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21
Nov
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Shovel Assaulter Wanted by Police

A woman reported that she was hit in the head with a shovel during a dispute in the parking lot of the Livingston Mall on Sunday, November 18, at 5:15 p.m. Tiffany Simmons, age 23, of Orange told police that she was walking out of the mall when she was almost struck by a black SUV. A man driving the SUV exchanged expletives with Simmons. Simmons said she continued on her way and sat in her mother’s car.

The male then allegedly began to encourage his female companion to beat up Simmons. The unknown female began banging on the window of the car Simmons was sitting in. Simmons stated she saw her mother walking out of the mall toward the car, and “got out to protect her mother as she approached.”

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Wed
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In First School Board Meeting After Election, Messer Affirms Her Commitment to the Board

Board president Pamela Chirls and member Ronnie Konner opened the November 19 Board of Education meeting by thanking the community for returning them to office. At the end of the meeting, a community member criticized another Board member for her actions following the resignation of superintendent Chris Steffner.

A security guard was present at the meeting.

Chirls and Konner spoke appreciatively of the Tribune, other media and in person and online forums for promoting the election and allowing the candidates to present their ideas.

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Tue
20
Nov

“Coat Guy” Introduces Livingston Philanthropies

By Jeff Friedman
Livingston resident Jeff “the Coat Guy” Friedman, founder and director of the Livingston Philanthropies, Inc., here, in his own words, introduces his charitable organization and its mission to new readers. Livingston Philanthropies conducts a seasonal coat drive and year-round collections of travel-sized toiletries for the homeless, as well as men’s dresswear, feminine hygiene products, and diapers.
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Now more than ever, Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) is calling on generous Livingston residents to help provide for the “poor, homeless and disenfranchised.” You know who they are… the folks you sometimes see on TV, living out on the cold streets or in shelters. Compellingly, many are only minutes away in nearby communities.

Thu
15
Nov
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Superintendent Calls for Civility, Safety, and Standing Up for Others

Concern about a lack of civility in public discourse and a request for parental support were key ingredients of a letter that James O’Neill, interim superintendent of the Livingston Public Schools, sent to parents last week. The letter was shared on social media and published in the district’s newsletter and its sentiments were given a “thumbs up” in last week’s Tribune editorial.

O’Neill said it is the responsibility of teachers to establish guidelines at school, and for parents to enforce the appropriate use of technology at home.

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Thu
15
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Semi-Final Shut-Out

SEMI-FINAL SHUT-OUT: The Livingston High School varsity girls’ soccer team shut out Montclair, 1-0, in the semi-final round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 Tournament, held at Woodman Field in Montclair. Unfortunately, the Lancers suffered a shut-out of their own in the finals, losing, 1-0, to the West Orange Mountaineers in West Orange.

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Thu
15
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LHS Theater Club to Present “Midsummer/Jersey”

This weekend, the Livingston High School Theater Club will present Midsummer/Jersey in the LHS auditorium.

Written by Ken Ludwig, the play is a parody of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with a “Jersey Shore twist,” set on the boardwalk of a seaside town in modern-day New Jersey.

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Thu
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North Jersey Giants Finish First

NORTH JERSEY GIANTS FINISH FIRST: The North Jersey Giants 13U fall baseball team, a Livingston-based organization, recently competed in the USABL league, finishing first in both the regular season and the playoffs.

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Thu
15
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Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Will Be Held Sunday

The annual Livingston Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration will be held on Sunday, November 18, at 5 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Livingston, 271 West Northfield Road.

“This free, special event has been a major program involving the majority of churches and temples throughout the community. The event was a major highlight of the Livingston Bicentennial Celebration in 2013, and has continued with growing momentum each year,” said Scott Maynard, who is one of the event’s organizers.

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Thu
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Planning Board Continues Hearing Application For Child Care Center & Drive-Through Starbucks

At its meeting on Thursday evening, November 8, the Livingston Planning Board continued hearing an application for a minor subdivision and preliminary and final site plan with variances for CP Management Group II.

The property in question, located at 92 South Livingston Avenue, was previously home to a Bank of America on the westerly side of the road.

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15
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Voting Issues Discussed At Conference Meeting

During an otherwise quiet Township Council conference meeting, Council members discussed last week’s election, specifically focusing on how to improve the process for voters moving forward.

The 13th of Livingston’s 26 voting districts was a major topic of conversation, as it encountered a series of problems during the busy Election Day. Theresa Allard of Scotland Drive addressed the Council at the end of the meeting to further detail the trouble at District 13. She was a judge for the district and painted a picture of chaos on Election Day as multiple machines failed and emergency ballots ran out.

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