BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- if you drive through most towns over the past month you can't help but notice front lawn signs thanking first responders and all other essential workers that are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic while many others are forced to stay home. One Bloomfield resident has taken his support to another level altogether.
James Joanow, who lives at 226 Lakewood Drive, is known in the area for setting up elaborate displays for all holidays. "With everything going on I wanted to say thank you to everyone helping to fight Covid-19 so the idea was to bring some of the mannequins out and dress them as healthcare workers, first responders and essential workers then add the signs to say thank you", said Joanow.
The idea quickly became a hit for passersby and neighbors alike. "From the original idea, it turned into a display that includes five mannequins (two male mannequins and three female mannequins). Also, at night the property is lit up with a 15 foot flag pole covered with blue lights," Joanow added.
The plan is to keep the display up until Memorial Day week. If you're taking a ride around town, be sure to take a detour down Lakewood Drive and check out the display for yourself. You may even catch James adding to an already impressive display.