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Scott Terrace Applications Continue; Focus on Storm Management Plan

The Livingston Planning Board met on Tuesday evening, March 3, and approved one application and continued a previous hearing on two applications involving property on Scott Terrace, by JMZ Enterprises and Green Terrace Homes.

JMZ seeks minor subdivision approval, while Green Terrace Homes seeks major subdivision approval, for development plans that have been before the Planning Board several times since 2005.

The Board granted approval to Jay Green for a minor subdivision with variances at 27 Spring Road. The applicant requested an amendment of the memorializing resolution dated March 20, 2018, so as to revise or terminate certain conditions of approval relating to timing of events. After discussion of the time line and adjustments, the Board unanimously approved the application.

 

 

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UNICO Names Brian Boyle Its 2020 “Citizen of the Year”

UNICO Names Brian Boyle Its 2020 “Citizen of the Year”

Livingston UNICO has announced that it has named veteran and community volunteer Brian Boyle its 2020 Citizen of the Year. He will be honored for his many years of volunteer service to the community and the nation at UNICO’s 65th annual Citizens of the Year awards brunch on Sunday, April 19, at the Hanover Manor in East Hanover.

Boyle and his wife of 46 years, Maria, have lived in Livingston for 35 years and raised three sons here. He was a volunteer Little League, soccer, and basketball coach. Today, the Boyles have two grandchildren and a third due this month. Boyle notes he is “grateful for all the nice people, all the volunteerism in town, and the many activities offered.” After college, Brian joined the U.S.

 

 

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Township, School Officials Offer Coronavirus Update

Local officials are continuing to prepare residents as the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread globally.

While the full domestic impact of the virus remains unknown, as of Wednesday morning, at least nine people have died in the United States, all in Washington, and New York has six confirmed patients. More than 100 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., though actual figures are expected to be much larger. By Wednesday, global cases had exceeded 93,000, with the death toll totaling more than 3,200.

“We are working with the state and county health departments, and our health department is closely monitoring the situation,” mayor Rudy Fernandez said.

 

 

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Valedictorian And Salutatorians

VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIANS

Livingston High School principal Mark Stern announced today that Erin Chang (center) is the valedictorian of the Class of 2020, while Nicole Rong (left) and Grace Levey (right) are the co-salutatorians. This year’s high school commencement ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 25, at 6 p.m.

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Livingston Philanthropies Participates In “Homeless Connect Day” Project

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By Jeff Friedman
Editor’s Note: Essex County’s Homeless Connect Day was held recently, and Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) participated. Here, LPI founder and director Jeff Friedman, in his own words, recounts the project.
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The 14th annual Essex County Project Homeless Connect Day, with over 70 non-profit agencies participating, is held each year to help clients escape the elements for a time and connect them with a variety of local resources who can assist them with getting their lives back in order. It’s all about information, introductions, services and helpful contacts.

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Residential Applications Approved

Residential Applications Approved

The Livingston Zoning Board of Adjustment heard five applications at its meeting on Tuesday, February 25. An additional three applications were adjourned to the April 28 meeting.

Fence Application

Bonnie and Steve Isaacson received variances for a fence in the backyard of their home at 31 Shadowlawn Drive. The couple was granted a two foot front/corner yard fence setback variance; a variance to permit a privacy fence, where township ordinance requires fences to be 50 percent open; and a variance to have no plantings in front of the fence, where plantings are required by ordinance.

 

 

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Supermarkets Discuss Plastics Ban with Council

At the conference meeting of the Township Council on Monday, February 24, the Council discussed the planned plastic ordinance with officials from, and one representative of, the area’s largest supermarkets.

Laurie Ehlbeck, state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, spoke on behalf of Livingston businesses including Aldi, Kings, and ShopRite about their concerns. Also in attendance and voicing their concerns were Kings Supermarket CEO Joseph Parisi and Village Supermarkets (owners of ShopRite) Board chairman and executive vice president William Sumas.

The group discussed with the Council several issues that may arise for their stores with a potential ordinance.

 

 

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Budget, Curriculum, New Positions Discussed by Board of Education

At its Monday, February 24, meeting, the Board of Education began its conversation about the 2020-21 school year budget with a presentation focused on curriculum.

Two new positions were proposed, both at Livingston High School: a college counselor and a theater arts teacher.

The budget process starts in October, when the business administrator meets with principals and supervisors to determine wants and needs, explained Steve Robinson, the district’s business administrator and board secretary.

 

 

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Council Makes Open Space Purchase; Honors Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Council Makes Open Space Purchase; Honors Neighbors Helping Neighbors

At the Monday, February 24, regular meeting of the Township Council, members approved the acquisition of a multimillion dollar open space property and honored two longstanding members of Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

The Council posthumously honored Karen Garber, who worked with the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) food pantry, and Trudi Fredersdorf, who recently retired from the organization, which helps individuals and families in need. President Stacey Rubinstein said the organization has worked with 52 families since 2016.

Fredersdorf thanked Rubenstein for keeping up her work with Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

 

 

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Retires From Diversity Committee

Retires From Diversity Committee
Retires From Diversity Committee
Retires From Diversity Committee

RETIRES FROM DIVERSITY COMMITTEE: Keith Hines was honored on his retirement as co-chairman of the Livingston Committee of Diversity and Inclusion (LCDI) on Sunday, February 23, at Nero’s Grille in Livingston. More than 60 friends, family members, and elected officials honored Hines for his 22 years of service to Livingston. Attending were Livingston Township Council members Al Anthony and Michael Vieira; former Livingston mayor Arlene Johnson; and Essex County freeholder Pat Sebold. LCDI co-chairman Billy Fine and several guests toasted Hines. LCDI member Mike Ramer organized the event. Shown here, Hines (seated, at center) poses with a crowd of people who attended the event. At right, Hines plays violin as musician Ben Zabel looks on. Below are Fine, Carol Hines, Keith Hines and former Livingston mayor Arlene Johnson.

 

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