This year Advanced Financial Federal Credit Union is celebrating 50 years in business. On June 18, 2015 we hosted a customer appreciation and anniversary celebration at our Main office at 785 Central Avenue, New Providence. Employees of Summit medical group, Summit Speech therapy, Lexis-Nexis, and many other companies joined our celebration. Many of our New Providence residents who are Members joined our outdoor barbecue, as well.
Advanced Financial has proudly served the community for 50 years and we are looking forward to serving Union County for many more years. We are open to anyone who works or lives in Union County.
Fresh Take on Barbershop Amenities for Guys of all Ages
NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. (December 17, 2014) — Sport Clips Haircuts, the nation’s largest franchise dedicated to men’s and boys’ hair care, will open December 19 on 1260 Springfield Ave. in New Providence. This new business is one of the latest of the franchise’s more than 1,200 locations across the country. “Sport Clips offers our clients the expertise of well-trained stylists in a fun, casual environment where they can enjoy watching sports on TV during their haircut. We’re looking forward to introducing clients to our services and distinctive experience,” said Jim Goryeb, who owns the new location. “The Sport Clips concept is growing across the country, and we’re proud to make it a part of New Providence’s retail community.”
The new Sport Clips will offer:
- A fresh take on barbershop amenities and services like the “MVP Experience” that includes a precision haircut, massaging shampoo, hot steamed towel treatment, and neck and shoulder massage
- Stylists who specialize in hair care for men and boys and stay up-to-date on industry trends
- Large, flat-screen televisions playing sports programming at each haircut station and in the lobby, along with reading materials
- Affordable luxuries like special lighting and massaging chairs in the shampoo area
- Haircut services without an appointment – walk-ins are welcome
“Opening a Sport Clips creates opportunities for employment and charitable outreach,” said Goryeb. “Our team members look forward to giving great haircuts and playing an active role in supporting the community in which we serve.”
Sport Clips in New Providence will be open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.sportclips.com/NJ118
About Sport Clips Haircuts
Sport Clips Haircuts is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas. It was established in 1993 and started franchising in 1995 by founder and CEO Gordon Logan. The sports-themed haircutting franchise, which specializes in haircuts for men and boys, is ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 20 “Fastest-Growing Franchises” and in the top 40 in the “Franchise 500.” There are currently over 1,200 Sport Clips stores open in the U.S. and Canada. Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises, and was named as one of the “Top Franchises for Veterans” by Franchise Business Review. Our “Help A Hero” program has raised more than $3 million to help deployed and hospitalized U.S. service members call home through the VFW’s Operation Uplink™ and provide scholarships for veterans transitioning to a civilian career. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR drivers Denny Hamlin and Elliott Sadler, and partners with numerous NCAA and professional sports teams. To learn more about Sport Clips, visit sportclips.com.
by Michael M. Shapiro, TAP into New Providence
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – During the last year, businesses in New Providence donated more than $100,000 to sponsor local events and provide funding to organizations and charities in the borough. By supporting the merchants who give back to the borough, New Providence residents enable money to stay within the community, creating a virtuous circle benefiting the entire community.
Jimmy Vardas, owner of the Prestige Diner and president of the Downtown Improvement District, has taken the circle one step further by using as many local businesses as possible for the needs of the diner. Zita’s supplies the ice cream for the diner. The Prestige Diner’s bagels are purchased from the Bagel Café in New Providence. Vegetables are sourced from Murph Farms. The diner’s website was done by local web designer and resident Karin Souren. Even the diner’s renovation was designed by a local architect.
“If within the community, we can work with each other, we can create a thriving business environment,” said Vardas. “By supporting the merchants who give back to the town, the money stays in the community, creating a virtuous circle of support within the community.”
Vardas concluded, “So, while you do your shopping this holiday season remember to shop New Providence and support the local businesses that have been donating to so many charities, foundations and events throughout 2014.”
by Lauryn Shapiro, TAPintoNewProvidence
NEW 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,” (lilyslittlelifelessons.com) 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 (www.rileysdance.org), 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.”
Interesting and informative article, submitted by our member – Santa Fe Centers
Current 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
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 fivestarprofessional.com.
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, www.lassuswherley.com.
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.
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.
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 908-665-1141 if you are interested in becoming a represented business/vendor at our event!