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09
Oct

As Temperatures Drop, LPI “Heats Up:” Charity Focusing on Fundraising & “Fur Extravaganza”

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With the turning of the weather, “the temperatures have been dropping, and LPI has been heating up,” noted Jeff “The Coat Guy” Friedman, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI). The Livingston-based charity collects clothing, travel-sized toiletries, new socks, diapers, women’s products, cosmetics, and more to assist the homeless, and runs a seasonal coat drive. Donations may be dropped at the offices of the West Essex Tribune at 495 South Livingston Avenue, next to ShopRite.
Currently, LPI is focusing on two things, said Friedman: an ongoing fundraising campaign to enable the charity to purchase a vehicle; and its upcoming “Fur Extravaganza” sale.
Funds Needed for Vehicle
“A big LPI campaign is underway to fund a vehicle,” Friedman explained. “We are attempting to raise $10,000 during October and early November.”

Thu
26
Sep
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Board of Education Holds Meeting

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The Board of Education opened its meeting on September 23 with a moment of silence for Karen Garber, who died two weeks ago. Board president Buddy August said Garber was a dedicated employee of the school district for many years, and “a person you had to love.”

Matt Block, superintendent of schools, reported on a various activities in the district including tennis coach Elliot Lovi being honored at a football game; a new playground at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School; and a “Start With Hello Week” kindness initiative at Mt. Pleasant Middle School.

 

 

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Thu
26
Sep
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Truck Hits Home

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TRUCK HITS HOME: Livingston Police, Fire, and EMS responded to 315 East Mt. Pleasant Avenue at 12:21 p.m. on Wednesday for a report of a car hitting a house. Offi cers arrived to fi nd that a blue Dodge pickup truck had struck the foundation of the home and come to a rest underneath a downed tree. The driver and a passenger were being treated at the scene for minor injuries. According to officials, at least one of the vehicle’s occupants lived in the home that was hit. Officials on the scene said that the home appeared to be structurally sound, and the foundation did not appear to be cracked. The investigation is ongoing and no summonses were issued as of press time. The Tribune will update this story next week if there are any further developments. CJM Photo

 

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Thu
26
Sep
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Honoring Coach Lovi

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HONORING COACH LOVI: Elliot Lovi, long-time Livingston High School tennis coach, was honored at the end of the first quarter of the Pope John XXIII-Livingston football game on Friday evening, September 20. Lovi was introduced to the crowd and recognized for his illustrious career and recent selection as “one of the all time great coaches in the state of New Jersey.” Shown here, Coach Lovi and his wife Marjorie acknowledge the applause from the Lancer fans. Don Schwartz Photo

 

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Thu
26
Sep
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Twp. Council Candidates Discuss Business Development

During the period prior the November 5 election, the West Essex Tribune is making space available to each of the Township Council candidates, at no cost, for them to present their views to the public.

In an effort to keep the campaign focused on relevant issues, we have again asked the League of Women Voters of Livingston for assistance in preparing questions, as we have in previous years. It is our hope that this will enable the voters to make a direct comparison, which will assist them in making an informed voting decision.

 

 

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Thu
26
Sep
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Zoning Board of Adjustment Hears Plans For South Livingston Ave. Salon, Apartments

The Livingston Zoning Board of Adjustment, on September 24, heard more than two hours of testimony regarding an application by Poto Developers, LLC for a final site plan and use variance for the commercial property at 222 South Livingston Avenue. It formerly housed the Breslow paint store.

The applicant proposes to expand the existing 2.5 story building to three stories and renovate the exterior facade. He plans to put a beauty salon on the first floor and two one-bedroom apartments on the upper levels.

A use variance will be required for the proposed apartments. The applicant is also requesting variances including parking; building height; and number of stories.

 

 

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Wed
25
Sep

Donations Requested: Upcoming LPI Fur Sale Expands to Include Leather

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Editor’s Note: This week, Livingston Philanthropies Inc. (LPI) founder and director Jeff “the Coat Guy” Friedman explains the organization’s upcoming fur and leather sale to benefit LPI’s work with the homeless.
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When receiving a thoughtful local donation of warm coats and other items for the “poor, homeless and disenfranchised,” Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) was presented with a brand new, men’s leather winter coat. The tag with the hefty price tag was still attached.
The generous Livingston couple who donated it mentioned that perhaps, “LPI’s upcoming fur sale can include men’s and women’s leather, too.” My initial thought was “what a brilliant idea.”

Thu
19
Sep
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Honoring A Volunteer Firefighter For 60 Years

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HONORING A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER FOR 60 YEARS: Livingston Fire Chief Christopher Mullin is shown presenting Frank Leck with a letter from Assemblyman John McKeon recognizing the volunteer firefighter for his 60 years of service to the Township of Livingston. “Frank joined our Department in 1959 and he still continues to serve faithfully to this day,” said Chief Mullin. “You just don’t find guys like Frank anymore, he is a true Livingston asset. We cannot forget the sacrifices that Frank’s wife Linda has endured over the years, keeping the family going while Frank served the residents of the Township. Keep up the great work, Frank and Linda, and thank you for your service.”

 

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Thu
19
Sep
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First AID Squad Requests Donations

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FIRST AID SQUAD REQUESTS DONATIONS: This week, the Livingston First Aid Squad mailed a letter to residents announcing the volunteer organization’s annual fund drive. Residents are asked to consider contributing to the First Aid Squad, which works tirelessly to keep our community safe. More information is available in the letter and in the editorial of this edition of the Tribune. Shown here are members Scott Maynard, Charles Tahaney, Elliot Sherman, Barbara Sherman, Darren Smith, Sharlene Komatsu, Maria Abeles, Cindy Katzeff, Wayne Brandt, Cami Massoni, Alex Covan, Pat Ippolito, Daniel Osiecki, Scott Bart, and Al Epstein. Missing from the photo are Michael Barnhard, Daneen DiBernardo, Craig Dufford, Mark Fusari, Nicholas Houmas, Erjon Llaveshi, Craig Melhorn, Stacey Melhorn, Andrew Rosenberg, Noelle Schilling, and Jason Sharenow.

 

Thu
19
Sep
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Coffee For Vets

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COFFEE FOR VETS: Members of the Livingston VFW visited Lyons Veterans Hospital last week, serving coffee and donuts to patients. They also visited fellow Livingston VFW member Nick Pulitano. Shown here are George Walsh, Fred Picini, Brian Boyle, Charlie Quinn, Jerry Wolf, and Don Klenke. George Walsh Photo

 

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