Updates from Main Street HP: May 3 HP 5K and Street Fair Felled by COVID-19; Support Farmers Market Vendors and Local Merchants

HP 5k Race & Street Fair Update We are very sad to say that due to COVID-19 concerns and uncertainty, we be postponing the annual Highland Park 5k race and Spring Street Fair on Sunday May 3, 2020. Please email mainstreethighlandpark@gmail.com to be put on our mailing list for rescheduling updates. Updates will also be posted on our website. Farmers Market Update We’re not in season yet, but our vendors are still in business. You can click here to see some online shopping options from some of our market vendors. READ MORE

Working and Learning at Home Presents a New Challenge and RU Experts Offer Advice

Gone is the morning race out the door to get the kids to school and parents to work. Now, the challenge many working parents face is structuring the day to make sure their children are still learning while also trying to do their jobs from home. One comforting fact is that we are not alone in this difficult situation. The following Rutgers experts are discussed how parents can help children with their home education while balancing their work-related responsibilities in this unprecedented time. GG Weisenfeld Assistant Research Professor National Institute for Early Education Research Rutgers Graduate School of Education

Yana Rodgers Professor Center for Women & Work Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations

Here are some tips for homeschooling:

What advice do you have for parents struggling with children who aren’t as cooperative learning at home as they might be in a classroom? READ MORE

COVID-19 Punches Local Businesses, but Residents Can Help with Takeout

Article is from ROI.NJ.com March 20, 2020

People have been encouraged to order takeout in an effort to aid local businesses. It’s a good thing for the economy, we’re told. But, is it safe? Dr. Henry Fraimow, an infectious disease specialist at Cooper University Health Care, says it is. “We know that the risk of contracting coronavirus through food is incredibly low,” Fraimow said in a release. READ MORE

Stop & Shop Has Special Hours for Seniors and Other HP Retailers Make Special Effort to Serve Community

Beginning Thursday, March 19th, all Stop & Shop stores, including Highland Park’s Raritan Avenue store, will open earlier at 6 a.m. and designate the timeframe from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. as reserved for serving those customers who are age 60 and older. “Now, more than ever, it’s important we come together as a community to support each other during challenging times. Part of that is showing compassion and care for some of our neighbors who are most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. According to the CDC, that is members of the population who are age 60 and older,” according to a Stop & Shop statement. 

To support this group,  Stop & Shop decided to offer this arrangement every day of the week to allow for community members in this age category to shop in a less crowded environment, which better enables social distancing. They’ll also be shopping prior to any other customers entering. 

People ages 60 and older will use a designated entrance, which will be marked at their local store, from 6:00a.m.-7:30a.m. Although the store will not be requesting ID for entry, management asks that consumers ask that respect the purpose of the early opening – and do the right thing for the community. READ MORE

Spring forward and set clocks ahead by an hour Sunday morning March 8, 2020

Opinion from the Editor:

It’s time for Congress to pick one time that is standard throughout the year! Multiple health risks have been cited in scientific literature during the “Spring Forward,” including car accidents, heart attacks and workplace injuries. Since Daylight Saving Time was enacted to conserve coal during WWI, its role currently is obsolete in terms of energy saving measures. It’s time for Congress to pick one time that is standard throughout the year! Multiple health risks have been cited in scientific literature during the “Spring Forward” including car accidents, heart attacks and workplace injuries. READ MORE

A New Solar Farm in Highland Park Highlights the Potential of Energy Storage Batteries

From www.NJSpotlight.com 19 February 2020

A new solar farm on a former garbage dump went into service this week in Highland Park, but this project also featured energy storage batteries, a key component of the Murphy administration’s ambitious plans to transition New Jersey to 100% clean energy. The Highland Park Solar Storage System is the
35th overall solar project and the fifth solar storage system that the Public
Service Electric & Gas utility has built. Is it a trend for the future? “Unquestionably,’’ answered Lyle Rawlings, the
president and CEO of Advanced Solar Products, the solar and storage system firm
PSE&G hired to design, procure and build the system for Highland Park. “Inevitably, it’s the wave of the future. We don’t get to 50 percent (clean
energy) by 2030, let alone the governor’s goal of 100 percent by 2050 without
energy storage.”

Energy storage is a top priority in the
administration’s clean-energy plan. READ MORE

Cheers to 100 Years: Join Pino’s Celebration of a Century in Highland Park on Feb. 14

Appropriate for Valentine’s Day, Highland Park is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its love affair with Pino’s. Everyone is invited to celebrate Highland Park’s entertainment “heart,” watering hole, living room, live music venue, and gift basket shop and wine cellar on Friday February 14, 2020, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., 13 North Fourth Avenue. The event will be a tribute to the history of Highland Park and the 100-year journey of Pino’s. At the event, Pino’s will debut their 100-Year-Anniversary
cocktail menu, featuring a Highland Park Scotch tasting and Birnn Chocolate
pairing for just $10, plus Highland Park chocolate whiskey cupcakes, live music
with Rouvan and imagery/artifacts provided by the Highland Park Historical
Society. Aside from its great selection of beers, wines, and gifts,
Pino’s is Highland Park’s de facto gathering spot in all weather, indoors and
outdoors; it is part of the fabric of the community. READ MORE

HP’s Human Relations Commission Responds to the Recent Spate of Anti-Semitic Events

The following is an open letter to the community from the members of the Highland Park Human Relations Commission

The Human Relations Commission is outraged, angry and saddened by the spate of anti-Semitic events that have happened in New York City and in New Jersey, including right here in Highland Park. It is essential for us to identify t he origins of this rising hatred and to address it deliberately. The Human Relations Commission welcomes the opportunity to work with the members of our community and with our elected officials on the local, county, and state level in order to make sure that hate truly has no home here. As a community, we have a moral obligation to learn fro one another and to understand one another through policy programming, education, and compassion

We all must act from a position of hope to empower and engage our neighbor so we never live in fear. We refuse to live in fear. READ MORE