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Thu
06
Feb
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Cycle For Survival:

Cycle For Survival
Cycle For Survival

Livingston residents spun for a cause at Equinox in Short Hills, raising money to beat rare cancers as part of Cycle for Survival. This was the event’s 14th year, and for the first time, it was held on both days of the weekend. Since Cycle’s inception in 2007, a total of $239 million has been raised, and every dollar of that money goes directly to research. Shown above, Team Annie cycled in support of Livingston student Annie Eisner, 17, who was recently diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. At left, Livingston High School principal Mark Stern cheers with Collins School teacher Greer Gelman at the event. Additional photos can be found on page A-10.

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Thu
06
Feb
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School District, Town, Address Coronavirus

Concern about coronavirus, a constant in the news cycle since December, has resulted in two event cancellations in Livingston.

About two weeks ago, the district cancelled an exchange program with middle school students from China. An unrelated event, the annual Chinese New Year celebration in Livingston, was also cancelled in January.

Superintendent of schools Matthew Block said the decision to postpone the exchange was made in concert with the organizers (the exchange program EduAcross and the YMCA) and local health experts.

 

 

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Thu
06
Feb
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Township Council Proposes Ordinance To Pay $2.6M for Open Space Property

At the Monday, February 3, regular meeting of the Township Council, members proposed a bond ordinance providing a $2.6 million appropriation for the acquisition of property to preserve open space.

The funds include $130,000 in down payment and $2.47 million for the remainder of the cost. The property is block 2504, lot 23, located at 321 East Cedar Street. It has been referred to as the Strahman property. The ordinance will next be heard at the Monday, February 24, meeting.

On a related note, the Council also passed a resolution creating and appointing members to an ad hoc committee for how to best utilize the two recently-acquired open space properties, the aforementioned Strahman land and the miniature horse farm Licari tract.

 

 

Thu
06
Feb
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Parked Car Catches Fire:

Parked Car Catches Fire
Parked Car Catches Fire

At 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29, Livingston Police were called to the parking lot of the Aldi Supermarket at 277 Eisenhower Parkway for a car fire. Upon arrival, the police found the car to be fully engulfed in flames. The driver of the car, Phyllis Velardi of Livingston, was located nearby. She told officers that she was sitting in her car when a woman came running over and told her the car was on fire. Velardi was able to get out of the car without any injuries. CJM Photos

 

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Wed
05
Feb

New Van Arrives Just in Time: LPI Delivers 5,000 Pairs of Warm Socks

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By Jeff Friedman
Editor’s Note: This week, Livingston Philanthropies founder and director Jeff Friedman recounts, in his own words, how the Livingston-based charity has obtained 40,000 pairs of socks for the homeless. This past week, LPI delivered more than 5,000 pairs of these socks to its distribution partners and other agencies.
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Through happenstance, I learned of an organization that has thousands of pairs of new men’s socks donated by Bombas Socks. Many Tribune readers have seen Bombas’ commercial spots on television, radio and the internet, offering to donate one pair of socks for every pair sold. It’s all true and is working amazingly well. Bombas has donated millions of pairs of socks to date.
The thought of procuring warm socks was beyond interesting. Knowing that our van was finally coming, I made getting the high-quality hosiery one of my first tasks upon its arrival.

Thu
30
Jan
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Operation Chill:

OPERATION CHILL

The Livingston Police Department is participating in 7-Eleven’s Operation Chill community service program. Begun in Philadelphia to give law enforcement officers a positive reason to interact with children and teens, Operation Chill has expanded to hundreds of cities across the country. 7-Eleven works with local police and sheriff’s departments in donating free Slurpee drink coupons that can be distributed to youths. The reasons for receiving a coupon are varied and may include doing good deeds, committing acts of kindness, deterring crime, or observing safety rules. The Livingston Police Department recently rewarded the students who participate in Safety Patrol in the elementary schools. Another group that was given free Slurpees was the Hillside School Peer Mediators.

Thu
30
Jan
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Officer Sworn In:

OFFICER SWORN IN

Officer Savino Balducci was sworn into the Livingston Police Department at the Monday, January 27, regular meeting of the Township Council. Officer Balducci graduated from the police academy in November at the top of his class. A former U.S. Marine, he has received numerous accolades from both the Marines and from his time in the police academy. Shown here, Glenn Turletaub swears in Officer Balducci, as his fiancé holds the Bible. MI Photo

Thu
30
Jan
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Plastics Ban, Veteran Friendly Community Are Discussed at Conference Meeting

At the Monday, January 27, conference meeting of the Township Council, members heard from a group of Livingston veterans as well as the ad hoc plastics committee.

Prior to the start of the regular meeting, the veterans requested that the Council deem Livingston a Veteran Friendly Community. The group of five provided the Council with sample drafts that other municipalities have used to do the same. Examples of what a Veteran Friendly Community would include are preferences in bidding for veteran-owned businesses and hiring of veterans.

Council members professed their continuing support of the township’s veterans. They also noted that much that was mentioned in the draft provided Livingston already does, and what they do not, they would further explore.

 

 

Thu
30
Jan
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Board of Education Approves Funds To Explore Performing Arts Facility

Funds to explore building a multiuse facility to support performing arts at Livingston High School were approved by the Board of Education on Monday night.

The Board authorized the expenditure of $30,000 to DiCara Rubino Architects to explore the idea and whether such a facility can incorporate shared space for community arts groups.

The architect, explained school superintendent Matthew Block, the primary speaker about the project, “will begin to take us through the process.”

 

 

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Thu
30
Jan
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Loss of a Legend:

LOSS OF A LEGEND
LOSS OF A LEGEND
LOSS OF A LEGEND

Flags at Livingston Fire Headquarters were lowered to half-staff to honor the life of long-time Fire Chief Charles Schilling, who died last Tuesday, January 21, at the age of 98. Funeral services were held on Monday, January 27. The fire house was formally renamed the Charles W. Schilling Fire Headquarters after Schilling retired as Fire Chief in 1990. Additional photos, as well as comments from those who knew the Chief, can be found on pages A-6 and A-7 of this issue of the Tribune . In addition, our editorial space this week is dedicated to the Chief, who gave so much of himself to Livingston.

Jerry Siskind and LFD Photos

 

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