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3/20/2020 Update from Borough Officials


March 20, 2020

Contact for Borough Administration:

Christopher J. Tietjen, Borough Administrator: ctietjen@hillsdalenj.org 201-666-4800 ext. 1504

Contact for the Office of Emergency Management:

William Franklin, OEM Coordinator: bfranklin@hillsdalenj.org

Jon Najarian, Deputy OEM Coordinator: jnajarian@hillsdalenj.org


Dear Hillsdale Residents,

The Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission (who serves as the Health Department for the Borough) informed the Office of Emergency Management and Borough Administration that one of our residents tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first reported cased within the Borough.

The Health Department is currently working to conduct a thorough investigation to identify individuals with whom the patient may have come in contact with. Officials will then contact them in order to provide the necessary supports and guidance.

All School Facilities Closed

Please see the letter sent to parents of Hillsdale School System earlier yesterday by Superintendent Robert Lombardy

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We offer this email to inform you that all school property is off-limits while we find ourselves in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak and encouraging the practice of “social distancing.”

Our parking lots, fields, basketball courts, playground equipment, and blacktop areas are off-limits. Your cooperation is required in ensuring your children do not access these locations.

We thank you in advance and look forward to the return of outdoor activity when deemed safe by our health professionals.

Again, all school property inclusive of the George G White Middle School fields and blacktop, Meadowbrook School fields, playground and blacktop and the Ann Blanche Smith School fields, playground and blacktop are completely off-limits.


Robert Lombardy Jr., Ed.S.
Superintendent of Schools
Hillsdale Public Schools

How to File a Report (COVID-19 Precautions)

March 16, 2020

Our department is asking you to please follow these precautions during the COVID-19 outbreak:

In case of emergency dial 911 and headquarters is open for emergencies, however;

  • Avoid coming to Police Headquarters unless you absolutely have to.
  • You should call first and be screened by the Dispatcher if your matter is not an emergency. 
  • Most reports can be handled over the phone and faxed or emailed to you.

Our great dispatchers handle EVERY single 9-1-1 Police, Fire, and EMS call that comes in; Our personnel are limited and we cannot afford to lose them during this National, State, County and Local emergency. We must enact measures to protect our personnel during this Pandemic.

We are committed to providing the highest level of service to our residents as we have always done.

Our officers are highly trained and have witnessed some of the largest disasters to affect the area from 9/11 to Super Storm Sandy and everything in between, we’ve always been here. Sometimes on double and triple shifts, with little sleep. But we’ve always been able to serve. This virus has the potential to disrupt our operations if we don’t make these changes.

Stay safe, stay healthy and help each other. Together we will get through this. Thank you for your cooperation, understanding, and support.



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