A Sunday In Paramus Without Blue Laws
By Mel Fabrikant Sunday, November 11, 2012, 07:11 PM EST
It being a beautiful Sunday afternoon, www.ParamusPost.com decided to take a ride around Paramus to see how the town fared without Blue Law safety. Starting out at the Westfield Garden State Plaza Shopping Center, there was scarcely a space to be had on the southern lots near to the AMC theaters. The side near to Nordstrom's did have some spaces. It was just hoped that the emergency utility trucks would have a place to park when they returned from their grueling day restoring power to those without.
Next was a pass over to the Bergen Town Center where they too were doing business as was the strip mall across the street. A ride northbound on Route 17 was not as bad as feared. Although there were a lot of out of state plates among the shopping centers, the traffic was passable, but not the comfort we are used to on a Blue Law Sunday. We noted many non-essential businesses were open and even doing business. After all, how essential are toys to superstorm Sandy victims on a Sunday? Paramus Park Mall was doing business as was Fairway Market, but, then again, Fairway is always open on a Sunday.
It being a nice day, Van Saun Park seemed like a pleasant place to pass the rest of the day. A trip to the zoo was prompted by the sound of the train as it chugged and tooted around its track. There were quite a few families that were there enjoying the animals and the train ride. We took some pictures of the place before closing time and then headed back home as the temperature was dropping. Of course the traffic was getting heavier as well!
The most exhilarating part of the trip occurred when I received a phone call from Loula Karapiperis of CKO Paramus Kickboxing to inform me that she had sold 30 crumb cakes at $10.00 each so far for the Paramus Sunrise Rotary Club of which she is a member. The club is selling the cakes with the profits going to the Paramus Food Pantry . Delivery will be about the middle of December.