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Wed
31
Oct

Livingston Organizations Aid Homeless

Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) founder and director Jeff “The Coat Guy” Friedman has reported that, early in the season, “ ‘business’ is brisk. Generous Livingston residents have already donated some 350 warm coats, winter accessories, toiletries, cosmetics, diapers, hand-knit scarves and other items, along with men’s dress attire to benefit a Welfare to Work program and two prisoner re-entry centers.”

Thu
25
Oct
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This Front Lawn is Decked Out

THIS FRONT LAWN IS DECKED OUT: Matt Berger has been working steadily throughout the year making new Halloween decorations to grace his front yard at 9 Langtree Drive. This year, the ninth grader built new tombstones, four new figures (bringing the total to 15); and numerous wood cutouts of pumpkins, ghosts, and witches.

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Thu
25
Oct
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Firefighters Respond to Two-Car Crash

During the course of an otherwise very quiet week, Livingston volunteer firefighters assisted at the scene of a two-car accident on Thursday, October 18, at 4 p.m. at the intersection of East Mt. Pleasant Avenue and Force Hill Road.

According to the police report, a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe operated by Karen Hoffman, 61, of Union, was traveling eastbound on East Mt. Pleasant. Hoffman was stopped and waiting to turn left onto Force Hill when her vehicle was struck from behind by a 2015 Honda Pilot operated by Courtney Faye Hawkins, 35, of Lawrenceville, Georgia. Hawkins stated she was unable to stop in time to avoid the collision. Both were transported to Saint Barnabas Medical Center with minor injuries. Both cars were towed from the scene.

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Thu
25
Oct
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Board Approves New Doggie Day Care Facility

Following two hours of presentation and discussion on Tuesday, October 23, the Livingston Zoning Board of Adjustment approved a use variance and multiple dimensional variances for a dog daycare and boarding facility at 81 Dorsa Avenue.

Also approved at that meeting were applications to subdivide a lot at 80 Old Road and to expand the house at 16 Carteret Road.”

Adjourned to the November 27 meeting were an application by Gjoni Associates for an addition at 16 Tower Road, and an application by Nancy Cangi for a non-conforming fence at 46 North Ashby Avenue. Both applicants agreed to return with amended plans, as suggested by the Board.

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Thu
25
Oct
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School Board Candidates Speak In Online Forum

The four Board of Education candidates – incumbents Pamela Chirls and Ronnie Konner, and challengers Todd Goren and Rachel Selvin – participated in an online forum on Sunday night, October 21.

The forum lasted nearly two hours and was livecast and recorded. It can be viewed on Facebook at bit.ly/LIVBOEFACEBOOK; or externally at bit.ly/LIVBOEWEB.

“We were delighted to have all four BOE candidates participate,” said organizer Mike Ramer. “They shared their messages and ideas, and answered the public’s questions live online.

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Wed
24
Oct

Volunteers Needed as LPI Expands Scope of Mission

Editor’s Note: This week, Living-ston Philanthropies, Inc. founder and director Jeff Friedman explains, in his own words, how the Livingston-based charitable organization needs volunteers, thanks in large part to the continuing generosity of Livingston residents donating to the organization.
By Jeff Friedman
Volunteerism can be defined as “the policy or practice of volunteering one’s time or talents for charitable, educational, or other worthwhile activities, especially in one’s community,” or, “the basic expression of human relationships… it is about people’s need to participate in their societies and to feel that they matter to others.”

Thu
18
Oct
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Steffner Speaks About Her Departure; Messer Describes Separation Process

At the end of the October 15 Board of Education meeting, former superintendent of schools Christina Steffner surprised the audience by stepping up to the microphone and providing a short statement during the public input portion of the meeting. About ten minutes later, during the Board’s new and old business category, Board member Samantha Messer spoke at length about the Board meeting of July 25, when the Board voted 3-2 to accept Steffner’s resignation and to approve a separation of service agreement.

Both speakers sought to correct what they say are inaccuracies. Both speakers said they did not know that the other would speak that night.

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Thu
18
Oct
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Dinosaur Park Proposed at Riker Hill

At the Township Council conference meeting on Monday, October 15, Council members said Essex County executive Joseph DiVincenzo has started preliminary cleanup and surveying of Riker Hill Art Park. The work comes less than a week after DiVincenzo attended a meeting in Livingston to discuss residents’ ideas for renovating the park.

At the conference meeting, the Council discussed a county request to install a four-way stop at the intersection of the entrance to Riker Hill Art Park and Homestead Terrace. There are currently stop signs on the entrance road, but not Homestead, and the Council members questioned if adding signs would inconvenience homeowners on the roadway. They agreed to ask the county if emphasizing the existing stop signs with additional signage would be sufficient.

Thu
18
Oct
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Kushner Schools Add New Capital Enhancements

The Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy (JKHA) and Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School (RKYHS) in Livingston have embarked on a number of campus-wide capital initiatives to enhance the educational, spiritual, and physical experience of its students.

This summer, the Fishel Felix Rozen Torah Reference Library, located in the newly renovated RKYHS Study Center, was dedicated in memory of Fishel Felix Rozen, father and grandfather of JKHA/ RKYHS students and alumni.

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Thu
18
Oct
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Leaf Collection Program To Begin in Early November

Livingston Township will begin its 2018 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 2018 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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