MAYOR’S COMMUNITY UPDATE: May 20, 2022. What a great week in the Borough! Here is a catch up of this past week in New Providence and some of the many exciting things going on and upcoming in our community:
– We had a spectacular day in the neighborhood last weekend beginning with the Our House, Our Run 4K Run 2K Walk and Fundraiser at Hillview School to raise money to support the adults with disabilities served by Our House, followed by the Historical Society Annual Craft Fair and Garden Club Plant Sale at the Salt Box Museum. Special thanks to John Elliott and CBS New York for all the coverage of our wonderful community. Here are a few of the places, including our Salt Box Museum and a few of our wonderful small businesses that he visited. Our local businesses are the backbone of our community and help make small town living better! Support Local. Shop NP!
– John Elliott and CBS New York visited the Historical Society at our Salt Box Museum: https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/video/shop-local-saturday-new-providence-historical-society/
They also visited:
– Elefante Music: https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/video/shop-local-elefante-music-and-school-for-the-performing-arts
– Linda’s Creative Gifts: https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/video/shop-local-saturday-lindas-creative-gifts
– Bagel Cafe: https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/video/shop-local-saturday-bagel-cafe
– Thank you to Our House and all the volunteers and participants for making the 23rd Annual 4k Run and Fundraiser such a wonderful community event. Read more https://www.tapinto.net/towns/new-providence/categories/news/articles/23rd-annual-our-house-our-run-hits-new-providence-streets
– Our New Providence Police Department was recognized by the 200 Club of Union County for their heroic actions during Hurricane Ida September 1, 2021. That awful storm swept through our community causing horrific conditions. Several of our finest worked heroically and saved lives. Our most sincere thanks, gratitude, and congratulations to:
– Officer Carmine Boccellari – Honorable Service Award
– OEM Deputy Coordinator Susan Deluise – 200 Club Letter of Commendation & Departmental Medal of Honor
– Captain Daniel Henn – 200 Club Letter of Commendation & Departmental Medal of Honor
– Detective Nicholas Guerriero – 200 Club Valor Award & Departmental Medal of Honor
– Officer Jeffrey Bruder – 200 Club Valor Award & Departmental Medal of Honor
– Detective Michael Carlino – 200 Club Valor Award & Departmental Medal of Honor
– Happy National EMS Week (May 11th-17th)! Our EMS held a very nice EMS Community Social Event this past Wednesday. We are so grateful to our incredible New Providence EMS! They are the kindest and most caring people you could ever know. Thank you for a nice event and thank you for your selfless good service to our community. Our EMS members are volunteers who continue to go above and beyond, attending almost all community events and activities, doing all they can to keep our community members safe. We are so grateful for their good service to our community.
-Along with our Council President Nadine Geoffroy, I attended the Gateway Chamber of Commerce Dinner this past Thursday. Gateway Chamber of Commerce represents all of Union County. We get together to honor and share our respective towns. Thank you to the Sharing Network of NJ for sponsoring our table. It was a really nice event.
– Residents are eligible to order another batch of free home COVID-19 tests from the Federal Government. This shipment will include up to 8 tests. To order 8 more free COVID test kits: https://special.usps.com/testkits
– Online appointments are now available for COVID-19 vaccinations administered by the Westfield Health Department on select Fridays from 3:30-5:30 at Westfield Town Hall. Primary, secondary, and booster doses are available: https://www.westfieldnj.gov/vaccine-appointments
– Utility upgrades are continuing around the Borough. Please continue to expect some delays and detours. We continually communicate on our end with the utility companies to find out when/where they are coming and continually inform them of best times (least traffic disruption) and paving schedules etc. Despite our best efforts the utility companies unfortunately are often not always the best at keeping us informed when/where they will be working or for how long. Please be patient while this important work continues.
– The next Brough Council Meeting is this Tuesday May 24, 2022 in Council Chambers Borough Hall.
– Our Memorial Day Parade will be back in-person along Springfield Ave on Monday May 30th 10am in cooperation with the American Legion Post #433. For more details or if your group is interested in marching this year please email email@example.com or call (908)464-4430.
– Our Next ‘Chat with the Mayor’ is Friday June 3rd 6:30pm-8pm in the Lincoln Meeting Room Borough Hall.
-New Providence Friends of the Library are sponsoring a FREE Jazz Concert: Jazz Club with the Amazing Music of Abe Ovadia on Sunday June 12th at 2pm : https://www.newprovidencelibrary.org/events/library-calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2022/06/12/5073/-/jazz-guitar-concert-with-abe-ovadia
– BULK COLLECTION PICK-UP Starts in June. Bulk Collection occurs once a year in June. Items must be placed at your curb by 2 AM on the designated Monday for your Zone. Please see the 2022 Calendar for details : https://www.newprov.org/download/Borough%20Newsletters/2022/2022-Annual-Calendar-most-recent.pdf. Check pages 3 and 4 of the calendar for bulk collection dates and street listings by zone. Check pages 13 and 15 for more information on bulk collection. Keep your items at the curb starting on your designated pick up date. Trucks will be around to collect as soon as they can. Read more: https://www.newprov.org/2022/05/bulk-collection-pick-up-starts
Zone 1B – Monday, June 6: ACORN DR, BERGEN RD, BROOK HOLLOW LN, CENTRAL AVE #72- 240 both sides #254 – 502 even only, CHESTNUT HILL DR, CHESTNUT ST, CLUB DR, CLUB LN, COLONY CT, COUNTRYSIDE DR, CROSS WAY, DEERFIELD RD, DIANE CT, DIVISION AVE, DORR RD, ELM ST, ELMORE RD, FOREST RD, GALLINSON DR, GREENWOOD RD, GROVE TER, HICKORY PL, HILLSIDE TER, JOHNSON DR, KENDRICK RD, LAVINA CT, LIVINGSTON AVE #271 – 345 both sides, MAPLE ST #292 – 386 both sides, MOUNTAIN AVE East of South St, NORTHVIEW RD, OAKWOOD DR, OLD BROOK LN, OLD OAK DR, OLDWOOD DR, OVERHILL RD, SALEM RD, SEVEN OAKS DR, SOUTH ST #264-546 even only, STONERIDGE RD, TALL OAKS DR, THE FELLSWAY, VALLEY VIEW AVE, VERONA RD, WALNUT ST, WHITEWOOD DR, WOODCREST DR, WOODLAND RD
Zone 1A – Monday, June 13: BALDWIN DR, BRIER CT, CANDLEWOOD DR, CHANLON RD, CLARENDON CT, COLCHESTER RD, DARBY CT, EGGERS CT, ELIZABETH CT, ETHAN DR, FARM GATE RD, FLORAL AVE, FOLEY PL, FOLEY SQ, FOX RUN, FROST LN, GERARD CT, GLENSIDE RD, HAMPSHIRE RD, HANSELL RD, HATHAWAY DR, KNOLLWOOD DR, MARTINS LA, MOUNTAIN AVE West of South St, MURRAY HILL APTS, MURRAY HILL FARMS CONDOS, MURRAY HILL MANOR CONDOS, MURRAY HILL SQ. CONDOS (bulk only), NASSAU PL, PENWOOD DR, POSSUM WAY, PRINCETON DR, ROSE AVE, RYDER WAY, SAGAMORE DR, SOUTHGATE @ MH CONDOS, SOUTHGATE RD SOUTH ST #259 – 489 odd only, SULFRIAN RD, SURREY LN, TIMOTHY FIELD RD, UNION AVE From RR tracks to Mountain Ave, WARNER PL, WESTERLY AVE, YARMOUTH DR
Zone 2 – Monday, June 20: ALISON CT, ARBORS AT MURRAY HILL, ARDSLEY CT, ASPEN CT, BADGLEY DR ,BALCOLM RD, BARBERRY LN, BEECH ST, BRADFORD ST, BROMLEY CT, BROOKSIDE DR, CAMERON RD, CENTRAL AVE #305 – 499 odd only #534 – 950 even only, COLONIAL WAY, COLUMBUS AVE, COMMERCE DR, CONSTANCE RD, CRANE CIRCLE, CREST RD, DELWICK LN, DEVON PL, DOUGLAS ST, DUNLAP ST, EAST SECOND ST, EAST FOURTH ST, EAST THIRD ST, EIGHTH ST, FAIRMOUNT RD, FAIRVIEW AVE, FIFTH ST, FIRST ST – both portions, FOURTH ST, GALES DR, GLENBROOK RD, GRANT AVE, HAWTHORNE DR, HEATHER CT, HICKSON DR, HIGH ST, HILLARY PL, JAMES ST, JONES DR, KLINE BLVD, KLINE PL, LIVINGSTON AVE From Springfield Ave to Central Ave, MAPLE ST #16 – 191 both sides, MARION AVE, MIDVALE DR, MILL POND RD, MORRIS AVE, NP GARDEN APTS, PEARL ST, PIONEER DR, PLEASANTVIEW AVE, POTTER ST, PRIMROSE DR, PROVIDENCE ST, RICHLAND DR, SECOND ST, SHELLY DR, SIXTH ST, SOUTH ST From Springfield Ave to Central Ave – both sides, SPRING ST SPRINGFIELD AVE #806—1296 #1700—1818, THIRD ST, THOMAS ST, UNION AVE From Springfield Ave to RR tracks, WEST FOURTH STREET, WESTVIEW AVE, WILBER ST, WILLIAM ST, WILLOW ST, WOODRUFF CT
Zone 3 – Monday, June 27: ACADEMY ST, ALDEN RD, ASHWOOD RD, BIRCH PL, BROOK RD, CENTRAL AVE From 783-937 odd only, CENTRAL AVE From Springfield Ave to Chatham Line, CHARNWOOD RD, CLEMENT RD, CLINTON AVE, CODDINGTON DR, COMMONWEALTH AVE, CRESCENT DR, DELAWARE AVE, DOGWOOD LA, EARL PL, EDGEWOOD AVE, EDWARD CT, ELKWOOD AVE, ETMORE PL, EVERGREEN AVE, GEORGE RD, GORDON PL, HEDDEN PL, HOLMES AVE, HOLMES OVAL N, HOLMES OVAL S, INWOOD RD, JANE RD, LANCASTER CT, LAUREL DR, LINCOLN LN, MADISON AVE, MAGNOLIA DR, MEADOW CT, MEE LA, MOREHOUSE PL, NEWCOMB DR, OSBORNE AVE, OXBOW DR, PARK PL, PASSAIC ST, PEWTER LA, PINE CT, PINE WAY, PITNEY AVE, PITTSFORD WAY, PORTER PL, RADCLIFFE DR, RIDGE DR, RIDGEVIEW AVE, ROESSNER PL, RUNNYMEDE PKWY, SALT BROOK RD, SCHINDLER PL, SHERWOOD DR, SLOPE DR, SPRING GARDENS APTS., SPRINGFIELD AVE #851-1823 and #1308 – 1682, STANLEY RD, TERRACE RD, VALENTINE RD, VISTA LN, WALKER DR, WALTON AVE, WELLINGS RD, WESLEY CT, WHITMAN DR, WOODBINE CIRCLE
– Our Annual Freecycle-Fest Event hosted by our Sustainability Committee will be held on September 17, 2022 (rain date Sept 18, 2022) at the New Providence Community Pool parking lot from 8am – 3pm. This is an opportunity to bring unwanted items to a central location in New Providence for “recycling” with other families. In the past this Freecycle Event has been held simultaneously with the Green Fair. However, the two events will be held on separate dates this year. Thank you to the Sustainability Committee for their good work on this for our community.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month:
– Our Borough Council appointed a new committee at our recent Borough Council Meeting on Tues 5/10/22: The New Providence Mental Health Advocacy and Education Committee. This new committee is spearheaded by Council President Nadine Geoffroy and Councilwoman Lisa McKnight.
– The committee mission statement: “The goal of the committee is to reduce the stigma of mental health within the community by promoting understanding through education, advocacy, raising awareness and connecting people to resources to get them hope and help.”
– The committee has several objectives and projects they will be working on including a lawn sign promoting mental health awareness. The lawn signs are available for $20/each. Please email Nadine Geoffroy at firstname.lastname@example.org. The committee is also partnering with the high school and will be handing out green ribbons to students. The borough poles will also be decorated with the green ribbons in recognition of Mental Health Awareness.
-If you need help please call 866.202.HELP (4357) for free & anonymous emotional support 8am-8pm
-National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Available 24 hours 800-273-8255
-Crisis text line 741741
-On July 16th, 988 will become the national dialing code for people experiencing a mental health crisis. By dialing 9-8-8, you can be connected to suicide prevention and health crisis counselors 24/7. To learn more about the 988 system in NJ, please watch this presentation created by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuKhq-VPVjU
-Veterans are invited to a bi-monthly, veteran-run peer support & discussion group, Warriors Welcome. This group is no-cost, confidential and a judgment-free zone. They meet every 1st and 3rd Friday: bit.ly/WarriorsWelcomeNJ.
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month). This is an annual celebration that recognizes the historical and cultural contributions of individuals and groups of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to the United States. This year, the Federal Asian Pacific American Council has established a theme for the observance of AAPI Heritage Month “Advancing Leaders through Collaboration”.
-Our Diversity Committee has a very special AAPI Cultural Event planned: Asian Intergenerational Day program to strengthen the bond between high school volunteers and Asian American seniors this Saturday May 21st 9am-11am at Szechuan Delight 598 Central Ave. Please RSVP to email@example.com. They are also posting daily on their social media pages sharing some of the many historical and interesting facts about the many AAPI influences including cultural food, and, fitness and wellness culture, including yoga, martial arts, and acupuncture.
-In partnership with the City of Summit, Summit Free Public Library Chinese Club, Summit YMCA,Berkley Heights Diversity Council, and Springfield Unity Project, our Diversity Committee will be hosting a FREE AAPI EVENT this Saturday May 21st 3pm-7pm at the Village Green located at 356 Broad Street in Summit. This event will also include a Holi Celebration. Everyone is invited to attend to celebrate and learn about AAPI culture. If you would like to set up a display at the event please contact David Guida at firstname.lastname@example.org
– In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, New Providence Recreation Department and the New Providence Diversity Committee invite you for FREE Qi gong classes. Appropriate for all levels. Registration is required via CommunityPass at www.newprov.org/recreation. Please call the Recreation Department with any questions and for more details (908) 464-4430.
-The New Providence Memorial Library is celebrating Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month throughout the month of May with book displays and a screening of “Go Back to China”, a 2019 SWSX Film Festival selection with an Asian-American director/writer/producer and Asian-American actors, was held this past Tuesday, May 10 at 1 PM.
– Please browse AAPI Heritage books in the library collection online at https://www.newprovidencelibrary.org/books/reading-rec/asian-american-pacific-islander-heritage-month
– Please browse the AAPI Heritage Month lists online at https://tinyurl.com/npmlaapi!
– Goodread has recommended more than 100 books to read for celebration of AAPI Heritage Month: https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/2266-111-new-books-to-read-for-asian-american-pacific-islander-heritage-mon
– New Providence Diversity Committee held an AAPI Heritage Poster and Essay Contest. The 2022 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month) Poster Contest was open to all elementary (E), middle (M), and high school (HS) students who are residents of New Providence. Poster Contest: Grades K-12. Essay Contest: Grades 7-12. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zyUYJYGuZh0bYh9QWb0m45N9N3WfpkGR/view?usp=sharin.
– Our New Providence Recreation Department has many exciting upcoming activities! Read more: newprov.org/recreation.
– Please keep up to date with Recreation Community Activities at newprov.org/community-events
– The Borough will be hosting and sponsoring a July 3rd celebration! This is a return to our great tradition of family and fun to celebrate our country’s Independence. Stay tuned for details!
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:
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Borough Contact Information and Action Line:
NPCOVID19 Borough Case Information – Support Services – Testing/Vaccine Information: www.newprov.org/case-statistics/#
NPHS Athletics Calendar:
New Providence (Mailed) Calendar:
Smart911 Community Alert System:
Turkey Tracks Newsletter of the New Providence Historical Society:
Missed an update? Mayor’s Community Updates can be found on the Borough website and at www.mayoralmorgan.com/category/community-updates-community-updates
Keep informed with Borough information:
Website – newprov.org
Facebook – @newprovnj
Twitter – @newprovnj
Please feel free to contact me anytime about any issue. Your concerns are my concerns. We are here to serve you. We are a team effort here in NP!
Thank you to our outstanding Borough Council, our dedicated administration, employees and staff, our selfless volunteers, and to all of you for making our community such an incredible place.
Please be sure to support all our wonderful local establishments and SHOP NP!
Have a great weekend and week ahead! We are Pioneer Strong!
– Mayor Al Morgan