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Livingston Council Prohibits Certain Activities at 9/11 Memorial Garden

August 6, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — An ordinance prohibiting certain activities inside Livingston’s 9/11 Memorial Garden located at the Oval was adopted during Monday’s Livingston Township Council meeting after a recent incident involving a personal trainer and client who refused to relocate their session despite requests from both a police officer and a small group of residents participating ...

A Closer Look at Matt Nichter, Livingston’s Fox-Fighting Hero

LIVINGSTON, NJ — A 20-year-old Livingston resident is becoming a recognized face throughout the tri-state area after he saved 8-year-old Dylan Dratch from an attacking fox that could have caused much worse damage had he not interfered.

While walking with a friend near a shed on Springbrook Road on July 29, Dratch was met with a fox that refused to detach from her shins and ...

Thousands Still Without Power in Livingston, Food Source Shares Tips on What to Toss

August 4, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — As of 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, after high winds and heavy rain caused by Tropical Storm Isaias brought down numerous trees, branches and wires during the day, PSEG and JCP&L reported thousands of ongoing outages in the Township of Livingston and plans for restoration. 

Additionally, with nearly 20 percent of Essex County residents left without power ...

More Than 76 Percent of Livingston COVID-19 Deaths Reported from LTC Facilities

Editor's Note: The title of this article was updated due to a typo in the original version. The accurate percentage of deaths from LTC facilities is 76.8.

LIVINGSTON, NJ — As the number of COVID-19 cases increased to 514 in Livingston on Thursday, the township announced that 53 of the 69 local deaths attributed to the coronavirus have been from Livingston-based long-term ...

Local Coronavirus Update: NJ Youth Urged to Stop Partying Indoors

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 among Livingston residents dropped from 69 to 67 on Monday, days after the township released details about why data has been inconsistent from day to day as a result of case investigations.

According to county data released Monday, Livingston saw three new COVID-19 cases from the previous day, bringing the ...

NJ Re-Tightens Restrictions on Indoor Gatherings as Transmission Rate Trends Up 

August 3, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — With New Jersey’s COVID-19 rate of transmission (Rt) nearly doubling over the last month—from 0.87 in early July to 1.48 on Monday—Gov. Phil Murphy announced caps on indoor gatherings have been tightened once again.

The state’s Rt indicates that every positive case of COVID-19 is currently leading to more than one additional case. The ...

Livingston COVID-19 Update: Battle Continues as Rate of Transmission Rises

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Despite reporting that there were no in-hospital COVID-19 deaths during the 24-hour period ending at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday for the first time since March 10, Gov. Phil Murphy expressed disappointment on Friday afternoon over the significant increase in the rate of transmission (rT) across New Jersey. 

Although the State of New Jersey is currently ...

More Than 76 Percent of Livingston COVID-19 Deaths Reported from LTC Facilities

Editor's Note: The title of this article was updated due to a typo in the original version. The accurate percentage of deaths from LTC facilities is 76.8.

LIVINGSTON, NJ — As the number of COVID-19 cases increased to 514 in Livingston on Thursday, the township announced that 53 of the 69 local deaths attributed to the coronavirus have been from Livingston-based long-term ...

A Closer Look at Matt Nichter, Livingston’s Fox-Fighting Hero

August 5, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — A 20-year-old Livingston resident is becoming a recognized face throughout the tri-state area after he saved 8-year-old Dylan Dratch from an attacking fox that could have caused much worse damage had he not interfered.

While walking with a friend near a shed on Springbrook Road on July 29, Dratch was met with a fox that refused to detach from her shins and ...

GoFundMe Created for Child of Livingston Worker After Her Unexpected Death

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been updated to reflect that the deceased worked in Livingston but was not a Livingston resident, as previously stated. 

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After Magdalena “Magda” Fitkowska, a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) at Livingston’s Sacks Orthodontics, died suddenly on July 18 at 36 years old, coworkers and ...

Livingston Nonprofits Continue to Serve Those in Need During Pandemic

LIVINGSTON, NJ — More than five months after the Township of Livingston saw its first local case of COVID-19, nonprofit organizations throughout the community continue to find ways to serve others who are in need of a little extra assistance during these challenging times.

In addition to the many projects highlighted over the last few months—including recent endeavors like the ...

Survey Reveals Livingston Parents and Teachers Feel Differently About Reopening

July 31, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — While analyzing the results of the recent “Return to School” survey distributed to Livingston Public Schools (LPS) teachers and families, members of the Livingston Board of Education (LBOE) expressed a need to prioritize the faculty members as much as the students when making decisions for reopening in the fall.   

As seen in the photos above, ...

Livingston Residents Continue Black Lives Matter Discussion Via "Coffee Talks"

LIVINGSTON, NJ — As part of a series of “Coffee Talks” established at the start of the pandemic as a way to “engage the Livingston community and discuss today’s top-of-mind topics," the “Livingston Education!” Facebook group has made the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement a central topic of conversation over the past few weeks.

Following ...

Livingston High School Coding Club Teaches Free Classes During Pandemic

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After nearly two months of remote learning due to the global health crisis, members of the Livingston High School (LHS) Coding Club began hosting free coding classes that attracted more than 20 participants in each of the nine weekly classes.

The club’s five board members—rising juniors Aryan Bansal (president), Dylan Benzi (vice president) and ...

Livingston Residents Praise Storm Response Despite Outage at Police Headquarters

August 4, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, high winds and heavy rain caused by Tropical Storm Isaias brought down numerous trees, branches and wires throughout the Township of Livingston, causing damage to several homes and leaving a large percentage of the community without power—including the Livingston Police Department (LPD).

In addition to thousands of ...

8-Year-Old Livingston Resident Hospitalized After Fox Attack

LIVINGSTON, NJ — An 8-year-old girl from Livingston was transported to Saint Barnabas Medical Center on Wednesday after being attacked and bitten by a fox while playing near a shed on Springbrook Road, according to police.

Upon their arrival at a Deal Lane residence around 4:45 p.m., Livingston officers discovered that the child suffered several small puncture wounds to her ...

Livingston Council Prohibits Certain Activities at 9/11 Memorial Garden

August 6, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — An ordinance prohibiting certain activities inside Livingston’s 9/11 Memorial Garden located at the Oval was adopted during Monday’s Livingston Township Council meeting after a recent incident involving a personal trainer and client who refused to relocate their session despite requests from both a police officer and a small group of residents participating ...

Livingston COVID-19 Update: Battle Continues as Rate of Transmission Rises

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Despite reporting that there were no in-hospital COVID-19 deaths during the 24-hour period ending at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday for the first time since March 10, Gov. Phil Murphy expressed disappointment on Friday afternoon over the significant increase in the rate of transmission (rT) across New Jersey. 

Although the State of New Jersey is currently ...

Livingston Coronavirus Update: Breakdown of Cases by LTC Facilities and More

LIVINGSTON, NJ — According to the latest statistics from the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) on the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths coming out of long-term care (LTC) facilities throughout the state, about 54.5 percent of cases and about 84 percent deaths reported in Livingston on Monday evening were from LTC facilities.

Essex County reported a total of 510 cases and 69 ...

Livingston Soccer Coaches Describe Pre-season Atmosphere, React to Phase 2 Guidelines

July 21, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — At Livingston High School, the boys and girls soccer programs are dealing with a summer that's different from anything they've ever seen in preparation for a fall season that, at the very least, will start several weeks later than a normal fall soccer season.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) recently ...

Summer Tournament Allows Livingston Team to Honor Seniors, Raise Funds for Pediatric Cancer

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Although Livingston’s “Team Jake” will not be moving on in the Last Dance Baseball Tournament this summer, the smiles were still evident even under the masks of players, coaches and fans over the last three days of pool play at Okner Parkway’s Tevlin Field.

The members of Team Jake, who were slated to play on the Livingston High School (LHS) ...

Livingston Baseball Team Returns to Field for Round 1 of Last Dance Tournament

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Playing in honor of Jake Kestler, a Livingston teen who lost his battle with cancer in April 2019 at age 14, the Livingston High School (LHS) varsity baseball team finally returned to the diamond on Tuesday for round one of the three-week Last Dance Baseball Tournament being held statewide.

The members of “Team Jake”—which was seeded second in its ...

The Barker Lounge Dog Daycare, Boarding & Grooming Facility to Open in Livingston

August 2, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Knowing that choosing a pet care provider should be taken as seriously as choosing a childcare provider, brothers Robert and Michael Gonnello are making that decision easier for Livingston-area residents by bringing a highly successful doggy day care franchise to the community.

Opening in September at 81 Dorsa Avenue in Livingston, The Barker Lounge will provide ...

Livingston Businesses to Continue Sidewalk Sales Through August

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following the success of town-wide sidewalk sales held at the end of July in Livingston, the following stores will provide an opportunity for area residents to do a little fresh-air outdoor browsing during their regular business hours on Wednesdays throughout the month of August.

Any participating businesses not seen below should contact TAPinto Livingston ...

Livingston’s Cocco Bello Café Brings Traditional Italian Cuisine Outdoors

LIVINGSTON, NJ — With permission from neighboring businesses to utilize their outdoor space and a brand new, award-winning chef who has developed a unique menu of fine Italian dishes, Cocco Bello Café at 155 South Livingston Avenue has quickly become one of the most popular dining establishments in the area in the weeks since New Jersey eateries were permitted open for outdoor ...

Livingston Public Library to Reopen Tuesday for Limited Services

August 2, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Public Library (LPL) announced Sunday that the facility will begin offering “Browse and Borrow” access to a selection of curated materials four days a week beginning on Tuesday at 10 a.m. In addition to continuing its popular contactless pickup service on Monday and Thursdays, LPL will also provide access to patrons for up to one hour while they ...

Livingston Reschedules Gazebo Concert in Accordance with Increased Gathering Limits

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Although Livingston’s 2020 Summer Concert series was canceled due to the pandemic, the governor’s recent executive order increasing the outdoor gathering capacity to 500 people has allowed the Senior, Youth & Leisure Services (SLYS) department to reschedule one of the concerts.

“The B-Street Band,” a Bruce Springsteen tribute band that has ...

Livingston Conducts Survey on Adult and Senior Programming During Pandemic

LIVINGSTON, NJ— Livingston’s Senior Youth and Leisure Services (SYLS), which has been hosting online fitness and enrichment classes weekly since March, is conducting a survey to garner feedback on some of the challenges that the township’s older-adult population has been experiencing during the pandemic and where people stand on continuing to attend online classes versus ...

Livingston’s Cocco Bello Café Brings Traditional Italian Cuisine Outdoors

July 23, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — With permission from neighboring businesses to utilize their outdoor space and a brand new, award-winning chef who has developed a unique menu of fine Italian dishes, Cocco Bello Café at 155 South Livingston Avenue has quickly become one of the most popular dining establishments in the area in the weeks since New Jersey eateries were permitted open for outdoor ...

Livingston Advises on How to Report an Outage as Residents Prepare for Isaias

August 3, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for the region, stating that winds could reach 58-to-73 miles per hour (MPH) on Tuesday with possible impacts to roofing and siding along with porches, awning and carports.

According to the National Weather Service, trees may be snapped or uprooted, and some roads may become impassable from ...

Livingston Named No. 3 Community to Raise a Family in Essex County

LIVINGSTON, NJ — As part of Niche.com's annual rankings, the Township of Livingston was recently named the No. 14 community to raise a family in New Jersey and No. 3 in Essex County.

Upper Montclair, Mountain Lakes and Short Hills comprise Niche.com’s top three places in New Jersey to raise a family in 2020 based on public data sets and millions of ...

Don't Plant the Strange Seeds in Your Mailbox, NJDOA Says

July 30, 2020

NEW JERSEY — The New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDOA) offered advice on Wednesday after it got reports of individuals receiving unsolicited seeds through the mail from China.

“Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants or be harmful to livestock,” the NJDOA said in a public statement. “Sometimes the seeds are sent in ...

Local Expert Says Comet NEOWISE Will Make its Closest Approach on Thursday

The following article was written by Dr. Daniel J. Ciarletta, a graduate of the Environmental Science and Management program at Montclair State University and a longtime resident of Hawthorne who has more than a passing interest in the geology, geography and history of New Jersey.

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Not since Hale-Bopp in 1997 has a comet been so visible to Northern Hemisphere viewers.

Take This Month’s Mini-Survey on the Livingston Environmental Commission

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In order to reach the maximum number of people from the Livingston community, Livingston Vision 20/20 has opted to post a new mini-survey survey every month rather than distributing its traditional community survey in hopes that this will encourage residents to take between two and four minutes each month to voice their opinions on crucial matters.

The latest survey, ...

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The Story of Livingston’s Bottone Family Farm

July 22, 2020

Disclaimer: This article has been written by a community member as part of TAPinto Livingston's news "Livingston History" section. Residents are encouraged to submit similar articles, photos or story ideas related to the history of Livingston Township to dsantola@tapinto.net. 

LIVINGSTON, NJ — As of this week, the last of the Bottones living on the family’s ...

Butterfly Tent Safari Now Open at Essex County Environmental Center

August 4, 2020

ROSELAND, NJ — The Butterfly Tent Safari at the Essex County Environmental Center, which features live butterflies and a butterfly take-away craft for all ages, is now open through Friday, Aug. 14 with a modified program to promote social distancing. All visitors are required to wear face coverings.

“Our Butterfly Tent Safari at the Essex County Environmental Center is an ...

A New Era in Elegance Set to Begin as Crystal Plaza Breaks Ground for Major Expansion

August 3, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Crystal Plaza, named one of the best wedding venues 10 years in a row, is breaking ground and renovating for a new era in elegance. The expansion will include a new Penthouse Bridal Salon, Men’s Club, Atrium Ceremony Space and Grand Walkway. 

“Not only will we be creating additional elegant space, (nearly 10,000 square feet) we are creating a ...

Fighting Epidemics: Will we have the interventions and still fail?

The following article was written by Dr. Su Wang, MD MPH, a primary care physician living with hepatitis B and president of the World Hepatitis Alliance, in recognition of World Hepatitis Day. 

World Hepatitis Day is celebrated on July 28 and it is one of the only seven disease-specific days celebrated by the World Health Organization (WHO).  This is a landmark year with 10 ...