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

Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts in New Providence, NJ has a temporary (potentially permanent) customer service/retail position available. Knowledge of music/musical instruments is preferred, but most important is that you are friendly and competent with customers both in person, on the phone, and through email. For more information contact Michele at (908) 464-5928 or

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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.

2016 farmers Market

The 2016 New Providence Farmers’ Market will be open each Wednesday through October 26, 2016.  The market will open at 1 PM and close at 6 PM.

The market will be held in the highly visible parking lot of the Presbyterian Church on Springfield Avenue.

This Jersey Fresh market attracts hundreds of residents and visitors, and features fresh picked fruits and vegetables, local honey, baked goods, fresh mozzarella, breads, gourmet nuts, prepared Italian specialties and sauces, and more.

The New Providence Business Community would like to extend a hearty “Thank You” to the Presbyterian Church for their generosity by allowing us the use of their parking lot for this market.

For information about the New Providence Farmers Market, please email, or call 908-598-2352.

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, free Italian ice from Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream, and free water from Acme!

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, Acme, and Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream.

2015 Farmers Market Opens Wed., June 10

The New Providence Farmers Market will be open on Wednesdays from June 10 – Oct. 28, 2015.  The market hours are noon – 6 PM.  The market is located in the Presbyterian Church parking lot at the corner of Springfield Avenue and South Street in downtown New Providence.  In addition to Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables, you will find prepared foods, dried nuts and fruits, olive oils, cider, baked goods, and more.

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