Two seniors at Livingston High School have been named valedictorian and salutatorian for the LHS Class of 2014. Valedictorian Kevin Kwok, right, and salutatorian Helen Chen will address their fellow graduates at the school's graduation ceremony. Principal Mark Stern, center, said the staff and students at the high school are "very proud of Kevin and Helen. They have worked very hard over the past 13 years to earn this recognition."
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The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will hold a public information meeting about the replacement project of the "Route 10 Over Passaic River Bridge" in Livingston and East Hanover. The construction is scheduled to start on Monday, March 17, according to the Livingston Township Council and the NJDOT estimates that the project will take about nine months.
The information meeting will be held on Monday, March 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the…Continue
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The Department of Public Works (DPW) was busy this week repairing three major water main breaks. The leaks were located at East Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Northfield Road and near the Route 10 traffic circle. The cause of the breaks was primarily due to the extremely cold weather, said Mike Anello, superintendent of the DPW.
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A federal lawsuit challenging the state Department of Education’s oversight of special education in New Jersey has reached a final settlement with a consent agreement that aims to reduce the state’s high number of special-needs students in segregated settings.
The agreement calls for the state to take measures to insure that districts such as Livingston with the lowest rates of inclusion follow through on remediation plans.
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Little by little, the days are getting longer and despite the Arctic vortex that has held the area in its frigid grip, spring is getting closer. On Sunday, March 9, clocks "spring forward" to start Daylight Saving time. The official change of time begins at 2 a.m. early on Sunday morning when most computer and electronic clocks will automatically reset themselves and jump one hour ahead. So instead of 2 a.m., the clocks will show 3 a.m.
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A study to see if the current township garage site meets the criteria of needing redevelopment was referred by the Township Council to the Planning Board for study. The Council has been studying possible locations for a new township garage, which could consolidate the Department of Public Works into one site. The existing township garage on South Livingston Avenue is considered too small and is located in a central part of the municipality.
In addition, the possibility…Continue
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The Livingston Township Planning Board met for a regular meeting on Tuesday March 4, to hear the continuation of OM DIVYA Realty, LLC proposal to convert a gas station into a restaurant located at 222 North Livingston Avenue. The applicant seeks to construct an L-shaped addition to the existing building and convert it into a restaurant with 60 indoor seats and 60 seats outdoors.
Sam Patel, owner of the site, testified that he had personally spoken to residents who…Continue
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Fencer Edward Chin of Livingston is the state champion for open men’s saber, winning the title on March 1 at the NJSIAA State Individual Championships.
Chin, who plans to attend Princeton University in the fall, is the first individual state fencing champion at Livingston High School. He has competed internationally with Team USA, fencing in tournaments in Poland, Hungary, Italy and Russia.
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Project Prom, a collection of new and gently used prom attire, is being held by the Center for Child Advocacy at Montclair State University. Collected items will benefit area foster youth, including both boys and girls, according to Livingston resident Kelly Trachtenberg, who works as a program assistant at the Center.
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Joseph Spiotta of Livingston is not Jewish, and has been to only one bar mitzvah in his life; yet he found his role as Cousin Barry in the musical comedy David Michael Finkelstein's Bar Mitzvah a "perfect fit" for him.
The 23 year old Morris Plains native currently lives in Livingston and has a freshly minted degree in theater from Muhlenberg College. His mom, Bethann Bellina Spiotta, grew up here in town and it was thanks to this connection – plus an article in…Continue
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The Friendship Circle Annual Banquet has been held at NJPAC and MetLife Stadium, but on March 10 the Friendship Circle will "upgrade" and hold the banquet in its own center in Livingston. This will be the first time that the event will be held at the future home of LifeTown. More than 750 people are expected to attend the festivities, which will honor some of the supporters who have made the center a reality.
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Dr. Conrad Jablonski was in the front of the plane, seat belt attached, en route from Newark to visit a friend in Indianapolis when he heard a commotion from the back of the aircraft. "We need a doctor," a voice said.
A female passenger was completely unresponsive and not breathing. "I had noticed her, one of the last to board, walking very slowly," Jablonski said. He and two other passengers lifted the woman. "We carried her, with no pulse, off the plane to the…Continue
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Livingston was well represented February 23 through 25 at the 95th annual convention of the New Jersey Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the professional association of H/PE teachers.
Livingston High School senior Anthony Vecchio was recognized as a recipient of the "Student Healthy Lifestyle Award." In addition, Cheryl Ricci-Francione, associate executive director of the West Essex YMCA, was honored with the Physical Activity Champion…Continue
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Following the 2013 retirement of Judith Kron, who led the Livingston Library for five years, an interim director has been appointed. A former Livingston Public Library outreach librarian and retired library manager is filling in while a permanent director is sought.
Rita Hilbert was appointed interim director by the library Board of Trustees and began her duties on February 4.
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The story of Rydell High's spirited class of '59 will be on stage March 13 to 15, when Livingston High School presents Grease for its all-school school musical.
"It is full of the great songs from the show, lots of dance numbers, lots of fun and I think audience of all ages will enjoy it," said Janene DePalo, who is directing the production.
Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, March 13, 14, and 15 in the LHS auditorium. A…Continue
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At a recent Livingston Township Council meeting, mayor Dr. Michael Rieber presented Livingston's Sanford M. Schor Lodge of the Knights of Pythias with a plaque in honor of the fraternal order's 150th anniversary, proclaiming February as Pythian Founders' Month. The presentation had been postponed from the February 3 meeting due to a snowstorm.
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The ranks of people attending One Billion Rising Essex has continued to grow since a snowstorm postponed the event in February to the new date of March 11. Participants will rise up at noon at the West Orange Armory to demand an end to violence against women and girls.
The one-hour event will include music, dancing and speakers, along with information and numerous resources to address violence against women and girls.
Broadway actor and singer…Continue
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David Anderson, a senior at Livingston High School, is heading to the New Jersey finals in the Poetry Out Loud competition. Along with Chiamaka Obidigbo of Columbia High School, Anderson will represent Region 5 in the national poetry recitation program.
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Budding authors are encouraged to "write what they know," and that's what Adam Gittlin has done. A former commercial real estate broker in New York City, Gittlin used his knowledge of the field as a backdrop for his books, The Deal and The Deal: About Face.
The books feature a New York City commercial real estate power broker, Jonah Gray, who is mysteriously thrust into the epicenter of an international scandal in the first book and preparations for his…Continue
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Join Maestro Istvan Jaray and the Livingston Symphony Orchestra as they celebrate spring in a "Salute to Great Women Composers." The concert will be presented on Saturday March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Livingston High School auditorium.
Scheduled works include Joan Tower's Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, and Amy Beach’s Gaelic Symphony.
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