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Riker Hill “Ramily” Rides in Century Bike Tour

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A multi-age Riker Hill School “Ramily” of 15 took a 15-mile bike ride in support of the 30th and final NYC Century Bike Tour on Sunday, September 8. The tours were organized by Transportation Alternatives, a bike advocacy group.

The Riker Hill group embraced the Riker Hill School mascot – the ram – and the “Ramily theme” as espoused by school principal Justin Toomey.

“The play on the words’ ‘ram family’ led to the kids’ chanting “We are ramily!’ said parent Rachana Sheth. “So we customized the helmets with ram horns and the Riker Hill slogan, #weareramily.”

 

 

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Friedland Will Discuss New Book

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Livingston-raised Elyssa Friedland will be at the Livingston Library on Wednesday, September 18, at 7 p.m. to discuss her new book, The Floating Feldmans.

The book explores events that unfold whenAnnette Feldman organizes a family cruise to celebrate her 70th birthday, and family secrets, sibling rivalries, and long-simmering tensions unfold.

Copies of the book, which has been praised by publications as varied as Cosmopolitan, Woman’s World and Library Journal, will be available for purchase.

 

 

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“Welcome to Livingston” Event on Monday

The Township will hold a “Welcome to Livingston” event on Monday, September 16, for those who have moved into the community during the course of the past year. The festivities will be held at the Livingston Senior/ Community Center, 204 Hillside Avenue, lower level, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The annual event is designed to give new residents the opportunity to meet other newcomers and their families, while learning more about Livingston. Free refreshments, provided by local supermarkets and restaurants, will be offered.

 

 

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LifeTown Celebrates Grand Opening at 10 Miracle Way

A large, appreciative and enthusiastic audience of about 2,200 came to the grand opening celebration of LifeTown on Monday, September 9. Events included a ribbon cutting, uncovering the sign for the Jerry Gottesman Center on the building, and self-guided tours. Live music, refreshments and children’s activities preceded the ceremonies. Photos of the event may be seen in this week’s issue of the Tribune, on page B-4.

Mayor Alfred M. Anthony spoke for the township when he said, “This is a monumental day for Livingston. I am probably the proudest mayor in the world today. We are blown away by this achievement! Monday, September 9 will forever be known as ‘LifeTown Day’ in Livingston.”

 

 

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School Board Welcomes Student Representative

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Nirav Patel, a senior at Livingston High School, was installed as the student representative to the Board of Education for 2019-20 at its meeting on Monday, September 9.

Following the installation, Board president Buddy August provided a few words of advice.

“You are not a potted plant,”August said. “We want to hear from you, we want your opinions on things. Speak out when you think we are doing something you think the students won’t like.”

 

 

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LPI’s Ninth Season of Giving Blasts Off

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The ninth giving season of Living-ston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) is off to an extremely strong start “thanks to our altruistic Livingston residents,” announced Jeff Friedman, founder and director of the organization.
LPI volunteers provided needed clothing items to the Bessie Green Community at North Reformed Church, and toiletry gift bags to  clients at  John’s Soup Kitchen, both  located in Newark.
The Bessie Green “Clothes Barn” operation received a large, three-vehicle delivery from volunteers Alan Levin, Rick Levin and Stephen Greenberg.
“Still using personal vehicles to make it happen, they are loaded up to the gills with an array of family clothing, shoes, coats, men’s dress attire and more,” said Friedman. “Mostly high-quality garments, as always.”
Levin, a founding LPI volunteer, reported that  “We filled up my SUV, Alan’s station wagon and Stephen’s car. We picked up a bigger than expected load of donations at the Tribune, too.”

Thu
05
Sep
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Fire Department Extinguishes Vehicle and Dumpster Fires

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Members of Livingston’s volunteer Fire Department extinguished a car fire and a dumpster fire, freed passengers trapped in an elevator, and responded to a broken water pipe this past week.

On Thursday, August 29, firefighters were dispatched to exit 6 off Route 280 eastbound (Laurel Avenue) after a vehicle was reported to have gone off the road into the woods and caught fire. Upon their arrival, firefighters found the driver was out of the burning car, which was fully involved. They extinguished the fire with no injuries reported.

A general alarm was sounded on Friday,August 30, after the contents of a dumpster at Heritage Middle School ignited. The fire was extinguished without incident, and no damage was reported.

 

 

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Sept. 11 Ceremony of Remembrance Will Be Held Wednesday at Oval

Livingston’s annual Ceremony of Remembrance will be held on Wednesday, September 11, at the 9-11 Living Memorial Garden on the Oval in Memorial Park. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held rain or shine.

This annual ceremony honors the lives of the seven Livingston residents who perished in the terrorist attack on theWorldTrade Centers in 2001: Luke A. Dudek, Jeffrey Brian Gardner, Donald Thomas Jones II, Ming-Hao Liu, Joseph P. McDonald, John M. Pocher, and Kenneth Albert Zelman.

Event chairwoman Bunnie Ratner said the ceremony “reminds all of the importance of remembering what happened that day. While the attacks themselves occurred 18 years ago, their consequences are still felt each day.”

 

 

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Man Charged with Eluding Police; Also Stole $28,000 in Sunglasses

The Livingston Police Department took three people into custody on Thursday, August 29, in relation to several investigations that took place over the past few months.

On June 13, Officer Michael Spano tried to stop a 2019 Dodge Caravan in relation to a theft that occurred in East Hanover. Rather than stop, the driver of the van initiated a vehicle pursuit that started on East Mt. Pleasant Avenue at the Rossmore Terrace intersection, and continued east to Shrewsbury Drive and then onto Route 280, where the police terminated the pursuit.

During the chase, the occupants of the van threw stolen property out of an open sliding door. A follow-up investigation led to the identification of Jamal Johns, 22, of Newark, as the operator of the van. He was charged with eluding police and a warrant was issued.

 

 

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Livingston Goes Back To School

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Township students returned to classes for the new school year on Wednesday, September 4. Shown above, fifth grade boys from Mt. Pleasant Elementary School celebrate the first day of school by wearing shirts that read, “It’s a 5th Grade Thing.” Shown are Alan Yaari, Ross Perlstein, Jake Yelner, Evan Herman, Isaac Fleisher, Korey Ellenbogen, Ryan Laveman, Nate Black, Tyler Feldman, Hunter Shangold, Shai Peled, and Logan Kates.

 

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