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New Providence Historical Society Honors Newell, Hovanec at Annual Dinner Meeting

President John Bale with award recipient Betty Newell Credits: Kimberly A. Bolognini
Betty Newell receiving her award presented by President John Bale.   Credits: Linda Kale
The Traveling Stage Company presented "Martha Washington" performed by Annette Winter Credits: Linda Kale
New Providence Florist owner Charlie Hovanec's fall arrangement for The Saltbox Museum. Credits: Linda Kale

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Historical Society honored long time member Betty Newell and New Providence Florist owner Charlie Hovanec during their Annual Dinner Meeting at Berkeley Plaza.

According to President of the society, John Bale, Newell has been a volunteer to the historical group since it was founded 46 years ago.

“Betty is very reliable, intelligent and caring of the history of New Providence and wanting to preserve as much of it as possible,” Bale said.

Newell was extremely honored to receive an award for her dedication throughout the society’s existence.

“I’m so grateful for this unexpected award,” Newell said. “I enjoy making The Saltbox Museum open to people to look up ancestry and records.”

She added that her favorite part about being a long time member of the historical society is the friends she’s accumulated as well as being able to preserve The Saltbox for the society.

Hovanec was unable to attend due to illness, but Bale spoke about his “kindhearted generosity.”

Bale explained that Hovanec has been making and displaying wreath arrangements on The Saltbox’s door for every season for the past five years on his own free will and expense.

“The arrangements bring life to the museum and they make it look like someone is living in The Saltbox,” Bale said. “Charlie has a great idea of the history of New Providence by his generous act of donating.”

Aside from the dinner and award portion of the night, The Traveling Stage Company presented a Martha Washington performance in which actress Annette Winter performed a biographical explanation of Washington’s life while in dress and character.

For more information about joining the New Providence Historical Society, call 908-665-1034 or visit The Saltbox Museum.

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