NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Sunil Abrol, Chairman of the Diversity Committee, and long-time volunteer Peggy Brodeur attended the Monday, Feb. 10 Borough Council meeting to inform the council members about the committee’s planned events in 2020. Mayor Al Morgan also listed all upcoming Tricentennial events around the town.
Abrol explained that the committee has four events planned for the year. He noted that the committee is organizing fewer event than in previous years since the borough is celebrating its tricentennial with multiple community events throughout the year.
The Diversity Committee will be celebrating Black History Month at an event scheduled for Feb. 29 at the borough library. The event features a speaker and a singer who grew up during the civil rights movement. Last year the committee had “a very successful event” - Indigenous People’s Day, and it would like to repeat the event this year as well, Abrol explained. The committee will also organize the fourth annual tree lighting event at the end of the year. The event supports the borough’s Community Service Association (CSA).
Brodeur explained the activities planned for Heritage Day which takes place from noon to 4 pm on Sunday, Jun. 14. The Centennial Park will be made the center of Turkey town, where residents can experience life in the early 17 hundreds. Residents will have an opportunity to learn what the earliest residents in New Providence (then called Turkey) ate, drank and how they worked and played, she explained.
There will also be “volunteer alley” and “diversity court” near the park. We hope to have tables for each of New Providence’s volunteer organizations, Brodeur said and touted the generosity of New Providence residents. In the next 300 years we will need everyone’s help to keep New Providence a nice place with nice people, she said. Can you help by pledging 300 minutes to help any of the many non-profit organizations that depend on volunteers? “Can you contribute your energy to foster and celebrate our diversity?” she asked. The organizers are also inviting different ethnic groups who have made New Providence a home to share their history and culture. A flag retiring ceremony is also scheduled for Heritage Day.
Furthermore, a friends’ and families’ scavenger hunt will be a part of the Heritage Day celebration. All the items to be found will be within the borders of New Providence. The hunt should be completed by Sep. 26, Brodeur said.
Mayor Al Morgan listed the Tricentennial celebration events:
Saturday, Feb. 22 – Tricentennial Kickoff
DeCorso Community Center, 15 E. 4th St., from 6:30 to 9 PM. The event is free to all. Light refreshments will be donated by some of New Providence’s shops and restaurants. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the borough’s past. Old memorabilia will also be on display.
Saturday, Apr. 25 - Turkey Dinner to be held at the New Providence Presbyterian Church. A catered turkey dinner will be served to honor the original name of New Providence, “Turkey.” The tickets are available through community pass at $25/person on a first come first served basis. The space is limited.
Monday, May 25 – New Providence Memorial Day Parade
The Tricentennial Committee will take part in the Memorial Day Parade and will be honoring community members and others who have served the country from 1720 through 2020.
Sunday, Jun. 14 – New Providence Heritage Day
Saturday, Sep. 26 – New Providence Fun Day will be held at the New Providence High School from 11 am to 3 pm. The event features an old-fashioned, family-oriented community carnival with inflatable rides, games, crafts, fun foods, recreational activities, music, entertainment, and etc.