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A Listening Council

At the Monday, May 6, regular meeting of the Township Council, an ordinance was passed to allow a conditional use of block 6300 in the Coventry section of town, which will permit an assisted living facility to be built on the property if it is approved by the Planning Board.

The hearing had been left open on the agenda for five consecutive meetings, several months’ time, as residents living in the area have expressed concern about adding vehicles to an area with existing traffic problems, among other issues. The Council, citing obligations to fulfill affordable housing requirements and provide options for a growing aging population, were always likely to move forward with this ordinance. But they did not rush this decision through, and we applaud them for it.

 

 

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Funeral Mass Offered For Renee Lopomo, 94

Renee Lopomo of Livingston died Thursday, May 2. She was 94 years old. Visitation took place Monday, May 6, at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston. A funeral Mass was offered Tuesday, May 7, at St. Philomena Roman Catholic Church. A committal service followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.

Mrs. Lopomo was born in Newark and lived there until 1962, when she moved to Livingston. She was a parishioner of St. Philomena Church, and volunteered at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. She also worked for Sunlight Life as a secretary, and was a judge for the Essex County Board of Elections polling centers.

Mrs. Lopomo was predeceased by her husband, Rocco, and her brother, Benjamin Sciarrillo and his wife, Geraldine. She is survived by her children, Patricia Biello, and Rocco Lopomo, Jr.; and three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Lancers Sweep Tournament First Round

The Livingston High School varsity baseball team swept the first round of the Greater Newark Tournament. The team defeated the North Hunterdon Lions, 2-1, on Tuesday, April 30; the Newark Academy Minutemen, 5-3, on Friday, May 3; and the Caldwell Chiefs, 4-2, on Saturday, May 4. Three Lancer pitchers held North Hunterdon to a single run. Shown above, left, Lancer Robert Sayle scores before the throw can be made to North Hunterdon catcher Trey Prismatic. Homeplate umpire Mike Testa signals the score. Above, right, Lancer middle relief hurler Ray Larsen throws a third strike fastball during the middle innings. Don Schwartz Photos

 

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Karnival Open Through Saturday

The annual Kiwanis Karnival opened in Livingston on Tuesday night, May 7, and will run through Saturday, May 11. The Karnival, a primary fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club, is being held at the carnival grounds on East Northfield Road, east of Northfield Center. Hours are Thursday, 6 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 6 to 11 p.m.; and Saturday, 2 to 11 p.m. The Karnival includes rides, games, and food. Rides require tickets, which may be purchased on-site; credit cards are accepted for ticket purchases. Saturday, May 11, will be “hand stamp day;” patrons may pay one price to ride all day. All proceeds from the Kiwanis Karnival go to charities that benefit the community. Shown here, the Tuesday night opening of the Karnival provided fun for all. Jerry Siskind Photo

 

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Planning Board Approves Child Care Center; Prepares Denial for Starbucks Drive-Through

The Planning Board split approval on an application for minor subdivision and preliminary and final site plan with variances for CP Management Group II LLC. The property in question, located at 92 South Livingston Avenue, was previously home to Bank ofAmerica. The applicant proposes to subdivide existing Lot 3 to create two new lots. The existing, now-vacant building would be expanded on one of the new lots to house a child care center, Lightbridge Academy. A Starbucks with a drive-through is proposed to be constructed on the second lot.

The Board closed its evidential hearing on April 11, including public comment, but decided to meet on the application one last time for deliberations among the members before voting on the matter.

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Plan Public Meeting on Proposed Walnut/Hobart Gap Roundabout

Essex County, in cooperation with Livingston Township, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, New Jersey Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration, will host a public information session to inform local residents, officials, businesses and the general public of the proposed modern roundabout at the intersection of Walnut Street and West Hobart Gap Road. The purpose of this session is to inform the public of the project’s progress to date, its purpose and need, and to solicit public input and comments. The meeting will be held at the Livingston United Methodist Church onThursday, May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a presentation at 6:30 p.m.

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Town Council Passes Assisted Living Ordinance; Hearing Had Been Open for Five Meetings

At the Monday, May 6, Township Council regular meeting, after hearing more testimony from residents and developers, the Council closed a hearing that had been open for five meetings. The hearing was for an ordinance that proposed conditional use of block 6300 in the Coventry section of town, which would allow an assisted living facility to be built on the property.

Over multiple meetings, residents had previously expressed their concerns about the development, and subsequent traffic and safety problems it may cause. Their testimony prompted the Council to leave the hearing open as they awaited more information and input from the county and the developer.

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The Face of Livingston Philanthropies

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Gloria Ann Burke

Gloria Ann Burke, 90, of Tinton Falls, New Jersey, formerly of Livingston, New Jersey, passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. The Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Philomena Church, 386 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey on Friday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m.

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Adolph and Mary Ellen Grube, Gloria was baptized at St. Aedan’s Church in Jersey City and attended St. Dominic Academy. She was a parishioner at St. Philomena Church for over 58 years, and was an active member of the Rosary Altar Society. She worked at AmericanBanker,apublicationfor the banking industry, in Manhattan as a Senior Manager.

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Chapel Service Held For Rose Liebman, 79

Rose Liebman of West Orange, formerly of Livingston, died Sunday, April 21, at the age of 79.

A chapel service took place on Wednesday, April 24 at Menorah Chapels at Millburn in Union. Interment followed at King Solomon Cemetery, Clifton.

Mrs. Liebman was born in Newark and resided in Irvington, Roselle Park, Hazelton, Pennsylvania, and in Livingston for 25 years, before moving to West Orange.

She attended Irvington High School and Fairleigh Dickinson University. A homemaker, she was a member of Hadassah and the Saint Barnabas Medical Center Auxiliary, for which she volunteered for over 30 years.

Mrs. Liebman is survived by her husband of 58 years, Norman; her daughters, Gail Meadow and her husband, Craig, and Stacey Smith and her husband, Richard; and five grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the American Cancer Society and to Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.

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