NEW PROVIDENCE – Martial Arts for life held Black Belt testing at the New Providence Recreation Center on Nov. 23. Nine students earned their first degree Black Belt and three students earned their second degree Black Belt. The graduates ranged in age from 11 to 14 years old.
The Black Belt exam consisted of physical fitness requirements which included a timed two mile run, performance of fifty sit-ups and fifty push-ups and multiple rounds of sparring or “free fighting” while wearing protective equipment. Students were also required to perform their entire martial arts curriculum from beginner to advanced level without mistakes. Children high school age or younger were required to have a “B” average in school as part of their academic requirements.
“This was a really special test. We had students who have been training since they were as young as 4 ½ years old in this group. To see them embracing the martial arts lifestyle and demonstrating such exceptional perseverance makes us very proud.” said Rich Brugger, who co-owns Martial Arts For Life with his wife Michelle. Co-owner Michelle Brugger added, “It really is a joy to watch these kids continue to grow and mature. We are very proud of them.”
Martial Arts For Life is located in the Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., in New Providence. For more information about Martial Arts For Life visit www.BeginKarate.com or call (908) 464–2836.
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.
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, 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 TheAlternativePress.com, “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 TheAlternativePress.com, “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.
You are invited
to wear your costumes to
in Downtown New Providence
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31st
3:00 to 5:00 PM
~ Rain or Shine ~
Look for the Stores with a ORANGE PUMPKIN
in the Window or on the Door
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The annual New Providence Farmers Market opened Wednesday in the Presbyterian Church parking lot on Springfield Avenue.
This new location of the market puts it right in the heart of New Providence and is easily visible right off South Street.
The fresh produce is picked daily and provided by local farms. “We are a Jersey Fresh market, all the produce comes only from New Jersey,” said Eliza Murphy, onsite market manager.
The vendors also had many specialties, including dried fruits and nuts, fresh baked cookies, freshly squeezed lemonade, andprepared meals.
Paulo’s Kitchen, a local restaurant on South Street, has a stand selling frozen prepared meals. Their selections included lasagna,chicken cutlet, hand-whipped dressings and fresh Sicilian-style sauces. All the ingredients they use are Jersey fresh, so they do not have to use the chemical sprays that are needed to preserve vegetables during shipping from farther locations. Also, according to Paolo’s Lenny Ojeda, during organic season in about a month, all the vegetables they use in their food are organic and all of the fish are wild caught.
Hoboken Farms’ stand has fresh baked breads, frozen meals, and its famous marinara sauce, which was named Wall Street Journals “top pick.”
The market is also considering having live entertainment, events with activities for kids, and fresh mozzarella-making, according to Murphy.
The market will be open every Wednesday from June 12 to Oct. 30 from noon to 6 p.m.
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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.
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The New Providence Farmers Market opened on Wednesday, June 12 at its new location in the Presbyterian Church at New Providence parking lot on Springfield Avenue, just west of South Street. The new location provides much better visibility for the market because people are able to see it as they drive down Springfield Avenue.
“We are very excited about this new location,” said Michelle Brugger, Business Community spokesperson. “The Presbyterian Church at New Providence has been so generous and accommodating in offering us the use of its parking lot. We know that this will make a huge difference in terms of visibility and attendance at the market.”
“Everybody loves a good Farmers Market and New Providence has one of the best around. We’re excited about having it in our parking lot this year,” said Mike Flavin, associate pastor at the Presbyterian Church at New Providence. “Personally, I’m looking forward to the pies!”
The New Providence Farmers Market, sponsored by New Providence Business, will be open each Wednesday from June 12 through October 30, noon to 6 PM, rain or shine. Jersey fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh baked berry pies, honey, dried fruits and nuts, fresh baked breads, delicious crab cakes, fresh mozzarella, are some of the featured items that will be available.
“We would like to thank the Presbyterian Church at New Providence for their generosity and support of this event,” said Jimmy Vardas, Business Community spokesperson. “We are looking forward to the best Farmers Market yet!”
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.
Did You Know…?
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.