The New Providence Business Community ended 2016 with record donations to our local community. In addition to providing scholarships to graduating high school students and funding large community events like the July 3 Celebration, Summer Concert Series, Downtown Trick or Treating and Scarecrow Contest, the Farmers Market, the Street Fair, and the Annual Christmas Walk, individual businesses stepped up and supported many, many local fundraising activities. They donated to local charities and civic organizations. They provided food, entertainment, and gifts for borough events and sponsored local recreation and sports teams. They helped fund the Hometown Heroes Veteran banner program and sponsored senior programs.
Most people don’t realize just how much these businesses give. While each individual solicitation from a local business may not seem like much to ask, people do not think of how many others are asking the same businesses to give, as well. In our town we have pre-schools, elementary schools, a middle school and high school, multiple religious and after school organizations, Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts, non-profit organizations, charitable foundations, soccer teams, softball, baseball, t-ball, football, lacrosse, swim teams, cheerleading, tennis, and basketball teams. Our businesses support medical research, food drives, school improvements, families in need, and beautification efforts.
In total, New Providence businesses gave well over $250,000 in 2016! Some individual businesses in town donate nearly $2,000 a month year in and year out, and ask for nothing in return except for your patronage and loyalty. Our merchants are proud and happy to support our community. They are reluctant to say no to someone seeking a donation, even when it is difficult financially for them to continue giving. They care deeply about our community and want to contribute whenever possible. Let’s show them our gratitude and appreciation by frequenting their establishments often and telling our friends and families about them, too. They can only continue to support us if we continue to support them!
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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.”