2014 Christmas Walk, Friday, November 28th



at Provident Bank on South Street

Please come out and join us 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!

This event is proudly sponsored by

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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.”

New Providence Farmer’s Market FALL Children’s Activities & Entertainment

Join us! Every Wednesday through November 5th from 12 noon to 6pm at the New Providence Presbyterian Church parking lot on Springfield Avenue! 

NP Street Fair this Sunday, 9/7 10am-5pm

Join us this Sunday along Springfield Avenue in New Providence, between South Street and Livingston Avenue.

A Fun Family Event!

100+ vendors…kids’ zone…great food…arts & crafts

live music…kiddie rides…pony rides…petting zoo

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Movement is a Must for Infants and Children of All Ages

Interesting and informative article, submitted by our member – Santa Fe Centers

Santa Fe CentersCurrent 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

Happy Independence Day Weekend!

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!

New Providence Celebrates Independence Day with a Bang

firworksby 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.

NP Independence Day Fireworks POSTPONED to Saturday July 5th

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!

2014 Summer Concerts – Kicks off July 10th

SummerConcertsNew 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.”

Sharing Network to hold 5K walk/race in New Providence

by NJ.com

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.

Read full article on NJ.com

Did You Know…?

Hosts of the NJ Sharing Network 5K

Did you know…the New Providence Business Community hosts the NJ Sharing Network 5K which draws over 6,000 people to New Providence each June?

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