The history of New Providence can be first traced back to 1664 when James, Duke of York and brother to King Charles II, purchased the land from Native Americans. Its first settlers were a Puritan colony that came to the area in 1720. The abundance of large flocks of wild turkeys led to the initial name for the area of “Turkey”. By 1737, the Presbyterian Church was formed and was the center of life in the small settlement. In 1759, a crowded church balcony collapsed. It was considered a miracle that no one was seriously injured in the disaster. The miracle was soon referred to as a divine act of “providence.” The small town thereafter became known as “New Providence” and included present-day Summit and Berkeley Heights. In 1869 Summit seceded from New Providence Township over disagreement with town management as well as its rapid increase in population and businesses due to its railroad facilities. New Providence Borough was formed in 1899 and present-day Berkeley Heights retained the name New Providence Township until 1952. Nestled in the Watchung Mountains, New Providence covers 3.6 square miles in northwestern Union County connecting Summit to Berkeley Heights. The borough is roughly 15 miles southwest of Newark and approximately 28 miles west of New York City. Traveling is made simple with two easily accessible train stations within the town as well as its close proximity to I-78, the Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike and Newark Liberty International Airport.
Recreation: The New Providence Recreation Department provides a wide variety of programs for children and adults. New Providence owns three playgrounds, an ice-skating rink, eight ball fields, and eight public tennis courts. There are two pools, which are approximately Olympic size.
Board Of Education: 356 Elkwood Ave, New Providence, NJ 07974 - 908-464-9050
There are two public K-6 schools, as well as one parochial elementary school. The middle school is adjacent to the high school, and consists of grades 7-8. Students in the New Providence School District are known for their academic achievements and excellence in athletics.
NICHE 2017 Overall Grade A+ #24 of 245 Best School District in NJ & #27 of 242 Best Teachers
A+ Allen W. Roberts Elementary School (K-6)
A+ New Providence Middle School (7-8)
A+ Salt Brook Elementary School (K-6)
Borough of New Providence: 360 Elkwood Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974
Public Works: 908-665-1076
Fire Department: 908-665-1400
Police Department Non-Emergency 908-665-1111
Electric: Jersey Central Power and Light Co. 800-662-3115 www.firstenergycorp.com
Gas: PSEG 800-662-3115 www.pseg.com
Cable: Comcast of New Jersey 800-266-2278 www.comcast.com
Verizon FIOS 888-881-8161 http://www22.verizon.com/residential/tv/
Water: NJ American Water Company 800-652-6987 http://www.amwater.com/njaw/
NJ Transit 973-275-5555 www.njtransit.com
PATH 800-234-7284 www.panynj.gov
DeCamp Bus Lines 973-783-7500 www.decamp.com
Lakeland Bus Lines 973-366-0600 www.lakelandbus.com/Sched2478E.html
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