NEW PROVIDENCE

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Image of New ProvidenceThe 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

Main:                                                  908-665-1400

Public Works:                                                908-665-1076

Fire Department:                                          908-665-1400

Police Department Non-Emergency         908-665-1111

UTILITY COMPANIES

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/

 

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Railroad
NJ Transit  973-275-5555 
www.njtransit.com

PATH  800-234-7284  www.panynj.gov

Bus:
DeCamp Bus Lines  973-783-7500 
www.decamp.com

Lakeland Bus Lines  973-366-0600  www.lakelandbus.com/Sched2478E.html

Ferry:  Hoboken or Jersey City (to World Financial Center)  800-533-3779
www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/masstran/ferries/ferintro.html

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