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Citizen of the Year

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Brian Boyle of Livingston has been named Livingston UNICO’s “Citizen of the Year” for 2020. A Vietnam veteran who has been active in town, he will be honored for his many years of volunteer service to both the community and the nation. The award will be presented at UNICO’s 65th annual Awards Brunch, to be held on April 18 at the Hanover Manor in East Hanover. For more information, contact Matt Ladolcetta at mjladolcetta@verizon.net.

 

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Ken Mullaney Honored

Ken Mullaney Honored

Ken Mullaney of Livingston, shown with his wife, Marie, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Paterson. The award was presented at the 50th annual Murray House Dinner Dance on February 16.

Murray House, one of the DPD’s 12 residential facilities, is the longest running group home for adults with developmental disabilities in the state.

As general counsel of the Diocese of Paterson, Mullaney is responsible for all legal matters involving the Diocese, including Catholic Charities. In 2011 he received the Caritas Award for Advocacy, also presented by Catholic Charities.

 

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Wed
19
Feb

Cold Weather Prompts New Call for Coats

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Prompted by a recent cold snap, Jeff “The Coat Guy” Friedman, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) has put out a renewed call for warm coats. “Although it’s been chilly, this winter has been relatively mild,” said Friedman, whose Livingston-based charity runs a seasonal coat drive. “Now, heading toward the end of February, the freezing weather is upon us. Nighttime temperatures this week are forecast to dip into the twenties and lower.”
With that in mind, he has made an additional appeal for warm coats and winter accessories, including gloves, hats and scarves. “The holiday season offers coat drives and myriad other ways in which generous folks can donate to those who are living below the poverty line, or are actually homeless and living out on the frozen streets,” said Friedman. “The season to be jolly is over, but the need is still present, and is both severe and glaring.”

Thu
13
Feb
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Sold-Out “Battle of the Hills” Raises Funds for LNHN

Sold-Out “Battle of the Hills” Raises Funds for LNHN
Sold-Out “Battle of the Hills” Raises Funds for LNHN

Staff members from Riker Hill and Burnet Hill Elementary Schools faced off in a highly anticipated competition and display of their basketball skills on Thursday, February 6.

The "Battle of the Hills" was played at 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Middle School. Superintendent of schools Matthew Block and Livingston High School principal Mark Stern suited up and served as referees on the court.

 

 

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Thu
13
Feb
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Fire Department Responded To Nearly 1,200 Calls in 2019

Fire Department Responded To Nearly 1,200 Calls in 2019
Fire Department Responded To Nearly 1,200 Calls in 2019
Fire Department Responded To Nearly 1,200 Calls in 2019
Fire Department Responded To Nearly 1,200 Calls in 2019
Fire Department Responded To Nearly 1,200 Calls in 2019
Fire Department Responded To Nearly 1,200 Calls in 2019

At the start of the annual Fire Department inspection Tuesday evening at Cedar Hill Country Club, Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Francione, and Deputy Chiefs Ralph Rea, Josh Lewis, and Tracy Bent inspected the turnout gear and safety equipment for each member of the department. Following the inspection, Chief Christopher Mullin detailed a full report of the department’s 2019 work, which included more than 1,000 alarms and drills.

The 2019 roster featured 64 members of the volunteer department. In all, the Livingston Fire Department responded to 36 general alarms, 1,127 still alarms, and conducted 35 drills, for a total of 1,198 responses during the year.

 

 

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Thu
13
Feb
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Turf Field, Performing Arts Center, Board Size Are Discussed at Board of Education Meeting

Updates concerning a new turf field and the performing arts facility that is under discussion, as well as a question about increasing the size of the school board, were topics of discussion at the February 10 meeting.

Member Buddy August reported that the Sports Council is looking at four possible locations for a new turf field: Tevlin Field on Okner Parkway; upper and lower fields at Heritage; and “the pit” at LHS, below the football field. Each site has “its pluses and minuses,” he said. The principle negatives of several fields are drainage and size.

August also said that the potential performing arts center was the main topic at a recent Vision 20/20 meeting.

 

 

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Library Eliminates Fines For Most Overdue Items

Livingston Library will surprise the community tomorrow, February 14, when it officially eliminates library fines for most of its items, director Amy Babcock-Landry announced.

Livingston joins several other Essex County libraries – including Millburn, Montclair, Maplewood and Glen Ridge – that no longer charge fines for most overdue materials.

In fact, library items that come from other fine-free libraries will also not have fines associated with them.

 

 

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"Light A Candle For Wuhan"

"Light A Candle For Wuhan"

“LIGHT A CANDLE FOR WUHAN,” a candlelight vigil for the people of Wuhan, China, was held at the gazebo in Memorial Park on Saturday evening, February 8. Wuhan is the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 40,000 people and killed more than 1,000. The vigil was initiated by three Livingston High School sophomores, Gavin Chen, Yony Nadelson, and Ethan Xiao, to demonstrate support for the people of Wuhan, and the entire world, in the battle against the killer virus. LED candles were provided to the approximately 160 adults and children who attended the event. Children of the Young Parents’ Club members drew the word “Wuhan” and a heart shape on the floor of the gazebo so those in attendance could light the candles and choose a spot to place them. Above, Selena Chen and George Yang participate in the event.

 

Wed
12
Feb

Wildly Generous Donation to LPI

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 Members of the Rosary Society of Saint Catherine of Siena Church in Pittstown recently visited Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) with a “wildly generous” donation of more than 60 designer handbags stuffed with toiletries and cosmetics. “We’ve donated Thanksgiving baskets to Saint Philip’s and Saint James Churches in Phillipsburg and, at Christmastime, we delivered brand new children’s winter clothing to the Friendship Center for New Beginnings in Flemington,” said Rosary Society member Gail Jacobsen, who is shown here sharing a laugh with LPI founder Jeff Friedman “Jeff and I met serendipitously, and once I learned about the wonderful work of Livingston Philanthropies, we wanted to donate right away.” Donna Gallagher, another Saint Catherine’s Rosary Society member, joined Jacobsen at LPI “World Headquarters” (a.k.a. Friedman’s garage in Livingston) to deliver items for the homeless and profoundly poor.

Thu
06
Feb
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Rep. Mikie Sherrill Holds First 2020 Town Hall in Livingston

Rep. Mikie Sherrill Holds First 2020 Town Hall in Livingston

Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) held her first Town Hall of 2020 last week at Heritage Middle School.

The Democratic representative spoke in a crowded auditorium on Thursday, January 30. She noted that she was worried the venue might be too large, but was heartened to see hundreds of people invested enough to show up.

“This gives us an opportunity to ask questions, to participate, to get involved,” said mayor Rudy Fernandez while introducing the congresswoman.

 

 

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