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Livingston Math Team Places First Out of Over 500 Teams in Prestigious Competition

May 15, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Five Livingston High School students from Cheryl Coursen's Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus BC and Multivariable Calculus classes—including Aditya Desai, Sidhant Srivastava, Leo Stepanewk, Edward Wang and Charles Yu—recently placed first out of more than 500 teams in this year’s MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge (M3) competition and will receive a ...

Softball: Previously Undefeated Livingston Falls to Verona, 4-1

VERONA, NJ — The Verona softball team made Essex County news with a 4-1 victory over previously undefeated Livingston on Thursday.

Carlie Goldstein hit a two-run homer and Sara Bochicchio singled in a run for Verona (8-4), which scored two runs in the fourth inning and two in the fifth inning.

Winning pitcher Melanie Naeris pitched a six-hitter, walked two and struck out two. She ...

Three Saint Barnabas Professionals Named Among Livingston’s Most Inspiring Women

May 10, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Three staff members from Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) and RWJBarnabas Health were recently honored for their outstanding service to the Livingston community when the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (LCDI) teamed up with the Livingston Township Council to host the first annual Inspiring Women of Livingston awards ceremony.

Dr. Kristin Fless ...

Homewatch CareGivers of South Orange Hits Major Vaccination Milestone

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — At Homewatch CareGivers of South Orange, the healthcare providers know that many community members have postponed necessary home care for their family members due to concerns about COVID-19 exposure and that isolation and loneliness have had a major impact on seniors over the last year. Larry Aronson, owner of the South Orange-based ...

Livingston Vaccination Rate Remains Among Highest in New Jersey

May 11, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following the launch of a new statewide dashboard that includes percentages of adults in each New Jersey municipality who have received one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) released updated statistics on Tuesday indicating that 60% of Livingston Township residents have been fully vaccinated and that 80% ...

Walk-In Vaccination Appointments Now Available at Two Essex County Sites

NEWARK, NJ — Two Essex County Vaccination Centers, including Kmart at 235 Prospect Avenue in West Orange and Essex County College at 177 West Market Street in Newark, are now open for walk-in appointments from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday to anyone who resides, works or attends school in Essex County.

As of this week, the county vaccination centers at Sears in ...

Livingston Math Team Places First Out of Over 500 Teams in Prestigious Competition

May 15, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Five Livingston High School students from Cheryl Coursen's Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus BC and Multivariable Calculus classes—including Aditya Desai, Sidhant Srivastava, Leo Stepanewk, Edward Wang and Charles Yu—recently placed first out of more than 500 teams in this year’s MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge (M3) competition and will receive a ...

Livingston Public Schools Adopts 2021-2022 Budget with $87 Tax Increase to Average Home

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The average Livingston home, assessed at approximately $700,000, will see an annual school tax increase of approximately $87 based on the final 2021-2022 district budget as adopted on Tuesday at the conclusion of the Livingston Board of Education (LBOE) meeting and public hearing.

The Livingston Public Schools (LPS) budget, which is further broken down in the photos ...

Riker Hill Elementary School Students to Present Entrepreneurial Marketplace on May 6

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Future entrepreneurs from Riker Hill Elementary School will have the opportunity to display and sell their products to members of the Livingston community on Thursday during the school’s one-night-only TREP$ Marketplace being held on site at 31 Blackstone Drive from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Through the TREP$ program—which empowers children to become ...

Impact100 Essex Invites Prospective Volunteers to Attend Weekly Membership Drives

May 12, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Impact100 Essex, a women’s giving collective that awards grants to nonprofits serving Essex County, is looking to expand its membership and is holding weekly virtual information sessions for prospective members. Throughout the month of May, the organization is holding information sessions every Tuesday evening and can also arrange for a personalized session for ...

Three Saint Barnabas Professionals Named Among Livingston’s Most Inspiring Women

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Three staff members from Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) and RWJBarnabas Health were recently honored for their outstanding service to the Livingston community when the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (LCDI) teamed up with the Livingston Township Council to host the first annual Inspiring Women of Livingston awards ceremony.

Dr. Kristin Fless ...

Livingston to Celebrate Bicycle Safety Week with Various Activities Beginning Sunday, May 2

April 30, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Police Department (LPD) is partnering with Livingston Public Schools to celebrate Bicycle Safety Week from Sunday, May 2 to Saturday, May 8.

According to the LPD, this week was selected to coincide with National Bike to School Day, a nationwide event that encourages elementary-aged children to ride their bikes to school on May 5.

Other activities for ...

Construction at Northfield Center in Livingston Begins with Demolition of Baptist Church

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Demolition has officially begun at the former Northfield Baptist Church at the corner of South Livingston Avenue and East Northfield Road, where the township recently approved an application by Livingston Builders, LLC, to create a mixed-use residential and retail development at the location, dubbed “Northfield Center.”

The proposal, which was given ...

Missing Baby Found Unharmed After NJ Police Issue Statewide Amber Alert

May 10, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Following an Amber alert issued on Monday afternoon, authorities located two-week-old Chinna Payne in East Orange just after 3 p.m. along with the man last seen with the infant, according to New Jersey State Police. 

Police reported that Damion Payne, 27, of Newark, is accused of assaulting the child's mother in Newark before leaving ...

Livingston Police Department Provides Updates on Traffic Issues, Upcoming Events and More

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In the interest of keeping open communication with Livingston residents, Livingston Police Chief Gary Marshuetz has announced his intentions to have the Livingston Police Department (LPD) issue periodic updates about the current state of the department and plans for the future.

Local Policing Updates:

According to Marshuetz, the LPD has been noticing an increase ...

Officials Explain Why Livingston Mall is Not Currently Viable for Affordable Housing

May 13, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Prior to opening the public hearings for three ordinances related to affordable housing within the Township of Livingston on Monday, the Livingston Township Council invited its legal representative, Gary Hall, to further clarify the process for satisfying the affordable-housing requirements set forth by the Supreme Court of New Jersey and also addressed public inquiries ...

Livingston Council Adopts Housing Ordinances, Postpones One for Further Review

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In order to satisfy the municipality’s state-mandated affordable-housing obligations, the Livingston Township Council adopted two ordinances on Monday establishing overlay zones to allow for residential housing and kept a third ordinance open for further review after hearing mixed comments from residents on all three proposals.

The public hearing for an ...

Livingston’s Sun Sisters Earn First Place in Statewide Conservation Poster Contest

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston sisters Lynn and Grace Sun, who were recently selected as first-place winners of the New Jersey State Conservation Poster Contest, were invited to share their winning posters based on this year’s contest theme, “Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators?”

Lynn, a seventh-grader at Heritage Middle School, and Grace, a fourth grader at ...

Softball: Previously Undefeated Livingston Falls to Verona, 4-1

May 15, 2021

VERONA, NJ — The Verona softball team made Essex County news with a 4-1 victory over previously undefeated Livingston on Thursday.

Carlie Goldstein hit a two-run homer and Sara Bochicchio singled in a run for Verona (8-4), which scored two runs in the fourth inning and two in the fifth inning.

Winning pitcher Melanie Naeris pitched a six-hitter, walked two and struck out two. She ...

Boys Tennis: Livingston Defeats MKA, Advances in Essex County Tournament

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston boys tennis team advanced in the quarterfinal round of the Essex County Tournament with a 4-1 victory over Montclair-Kimberley Academy on Thursday.

Stanly Shukhman, Livingston's first singles entry, won, 6-2, 6-3. Robert Coleman won for Livingston at second singles, 6-1, 6-1. The Lancers' Andrew Rhodes took third singles by scores of 6-1, ...

Livingston Officials Explore Options for 4th of July Celebration

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following a lengthy meeting between Livingston’s 4th of July Committee and members of the Livingston Police Department, Livingston Department of Public Works, Livingston Physicians Advisory Board and others to discuss the plausibility of hosting the event this summer, the group provided an update on its plans for the upcoming celebration during Monday’s ...

Saint Barnabas Medical Center Inducts New Medical Staff Leadership

May 9, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The nearly 1,600 attending physicians at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) recently elected leaders among the group to serve two-year terms as Medical Staff Officers.

Inducted at the Quarterly Medical Staff Meeting in April were Alan Garten, MD, who will serve as Medical Staff President as well as First Vice President Michael Addis, MD; Second Vice President John ...

StretchLab Livingston Stresses Importance of Assisted Stretching in Wake of Pandemic

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Despite facing the trials and tribulations that many small businesses endured as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, StretchLab of Livingston has regained its former success since reopening in June 2020 by enhancing its services and maintaining a steady stream of loyal members.

When the hands-on assisted-stretching studio was forced to close in March ...

Construction at Northfield Center in Livingston Begins with Demolition of Baptist Church

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Demolition has officially begun at the former Northfield Baptist Church at the corner of South Livingston Avenue and East Northfield Road, where the township recently approved an application by Livingston Builders, LLC, to create a mixed-use residential and retail development at the location, dubbed “Northfield Center.”

The proposal, which was given ...

Livingston Justice Announces Winners of First Youth Creative Expression Contest

May 10, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After inviting local children in grades Pre-K through 12 to demonstrate their personal interpretation of justice through any medium of their choice, the Livingston Justice community action group has announced the winners of its first Livingston Justice Youth Creative Expression Contest.

The winners each received a gift certificate to Source of ...

Mt. Pleasant Middle School to Present Outdoor Spring Musical "Dear Edwina Jr."

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Sixth graders at Livingston’s Mt. Pleasant Middle School (MPMS) will present their spring musical “Dear Edwina Jr.” on Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7 at 7 p.m.

“Dear Edwina Jr.” is a one-hour children's story by the same creators as “Junie B. Jones” about 13-year-old Edwina Spoonapple as she shares her wisdom about ...

Livingston Sings! Anniversary Show Highlights Local Arts and Acts of Kindness

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston’s Holli Ehrlich and Robert Allen, husband-and-wife founders of New Media Connection, along with Livingston residents Martha Ackermann and Alan Karpas from Healthy Community Healthy Youth (HCHY) and Neeli Berger Margolis from LTown Lowdown reunited last weekend to produce their second musical telethon to benefit Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors ...

Livingston’s Sun Sisters Earn First Place in Statewide Conservation Poster Contest

May 11, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston sisters Lynn and Grace Sun, who were recently selected as first-place winners of the New Jersey State Conservation Poster Contest, were invited to share their winning posters based on this year’s contest theme, “Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators?”

Lynn, a seventh-grader at Heritage Middle School, and Grace, a fourth grader at ...

Livingston Justice Partners with Environmental Center for Kids Composting and Worm Lab

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In celebration of Environmental Justice Month and in recognition of the need to improve and maintain a healthy environment—especially for communities of color that are disproportionately impacted by pollution—the Livingston Justice community action group recently partnered with the Essex County Environmental Center to offer a kids' composting class and ...

Livingston Native Urges Residents to Join Mission to Rid Streets of Garbage

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston native Jason Cohen, a local realtor at Coldwell Banker who has been passionate about keeping litter off the streets of Livingston for the last few years, recently became known for these efforts as he started extending the invitation to other residents to join in bi-monthly Saturday-morning cleanups.

Cohen, who was publicly recognized by the ...

Livingston Resident Inspires Others to Attend International Women’s Day Diwali Festival

April 19, 2021

SHORT HILLS, NJ — A group of women from throughout the Essex County area recently attended a Diwali Festival at the Short Hills Mall at the invitation of Livingston resident Khusha Vaidya, who serves as Essex County Brand Ambassador to The Corporate Diwali (TCD), an initiative established in effort to share the Indian holiday throughout the United States.

TCD is a ...

Officials Explain Why Livingston Mall is Not Currently Viable for Affordable Housing

May 13, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Prior to opening the public hearings for three ordinances related to affordable housing within the Township of Livingston on Monday, the Livingston Township Council invited its legal representative, Gary Hall, to further clarify the process for satisfying the affordable-housing requirements set forth by the Supreme Court of New Jersey and also addressed public inquiries ...

Livingston Council Adopts Housing Ordinances, Postpones One for Further Review

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In order to satisfy the municipality’s state-mandated affordable-housing obligations, the Livingston Township Council adopted two ordinances on Monday establishing overlay zones to allow for residential housing and kept a third ordinance open for further review after hearing mixed comments from residents on all three proposals.

The public hearing for an ...

Livingston Council Tables Three Affordable-Housing Ordinances After Public Pushback

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Three ordinances related to affordable-housing units that were up for final hearing in Livingston on Monday were tabled until the next Livingston Township Council meeting on May 10 at the conclusion of public comments that lasted nearly three hours.

If adopted, the three ordinances would establish residential overlay districts within the community to help the ...

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Livingston Student Named All-Star Player When Quizbowl Teams Compete at National Championship

May 4, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Two Quizbowl teams from Heritage Middle School (HMS) recently competed in the National Championship Tournament, where the Heritage B team placed 58 out of 112 teams by winning four out of eight challenging rounds, and the Heritage A team won five out of eight rounds on day one to qualify for the double elimination playoffs that were held on the second day of the ...

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Community Conversations: AFib, Heart Health and Stroke Prevention

People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) are five times more likely to have a stroke than the average person. In this Community Conversation, Atlantic Medical Group cardiologists Timothy Mahoney, MD, and Michael Katz, MD, answer your questions on managing AFib and reducing your risk of stroke. See all of Atlantic Health System's Community Conversations ...

Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

Essex County Has Second-Highest Gas Prices in New Jersey Following U.S. Cyber Attack

May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.01 per gallon nationally. 

In Essex County, the price at the pump has hit $3.08 as of Wednesday, part of a national trend in high gas ...

Advocacy Group Applauds Murphy, Legislators for Effort to Fight Organ Donor Insurance Discrimination

May 10, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Science in Donation, a non-profit organization devoted to supporting, educating, and advocating on behalf of the interests or members of the donation and transplant communities, is celebrating Governor Phil Murphy’s signing of a new law that prohibits insurance discrimination against living organ donors.

Since its launch, the group has been advocating against ...

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CareOne's EVP and CNO Share their Thoughts on Nurses Day 2021

May 13, 2021

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To CareOne nurses and all nurses everywhere:

Each May we celebrate the birthday of the pioneer of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. From the start of her career, Florence Nightingale was challenged with crisis such as Cholera and the trauma of war. These crises provided a deep desire to improve care and conditions for her patients. The birth of the modern ...