NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence’s annual National Night Out went according to plan, without a single drop of rain, despite the dark clouds momentarily looming overhead.
Academy Street was littered with booths offering cotton candy, ice cream, dunking booths, a bouncy house, and a magician. Children darted up and down the street partaking in all the events, but the dunking booth seemed to attract the most attention.
One slight difference this year was the children were subject to being dunked rather than the New Providence police officers. Chief Anthony D. Buccelli joked “it’s not easy getting out of that booth 25 times.”
As part of a free raffle, a PlayStation 4 and Skin Deep Spa package was given away to a child in attendance. Winners include: Gabby Glaser won Playstation 4; Julianna and Dylan Falzarano won Luminous Salon Blowout and Makeup package; Guste Naujokaite won the Skin Deep Salon Girls Night Out package. Additionally, there was a meet and greet area for residents to meet their first responders.
National Night Out coincided with this year’s final Summer Concert Series, which featured New Providence’s own Elefante Band, which proved to be a successful combination.
Mayor Al Morgan joined the Elefante Band on stage to express his gratitude to the first responders, finishing his speech with “God bless New Providence and God bless the United States.” Chief Buccelli expressed equal admiration for the town stating, “I love the town and feel the full support from the community.”
Along with the New Providence Police Department and PBA Local #132, the New Providence Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Recreation Department, DPW, Zita’s Ice Cream, Prestige Diner, ClearPoint Designs, Taylor Rental, the New Providence Lions Club and many others all donated their time or services to make this a successful event.
The Concert Series has been presented by New Providence Business Community. The concerts are made possible through generous donations from the following sponsors: Acme Market, Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors, Elefante Music, Lassus Wherley, NJ Sharing Network, NP Downtown Improvement District (DID), NP Lions Club, Prestige Diner, Providence Bar & Kitchen, and Zita's Homemade Ice Cream.