Fireworks on for New Providence Independence Day Celebration: Investors Bank Donates $11,000

by Michael M. Shapiro

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.

Free chalk, donated by Kapuscinski Luongo Architects and Martial Arts for Life, will be provided for children to create art along South Street.  Additional programs will be announced, as well.

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 martialartsforlife@aol.com.

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General Meeting – Wednesday, April 16

Please join us for the next General Membership Meeting of the New Providence Business & Professional Association!

PrudentialNetworking will begin at 6:00 pm
Meeting will begin at 6:30 pm

Location:
Prudential NJ Properties
1260 Springfield Avenue
New Providence, NJ 07974  [Directions]

We will be discussing our upcoming events for 2014. Our Speaker for the Evening is TBD.

Please use the link below to register. If you or a friend or business associate live or work in New Providence, but is not yet a member, we invite to come and join us for this meeting. We would love to have you!

Register Now!

I hope you are able to join us, even if just for a little while. I am looking forward to seeing you then.

Thank you to Mike DelDuca and Prudential NJ Properties for hosting our next meeting. We also thank our members for being such a valued part of the New Providence Business & Professional Association.

Sincerely,

Michelle Brugger
President

Big Basket Raffle, A Big Event at Salt Brook School in New Providence

by Marina Kennedy, The Alternative Press

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Parents, teachers and community members came out in force to Salt Brook School Elementary in New Providence for its third annual Big Basket Raffle on Saturday.

Extra hours were added for Salt Brook families on Friday, March 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Last year’s event raised about $15,000.

Each of the 32 classes at Salt Brook School donated a basket. There was an array of prizes that included gift certificates, sports baskets, gourmet offerings, beauty supplies, and items for children including American Girl dolls and LEGOs. With 75 baskets displayed, a refreshment area, and a 50/50, there was something for everyone. Basket raffle tickets started at $1 each with 25 tickets for $20.00.

DJ John Souren (Club Souren), an alumnus of Salt Brook School, provided music to entertain guests during the Big Basket Raffle.

This year’s committee co-chairs were Kerry Fitzgerald and Paulette Beck. The committee also included Allison Smith, Kathy Verbaro, Jeanne Cook, and Deana Cumiskey. All of the women are mothers of Salt Brook students. To generate interest from the community, there was a lot of advance press, signs were posted locally and social media was used.

Fitzgerald said, “The community’s response has been excellent with donations and outstanding volunteer efforts. We appreciate everyone coming out for the event on their busy weekend.”

“It’s a great social event,” Verbaro said. “So many families came out today. It is especially nice that parents who are new to the school get a chance to meet members of the Salt Brook community.”

Cooke said, “It’s wonderful that the community came together to make terrific donations. The Salt Brook families have been so excited about the event.”

Paulette Beck commented, “The PTA makes very important contributions to the school. We have an Authors Day when a book author comes to the school to speak, and also sponsors a musical for the school.”

Kate and John Goldsmith of New Providence attended the Basket Raffle with their three children. One of their children attends Salt Brook Elementary School. John told TheAlternativePress.com, “This is our first time here. We’ve heard a lot of great things about it. We also like the opportunity to see our neighbors and friends.”

 

Economic Development Committee Report – December 2013

The Economic Development Committee hereby requests Council authorization to utilize Borough Professionals to study the feasibility of the ideas, concepts, and projects presented herein.

Our Downtown Business District objectives are to foster new ideas, facilitate communication and promote cooperation. The borough has resources and professional expertise available. We would like to partner with the business community and work as a team to accomplish mutually beneficial projects. Our goals are simple and attainable: ease of access for shoppers, open access parking, create additional parking, traffic management, consolidation of services, connectivity to the recreation area (tennis/pool/HS), and creation of green space. Having a well-organized, attractive downtown shopping district is an asset to everyone.

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General Meeting: Thursday, January 9 – hosted by investors Bank

Please join us!

At the January General Membership meeting of the New Providence Business Community our guest speaker will discuss small business lending.

We will also catch up on the events from 2013, and begin planning for our 2014 events.

When:

  • Thursday, January 9 at 6pm to 7:30pm

Where:

  • investors Bank (1260 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974)

Details:

  • Refreshments will be served!
  • Networking at 6:00 pm. Our speaker will begin at 6:15 pm and our Meeting agenda will begin at 6:30 pm.

Register Today!

Don’t miss it! We look forward to seeing you there!

 

About our speaker:

James O. Harte – Senior Vice President of Business Lending at investors Bank

“Mr. Harte has more than 35 years’ industry experience, most recently as SVP and Chief Credit Officer for Enterprise National Bank, a New Jersey-based community bank.  Prior to this, he spent more than 20 years with The Bank of New York, serving in roles that included SVP/Division Head of Business & Professional Lending, Division President of the Rockland County NY Retail Banking Division, and Head of Commercial Lending and Credit for the Bank’s New Jersey subsidiary. Mr. Harte is a Hawthorne resident who graduated with a BBA from the University of Notre Dame.”

Thank you to our gracious hosts:

investors Bank

Martial Arts for Life Students Earn Their Black Belts

by Richard Brugger

NEW PROVIDENCE – Martial Arts for life held Black Belt testing at the New Providence Recreation Center on Nov. 23. Nine students earned their first degree Black Belt and three students earned their second degree Black Belt. The graduates ranged in age from 11 to 14 years old.

The Black Belt exam consisted of physical fitness requirements which included a timed two mile run, performance of fifty sit-ups and fifty push-ups and multiple rounds of sparring or “free fighting” while wearing protective equipment. Students were also required to perform their entire martial arts curriculum from beginner to advanced level without mistakes. Children high school age or younger were required to have a “B” average in school as part of their academic requirements.

“This was a really special test. We had students who have been training since they were as young as 4 ½ years old in this group. To see them embracing the martial arts lifestyle and demonstrating such exceptional perseverance makes us very proud.” said Rich Brugger, who co-owns Martial Arts For Life with his wife Michelle. Co-owner Michelle Brugger added, “It really is a joy to watch these kids continue to grow and mature. We are very proud of them.”

Martial Arts For Life is located in the Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., in New Providence. For more information about Martial Arts For Life visit www.BeginKarate.com or call (908) 464–2836.

 

Christmas Walk 2013: New Providence Businesses Usher in Holidays

by Marina Kennedy

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – New Providence Business sponsored the annual 2013 Christmas Walk, held on Friday.

The event, sponsored by New Providence Business, ushered in the holiday season on a clear, cool November night.

Aida and John Swon of New Providence came downtown with their young children. The Swons felt that the Christmas walk was a very family-friendly event. Aida said that it was “exciting for the kids” and John said that it was “good community bonding.”

The festivities started at 4:30 p.m. with local shopkeepers welcoming everyone with treats, activities, and refreshments. The McGrath Family of McGrath’s Paint and Hardware provided popcorn for everyone just outside their store.

M& M Liquors provided bagpipe entertainment by Ian Rankine, who is also one of the pastors at the New Providence Presbyterian Church. Rankine enjoyed being a part of the evening and bringing his children, as well.

Bob Autenrieth, manager of Braunschweiger Jewelers, said, “The Christmas Walk is definitely a good idea. It gets people out in the neighborhood.” He also said that he loves to see the customers.

Chris Vergura of New Providence attended the event with her daughters, who enjoyed the crafts at the New Providence Presbyterian Church. “The children are having a great time,” Vergura said.

At 5 p.m., the Presbyterian Church was also the scene for many who enjoyed seeing live animals, including goats and sheep. A live Nativity scene took place at the church at 6:30 p.m.

At Ferdinand Jewelers, youngsters received green and red helium balloons while hot cider and donuts were served. Santa Claus made his annual stop at Ferdinand’s for children and their families to visit.

There was plenty of excitement as Santa Claus arrived in town at 6 p.m. on the rooftop of Provident Bank on South Street. The crowd cheered as Santa waved to everyone while the Pioneer Band of New Providence High School played “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” The high school band also led a parade with the New Providence Fire Department to thrill the crowd.

As the holiday season continues, area residents can take advantage of the many shopping and dining opportunities that are available in downtown New Providence.

New Providence Business is a group of merchants and business professionals who work together to make the town a premier place for families and shopping. Their theme, “Small Community, Big Choices,” was realized at the Christmas Walk with a large turnout from the public.

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Annual Christmas Walk – Friday 11/29; 4:30pm

Join us for this year’s Annual Christmas Walk in downtown New Providence!

Please come out and join us on Friday, November 29th, in kicking off the holiday season! Come watch Santa arrive in town with a parade led by the Pioneer Band and the NPFD.

The kids can also enjoy Christmas Carolers, a stilt walker, sand art and more!

Schedule:

  • Treats, activities & refreshments at 4:30 p.m.
    New Providence shop keepers will be welcoming everyone beginning at 4:30pm with treats, activities and refreshments.
  • Live animals starting at 5 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church
  • Santa arrives at 6:00 p.m. at Provident Bank on South Street
  • Live Nativity at 6:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church

 

New Providence Merchants Host Halloween Trick or Treat Event

 

by Herman Lee, The Alternative Press

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Hundreds of children flocked to downtown New Providence on Halloween for the annual trick or treat event hosted by the New Providence Business community.

Many New Providence businesses opened their doors for the ghosts, ghouls and goblins, and business owners provided treats to all. Even the threat of rain could not deter the children from their sugar-filled mission.

Jimmy Vardas, President of the New Providence Downtown Improvement District, said, “It was a pleasure seeing kids with smiling faces and adorable costumes go trick or treating downtown. i am sure all those who visited as well as the merchants who were handing out Halloween candy non-stop had a wonderful time.”

This year, participating stores in town displayed an orange pumpkin in their windows to let children and parents know that the business was participating in this year’s festivities.

Six-year old Shayne, who was dressed as SpongeBob Squarepants, told TheAlternativePress.com, “The businesses gave out so many delicious treats. The kids had fun. Thank you!” 

Popular costumes this year included ninjas, princesses, Steve (Mindcraft), and Woody (Toy Story).

Michelle Brugger, President of the New Providence Business & Professional Association, told TheAlternativePress.com, “I would first and foremost like to thank the New Providence Business Community and the New Providence Police Department for creating a fun and safe place for the kids of New Providence to come out and Trick or Treat. Without either of those organizations, great events like these would never happen!”

She continued, “The New Providence Police Department did a great job of crossing the kids and the families and keeping everyone safe. All merchants in the Business Community handed out great candy! I heard lots of kids talking about what they got! It was so nice to see all the kids dressed up in their awesome costumes.”

“We missed two Halloweens in a row so it was a nice feeling to be able to host again and see everyone out having fun, getting great candy, and enjoying downtown New Providence. We are looking forward to 2014!” she concluded.

Trick-Or-Treat in Downtown New Providence 10/31 3-5pm

You are invited

to wear your costumes to

TRICK-OR-TREAT

in Downtown New Providence

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31st

3:00 to 5:00 PM

~ Rain or Shine ~

Look for the Stores with a ORANGE PUMPKIN
in the Window or on the Door

 

 

Did You Know…?

Summit & Berkeley Heights were once part of NP?

Yes – New Providence originally included present-day towns, Summit and Berkeley Heights! Find out more about New Providence history through the New Providence Historical Society at http://www.daddezio.com/society/locals/nphs.html.

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