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2015 Farmers Market Opens Wed., June 10

The New Providence Farmers Market will be open on Wednesdays from June 10 – Oct. 28, 2015.  The market hours are noon – 6 PM.  The market is located in the Presbyterian Church parking lot at the corner of Springfield Avenue and South Street in downtown New Providence.  In addition to Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables, you will find prepared foods, dried nuts and fruits, olive oils, cider, baked goods, and more.

New Providence Businesses Have Donated More Than $100,000 Locally in 2014

PrestigeDiner2014-08-09by Michael M. Shapiro, TAP into New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – During the last year, businesses in New Providence donated more than $100,000 to sponsor local events and provide funding to organizations and charities in the borough. By supporting the merchants who give back to the borough, New Providence residents enable money to stay within the community, creating a virtuous circle benefiting the entire community.

Jimmy Vardas, owner of the Prestige Diner and president of the Downtown Improvement District, has taken the circle one step further by using as many local businesses as possible for the needs of the diner.  Zita’s supplies the ice cream for the diner.  The Prestige Diner’s bagels are purchased from the Bagel Café in New Providence.  Vegetables are sourced from Murph Farms.  The diner’s website was done by local web designer and resident Karin Souren.  Even the diner’s renovation was designed by a local architect.

“If within the community, we can work with each other, we can create a thriving business environment,” said Vardas.  “By supporting the merchants who give back to the town, the money stays in the community, creating a virtuous circle of support within the community.”

Vardas concluded, “So, while you do your shopping this holiday season remember to shop New Providence and support the local businesses that have been donating to so many charities, foundations and events throughout 2014.”

Fireworks return to South Street in New Providence on July 3

The New Providence Independence Day Celebration returns to the borough on Wednesday, July 3, on South Street from Gales Drive to Springfield Avenue, and will include more activities than ever before.  DJ John Souren of Club Souren will provide entertainment from his perch on the NP Fuel “Jets” Truck. There will be juggler Will Shaw, “Chalk on South” (kids of all ages can get a free “bucket” of chalk to create art and messages on the street), and lots of fun for the whole family.  The fabulous fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 PM. Be sure to bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the festivities. Should it rain, the Independence Day Celebration will take place on Friday, July 5, same place, same time. For information please contact us.

The fireworks were made possible by the very generous donation from our event sponsor, Investors Bank.   The event is also sponsored by the New Providence Business Community, which sponsors the 5K Race, Farmers Market, Summer Concerts, Street Fair, the Christmas Walk, and other community events.

Our main sponsors include:


DJ Club Souren
Kapuscinski Luongo Architects
KJS Design & Technology
Martial Arts for Life
NP Fuel
Strawberry Fields

New Providence “Family Fun Night” Summer Concerts Return – Starting July 11

This year the New Providence summer concerts will offer music and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.  The three free concerts will kick off on July 11 with the local favorite, Elefante Family Band.   July 18 will feature The Tim Gillis Band and July 25 will bring the 1910 Fruitgum Company.  This year the three concerts will also include face painting and a magician to entertain the kids, along with free hot dogs from Prestige Diner and Zita’s ice cream.

“We wanted the whole family to be able to enjoy an evening out,” said Al Elefante, owner of Elefante Music and one of the concert organizers.  “The featured bands appeal to adults, but are also kid friendly.  Our hope is that the whole family will come out to enjoy top quality entertainment, grab a hot dog or ice cream, and have some fun.  We want everyone to feel welcome, from kids to seniors.”

The free concerts will be held on Thursday evenings in Centennial Park at 7:30 PM, rain or shine. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the sounds of the evening. If rain prevents an outside performance, it will be held inside in the municipal gym.

“This free community event, sponsored by New Providence Business, is made possible because of generous donations from our local businesses,” said Michelle Brugger, Business Community spokesperson.  “Why not enjoy dinner out before the concerts or pick up a pizza or other foods from our local restaurants and have a picnic, or even take the opportunity to come downtown a bit earlier and do some shopping before the concerts.  We want people to support New Providence businesses as much as the businesses support the community.”  The concert series is sponsored by Braunschweiger Jewelers, Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors, Elefante Music, Lassus Whereley & Associates, Prestige Diner, Prudential New Jersey Properties, Dr. Robert T. Robinson, DDS, and the Downtown Improvement District.

New Providence Business Community Holds Successful Business Bash

by Michael M. Shapiro, The Alternative Press

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Over one hundred New Providence business owners packed Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors on Wednesday night for the New Providence Business Bash, a networking event and awards presentation that also featured the unveiling of a new logo and marketing for the New Providence business community, New Providence Business:  Small Community, Big Choices.

Summit Medical Group was presented with the Corporate Neighbor Award while Investors Bank was named Business of the Year.  The New Jersey Sharing Network won Humanitarian Business of the Year.

Michelle Brugger, President of the New Providence Business & Professional Association, told the attendees, “you are what helps make New Providence a great place in which to work, live and have fun!”

She noted that the New Providence Business & Professional Association provides scholarships at New Providence high school, and organizes and funds the summer concert series, Farmers Market, and Independence Day fireworks and festivities, among other contributions.

Gary Kapner, founder of the New Providence Business & Professional Association and Councilman in New Providence said, “I am thrilled to see how many people turned out for tonight’s event.  It shows just how involved our business community is in our town and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

In unveiling the new logo and marketing for the New Providence business community, Barbara Singer of Different by Design, who designed the new logo, said that the concept is to shop locally and come to New Providence while also attracting new businesses to New Providence.  She said that the logo and marketing is about linking the community to the business community.

Jimmy Vardas, President of the New Providence Downtown Improvement District and owner of the Prestige Diner, said “Besides the unveiling of our new logo and the awards given out, tonight’s event proves the great relationships between New Providence business owners. It was almost like attending a friend’s party where all knew each other and the “new” guests were welcomed as part of the family. It all proved that we a true Business Community and not just business owners in a great town.”

Elefante Music supplied the entertainment for the event while Paolo’s Kitchen catered it and Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors hosted it.

Read full article & view photos!

The Fireworks Will Go On in New Providence…

Investors Bank Donates $10,000 to New Providence Independence Day Celebration.

Investors Bank stepped up to the plate on Thursday, April 18, and delivered a homerun for the Borough of New Providence and its residents, donating $10,000 to the New Providence Independence Day Committee to fund the Fourth of July fireworks this year.  Daniel White, Vice President and Market Manager for investorsBank, who recently joined the company, told, “We look to continue to support the Borough of New Providence and surrounding communities.  We view ourselves as active community partners.”

This is not the first time that investorsBank has financially supported the event, which is a mainstay in the Borough for young and old alike.  While traditionally, fireworks on the Fourth of July had been funded by the Borough through tax dollars, when the recession hit, many town governments, including New Providence, eliminated funding for the event rather than financially burden taxpayers.  Since then, in New Providence, with the assistance of the Borough, the New Providence Business & Professional Association (NPBPA) took over planning and organizing the event and investorsBank came on board as the primary sponsor and funder for the past several years.

Ted Kapuscinski, Chair of the New Providence Independence Day Committee and member of the NPBPA, said, “We are very grateful that investorsBank is the major sponsor of this event.  The NPBPA is about giving back to the community and investorsBank has been consistently supporting our community for years.  Without such support, this event would not happen.  And without the support of the NPBPA and other businesses, other cherished events in our town would likewise not occur.”

“Both the NPBPA and investorsBank are about giving back to the community.  It’s a perfect partnership for everyone involved.  Our residents need to understand that the more they shop in our local businesses, the more resources we have to give back to the community,” said Jimmy Vardas, President of the New Providence Downtown Improvement District (NPDID) and owner of The Prestige Diner.

New Providence Councilman and founding member of the NPBPA, Gary Kapner, said, “I’m pleased to see that investorsBank once again is sponsoring our Independence Day fireworks celebration.  I’m thrilled to see the level of community involvement continue to grow on the part of the NPBPA and our local business community.”

Michelle Brugger, President of the NPBPA and owner of Martial Arts for Life in New Providence, concluded, “The New Providence business community does so much for the Borough but it takes businesses like investorsBank to provide what is really needed to make the Borough’s events such a huge success.”

Michael M. Shapiro with The Alternative Press


Fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop 368

Coppola’s Ristorante is hosting a fundraiser for Boyscout Troop 368, and all you have to do is eat.

To participate, simply go to Coppola’s Ristorante on Wednesday Feb 20, 2013 with the attached flyer and a portion of your meal cost will go to Boyscout Troop 368.  You must bring a print-out of the flyer to participate.

Click Here for the flyer and complete contest details!


NPBPA Recognized by State of NJ at New Providence Council Reorganization Meeting

by Jason Cohen, The Alternative Press

Jimmy Vardas & Michelle Brugger with Resolution

Business owners, Jimmy Vardas & Michelle Brugger with Resolution (Credits: Jason Cohen)

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – In tough economic times, maintaining a successful business is a challenge and, in New Providence, one organization that does its best to help local businesses thrive is the New Providence Business and Professional Association. Since it began in 2006, it has helped the downtown grow and flourish and on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at the Town Council reorganization meeting Assemblyman Jon Bramnick recognized these efforts with a resolution from the State of New Jersey.

Bramnick, who attends meetings often in the 16 towns in his district, said he was quite impressed with the work done by the NPBPA.

“In New Jersey we really encourage these kinds of business organizations to work with local businesses,” he said. “They’ve done a terrific job.”

The work that Michelle Brugger, the President of the NPBA, and Jimmy Vardas, a board member of the organization and President of the DID in New Providence, do is phenomenal, he said. The assemblyman said he enjoys going to their meetings because it is important to find out what is going on locally, hear their concerns and do his best to support them.

In his 10 years as a legislator, there is nothing he loves more than helping people, he said.

“The closer you are to the ground, the better you are as a legislator,” Bramnick said.

Vardas, who is the owner of the Prestige Diner, accepted the resolution and was elated the NPBPA was honored. While he knew Bramnick was going to recognize them, actually receiving the accolade was a great feeling, he said.

“Everyone in the organization has worked hard to be where they are today,” Vardas said. “Downtown New Providence is growing and improving each day,” he added. “Anyone that shops there can see its beauty and he hopes this award will cause more people to get involved.”

“We have done a lot,” he said. “We work together; we have common goals and everybody’s behind the community.”

Brugger could not contain her excitement.  “I think this is amazing,” she said. “I couldn’t be more proud to be president.”

Prudential New Jersey Properties Hosts “Get Your Lights On” Holiday Light Contest!

Is your home all decked out to celebrate the holiday spirit?  Consider submitting an entry for this year’s “Get Your Lights On” Holiday Decorating Contest!

To Submit a Unique Home, Email Mike DelDuca at with a Photo and your Contact Information! The Winner Receives a $200 Donation to the Charity of Their Choice!

Click Here for complete contest details!


New Providence – Everything You Need Just Around the Corner

Dread the thought of fighting for a parking space at the mall?  Want help choosing just the right gifts for the people on your list?  Then shop New Providence this holiday season.  You’ll find friendly store owners in a vibrant downtown that has fine specialty shops and incredible restaurants. Take a stroll through town and explore what it has to offer—the merchants are eager to please!

“Why not enjoy yourself this season– holiday shopping doesn’t have to be stressful,” said Michelle Brugger, New Providence Business Community spokeswoman.  “In New Providence you can get help finding something special for everyone on your list, spruce up your house, and get your whole holiday feast all in one place!  And after a day of shopping, you can relax over a great meal in town or pick something up for dinner at home.  You can even take a shopping break and have a relaxing manicure or massage.”

Shopping in New Providence can also become part of your holiday fitness plan.  The borough is only about three miles square, which means that shops and restaurants are really accessible by foot.  You can reduce your carbon footprint, take a walk into town, do a little shopping, have a cup of coffee, and then walk back home.  You’ll be helping the environment while you help yourself!

Beyond having a great shopping experience, there are lots of other reasons to shop in New Providence.  “The more people shop in New Providence, the more resources we have to funnel back into the town,” said Jimmy Vardas, Business Community spokesman.  “We are able provide scholarships and support various local charities and events.  We can really say thank you to the families and kids who support us.”

Numerous studies have shown that more dollars are recycled into the local economy when you shop at locally-owned businesses.  The owners of those businesses spend more money in their community, thus injecting even more life into the local economy.  In fact, with much of their life savings invested in their businesses, local business owners have a vital interest in the long-term health of their community.

Shopping in New Providence just makes sense – you can get great products and services in a convenient location, reduce your carbon footprint, and help the local economy thrive.  It’s really everything you need just around the corner.

Michelle Brugger is owner of Martial Arts for Life in New Providence.  Jimmy Vardas is the owner of Prestige Diner in New Providence.  The New Providence Business Community serves its members and supports the local community by funding and operating numerous community events and activities.  They also hold membership meetings to inform, educate, and create a forum for members to exchange ideas and experiences in order to build a proactive and vibrant business community. If you are a New Providence resident or business who’d like to be more involved, or for more information, visit


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