Jenna Lynne Johnston, 19 months, is all decked out in red, white and blue for the annual Hampstead Independence Day Festival, which took place Saturday behind the Town Hall in advance of the holiday. See more photos page 8 and 9. Photo by Chris Paul
July 4 comes on a Saturday this year, but whenever it arrives, it should never become a Monday holiday to provide an excuse for a day off or a long weekend.
Without the events of that long ago summer day, we might well be subjects of Great Britain to this day. Instead, the Declaration of Independence was finalized on July 4, 1776, and set the former British colonies on the path toward emergence as a nation.
So what should we be celebrating?
HAMPSTEAD – The long awaited Lawson Group report on an indoor air quality survey at Hampstead Central School provided the board with some unexpected information – cars idling while waiting to drop off or pick up students did not contribute to hazardous air quality in preschool and kindergarten classrooms.
The assumption has been that the fumes enter the classrooms and pose a danger to the students, and has been one of the selling points for the proposed restoration and construction project at Central.