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01
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Township Offers Playground Update

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Work continues on the Littell People’s Park playground, which has faced delays this summer. Rain has led to significant issues in the construction of Littell People’s Park playground, which officials had initially hoped would be operational earlier this summer. Township engineer Jeannette Harduby said this week that the contractor was hard at work on the project, which is nearing completion. Curbing was poured last week, and installation of the rubber surfacing will soon follow. Jerry Siskind Photo

 

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01
Aug
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Trio Arrested for Car Thefts, Burglaries

Three Newark residents were arrested by Livingston Police last week after an alert resident caught them trying to enter his vehicles.

At about 10:20 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, a Sheffield Court resident called the police to report that three people had just tried to enter three vehicles in his driveway. All of the vehicles were secure, so the suspects fled empty handed and returned to their vehicle.

Responding officers soon located a 2004 Chevy Malibu with three male occupants on Thames Drive and conducted a motor vehicle stop.

 

 

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01
Aug
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Helmet Rewards Program a Success

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The Livingston Police Department’s “bike helmet rewards program” this summer has been a huge success, reports the Community Policing Unit. In June, the LPD received a Traffic Safety Mini Grant of $500 from Atlantic Health Injury Prevention. State law requires any bicycle rider or passenger under the age of 17 to wear a bike helmet. To help encourage youngsters to wear their bike helmets, police officers have been handing out vouchers for a free pretzel and frozen lemonade at the Philly Pretzel store in Livingston to all young bike riders they see wearing their helmets. The initiative, which will run through September 30, was spearheaded by Lt. Reese Riley. Shown here, Community Policing Unit Officers Kevin Mullaney and Joy Klapal present a voucher to Livingston resident Taylor Altomare. Officers expect to hand out all 500 of the vouchers they have.

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01
Aug
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Driver Charged With Intentionally Crashing Into Other Moving Vehicles

AShort Hills man is facing charges after he allegedly purposely crashed his vehicle into two other cars while driving in Livingston last week.

On Tuesday, July 23, Livingston Police officers responded to an accident at the intersection of South Orange Avenue and John F. Kennedy Parkway.

A 2012 Toyota Camry operated by Constantine Grivoyannis, 28, of Short Hills drove southbound from South Orange Avenue, crossed over the cement island, and continued south in the northbound lanes of John F. Kennedy Parkway. In the process the car collided with a 2017 Land Rover operated by Diana Miller, 43, of New Providence, and a 2014 Nissan Altima operated by Camille Oates, 33, of Irvington.

 

 

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Wed
31
Jul

“If You See Something, Buy Something:” LPI Director Urges Contributors To Take Advantage of Summer Sales

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Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI), Livingston’s local non-profit organization, has a mission of “providing for the poor, homeless, and disenfranchised,” and LPI founder and director Jeff Friedman has urged contributors to take advantage of summer sales for the charity’s “Personal Shopping for the Homeless” initiative.
“This time of year, we are exposed to a barrage of sale ads on a daily basis,” said Friedman. “Summer close-out sales, back-to-school bargains, online special offers, two-for-one purchases, email specials, newspaper pull-out sections, and so much more. These wonderful sale opportunities exist right now both in stores and online. That’s why LPI is asking Livingston residents to join our ‘Personal Shopping for the Homeless’ efforts while sale opportunities are so rampant.”

Thu
25
Jul
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Pools Open to All Residents During Weekend of Extreme Heat

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Numerous residents took advantage of Livingston’s free pool days on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, in order to get relief from the heat wave. Temperatures were in the high 90s and low 100s, with a heat index even higher.

Due to the extreme hot temperatures, SYLS opened the Haines and Northland Pools to all Livingston residents. Visitors just had to show an ID with a Livingston address.

“Mayor Al Anthony had the idea and he and township manager Barry Lewis brought it to my attention Saturday morning,” said SYLS director Jennifer Walker. By 10 a.m., the message was going out to the community.

 

 

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Thu
25
Jul
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Morning Stop Results in Drug Arrests; Unlocked Car Stolen on Putnam Road

Livingston police arrested five individuals during a pre-dawn stop in Livingston. In addition to charging the suspects with drug possession, officers are working to determine if they are behind car burglaries in the township over the past several weeks.

On Wednesday, July 17, at 3:49 a.m., Officer Adam McDavitt was on patrol as part of the West Essex Auto Theft Force. While on South Orange Avenue, the officer conducted a stop of a 1998 Lexus for equipment violations. The car was occupied by three adult and two juvenile males.

Upon approaching the car, the officer could smell the odor of marijuana. A search of the car resulted in the discovery of a quart-sized plastic bag containing marijuana, along with packaging materials and paraphernalia.

 

 

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Thu
25
Jul
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Home HVAC Catches Fire; House Saved by Fire Alarm

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During a week with many calls, most of which were false alarms and unfounded reports, the Livingston Fire Department had to contend with an attic fire and a lightning strike.

On Sunday, July 21, Livingston Police received a residential fire alarm from 24 Vanderbilt Drive and dispatched the Fire Department, which responded with a chief officer and an engine company. The homeowners were not home. Upon arrival, firefighters found a fire burning inside the home’s HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system on the second floor. The fire was quickly extinguished, limiting smoke and fire damage to a second floor room as well as the HVAC unit.

Thu
25
Jul
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Filing Deadline for Candidates is Monday at 4 p.m.

As of press time this week, two candidates, Alyse Berger Heilpern and Sasha Pailet Koff, had submitted petitions to the Essex County Clerk to run for the Livingston Board of Education.

Prospective candidates must file a nominating petition with the county clerk by 4 p.m. this coming Monday, July 29.

Open are the seats of current Board members Samantha Messer and George Shen, whose terms expire the end of 2019.

 

 

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Thu
25
Jul
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Heilpern and Koff Announce Candidacy for School Board

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Alyse Berger Heilpern and Sasha Pailet Koff have each announced their candidacy for the Livingston Board of Education.

Two seats are open, and the deadline for candidates to file their nominating petitions is Monday, July 29 at 4 p.m. The election will take place in November.

They described their campaigns as “bracketed,” adding that they “share a common vision for where we believe Livingston education should head in the future.”

 

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