Mayor’s Community Update: May 27, 2022
Words can not even describe the thoughts of the horrific pain and senseless tragedies in Buffalo, NY and in Uvalde, Texas. We stood in a moment of heartbroken silence at our 5/24 council meeting, and then read a proclamation committing our community to National Gun Violence Awareness Day coming up on Friday, June 3rd to honor and remember all victims and survivors of gun violence and to encourage all citizens to support efforts to reduce gun violence… No child, no family, no educator, no one should ever have to fear or endure this kind of senseless tragedy. Our hearts break for these families. Please hug your children and your loved ones. Please pray for these families who will forever have to endure what has happened. Please be rest assured that your safety and our children’s safety is our first and number one priority, and we will continue to do all we can, fully committed, to keep our community safe and prevent these atrocities. We stand strong fully committed against gun violence. May these victims never be forgotten. May their loved ones left behind find healing, peace, and comfort. May nothing like this ever happen again. Read more : https://www.newprov.org/2022/05/a-message-from-mayor-al-morgan-5/
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:
- – Our Memorial Day Monday begins with a Memorial Service for Memorial Day in Veterans Park at 9am. Everyone is welcome. Our Memorial Parade is back in-person along Springfield Ave beginning at 10am in cooperation with the American Legion Post #433. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (908)464-4430.
- – Our Hometown Hero Veteran’s Banners are up for Memorial Day! Here are our banner locations in town: https://www.newprov.org/2022/05/hometown-hero-banner-map. Thank you to our DPW for displaying them and to Lisa Barfield from Clearpoint Designs for printing them. Thank you to those who have served our country. We honor and remember all who have given the ultimate sacrifice. God Bless America! 🇺🇸
- – The community pool is officially open Saturday May 28th at noon. If you haven’t already, you can register for your 2022 membership at www.nppool.org
- – Congratulations Boy Scout Troop 63 Scouts Gyan Ghoda, Bauer Crooks, Ivan Grandov, Michael Staunton, and Haitham Awad on their distinguished achievement of rank of Eagle this past Sunday . These accomplished young men make New Providence proud!
- – Our Diversity Committee held a very nice AAPI EVENT this past Saturday at the Village Green in Summit in partnership with the City of Summit, Summit Free Public Library Chinese Club, Summit YMCA,Berkley Heights Diversity Council, and Springfield Unity Project. Everyone celebrated and learned about AAPI culture, enjoyed cultural food, and participated in many fun and educational events, crafts, games, and activities. We thank Jane Xu and the committee, all the dedicated volunteers, and everyone who helped, attended and participated in this wonderfully inclusive, fun, and educational community event.
- – Our Diversity Committee also hosted a very special AAPI Cultural Event this past Saturday morning: Asian Intergenerational Day program to strengthen the bond between high school volunteers and Asian American seniors at Szechuan Delight 598 Central Ave. We thank the committee, Szechuan Delight, and all the participants for such a wonderful, educational, and cultural event. We also thank the Diversity Committee for doing such a wonderful job posting daily on their social media pages educating our community and 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.
- – River Road is closed from Central Avenue to Bridge Avenue since Tuesday, May 24. This closure is for road resurfacing and will be closed daily from 7 AM to around 5 PM. It is anticipated that this will be for 4 days. Please expect increased traffic on Springfield Avenue until this work is complete.
- – I spoke with Congressman Malinowski on a zoom call with other elected officials to discuss Passaic River issues.
- – Council President Nadine Geoffroy and I attended the Gateway Chamber of Commerce Dinner. Gateway Chamber of Commerce represents all of Union County. We get together to honor and share our respective towns. Thank you to the NJ Sharing Network 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
- – COVID-19 TEST TO TREAT: If you are at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 and test positive, treatment may be available: https://www.newprov.org/2022/05/covid-19-test-to-treat
- – Message from PSE&G – Federal funds available to keep lights on: https://www.newprov.org/2022/05/message-from-pseg-federal-funds-available-to-keep-lights-on
- – 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.
- – Library:
- Our Library needs your help to drive and develop their strategic plan. The strategic plan will be developed to guide the Library over the next three years. This is your opportunity to be heard and provide your thoughts and feedback. Use the QR code to take the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NPMLPartners
- – Public Art: The Public Art Committee recently installed a new sculpture in Harmony Park (which is adjacent to Veterans Park on South Street) titled Green Sculpture by artist Richard Pitts. It is a beautiful addition to our town. Please go take a look!
- – Historical Society:
- Membership Drive in full swing – please consider joining!
- The Historical Society is looking for Docents for the Salt Box Museum
- Cemetery tours to resume – four more in the works coming in June – more info to come!
- See website for full details:https://newprovidencehistorical.com
- New Providence Historical Society Flea Market will be held on Saturday June 11th 9am – 3pm at the Salt Box Museum located at 1350 Springfield Avenue. Rain Date: June 18th. If you would like to be a Vendor at the Event, please contact J.R. Bale email@example.com. (908)665-1034 – Archive Room. Learn more about the Society and the New Providence Flea Market at: www.NewProvidenceHistorical.com
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• Vendor Fee: $25
• 10’x10’ outdoor space on the grounds of the Salt Box Museum (Positions will be pre-assigned.)
• 8’x8’ or 10’x10’ canopy available for rent at $10/canopy. (Reserved on a first come, first serve basis.)
Type of Product(s):
$25 Booth Fee
$10 Canopy Fee (optional)
Checks should be made payable to “New Providence Historical Society”
Application and payment should be sent to:
New Providence Historical Society
c/o New Providence Memorial Library
377 Elkwood Avenue
New Providence, NJ 07974
Attn: J.R. Bale
Vendors should set-up early and park in the Community Pool Parking Lot.
Contact J.R. Bale firstname.lastname@example.org
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New Providence Featured in the News on CBS New York with John Elliott:
- – 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.
- – John Elliott and CBS New York visited Elefante Music: https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/video/shop-local-elefante-music-and-school-for-the-performing-arts
- – John Elliott and CBS New York visited Linda’s Creative Gifts: https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/video/shop-local-saturday-lindas-creative-gifts
- – John Elliott and CBS New York visited Bagel Cafe New Providence: https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/video/shop-local-saturday-bagel-cafe
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- – Our Next ‘Chat with the Mayor’ is Friday June 3rd 6:30pm-8pm in the Lincoln Meeting Room Borough Hall.
- – Friday June 3, 2022 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day to honor and remember all victims and survivors of gun violence and to encourage all citizens to support efforts to reduce gun violence. Anyone can join this campaign by wearing orange in support. The color orange was chosen because hunters wear orange to announce themselves to other hunters when out in the woods and orange is a color that symbolizes the value of human life.
- – 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
- – The next Brough Council Meeting is this Tuesday June 14, 2022 in Council Chambers Borough Hall.
- -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!
- – 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.
See Calendar of some of the many Upcoming Community Events: http://www.mayoralmorgan.com/home/events-calendar/
BULK COLLECTION PICK-UP
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
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 email@example.com. 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.
– Our New Providence Recreation Department has many exciting upcoming activities! Read more: www.newprov.org/recreation.
– Please keep up to date with Recreation Community Activities at www.newprov.org/community-events
Missed the last council meeting on 5/24? Council in a minute: https://www.newprov.org/2022/05/mayor-and-council-in-a-minut
- Borough Council Meetings: youtube.com/channel/UCZzCgFvlBgpSfW-JEVRMXsA
- Borough Contact Information and Action Line: www.newprov.org/citizen-action-line
- NPCOVID19 Borough Case Information – Support Services – Testing/Vaccine Information: www.newprov.org/case-statistics/#
- NPHS Athletics Calendar: www.sites.google.com/npsdnj.org/nphs-athletics/athletic-schedule?authuser=0
- New Providence (Mailed) Calendar: https://www.newprov.org/download/Borough%20Newsletters/2022/2022-Annual-Calendar-most-recent.pdf
- NPTV Schedule: www.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: newprovidencehistorical.files.wordpress.com/2022/03/turkeytracks-issue129.pdf
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 Memorial weekend and week ahead! We are Pioneer Strong!
– Mayor Al Morgan