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Robotics Teams Win Big at State Championship

The Northern New Jersey FIRST LEGO League Championship concluded December 8 and 9 with team Exit 5ARobotics, an all-girls robotics team from Livingston and a member of the Livingston Robotics Club (LRC), taking home the crown jewel of the two-day event: the first place Champion’s Award. Exit 5A will be representing the region at the FIRST World Festival in Detroit, Michigan next April.

Two other LRC teams that advanced to the State Championship also went home with trophies: Team Adroit Robotics of Livingston received the second place Project Research Award, and team Flame Machines of Millburn earned the second place Robot PerformanceAward with 238 points.

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County Presents Phase I Plans For Art Park Renovation

Representatives of Essex County presented plans on Tuesday evening for the Phase I refurbishment of Riker Hill Art Park. No mention of the timing or plans for a second phase were presented, although additional renovations were alluded to during the meeting.

Representatives of Suburban Consulting, a firm hired by the county to prepare plans for theArt Park, had met with interested residents and artists in January and again in October to discuss the needs for the site. The final Phase I plan presented on Tuesday was a result of input from the previous meetings.

Shortly after the October meeting, explained Joe Perello of Suburban Consulting, work at the site began with curb replacements, stop signs, drainage improvements, road striping and new entrance signs.

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BOE Considers Social Media Policy; PT Council Members Defend Group

The Board of Education on Monday night reviewed aspects of the superintendent search and the sixth grade 1:1 technology implementation. It also held a discussion on a potential policy about its use of social media, and heard concerns from several parent organization presidents.

Superintendent Search Process

On Monday, December 17, at 7 p.m., the district will hold a public forum to solicit feedback on the characteristics that members of the community would like to see in the next superintendent of schools. It will be held at the central office, and livestreamed so that individuals will be able to participate from home.

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Police, Driver Thwart iPhone Scam

A quick-thinking FedEx driver and the immediate response of the Livingston Police Department led to the arrest of a New York man who was caught attempting to intercept packages containing iPhones that were addressed to a resident. The incident occurred last month and the man was charged at the conclusion of the investigation this week.

At about 4:52 p.m. on November 9, police responded to a call from a FedEx driver who reported that two men had approached him on Bonnyview Drive and inquired about a delivery for a house on that street.

The driver was suspicious, believing that the men were trying to intercept the package before it was delivered. The driver stalled the men and notified police with a description of the car that the men were operating.

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Board of Education Agrees To Early Dismissal on Dec. 21

The Livingston Board of Education voted unanimously on Monday to amend this year’s calendar and approve a partial day on Friday, December 21, the last day of school before the winter break. Business administrator Steven Robinson said the change will not set precedent for future years.

Students will be dismissed as follows: elementary schools at 12:15 p.m.; middle schools at 12:45 p.m.; and Livingston High School at 12 p.m.

Acknowledging that the calendar change may pose an issue for working parents, the district will arrange aftercare, if needed, for K-6 students who are not currently enrolled in an after school program. Staff supervision will be provided on site through the regular dismissal time.

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A Bright Holiday

After weather delayed its formal opening, local families are now enjoying the Camuso holiday display near the gazebo at the Livingston Oval. The display will be open through New Year’s. A ceremony was held Wedneday evening, December 5, at the Camuso holiday display commemorating the fourth night of Chanukah. Shown at right, Rabbi Cliff Kulwin of Temple B’nai Abraham recites the blessings associated with the lighting of the fourth “candle” on the menorah. The official “Lights on” opening ceremony for the display was rescheduled from December 1 due to rain. It was held instead this past Saturday, December 8, coinciding with a scheduled appearance by Santa Claus. In addition to Santa’s visit, which was sponsored by Livingston UNICO, the festivities included Clydesdale horses, family wagon rides, pony rides, and a petting zoo.

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Over 1,000 Coats Already Delivered: Livingston Philanthropies Director Explains LPI Process from “Donation to Delivery”

Thanks to Livingston residents’ ongoing donations, Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) has surpassed the 1,000 mark in delivering coats to the “poor, homeless and disenfranchised.” That number, noted LPI founder and director Jeff Friedman, “is in addition to the hats, gloves, scarves, toiletries, cosmetics, diapers, women’s products, family clothing, men’s suits and more that have been donated. The volume of these additional items makes it logistically impossible to count.”
The Donation-Delivery Process
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Local Veterans Have a Busy November

In keeping with their mission statements of promoting patriotism and assisting fellow veterans in need, members of the Livingston Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the VFW Auxiliary, the American Legion, and the Jewish War Veterans have conducted many activities throughout the month of November.

Veterans visited Hillside School, where they spoke to Jeanne Silberman’s fi fth grade class. They also assisted the students with “Operation Gratitude,” sending packages to U.S. troops overseas.

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Santa's Mailbox is Open

Santa’s Mailbox is open now through December 19, on the front lawn of the Livingston Fire Department headquarters, 62 South Livingston Avenue. As part of a long-standing annual holiday tradition, local youngsters are invited to write to Santa and deposit their letters in the mailbox. Santa Claus, with help from staff members of the Livingston Senior, Youth, and Leisure Services Department, will answer letters to those who include a return address.

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Council to Vote for Street Name; Resolutions Pass

At the start of the Township Council conference meeting on Monday, December 3, the Council discussed submissions for the renaming of Formosa Plastics Road.

“We had a lot of choices, a lot of participation,” mayor Ed Meinhardt said. “Some very interesting and nice suggestions.”

Specific names were not discussed, but each Council member agreed to submit a ranking of their top three choices to township manager Barry Lewis, who would then determine the winner based on which name received the most votes. The new name is expected to be announced on January 1, 2019, at the township’s reorganization meeting.

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