NP Independence Day Fireworks POSTPONED to Saturday July 5th

Independence Day Fireworks POSTPONED to Saturday, July 5th!

Please be advised that due to the threat of severe weather conditions this evening, the Independence Day Fireworks Celebration will be postponed to the scheduled Rain Date of  Saturday, July 5th, 2014.

The event program and time schedule will remain the same for Saturday, July 5th as originally planned for this evening.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday in downtown New Providence!

Fireworks on for New Providence Independence Day Celebration: Investors Bank Donates $11,000

by Michael M. Shapiro

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Fireworks will once again be a feature of this year’s Independence Day Celebration in the Borough thanks to a donation of $11,000 by investors Bank.  Adding to this year’s festivities there will be even more giveaways by Club Souren atop the NP Fuel Jets Truck.

The Independence Day Celebration will occur on July 3 at 7 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

This is not the first time that investors Bank 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 investors Bank came on board as the primary sponsor and funder for the past several years.

Independence Day Committee Chairperson and member of the NPBPA Ted Kapuscinski said, “Investors Bank has come to the table again this year in large support of the event.  Without that support, the event couldn’t take place.”

Club Souren, sponsored by KJS Design & Technology, will DJ the event.  Don Murphy of NP Fuel will donate the use of the NP Fuel Jets Truck for the festivities.

Free chalk, donated by Kapuscinski Luongo Architects and Martial Arts for Life, will be provided for children to create art along South Street.  Additional programs will be announced, as well.

Daniel White, Retail Market Manager for the New Providence branch of investors Bank, said, “As an active community partner, we are proud to sponsor this year’s fireworks.  The commitment of investors Bank to our community has never been stronger.”

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 investors Bank to provide what is really needed to make the Borough’s events such a huge success.”

Additional sponsors and donations for the event are welcome.  Anyone who would like to sponsor or donate can contact Michelle Brugger at 908-464-2836 or at

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Christmas Walk 2013: New Providence Businesses Usher in Holidays

by Marina Kennedy

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – New Providence Business sponsored the annual 2013 Christmas Walk, held on Friday.

The event, sponsored by New Providence Business, ushered in the holiday season on a clear, cool November night.

Aida and John Swon of New Providence came downtown with their young children. The Swons felt that the Christmas walk was a very family-friendly event. Aida said that it was “exciting for the kids” and John said that it was “good community bonding.”

The festivities started at 4:30 p.m. with local shopkeepers welcoming everyone with treats, activities, and refreshments. The McGrath Family of McGrath’s Paint and Hardware provided popcorn for everyone just outside their store.

M& M Liquors provided bagpipe entertainment by Ian Rankine, who is also one of the pastors at the New Providence Presbyterian Church. Rankine enjoyed being a part of the evening and bringing his children, as well.

Bob Autenrieth, manager of Braunschweiger Jewelers, said, “The Christmas Walk is definitely a good idea. It gets people out in the neighborhood.” He also said that he loves to see the customers.

Chris Vergura of New Providence attended the event with her daughters, who enjoyed the crafts at the New Providence Presbyterian Church. “The children are having a great time,” Vergura said.

At 5 p.m., the Presbyterian Church was also the scene for many who enjoyed seeing live animals, including goats and sheep. A live Nativity scene took place at the church at 6:30 p.m.

At Ferdinand Jewelers, youngsters received green and red helium balloons while hot cider and donuts were served. Santa Claus made his annual stop at Ferdinand’s for children and their families to visit.

There was plenty of excitement as Santa Claus arrived in town at 6 p.m. on the rooftop of Provident Bank on South Street. The crowd cheered as Santa waved to everyone while the Pioneer Band of New Providence High School played “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” The high school band also led a parade with the New Providence Fire Department to thrill the crowd.

As the holiday season continues, area residents can take advantage of the many shopping and dining opportunities that are available in downtown New Providence.

New Providence Business is a group of merchants and business professionals who work together to make the town a premier place for families and shopping. Their theme, “Small Community, Big Choices,” was realized at the Christmas Walk with a large turnout from the public.

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Annual Christmas Walk – Friday 11/29; 4:30pm

Join us for this year’s Annual Christmas Walk in downtown New Providence!

Please come out and join us on Friday, November 29th, in kicking off the holiday season! Come watch Santa arrive in town with a parade led by the Pioneer Band and the NPFD.

The kids can also enjoy Christmas Carolers, a stilt walker, sand art and more!


  • Treats, activities & refreshments at 4:30 p.m.
    New Providence shop keepers will be welcoming everyone beginning at 4:30pm with treats, activities and refreshments.
  • Live animals starting at 5 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church
  • Santa arrives at 6:00 p.m. at Provident Bank on South Street
  • Live Nativity at 6:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church


2013 New Providence Street Fair

The annual New Providence Street Fair will kick off the fall season in downtown New Providence on Sunday, September 8th. The fair, sponsored by the New Providence Business Community, will be held on Springfield between South Street and Livingston Avenue from 10:00am to 5:00pm rain or shine.

The family-oriented street festival offers attractions for everyone, young and old. As with previous years, the event provides arts and entertainment for the kids such as kiddie rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, balloons and a clown performer.  The entire family can also enjoy great fair food such as sausage and pepper sandwiches, hot dogs, shish-k-bobs, zeppoles, butterfly fries, kettle corn, ice cream and more.  The event also offers food from local establishments and NPBPA members.   Street vendors also present many unique items at great prices and local non-profit organizations host contests and games for all attendees.  There will be plenty to do and see for the entire family as this years street fair will be twice the size of the street fair in previous years!

If you are interested in being a part of the next New Providence Street Fair as a non-profit, vendor or performer please complete this form and contact the NPBPA by email at Information about sponsorship opportunities is also available at the same contact.

NP Fireworks are ON for July 3rd!

Tonight’s fireworks are scheduled to happen as planned, according to the latest weather forecasts!

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New Providence Farmers’ Market Under Way

by Katherine Stein, The Alternative Press

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The annual New Providence Farmers Market opened Wednesday in the Presbyterian Church parking lot on Springfield Avenue.

This new location of the market puts it right in the heart of New Providence and is easily visible right off South Street.

The fresh produce is picked daily and provided by local farms. “We are a Jersey Fresh market, all the produce comes only from New Jersey,” said Eliza Murphy, onsite market manager.

The vendors also had many specialties, including dried fruits and nuts, fresh baked cookies, freshly squeezed lemonade, andprepared meals.

Paulo’s Kitchen, a local restaurant on South Street, has a stand selling frozen prepared meals. Their selections included lasagna,chicken cutlet, hand-whipped dressings and fresh Sicilian-style sauces. All the ingredients they use are Jersey fresh, so they do not have to use the chemical sprays that are needed to preserve vegetables during shipping from farther locations. Also, according to Paolo’s Lenny Ojeda, during organic season in about a month, all the vegetables they use in their food are organic and all of the fish are wild caught.

Hoboken Farms’ stand has fresh baked breads, frozen meals, and its famous marinara sauce, which was named Wall Street Journals “top pick.”

The market is also considering having live entertainment, events with activities for kids, and fresh mozzarella-making, according to Murphy.

The market will be open every Wednesday from June 12 to Oct. 30 from noon to 6 p.m.

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!

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 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!”

Did You Know…?

No Fireworks…?

Did you know…the NPBPA is responsible for the presentation of the annual Independence Day fireworks?  Without the NPBPA and its primary sponsor, Investors Bank, there would be NO fireworks in New Providence each July!

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The New Providence Farmers Market, sponsored by the New Providence Business Community, is a Jersey Fresh market, which means all fruits and vegetables are grown exclusively in New Jersey and is NOW ON SPRINGFIELD AVE!

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