NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The William Paca Club in New Providence will be opening up its doors again for renters and will be running a rental special of 10 percent off for all graduation party rentals.

The venue, which is located off of Livingston Ave., on William Paca Place is used for graduation parties, showers, holiday parties and meetings among other functions.

All renters must follow all Covid-19 social distancing and capacity guidelines.

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For information on renting the Paca Club and rental fees please call 908-464-7258.

How it All Began

During the Great Depression, a group of men, residents of New Providence, joined together to form a club or organization. The club was named after a Senator and later Governor of Maryland, William Paca, the only signer of the Declaration of Independence who was of Italian descent. So the club became The William Paca Club of New Providence, NJ in his honor; a social and civic club.

During the Depression, members of the William Paca Club helped many families of New Providence who were in need. Amongst these were some residents who received assistance in becoming citizens of The United States of America.

In 1943 the club received a certificate of incorporation and thereby officially became The William Paca Club of New Providence.

Originally, meetings were held in the basement in the home of Ralph Parlapiano on High Street, and soon the place of meetings moved to a house on First Street, rented from Louis Napolitano.

In 1944, when the Ladies Auxiliary was formed and the club had grown to require a larger facility, the club purchased its current facility on 1 William Paca Place. While meetings were temporarily held in the greenhouse of Pat Romano, the members raised funds to buy materials and pay for any work that had to be contracted, while most of the work was completed by the club’s members.

The club house was completed in December 1947, and in January 1948 the then Mayor of New Providence, Honorable Ellsworth Hansell, officiated the opening ceremonies, with the Borough Council and other town officials in attendance.

The Club Today

Since then, the club has participated in borough affairs, marched in the Memorial Day Parades, distributed box lunches to the children after the parades, and participated in any functions for which the club could provide assistance. In addition, this non-profit club raises funds through fundraising events in order to provide assistance with various community service including presenting a scholarship to a graduating high school senior.

For more information on becoming a member of the Paca Club please contact President Matt Sommo, at 908-531-8780 or via email at m.sommo@yahoo.com