Don’t forget to visit the New Providence Farmers Market. It will be open each Wednesday afternoon, Noon – 6 PM, rain or shine, through October 28. The market will be held in the highly visible parking lot of the Presbyterian Church on Springfield Avenue.
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.”
by Lauryn Shapiro, TAPintoNewProvidence
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – New Providence resident Rebecca Perlman Coniglio, a licensed clinical social worker and certified school counselor, and author of children’s book series, “Lily’s Little Life Lessons,” (lilyslittlelifelessons.com) has found a creative way to support The NJ Sharing Network.
Her most recent book, “Lily’s Laces” was written specifically for The NJ Sharing Network, with all proceeds from the book benefiting the organization which saves lives through organ and tissue donation. “Lily’s Laces” will be released in Spanish later this month.
Coniglio was inspired to write her books after her daughter, Lily, became very ill from complications of a virus when she was in kindergarten. “When she got better I did feel so lucky, so I reached out to the NJ Sharing Network and told them that Lily always wanted to participate in their 5K, and I wondered if they wanted me to write a story about it,” she tells TAP into New Providence. She explains that The NJ Sharing Network funds the book’s publications and receives all of the proceeds from the sales.
When she heard about The NJ Sharing Network’s new foundation, Riley’s Dance (www.rileysdance.org), she offered to write another story for them. Coniglio is currently working on the book that will benefit Riley’s Dance, a foundation honoring five-year-old Riley (of Livingston, New Jersey) who saved two people’s lives by donating her organs when she died.
“Writing these books is a way to give back to the community and support the very worthy cause of organ and tissue donation,” said Coniglio.
Coniglio recently relocated her private counseling practice from Livingston, New Jersey, to South Street in New Providence. She has over 10 years of experience working with adults, adolescents, and children who are experiencing anxiety, grief, parenting issues, other life transitions. A free phone consultation is encouraged at 973-568-6453. “Sometimes you just need someone to talk to,” Coniglio says. “I am here, and ready to listen.”