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06
Jun
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Planning Bd. Gives Approval To Pulte Homes Development

Starbucks Application Carried to June 18:

The Livingston Planning Board, at its meeting June 4, continued hearings on two applications that were last heard on May 7.

The Board adjourned an application for a drive-through Starbucks coffee shop on South LivingstonAvenue, and voted to approve an application by Pulte Homes for a townhome development on South Orange Avenue.

 

 

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Thu
06
Jun
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BOE Honors Student Rep and Retirees

The Livingston Board of Education honored Philippe Jallow, the outgoing student representative to the Board, and 11 of the district’s retiring teachers, at its meeting on June 3.

Between these celebrations, Board president Buddy August commented on the passing of longtime township resident, Grace Russo, at age 87. August, a former mayor of the township, said she was one of his favorite people.

“You knew her if you went to Town Hall or the Senior Center,” he said. “Livingston lost a real treasure. She always wanted to know what she could do for you.

“Heaven is much brighter today with her there.”

 

 

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Wed
05
Jun

It’s “Toiletries and Cosmetics Season” At Livingston Philanthropies, Inc.

Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI), is requesting hotel-size toiletries and new cosmetics for distribution to homeless individuals who do not have financial access to the basics of personal hygiene. “As vacation season approaches, many residents will be staying at hotels and resorts,” noted LPI founder and director Jeff Friedman. “It’s been my experience that lots of unused items are readily available to bring home for the ‘poor, homeless, and disenfranchised.’ It’s fun, too!” Friedman added that, “comments like ‘I really need this!’ ‘Thanks for taking care of us,’ ‘This is really for me?’ and ‘God bless You’ are frequent reactions from those who receive toiletries and cosmetics from LPI. And this is all because of the generosity of our Livingston friends and neighbors.” Friedman continued, “All of us try to look our best, including the homeless and the profoundly poor. That’s why new cosmetics, samples and cosmetic gift bags, are especially appreciated by women of all ages.

Thu
30
May
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A Day To Remember

The sun was shining Monday morning during Livingston's annual Memorial Day observance. Immediately following the ceremony was the parade, which was well attended due to the pleasant weather. Shown at top right are five of Livingston's own veterans, Tom Bucca, Charlie Quinn, Jerry Schmotolocha, Bill Brost, and Chuck Tahaney. At right, firefighters Michael Ciccone, Tim Boutilette, Brendan Hickey, and Jim Kedrie march down South Livingston Avenue.

 

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Thu
30
May
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Engineers Describe Roundabout Proposed For Walnut/West Hobart Gap Intersection

Essex County, in cooperation with LivingstonTownship,the North Jersey Transportation PlanningAuthority, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration, on Thursday, May 23, hosted a public information forum about a single lane roundabout that has been proposed for the intersection of Walnut Street and West Hobart Gap Road.The open house format program was held at the Livingston United Methodist Church, which is located at the intersection in question.

Essex County is receiving Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds from the Federal Highway Administration through the Local Safety Program for the roundabout. Currently, through traffic at the intersection is controlled with the use of three-way stop signs.

Aformal presentation was given by William McGarrigel, vice president and general manager of transportation for Urban Engineers, the firm which designed the roundabout.

 

 

Thu
30
May
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Zoning Board Approves Residential Applications

At its meeting on Tuesday, May 28, the Livingston Zoning Board of Adjustment approved five residential applications. An application for a retaining wall was withdrawn without prejudice, and an application for a commercial property was adjourned at the request of the applicant.

New Home on Tower Road

An application by Weikuang and Chenchi Lien to construct a single family home at 17 Tower Road (new address: 4 Beacon Avenue) was approved. When the application was heard in February, the applicants agreed to revise the plan to reduce the mass and height of the home.

In the new application, the size of the home was reduced from 4,456 to 3,912 square feet. Board chairman James Hochberg continued to question the mass of the house, saying he hoped it would be capped at 3,520 square feet, as is required for the zone. The existing home is 2,500 square feet.

 

 

Thu
30
May
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Vehicle and Home Break-Ins Occur in Bel Air Area of Town

Several break-ins were reported in the area of Bel Air during the early morning hours of Thursday, May 23.

At 3:42 a.m., a Thames Drive resident called the police to report that his RING security system detected a person trespassing in his driveway. One person was detected on the south side of the house near a Range Rover parked in the driveway. Video surveillance shows that the person realized there was a camera and left the area. Several police officers responded and began to canvas the area, but no suspect was found.

 

 

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Thu
30
May
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Council Discusses Plastics Ban and Theater

The need for a municipal theater space and the possibility of a ban on plastic bags were both topics of discussion at the May 22 Township Council conference meeting.

Hugh Mahon, who taught art in the Livingston schools for many years before retiring, asked the Council to help find theater space for the community's theater, symphony and art groups. Mahon is active in many of the organizations, including the Livingston Arts Association and the Livingston Community Players (LCP). He said that the Livingston Symphony Orchestra, Camera Club, Children's Theater, and other groups have indicated a need for space.

Wed
29
May

LHS Class of ’69 Alumnus Aids LPI: Former Resident Collects Socks for Homeless

Livingston Philanthropies, Inc.’s (LPI) long-time partnership with Livingston’s West Essex Tribune paid additional and continued dividends this week. Barry Shapiro, who is, like LPI’s founder and director, Jeff Friedman, a 1969 graduate of Livingston High School, had been reading at his home in Florida online Tribune pieces featuring LPI. LPI’s work inspired Shapiro to start his own “Studio on 60 Sock Drive” from his framing business in Vero Beach.
“This began because of your efforts,” Shapiro told Friedman. “I’d seen for several years the coat drives and admired what you’d done. After Trish Duffy passed, you had posted something about collecting shampoo and stuff like that,” he continued. “I thought, why not do something to help, and after looking into it, learned that socks are the number one requested item by homeless shelters.”

Thu
23
May
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UNICO to Honor Brian Piccolo Award Winners

Livingston UNICO will hold its 33rd annual Dominick A. Crincoli Memorial Sports Awards Breakfast to honor two Livingston High School seniors with the Brian Piccolo Sportsmanship Award. The award is presented annually to two high school seniors, male and female, who best symbolize the character and ideals of Brian Piccolo. Piccolo was a starting fullback for the Chicago Bears who displayed the virtues of courage, teamwork, leadership and dedication both on the football field and in his personal fight against cancer.

UNICO will also present Sportsmanship Awards to six middle school students and the girls’ basketball team.

 

 

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