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Livingston Getting Buried Under Successive Snowstorms

Livingston Getting Buried Under Successive Snowstorms
Livingston Getting Buried Under Successive Snowstorms

A displaced polar vortex and a polar jet stream that has been pushed more to the south than usual have resulted in an active winter weather pattern that has been sitting over New Jersey for several weeks. This pattern has been responsible for a snowier-than-usual February, with snow events taking place once to twice a week or more.

In the latest round, Livingston was hit by a one-two punch, with a long-lasting snow event on Thursday and Friday, February 18 and 19, that dropped five inches of the white stuff. The snow “took the weekend off,” then returned on Monday, with another two to three inches accumulating.

 

 

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"Snow" Place Like Home

“SNOW” PLACE LIKE HOME

“SNOW” PLACE LIKE HOME: Having fun in last week’s snow were the Godsy family of 45 Billingsley Drive, who built an igloo. Shown here, mom Jen and daughters Talia, four, and Whitney, five, enjoy the structure they built, which was designed by dad Joe Godsy.

 

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Livingston Leads in Vaccinations; U.S. Passes 500,000 Total Deaths

As of Wednesday morning, February 24, the Livingston Health Department has reported that a total of 1,610 Livingston residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the first case was recorded in mid-March. 83 of those residents have died as a result of the virus. Compared to the same time last week, there are 37 new cases, with no additional deaths. In the past month, there have been 214 cases.

Houses of worship and religious services can now operate at 50 percent capacity. Masks are required, and members o f different households must be at least six feet apart at all times.

 

 

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Council Announces COVID-19 Remembrance Day, Declares Areas of Town in Need of Redevelopment

The Township Council held a regular meeting on Monday, February 22, during which the Council declared several areas of town in need of redevelopment and confirmed next Monday to be COVID-19 Victims and Survivors Memorial Day.

Salt purchases, the DPW garage, and marijuana legalization were among other topics discussed during the meeting, which was livestreamed and maybe viewed on the Livingston Township, NJ Facebook page.

 

 

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JV Team Falls To Mount Saint Dominic

JV TEAM FALLS TO MOUNT SAINT DOMINIC

JV TEAM FALLS TO MOUNT SAINT DOMINIC: The Livingston High School girls’ junior varsity basketball team fell to the Mount Saint Dominic Lions, 46-34, on Wednesday, February 17, at home in the LHS Fitness and Wellness Center. Shown here, Lancer forward Avery Reiman scores on a rebound put back against Mount Saint Dominic. Don Schwartz Photo

 

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Varsity Lancers Split Two

VARSITY LANCERS SPLIT TWO

VARSITY LANCERS SPLIT TWO: The Livingston High School girls’ varsity basketball team was edged by the Mount Saint Dominic Lions, 36-34, on Wednesday, February 17, in the LHS Fitness and Wellness Center, but in a subsequent away game, defeated the Jaguars of Arts High School of Newark, 45-40, on Saturday, February 20. Shown here, Lancer forward Avery McLaughlin sets to make a pass resulting in a go-ahead basket against Mount Saint Dominic. Don Schwartz Photo

 

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Students Host Tree Planting Event to Increase Sustainabili

Sia Bansal Key Club Board Member
Priela Safran Livingston Key Club President
Malia Quiam Key Club Board Member
Maddie Peloquin Key Club Board Member

Residents who would like to add one or more red maple or eastern redbud trees to their yards this spring can do so while helping the Livingston High School Key Club promote sustainability by offsetting the school’s paper usage.

Key Club is working with TreePlenish, a nonprofit organization that seeks to build sustainable schools and communities.

The Club’s goal is to sell andplant at least 160 saplings in yards throughout the community. That number is based on the amount ofpaper the high school ordered for the 2018-19 school year; Tree-Plenish estimates that planting one tree will offset 10,000 sheets of paper. The young trees range from 18 to 24 inches long. Sales will end on March 18.

 

 

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Mass Offered Monday For Giovanni Raimato

Giovanni Raimato of Livingston died Tuesday, February 16. He was 81 years old.

He was born in Calabritto, Avellino, Italy. He settled in Newark in 1966 and moved to Livingston in 1982.

Mr. Raimato worked in building maintenance for the Livingston Board of Education for ten years before retiring in 2010. Formerly, he worked in maintenance for Kushner & Schectman and Jersey Mortgage; in purchasing for Columbus Hospital; and as a welder for D’Altrui Industries.

He was a member of the Maria SS Della Neve Society at St. Lucy’s Church, Newark.

Mr. Raimato was the husband of Angela (Marcantuono) Raimato; the father of Mary Lou DePaola and her husband, Nunzio, and Antonio Raimato and his wife, April; the brother of Concetta Buonsanto; and the brother-in-law ofPasquale and Dina Marcantuono. He is also survived by four grandchildren.

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About the Health Department

This has been an unprecedented year to say the least. We have all been, in any given moment, scared, sad, anxious, or angry.

The fact that children are still not physically in school every day is certainly one of those frustrations. This is a year — and counting — that students will never get back. Children are missing out on foundational experiences and there are fears that some may be falling behind. Working parents are dealing with their own issues, trying to manage children learning from home. The frustrations abound. But the reasons for this situation are also quite obvious. Namely, we are in the midst of a deadly pandemic. On top of that, most teachers and students have yet to be vaccinated, as the state is still not allowing them (and other non-healthcare essential workers) to receive their shots.

 

 

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Let’s Get Building

Two weeks ago, Livingston’s school buildings were closed the Monday following a storm that dropped about eight inches of snow on the township, ending around 4 p.m. the previous day. The primary reason that the district could not safely reopen was a lack of salt to treat the parking lots and walkways. The town’s supply was depleted from the preceding week’s inclement weather, when nearly two feet of snow accumulated in town.

The problem, it seems, can be traced back to a salt dome that is too small to meet the needs of the township. The current dome can hold enough salt to treat the roads roughly twice, so additional salt must be ordered in advance of expected storms. Except, following the massive snowfall of a few weeks ago, salt was in short supply statewide, and an order for more salt was delayed by more than a week, leaving Livingston without the amount needed to treat the town.

 

 

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