Saturday, May 18, 2013 will be a Day of Service in New Providence. Local residents will have an opportunity to participate in several planned service events, which will benefit local agencies and also generate a pay-it-forward gift for the Newtown Fund (supporting victims of the December 14th tragedy and their families).
How Does it Work?
Local residents (kids and their families) are invited to participate in a Day of Service from 9am-12:00noon.
Several service projects will be set-up, and people can volunteer multiple places throughout the morning. Sponsors will donate $5 per participant to the Newtown Fund ($500 max per sponsor). The total amount will be sent as a gift from New Providence to Newtown. Additional donations may also be given by participants. The event will be promoted through the Recreation Department’s Community pass system, flyers, posters, e-mail blasts, social media, and via press releases to local news outlets.
Schedule of Events
- Making Lunches for Bridges Outreach~Kids will decorate bags and make the lunches. [9am–11am]
- Bingo with Seniors~Kids will play Bingo with Seniors. [10am–11:30am]
- Jump Rope for Newtown~Kids will jump rope at their own pace. [9am–12pm]
- Making Cards for US Troops~Kids will make cards, which will be sent to US Troops through Bonds of Courage. Bonds will also be collecting summer items for the Troops (baby wipes, sunscreen and chapstick) at this location.
Businesses have an opportunity to participate in New Providence’s first Day of Service project. Sponsors will receive:
- Logo on all posters, flyers and promotions of the event
- Mentions in press releases, as available
- Opportunity to feature your products at the event (for use in project, or as Bingo prizes)
- Tax receipt for your donation to the Newtown Memorial Fund
Sponsors are asked to donate $5 per participant (suggested maximum of $500 or another amount designated by you). Individual donors also welcome.
Have a Question? Need Additional Information?
New Providence’s Day of Service will be a great way for our community to come together, do some good deeds in town, and pass it on to Newtown and the many beneficiaries of the projects. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, beneficiary, or volunteer group, please contact NPBPA member, Lisa Barfield email@example.com, or Allison Smith firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The Newtown memorial Fund is a 501c3 charity whose mission is to create a sustainable fund to provide for the immediate and ongoing needs of those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, to construct a physical memorial honoring the lives lost on December 14, 2012, and to establish academic scholarships to honor those lost in this tragedy for future generations of Newtown students.
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – In tough economic times, maintaining a successful business is a challenge and, in New Providence, one organization that does its best to help local businesses thrive is the New Providence Business and Professional Association. Since it began in 2006, it has helped the downtown grow and flourish and on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at the Town Council reorganization meeting Assemblyman Jon Bramnick recognized these efforts with a resolution from the State of New Jersey.
Bramnick, who attends meetings often in the 16 towns in his district, said he was quite impressed with the work done by the NPBPA.
“In New Jersey we really encourage these kinds of business organizations to work with local businesses,” he said. “They’ve done a terrific job.”
The work that Michelle Brugger, the President of the NPBA, and Jimmy Vardas, a board member of the organization and President of the DID in New Providence, do is phenomenal, he said. The assemblyman said he enjoys going to their meetings because it is important to find out what is going on locally, hear their concerns and do his best to support them.
In his 10 years as a legislator, there is nothing he loves more than helping people, he said.
“The closer you are to the ground, the better you are as a legislator,” Bramnick said.
Vardas, who is the owner of the Prestige Diner, accepted the resolution and was elated the NPBPA was honored. While he knew Bramnick was going to recognize them, actually receiving the accolade was a great feeling, he said.
“Everyone in the organization has worked hard to be where they are today,” Vardas said. “Downtown New Providence is growing and improving each day,” he added. “Anyone that shops there can see its beauty and he hopes this award will cause more people to get involved.”
“We have done a lot,” he said. “We work together; we have common goals and everybody’s behind the community.”
Brugger could not contain her excitement. “I think this is amazing,” she said. “I couldn’t be more proud to be president.”
Normally the NPBPA sponsors the Annual Holiday Party for the Borough of New Providence around mid December. However, Super Storm Sandy wrecked extreme havoc on the Jersey Shore, and caused considerable hardship here in New Providence as well.
Therefore, instead of having the usual Holiday Party, we are going to have a special reception at 8:00 pm on Monday, January 7, 2012 at the Senior Citizens Center. In addition to expressing our appreciation to all of the employees and volunteers dedicated to the Borough, we will also recognize and honor all of those who helped New Providence through this extreme storm. Proceeds of the event will be donated to the Community Service Association of New Providence (CSA). CSA is a New Providence based non-profit organization that helps New Providence residents through tough times.
A number of our local restaurants have volunteered to provide the food for the reception, so the majority of all sponsorships will be donated to CSA.
There are 3 levels of sponsorship …
Hosts – $500.00 – will be included on the community invitations, the NP Business Community Website and will have the opportunity to post a banner at the event.
Sponsors – $250.00 – will be included on the NP Business Community Website and will have their names on the welcome signs at the event.
Helpers – $100.00 – will be included on the NP Business Community Website.
Please let us know if you can help. All members of the Business Community (the New Providence Business & Professional Association and the New Providence Downtown Improvement District) will be invited, along with all Borough employees and volunteers.
Checks can be made payable to: New Providence Business & Professional Association and mail to: NP BPA, 360 Elkwood Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974
Thanks for your support.
NP Business & Professional Assoc
NP Downtown Improvement
For additional information, or to talk to someone about becoming a sponsor, please contact Pam or Joe Steiner at 908-598-2532 or send an email to email@example.com.
NPBPA’s own President, Michelle Brugger of Martial Arts for Life, was featured in the NJ Sharing Network’s Newspaper in Education program. It is an eight-week education series to examine the topic of organ and tissue donation done in partnership with the Bergen Record.
Michelle’s article in week 3 of the program, titled ” Why are tissue transplants necessary?“, highlights how meaningful one person’s donation can be to so many future recipients suffering from medical conditions such as severe trauma, degenerative joint disease, arthritis, burns, sports injuries, birth defects, some cancers and other conditions that require the use of donor tissue.
About the Newspaper In Education Program
The Record’s Newspaper In Education Program is working with NJ Sharing Network to present a special series for students, as well as adults. This series will examine organ and tissue donation from different angles, and may benefit classes studying medical issues, STEM subjects, as well as contemporary issues.
NEW PROVIDENCE High School has been getting a lot of attention lately. First it provided the setting for “Win Win,” a film about a high school wrestling team that became an indie hit last year. This September it was named New Jersey’s top-rated high school by a statewide magazine, which led to a feature segment on one of New York City’s evening news broadcasts a few weeks back.
All this notice has been a bit heady for the school, and the people who live in New Providence, many of whom speak of the small-town atmosphere in a place whose low profile they relish. “Because it’s so tiny, people tend to buzz right through it,” said Michele DiBenedetto, a 17-year resident and a broker with Prudential. “But distinctions like being named top school are starting to put us on the map.”
In addition to the schools, this Union County borough appeals to would-be buyers with its wide range of affordable housing, particularly in comparison to neighboring Summit and Chatham.
There is also its hassle-free commute thanks to the two train stations serving the town, and the neighborliness appreciated by many of New Providence’s 12,000 residents.
That helpful spirit was recently put to the test in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which plunged the downtown area and most residences into darkness, while downed trees throughout town had the public works department on overtime. About a third of residents remained without power a week later, according to the police department. But the borough’s recently institutedCode Red alert system proved valuable to residents like Ms. DiBenedetto, who said she had been appreciative of the frequent status updates on her cellphone during the days she was without power.
Jen and Scott Wetzel, who moved to town in March, have already developed a close circle of friends: six couples in their Murray Hill Farm neighborhood who, in good weather at least, get together for cookouts, outdoor movie screenings and dinners while their children ride bikes and play together.
So eager was the neighborhood for the family to move in, Ms. Wetzel recalled, that the welcome wagon arrived before the paint dried. “Everyone was so friendly,” she said. “We weren’t even living here yet, we were just painting and putting in new floors, and neighbors were bringing over cookies and brownies and inviting us over.” The house, a 3,700-square-foot four-bedroom colonial, cost $875,000.
Raymond Hu and Maggie Lin’s son is just 7 months old, but the couple are planning ahead: schools were the most important factor in their house hunt. They settled on New Providence not long before its high school was cited as the state’s top school.
“I had a feeling New Providence would do well, but my wife was really surprised,” Mr. Hu said. “She was singing when she heard.”
The high school principal, Paul Casarico, was thrilled byNew Jersey Monthly’s top ranking of the school, which knocked out a neighboring rival, Millburn High School, the previous two-time winner. And success was all the sweeter coming as it did after the school’s brush with fame as the setting for “Win Win,” a 2011 film starring Paul Giamatti and written by two alumni.
Citing programs like the senior internship project and the “iPad initiative,” which is to provide each student in Grades 9, 10 and 11 with a tablet computer, Mr. Casarico said his school had worked hard to stay ahead of the curve, but credited the honor to the students themselves. “We’ve got great students,” he said. “They come well prepared, from their parents and from the lower schools. So a recognition like this is just a confirmation that what you’ve been doing is working.”
WHAT YOU’LL FIND
Situated on 3.6 square miles on the western slope of the Watchung Mountains, this community 28 miles west of New York is marked by hilly, tree-lined areas like the aptly named Tall Oaks, whose larger properties and a Summit ZIP code command higher prices.
The houses most typically seen, however, are the split-levels, Capes and ranches found along the main thoroughfares and dotting the streets of several pocket neighborhoods convenient to the downtown area.
Many of the houses were built in the 1950s and ’60s, after Bell Labs moved its headquarters to the area known as Murray Hill. Today Bell’s parent company, Alcatel-Lucent, maintains its domestic headquarters just across Mountain Avenue in Berkeley Heights. The New Providence area is also home to BOC Gases, Bard medical products, LexisNexis and the New Jersey Sharing Network, among others.
The last major housing development, built in the mid-1990s, was Murray Hill Farm, 81 homes that, because the developer was held to a “no look-alike” requirement, offer architectural variety. Across from the Murray Hill train station is Murray Hill Square, a onetime retail complex converted in the 1980s to 50 Williamsburg-style town houses. Also near that station are Green Way, a complex of 26 town houses completed this year, and Foley Square, 22 town houses now being built.
The downtown area, along South Street and Springfield Avenue, includes a strip mall, a larger shopping plaza with a new A & P supermarket, and several local stores, like McGrath Hardware and Barth’s Market, a third-generation German butcher.
WHAT YOU’LL PAY
The wide range of housing prices makes New Providence a desirable town for young families looking to establish a foothold. “The town grows with you,” said Kara M. Thoms, a lifelong resident and a broker with Lois Schneider Realtor. “You’ve got starter homes and million-dollar houses. You can start with a condo and move up without having to move out.”
There are 59 homes on the market in New Providence, ranging from a one-bedroom one-bath condominium listed at $258,000 to a five-bedroom four-and-a-half-bath house on Countryside Drive listed at $2.95 million. The average sale price in the first three-quarters of 2012 was $567,773, compared with $573,870 over the same period in 2011, according to the Garden State Multiple Listing Service.
Houses in the Murray Hill Farm area average around $900,000, although some have sold in the $1.3 million range, while properties in the Tall Oaks section range from the $500,000s to more than $700,000. The four-bedroom two-and-a-half-bath split-level in the Murray Hill section that Mr. Hu and Ms. Lin recently bought for $622,000 is fairly typical of the community. The couple pay almost $13,300 in taxes.
As for town houses, they start in the high $200,000s, for a one-bedroom at Murray Hill Square, and approach $1 million at the new Green Way complex.
Looking to move from a high-rise apartment in Jersey City, Alex Prather and Akiko Matsuo quickly found Summit out of their price range, and earlier this year they shifted their focus to New Providence. With a 4-year-old son and a baby on the way, a good school system was a top priority, as was an easy commute for Mr. Prather, who travels to Newark for his management job at Prudential.com. In late September they moved into a three-bedroom 1960 colonial that they had bought for $410,000. With its sizable backyard and large deck, Mr. Prather said, it “offers lots of potential.”
WHAT TO DO
With two Olympic-sized pools, the New Providence Community Pool is a big draw in the summer, as is the private Crestview Swim and Tennis Club. The 2,065-acre Watchung Reservation in neighboring Mountainside offers hiking and horseback trails, fishing streams and a nature center.
Cultural offerings within a short drive include the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, the Center for Visual Arts in Summit, and the theaters and museums of Newark, 13 miles away. For shopping, most go to the Mall at Short Hills.
Students attend two elementary schools, Salt Brook and Allen W. Roberts, which have 612 and 627 students respectively. The New Providence Middle School, with 337 enrolled, shares its campus with the high school, where there are 623 students. SAT averages atNew Providence High School last year were 600 in math, 566 in reading and 571 in writing, versus 517, 493 and 496 statewide. The high school marching band has 120 members.
New Providence is also home to the Summit Speech School for the hearing-impaired.
New Jersey Transit trains run from the New Providence and Murray Hill stations directly to Pennsylvania Station, with a one-way charge of $9.25 and $10, respectively. The commute takes about an hour. The area is also served by Interstate 78, which feeds into the Holland Tunnel.
Settled by Puritans in 1720, the town was originally called Turkey Town because of the abundance of wild turkeys. Then, one Sunday morning in 1759, the choir loft at the Presbyterian Church collapsed onto mercifully empty pews below. Declaring the timing of the incident “providential,” the pastor suggested changing the town’s name to New Providence.
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: November 12, 2012
A picture with this article, of a three-bedroom Victorian on the market on Springfield Avenue in New Providence for $550,000, has an incorrect street number. It is 1483, not 83.
Member News: Diahann Lassus to Participate in How Women Lead Seminar at U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC
New Providence, NJ (November, 2012)- In September we announced that Diahann W. Lassus, CFP®, CPA/PFS and President of Lassus Wherley, was featured in “How Women Lead: The 8 Essential Strategies Successful Women Know.” Since its release, the book has attracted an amazing amount of attention and interest. It is #13 on a list of Top 50 New Management Books for Entrepreneurs and was featured in Redbook and on many business websites.
As a contributor to the book, Diahann Lassus will be participating in the How Women Lead Interactive Seminar at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, November 13th. The seminar hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Women in Business will be followed by a book sale, signing and networking reception. The interactive session will be moderated by Susan Peterson of The Communication Center and will include discussions about several of the key strategies with the authors, Sharon Hadary and Laura Henderson.
For more information on the event, click on http://cwb.uschamber.com/events/how-women-lead-interactive-seminar. For more information and to see the 8 Success Strategies click on www.HowSuccessfulWomenLead.com.
Lassus Wherley was founded in 1985 by Diahann W. Lassus, CFP®, CPA/PFS and Clare E. Wherley, CPA, CFP ® . We have two offices to serve our clients, one in New Providence, NJ, and the other in Bonita Springs, FL. Lassus Wherley is a Fee-Only wealth management firm with expertise in financial planning, investment management, tax preparation, trust services, and family office support. We work with individuals, couples, families, pension and profit sharing plans, trusts, estates, charitable organizations, corporations and other business entities. Using a team approach that we have developed over more than 25 years, we have helped hundreds of clients build secure financial futures and achieve peace of mind. Lassus Wherley is a nationally certified Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the nation’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement of Fee-Only comprehensive financial planning. The Lassus Wherley website is www.lassuswherley.com.
Lengthening its recent string of acquisitions to rapidly expand in specialty health markets, medical technology developer C. R. Bard Inc., in the Murray Hill section of New Providence, agreed Tuesday to acquire Neomend Inc. and its pipeline of surgical sealants for $140 million.
Bard will acquire Neomend and its pipeline of post-operative lung sealants, including its sprayable Progel device. (Neomend)
Through its lone manufacturing site in Irvine, Calif., Neomend produces and markets the Progel Air Leak Sealant, currently the only product approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for sealing air leaks in lungs after surgery.
As air leaks are common post-operative complications, often leading to extended hospital stays, Bard said in a statement the existing global market for surgical sealants like Neomend’s sprayable Progel device is currently valued at more than $1 billion, and the firm’s acquisition of the technology will “provide Bard a leading platform to begin its participation in this dynamic market segment.”
Scott Lowry, vice president and treasurer for Bard, said Neomend’s sealant is “a new technology for us, but it will expand and complement our specialty products.”
“This is a relatively small company, but it has tremendous growth opportunity,” Lowry said. “We’re really focused on growth right now, and we’ll continue to look to develop products demanded by customers and supplement our internal developments with more acquisitions in different markets.”
Upon completion, the transaction will mark Bard’s fourth acquisition since last year, when the firm bought Medivance Inc., Lutonix Inc. and ClearStream Technologies Ltd.
Following the deal, Lowry said, the company will maintain Neomend’s manufacturing and R&D facility in Irvine, where Bard already operates a plant focused on developing minimally invasive devices for breast cancer treatment through its SenoRx Inc. subsidiary, which it acquired for $200 million in cash in 2010.
While Lowry said acquiring other firms has been “driving top-line growth” for Bard, he said the company will continue to invest in its own research and development arms, though he noted the company has “no plans to change anything in New Jersey right now.”
Bard said the Neomend acquisition will expand business opportunities for its Rhode Island-based surgical specialties subsidiary, Davol Inc.
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Contact: Deborah J. Rivosa, CFP ®, CFA
DIAHANN LASSUS TO PARTICIPATE ON PANEL DISCUSSION AT THE LONDON OLYMPICS SPONSORED BY RUTGERS BUSINESS SCHOOL THOUGHT LEADERSHIP
The scrolling snippets on CNBC and the BBC, radio bulletins on Bloomberg Radio, and headlines across the business news pages have not been pretty lately. Banking scandals, the instability of the Euro Zone, the looming “fiscal cliff” faced by the US government, manipulation of LIBOR, and questions about the viability of the EURO, have weighed on investors, businesses, and citizens around the globe.
As part of its Thought Leadership series, Rutgers Business School has assembled a panel of experts to discuss ways to solve these challenges and bring fresh ideas to achieve sustainable economic growth. The backdrop of this discussion will be at the London Olympics on August 5th at the USA House, the Business & Hospitality Center of the US Olympic Committee. Continue reading
Ana Galindo Opens Allstate Office in New Providence
by Christy Potter Kass, The Alternative Press
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Ana Galindo’s new Allstate office is now open in New Providence, and the town is welcoming the veteran broker with open arms.
Galindo and her staff, with regional and state Allstate representatives and Borough Administrator Doug Marvin, cut the ribbon Thursday afternoon at the new office, located at 172 South Street in New Providence.
After a successful seven years in Union, where she started her agency, Galindo felt it was time for a change. She moved her office to the second floor of the South Street building, owned, built and shared by Carmen Torsiello of Torbilt Construction, who was on hand to help celebrate her grand opening and whom she thanked for her spacious, sunny office. Continue reading