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26
Jan
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Habitat Homes

This week, the Township Council proposed an ordinance to allow the sale of two township-owned properties to Habitat for Humanity. Last summer, the township decided that it would work with Habitat for Humanity to build affordable housing homes in Livingston to satisfy a portion of its affordable housing obligation, as established by COAH (the Council on Affordable Housing).
 
Thu
19
Jan
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Snow Reminders

With the first snowstorm of the New Year recently dropping five inches of snow on Livingston, it is a good time to remind residents about snow related rules and requests. While snow can create beautiful scenery, it can also create dangerous situations, from downed power lines to car accidents and slip and falls.
 
Thu
19
Jan
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Full-Time Effort

This week the Township of Livingston announced the hiring of a full-time adaptive recreation coordinator, who will be responsible for managing and creating recreational programs for residents with special needs. A “Meet and Greet” event with the new hire, Jennifer Quirk, is scheduled for Monday, January 23, at the Monmouth Court Community Center, from 6 to 7 p.m. Pizza and refreshments will be provided, as well as games and activities for children with special needs.
 
Thu
12
Jan
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Squad Goals

Although the Livingston First Aid Squad (LFAS) sent out its annual fundraising letter before the holidays, a lack of donations has been noted. Fewer than 25% of Livingston households donate money to the squad each year, and at this point, it looks like it may not even reach that dismal statistic.
 
Thu
12
Jan
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Remember the Dream

Many years ago, after the Livingston Board of Education announced plans to close school in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, a resident came up with the idea of creating “A Day On, Rather Than a Day Off,” so that locals would have an opportunity to honor the life of the great Civil Rights Movement leader by performing community service. The Livingston Diversity Committee continues this tradition, organizing what has come to be known as Livingston’s Day of Service. This year, the event will be held on Monday, January 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Senior/Community Center on Hillside Avenue
 
Thu
05
Jan
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Preparing For a New Year

Both the Township Council and the Board of Education held their annual re-organization meetings this week. The Town Council hosted its annual meeting and reception on Monday morning, while the Board of Education held its first meeting of the new year on Tuesday evening. These meetings, which were attended by local and Essex County officials, residents, township employees, and administrators, set a positive tone for the upcoming year.
 
Thu
15
Dec
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Difficult Decisions

At its conference meeting this week, the Livingston Township Council discussed an issue that has arisen with the installation of a new, much-needed traffic light at the corner of East Northfield Road and Chestnut Street. The project was given the “green light” by the Township and Essex County last year following numerous accidents at the location, and at the urging of residents who implored officials to make the roadway safer. The details were worked out and the County agreed to lead the project, while picking up two thirds of the tab. Livingston would pay the final third. A win-win.
 
Thu
08
Dec
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Drive Sober

The Livingston Police Department will be participating in New Jersey’s annual end-of-the-year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The effort begins tomorrow, Friday, December 9, and will continue through Sunday, January 1. While law enforcement officials are always on the look-out for drivers who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the state’s program aims to raise increased awareness about this issue during what is known as one of the most dangerous times of year on the road.
 
Thu
01
Dec
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Three Generations On The Run

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THREE GENERATIONS ON THE RUN: Richard Dinar of Livingston, his daughter Meredith Johnson (Livingston High School class of 1994), and eight year old granddaughter Kayla Johnson, participated in the culminating 5K race for Girls on the Run New Jersey North. The race was held on Sunday morning, November 13, at the Sussex County Fairground in Augusta.
 
Thu
01
Dec
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Turkey Bowl

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TURKEY BOWL: Livingston’s annual “Turkey Bowl” football game was played, as per tradition, on Thanksgiving Day. Players were asked to bring food, which was later donated to St. Ann’s Church in Newark, a food bank that distributes food to the homeless. Shown above, ninth grade players, who played at the Mt. Pleasant School complex, included (Red Team) Elijah Elster, Jason Fiske, Josh Greenberg, Ryan Greenberg, Ethan Landau, Lance Lenchner, Anthony Lopa, Michael Petrillo, Jordan Wayne, and Ernie Wilson; Black Team, Drew Cilenti, Jake Elkin, Zach Greenberg, Eli Hartman, Max Korfin, Adin Kurtz, Dylan Mandelbaum, Evan Marcus, and Noah Marcus; (Blue Team) Matt Bucich, Matt Carras, John Currao, Jacob Dennis, Dylan Flaherty, Jack Friedman, Lucas Giordano, Sam Goodman, and Danny Hubert; and (Gray Team) Ryan Bader, Evan Bader, Josh Barrie, Jake Cohen, Daniel Diviney, Jake Goldstein, Cooper Grossman, Charlie Grossman, Dylan Spector, and Jordan Teicher.
 

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