Personal Perspective: School’s back, so let’s think back to summer fun

Now that school days are back – in a most unusual way – it is a good time to remember those who labored to implement COVID-safe summertime activities for kids. COVID put a damper on many summer kids’ activities, but I would like to shine a spotlight on just a few of several programs that managed to bring sunshine into the lives of youngsters. The reporters on this topic are -not surprisingly – my grandkids. Camp Cool—located at 19 South Second Avenue at the Reformed Church Highland Park was “really cool,” in the words of 10 year old Harry Solomon.  The camp adopted “rigorous” COVID prevention measures, while with equal energy pursued a wide variety of fun activities – with participants remaining socially distant and masked, said Harry.  Harry made particular note of the camp’s “Theater Week, when we had a variety of acting exercises, such as acting out different people in our lives.”

Eleven year old Rubin Hersh elaborated: “With four air purifiers, two air dehumidifiers and two air conditioners, Camp Cool has been a fun, and safe camp even during coronavirus. READ MORE

Main Street HP urges small businesses try for a federal grant

Has your small business been impacted by COVID-19? Small businesses and nonprofits with no more than 50 employees may be eligible for a grant up to $30,000. Through the Federal CARES Act, small businesses may apply for reimbursement for COVID-19 related loss of revenue, expenses incurred, and/or continuation of services, according to Rebecca Hersh, executive director of Main Street Highland Park

Application Available Now. Eligibility:Independently or family-owned businesses with no more than 50 employeesDocumented business interruption as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related emergency declaration, resulting in financial loss.Businesses must have been open and operating on March 1, 2020Must be a Sole Proprietorship, LLC/LLP, S-Corporation, Corporation, Nonprofit* or PartnershipActive businesses physically located in Middlesex County, with a net annual business income of less than $1,000,000 based on their last federal tax return*Nonprofits only eligible for reimbursement of increased incurred expenses, not loss of revenue. Exclusions:• Not eligible for any expenses or loss of revenues previously reimbursed byState or Federal CARES Act funding, CDBG Grants, PPP Grants or Loans, private insurance, or any other COVID-19 relief program. READ MORE

Personal Perspective: Finding a New Normal to Prevent Resurgence

We all are painfully aware of the current situation plaguing our nation: COVID-19. As weeks pass, we see the effects of the virus on our neighbors, friends, and even family, we have been doing our part and taking every necessary precaution, and we are finally seeing cases start to decline. States are slowly taking steps to reopen as people anxiously await the return of their normal life but, will our lives ever look the way they did in December? As a scientist I can’t help but think about the critical public health steps that we missed as a nation. Many preventative measures we took may have been massively more effective had they been implemented much earlier. READ MORE

Innocence and Community – the Theme of RU President Jonathan Holloway’s Convocation Address

When I accepted the invitation to join the Rutgers community this past January I did not envision greeting my first class of Rutgers students in this way. No one could foresee the simultaneous challenges of a viral pandemic, a long-overdue global moment of racial reckoning, an economy in tatters, and a political atmosphere poisoned with caustic hyperbole and unrelenting efforts to belittle and demean. Those of us in higher education find ourselves profoundly challenged by these circumstances as we do our very best to preserve ideas that transcend time, to honor our commitments to critical inquiry, rigor, and evidence, and to produce research that will help heal the world. This is a good mission. It is this mission, in fact, that inspired me to pursue a doctorate in History when I entered graduate school 30 years ago. READ MORE