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New Providence Residents Turn Out 'After Hours' for Wine & Cheese Party

From left, Charlie Blanchard, Jodi Blanchard, Peggy Brodeur, Ellen Gendel Credits: Marina Kennedy
From left, Gary Kapner and Armand Galluccio    Credits: Marina Kennedy
Barbara and Doug Marvin Credits: Marina Kennedy
Credits: Marina Kennedy
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The first “After Hours” Wine and Cheese Party was held at The DeCorso Building Senior Center on Thursday night.
At the event, sponsored by New Providence Community Activities Department, guests were treated to wine and cheese and listened to music provided by Savage Tunes. The evening was a program for New Providence “Baby Boomers and Empty Nesters” to enjoy visiting with old friends and take advantage of meeting new friends. People who attended also had an opportunity to tour the Senior Center.
“After Hours” was initiated by Peggy Brodeur, coordinator of the Senior Center, and Patty Kummer. About 15 committee members contributed to its success and more than 50 guests attended. 
Kummer said, “We’re launching it and we hope we can give it wings.”

Brodeur was proud of the turnout. She said, “The evening has met and exceeded my expectations. People who have lived in the community now have a time and a place to connect.”
Joanne Butler, a resident of New Providence who has lived in the community for 33 years, said, “I think it is great to use this facility and to get together with people we haven’t seen in a while. It’s good to get out and socialize.”
New Providence Borough Administrator Doug Marvin said, “This is a spectacular opportunity for folks living in our community to connect.”
Armand Galluccio said, “I think it is a great idea to gather the community.”
Linda Kale, a resident of New Providence for 42 years, spent some of the evening greeting guests as they arrived. “People are tired of being cooped up because of the cold winter weather and it’s a nice chance to get out, " Kale said.  
Gary Kapner, owner and vice-president of Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors and a New Providence Council Member, gave a brief presentation to those who attended called, “What’s Happpening in Our Downtown?” Kapner said, “It is important to learn what residents would like to see in their town.”  He said that while New Providence is in the process of doing a master plan, they must work with “the facts on the ground.” He is keenly aware of the need to have New Providence be pedestrian friendly and have good parking to encourage business growth. He also sees the importance of beautification in the town and the need to keep traffic calm. 
It is hoped that future “After Hours” gatherings will be an opportunity for people to share their knowledge of books, technology and cars. The next “After Hours” gathering at The DeCorso Building will be held on March 27 at 7 p.m.
Colleen Byrne, director of the New Providence Library, will speak about personal finance and investments. 

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