addition, there is now one reported death in town associated with the virus.  This information is very disturbing.  The protocol in Bergen County prevents me from sharing the names and addresses, as well as general locations of residence.  In fact, the protocol only allows for two designated HP police officers to receive this confidential data. That data is placed into our CAD system, to be used by our first responders who may be called to one of the homes affected. I truly wish I had more details and information to share with you.
Considering the new reports, it’s very important that we follow the basic instructions of:
o    Maintain social distancing (6-feet)
o    Avoid large groups
o    Keep washing hands
o    Continue sanitizing common surfaces in your home
o    If you have a face mask, please consider wearing it if you leave the house
o    Try avoiding anyone who is sick      More than ever, we have to keep working together to avoid making conditions worse.  We have
a responsibility to protect each other from this terrible virus.  We must reduce the curve.    Other items of information:
•    All municipal services remain the same
•    Garbage pick-up on Wednesday and Saturday, recycling on Thursday and garden refuse each Monday.
•    We need to keep supplying our food pantry
•    Volunteers are available to assist with food shopping and pharmacy needs
•    If you are able, our blood banks are in need of your support
•    Keep communicating with your family members out of the area, as well as your friends and neighbors
•    If you need someone to talk to, we have individuals that can help.
•    Our first responders are prepared and ready to assist us, if required.  They deserve our thanksWith all the negative news, there are some signs that conditions appear to be improving.  Let’s stay positive and keep moving forward.
Be careful and stay well.
Paul A. Hoelscher

March 31, 2020
From the Desk of Mayor Paul Hoelscher
Dear HP Residents,
    The Bergen County Department of Health Services has officially notified the Borough that there are four positive cases of COVID-19 in Harrington Park. Hopefully, with our continued cooperation, we can keep this number from growing.  Remain at home and follow the social distancing rule of 6ft. of separation between people.  This action has helped, so keep up the good work.
    Please consider the following:
1.    It has come to my attention that cars are being stolen in the Northern Valley area.  Please keep your cars locked.  We have no reports in Harrington Park at this time. However, since people are staying home, some thieves are now robbing cars instead of invading dwellings.
2.    Please try communicating with your family members living out of the area.  There are also friends and neighbors who would love to hear from you.  Brighten up someone’s day.  Both parties will feel better.
3.    Many have suggested that we should all proudly display an American Flag on our property.  This show of solidarity will send a strong message of unity in fighting COVID-19.  I happen to agree.  Please give this idea some consideration.
4.    Dawn Bogosian, who has been leading the effort to provide cotton masks for those serving on the front line of our efforts to defeat COVIN-19, is in need of additional cotton fabric.  Her group of “cutters” need your help.  We have placed a container at the Borough Hall entrance, if you are able to contribute.
5.    If you have the time to help the “Meals on Wheels” program, please let us know.  There are people in HP who receive meals on a daily basis.  Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.
6.    If you have to go out for some important reason, please make sure you protect yourself, as well as your family, when you return home.
Keep your family safe by following the constant reminder-JUST STAY HOME-This  will protect your family and help break the spread of this virus.  Together we will succeed. Thank you for your support and cooperation.  Be careful and stay well.
Paul A. Hoelscher

March 30, 2020
From the Desk of Mayor Paul Hoelscher
Dear HP Residents,
The Bergen County Department of Health Services has officially notified the Borough that there are three positive cases of COVID-19 in Harrington Park. As a result, The BC Health Department has started contact tracing. On a regular basis, I receive calls from residents of HP indicating there are numerous violations of the rules we have in place, trying to protect the health and welfare of our citizens. I implore the small group of citizens, who still haven’t received the message, or just do not care, to get with the program. This virus is real!
I ask you again, please keep the family at home. Adhere to the social distancing rule of a six foot separation when dealing with others. As you know, our parks and playgrounds have been closed. In addition, we have locked our tennis courts. Please stay out of any large groups of people, and finally, keep washing your hands.
Regarding our food pantry, please know I thank all the residents and friends of Harrington Park who graciously donated to the Norwood Food Pantry. The need is great and the response has been terrific. Please continue to help our neighbors by donating non-perishables. They can be placed in the bins by St. Andrews Church in HP or the Holy Communion Church at the Norwood Food Pantry.
I am proud to report that there are so many acts of kindness being performed by the residents of Harrington Park. Your support of people, in need of assistance, has been amazing. Keep up the good work.
May I remind you to think about who you allow in your home? Do they bring with them any problems related to the virus? Your attempt to maintain a risk free environment could be compromised if the wrong person enters your home. Give it some thought.
Remember, starting Wednesday, April 1, garbage collection will resume on both Wednesdays and Saturdays. Curbside Recycling continues on Thursdays. Garden refuse collection begins on Monday, April 6, continuing through Monday, November 8th. Garden debris should be placed in barrels; not piled at the curb.
Keep your family safe by following the constant reminder-JUST STAY HOME, STAY HOME and
STAY HOME. AVOIDING LARGE GROUPS will protect your family and help break the spread of this virus. Together we will succeed.Thank you for your concern and support. Be careful and stay well.
Paul A. Hoelscher

March 25, 2020
From the Desk of Mayor Paul Hoelscher
Dear HP Residents,
So far, so good. Thankfully, as of 9:30am today,. March 25, there have been no reported positive cases of COVID-19 in Harrington Park.
I am asking everyone to please remain calm and confident. Please be skeptical of rumors you may hear about reported cases in Harrington Park. Please understand, daily, I receive updates, every six-hours from the Bergen County Board of Health and the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management. These are the official authorities for Harrington Park information of this kind.
You will be finding cards in your mailboxes to help our seniors and families in need. Please consider helping our efforts to help our fellow residents.
There appears to be some positive conditions on the horizon. According to the US Surgeon General, the testing being done is encouraging. The US Senate looks like they will be passing their relief bill by the end of the week. Hopefully, adding to the two positive days on the Stock Market.
I ask you again to keep your children home and out of our parks, tennis court and play grounds, as well as groups of their peers. Let us know if you see violations of this request.
It would also be helpful if you resist hording items and allow others the opportunity to purchase necessary supplies. You can also advise us if you notice price gouging.
I am encouraged by the fact that many businesses are converting from what they normally produce and providing us with products to help deal with COVID-19.
If we continue working together and follow the basic recommendations and regulations, conditions will improve.
Please follow the constant reminder-JUST STAY HOME & AVOID LARGE GROUPS!Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Paul A. Hoelscher


March 25, 2020-Community Help Cards

We are reaching out to our residents because there are many requests to help those who may be in need due to Covid 19. We indeed live in a very generous and caring community. One of the worst things about this disease is that we are all isolated from one another.
We know that many people are quietly self-quarantining themselves, and the elderly are afraid to go outside. As a community, we are hoping to build a support system so we can continue to take care of one another emotionally and physically.
Assistance Cards will be delivered to every resident so we can create an environment of support and care. We have a group of volunteers who will be following all safety and health protocols to pick up groceries or medications, urgent supplies, even provide a friendly phone call and support.  If you know of any who can benefit from this program please urge them to contact us by calling the Borough Hall at 201-768-1700 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are all in this together.  Thank you


March 24, 2020
From the Desk of Mayor Paul Hoelscher
Dear HP Residents,
    Even with all of the difficulties we are facing…. it is still a good day in Harrington Park.  I am pleased to report that as of 10am, this morning, The Bergen County Office of Emergency Management that handles the reporting of COVID-19 for the County, has no reported (positive) cases for Harrington Park.  As a municipality, we receive all official emergency information through this department.  They are working in conjunction with the County Board of Health and provide updates for each municipality every day. 
    I want to share with you an encounter I had yesterday.  While leaving the supermarket, I met an HP resident.  She told me her family was doing fine.  They had gas service for cooking and heat, electricity and water for their home.  She also mentioned she has developed a greater appreciation for educators.  The existing conditions have also brought her family closer together. In parting, we both agreed it could be much worse.
    I am pleased to tell you, we have an abundance of people offering to volunteer, than those that currently need assistance.  This may because people are already reaching out to help their neighbors.  Regardless, Councilwoman Joon Chung is leading an effort to communicate with all our residents to develop a needs assessment in Harrington Park.
    An article in today’s ”The Record,” on page 6L indicates that the CDC recommends the following simple preventative steps to keep healthy:
•    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating;  and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
•    Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
•    Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
•    Stay home when you are sick
•    Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw in tissue in the trash
•    Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.In addition, you can always call the CDC HOT LINE (800-CDC-INFO) or the Bergen County Health HOT LINE (201-225-7000) to obtain more information.I conclude today’s advisory memo by thanking all out first responders for the time and effort they are extending to help keep us safe. We continue our efforts to provide them with all the materials they need for their own safety.  I also thank all the medical personnel who are our first line of defense.Joanne Scalpello, who helps coordinate our food pantry with Norwood expressed a thank you to all residents and friends of Harrington Park who have graciously donated to the Food Pantry at the Church of Holy Communion in Norwood.  “The need is great, the response has been terrific.  Please continue to help our neighbors.” Donations can be made in the bins at St. Andrew’s Church in HP, or directly at the Norwood Food Pantry, at the Church of Holy Communion, Blanch Avenue, Norwood.Although extremely worrisome, this pandemic has created a great deal of good will and support from our citizens.  A prime example, in Harrington Park, are the residents who are working on making masks for those groups in need of supplies. I appreciate Dawn Bogosian’s leadership in this effort.Please follow the constant reminder-JUST STAY HOME.Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Paul A. Hoelscher


In a joint effort by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM), the New Jersey State Police (NJSP), and the Regional Operations & Intelligence Center (ROIC), a rumor control webpage was established to help the public distinguish between facts and rumors/disinformation regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This site can be found here:


March 21, 2020
From the Desk of Mayor Paul Hoelscher
Good Day HP Residents,
    I am writing to give you a weekend up-date to what is happening in HP related to the COVID-19 problem.
    A major concern on the mind is the false information some people are posting on the various media sources.  Please be guided only by information released by official sources.  False or incorrect information can cause a panic situation.
    Please keep in touch with your family and friends.  Communication with your loved ones is important.  Just knowing they are okay, should give you some peace of mind.  As in the past, I will continue to update you as information becomes available, or as conditions change. If you are not already signed up for SWIFTREACH, please consider doing so through our borough website , it will help you keep informed.
    We continue looking for Seniors who might need help of any kind.  We have many volunteers willing to assist.  Our food pantry is collecting non-perishable food and supplies at St. Andrews Church.
    Borough Hall will be closed to the public this coming week.  You can call, or email your concerns to the Borough.  All departments are monitoring their phone lines and emails for quickest response.  All contact information is found at .  The main phone number, and Clerk’s office is 201-768-1700 email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
I continue to ask your help in keeping your children out of harm’s way.  Some of our youth are moving around town, or playing games in large groups.  Keeping your children home, or away from large groups, practicing Social Distancing, is an important factor in keeping everyone healthy and safe.
    Let’s keep working together and cooperating with the recommendations of the professionals working to stop this pandemic. Take the opportunity to enjoy time with your family.  Better days are coming.  Remember what “Annie” told us, “The sun will come out tomorrow!”
    Be well and stay safe.  We are here to help if needed.
Paul A. Hoelscher
COVID-19 Information:
You can also call 211 for information as well as (800) 222-1222March 20, 2020

From the Desk of Mayor Paul Hoelscher
Through a teleconference last evening with the County Executive, and in conjunction with the Borough’s OEM, I have the following information to share with you:
As of this morning there has been the opening of a COVID-19 Community-Based Testing Site at Bergen Community College in Paramus. The testing site, established in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will be staffed by the New Jersey Department of Health, the New Jersey State Police, and the New Jersey National Guard. Beginning on Friday, March 20th, the drive-thru testing center will be open seven days per week, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In order to be eligible for testing, individuals must be current New Jersey residents and experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness. Priority will be given to symptomatic individuals experiencing cough, fever (99.6F or above) and shortness of breath.
No preregistration or doctor’s note is required, however, you must show proof of residency in New Jersey.
THIS SITE IS ONLY for individuals who are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness. Individuals who are not symptomatic will not be tested, as it diverts critical resources such as testing kits and laboratory materials from those who are ill. Each site will be provided with an allocation of 2,500 specimen collection kits and Personal Protective Equipment for all staff. The specimen collections will be transmitted to the contracted laboratory twice per day and results will be reported within 2-5 business days. Testing is free and will be covered by the federal government or personal insurance company. Individuals are encouraged to bring insurance cards if they have one.

Community Based Testing Site Location
Bergen Community College
Paramus Campus – Lots B & C
400 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ 07652
For more information about Community-Based Testing Sites, visit:
You can also call 211 for information as well as (800) 222-1222

Thank you,

Mayor Paul A. Hoelscher

March 19, 2020

From the Desk of Mayor Paul A. Hoelscher,

                I am pleased to report that as of 10:00am, this morning, March 19, 2020, there are no reported cases of COVID-19, in the Borough of Harrington Park. With all of us working together, hopefully, we can keep all of our residents safe and healthy. To that end, please continue to follow the basic rules and regulations suggested at various levels of government and medical authorities.

                As a follow-up to yesterday’s memo regarding a food pantry, please know the following:

  • Food items can be dropped off at St. Andrews’s Episcopal Church-31 Lynn Street, Harrington Park
  • A second drop off location is the Church of Holy Communion-66 Summit Street, Norwood (corner of Summit and Blanch)
  • Contributions can be placed in the red bin in front of the red door. Items must be non-expired and non-perishable, such as:
    • Canned meats and fishes
    • Peanut Butter
    • Pasta and Pasta Sauces
    • Canned Tomato Products
    • Parmesan Cheese
    • Bread Crumbs
    • Macaroni and Cheese
    • Cereal
    • 100% Juices, Coffees, Teas, Parmalat Milk
    • Mayo, Salad Dressings, Oil, Condiments
    • Granola Bars
    • Personal Hygiene Items (Shampoo, Deodorant, Soap, etc.)
    • Paper Goods (Toilet Paper, Tissues, Paper Towels)
    • Laundry and Dish Detergent
  • Gift cards should be mailed to St. Andrews Church, Att: Rev. Diane Rhodes

The food pantry, which is located at the Church of Holy Communion is also the distribution center. The food pantry is open the first and third weeks of each month on Thursdays and Saturdays. Thursday hours are 6:00pm to 7:30pm, Saturday from 10:00am to 11:30am. Other times can be arranged by calling the Church at 201-768-0634. If you have the time, we can always use drivers who could help transport those who do not or cannot drive.

During these difficult times please consider helping a neighbor in need of help around his or her home.

For updated information regarding COVID-19 you can call the CDC-hot line which is 800-CDC-INFO.

Thank you for your continued co-operation. Please be careful and remain healthy.

Paul A. Hoelscher


COVID-19 INFORMATION March 16, 2020

Dear Harrington Park Residents,
The good news, is that as of 10am, Monday, March 16, 2020, is that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Borough of Harrington Park.
My main purpose in communicating with you is to inform you of what we are doing to help insure the safety and well-being of our residents. We are following the recommendations of the Bergen County Executive, Governor Murphy and the Federal Government.
You may follow any current information on our Borough Website ,as well as, the following websites that are available:
COVID-19: Information for Communities and the General Public
Please know the following:
 Borough Hall and all borough facilities are open only for employees. They can be contacted by phone or email if necessary (all contact information is available on
 The Public Library is closed until further notice.
 All parks and sports fields, both public and school facilities are closed
 All Recreation and sports programs have been suspended
 Mayor and Council meetings will be help through electronic media to enables services to our residents to continue.
 All Boards and Commission meetings have been cancelled until further notice.
 Dance establishments, personal training facilities, yoga facilities should consider closing
 Restaurants are strongly recommended to suspend in-restaurant dining and provide take-out and delivery services only.
 With the schools closed, some of our youth are congregating closely together. Please inform your children about the 6-foot social distancing guidelines and healthy/sanitary protocols.
There is another Mayor’s Conference with the County Executive this afternoon.
We will keep you updated as conditions change.
Please try to remaini safe and away from people who are sick. If possible, keep the family at home and away from large groups of people. Let common sense prevail in your day to day activities.
Paul A. Hoelscher

Dear Harrington Park Residents,

As your Mayor, I want to share with you what we are doing in preparation for any problems(s) that might develop in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have developed a Task Force that  consistes of members of Council, the Police Department, the Ambulance Corps, Fire Department. Board of Health, Recreation, and local education leaders.  Our goal is to provide you with the best information available, as well as protecting our residents and first responders, who may have to assist or transport those affected.

At this time the Borough has suspended Recreation T-Ball, Softball and Baseball-as things develop we will advise.

The Harrington Park Public Library will be closed through March 30 (generally following the public school protocol)

Do you have questions about COVID-19?  Trained healthcare professionals in Bergen County are standing by to answer questions about coronavirus at the BCDHS Health & Safety Hotline: 201-225-7000 (after hours and weekends: 201-785-8505).

The Bergen County Health Office has provided us with the following information: 

Tool Kit:

COVID-19: Information for Communities and the General Public

Coronavirus questions are being handled by the health experts at the NJ Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

You can check back often as the County of Bergen and the State of New Jersey will update their websites on a regular basis. Please be assured that every attempt will be made to provide you with more information, as it becomes available.  If you have any questions, please direct them to the Borough Hall at 201-768-1700 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The Task Force will be meeting on a regular basis to discuss the latest information that has been received through the County Board of Health. Hopefully, conditions will improve and we can all get back to our normal lives.Below will be a variety of links that may be helpful for the public:

As key communicators, we strongly encourage you to share this important information:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, then wash hands
Situational awareness from Bergen County Office of Emergency Management:
In an effort reinforce by illustrating how social distancing works and why it's an important tactic, please find the below link from the Washington Post of how to "flatten the curve".

For more information, please visit the following websites:

New Jersey Department of Health:


Other Links available:

NJ TRANSIT remains committed to the safety of our customers and employees. Like you, we are closely monitoring COVID-19 developments and adjusting our response accordingly. To proactively inform our customers, we have created this website: COVID-19: How We're Protecting You, which includes a “Frequently Asked Questions” section that addresses specific issues and situations.

Updates from Englewood and Hackenack Hospitals:

From Englewood Hospital:

With the current outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community and beyond, we wanted to let you know how Englewood Health is preparing and share some important information with you.
We are working around the clock, prepared to handle any suspected or confirmed case. Our emergency department, outpatient areas, hospital, and Englewood Health Physician Network offices remain fully open to serve our community. We are taking additional steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at our facilities and ask for your partnership in this effort.
All Valet Services will be suspended effective Friday, March 13, 2020. Security and Valet staff will be on-site across the campus to direct patients and visitors to park in the Visitor Lot or the Emergency Department lot. Patient drop-off will be permitted at any entrance, but the driver will need to self-park.
To ensure the well-being of our patients, visitors, and team members, we are:
  • Screening all patients for symptoms and exposure risks.
  • Asking patients who are under self-quarantine to call ahead if they must come to the hospital. Elective care should occur after your quarantine is over.
  • Requiring masks for any outpatients with symptoms of respiratory illness. In some cases, we are recommending postponement of elective services or office visits for these patients. Speak to your doctor if you have questions about any upcoming elective services or appointments.
  • Asking patients to call ahead to their doctor’s office if they are experiencing fever and/or symptoms of a respiratory illness. Your doctor’s office can advise you on whether you should come in to be seen or manage your symptoms at home.
As a visitor, you can help reduce your own risk and the risk of those you love. We are:
  • Screening all visitors for symptoms and exposure risks.
  • Prohibiting visitors who are under self-quarantine.
  • Prohibiting sick visitors from visiting the hospital or accompanying patients to appointments.
  • Minimizing the number of visitors.
As always, we are using proper disinfectants, personal protective equipment, and isolation procedures.
From Hackensack Hospital:
As of today, Friday, March 13th, Hackensack Meridian Health has restricted visitation at all of its hospitals.  This is being done out of an abundance of caution to maintain the health of our patients.  While it is common for family members to accompany patients to the Emergency Department with their loved one, at this time EMS should discourage visitors from coming with the ambulance to the hospital.

Exceptions to this rule are limited to pediatric patients, labor and delivery patients, and end of life situations.  All visitors who meet these exceptions will be required to undergo a temperature screening and provide contact information once at the hospital.

Phone and video communication is welcome and encouraged, so when reasonable please allow patients to bring cell phones, tablets, and chargers.


Mayor's Corner

"This new website  brings clarity and understanding as to what makes Harrington Park such a desirable community to call home.  I hope this site adds to your appreciation and knowledge of what great services the Borough has  to offer."
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