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Effective Wednesday, April 23, Dr. John B. Alfieri, superintendent of schools, will be on a leave of absence for personal reasons. In Dr. Alfieri's absence, Steven Robinson, business administrator/Board secretary, will serve as acting superintendent.
A public hearing and vote on the school budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, April 28 at Collins School. The Livingston Board of Education is expected to adopt the budget, which was first presented on March 10. There is no public vote on the budget, as the proposed budget is below the state cap that limits the annual growth in spending by school districts to two per cent.
The tax impact on the average Livingston home, which is valued at $600,000, will be $8,431, an increase of $227 over last year. Steven K. Robinson, the school district's business administrator, noted that 92.6% of the district's funds are raised through local taxes.
Over the past two weeks, the Livingston boys' varsity lacrosse team won four out of five games, while major records within the program were broken as well.
At the halfway point of the season, the 8-2 Lancers have broken some major school records. With his first goal of the game against East Side, junior Tommy Heller broke the career goals scored record of 133, previously held by Andrew Lesser, class of 2011.Also, during Heller’s dominating performance against Mt. Olive, he broke the total career points record of 189, previously held by Anthony D’Aloia, class of 2012. Heller broke the 200 career point plateau as well and is currently ranked among the state leaders in goals and total points for this season. Against Nutley, senior Billy Mandl broke the total career assists record of 78, previously held by D’Aloia. Mandl currently has 86 career assists and also holds the record for assists in a season, a mark he set last season with 51.
Residents with old, unwanted or unused prescription or over-the-counter drugs can take them to Police Headquarters between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. The Police will dispose of the unwanted drugs properly.
This provides a safe, environmentally friendly way to dispose of medications that might otherwise be tossed into the garbage or flushed down the toilet, both of which are potential safety and health hazards.
The NJ Department of Transportation has twice rescheduled the start of construction on the Route 10 Passaic River Bridge; however, the start of construction is still listed as tomorrow, Friday, April 25, (weather permitting). The replacement of the Route 10 Bridge that crosses the Passaic River into East Hanover, near Panevino Restaurant and the Amazing Savings strip mall, will involve a complete bridge deck removal and replacement. The proposed work hours will be days, nights, and weekends as per the contractor’s schedule until the work is completed.
The Vision 20/20 Committee is launching a New Resident Mentoring program. The primary goal of this program is to familiarize new residents with the Township of Livingston and all it has to offer. Every new resident will be provided with a mentor, who will be available to answer any questions that new residents may have about their new town.
Every new resident will also be given a Welcome to Livingston Basket, which will be filled with information about the town, its services, schools and library.
In an effort to clean up public areas in town, the Livingston Health Department has renewed its contract with the Catholic Charities of Newark Services for litter abatement throughout the township. The contract is made possible through a grant from the Clean Community Program.
Catholic Charities has been providing these services to the Livingston community for the last three years. The clean-up programs will commence in April and run through December.
Livingston residents are invited to celebrate the township’s green status on Arbor Day with the planting of a Kwanzan cherry tree at the Gazebo on the Memorial Oval. The event will take place on Friday, April 25, at 10:30 a.m.
On Saturday, April 26, residents are again invited – this time to the rear entrance of the Livingston Municipal Complex for the distribution of free trees from the NJ Tree Recovery Campaign. Residents who have pre-registered can pick up their free seedlings between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Up to five seedlings per household are available on a first-registered, first-served basis.