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Tue
26
Nov

Livingston Philanthropies Founder Reflects On Coat Donation by Young JCC Students

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Editor’s Note: This week, Livingston Philanthropies founder and director Jeff “The Coat Guy” Friedman this week, in his own words, describes and reflects on the donation of coats by young students at the JCC’s early childhood program.
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By Jeff Friedman
Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) volunteers saw it first hand this week. It took only a nine-minute ride, just 3.9 miles, to drive home the geographic closeness of the “haves” and “have-nots.” We read about the widening financial divide and economic inequality folks suffer through every day, just minutes away from Livingston. Livingston, too, has its share of poor residents, readers should know.

Thu
21
Nov
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Students Share Stories About Community and School

Students Share Stories About Community and School
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Mascots danced down the aisle and elementary school Student Council officers talked about their activities to build community, as principals, advisors, teachers and parents cheered them on.

So began the November 18 Board of Education meeting.

“I have been impressed with the true purpose with which our elementary schools build connections to our schools, build identity and build community, said superintendent Matthew Block.

“While I know we will have fun tonight… the work of creating communities in each of our schools is very serious work,” he said.

 

 

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Thu
21
Nov
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Town Council Introduces New Zoning Amendment For Marijuana Business

At last week’s Planning Board meeting, Board members discussed amending language to general zoning requirements in town to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries, marijuana retail, and wholesale stores in all zoning districts. The ordinance was first proposed by the Township Council in October before it was sent to the Planning Board, so they could respond with recommendations.At last week’s meeting, the Planning Board decided not to ban marijuana business in the Master Plan, but rather to encourage the Council to research and listen to the community, so any regulations decided upon would be done strictly by the Township Council.

So, at the next Council meeting, on Monday, October 18, the Council withdrew the original ordinance and submitted a new one on first hearing.

 

 

Thu
21
Nov
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Sworn In

SWORN IN

SWORN IN: After winning a special election earlier this month, councilman Michael Vieira was sworn in for another year at the Monday, November 18, Township Council meeting. Swearing him in was his daughter, Samantha, while his son, Michael, holds the Bible and his wife, Gabriella, stands by his side. “Michael has done an excellent job,” mayor Al Anthony said. “It feels like he’s been here forever.”

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Thu
21
Nov
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Planning Bd. Keeps Marijuana Ban Out of Master Plan

The Livingston Planning Board, in discussing a proposed amendment to the Master Plan to include the prohibition of marijuana-based businesses last Thursday evening, November 14, voted to keep such a ban out of the Master Plan. The Board instead made an addendum that instructs the Township Council to be aware of issues associated with the cannabis industry.

The following addendum to the Master Plan was formally adopted:

“The Township Council should be aware of the emerging land use issues involving the cannabis industry, solicit the input of the community, and consider and adopt such prohibitions or regulations of cannabis land uses as the Township Council may determine to be in the best interests of the health, safety and welfare of the community.”

 

 

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Thu
21
Nov
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Cohen Honored for Decades of Service

Cohen Honored for Decades of Service

When the Livingston Town Council honored Sally Cohen on Monday for her long-time stewardship of the Livingston Advisory Committee for Disabilities (LACD), a large contingent of friends and supporters were there to congratulate her.

One of her staunchest supporters is Bob Gebroe, himself a long-time leader of LACD.

“On behalf of the hundreds – maybe thousands – you have helped over the years, we thank you,” he said.

 

 

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Wed
20
Nov

Your Donations at Work: Livingston Philanthropies Volunteers “Adopt” Highway Homeless Enclave

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Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) volunteers travel to a variety of locations during the process of delivering to the charity’s growing group of distribution partners, explained founder and director Jeff “The Coat Guy” Friedman. “The plight of homelessness and extreme poverty never changes, except to grow in numbers,” he noted. “Making their rounds downtown with normal deliveries, LPI’s volunteers become aware of isolated in-need situations and find ways in which to help.”
As an example, about three weeks ago, volunteers noticed a small, homeless enclave beside the entrance to a major highway, actually part of an on-ramp. “As seen in one of today’s photos, five homeless folks are encamped just on the other side of a guardrail,” said Friedman. “Aside from the daily, steady and relentless noise and exhaust fumes, what about safety issues in terms of cars and trucks passing closely?”

Thu
14
Nov
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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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Thu
14
Nov
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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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Thu
14
Nov
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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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