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06
Jun
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Township Council Passes and Prepares Over $10M in Appropriations

At the Monday, June 3, Township Council regular meeting, the Council passed and proposed several bond ordinances, appropriating more than $10 million to improvements in the township. The ordinances provided appropriations for utility improvements. They included $1,195,000 for the sewer utility system, $2,430,000 for the water utility system, and $50,000 for the pool utility.

The sewer improvements will include work to the water pollution control facility, sewage pump stations, the primary digester, a facility transformer replacement, the replacement of a large pipe on Eisenhower Parkway, collection system improvements, roof upgrades, and the acquisition of a jet vac truck.

The water improvements will include work to the water utility system, including installation and replacement of water mains, renovations and improvements to water production wells, and assessments and renovations to water storage facilities.

 

 

Thu
06
Jun
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Electronics Recycling Event to Include Toy Collection

Plastic Toys to Go to Needy:

Outdoor plastic toys, such as Little Tikes cars and playhouses, as well as plastic dollhouses, action figures, and other items, will be collected at Livingston’s household Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding Event on Sunday, June 9. The toys, which should be “gently used,” will be redistributed to local families in need by the group Second Chance Toys.

On June 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents may take these, along with their unwanted, old, or broken electronics and small appliances, to the Senior/Community Center at 204 Hillside Avenue. On-site paper document shredding will also be offered, and all services are free for Livingston residents.

 

 

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06
Jun
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Littell People's Park Renovations

Renovation work at Littell People’s Park continued on Monday, June 3, with the installation of playground equipment. Work has been delayed by wet weather, and installation of the playground surface, which requires the ground to be completely dry, will be completed after the equipment is fully set up. Jerry Siskind Photo

 

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Thu
06
Jun
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Vieira and Minde Advance in Primary

It was an uneventful Primary Election in Livingston this past Tuesday, June 4, with all but two races, both Democratic and on the county level, going uncontested.

Incumbent Democrat Michael Vieira received 527 votes for Livingston Township Council.

On the Republican side, Brandon Minde received 193 votes for Township Council.

Vieira is currently serving through the end of the year after winning a special election in February to fill the seat of Michael Silverman, who resigned in January. November’s election will be to fill the remaining one year of former councilman Silverman’s term.

 

 

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06
Jun
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Planning Bd. Gives Approval To Pulte Homes Development

Starbucks Application Carried to June 18:

The Livingston Planning Board, at its meeting June 4, continued hearings on two applications that were last heard on May 7.

The Board adjourned an application for a drive-through Starbucks coffee shop on South LivingstonAvenue, and voted to approve an application by Pulte Homes for a townhome development on South Orange Avenue.

 

 

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06
Jun
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BOE Honors Student Rep and Retirees

The Livingston Board of Education honored Philippe Jallow, the outgoing student representative to the Board, and 11 of the district’s retiring teachers, at its meeting on June 3.

Between these celebrations, Board president Buddy August commented on the passing of longtime township resident, Grace Russo, at age 87. August, a former mayor of the township, said she was one of his favorite people.

“You knew her if you went to Town Hall or the Senior Center,” he said. “Livingston lost a real treasure. She always wanted to know what she could do for you.

“Heaven is much brighter today with her there.”

 

 

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Wed
05
Jun

It’s “Toiletries and Cosmetics Season” At Livingston Philanthropies, Inc.

Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI), is requesting hotel-size toiletries and new cosmetics for distribution to homeless individuals who do not have financial access to the basics of personal hygiene. “As vacation season approaches, many residents will be staying at hotels and resorts,” noted LPI founder and director Jeff Friedman. “It’s been my experience that lots of unused items are readily available to bring home for the ‘poor, homeless, and disenfranchised.’ It’s fun, too!” Friedman added that, “comments like ‘I really need this!’ ‘Thanks for taking care of us,’ ‘This is really for me?’ and ‘God bless You’ are frequent reactions from those who receive toiletries and cosmetics from LPI. And this is all because of the generosity of our Livingston friends and neighbors.” Friedman continued, “All of us try to look our best, including the homeless and the profoundly poor. That’s why new cosmetics, samples and cosmetic gift bags, are especially appreciated by women of all ages.

Thu
30
May
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A Day To Remember

The sun was shining Monday morning during Livingston's annual Memorial Day observance. Immediately following the ceremony was the parade, which was well attended due to the pleasant weather. Shown at top right are five of Livingston's own veterans, Tom Bucca, Charlie Quinn, Jerry Schmotolocha, Bill Brost, and Chuck Tahaney. At right, firefighters Michael Ciccone, Tim Boutilette, Brendan Hickey, and Jim Kedrie march down South Livingston Avenue.

 

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Thu
30
May
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Engineers Describe Roundabout Proposed For Walnut/West Hobart Gap Intersection

Essex County, in cooperation with LivingstonTownship,the North Jersey Transportation PlanningAuthority, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration, on Thursday, May 23, hosted a public information forum about a single lane roundabout that has been proposed for the intersection of Walnut Street and West Hobart Gap Road.The open house format program was held at the Livingston United Methodist Church, which is located at the intersection in question.

Essex County is receiving Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds from the Federal Highway Administration through the Local Safety Program for the roundabout. Currently, through traffic at the intersection is controlled with the use of three-way stop signs.

Aformal presentation was given by William McGarrigel, vice president and general manager of transportation for Urban Engineers, the firm which designed the roundabout.

 

 

Thu
30
May
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Zoning Board Approves Residential Applications

At its meeting on Tuesday, May 28, the Livingston Zoning Board of Adjustment approved five residential applications. An application for a retaining wall was withdrawn without prejudice, and an application for a commercial property was adjourned at the request of the applicant.

New Home on Tower Road

An application by Weikuang and Chenchi Lien to construct a single family home at 17 Tower Road (new address: 4 Beacon Avenue) was approved. When the application was heard in February, the applicants agreed to revise the plan to reduce the mass and height of the home.

In the new application, the size of the home was reduced from 4,456 to 3,912 square feet. Board chairman James Hochberg continued to question the mass of the house, saying he hoped it would be capped at 3,520 square feet, as is required for the zone. The existing home is 2,500 square feet.

 

 

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