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Livingston “Lights Up” to Celebrate Diwali

Livingston “Lights Up” to Celebrate Diwali
Livingston “Lights Up” to Celebrate Diwali
Livingston “Lights Up” to Celebrate Diwali
Livingston “Lights Up” to Celebrate Diwali
Livingston “Lights Up” to Celebrate Diwali
Livingston “Lights Up” to Celebrate Diwali
Livingston “Lights Up” to Celebrate Diwali

Livingston was lit up with oil lamps, fireworks, traditional food and sweets, decorated homes and socially distanced celebrations this past weekend in observance of Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. Men, women and children donned traditional fancy Indian attire, and safe individual fireworks were set off in driveways and private roads.

“Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is the most popular holiday in India,” explains Fal Pandya, who participated in the celebrations. “Diwali means rows of oil lamps made with clay. People from all four indigenous religions of India Hindus, Sikhs, JaMs and Buddhists — came together this past weekend to celebrate Diwali, a spiritual triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.”

 

 

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LPS Launches COVID-19 Dashboard 300+ Students, Faculty Quarantining

LPS Launches COVID-19 Dashboard 300+ Students, Faculty Quarantining

Livingston Public Schools (LPS) last week launched a COVID-19 Dashboard. It displays a two-week summary of the number of school staff and students who have tested positive or have been required to quarantine as a result of recent cases. Also reported are 14-day building closures.

Information on the dashboard include both students and staff, and is broken down by school.

Matthew Block, the school district superintendent, said that the database will be updated periodically to help keep the community informed about the impact that COVID-19 is having on Livingston’s schools.

 

 

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Teen Arrested in Connection With Multiple Vehicle Thefts

One suspect has been arrested after an attempt to steal two vehicles out of a township driveway, Livingston Police said.

At 2:42 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11, a Ross Road resident called 9-1-1 to report that two people were in his driveway and trying to steal two SUVs, a Mercedes and a GMC. A key for each car had been left in the GMC.

Livingston Police Sergeant John Maggiulli was the first to arrive and observed both vehicles idling in the street. The sergeant pulled in front of the Mercedes, blocking its path. The GMC then reversed, made a Kturn, and fled towards South Orange Avenue.

 

 

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Camuso Holiday Display Will Open With COVID-19 Restrictions in Place

Camuso Holiday Display Will Open With COVID-19 Restrictions in Place
Camuso Holiday Display Will Open With COVID-19 Restrictions in Place

The COVID-19 Grinch will not steal this Christmas tradition. The Camuso Holiday Display, for years a beloved Livingston holiday tradition, will open this year, despite earlier doubt that the pandemic would put a lid on it.

“The decision to set up this year was not an easy one,” said “Chief Elf’ Tom Cooney. “There were clearly two sides to the issue. Many felt that, if ever the community needed something positive to boost spirits, this would be the time, and the Camuso Display fits the bill perfectly. Others suggested the risks to our volunteer group and visitors may warrant tak-ing a year off.”

Following a series of discussions, emails, and Zoom calls among the volunteer “Elves,” and consultations with town officials and medical experts, the Camuso Holiday Committee members decided to go ahead and set up the display.

 

 

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Livingston Philanthropies Director Urges Residents to Buy or Donate to Help Homeless

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Jeff Friedman, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI), is urging residents to buy new items or donate funds to LPI to help the homeless. “With winter fast approaching, and the pandemic ramping up again and causing even greater economic adversity, you can make an immediate impact to help the homeless,” he said.
He noted that residents may take advantage of “rampant online sales” and purchase new winter coats and jackets, hats, scarves and gloves for the homeless and profoundly poor. “Although we started out years ago with a coat drive, this season, because of the pandemic, we cannot accept used items, as we did in the past. However, we can accept gently used items that have been professionally cleaned and are still in cleaner bags.”

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Northfield Center Multi-Use Hearing Closed; Planning Board Gives Preliminary Approval

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The Livingston Planning Board, at a special meeting on Thursday, November 5, finished hearing testimony on a development application at Northfield Center and gave the multi-use proposal preliminary approval.

Attorney Matthew Posada represented the applicant, Livingston Builders, LLC, in the application to create a mixed-use residential and retail development. The applicant proposes to consolidate three existing lots into one parcel at 531 South LivingstonAvenue. The property includes the site of the former Northfield Baptist Church sanctuary at the corner of South Livingston Avenue and East Northfield Road, and adjacent retail buildings on South Livingston Avenue and East Northfield Road.

The plan calls for the demolition of three existing buildings, including the church and two retail buildings on East Northfield Road. A onestory building on South Livingston Avenue, which once housed a bank and now houses a dental practice, will remain and be renovated.

 

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Council Honors Service Organizations; Mixed-Use Housing Ordinance Held Open

At the Monday, November 9, Township Council meeting, members again discussed a potential mixed-use housing project, proposed two ordinances, and passed several resolutions. The meeting was held virtually and livestreamed on the Livingston Township, NJ Facebook page.

The meeting began with the Council honoring service organizations for providing COVID-19 relief throughout the pandemic.

“The Council thought it was important to recognize all the work (the township service organizations) do,” mayor Rudy Fernandez said. “The organizations who stepped up... are thanked for their thoughtfulness and generosity.”

 

 

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Veterans Day

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VETERANS DAY
VETERANS DAY

Livingston veterans, township officials, and residents gathered at the Oval on Wednesday, November 11, despite the rainy weather, to remember and honor those who have served our country. MI Photos

 

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Interfaith Thanksgiving Service to Be Shown on LTV

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service to Be Shown on LTV

Livingston’s annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held on Sunday, November 22, at 5 p.m., televised by Livingston Television (LTV), and it will be seen on Comcast Channel 34 and Fios Channel 26. It will also be available at facebook. com/LivingstonTV.

St. Philomena Catholic Church is the official host this year. The inspirational speeches and some of the musical presentations will be presented at the church.

One of the key components ofthis year’s celebration, noted organizer Scott Maynard, is a special video program entitled “Total Praise,” presented by Voices for Change. Cantor Perry Fine of Temple Beth Shalom is one of the founding members of Voices for Change, a collaboration of 100 cantors and Black ministers from around the world to promote faith in healing. “This presentation is extremely appropriate and timely for our society dealing with racial injustice and significant stress,” said Maynard.

 

 

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Trump, Biden Rallies Held at Oval

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Supporters of Donald Trump and Joe Biden both held rallies at the same time on the Oval on Sunday, November 1, two days before Election Day.

Republicans and Democrats from Livingston planned their rallies together; the Biden rally was initially scheduled to take place a few days later. Saying that every American has the right to freedom of speech, organizers agreed to hold their rallies simultaneously, on opposite sides of the entrance to the Oval.

“Together, as one community, we can set an example of civility in an ever polarizing world,” read a joint statement issued by both groups. “Let this day be a constructive day that we can all use as a step forward in improving the country for which we all share the goal of wanting to make it a better place.”

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