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COVID-19 Update: Livingston Officials Offer Case Breakdown

Livingston Officials Offer Case Breakdown
Livingston Officials Offer Case Breakdown
Livingston Officials Offer Case Breakdown

As of Tuesday afternoon, July 28, the Essex County health department has reported that a total of 511 Livingston residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the first case was recorded in mid-March. 68 of those residents have died as a result of the virus.

Compared to the same time last week, that is 10 more cases, and no additional deaths. While this marks the highest weekly surge in several weeks, numbers have moved up and down, around 500 cases and the high 60s for deaths, as individuals have been recategorized into their hometowns. The outbreak in Livingston has, generally, leveled off and been relatively flat for the past few weeks. However, cases appear to be slowly rising, which is consistent with the statewide trends.

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Superintendent Block: District Approaching Plan; Survey Says 70% of Parents Want Kids in School

The Livingston Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, July 28, focused on the district’s reopening plan, what it may consist of, and when it will be announced.

While the state is requiring districts to announce their plans four weeks before the start of school, superintendent Matthew Block said he is hoping to do so sooner, most likely at the next school Board meeting on Wednesday, August 5.

Reopening Survey

Tuesday night, preliminary results from the district’s survey about reopening that had been sent to parents and staff were released at the meeting.

 

 

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Nevola Announces Board of Education Candidacy

Bridgette Nevola

Bridgette Nevola has announced her intention to run for the open seat in the upcoming Livingston Public Schools Board of Education election this November. Below, the 22-year Livingston resident has submitted a statement upon entering the race:

 

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Zoning Board Hears Various Applications

The Zoning Board of Adjustment held its regular meeting online on Tuesday, July 28. During the fourplus hour meeting, the Board heard five applications. Several will continue at future meetings in August and September.

JD Fitness Application

The Board continued hearing the application by Fitness Institute, LLC and Properties 143 LLC to renovate the existing structure and construct a second floor at 203 Hillside Avenue. The building sits on a half-acre across the street from the Livingston Senior/Community Center and on the corner of Essex Court, a residential enclave. The building had previously been a medical office, a pre-existing nonconforming use.

 

 

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Life Scout Collects For Animal Shelter

Ayan Bhatnagar

Ayan Bhatnagar, a Life Scout (the second highest rank) with Boy Scout Troop 12 in Livingston, is collecting donations for the Mount Pleasant Animal Shelter as part of his Eagle Scout Project.

Items listed below can be dropped off at 5 Yale Court, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., by the front door. Donations will be accepted through Thursday, August 20.

“Any donations are appreciated,” said Ayan, a rising sophomore at Livingston High School. “The shelter is a no-kill shelter and relies solely on donations.”

 

 

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’Tis the Season – For Mulch Fires

’Tis the Season – For Mulch Fires

Christopher Mullin, Livingston Fire Chief and township fire official and emergency management coordinator, this week issued a reminder to residents that mulch fires are common during the summer, more so when the weather is hot and dry, as it has been.

He explained that the primary causes of mulch fires are cigarette butts, at commercial sites; and landscape lights, at residential sites.

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Livingston Schools’ Reopening Plan Still Uncertain; Students to Start on Sept. 8; Remote Option Offered

With seven weeks left until September 1, when teachers are expected to begin the school year, Livingston Public Schools superintendent Matthew Block and the Livingston Board of Education, on Wednesday, July 15, continued to outline the planning process and the three overall options for school reopening in the fall. No specific plan was disclosed, however.

The meeting was held virtually via Zoom and live-streamed on the district’s Facebook page.

“Tonight, we will not present any specific plans for the fall,” said Block, explaining that new information comes out daily and that “the virus will be with us for an extended time; there are continuing outbreaks.”

 

 

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Planning Bd. Holds Hearing for So. Livingston Ave. Retail Space

The Planning Board met on Tuesday evening, July 21, for a virtual conference and special meeting. The Board unanimously approved an application, Mango Tree Real Estate Holdings (NJ), LLC - Application No.2020-6-MSUBV and Eugene Taylo, Jr., - Application No. 2020-10-MSUBV. An application for JMZ Enterprises, at the Corner of East McClellan Avenue and Scott Terrace and Green Terrace Homes, was adjourned until Thursday, August 6, at 7:30 p.m.

South Livingston Ave. Property

Returning to the Planning board was an application for the property at 90 South Livingston Avenue. The applicant CP Management Group II, was represented by CherylLynn Walters of Nehmad, Perillo Davis and Goldstein.

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Junior Police Academy

JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY

The Livingston Police Department recently held its inaugural Junior Police Academy. The one week event was almost cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but, noted Police Chief Gary Marshuetz, “I am pleased to report a successful week. It was nice to have an in-person interactive camp, which exposed our youth to public service. Special thanks to our Community Policing Unit and the officers here who assisted with teaching and sharing their specialties. Also a thank you to the Livingston Fire Department and other participating law enforcement agencies.”

 

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Keeping Cool

Keeping Cool

KEEPING COOL: With temperatures in the 90s and high humidity resulting in “real feel” temperatures around 100°, this family jumps into Haines Memorial Pool on Sunday afternoon, July 19. Jerry Siskind Photo

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