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Wed
27
Mar

Livingston Rallies for LPI: Donations & Support Coming from All Directions

This week, Jeff “the Coat Guy” Friedman, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI), in his own words updates residents on the Livingston-based charity, which works to “provide for the poor, homeless and disenfranchised.” The organization holds a seasonal coat drive and a year ’round toiletries collection for the homeless.
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By Jeff Friedman
With so many things happening now, I think it’s important for residents to know about the people of Livingston who have stepped forward to support LPI. I especially want to thank our stalwart volunteers for continuing to make another season of philanthropy happen right here in town.
Chair Donation

Thu
21
Mar
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Police Officers Are Promoted and Sworn In

At the start of the Wednesday, March 13, Township Council meeting, Livingston Chief of Police Gary Marshuetz promoted three members of the department and swore in three new officers.

Promoted were Lt. Jack Hickey, Sgt. John Maggiulli, and Sgt. Steve McSpirit. Hickey was actually promoted in September but was unable to attend that ceremony. Together, the three have more than 90 years of experience working in the Livingston Police Department.

The three new officers sworn in were Officer Matthew DeBiasse, Officer Todd Compesi, and Officer Levecy DeOliveira.

 

 

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Thu
21
Mar
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Authorities Search for Livingston Man Charged in $500K Drug and Gun Bust

ALivingston resident is one of three suspects currently at large after being charged last week following an investigation that led to the seizure of half a million dollars’ worth of drugs and guns, according to a report from the Essex County prosecutor’s office.

Acting Essex County prosecutor TheodoreStephensandNewarkpublic safety director Anthony Ambrose announced that detectives from the Essex County prosecutor’s office narcotics task force executed three search warrants at locations in Livingston, Newark and EastOrange.Confiscatedwere drugs with an estimated street value of half a million dollars. The task force’s members include detectives from the Newark Police Department, Rutgers Police Department and the Newark Police Department’s Emergency Response Team.

 

 

Thu
21
Mar
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Council Approves Energy Aggregation; PSEG Customers to Go 100% Green

At the end of the lengthy Township Council meeting on Wednesday, March 13, the Township Council approved two resolutions that signified the selection of an energy aggregator for Livingston.

The Council held a closed session in conference at 7 p.m. to find out if they could pass resolutions awarding the energy aggregation contract at the regular meeting. Three hours later, they did just that, awarding contracts to third party suppliers in both Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) and Jersey Central Power and Light (JCPL) territories. The Council tried twice last year to award similar contracts, which did not result in enough savings to move forward at those times.

“The bottom line is this is now going to save residents money,” councilman Rudy Fernandez said. “I guess the third time is the charm.”

 

 

Thu
21
Mar
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School Board Asked to Keep LHS Teacher

Several parents and high school students attended the Board of Education meeting on March 18 to speak passionately about the resignation of high school English teacher Meredith Coviello. It had been announced at the March 11 Board meeting.

Applause from the audience followed each speaker.

First up was Andrea Petrullo of Fieldstone Drive, praising Coviello’s positive impact, talent and personal and academic interactions with students. Petrullo’s daughter, who had Coviello last year, “is one of the 400 students expressing support for Ms. Coviello, as am I,” she said.

 

 

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Wed
20
Mar

“Keep Those Donations Coming!” LPI Continues Collection for Homeless

Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) is continuing its collection of warm clothing and toiletry items for the homeless, including coats, as the weather has continued to remain chilly this past week, particularly the nights.
Earlier this week, LPI founder and director Jeff  “the Coat Guy” Friedman and volunteers Stephen Greenberg and Neil Greco made a huge delivery of coats, family clothing and shoes to its long-time distribution partner, the Willing Heart Community Care Center in Newark. “The sheer volume of Livingston’s continued generosity required several volunteer vehicles,” noted Friedman.
The items went directly to Willing Heart’s Boutique, which offers no-cost family shopping for the homeless and those living below the poverty line all year ’round.

Thu
14
Mar
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Vehicle Breaks-Ins and Thefts Reported; Teens Caught Attempting to Enter Car

The Livingston Police Department reported several car burglaries and thefts over the past weekend, including one vehicle that was recovered with bullet holes in the windshield. Two teenagers were also caught allegedly attempting to break into a vehicle, according to police.

On Friday, March 8, police were called to a Stoneham Drive home to take a report of a stolen vehicle. The resident said that a Mercedes sedan had been stolen from the garage. The theft occurred between about 9 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday. The garage door had been left open and the key fob has been left in the Mercedes.

After taking the report, the police quickly tracked the Mercedes to Elizabeth where the car was found parked behind by an apartment complex.

On the same day, police took reports from three residents who reported that someone had entered their cars during the previous night. The cars that were entered were on Tremont Terrace, Oakwood Avenue and East Cedar Street.

Thu
14
Mar
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“Once Upon a Mattress” Thurs., Fri., Sat. at LHS

Livingston High School will present its spring musical, Once Upon a Mattress, March 14 through 16. Performances will be held in the LHS auditorium on Thursday and Friday, March 14 and 15, at 7 p.m., and on Saturday, March 16, at 2 and 7 p.m.

The musical comedy is based on the Hans Christian Andersen fable “The Princess and the Pea.”

 

 

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Thu
14
Mar
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School Board Honors Teachers of the Year

Livingston Public Schools honored its ten “Teachers of the Year” for 2018-19 on Monday, March 11, at its annual recognition ceremony at Heritage Middle School.

“Tonight is a special night because we get to recognize and support the people in this district who do the most – our teachers,” said Board president Buddy August.

This year’s elementary school recipients are Erin Espino, first grade teacher at Burnet Hill School; Tracey Dunleavy, fifth grade teacher at Collins School; Lisa Fischer, third grade teacher at Harrison School; Bridget Marshall, fifth grade teacher at Hillside School; Samantha Bannon, third grade teacher at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School; and Geralyn Lacourtna, reading specialist at Riker Hill School.

 

 

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Thu
14
Mar
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2019-20 School Budget Info is Presented

Average School Tax Expected to Rise by $89:

Several highlights of the 2019-20 school budget, and three presentations related to the construction of the budget, were presented at the March 11 school board meeting.

The average tax increase, on an average home in Livingston that is assessed at $600,000, will be $89, according to business administrator Steven Robinson. “That is the lowest increase I can remember,” he said.

State aid to schools was announced on March 7, he added, and Livingston’s general fund aid was increased by $475,247. “General Fund aid has increased by almost $1.7 million from 2017-18 to today,” he noted.

 

 

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