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At the start of the holiday season, United Way of Northern New Jersey seeks to remind area residents that there are neighbors who continue to struggle in the face of a lagging economy and job market. One emergency lifeline that has been a constant the past 30 years is the United Way Holiday Fund, helping local families in the face of extraordinary circumstances.
The Fund supports emergency financial needs that may occur throughout the year, helping to pay a month’s rent or mortgage, utility payments or other basic needs bills. This year’s fund-raising goal is $30,000. Only individuals and families living in North Essex’s 11 communities, (Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Montclair, Roseland, and Verona), are eligible to receive this assistance.
The Essex County Association of Chiefs of Police will honor Livingston Police Chief Craig M. Handschuch as Law Enforcement Executive of the Year at its annual dinner dance on Thursday, December 5. The event, which will begin at 6 p.m. will be held at Nanina's in the Park in Belleville.
The deadline to purchase tickets for the event is November 29, and checks, payable to the ECACOP, should be mailed to Deborah Scorsone, Belleville Police Department, 152 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ 07109. For additional informaiton, call Scorsone at 973-450-3186.
Reindeers at the oval? Yes, it is that time of year again. The Camuso Holiday Decorations Committee is back and preparing a special 2013 holiday celebration. For the third year, Livingston welcomes back the Camuso family’s holiday display, which was donated to the township and is being preserved by the Committee under the auspices of the Livingston Business Improvement District. The opening ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the oval
THE ANNUAL COMMUNITY-WIDE INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING service was held on Sunday, November 24, at Temple Emanu-El. This year’s event was augmented to commemorate the township’s Bicentennial celebration as it draws to a close. A 70 voice chorus, including the adult choir, Voices of Livingston, and the Community Youth Choir, shown together, at right above, joined together to celebrate the diversity of our community. The event included testimonials from representatives of many segments of the population about why they are grateful to live in the Township of Livingston. In addition to the testimonials and music, there was a chance for the standing-room only audience to meet one another as well as to join the choirs in song. Members of the township’s Clergy Association, shown above at left, concluded the ceremony with a candle lighting as the Voices of Livingston closed with Let There Be Peace on Earth. A dessert reception followed the ceremony.…Continue
A television and several pieces of jewelry were missing from a Tanger Drive home, which was entered by burglars sometime between November 11 and 13.
Pyung Whang told police that the home at 1 Tanger Drive had been unoccupied between November 11 and 13. Responding officers found pry marks on a rear kitchen window and believe that the burglars attempted to gain entry there first but were initially unsuccessful. The entry was gained by prying open a lock on a rear sliding glass door. A television and jewelry were taken from the master bedroom.
With several key graduations and a pair of Division I recruits sitting out the season, the Livingston High School girls' soccer team was not expected to fare well. But they surprised the pundits with a winning 16-4-2 season and a trip to the semifinals in the NJSIAA/Sports Authority Group 4 semifinals in Somerville, where they lost, 1-0, to Bridgewater-Raritan on Tuesday night.
With 1-0 victories over #15 Clifton and #14 Randolph in its past two matches, Livingston, ranked #17 in the state, had the confidence to play with anyone, according to coach Paul Raiz.
Livingston has been celebrating its bicentennial throughout the year with monthly events around town. This Sunday, November 24, will feature a special event, "Livingston at 200 – A Thanksgiving Celebration." Clergy and congregants from houses of worship throughout the community and interfaith choirs will give thanks for the diversity and the unity of our community through joyous singing and special readings. The service will be held at 5 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El. Residents of all ages and cultures will share why they are thankful in Livingston.
Last week, the Township Council reviewed seven town-owned locations where a new Public Works facility might be located. The action was taken as a cost-cutting option to purchasing land for the needed site.
Councilmen Michael Shapiro and Al Anthony as well as mayor Rudy Fernandez were adamant that they would never approve siting a DPW facility adjacent to residential areas. Councilwoman Deborah Shapiro said that she thought the area bordering Northland Pool would be suitable; however, the mayor opposed that site, citing existing traffic congestion and safety issues for young children walking to Harrison school.