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These NJ destinations make social distancing easy


Don’t miss out on these five sculptures currently on exhibit at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton.

In a season typically filled with activity, it’s tough to be stuck at home without fall festivals, concerts, day trips and events.

But is it possible to stay away from crowds and safely enjoy some fall fun in the Garden State?

Definitely. Here are some destinations to check out: distant. 

Alexandria Balloon Flights, Pittstown

Anywhere from two to 20 miles will be covered with altitudes ranging from right above the treetops to thousands of feet in the air. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Alexandria Balloon Flights)

During a pandemic, being 500 to 2,500 feet away from strangers is nothing short of a dream — even if it happens to be a vertical distance. With a hot air balloon ride with Alexandria Balloon Flights, which takes visitors on one- to two-hour flights from Pittstown, you can

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  • October 15, 2020

In Shows Like ‘Social Distance,’ TV Learns to Work From Home

When the pandemic hit, the main problem for television productions was how you could possibly make shows in these times. The next and related problem was how you could possibly make shows about these times.

Producers first tackled these related problems, technical and narrative, in special episodes like the “Parks and Recreation” and “30 Rock” reunions, as well as in one-off episodes of ongoing series, including the CBS legal drama “All Rise,” and in specials like HBO’s awkward “Coastal Elites.”

The most notable thing about most of them is that they were done at all, but none of them had to sustain the approach for a full season. (An August Freeform four-episode series, “Love in the Time of Corona,” fell somewhere between the one-off special and the extended-series approach.)

This month, two series test whether you can make compelling television in and about a deadly global crisis while it’s still

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  • October 13, 2020

How social media played a critical role in Gov. Whitmer kidnap plot


The federal government has charged six people with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, per newly unsealed court records.


The 13 men charged Thursday in a conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used Facebook and secure messaging apps to connect and plot their attack.

The group’s use of Facebook spans almost a full year. Members began to use the social media platform as a recruitment tool in November 2019, according to an affidavit filed by Brian Russell, a detective sergeant with the Michigan State Police.

“Once recruited, members communicated via a secure, encrypted messaging platform,” Russell wrote.

The group of 13 men, members or associates of the militia group known as the Wolverine Watchmen, used Facebook and at least two encrypted messaging platforms to plan their attack and to share videos, photos and posts, according to the criminal complaint on file in the U.S. District Court

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  • October 10, 2020

Using Social Media For Online Support: Crowns Media

The past year has shown us the importance of mental health and the difficulty of maintaining it under the best of circumstances, to say nothing of the challenge presented by whatever 2020 is. Fortunately, there are those out there who have made it their mission to provide that help through online platforms that offer resources and assistance to those struggling with mental health issues. I am always pleased when entrepreneurs reach out to me with their stories. Recently, I had the chance to speak with Orel Shitrit of Crowns Media, who is based in Israel and six months ago started to provide these types of solutions to those who need them.  Check out the tips for founders below – succinct and valuable regardless of your industry or location.

Mary Juetten: What problem are you solving?

Orel Shitrit: I focus on helping teenagers and

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  • October 8, 2020

IM-Rec facilities report compliance with masking and social distancing protocols, see popularity with outdoor recreation programs – The Cavalier Daily

University Intramural and Recreational Sports facilities are operating with modified protocols this semester due to COVID-19, including limited hours and required reservations by students and members for certain spaces. By and large, individuals have abided by masking and sanitation requirements —  among other new regulations — and outdoor IM-Rec activities and facilities have grown in popularity.

The Aquatic and Fitness Center and North Grounds Recreation Center have been operating with modified hours and required reservations for the weight room and pool, while Slaughter Recreation Center is closed with small windows of operation for the Climbing Center by reservation. Students can make reservations online.

IM-Rec has taken numerous precautions to eliminate the spread of the virus at facilities, including the requirement of face masks unless using cardio equipment or swimming, touchless entrances and the sanitation of equipment before and after use by both equipment users and IM-Rec staff. Students must also

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  • October 7, 2020

Social media and mental health: Being authentic on Facebook is better for you, researchers say

Whether you’re on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or TikTok, many people make huge efforts to curate the best version of themselves online.

But it might be better for your mental health not to craft an idealized view of yourself when using social media, according to a new study published Tuesday in Nature Communications.

There are psychological benefits associated with being authentic when it comes to Facebook posts and likes, a team of US researchers at New York’s Columbia Business School and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Chicago found.

“Being prompted to post in an authentic way was associated with more positive mood and affect, and less negative mood within participants,” the study said.

“Our findings suggest that all individuals regardless of personality traits could benefit from being authentic on social media.”

To reach this conclusion, the researchers did two things.

First, they analyzed the data of 10,560 Facebook users

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  • October 6, 2020

New Experiences to Try While Social Distancing | Family Living

(StatePoint) With a little creativity, having fun while following social distancing guidelines can be an opportunity to carve out brand new experiences.

Whether you’re a solo adventurer or you have the family in tow, consider these fun-filled tips and ideas from the lifestyle experts at Intex Recreation Corp.:

• Watch a Movie: Staying at home doesn’t mean you can’t “go to the movies.” Have your next movie night under the stars in the backyard. With the Ultra Plush Dura-Beam Deluxe Airbed or the Pull-Out Sofa from Intex, for example, you can create the ultimate cozy outdoor entertainment space and have movie night without even leaving home. Don’t have a screen? No problem. A plain sheet hung against the side of your house can make for the perfect projection screen.

• Go Kayaking: Outdoor exploration is an opportunity to feel free in times like these. Never considered kayaking before? One easy

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  • October 6, 2020

Social media influencers drive retail sales in the pandemic

Influencers are shaping the way people shop during the pandemic, as more people spend time on their phones and online.

In a year marked by working from home and staying inside, the influencer sphere has adapted to meet followers where they are. Influencers, or content creators who have built a reputation and following for their knowledge or expertise on a niche topic, have tapped into a new type of brand: relatability.

Gone are the days of travelling to luxurious resorts or dining at extravagant five-star restaurants.

Enter the era of dressing up living spaces, trying new home workouts and finding the best skincare products. Instagram photos of designer-label handbags and matcha lattes from the local barista are being replaced with yoga pants and home-cooked meal ideas.

Now that everyone can live like an influencer, platforms

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  • October 3, 2020

How to Build a Social Media Strategy For Travel Marketing in 2020?

Although the travel and tourism industry has taken a bit of a hit because of the Coronavirus pandemic, expect it to bounce back as soon as the lockdown restrictions are relaxed or lifted completely. Many people have had to postpone all their 2020 travel plans because of Covid-19, so the year 2021 may witness a never-seen-before spike in local as well as international travel as ardent travelers quench their wanderlust. And travel brands need to lay the groundwork for travel marketing from today itself to ride the inevitable wave of bookings that will come tomorrow.

The travel and tourism industry is one of the biggest and most cutthroat industries in the world. It ranks fourth in terms of global social media following. A Business Insider report claims that millennials plan to spend upwards of $5000 on their vacations. Our social feeds are filled with beach selfies, airplane wings cutting through

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  • October 3, 2020

New WTTC campaign highlights the social benefits of Travel & Tourism

London, UK – A major social media campaign has today been launched to raise awareness of the wide-ranging social benefits of travel by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

The new initiative asks travellers to think about the positive social impact that travel makes to people, places and communities dependent upon the Travel & Tourism sector for their livelihoods.

It also encourages people around the world to share stories of how tourism has made a difference and changed their lives.

The campaign strapline ‘Travel the world. Make a difference’, is inspired by the deeper positive socioeconomic and cultural benefits, which each and every trip can generate.

A specially made video to share the message will go online across social media platforms, asking travellers about their own journeys, which have had a profound impact on their lives and to share their stories using the hashtags #togetherintravel and #aworldofdifference.


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  • September 29, 2020