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04
Apr
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Energy Aggregation Contracts Awarded; To Hold Public Presentations April 25

A public forum on the Livingston Community Energy Aggregation (LCEA) program will be held on Thursday, April 25, in the council chambers at Town Hall. Residents will be able to hear presentations and participate in a question and answer session with their vendors. The presentation for Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) customers will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and the presentation for Jersey Central Power and Lighting (JCP&L) will follow from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

“Energy aggregation has allowed us to use our bulk purchasing power in a free-market bidding process to help our residents save money on their electric utility bills,” township manager Barry Lewis said. “We’ll also be achieving another goal – that of lowering our carbon footprint by utilizing a power supply that includes renewable energy content.”

Wed
03
Apr

LPI Director Announces that “Giving Season” Shifts to April

As his Livingston-based charity continues to collect items for the homeless, Jeff “the Coat Guy” Friedman, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI), has announced that “ ‘Giving Season’ has officially moved to April.”
Friedman explains, “ ‘Giving Season’ is traditionally the period between Thanksgiving and Chanukah/Christmas. Many of us feel the charitable vibe. It’s the time of year when folks give of themselves with their time and money. Those living out on the streets, in shelters or way below the poverty line, are more than appreciative of whatever they receive along with the season’s good cheer.”
He continues, “But what happens to the same folks after New Year’s? Not too much. Their plight remains the same; it’s still cold outside during the night hours, they’re still hungry, and the very basics of life are financially out of reach. The same items we use in our everyday lives without a second thought.

Thu
28
Mar
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Police, LHS Baseball Players Bond In Blue-Green Shield Softball Game

Members of the Livingston Police Department (LPD) and players from the Livingston High School baseball program played in a softball game on the oval on Sunday, March 24, to kick off the third annual Blue-Green Shield Program. The game was organized by Officer Kevin Mullaney and Sergeant Andrew Ullman.

Each year, the community policing program pairs a player with a police officer to instill community pride and foster a good working relationship between youth and law enforcement officials.

 

 

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Thu
28
Mar
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Interfaith Gathering is Held Following New Zealand Attacks

Livingston Comes Together:

Many members of the Livingston community came together to stand in solidarity with the local Islamic community on Saturday night, March 23.

At the Knights of Columbus building on Eisenhower Parkway, where the meeting was held, a visitor could smell the aromas as potato samosas, chickpeas, tuna wraps, and chicken kebabs were unpacked and laid out on tables. One table was in the men’s section, one in the women’s section.

But the food would wait. Prayers and speeches were to be offered first.

 

 

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Thu
28
Mar
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Fire Department Training Drill

FIRE DEPARTMENT TRAINING DRILL: On Tuesday night, March 19, members of the Livingston Fire Department held a training exercise in “Enclosed Parking Garage Operations,” reviewing tactics and procedures for fighting vehicle fires in enclosed parking structures. The drill was conducted at Building 3 of the Park-Vue Heights residential complex located off Eisenhower Parkway. Shown here, Engine Company personnel stretch 300 feet of hose to extinguish a car fire at opposite end of parking garage entrance. “I would like to thank John and Steven Chicchino, the owners of Park-Vue Heights, for the opportunity to train in their occupied building and for their continued support of the Fire Department’s training needs,” said Fire Chief Chris Mullin. LFD Photos

Thu
28
Mar
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Board Approves $126M Budget

The Livingston Board of Education unanimously approved a tentative school district budget for 2019-20 at its meeting on March 25.

The total school budget is $125,819,978, with $115,727,654 to be raised by taxes.

As was reported last week, the tax increase to an owner of an average home, assessed at $600,000, will be $89.

 

 

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Thu
28
Mar
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Duo Who Sped Down S. Orange Ave. Stole $5,000 in Mall Merchandise

Two men caught after abandoning their vehicle in Florham Park are facing charges related to the theft of thousands of dollars’ worth of items from the Livingston Mall, according to police. At about 1:03 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, Livingston Police Officer Dave Naylor was conducting a routine patrol on South Orange Avenue when he observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed and running red lights.

Taylor saw the Mercedes SUVdrive over a concrete island and run a red light at South Orange Avenue and Eisenhower Parkway. The Mercedes then continued driving west at a high rate of speed, at which point Officer Naylor broadcast a description of the car and the direction of travel rather than attempt to pursue the vehicle.

 

 

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Wed
27
Mar

Livingston Rallies for LPI: Donations & Support Coming from All Directions

This week, Jeff “the Coat Guy” Friedman, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI), in his own words updates residents on the Livingston-based charity, which works to “provide for the poor, homeless and disenfranchised.” The organization holds a seasonal coat drive and a year ’round toiletries collection for the homeless.
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By Jeff Friedman
With so many things happening now, I think it’s important for residents to know about the people of Livingston who have stepped forward to support LPI. I especially want to thank our stalwart volunteers for continuing to make another season of philanthropy happen right here in town.
Chair Donation

Thu
21
Mar
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Police Officers Are Promoted and Sworn In

At the start of the Wednesday, March 13, Township Council meeting, Livingston Chief of Police Gary Marshuetz promoted three members of the department and swore in three new officers.

Promoted were Lt. Jack Hickey, Sgt. John Maggiulli, and Sgt. Steve McSpirit. Hickey was actually promoted in September but was unable to attend that ceremony. Together, the three have more than 90 years of experience working in the Livingston Police Department.

The three new officers sworn in were Officer Matthew DeBiasse, Officer Todd Compesi, and Officer Levecy DeOliveira.

 

 

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Thu
21
Mar
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Authorities Search for Livingston Man Charged in $500K Drug and Gun Bust

ALivingston resident is one of three suspects currently at large after being charged last week following an investigation that led to the seizure of half a million dollars’ worth of drugs and guns, according to a report from the Essex County prosecutor’s office.

Acting Essex County prosecutor TheodoreStephensandNewarkpublic safety director Anthony Ambrose announced that detectives from the Essex County prosecutor’s office narcotics task force executed three search warrants at locations in Livingston, Newark and EastOrange.Confiscatedwere drugs with an estimated street value of half a million dollars. The task force’s members include detectives from the Newark Police Department, Rutgers Police Department and the Newark Police Department’s Emergency Response Team.

 

 

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