Mayor’s Community Update: October 28, 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:


Happy Diwali! Our community will be celebrating! If you would like to participate in this free community event on Saturday Nov 5th 4-6pm please visit and be sure to register! Space is limited. Thank you to our Diversity Committee!


We had a great time with our New Providence, NJ – Cricket Club NPCC this past weekend at their annual picnic! We are so excited to have Cricket in our community! Our new Cricket Pitch is scheduled to open this spring at Warner Field and we couldn’t be more excited! This Saturday 10/29 9-10:30am is an Exhibition Game at Lincoln Field to introduce a Women’s Cricket Team and a Children’s Club for 2023. Please register:  Limited spots available. They also welcome volunteers. For more information please call Pratima (813) 340-5612


This past Saturday was the New Providence Annual Trunk-or-Treat and Decorated Pumpkin Contest hosted by our PBA and Lions. It was well attended and well done! The kids and costumes were great! Thank you to all who helped contribute to make it such a great event for our children and families! New Providence PBA Local 132, New Providence LIONS, New Providence Volunteer Fire Department, New Providence EMS, New Providence Recreation Department, and to all the volunteers and participants.


The New Providence Historical Society recently hosted its largest Union County Four Centuries Weekend on October 15th & 16th with three events and over 140 visitors. The society’s annual event of Salt Box Museum tours continued with tours from 12-5pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Visitors got to see a live wool spinning demonstration, learn about New Providence history, and get a glimpse into local life in the late 1800’s early 1900’s. The museum features the new display on early baseball in New Providence from the late 1800’s to the 1930’s. New this year was the addition of the NP Presbyterian Church Cemetery tours and the Mason Room open house. The New Providence Presbyterian Cemetery tours, led by John Sponauer, have become a local hit. John gave two tours on Saturday afternoon, at 1pm and 2pm. Mason Room visitors got to explore the amazing records, documents, articles, photos and all that the society archive room has within its walls. All three events were well received. Some frequent visitors noted that even they learned something new! One of their favorite aspects of the weekend was seeing visitors of ALL ages coming together. New Providence elementary students took on the cemetery tour, while high school docents gave Salt Box Museum tours to seniors and families of all ages. Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers and members of the New Providence Historical Society.


It’s Red Ribbon Week 10/23-10/31! The nation’s largest and longest-running drug-use prevention campaign. Take the pledge with your kids to live drug-free! Thank you to our New Providence Alliance to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse for all their good service to our community. DID YOU KNOW? Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t. Red Ribbon Week is your opportunity to get the ongoing conversation started.

Visit to learn more about Red Ribbon Week and get tips for talking to your kids about drugs.


Downtown Trick-or-Treating is this Saturday 29th 1pm-3pm at participating shops with an orange pumpkin in the window. Thank you to our generous businesses!


The Street Fair is this Sunday Oct 30th 11am-5pm. 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 at participating shops through Halloween! And remember to support local! Shop NP! Thank you to our Business Community for sponsoring!


Halloween in New Providence will be celebrated on Monday October 31st. In the past couple of years due to safety concerns and the pandemic, we restricted participating households to only having a table at the end of the driveway with treats. It’s really a great tradition! However, this year, residents have the option of celebrating however they wish, either continuing this new tradition of having a table set up at the end of the driveway with treats, or can return to having participants door knocking. Please be mindful and respectful of our neighbors who choose not to participate in Halloween. If there is no table set up at the end of the driveway, no treats left out, no light on outside the house, and the door is closed, please assume the home is not participating. For those celebrating, have a fun, safe, and Happy Halloween!


There will be a Veterans Day Celebration HONORING ALL WHO SERVED. The American Legion Post 433 is inviting all New Providence Veterans, their family members and friends to join them at 11am on Friday, November 11th (Veterans Day) at 357 Elkwood Ave for a ceremony and refreshments.


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 MONDAY 11/14 (please note the change in day for this meeting only) 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 laser-jet 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 on Academy St, NPHS, and at the our municipal tennis courts.


The weather is beautiful and perfect for more walking and cycling! Drive Less!


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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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The final Presbyterian Cemetery tour of the year will be December 3rd at 1:30 pm. To register email John Sponauer


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 29th (Sat) 8am-2pm: NPHS Athletics Clothing Drive at the High School


Oct 29th (Sat) 9am-10:30am: Exhibition Tennis Ball Cricket Event at Lincoln field (347 Elkwood Ave) hosted by the Cricket Club- NPCC Women Cricket and Children’s Club starting in 2023. ed spots available!! Would also welcome volunteers to help organize the event. Call Pratima for more information (813) 340-5612


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


Oct 31st (Mon): HALLOWEEN! 🎃


Nov 1st (Tues) 10am-12pm : Mason Room open


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 5th (Sat) 4pm-6pm: Diwali Celebration at the Berkeley Heights YMCA. Registration is required For more info


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


Nov 6th (Sat) 1-3pm: Salt Box Museum open


Nov 8th (Tues) 6am – 8pm : ELECTION DAY! Don’t forget to VOTE!


Nov 8th (Tues) 10am-12pm: Mason Room open in back of the library


Nov 11th (Fri) 11am: Veterans Day Event at the American Legion


Nov 12th (Sat) 11am-1pm: Mason Room open in the back of the library


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 14th (Mon) 7:30pm – Borough Council Meeting at Borough Hall Council Chambers 360 Elkwood Ave


Nov 15th (Tues) 10am-12pm: Mason Room open in the back of the library


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


Nov 25th (Fri) 6pm: Santa arrives atop the Provident Bank for the Annual Christmas Walk Downtown New Providence


Nov 25th (Fri) 6:30pm: New Providence Presbyterian Church Christmas Tree Lighting and Live Nativity


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


Dec 3rd (Sat) 1:30pm: Cemetery tour. To register email John Sponauer


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 12/2)


Dec 11th (Sun) 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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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.


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FUN FACT: Halloween has its roots in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (a Gaelic word pronounced “SAH-win”), a pagan religious celebration to welcome the harvest at the end of summer, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In order to avoid being terrorized by all the evil spirits they believed at the time were walking the Earth during Samhain, the Celts donned disguises so that they would not be mistaken for spirits themselves and be left alone, which is believed to have evolved into today’s costume wearing. There is much debate around the origins of trick-or-treating, but generally there are three theories: The first theory suggests that during Samhain, Celtic people would leave food out to appease the spirits traveling the Earth at night. Over time, people began to dress as these unearthly beings in exchange for similar offerings of food and drink. The second theory speculates that the candy-giving stems from the Scottish practice of guising, which is a secular version of “souling.” During the Middle Ages, children and poor adults would collect food and money from local homes in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls’ Day. Guisers dropped the prayers in favor of non-religious practices with the inclusion of songs, jokes, and other “tricks.” A third theory argues that modern American trick-or-treating stems from “belsnickeling,” a German-American Christmas tradition where children would dress in costume and then call on their neighbors to see if the adults could guess the identities of the disguised. In one version of the practice, the children were rewarded with food or other treats if no one could identify them. Whatever your tradition and plans for the day, we wish all who celebrate a fun, safe, and Happy Halloween! 🎃


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