by Gary Kapner, Borough Councilman
Last night we had another outstanding fireworks display on South Street. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. Thank you to Investors Bank. It’s their financial support that makes our Independence Day celebration possible. Dan White, Investors Branch Manager, and his staff, were having a great time out on South Street giving out glow sticks and talking to everyone in the community.
There are many volunteers and borough employees that made last night’s celebration possible and I’d like to take a minute, to let you know who there are and thank them. In addition to Investors Bank, the New Providence Business and Professional provides financial support. Michelle Brugger, the President of the New Providence Business and Professional Association, along with her husband Master B, owners of Martial Arts for Life, organized the entertainment and personally handed out chalk to every one of our young street artists. Karin Souren and her DJ husband John of Club Souren handled the music and provide all of the sound equipment. I’d like to thank Don and Eliza Murphy of NP Fuel for their hospitality, the use of the Jets trunk and all the beach balls. They were a big hit with the kids. Don told me he blew up every ball. Peter Rovtar of the Lantern Agency handled our insurance needs and Garden State Fireworks put on quite a show. A very big thank you to our Independence Day Committee chairman Ted Kapuscinski and his wife, Karen Luongo, of Kapuscinski and Luongo Architects, who did another fantastic job of coordinating and organizing our Independence Day Celebration.
The New Providence amateur radio club was on hand providing communications for event organizers. The New Providence Police Department did a fantastic job controlling traffic and keeping everyone safe. Chief Buccelli was out working the crowd – - did you have a chance to say hello to him? Special thanks to the New Providence Department of Public Works and Public Works Superintendent Jim Johnston. And let’s not forget to thank all the volunteer members of the New Providence Fire Department and First Aid Squad.
I hope you all had a really great Independence Day weekend!
by Edward Hopkins, The Alternative Press
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The New Providence Pioneers finally got their fireworks fix for 2014. After threat of severe rain pushed back the annual Independence Day festivities originally scheduled for Thursday, New Providence residents took over South Street on Saturday to celebrate the nation’s birthday.
DJ John Souren of Club Souren, an event sponsor, played music from the truck bed of the NP Fuel Jets Truck. leis, wristbands, inflatable microphones, beach balls, and other items were thrown to the crowd who were dancing and singing below as juggler Will Shaw entertained the his many tricks.
While many danced and partied in the streets, local children were using the pavement as canvas, thanks to Michelle Brugger and Martial Arts for Life. The karate firm supplied dozens of children with cups of chalk to create temporary artwork.
“We did it just to give back to the community,” Brugger said. “The kids have a great time. Everybody really enjoys it. There’s something about closing down a main street and being able to color all over the place.
As darkness took over the sky, Garden State Fireworks took center stage, performing a 15-minute multi-shape and colored production over the Academy of Our Lady of Peace.
“It’s an awesome community event,” Investors Bank Vice-President Daniel M. White said. “It shows the collective support the bank gives out. I’m proud to sponsor this for the fifth year.”
New Providence Business & Professional Association, NP Fuel, KJS Design & Technology, Martial Arts for Life and Kapuscinki Luongo Architects also sponsored this year’s rendition of the annual event, and Don and Eliza Murphy of NP Fuel supplied beach balls and their Jets truck to assist in all the fun.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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 TheAlternativePress.com, “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.”
“Meet Me on South Street” as the Borough celebrates Independence Day on Tuesday, July 3. DJ Mike Savage will provide entertainment from his perch on the NP Fuel Jets Truck. Roving entertainment by Juggler Will Shaw will provide fun for all. Kapuscinski Luongo Architects and Martial Arts for Life are sponsoring the “Chalk on South Street” for kids (of all ages) to create art on the street.
The fabulous fireworks, sponsored by Investors Bank, will begin at approximately 9:30 PM. South Street will be closed at 7:00 PM from Gales Drive to Springfield Avenue for people to enjoy the festivities. Should it rain the Independent Day Celebration will take place on Friday, July 6, same place same time. The event is sponsored by the New Providence Business Community.
For information please contact us.
Once again, we’d like to thank our local businesses for their generous sponsorships!