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Board of Education Begins Budget Discussion

Board of Education Begins Budget Discussion
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The Board of Education commemorated Veterans Day at its November 11 meeting when three faculty members from Livingston High School who served in the military led the Pledge of Allegiance.

They wereAmro Mohammed, dean of students, a veteran of 26 years in the Marines; Marie Battist-Rock, business teacher, who spent 2 ½ years in the Army and four in the Reserves; and Mike Munley, who teaches health and physical education and spent four years in the Marines.

“People have given so much for our freedom,” commented school superintendent Matthew Block. “We are honored that our staff members who have given so much of themselves are able to join us tonight. We thank them for their service.”

 

 

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Leaf Collection

LEAF COLLECTION
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Employees of the Livingston Department of Public Works are shown above, collecting leaves in the street on Mounthaven Drive near Claremont Avenue on Tuesday, November 12. Pick-up will continue in section 2 through November 24. Residents in section 3, the area south of East and West Northfield Roads and West Mt. Pleasant Avenue west of the traffic circle, may put their leaves out November 18 through 24, for pick-up November 25 through December 1. Jerry Siskind Photo

 

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Patrols Added to Five New Streets

The Livingston Police Department is continuing its increased patrols on five different streets this week, according to Chief Gary Marshuetz.

In the upcoming week, the police will perform radar enforcement and address other traffic safety concerns on Congressional Parkway, Mt. Pleasant Parkway, Scarsdale Drive, Microlab Road, and Falcon Road.

The enforcement will begin Friday, November 15, and run through next Friday, November 22, at which time the added patrols will move on to new areas of the township.

 

 

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Radium Girls to be Presented by LHS Theater

Radium Girls to be Presented by LHS Theater

Radium Girls, a play by D.W. Gregory, will be presented by the Livingston High School Drama Club on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 14, 15 and 16 at 6:30 p.m.

The play is based on the real life story of the “Radium Girls,” female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint at the United States Radium factory in Orange, New Jersey in the early part of the 20th century.

The women, who were told the paint was harmless, ingested deadly amounts of radium after being instructed to “point” their brushes on their lips in order to give them a fine point.

 

 

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Five Fined for DWI In Municipal Court

In recent Municipal Court action, five people were fined for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in unrelated incidents during August and September.

Ricky Alston Jr., 27, of Irvington, was charged August 23 with DWI and having an open container of alcohol in his car. The latter charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Alston pled guilty to DWI.

John Burkhard, 46, of Roseland, was charged August 3 with DWI; reckless driving; speeding; and failure to produce a driver’s license. The reckless driving and failure to produce license charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Burkhard pled guilty to DWI and to speeding.

 

 

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Livingston Philanthropies Volunteers Busy Delivering Donated Coats and Toiletries

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Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) is keeping busy delivering coats and toiletries to the homeless. “Right now, it’s all about coats and winter accessories,” said Jeff Friedman, founder and director of the Livingston-based charity. “Evening temperatures continue to dip into the 20s in Newark and around the state. For those living on the freezing streets or somewhere else with little or no heat, coats are vital even when temperatures reach highs into the 50s. The 20s are just plain punishing.”
Friedman, who is known affectionately as “the Coat Guy,” began his charitable endeavors eight years ago as seasonal coat drive. He later expanded his efforts into a year ‘round toiletries collection, and eventually formed a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

Thu
07
Nov
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Leaf Collection Begins

LEAF COLLECTION BEGINS

LEAF COLLECTION BEGINS: The township’s annual leaf collection program began this week in Section 1, the area north of East and West Mt. Pleasant Avenues. Collection in Section 1 will continue through Sunday, November 10. Residents in Section 2, the area south of East and West Mt. Pleasant Avenues and north of East and West Northfield Roads, may continue putting out leaves through November 10 for collection between November 11 and 24. Shown above, DPW crews work on Blackstone Drive on Monday, November 4. NKP Photo

 

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Storm Topples Trees, Damages Houses, Causes Power Outages

Storm Topples Trees, Damages Houses, Causes Power Outages
Storm Topples Trees, Damages Houses, Causes Power Outages
Storm Topples Trees, Damages Houses, Causes Power Outages
Storm Topples Trees, Damages Houses, Causes Power Outages
Storm Topples Trees, Damages Houses, Causes Power Outages
Storm Topples Trees, Damages Houses, Causes Power Outages
Storm Topples Trees, Damages Houses, Causes Power Outages
Storm Topples Trees, Damages Houses, Causes Power Outages

“This Was a Nasty One:”

A strong overnight storm, with winds of up to 60 miles per hour, battered the state late Thursday, October 31, into Friday, November 1. Statewide, more than 14,000 homes and businesses were without power early Friday, and portions of major roads were closed due to either flooding or downed wires.

An Enhanced Fujita 1 (EF1) tornado was confirmed to have touched down in Harding Township, said Fire Chief Chris Mullin. An EF1 tornado, with maximum speeds of 100 miles per hour, also touched down in Madison, where a state of emergency was declared.

In Livingston, the winds did their share of damage as well. “This was a nasty one,” said Department of Public Works (DPW) superintendent Mike Anello. “I believe we may have gotten brushed by the tornado that hit Madison.We definitely had wind gusts that exceeded 60 miles per hour.”

 

 

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Vieira Wins Township Council Seat; Messer, Cohen Elected to Board of Ed

Vieira Wins Township Council Seat; Messer, Cohen Elected to Board of Ed

The two incumbents for Livingston Township’s two local races both retained their positions, while a third candidate was elected to the Board of Education for the first time. Council member Michael Vieira won the race for the lone available seat, while Samantha Messer and Seth Cohen took the two open Board of Education positions.

With no major congressional races on the ballot, voter turnout was low in Livingston. Of the 22,954 eligible voters in town, 3,950 went to the polls on Tuesday, 17.21 percent of eligible voters. The numbers provided by the Livingston Township Clerk’s office were unofficial and did not include provisional, mail-in, or emergency ballots.

By comparison, last year, during a midterm election, 10,159 Livingston residents (45.48 percent of that year’s list of eligible voters) voted. In 2017, 6,514 people (29.37 percent) voted, while during the 2016 presidential election, 13,233 people (58.41 percent) voted.

 

 

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Man Charged with Theft After Trying to Steal $20K

An East Orange man was arrested last week after attempting to take money that was not his from an account at Chase Bank on West Mt. Pleasant Avenue.

At about 1:30 p.m. on Monday, November 4, a man entered Chase Bank and represented himself as an account holder, attempting to transfer $19,500 from one account to another. He presented an Illinois driver’s license bearing his photo and the real account holder’s personal information. In addition, he had a fake Social Security card and a credit card both in the account holder’s name.

Bank employees were suspicious and questioned the identification. The man left the bank without the identification only to return a short time later to claim the ID. Bank employees then contacted Livingston Police and responding officers located the suspect walking a short distance from the bank.

 

 

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