Providence! Integrated Health and Fitness

Guest Service/Sales Support Associate: excellent opportunity to join a growing fitness and wellness business in New Providence NJ. We are seeking a guest service associate whose is friendly, well spoken, detailed and goal oriented, computer and social media savvy, and loves to work with people. This position is multi tasking and self motivating. Sales experience is a plus. Free classes and employee discounts are some of the extra perks that are offered with this PT position.
Hours are, but not limited to, Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30 to 9:00/closing. $12.00 per hour.  Call 908-898-0008.

Scarecrows Are Back!

New Providence Business is hosting the second annual Scarecrow Contest, bringing a festive feel to our downtown!   The contest encourages New Providence residents, businesses, civic organizations, school groups, sports teams, and families to build the wildest, cleverest, funniest scarecrows they can imagine (within contest guidelines).  The scarecrows will be on display throughout the downtown to bring the community and businesses together, encourage walking, and provide a great opportunity to visit our fantastic stores and restaurants.

The entry deadline is Saturday, Oct. 7.  Starting Sun., Oct. 14, scarecrows will be placed along Springfield Ave. and South Street.  People can vote for their favorite scarecrows between October 14 through Nov. 1, so make sure you spread the word to your family and friends.  Winners will be announced on November 1.  Prizes will be given for First Place ($300), Second Place ($200), and Third Place ($100). The competition entries are open to New Providence residents, businesses, and community organizations, but anyone can vote for their favorite.

Details, guidelines, and a link to enter online for the Scarecrow Contest are also be available on the borough website www.newprov.org .

2017 Summer Concert Series Wraps Up

New Providence Business presented four summer concerts offering music and entertainment for the whole family.  Although rain moved a couple of the concerts indoors, they were very well attended and everyone had a great time.

These concerts would  not possible without generous donations from our sponsors:

Prestige Diner
Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream
NJ Sharing Network
Lantern Hill
Elefante Music
NP Downtown Improvement District
Lions Club International
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Creative Wallcoverings And Interiors
Accent Printing

See you next year!

 

2017 July 3 Celebration A Huge Success!

The New Providence Independence Day Celebration returned to the borough on Monday, July 3.  Families, kids, and visitors all enjoyed the festivities and fantastic fireworks.

This event would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors:

Investors Bank
NJ Sharing Network
Lantern Hill
Kapuscinski Luongo Architects
NP Downtown Improvement District
Martial Arts for Life
Steve Mcmahon State Farm Agency
Dim Sum Villa
Souren Communications
NP Fuel

Accent Printing Solutions

See you again next year!

 

 

New Providence Business Wraps Up Another Generous Year

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!

Santa Fe Centers
1441 & 1496 Springfield Ave.,
New Providence, NJ  07974
Phone:  (908) 464-3848

 Job Title:  Assistant Teacher – Infant Toddler Center  

Compensation:  Commensurate with experience and education

Santa Fe Centers is currently interviewing enthusiastic, energetic teachers who understand the developmental needs of children from infancy through 5 years of age.   For a full time position, our educational team demands a teacher who can evaluate individual and ongoing needs and supports a philosophy of exploration, activity and independence.  Our job description for the Teaching Assistant may include but are not limited to:

  • Has completed or will complete required in-service training staff development. Associates Degree or BA in Early Childhood Education or shows progress towards an early childhood degree or a CDA.
  • engages with the children on the floor, participates in games and activities at their developmental level and encourages them to participate.
  • promotes the development of language, thinking and problem-solving skills, curiosity, and exploration, gross and fine motor skills.
  • identifies children’s needs and cooperates with other professionals in identifying and addressing health and learning issues. Able to assist with regular developmental assessment and anecdotal notes.

Required education: See above as listed.

Candidates please contact:   Jane Coleman Cabildo, (908) 665-1235 or Marilyn Skyba (908) 464-3848

New Providence Business Urges Customers to Be Kind Online

In the past few years, New Providence has seen a growth of small businesses, which is great news for not only the business owners, but also for our residents and visitors.  Local businesses support community events, such as the Independence Day Celebration and Summer Concert Series, contribute generously to school and civic fundraising activities, and help keep our downtown safe and vibrant.

Since our community reaps the benefits from having local businesses, we should do everything we can to help them thrive and grow. This includes shopping in our local stores instead of their big box competitors, recommending New Providence stores to friends and neighbors, and developing relationships with the owners and staff.   With the evolution of the Internet and business review websites, such as Yelp, Yahoo, Google Reviews, Angie’s List, and Facebook, people have been given the power to influence local businesses to a degree that has never before been available.  Online reviews provide a powerful tool for consumers, but it’s one that should be used judiciously.

Customers and clients should take a moment to reconsider before posting harsh comments online. These reviews can be the death of a small business.   It is very tempting to go online and blast a business if something wasn’t handled in a way that we would like, but there are more productive ways of handling those situations.  Mistakes do happen.  Often, the business owner is unaware of a particular situation or incident, and would like nothing more than the opportunity to correct it.  By speaking directly with the business owners, you can help them better understand the issue at hand, give them an opportunity to rectify the situation, and allow them to train their staff on how to handle those situations differently.  In the end, that provides a more satisfying long term solution to the problem and preserves the hard earned reputations and integrity of our local businesses.  Customers are more satisfied, staff is better trained, and our local business community thrives.

“One of the goals of New Providence Business is to foster a thriving local business environment in town,” said Michelle Brugger, Business Community Spokesperson. “This goal can’t be achieved if people use online resources to criticize our local businesses. These business owners are our residents, our neighbors, and most importantly, our friends.  They are deeply invested in our community and want to provide the best service possible.  In return, they deserve our respect and regard.”

Please take a moment to consider the impact that a negative comment or review can have on not only the small business, but also on the larger business community.  A strong local economy helps build community cohesiveness and provides more local jobs for our neighbors and kids.  The same people who complain online about local businesses are often the first ones to then complain when there are empty storefronts. So the next time you have an issue, pull the owner or manager aside to try to resolve the situation before you go online to complain.  And when you do have a great experience, go ahead and give them a shout-out online.  We will all benefit.

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