Arts & Entertainment

The New Providence Diversity Committee Holds Third Annual Ladies Tea to Celebrate Women's History Month

Credits: Yelena Kushid
Credits: Yelena Kushid
Credits: Yelena Kushid
Credits: Yelena Kushid
Credits: Yelena Kushid
Credits: Yelena Kushid
Credits: Yelena Kushid
Credits: Yelena Kushid
Credits: Yelena Kushid
Credits: Jennifer Pagano
Credits: Jennifer Pagano
Credits: Jennifer Pagano
Credits: Jennifer Pagano

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Diversity Committee held their third annual Ladies Tea this Sunday to celebrate Women’s History Month at the DeCorso Center. Over a hundred residents came to sip tea and listen to speeches by NJ State Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz and Dr. Christine Masterson, a gynecologist at Summit Medical Group. Guests were encouraged to bring their own teacup and there were light refreshments served.

Christine Morgan, who chaired the event, wanted to thank the New Providence Diversity Committee, the Mayor, the Borough Council and the Lions Club for their constant support, “so that we can continue to provide these really important events and help spread diversity and make our community very inclusive, warm and welcoming to everyone.”  Mayor Morgan spoke about the different point of view that women bring, “It’s a great asset to a mayor to have that different point of view, we all learn different things as we go through life, but women are much more compassionate on a long term scale.”

Sunil Abrol, the chairman of the Diversity Committee honored Marjan Nirou-Saniee, president of NP Public Art as this year’s special honoree. The Diversity Committee chooses one woman each year to dedicate the event to.  Nirou-Saniee has been instrumental in bringing outdoor sculptures to New Providence strengthening the cultural and artistic aspects of our community. Nirou-Saniee is a resident artist in New Providence. Her work has been exhibited in the tri-state area as well as the west coast. Nirou-Saniee has been creating and promoting public art in New Providence for five years. “The committee voted unanimously to honor Marjan, she has done great work over many years and has been the real moving force with the pubic art group. We are honored to present her this award,” said Abrol.

Sign Up for E-News

Special guest speaker, Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz, represents New Providence in the 21st Legislative District and serves on the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee, Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee, Assembly Women and Children Committee and Legislative Services Commission, as well as the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect.  She spoke about new legislation that would raise the age of marriage to 18, the stalking legislation she has introduced, a domestic violence bill she sponsored that was recently signed by Governor Christie and opioid abuse in New Jersey, “I believe in civility, I like to look across the aisle,” said Munoz who has brought more bipartisan bills than anyone in the legislature, “I believe in working across the aisle to do what’s right for the people because everything we talked about today contributes to the overall health of women, children and families and that’s what is important.”

Special guest speaker, Dr. Christine Masterson, is an active Obstetrician & Gynecologist in the community and the Chief of the Women and Children service line at Summit Medical Group.  Dr. Masterson entered private practice and joined Summit Medical Group in 2006. “”It is important for us to remember the important accomplishments of strong women leaders who have gone before us which pave the way for the accomplishments of women today,” said Masterson.

This year the committee chose Kate Hearn and Olivia Torsiello to be the event hostesses; they officiated the tea and introduced the speakers. Girl Scouts from Allen Roberts fourth grade Troop 40140 researched famous women in history and found inspirational quotes to create the beautiful  centerpieces for the Ladies Tea celebrating Women's History Month.  There were also displays showcasing a sampling of local culture, art, business, and services, provided, owned, operated, or serviced by women in New Providence.

Exhibits included The New Providence Historical Society, a Chinese tea tasting and calligraphy demonstration, New Providence family counselor Amy Flavin, New Providence Public Art, the Victory Garden Community Project and many more.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Providence

Local Top Cops, Government Officials Helping 'March for Meals' Program

March 19, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - Elected and Law Enforcement officials along with volunteers are joining SAGE Eldercare this month as it participates in the 16th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide partnership of local community organizations, businesses, government officials and caring individuals, who come together to ensure that homebound and ...

New Providence Coach Joins Hoops Clinic Mar. 25 to Benefit Family of Jenna Sullivan

SUMMIT, NJ - By all accounts, Jennifer 'Jenna' Sullivan lived an amazing life. Tragically, that life was far too short, as Sullivan passed away December 19, 2017, at the age of 45.

Sullivan lost a hard-fought battle with cancer and left behind an amazing legacy of her love of life and her caring for everyone she met. She was a leader in everything she ...

Union County Students to 'March for Our Lives' Saturday in Union

UNION, NJ – Students from all over Union County will be walking from Burnet Middle School to Town Hall on Saturday morning, March 24, in an anti-gun violence march.

Led by steering committee chairman Colin Sumner, the march, which has the support of Senator Joseph Cryan, Moms Demand Action, Union County Chapter, and the Union County Freeholders, is not aimed at taking away guns, but ...

2018 Gov. Livingston Highlander Softball Clinic Set for March 19

Come join and learn from the 2017 Union County Softball Champion Gov. Livingston coaches and varsity players on Monday, March 19, 2018 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Activities will include the following fastpitch softball skills:

Batting Techniques
Throwing Mechanics
Base Running

Who: Children grades 1-7 of any skill level or ability

Where: Gov. Livingston High School, 175 ...

Mount Carmel Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Sunday, March 25

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mount Carmel Society is hosting a Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Sunday, March 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 56 River Road in Berkeley Heights with an Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. (weather permitting).

The all you can eat buffet includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, bagels, donuts and muffins and a cash bar will serve Mimosas and Bloody ...

Register for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Mt. Carmel Hall in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Come out and enjoy Breakfast Buffet with the Easter Bunny on Sunday, March 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Hall at 56 River Road in Berkeley Heights.

Children can have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny and receive a special gift from the Easter Bunny.

The buffet includes all you can eat pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, donuts, muffins, coffee, ...

Thank You From Mayor Al Morgan

March 16, 2018

This past week will certainly be remembered by us all for a very, very long time. Thank you hardly seems sufficient, but it is the very least we can express in appreciation for all the incredible acts of kindness, generosity, selflessness, and volunteerism our community received this past week during and after the storm.

Thank you to all of our residents for their patience, understanding, and ...

NPHS Student's Response to After School Walk-out Plan at NPHS

A group of students file into a science classroom amid a nervous din of chatter, the air is electric with excitement and nervousness. This small group of approximately 30 students are a studious bunch, largely members of the sophomore class with squeaky clean administrative histories. They are currently preparing to defy authority and stand up for what they believe in, even though they had been ...

A New Day for 529 Plans: Federal Tax Reforms Lead to New Possibilities for These Education Savings Accounts

March 8, 2018

Do you have a 529 college savings plan? Have you thought about opening a 529 plan account? If the answer to either question is “yes,” you should know about two major changes that broaden the possibilities for 529 plans. They may give your family some new options. You may be able to pay K-12 tuition with 529 plan funds.

The legislation ...

Avon Loses Its Last ‘Grand’ Hotel to the Claw of an Excavator

March 17, 2018

AVON-BY-THE-SEA, NJ — In less than two days, an Avon-by-the-Sea landmark that stood for 130 years was reduced to a huge pile of rubble. The Norwood Inn no longer stands on the corner of Norwood and Second Avenues — the last of the stately hotels that once graced the streets of Avon.

As onlookers gathered around the demolition site on March 15 and March 16, an excavator clawed its ...

Upcoming Events


Tue, March 20, 8:00 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Pilates Abs and Arms

Health & Wellness


Tue, March 20, 9:15 AM

Providence Health and FItness, New Providence

Essential Hatha Yoga

Health & Wellness


Tue, March 20, 10:30 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Essential Hatha Yoga

Health & Wellness


Tue, March 20, 5:30 PM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Barre Intensity

Health & Wellness


Tue, March 20, 6:30 PM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence


Health & Wellness


Tue, March 20, 7:30 PM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Yoga 101

Health & Wellness

You Want a Check for How Much!

 My first admissions gig was working for a small liberal arts college with a pretty hefty price tag.  Picture me at a college fair: name tag in place, pile of brochures ready to go.  An eager family would walk up and we’d start a conversation.  One of the first questions I’d get from parents was about cost and the moment that $50,000-plus figure left my mouth I ...

New Providence Annual Paca Club St. Patrick's Day Extravaganza

Mayor Al Morgan with Paca Club President Armand Galluccio don the green at the annual St. Patrick's Day Extravaganza on Saturday night at the Paca Club in New Providence.

The William Paca Club is a social and civic club, originally formed during the Great Depression by a group of residents of New Providence. In 1943, the club officially received a certificate ...

New Providence OEM Opened Storm Shelter and Warmed Hearts

The New Providence Office of Emergency Management opened its shelter at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, their first guest being a stranded motorist.  The storm left ¾ of New Providence without power. The shelter cared for over 325 people over the course of 6 days. 

The Shelter provided, heat, wifi, electricity, food and a safe place to sleep. One ...