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Application Approved to Convert Toys R Us Building to Fitness Facility

Application Approved to Convert Toys R Us Building to Fitness Facility

The Livingston Planning Board held another special meeting on Thursday, October 24, to hear two applications. The Board adjourned an application by Saint Barnabas Medical Center for a 2.5 megawatt heat and power plant. It approved an application by Drop Fitness, Inc. to convert the former Toys R Us building at 599 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue into a fitness facility.

Saint Barnabas Plan

Adjourned to Dec. 3

Saint Barnabas Medical Center is requesting preliminary and final site plan approval to construct a 2.5 megawatt combined heat and power plant on a new steel platform above the existing boiler room at the rear of the main medical building. The plan calls for replacement of an existing substation and a new power monitoring system, heat recovery systems, and chiller.

 

 

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Heated Exchanges Highlight Debate

Heated Exchanges Highlight Debate

Last week’s Livingston Township Council debate featured several lively discussions between the two challengers, as both candidates made their pitch to a standing room only crowd at the Senior/Community Center.

Hosted by the League of Women Voters on Wednesday evening, October 23, the debate saw incumbent Democratic candidate Michael Vieira face off against Republican challenger Brandon Minde. Because there were only two people in the debate, the questions regularly saw the two directly challenging one another in addition to simply responding to the prompts.

Below are some of the topics discussed during the debate.

 

 

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Township Council Candidates Sum Up Their Campaigns

Sixth in a Series of Campaign Questions:

During the period prior the November 5 election, the West Essex Tribune is making space available to each of the Township Council and Board of Education candidates, at no cost, for them to present their views to the public. In an effort to keep the campaign focused on relevant issues, we have again asked the League of Women Voters of Livingston for assistance in preparing questions, as we have in previous years. It is our hope that this will enable the voters to make a direct comparison, which will assist them in making an informed voting decision.

Although the League of Women Voters has agreed to work for an informed electorate through helping to provide uniform questions for the candidates, it must be emphasized that the League does not support any candidate in this election.

 

 

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Township Officials Confirm Livingston’s Water Is Safe

EWG Report Described as “Misleading:”

A recent article published online on the Livingston, NJ Patch, entitled “Cancer-Linked Contaminants in Livingston Drinking Water: Report,” has caused concern and raised questions among Livingston residents.The article is sourced by a report that was recently released by the independent non-profit “Environmental Working Group” (the “EWG”).

In light of the headline, township officials felt that it was important to provide accurate information and reassure our residents as to the quality of their drinking water.

The following statement was released by township officials on Thursday, October 24.

 

 

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LPI Holds Successful Fur Sale; Will Offer “Fur & Leather Extravaganza” Again on Saturday

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Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) enjoyed a highly successful Fur and Leather Extravaganza on Saturday, and, with more furs left to sell, will hold the event again this Saturday.
“We had a great sale, shattering our forecast for the fundraising event,” said Jeff “the Coat Guy” Friedman, founder and director of LPI. “Thanks to our many customers, and especially to our philanthropic Livingston neighbors who donated their fine quality furs and leathers.”
The sale will be continued this Saturday, November 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Friedman’s home, 8 Country Club Road, across from Cedar Hill Country Club. Proceeds from the sale will go toward the purchase of a much-needed vehicle for the Livingston-based charity to deliver donated items to distribution partners in Newark and other urban Essex County areas.

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Firefighters Extinguish Fires At Two Livingston Homes

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The Livingston Fire Department had two general alarms this past week, extinguishing working fires at 280 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue and 91 Sykes Avenue. The causes of both fires were still under investigation at press time.

Garage Fire

On Friday, October 18, fire officials went to 280 West Mt. PleasantAvenue after the homeowner, Bruce Leiwant, reported smoke coming from an attached rear walk-out garage. Firefighters arrived to find a working fire in a rear storage room of the garage. The fire was extinguished within about ten minutes of their arrival, without incident or injuries.

Damagewas sustained to theroom’s contents, plus a window that firefighters had to break to gain access.

 

 

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Defibrillator Donor

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DEFIBRILLATOR DONOR: Livingston Boy Scout Jayson Melhorn presented three automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to the Township Council, for use at the Brendan Tevlin Fields. Melhorn raised the funds for the AEDs as part of his Eagle Scout project. He is shown here with Livingston Police officer Paul Lenzi, Jane Horwitz, who donated funds for the AEDs, and mayor Al Anthony. MI Photo

 

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LHS National Honor Society Inducts Members

LHS National Honor Society Inducts Members

Twenty-one Livingston High School students were inducted into the Julius C. Bernstein Chapter of the National Honor Society on Friday, October 18.

These students were recognized for demonstrating “excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, and character.”

 

 

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Committee Details Plans For New Plastic Rules

The Ad Hoc Plastic Committee, a group of Livingston business owners and residents who worked to create new guidelines for plastic use in the township, presented their findings to the Township Council at the Monday, October 21, conference meeting.

Beth Lippman, who runs the Livingston Business Improvement District, and Eric Baltuch, who runs Livingston’s recycling committee, headed the committee and addressed the Council on Monday, detailing the group’s plans for plastic reduction.

“Some of it is more ambitious than other committees (from other towns that have passed plastic ordinances), but we wanted to put our flag in the sand with our goals,” Baltuch said. Much of the language in the proposal was taken from a Cranford plastics ordinance, he added.

 

 

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Dept. of Public Works to Begin Leaf Collection Program Soon

Livingston Township will begin its 2019 Leaf Collection Program in early November.

The township will be divided into three sections for the annual leaf collection. Leaves may only be placed in the street gutter on the specific dates listed in the 2019 Leaf Collection Program Schedule for each respective week and section.

“Our Public Works employees do a great job on leaf collection every year,” said Department of Public Works (DPW) superintendent Mike Anello. “Every year, we publish our Leaf Collection Program Schedule, along with a reminder to our residents of the rules and guidelines for the program.”

 

 

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