I don't really want to say I dread Labor Day.  But why does it have to arrive so soon?

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Yes, today marks the unofficial last day of the summer season.  Most of us will wind down summer vacation mode and slip back into the daily grind.

Here, in the U.S., Labor Day is a federal holiday.  It's observed on the first Monday in September.  This day celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers.

Most of the schools, here, in the Garden State are back in session this week.  The kids will be doing homework instead of building sandcastles.

But hey, let's not feel too gloomy.

The weather during September is gorgeous.

Most of New Jersey's wonderful beaches and boardwalks are open on the weekends.

The ocean temperature is in the mid 70's.

So, actually, we can hang on to a slice of summer 2013!

Here's another positive.  We can look forward to autumn sports.  The baseball pennant races.  I know, maybe not so much the Phillies and Mets.  Maybe the Yankees.  We'll have high school, college, and NFL football.

And you know, in the blink of an eye it will be Halloween and then the holidays.

I hope someone invents a way to make winter pass as fast as summer.

For the meantime, and always, make the best of, and enjoy the season at hand.

Oh, by the way, how's your supply of ice melter?  Sorry, that was cruel.