NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Businesses around the community will be brought into the limelight on March 21 at the third annual “Tying the Community Together Awards” presented by the Suburban Chamber of Commerce at the Grand Summit Hotel.

“It gives us the opportunity to acknowledge people on the individual and business basis to the community at large,” said Norman Sobin, a Chamber board member.

There are many awards being presented to a wide range of people. These awards include the President’s Award, the Community Beautification Award, Silver Service Award, Public Service Organization Award, Public Service Award and Business of the Year. All of the awards will be presented to individuals and businesses that help
to better the community.

“What we wanted to do was to try and highlight some of the individuals and businesses that provide good things to the community and make the community aware what the chamber and its members do,” Sobin said.

This year, the President’s Award will be presented to Mort O’Shea, president of Hilltop Community Bank. The New Providence Downtown Improvement District, the Borough of New Providence, and the New Providence Business and Professional Association will share the Community Beautification Award for their 10-year commitment to creating a new streetscape for New Providence.

The Silver Service Award will be given to Rabbi William Horn of the Jewish Community Center for his dedication and 50-year commitment to Summit. For their dedication to relief efforts after Superstorm Sandy, Christy Hodde and the Colonial Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross are the recipients of the Public
Service Organization Award.

Union County Means Business’ Al Mirabella will be honored with the Public Service Award for his dedication to bringing small businesses together for seminars, events and more. The Alternative Press, headed by publisher Mike Shapiro, will be the recipient of the 2013 Business of the Year Award.

“He’s a good guy and he’s done a lot with The Alternative Press and the concept, and keeps looking to grow it,” said Sobin.

Other than honoring the businesses and people who have helped the communities, Sobin hopes that people will recognize what the Suburban Chamber of Commerce has done for the community as well.

“Just seeing everybody come together and acknowledging the fact that the Chamber does a lot for the community at large,” he said. “It’s a very good opportunity for businesses to showcase what they offer the community, and a good time for the community to come out and support the businesses.”

Sobin expects each and every recipient will have a full table of friends and supporters at the ceremony on March 21. Tickets are $75 a person, or $750 for a table of 10. To buy tickets please contact the Suburban Chamber of Commerce at 908-522-1700 x 10, or go online at