Recreation

More In-Person Programs From The Forest Preserve District In July

WILL COUNTY, IL — As the state moves to Phase 4 of the governor’s Restore Illinois plan amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Forest Preserve District is offering more in-person programs for those who want to venture out, as well as additional online offerings for those who would rather enjoy entertaining and educational nature programs from the comfort of their homes.

Topics range from creatures and history to yoga and fitness. Here are the upcoming in-person and online programs:

In-person programs:

  • “Big Fish Contest,” July 1-Aug. 30 at Monee Reservoir. Bring your catch of the day to the visitor center to have it measured and photographed to be entered into the contest. Prizes valued at $100 will be awarded to biggest bass, catfish and panfish by length. One name will be drawn from all contestants for a grand prize winner. Free; ages 16 or older.

  • “Firefly Hike for Adults,” 8-10 p.m.

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District To Offer More In-Person, Virtual Programs

WILL COUNTY, IL — As the state moves to Phase 4 of the governor’s Restore Illinois plan amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Forest Preserve District is offering more in-person programs for those who want to venture out, as well as additional online offerings for those who would rather enjoy entertaining and educational nature programs from the comfort of their homes.

Topics range from creatures and history to yoga and fitness. Here are the upcoming in-person and online programs:

In-person programs:

  • “Big Fish Contest,” July 1-Aug. 30 at Monee Reservoir. Bring your catch of the day to the visitor center to have it measured and photographed to be entered into the contest. Prizes valued at $100 will be awarded to biggest bass, catfish and panfish by length. One name will be drawn from all contestants for a grand prize winner. Free; ages 16 or older.

  • “Firefly Hike for Adults,” 8-10 p.m.

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Boat and RV dealers are busier than ever, as pandemic prompts new kinds of recreation

Boat and RV dealers have seen an unprecedented sales boom during the past few months, as people look for ways to cool off and have fun this summer while adhering to COVID-19 social distancing recommendations.

“It’s been record-breaking,” said Bob Bense, the owner of Superior Boat Repair and Sales. “I’ve been in the industry for almost four decades and I’ve never seen anything like it.”

According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, personal watercrafts saw big sales increases this May: up 75 percent compared to 2019. Outboard engine sales also increased. And Discover Boating, an online guide to boat buying, saw a triple-digit jump in consumers searching for boats last month.

“With boating restrictions lifted in all 50 states, and the COVID-19 response dictating where and how far people can travel, the forecast for boating this summer is looking bright,” NMMA representative John-Michael Donahue wrote in an email to The

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Walmart Partners Tribeca, Offers Drive-In Theatre Experience

Walmart Inc. WMT is leaving no stone unturned and no area unexplored to enhance its business. The company is, in fact, utilizing all opportunities to drive business amid the pandemic. To this end, the world’s largest retailer said that it is teaming up with Tribeca Enterprises to offer a drive-in movie experience to customers who are missing the theatres amid the social distancing restrictions.

Walmart is converting 160 store parking lots into contact-less drive-in movie halls, wherein customers can get together safely and see movies programmed by the Tribeca Drive-in group. Walmart will extend the red-carpet experience across towns in the country for a total of 320 shows starting August. These will include blockbuster movies along with special appearances by celebrities and filmmakers. The drive-in experience will be extended to October.

Further, Walmart will make it easy for families to load their picnic baskets ahead of every screening, as they

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What’s Open, Closed In Falls Church For July 4, 2020 Observation

FALLS CHURCH, VA — Fourth of July is slated to look different this year due to the ongoing pandemic. Falls Church’s fireworks and many other celebrations are canceled, leaving residents to find ways to celebrate at home. But one thing we can count on is a scheduled holiday.

Because July 4 falls on a Saturday, the Independence Day holiday is observed on Friday, July 3. City of Falls Church and Fairfax County government offices will be closed, and other services will have schedule changes.

Many services are already affected by the pandemic. Here are the openings and closings to know, plus things to do on July 4:

City of Falls Church government offices: City Hall and all government offices are closed on July 3, including the Commissioner of the Revenue, Treasurer’s Office, and Permits Counter.

Fairfax County government offices: Fairfax County Government offices are closed on Friday, July 3. Most

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Contract workers for summer festivals look for job options amid COVID

CBS News is chronicling what has changed for the lives of residents across the nation in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Spring and summer in San Francisco are typically the busiest seasons of the year for Stephanie Mufson. 

Her small business, Parade Guys works with a group of 30 to 40 contractors to create floats and large displays for many of the parades in Northern California. A team of painters, builders, and sculptors would typically be producing floats for events like the San Francisco Pride parade or Fourth of July celebrations.

Stephanie Mufson's small business, Parade Guys, works with a group of 30 to 40 contractors to create floats and large displays for many of the parades in Northern California.
Stephanie Mufson’s small business, Parade Guys, works with a group of 30 to 40 contractors to create floats and large displays for many of the parades in Northern California.

Since large outdoor festivals are being cancelled and celebrations are moving to virtual formats, independent workers who rely heavily on seasonal events are now searching for new ways to make

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‘Upload’ offers a familiar digital future. But the details make it disturbingly funny

Robbie Amell is living in a digital afterlife, with Andy Allo as his customer service representative in the Amazon Prime comedy "Upload." <span class="copyright">(Katie Yu/Amazon Studios)</span>
Robbie Amell is living in a digital afterlife, with Andy Allo as his customer service representative in the Amazon Prime comedy “Upload.” (Katie Yu/Amazon Studios)

Greg Daniels, who developed the American version of “The Office” and co-created “Parks and Recreation” — which translates as “never has to work again and can rest comfortably on his laurels” — has instead created a new series, “Upload,” streaming now on Amazon Prime. (For good measure, he has another, “Space Force,” reuniting him with Steve Carell, coming at the end of the month.)

Apart from being a comedy, and good, “Upload” is nothing like those earlier shows. But it is like a lot of other things: an afterlife comedy (of an unusually secular sort); a futurist satire; a murder mystery; and most of all a romantic comedy built along classical lines, replete with cute meet, wacky friends, mid-arc alienation and less serious significant others

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Dining, Shopping, Mall And More

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Recovering from the coronavirus shutdown has been a slow process, Livingston. But there’s good news: the “new normal” is getting closer.

Livingston’s restaurants, stores, businesses and other cultural institutions continue to reawaken from the COVID-19 shutdown that threw a devastating monkey wrench into New Jersey’s economy.

A new wave of adjustments will come when indoor portions of retail shopping malls across the state will be allowed to reopen for customers on Monday, June 29. (See more information about reopening at the Livingston Mall below)

Meanwhile, the state’s restaurants will get the go-ahead to reopen for limited dining indoors on Thursday, July 2. In addition, several entertainment venues and industries will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity on July 2, including museums, bowling alleys and arcades.

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See the township’s COVID-19 information page here. See resources,

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Newark COVID Reopen Updates: Dining, Shopping And More

NEWARK, NJ — Recovering from the coronavirus shutdown has been a slow process, Newark. But there’s good news: the “new normal” is getting closer.

Newark’s restaurants, stores, businesses and other cultural institutions continue to reawaken from the COVID-19 shutdown that threw a devastating monkey wrench into New Jersey’s economy.

A new wave of adjustments will come when restaurants get the go-ahead to reopen for limited dining indoors on Thursday, July 2.

In addition, several entertainment venues and industries will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity on July 2, including museums, bowling alleys and arcades.

Read More: Gov. Murphy: ‘Hard Dates’ In NJ Coronavirus Reopening Blueprint

In Newark, businesses and local attractions are being graded by color – green, yellow and red – according to their risk levels. See the city’s full reopening plan here.

Catch up on the latest updates in Newark below.

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New Jersey restaurants and

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After Years of Decline, the Military’s Commissary System Just Had Its Highest Sales Day Ever

Between an influx of veterans newly granted access to military resale stores and customers preparing for shutdowns during the novel coronavirus pandemic, Defense Department commissary stores saw a 26% increase in sales in the first quarter of 2020.

Now the DoD is trying to figure out how to retain these customers, looking at their shopping preferences and behaviors to guide future services and offerings at stores, DoD Chief Management Officer Lisa Hershman told Military.com.

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While a boost in customers was not unexpected this year, given that 4.1 million disabled veterans became eligible to shop at military stores on Jan. 1, the jump in patrons just before and during the pandemic was unprecedented: On March 13 — the Friday before many states moved to stay-at-home orders — the commissary system saw its highest single sales day ever,

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