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Thu
28
Feb
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Superintendent Candidate Withdraws Due to Salary Cap

The Board’s lead candidate for the superintendent of schools position “has decided not to come to Livingston because that person would need to take about a $20,000 pay cut,” school board president BuddyAugust announced at the February 25 Board of Education meeting.

“That is the law,” he said.

“In fact, that dollar figure – actually a bit more than $20,000 – is just for the first year,” he told the Tribune. “It would jump to more than $100,000 in a five-year contract, which we were hoping to offer.”

 

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Thu
21
Feb
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Siblings Donate Winnings to Livingston Groups

Recently, the Livingston Library received a $1,000 donation from fouryear-old Ivanka Sekhri.

Where does a four-year-old get that kind of dough? She won a 2018 holiday card contest run by RSM, the accounting firm where her father works.

Ivanka was inspired to participate by her older brother,Aarav, a fourth grader at Harrison School. Last year, he won the firm’s 2017 holiday card contest, and chose to give the $1,000 prize to the Friendship Circle in Livingston. “Aarav loves to help other kids,” his mother, Simram, said. “He chose the Friendship Circle as it supports the children with special needs.”

 

 

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Thu
21
Feb
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Board Approves Synagogue Sign; Solar Energy Array; Lot Subdivision

The Livingston Planning Board approved three applications at a special meeting on Tuesday evening, February 19. All three applicants were represented by attorney Stephen Geffner, and engineer and planner Michael Lanzafama testified in two of the three matters.

Synagogue Signage

Ahavat Torah at 650 South Orange Avenue was granted permission to install internally-illuminated identification signage on the synagogue’s facade. Variances were sought for the sign’s height and overall area, and for its location on the building itself.

Geffner noted that the proposed signage, which will feature a flame and Jerusalem stone with the words “Chabad Center for Jewish Life,” will “complete the facade.”

 

 

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Thu
21
Feb
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Dog Bites Resident; DWI at Walgreens

A man is facing drunk driving charges after urinating on himself inside a pharmacy. A Millington woman was also arrested after writing bad checks from a township business. Livingston Police also responded to a reported dog bite in this week’s police blotter.

Driving While Intoxicated

On January 31, Livingston Police officers responded to the Walgreens parking lot on South Livingston Avenue for a report of a disorderly man who had urinated on himself while standing in line in the store in a highly inebriated state.

Officers found the man, Mark Prial, 57, of Livingston, inside his vehicle and refusing to exit. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

 

 

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Thu
21
Feb
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Vieira Voted Next Council Member

After hearing Scott Goldman, Laurie Kahn and Michael Vieira each speak, members of the Livingston Democratic County Committee held a blind vote and named Vieira the township’s next Council member.

The Livingston Democratic Committee originally selected the three nominees mid-January, presenting the names to the Township Council, who were then to select the new member. The four Council members did not reach a unanimous decision and instead chose to send the vote back to the Committee for a final vote, which was held on Wednesday, February 13.

Of the 51 Committee members, 39 were present for the vote, with one abstaining from the selection. Vieira received the most votes by a significant margin. Prior to the vote, according to those in the room, all three candidates pledged to stay active within the party moving forward, regardless of the result.

 

 

Thu
21
Feb
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Board Hears Suggestions On Improving Parking

During the conference portion of its meeting on Tuesday, February 19, the Livingston Planning Board heard a presentation from representatives of the Business Improvement District (BID) on parking in the township.

MichaelTobia, planning consultant for the BID, reviewed a letter the BID had recently sent to the Planning Board outlining recommendations for improving commercial parking in town. These recommendations, he said, are based in large part on examination of parking ordinances and requirements in other local municipalities.

Parking Requirements

Tobia noted that some of Livingston’s current parking requirements, such as those for restaurants, are appropriate, and the BID suggests no changes. Others, however, he described as “onerous,” particularly requirements for beauty salons, health and fitness facilities, and medical offices. Livingston’s ordinance, he noted, requires up to three times more parking for such uses than other towns do.

Thu
21
Feb
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Celebrating Township History

The Tribune’s bi-annual “Celebrate Livingston’s History” stand-alone section may be found in this week’s edition, featuring stories and photos of Livingston’s past, as well as some vintage advertisements. Shown here, in January, 1946, 47 men were inducted into Livingston’s Corporal Arthur E. Smith Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Their induction, it was noted, “was the highlight of a public meeting held at the Men’s Club Hall.”

 

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Wed
20
Feb

Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. Needs Shoes, Coats, Other Items in Men’s Sizes

Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) has announced that, in its continuing collection of coats, winter accessories, and shoes, donations of items in men’s sizes, especially men’s XL and up, are especially needed at this time.
“We keep a close eye on the weather forecast,” said Jeff “the Coat Guy” Friedman, founder and director of LPI. “It’s not good news for those living out on the streets, in shelters and below the poverty line. Upcoming evening temperatures will be in the 20s, along with freezing rain, ice and who-knows-what.”
He added that, while the “traditional ‘giving season’ is long over, the ‘freezing-on-the-streets season’ is not close to done, and won’t be for quite a while. That’s why LPI continues to ask Livingston residents for warm coats, scarves, hats and gloves. The biggest need is for men’s sizes.” Donations may be dropped at the offices of LPI partner the West Essex Tribune at 495 South Livingston Avenue.

Thu
14
Feb
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Celebrating Valentine’s Day By Giving to Children in Need

A bevy of Livingston girls, all students at Mt. Pleasant Middle School, donated their time to demonstrate love for children in the Boys and Girls Club of Union County.

It all started when sixth grader Lucy Roitman became aware of the poor housing conditions in Newark, which she saw out of her car window when the family traveled to Newark Airport. (Her father, Jon Roitman, is an employee of United Airlines.)

Lucy began to notice the differences in her lifestyle versus that of the children she saw walking on the streets in Newark, and asked her dad if there was a way she could help those children. Jon contacted the community outreach department at United Airlines, and a plan to assist the Boys and Girls Club of Union, which serves the Newark community, was born.

 

 

Thu
14
Feb
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Chinese Culture Day Held to Celebrate Lunar New Year

Livingston Chinese Culture Day 2019 was held on Saturday, February 9, at Livingston High School. The event is an annual celebration of the Lunar New Year in Livingston, and features a mixture of performances and exhibitions by the students and parents from the community, highlighting Chinese culture.

Theeventdrewhundredsofchildren and adults from the Livingston and neighboring towns. The day included a variety of games and children’s activities organized by volunteers from Livingston High School, and Chinese cultural exhibits presented by various local organizations in the high school’s auxiliary gymnasium. Performances by students from the Ady Art Center, the New Star Art Center, and the Wushu Kungfu Fitness Center won applause from the audience.

 

 

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