by Vicky Valet, njfamily.com
New Providence is a place where schools consistently rank among the state’s best, neighbors are friends, commuting is painless (especially if you’re employed by one of the Fortune 500 companies here) and recreation is a priority.
With an ice skating rink, an Olympic-size pool, three parks, eight athletic fields, eight tennis courts and a community calendar dotted with fun family events like the annual Fishing Derby and Independence Day Celebration, it’s easy to see why New Providence is a great place to raise a family.
The downtown area, which recently completed a $1.5 million revitalization, is filled with local independent businesses, like Barth’s Market, a third-generation German butcher, and Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream, a family-owned ice cream shop (where you can pick up NJ Ice Cream Festival’s award-winning flavors), plus popular restaurants, like the 48-year-old Prestige Diner.
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.”
FESTIVITIES BEGIN at 4:30pm
SANTA ARRIVES at 6:00pm
at Provident Bank on South Street
Please come out and join us 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!
This event is proudly sponsored by
by Gary Kapner, Borough Councilman
Last night we had another outstanding fireworks display on South Street. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. Thank you to Investors Bank. It’s their financial support that makes our Independence Day celebration possible. Dan White, Investors Branch Manager, and his staff, were having a great time out on South Street giving out glow sticks and talking to everyone in the community.
There are many volunteers and borough employees that made last night’s celebration possible and I’d like to take a minute, to let you know who there are and thank them. In addition to Investors Bank, the New Providence Business and Professional provides financial support. Michelle Brugger, the President of the New Providence Business and Professional Association, along with her husband Master B, owners of Martial Arts for Life, organized the entertainment and personally handed out chalk to every one of our young street artists. Karin Souren and her DJ husband John of Club Souren handled the music and provide all of the sound equipment. I’d like to thank Don and Eliza Murphy of NP Fuel for their hospitality, the use of the Jets trunk and all the beach balls. They were a big hit with the kids. Don told me he blew up every ball. Peter Rovtar of the Lantern Agency handled our insurance needs and Garden State Fireworks put on quite a show. A very big thank you to our Independence Day Committee chairman Ted Kapuscinski and his wife, Karen Luongo, of Kapuscinski and Luongo Architects, who did another fantastic job of coordinating and organizing our Independence Day Celebration.
The New Providence amateur radio club was on hand providing communications for event organizers. The New Providence Police Department did a fantastic job controlling traffic and keeping everyone safe. Chief Buccelli was out working the crowd – - did you have a chance to say hello to him? Special thanks to the New Providence Department of Public Works and Public Works Superintendent Jim Johnston. And let’s not forget to thank all the volunteer members of the New Providence Fire Department and First Aid Squad.
I hope you all had a really great Independence Day weekend!
by Edward Hopkins, The Alternative Press
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The New Providence Pioneers finally got their fireworks fix for 2014. After threat of severe rain pushed back the annual Independence Day festivities originally scheduled for Thursday, New Providence residents took over South Street on Saturday to celebrate the nation’s birthday.
DJ John Souren of Club Souren, an event sponsor, played music from the truck bed of the NP Fuel Jets Truck. leis, wristbands, inflatable microphones, beach balls, and other items were thrown to the crowd who were dancing and singing below as juggler Will Shaw entertained the his many tricks.
While many danced and partied in the streets, local children were using the pavement as canvas, thanks to Michelle Brugger and Martial Arts for Life. The karate firm supplied dozens of children with cups of chalk to create temporary artwork.
“We did it just to give back to the community,” Brugger said. “The kids have a great time. Everybody really enjoys it. There’s something about closing down a main street and being able to color all over the place.
As darkness took over the sky, Garden State Fireworks took center stage, performing a 15-minute multi-shape and colored production over the Academy of Our Lady of Peace.
“It’s an awesome community event,” Investors Bank Vice-President Daniel M. White said. “It shows the collective support the bank gives out. I’m proud to sponsor this for the fifth year.”
New Providence Business & Professional Association, NP Fuel, KJS Design & Technology, Martial Arts for Life and Kapuscinki Luongo Architects also sponsored this year’s rendition of the annual event, and Don and Eliza Murphy of NP Fuel supplied beach balls and their Jets truck to assist in all the fun.
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.”
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.
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.