As the season dwindles down slowly, NJ continues its speed in reopening businesses that have been closed for a greater part of the year. Apropos of the cool days to come, gyms and indoor dining has launched off inviting NJ residents to move a bit closer to antecedent times where COVID-19 was not mentioned on every business’ doors and walls and hand sanitizer was not on the entryway of every room. Even though gyms and indoor dining is permitted at 25% capacity, enjoying the rest of summer before the chilly days is a must. Cross off these destinations from your end-of-summer list by visiting:
- The Delaware River– float easily on a tube with the family as all enjoy the beautiful surrounding nature that the Delaware River is (1). If you are interested in doing something more challenging, rent a kayak or canoe and paddle through the river at your own pace.
- Visit Frenchtown or Lambertville: Some of the prettiest small towns with lots of charm and artistry, paved cobblestone pathways, romantic river views, and a touch of history (1).
- NJ’s Beat Tearooms– if you’re a tea enthusiast, visit one of these locations on any day, pick your favorite brew, and a delicate pastry on the way. High SocieTea in Wayne, Mulberry House in Westfield, or The New Leaf Tea Room in Riverton (1). All these tearooms are well known for their excellent tea blends. The Mulberry House in Westfield caters for ‘at-home’ tea parties where they provide you with everything you need to host an elegant tea party, bridal showers, baby showers, young ladies parties, or just a party just to join together with loved ones.
- New Hope– if you’d like to cross over to PA and admire Lambertville, New Hope is the place for you! This town is filled with many riverfront restaurants to dine from, shops, bakeshops, and great weekend vibes full of memorable summer days.
Residents at The Boro looking to gather the family and create fun memories may look forward to those breezy, lightly cool yet golden days at impressive farms like Alstede Farms where they have a great harvest schedule with many things to choose from. Currently, guests can pick cucumbers, apples, blackberries, tomatoes, green beans, flowers (zinnias and cosmos), eggplant, raspberries, potatoes, squash, and sunflowers (2)! Picking tools are available at the farm or you may bring your own. Discover Alstede’s homemade ice cream stand and food stand on your trip to the farm.
If you’d like to bring home happy golden sunflowers and get lost in the beauty of sunflowers fields, enjoy their blooming season at any of these excellent locations:
- VonThun Farms– with 6 acres of bright flowers, VonThun Farms has opened its Sunflower Trail to all. An excellent location to take pictures and brighten up any room at home with the sunny flowers you can bring home with you (3).
- Melick’s Town Farm– this farm has three different locations but the one with an excellent sunflower field is Oldwick, NJ. This farm has it all, flower gardens, a market, cider mill, and scenic wagon rides (3).
- Sussex County Sunflower Maze– cut down from some of the tallest sunflower stalks. This farm is known for its sunflower maze, great times, and a large variety of sunflowers (3). This Sunflower Maze’s season is almost over so be sure to check in their availability before heading over to check them out!
- Happy Day Farm– located in Manalapan, this farm has a great sunflower field and while you find that you are required to register online before you arrive at the farm, you may in interested in buying tickets for their Fall Festival taking place each weekend until October. Happy Day Farm will be hosting many activities from pumpkin bowling, sand cranes to giant Jenga, and rubber duck racing! Happy Day Farm has activities for the entire family and lives up to its name.
A Word to Our Residents at Claremont Towers
With election day closely approaching, we urge residents to register to vote! To register, please visit: https://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voter-registration.shtml or to find out if you are already registered to vote, please check out: https://www.usa.gov/confirm-voter-registration
Additionally, Census agents are still trying to collect more until the end of September. Agents are in the field collecting quick household information from residents to determine governmental funding allocations. If you haven’t already done so, please submit your census questionnaire at https://my2020census.gov/ The questionnaire only takes a few minutes to complete and your responses make all the difference!
Although NJ continues to slowly curtail COVID-19 restrictions, Hillsborough officials and Claremont Towers’s team alike would like to continue requiring residents to wear masks or face coverings in addition to keeping at least a 6-foot distance away from non-family members. It is especially important to do this when in the hallways since hallways are not 6” wide. Help keep The Boro’s COVID-19 numbers down for the health of the community!
Claremont residents looking to help out the community may find an application to volunteer their time to the Hillsborough Township by submitting a Volunteer Form at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScm3YlwoIhjYB2pptVpFSjV5s3NvO5OwNtLiC33bMPP6UqDuQ/viewform
Residents who would like to make a monetary contribution to the C.A.N. Foundation may use the following website to submit their donation. Please note the donation is tax-deductible and goes directly to the community. The C.A.N. donation is still taking household items for those in need. https://www.cit-e.net/hillsborough-nj/Cit-e-Access/Payments-Donations/?TID=45&TPID=9659
-The Team at Claremont Towers