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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Time Splash Down!

Good Afternoon Howell!  

The first day of summer is quickly approaching and I wanted to share some Summer Time Safety tips to keep everyone in the family happy and healthy.  Here are my favorites from the AAP's (American Academy of Pediatrics) long list of Sun andWater Safety Tips:

1.) Peak sun hours are between 10:00am and 4:00pm, if you have small children make sure they are well protected in shaded areas.

2.) Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, especially after swimming or sweating!

3.) UVA and UVB rays can harm you even when it's cloudy out, so always wear SPF 15 or higher when you go outside.

4.) When active in the heat for longer than 1 hour kids need to take a break every 20 minutes to either drink water or a sports beverage. 

5.) Share pool safety instructions with friends, family, and neighbors in the event you are not home to enforce them. 

6.) Teenager and adults should be educated of the consequences and dangers of operating a boat under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and prescription medications. 

7.) Always have a swim buddy!  Even good swimmers need help sometimes. 

8.) Teach children about rip currents and what to do should they be caught in one. 

9.) Never allow a child to swim in the ocean without a lifeguard present.

10.) Use extra caution near water and sand since UV rays can reflect and cause sunburn faster.  

For a full list of Tips check out their website here and learn about firework, bug, and boat safety just to name a few.  Take care Howell and have a great rest of the week!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Calling All Dad's!

Yikes, it has been a WHILE!  Sorry Howell, work has really taken off for the busy season and I was shocked to see my last post was last month.  It won't happen again ;)

So what's on tap for this weekend?!?  Tomorrow is Flag day and Sunday is Father's Day - so many possibilities for weekend fun :)  If you are looking for activities to do with friends and family check out here to see what's in store for tomorrow (I saw a Summer Flea Market, I love walking around local markets!).

As for Father's Day I'm much more interested to hear about what you all are doing :)  Post pictures and leave comments on what your family is doing to celebrate the men in your life named Dad.  I actually chocked up a little watching this Dove commercial, it really does sum up "Dad" beautifully.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Howell Property With Gourmet Kitchen For Sale!

Good Afternoon All!

I want to take this time to tell you about a beautiful house Home Shoppe Consulting, LLC of Keller Williams Realty has for sale here in Howell.  This spectacular brick front stately colonial offers the finest craftsmanship with every amenity including top of the line red AGA appliances!  The kitchen also includes two islands, the finest cabinetry, granite galore, custom tile work and a stunning sun drenched breakfast room.  For more information about this dream kitchen please visit The Home Shoppe's blog.  Below are a few pictures of this gourmet chefs dream kitchen, however, a virtual tour is no where near as breath taking as experiencing this space live.  For a private tour call me (Valerie Vargas) at 917-217-0599 to set up a time.          


Monday, April 21, 2014

It's AYFC Time Howell!

I am fully aware it's only Spring, but now is the time for the Fall AYFC Football and Cheerleading registration Howell!  Tonight between 7:00pm and 9:00pm you can go to The Game Field House on Old Tavern Road (across from police station) to register.  For more information check out Howell Patch.   

Friday, March 28, 2014

Easter In The Park

Greetings Fellow Howell-ians,

It's that time of year again to stop and smell the roses, and hunt EASTER EGGS!    

Howell Township is having its annual Easter In The Park egg hunt on Saturday April 5th, 2014 from 1-4pm in Oak Glen Park.  You can view the flyer here for addition details and contact information.  Top highlights for this year include:

Petting Zoo
Arts and Crafts
Face Painting

Please bring your own basket, and feel free to take as many pictures as you possibly can :)  The Trending Howell Blog would love to hear about your experience, and the best pictures submitted will be featured on the Howell NJ Community Facebook Page.  Have a wonderful weekend Howell, and happy egg hunting!

** Send All Pictures To My Work Email If You Would Like A Chance To Be Posted! :) ** 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hometown Hero Needs Our Help

“While only one day of the year is dedicated solely to honoring our veterans, Americans must never forget the sacrifices that many of our fellow countrymen have made to defend our country and protect our freedoms.” ~ Randy Neugebauer

Howell Resident Ryan Connell

I don’t know about you Howell, but I’m tired of writing about snow and how Mother Nature needs to give being The Ice Queen a rest.  Instead I want to focus our attention on another Howell resident that needs our help, Ryan Connell.  Ryan is a 27-year-old Veteran who served in Iraq from 2008-2012; he returned home with a plan to become a History Teacher, and headaches he thought would go away on their own.      

After moving to Clementon to finish his education at Rowan University, Ryan suffered a grand mal seizure and was taken to the hospital where they discovered a mass.  After a craniotomy Ryan received devastating news: He had Stage 4 Glioblastoma, it’s the most rapid growing form of brain cancer.  Ryan has been fighting for the past year and has been winning!  However, new masses have formed in an area of his brain that are affecting his speech and concentration, and will cause more harm than good if the doctors operate.

But there’s always hope …

Duke University Hospital in North Carolina is running a successful clinical trial that will help cure Ryan’s cancer and put him back into remission.  He needs our help with raising medical and traveling expenses since he was dropped from his father’s health insurance after turning 27, and has yet to receive his Military Benefits due to his “Pending Medical Discharge From The Military.”

All Veterans of War deserve our praise and support, but Ryan is one of our own, anyone who can donate please visit his website here.  If you’re not in a position to give financially, then please Share this post and his website on your personal Social Media Outlets to spread the awareness and to reach people who can help send Ryan to North Carolina. 

As always, thank you for reading Howell.  Please share this post and help our Hometown Hero.  

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Fight Back Against Winter!

Okay fellow Howell-ians, raise your hand if you're about to go on a mission to destroy the evil creature they call Punxsutawney Phil ... don't be shy ... I asked if anyone in the office wanted to do this and my entire team threw their arms up.

Six More Weeks Of Winter, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?  

I don't know what's worse; six more weeks of toe numbing cold, or Mother Nature trying to cram all six weeks into six days.  The fact we have another snowstorm on the way makes me want to wave the white flag in defeat, how much more can we take?  I'm not just talking about the temperature either, my cabin fever is starting to get out of control ...

Howell, it's time to fight back!     

I came across an article while trying to contact my blogging muse, and I was completely inspired by what Alysha Findley posted on the website  She wrote an article called "Life at Home: Ways To Enjoy a Grown-up 'Snow Day' Anytime," and the suggestions she offered actually got me excited for the next round of punishment Mother Nature feels like dishing out.  For the full article click here and post in the comments your favorite activity.  

Take care Howell, and thanks again for reading! :)