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24
Sep
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Reopening Process Continues: Secondary Staffing Challenge is “Monumental;” Parents and Students Request Reopening Dates

Secondary Staffing Challenge is “Monumental;” Parents and Students Request Reopening Dates
Secondary Staffing Challenge is “Monumental;” Parents and Students Request Reopening Dates
Secondary Staffing Challenge is “Monumental;” Parents and Students Request Reopening Dates

Much of the three-hour Board of Education meeting on Monday, September 21, was spent revisiting and re-explaining the district’s reopening plan.

September 21 was also the first day that the first cohort of pre-K through grade two and self-contained special education students returned to their school buildings for hybrid learning.

The meeting was not streamed on Facebook, as it has been in the past, with “technical problems” cited as the reason for the change. Viewers were directed to join the webinar. It may be viewed on the Board of Education tab of the district website, livingston.org.

 

 

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24
Sep
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Four Seniors Recognized at Art Show

Four Seniors Recognized at Art Show
Four Seniors Recognized at Art Show

Four Livingston residents were among 33 senior citizens recognized for their artistic talent at the 2020 Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show. This year’s contest was conducted virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Winning entries can be viewed at https://www.artworkarchive.com/rooms/essexcountyparksandrecreat ion/3bb954.

 

 

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Wed
23
Sep

LPI - Partners Reunited

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Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI), volunteers were pleased to see two long time LPI friends and distribution partners after a five month pandemic absence.  “Livingston neighbors continue to keep food, baby items and other scarce necessities rolling to the homeless, profoundly poor and disenfranchised communities in Newark,” said LPI director Jeff Friedman. Luis Martinez, building coordinator at Willing Heart Community Care Center, happily received new baby items, while Monique Kelly, kitchen and clothing barn manager at Bessie Green Community, does her happy dance after accepting new and badly needed men’s clothing.

Thu
17
Sep
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Three New Cases In the Last Week

As of Wednesday morning, September 16, the Livingston Health Department has reported that a total of 534 Livingston residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the first case was recorded in mid-March. 72 of those residents have died as a result of the virus. Compared to the same time last week, there are three new cases, with no additional deaths.

New Jersey’s quarantine travel advisory has removed six states and added Puerto Rico since last week. There are now 30 states and territories on the list. California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, and Ohio have been removed from the list. Individuals coming from the states and territories listed on the advisory should self-quarantine for 14 days. To be included on the travel ban, a state t a A F a r or territory must surpass ten average daily positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents. New Jersey’s ban runs concurrently with New York and Connecticut.

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Thu
17
Sep
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HICKORY PLACE PAVING:

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HICKORY PLACE PAVING: a new asphalt binder paving course was installed on Hickory Place near its intersection with Wychwood Road on Wednesday, September 9.

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Apartment Complex with Affordable Housing Is Discussed at Twp. Planning Board Meeting

The Livingston Planning Board met virtually on Tuesday, September 15, to discuss two matters. The meeting was livestreamed on the Livingston Township, NJ Facebook page.

The Board first reviewed ordinance 14-2020, which had previously been read by the Township Council. The Board is required to review the ordinance to ensure that it is in keeping with the township’s master plan. It creates a new section, 170-107.2, to make 457 and 461 South Livingston Avenue a mixed-use zone with an overlay. The properties currently contain single-family residences in lots 62 and 63, just east of the ShopRite entrance on South Livingston Avenue before Wardell Road.

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17
Sep
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FIELD HOCKEY OPENS PRACTICE:

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FIELD HOCKEY OPENS PRACTICE: The Livingston High School field hockey team opened practice on Saturday, September 12, on the LHS turf.

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17
Sep
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School District Planning to Bring Back Pre K-2, Self-Contained Students Monday

The Livingston Public School district expects to bring pre-kindergarten through grade two students, and self-contained special education students, back to in-person hybrid learning on Monday, September 21, said superintendent of schools Matt Block at the September 9 Board of Education meeting.

“We will transition to the hybrid model beginning with these students,” he said.

Block later said, in a video address on September 11, that the district plans to transiton the upper elementary level students soon after.

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Wed
16
Sep

LPI Director Offers Season Nine Report on Charity

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Editor’s Note: Jeff Friedman, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc., here gives a report on the Livingston charity’s ninth season.
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Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) is pleased to share its Season Nine report to the community, with associated metrics. The season wrapped up at the end of August.
We are thrilled to announce the beginning of our Anniversary Season Ten, as we continue re-inventing to accommodate ever-expanding needs as the pandemic grinds on.
For those Livingston residents receiving this week’s special townwide distribution of Livingston’s publication of record, the West Essex Tribune, our stalwart partner since the beginning of our journey, and others who may be less familiar with LPI’s work, our mission continues to be “providing for the homeless, profoundly poor, and disenfranchised.” This population is New Jersey’s poorest, living way below the poverty line.

Thu
10
Sep
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Township Manager Explains Garbage Collection Contract

This past week, Livingston began its new garbage collection contract, with Recycle Track Systems (RTS).

“Somewhat predictably, there were a few hiccups,” Township Manager Barry Lewis explained about the first week with the new garbage collector. Complaints from residents included different route times, missed pickups, and the change in price for rear-yard pickup.

Formerly, the township had used Waste Industries to collect garbage, but after the contract was set to expire at the end ofAugust, the township was legally obligated to put it back out to bid and take the lowest responsible offer, which was RTS. The contract with Waste Industries had already included two two-year extensions, the maximum permitted by law. So the township sought a three-year contract, with the option of two one-year extensions and specifications for rear-yard collection.

 

 

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