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Member News: New Providence Counselor and Children’s Book Author Gives Back

by Lauryn Shapiro, TAPintoNewProvidence
As seen on a Sussex Directories Inc siteNEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – New Providence resident Rebecca Perlman Coniglio, a licensed clinical social worker and certified school counselor, and author of children’s book series, “Lily’s Little Life Lessons,” ( has found a creative way to support The NJ Sharing Network.

Her most recent book, “Lily’s Laces” was written specifically for The NJ Sharing Network, with all proceeds from the book benefiting the organization which saves lives through organ and tissue donation.  “Lily’s Laces” will be released in Spanish later this month.

Coniglio was inspired to write her books after her daughter, Lily, became very ill from complications of a virus when she was in kindergarten.  ”When she got better I did feel so lucky, so I reached out to the NJ Sharing Network and told them that Lily always wanted to participate in their 5K, and I wondered if they wanted me to write a story about it,” she tells TAP into New Providence.  She explains that The NJ Sharing Network funds the book’s publications and receives all of the proceeds from the sales.

When she heard about The NJ Sharing Network’s new foundation, Riley’s Dance (, she offered to write another story for them.  Coniglio is currently working on the book that will benefit Riley’s Dance, a foundation honoring five-year-old Riley (of Livingston, New Jersey) who saved two people’s lives by donating her organs when she died.

“Writing these books is a way to give back to the community and support the very worthy cause of organ and tissue donation,” said Coniglio.

Coniglio recently relocated her private counseling practice from Livingston, New Jersey, to South Street in New Providence. She has over 10 years of experience working with adults, adolescents, and children who are experiencing anxiety, grief, parenting issues, other life transitions.  A free phone consultation is encouraged at 973-568-6453.  “Sometimes you just need someone to talk to,” Coniglio says. “I am here, and ready to listen.”

Movement is a Must for Infants and Children of All Ages

Interesting and informative article, submitted by our member – Santa Fe Centers

Santa Fe CentersCurrent research and a search of the literature have given Santa Fe Childcare a new way to look at the activity level of our infants and toddlers.  We were pleased to welcome Eleanor Campbell, PT, to our Infant Toddler Center, on April 16th where she spoke to parents and staff about the importance of movement in the lives of our youngest children.  The title of her presentation was “Babies Need to Move” and she had everyone fascinated with the information shared.  She reviewed typical sensory/motor development, which is similar for all children – progress on a continuum which contributes to the many vital connections that are formed between lower and higher centers in the brain.

Infants must be allowed to move in order to gain muscle strength against gravity, to get up on hands and knees, to crawl and to eventually walk.  The efficient and healthy development of the neurological and motor system is dependent on freedom of movement of infants as well as the continued encouragement of active play for the older children.  In this age of car seats, infant seats, exersaucers, infant swings, and jolly jumpers, we need to critically look at whether we are providing enough opportunity to allow our children to be on the floor, to be in an environment where they can freely move and help to develop all their senses.  We can prevent some of the developmental, learning and emotional challenges our children face,  as well as plagiocephaly (abnormal head shape) in infants or torticollis (asymmetrical neck position) by allowing our infants to spend most of their awake time on the floor or in an environment that allows free movement.  Less time in infant seats/carriers, swings or other restrictive devices which inhibit free movement is the key.

We are all well aware of our five senses and through growth and exposure these are well stimulated — but how many are aware of the proprioceptive sense and the vestibular sense?  The proprioceptive sense helps us to know where our body is in space, how much force is needed for postural control against gravity and for movement.  The vestibular system helps us to know where our head is positioned in space and to comprehend movement.  These systems work together to develop motor control, balance and equilibrium. A baby’s first playground is the floor and here is where learning about the body and the environment is gained.  Full development of movement, body awareness, and balance is a gradual process that is not complete until at least 7 years of age and beyond.   Allowing our older children more free outside time and less regimented classes will help to not only develop the motor and neurologic system but will help with social and emotional growth and stress release.

Here at Santa Fe, we work hard to provide such an environment, which helps to develop all the senses so important for proper neurological and motor growth.


Jane Coleman Cabildo, Director
Santa Fe Centers

Two Lassus Wherley Members Honored as Five Star CPAs

by The Alternative Press Staff

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Two certified public accountants from the New Providence fee-only financial planning firm Lassus Wherley have been accorded one of the most prestigious honors in their field.

Clare E. Wherley, CPA, CFP®, CEO, and Patricia Daquila, CPA, Senior Tax Advisor, were each selected as 2014 Five Star Certified Public Accountants. The largest and most widely published financial services award program in North America, the Five Star program covers more than 40 major markets. The list of Five Star Certified Public Accountants for New Jersey was published in the January issue of New Jersey Monthly magazine and on

Five Star Certified Public Accountants do not pay a fee to be included in the research or the final list of Five Star Certified Public Accountants. Award candidates are evaluated against ten objective eligibility and evaluation criteria that are associated with professionals who provide quality services to their clients.

Lassus Wherley was founded in 1985 by Wherley and Diahann W. Lassus, CFP®, CPA/PFS. They have two offices–one in New Providence and the other in Bonita Springs, Fla. Lassus Wherley is a fee-only wealth management firm with specialists in financial planning, investment management, tax preparation, trust services, and family office support.

The company works with individuals, couples, families, pension and profit sharing plans, trusts, estates, charitable organizations, corporations and other business entities. Lassus Wherley is a nationally certified Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the nation’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement of Fee-Only comprehensive financial planning. For more information about Lassus Wherley, visit its web site,

Maintaining a Safe Environment Around Your Home Swimming Pool

Millions of us enjoy warm weather every year by swimming in our backyard pools and relaxing in hot tubs. Tragically though, over 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year. The American Red Cross suggests owners make pool safety their priority by following these guidelines:

  • Secure your pool with appropriate barriers. Completely surround your pool with a 4-feet high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Place a safety cover on the pool or hot tub when not in use and remove any ladders or steps used for access. Consider installing a pool alarm that goes off if anyone enters the pool.
  • Keep children under active supervision at all times. Stay in arm’s reach of young kids. Designate a responsible person to watch the water when people are in the pool—never allow anyone to swim alone. Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
  • Ensure everyone in the home knows how to swim well by enrolling them in age-appropriate water orientation and learn-to-swim courses from the Red Cross.
  • Keep your pool or hot tub water clean and clear. Maintain proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. Regularly test and adjust the chemical levels to minimize the risk of earaches, rashes or more serious diseases.
  • Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviors, such as “no diving,” “stay away from drain covers,” “swim with a buddy” and “walk please.”

Ensure everyone in the home knows how to respond to aquatic emergencies by having appropriate safety equipment and taking water safety, first aid and CPR courses from the Red Cross.

Warm Weather and Swimming Go Hand in Hand

Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. But it’s important to know how to be safe while you’re in the water. The American Red Cross offers these important swimming safety tips you should be aware of before you head out to the pool or beach:

  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Maintain constant supervision.
  • Make sure everyone in your family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and learn-to-swim courses.
  • If you have a pool, secure it with appropriate barriers. Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time.
  • Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
  • If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  • Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • Enroll in Red Cross home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.
  • Protect your skin. Limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and wear sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15.
  • Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them.

Summer safety tip provided by NPBPA Member,

Peter E. Rovtar; President
The Lantern Agency, Inc.
(908) 464-5100

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.

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


Community Wellness Awareness Day April 27, 2013


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!


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!


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

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

Member News: NJ Film School kicks off its Screening & Lecture Series with Joe Tiboni and “WIN WIN”

One of our newest members, NJ FILM SCHOOL, kicks off its Screening & Lecture Series with a showing of “WIN WIN” on Friday, November 30th at 8:00pm.

Set in NEW PROVIDENCE, this charming indie film was written by natives (and childhood friends) Tom McCarthy and NPBPA member Joe Tiboni of Tiboni & Tiboni, LLP in New Providence, and stars Paul Giamatti as a small-town lawyer who coaches the local high school wrestling team.

In addition to viewing the film, NJ Film School is delighted to have JOE TIBONI as their Special Guest Speaker, who will discuss his experiences throughout the making of the film, from writing the script to showings at film festivals.

Itʼs an evening of local color not to be missed!  Join NJ Film School at their brand-new studio at 755 Central Avenue in New Providence.

Tickets are $10 at the door, but seating is limited.  Reserve your space now at

For more information, visit NJ Film School’s website at, or call (908) 508-0800.


Did You Know…?

Summer Concerts

The NPBPA is also responsible for the summer concert series “Family Fun Night” at Centennial Park thanks to the sponsorship of Braunschweiger Jewelers, Creative Wall Coverings, Elefante Music, Lassus Wherley, Prestige Diner, Prudential, Dr Robert Robinson, The New Providence Downtown Improvement District, The Lions Club and Zita’s Ice Cream.

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Member Highlights

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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