HAWTHORNE, NJ - Prior to the Monday evening rains, over the weekend a number of sidewalks and driveways around Hawthorne were decorated with colored chalk art from locals and their children.  TAPinto Hawthorne contributor Judy Kopitar had taken a stroll and said, "As I walked around town it was interesting to see how the community is reacting to this virus.  The business district in empty of traffic while people complying with the work from home order has the side streets lined with cars."

In contrast to the empty streets, she said that, "The park was full of people enjoying the peaceful day and children are using simpler ways to stay busy with street art and bubble blowing.  Every person I saw today was smiling with spring in the air and in their step."

Hawthorne residents have been encouraged to support their local businesses during a trying time.  Governor Murphy's executive orders have had to close all but the most essential businesses to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and students are taking online courses since the schools are closed.  Social distancing along with frequent hand washing and avoiding gatherings of people, are critical, the governor has said.

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Perhaps, after the Monday rains have passed, new sidewalk art will appear, reflective of Hawthorne residents' resilience to keep up their spirits, even when faced with setbacks.

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