Mayor’s Community Update: May 13, 2022

What a great week in the Borough! Some much needed rain may have dampened some of last weekend’s events and plans but not all! Our grasses are greener and our plants and trees are now vibrantly blooming. It’s a beautiful thing!

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:

– It was with deep heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for her many years of outstanding dedicated service to our community, we announced at our Tuesday night 5/10/22 Council meeting, the retirement of our Police Chief Theresa Gazaway effective August 1st. Chief Gazaway has had a long and very distinguished career, most notably as our Chief of Police. She has been invaluable helping us through two of the hardest most challenging years ever in our community through the pandemic, social unrest, and Hurricane Ida to name a few. She will always have the distinction of being the first female Chief of Police in Union County, one of our best New Providence Police Chiefs, our neighbor, and our friend. We are devastated to see her go, especially me. We wish her well in all her future endeavors and thank her for her many years of outstanding service to our community. She will be very deeply missed. Read more https://www.tapinto.net/…/police-chief-theresa-gazaway…

– We appointed Ronald C. Guidetti III as Special Law Enforcement Class II Officer. We congratulate Ron on this appointment and know he will do a great job.

– During this National Police Week (May 11th-17th) we thank our outstanding New Providence Police Department. Our police continue to go above and beyond doing all they can to protect our community and foster a safe community environment. We are so grateful for their good service to our community. We Respect – We Honor – And We Remember all law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

– A big thank you to New Providence PBA Local 132 and our New Providence Recreation Department for a great Fishing Derby last Saturday. It was cold and a little rainy but still a great community event. Thank you also to our New Providence EMS for always attending and supporting our community events to help keep us all safe, and thank you to all who volunteer and serve.

– 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.

– Next year, the annual budget presentation will be more user friendly and presented at the budget introduction council meeting allowing residents more time to examine and comment before adoption. We would like to thank our finance committee and administration for continuing to do an outstanding job on our budget and helping New Providence maintain our AAA bond rating. The current 2022 Municipal budget was presented and adopted at the April 26th council meeting: http://newprov.org/…/Budge…/2022-Budget-Presentation.pdf

– Thank you to the Murray Hill Chinese School for hosting such a wonderful Celebration of Chinese New Year this past weekend. It was a such a great event. The children’s performances were magical. I was truly honored to be a part of it.

– The annual Historical Society Craft Fair has been rescheduled to this Saturday May 14th at the Salt Box Museum.

– Our Library is developing a long-term strategic plan. They are looking for residents to participate in community engagement sessions to provide input and have a voice with this plan. You can also take an online survey. Read more here and visit the library website for more details: newprovidencelibrary.org/strategic-plan-2022newprovidencelibrary.org.

– 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

– 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 recdept@newprov.us or call (908)464-4430. – The next Brough Council Meeting is scheduled for May 24, 2022 in Council Chambers Borough Hall.- Our Next ‘Chat with the Mayor’ is Friday June 3rd 6:30pm-8pm in the Lincoln Meeting Room Borough Hall.


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/…/2022-Annual-Calendar-most…. 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/…/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


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.

– 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 ngeoffroy@newprov.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.

Here are some resources available throughout the school district:

-District Counseling Staff – https://docs.google.com/…/1Ui6qrGVFMAIaL6KdSvCN…/edit…

-Parent and Student Site – https://sites.google.com/…/social-and-emotional…

-School Counseling Websites – https://www.npsd.k12.nj.us/domain/738


Diversity:

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 on Saturday May 21st 9am-11am at Szechuan Delight 598 Central Ave. Please RSVP to cdai23@newarka.edu. 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 on 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 dguidajr@cityofsummit.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 books in the library collection online at https://www.newprovidencelibrary.org/…/asian-american…

– 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/…/2266-111-new-books-to-read…

– 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/…/1zyUYJYGuZh0bYh9QWb0…/view….


Recreation:

– 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:http://www.mayoralmorgan.com/home/events-calendar/


Mayor and Council in a Minute:https://www.newprov.org/…/april-26-mayor-and-council…/

Borough Council Meetings:youtube.com/channel/UCZzCgFvlBgpSfW-JEVRMXsA

Borough Contact Information and Action Line:newprov.org/citizen-action-line/

NPCOVID19 Borough Case Information – Support Services – Testing/Vaccine Information: newprov.org/case-statistics/#

NPHS Athletics Calendar:http://sites.google.com/…/nphs…/athletic-schedule…

New Providence (Mailed) Calendar: https://www.newprov.org/…/2022-Annual-Calendar-most…

NPTV Schedule: sites.google.com/npsdnj.org/cook-nptv/nptv-schedule

Public Works:newprov.org/department-of-public-works

Recycle Coach:newprov.org/recycle-coach

Smart911 Community Alert System: newprov.org/2022/04/register-today-for-smart-911

Turkey Tracks Newsletter of the New Providence Historical Society:http://newprovidencehistorical.files.wordpress.com/…


Missed an update? Mayor’s Community Updates can be found on the Borough website and at http://www.mayoralmorgan.com/…/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

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