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Vacant House Damaged By Fire

VACANT HOUSE DAMAGED BY FIRE
VACANT HOUSE DAMAGED BY FIRE

VACANT HOUSE DAMAGED BY FIRE: A fire broke out in a vacant house at 469 South Livingston Avenue at about 6 p.m. on Thursday evening, March 19. A police officer directing traffic in and out of the ShopRite parking lot noticed flames and smoke coming from the structure and called the Fire Department. Firefighters responded and quickly extinguished the flames, but there was heavy damage to the house, particularly in the bedroom area, where the fire is believed to have started. The house has been vacant for two decades, and its dilapidated condition exacerbated the fire damage, said Fire Chief Chris Mullin. He noted that the house has no electrical power running to it, and has possibly been occupied by vagrants. He deemed the fire to be of suspicious origin; an investigation is ongoing. Rob Munson Photos

 

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Livestreams Meeting for First Time: Board of Education Votes to Approve Tentative Budget

Following a lengthy discussion about whether to reduce the tentative 2020-21 budget due to the coronavirus situation, the Livingston Board of Education voted on Wednesday, March 18, to approve it in order to send to the County for review.

The tax impact of this proposed budget was presented to the public on March 9 and incorporates the allowable increase of two percent. The increase in school tax on the average Livingston home of $700,000 would be $199, based on a tax levy of $110,919,955, out of a total of $128,944,023.

The budget approved Wednesday night is not final, the superintendent and board secretary emphasized. It can continue to be changed until the Public Hearing on April 27.

 

 

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Virtual Junior Prom

VIRTUAL JUNIOR PROM

VIRTUAL JUNIOR PROM: On March 20, AM Wired, the Livingston High School news and announcement show, broadcast “The AMW Virtual Prom.” Students danced in their bedrooms and put on makeup and tied ties in their bathrooms. The 8 ½ minute show featured teacher Jason Daily and was written by Manni Burach, who also served as producer and editor, and Kylie Gorsky. The creative show was picked up by News 12 New Jersey.

 

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Publisher Issues Plea: Tribune Urgently Needs Community Support

For the past 91 years, the West Essex Tribune has been an essential part of the fabric of Livingston. From the days when Route 10 was a dirt road taking Livingston farmers to the stores and offices in Newark, the Tribune has brought readers all of the community news: news about township meetings, local history, school sports, politics, how to get help, and how to help those in need. And now, though much of the news is about the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, which affects everyone in our community, we continue to keep you informed.

For those 91 years the Tribune has been a trusted venue for local businesses to advertise their goods and services to our readers, and for non-profit and community organizations to spread the word of their activities.

 

 

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Livingston COVID-19 Cases Rise; Township State of Emergency Declared

Livingston COVID-19 Cases Rise; Township State of Emergency Declared

Since the Livingston Health Department announced the first two cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in residents in the township on Wednesday, March 18, the figure had risen to 36 in one week’s time. In Essex County at that time, Wednesday morning, March 25, there were 437 confirmed cases. Based on the last update before press time, from Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday afternoon, there were 3,675 confirmed cases and a total of 44 deaths statewide. Nationally, there were at least 59,502 cases and 804 deaths as of Wednesday morning, and globally, there are more than 435,000 cases and at least 19,625 deaths.

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LPI Now Sending Food to the Needy

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Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI), the Livingston-based charity that runs a seasonal coat drive and a year-round collection of toiletry items for the poor, has shifted its focus during the coronavirus pandemic.
“LPI has re-invented itself during the current crisis.,” said founder and director Jeff Friedman. “Rather than volunteers personally delivering items to Essex County’s homeless and profoundly poor, we are now ordering cases of food items, in bulk, for direct delivery to our distribution associates.”
Some agencies, Friedman explained, have reached-out to LPI because they are running out of food in their pantries. “All types of food items are needed, more than ever now,” said Friedman. “LPI is reaching out to Livingston’s civic organizations, families, and individuals for emergency funding to help feed those living below the poverty line.”

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Poster Contest Winners:

POSTER CONTEST WINNERS

The Livingston Police Department held an anti-bullying poster contest as part of the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Winners of the contest, shown here holding their posters, including Izzy Muser, Lydia Ebinger and Catherine Ileya. Behind them are Officer Ralph Kolbusz; Billy Fine, chairman of the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion; Police Chief Gary Marshuetz; Township Council member Michael Vieira; and Officer Joy Klapal. The contest winners also included Violet Holtz.

 

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Coronavirus Crisis: Township Offices Closed to Public; Staff Onsite to Provide Essential Services

Livingston Township manager Barry Lewis, in consultation with mayor Rudy Fernandez, the Livingston Township Council, and the Livingston Health Department, has announced that all Township of Livingston offices and facilities are closed to the public, effective immediately, through 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 30, subject to further extension as circumstance dictate.

Essential Services Provided

Township departments will remain staffed to ensure the continued delivery of essential services. Staff members will remain available through phone and email, although there may be a delay in response due to staffing and schedule modifications.

 

 

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Two Residents Test Positive for Coronavirus

Two Livingston residents have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to mayor Rudy Fernandez. No additional details were immediately available as of press time Wednesday.

A press release with more information was issued after the Tribune went to print on Wednesday afternoon. It will be available in full on the West Essex Tribune Facebook page as soon as it is sent, and in next week’s edition of the paper.

 

 

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Schools Shutter, Statewide Curfew Enacted As NJ Tries to Curb Coronavirus Spread

Schools Shutter, Statewide Curfew Enacted As NJ Tries to Curb Coronavirus Spread
Schools Shutter, Statewide Curfew Enacted As NJ Tries to Curb Coronavirus Spread

This article is up-to-date as of Wednesday morning before the Tribune went to print. Given the everchanging nature of this outbreak, and the response to it, some information may evolve quickly.

In an effort to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, officials are taking drastic steps to flatten the curve of the outbreak.

Livingston Public Schools will be closed for at least two weeks. The closure began on Monday, March 16, and will extend through Friday, March 27. All extracurricular, athletic, and social activities are also cancelled, including last week’s Shrek the Musical play at Livingston High School, and the Heritage Middle School parent orientation program. At the time of the announced closure, there were still no known cases of coronavirus in Livingston, however, on Wednesday, the first two cases in the township were announced.

 

 

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