Interesting and informative article, submitted by our member – Santa Fe Centers
Current research and a search of the literature have given Santa Fe Childcare a new way to look at the activity level of our infants and toddlers. We were pleased to welcome Eleanor Campbell, PT, to our Infant Toddler Center, on April 16th where she spoke to parents and staff about the importance of movement in the lives of our youngest children. The title of her presentation was “Babies Need to Move” and she had everyone fascinated with the information shared. She reviewed typical sensory/motor development, which is similar for all children – progress on a continuum which contributes to the many vital connections that are formed between lower and higher centers in the brain.
Infants must be allowed to move in order to gain muscle strength against gravity, to get up on hands and knees, to crawl and to eventually walk. The efficient and healthy development of the neurological and motor system is dependent on freedom of movement of infants as well as the continued encouragement of active play for the older children. In this age of car seats, infant seats, exersaucers, infant swings, and jolly jumpers, we need to critically look at whether we are providing enough opportunity to allow our children to be on the floor, to be in an environment where they can freely move and help to develop all their senses. We can prevent some of the developmental, learning and emotional challenges our children face, as well as plagiocephaly (abnormal head shape) in infants or torticollis (asymmetrical neck position) by allowing our infants to spend most of their awake time on the floor or in an environment that allows free movement. Less time in infant seats/carriers, swings or other restrictive devices which inhibit free movement is the key.
We are all well aware of our five senses and through growth and exposure these are well stimulated — but how many are aware of the proprioceptive sense and the vestibular sense? The proprioceptive sense helps us to know where our body is in space, how much force is needed for postural control against gravity and for movement. The vestibular system helps us to know where our head is positioned in space and to comprehend movement. These systems work together to develop motor control, balance and equilibrium. A baby’s first playground is the floor and here is where learning about the body and the environment is gained. Full development of movement, body awareness, and balance is a gradual process that is not complete until at least 7 years of age and beyond. Allowing our older children more free outside time and less regimented classes will help to not only develop the motor and neurologic system but will help with social and emotional growth and stress release.
Here at Santa Fe, we work hard to provide such an environment, which helps to develop all the senses so important for proper neurological and motor growth.
Jane Coleman Cabildo, Director
Santa Fe Centers
by Gary Kapner, Borough Councilman
Last night we had another outstanding fireworks display on South Street. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. Thank you to Investors Bank. It’s their financial support that makes our Independence Day celebration possible. Dan White, Investors Branch Manager, and his staff, were having a great time out on South Street giving out glow sticks and talking to everyone in the community.
There are many volunteers and borough employees that made last night’s celebration possible and I’d like to take a minute, to let you know who there are and thank them. In addition to Investors Bank, the New Providence Business and Professional provides financial support. Michelle Brugger, the President of the New Providence Business and Professional Association, along with her husband Master B, owners of Martial Arts for Life, organized the entertainment and personally handed out chalk to every one of our young street artists. Karin Souren and her DJ husband John of Club Souren handled the music and provide all of the sound equipment. I’d like to thank Don and Eliza Murphy of NP Fuel for their hospitality, the use of the Jets trunk and all the beach balls. They were a big hit with the kids. Don told me he blew up every ball. Peter Rovtar of the Lantern Agency handled our insurance needs and Garden State Fireworks put on quite a show. A very big thank you to our Independence Day Committee chairman Ted Kapuscinski and his wife, Karen Luongo, of Kapuscinski and Luongo Architects, who did another fantastic job of coordinating and organizing our Independence Day Celebration.
The New Providence amateur radio club was on hand providing communications for event organizers. The New Providence Police Department did a fantastic job controlling traffic and keeping everyone safe. Chief Buccelli was out working the crowd – - did you have a chance to say hello to him? Special thanks to the New Providence Department of Public Works and Public Works Superintendent Jim Johnston. And let’s not forget to thank all the volunteer members of the New Providence Fire Department and First Aid Squad.
I hope you all had a really great Independence Day weekend!
by Edward Hopkins, The Alternative Press
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The New Providence Pioneers finally got their fireworks fix for 2014. After threat of severe rain pushed back the annual Independence Day festivities originally scheduled for Thursday, New Providence residents took over South Street on Saturday to celebrate the nation’s birthday.
DJ John Souren of Club Souren, an event sponsor, played music from the truck bed of the NP Fuel Jets Truck. leis, wristbands, inflatable microphones, beach balls, and other items were thrown to the crowd who were dancing and singing below as juggler Will Shaw entertained the his many tricks.
While many danced and partied in the streets, local children were using the pavement as canvas, thanks to Michelle Brugger and Martial Arts for Life. The karate firm supplied dozens of children with cups of chalk to create temporary artwork.
“We did it just to give back to the community,” Brugger said. “The kids have a great time. Everybody really enjoys it. There’s something about closing down a main street and being able to color all over the place.
As darkness took over the sky, Garden State Fireworks took center stage, performing a 15-minute multi-shape and colored production over the Academy of Our Lady of Peace.
“It’s an awesome community event,” Investors Bank Vice-President Daniel M. White said. “It shows the collective support the bank gives out. I’m proud to sponsor this for the fifth year.”
New Providence Business & Professional Association, NP Fuel, KJS Design & Technology, Martial Arts for Life and Kapuscinki Luongo Architects also sponsored this year’s rendition of the annual event, and Don and Eliza Murphy of NP Fuel supplied beach balls and their Jets truck to assist in all the fun.
Independence Day Fireworks POSTPONED to Saturday, July 5th!
Please be advised that due to the threat of severe weather conditions this evening, the Independence Day Fireworks Celebration will be postponed to the scheduled Rain Date of Saturday, July 5th, 2014.
The event program and time schedule will remain the same for Saturday, July 5th as originally planned for this evening.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday in downtown New Providence!
New Providence “Family Fun Night” Summer Concerts Return
New Providence Business is proud to present four summer concerts offering music and entertainment for the whole family. The free concerts will include face painting and magician Simon Mandal to entertain the kids, along with free hot dogs from Prestige Diner and free ice cream from Zita’s for all to enjoy.
The concerts will kick off on Thursday, July 10 with the always popular and famous 1910 Fruitgum Company. Thursday, July 17 will feature The David Cedeno Band and Thursday, July 24 will showcase Cindy Gelormini. This year a fourth concert will be added on Tuesday, August 5, which coincides with the National Night Out program, and will feature the wonderful Elefante Family Band and include additional activities presented by the New Providence Police, Fire, and Recreation Departments.
The first three concerts will be held on Thursday evenings and the fourth concert on Tuesday evening in CentennialPark starting at 7:30 PM, rain or shine. 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.
“These free community events, sponsored by New Providence Business, is made possible because of generous donations from our local businesses,” said Michelle Brugger, Business Community spokesperson. “We’d like to thank The Berkeley Aquatic Club, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Braunschweiger Jewelers, Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors, the Downtown Improvement District, Elefante Music, Lassus Wherley, Lions Clubs International, Prestige Diner, Pure Pilates, Dr. Bob Robinson DDS, STH Printing, and Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream.”
More than 300 teams comprising an estimated 9,000 participants will hit the pavement in New Providence on Sunday, June 8, for the fourth-annual 5K Walk and USATF Certified Race, the largest fundraiser of the year for NJ Sharing Network. The theme will be: “To Remember. To Honor. To Give Hope.”
The fun-filled family event will include music, awards, prizes and activities for all ages.
The event has raised nearly $2 million in the past three years. Organizers this year have set an ambitious goal of $1 million, buoyed by the generous support of presenting sponsor, Pfizer, and dozens of corporate partners and generous volunteers.
Each race team has a poignant story. Some teams participate to honor the legacy of someone who died and gave the gift of organs and tissue. Others will walk or race to remember those who died while waiting for an organ. Some teams participate to offer hope for someone currently waiting for an organ or tissue, while many organ recipients participate to celebrate their second chance at life.
“The 5K helps raise funds to support education, donor families, research and public awareness about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation. The event also enables us to remember and honor those touched by transplantation, and to spread awareness about the life-saving and life-restoring gift of organ and tissue donation,” said Elisse Glennon, executive director of the NJ Sharing Network Foundation.
Teams are being organized now as families and friends come together. In some cases, organ recipients will participate with the families of those who donated the organs and tissue that helped them or their loved ones.
In addition, radio personality Greg T. of Z100 will participate in the race and talk from the stage.
“This is our fourth 5K and I am so inspired to see how our dedicated volunteers and supporters have enabled this event to grow so much. While it is a fun-filled day, the mission behind this fundraiser is critical. We want to do everything we can to help eliminate the transplant waiting list,” said Joe Roth, president & CEO of NJ Sharing Network.
More than 120,000 people nationwide, including almost 5,000 people in New Jersey, are awaiting life-saving organ transplants.
NJ Sharing Network’s 5K Walk/Race is presented by Pfizer, and hosted in cooperation with the New Providence Business Community. Other corporate partners include: ShopRite Village Supermarkets, Wiss & Company, LLP, Barnabas Health, Novartis, Community Tissue Services, Document Solutions, JFK Medical Center, Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, NJ Business Travel Association, Ogilvy Common Health, PNC Wealth Management, Wells Fargo, Adams Gutierrez & Lattiboudere, LLC, CarePoint Health, Hampshire Real Estate Companies, Jaffe Communications and Campbell Health Media, Loran Associates, Inc., Meridian Health, NJ Association of School Resource Officers, Quest Diagnostics, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Saenz Contractors, Sanford Brown Institute, The Condon Family, The Geffner Family, Investors Bank, The Valley Hospital, University Hospital Liver Center, William H. Connolly & Co. LLC,and McCabe Ambulance and EMS. In addition to The Star Ledger, our media partners include Z100 and Comcast Cable.
The event will take place at NJ Sharing Network’s headquarters at 691 Central Ave. in New Providence. Registration for the USATF-Certified Race opens at 7 a.m. and the Race begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration for the 5K Walk opens at 8:45 a.m. and the Walk starts at 10 a.m.
To create or join a team, or to make a financial contribution to the 5K Walk/Race, visit NJSharingNetwork.org. You can also visit the website or call 800-742-7365 to learn more about organ and tissue donation and register as an organ and tissue donor.
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Borough residents Karin and John Souren of KJS Design & Technology and partners in TV productions company, NYC Brand Productions, will be hosting a premiere party at The William Paca Club in New Providence for a new co-ed sports championship, College Arm Wrestling, that makes its debut on ESPNU Tuesday, May 13 at 7 p.m.
Teams comprised of male and female competitors from rival schools face one another in matches to compete for the College Arm Wrestling Championship. The competition is taped at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park.
Matchups for Week One include students from Penn State against students from Rutgers. In Week Two of the competition, airing on May 20, students from University of Connecticut meet students from Syracuse University.
The winning teams from those matchups will face each other in a final hour-long special on May 27 at 7 p.m. to determine the 2014 College Arm Wrestling Grand Champions. The winning team members will share a $10,000 cash prize.
“IMPACT WRESTLING” superstar and five-time CBS “Big Brother” star, Jessie Godderz, known to his fans as Mr. PEC-Tacular, has been tapped to co-host the competition. ESPN announcers Noah Coslov and Tara Petrolino will host the inaugural season of NYC Brand Production’s new coed College Arm Wrestling Championship. Referee for the College Arm Wrestling Championship is four-time World Arm Wrestling Champion, Jim Bryan who has wrestled on five continents for Team USA.
See a video preview of the CAWL To Arms action at http://cawltoarms.com/2014/04/16/guys-girls-grip-it-rip-it-for-college-arm-wrestling-championship/.
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Fireworks will once again be a feature of this year’s Independence Day Celebration in the Borough thanks to a donation of $11,000 by investors Bank. Adding to this year’s festivities there will be even more giveaways by Club Souren atop the NP Fuel Jets Truck.
The Independence Day Celebration will occur on July 3 at 7 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
This is not the first time that investors Bank has financially supported the event, which is a mainstay in the Borough for young and old alike. While traditionally, fireworks on the Fourth of July had been funded by the Borough through tax dollars, when the recession hit, many town governments, including New Providence, eliminated funding for the event rather than financially burden taxpayers. Since then, in New Providence, with the assistance of the Borough, the New Providence Business & Professional Association (NPBPA) took over planning and organizing the event and investors Bank came on board as the primary sponsor and funder for the past several years.
Independence Day Committee Chairperson and member of the NPBPA Ted Kapuscinski said, “Investors Bank has come to the table again this year in large support of the event. Without that support, the event couldn’t take place.”
Club Souren, sponsored by KJS Design & Technology, will DJ the event. Don Murphy of NP Fuel will donate the use of the NP Fuel Jets Truck for the festivities.
Daniel White, Retail Market Manager for the New Providence branch of investors Bank, said, “As an active community partner, we are proud to sponsor this year’s fireworks. The commitment of investors Bank to our community has never been stronger.”
Michelle Brugger, President of the NPBPA and owner of Martial Arts for Life in New Providence, concluded, “The New Providence business community does so much for the Borough but it takes businesses like investors Bank to provide what is really needed to make the Borough’s events such a huge success.”
Additional sponsors and donations for the event are welcome. Anyone who would like to sponsor or donate can contact Michelle Brugger at 908-464-2836 or at email@example.com.