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Thriving Diversity Committee Uniting All People in New Providence

Sunil Abrol, Chairman of the Diversity Committee attended the Monday meeting to advise the council about the upcoming events. Credits: Yelena Khushid, TAPinto New Providence Archive

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – New Providence is a community where people get along, Mayor Al Morgan said at the Monday, August 14 council meeting as he reflected on the events taking place in Charlottesville, Virginia. “Hate never accomplishes anything,” he said. The Mayor and the Borough Council held a moment of silence to honor the victims of the recent violence and also for the passing of Rev. Dr. Murdoch MacPherson “Pastor Mac” of Faith Lutheran Church. “He was a great role model not only to me but for many people in this community,” Morgan said.

Sunil Abrol, Chairman of the Diversity Committee attended the Monday meeting to advise the council about the upcoming events. Before going into event details Abrol also reflected on the sad news coming from Charlottesville with a personal statement. He said he grow up in India, lived in England and have spent the last 25 years in New Providence.

“This country represents a microcosm of all the people of the world.” Other nations are looking to this country to set an example, a standard, he said. “I feel that that standard has to be high, not low. We need love instead of hatred.”

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The Diversity Committee is planning to organize the Night of the 1000 Stars – community tree lighting event. The event will take place either on Dec. 1 or during Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25. The tree lighting is approximately a one and half hour celebration featuring local music ensembles. The tree will remain potted and it will be planted in Veteran’s Park after the holidays.

The committee is also planning the fourth annual Ladies Tea either the first or second Sunday in March to celebrate Women’s History Month. The committee would like to attract especially younger women to the event.

On Sept. 9 committee member Leo Piovano will lead talk on Islam at the library. The committee will also organize a Columbus Day celebration in October. The celebration is followed by a potluck dinner. In November the committee will celebrate Diwali - Indian festival of lights.

“We owe you thanks,” Councilman Robert Robinson said and complemented Abrol’s commitment to the Diversity Committee. Abrol in turn read the names of the active committee members and complimented their hard work bringing all people together.

Morgan noted that many other municipalities admire New Providence’s Diversity Committee and what it has achieved. Councilman Armand Galluccio also noted that the committee is inspiring other towns to start their own diversity committees.

However, the price of the committee’s success is that its Chinese New Year Celebration is “over-subscribed” and the current DeCorso facility cannot accommodate all those wishing to attend, Abrol lamented. He also noted that the organization’s popularity among the senior residents has contributed to its success. He pointed out that in many cultures senior members of communities are highly valued and the Diversity Committee appreciates the support of its seniors. “It means a lot to us,” he said.

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