The year 2013 is a busy and exciting one for the Borough of Hawthorne. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Hawthorne’s Louis Bay II Library. Events marking this milestone are ongoing. Visit http://hawthorne.bccls.org/ and click on the Celebrating 100 Years link for more information.
On June 19th, the NJ Association of Chiefs of Police recognized the Hawthorne Police Department as an accredited police agency for meeting 112 state and national standards. Accreditation not only assures the professionalism of our police force, but saves the Borough money on our insurance.
In September the observances turn more somber. On the 6th, the Borough will dedicate part of Parmelee Avenue to the memory of Patrolman John L. Meyers, the only Borough police officer who has died in the line of duty. Then on September 11th at 7pm, the Borough will dedicate our 9-11 Memorial on Goffle Road between Rescue 5 and the Ambulance Corps building. I want to thank the many individuals and businesses who have generously contributed their time, talent and financial resources to make this vision a reality.
The 5th Annual Hawthorne Day will take place on Saturday, October 5th at the pool complex, with a full slate of entertainment, food and other activities for the whole family.
In 2013, the Borough took a major step to improve both emergency and non-emergency communications with our community by initiating a Nixle messaging system whereby residents can register to receive texts and emails regarding emergency conditions, road closures, and community events. The simplest way to register is to text “HAWTHWIRE” to 888777 from your cellphone. For more information, visit www.hawthornenj.org/nixleinfo.cfmg.
This spring, the Borough received a $600,000 grant from the NJ Department of Transportation that will fund streetscape improvements in the area of Diamond Bridge and Lafayette Avenues as we move forward with plans to enhance that important commercial area. Passaic County has provided the Borough a grant of $65,000 from the Open Space Trust Fund to help fund the construction of a band shell at the pool complex.
For the third straight year, Hawthorne’s municipal budget remains below both the appropriations and tax levy caps imposed by the State of New Jersey. Over those three years, the tax levy has increased an average of just 1.8% per year. In 2013, the tax rate increases by 2.7%, due primarily to the inclusion of debt service from the Borough’s 2012 bond sale. The good news is that the interest rate on those bonds is a mere 2.166%, due to the Borough’s strong bond rating.
Richard S. Goldberg, Mayor