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Thu
21
Jan
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Planning Board Holds Public Hearing On New Housing/Fair Share Plan

At its meeting on Tuesday evening, the Livingston Planning Board unanimously voted to adopt a resolution to approve a new Housing Element and Fair Share Plan. Board chairman Peter Klein explained that under state law, every community must meet its fair share of the affordable housing needs of its region. The Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) established rules for this process and there have been two rounds of compliance under those rules. COAH was recently determined by the New Jersey State Supreme Court to be "non-functioning" and Livingston's obligations are now being determined by the court.
 
Thu
21
Jan
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LCI Teaches How Livingston Runs

Livingston residents may take it for granted that their toilets will flush and their garbage will be collected. They may assume that their leaves will get picked up and their library will be filled with books, media and program offerings. But none of these things happen automatically. Some people are not aware that the mayor is elected annually from among the five Township Council members and that Livingston's Council/manager form of government is similar to a business where a Board of Directors (the Township Council) oversees a Chief Operating Officer (the township manager), who manages the day-today operations.
 
Fri
15
Jan

Coat Drive Welcomes New Initiative: "Personal Shopping for the Homeless"

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The Livingston Coat Drive has begun a new initiative in keeping with its mission of "providing warmth to the poor, homeless and disenfranchised." Explained Jeff Friedman, the Coat Drive's founder and coordinator, "It's all about evolution for the Coat Drive. Similar to the developmental stages of most outreach projects, our local coat drive continues to grow and expand in ways never visualized. I'm more than pleased to report that a new trend has emerged across Livingston in recent weeks. I'm labeling this new trend 'Personal Shopping for the Homeless.' "

Thu
14
Jan
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Firefighters Extinguish Route 280 Car Fire

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The Livingston Fire Department responded to a large number of calls this past week, including a car fire, a flooded house, a homeowner overcome by chemical fumes, and a resident locked out of the house with an infant inside. Firefighters went to mile marker 5.8 on Route 280 in response to a report of a vehicle fire on Monday, January 11. Upon their arrival, they found the vehicle's engine compartment fully involved. The fire was extinguished without incident, and the car towed from the scene.
 
Thu
14
Jan
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Benjamin August’s Film To Premier in New Jersey

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Screenwriter Benjamin August, a 1997 graduate of Livingston High School, will discuss his film, Remember, at its New Jersey premiere on Saturday, February 6, at 7:30 p.m. The screening will take place at the Maurice Levin Theater at the JCC MetroWest in West Orange. The New Jersey Jewish Film Festival is hosting the event, and a question-and-answer session with August will follow the screening.
 
Thu
14
Jan
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Annual Tradition Brings Families Together for "Mega-Mitzvah Mania"

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It was billed as “Mega-Mitzvah Mania,” and it certainly lived up to the hype as nearly 200 children and adults gathered at Friendship Circle on December 25 to make their own challahs, create a Havdalah set and participate in other mitzvah (good deed) activities. The energy was palpable as young and old worked side-by-side, buzzing with excitement as their creations came to life. “We were looking for something to do and I got the e-mail from Friendship Circle. My son Max was so excited. He’s never made challah before,” said Melanie Wurtele, who came with her husband, Jonathan, and their three children, Max, five; Julie, three; and Abby, two.
 
Thu
14
Jan
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Board Hears Update on 1:1 Pilot Projects

Monica Cohen, the Livingston school district's educational technologist, presented an update about the district's activities for the 1:1 technology initiative at the Board of Education's January 11 meeting. Several personnel changes were also approved. She described school visits, trainings, conferences, an administrative visit to Microsoft Corporation, pilot programs at Heritage Middle School (HMS) and Livingston High School (LHS), and an Eduscape/Microsoft Teacher Academy Day at the end of January. Details about each of these projects are on the district website.
 
Thu
14
Jan
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Discuss Lawn Watering Rules

The current odd/even schedule for lawn watering will be adjusted by the Township Council in the near future. Summer interns Zach and Josh Berliner made a presentation to the Council last August concerning the township’s water conservation and water emergency plans and their study was the basis of the ordinances which will be proposed. Based on recommendations from the Department of Environmental Protection, the township will abandon its odd/even lawn watering ordinance, which has permitted residents to water lawns every other day. The goal, the Council said, is to “get away from the odd/even watering, which encourages more watering than necessary.”
 
Thu
07
Jan
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Town Council Kicks Off New Year at January 1 Meeting; Elects Alfred M. Anthony as Livingston Mayor for 2016

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Keeping late hours on New Year's Eve did not stop Livingston residents from coming out in droves to the Township Council's annual reorganization meeting, during which Al Anthony was sworn in as mayor for 2016. He was unanimously elected to fill the position by his fellow councilmen. Shawn Klein was unanimously elected deputy mayor.
 
Thu
07
Jan
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Max Theodore Sharenow Wins Livingston's First Baby Contest

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Max Theodore Sharenow, born at 5:34 a.m. on Tuesday, January 5, at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, has been named the winner of Livingston's First Baby Contest for 2016. The little boy, who weighed seven pounds, eight ounces and measured 19¼ inches at birth, will be welcomed into the township by the West Essex Tribune and its advertisers with an assortment of gifts. The second child of Arielle and Jason Sharenow, he joins his 15 month old brother, Benjamin, to expand the Sharenow family.
 

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