Monday, October 22, 2012
New Providence-based 501(c)3 brings joy to oncology patients through "bling" gifts. With sights set on expansion, foundation needs more funding. Here, learn how you can help.
Cancer is never easy for the patient or the patient’s loved ones. But one New Providence-based charity is making cancer a little more bearable and a whole lot brighter. Christine and Bill Ferdinand, the owners of Ferdinand Jewelers in New Providence, are the founders of Operation Bling Foundation, a 501(c)3 that was established in March of 2008. The foundation, which was honored with a joint resolution from the State Assembly and Senate in September of 2011, delivers sparkly baubles to cancer patients during their hospital stay, brightening up some of their darkest days. “You feel so good when you give out that gift and you see their face,” Bill said. “Their color changes. They smile and it’s just doing this simple thing of saying, ‘Here …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
David Allegra, President of Allegra & Company in New Providence, is organizing a Food Drive for local pantries now because no child should go to school or to bed hungry.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Dear Editor and Residents, Why wait for Thanksgiving? Our local food pantries need help now! After reading several articles in the local newspapers and online web sites, donations to our local food pantries have slowed significantly since the economic downturn. Many more people are jobless and have never needed benefits before. They’re finding themselves having to seek help for food to feed their families. According to the Community Food Bank of NJ, in the last two years, they have seen a 40 percent increase in need – forcing their distribution to skyrocket from 23 to 27 million pounds of food per year. Also, 43 percent percent of the people who receive food from the Community Food Bank of NJ are children and 10 percent are elderly. …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
TryCAN, a collaboration of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Summit, other communities, offers programs for children with special needs, those needing special accommodation.
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Thursday, September 13, 2012
Editor's Note: The following information was submitted to Patch by TryCAN. Youth with special needs and those who could use just a little help and encouragement are welcome to now register for several programs being offered again this fall by the Summit Community Programs and coordinated by TryCAN. Our experienced coaches and instructors are excited to return to help our youth develop skills that may allow them to pursue a sport or activity further, or simply provide them with a meaningful recreation experience. These popular and affordable classes, open to both residents and non-residents, also use the assistance of trained teen Peer Mentors from local middle and high schools to help participants fully participate in the classes, learn…
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Union County Freeholders pull the plug on MusicFest, saving at least 42 county employees from being laid off. From police reports to council decisions, here's a look at the top news for the last week
Faced with at least 42 layoffs and the possibility of additional job cuts, county officials decided to cancel the annual MusicFest held in Clark's Oak Ridge Park."A consensus was reached by the Freeholder Board (March 8) following numerous fiscal committee meetings, union negotiations and departmental meetings," the press release stated. The Board also canceled the Union County Rhythm and Blues by the Brook. County officials say the cuts will save approximately $1.2 million. In other news around the county: BERKELEY HEIGHTS On Saturday, March 11, Berkeley Heights Police Officers responded Ralph Pl., Branko Rd. and Ridge Dr. to investigate three separate residential burglaries. Investigations revealed all three residences were forcibly …
Sunday, March 11, 2012
From the St. Patrick's Day parade to budget approvals and state-championship clashes, it was a busy week around the county.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
The weekend was dominated by Saturday's Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade, where thousands of revelers gathered for the "wearin' of the green". Elsewhere around the county, news included the approval of the Clark municipal budget, the Summit High hockey team claiming the school's first state championship. Read more newsworthy reports below: BERKELEY HEIGHTS/NEW PROVIDENCE It's a merger! We've combined the New Providence and Berkeley Heights Patches to created an even more robust online experience for readers and advertisers across the entire community. The New Providence-Berkeley Heights Patch reflects our tracking of local news, business and feedback from the three bordering towns in our coverage area. Yes, that means you too …
Sunday, February 26, 2012
From Whitney Houston's burial to school-sid figures and other news, here's a glimpse at the past week in local news.
Clark Clark Council passed a resolution on Tuesday night authorizing a letter to State Senators and Assemblymembers asking for their assistance in a massive lawsuit that Clark, Garwood and more than 80 other towns in New Jersey are facing. According to Township Attorney Joseph Triarsi, in 2005 the NJ Department of Environmental Protection filed a suit alleging that three companies involved inNewark’s Diamond Shamrock plant were responsible for polluting Newark Bay with cancer-causing dioxins and other chemicals. Triarsi says three years ago the defendants decided to broaden the scope of the litigation and claim that all the agencies, communities, corporations and businesses that discharge their sewerage into the Passaic River Basin are …
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Patch's weekly wrap-up of news from around the county captures what your friends and neighbors are talking about.
BERKELEY HEIGHTS/MOUNTAINSIDE On a routine patrol through the Watchung Reservation on Thursday, at 5:30 p.m., a Union County police officer spotted an empty alarm-company truck parked near Surprise Lake in the Watchung Reservation. The truck was open, with the driver's personal belongings in full view. Almost three hours later, when the driver had not returned, three officers and the Canine Unit of the Union County Sheriff's department began a search for the driver, who emerged from the woods at 9:30 p.m. stating that he had gone for a walk and got lost in the dark. False alarm. Officer Ed Ammerlaan, an 18-year veteran with the Berkeley Heights Police Department, was officially promoted to the rank of Sergeant at the Berkeley Heights …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Prices have not been set for liquor license sales, but local restaurateurs are ready to start the bidding.
Patrons of Ponte Vecchio, the restaurant located in New Providence's Murray Hill Inn, don’t have to travel any further than the inn’s front desk for a bottle of wine to go with dinner. Bill Boyle, owner of Boyle Hotels and Best Western PLUS Murray Hill Inn and Suites, said the inn does have a retail wine license arrangement through Amalthea Cellars, which is a certified New Jersey winery that has won international competitions. While that relationship has worked out well for the inn, Boyle said he would like to expand it by purchasing a liquor license. “We have very much enjoyed that relationship [with Amalthea Cellars]. But to have a license that would allow us to offer our guests a wider array of wine, beer, whatever, that’s obviously a …
Monday, December 19, 2011
With the approved referendum that could bring liquor licenses to the borough with council's approval, many business owners would welcome the historic change in New Providence.
During the day, downtown New Providence is a vibrant scene, with local residents busy eating lunch or dinner, shopping for groceries, picking up a few things at CVS, or popping into one of the retail shops to buy some Christmas gifts. But as the sun sets, it's easier to see several “for rent” and “available” signs in open downtown storefronts. To Bill Ferdinand, co-owner of Ferdinand Jewelers, the empty shopping scene after 5 p.m. is indicative of a town he says is in “dire straits.” He wants to see it thrive and believes that residents, municipal and business leaders have made a decision that will lead to its revitalization. As President of the Downtown Improvement District, Ferdinand is dedicated to fighting for New Providence residents…
Sunday, December 18, 2011
In 2012, borough residents might be able to buy a drink in a restaurant. Patch begins a four-part series that explores the history of how a dry town makes the decision to spike the punch.
Puritans founded the town known as Turkey in 1720 on the principles of hard work, kindness and humble temperance. Nearly 300 years later, New Providence remains nestled among the Watchung Mountains of Union County, harmoniously wrapped in friendly neighbors, highly regarded students, state-champion athletes, beautiful neighborhoods, wide open parks, and many Fortune 500 companies to support the tax base. While homes and buildings may have changed with the times, the downtown shopping district contains a few retail stores, but is largely made up of service-driven and food-based businesses. With a few BYO restaurants and none with liquor licenses, low-key civic and business pride doesn’t depend on “spirits." Until now, when for the first …