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16
May
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High School Moving to Semesters From Marking Periods Next Year

Livingston High School will use a semester calendar, rather than the existing system of four marking periods, in the coming school year.

Principal Mark Stern and assistant principal Danielle Rosenzweig presented the program to the Board of Education on May 13.

Grades will be accumulated in two semester grades rather than four marking period grades, they said. The change is designed to decrease the workload and stress that both faculty and students say occur at the end of each marking period.

 

 

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Thu
16
May
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Police Chase Driver of Stolen Mercedes

Two suspects are at large after leading Livingston Police officers on a chase in a Livingston resident’s stolen vehicle last weekend.

At 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, a Whittier Way resident called police to report that he had seen a suspicious person walking in his driveway. The person realized that he had been seen by the resident, and ran back to a waiting silver Mercedes SUV. The SUV left the area heading toward Westmount Drive.

Police officers were dispatched and responding to the area when Livingston police officer Todd Compesi saw two Mercedes-AMG SUVs being operated in a reckless manner at the intersection of Shrewsbury Drive and Route 10.

 

 

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May
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LPD Responds to Bomb Threat

The Livingston Police Department, Fire Department, and the Essex County sheriff’s office all responded to a bomb threat in town last week.

At about 11:06 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, the manager of DSW on West Mt. Pleasant Avenue called police to report that the store had received a bomb threat. The employee said that a man called the store through the main number with the threat.

Several police officers and firefighters responded to the scene. DSW and the adjoining stores, TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack, were evacuated as a precaution.

 

 

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Wed
15
May

Busy Spring for Livingston Philanthropies

Continued funding and a constant stream of donated hotel-size toiletries, new cosmetics, family clothing, shoes, diapers, women’s products and myriad specialty items have facilitated a full and busy spring season for Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI), announced founder and director Jeff Friedman. “Thanks so much to our Livingston friends and neighbors for making it all happen,” he said.
Friedman continued, “When considering a possible monetary contribution to LPI, it’s vital to know that we are a 100% volunteer organization. That means virtually 100% of personal and organizational contributions go toward ‘providing for the poor, homeless and disenfranchised.’ As mentioned in previous weeks’ Tribune pieces, it’s logical to request the consideration of keeping a portion of one’s philanthropic giving local – in this case, Livingston.”

Thu
09
May
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Firefighter Frank Leck Honored For 60 Years of Service to LFD

Livingston firefighter Frank Leck was honored by the Livingston Fire Department at its recent annual dinner dance. The event, commonly known as Ladies’ Night in other local fire departments, is held with firefighters and their spouses and guests in attendance as well as Fire Chiefs and their spouses, and guests from other area fire departments. During the event each year, anniversary awards are presented to commemorate years of service.

At this year’s event at Cedar Hill Country Club, firefighter Franklin T. Leck was honored for 60 years of service to the Livingston Fire Department, becoming only the second member in the department’s history to reach that milestone. Retired Chief Charles W. Schilling was the first; he retired this past January after 73 years of active service with the LFD.

 

 

Thu
09
May
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Post Office Fire

The roof of the United States Post Office on West Mt. Pleasant Avenue caught fire Tuesday evening, May 7. A new roof was being installed on the building, and a seam-sealing machine overheated and ignited the glue. There was minor damage to the roof, but none to the interior, and employees were able to resume work immediately. This photo was taken by Ethan Schwartz, 14, of West Orange, from a passing vehicle. Ethan Schwartz Photo

 

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Thu
09
May
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Karnival Open Through Saturday

The annual Kiwanis Karnival opened in Livingston on Tuesday night, May 7, and will run through Saturday, May 11. The Karnival, a primary fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club, is being held at the carnival grounds on East Northfield Road, east of Northfield Center. Hours are Thursday, 6 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 6 to 11 p.m.; and Saturday, 2 to 11 p.m. The Karnival includes rides, games, and food. Rides require tickets, which may be purchased on-site; credit cards are accepted for ticket purchases. Saturday, May 11, will be “hand stamp day;” patrons may pay one price to ride all day. All proceeds from the Kiwanis Karnival go to charities that benefit the community. Shown here, the Tuesday night opening of the Karnival provided fun for all. Jerry Siskind Photo

 

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Thu
09
May
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Planning Board Approves Child Care Center; Prepares Denial for Starbucks Drive-Through

The Planning Board split approval on an application for minor subdivision and preliminary and final site plan with variances for CP Management Group II LLC. The property in question, located at 92 South Livingston Avenue, was previously home to Bank ofAmerica. The applicant proposes to subdivide existing Lot 3 to create two new lots. The existing, now-vacant building would be expanded on one of the new lots to house a child care center, Lightbridge Academy. A Starbucks with a drive-through is proposed to be constructed on the second lot.

The Board closed its evidential hearing on April 11, including public comment, but decided to meet on the application one last time for deliberations among the members before voting on the matter.

Thu
09
May
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Plan Public Meeting on Proposed Walnut/Hobart Gap Roundabout

Essex County, in cooperation with Livingston Township, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, New Jersey Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration, will host a public information session to inform local residents, officials, businesses and the general public of the proposed modern roundabout at the intersection of Walnut Street and West Hobart Gap Road. The purpose of this session is to inform the public of the project’s progress to date, its purpose and need, and to solicit public input and comments. The meeting will be held at the Livingston United Methodist Church onThursday, May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Thu
09
May
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Town Council Passes Assisted Living Ordinance; Hearing Had Been Open for Five Meetings

At the Monday, May 6, Township Council regular meeting, after hearing more testimony from residents and developers, the Council closed a hearing that had been open for five meetings. The hearing was for an ordinance that proposed conditional use of block 6300 in the Coventry section of town, which would allow an assisted living facility to be built on the property.

Over multiple meetings, residents had previously expressed their concerns about the development, and subsequent traffic and safety problems it may cause. Their testimony prompted the Council to leave the hearing open as they awaited more information and input from the county and the developer.

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