New Providence News

Big Basket Raffle, A Big Event at Salt Brook School in New Providence

by Marina Kennedy, The Alternative Press

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Parents, teachers and community members came out in force to Salt Brook School Elementary in New Providence for its third annual Big Basket Raffle on Saturday.

Extra hours were added for Salt Brook families on Friday, March 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Last year’s event raised about $15,000.

Each of the 32 classes at Salt Brook School donated a basket. There was an array of prizes that included gift certificates, sports baskets, gourmet offerings, beauty supplies, and items for children including American Girl dolls and LEGOs. With 75 baskets displayed, a refreshment area, and a 50/50, there was something for everyone. Basket raffle tickets started at $1 each with 25 tickets for $20.00.

DJ John Souren (Club Souren), an alumnus of Salt Brook School, provided music to entertain guests during the Big Basket Raffle.

This year’s committee co-chairs were Kerry Fitzgerald and Paulette Beck. The committee also included Allison Smith, Kathy Verbaro, Jeanne Cook, and Deana Cumiskey. All of the women are mothers of Salt Brook students. To generate interest from the community, there was a lot of advance press, signs were posted locally and social media was used.

Fitzgerald said, “The community’s response has been excellent with donations and outstanding volunteer efforts. We appreciate everyone coming out for the event on their busy weekend.”

“It’s a great social event,” Verbaro said. “So many families came out today. It is especially nice that parents who are new to the school get a chance to meet members of the Salt Brook community.”

Cooke said, “It’s wonderful that the community came together to make terrific donations. The Salt Brook families have been so excited about the event.”

Paulette Beck commented, “The PTA makes very important contributions to the school. We have an Authors Day when a book author comes to the school to speak, and also sponsors a musical for the school.”

Kate and John Goldsmith of New Providence attended the Basket Raffle with their three children. One of their children attends Salt Brook Elementary School. John told TheAlternativePress.com, “This is our first time here. We’ve heard a lot of great things about it. We also like the opportunity to see our neighbors and friends.”

 

Economic Development Committee Report – December 2013

The Economic Development Committee hereby requests Council authorization to utilize Borough Professionals to study the feasibility of the ideas, concepts, and projects presented herein.

Our Downtown Business District objectives are to foster new ideas, facilitate communication and promote cooperation. The borough has resources and professional expertise available. We would like to partner with the business community and work as a team to accomplish mutually beneficial projects. Our goals are simple and attainable: ease of access for shoppers, open access parking, create additional parking, traffic management, consolidation of services, connectivity to the recreation area (tennis/pool/HS), and creation of green space. Having a well-organized, attractive downtown shopping district is an asset to everyone.

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Martial Arts for Life Students Earn Their Black Belts

by Richard Brugger

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.

 

Christmas Walk 2013: New Providence Businesses Usher in Holidays

by Marina Kennedy

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.

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Annual Christmas Walk – Friday 11/29; 4:30pm

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!

Schedule:

  • 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 Merchants Host Halloween Trick or Treat Event

 

by Herman Lee, The Alternative Press

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.

Trick-Or-Treat in Downtown New Providence 10/31 3-5pm

You are invited

to wear your costumes to

TRICK-OR-TREAT

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 Farmers’ Market Under Way

by Katherine Stein, The Alternative Press

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.

NJ Sharing Network Offers A Big Thank You

from NJ Sharing Network

Over 300 Teams, 6,000 Participants and $686,000 Raised!!

What a beautiful day to remember, to honor, and to give hope! Many thanks to the donor families, recipients, volunteers, sponsors, community and hospital partners who participated in making the 3rd Annual NJ Sharing Network Walk/Race an amazing day! We shared moments that will forever be imprinted in our hearts.

The 3rd Annual NJ Sharing Network Walk/Race is not over yet! Contributions will be accepted online, by phone and mail, and in person until July 15. Together, we can reach our goal of $750,000. Make a contribution today! To learn more about your contributions at work, visit our website.

For 5K Walk/Race pictures and updates, like NJ Sharing Network on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @NJSharing. Keep an eye out, your team may be featured in a post or tweet. Please share your team photos and experiences on our Facebook and Twitter pages!
Congratulations to our racers! The results are in.

Your stories continue to inspire others. You are making a difference!

Fireworks return to South Street in New Providence on July 3

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:

investorsBank

DJ Club Souren
Kapuscinski Luongo Architects
KJS Design & Technology
Martial Arts for Life
NP Fuel
Strawberry Fields

Did You Know…?

New Providence Street Fair

Did you know…the New Providence Business Community coordinates and runs the Street Fair that occurs in downtown New Providence and brings over 5,000 people downtown each September?

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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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