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23
Mar

Local Temple Evacuated Following Bomb Threat

The Livingston Police Department, Livingston Fire Department, and the Essex County Bomb Squad rushed to Temple Beth Shalom, 193 East Mt. Pleasant Avenue, at approximately 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21, following a bomb threat that was called in to the temple.

Police officials confirmed that the bomb threat was made by a live caller who spoke to an office staff member.

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Thu
23
Mar

CTL to Take the Stage With Disney’s “Peter Pan Jr.”

Children’s Theatre of Livingston (CTL), “where every child takes center stage,” will present Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. this weekend with four performances. The play will be presented on Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26, at the Eisenhower Corporate Center, 290 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue. Two shows will take place each day at 12:30 and 3 p.m.

The production is based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s early 20th century play, Peter Pan. In the story, Wendy Darling loves to tell bedtime stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. Their journey introduces them to the Lost Boys, mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook. It’s Peter to the rescue when Wendy is taken captive by the dreaded captain, who has his own sinister plans in mind for our hero.

Thu
23
Mar

Rescue Me: Norman Spencer

In this occasional series, the West Essex Tribune has invited Livingston residents to tell us about the pet or pets they have adopted or rescued. Here, Norman Spencer, a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, shares his story, as told to Jacob Spencer.

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Woof! My name is Norman Spencer and I am a seven year old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. I have lived in Livingston with the Spencer Family, 10 Morningside Drive, since May, 2011. Before that I was living with a couple from New Mexico who took me to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison. Everyone at St. Hubert’s was amazing, but I was looking for my “fur-ever” home.

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Thu
23
Mar

Residents Offer Many Suggestions To Improve Livingston’s Master Plan

Re-purposing properties, enforcing existing ordinances, establishing community gardens and improving streets were some of the suggestions made by about 40 enthusiastic speakers at the Livingston Planning Board’s forum on the township Master Plan on March 21. More than 125 people packed the meeting in Town Hall.

State law requires that the Planning Board complete a review and update of the latest version of the plan this year. It was last updated in December 2007.

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Thu
23
Mar

Council Hears Introduction Of 2017 Township Budget

At the Township Council meeting on Monday evening, acting township manager Russ Jones, along with chief financial officer Kimberly Kientz, introduced Livingston’s 2017 municipal budget. A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held at the Council’s meeting on Monday, May 8, at 8 p.m. at Town Hall.

The proposed spending plan will cost the owner of a home assessed at the average cost of approximately $600,000, about $53.35, or 1.9%, in additional taxes, Jones said. This does not include the tax levy for the Board of Education or for Essex County.

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Wed
22
Mar

Coat Drive Done; Toiletries Challenge Ramps Up

With the Livingston Coat Drive “now in the rearview mirror” for another season, Livingston Philanthropies is ramping up its Toiletries Challenge, an initiative to collect travel sized toiletries for the homeless. “We have an immediate and continuing need for all types of new travel/hotel-size toiletries,” notes Jeff Friedman, Livingston Philanthropies founder and director. “Many residents may have them tucked away from travel and will most likely never use them.”
Toiletry items needed include shampoo, conditioner, lotion, razors, shaving cream, soap, cotton swabs, sewing kits, deodorant, tooth brushes, toothpaste, and, adds Friedman, “whatever extra ‘stuff’ folks want to donate.”
Female sanitary pads and diapers in sizes 4, 5 and 6 are always in short supply, he says, while new cosmetic samples and unused make-up items are appreciated. “Like any of us, the homeless and poor want to look good, too,” he explains. “So cosmetics are always gladly received.”

Thu
16
Mar

Nor’easter “Stella” Blankets Livingston in Snow

A fierce and fast-moving nor’easter dubbed “Stella” by weather forecasters dumped about a foot of snow on Livingston on Tuesday, March 14. The storm hit New Jersey, dropping up to 20 inches in some parts of the state, before heading north to ravage New England.

“This was a nasty storm,” said Mike Anello, Livingston’s superintendent of Public Works. “What killed us was the ice.” The storm had been predicted to drop some 18 to 24 inches of snow on the area; however, a three-to-four hour period of sleet kept the snow totals down while creating an extreme ice hazard.

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Thu
16
Mar

LHS To Present “How to Succeed in Business...”

Livingston High School will present the classic satire of big business, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, March 16, and tomorrow, Friday, March 17. Performances will also be offered at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 18. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

A Tony and Pulitzer prize winner, the show boasts a lively score by Frank Loesser, including songs such as I Believe in You, Brotherhood of Man, and The Company Way.

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Thu
16
Mar

Teachers Of The Year Announced

TEACHERS OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED: Teacher of the Year Melissa De Angelus, above, supports student learning at Burnet Hill School. “Teaching allows me to be creative and facilitate critical thinking in young minds,” she said. De Angelus has been teaching in Livingston for 15 years, beginning at Hillside School before moving to Burnet Hill School eight years ago as a special education teacher.

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Thu
16
Mar

Holds Open Forum On Master Plan

The Livingston Planning Board will hold an open forum on the township’s Master Plan on Tuesday, March 21. The meeting will be held at Town Hall from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

The Master Plan is a long term plan designed to guide the development of a community by forming the basis upon which the township’s land use ordinances and zoning regulations are built. Under state law, every community in New Jersey must have a Master Plan. Livingston has had several Plans over the years, with the first being adopted in 1946, and the latest version adopted in December of 2007. According to township officials, state law requires that the Planning Board complete a review, and any necessary update of that plan, this year.

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