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22
Oct
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Planning Board Continues Hearing For Northland Center Mixed Use Development

On Tuesday, October 20, the Planning Board held a combined conference and special meeting to hear about a proposal for a mixed use residential and retail development at Northfield Center.

The Board also approved the engagement of a landscaping expert for the new application at Northfield Center.

Northfield Center

The Board continued hearing an application that began on October 6, by Livingston Builders, LLC, for a mixed-use residential and retail development at Northfield Center.

 

 

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Thu
22
Oct
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Snacks For Front Line Workers

SNACKS FOR FRONT LINE WORKERS

SNACKS FOR FRONT LINE WORKERS: Members of synagogues in Livingston and West Orange donated snacks to the Livingston Fire Department recently. The donation was a project of the West Orange/ Livingston Chesed Community, to thank “front line Workers for keeping their communities safe.” Shown here reciving the donation at Livingston Fire Headquarters are maintenance technician Josh Lewis; Craig Goldman representing Chesed; and Fire Chief Christopher Mullin. Mullin noted, “The members of the LFD thank Livingston and West Orange Jewish communities for their thoughtfulness and for caring for their first responders.”

 

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Thu
22
Oct
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Barker Lounge Opens

BARKER LOUNGE OPENS

BARKER LOUNGE OPENS: The Barker Lounge, owned by brothers Michael and Rob Gonnello, offers doggie daycare, boarding and grooming in Livingston. The Lounge held a formal ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, October 19. Shown here are the Gonnellos’ parents, Bob and Jennifer; Michael Gonnello’s wife, Tierney Farry; Michael Gonnello and his son, Ronan; mayor Rudy Fernandez; Township Council member Al Anthony; Rob Gonnello with his son, James, and daughter, Maya; Rob Gonnello’s wife, Anna, with their daughter Julia; and Beth Lipmann, executive director of the Livingston Business Improvement Districts. The Barker Lounge, located at 81 Dorsa Avenue, may be reached at 862-707-BARK (2275).

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Wed
21
Oct

Hand-Knit Donations

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For years, Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) has received many hundreds of hand-knit items from Creative Hands of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Essex County Section. LPI just received hundreds more, including beautifully crafted children’s sweaters, hat/scarf sets, blankets, hats and dolls. LPI volunteers delivered the bounty of warmth and comfort to long-time distribution partners, the Bessie Green Community, Newark Emergency Services for Families, and the Willing Heart Community Care Center, all food pantry operations and providers of varied services to the homeless and profoundly poor. Debbie Shelkowitz, shown here, and her colleague, Barbara Kerner, of Creative Hands dropped their generous donations directly into the LPI van for transport downtown. LPI founder and director Jeff Friedman noted, “As the character Aibileen said in the feature film The Help by Kathryn Stockett, ‘Kindness don’t have no boundaries.’ ”

Thu
15
Oct
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Fifth in a Series of Campaign Questions: BOE Candidates Discuss Increasing Members, Diversity

During the period prior to the November 3 election, the West Essex Tribune will make space available to each of the Board of Education candidates, at no cost, in order for them to present their views to the public. It is our hope that this will allow the voters to make a direct comparison which will assist them in making an informed voting decision. Candidates are not obligated to answer the questions, or even to present any statement at all. A maximum of 300 words is allocated to each candidate each week.

This week’s question is, “The Board currently has five members. Some in the community have suggested that there should be more members. What do you think about this and why? Do you think there should be more value placed on having a more diverse board?”

 

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Thu
15
Oct
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Car Into Home

Car Into Home

Livingston Fire Department officials were among the first on the scene of a car that drove into a home following a two-car crash near the intersection of Mt. Pleasant Parkway and Hillside Terrace at 8:55 a.m. on Monday, October 12. A 2017 Mazda operated by a 17-year-old female from Livingston failed to stop at a stop sign on Mt. Pleasant Parkway and collided with vehicle on Hillside Terrace. The second car was a 2016 Mazda operated by Susan Schaefer, 51, of East Hanover. Following the initial crash, the vehicle operated by the 17-year-old continued off the roadway, struck a street sign and then a house at 41 Mt. Pleasant Parkway. The house suffered structural damage and damage to the gas service. Township engineers and PSE&G were called to inspect the damage to the home. The 17-year-old reported neck pain but was not transported to a hospital. No charges were reported. LFD and Rob Munson Photos

 

Thu
15
Oct
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Secondary School Reopening Discussed During Board of Education Meeting

Secondary School Reopening Discussed During Board of Education Meeting

Close to three-fourths of secondary students are choosing to participate in the hybrid/in-person education model, according to the commitment forms submitted by parents, Livingston Public Schools superintendent Matthew Block announced during the October 12 Board of Education meeting

At Mt. Pleasant Middle School, 72 percent of the families selected the hybrid model, and 28 percent chose all-remote.

At Heritage Middle School, 73 percent of students will be hybrid, and 27 percent all-remote. Seventy-four percent of Livingston High School students selected hybrid, and 26 percent all-remote.

 

 

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Thu
15
Oct
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Mayor, Deputy Mayor Testify In Favor of Energy Cloud Proposal

During the October 5 meeting of the Township Council, a representative for PSE&G asked the Council to support its Energy Cloud filing, a program that would let the company know when there are outages without having to get calls from customers. By sending a “ping” to homes to see ifpower is working, the length of outages would b e shortened, particularly for smaller outages that the company may not be immediately aware of. The representative explained that the radio frequency used for the “pings” are 800 times less powerful than tho se used by cell phones. Residents may also opt out of the program should they choose.

As a result ofthe discussion, mayor Rudy Fernandez and deputy major Shawn Klein testified at a hearing before the Board of Public Utilities in support of the proposal. The following is the joint statement they made to the Board.

Thu
15
Oct
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Livingston Pickleball Founder Honored

Livingston Pickleball Founder Honored

On Sunday, October 11, a plaque was installed at the Heritage Middle School courts to honor Howie Gottlieb, a “founding father” of Livingston pickleball, who died in February. About 100 people attended the plaque unveiling, all wearing masks. Shown here are Libby Saigal, Helen Neadel, Judy Gottlieb, Sue Gottlieb, Melissa Gottlieb, mayor Rudy Fernandez, deputy mayor Shawn Klein, councilman Al Anthony, councilman Michael Vieira, Board of Education member Buddy August, and councilman Ed Meinhardt. Kneeling in front are Michael Garber and Nilesh Mhatre.

 

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Wed
14
Oct

Speaking for the Voiceless: LPI: Helping the Disenfranchised

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By Jeff Friedman
Editor’s Note: This week, in his own words, Jeff Friedman, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI), reflects on the concept of disenfranchisement and how residents can assist LPI in helping the disenfranchised.
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Vocabulary.com offers the following to describe disenfranchisement; “Being disenfranchised is no fun. The rules work against you, your rights are constantly violated, and you have little power to change your life for the better. The Old French word enfranchir means ‘to make free,’ and when you add the negative prefix dis-, disenfranchised means ‘made unfree.’ A disenfranchised population doesn’t rest easy.”

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