January 2021 Mayor’s Message – 2020 Year in Review

Pioneer Strong

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this incredible PIONEER STRONG community. 2020 was the beginning of a new decade, our Tricentennial, the 300th Anniversary of the arrival of our first settlers here in New Providence. It was full of hope, excitement, and marked a proud long legacy of excellence and community. With year long celebrations, festivities, and community events planned, it promised to be a pinnacle and historic year for us here in New Providence. Within weeks of 2020’s arrival, the world and life as we knew it changed forever. The Pandemic descended upon us like a plague, bringing fear, heartbreak, isolation, economic hardship, illness, and death. Once filled streets were empty, thriving businesses were closing, momentous occasions went uncelebrated in our usual way, games went unplayed, work went undone, our bustling community was almost at a standstill. The future and life as we knew it, seemed so uncertain. It has been devastating beyond words, physically, mentally, and spiritually. 2020 was not the year we had planned. Like our first settlers in 1720, our limits were pressed, our patience tested, our resolves taxed, but we persevered. We experienced an incredible self awakening, re-shifting our priorities, and reconnecting to people, and the world around us in a way we never knew was possible. It has definitely changed life as we know it, but it has also brought forth such strength and perseverance in each of us that we never knew we had, as a people, and as a community. We came together and we worked together, united in our commitment to survive, doing all we could to help each other and to try to help make things better. Our Pioneer Strength shined like it never did before. Neighbors helping neighbors, businesses and organizations helping and supporting each other, and our community pulling together with the most generous and compassionate outpouring of help, donations, medical supply contributions, device and supplies collections, sewing, mask making and distributing, sandwich and meal preparations and contributions, grocery shopping assistance, buddy check-ins, inspirational calls, messages, pictures, lighting up our windows in support and in remembrance, and such incredible displays of human kindness and compassion unlike anything we have ever seen before. 

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Monday – July 27, 2020 7pm

NPCOVID19 UPDATE:
Update from Mayor Al Morgan
Monday 7/27 7pm
163 Total Cases
27 Total Deaths
0 Active Case
Long Term Care (LTC) cases are included in the above NP reporting totals:
Lantern Hill Independent Living:
9 Positive Cases
3 Deaths
0 Active
Lantern Hill LTC:
17 Positive Cases
9 Deaths
0 Active
Spring Grove LTC:
46 Positive Cases
8 Deaths
0 Active
Total LTC Cases: 72
Total LTC Deaths: 20
Active: 0
Total NP Cases non/LTC: 91
Recovered non/LTC: 83
Current NP Active Cases non/LTC: 0
Total NP Deaths non/LTC: 7
Today:
0 New Cases
0 New Deaths
We are happy and optimistic to report no new covid-19 cases, no active cases, and no new covid-19 deaths in New Providence. Although this is very good news for us, some of our neighboring communities, and surrounding areas are seeing new cases and an increase in their numbers. Please be vigilant in following all safety protocols. This is not the time to be lax. Continue to wash your hands often, and sanitize surfaces. Please adhere to all social distancing and mask requirements to help us ensure everyone’s health and safety. Please self quarantine for 14 days if you visit any of the listed states identified below. Please keep our lost and their families in your thoughts and prayers. We will continue to keep you updated as we receive confirmed information. We will get through this if everyone does their part!
To find COVID-19 testing locations please visit here: covid19.nj.gov/testing
TRAVEL UPDATE:
The state defines the 14-day quarantine travel advisory to travel from states identified as those that have a positive COVID-19 test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or have a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.
Updated Quarantine Advisory has been issued for individuals traveling to New Jersey from District of Columbia, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Puerto Rico, bringing the new total to 36 states and territories.
The 36 States and Territories Include:
Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin
Governor Murphy advises individuals traveling to New Jersey from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. In addition to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, the updated advisory includes 3 additional states – Illinois, Kentucky, and Minnesota, bringing the total to 36 states and territories. The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.
As of Tuesday, July 28, there are currently 36 states and territories that meet the criteria stated above: Alaska; Alabama; Arkansas; Arizona; California; Delaware; District of Columbia, Florida; Georgia; Illinois, Iowa; Idaho; Indiana; Kansas; Kentucky, Louisiana; Maryland; Minnesota, Missouri; Mississippi; Montana; North Carolina; North Dakota; Nebraska; New Mexico; Nevada; Ohio; Oklahoma; Puerto Rico, South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Washington; and Wisconsin.
Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items. It is expected that individuals will follow the public health advisory to self-quarantine.
Be well, stay safe, and keep strong! We are one day closer to normalcy. Pioneer Strong!
-Mayor Al Morgan
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April 17, 2020 – Friday – 6pm

NP COVID19 Update:
Message From Mayor Al Morgan

Friday 4/17 6pm

68 Total Cases
22 Recovered
6 Deaths
40 Active Cases

Today:
3 New Cases
0 New Deaths

We are so happy to learn that seven of our afflicted have fully recovered! We will continue to keep you updated as we receive confirmed information. We thank our first responders, medical personnel, essential personnel, and all our generous volunteers and contributors. We pray for our afflicted and mourn our lost. If you would like to show your support, please help us light up our nights in our community by placing a candle or lights in your windows or outdoors.

MASKS
Masks are required at all retail establishments, while riding on NJTransit, and recommended in any place in close proximity to others. Please visit www.nj.gov and www.cdc.gov for more information. If you are in need of a mask, Linda’s Creative Gifts located at 1259 Springfield Ave in New Providence, is hosting her 3rd Mask Giveaway with voluntary donations going to our New Providence Rescue Squad, tomorrow (Saturday 4/18) between 11am and 2pm. Additionally, Mike Allocco of Special-Tees, 300 Springfield Ave in Berkeley Heights, is offering his services to sew you your own mask if you drop off to him (top mailbox outside Special Tees) a labeled ziplock bag or large envelope with your name and phone number and 12”x16” pieces of cut up old or worn 50/50 blend sweatshirt or cotton t-shirt. For more information, please contact mikealloccoteeshirts@gmail.com. We thank Linda Tribuna and Mike Allocco for their generous contributions to our community.

IF YOU NEED HELP
*If you have an emergency, please call 911

Wellness Calls: Senior Buddies
Anyone in New Providence who would like a regular wellness call please call our Senior Center at (908) 665-0046 or email SeniorBuddies@newprov.org.

Grocery Shopping: “New Providence, Our Community For All”
If you need help with grocery shopping, please directly contact “New Providence, Our Community For All “ at (732) 535-8441 or email NewProvidenceOCFA@gmail.com.
To volunteer to shop for others please email the volunteer coordinator at chanda_belle@hotmail.com or call (908)451-3331. We thank you for this much needed help and service for our community.

CSA: (Community Service Association of New Providence)
Our CSA is a local non-profit organization that provides temporary financial assistance to New Providence residents during a time of need. If you need help, please contact our Community Service Association (CSA) at 908- 665-8254. All calls are strictly confidential.

Donations to the CSA are used solely to help your fellow New Providence residents during their time of financial need. Donations can be sent via PayPal to csanewprovidence@gmail.com or by check to:
Community Service Association of New Providence, c/o NP Borough Hall, 360 Elkwood Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974.
CSA is an independent 501(c)(3) organization. We thank you for your support during these challenging times, and we wish only the best of health for you and your families. If you are in need of assistance from the CSA, please leave a message at (908) 665-8254.

Domestic Safety: (in case of emergency please dial 911)
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 or Chat @ TheHotline.org

NJ Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-572-SAFE (7233)

NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) Hotline 1-800-601-7200

Women’s Referral Central 1-800-322-8092

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Our Memorial Day Parade is sadly cancelled but the New Providence Recreation Department, in collaboration with American Legion Post #433, is collecting photos from Memorial Day Parades years past for a video as a way of saying thank you to all of the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. They are collecting any past New Providence Memorial Day pictures you may have between 1954 and 2019 to be included in the video. Photos can be of any aspect of the parade, community groups, marching band, military, wreath laying ceremonies, etc. Please submit your photos via email at recdept@newprov.org with “Parade Photos” in the subject line by May 1st. Please contact Bernadette Cuccaro, Community Activities Director, at 908-665-8258 with any questions. We thank Bernadette Cuccaro, the New Providence Recreation Department, and the American Legion Post #433 for putting this wonderful collection of Memorial Day Parades Past for our Community. Thank you!

Community Calendar Updates:
Fishing Derby is cancelled.

This weekend we will be putting together an NP-COVID19 Month in Review. Please have a good weekend! Please continue to shelter in. No non-essential outings or gatherings. Maintain all social distancing protocols, vigorously wash hands often, and sanitize surfaces.
Please continue to check in on each other, especially our vulnerable and our seniors. Be safe. Be well. Stay strong and stay positive. We will get through this together. Pioneer Strong!
-Mayor Al Morgan

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January 2020 Mayor’s Message

Together With 20/20 Vision

2020 is going to be an exciting year for our community! It is our Tricentennial, the 300th Anniversary of the arrival of our first settlers in New Providence. We have put together an incredible team of volunteers who along with our borough will be hosting a year-long celebration to mark and give thanks for our 300 Years of Pioneers! A number of very exciting events have been planned and we invite you to participate and help us make it the best year ever in New Providence. Event celebrations will include:

February 22 – Tricentennial Kickoff at the DeCorso Community Center, 15 E. 4th St, 7-9pm

Share light refreshments donated by some of New Providence’s best shops and restaurants. Learn about how New Providence grew and evolved into the great community it is today.

April 25 – Turkey Dinner at the New Providence Presbyterian Church 

A catered turkey dinner to honor the original name of our town, “Turkey,” being held at the site, which gave New Providence its current name.

May 25 – New Providence Memorial Day Parade

The Tricentennial Committee will take part in our annual Memorial Day Parade honoring community members and others who have been serving our country from 1720 through 2020.

June 14 – New Providence Heritage Day

Celebrate the history of New Providence from Turkey to today with food, music, contests, games and more.

September 26 – New Providence Fun Day at New Providence High School

An old-fashioned, fun-filled, family-oriented community carnival on the grounds of New Providence High School from 11am to 3pm featuring inflatable rides, games, crafts, fun foods, recreational activities, music, entertainment, and more! 

It is going to be a great year! 

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January 2019 Mayor’s Message

Together We Are At Our Best

There is no greater honor for this hometown boy than to serve you as Mayor of our great community. The past four years have been stellar for New Providence. We have made great strides and accomplished many great things together. We are a growing and evolving community with a proud tradition of excellence that has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve, uphold, and represent. Thank you for your faith in me and for your continued support. I would also like to thank my wife and family, friends, and neighbors, and all wives, husbands, families, and friends of all who serve. It is a team effort. Without their support, patience, and sacrifice, we would not be able to serve our community in the capacity we do, so on behalf of all of us here, we thank you. 

Together we are at our strongest. Together we are at our best. Great people make a great community, and ours is pretty incredible. 2018 began with an unforgettable blizzard which dumped 23 inches of heavy snow upon us. Downed trees and power lines made transportation almost impossible. Full restoration took long agonizing weeks, but we never lost our resolve. We pulled together with neighbor helping neighbor in the most incredible display of generosity and compassion ever witnessed. Businesses, churches, organizations, the borough, and residents opened their doors and homes to help house, shelter, and feed those of us most deeply impacted. The strength, fortitude, patience, and compassion was beyond compare. I will never forget the kindness of so many and for the exceptional job our borough employees, especially our DPW and Public Safety, and our Emergency Management Team performed, even risking their own safety to help others.  Continue reading

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January 2018 Mayor’s Message

A Banner Year

It has been another banner year for New Providence. Despite the many challenges faced, we had a record number of accomplishments this year. As promised, we have focused and promoted community at every turn, welcoming many new friends and neighbors to our beautiful borough including our new residents at Lantern Hill. We have helped foster inclusivity and promote our pioneer spirit of cooperation by providing many more community gatherings and events with the help and support of our very generous business community, our many organizations and committees including the Lions Club, our PBA, our Community Service Association, our Diversity Committee, our Recreation Department, our Municipal Alliance, our Education Foundation, our Athletic Foundation, and our Scouts, to name only a few, also our Board of Education, our employees, and especially all of our hard working volunteers. Volunteers are the fabric of small town living and the backbone of our community. Without generous donors and dedicated volunteers who continually give selflessly of their time, talent, and support, often thanklessly, we could not provide or do all that we do. Thank you!  Continue reading

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January 2017 Mayor’s Message

Community

New Providence has become synonymous with the word “COMMUNITY”. Community is what we are all about.  Neighbors helping neighbors.  Residents actively participating in numerous inclusive community events, activities, and drives, giving generously of their time and resource through our many community organizations including CSA, Lions, the New Providence Education and Athletic Foundations, Seniors, the Diversity Committee, the Community Activities Department, and our Scouts among others, all helping and working together to improve the quality of life for all. The Pioneer Spirit lives on!

Volunteers are the backbone of a community, and our signature trademark here in New Providence is VOLUNTEERISM.  In 2016, our volunteer participation numbers soared to record highs. Volunteer commitment and dedication were an integral part of all of our community achievements this year. Many new, inviting, and engaging events and activities were added to the borough this year, and would not have even been possible without our dedicated volunteers. It is both heartwarming and gratifying to see such continued outpouring of generosity, kindness, inclusivity, and unity.  Continue reading

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January 2016 Mayor’s Message

Nice Place. Nice People.

What a GREAT year for New Providence!  Many years ago, there was a slogan contest held to best describe New Providence.  Mrs. Young, of Woodbine Circle, won this contest with this slogan:   “NEW PROVIDENCE. NICE PLACE. NICE PEOPLE”. Decades later, this slogan still tells the story of our town and our people. I am happy to report that New Providence had many impressive accomplishments this year, but most outstanding by far is that we really pulled together as a community.  We held many community events and activities this year including fundraisers, service, and cultural events that not only were enjoyable, and entertaining, but helpful, educational, and inclusive. Over this past year, I have witnessed such countless acts of kindness and generosity unlike anything I have seen in a very long time.  It is truly heartwarming.  Neighbors helping neighbors.  Residents actively participating in clothing, toy, and food drives, giving generously of their time, their service, their resources, and never asking for any kind of recognition.  In fact, many activities are being continually done with little or no recognition at all especially through our CSA, the New Providence Education Foundation, Lions, our Seniors, our Diversity Committee, our Community Activities Department, our Scouts, and our high school students (who have been spotted periodically throughout our borough doing clean ups, and hosting special events for our families and for our seniors).  Nothing says ‘community’, and ‘teamwork’, and ‘pioneer spirit’ than seeing our young people working and helping alongside our residents, hand in hand. Yes, New Providence is a unique place because our people are so special.  The Pioneer Spirit lives on!  Continue reading

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Remembering 9/11

A Message from Mayor Al Morgan 9/11/15:

Today We Remember

Fourteen years ago today, we awoke to a beautiful azure blue sky. It was clear without a cloud or a foreshadowing of what was soon to come. There were no threats of a storm or of anything else. The mild temperature and light breeze that day filled the air with thoughts of the arrival of fall and all the joys that come with it. Tragically what soon followed on that beautiful peaceful morning changed all of our lives forever. Shocked to our very core, confused, and bewildered, most of us prayed all that horrible day hoping for any sort of news… something…. anything… The world as we knew it and took for granted completely changed forever. We changed forever.

As Mayor, I knew I was responsible for almost 12,000 residents. Our fire department went to Staten Island to cover for the fire company that went into Manhattan. Our rescue squad covered both New Providence and Berkeley Heights when Berkeley Heights went into New York. Our police were extraordinary keeping us calm and as informed as best they could while working tirelessly with families of our missing neighbors. And as the moments ticked away with information that was spotty at best, six cars were left waiting in the parking lot for owners that would never return. Six empty seats were waiting at the dinner table. Six of our families forever devastated. New Providence alone lost six of our own and countless others lost even more. Everyone knew someone who was never coming home.

Today we remember them all: our lost neighbors, our friends, and our families. Today we honor our emergency management teams who help keep us safe: our police, our fire department, and our EMS. Today we reflect and pray that we never experience anything like this again. Today, as I do every year on this day, I stop by Centennial Park at our monuments to quietly reflect and invite all of you to join me wherever you are today reading this, to take in a moment of quiet reflection.

God Bless All of You. God Bless New Providence. And God Bless the United States of America.

Mayor Al Morgan

 

 

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New Providence Comes Together for National Night Out 2015

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Residents, organizations, elected officials and emergency personnel came together on Tuesday night for New Providence’s second annual National Night Out in Centennial Park.

National Night Out highlights emergency services and their relationship with the community and enables the community to stand together and promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity.

Borough Administrator Doug Marvin said, “National Night Out is a spectacular community event.  We are able to showcase to the community all of the vital services available to them.”

Police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians had their equipment on display and interacted with the community.  A bounce house, dunk tank and other activities were available for children to enjoy.

New Providence Mayor Al Morgan said, “Hats off to the PBA and all of the public safety people in town for making this a fantastic event.  This is what New Providence is all about.”  He added, “I had the best seat in the house in the dunk tank.  It is the coolest place in town.”

Food and beverages from the Prestige Diner and Zita’s were provided by the New Providence Business and Professional Association and New Providence Lions Club.  Entertainment was supplied by Al Elefante. Lantern Hill Residences, Affinity Credit Union, and the Municipal Alliance provided support for the event.

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