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Wed
13
Mar

Livingston Philanthropies to Honor Trish Duffy

Livingston Philanthropies Inc. (LPI) founder and director Jeff Friedman has announced he will name the organization’s collection of toiletries in honor of the late Patricia “Trish” Duffy. It was Duffy who, several years ago, inspired the year-round collection, Friedman said.
“Some years ago, Trish called to ask if we could use hotel toiletries collected during her treasured travels,” Friedman recounted. “Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI), then known as the Livingston Coat Drive, had not yet dabbled in other items. Still being somewhat of an advocacy neophyte at that point, I surmised that sure, ‘I imagine the homeless can use these items.’ Who knew of the major need back in those days?”

Thu
07
Mar
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Valedictorian/Salutatorian Named

Livingston High School principal Mark Stern announced the top scholars of the Class of 2019. Jonathan Ackerman has been name the valedictorian, and Vanessa Hu has been named the salutatorian. This year’s commencement ceremonies will be held on Thursday, June 20. LPS Photo

 

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Thu
07
Mar
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Fire Damages East Northfield Road Home

Ageneralalarm was sounded at8:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, on a report of a house fire at 177 East Northfield Road. Both Livingston firefighters and police officers rushed to the scene. Emergency responders found flames venting out of a rear window of the home’s second floor.

The fire was quickly brought under control – within just 20 minutes, Fire Chief Chris Mullin reported. After the flames were extinguished, firefighters conducted an “overhaul” of the house to ventilate it and extinguish “hot spots.” All utilities in the house were then disconnected.

The homeowner, Daniel Pannucci, was outside on his front lawn when police and firefighters arrived. He confirmed to them that there were no other people or pets in the house.

 

 

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Thu
07
Mar
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Revaluation Process is Explained at Forum

Inspections 90 Percent Complete:

Numerous details were provided to the community when Livingston Township andAppraisal Systems, Inc. (ASI), the company that is conducting the townwide revaluation, held a meeting on Wednesday, February 27. A second forum was scheduled for Wednesday, March 6.

This article covers highlights from the first forum, as the second one took place after the Tribune went to press. It was filmed by Livingston High School students and is scheduled to be published on the township website this week.

Livingston Township was ordered by the Essex County Board ofTaxation to undertake a town-wide revaluation and to have the new valuations take effect in 2020.

 

 

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Thu
07
Mar
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Planning Bd. Continues Hearing Plans For Drive-Thru Starbucks, Pre-School

ThePlanningBoardmetonTuesday evening, March 5, and continued hearing an application by CPManagement Group II LLC to build a drive-through Starbucks coffee shop and a child care center on South Livingston Avenue.

Tuesday night marked the Planning Board’s fourth hearing on an application for minor subdivision and preliminary and final site plan with variances for CP Management Group II LLC, represented by attorney Stephen Geffner. The property in question, located at 92 South Livingston Avenue, was previously home to Bank of America. The applicant proposes to subdivide existing Lot 3 to create two new lots. The existing, now-vacant building would be expanded on one of the new lots to house a child care center, Lightbridge Academy. A Starbucks with a drive-through is proposed to be constructed on the second lot.

 

 

Thu
07
Mar
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Town Endures Three-Storm Weekend Wallop

“It Was a Crazy Weekend:”

Livingston received what has become its weekly dose of snow – this time in a one-two-three punch, with snow events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

On Friday, March 1, Livingston woke up to two inches of the white stuff, which fell from Thursday night into Friday.

From Friday night into Saturday, another five inches fell, and another 5½ inches fell on Sunday night into Monday morning.

“My guys did not go home this entire weekend,” said Mike Anello, superintendent of the Department of Public Works (DPW). “We started salting on Thursday night, and we worked through the weekend.”

 

 

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Wed
06
Mar

Buy or Donate: Vintage Fur Sale to Benefit Homeless Is Rescheduled for Saturday, March 9

Although last Saturday’s Vintage Fur Sale to benefit Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) was snowed-out, donations of used furs continue to arrive from generous Livingston residents, announced LPI founder and director Jeff “The Coat Guy” Friedman. The sale has been rescheduled for this Saturday, March 9.
“In fact, LPI volunteers learned that many residents have older furs hanging in closets for years, very likely inherited from beloved family members. Many folks have them, it turns out, because they simply don’t know what to do with the coats, jackets and stoles of all styles and fur varieties. Now, they can be confidently donated to LPI for this Saturday’s rescheduled Vintage Fur Sale – and donated with confidence, because 100% of the proceeds will benefit the ‘poor, homeless and disenfranchised,’ in keeping with our mission statement.”

Thu
28
Feb
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Michael M. Vieira Sworn In As New Town Councilman

“I Will Not Play Politics in This Room:”

Michael M. Vieira, who was selected by the Livingston Democratic County Committee on February 13 to replace Michael Silverman on the Livingston Township Council, was formally sworn in at Monday night’s Council meeting.

Vieira’s wife, Gabriela, administered the oath of office, while their children, Samantha and Michael, looked on. Also in attendance were Vieira’s mother and members of his extended family.

Prior to joining his fellow Council members on the dais, Vieira took to the podium to thank his family and friends.

 

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Thu
28
Feb
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Boys’ Fencing Team Wins State Title

The Livingston High School boys’ fencing team won the 2019 NJSIAA Fencing Team Championship – its first state title – Tuesday night at Morris Hills High School, over St. Peter’s Prep, a two-time defending state champion.

Livingston clinched its victory by being the first to reach 14. There are 27 bouts in the tournament, with three starters for each weapon (sabre, foil and épée).

The Lancers reached 14-10, and, continuing to play, had a final score of 15-12.

 

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Thu
28
Feb
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Council Introduces Zoning Ordinance For Assisted Living on So. Orange Ave.

The Livingston Township Council, at its meeting on Monday evening, February 25, approved one ordinance and introduced two others, including one to permit assisted living facilities to be constructed on South Orange Avenue.

Construction Code Ordinance

On final hearing, the Council approved an ordinance amending the uniform requirements in the township’s construction code.

Under the ordinance, a state uniform construction code enforcing agency, to be headed by the township’s construction official, will be formally established.

 

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