Holiday Facts for Your Holiday Season [HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ATLANTIC SOLUTIONS]

The holiday season is swiftly approaching and all of us at Atlantic Solutions are so looking forward to the prospect of celebrating with our families the season of good tidings and cheer. While we are all familiar with the usual traditions of Christmastime, we thought we’d learn a bit more about the lesser known facts of this wonderful time of the year. For your reading pleasure, Atlantic Solutions has collected 10 facts you may not have known about the tradition of Christmastime.

  1. It is thought, originally, that Germany was one of the first places where evergreen branches were used in solstice ceremonies to represent the return of spring after a long winter. 
  2. Christmas trees became popular after the marriage of Germany’s Prince Albert to Queen Victoria. The pair were painted in front of a Christmas tree, brought by Prince Albert, and they became instantly popular once the public saw the decorated tree.Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 11.06.14 AM
  3. Rudolph the red-nose reindeer was invented by the monopoly retail company Montgomery Ward as a way to get children to purchase coloring books. The incentive being Rudolph’s red nose.
  4. The song “White Christmas,” is the best-selling song ever recorded. poinsettia.gif
  5. The Poinsettia flower, a popular Christmas decoration, is originally from Mexico.
  6. Artificial Christmas trees have outsold actual live Christmas trees since 1991. No needle cleanup!
  7. President Franklin Pierce was the first person to decorate an official White House Christmas tree.
  8. Scientists did the math and determined that Santa Claus would have to visit 822 homes per second, traveling at 650 miles per second to deliver all the world’s presents in one night.
  9. Wassailing means toasting neighbors to goodwill and the blessing of a long life.
  10. The word Noel, used commonly in Christmas songs, comes from the French expression, “Les Bonnes Nouvelles,” which translates to good news. 

We hope these facts have sparked your interest and gotten you as excited for Christmas as we are at Atlantic Solutions. From everyone at Atlantic Solutions we truly wish you a season full of celebration, happiness, joy and close family traditions. To see what Atlantic Solutions is up to during this Christmas season, follow us on Instagram.

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America’s Haunted Houses [HAPPY ALMOST HALLOWEEN!] 🎃

Octoburrrr is here and the chill is in the air. Atlantic Solutions loves Halloween and every scary movie that has to do with this chilling holiday. Speaking of chilling, have you ever checked out the most haunted places in America? Look no further, Atlantic Solutions has compiled a list for your enjoyment. Hang with a friend if you’re easily scared and let’s read about some of the most haunted places in all of America.

  1. We’ll start with place not very far from us. Seabrook-Wilson House in Monmouth County, NJ is also known as the “Spy House.” Given that name because the owners used to get the redcoats drunk and pass along information to the rebels. After the house had stood for many years people began to report vivid tales of ghosts and espionage in the house’s history.Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 1.08.22 PM
  2. The Whaley House in San Diego, CA is dubbed America’s most haunted house. Supposedly their have been ghosts roamed its hallways since it was built.Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 1.22.14 PM
  3. The Joshua Ward House in Salem, MA. This house was apparently built atop the land of Mr. George Corwin who was a judge during the salem witch trails. A Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 1.17.59 PMblack lady was frequently sighted throughout the property. She was actually caught on camera once, and many people still debate if the photo is a hoax or not.
  4. The Queen Anne Hotel in San Francisco, CA was originally a girls’ finishing school called The Mary Lake School for Girls. The headmistress was so devastated upon its closing that it is said she roams the halls to this day. Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 1.33.48 PM
  5. The Lizzy Borden Murder House in Fall River, MA is where young Lizzy Borden murdered her parents, who haunt the house until the end of time.Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 1.23.52 PM
  6. The Amityville Horror House, located in Long Island, NY was renowned for the paranormal experiences of the Lutz family who moved into the house in the 1970’s only to find out that there had been a family murdered there. They moved out of the house very quickly.Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 1.28.25 PM

We hope we didn’t scare you too badly! From everyone at Atlantic Solutions we hope you have a very spooky, enjoyable Halloween season, and stay away from haunted houses!

6 Must-See Places for Fall Foliage This October

We love fall at Atlantic Solutions! October is here and with it comes wonderful hues of red, orange and yellow that eventually turn into the rustle of leaves beneath your feet as you prepare for winter. Did you know, that throughout the East Coast, people travel to specific locations just to see the color changing between the months of September through November? October is the perfect time to plan a road trip and check out all of these beautiful places.

Did you know that people who take these trips are called “leaf peepers”!

Atlantic Solutions has prepared a list of the best fall foliage places throughout the east coast for your enjoyment.

  1. The Catskills, New York. This area is home to six rivers, thirty-five mountain peaks and the original place where the famed Woodstock festival was held. Mid-October is the most vibrant time to visit this area.Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 8.15.19 PM.png
  2. Lake Placid, New York. Why not take the family out to enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Placid as well as the incredible fall foliage reflected in its waters.Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 8.16.03 PM
  3. Oakland, Maryland. This area has beautiful colors in the autumn months as well as some hike-able waterfalls and rock gorges. Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 8.17.01 PM.png
  4. The Berkshires, Massachusetts. This is a region filled with spas and perfect for a weekend getaway. Take a trip to the backdrop of some gorgeous vibrant fall colors.Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 8.18.39 PM.png
  5. Stowe, Vermont. Head over to the land of Maple Syrup and watch the maple trees turning their fiery leaves before they fall.Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 8.19.43 PM
  6. Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Already a beautiful, historical little New England town, Portsmouth is also filled with beautiful fall foliage for your viewing pleasure.Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 8.20.47 PM

Now can you see why fall is our favorite? Head to an area near the Delaware River where the fall foliage can be enjoyed with a light breeze near the water, or to a couple of our great state parks. For more information on traveling throughout New Jersey in the fall check out this website. 

And for more information on “leaf peeping,” check out Google! Follow Atlantic Solutions on Instagram to see what we’re up to this October!

3 Beautiful Waterfall Hikes in NJ to Trek This Fall

All of us at Atlantic Solutions (Somerset, NJ) love to stay active — so we can’t help but get excited that #falliscoming, and with it, new reasons to play outside.

Even for long-time New Jersey residents, there are a lot of lesser-known waterfall wonders just waiting to be discovered. Hiking is a wonderful way to exercise, breathe some fresh air, and get away from the bustle of everyday life to feel some clarity and experience some exposure to nature. Here are 3 glorious waterfalls that you can hike to right here in New Jersey!

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  1. Schooley’s Mountain 

Schooley’s Mountain Boulder Gorge Loop is an awesome hike which is just about 1 hour from Atlantic Solutions. It is approximately 2.3 miles and provides you with a beautiful waterfall view, as well as gorgeous wildflowers and a tremendous forest. It is a great place for a Saturday hike this fall, guaranteeing splendid views and a day worth of fun!

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2. Coppermine’s Trail

March along the old copper mines in Hardwick for some green and lively trails, views of rural New Jersey, and plenty of streams and cascades this fall! As you make it to the top of the hike, you will be colliding with the Appalachian Trail! Most of the path follows a stream and the hike provides a lot of spots for breaks with excellent views.

There are 10.2, 4.8, and 1.5-mile options for varying degrees of hikers, which makes Coppermine’s Trail a convenient spot for all levels of adventurers! This hike is about 1.5 hours from Somerset, which is still close enough for a day trip!

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3. Chikahoki Falls

This alluring hike can either be done in 7.7 or 2.6 miles. Chikahoki Falls is 45 minutes or so from Atlantic Solutions and it provides some pretty stunning views. At the top, which is formerly referred to as Wyanokie High Point, you can see an impressive 360-degree view of the area below. Also, on a clear fall day, you will be able to see substantial foliage paired with an awe-inspiring view of New York City!

In addition to the views that await you atop Chikahoki Falls and the rest of Norvin Green State Forest, there are plenty of waterfalls to stare and be amazed by on your journey. This spot is the closest of the three and definitely deserves a Saturday or Sunday to fully appreciate!

So the next time you go for a hike, consider one of these 3 spots, and be sure to let all of us at Atlantic Solutions know how it went!

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Our Prized HR Manager, Chavely Mendez, Gives an Inside Look at Her Job

Chavely Mendez is the Human Resources Manager here at Atlantic Solutions (Somerset, NJ) which is a position that holds a lot of responsibility. She handles all of the recruiting for the company, including all of the logistics and paperwork for new hires. Chavely also regularly analyzes and documents best practices for recruitment, while speaking to over 100 people per day. It’s safe to say that her position requires a certain degree of diligence, patience, organization, and an arsenal of people skills.

After college, Chavely worked in retail. However, she didn’t feel a passion towards the industry and was soon on the hunt for a position that would fill her needs.

“I had another company that wanted to hire me for a human resources position, but after Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 11.20.16 AMmy first interview at Atlantic Solutions, I knew where I needed to be. The people were just so welcoming and friendly here and it actually made me feel really comfortable. My nerves were calmed and the environment just felt right. I was asked to come in for another interview at the first company I mentioned; but, instead, I interviewed again with Atlantic Solutions which was the best decision I’ve made.”

When she did come back for that second interview, Chavely felt the familiar comfort and ease that she did before. I bet you’re wondering if that same feeling held up once she was hired and started her career in Human Resources – well this is what she had to say about her job:

“What I love the most is performing behind the scenes and having a real, tangible sense of responsibility. I love helping DK help build his company. I love being able to talk to everyone before they are hired and that I get to show them around the office. I really love my job.”

She sure does have a strong passion for what she does. Another part of the Human Resources role is fostering relationships with coworkers in the workplace to maintain a positive morale and a teamwork mentality.

Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 11.20.54 AM“We do something called “Team Night” where we bond with DK, the leaders, new employees, and the rest of the team. For instance, last night we went bowling. It’s a fun and engaging way to get to know each other on a more personal level outside of the workplace. Team night provides a stress-free environment where I can learn more about our employees’ goals and what they want to accomplish, which I think is important when trying to stimulate success.”

She speaks highly of her coworkers, stating that it’s easy to maintain both professional relationships as well as friendships outside of the office.

It is no question that Chavely is a brilliant Human Resources Manager and we’re so lucky to have her on the Atlantic Solutions team!

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