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.


If you have any trouble with accessing information contained within this website, please contact the Borough Clerk’s Office at 201-768-1700 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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