HAWTHORNE, NJ - Brightly colored storks? They aren't just for heralding the arrival of a new baby girl or boy. With self-isolation and weather that changes day by day, it is an atmosphere that could make anyone feel gloomy. However, Hawthorne resident Kelly Daidone has a small business of her own called North Jersey Storks to help spread a few smiles while people adjust to "the new normal" as Governor Murphy described it.
"We made these signs and are displaying them in our front yard to help brighten anyones day," Daidone said. "There have been a lot of people walking around lately. This is our take on doing something like the sidewalk chalk," she said, referring to locals writing uplifting messages and colorful pictures on sidewalks.
Daidone said that she had offered to help kids celebrate birthdays with a sign but had completely run out by Sunday evening. "Unfortunately, it's limited as I do not have hundreds of signs."
With schools closed and students home, using online learning until things return to normal, a number of sights around Hawthorne have shown window displays and other signs of cheer. Additionally, Mayor Goldberg had praised Hawthorne's community spirit and support of local businesses.
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