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14
May
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Zero Tax Increase in Proposed Town Budget

The Livingston Township Council, at its livestreamed meeting on Monday evening, May 11, briefly introduced the 2020 municipal budget, discussed the potential for “pop-up drive-in” movie events, and heard Livingston Health Department updates.

Budget Overview

Township manager Barry Lewis gave a brief overview of the 2020 municipal budget.

This year had been shaping up well, he said, prior to the coronavirus crisis. As a result, the township has a surplus of nearly $7 million.

 

 

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Thu
14
May
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Accepting Registration For SYLS Programs and Pool Membership

Accepting Registration For SYLS Programs and Pool Membership
Accepting Registration For SYLS Programs and Pool Membership

Livingston Senior, Youth, and Leisure Services (SYLS) is currently accepting registration for summer programs and pool members, in hopes that restrictions will be lifted by then.

According to a statement issued by SYLS officials, “We continue to monitor COVID-19 updates as they apply to our summer programs and pools. We are monitoring the situation closely and are developing contingency plans for different scenarios. Please understand that participant and staff health and safety are our priority.”

 

 

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Wed
13
May

Residents Support Livingston Charity

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Livingston residents have been steadily supporting Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI), reports founder and director Jeff Friedman. “Our volunteers are awestruck by Livingston’s ongoing generosity,” he noted. “Due to contributions arriving by check, PayPal and credit card, LPI continues to ship food and bottled waters to the homeless and profoundly poor in Newark and East Orange. Thank you, Livingston friends!”

Thu
07
May
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Signs of Appreciation

Signs of Appreciation
Signs of Appreciation
Signs of Appreciation
Signs of Appreciation

Residents throughout town have been placing various lawn signs, expressing gratitude to the local health care professionals and essential workers who are on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19.

 

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Thu
07
May
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Council Extends Tax Grace Period

The Livingston Township Council held a special meeting at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 1, to discuss an extension to the grace period of the second quarter property taxes. As many as 70 people watched the meeting live, with more than 1,400 online viewers by Monday morning.

The property tax deadline is May 1, but on Tuesday, April 28, governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order allowing municipalities to extend the grace period to June 1. Previously, the grace period before interest started to accrue was ten days, making it May 11.

Earlier in the week, the Council had lowered the interest rate to six percent for overdue taxes greater than $1,500.

 

 

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Thu
07
May
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Stove Fire Damages Kitchen

Stove Fire Damages Kitchen

A cook-top fire that homeowners had thought was extinguished instead spread stealthily into the range’s exhaust system, necessitating Fire Department involvement.

On Saturday, May 2, at approximately 1:45 p.m., firefighters received a report of a kitchen fire at 57 North Baums Court. Upon arrival, they found that all occupants had exited the home, and there was a heavy smoke condition.

Fire officials learned that there had been a fire, which the homeowner had extinguished with a portable fire extinguisher, involving a pan of oil on the stove cook top. The fire, however, had extended up into the range’s exhaust hood/vent. Firefighters witnessed flames in the exhaust vent above the ceiling and coming out of the vent at the rear of the house.

 

 

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Thu
07
May
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NJ Schools Closed Through Academic Year Remote Learning to Continue Through June

On Monday, governor Phil Murphy announced that all New Jersey school facilities will remain closed for the remainder of the school year in the ongoing effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. His decision about school-sponsored summer programs and extended school year services for students with disabilities will be forthcoming.

The decision was not unexpected, following New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s school closure decision last Friday. New Jersey now joins more than 45 states and Washington, D.C. that have announced school closures through at least June.

Organizations including the New Jersey Education Association, the New Jersey School Boards Association, and administrators’ groups, had urged Murphy to keep school buildings closed.

 

 

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Thu
07
May
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Brush Fire on Force Hill Road

Brush Fire on Force Hill Road

A fallen telephone pole ignited a brush fire near the cell and water towers on Force Hill Road on Saturday, May 2. Livingston firefighters responded to the area at about 4 p.m. The fire was extinguished without incident. Shown here at the scene is firefighter Michael Ciccone. CJM Photo

 

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Wed
06
May

Livingston Philanthropies Director Reflects: The Different Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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By Jeff Friedman
Editor’s Note: Jeff Friedman, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI), here, in his own words, writes about food lines, and what LPI is doing to help.
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The lives of our most vulnerable populations, the homeless and profoundly poor, has always been about lines. Lines for free clothing, lines to get benefits, lines to see a health care professional (if they can actually make it happen), and lines for food. Lines, lines, and more lines. These lines are even longer and more difficult as the pandemic’s havoc is being played out in New Jersey’s cities like Newark, the main homeless population served by Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI).

Thu
30
Apr
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Israeli Flag Raised

Israeli Flag Raised

In honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, on April 29, that nation’s fl ag was raised at town hall in Livingston. Although the Livingston Celebrates Israel festivities were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the fl ag will remain fl ying for all to see until Friday, May 1. Shown here, the fl ag was fully raised and then lowered to half staff in honor of those lost to the virus. Thinking about Regardless of your plans, I am prices in our neighborhood.

 

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