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“Dinosaur Tracks and Other Clues to Dinosaur Extinction” at Livingston Library

“Dinosaur Tracks and other Clues to Dinosaur Extinction” will be presented at the Livingston Public Library on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Come and listen to Dr. Paul E. Olsen, a renowned paleontologist and former Livingston resident, describe his 1968 discovery of dinosaur fossils in Riker Hill Park. When Olsen was 14, he and a friend heard that dinosaur footprints had been discovered in a stone quarry on the Livingston-Roseland border. In the years that followed, Olsen and his friend found thousands of fossils and dinosaur footprints. They wanted to prevent the site from being developed and began lobbying to make the quarry a protected park.  He even started a letter-writing campaign to President Richard Nixon and sent Nixon a dinosaur footprint cast from the site. The quarry was divided and the most fossil-rich portion was preserved and donated to Essex County Park Commission. Olsen succeeded in getting the Riker Hill Fossil Site being named a National Natural Landmark in June 1971. The rest of the quarry was later developed into the Nob Hill apartment complex.

He appeared in Life magazine in 1970 went on to become a leading paleontologist, publishing papers on the Riker Hill discoveries as an undergraduate at Yale, where he received a doctorate in biology in 1984.

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Dr. Olsen is a leading expert in the dinosaur fossils of New Jersey and the region's geology back to 200 million years ago.  He is now a Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University, and also works at the University’s Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory.  In addition, he is a Research Associate at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, the American Museum of Natural History and the Virginia Natural History Museum.

This program is free and recommended for ages 10 and over. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Livingston Public Library.

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Livingston Bowling's Allen Cai Named Livingston Athlete of the Week

January 15, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston High School bowling’s walk-on senior Allen Cai is named Dr. Michael Rieber’s Livingston Athlete of the Week for establishing himself as one of the best bowlers in the SEC's Colonial Division.

According to bowling coach Griff Hughes, Cai currently holds a 205 average, which is the third-best average in the division. He has also bowled ...

Essex County Freeholders Honor Retiring Livingston Volleyball Coach Al Partelow

January 24, 2017

NEWARK, NJ — At-Large Essex County Freeholder Patricia Sebold of Livingston recently sponsored a commendation honoring Alanson Partelow on his retirement from Livingston High School after 45 years of “outstanding and dedicated service.” The Partelow family joined the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders at its Jan. 18 meeting, where longtime educator and volleyball coach was ...

Women's March on Washington: Why, and Why Now

January 19, 2017

As Donald Trump’s inauguration draws near, a number of groups are planning various events and rallies – perhaps most notably, the Women’s March on Washington. I have read a number of opinion pieces and spoken to many people about the March, and several questions and criticisms seem to consistently arise. I would like to address some two of the major themes.

(Q) The election ...

Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills Presents: Murder Mystery Dinner in Livingston

January 21, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills (JLOSH), an organization of women developed as civic and community leaders creating lasting community impact, is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at Cedar Hill Country Club, 100 Walnut Street, in Livingston.

Event attire is cocktail and complimentary valet parking will be ...

Andy’s Family Music Showcases Shayne Apple on Guitar

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight Shayne Apple, a fifth grader at Riker Hill Elementary School with an aptitude for drums.

Shayne also plays trombone in the school band and participates in the school choir. According to his mother, Sharon, Shayne was inspired to pick up guitar not long after his father decided to learn the same ...

Preparing for the Ski Season

It’s all about physical fitness. It’s what allows elite skiers to compete in the most extreme conditions and at their highest levels.  An obvious way to ensure your enjoyment and performance is with the appropriate level of strength, endurance and conditioning.

A balanced program focusing on aerobic fitness, strength training, core and balance is the way to get the most out of ...

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Let’s make America the Greatest Show on Earth Again.


I was very sad to learn that after 146 years of big-top entertainment the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is folding its tent and leaving town.


This comes a year after the circus, due to mounting pressures from animal rights activists, got rid of the elephants.


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Chamber Spotlight on Mission Fitness Crossfit

The Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to spotlight its member, Mission Fitness Crossfit.  Thank you Mission Fitness for partnering with the LACC and being a part of Livingston’s thriving business community.

This virtual interview was conducted by in partnership with the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce and answered by owner Joe Romano.

Mission ...