Community Outreach

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.

NJ Sharing Network Offers A Big Thank You

from NJ Sharing Network

Over 300 Teams, 6,000 Participants and $686,000 Raised!!

What a beautiful day to remember, to honor, and to give hope! Many thanks to the donor families, recipients, volunteers, sponsors, community and hospital partners who participated in making the 3rd Annual NJ Sharing Network Walk/Race an amazing day! We shared moments that will forever be imprinted in our hearts.

The 3rd Annual NJ Sharing Network Walk/Race is not over yet! Contributions will be accepted online, by phone and mail, and in person until July 15. Together, we can reach our goal of $750,000. Make a contribution today! To learn more about your contributions at work, visit our website.

For 5K Walk/Race pictures and updates, like NJ Sharing Network on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @NJSharing. Keep an eye out, your team may be featured in a post or tweet. Please share your team photos and experiences on our Facebook and Twitter pages!
Congratulations to our racers! The results are in.

Your stories continue to inspire others. You are making a difference!

New Providence Farmers Market has Moved!

The New Providence Farmers Market opened on Wednesday, June 12 at its new location in the Presbyterian Church at New Providence parking lot on Springfield Avenue, just west of South Street.   The new location provides much better visibility for the market because people are able to see it as they drive down Springfield Avenue.

“We are very excited about this new location,” said Michelle Brugger, Business Community spokesperson.  “The Presbyterian Church at New Providence has been so generous and accommodating in offering us the use of its parking lot.  We know that this will make a huge difference in terms of visibility and attendance at the market.”

“Everybody loves a good Farmers Market and New Providence has one of the best around.  We’re excited about having it in our parking lot this year,” said Mike Flavin, associate pastor at the Presbyterian Church at New Providence.  “Personally, I’m looking forward to the pies!”

The New Providence Farmers Market, sponsored by New Providence Business, will be open each Wednesday from June 12 through October 30, noon to 6 PM, rain or shine.  Jersey fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh baked berry pies, honey, dried fruits and nuts, fresh baked breads, delicious crab cakes, fresh mozzarella, are some of the featured items that will be available.

“We would like to thank the Presbyterian Church at New Providence for their generosity and support of this event,” said Jimmy Vardas, Business Community spokesperson.  “We are looking forward to the best Farmers Market yet!”

Community Wellness Awareness Day April 27, 2013


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On Saturday, April 27 (from 9 am to 2 pm), Murray Hill Health & Racquet Club will host a Community Wellness Awareness Day!

This day is designed to promote community interaction and recreation as well as wholesome wellness and prevention. There will be many vendors and local businesses on hand to promote wellness and prevention at the Murray Hill Health & Racquet Club facility for a family fun day of entertainment, healthy food and drink, and lots of information and seminars on what total wellness looks like! This includes recreational activities and extracurricular activities for children. It is also an Open House event for the club, completely FREE services, including group fitness classes, body assessments, and more.

Murray Hill Health & Racquet Club is located at 593 Central Avenue in New Providence and will be holding events both indoors and outdoors.

Join us in a celebration of community and wellness!  Come see other local businesses that are involved, support your community, and enjoy a family fun day of health and wellness!

Please mark your calendars and set the date for Saturday April 27 from 9:00 am-2:00 pm. I look forward to seeing you there!

To all New Providence Business & Professional Association Members who wish to participate: You choose how involved you wish to be!

By choosing to be a participating business, your logo will be added to the event’s flier. These fliers will be distributed to our 15,000 plus database via email blast, to all participating vendors/businesses, as well as email blasted to all participating vendors/businesses databases. Marketing is well underway and I believe this event will not only be great for the community, it will be great for the growth of our businesses!

Contact Betsy Shinkle at, 908-665-1141 if you are interested in becoming a represented business/vendor at our event!


All New Providence Businesses Invited to Attend Business Bash on May 1st

The New Providence Business Community is proud to sponsor a Business Bash on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.  All New Providence business owners, operators, or managers of both large and small business and corporations are encouraged to come and enjoy some refreshments, meet other local business owners, and learn more about the New Providence Business Community and what it can do for you and your business.  The Business Bash will begin at 5 PM at Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors, 560 Central Avenue 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 business owner or employee who would like to be more involved, or for more information, visit


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!


Holiday Party for the Borough of New Providence

Normally the NPBPA sponsors the Annual Holiday Party for the Borough of New Providence around mid December. However, Super Storm Sandy wrecked extreme havoc on the Jersey Shore, and caused considerable hardship here in New Providence as well.

Therefore, instead of having the usual Holiday Party, we are going to have a special reception at 8:00 pm on Monday, January 7, 2012 at the Senior Citizens Center. In addition to expressing our appreciation to all of the employees and volunteers dedicated to the Borough, we will also recognize and honor all of those who helped New Providence through this extreme storm. Proceeds of the event will be donated to the Community Service Association of New Providence (CSA). CSA is a New Providence based non-profit organization that helps New Providence residents through tough times.

A number of our local restaurants have volunteered to provide the food for the reception, so the majority of all sponsorships will be donated to CSA.

There are 3 levels of sponsorship …

Hosts – $500.00 – will be included on the community invitations, the NP Business Community Website and will have the opportunity to post a banner at the event.

Sponsors – $250.00 – will be included on the NP Business Community Website and will have their names on the welcome signs at the event.

Helpers – $100.00 – will be included on the NP Business Community Website.

Please let us know if you can help. All members of the Business Community (the New Providence Business & Professional Association and the New Providence Downtown Improvement District) will be invited, along with all Borough employees and volunteers.

Checks can be made payable to: New Providence Business & Professional Association and mail to: NP BPA, 360 Elkwood Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974

Thanks for your support.

Michelle Brugger
NP Business & Professional Assoc

Jimmy Vardas
NP Downtown Improvement

For additional information, or to talk to someone about becoming a sponsor, please contact us.


NPBPA President, Michelle Brugger, Featured In NJ Sharing Network’s Newspaper in Education Program

Michelle Brugger Article - Week3 - Why Are Tissue Transplants Necessary?

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NPBPA’s own President, Michelle Brugger of Martial Arts for Life, was featured in the NJ Sharing Network’s Newspaper in Education program.  It is an eight-week education series to examine the topic of organ and tissue donation done in partnership with the Bergen Record.

Michelle’s article in week 3 of the program, titled ” Why are tissue transplants necessary?“, highlights how meaningful one person’s donation can be to so many future recipients suffering from medical conditions such as severe trauma, degenerative joint disease, arthritis, burns, sports injuries, birth defects, some cancers and other conditions that require the use of donor tissue.

About the Newspaper In Education Program
The Record’s Newspaper In Education Program is working with NJ Sharing Network to present a special series for students, as well as adults. This series will examine organ and tissue donation from different angles, and may benefit classes studying medical issues, STEM subjects, as well as contemporary issues.

Read article on NJ Sharing Network’s Website

NP Night Out at NP High School’s Lieder Field

Come out and play…

Saturday, Sept 15, 2012 :: Starting at 5pm
$25/person or $100/family

  • FUN: Free Sports & Field Games for kids ages 3-18
  • FOOD: BBQ Fare at the Shack, plus specialty items prepared by
    Chef Wade Burch CeC, 2010 winner of The Food Network’s
    included in your ticket price!
  • FRILLS: iPad and 50/50 Raffles being held!

Bring your friends & neighbors!

All proceeds will benefit the New Providence Athletic Foundation, and pay for the remaining debt on the lights at Lieder project. For more info, contact Allison Smith (908) 665-4220 or Jim Madden (908) 665-2983.

Click here to print the attendance form.


2012 New Providence 5K Race

This year’s 5K Race is scheduled for Sunday, June 10

Dear NPBPA Members:

As many of you already know, this year’s 5K Race is scheduled for Sunday, June 10th at the Sharing Network Headquarters on Central Avenue.  Last year was a huge success, as more than 4,000 runners/walkers participated in this event, which is hosted by the NPBPA.

As a special fundraiser, we are offering the opportunity to NPBPA Members to advertise their business by either purchasing a Race Marker, or by setting up a table at the event, under the NPBPA tent or both.

To advertise your business in the community – and be seen by more than 5,000 people, please download the registration form and mail it to the NPBPA with your check as instructed on the form.

If you would like to volunteer, or have any questions about the event or about advertising, please contact me directly.

Thank you for your support!!!

Peter E. Rovtar
President of The Lantern Agency Insurance & 5K Race Chairman for the NPBPA

Important to all members:

Even if you do not wish to purchase a marker or table, please come out the day of the race
to show your support of this NPBPA event!

More about the 5K Race  |  More about sponsorship opportunities

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