Featured Slider

Someone asked me about my hoops...

I was just on the phone and talking about my hula hoops,  dance, and my secret obsession with walking on stilts (shhhhh no one knows but you and me) and they asked if my hoops were on my blog and OMG!!!! You guys!  They aren’t here.  My total most fun entrepreneurish adventure is not on here.  


Do any of you know what they look like?  Well here are some of the ones I have made over corona. (Just some because I can’t find all of them in my ICloud.  I promise to post when I find them.).  Happy Hooping everyone! 

HurrikKanen’s (a tribute to him and the endless respect for the person he always be to us) His hoop is not finished yet but has been resized and prewrapped.




A new dance hoop for me since my last one was ruined at the beach. 





I also started selling DIY Make your own hoop kits! 





You can check out The Cape May Hula Hoops Facebook page where they are all pretty and posted more efficiently than this. But for now I hope these work! 😊








An Open Letter to the Woodbine Elementary Board of Education Members

(Because I was excluded from the public meeting that was held this month I have decided to not only email this letter to the BOE but also publish here for all to read and think over.  This is a local issue and I know I have readers from all over. I apologize that this has deviated from the content I normally post but I will NEVER apologize for being an advocate for my community.  I must do this.) 



Dear Woodbine Board of Education,


According to the Cape May Health Department, the Woodbine Elementary School building does NOT have any septic records or permits on file. This does not assure the Woodbine Elementary Students and their parents that adequate testing has been done to assure that wastewater is being disposed of properly and the clean water in our area has been protected. 


The CMC health department also informed me that there is nothing registered in the NJPDES system with the state of NJ that should protect the school grounds from contamination. 


For those that are unaware, a NJDEPS Permit is issued by the State of New Jersey, Department of Health.  This type of permit is for septic systems that have a flow of greater than 2,000 gallons per day.  Schools are classified as having a flow of greater than 2,000 gallons per day. 


Yes, the building is old but, the age of the building is not an excuse. Yes, the budget is minimal but that should never be an excuse either. There is a reason why permits and environmental tests exist.  These regulations are put in place to protect the public and in this case young minds depending on us to create a suitable learning environment.


The students of Woodbine are some of the most resilient little people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. I can not believe, in this time and day, that there are students who have had to learn amongst the conditions of sewage leaking into their classrooms and up and down the hallways such as what happened on October 29th, 2018 and the week that followed.


The students lost a school day. The school was not professionally and properly cleaned afterwards. The things that I was not aware of during that time has lead me to realize that this situation demands a second look. There is so much unknown about the building and the lack of knowledge about the school’s septic issue, in itself, is dangerous.  It was suggested to me, by the CMC Department of Health, that an engineer be hired and work be done to the septic to not only assure that the septic can handle the kitchen waste providing 2 meals a day to 220(Approximately ) children and running toilets and water fountains. Should we take into account the Woodbine Recreation’s uses of the gym and the Cmc library extension Center wastewater storage too? 


I am not convinced the problem is fixed. This should NOT be a problem in 2020 in the United States of America.  This should never have happened to little learners in our community.




The problem isn't going to disappear and the lack of knowledge of the system will be forever an issue until the Board of Education puts the children’s health and well-being above and before anything else. The children are watching us and learning from us. We all did not invest the time required in 2018 to let the children know that they are worth receiving a quality education in a clean environment. We have the opportunity to rectify the problem as we are learning more about what is under the ground at  801 Webster St., Woodbine, NJ 08270.  This community has a responsibility to its younger members.



I will be following up on this.  It is a problem that can no longer be put off. The WBOE needs to take steps to hire an engineer and move forward with fixing the problem in entirety. 


Sincerely,


Elizabeth Norton Gray

Attn: Woodbine Elementary School Parents

I think it is important to give our best in the moments that we are in.  Sometimes, handling things to the best of our ability is just to survive from one minute till the next. But when life slows down, you may find occasions in your life when you have to circle back and make sure things were handled correctly and if there is any room for improvement.  


The next generation depends on us to look back every once in awhile.  It is in the full hindsight season that you can make room for positive change.   It’s in the moments of retrospective evaluation that growing together as a functioning society can occur. 


I know my “political actions” or “for the love of a fellow small human actions” won’t be favored by some. I type my words here on my blog, open for you to read. However, in full disclosure, my words aren’t specifically for you. 


For now, I write for them. Those that are wanting to learn how to read or count to 100.  Those who want to build rockets or learn how to sew and study fashion. Those that deserve a clean place to do all of those things.


It’s complicated but little people need my voice, now more than ever, and I will forever use my voice for the greater good of all. 


There are some things that should not be passed by. There are some things when a temporary fix will not and should not be accepted. There are some things that just HAVE to be replaced or connected. There are some things that should be invested in for the health and well-being of young minds who have a desire to learn.




Woodbine Elementary School has more than a few embarrassing building problems. In my opinion,and in my opinion alone, I believe the Woodbine Elementary School Building is NOT a healthy or safe learning environment nor is it humanely suitable to be used as a teaching space.  I am not a construction worker, a building inspector, a septic designer, and water tester.  I am a mom. A mom that knows right from wrong and what is clean and what is dirty. 


I am asking the community to hold a strong stance with me. Strict Environmental standards for our child’s learning experience need to be set at Woodbine Elementary School. It’s our job,the parents, to hold the Woodbine Board of Education accountable to adhering to these standards.



I am publicly asking that together, our community, asks the Woodbine Board of Education to take action to prevent, to the absolute BEST of their ability, the deplorable learning environment that occurred on Oct. 29, 2018. The cost really is little when considering the value of a growing mind willing to learn. 





(****Attn WES parents, 


If you are frustrated with the same building and would like to tell me your personal WES building horror stories please reach out to me via email. Hello@ElizabethNorton.com  

****)

The saddest post that ever is

It’s Mothers Day.  By the time this post is published it will probably be tomorrow.  My words won’t expire tomorrow or the day after or the next.  These feelings will continue for awhile. It is unfortunate. 



The current events are continuing at such a rapid speed that my digestion and comprehension of the news is non existent.  I have stopped listening.  If that makes me “ill informed” than so be it.

The people that I love are painful spaced 6 ft apart and in my digital view.  The space hurts my heart in ways that isolate me. I simply am not sure how much more I can take and I, certainly, am not alone in this. 

There is evil in this world.  People are dying and are fighting for lives. There is no cure for death.  We all have our beginning and end. It’s a horrible reality and a painful lesson that I seem to need to learn again and again but never really can. 

Suicide is up and mental stability is down. Everyone seems to be at their breaking point and here I sit, at my computer, staring at my computer screen.  Will my words break you more? Maybe my silence would be more beneficial. This blog, a place that I once shared my life and received comodery, friendship, peace, and made a living is now broken with my heart. If I am honest it has been for awhile but it’s worse.  Through Corona the internet has revealed that the vast majority of people that bring me comfort and love are nothing but different than me.  I feel alone. Yet, I know my friends do too.  This mutual feeling does not bring us together.  That is a first and I don’t quite know how to handle that. Churches are fighting, Politicians are being politicians, and people holding the line and on the front line are exhausted. 

All of the things that made me proud to be who I am are now just painful reminders of what divides me. It’s hard. It’s hard. For. Everyone.

I keep waiting for a leader to step up to show us the cool breeze that is unity in disasters like this...... I keep waiting for that leader to bring us together to sing by a campfire in perfect harmony. However, no one  is singing and the metaphorical guitar is startlingly out of tune. I want to shout, “Just sing people! Damn it. Feel better and sing so I can feel better!” Still no one sings but instead everyone seems to be screaming.  Screaming at each other and screaming in desperation. What is happening? 

Where is the leader?  

Who is he/she?  

I need to find her because everything is falling apart. 

Cape May County, I love you. I do.  You aren’t perfect and neither am I. I wish I could see through the political nonsense so I can understand which is the right way and which way is wrong. 

My words are pointless and this post is a waste of time.  Maybe tomorrow I will understand what my roll is in fixing this mess. I guess I have hope but Until then...... this sucks. 🤷‍♀️