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Storms Take Down Trees, Cause Flooding, Power Outages

Two thunderstorms in two days – on Wednesday and Thursday, August 7 and 8 – took down trees, caused brief but extensive flooding, and resulted in temporary power outages throughout the township. Storm clean-up delayed the opening of Northland Pool on Thursday until 2:30 p.m.

The more severe storms took place on Wednesday afternoon, with 3½ inches of rain falling within a one-hour period, according to Mike Anello, superintendent of the Livingston Department of Public Works. The downpour resulted in flooding of local brooks,sewersystems, and streets.

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Poster Contest Winners

POSTER CONTEST WINNERS: The winners of the National Night Out poster contest were announced at the event. This year’s theme was “Together, We Make a Safe Neighborhood.” Contestants ages five through 13 submitted artwork over the summer, and prizes and recognition were given to 12 young artists who created an outstanding array of messages to support the theme. Showing off their works of art with Livingston Community Police Officer Joy Klapal are some of the winners: Akshay Gupta, Avyan Agrawal, Layla Sharret, Lsawede Lassat de Pressigny, Shona Kumar, Aayna Gupta, Jayden Xie, Abby Miu, and Sarah Kumar. Winners also included Nicole Chua, Avyan Agarwal, Annah Ge, and Daisy Yao. MCA Photo

 

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Knollwood Drive Work

KNOLLWOOD DRIVE WORK: Sanitary sewer manhole covers and frames were raised on Knollwood Drive prior to the milling of the roadway in preparation for the installation of a new asphalt pavement binder course. The work, part of the township’s Knollwood Drive street improvement project, was being done by Ischia Construction and Paving on Knollwood between its intersections with East Mt. Pleasant Avenue and Vere Terrace on Tuesday, August 13. Russ Jones Photo

 

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Tennis Benefits

TENNIS BENEFIT: The Cedar Hill Country Club Women’s Association held its annual Play For Pink event on Tuesday, August 6. Highlights of the event included a continental breakfast, an 18 hole golf tournament, a tennis round robin competition, cards and mah jongg, an awards luncheon, and vendor shopping. The event, coordinated by co-chairwomen Bonita Areman, Linda Goren, and Adrienne Chanin, raised more than $20,000 for breast cancer research. Shown above, the Play for Pink Tennis Round Robin competition drew 18 players. The three flight winners were Ruth Kallen, Ashley Elgart, and Marisa Bershad. Don Schwartz Photos

 

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Residents Play in Cricket Tournament

RESIDENTS PLAY IN CRICKET TOURNAMENT: Two Livingston residents, Hardik Mhatre and Ved Churiwala, played in a ten-day, 25-overs cricket tournament for players under 19. The tournament took place July 27 to August 5 in Mississauga, Canada, and had eight teams from Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Barbados, and the USA participating. Mhatre and Churiwala played for the Atlantic Region Cricket Board of the USA. Their team won three games before losing to Ontario Cricket Academy of Canada in the semi-finals.

 

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Arthur Amster, 85, Dies

Arthur H. Amster died on August 7. Born in Newark, he lived in Rockaway until moving to Livingston five years ago.

Mr. Amster served in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid, and was married to Carol Kresch for over 60 years.

He was the father of Tracey (Charles) Kaliman, Nancy Amster-Coull, and Thomas (Sheryl) Amster; the grandfather of five; and the brother of Susan Amster and Michael Amster, and the late Donna and Irwin Halper.

The family suggests that donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org) or Special Olympics (give.specialolympics.org).

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Dodgers Sweep Doubleheader

The Livingston Dodgers of the U.S. Over Thirty Baseball league pulled into a virtual tie for first place with Staten Island by taking both ends of a doubleheader against the New Jersey Brewers on Sunday, August 11, in Long Valley. Game scores were 7-0 and 7-4.

In game one, pitcher Craig Marsden tallied his eighth win of the season, hurling a three-hit shut-out. He walked one and struck out five.

The Dodgers banged out 14 hits, with Paul Boulanger leading the attack with three singles. Frank Moretti, Troy Evans, Silas Ashmore, Craig Smith, and Pete Diaz each contributed two hits. Evans had two RBIs. Carlos Gonzalez also had a hit.

 

 

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Defensive Driving 101

The West Essex Tribune office is located on a busy section of South Livingston Avenue. We are right next door to ShopRite, and as a result, traffic can back up around here from time to time. Some who are unfamiliar with the area’s layout also abruptly stop and turn into our parking lot by mistake, thinking it is the grocery store’s lot. At least once or twice a day we hear a flurry of horns honking, sometimes accompanied by the unfortunate crunching of metal and plastic.

It’s such a shame, because almost all of these incidents could be avoided if there were signaling devices installed on these vehicles to alert other drivers of impending turns. If only something like that existed...

I am talking, of course, about the humble blinker.

 

 

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Search for Jeep That Struck Cyclist

Livingston Police officials are asking the public for information regarding a hit-and-run that took place on Tuesday morning, August 13.

At 7:06 a.m., residents Robert Novick, 49, and Andrew Sonnenberg, 46, were riding bicycles in the westbound right lane of West Northfield Road, near house number 182 on the street.

A maroon Jeep Grand Cherokee then struck the back of Novick’s bicycle forcing Novick to collide with Sonnenberg and causing both riders to fall into the roadway, police said.

 

 

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Proposed South Livingston Ave. Starbucks Drive-Through May Instead Become an Eatery Under New Application

A proposed drive-through Starbucks facility at 92 South Livingston Avenue has been denied, although an eatery with outdoor seating may now seek approval at the location, the Planning Board learned at its meeting on Thursday evening, August 8.

During multiple hearings over the past year, the Board had heard an application by CP Management Group II, LLC, for a minor subdivision and preliminary and final site plan with variances for the property. The site, located between Wilson Terrace and Oak Street, was previously the site of a Bank of America. The applicant had proposed to subdivide existing Lot 3 to create two new lots. The existing, nowvacant building would be expanded on one of the new lots to house a child care center, Lightbridge Academy. A Starbucks with a drive-through was proposed to be constructed on the second lot.

 

 

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