New Providence News

2015 Indepedence Day Celebration

The New Providence Independence Day Celebration returns to the Borough on Friday, July 3, at 7 PM on South Street from Gales Drive to Springfield Avenue, and will include fun filled activities for all.

DJ John Souren of Club Souren will provide entertainment from his perch on South Street. 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 Sunday, July 5, same place, same time.

The fireworks were made possible by the very generous donation from our event sponsor, Investors Bank. The event is also sponsored by Accent Printing Solutions, Elefante Music, Kapuscinski Luongo Architects, Martial Arts for Life,  Santa Fe Centers, Summit Medical Group, and New Providence Business, which sponsors the 5K Race, Farmers Market, Summer Concerts, Street Fair, the Christmas Walk, and other community events.

New Providence: Highest Ranked: Union County

NewProvidenceby 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.

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.

 

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.”

2015 Christmas Walk, Friday, November 27

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

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Happy Independence Day Weekend!

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!

New Providence Banners Enhance Downtown

DowntownBannersNEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Drivers through New Providence this week have been greeted by colorful new banners welcoming them to town.

The borough, the New Providence Business Community, and the New Providence Beautification Committee worked cooperatively to design, fund, produce, and hang the banners.

There are five new designs that form a cohesive banner campaign.  The designs, which will rotate seasonally, include Welcome to New Providence; New Providence Business – Small Community. Big Choices; Celebrate New Providence; Shop, Dine, Discover; and Seasons Greetings.

In addition to these messages, each banner includes either a recycling message or a Clean Community message.  The banners were designed by New Providence resident and small business owner, Barbara Singer Friedman, and her team at Different by Design, who also previously designed the New Providence Business Community logo.

In addition to beautifying the downtown, the banners are part of a larger economic development effort.

“By presenting an attractive, vibrant downtown, New Providence becomes even more appealing to businesses looking to open or relocate,” said Borough Administrator Doug Marvin.  “The banner campaign is another way to show that New Providence is always striving to make our town the first choice for both businesses and residents.”

“We are thrilled with the new banners,” said Michelle Brugger, New Providence Business spokesperson. “They really bring attention to the downtown and help highlight the close ties between the business community and the New Providence community at large. They really look beautiful.”

“If you haven’t seen the new banners yet, come visit New Providence,” said Jimmy Vardas, spokesperson for New Providence Business.  “We are very proud of our town, and our businesses are eager to welcome you.”

 

The New Providence Business Community serves its members and supports the local community by funding numerous community events. It also holds meetings for members to exchange ideas and experiences, in order to build a proactive and vibrant business community. If you are a New Providence business owner or employee who would like to be more involved, visit www.NewProvBiz.com.

Economic Development Committee Report – December 2013

EDC REPORT DEC 13

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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.

 

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.

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