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Local Temple Evacuated Following Bomb Threat

The Livingston Police Department, Livingston Fire Department, and the Essex County Bomb Squad rushed to Temple Beth Shalom, 193 East Mt. Pleasant Avenue, at approximately 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21, following a bomb threat that was called in to the temple.

Police officials confirmed that the bomb threat was made by a live caller who spoke to an office staff member.

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CTL to Take the Stage With Disney’s “Peter Pan Jr.”

Children’s Theatre of Livingston (CTL), “where every child takes center stage,” will present Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. this weekend with four performances. The play will be presented on Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26, at the Eisenhower Corporate Center, 290 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue. Two shows will take place each day at 12:30 and 3 p.m.

The production is based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s early 20th century play, Peter Pan. In the story, Wendy Darling loves to tell bedtime stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. Their journey introduces them to the Lost Boys, mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook. It’s Peter to the rescue when Wendy is taken captive by the dreaded captain, who has his own sinister plans in mind for our hero.

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Mar

Rescue Me: Norman Spencer

In this occasional series, the West Essex Tribune has invited Livingston residents to tell us about the pet or pets they have adopted or rescued. Here, Norman Spencer, a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, shares his story, as told to Jacob Spencer.

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Woof! My name is Norman Spencer and I am a seven year old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. I have lived in Livingston with the Spencer Family, 10 Morningside Drive, since May, 2011. Before that I was living with a couple from New Mexico who took me to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison. Everyone at St. Hubert’s was amazing, but I was looking for my “fur-ever” home.

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23
Mar

Remove Snow For Spring Training

REMOVE SNOW FOR SPRING TRAINING: Senior members of the Livingston High School boys’ varsity tennis team recently shoveled snow from the courts during spring training. The Lancers will host Mendham, Scotch Plains and Watchung Hills in the Lancer Invitational on Saturday, April 1, to open the season. Shown above are Ian Gordan, Dev Thakkar, Tej Thakkar, Eric Levey, Jason Grant, Aaron Tucker, Earl Hsieh, Austin Sertner, and Josh Brodkin.

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Lacrosse Spring Training Begins

LACROSSE SPRING TRAINING BEGINS: Girls’ lacrosse senior players led the varsity team into spring training as the snow melted on the turf. The Lancers will host Governor Livingston in the season opener on Thursday, March 30. Shown are Jessie April, Maisy Coyne, Olivia Freschi, Kelly Wolfe, Lindsay Kantor, Olivia Shevrin, Tatum Peacock, Kayla Francione, Nicole Levenback and Daniella Terry.

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23
Mar

Just the Facts

On another note, but on the same topic, the Tribune was taken to task on Facebook this week for posting information about the incident at Temple Beth Shalom as it was occurring.

The editorial staff would like the community to know that we go to great lengths to both inform, and protect, our community. Many of us live, or have lived, in the township. We do not take it lightly when threats are made against our families, friends, or neighbors. We are extremely sensitive when it comes to making sure that anything we convey, at any time, does not cross the line of compromising the safety of law enforcement officials and/or members of the community.

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Enough Is Enough

This week, our community was confronted with a cowardly bomb threat against a local synagogue. While a legitimate threat was, thankfully, unfounded, the stress of such a situation lingers, not just for those who were directly involved, but for the entire township.

It seems that the overwhelming feeling about the incident was one of sheer sadness. There was definitely anger, but even underneath the ire, people with whom we spoke seemed to be heartbroken.

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Residents Offer Many Suggestions To Improve Livingston’s Master Plan

Re-purposing properties, enforcing existing ordinances, establishing community gardens and improving streets were some of the suggestions made by about 40 enthusiastic speakers at the Livingston Planning Board’s forum on the township Master Plan on March 21. More than 125 people packed the meeting in Town Hall.

State law requires that the Planning Board complete a review and update of the latest version of the plan this year. It was last updated in December 2007.

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Council Hears Introduction Of 2017 Township Budget

At the Township Council meeting on Monday evening, acting township manager Russ Jones, along with chief financial officer Kimberly Kientz, introduced Livingston’s 2017 municipal budget. A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held at the Council’s meeting on Monday, May 8, at 8 p.m. at Town Hall.

The proposed spending plan will cost the owner of a home assessed at the average cost of approximately $600,000, about $53.35, or 1.9%, in additional taxes, Jones said. This does not include the tax levy for the Board of Education or for Essex County.

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Services Held Tuesday For Normand Hornstein

Normand Hornstein of Livingston died on Sunday, March 19, at the age of 97. Funeral arrangements were by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Hornstein spent the majority of his adult life in Queens, New York, before moving to Livingston in 1998. He was an investigator for the New York State Racing Commission. He served as a rifleman in the Army Combat Infantry Unit in the Pacific Theater during World War II, for which he received a Bronze Star. Mr. Hornstein is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sylvia Hornstein. He is also survived by his son, Harold Hornstein and his wife, Cindy; his daughter, Ellen Schwartz and her husband, Eric; and four grandchildren. The family has suggested that donations be made in Mr. Hornstein’s honor to the Make-a-Wish Foundation at www.wish.org.

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