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Hope to Know Soon

The Township Council had a resolution on its Monday evening agenda to hire a new township manager. Since 2016 when the Council removed Michele Meade from the position, deputy township manager Russ Jones has been serving as the acting manager. He has gone "above and beyond" for this community, performing a yeoman's job, and he deserves the heartfelt thanks of each and every resident for keeping our town running smoothly and seamlessly. Nearly a year and a half has gone by and we are still overworking our interim manager.

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Honor Dr. King

Some years ago, when the Board of Education announced plans to close schools in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, we strenuously objected. We believed – and continue to do so – that our students could learn more about Dr. King and his ideals in school than they would having a day off.

One of our readers, Patricia Idrobo, came up with the idea of creating a “Day On, Rather than a Day Off.” She organized many community groups and mobilized a cadre of kids to go to the high school cafeteria to perform a variety of community services and it was a great success. The cafeteria was filled with tables at which people were working on behalf of others. It was a joy to see and helped to demonstrate to our children the lessons Dr. King taught. At the end of the collection, there was also a brief educational component which helped to teach Dr. King's ideals.

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Lancer Wrestlers Dominate Nutley Quad

The Livingston High School wrestling team travelled to Nutley High School for a quad match against the host school, Orange and Verona last Saturday. The Lancers came away with three conference victories.

After dropping the first bout against Orange, Livingston won the next 11 in a row for a 59-15 match win. Mike Wong (170) scored another pin for the season, while Sean Neary (106) got a late takedown for a major decision bonus point victory. Captains Anthony Petrillo (126) and Matt Nichter (132) went back-to-back with a major decision and a pin to pile on more bonus points for the Lancer grapplers. Nichter used a turk and claw to deck his man.

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Camuso Elves Begin Digging Out

CAMUSO ELVES BEGIN DIGGING OUT: Chief Elf Tom Cooney and several helper elves took advantage of the sunshine and milder temperatures on Tuesday to begin clearing snow from the character bases, workshops and other items in the Camuso Holiday Display. The plan is for the sun to thaw things out a bit, said Cooney, and complete the take-down this weekend. Here, Mike Stolfi braves the cold to clear out the snow from the display.

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The Lancer Ice Hockey Team

The Lancer Ice Hockey Team defeated Westfield, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon, January 6, at the Codey Arena. Shown above, Eric Frieman, #21, and Jacob Fuhrman, #22, attack the net manned by Westfield goalie CJ Duffy. Lancer goalie Matthew Delseni had 19 saves in the 2-0 shutout effort.

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Program KIck-Off

PROGRAM KICK-OFF: The Livingston high School girls’ basketball varsity and junior varsity teams met with the Shining Stars special needs sports program on Saturday, January 6, for their third annual basketball clinic. The event, held in the LhS annex gym, initiates the Shining Stars six-week winter basketball program. also encouraging the Shining Stars was Sir Lawrence the Lancer, the Livingston high School mascot, and Barry Schwartz, DJ, who donated his time to play music.

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Blustery Snowstorm Drops Five Inches of Snow on Livingston

A snowstorm that featured frigid temperatures and high winds dumped some five inches of snow and brought much of the township to a standstill last Thursday, January 4. According to Department of Public Works (DPW) superintendent Mike Anello, “It was difficult to gauge, because of the high winds, but our best estimate is five inches.”

The high winds produced blizzardlike conditions with greatly reduced visibility, and made plowing more difficult for township crews. “However, all in all, things came out pretty well,” commented Anello.

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Council Hears Presentation From Second Energy Aggregator

As part of the exploration into the possibility of participating in an energy aggregation program, the Livingston Township Council on Monday heard a presentation from Gabel Associates of Highland Park. The company is an energy environmental and public utility consulting firm. The Council had previously heard presentations from another company, Good Energy, which also presented a public forum on the proposed project.

As a result of the Government Energy Aggregation Act, which was passed in the state in 2003, municipalities are allowed to become the “aggregator” of their residents’ energy supply. This allows municipalities to seek bids for cheaper energy rates. Good Energy had concluded that an energy aggregation program could save Livingston households an average of $80 per year.

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Council to Appoint New Town Manager Once “Timing Issues” Are Resolved

The Livingston Township Council is expected to appoint a new township manager in the near future. The appointment of Barry R. Lewis Jr. had been on the agenda for Monday evening, January 8; but, the action was postponed due to unexplained “timing issues.” Mayor Ed Meinhardt said on Tuesday that he hopes to have an announcement shortly; however, the Council needs to resolve a “few timing issues.”

Lewis will be the fifth township manager in the municipality since the township-manager form of government was adopted more than 40 years ago. The first manager, Robert H. Harp, was succeeded by Charles J. Tahaney. Upon Tahaney’s retirement, Michele Meade was named town manager and served in the post for 11 years. In 2016, the Council removed Meade. Since that time, deputy township manager Russ Jones has served as acting manager, with the exception of the brief employment of Gregory Bonin, who resigned from the post after serving just one week on the job last summer.

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Su-su Leu

Su-su Leu, age 84, of Livingston passed away peacefully on Sunday January 7, 2018 at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Su-su was the beloved wife of the late Liow-Min; devoted mother of Shie-Lin Leu and his wife, Lillian; and Charlie Leu and his wife, Sandra; loving grandmother of Matthew, Cate, Alexander and Faith; dear sister of Mei-mei; and aunt of numerous nephews and nieces. The family will receive their friends at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, 145 East Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey on Friday, January 12, 2018, from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the chapel at Restland Memorial Park, 77 DeForest Avenue, East Hanover, New Jersey on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment at Restland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.

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