Letters from the Mayor

Mayor's Message 4/30

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents, this is Mayor Tara Prupis. Today is Friday, April 30, 2021.

Local COVID-19 Numbers & Demographics

Essex County has provided us with a demographic breakdown of local COVID-19 positive cases as of Tuesday, April 27. Click through to view the Essex County COVID-19 Demographics (PDF) sheet.

The below chart outlines cumulative COVID-19 case and death totals in the Township of Millburn over the last two weeks. Please be advised that data “cleaning” was scheduled Sunday, April 25 to remove duplicate cases or errors, leading to the decrease in numbers as of April 26.

DateMillburn CasesMillburn Deaths

4/30/21

813

10

4/29/21

812

10

4/28/21

812

10

4/27/21

812

10

4/26/21

809

10

4/25/21

826

10

4/24/21

826

10

4/23/21

824

10

4/22/21

821

10

4/21/21

819

10

4/20/21

819

10

4/19/21

814

10

4/18/21

812

10

4/17/21

811

10

4/16/21

810

10

Check our website for an expanded chart and additional details on local cases: twp.millburn.nj.us/localcases. Essex County numbers can be found here: https://essexcountynj.org/covid-19-municipality.

Governor Murphy Announces Loosening of COVID-19 Restrictions

Governor Phil Murphy announced this week the easing of restrictions for a variety of activities and higher outdoor capacity limits, effective May 10. The changes include capacity increases for the following events and activities:

  • Outdoor Gatherings
  • Large Venue Outdoor Capacity
  • Maximum Capacity for Indoor Certain Indoor Activities
  • Dance Floors at Indoor Catered Events
  • Graduations and Proms
  • Carnivals and Fairs

Please click here to read the full update from the Governor’s office and for additional details on the changes for each category.

Governor Murphy Issues Guidance for Day Camps for the 2021 Season

Governor Murphy this week signed Executive Order No. 237, permitting summer youth overnight and day camps for the 2021 season. The Executive Order requires all overnight and day camps to follow COVID-19 health and safety protocols outlined in guidance issued today by the New Jersey Department of Health.

For a copy of the New Jersey Department of Health’s summer camp guidance, click here.

State of New Jersey Resumes Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Distribution

Following a recommendation by the FDA and the CDC, the NJ Department of Health announced last week that distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may resume across all vaccination sites in the state. Distribution of the J&J vaccine was previously paused due to reported side effects in a small population of vaccine recipients. 

Read the full statement from NJ Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli here

All Individuals Aged 16 and Older Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccination 

All individuals aged 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. For more information about statewide vaccination site locations and to preregister for a vaccination, visit https://covid19.nj.gov/vaccine.

Essex County Vaccinations

Click here to read Essex County’s Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19 (PDF) guide. Please know that this pertains ONLY to the vaccination process administered by Essex County.

Essex County residents may sign up for testing and schedule vaccinations through the County online at https://essexcovid.org/. Please check the website regularly, as appointments open up periodically. 

Main Street Closure & Millburn Business Support

Due to inclement weather, our Main Street between Millburn Avenue and Essex Street closure will begin tomorrow morning, Saturday, rather than our usual Thursday through Sunday schedule. The stretch of roadway will re-open to vehicular traffic late Sunday evening. Please consider stopping by! Remember to wear a mask. We will continue to evaluate the success of this outdoor dining program and its benefit to residents, visitors and local businesses, as well as monitor for weather and any potential impact on closures.

Explore Millburn-Short Hills is hosting FAME, a pre-Mother’s Day outdoor community festival on Saturday, May 8! Scheduled events include free fitness classes, an outdoor art class, free live music, roaming family-friendly entertainers, opportunities to meet our local nonprofit organizations, and more. For the complete schedule with descriptions, locations and other details including participating merchant specials, visit www.exploremillburnshorthills.org/fame.   

Township Committee

Interested in seeing what your Township Committee is up to? Please visit our Township Committee page for information! The next Township Committee meeting takes place this coming Tuesday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public in a limited capacity. Visit the above linked Township Committee page to access Zoom information and our meeting livestream on YouTube.

The Township Committee is seeking public input regarding the flex/raised concrete parking area in Downtown Millburn. Please fill out the survey here: twp.millburn.nj.us/parkingsurvey. We have extended the deadline for survey responses and will be collecting them through Sunday evening. 

Mayor’s Office Hours

For residents that would like to meet with the Mayor, office hours at Town Hall are by appointment, Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m. To schedule an appointment please contact me at tprupis@millburntwp.org. Please include how you would prefer meeting – via ZOOM or by phone – and I will do my best to accommodate your request.

Reminder! Free guest passes will be given to residents who register for a membership to the Millburn Pool by tomorrow, May 1. If you're interested, please register online through CommunityPass.  

The Cherry Blossoms in Taylor Park are in full bloom – come out and see them this weekend! Please remember to be safe and respectful of our friends and neighbors when walking, riding or driving in Millburn Township. If you’re out and about with your furry friends, please remember to bring a bag and clean up any pet waste. Slow down, mask up and shop local!

Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

- Mayor Prupis

Mayor's Message 4/16

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents, this is Mayor Tara Prupis. Today is Friday, April 16, 2021.

Local COVID-19 Numbers & Demographics

Essex County has provided us with a demographic breakdown of local COVID-19 positive cases as of Tuesday, April 13. Click through to view the Essex County COVID-19 Demographics (PDF) sheet.

The below chart outlines cumulative COVID-19 case and death totals in the Township of Millburn over the last two weeks.

DateMillburn CasesMillburn Deaths

4/16/21

810

10

4/15/21

807

10

4/14/21

800

10

4/13/21

797

10

4/12/21

795

10

4/11/21

795

10

4/10/21

792

10

4/9/21

789

10

4/8/21

785

10

4/7/21

779

10

4/6/21

778

10

4/5/21

775

10

4/4/21

770

10

4/3/21

768

10

4/2/21

765

10

Check our website for an expanded chart and additional details on local cases: twp.millburn.nj.us/localcases. Essex County numbers can be found here: https://essexcountynj.org/covid-19-municipality.

State of New Jersey Pauses Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Distribution

Out of an abundance of caution and following the guidance of the CDC and the FDA, the NJ Department of Health paused the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine across all vaccination sites in the state as of Tuesday, April 13.

For individuals scheduled to receive the J&J vaccine, the DOH is working with all vaccination sites to make arrangements for the administration of an alternative two-dose vaccine. The DOH has reported it will work with all sites, as needed, to reschedule vaccination appointments.

Click here for more information from the DOH on the J&J vaccine.

All Individuals Aged 16 and Older Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccination Beginning April 19

Governor Murphy recently announced that all individuals aged 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination beginning on Monday, April 19. For more information about eligibility, statewide vaccination site locations and to preregister for a vaccination, visit https://covid19.nj.gov/vaccine.

State COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Finder Platform

The State has launched a vaccine finder tool as part of its COVID-19 information hub to help residents more easily find available COVID-19 vaccine appointments. The vaccine finder can be accessed at covid19.nj.gov/finder. This tool aggregates information from multiple scheduling platforms and displays where appointments are open and how you can make one for yourself.

Appointments are still limited. As vaccine supply increases over the coming few weeks, more appointments are expected to be made available.

NJ Vaccine Call Center Seniors 65+ Program

The NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center has announced a seniors-specific phone number for inbound calls to reschedule existing appointments, register to the 65+ waitlist or to schedule an appointment. The phone number to call is (856) 249-7007. Please only dial this number if you are a senior aged 65+ or are assisting one in scheduling a vaccine.

Essex County Vaccinations

Click here to read Essex County’s Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19 (PDF) guide. Please know that this pertains ONLY to the vaccination process administered by Essex County.

Essex County residents may sign up for testing and schedule vaccinations through the County online at https://essexcovid.org/. Please check the website regularly, as appointments open up periodically.

NJ Dept. of Health Issues Updated COVID-19 Travel Guidelines 

Governor Murphy and the NJ DOH have issued new COVID-19 travel guidance following updated travel recommendations from the CDC.

  • New Jersey continues to strongly discourage unvaccinated individuals from engaging in non-essential interstate travel at this time. Unvaccinated travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging following CDC recommendations for unvaccinated people.
  • People who are fully vaccinated and persons who clinically recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months who are traveling domestically within the United States do not need to be tested for COVID-19 before or after travel to New Jersey and do not need to self-quarantine upon return.
  • Fully vaccinated persons arriving in the United States from abroad be tested for COVID-19 three to five days after return.

The Department of Health’s updated travel guidance can be viewed here (PDF).

Gathering Recommendations for Vaccinated Individuals

After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should, as a general rule, continue to take precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until we know more about immunity.

If you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

For more information on what we know and what we’re still learning about vaccines, visit the CDC’s When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated webpage.

Main Street Closure & Millburn Business Support

Main Street between Millburn Avenue and Essex Street is once again closed for the weekend! Due to inclement weather, our closure began this Friday afternoon, rather than our usual Thursday through Sunday schedule. The stretch of roadway will re-open to vehicular traffic late Sunday evening. Please consider stopping by! Remember to wear a mask. As always, the Township will evaluate the success of this outdoor dining program and its benefit to residents, visitors and local businesses, as well as monitor for weather and any potential impact on closures.

Business owners are still welcome to submit café license applications for 2021. Access the application and more information here: twp.millburn.nj.us/sidewalkcafe

The Township is accepting applications for the new shopper parking permit, which can be found on our website here: twp.millburn.nj.us/parking. Purchase of this permit will eliminate the need for use of paystations, meters or the MPay2Park app!

Township Committee

Interested in seeing what your Township Committee is up to? Please visit our Township Committee page for information! The next Township Committee meeting takes place this coming Tuesday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public in a limited capacity. Visit the above linked Township Committee page to access Zoom information and our meeting livestream on YouTube.

The Township is hosting an additional public information session next week on flex parking:

  • Flex Parking Information Session: Monday, April 19, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.   Access information can be found here.

All are invited to attend the session.

Mayor’s Office Hours

For residents that would like to meet with the Mayor, office hours at Town Hall are by appointment, Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m. To schedule an appointment please contact me at tprupis@millburntwp.org. Please include how you would prefer meeting – via ZOOM or by phone – and I will do my best to accommodate your request.

Millburn Bike Week kicks off tomorrow, Saturday, April 17! There will be at least one activity every day of the week through Saturday, April 24 to promote biking and pedestrian safety in our community. The first event is the Millburn Bike and Helmet Swap - bring a bike, take a bike, or both at Lot 19 in Downtown Millburn! Visit twp.millburn.nj.us/bikeweek to view events and how to participate. Some events will require advance registration.

Save the Date: The Millburn Memorial Day Parade will be back this year on Saturday, May 29!

With warmer weather finally here, we remind residents to please be safe and respectful of our friends and neighbors when walking, riding or driving in Millburn Township. If you’re out and about with your furry friends, please remember to bring a bag and clean up any pet waste. Slow down, mask up and shop local!

Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

- Mayor Prupis

Mayor's Message 4/2

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents, this is Mayor Tara Prupis. Today is Friday, April 2, 2021.

We launched the Mayor’s Message in March of 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 crisis as a way to keep residents informed about how the pandemic was affecting Millburn’s neighborhoods, our larger Essex County community and the State of New Jersey as a whole. With vaccinations on the rise and many of our day-to-day activities slowly beginning to return to something resembling normalcy, we have made the decision to lower the frequency of this communication. Our weekly Mayor’s Message will now be released every other week!

That said, this pandemic is not over. It is so important for all of us to do our part, regardless of vaccination status, and continue to wear masks, socially distance and remain cautious and responsible when gathering with others.

We will also be increasing the frequency of our Township Newsletter, the Millwheel, from once a month to every other week as well. Looking forward, there is so much going on in Millburn Township and both the Township Committee and our Town Hall staff are working hard to keep our residents informed and engaged. Please note, if you are receiving this Mayor’s message, you will automatically receive the Millwheel Newsletter. Stay tuned!

Local COVID-19 Numbers & Demographics

Essex County has provided us with a demographic breakdown of local COVID-19 positive cases as of Tuesday, March 30. Click through to view the Essex County COVID-19 Demographics (PDF) sheet.

The below chart outlines cumulative COVID-19 case and death totals in the Township of Millburn over the last week. Please note that the drop in reported deaths between March 29 and 30 may be due to a County reporting error.

DateMillburn CasesMillburn Deaths

4/2/21

765

10

4/1/21

761

10

3/31/21

758

10

3/30/21

752

10

3/29/21

748

11

3/28/21

747

10

3/27/21

745

10

3/26/21

742

10

Check our website for an expanded chart and additional details on local cases: twp.millburn.nj.us/localcases. Essex County numbers can be found here: https://essexcountynj.org/covid-19-municipality.

State Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Finder Platform

Earlier this week, the State launched a new tool as part of its COVID-19 information hub to help residents more easily find available COVID-19 vaccine appointments. The vaccine finder can be accessed at covid19.nj.gov/finder. This tool aggregates information from multiple scheduling platforms and displays where appointments are open and how you can make one for yourself.

Appointments are still limited. As vaccine supply increases over the coming few weeks, more appointments are expected to be made available.

Governor Murphy Announces Expanded Outdoor Gathering Limits

Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 234, increasing outdoor gathering limits from 50 people to 200 people and increasing capacity for seated events at large venues (seating capacity over 2,500) to 20 percent capacity indoors and 30 percent capacity outdoors. The Order also clarifies indoor capacity limits for banquet halls and similar venues. The general indoor gathering limit will remain at 25 people and indoor gatherings that currently have a higher limit will remain unchanged.

NJ Vaccine Call Center Seniors 65+ Program

The NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center has announced a seniors-specific phone number for inbound calls to reschedule existing appointments, register to the 65+ waitlist or to schedule an appointment. The phone number to call is (856) 249-7007. Please only dial this number if you are a senior aged 65+ or are assisting one in scheduling a vaccine.

Essex County Vaccinations

Click here to read Essex County’s Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19 (PDF) guide. Please know that this pertains ONLY to the vaccination process administered by Essex County.

Essex County residents may sign up for testing and schedule vaccinations through the County online at https://essexcovid.org/. Please check the website regularly, as appointments open up periodically.

Recommendations for Vaccinated Individuals

After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should, as a general rule, continue to take precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until we know more about immunity.

If you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

For more information on what we know and what we’re still learning about vaccines, visit the CDC’s When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated webpage.

Main Street Closure Kick Off & Millburn Business Support

Main Street between Millburn Avenue and Essex Street is officially closed for the weekend! To celebrate the first weekend of our Main Street closure, there will be live music on the corner of Millburn Avenue and Main Street this Saturday, April 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please consider stopping by and remember to wear a mask! The stretch of roadway will re-open to vehicular traffic late Sunday evening.

Business owners are urged to submit café license applications for 2021. Access the application and more information here: twp.millburn.nj.us/sidewalkcafe

Residents may now apply for a shopper parking permit, which can be found on our website here: twp.millburn.nj.us/parking. Purchase of this permit will eliminate the need for use of paystations, meters or the MPay2Park app.

Explore Millburn-Short Hills just released its first Community Newsletter highlighting what’s going on in our business districts. Click here to read it and visit exploremillburnshorthills.org to subscribe!

Township Committee

Interested in seeing what your Township Committee is up to? Please visit our Township Committee page for information! The next Township Committee meeting takes place on Tuesday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. A discussion on the removal of flex parking in the downtown area will be on the April 6 agenda. The meeting is open to the public in a limited capacity. Visit the above linked Township Committee page to access Zoom information and our meeting livestream on YouTube.

The Township is hosting two public information sessions next week:

All are invited to attend the sessions.

Mayor’s Office Hours

For residents that would like to meet with the Mayor, office hours at Town Hall are by appointment, Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m. To schedule an appointment please contact me at tprupis@millburntwp.org. Please include how you would prefer meeting – via ZOOM or by phone – and I will do my best to accommodate your request.

Please mark your calendars for Bike Week. Starting Saturday, April 17th, there will be at least one activity every day of the week to promote safe and fun community biking. Look for more information on the events in the next edition of the Millwheel!

With warmer weather finally here, we remind residents to please be safe and respectful of our friends and neighbors when walking, riding or driving in Millburn Township. Slow down, mask up and shop local!

Thank you and enjoy your weekend!

- Mayor Prupis

View prior Mayor's Messages: twp.millburn.nj.us/mayorsmessage