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Goldfish Swim School Opens its Doors to Livingston Community

November 18, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The newest addition to the Goldfish Swim School franchise, the country’s leading water safety and swim lesson school offering infant and child swim lessons, celebrated its grand opening at its 8,300-square-foot location in Livingston this week with the start of classes and a ribbon cutting ceremony leading up to Sunday’s public grand opening event from 2 p.m. to ...

Armed Robbery at Livingston Bottle King Still Under Investigation

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston police provided additional information regarding the ongoing investigation into an armed robbery that occurred last Friday, Nov. 10, at the Bottle King located at 343 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue.

Employees of Bottle King reported a shoplifting-in-progress to police at approximately 6:30 p.m. that evening. According to police, the employees described a ...

Essex County Man Found Dead After Shooting Near Feaster Park

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - An Essex County man died Friday night after a shooting in New Brunswick, authorities announced on Saturday.

Tawan Moses, 25, of East Orange, was found dead by authorities at 8:30 p.m. on Throop Avenue near Fester Park, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey.

Moses had multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the ...

Holiday Lights Spectacular Opens at Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After reaching its 12th-consecutive attendance milestone in 2016 with 795,558 visitors during its 10th anniversary Holiday Lights Spectacular, the Turtle Back Zoo invites the public to the 11th annual Holiday Lights Spectacular, featuring 50 figures illuminated by one million lights both at the zoo and the surrounding Essex County South Mountain Recreation ...

Hillside Elementary Makes Education Creative with Installation of Makerspace

November 17, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Hillside Elementary School Principal Carlos Gramata teamed up with Media Specialist Colleen Donnelly and fourth-grade teachers Amy Vitale and Jade George on Monday night to share with the Livingston Board of Education (LBOE) a presentation on how their students are giving a 21st-century voice to their creative spirits using the school’s newly installed ...

Golda Och Academy Selected for Names, Not Numbers Holocaust Documentary Film Project

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Golda Och Academy proudly announced this week that it has been selected to participate in the "Names, Not Numbers Inc©" program—an interactive, multimedia Holocaust project created by educator Tova Fish-Rosenberg. 

According to Golda Och Academy (GOA), this program transforms the traditional study of the Holocaust into an ...

Livingston Robotics Team T3CFAN Presents Hydro Dynamics Mission

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The seven fifth-and-sixth grade boys that make up the T3CFAN (The Team That Couldn’t Find a Name) robotics team shared their project idea for this year’s First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Challenge with the Livingston mayor and council on Monday.

Team T3CFAN is made up of four fifth graders and three sixth graders who are participating in this ...

Armed Robbery at Livingston Bottle King Still Under Investigation

November 18, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston police provided additional information regarding the ongoing investigation into an armed robbery that occurred last Friday, Nov. 10, at the Bottle King located at 343 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue.

Employees of Bottle King reported a shoplifting-in-progress to police at approximately 6:30 p.m. that evening. According to police, the employees described a ...

Police Investigate Armed Robbery in Livingston Friday Night

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Livingston Bottle King, 343 W. Mt. Pleasant Avenue, on Friday night.

The male suspect was described as being 5-foot 10-inches tall, wearing blue jeans, a gray/white windbreaker and a gray skullcap. Stolen proceeds were unknown at the time of this report.

Surrounding towns were notified about this ...

School Bus Strikes Telephone Pole in Livingston Thursday Morning

LIVINGSTON, NJ — A school bus that was picking up Newark Academy students on Thursday morning struck a telephone pole in the area of 25 Westmount Drive, causing live wires to fall and a nearby transformer to begin leaking fluids, according to police.

Police stated that no children were injured in the crash, and that the driver complained of pain but was not transported ...

Rutgers Men's Basketball Players Visit Saint Barnabas Pediatrics Department

November 17, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Athletics hosted a Community Relations Program, as Rutgers student-athletes made Systemwide Hospital Visits on Wednesday. Rutgers men’s basketball team members Deshawn Freeman, Geo Baker and Corey Sanders volunteered their time by visiting with pediatric patients and their families at RWJBarnabas Health’s Saint Barnabas ...

Football: Livingston Falls to Montclair, 63-6, in First Round of Playoffs

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston High School football season ended with a heartbreaker on Saturday, falling to the top-seeded Montclair Mounties, 63-6, in the first round of the NJSIAA, North 1, Group 5 playoffs.

The eighth-seeded Lancers end the 2017 season with and overall record of 5-4-1. The regular season ended on a high note last week with an overtime victory over Bayonne, ...

Livingston Travel Volleyball League Recognized for Perfect Season

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Members of the Senior Youth and Leisure Services (SYLS) 2017 Livingston Travel Volleyball team proudly donned their uniforms at the Livingston Township Council meeting on Monday, where they were presented with a citation from the township congratulating them on an undefeated season.

The mayor and council presented each girl with a customized certificate celebrating ...

Rutgers Men's Basketball Players Visit Saint Barnabas Pediatrics Department

November 17, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Athletics hosted a Community Relations Program, as Rutgers student-athletes made Systemwide Hospital Visits on Wednesday. Rutgers men’s basketball team members Deshawn Freeman, Geo Baker and Corey Sanders volunteered their time by visiting with pediatric patients and their families at RWJBarnabas Health’s Saint Barnabas ...

Local Businesses Honored at 25th Anniversary NJ Family Business of the Year Awards Luncheon

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Fifteen family businesses from around the state were recently honored at the 25th Anniversary NJ Family Business of the Year Awards Luncheon held at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, hosted by the Rothman Institute in conjunction with sponsors Sobel & Co., LLC, Coughlin Duffy LLP, PNC Bank, Crystal Plaza, NJ Business and NJBIA.

During a ceremony on Oct. 25, the ...

Hundreds Attend Livingston Sunrise Rotary's 14th Annual Food & Wine Tasting Event

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Sunrise Rotary’s signature food tasting event celebrated its 14th year last week when more than 400 area residents gathered at Livingston’s Westminster Hotel to help support the organization’s mission to raise funds for Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s (SBMC) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and other Rotary charities.

In ...

Goldfish Swim School Opens its Doors to Livingston Community

November 18, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The newest addition to the Goldfish Swim School franchise, the country’s leading water safety and swim lesson school offering infant and child swim lessons, celebrated its grand opening at its 8,300-square-foot location in Livingston this week with the start of classes and a ribbon cutting ceremony leading up to Sunday’s public grand opening event from 2 p.m. to ...

Local Businesses Honored at 25th Anniversary NJ Family Business of the Year Awards Luncheon

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Fifteen family businesses from around the state were recently honored at the 25th Anniversary NJ Family Business of the Year Awards Luncheon held at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, hosted by the Rothman Institute in conjunction with sponsors Sobel & Co., LLC, Coughlin Duffy LLP, PNC Bank, Crystal Plaza, NJ Business and NJBIA.

During a ceremony on Oct. 25, the ...

Sobel & Co. Networking Events Help Local Professionals Look and Feel Empowered

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Sobel & Co., LLC hosted two powerful networking events for local businesswomen in November that taught young professionals how to “dress for success” this season during the Livingston-based accounting firm’s quarterly Young Professional Women’s Roundtable and encouraged those at the monthly Executive Women’s Leadership Breakfast to ...

Holiday Lights Spectacular Opens at Turtle Back Zoo

November 17, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After reaching its 12th-consecutive attendance milestone in 2016 with 795,558 visitors during its 10th anniversary Holiday Lights Spectacular, the Turtle Back Zoo invites the public to the 11th annual Holiday Lights Spectacular, featuring 50 figures illuminated by one million lights both at the zoo and the surrounding Essex County South Mountain Recreation ...

Livingston Community Players Seeks Funding from Township

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Members of the Livingston Community Players (LCP) presented their case to the Livingston Township Council for inclusion in the municipal budget for 2018, speaking of the many ways that community theater enriches the lives of not only the performers, but community members interested in the arts as well.

Phyllis Meranus, the passionate president of LCP, spoke on ...

Friends of the Livingston Animal Shelter Advises Township on Infrastructure and TNR Needs

November 14, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — As construction begins at the new Livingston Animal Shelter, members of the Friends of the Livingston Animal Shelter (FOLAS) advisory committee attended Monday’s mayor and council meeting to make recommendations on how to improve shelter operations and how to address the township’s feral cat problem with a more productive Trap Neuter and Release (TNR) ...

Livingston Community Players Seeks Funding from Township

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Members of the Livingston Community Players (LCP) presented their case to the Livingston Township Council for inclusion in the municipal budget for 2018, speaking of the many ways that community theater enriches the lives of not only the performers, but community members interested in the arts as well.

Phyllis Meranus, the passionate president of LCP, spoke on ...

Livingston Robotics Team T3CFAN Presents Hydro Dynamics Mission

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The seven fifth-and-sixth grade boys that make up the T3CFAN (The Team That Couldn’t Find a Name) robotics team shared their project idea for this year’s First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Challenge with the Livingston mayor and council on Monday.

Team T3CFAN is made up of four fifth graders and three sixth graders who are participating in this ...

Livingston's Family Healing Center to Host Free Stress-Management Workshop

November 17, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Family Healing Center (FHC) of Livingston is hosting a free event for parents entitled “Managing Stress for Success,” a workshop is designed to help children cope with the stresses of life, on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 249 E. Northfield Road, Suite LL5.

The workshop will involve a fun, informative and interactive talk with Dr.

National Indoor Cycling Studio Brings High-Energy Experience to Livingston

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Delvin Burton and Charlotte Jones-Burton, the owners of the new premium indoor cycling studio CycleBar Livingston, are adding to the growing list of new locations in towns and cities across the country by bringing the nationally recognized brand to 277 Eisenhower Parkway. 

CycleBar Livingston, which celebrated its grand opening in ...

Skin Surveillance Program Available at Saint Barnabas Medical Center

LIVINGSTON, NJ — As skin cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, early detection is vital to successful treatment. In response, The Melanoma Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) has partnered with MoleSafe USA to begin offering a Skin Surveillance Program to provide the community with access to diagnostic screening for the early ...

October in Review: Top 10 Stories of the Month in Livingston

November 5, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Check out TAPinto Livingston’s Top 10 stories of October, based on pageviews.

1. Livingston Juveniles Transported to Local Hospitals Following Large Party

2. Pedestrian Struck on South Livingston Avenue

3. Livingston Family Brings Awareness to Son’s “Sleeping Beauty” Syndrome

4. Clear Majority of Livingston Parents Attending Forum on ...

Livingston Firefighters Visit Temple B’nai Abraham’s Early School

October 30, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Students of the Early School (ES) of Temple B’nai Abraham enjoyed time with members of the Livingston Fire Department during Fire Prevention Month in October when they visited the school with a fire truck and gear.

Livingston Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Francione and Livingston Firefighter Tracey Bent shared the annual safety message and ...

Friends of the Livingston Animal Shelter Advises Township on Infrastructure and TNR Needs

November 14, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — As construction begins at the new Livingston Animal Shelter, members of the Friends of the Livingston Animal Shelter (FOLAS) advisory committee attended Monday’s mayor and council meeting to make recommendations on how to improve shelter operations and how to address the township’s feral cat problem with a more productive Trap Neuter and Release (TNR) ...

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Essex County Man Found Dead After Shooting Near Feaster Park

November 18, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - An Essex County man died Friday night after a shooting in New Brunswick, authorities announced on Saturday.

Tawan Moses, 25, of East Orange, was found dead by authorities at 8:30 p.m. on Throop Avenue near Fester Park, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey.

Moses had multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the ...

Now That PSATs are Done, It's Time to Plan a Testing Schedule

Each year, roughly 1.5 million students take the SAT and roughly the same number of students take the ACT each year as well. Most college bound students need to take one of these tests to showcase their academic abilities and gain admission to the college of their choosing. (Curious about test optional colleges? Click here.) 

Scheduling early and planning your test ...

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Parting Advice from Four Decades on the Front Lines of Local News

November 11, 2017

In February 1978 I walked into the office of The Rahway News-Record and Clark Patriot to begin what I thought was to be a short-term job stepping stone. 

Instead, it turned out to be a nearly 40-year odyssey in local journalism—including the last eight—overwhelmingly great—years with The Alternative Press (TapInto.Net).

I have decided it is time to spend more time in ...

Livingston Offices to Close for Thanksgiving Holiday; No Garbage or Recycling Pickup on Thanksgiving Day

November 18, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ – All Township of Livingston offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

There will be no garbage or recycling pickup on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23. Garbage for those with Monday/Thursday pickup will be collected on the next regularly scheduled day, Monday, Nov. 27.

Recycling collection will move back one ...

Sustained, Severe Cuts Equal Setbacks at NJ Department of Environmental Protection

November 6, 2017

Long-term budget and staff cuts have severely impacted the ability of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to carry out critical work to protect New Jersey’s environment and residents. This has serious implications for wildlife, public health and our economy. DEP is charged with managing and protecting the State’s environment and natural resources.

This ...

The Last Game

My daughter recently played the last soccer game of her career.  

 

Yippee!  No more practices!  No more tournaments!  No more long drives to obscure fields!  No more tiny black turf pellets all over the car!

 

No more selfish surges of pride watching her athletic achievements.  No more thrilling victories.

 

My daughter is a ...