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New Providence Business Community Hires Director

Reis headshotAs part of our ongoing efforts to enhance the downtown and promote economic development, the New Providence Downtown Improvement District (DID) announced that Cindy Reis has recently accepted the position of Business Community Manager.   In this new position, Cindy will assist with new membership efforts, facilitate interactions among local businesses, promote business community events, manage the business community website, and spearhead shared services among downtown businesses.  She will be the key contact for existing and new businesses, and will report to the DID Board of Directors.

Cindy is a familiar face in New Providence because she has also served as the Public Information Officer for the borough for the past 11 years, working closely with the Business Community to develop and promote various community events and programs, obtain event sponsorships, and produce the downtown banner campaign.   In a unique shared service arrangement, Cindy will continue her responsibilities as the Public Information Officer, and also assume additional responsibilities in her new role with the Business Community.

“We are thrilled to have Cindy working with us in an official capacity,” said Jimmy Vardas, President of the DID.  “Because she served as a liaison between the borough and the business community for so many years, she is very familiar with our organization and has the skill set to help us move forward with a number of new projects.”  “Cindy has been a great asset to the Business Community,” added Michelle Brugger, President of New Providence Business.   “She is well respected and a pleasure to work with.  We are very happy that she has accepted this new position.”

“When the DID approached us about the possibility of developing a shared service agreement for their Business Community Manager position, it really made sense from our perspective,” according to Mayor Al Morgan.  “Cindy had already been working closely with the DID on many of our economic development initiatives, so having her expand that role is a win-win for the borough and the DID.”

Cindy is a seasoned marketing, advertising, and communications professional, with experience in both the public and private sectors.  Prior to joining the Borough of New Providence, she held various management positions at major multinational corporations, including MasterCard International, Citicorp Investment Bank, and Swiss Bank Corporation.  She holds an MBA in Marketing and International Business from New York University Stern School of Business and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.

“I am looking forward to working with all of the businesses in town. It’s a very friendly and active business community and I know that we will accomplish great things together,” said Cindy.  She can be reached at 908-665-1400 ext. 232 or through the Contact Us links on this Business Community website and the borough website, www.newprov.org.

Advanced Financial Federal Credit Union Celebrates 50 Years

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.

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New Providence Businesses Have Donated More Than $100,000 Locally in 2014

PrestigeDiner2014-08-09by 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.”

Member News: Sport Clips to Bring MVP Hair Care to New Providence

Fresh Take on Barbershop Amenities for Guys of all Ages

Sport_ClipsNEW 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

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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.

 

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,” (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.”

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.

Sincerely,

Jane Coleman Cabildo, Director
Santa Fe Centers

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