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Retirements Noted, Drive-In Theater Discussed During Last Township Council Meeting of 2020

The Livingston Township Council spoke with Livingston Public School superintendent Matthew Block, discussed a potential drive-in movie theater project, and passed the final ordinances and resolutions of2020 at its Monday, December 21, meeting. This was the final scheduled Council meeting of 2020, and also the last meeting with Shari Weiner as the attorney representing the township and for Rudy Fernandez as mayor. It may be viewed on the Livingston Township, NJ Facebook page.

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Superintendent Block discussed the relationship between the township and the schools as both navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The topic was previously discussed at a “five on five” meeting between the Board of Education and Township Council last week.

 

 

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Dec
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Pandemic Mayor: Rudy Fernandez Reflects on Strange, Challenging Year Leading Livingston

Rudy Fernandez Reflects on Strange, Challenging Year Leading Livingston

The last time Rudy Fernandez was mayor, the job was quite different. He has been on the Township Council since 2008, and was previously mayor in 2011 and 2013, the latter of which was Livingston’s bicentennial. But for his third year in “the center seat on the dais,” he had no idea that the COVID-19 pandemic would upend so much of what he knew about the job.

Township business still had to be attended to, sure, but gone were most events, like the ribbon cuttings and flag raisings that typically fill the calendar. Absent were in-person meetings, which were instead held via Zoom and livestreamed on the township’s Facebook page. In ways big and small, this was a year unlike any other, which meant it was a mayoral term like none that had preceded it.

 

 

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Wed
23
Dec

Livingston Philanthropies During the Pandemic: Partnership is Instrumental to Providing for Homeless

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“I’d like to thank our ever-generous Livingston residents and our community partners for helping Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) provide for the homeless, profoundly poor and disenfranchised during this devastating pandemic,” said Jeff Friedman, founder and director of LPI. He noted that the resident-community partnership has proven “instrumental” to LPI’s work to assist the homeless, which has had to be re-invented because of COVID-19.
Friedman also reminded residents of LPI’s “Personal Shopping/Shipping to the Homeless” initiative. “Those who want to partner with LPI can shop online for warm coats, gloves, hats, scarves and warm men’s clothing. Diapers in all sizes are needed badly, as well,” he said.

Thu
17
Dec
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Winter Wonderland

WINTER WONDERLAND
WINTER WONDERLAND

The Camuso Holiday Display became a “winter wonderland” following the snowfall on Wednesday, December 9. On Tuesday, December 15, crews worked to “batten down the hatches,” putting some display items in storage and covering others to protect them, ahead of the major storm expected to begin on Wednesday. The display will be closed due to the storm, and reopening is uncertain. Prospective visitors should check the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CamusoFamilyHolidayDisplay for the latest updates on whether or not the display is open. Jerry Siskind and NBD Photos

 

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Baking Cookies and Beating Cancer Do Not Stop For COVID-19 Pandemic

Baking Cookies and Beating Cancer Do Not Stop For COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped the Eisner family in Livingston from vigorously treating Annie’s leukemia, as well as vigorously fundraising to find a cure.

Annie became sick with acute myeloid leukemia, a rare cancer, on January 1. The staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) quickly determined that a bone marrow transplant would be her best treatment. Fortunately, Annie’s sister Lainie was a perfect match.

First, however, the doctors had to getAnnie into a full remission, which took three rounds of chemotherapy and a targeted antibody treatment.

 

 

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Affordable Housing Agreement Is Public

The township’s agreement with Fair Share Housing Center (FSHC), which sets the amount of affordable housing needed in each municipality, was made public last Thursday, December 10. The Township Council reached an agreement at a special meeting in earlyNovember, and there will be a fairness hearing that will take place in Superior Court on January 14, 2021. There, the agreement will be reviewed by Judge Robert Gardner, who will evaluate whether an agreement between Livingston Township and FSHC is fair and reasonable to the region’s very low, and low and moderate income households in accordance with legal principles established by court decisions.

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Planning Board Holds Final Meeting of 2020

The Planning Board, at its meeting on Tuesday, December 15, discussed its 2021 meeting calendar; recommended the redevelopment of property on Peach Tree Hill Road, Block 3700, encompassing property on West Mt. Pleasant Avenue, South LivingstonAvenue, andArden Road; and heard additional applications.

The meeting was livestreamed on Zoom, though, as ofpress time, it was not made available on the Livingston Township, NJ Facebook page, as it has been during the pandemic.

It is expected to be the final Planning Board meeting of 2020. The next scheduled meeting, a reorganizational meeting, is scheduled for January 5, 2021.

 

 

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17
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Fire Station Named in Honor of Dufford

Fire Station Named in Honor of Dufford
Fire Station Named in Honor of Dufford

In honor of a lifetime of service, the Northfield Fire Station was renamed in honor of former Livingston Fire Chief and current fire inspector Craig Dufford.

Now named the Fire Chief Craig D. Dufford Northfield Station, it was dedicated this past Saturday in recognition of — and with appreciation for — a lifetime of dedicated service, tireless effort, and unending commitment to improving fire safety within Livingston.

“This honor was certainly deserving of a man with great integrity, honesty, professionalism, and most of all dedication to the fire service and his community.” current Fire Chief Chris Mullin said. “The honor is welldeserved and truly earned!”

 

 

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Wed
16
Dec

Giving During a Pandemic: Livingston Philanthropies Inc. Promotes “Personal Shopping & Shipping to the Homeless”

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Livingston Philanthropies Inc. (LPI) founder and director Jeff Friedman has put out a request to readers to participate in the Livingston-based charity’s “Personal Shopping and Shipping to the Homeless” initiative.
“On behalf of LPI and the other fine Livingston service organizations gracing our town, I am respectfully asking our ever-generous residents to consider keeping a portion of their holiday giving local this year,” Friedman said. “Keeping your giving local – within Essex County, for example – is worth serious consideration, especially this year during the ongoing pandemic. COVID-19 continues to be particularly punishing to those living out on the streets or in shelters just a few miles down the road from Livingston.” 

Thu
10
Dec
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Generations of Crossing Guards

GENERATIONS OF CROSSING GUARDS

This week, Nicholas Percivale, a senior at Stevens Institute of Technology, began his part time job as a crossing guard for Livingston. His grandfather, Serkis Bagdat, has been a crossing guard in town for 16 years. Shown here on Tuesday, Bagdat trains his grandson during his first post. Isabelle Fusco Photo

 

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