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Planning Board Approves Signage For Route 10 Shopping Center

The Livingston Planning Board met on Tuesday evening, July 9, to hear an application for signage by KRG-USCRF Retail Portfolio. The applicant is the owner of the shopping center at 530 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue (Route 10), which currently houses eight stores, including Nordstrom Rack and T.J. Maxx. The applicant received approval to install two new wall signs, featuring the logos of the shopping center’s new tenants, Torrid and Chico’s.These retail stores, both of which sell women’s clothing, will be located in the rear portion of the property.

The applicant has previously been before the Planning Board for other aspects of signage. This time, KRGUSCRF was seeking variance relief for two new wall signs and for replacement of an existing double-sided with internal illumination. It also plans to add a directional sign on Daven Avenue, the adjacent roadway perpendicular to Route 10, which offers access to the shopping center.

 

 

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Council Discusses Violators Of “Do Not Knock” Ordinance

In response to several complaints from residents, Livingston’sTownship Council discussed the best way to handle aggressive solicitors in town. One company in particular appears to be in violation of a town ordinance, and township attorney Shari Weiner is asking residents to help the town build a case against the company.

Aptive Environmental, a pest control company, has been selling exterminator contracts door-to-door in Livingston for several weeks. During that time, employees have reportedly not obeyed the Do Not Knock ordinance protecting residents from unwanted solicitors, according to complaints received by Council.

 

 

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Part of New Street “Miracle Way” May Revert Back to Old Name

After Livingston’s Township Council recently changed the name of a street, some business owners on the roadway are requesting that the previous name be reinstated, leaving Council members looking for a compromise.

To accommodate a request by Rabbi Zalman Grossbaum, CEO of LifeTown – Friendship Circle’s new facility for children, teenagers, and adults with special needs – the Council had previously agreed to change the name of the street on which it was located.

 

 

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Wires Down, Transformer Fire, Truck Fire, Gas Leak: A Busy Tuesday for the Livingston Fire Department

Tuesday, July 9, was an unusually busy day for the Livingston Fire Department, which responded to a dump truck accident that took down three utility poles; a transformer fire; a garbage truck fire; and a gas leak, all before noon.

The morning began with a general alarm which sounded at about 5 a.m. A Mack dump truck, owned by Smith Sondy Construction of Wallington, struck wires during an overnight repaving project on South Orange Avenue, causing extensive traffic delays throughout the day.

 

 

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Resident Creates Website & Facebook Page For Livingston Philanthropies, Inc.

Prompted by an article in the Tribune, Livingston Philanthropies Inc. (LPI) has a new website and Facebook page, thanks to Livingston resident Allison Eglow.
Noted LPI founder and director Jeff Friedman, “In a recent June issue of the Tribune, Livingston’s publication of record, I asked for volunteers of all types – which we still need. Now in about a week’s time, LPI enjoys a brand-new, beautifully designed website and fun Facebook page, because of the hard work and creative skills of Livingston resident Allison Eglow. Allison is a junior majoring in human computer interaction at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark.”
He explained, “Allison’s mom, my friend, generous LPI donor and Livingston resident Penny Taylor, read about our need for a website in the Tribune article. ‘My daughter is interested in helping with your website,’ she told me. ‘She goes to NJIT. Any interest?’ Any interest? I think so!

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Mass Was Celebrated For Mary Claire Owens

Mary Claire Owens (née Gower) died on June 30 at the Brandwine Living in Livingston. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, she lived in Newark and North Arlington before moving to Livingston two years ago. She was 84 years old.

Mrs. Owens retired 20 years ago from the Norpak Corporation in Newark.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward, and is survived by her children, Debbie and Edward Owens, and Michelle Bogart; her sister, Esther Owens; and four grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on July 2 in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in North Arlington.

Contributions in Mrs. Owens’ memory may be made to the ARC of Essex County, 123 Naylon Ave., Livingston, NJ 07039 (attention: Bridges Program).

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Bike Team Completes Challenging Event

Livingston’s IndoBikers team participated in a ride that is known for its challenging elevations and distances in Hudson Valley, New York. Ajay Bansal, Krishna Maridi, Yash Chaudhary and 11-year-old Yuvaraj Chaudhary finished the 55-mile ride, climbing 3000 feet of elevation. The 75-mile finishers include Jitesh Toshniwal, Rahul Hukeri and Ketan Bhuptani, who climbed 5000 feet to successfully complete the ride. Shown are: Krishna Maridi, Yuvaraj Chaudhary, Jitesh Toshniwal, Ketan Bhuptani, Yash Chaudhary, and Ajay Bansal.

 

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Dodgers Split Doubleheader with N.J. Royals

In a battle for first place in the U.S. Over Thirty Baseball league, the Livingston Dodgers split a doubleheader with the New Jersey Royals. The Royals took the first game, 7-2, and the Dodgers captured the nightcap, 13-6.

Former Dodger Adam Slater won the first game on the mound for the Royals, scattering eight hits and walking none. The Dodgers’ only runs came in the first inning. Frank Moretti singled and went to third on a failed pick-off attempt. He scored on a Troy Evans ground-out. Rob Pettigrew had two hits for the Dodgers. Pitcher Craig Marsden took the loss on the mound.

 

 

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Scott Mitchell Perry

Scott Mitchell Perry, 68, passed away peacefully at his home in Port St. Lucie, Florida, onTuesday evening, June 25, 2019.

He is survived by his two sons, Jonathan and Jason; his two fur grandchildren, Togo and Giglio; his cousins, Richie and Debbie; and his children of the Guardian ad Litem program of South Florida; as well as many close friends and extended family.

Born in New York, New York and raised in New Rochelle, New York, Scott was the son of Julius and Shirley Perry. Scott and his wife, Carol, were long-time residents of Livingston, New Jersey.

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Hebe L. Backiel

Hebe L. Backiel passed away peacefully, after a brief illness, on June 27, 2019 in Stamford, Connecticut, with her children by her side. She was 99 years old.

Hebe was born May 19, 1920 in Watkins Glen, New York to Duncan and Florence Parks. She graduated from Hofstra University, where she met her husband-to-be, Stephen A. Backiel, her spouse of 58 years. After four-year stints in Brooklyn, Mineola, New York, and Greenville, South Carolina, they moved to Livingston in 1956, where they raised their family and lived for almost 45 years.

Hebe thrived as a full-time homemaker and a loving and supportive mother, grandmother, and greatgrandmother, who always put her family first.

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