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May

Livingston Philanthropies Reaches Out for a Truck

Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) has begun a major campaign to purchase a vehicle for pick-ups and deliveries to the poor and homeless of Essex County. “Having moved 38,000 pounds of warm coats, thousands of pounds of family clothing, thousands of toiletries and cosmetics gift bags and myriad of other diverse donations in personal vehicles, LPI is overdue for a small truck,” said the Livingston-based charity’s founder and director, Jeff Friedman. “In fact, such a conveyance is essential to maintain our continued level of service and to assure future growth potential.”
As a result, Friedman has put out “a call to local car dealers and corporate employees.” He noted, “It’s not a huge stretch to imagine that local car dealership owners have been following LPI’s progress in the West Essex Tribune. Or, perhaps Tribune readers who hold corporate positions with major automobile companies are aware of LPI’s eight years of service to the ‘poor, homeless and disenfranchised.’

Thu
25
Apr
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Pinnacle of Parks

PINNACLE OF PARKS: At the Monday, April 22, Township Council meeting, township employee Jennifer Walker was honored for becoming a certified Park and Recreation executive, an achievement reached by only one other person in the state. Mayor Al Anthony congratulated Walker on reaching the “pinnacle of her profession.” Liliana Branquinho, senior and adult enrichment and special events supervisor for the township, said it is important for residents to know that “we have the pinnacle of recreation professionals in Livingston.” Walker thanked the township, her family, and her colleagues, many of whom came Monday with signs, for their support. MI Photo

 

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Thu
25
Apr
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Littel People’s Park Returns This Summer

The new Littel People’s Park is expected to be ready for use this summer, according to township officials.

Township manager Barry Lewis said the area is being cleared this week, after which the floor of the playground will be installed. Once that is done, construction of the new playground can begin, which is expected to take about four weeks.

Livingston’s Department of Public Works removed the old playground, which was in poor condition, in January to make way for a brand new one. The new playground, which will feature a rubberized surface, has already been purchased.

 

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Thu
25
Apr
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CareOne Resident B.Ruth Soffen Celebrates 105th Birthday in Style

B.Ruth Soffen, a resident of Care-One at Livingston Assisted Living, celebrated her 105th birthday recently with a party planned by Coral Roberts-Ross, CareOne’s director of recreation. In attendance were her daughter, son-in-law, two granddaughters, extended family members, friends, and her CareOne community. Her grandson, his wife, and greatgranddaughter unfortunately were not able to attend, but “were there in spirit.” Livingston mayorAlAnthony, B.Ruth’s geriatrician, Dr. Theresa Redling, and Cantor Riki Lippitz of Congregation Oheb Shalom also joined in the celebration. B.Ruth was thrilled when mayor Anthony presented her with a plaque proclaiming April 17, 2019 to be B.Ruth Soffen Day in the township of Livingston. Everyone present serenaded her with “Happy Birthday” and enjoyed cake and entertainment by Leonardo in the festively decorated atrium. “I’m the luckiest girl in the world!” exclaimed B.Ruth, who always exudes an attitude of gratitude.

 

 

Thu
25
Apr
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April 29 is Public Hearing And BOE Vote on Budget

The Livingston Board of Education will hold its public hearing on the 2019-20 school budget on Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in the Administration building, 11 Foxcroft Drive. This is the public’s final opportunity to ask questions and comment on the budget before it is finalized.

The Board will vote on the budget that evening. Because the tentative budget is within the allowable spending cap, a public vote is not needed.

APowerPoint presentation, including the numbers and tax impact, will be posted on the website before the public hearing.

 

 

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Thu
25
Apr
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Council Leaves Open Assisted Living Facility Hearing; Elevator Dispute Continues Affordable Housing Talks

At the Monday, April 22, Township Council regular meeting, two final hearings on ordinances that had been left open from a previous meeting were once again left open. There was also a third final hearing on an ordinance, this one to exceed the 2019 municipal budget appropriation limits and establish a cap bank. This hearing was opened, closed and passed prior to the budget hearing, which was held later during the meeting.

Assisted Living

For the fourth consecutive meeting, the Livingston Township Council left open a hearing on a proposed conditional use of the Coventry section of town, block 6300, which would allow an assisted living facility to be built on the property.

 

 

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Wed
24
Apr

Livingston Philanthropies Director Reports on Charity’s Recent Progress

Editor’s Note: This week, Livingston Philanthropies founder and director Jeff Friedman offers the following progress report on the Livingston charity as its annual coat drive comes to an end.
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As Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) continues its eighth season of giving, and coat season draws to a close, it’s my honor to provide a progress report for our generous Livingston neighbors. Although we are no longer collecting coats and winter accessories for now, LPI continues to request donations of new toiletries and cosmetics, men’s dress attire, family clothing, diapers, new men’s socks and shoes. Footwear is paramount, especially men’s sneakers.

Thu
18
Apr
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Resident Will Bike Across America To Support Young Adults with Cancer

To honor an uncle who died from pancreatic cancer, Suchan (Paul) Park of Livingston will undertake a bicycle trip across the country with the 4K for Cancer program.

“I felt helpless when my uncle was sick,” he said. “I was too young, a student at Burnet Hill School, to fully understand the situation, and I couldn’t really do anything to help.”

As a senior at Boston College, majoring in psychology and economics, Park is also making the journey for a friend whose mother was recently diagnosed with cancer.

 

 

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Thu
18
Apr
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Bd. Approves Newark Academy Addition; JSDD Therapeutic Center for Disabled

The Livingston Planning Board met for its second special meeting of the month on Tuesday evening to continue hearing two applications. Both applications, one for an addition at NewarkAcademy and one for a new commercial building on Eisenhower Parkway to house a life skills and therapeutic center for the disabled, were given preliminary approval.

Newark Academy

Newark Academy at 91 South Orange Avenue, represented by attorney Michael Sullivan, was given approval for an addition to its auditorium. Sullivan explained that the applicant plans to demolish the existing lobby/ corridor that abuts the existing auditorium, and expand the seating area and sound booth. A new lobby/ corridor area with new entrances will be built. The plan also calls for the construction of sidewalk areas, steps, walkways, and handicaped-accessible ramps to the front drop-off area, with associated lighting and landscaping improvements.

 

 

Thu
18
Apr
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Trails and Greenways Committee Hold First Passaic River Clean-Up Event

The Livingston Trails and Greenways Committee (T&G), in conjunction with the Essex County Environmental Center, the AmeriCorps New Jersey Water Shed ambassador, and the REI co-op, had their first Passaic River Clean-up at the proposed Okner Fields canoe-kayak storage and launch facility on Saturday morning, April 13.

The crew cleaned up the proposed launch and storage area, cleared snags on the river, and picked up bottles, plastic containers, plastic shopping bags, tennis balls, a basket ball and even an aluminum bat that had been caught in the vegetation along and in the river. The volunteers used kayaks and canoes and worked from the proposed launch site south to the Route 10 bridge. More work needs to be done heading north toward the Essex County Environmental Center launch site.

 

 

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