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The Livingston School Board of Education met on Monday for its last meeting of the calendar year. Board president Ron Spring was at the helm of his final meeting, which included numerous presentations and exchanges of information.
Spring, who grew up in Livingston and has three children in the schools for the next 17 years, lost his bid for re-election to Art Altman. Spring said he had the utmost confidence in the newly-appointed superintendent John Alfieri, the Board, staff and administrators to continue the tradition of academic excellence in the district. He said, "I couldn’t be happier knowing that my kids are in the hands of all the people at this table."
All township offices, including the Livingston Public Library, will close at noon on Friday, December 13, so that employees may attend the township's annual Employee Holiday Party.
Township offices will re-open for business on Monday, December 16.
Multi-car collisions on Friday and Saturday of this week tied up traffic as emergency personnel worked to clear damaged vehicles from the intersections.
On Friday evening, four cars were involved in a chain collision on East Northfield Road at Old Short Hills Road.
Livingston’s Metal Recycling – including refrigerators, air conditioners, metal dehumidifiers, and grills, to name a few types of items – is collected on the last Wednesday of the month by the township's Public Works Department. The cut-off day to be put on the list for any metal pick-up is noon on the Friday before the pick-up date.
Because Christmas falls on a Wednesday this month, the metal pick-up will be on Wednesday, December 18. The last day to call to be put on the pick-up list is tomorrow, Friday, December 13, at noon.
New Jersey’s high school graduation rate, already one of the highest in the nation, crept up a little for the Class of 2013. Livingston was near the top of the list, with 96.04% of LHS students graduating last June.
Livingston’s graduation rate is well above the state average of 87.5%, according to breakdowns released December 4 by the state Department of Education.
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