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Livingston Schools Have First In-Person COVID-19 Cases

This week, Livingston Public Schools is reporting its first COVID-19 cases of individuals that were within a school building.

In a message posted last Friday on the district website, Livingston Public Schools Superintendent Matthew Block confirmed the first COVID-19 case. By Tuesday, prior to deadline, there were a total of three confirmed cases of individuals who have been in school or participated in school related activities. The district did not say if the cases were students or faculty members.

 

 

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22 New Cases in Last Week

As of Wednesday morning, October 7, the Livingston Health Department has reported that a total of 570 Livingston residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the first case was recorded in mid-March. 72 of those residents have died as a result of the virus. Compared to the same time last week, there are 14 new cases, with no additional deaths, and 35 new cases overall in the past two weeks.

Township manager Barry Lewis said things have been “status quo” in town in regard to the virus. He noted that there were 31 new cases last month, but there were no new deceased and hospitalizations have been down. Between Monday night’s Township Council meeting and Tuesday before press time, eight more cases were reported by the township.

 

 

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Planning Board Begins Hearing Application For Mixed-Use Development at Northfield Center

Planning Board Begins Hearing Application For Mixed-Use Development at Northfi eld Center

At a special meeting on Tuesday, October 6, the Livingston Planning Board began hearing an application by Livingston Builders, LLC for a mixed-use residential and retail development at Northfield Center.

Attorney Matthew Posada represented the applicant, Livingston Builders, LLC. The applicant proposes to consolidate three existing lots into one parcel at 531 South Livingston Avenue. The property includes the site of the former Northfield Baptist Church sanctuary at the corner of South Livingston Avenue and East Northfield Road, and adjacent retail buildings on South Livingston Avenue and East Northfield Road.

The plan calls for the demolition of three existing buildings, including the church and two retail buildings on East Northfield Road. A onestory building on South Livingston Avenue, which once housed a bank and now houses a dental practice, will remain and be renovated.

 

 

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National Commercial is Filmed in Livingston

National Commercial is Filmed in Livingston
National Commercial is Filmed in Livingston

NATIONAL COMMERCIAL IS FILMED IN LIVINGSTON: On Thursday, October 1, actors, directors and production workers filled an empty storefront and much of the parking lot in The Shoppes at Livingston on Eisenhower Parkway. Armed with lights, cameras and trailers, the filming focused on a fictional Armed Forces Career Center, and was to be followed by driving shots on Essex County roads. Livingston was one of four New Jersey locations in the shoot, explained location manager John Maher; the others are Montclair State University; Brookdale Park in Montclair; and the Armory in West Orange. Producer Alex Hughes said that he has been filming in New Jersey “a lot, since Governor Murphy re-opened filming in June. Film and TV productions in the state must adhere to safety guidelines and protocols and the same restrictions as social gatherings. The commercial’s client, for now, is being kept confidential. EL Photos

 

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LHS Grad Wins Regional Emmy Award

LHS Grad Wins Regional Emmy Award

The third time was the charm: Jeff Ackermann’s third Emmy nomination became his first win.

The 2010 Livingston High School graduate started his TV producing career at KOAA, the NBC affiliate in Colorado Springs, Colorado. There he produced the 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts, and was nominated for a “Breaking News” Emmy for coverage of the Black Friday mass shooting at Planned Parenthood.

Ackermann was next employed at WCPO, the ABC affiliate in Cincinnati. There he produced the 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts, and was nominated for an Emmy in the “Documentary – Cultural/Topical” category for an hour-long special about Fiona the Hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo.

 

 

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Candidates Discuss Remote and Hybrid Learning for District

During the period prior to the November 3 election, the West Essex Tribune will make space available to each of the Board of Education candidates, at no cost, in order for them to present their views to the public. It is our hope that this will allow the voters to make a direct comparison which will assist them in making an informed voting decision. The Tribune will not, however, accept “Letters to the Editor” from the candidates during that portion of the campaign. Nor will the Tribune publish letters of endorsement or opposition for any candidate, though we may choose to publish, in the issue before the election, excerpts from letters of endorsement received during the campaign.

Candidates are not obligated to answer the questions, or even to present any statement at all. A maximum of 300 words is allocated to each candidate each week.

 

 

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Livingston Has 12 New Cases in Last Week

As of Wednesday morning, September 30, the Livingston Health Department has reported that a total of 548 Livingston residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the first case was recorded in mid-March. Seventy-two of those residents have died as a result of the virus. Compared to the same time last week, there are 12 new cases, with no additional deaths.

The spike coincides with the return of Livingston students to school as the district moves into a hybrid model of learning. Pre-K through second grade students began returning to classrooms September 21.

 

 

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Honored with Point of Light Award

Honored with Point of Light Award
Honored with Point of Light Award
Honored with Point of Light Award

Ava Reinfeld and Steve Delman of Livingston were recognized at the George H.S. Bush Point of Light Awards Celebration on Saturday, September 26.

They were among approximately one dozen individuals from around the world named to the Point of Light’s Inspiration Honor Roll, which was created this year to recognize the efforts of everyday citizens who are working to effect positive change.

 

 

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District to Bring Grades 3-12 Back in Hybrid Model

District to Bring Grades 3-12 Back in Hybrid Model

On September 24, the Livingston public school district provided a timeline for bringing additional students to school on the hybrid schedule.

“The decision to move forward in the transition to the hybrid model was based on the success of our pre-K-2 opening, as well as our belief that over the course of time, we can work out our staffing issues,” said Dr. Matthew Block, superintendent of schools.

Livingston Public Schools has been operating under full remote learning since the beginning of the school year. It began moving to the hybrid model on September 21 for the youngest students (pre-K through grade two) and self-contained classes.

 

 

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One Last Swim For The Season

ONE LAST SWIM FOR THE SEASON

ONE LAST SWIM FOR THE SEASON: Livingston’s community pools closed for the season on Sunday, September 27. Shown here, with the leaves starting to turn, the sun came out and the temperatures rose to the high 70s in the late afternoon, enabling members to get in one last swim at the Haines Memorial Pool. Jerry Siskind Photo

 

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