2014 Borough Holiday Party – Thursday, December 11th

Each year the New Providence Business Community sponsors a holiday party to thank all of the volunteers who make New Providence a great place to live, work, and play.

Attended by several hundred people, this event features great food and entertainment. Invited guests include all borough officials, volunteers, board and committee members, borough employees, and the New Providence Business Community.


12/11/2014 (Thu 6:30PM – 9:30PM)


The DeCorso Community Center
(aka New Providence Senior Citizens Center)
15 East Fourth Street in New Providence


Picking a time slot to help out  is a great way to get involved and to represent our business community!

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  • Name on all invitations and logo on banquet banner and table


  • Logo on banquet banner and on table cards


  • Name and Logo in front of your sponsored station

2014 Christmas Walk, Friday, November 28th



at Provident Bank on South Street

Please come out and join us 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!

This event is proudly sponsored by

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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.

Full article & pictures

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


New Providence Merchants Host Halloween Trick or Treat Event


by Herman Lee, The Alternative Press

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Hundreds of children flocked to downtown New Providence on Halloween for the annual trick or treat event hosted by the New Providence Business community.

Many New Providence businesses opened their doors for the ghosts, ghouls and goblins, and business owners provided treats to all. Even the threat of rain could not deter the children from their sugar-filled mission.

Jimmy Vardas, President of the New Providence Downtown Improvement District, said, “It was a pleasure seeing kids with smiling faces and adorable costumes go trick or treating downtown. i am sure all those who visited as well as the merchants who were handing out Halloween candy non-stop had a wonderful time.”

This year, participating stores in town displayed an orange pumpkin in their windows to let children and parents know that the business was participating in this year’s festivities.

Six-year old Shayne, who was dressed as SpongeBob Squarepants, told, “The businesses gave out so many delicious treats. The kids had fun. Thank you!” 

Popular costumes this year included ninjas, princesses, Steve (Mindcraft), and Woody (Toy Story).

Michelle Brugger, President of the New Providence Business & Professional Association, told, “I would first and foremost like to thank the New Providence Business Community and the New Providence Police Department for creating a fun and safe place for the kids of New Providence to come out and Trick or Treat. Without either of those organizations, great events like these would never happen!”

She continued, “The New Providence Police Department did a great job of crossing the kids and the families and keeping everyone safe. All merchants in the Business Community handed out great candy! I heard lots of kids talking about what they got! It was so nice to see all the kids dressed up in their awesome costumes.”

“We missed two Halloweens in a row so it was a nice feeling to be able to host again and see everyone out having fun, getting great candy, and enjoying downtown New Providence. We are looking forward to 2014!” she concluded.

Trick-Or-Treat in Downtown New Providence 10/31 3-5pm

You are invited

to wear your costumes to


in Downtown New Providence


3:00 to 5:00 PM

~ Rain or Shine ~

Look for the Stores with a ORANGE PUMPKIN
in the Window or on the Door



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.


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!


NP Business Community Sponsors Holiday Party to Thank Borough Employees and Volunteers for Their Service to the Community

New Providence Business Community Sponsors Holiday Party to Thank Borough Employees and Volunteers for Their Service to the Community

by Michael Shapiro on The Alternative Press (read full article)

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – New Providence business leaders, borough employees and volunteers came together on Thursday night at the New Providence Senior Center to celebrate the holidays and to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication on the part of the Borough’s employees and volunteers during this year.

Prestige Diner, Prudential New Jersey Properties, NJ Sharing Network, Lassus Wherley, Major Consulting, Birdsall Consutling, and Kapuscinski Luongo Architects were the primary sponsors of the holiday celebration, in conjunction with the New Providence Business & Professional Association (NPBPA).

Norm Sobin, owner of Cartridge World in New Providence, said, “It’s better than ever. This is the fourth holiday party I’ve been to and they really do a bang up job. The Borough employees really deserve this. As the sign to the entrance of the Senior Center says today, ‘thank you for all you do.’”

Michele Stivalo of Elefante Music and School for the Performing Arts told, “It’s really nice to be here tonight to celebrate the holidays with the Borough employees and volunteers. Stephani Healey and I both live in New Providence and work in New Providence so we especially appreciate what these people do for the community.”

Mayor Brooke Hern and the members of the Borough Council were on hand to show their appreciation to the Borough’s employees and volunteers. Hern spoke movingly about the September 10th dedication of the 9/11 memorial at Centennial Park and told the event’s attendees, “It happened against great odds. Not only did our town employees step up to get it done…they gave effort above and beyond the call of duty. They put so much commitment into getting it done…and members of the community…gave of their time to make it possible even through difficult times.” He added, “It really showed how special New Providence is.”

New Providence Borough Administrator summed up the evening, telling, “This is a wonderful opportunity to express our appreciation to all of our employees and the wonderful volunteers that make New Providence a special place to live and work. We are so appreciative of the partnership we have with the New Providence Business & Professional Association, which helped make tonight’s event a reality.”

December General Meeting

Dear Members,

Join us on December 1 at 5 pm when the NP BPA will host its general membership meeting.

The Power of Engagement Marketing: Email and Social Media Strategies to Grow Your Business

Is your company or organization looking for a better way to reach your target audience–at a fraction of the cost of conventional advertising? Whether it is to generate new sales or to follow-up with existing customers, “E-marketing” gives businesses of all sizes access to mass markets at an unbeatable price! This seminar covers the basics of email and social media marketing, why it works, and how to use it to get results for your business.

Our presenter is Wendi Caplan Carroll of Constant Contact. Wendi is a marketing expert with over 20 years experience developing and implementing marketing strategies for businesses and organizations spanning a variety of industries. Wendi uses her expertise to provide coaching for small businesses and organizations on best practices of email marketing, designing strategic marketing initiatives and developing creative approaches to marketing with the use of online tools.

A popular speaker and educator, Wendi delivers real-world tools and strategies that drive stellar results immediately! And although the topics and strategies may be cutting edge, it doesn’t take an interactive guru to “get it.” Wendi simplifies the information and provides essential basics, secrets, and shortcuts that make it easy for seminar attendees to get on their way fast.

Wendi gives her groups the KnowHow to boost business, awareness, and customer loyalty.

Email us for more information! 

Use the electronic link above, send us an email at

Please join us for an informative meeting, as we kick off the Holiday Season.


Martha Jaynes, Program Chair


Michelle Brugger, President

New Providence Business and Professional Association



Did You Know…?

New Providence Street Fair

Did you know…the New Providence Business Community coordinates and runs the Street Fair that occurs in downtown New Providence and brings over 5,000 people downtown each September?

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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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