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14
Feb
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Council Approves New Contracts; Honors Groups for MLK Event

At its meeting Monday evening, February 11, the Livingston Township Council approved resolutions awarding two new contracts and approving several change orders totaling $122,000 in price reductions for various projects. The Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion also honored volunteers and the Business Improvement District detailed its 2019 budget.

BID Budget Discussed

At the start of the conference meeting, prior to the regular meeting, Livingston’s Business Improvement District budget was approved by the Council. Businesses within the BID set the budget, which is then reviewed and approved by the Council if they are satisfied with it. The 2019 budget lists $372,060 in total expenditures.

Thu
14
Feb
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Police, Task Force Track Stolen Cars; Man Assaults Woman, Eludes Officers

The West Essex Anti-Crime Task Force has already started patrolling Livingston roadways, according to a report earlier this month. Individuals were also arrested for an assault at a township gas station and for moving a car during a parking dispute. A stolen car was also recovered.

Police Chase

A group of officers working under the West Essex Anti-Crime Partnership were patrolling the streets of Livingston in the early morning hours on February 4.

At about 4:09 a.m., officer Michael Spano observed a 2018 Mercedes-Benz C30 stopped near the intersection of Wingate Drive and Walton Lane. The officer observed that both occupants had their faces concealed with masks.

 

 

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Thu
14
Feb
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LPD Joins Anti-Crime Task Force

The Livingston Police Department announced last week that it is joining up with the Essex County prosecutor’s office and eight other local police departments in the western part of the county to crack down on crime, specifically the recent string of reported car break-ins.

According to the announcement by acting Essex County prosecutor TheodoreStephens,thepartnership,dubbed the Anti-Crime Task Force, will allow police officers from Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, North Caldwell, Roseland, Verona, West Caldwell and Livingston to work together combating crimes that go beyond established geographical borders such as burglaries, car thefts and other quality of life issues that affect the residents of each of the nine towns. The partnership will focus on deterrence, education and detection. The officers assigned will participate in safety checkpoints throughout the partnership towns in addition to increased cooperative patrols.

 

 

Wed
13
Feb

LPI Aids Client Of Re-entry Corp.

Editor’s  Note: This week, Livingston Philanthropies Inc. (LPI) founder and director Jeff “The Coat Guy” Friedman, describes, in his own words, the work LPI does with the New Jersey Re-entry Corporation.
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By Jeff Friedman
In what may be the beginning of another Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) initiative, I was contacted by Jennifer Pena, Newark Site Director, at the New Jersey Re-entry Corporation (NJRC). Her colleague, Dawn Bennett, a caseworker at NJRC, was concerned about a new client and suggested she ask LPI for assistance.
The New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC) is a non-profit agency with a social mission to remove all barriers to employment for citizens returning from incarceration. NJRC’s professionals provide a full range of social, educational, mental health and computer training programs with the desired outcome of preparing for interviews and ultimately jobs for its clients.

Thu
07
Feb
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Four Chaplains Awards

Livingston’s veterans’organizations honored community volunteers Don Schwartz and Nick Santinelli at their Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award ceremony on Sunday, February 3, at the Livingston Community/Senior Center. The award, which recognizes acts of volunteerism, brotherhood, and sacrifice, is named for the four chaplains of the USAT Dorchester. The ship was torpedoed during World War II, and as it sank, its four chaplains gave up their life jackets to other crew members, sacrificing their own lives to save others. Shown above, representatives of Livingston’s veterans’ groups (the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2856, the American Legion Post 201, and the Jewish War Veterans Post 740) lock arms in solidarity as four candles are extinguished in honor of the four chaplains. At right, Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award recipients Schwartz and Santinelli display their awards and lapel pins.

Thu
07
Feb
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Announce Date of Intergenerational Prom

The Intergenerational Prom Committee has announced that this year’s event will be held on Tuesday, April 9, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Livingston High School.

The Intergenerational Prom is a collaborative event among the Livingston Public Schools, the Township of Livingston, and the LHS Key Club.

This year’s prom will be a celebration of “the red, white and blue” with a theme of “You’re a Grand Old Flag!”

For over three decades, this special dinner/dance party has been bringing Livingston students and senior citizens together to get to know each other as members of the same community.

 

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Thu
07
Feb
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Police Officers Rescue Boy Who Fell Through Ice

A sixth grade student was rescued Tuesday evening after falling through the ice on Littell’s Pond.

Just after 5 p.m. on February 5, with the temperature at about 60 degrees, the 12-year-old boy went on the ice to retrieve a basketball and fell through.

Livingston Police officers and the Livingston Fire Department rushed to the scene, with officers David Cordero and Sean Whalen arriving first to find the boy in the pond.

The boy, who was able to stand with the water coming up to his chest, could not get out of the water on his own. The officers then went onto the ice and used a rope to pull the boy from the water within a matter of minutes.

 

 

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07
Feb
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Celebrating Life at Cycle for Survival

Morethan 1,500 peopleparticipated in the 13th annual Cycle for Survival event at Equinox Fitness in Summit on Saturday, February 2.

Martha Ackermann of Livingston, currently a Memorial Sloan Ketttering Cancer Center (MSK) patient, helped kick off the day with an invited ride on “Jen’s Bike.” The specially designated spin bike honors Cycle for Survival co-founder, Jen Goodman Linn, who lost her cancer battle in 2011, at age 40.

Linn co-founded Cycle for Survival with her husband when she was challenged by her diagnosis of sarcoma. She was the sister of Brett Goodman (LHS class of 1986) and the daughter of Sandy and Len Goodman. The Livingston native was a member of the Livingston High School class of 1989 and an LHS Hall of Fame recipient.

Donations were still being counted when Sandy and Len Goodman announced the day’s tally: $1.1 million dollars.

 

 

Thu
07
Feb
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Democratic Committee to Hold Council Vote on February 13

A vote to decide Livingston’s next Council member will be held on Wednesday, February 13.

All three candidates, Scott Goldman, Laurie Kahn, and MichaelVieira, will address the Livingston Democratic Council for about 15 minutes prior to the vote. Their speaking time will be split between addressing the committee members and responding to questions, though the precise breakdown has not been officially determined.

Only the voting members and the three candidates will be present. The voting will be closed, meaning nobody will know how each member voted. The ballots will then be counted publicly.

Once a new Council member is chosen, he or she may be sworn in immediately, though that is not expected to happen. The results will likely be taken to the township clerk’s office, with a swearing in potentially set for the next regular meeting of the Council, which in this case would be on Monday, February 25.

 

 

Wed
06
Feb

After “Balmy Break,” Temperatures Expected To Plummet and Coats Needed More Than Ever

After a “balmy break” with temperatures in the 50s, the weather is expected to turn again this weekend, continuing the need for donated coats and winter accessories, announced Jeff Friedman, founder and director of the Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI).
“Temperatures are forecast to drop into the 20s and lower this Saturday,” said Friedman. “This means continued and extended crisis for the ‘poor, homeless and disenfranchised’ population we have been serving at LPI for eight years. Both from personal observation and statistics published in the press, the situation is getting worse. Assistance from the ‘haves’ is badly needed for the ‘have nots’ – right now and more than ever. I can’t think of a single reason why we shouldn’t reallocate just a bit of our resources to those living below the poverty line or actually out on the cold streets.”

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