As the summer heat increases making some days feel long and evenings convivial, NJ continues to embrace the new customs and reopening of many industries. Even though hot summer days may call for staying at home with the thermostat at a comfortable setting, some days may inspire adventure. Claremont residents looking to get out and explore their surroundings may look forward to visiting any (or all!) of the following locations:
- Sourland Mountain Hiking Trails where there are trails of different levels of difficulty for all ages and is nearby the Hillsborough area (1). There are mountain biking or dog paths, walking trails and even horseback riding trails!
- Duke Island Park: Located in Bridgewater this park offers family-friendly trails whether paved or wooden at low-level difficulty where no climbing is necessary (2). The park is also a great destination for picnics, provides pavilions, a playground, fishing, and a shallow waterfall hollow enough to place your feet in (2). Duke Island Park is scenic, and a day well spent!
- Colonial Park: Located in Franklin Township, much like Duke Island Park, Colonial Park offers picnic areas, a large playground, and fishing area (3). In addition, the park also has a dog park, biking paths, a pond by the parking lot, and tennis courts (3). The park is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and even offers a garden to stop and gaze at.
- The Shore: Claremont residents and The Boro’s residents alike may enjoy a breezy day at any of the local beaches as listed on the following site indicating NJ’s family-friendliest beaches with boardwalks to great dining locations: https://www.heyboro.com/home//family-friendly-beaches-of-new-jersey?fbclid=IwAR2YnVA4b63CgxUZfngFtQ6mUyYKXXaTycIBCR0lNZbQjRmSToR6nILezuE
Additionally, another location worth mentioning that’s a great hit in the summer is Cape May!
Known for its architectural charm, a historical landmark, and pictorial nature, Cape May is much more than just a beach down the shore (4). The Boro’s residents and Claremont residents may find trolley tours, excellent restaurants to choose from breakfast, lunch or dinner, bike rentals, boutique shops, and Sunset Beach, where sunsets are spectacular and promise a rosy end to the day (4).
For residents looking to stay more local, stay tuned for events happening at Duke’s Farm. Many of the events are announced several days or a week prior, such as the Wine and Cheese Week, Outdoor Painting Session, or the Blueberry Celebration. Don’t miss out on these special summer events, follow their Facebook page to stay updated!
For more recreational destinations to visit within the Hillsborough area, please visit: https://www.heyboro.com/home//hiking-trails-within-45-minutes-of-hillsborough-nj?fbclid=IwAR2AKHpC9yePjMXctM8JUmVOa8q7pGUzMouZk3oCQ83PyuML-Mnux9xw-H0
For Claremont’s parents looking to register their athletes in a program during the summer, Hillsborough is featuring Raider’s Basketball Clinic and Girls Softball Clinics where newcomers or current players may take their “game to the next level” by preparing for the game (5) (6). Registration is still open and going fast; the first series of practice begins August 3rd. For registration information, please visit: https://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=hillsboroughnjrecreation
Registration is also open for Fall Soccer and Girls’ Softball leagues. The deadline to register is August 14th and there are membership fees depending grade level. To register and more information, click on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/hillsboroughnjrecreation/photos/pcb.3079927295421743/3079926748755131
(Through all these programs, COVID-19 guidelines may affect league customs and registration may be limited).
While summer sports registrations are a go at The Boro, there is much controversy regarding schools reopening and “in-person” education continuing at a different pace prior to COVID-19 (7). Even though Gov. Murphy believes that students must meet with educators, there are some teachers who are hesitant about returning to a school building any time soon (7). Nonetheless, rules and regulations as to how schools will reopen are being analyzed and constructed and at the same time, depending on COVID-19 cases, there is always the possibility of remote-learning in the event that numbers spike. With this in mind and although some information may still be ambiguous, it is essential for all parents to prepare ahead of time by visiting the following link with information on the new protocols for when schools reopen- https://patch.com/new-jersey/hoboken/watch-live-murphy-nj-coronavirus-school-reopen-update-6-26-20
A Word to Our Residents at Claremont Towers
Even though much has begun to feel normal, especially when compared to how circumstances were back in March, we continue to urge our residents to kindly wear a mask or face cloth when in any of the common areas such as hallways or laundry rooms. Additionally, we ask residents to also wear masks or face cloths whenever it is not possible to keep a 6 feet distance from a non-family member.
Any residents of Claremont 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. https://www.cit-e.net/hillsborough-nj/Cit-e-Access/Payments-Donations/?TID=45&TPID=9659
Furthermore, the Hillsborough Education Foundation is holding a Book Drive from August 4th and 5th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and August 6th at 10 a.m. to 12 p. m. Books go to teachers’ libraries and books must be in good condition.
For those interested in staying informed with local information such as closures, resources, any cancellations and information regarding COVID-19 may sign up to The Boro’s Township Special Bulletin at: https://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin?v=001jyV49J2cwWquIVMu0E7EyApXN_noU9z35O_NA1s55g99ERv0A6YhZM96YTLxRcX4O2IJyaX7X_t1atTgroKHEbphdSMEtWneIJ0sY_TuWMYGibrWngP9I67Ijpn2I69u6YdM1h8hU-PzlFgkzEzXmzBIsUpBQ72oTK8Kqfwi78A%3D
We can’t say it enough, a special thank you to all the healthcare and frontline workers who continue to work tirelessly to ensure the health and comfort of all others, and a kind thank you to residents of Claremont Towers that continue to push forward during one of the most difficult times.
We wish you a great August!
-The Team at Claremont Towers