Spring-like weather has surfaced upon our tiny historic town of Ocean Grove, and people are out walking and breathing in the salt air.
We've had an incredibly hard two months here at the Jersey Shore, and our one square mile of Ocean Grove suffered along with the other shore towns during Super Storm Sandy and the two other high wind nor'easters that have blown through, ripping down more shingles, pealing away paint, and blowing about Christmas ornaments and decorative lights.
We deserve a day like today to make it all seem like an unfortunate dream. In Ocean Grove, we lost our fishing pier, the fishing shack where anglers took to for much needed rest and relaxation, and in hopes of catching the big fish that got away.
We lost 95% of our boardwalk, making walking the boards and jogging not an easy feat. Our iron handrails were mangled, our benches blow in the wind like kites, all of this amazing the eyes at what a storm can destroy. But today's a nice day, a warm day, a day to enjoy the sea, the beach, what we have to look forward as we build and climb back from destruction.
Coming up in February is our usual Chocolate Lovers Weekend, which I will provide more information in the coming weeks. Chocolate Lovers Weekend is a weekend to celebrate lovers and chocolate, in that order. It's a Valentine's celebration with a scavenger hunt throughout our downtown district of Main Avenue in Ocean Grove. It's a family weekend for children with their moms and dads.
It's also a celebration that we've gotten through the month of January and are moving closer to springtime. Come join us in Ocean Grove where our shopkeepers are the friendliest, our stores are charmingly delightful, our restaurants and bake shops are there for your enjoyment.
For more information about the town of Ocean Grove, send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll leave a light on for you!