Friday April 29, 2022 – New Providence

What a busy week in the Borough! We have another big update with many events, projects, and improvements going on in our community!

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:

– The DeCorso Center is OPEN! We held our Grand Re-Opening this past Thursday with a ribbon cutting, tour of our newly renovated facilities, and refreshments. Free reusable bags were also distributed along with other giveaways. It was a very well attended event! The place looks great! It also feels great to be together again. We look forward to all the wonderful events and activities that can now resume and be held at this community gathering center. Thank you to our steadfast Borough Council, our Community Activities Director Allison Smith, our Director of the DeCorso Center Michelle Zack, all our Community Activities Staff, and Keith Lynch our Construction Official for their hard work restoring our center after all the damage from Hurricane Ida , and thank you also to all our volunteers and attendees for participating in the Grand Re-Opening event. DeCorso Center: (908) 665-0046 – Email: decorsocenter@newprov.us. Read more tapinto.net/towns/new-providence/categories/news/articles/large-crowd-celebrates-the-reopening-of-the-decorso-center-in-new-providence

– We received $50K from Union County for road and infrastructure improvements. We thank the Union County Board of Commissioners and will put these funds to very good use! Read more tapinto.net/towns/new-providence/categories/news/articles/new-providence-receives-50-000-union-county-infrastructure-grant-for-municipal-roadway-paving-project

– Our Sustainable New Providence Committee hosted our Annual Free Tree Sapling Event for Earth Day, which was a great success. More free give away reusable insulated and canvas bags were distributed. Our New Providence High School Sustainability Committee also participated with their “Treeplenish” program. Thank you to all who organized, volunteered, and participated in this important event, and thank you for your good service to our community.

– Work continues on our new pedestrian bridges at Mee Lane and Dunlap Street. Although in place, they are not yet complete. We will continue to update on progress. Please stay off the structures until work is complete. Read more: newprov.org/2022/04/new-pedestrian-bridge-installation/

– We welcomed Zumbini with Allie (located at 309 South Street) to our New Providence family of businesses with a ribbon cutting. They also held a very successful and fun Outdoor Grand Opening Event open to the community. Allie is also a resident! Welcome to the Neighborhood! zumbiniwithallie.com

– The New Providence Historical Society held their annual dinner with an excellent program on “Remembering the Ladies. Women of the Revolution,” presented by Joel Farkas. In addition to all the fun facts and interesting historical information our Historical Society has been sharing and educating our community with, they are also hosting an upcoming Craft Fair on the grounds of the Salt Box Museum 1350 Springfield Ave on May 7th and a Flea Market with a wide array of venerable treasures on June 11th. New Providence Historical Archives in the Mason Room (in the back of the New Providence Library) is open to the public every Tuesday 10am-12pm (and by appointment!) and the second Saturday of each month 11am – 1pm Read more: newprovidencehistorical.com /the-mason-room/. You can also take a virtual tour of the Salt Box Museum: https://viewer.divein.studio/story/Z7g-215. To learn more about the New Providence Historical Society or to join please visit newprovidencehistorical.com.

– Milling and Paving Work began all around the Borough this week. During the milling operation you will be able to use the road with caution. Please keep checking the Borough website at newprov.org for updates and changes. Pavings will begin on approximately May 2nd. During the paving operation you will need to have your car out of your driveway before they start. Please have any garbage or recycling out the night before work is scheduled on your road and it will be picked up before they start working on your road at 7am. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience and cooperation while this important work is done. If you have questions, please call 908-665-1076. For current milling and paving schedules and to read more: newprov.org/download/Public%20Works%20and%20Recycling/21-132-Resident-Letter-Milling-Paving-front-back-REVISED.pdf

– Distracted Driver Campaign continues. SAFETY FIRST! PUT DOWN THE PHONE WHEN YOU DRIVE! This is still being very strictly enforced! UDrive. UText. UPay. Read more: newprov.org/2022/03/distracted-driver-enforcement-campaign/

– Utility upgrades are continuing around the Borough. Please continue to expect 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.

– Grass, brush, and garden debris will be collected in separate garbage cans without lids borough-wide on MONDAYS through Dec 12th.

– 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.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. In addition to the many influences of AAPI including cultural food, is fitness and wellness culture, including yoga, martial arts, and acupuncture. Our Diversity in New Providence, NJ Committee is planning an AAPI Culture and Food Month as well as Restaurant Week.

– 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.

– Our Recreation Department has many exciting upcoming activities! Read more: newprov.org/recreation. Please also 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!

NPCOVID19 Update:

Community Level thankfully has remained LOW. Read more newprov.org/2022/04/npcovid19-update-april-29th

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

Borough Municipal Budget 2022 Presentation:

newprov.org/download/Budget%20%20Municipal/2022-Budget-Presentation.pdf

Borough Council Meetings:

youtube.com/channel/UCZzCgFvlBgpSfW-JEVRMXsA

NPTV Schedule:

sites.google.com/npsdnj.org/cook-nptv/nptv-schedule

Smart911 Community Alert System:

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

New Providence Calendar:

newprov.org/download/Borough%20Newsletters/2022/2022-Annual-Calendar-revised-12-21.pdf

Borough Contact Information and Action Line:

newprov.org/citizen-action-line/

Public Works:

newprov.org/department-of-public-works

Recycling Coach:

newprov.org/recycle-coach

New Providence Memorial Library:

newprovidencelibrary.org

New Providence Memorial Library Strategic Planning 2022:

newprovidencelibrary.org/strategic-plan-2022

Turkey Tracks Newsletter of the New Providence Historical Society:

newprovidencehistorical.files.wordpress.com/2022/03/turkeytracks-issue129.pdf

NPHS Athletics Calendar:

sites.google.com/npsdnj.org/nphs-athletics/athletic-schedule?authuser=0

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:

mayoralmorgan.com/community-updates/calendar

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 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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