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Thu
14
Nov
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Radium Girls to be Presented by LHS Theater

Radium Girls to be Presented by LHS Theater

Radium Girls, a play by D.W. Gregory, will be presented by the Livingston High School Drama Club on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 14, 15 and 16 at 6:30 p.m.

The play is based on the real life story of the “Radium Girls,” female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint at the United States Radium factory in Orange, New Jersey in the early part of the 20th century.

The women, who were told the paint was harmless, ingested deadly amounts of radium after being instructed to “point” their brushes on their lips in order to give them a fine point.

 

 

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Thu
14
Nov
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Five Fined for DWI In Municipal Court

In recent Municipal Court action, five people were fined for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in unrelated incidents during August and September.

Ricky Alston Jr., 27, of Irvington, was charged August 23 with DWI and having an open container of alcohol in his car. The latter charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Alston pled guilty to DWI.

John Burkhard, 46, of Roseland, was charged August 3 with DWI; reckless driving; speeding; and failure to produce a driver’s license. The reckless driving and failure to produce license charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Burkhard pled guilty to DWI and to speeding.

 

 

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Wed
13
Nov

Livingston Philanthropies Volunteers Busy Delivering Donated Coats and Toiletries

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Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) is keeping busy delivering coats and toiletries to the homeless. “Right now, it’s all about coats and winter accessories,” said Jeff Friedman, founder and director of the Livingston-based charity. “Evening temperatures continue to dip into the 20s in Newark and around the state. For those living on the freezing streets or somewhere else with little or no heat, coats are vital even when temperatures reach highs into the 50s. The 20s are just plain punishing.”
Friedman, who is known affectionately as “the Coat Guy,” began his charitable endeavors eight years ago as seasonal coat drive. He later expanded his efforts into a year ‘round toiletries collection, and eventually formed a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

Thu
07
Nov
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Leaf Collection Begins

LEAF COLLECTION BEGINS

LEAF COLLECTION BEGINS: The township’s annual leaf collection program began this week in Section 1, the area north of East and West Mt. Pleasant Avenues. Collection in Section 1 will continue through Sunday, November 10. Residents in Section 2, the area south of East and West Mt. Pleasant Avenues and north of East and West Northfield Roads, may continue putting out leaves through November 10 for collection between November 11 and 24. Shown above, DPW crews work on Blackstone Drive on Monday, November 4. NKP Photo

 

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Thu
07
Nov
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Storm Topples Trees, Damages Houses, Causes Power Outages

Storm Topples Trees, Damages Houses, Causes Power Outages
Storm Topples Trees, Damages Houses, Causes Power Outages
Storm Topples Trees, Damages Houses, Causes Power Outages
Storm Topples Trees, Damages Houses, Causes Power Outages
Storm Topples Trees, Damages Houses, Causes Power Outages
Storm Topples Trees, Damages Houses, Causes Power Outages
Storm Topples Trees, Damages Houses, Causes Power Outages
Storm Topples Trees, Damages Houses, Causes Power Outages

“This Was a Nasty One:”

A strong overnight storm, with winds of up to 60 miles per hour, battered the state late Thursday, October 31, into Friday, November 1. Statewide, more than 14,000 homes and businesses were without power early Friday, and portions of major roads were closed due to either flooding or downed wires.

An Enhanced Fujita 1 (EF1) tornado was confirmed to have touched down in Harding Township, said Fire Chief Chris Mullin. An EF1 tornado, with maximum speeds of 100 miles per hour, also touched down in Madison, where a state of emergency was declared.

In Livingston, the winds did their share of damage as well. “This was a nasty one,” said Department of Public Works (DPW) superintendent Mike Anello. “I believe we may have gotten brushed by the tornado that hit Madison.We definitely had wind gusts that exceeded 60 miles per hour.”

 

 

Thu
07
Nov
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Vieira Wins Township Council Seat; Messer, Cohen Elected to Board of Ed

Vieira Wins Township Council Seat; Messer, Cohen Elected to Board of Ed

The two incumbents for Livingston Township’s two local races both retained their positions, while a third candidate was elected to the Board of Education for the first time. Council member Michael Vieira won the race for the lone available seat, while Samantha Messer and Seth Cohen took the two open Board of Education positions.

With no major congressional races on the ballot, voter turnout was low in Livingston. Of the 22,954 eligible voters in town, 3,950 went to the polls on Tuesday, 17.21 percent of eligible voters. The numbers provided by the Livingston Township Clerk’s office were unofficial and did not include provisional, mail-in, or emergency ballots.

By comparison, last year, during a midterm election, 10,159 Livingston residents (45.48 percent of that year’s list of eligible voters) voted. In 2017, 6,514 people (29.37 percent) voted, while during the 2016 presidential election, 13,233 people (58.41 percent) voted.

 

 

Thu
07
Nov
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Man Charged with Theft After Trying to Steal $20K

An East Orange man was arrested last week after attempting to take money that was not his from an account at Chase Bank on West Mt. Pleasant Avenue.

At about 1:30 p.m. on Monday, November 4, a man entered Chase Bank and represented himself as an account holder, attempting to transfer $19,500 from one account to another. He presented an Illinois driver’s license bearing his photo and the real account holder’s personal information. In addition, he had a fake Social Security card and a credit card both in the account holder’s name.

Bank employees were suspicious and questioned the identification. The man left the bank without the identification only to return a short time later to claim the ID. Bank employees then contacted Livingston Police and responding officers located the suspect walking a short distance from the bank.

 

 

Thu
07
Nov
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LFD Battles Blaze

LFD BATTLES BLAZE
LFD BATTLES BLAZE

LFD BATTLES BLAZE: Livingston firefighters responded to East Northfield Road on Tuesday, November 5, and extinguished a house fire that appeared to have originated in a second floor bathroom. At about 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, Livingston Police officers dispatched the Livingston Fire Department to an East Northfield Road home for a report of a possible ceiling fan fire. Firefighters arrived to find smoke venting from the eaves of the home. Crews then advanced lines into the residence from the front door to find a working fire in the second floor master bathroom and attic. The fire was extinguished within 15 minutes, and no injuries were reported. The cause remained under investigation at press time. The westbound lanes of East Northfield Road were shut down for about a half hour as firefighters battled the blaze.

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Wed
06
Nov

Philanthropies Continues Coat, Toiletries Drive; Second Edition of Fur Sale a Great Success

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With the weather getting colder, Livingston Philanthropies’ winter coat drive season is going into high gear. “With evening temperatures forecast to be dropping to the mid-20s on Friday and Saturday, it’s coat and winter accessories season once again,” noted Jeff Friedman, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI).
“It’s the same story every season – warm coats, jackets, hats, gloves and scarves are needed by the homeless and profoundly poor,” he continued. “Actually, with many experiencing cuts to benefits, it’s a worse situation this year and the need is more compelling than ever in 2019. It’s time to check closets, basements, attics and garages for unneeded and unused family coats. Most of us will find we have some to spare.”
“Fur Extravaganza” a Success

Thu
31
Oct
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Firefighters Respond to Gas Line Mishaps

Firefighters Respond to Gas Line Mishaps
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It was a tough week for gas lines in Livingston, with Livingston Fire Department volunteers responding to three gas lines struck by contractors and a fourth one leaking in a Mayhew Drive home.

On Wednesday, October 23, a contractor working at 36 Rainbow Ridge Drive struck a gas line. Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) personnel were called to the scene.

Later that day, fire officials investigated a strong odor of gas coming from a catch basin between 14 and 16 Cliffside Drive. PSE&G responded to the scene.

 

 

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