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LOCAL TOWNS PREP TO WELCOME SANTA, PLANNING HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS FOR ALL

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erkeley Heights, New Providence and Summit are all prepping for the winter holidays, with a variety of activities planned that will celebrate winter ’s arrival . In Berkeley Heights The annual downtown Winter Walk is Saturday, Dec. 7, from 3 to 6 p.m. Township residents and those from neighboring towns are invited to share an afternoon of fun, festivities and community, beginning with the Walk itself on Springfield Avenue between Snyder and Plainfield. Immediately following, at Peppertown Park, will be the Berkeley Heights Recreation Department and Special Events tree lighting and fireworks, donated by Garden State Fireworks. Among the main attractions, according to organizers, will be an artificial ice rink, a bounce house, a visit from Princess Elsa, a football field goal challenge, a free-throw basketball shooting zone, game trucks, hatchet throwing, horse and carriage rides, an ice sculptor, a photo booth, a trackless train, trolley rides to and from Columbia School and Peppertown Park, and a walk-in snow globe. In addition, there will be visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, drink and food specials, and entertainment throughout downtown.

In New Providence Festivities kick off Friday, Nov. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. with the borough’s Holiday Festival. In addition to the traditional Christmas Walk with Santa’s arrival and the New Providence High School marching band, the event will feature winter celebrations and customs from around the world, entertainment, activities, giveaways, a giant snow globe, a train and ice sculptures. The evening will culminate with a fireworks show. Local businesses are taking part with entertainment and free treats, and will be open the next day with specials and offers for Small Business Saturday.

In Summit The celebration kicks off with a tree lighting and a party with Santa on the Village Green on Saturday, Dec 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., hosted by the Summit YMCA, which will be collecting men’s hats and gloves for Bridges Outreach. The highlights will include holiday music, pictures with Santa, hot chocolate and other holiday-themed activities. In addition, the community is invited to join the Department of Community Programs for free ice skating on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Elm Street parking lot located behind the Village Green. In addition to skating, there will be bonfires, marshmallows, cookie decorating, music, entertainment and pictures with Santa on the Green.

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F eatures Town Holiday Plans.......................................................................2 Board of Directors THANK YOU...............................................10-11 Calendar............................................................8, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19 New! Health Plans Available to Chamber Members................…18

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chair: Marcella Gencarelli, Lakeland Bank Vice Chairs: Berkeley Heights James DiMaio, Liss Printing New Providence Gary Kapner, CWI.DESIGN Summit Beth Welsh, Bassett Associates Treasurer: Bob Davies, Davies Insurance Management Secretary: Joe Steiner Directors: Susan Barbaglia, Skin Deep Salon & Spa, John Blasi, Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper David Dietze, Point View Wealth Management Janine Grieco, Investors Bank Barbara Lewis, Keller-Williams Premier Properties – Summit Bobbie Peer, TAPinto LLC Kassandra Romas Michael Shapiro, TAPInto LLC

THE COLLECTION STAFF Published by The Suburban Chamber of Commerce Karen Hadley, Executive Director Alison Chieffo, Director of Advertising Patricia E. Meola, Contributing Editor Steven Meyer, Art Director E-mail us at collection@suburbanchambers.org

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n addition to their in-depth knowledge of products, materials and finishes, professional designers have the training and expertise to plan, schedule, execute and manage your project from start to finish.

They know and work closely with many vendors, contractors and other service providers, coordinating and orchestrating the entire design team. Designers also provide specification and purchasing services to procure materials, furniture, accessories and art, much of which you might not be able to find on your own. When you hire an interior designer, you get the benefit of an experienced professional who can solve problems, help you avoid costly mistakes and, most importantly, create an attractive, affordable space designed specifically to meet your lifestyle needs. CWI.DESIGN 560 Central Avenue, New Providence, New Jersey 908-665-7997 www.creativewallcoverings.com cwi.design

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"Ask Chan -- he’ll help.” That phrase that was heard around countless organizations and boards throughout the Summit area for the past 70 years. F. Chandler Coddington Jr., who died on Nov. 16, was involved in everything. From the Morris-Union Jointure to the Rotary Club to Overlook Hospital, the YMCA and countless other organizations including The Collection’s parent organization, the Suburban Chamber of Commerce, Chan was supportive, innovative and passionate. He not only contributed but provided leadership, serving as president of most of them. During his term as president of the Chamber in 1981 he began the Vest-A-Cop project, which has helped provide bulletproof vests to police officers in Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights for more than 35 years.

GRATEFUL COMMUNITIES – Among the community-minded projects spearheaded by Chan Coddington was Vest-A-Cop, which to this day helps purchase bullet-proof vests for new police officers in Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights. Gathering to kick off the effort were, from left, Stewart Holmes, Police Chief Frank Formichella, Mayor Jim Lovett and Mr. Coddington. In thanking the Suburban Chamber of Commerce for its efforts in launching the project, Chief Formichella said, “During the greater part of 1981, you all worked on a campaign to raise money for body armor…As the summer season ended, you made the funds available and the purchase was made. Due to your untiring persistence, this was accomplished.

Insurance was Chan’s livelihood, and he began in the Maben Agency in Downtown Summit, expanded the company and was actively involved through the time that it merged into Bollinger Insurance. Chan championed the joint insurance movement for municipalities and school districts, and his company became one of the largest JIF management firms. While working with the big guys, there was always time and service for the local homeowners and small businessmen and women. He and wife Jane raised three daughters, Gail, Linda and Cora. In his spare time he was a GIANT Giants fan. When he was no longer able to go to see his beloved team, he used his season tickets to raise money for scholarships and other charitable endeavors. His sense of humor was legendary.

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Dreamcatcher, Summit’s professional theater in residence at the Oakes Center on Morris Avenue, is celebrating 25 years of presenting contemporary, life-affirming stories to its audiences.

fill audiences with hope. Dreamcatcher, an Equity Producing Theatre of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance (the coalition of The group’s year-long season includes plays, improv the state’s professional comedy, a holiday special, new play readings, monologues, theatres), moved to a cabaret and a summer youth program, along with outreach Summit in 2012. and education programs for youth, adults and seniors. Next up on stage is the group’s “Very Special Holiday Special” Artistic Director Laura Ekstrand, a founding member on Saturday, Dec. 7, and then in January, the theater company of the ensemble, said, “Our repertory ensemble of eight will mark its actual anniversary at an annual gala at which it professional actors appears on our stage throughout the honors Summit Mayor Nora Radest for her ongoing commitment season. It is their talent and commitment that ensure the to the arts. consistent excellence of our work.” For information about Dreamcatcher, for tickets Named after the Native American woven hoops that are and to advertise in the gala and show programs, hung over the bed to let through only good dreams, the name visit dreamcatcherrep.org. fits well, since Dreamcatcher is telling stories designed to

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ue to the large number of requests for Calendar insertions, we must ask that you submit all Calendar items on our website… www.suburbanchambers.org. Click on Event Calendar, click on Submit New Event, click on Submit, then select The Collection at the bottom of the page.

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n honor of Giving Tuesday on Dec. 3, SAGE Eldercare is focusing on providing its Meals on Wheels clients with much-needed healthy produce through a new program, “Giving Salad Day.”

To view the online Calendar, go to www.suburbanchambers.org, click on Event Calendar, and scroll to find additional information about upcoming events that are listed below. Please call or check websites to confirm.

SAGE’s Meals on Wheels delivers meals to older, home-bound adults, ensuring they will not go hungry and providing vital daily contact with caring volunteers. Last year Meals on Wheels served 47,000 meals to more than 230 local clients. While the meals are nutritious, budget constraints do not allow for inclusion of fresh produce options, including salads.

Thank you. Nov 26 The Killer Smog Dr. Matt Wyvratt will discuss the rise and fall of a small industrial town in Western Pennsylvania which experienced an air inversion in the late 1940s. Twenty of the town residents died that fateful weekend due to air pollution and many more developed health problems. This man-made disaster is recognized as the beginning of the clean air movement in the United States. The speaker will also discuss the connection this small town has with professional baseball. Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Website: www.summitoldguard.org Location: New Providence Municipal Building Contact: H. Hynes ecosse18@comcast.net Fees/Admission: Free- Guests are welcome

To remedy this, SAGE created “Giving Salad Day.” A donation of $100 will allow SAGE to provide every meal recipient with a fresh salad on one day. “These people are not able to shop for themselves anymore,” said Meals on Wheels director Marianne Kranz. “To see the look on a client’s face when they are given something so fresh is priceless.” To learn more about being a Salad Day sponsor, contact Amy Stuart at astuart@sageeldercare.org, call 908-598-5513

Nov 29 New Providence Holiday Festival The New Providence Business Community and the borough have teamed up once again to host the annual Holiday Festival. Businesses will be open the next day with specials and offers for Small Business Saturday. In addition to the traditional Christmas Walk with Santa’s arrival and the marching band, the Holiday Festival will feature winter celebrations and customs from around the world, entertainment, activities, giveaways, ice sculptures, and more! The evening will culminate with a fantastic fireworks show, entertainment, free treats, and more! Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Location: Downtown New Providence

Open Mic Night Open Mic Night (every last Friday of the month) is just as it is billed: open to all, providing performers with a welcoming, non-judgmental, non-competitive venue to explore and express their talents. The informal coffee-bar and stage is set every month with microphones, a piano and keyboards, guitars and drums, as well as non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. Call/ email to sign up. Time: 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Website: www.umcsummit.org Location: The United Methodist Church of Summit Social Hall, 17 Kent Place Blvd., Summit, NJ 07901 Contact: The United Methodist Church of Summit umcopenmicnight@gmail.com Fees/Admission: Free and open to the public

Dec 01 Meyersville Grange Antiques & Collectibles Market The Grange is a seasonal, Sundays only, Antiques, Vintage, & Collectibles indoor Flea Market in operation since the 1970's. Held at the Historic Meyersville Grange #188 Grange Hall on the edge of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Dealers offer quality merchandise at reasonable prices. Our professional chef serves delicious made-to-order meals at the Downstairs Cafe. A great place to discover that elusive unique item to add to your collection or find a gift for that someone special. A great day trip: A ride in the Country, a shopping adventure, and a delicious meal. Area attractions: Great Swamp Greenhouse, The Raptor Trust, Great Swamp National Wildlife Visitor Center, Somerset County Environmental Education Center Time: 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM Location: Meyersville Grange #188 500 Meyersville Road, Gillette, NJ Contact: Carol & Steve Boyle meyersvillegrange188market@yahoo.com Fees/Admission: Free Admission, Free Parking Continued on page 12

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908 Enterprises - Social Media Marketing Accent Printing Solutions Accents Dancewear Ace Pension Solutions LLC ACN Acupuncture & Health Center Adams Fine Clothing For Men Allstate / Ana H. Galindo Agency, LLC. Allstate NJ Insurance - The Heights Agency Allsure Insurance Brokerage American Boys Preparatory Academy American Pension LLC Americans for Fair Taxation Angelo & Associates CPAs PC Anything Floral Arthur J Gallagher & Co. at&t Authorized Retailer; The Wireless Experience Balloon Design Studio Barth's Market Bassett Associates Beacon Health Sciences Berkeley Cleaners Berkeley Hardware & Paint Berkeley Heights Board of Education Berkeley Heights VFW Post 6259 Berkeley Heights YMCA Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New Jersey Properties- Summit Best Western PLUS Murray Hill Hotel & Suites BIG. (Believe, Inspire, Grow) Blow In Blow Out Body Pure Chiropractic Boll and Branch Borough of New Providence Bourne, Noll & Kenyon Brain Balance of Summit BrightStar Care Chan's Alternative Risk Transfer Ideas Chemetall US, Inc. Christmas Decor of New Jersey Ciel Power LLC CivicStory

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Classic Construction Service Clear Point Designs Coldwell Banker Colonial Appliance & Electronics Inc. Color Me Mine Comcast Business Comcast Spotlight Connection, The ConnectOne Bank- Berkeley Heights ConnectOne Bank- Summit Constantine Village/Goldberg Realty Cornerstone Financial Partners Cove Carpet One Floor & Home Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors, Ltd. Danielle Putis- Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NJ Properties Data Online Davies Insurance Management DaVinci Society DeBary Inn, The DeFabio Chiropractic & Sports Rehab LLC Delicious Heights Dempsey, Dempsey & Sheehan DERCO PRINT- Liss Printing Dinerman Leadership Dolores Croneberger- Real Estate Referral Agent Don-Tre Professional Driving School, Inc Donna Donaldson Home Door Boy Dorlen, Dr. Rosalind S. Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre drybar Dunkin' Donuts- Berkeley Heights DUXIANA Edible Arrangements of Summit Elefante Music & School For The Performing Arts Elements Massage Embassy Suites by Hilton Berkeley Heights eMedical Urgent Care Everest Chiropractic Excel Orthopedic Physical Therapy - Berkeley Heights Excel Orthopedic Physical Therapy - Summit

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Family Promise Fine Fit First Energy Fitness Factory, The Five Star Driving School Five Star Painting of Summit Gabriele Fitness and Performance Gearhart Law General Plumbing Supply Genualdi Family Partners, LP Goodman's Deli GRA Architects Graham Relf Design Graphic Imagery, Inc. Graver Water Systems, LLC Harlee's Tap & Grille Harvard Group International Haven Savings Bank- Berkeley Heights Haven Savings Bank- Summit Healthlink Advocates, Inc. Henry's Fine Jewelry Hoboken Farms Home Again Design Home For Good Dog Rescue Hometown Doc, LLC HomeTowne Television IFixYourCellPlus Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss Integrated Tech Solutions Investors Bank - Berkeley Heights Investors Bank - Corporate Office Investors Bank - New Providence Investors Bank - Summit Italian Masterpiece Jaeger Lumber JL Franchino Inc. Joe's Ristorante & Pizzeria John Leatherbee Jones Lang LaSalle Joseph Hamilton Construction Joseph Steiner Joshmeah.com Junior League of Summit

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New Providence Chiropractic New Providence Dentistry NJ Advance Media NJ Sharing Network Noke and Heard, LLP, CPA's Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child Office Evolution On The Ball Dog Training, LLC Orangetheory Fitness Oratory School of Summit, NJ Our House Inc Overlook Medical Center Paolo's Kitchen, Inc. Partners Transportation Group Passion for Spices Peace of Mind Yoga Peak Medical, LLC Peapack-Gladstone Bank PEARLY WHITES Peppercorn Diner Pfaltz & Woller, PA Piattino Platinum Mortgage LLC Point View Wealth Management, Inc. Pour HoMMe Primrose School of Berkeley Heights Professional Appraisal Associates Prudential Advisors PuroClean Restoration Services Ralph Gerstein, Attorney RE/MAX Achievers RE/MAX Integrity Advantage Reeves-Reed Arboretum Regal Bank- Summit Renna Media Revivify Ricciardi Brothers Richard V. Carney Electrical Contractors, Inc. Robinwood Kitchens Inc. Roosters Men's Grooming Center ROSEN KELLY CONWAY Architecture & Design Sadal Wine Cellar SAGE Eldercare

Schroth and Lorenson Jewelers Singh and Smile Pediatric Dentistry Skin Deep Salon and Spa Small Business Development Center at Kean University Smith + Schwartzstein LLC Smoothie King Smythe Volvo Inc. Snapology Summit NJ Spencer Savings Bank Spring Meadows Summit, Capital Senior Living Spurr Law LLC Stifel Financial Suburban Chambers of Commerce Summit Area Public Foundation Summit Area YMCA Summit Board of Education Summit Downtown, Inc. Summit Frame & Art, Inc. Summit Hearing Aid Center Summit Oaks Hospital Summit Prep Summit Ski and Sport Summit Smiles Summit Tech Partners LLC Summit Test Prep & Tutoring Summit Transcendental Meditation Program Sunrise of Summit Super Kids Child Care/Learning Center Take On College, LLC TAP Into LLC TapSnap Taylor Rental Center TD Bank - Berkeley Heights TD Bank - Summit TD Bank Mortgage The Adam M. Brown Law Group LLC The American Yoga Academy The Arc of Union County The Bar Method The Body Shop Studio The Broadway Diner The City of Summit

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The Connell Company The Dental Studio of Summit The Goddard School The Grand Summit Hotel The Lewis-Chester Group The Liberty Group The Meat House The Office Tavern Grill The Pipes of Christmas The Richland-Knowles Agency The Summit Playhouse The Woodhouse Spa - Summit Tide Dry Cleaners TLC Computer Services Township of Berkeley Heights Trish Ollom, Realtor TSP Capital Management Group Twisted Two River Community Bank Union County College United Way of Greater Union County Uno Group Home Improvements Verizon Wireless Vibrance For Life Vicki Popp Salon Virtue Tile & Design Visual Arts Center of New Jersey WashClub Laundry Weichert Realtors- Summit Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. / Berkeley Heights Wells Fargo Bank- NP Wesketch Architecture, Inc. Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Wilde Capital Management Winberie's Restaurant and Bar Window Tailors Woodward Properties, REALTORS Woops! - Garden State Plaza You Can Be Found Zadie's Nurturing Den

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Dec 01 Gingerbread House Decorating (All Ages)

Families, groups or individuals can decorate a gingerbread house. Register in person at the Children's or Reference desk. A $10 refundable cash deposit is required to hold your spot. Decorated houses will be entered into the Library's Gingerbread Display contest taking place from 12/2-12/6. Time: 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM Website: www.newprovidencelibrary.org Location: New Providence Memorial Library Contact: New Providence Memorial Library sinsetta@newprovidencelibrary.org Fees/Admission: $10 Refundable Deposit required at in-person registration in order to hold your spot. (Will be returned when you arrive for the event on Sat, Dec 1. Will not be returned if you fail to show.)

Dec 02 Maplewood Garden Club Presents “Making Environmentally Friendly Floral Arrangements" When creating floral displays, some florists use materials that are not eco-friendly. Join the Maplewood Garden Club to learn how to minimize the use of materials that pollute the environment in your own floral arrangements. Edith Villavicencio, owner and creative director of Glamurosa Floral Design in Maplewood, will demonstrate different techniques and suggest alternate materials you can use to create beautiful floral designs while minimizing the pollution imprint on our planet. Her workshop follows a short business meeting. Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Website: www.maplewoodgardenclub.org Location: Maplewood Memorial Library  51 Baker Street, Maplewood Fees/Admission: free, open to all.

Dec 03 "Giving Salad Day" at SAGE SAGE’s “Giving Salad Day” Will Provide Older Adults with Healthy Produce SUMMIT, NJ – With Giving Tuesday just around the corner, December 3, SAGE Eldercare is focusing on providing its Meals on Wheels clients with much needed healthy produce through a new program, “Giving Salad Day.” SAGE’s Meals on Wheels delivers meals to older, home-bound adults, ensuring they will not go hungry and have vital daily contact by caring volunteers. While the meals are nutritious, budget constraints do not allow for inclusion of fresh produce options including healthy salads. To remedy this, SAGE has created “Giving Salad Day” for Giving Tuesday. An individual donation of $100 will allow SAGE to provide each meal recipient with a fresh salad on one given day.“These people are not able to shop for themselves anymore,” said Meals on Wheels Director, Marianne Kranz. “To see the look on a client’s face when they are given something so fresh is priceless.” visit here to donate now: http://bit.ly/2CCwMRF. Time: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM Website: www.sageeldercare.org Location: SAGE Eldercare Contact: Amy Stuart 908-598-5513 astuart@sageeldercare.org

The Towne Club The Towne Club is a woman's social organization whose annual fundraiser benefits the rescue squads of Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights. Entertainment will be provided by Seniors Sing & Sing Along. Time: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Location: Primavera 1080 Valley Rod Stirling Contact: Shirley Bittman smbittman@gmail.com Fees/Admission: Cost of luncheon

Read to a Dog (Kids) Children in grades 1-5 can practice reading aloud to Seeing Eye dogs in-training. Registration is required. You can bring a book of your own or choose from the library's selection. *Registration required via NP Community Pass. Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Website: www.newprovidencelibrary.org/ Location: New Providence Memorial Library Contact: New Providence Memorial Library sinsetta@newprovidencelibrary.org Fees/Admission: Free, but registration required via NP Community Pass at https://register.communitypass.net/newprovidence

Dec 05 Reeves-Reed Arboretum's Holiday House Tour Join us for our 27th annual Holiday House Tour featuring five elegant Summit homes decorated for the holidays, our annual Holiday Boutique & Garden Shoppe, and luncheon at the historic Beacon Hill Club. A festive day awaits! Time: 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM Website: www.reeves-reedarboretum.org Location: Reeves-Reed Arboretum 165 Hobart Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901 Contact: Irene Druskin 908-273-8787 x1010 i.druskin@reeves-reedarboretum.org Fees/Admission: RRA Members $40 Non-Members $45, day of $50 Tour and Buffet Lunch $80/ $85 Valet/ Jitney available $125 Continued on page 14

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he New Providence High School Marching Band took first place in the USBands New Jersey State Group 6A Championship this fall with a performance of its 2019 show, “Light Prevails.� Despite light rain and a rescheduled performance, the band lived to its motto, "Pride and Class," scoring 89.22 and winning awards for Best Color Guard, Best Music and Best Overall Effect. The championships took place at Hillsborough High School. New Providence edged out Hunterdon Central Regional High School and Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School for the title. The 144-member New Providence band is led by music director Michael Niedziejko and assistant music director Donald Baker. The drum majors this year are Mia Fusillo and Alyssa DeMarco, with sergeantsat-arms Rinda Hyde, Ethan Neidich, Cherie Ma, Alice Smith and Ian Zane. Section leaders include brass captain Matthew Fusillo, woodwind captain Charlotte Lin, percussion captain Christopher Rowe and color guard captains Hannah Giedraitis, Emma Giedraitis, Kiana Barbarisi and Kylie Burton. Soloists include Charlotte Lin on flute, Daniel Aranda on tenor saxophone and Erikson Sandaire on alto saxophone.

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PIONEER PRIDE -- The 144-member marching band from New Providence High School took top honors this fall at the USBands New Jersey State Group 6A Championship at Hillsborough High School. In addition, the students scored honors for Best Color Guard, Best Music and Best Overall Effect.

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Come learn how to make art from discarded books. We'll fold pages and paint the edges to make pretty trees for holiday decorations! *Registration required via NP Community Pass Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Website: www.newprovidencelibrary.org Location: New Providence Memorial Library Contact: New Providence Memorial Library Email: smaisch@newprovidencelibrary.org Fees/Admission: Free, but Registration required via NP Community Pass at https://register. communitypass.net/newprovidence.

Dec 06 First Friday - "Holiday Wine and Spirit Pairings” with Agapios Kyritsis For some Holiday Cheer, Agapios Kyritsis from Marco Polo, and it's "Wine Institute", will be joining us to discuss some wonderful wine an spirit pairings! Time: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Website: www.suburbanchambers.org Location: The Grand Summit Hotel 570 Springfield Ave., ummit, NJ 07901 Contact: 908-522-1700 info@suburbanchambers.org Fees/Admission: Members - $20.00,Soon to Be Members - $30.00

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Dec 07 Overlook Auxiliary's Phantom Ball The Overlook Auxiliary is “hosting” our second Phantom Ball on December 7, 2019. The Overlook Auxiliary is a volunteer organization cultivating a compassionate and comforting environment throughout the entire Medical Center community with active volunteering and imaginative fundraising. The Phantom Ball is a twist on your typical fundraising gala. In fact, it is a stay-at-home event. In lieu of attending a formal event, we ask that you take the day to spend with family or friends and donate the money you would have spent on going out to the event, for a new outfit, transportation, and babysitting toward a great cause! The proceeds will go to The Breast Center of Overlook to help defray the cost of novel technologies to improve care of patients with breast cancer. Time: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM Website: www.OAUX.ORG Location: "Stay at home" fundraiser Contact: Meghan Schorr & Jackie Swaine auxiliaryphantomball@gmail.com Fees/Admission: Donations appreciated.

For information about the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, which serves the city 24/7 and has its headquarters at 1000 Summit Ave., visit summitems.org.

Photos with Santa by the Summit Junior Fortnightly Club Tired of standing in long lines to have your kids sit on Santa’s lap? Join the Summit Junior Fortnightly Club for a photo-op with Santa! Guests can enjoy family activities and avoid waiting in line with the purchase of a ticket online. Upon arrival at Twin Maples, visit the table located at the house entrance to pick up a time-stamped pass within the time slot you have purchased. A BIG thank you to Rob Radest, “The First Man of Summit" for being our man in red! Your $25 photo fee is enough to cover the costs of one holiday meal for a low-income Union county family. Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Website: https://summit-junior-fortnightly-club.square.site/ Location: Twin Maples 214 Springfield Avenue Summit, NJ 07901 Contact: Tina Walker & Sandy Chambers sjfcmail@gmail.com Fees/Admission: $25/family photo (one pose)

Cookie Walk and Holiday Bazaar Come do your holiday shopping with us! Vendors, food and more! Five dollars lets you fill up a box with homemade cookies. Hurry before the goodies run out! Please contact the church if you are interested in being a vendor. Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Website: www.umcsummit.org Location: The United Methodist Church of Summit 17 Kent Place Boulevard Summit, NJ Contact: 908-277-1700 office@umcsummit.org Fees/Admission: Free and open to the public

SQUAD EARNS HONOR – For its 2018-19 Traffic and Safety Contest, the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad earned a third place award from the EMS Council of New Jersey. Celebrating with the trophy were Robert Endress, equipment lieutenant, Deputy Chief Matthew Raymond and Richard Raymond, maintenance lieutenant.

Santa's Holiday Party and Tree Lighting Come watch as Santa arrives to Summit and helps light the tree on the Village Green. Children will have a chance to meet with Santa and local non-profits will be providing holiday activities on Maple Street. Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Location: Village Green and Maple Street Contact: Sue Fieseler 908-273-3330 ext 1167 sue.fieseler@thesay.org Fees/Admission: free

A Very Special (Holiday) Special Kick off the season with your favorite Dreamcatcher actors!The Dreamcatcher ensemble will entertain you with holiday songs, comic sketches and improv, and lots of good old-fashioned fun. The show is appropriate for the whole family, and every year’s show is completely original! Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Website: www.dreamcatcherrep.org Location: Oakes Center • 120 Morris Avenue • Summit, NJ 07901 Contact: Emily Williams emalinewilliams@gmail.com Fees/Admission: $20 adults, $15 kids

HONORED BY STATE EMS COUNCIL -- Chief Kari Phair of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad with her trophy for being named the EMS Council’s Squad Member of the Year for 2019.

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ore than 100 community members attended a recent ribbon cutting at The Grand Summit Hotel to celebrate renovation of the 107 guest rooms, lobby, meeting rooms and elevators in the 1929 Tudor-style building. President and general manager Robert Gelber said the project has restored “the glamour that long has been a hallmark of The Grand Summit Hotel, while adding a hip and trendy vibe to our classical setting.” Hotel officials noted that in 2020, the hotel’s Hat Tavern restaurant will be transformed with a new name, menu and décor. Mr. Gelber and business partner Marshall Weinerman are only the hotel’s fifth owners since the original Blackburn Hotel opened on the same site in 1868.

A GRAND CELEBRATION – Cutting the ribbon to celebrate completion of extensive renovations at The Grand Summit Hotel were, from left, Robert Gelber, Lisa Weinerman and Howard Weinerman.

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Came to Believe, The First Sunday of every month, a casual monthly service of worship for Friends and Members of the Recovery Community. Time: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Website: www.umcsummit.org Location: The United Methodist Church of Summit, Chapel Corner of Kent Place Boulevard and DeForest Avenue (entrance), Summit,  Contact: The United Methodist Church of Summit 908-277-1700 umcofsummit@gmail.com Fees/Admission: Free and open to the public

Meyersville Grange Antiques & Collectibles Market Please see Meyersville Grange Antiques & Collectibles Market, Dec 1

New Providence Jazz Choir Holiday Concert (All Ages) The New Providence High School Jazz Choir will perform a holiday concert in the Conti room. Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Website: www.newprovidencelibrary.org/ Location: New Providence Memorial Library Contact: New Providence Memorial Library npmlref@gmail.com Fees/Admission: Free, all are welcome. No registration required.

Dec 09 Winter Festival Concert Fairleigh Dickinson University's School of the Arts presents the fifteenth annual FDU Winter Festival Concert!The program includes a wide variety of classical, popular, and seasonal music. Performers include the FDU Band, the FDU Chorus, the FDU Chamber Choir, and members of the music faculty. Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Location: Dreyfuss Theater Fairleigh Dickinson University 285 Madison Avenue Madison, NJ 07940 Contact: Dr. Allen Cohen 973-443-8638 Email: alcmusic@fdu.edu Fees/Admission: $5, free for students with ID.

Dec 12 Teen Movie, Hot Cocoa & Gift Wrapping Come watch the Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Penguins of Madagascar and other Dreamworks holiday specials while sipping hot cocoa and wrapping your holiday gifts. Grades 6-12 are welcome. Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Website: www.newprovidencelibrary.org/ Location: New Providence Memorial Library Contact: New Providence Memorial Library smaisch@newprovidencelibrary.org Fees/Admission: Free, no registration required

Dec 13 Christmas Concert at Renaissance Church A "must-see" event in the community, the Christmas Concert will wow you and get you in the spirit of Christmas like never before! The extraordinary concert includes performances by the rock and pop band of Renaissance Church, all local and New York City performing artists. Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Website: www.renchurch.com Location: 2 Kent Place Blvd, Summit, NJ 07901 Email: info@renchurch.com

Dec 14 Cookie Walk Fundraiser Your $5.00 donation will provide you with your choice of delicious, traditional, homemade cookies in a decorative, recyclable, holiday-motif box. Proceeds to benefit Post home improvements. Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Location: America Legion Post 433 357 Elkwood Avenue New Providence, NJ Contact: 908-464-9010 Fees/Admission: $5.00 donation Free and open to the public

Christmas Concert at Renaissance Church Please see Christmas Concert at Renaissance Church, Dec 13 Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Christmas Concert at Renaissance Church Please see Christmas Concert at Renaissance Church, Dec 13 Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Dec 15 Meyersville Grange Antiques & Collectibles Market Please see Meyersville Grange Antiques & Collectibles Market, Dec 1 Continued on page 18

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hree probationary patrol officers have joined the Berkeley Heights Police Department. Michael Klimek, Timothy Neri and Pozsony Jr. were welcomed by John DiPasquale and sworn in at a Township Committee meeting by Angie Devanney.

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Officer Pozsony is a Roselle Park resident who worked as a dispatcher and auxiliary police officer in his hometown and as a patrol officer in Linden. He graduated from the Stamler Police Academy last year. After high school, Berkeley Heights resident Officer Neri enlisted in the Marine Corps and served on deployments to Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012. A 2016 graduate of the Morris County Police Academy, he received a lifesaving award while working for the Morris Township Police Department.

A Cranford resident, Officer Klimek graduated from Montclair State University in 2017 with a degree in Justice Studies and from the Stamler Police Academy in 2019. He was employed by the Union County Sheriff’s Office and had been a dispatcher with the Carteret Police Department. The three men are the latest beneficiaries of the local Vest-A Cop program. “Since the inception of the program by the Suburban Chamber of Commerce Foundation in 1981, spearheaded by the late Chan Coddington, every police officer in Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights receives up to a $450 allowance towards his or her first bullet-proof vest,” said Karen Hadley, the Chamber’s Executive Director. “To date, more than 200 vests have been donated.” She said funding for the vests and scholarship programs comes from annual contributions from members of the Chamber and other Chamber fundraising activities. “All contributions are fully tax-exempt,” Ms. Hadley said, “and, of course, area residents are also welcome to make contributions.”

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Dec 15 Rewind: Woodstock 50th Anniversary Tribute

Rewind will revive memories and emotions with their Songs of Woodstock, the one-of- a-kind music celebration that featured Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Santana, Joe Cocker, Jefferson Airplane, and countless other classic bands and musicians. The band will feature John Delgiodice on guitar and vocals, Ken Cohen on drums and vocals, and Rich Loughlin on bass and vocals. Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Website: www.summitlibrary.org Location: Summit Free Public Library 75 Maple Street Contact: 908-273-0350, option 3 jknott@summitlibrary.org Fees/Admission: FREE

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he Suburban Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the New Jersey Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (NJACCE) is proud to announce an exclusive partnership with Hamilton Insurance Agency that allows the Chamber the opportunity to provide health plans for their members in good standing. This exclusive partnership provides multiple health plans that have been designed to offer an affordable benefit option for the small to midsized employers.

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Our partnership with NJACCE & HIA will allow us to offer viable solutions for employers that can benefit both Full-Time (FT) and PartTime (PT) employees. The Level Funded Health Plan is governed by Federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and provides national provider access through several nationwide PPO providers. Level funding offers several key advantages over traditional health insurance, including:

The United Methodist Church invites you to their Christmas concert in our beautiful Sanctuary. The Christmas Concert features our Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, Youth and Contemporary Ensembles sharing joyful music. Professional instrumental and vocal soloists will offer beautiful arrangements for the Christmas season. Following the concert everyone is invited to gather for a reception in the Social Hall. Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Website: www.umcsummit.org Location: The United Methodist Church of Summit 17 Kent Place Boulevard Summit, NJ 07901 Contact: The United Methodist Church of Summit 908-277-1700 office@umcsummit.org Fees/Admission: Free and open to the public

o Lower Fixed Costs: Most businesses realize immediate monthly savings. o Lower Claims Costs: If claims are lower than expected, you would enjoy even greater savings.

Christmas Concert at Renaissance Church Please see Christmas Concert at Renaissance Church, Dec 13 Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

o Limited Risk: Stop-loss insurance protects you against individual or total claims exceeding your annual budget.

Dec 16 Beginner Knitting for Teens

If you are interested in this program, please contact Karen Hadley at the Suburban Chamber of Commerce – khadley@suburbanchambers. org or call at 908-522-1700.

Learn the basics of knitting as we work to create an easy scarf. We'll teach how to cast on, knit stitch, purl stitch and how to bind off. Open to teens in grades 6-12. *Registration deadline by Dec 6 so we can purchase materials. *Note: the regular library knitting group will meet from 6-9 following this class if anyone would like to stay longer. Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Website: www.newprovidencelibrary.org/ Location: New Providence Memorial Library Contact: New Providence Memorial Library smaisch@newprovidencelibrary.org Fees/Admission: Free, but Registration required via NP Community Pass at https://register. communitypass.net/newprovidence.

Dec 21 Dan Rufolo Trio with Wayne Mallette Dan Rufolo Trio features the beloved former SHS music teacher Wayne Mallette! They will perform seasonal tunes, and compositions by jazz pianist Dan Rufolo. Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Website: www.mondosummit.com Location: Mondo Contact: info@mondosummit.org Email: ljrufolo@gmail.com Fees/Admission: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, with a special student price

Dec 22 Meyersville Grange Antiques & Collectibles Market Please see Meyersville Grange Antiques & Collectibles Market, Dec 1

Christmas Caroling Get into the holiday spirit and join the United Methodist Church of Summit in singing traditional carols and holiday favorites outside the church. Afterwards, warm-up with hot chocolate, hot cider and cookies. Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Website: www.umcsummit.org Location: The United Methodist Church of Summit 17 Kent Place Boulevard Summit, NJ 07901 Contact: The United Methodist Church of Summit 908-277-1700 office@umcsummit.org Fees/Admission: Free and open to the public

Dec 27 Open Mic Night Please see Open Mic Night, Nov. 29 Continued on page 19

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Dec 29 Meyersville Grange Antiques & Collectibles Market Please see Meyersville Grange Antiques & Collectibles Market, Dec 1

Jan 05 Came to Believe Service Please see Came to Believe Service, Dec 8

Meyersville Grange Antiques & Collectibles Market Please see Meyersville Grange Antiques & Collectibles Market, Dec 1

Jan 06 Maplewood Garden Club Presents “Philadelphia, America’s Garden Capital” Did you know that Philadelphia is the Garden Capital of America? Join the Maplewood Garden Club asKathleen Salisbury, the director of Temple University’s Ambler Arboretum, presents “America’s Garden Capital.” She will lead us on a virtual tour of some of Philadelphia’s superb public gardens and share fascinating stories about each of them. Kathy’s talk follows a short business meeting and is free and open to all. No RSVP is required. Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Website: www.maplewoodgardenclub.org Location: Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker Street, Maplewood Fees/Admission: free

Jan 12 Meyersville Grange Antiques & Collectibles Market Please see Meyersville Grange Antiques & Collectibles Market, Dec 1

Jan 19 Meyersville Grange Antiques & Collectibles Market Please see Meyersville Grange Antiques & Collectibles Market, Dec 1

Jan 26 Meyersville Grange Antiques & Collectibles Market Please see Meyersville Grange Antiques & Collectibles Market, Dec 1

Jan 31 Open Mic Night Please see Open Mic Night, Nov. 29

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Profile for The Collection

The Collection Magazine - 2019 Holiday Edition  

The Collection Magazine is a publication of the Suburban Chamber of Commerce

The Collection Magazine - 2019 Holiday Edition  

The Collection Magazine is a publication of the Suburban Chamber of Commerce

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