Mayor’s Community Update: October 21, 2022

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:


Leaf Vacuuming starts for Leaf Permit Holders on Monday 10/24. If you are interested in having your leaves vacuumed, here are your

options for purchasing a Leaf Vacuuming Permit (Deadline for Purchasing a Leaf Permit is Monday, November 14th):


  1. Pay online and print your permit:


  1. Print out and mail or drop off an application for a leaf permit with payment: to:


Clerk’s Office

360 Elkwood Avenue

New Providence, NJ


  1. Or, Call the Borough Clerk’s Office and pay with credit card over the phone 908-665-1400 x0 (permit will be mailed to you).


Please see the borough website for more information and for our leaf vacuuming schedule.


🎃This Saturday 10/22 is the New Providence Annual Trunk-or-Treat in the pool parking lot 3pm. It is also the Decorated Pumpkin Contest. Please bring your pumpkin to the pool parking lot by 3pm. Sponsored by New Providence PBA Local 132 and New Providence Lions


🔴This week is Red Ribbon Week (10/23-10/31)! We made a proclamation this past Wednesday in Centennial Park. Have you seen the red ribbons around town? Our NPMS Peer Leaders are getting ready for Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s largest and longest-running drug-use prevention campaign. Take the pledge with your kids to live drug-free! New Providence Alliance to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse


The Street Fair is on Oct 30th. Thank you to our New Providence Business Community for hosting this great community annual event! Please support all our local businesses and SHOP NP!


Scarecrows are up all along our downtown. Please vote for your favorite in participating shops in town! Shop NP!


It’s National Friends of the Libraries Week. Our library has many wonderful events and activities planned. We did a ribbon cutting on the newly renovated dollhouse, built in 1976 and designed by Mary Coviello.  It has been a beloved fixture in the Children’s Room. It will be open to the public Tuesday after the morning story time (about 11:15am).


Congratulations to our NPHS Pioneer Varsity Girls Tennis Team for winning the State Sectional Championship! Let’s Go Pioneers!


Thank you to NPHS students and Girls Varsity Tennis Team members Lily Liu and Maggie Liu, who founded a non-profit organization called Net Love that collects, recycles, and repurposes used tennis balls. They have collection bins at our NP Municipal Tennis Courts, at the NP Recreation Gym entrance via Academy St,  at the Municipal Center entrance at 360 Elkwood Ave, and at NPHS, in addition to other local communities. We thank Lily and Maggie for their good work for our community and our for environment! For more information please visit


Utility upgrades are continuing around the borough. Please be patient during these delays and detours while this important work continues.


In case you missed it, here are the highlights from the last council meeting:


The next council meeting is this Tuesday 10/25 7:30pm at Borough Hall in the Council Chambers


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Track your ballot:


Mayor Candidates Forum :


Council Candidates Forum:


Board of Education Candidates Forum:



General Election Early Voting Dates Available at the New Providence DeCorso Community Center 15 E. Fourth Street:

* Saturday, October 29, 2022: 10am – 8:00pm

* Sunday, October 30, 2022: 10am – 6:00pm

* Monday, October 31, 2022: 10am – 8:00pm

* Tuesday, November 1, 2022: 10am – 8:00pm

* Wednesday, November 2, 2022: 10am – 8:00pm

* Thursday, November 3, 2022: 10am – 8:00pm

* Friday, November 4, 2022: 10am – 8:00pm

* Saturday, November 5, 2022: 10am – 8:00pm

* Sunday, November 6, 2022: 10am – 6:00pm


Dates to remember:

– November 1: Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for General Election

– November 8: General Election – Polls are open from 6am – 8pm (refer to your sample ballot for polling place)


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Please be sure you are signed up for our Recycle Coach:


Ink Cartridge Recycling: Cartridge World has kept hundreds of thousands of ink and laserjet cartridges out of landfills by recycling. Please join the effort and support local! Cartridge World is now virtual : Email or call in your order at / 908-377-5618. Delivery is free.


Eye Glasses Recycling: If you have any used/unwanted/no longer needed eye glasses, please drop off at the Lions Mailbox in front of the New Providence Memorial Library. All these glasses are used for people in need.


Aluminum Can Recycling: New Providence Volunteer Fire Department ( is seeking donations of aluminum cans for the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children program at St. Barnabas Hospital. This long running fundraising activity has provided invaluable financial support to the Burn Foundation. Aluminum cans can be placed in the can cart behind the fire house located on Floral Avenue.


Household Hazardous Waste Recycling:


Scrap Metal Recycling: Thurs 11/3 and Sat 11/19. Free. or call (908) 654-9889.


Quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities are available at The Green Connection:


Tennis Ball Recycling: Collection bins are available at borough hall, municipal gym, NPHS, and at our tennis courts.


The weather is great for more walking and cycling! Drive Less!


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NEW PROVIDENCE MEMORIAL LIBRARY: New Providence Memorial Library


Library Calendar of Upcoming Events and Activities:


The Friends of the New Providence Memorial Library Community Art Project for 2023 will be a photography show in June/July with the theme of “Travels and Exploration, Near and Far”. Looking for photographs from your favorite vacation spot, quirky day trip, iconic landscape or monument, unusual regional food, or meaningful family visit photos. Photos must be at least 8×10 or larger, framed, and wired for hanging and must be acceptable for a public audience (no nudity or violence…). The show will be in the New Providence Memorial Library June and July 2023. Submissions will be requested in May 2023 but you can start working on/thinking about your submission now!


Libby OverDrive app:


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Please Support our New Providence Historical Society. They are always looking for people who have an interest in local history, an interest in joining and supporting their mission. For more information and/or to donate please visit or call (908)665-1034.


The New Providence Historical Society Newsletter – Turkey Tracks:


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DECORSO COMMUNITY CENTER: Please call (908) 665-0046 or e-mail for information.


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Oct 21st (Fri): Last day to register for Inclusive Hiring Event on 10/28 for Persons with Special Needs and Differently-Abled. Event is free but registration is required to attend. Sign up: . For more information: (908)527-4807 or (908) 527-4781


Oct 21st (Fri) 6pm: Halloween Bash for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs at the Rahway Recreation Center (275 East Milton Avenue in Rahway). The event is free but pre-registration is required through Union County’s secure registration page, For more information visit or call (908)527-4807 or 4781


October 22nd (Sat) 3pm: New Providence Annual Decorated Pumpkin Contest and Trunk-or-Treat Event at the New Providence Community Pool Parking Lot. Everyone is invited to attend and participate in this fun free family friendly event!


Oct 24th : Leaf Vacuuming starts for Leaf Permit Holders. Please visit the borough website for more information.


Oct 25th (Tues) 7:30pm: Borough Council Meeting at Borough Hall Council Chambers 360 Elkwood Ave


Oct 28th (Fri) 10am: Inclusive Hiring Event for Persons with Special Needs and Differently-Abled at Warinanco Sports Center (1 Park Drive Warinanco Park). Pre-Registration required by 10/21.  Employers include: Walgreens, Council for Airport Opportunity (CAO), Port Authority of NY/NJ, and IKEA. For more information please contact Office for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs: (908)527-4807 or 4781. For more information about future job fairs/hiring events, please call the American Job Center: (908) 558-8000)).


Oct 29th (Sat) 8am-2pm: NPHS Athletics Clothing Drive at the High School New Providence High School Athletic Booster Club


Oct 29th (Sat) 10am-2pm: DEA National Takeback Day – Drop off your unwanted drugs in the front lobby of Police Headquarters (360 Elkwood Ave)


Oct 29th (Sat) 1pm-3pm: Downtown Trick-or-Treating sponsored by our generous businesses. Stores with orange pumpkins on their doors or in their windows will greet trick-or-treaters with candy and fun surprises.


Oct 30th (Sun) 10am-4pm: New Providence Street Fair hosted by the NP Business Community. The fair will be held on Springfield Avenue, between South Street and Livingston Avenue


Nov 3rd (Thurs): Scrap Metal Recycling. Free. or call (908) 654-9889


Nov 4th (Fri) 6:30-8pm : Chat with the Mayor at Borough Hall Lincoln Meeting Room


Nov 6th (Sun) 10am-4pm: Paca Club Craft Sale at the William Paca Club


Nov 8th (Tues) – ELECTION DAY! Don’t forget to VOTE!


Nov 13th (Sun) 3pm: Banjo Rascals Concert at the Library


Nov 14th (Mon) 7pm-9pm: Batter-Up Let’s Talk Baseball at the library


Nov 19th (Sat): Scrap Metal Recycling. Free. or call (908) 654-9889


Nov 25th (Fri) 6pm: Christmas Walk downtown New Providence


Dec 2nd (Fri) 7pm: “Night of a Thousand Stars” Community Tree Lighting Event in Centennial Park


Dec 9th (Fri) 6:30pm-8pm : Chat with the Mayor at Borough Hall Lincoln Meeting Room (changed to this new date due to Tree Lighting Event at Borough Hall on the 2nd)


Dec 11th 3pm: Cover Girls Concert at the Library


Dec 12th (Mon) 7pm-9pm: Batter-Up Let’s Talk Baseball at the library


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Borough Council Meetings:


Borough Contact Information and Action Line:


New Providence (Mailed) Calendar:


NPHS Athletics Calendar:


NPTV Schedule:


Public Works:


Recycle Coach:


Senior Citizen Bus: Transportation (with pick up at your home) is available for residents 55+ to ShopRite every Tuesday morning at 8am. Please call the Center at (908) 665-0046 by Monday morning to sign up or for more information.


Smart911 Community Alert System:


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FUN FACT: One of our greatest joys of the fall season is the changing colors of the leaves. But did you know that in autumn, the leaves are finally revealing their true actual colors? Leaves are only green because of the chemical chlorophyll. The leaves real colors are hidden behind the green during spring and summer when there is more sun. With less sun in autumn, leaves stop making chlorophyll and start to reveal their true colors. Autumn leaves are also different colors because of their sugar content. Sugar from the tree gets trapped in the leaves and creates the colors you see. More sugar trapped in the leaves means brighter red and purple colors. So fall is truly a revealing time! Enjoy this beautiful season!


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, our generous local businesses and to all of you for making our community such an incredible place to live and work. 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

New Providence