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07
May
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Stove Fire Damages Kitchen

Stove Fire Damages Kitchen

A cook-top fire that homeowners had thought was extinguished instead spread stealthily into the range’s exhaust system, necessitating Fire Department involvement.

On Saturday, May 2, at approximately 1:45 p.m., firefighters received a report of a kitchen fire at 57 North Baums Court. Upon arrival, they found that all occupants had exited the home, and there was a heavy smoke condition.

Fire officials learned that there had been a fire, which the homeowner had extinguished with a portable fire extinguisher, involving a pan of oil on the stove cook top. The fire, however, had extended up into the range’s exhaust hood/vent. Firefighters witnessed flames in the exhaust vent above the ceiling and coming out of the vent at the rear of the house.

 

 

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Thu
07
May
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NJ Schools Closed Through Academic Year Remote Learning to Continue Through June

On Monday, governor Phil Murphy announced that all New Jersey school facilities will remain closed for the remainder of the school year in the ongoing effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. His decision about school-sponsored summer programs and extended school year services for students with disabilities will be forthcoming.

The decision was not unexpected, following New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s school closure decision last Friday. New Jersey now joins more than 45 states and Washington, D.C. that have announced school closures through at least June.

Organizations including the New Jersey Education Association, the New Jersey School Boards Association, and administrators’ groups, had urged Murphy to keep school buildings closed.

 

 

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Thu
07
May
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Brush Fire on Force Hill Road

Brush Fire on Force Hill Road

A fallen telephone pole ignited a brush fire near the cell and water towers on Force Hill Road on Saturday, May 2. Livingston firefighters responded to the area at about 4 p.m. The fire was extinguished without incident. Shown here at the scene is firefighter Michael Ciccone. CJM Photo

 

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Wed
06
May

Livingston Philanthropies Director Reflects: The Different Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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By Jeff Friedman
Editor’s Note: Jeff Friedman, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI), here, in his own words, writes about food lines, and what LPI is doing to help.
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The lives of our most vulnerable populations, the homeless and profoundly poor, has always been about lines. Lines for free clothing, lines to get benefits, lines to see a health care professional (if they can actually make it happen), and lines for food. Lines, lines, and more lines. These lines are even longer and more difficult as the pandemic’s havoc is being played out in New Jersey’s cities like Newark, the main homeless population served by Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI).

Thu
30
Apr
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Israeli Flag Raised

Israeli Flag Raised

In honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, on April 29, that nation’s fl ag was raised at town hall in Livingston. Although the Livingston Celebrates Israel festivities were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the fl ag will remain fl ying for all to see until Friday, May 1. Shown here, the fl ag was fully raised and then lowered to half staff in honor of those lost to the virus. Thinking about Regardless of your plans, I am prices in our neighborhood.

 

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Thu
30
Apr
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School Officials Propose Budget Adjustments Amid Health Crisis and Economic Concerns

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Superintendent of schools Matt Block, at the April 27 meeting of the Board of Education, said that the district is aiming “to balance the financial hardships that so many people in the community are suffering with the determination to creatively preserve the excellent educational program and services that define our schools… and are central to Livingston’s identity.”

The administration is recommending small cuts to the budget for projects that can be delayed to a later time. “But we feel strongly,” Block said, “that it would be a mistake to make significant cuts when we don’t know what the future looks like.”

 

 

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Thu
30
Apr
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Township Council Meeting Talks Cover Taxes, Budget, and COVID-19 Response

On Monday, April 27, Livingston’s Township Council held a livestreamed meeting to discuss the town’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its upcoming budget. The township was granted an extension to pass this year’s budget due to the pandemic.

The meeting, a combined conference and regular meeting that was held via the video conferencing service, Zoom, was shared on the Livingston Township Facebook page. There were more than 60 live viewers during the meeting, and about 1,500 people had watched at least part of the meeting by noon on Tuesday.

 

 

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Thu
30
Apr
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Delivery For Deliverer

Delivery For Deliverer
Delivery For Deliverer

Life came full circle when Brett Ratner, a resident of Fairfax Drive and a 2012 graduate of Livingston High School, was able to make and donate protective face shields for nurse Laura Romeo and the medical community at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Romeo, a 1983 graduate of LHS, was the very same nurse who took care of Brett when he was born. According to his mom, Cheri, who graduated from LHS with Romeo, Brett and his siblings, Cheryl, Alyssa, and Joey, “were eager to help the Saint Barnabas medical community, which took such wonderful care of their grandfather before he passed four months ago (not from COVID-19).” Shown above, the Ratners – mom Cheri; Alyssa, LHS class of 2016; dad Scott; and Brett assemble face shields. (Joey, LHS class of 2014, helped too, but stopped to take the photo.) Below, Brett delivers the completed shields to Romeo. “I am so proud of Brett and all of the work our medical community is doing,” said Cheri Ratner.

 

Wed
29
Apr

LPI Direct Shipments Continue to Help

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As Livingston’s contributions continue to arrive, Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) volunteers are actively purchasing food items for Newark’s stressed food pantries, announced the Livingston charity’s founder and director, Jeff Friedman.
LPI shipped 80 cases of bottled spring water and 200 loaves of bread to Newark Emergency Services for Families (NESF). Amina Bey, NESF’s executive director said, “In the past two days, Newark Emergency Services for Families has distributed over 500 packages of food, diapers, toiletries and cases of water to the residents of Essex County. Special thanks to our partners, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, the Salvation Army, and Livingston Philanthropies for their generosity and support.”

Thu
23
Apr
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Book Club Begins Virtual Meetings

Book Club Begins Virtual Meetings
Book Club Begins Virtual Meetings

The fourth and fifth graders in the Livingston Library’s “XTreme Readers” book club met as scheduled on March 31, despite the coronavirus quarantine, to discuss their regularly scheduled book. However, the meeting was a virtual one, held on Zoom.

The kids already had physical copies of the selection, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, but Gina Vaccaro, the librarian who leads the group, found that many aspects of the meeting had to be changed.

 

 

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