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LFD Responds to Downed Tree

The Livingston volunteer Fire Department had 11 calls this past week, which included a tree down and a person falling through a home’s wooden deck.

On Saturday, April 13, a person visiting an open house event at 2 Sunshine Lane fell through wood flooring on an exterior deck. The victim’s leg became wedged in the floorboards of the deck, and Fire Department volunteers were called to the scene to remove the floorboards. The victim was stabilized and transported to Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

During high winds on Monday, April 15, a tree at 49 North Baums Court fell and pulled down primary electrical wires. Fire officials secured the roadway until Public Service Electric and Gas personnel could make repairs.

 

 

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Evidential Hearing on Starbucks Concludes; Planning Board May Render Decision May 7

The Livingston Planning Board held a special meeting on Thursday, April 11, to continue a hearing for CP Management Group II LLC for Lightbridge Academy and Starbucks. This marked the fourth hearing for this application. The property in question, located at 92 South Livingston Avenue, was the previous site of a Bank of America branch. The applicant proposes to subdivide existing Lot 3 to create two new lots. The currently vacant building would be expanded on one of the new lots and renovated to serve as a child care center, called Lightbridge Academy. A Starbucks coffee store with a drive-through is proposed to be constructed on the new lot.

The application’s evidential hearing is closed, but the Planning Board will continue deliberations and discussion at its May 7 meeting, when a vote is expected.

 

 

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Cycle for Survival Breaks Fundraising Record with $42M

Cycle for Survival, the movement to “beat” rare cancers, raised $42 million in 2019 through its signature indoor team cycling events, making it the most successful year to date. A total of $222 million has been raised since its inception — with more than half of that total raised in the past three years. One hundred percent of every dollar raised directly funds groundbreaking rare cancer research and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which owns and operates Cycle for Survival.

Motivational instructors from Equinox, Cycle for Survival’s founding partner, led the high-energy rides at the annual events in 16 cities across the country. Rides took place in Bethesda, Md.; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Greenwich, Conn.; Huntington Beach, Calif.; Long Island, NY.; Los Angeles; Miami; New York City; Palo Alto, Calif., Paramus, NJ; San Francisco; Seattle; Summit, NJ; and Washington, DC throughout January, February and March.

 

 

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Women’s Veterans Day Proposed at Council Meeting

At the start of the Livingston Township Council conference meeting on Monday, April 8, Billy Fine of the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, and veteran Ava Reinfeld, presented a proposal for the Council to approve a new holiday in town, Women’s Veterans Day.

The goal of the day, Fine said, would be to recognize the significant contribution of women in the military, educate the public about their sacrifices and contributions, and share information on how women have been overlooked for veterans’ health care and benefits (there are no mammogram machines in VA hospitals, for example).

 

 

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Trish Duffy Toiletries Challenge Expands to Friedman’s Alma Mater

When Jeff Friedman’s friend, Denise Shannon, asked, “Are you still collecting toiletries and cosmetics?  If so, I'd like to send out an email requesting donations on your behalf,” he was thrilled.
Shannon is program coordinator at The Film Institute at Montclair State University, College of the Arts, where  Friedman had taught as a broadcasting adjunct professor for many years, and also  served as director of its television center. Montclair State is his alma mater, as well, and Friedman found it especially gratifying to work with friends and colleagues there.
“As this effort represents a major expansion for the Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) Trish Duffy Toiletries & Cosmetics Challenge,” Friedman said, “I was thrilled.  Denise quietly commenced collecting for our major spring initiative.”

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04
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Fire Dept. Extinguishes Brush Fire

Livingston firefighters extinguished a brush fire on East Hobart Gap Road on Sunday, March 30.

At about 3:45 p.m., the Livingston Police Department received a report of an active brush fire, and alerted the Fire Department.

Firefighters determined that electrical power to the area had to be shut down before attempts could be made to extinguish the flames. Public Service Electric and Gas responded and shut down power in the area until the fire was doused. Traffic signals in the area were out while the power was off.

 

 

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“The Lion King” at Heritage

Heritage Middle School will present The Lion King this weekend, with performances on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. Students are shown here during recent dress rehearsals. Above, Leah Waessa portrays Rafi ki and Aishanee Acharyya plays Nala. In the background are ensemble members Sia Bansal, Prisha Bhargava, Miriam Grodin, and Isabelle Ruppe.

 

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Budget Discussed at Board Meeting

At the Monday, April 1, Board of Education meeting, there was a public hearing on the 2019-20 budget and Boardmembersdiscussedsomepolicy changes, among other topics.

Budget information was first presented at the March 11 Board meeting. According to Monday’s agenda, the 2019-20 budget proposes $125,819,978 in total expenditures, including $115,883,285 in the general fund, $1,791,343 in special revenues, and $8,145,350 in debt service.

Subtracting $10,092,324 in anticipated revenues brings the total to be raised through taxes to $115,727,654. $108,543,274 of that figure will be for the general fund, while the remaining $7,184,380 is for debt services.

 

 

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Livingston Participates in Statewide Crackdown on Distracted Driving

“U Drive. U Text. U Pay:”

A statewide crackdown on distracted driving is being held during the month of April, and Livingston is among the communities whose police officers are participating.

In Livingston, there will be increased patrols in town as part of the crackdown, noted Police Chief Gary Marshuetz. “Distracted driving is very dangerous. We are seeing an increase in motor vehicle collisions, our concern is increasing drastically along with it. We are urging drivers to pay attention while they’re driving and to avoid, at all costs, picking up devices and responding to people while driving. Keep your eyes on the road in front of you. This is not just limited to texting, but anything that takes your eyes off the roadway. If you take your eyes off the road for any reason, you’re decreasing your reaction time. You need to have your eyes on the road to increase your reaction time.”

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Teen Rescued From Passaic River

A teenage girl was pulled from the waters of the Passaic River after a multi-jurisdictional response led to her rescue.

At about 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, Livingston Police received a call from a medical office on Regent Street reporting a 16-year-old female patient had fled the facility on foot. Staff members from the office followed the patient and notified police that she was approaching the Passaic River near 630 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue on the East Hanover border.

The girl entered the water and began to swim upstream but the current of the river and frigid water quickly took effect on the teen.

 

 

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