A Design Lover’s Guide to Safe Summer Road Trips

Whether you associate road trips with being dragged across the country by your parents in an RV too small for both you and your annoying sister or breaking loose with your college pals, American Spirits in hand (remember those days?), there’s something undeniably freeing about taking to the open road. This summer, with the pandemic not yet in our rearview mirror, hitting the highway with your partner, your friends, your dog, or just yourself is also one of the best options for living out something close to a “normal” summer vacation, a much-needed breakaway after spending months in the same place. Here’s how to do it in style—and safely.

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<h1 class="title">Low Angle View Of Sequoia Trees In Forest, California. USA.</h1> <div class="caption"> A road running through the iconic Sequoias in Redwood National Park, California. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Carmen Martinez Torron / Via Getty Images</cite>

A road running through the iconic Sequoias in Redwood National Park, California.

Photo: Carmen Martinez Torron / Via Getty Images

You want to plan ahead, but you also want to leave open the room for change and

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Basking Ridge Hero Is Keeping Her Group Home Residents Safe

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — When times are tough, heroes emerge. We all know someone who’s making a difference right now as we live through unprecedented times. Here at Patch, we’ve launched an initiative to help recognize these everyday heroes.

This submission comes from Mike Rubinfeld of Basking Ridge, who nominated his wife Linda Beldring Rubinfeld of Basking Ridge:

Is the nominee considered an “essential worker”?:
Yes

What does the nominee do for work?:
Co-Manager of Bethel Ridge group home

Why do you believe the nominee should be recognized or honored?
She has continuously provided excellent supervision/service to disabled residents of the group home, encouraging them to be their best and as independent as possible. She has put in extra shifts, including overnights when short-staffed, and is loved by each of the six residents. All this despite the fear of COVID-19; thankfully she tested negative about a week ago. And most

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