As the prevailing story of the 2020 pandemic continues, approximating its way to summer days, residents in the township of South Orange continue taking preventive measures to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. Although hard to predict when things will resume without the limitations of COVID-19, the state of New Jersey has reopened several beaches and boardwalks on Memorial Day weekend with limited capacity and restrictions (1). Exciting news since summer brings hope, warm weather, yummy frozen treats and a day to celebrate all fathers!
Surrounded by colored leaves and chilly days, The South Mountain Reservation transforms from green lush to a orange ombre effect as beautiful as the setting sun. While COVID-19 continues to present itself all over the nation, we prepare for another year of celebrations accustomed to the essential preparedness and new daily protocols as demanded by COVID-19. Forced to cancel some of the most sought out parades of the year, Hoboken and NYC will not be holding Halloweens parades. However, many events will go on and some as thrilling and frightening as any other Halloween event.
Spring is the perfect time to begin container gardening
The month of April can mean different things to people. Many individuals dread the month as it is federal income tax time. However, many people enjoy the month as spring is in full effect, allowing them to indulge in outdoor activities like going to the beach, playing baseball, or hiking. Another great activity during the spring is gardening, which has actually increased in popularity over the last few years. The 2018 National Gardening Survey found that 77% of American households are gardening and that spending hit a record $47.8 billion on lawn and garden retail sales. (1) Another growing component of the gardening scene is container gardening, which is when people use pots instead of the ground to grow plants. A number of those living at The Avenue at South Orange, New Jersey, are showing off their green thumbs through their container gardens.
March heralds the arrival of the annual home cleaning tradition
The arrival of March features more than just the end of winter. The month is when MLB spring training winds down and the start of the new season takes place. March is also the home of St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish holiday that was celebrated by 149 million Americans in 2018. (1) One tradition associated with March is spring cleaning, the annual rite that finds homeowners cleaning their homes from top to bottom.
Local venues allow residents to fully enjoy Valentine’s Day
February marks the winding down of winter and the upcoming approach of spring. The hallmark of February for most people is Valentine’s Day, the romantic holiday filled with flowers, jewelry, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, and images of Cupid. 180 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged every year in the United States, and a staggering 224 million roses are grown for the holiday. It is interesting to note that women buy 85% of all Valentine’s Day cards while men buy 73% of all the flowers. (1) The residents of The Avenue at South Orange, New Jersey, are indeed fortunate that they have many nearby venues that are ready to make this year’s Valentine’s Day special.