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2016 Indepedence Day Celebration

The New Providence Independence Day Celebration returns to the Borough on Sunday, July 3, 2016 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.

An evening of fun!

Featuring Fireworks show, DJ, Give-Aways & Prizes, Dance Contests, Juggler, Ice Cream by Zita’s and Chalk on South Street!

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.

Sponsors

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, Davies and Associates, Kapuscinski Luongo Architects, Martial Arts for Life,  Overlook Medical Center, and New Providence Business, which sponsors the 5K Race, Farmers Market, Summer Concerts, Street Fair, the Christmas Walk, and other community events.

2016 Summer Concert Series

New Providence Business is proud to present four summer concerts offering music and entertainment for the whole family.  The free concerts will include many fun activities for the whole family, as well as free hot dogs provided by Prestige Diner and free Italian ice from Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream!

Concerts are held on Thursday nights, starting at 7 PM, in Centennial Park.   This year a fourth concert will be added on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, which coincides with the National Night Out program.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the sounds of the evening. If rain prevents an outside performance, it will be held inside in the municipal gym.

Concert Schedule:

Thursday, July 14 – 1910 Fruitgum Company

Thursday, July 21 – Cindy Gelormini

Thursday, July 28 – Asbury Fever

Tuesday, Aug. 2 – Elefante Family Band/ National Night Out

These concerts were made possible by generous sponsorships from Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors, Overlook Medical Center/Atlantic Health System, Prestige Diner, Elefante Music, Lions Club International, the Downtown Improvement District, and Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream.

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.”

Member News: New Providence Counselor and Children’s Book Author Gives Back

by Lauryn Shapiro, TAPintoNewProvidence
As seen on a Sussex Directories Inc siteNEW 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.”

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