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Camuso Elves Begin Digging Out

CAMUSO ELVES BEGIN DIGGING OUT: Chief Elf Tom Cooney and several helper elves took advantage of the sunshine and milder temperatures on Tuesday to begin clearing snow from the character bases, workshops and other items in the Camuso Holiday Display. The plan is for the sun to thaw things out a bit, said Cooney, and complete the take-down this weekend. Here, Mike Stolfi braves the cold to clear out the snow from the display.

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Program KIck-Off

PROGRAM KICK-OFF: The Livingston high School girls’ basketball varsity and junior varsity teams met with the Shining Stars special needs sports program on Saturday, January 6, for their third annual basketball clinic. The event, held in the LhS annex gym, initiates the Shining Stars six-week winter basketball program. also encouraging the Shining Stars was Sir Lawrence the Lancer, the Livingston high School mascot, and Barry Schwartz, DJ, who donated his time to play music.

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Blustery Snowstorm Drops Five Inches of Snow on Livingston

A snowstorm that featured frigid temperatures and high winds dumped some five inches of snow and brought much of the township to a standstill last Thursday, January 4. According to Department of Public Works (DPW) superintendent Mike Anello, “It was difficult to gauge, because of the high winds, but our best estimate is five inches.”

The high winds produced blizzardlike conditions with greatly reduced visibility, and made plowing more difficult for township crews. “However, all in all, things came out pretty well,” commented Anello.

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Council Hears Presentation From Second Energy Aggregator

As part of the exploration into the possibility of participating in an energy aggregation program, the Livingston Township Council on Monday heard a presentation from Gabel Associates of Highland Park. The company is an energy environmental and public utility consulting firm. The Council had previously heard presentations from another company, Good Energy, which also presented a public forum on the proposed project.

As a result of the Government Energy Aggregation Act, which was passed in the state in 2003, municipalities are allowed to become the “aggregator” of their residents’ energy supply. This allows municipalities to seek bids for cheaper energy rates. Good Energy had concluded that an energy aggregation program could save Livingston households an average of $80 per year.

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11
Jan
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Council to Appoint New Town Manager Once “Timing Issues” Are Resolved

The Livingston Township Council is expected to appoint a new township manager in the near future. The appointment of Barry R. Lewis Jr. had been on the agenda for Monday evening, January 8; but, the action was postponed due to unexplained “timing issues.” Mayor Ed Meinhardt said on Tuesday that he hopes to have an announcement shortly; however, the Council needs to resolve a “few timing issues.”

Lewis will be the fifth township manager in the municipality since the township-manager form of government was adopted more than 40 years ago. The first manager, Robert H. Harp, was succeeded by Charles J. Tahaney. Upon Tahaney’s retirement, Michele Meade was named town manager and served in the post for 11 years. In 2016, the Council removed Meade. Since that time, deputy township manager Russ Jones has served as acting manager, with the exception of the brief employment of Gregory Bonin, who resigned from the post after serving just one week on the job last summer.

Wed
10
Jan

Winter Coats Delivered in Time for Storm; Issues Urgent Appeal for Donations of Socks

Livingston Philanthropies continues to issue a special appeal for warm men’s socks. “It’s not difficult to explain the importance of good socks during this unusually frigid period,” explained Philanthropies founder and director Jeff “The Coat Guy” Friedman. “The truth is, socks are ideal for our successful ‘Personal Shopping for the Homeless’ initiative. Sales are everywhere, so it’s easy to pick up a package or two of regular size (10 to 13) men’s socks while out shopping. They work for women, too. Extra-Large sizes are extra appreciated by those who are out on the freezing streets, while many of us, frankly, relax in our warm Livingston homes. ‘If you see something, buy something,’ is what we say here at the Philanthropies.”

Thu
04
Jan
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Tribune Welcomes Michael Izzo As Fifth Editor Since 1938

The West Essex Tribune will welcome its new editor, Michael Izzo, on January 22. Izzo will be only the fifth editor of Livingston's community newspaper since Bill Klaber purchased the paper in 1938.

Klaber was followed by E. Christopher "Kit" Cone, Nancy Dinar, and Michelle Bent. Bent recently accepted a position with the Livingston Board of Education as community outreach director.

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04
Jan
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Edward Meinhardt Is Elected Mayor At Township Council Organizational Meeting

The Livingston Township Council unanimously elected Edward Meinhardt as mayor, and Alfred Anthony as deputy mayor, on Monday, January 1, 2018 at its annual organizational meeting, which was held at the Senior/ Community Center.

Governor-elect Phil Murphy administered the oaths of office, for the second consecutive year. The official swearing-in was conducted by township clerk Glenn Turtletaub prior to the public meeting.

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Avyana Dhar-Verma, Born Jan. 1, Is Livingston’s First Baby of 2018

Avyana Dhar-Verma, born January 1, is Livingston’s First Baby of 2018 and the winner of the Tribune’s annual First Baby Contest.

The little girl was born at Saint Barnabas Medical Center to Swati Dhar and her husband, Pankaj Verma, of 62 Lee Road. She weighed seven pounds, 13 ounces at birth.

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04
Jan
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Porto Mural, Townhouses, and Car Wash Discussed

After holding its annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday evening, the Livingston Planning Board discussed the mural on the side of the Porto Restaurant, approved an amendment to an application by Livingston Car Wash, and heard plans for a proposed townhouse development at the site of the former Nettie Ochs Cider Mill.

Peter Klein and Richard Dinar were unanimously re-elected as chairman and vice chairman of the board, respectively. In addition, appointments to various committees and an annual meeting calendar were approved.

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