By JOHN VAN VLIET;
HAWTHORNE, NJ – Emerging from a long, hard winter, many Hawthorne residents are eager to take advantage of the arrival of Spring. A Spring which, perhaps, seems at times like a hybrid of July heat and May allergies, nevertheless does not dampen the spirits of the tight-knit community eager to sit Old Man Winter back in his icy rocking chair and keep him there.
And with the incoming warm weather and the longer daylight hours comes one of the most venerable of vernal traditions: the barbeque. To barbeque is to participate one of the most ancient bonding activities that has linked mankind with friends and family ever since he learned to walk upright, harness the power of fire, and change our bodily constitutions and social dynamics forever.
Though the typical Hawthorne resident does not necessarily grill the meats and vegetables he has snared or grown himself, unless one considers a jaunt to the grocery store the 21st Century suburban version of hunter-gathering, the other old risks which have accompanied a barbeque still remain.
Fire and food, in harmony, make for a pleasant day with family and friends. But out of balance, the consequences can be disastrous or even fatal. With the approach of grill-season in mind, TAPinto Hawthorne spoke with Hawthorne Fire Chief Joseph Speranza, about what residents can do to have a safe barbeque. Read full article