The Administration and City of Burlington continually strives to improve the security and quality of life of its residents as well as visitors. The following is a list of resources with answers to frequently asked questions designed help you find information quickly. You may also search other areas of this site, including the Department Directory and Departments pages, How Do I? tab, or call 609 386 0200 Monday to Friday. To view Calendars, Police/Emergency Service, Public Works, Recreation, Voting, Health/Lifestyle, and Events links, please click in the link above.
Many organizations in the City and County also contribute to the safety, health, and quality of life of the City of Burlington's residents and visitors. Visit the highlighted link above to view list of these organizations websites, including Main Street Burlington, local and regional Chamber of Commerce, Burlington County, city and County Library, County Historical Society, and Lyceum Hall.
(Click on the Title Useful Tips to see additional links to useful information.). As we face the mysterious COVID-19 outbreak, communicating useful information is our greatest weapon. Therefore, the City, working with its community and County, State, and Federal organizations has created repositories where individuals can go to see these resources grouped into major areas of interest. We will add to and update the repositories continually. Please feel free to copy, repost, or share them with your friends and family, especially those who do not have access to computers and the internet (and maybe help them access Comcast’s Internet Essentials program to obtain free or reduced internet access). Click on the link above to access many additional useful links and other information on Health & Safety, Government Informational Updates & News, Helping Responders Help Us, Business & Financial Resources, Protecting Workers & Families, Educational Links & Resources, Restaurants & Food Supplies, Arts & Culture, and Recreation for Kids & Adults
Health and Safety Links and Information
This category will gather and curate links and tips that provide major and other sources of information on protecting individuals and groups, obtaining testing and treatment, and other resources as the outbreak continues. These are only some of many helpful links that the C?ity will continually post as new information is received; click on this category's heading for additional resources on a separate page.
For a user-friendly source of information on health issues, visit covid19.nj.gov
Or phone the COVID-19 hotline number at 800-962-1253, or you can call 211, with questions or concerns or to access the State’s comprehensive information and referral service.
Or text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. Additionally, NJ launched a COVID-19 Information Hub, covid19.nj.gov, where residents can get up-to-date information.
Call the NJ Dept. of Human Services for a toll-free “warm line” that is a resource for people seeking mental health services. Call (877-294-4357 for multi-language access
Government Information Updates and News
This category will contain news on status of City, State, and Federal services and programs, including basic services provided by the municipality, new regulations and policies, State and Federal announcements and declarations, and other vital public information. These are only some of many helpful links that the C?ity will continually post as new information is received; click on this category's heading for additional resources on a separate page.
For questions or the latest news on the COVID19 outbreak, visit the State’s new, user-friendly website www.COVID19.nj.gov; or dial 1-800-962-1253 for the NJ Call Center, where someone is available 24/7 to provide answers in several languages.
You can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to automatically receive the latest text alerts and further information. Or visit www.burlingtonnj.us homepage News section for the latest posts.
Helping Responders Help Us
This category will report the status of available tools and resources from Police, Office of Emergency Management, Fire, Emergency, and Healthcare Providers, including ways to receive protection information, how to help the responders help you, and what you can do as an individual or group to help you family and neighbors. These are only some of many helpful links that the C?ity will continually post as new information is received; click on this category's heading for additional resources on a separate page.
Sign Up for NIXLE to receive local emergency messages by texting your zip code to 888-777.
Sign Up for REGISTER READY to let first responders confidentially know about special needs loved ones. Visit https://www13.state.nj.us/SpecialNeeds/ If they previously registered, please check to make sure their information is current or update it.
Business and Financial Resources
As we experience unimaginable business and financial disruption, the government and private sector are responding with reduced requirements, extensions of due dates, and assistance through many loan, grant, and other programs to help businesses and individuals protect themselves and continue operations through the coming months. These are only some of many helpful links that the C?ity will continually post as new information is received; click on this category's heading for additional resources on a separate page.
Federally-funded SBDCs are required to provide assistance to businesses to help them fill out applications and get through many hoops: https://njsbdc.com/contact/
Just being approved: Federal SBA Forgivable Loan: $649 Billion for businesses and organizations of 500 or fewer employees. The funds can be used for: Payroll, Rent, Utilities, Mortgage -> All of those parts of an approved Loan will be 100% forgivable. Note: Can apply if a Sole Proprietor. Also: Can still use the Paycheck Protection Program AND receive this loan. Apply here: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
Just announced: https://bcbridges.org/financial-resources-programs/ small business loans
Protecting Workers and Families
As unemployment rates increase dramatically, the strain on meeting even the basic needs of individuals and families also increases. This category will provide links and referrals to programs and other resources for employees, private contractors, and all the other breadwinners who find themselves facing steep downturns in their incomes. These are only some of many helpful links that the C?ity will continually post as new information is received; click on this category's heading for additional resources on a separate page.
The Department of Labor created a new web portal that allows New Jersey residents to contact the Department of Labor directly. This is a helpful tool for residents who have questions about their applications. To submit a message, residents must go to www.myunemployment.nj.gov and follow the instructions below:
On the top navigation, scroll to the right for “Need Help” and unveil the drop down menu
Choose Send an Email
Choose Email: Submit a message through our new online form.
Follow the prompts
To learn more about Federal CARES unemployment programs, which will be administered through NJ Dept of Labor, please visit: https://www.nj.gov/labor/assets/PDFs/NJWorkersFAQs.pdf
Educational Links and Resources
Life must go on for all of us, especially children, whose educational needs must be met more than ever. Here we will present links and resources to facilitate the continuing daily studies of our children but also adults who may need to learn new ways to live during the outbreak. These are only some of many helpful links that the C?ity will continually post as new information is received; click on this category's heading for additional resources on a separate page.
For low-cost or free internet access from Comcast, visit https://internetessentials.com
Sesame Street workshop now offers over 100 ebooks for free at
Teachers report in Huff Post that https://www.brainpop.com has some cool videos and activities that my students love as well as https://www.khanacademy.org
GoNoodle (https://www.gonoodle.com) is great for 2, 5 and 6-year-olds as well as with 8th graders. There are all different types of silly songs/games to get kids up and moving.
High school English teachers recommend Quizizz at https://quizizz.com
Also, Generation Genius (www.GenerationGenius.com), is an online science resource for elementary teachers and students accessible from anywhere that covers 100% of the science standards in New Jersey.
TED Talks are influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech, and creativity, with subtitles in 100+ languages. Ideas free to stream at www.ted.com
Food Supplies and Restaurants
We need food to live and the restaurant industry, which employs as large a workforce as the manufacturing sector, needs us to help them survive. Here we will present locations that continue to provide us with interesting and comforting meals as we live our isolated lives during social distancing. We also will post the latest information about the availability of foods and supplies and how to obtain them. These are only some of many helpful links that the C?ity will continually post as new information is received; click on this category's heading for additional resources on a separate page.
Learn how to obtain free meals and pantry items (or donate) at https://foodbanksj.org
To learn about local take-out offerings and hours, visit
https://www.facebook.com/MSBurlington/ or www.burlingtonnj.us
Arts, Spiritual, and Cultural Links and Resources
In addition to food and water, we also need beauty in our lives. Now more than ever we need visual art, drama, literature, music, and other works to teach us, to comfort us, to inspire us, or maybe just to distract us for a few minutes from more oppressive thoughts. These links will entertain both children and adults. These are only some of many helpful links that the C?ity will continually post as new information is received; click on this category's heading for additional resources on a separate page.
Newark-based Audible is opening a trove of tales to help parents, children, tweens and teens while away the hours in coronavirus self-quarantine. Audible Stories, a website for free audiobooks, is now available. Stories can be streamed via laptop at
Six Museums You Can Visit Virtually
Recreation for Kids and Adults
In addition to our souls, our minds and bodies need to feel the positive stress of strenuous exercise, challenging physical and mental tests, and healthy competition and games. These are links and resources that will challenge and guide both children and adults. These are only some of many helpful links that the C?ity will continually post as new information is received; click on this category's heading for additional resources on a separate page.
Yoga for Kids and Adults
Exercise for Kids and Adults
Free Brain Games
https://www.memory-improvement-tips.com/brain-games-for-kids.html (this site give different links to games) https://lumosity.com
Sign up for art, music, drama, and other classes for kids and adults at Lyceum Hall. Or paste this link into your browser: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Lyceum-Hall-Center-For-The-Arts-1269310859755599/events/?ref=page_internal
A Brief 500-Year History of the City of Burlington
The City of Burlington New Jersey USA is the first and original township in Burlington County, predating the “original constablrys” by 11 years.
Native Americans of the Mantas (or Leaping Frog) tribe of the Lenni Lenape knew Burlington Island as Matinicunk and the mainland as Techichohocki, or "oldest planted land."
Early 1600s — There is some archaeological evidence supporting the local presence of a significant Swedish settlement by the early 1600s. Belgian Walloons fleeing persecution built the first recorded European settlement in New Jersey, ca. 1624, establishing an Island trading post to barter with the indigenous people. The Dutch then came upon the Island, exploiting its rich and varied wildlife. Their fort faced downriver, the better to defend both forks of the Delaware River from invasion. New Jersey’s first record of an African presence notes slaves of a Dutch colonial official. The first murder in recorded state history took place on the Island in the 1670s, when two Indians murdered two Dutchmen. As the Dutch withdrew from New World holdings, Swedes and Finns occupied the Island, until it was seized by the English in 1664. Fleeing oppression in England, the Quakers settled in Burlington over 325 years ago.
March 3, 1677— Proprietors authorized the formation of the town in a seminal constitutional document which set forth principles and ideals of freedom and democracy found 100 years later in the United States Constitution. Among these innovations were civil and religious liberty; separate executive and legislative power; an elected Assembly; freedom of speech; no deprivation without due process of law. In their own stirring words, the Proprietors
“...lay a foundation for after ages to understand their liberty as men and Christians, that they may not be brought into bondage but by their own consent, for we put the power in the people.”