Mayor’s Community Update: June 17, 2022

Happy Pride Month! 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 Pride Month – New Providence proudly celebrates Pride in Our Community. Every person deserves the right to live their lives authentically and free from discrimination.
  • ***PUBLIC NOTICE*** TODAY June 17, 2022, weather permitting, New Jersey American Water will begin pavement repairs to Southgate Road. The roadway will be closed for milling from 7:00AM until 4:00PM. Residents will have access to their homes but should prepare for delays during construction. Thank you for your patience while this important work is completed. The roadway will again be closed weather permitting on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, from 7:00AM until 4:00PM, for paving.
  • Please check the borough website for updates.Detours and Police Officer’s will be in the area to assist motorists. Please use caution and give yourself extra time to navigate detours in place, especially those traveling to Schools and/or the Murray Hill Train Station.
  • Borough Offices Closed TODAY June 17 for Emergency Response Drill: The New Providence Police Department will be hosting a multi-agency emergency response drill on June 17, 2022 during the hours of 7:00AM and 12:00PM. During this time you should expect to see a large Police and First Responder presence in and around the New Providence Municipal Building. Roadways surrounding the building will be closed during the exercise. Simulated gunfire, loud bangs, sirens, etc. may be heard during the exercise. DO NOT BE ALARMED – THIS IS JUST A DRILL. Questions or Concerns can be directed to Lt. Sean Bubb: 908-665-1111 or sbubb@nppolice.org.
  • We welcome our Police Captain Daniel Henn who will be sworn in as our new Police Chief on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at 7:30pm. Captain Henn has over 22 years of experience and will continue to lead our Police Department with integrity and professionalism. Captain Henn is a long time New Providence resident and has earned numerous awards and commendations, most recently, the medal of honor for his actions during Hurricane Ida. He exemplifies our motto “in partnership with the community.” We congratulate him and warmly welcome him to his new upcoming role in our community.
  • The borough will be sponsoring a fireworks show on Sunday, July 3rd 9:30pm in celebration of our country’s Independence near South Street and should be visible from most locations within the borough, so grab your lawn chair and settle into your favorite viewing spot around town. July 3rd fireworks have been a longstanding tradition in town and we wanted to bring them to the borough again after a two year hiatus due to COVID. (Please note: the roads will not be closed off for this event. This will only be a fireworks show this year). Bring the family and enjoy! 
  • June is Pet-Preparedness-Month and is a great reminder to keep your pets safety in mind during the summer heat. If you are hot, they are too! Always have fresh water when you’re outside and keep them off the hot asphalt during walks. More: ready.gov/animals
  • Happy Flag Day – June 14th. It was an honor to attend the American Legion Post #433 Flag Retirement Ceremony in honor of Flag Day. We thank our American Legion and our Veterans for their service.
  • Vigil for Ukraine and to End Gun Violence was held on Wednesday June 15th 6pm in Centennial Park. Thank you to all who organized and participated. New Providence Stands with Ukraine and We Stand Together for Ending Gun Violence.
  • Thursday June 16th was MAURY FRYER DAY! We thank beloved PreSchool and Kindergarten educator Maury Fryer of New Providence Presbyterian Church for her 35 years of loyal service and good work with the children of our community. We gave her a proclamation in her honor. Friends, family, and members of the community surprised her with a huge clap out. We thank her for good service, congratulate her on her retirement, and wish her well in all her future endeavors.
  • Last week the NPHS Girls Track & Field Team won the Group 2 Sectional Championship. This is their first Group 2 championship, moving up from Group 1. Great job team! Congratulations!
  • Congratulations to our NPHS Baseball Team! NJSIAA North 2 Group 1 Sectional Champions!  They will be playing in the State Championship Group 1 in Hamilton at Veterans Park on Saturday June 18th 4pm. Let’s Go Pioneers!
  • 2022 Summer Youth Police Academy sign ups have opened. This program runs July 11-15 for incoming 6th & 7th graders from 9am-3pm at the Municipal Building. The cost is $200 and includes a uniform and a water bottle. Register on Community Pass > 2022 Youth Summer with the Recreation Department. **30 person limit**
  • The New Providence Police Department is hiring full-time Police Officers. Information can be found on policeapp.com and at www.newprov.org/employment. Interested parties can also email hiring@nppolice.org. Applications are due by June 24th.
  • The New Providence Community Pool is open. If you haven’t already, you can register for your 2022 membership at www.nppool.org. They have many fun and exciting events planned for this summer!
  • The New Providence Senior Citizen Bus provides transportation (with pick up at your home) 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.
  • Future Bulk Pickups: Zone 2 starts June 20th, Zone 3 starts June 27th. See below for your zone and pick up week.
  • 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: 

– The Library hosted a hands on care of car skills for teens in the library parking lot last Saturday. A huge THANK YOU to Shane and Andrew from NP Fuel for teaching our NP teens these valuable life skills.

– The Lions’ Den: The Lions’ Den is a newly created reading area for seniors located near the art display at the New Providence Memorial Library. This senior reading area has two comfortable chairs specially designed for stability and ease of access, and two combination light/magnifying glass stanchions which allow for reading a whole page at one time with focused lighting and magnification of type face. The New Providence Lions Club along with the Friends of the New Providence Library donated funds to create this area for New Providence seniors.

– It’s time for our annual Community Art Show! This year, the theme is The Art of the Mask and they have some wonderfully creative work featuring masks of all kinds. Please stop by to see the art! The Art of the Mask is on display for June and July. 

– Our New Providence Memorial 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.

New Providence Historical Society:

– The Historical Society hosted a nice flea market fundraiser last Saturday at the Salt Box Museum. Thank you to all who volunteered and participated. They had some nice finds and it is always a pleasure being with the members!

– Membership Drive in full swing – please consider joining! https://newprovidencehistorical.com

– The Historical Society is looking for Docents for the Salt Box Museum

– The New Providence Historical Society is excited to announce the return of their FREE guided walking cemetery tours of the New Providence Presbyterian Church cemetery. Tours are currently scheduled for the following Saturdays – June 25th and July 16th at 1:30pm (Rain or Shine). Cemetery tours are conducted by society member, John Sponauer, who has been conducting research on specific grave sites for months. **All tours are limited to 20 persons. The tours will be approximately 30-45 minutes. Learn about the history of the cemetery, cemetery folklore, visit the final resting places of founding families, and the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers. To reserve your spot please send an email to NPcemeterytours@gmail.com. Indicate the date you wish to attend along with the size of your party. You will receive a confirmation email. ***You must email to reserve your spot*** Footing may be uneven in some areas, so suitable footwear recommended!

– See website for full details:https://newprovidencehistorical.com

– The New Providence Historical Society also periodically puts out a newsletter called Turkey Tracks: http://newprovidencehistorical.files.wordpress.com/…

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!

– The Public Art Committee recently honored and celebrated the lifework of Marjan Nirou Saniee and Artist Bob Hill 

Recreation:

– 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

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COVID Update:

– Children Ages 5-11 Are Eligible for COVID-19 Booster Shots: https://www.newprov.org/…/children-ages-5-11-are…/

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

– From the Westfield Board of Health COVID Report for New Providence: https://www.newprov.org/…/westfield-board-of-health…/

– COVID Dashboard: https://www.nj.gov/…/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml.

– CDC Booster Information: https://www.cdc.gov/…/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html

– Emergency Food Distribution for Union County residents in June to aid those affected by COVID-19: The food distributions are open to all Union County residents. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first- served basis and no registration is required. The events will take place rain or shine: https://wp.me/p4sLwl-p5E:

  Saturday, June 25, 2022:

  • 10:00am – Gerald B. Green Plaza in Plainfield

  • Walk-Up

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UPCOMING:

– The next Brough Council Meeting is Tuesday June 28, 2022 7:30pm.

– The Art of the Mask is on display for June and July at the New Providence Memorial Library. Please stop by to see the art! They will be hosting a craft on Saturday, June 18th, 2-3 pm, that you can take home or have on display in the glass cabinet. 

– The Friends of the New Providence Memorial Library will be hosting a community art show every summer. They would love as many New Providence  participants as possible. Stay turned for next year’s theme!

– June 25th 1-4pm Race Unity Day: Celebrate the diversity within and around our town of New Providence

– The Next ‘Chat with the Mayor’ is Friday July 1st 6:30pm-8pm in the Lincoln Meeting Room Borough Hall. 

– The Borough will be hosting and sponsoring July 3rd FIREWORKS in celebration of our Country’s Independence 9:30pm. 

– Concerts in the Park return Thursdays in July! Summer Family Concerts: New Providence Business is proud to present three FREE summer concerts offering music and entertainment for the whole family.  The free concerts start at 7 PM and will also feature a magician to entertain the kids. Prestige Diner is generously donating free hot dogs that the NP Lions Club will cook and serve, and  Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream is generously donating free ice cream for all to enjoy.

The 2022 concert dates are:
Thursday, July 14 – Asbury Fever Band
Thursday, July 21 – Kinderhook
Thursday, July 28 – Kootz

– National Night Out, Concert and Fireworks – Tuesday, August 2nd: Sponsored by New Providence PBA Local 132 and the New Providence Business Community.  This event is at 7 PM at the New Providence High School.  National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. First responders including police, firefighters, and EMS display their equipment and interact with the community. This is an opportunity for the entire family to meet not only the people who serve and protect them, but also the local businesses and organizations that help our town thrive.

– 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 9am – 2pm. 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 for more Upcoming Community Events: https://www.mayoralmorgan.com/home/events-calendar/

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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/…/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, COLONIAWAY, 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

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Mental Health Awareness: New Providence Cares About Your Mental Wellness

– The New Providence Mental Health Advocacy and Education 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 including lawn signs promoting mental health awareness. The committee also partnered with the high school and handed out green ribbons to students. The borough poles were decorated with the green ribbons in recognition of Mental Health Awareness during the month of May. For more information please contact Nadine Geoffroy at ngeoffroy@newprov.org.

– 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.

– Virtual Muslim Mental Health community group meets Sundays 7pm. Join for a discussion of mental health concerns, wellness goals, and more. Newcomers welcome! bit.ly/MuslimGroupNJ

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Quick Links:

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

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

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

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

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

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: newprov.org/2022/04/register-today-for-smart-911

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

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

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Keep informed with Borough information:

Website – newprov.org

Facebook – @newprovnj

Twitter – @newprovnj

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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! Wishing all our fathers and father figures in our lives a very HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! Have a great weekend and week ahead! We are Pioneer Strong! 

Mayor Al Morgan

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