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14
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COVID-19 Update: Livingston Leads County in Vaccinations

Livingston Leads County in Vaccinations

As of Wednesday morning, January 13, the Livingston Health Department has reported that a total of 1,288 Livingston residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the first case was recorded in mid-March. 82 of those residents have died as a result of the virus. Compared to the same time last week, there are 76 new cases, with no additional deaths. In the past month, there have been 274 cases.

More than 219,000 New Jersey residents have received their first vaccination dose, while more than 24,000 of those individuals have received their second dose as of Wednesday morning.

 

 

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YMCA May Move to Nearby Grace Lutheran Church Property

YMCA May Move to Nearby Grace Lutheran Church Property

The West Essex YMCA, currently located at 321 South Livingston Avenue, may move to a nearby location — right across the street — where it could build a new, larger facility. Currently, the property is the site of Grace Lutheran Church, which is expected to move if a deal is completed.

The general concept for the proposed new YMCA, as well as the location of the church property at 304 South Livingston Avenue, was expected to be presented to the neighboring properties during an informal community Zoom meeting this week after the press deadline. The YMCA was also discussed by the Township Council and township attorneys in closed session at Monday’s regular meeting.

 

 

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Julian Daren Steinberg Is Winner Of Tribune’s First Baby Contest

Julian Daren Steinberg Is Winner Of Tribune’s First Baby Contest

Julian Daren Steinberg, who was born to Jennifer and Ricky Steinberg of 315 Cider Mill Court, is the winner of the Tribune’s 63rd annual First Baby Contest.

The little boy was born on January 4 at 9 p.m. at New York Presbyterian Alexandra Cohen Hospital in Manhattan, weighing seven pounds, 13 ounces.

 

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14
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Township Council Honors County Clerk During First Regular Meeting of the Year

The Township Council held its first regular meeting of 2021 on Monday, January 11, during which the Essex County clerk was issued a proclamation and the first resolutions of the New Year were passed. The meeting was livestreamed and may be viewed on the Livingston Township, NJ Facebook page.

At the start of the Council meeting, Mayor Shawn Klein made a statement condemning the “hateful and seditious act at the Capitol,” and held a moment of silence for the officer, a New Jersey native, “who died protecting the Capitol from insurrection.” An additional statement was later issued by the entire Council and may be seen elsewhere in this edition of the Tribune.

 

 

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District Discusses Return to Hybrid Learning At Livingston Board of Education Meeting

As the district completes two weeks of all-remote learning following the winter break, the Livingston Board ofEducation meeting on January 11 focused on the resumption of hybrid school, with students learning some days from home and some days in the classroom, in the face of a significant drop of in-person students since Thanksgiving. The meeting was held on Zoom and is posted on the school district’s Facebook page.

The meeting was held specifically to elicit feedback prior to a final draft of the district plan, Board president Sam Messer said. “I’m thrilled to see the level of engagement that we have tonight,” she said. “The purpose of the meeting is so we can engage in some creative, collaborative problem solving.”

 

 

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Wed
13
Jan

LPI Partners with Livingston Lions’ Club

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Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) has partnered with the Living-ston Lions’ Club to aid the homeless, announced LPI founder and director Jeff Friedman.
“As the extreme needs of the homeless and hopelessly poor continue after ‘giving season’ ends like the crash of a sledgehammer, I am pleased to announce that Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. has begun a new partnership with the Livingston Lions’ Club,” he said. “Enabled by Livingston’s continued generosity, LPI recently shipped hundreds of new winter gloves and hats for distribution at a Harrison Lions’ Club food pantry event. Livingston resident and New Jersey Lions district governor Nalit Patel and his son, Bansi, recently visited LPI World Headquarters (my garage) to pick up new stuffed animals for distribution at a big Lions event in Paterson.”

Thu
07
Jan
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Tribune to Welcome First Baby of 2021 with Gifts

The West Essex Tribune is celebrating more than six decades of showering the first baby of the new year with an assortment of gifts generously donated by our advertisers. The first baby of 2021 born to Livingston p arents will be named the winner of the Tribune’s 63rd annual First Baby Contest.

The rules to determine the winner are the same each year: The first baby of 2021 must be born in a nearby hospital to parents who currently reside in Livingston. The exact time of the birth must be certified in writing by the attending physician.

 

 

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Thu
07
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Klein Named Mayor, Meinhardt Deputy Mayor At Township Council’s Organizational Meeting

Klein Named Mayor, Meinhardt Deputy Mayor At Township Council’s Organizational Meeting

As is tradition in town, the Livingston Township Council held its annual organizational meeting on the morning of New Year ‘s Day. The meeting, typically held at the Senior/Community Center, was instead held virtually this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Still, hundreds of volunteers were appointed to the township’s various committees and boards, the 2020 mayor and deputy mayor were selected, and a few surprise guests appeared during the meeting due in part to its being held remotely. There were a few minor technical difficulties during the roughly 90 minute proceedings, but the virtual ceremony allowed more people to view the meeting and do so safely from their homes. Shawn Klein was unanimously voted by the Council as the next mayor, and Ed Meinhardt was unanimously selected as deputy mayor. Both previously held those positions in 2017. Rudy Fernandez concluded his third term serving as mayor.

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07
Jan
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New School Board President Samantha Messer Requests Feedback Prior to January 11 Meeting

New School Board President Samantha Messer Requests Feedback Prior to January 11 Meeting
New School Board President Samantha Messer Requests Feedback Prior to January 11 Meeting

Vineeta Khanna was sworn in to the Livingston Board of Education at the group’s reorganization meeting on January 4; Samantha Messer, who had served as vice president of the Board in 2020, was elected president, and concluded the meeting with a plea for suggestions and ideas as the district wrestles with its re-opening plans.

The meeting was held virtually on Zoom and live-streamed on the Livingston Public Schools Facebook page. Most participants were in their homes, but superintendent Matthew Block, board secretary Steven Robinson, and Messer were in the central office conference room, masked and socially distanced. Robinson administered the oath of office to Khanna via Zoom.

 

 

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07
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Livingston Mall Vaccination Site Now Open; Only Those in Group 1A Eligible for Vaccine

Essex County’s vaccination sites, including the one in the former Sears at the Livingston Mall, are currently open.

Limited doses of the vaccine are available, and the State Department of Health has compiled a phased-in approach to ensure the vaccine is distributed in a fair and equitable manner until larger quantities of the vaccine become available. Essex County released the following information on the vaccine distribution.

 

 

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