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Livingston Shares July 4th Safety Tips for Fireworks, Food, Health and Pets

July 3, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In the absence of Livingston’s annual July 4th celebration, which has been canceled in order to present the spread of COVID-19, the township recognizes that many residents will find new ways to celebrate and urges residents to enjoy the holiday safely by following the tips shared below.

Fireworks Safety: Follow NJ Laws and Take Precautions

As a safer ...

Livingston Celebrates Women Veterans with Virtual Q&A

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After being the first New Jersey municipality to celebrate Women Veterans Appreciation Day in 2019, the Township of Livingston recently celebrated the holiday for the second consecutive year through a virtual ceremony produced by members of the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (LDCI).

“Thanks to LCDI member Ava Reinfeld, who proposed the ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Outdoor Gathering Limit to 500

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, although the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by certain measures within the state. 

According to Murphy, hospitalizations are down 94 percent from New Jersey's ...

Photos: Livingston 5th Graders, Kindergartners Celebrate Moving Up

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston’s six elementary schools celebrated milestones in various ways last week, including hosting “wave parades” and providing photo opportunities in order to safely acknowledge the graduating fifth graders and kindergartners as they move to the next grade level at Livingston Public Schools (LPS).

Modeled after the traditional “clap ...

Livingston Shares July 4th Safety Tips for Fireworks, Food, Health and Pets

July 3, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In the absence of Livingston’s annual July 4th celebration, which has been canceled in order to present the spread of COVID-19, the township recognizes that many residents will find new ways to celebrate and urges residents to enjoy the holiday safely by following the tips shared below.

Fireworks Safety: Follow NJ Laws and Take Precautions

As a safer ...

Livingston Sees 15 New Cases in June Compared to 283 in April

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The total of COVID-19 cases among Livingston residents remained under 500 at the start of July, as the township only saw 15 new cases and three deaths attributed to the coronavirus in June.

The total increase over the course of the month indicates a significant slowing of the spread within the Township of Livingston, which had previously seen a monthly increase of ...

Contact Tracers Seen as Key Component in New Jersey's Fight Against Coronavirus

TRENTON, NJ — The State of New Jersey is hiring more than 230 contact tracers as part of its ongoing fight against COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy announced during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Murphy, the tracers being on-boarded are in addition to the 900 tracers already working throughout the state. He stated that all contact tracers ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Outdoor Gathering Limit to 500

July 3, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, although the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by certain measures within the state. 

According to Murphy, hospitalizations are down 94 percent from New Jersey's ...

Livingston Sees 15 New Cases in June Compared to 283 in April

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The total of COVID-19 cases among Livingston residents remained under 500 at the start of July, as the township only saw 15 new cases and three deaths attributed to the coronavirus in June.

The total increase over the course of the month indicates a significant slowing of the spread within the Township of Livingston, which had previously seen a monthly increase of ...

Murphy Explains Indoor Dining Pause; Signs Extended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Tuesday that he has signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, allowing the state to continue spending through September.

Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended 2020 state fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, slashes $1.2 ...

Livingston Celebrates Women Veterans with Virtual Q&A

July 3, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After being the first New Jersey municipality to celebrate Women Veterans Appreciation Day in 2019, the Township of Livingston recently celebrated the holiday for the second consecutive year through a virtual ceremony produced by members of the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (LDCI).

“Thanks to LCDI member Ava Reinfeld, who proposed the ...

Livingston Native's Life-Saving Actions Inspire Family to Fund Swab Kits for Recent Grads

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Inspired by a 23-year-old Livingston native who risked his own health to save the life of a 70-year-old man battling acute myeloid leukemia at the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic, Livingston’s Warter family has decided to fund the first 100 graduates from the Class of 2020 who join the Gift of Life Marrow Registry through the family's donor ...

Video: Livingston Raises Pride Flag for Fifth Year in Honor of LGBTQ+ Residents

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Despite not being able to celebrate in person this year, the Township of Livingston still raised the Pride Flag in front of Livingston Town Hall on Thursday to commemorate the anniversary of the first time the flag was flown in the United States on June 25, 1978, in San Francisco.

After being raised to the tip of the pole, the flag was lowered ...

Photos: Livingston 5th Graders, Kindergartners Celebrate Moving Up

July 2, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston’s six elementary schools celebrated milestones in various ways last week, including hosting “wave parades” and providing photo opportunities in order to safely acknowledge the graduating fifth graders and kindergartners as they move to the next grade level at Livingston Public Schools (LPS).

Modeled after the traditional “clap ...

Photos: Heritage Middle School Holds 22 Mini Ceremonies and Virtual Graduation

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Heritage Middle School held 22 small ceremonies to recognize 497 graduating students on June 23, accompanied by a virtual moving up-ceremony.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Block addressed the graduates, expressing how excited the staff and administrators at Livingston High School are to welcome them in the fall.

“I know you’re going to make a real ...

Photos: Livingston High School Gains 489 Alumni in Live Virtual Ceremony

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The 489 members of Livingston High School’s Class of 2020 ended a month’s worth of graduation activities on Thursday with the school’s first virtual graduation ceremony, which was broadcast live on LTV and the Livingston Public Schools Facebook page.

Following the ceremony, community members helped the new Livingston alumni celebrate by stepping ...

80-Year-Old Woman Struck by Unattended Vehicle and More From Livingston Police

June 29, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — An 80-year-old Livingston woman suffered head injuries and was transported to the Morristown Memorial Trauma Center on Monday afternoon after being struck by an unattended car as it rolled down her driveway on Winged Foot Drive.

According to police, the person who delivered the car left the driver’s side door open upon exiting the vehicle, and the door knocked ...

Livingston Celebrates Women Veterans with Virtual Q&A

July 3, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After being the first New Jersey municipality to celebrate Women Veterans Appreciation Day in 2019, the Township of Livingston recently celebrated the holiday for the second consecutive year through a virtual ceremony produced by members of the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (LDCI).

“Thanks to LCDI member Ava Reinfeld, who proposed the ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Outdoor Gathering Limit to 500

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, although the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by certain measures within the state. 

According to Murphy, hospitalizations are down 94 percent from New Jersey's ...

Livingston's Minseo Yang Accepted to United States Military Academy

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Minseo Yang of Livingston was recently named among 23 students from New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District who have been appointed and accepted offers to the United States service academies.

Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, representative for NJ-11, hosted a virtual reception last week to honor the 23 students who will be attending the U.S. Naval Academy, ...

Livingston's "Team Jake" Fields No. 2 Seed for Last Dance Baseball Tournament

June 29, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston High School varsity baseball team, which will enter the statewide Last Dance Baseball Tournament as “Team Jake,” has been awarded the No. 2 seed in its pool-play bracket and will take on No. 3 Hanover Park when the tournament begins on July 14.

The Millburn baseball team—whose head coach, Brian Chapman, has been one of the primary ...

'Last Dance' Baseball Tournament Allows Livingston Grads to Return to Diamond

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Members of the Livingston High School (LHS) baseball program who were denied their chance to play the 2020 spring season due to the statewide coronavirus shutdown of schools will get their chance to play as a team in July.

The Last Dance Baseball Tournament will involve 222 teams from all over New Jersey—including Livingston—participating in a three-week ...

Livingston Township Fields and Dog Park Re-Open to Public

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Under the governor’s executive order allowing non-contact sports to resume outdoors in New Jersey, the Township of Livingston has officially opened its fields to the public beginning at 6 a.m. daily with restrictions. The Livingston Dog Park was also opened earlier this month, and the Mervyn VT Haines community pool will be opened on Friday.

Beginning ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

June 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey beginning on Thursday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his COVID-19 press conference Monday afternoon that he will delay the reopening indefinitely, providing no timetable as to when indoor dining would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants with ...

List of 30 Livingston Restaurants Currently Offering Outdoor Seating

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The owners and staff members of more than two-dozen Livingston restaurants are currently following all zoning and safety guidelines in order to provide outdoor seating to patrons from Livingston and beyond.

Below is the Livingston Business Improvement District’s most current list of restaurants modifying their services to include outdoor dining. All visitors ...

Murphy Announces New Stage 2 Guidance; Indoor Dining Allowed with Limits on July 2

TRENTON, NJ — Coronavirus restrictions in place since mid-March continue to be peeled back in New Jersey amid Phase 2 of the state's economic recovery plan, and the state's efforts to combat the disease are proving so successful that New Jersey is one of four states in line to contain it, Gov. Phil Murphy announced over the weekend. 

On a day when personal care ...

Paper Mill Playhouse Offers Summer Theater Classes Online

June 27, 2020

MILLBURN, NJ — In response to the capacity limits on gatherings statewide due to the health crisis, Paper Mill Playhouse has announced the continuation of online classes this summer from its theater school. Classes designed for students ages 7 to 17 will be delivered weekly starting on July 13 and will feature the same instructors and lessons utilized in Paper ...

Two Livingston Students Receive NJ Governor’s Awards in Arts Education

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Two Livingston High School students, Joyce He and Ian Hurrel, were recently named recipients of 2020 New Jersey Governor’s Awards in Arts Education (NJGAAE) and will be honored during a virtual ceremony on Friday, June 26 at 5 p.m.

The New Jersey Council of Teachers of English (NJCTE) nominated He for the “1st Place Essay” award after the ...

Livingston Teen Earns Top Prizes in Numerous Online Music Competitions

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The “stay-at-home” orders have not stopped 15-year-old Natalie Chow from achieving her goals as a pianist over the last few months, as the Livingston High School sophomore has recently added to her many existing accolades in classical music performance by applying to various online competitions.

Although many annual competitions have been canceled due to ...

List of 30 Livingston Restaurants Currently Offering Outdoor Seating

June 28, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The owners and staff members of more than two-dozen Livingston restaurants are currently following all zoning and safety guidelines in order to provide outdoor seating to patrons from Livingston and beyond.

Below is the Livingston Business Improvement District’s most current list of restaurants modifying their services to include outdoor dining. All visitors ...

Livingston Declares Precautionary Water Emergency Through June 29

June 25, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Due to increased water demand and emergency water infrastructure repairs, the Township of Livingston has declared a Precautionary Water Emergency, effective immediately through Monday, June 29 at 11 p.m.

All residents are asked to refrain from any non-essential water use, such as watering lawns, washing cars and outdoor recreational water use during this time. Residents ...

Livingston Declares Precautionary Water Emergency Through June 29

June 25, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Due to increased water demand and emergency water infrastructure repairs, the Township of Livingston has declared a Precautionary Water Emergency, effective immediately through Monday, June 29 at 11 p.m.

All residents are asked to refrain from any non-essential water use, such as watering lawns, washing cars and outdoor recreational water use during this time. Residents ...

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Livingston Senior Sarah Cullen Honored for Excellence in Athletics, Academics and More

June 20, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Sarah Cullen, a three-sport athlete at Livingston High School (LHS) who will be attending Rutgers University in the fall, was recently recognized by both the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Big “L” Club for her outstanding accomplishments in athletics, academics and contributions to the community.

District 4 Freeholder Leonard Luciano, a ...

Community Conversations: How to Stay Safe this Summer

Is your family ready to enjoy summer – safely? On this Community Conversation, Atlantic Health System’s Christopher Zipp, DO, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Morristown Medical Center, and a physician with Atlantic Medical Group shares some important tips on summer safety, and why, as we coexist with COVID-19 – if you don’t have a family doctor – you ...

Community Conversations: Important Guidelines for Returning to Sports and Activities

After the last few months it’s understandable we’re itching to restart our old fitness routines or get back to the sports activity we love. But there are some important guidelines to know before hitting the gym or the playing field. During this Community Conversation, Matthew Martinez, MD, Director, Atlantic Health System Sports Cardiology Program, Morristown Medical Center and Damion ...

Essex County News: Newark Ousts Christopher Columbus From Washington Park

June 28, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — The clamor of djembe drums and laughter danced in the air as a small group of residents gathered in Newark's Washington Park late Thursday night. Above them, the source of their joy swung from a crane—a statue of Christopher Columbus.

After years of contention, the statue of the 15th-century explorer, which was dedicated in 1927 as a gift from ...

YMCA Offers Virtual Camp and Youth Programs to Fill Summer Schedules

July 3, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ - As families shift their summer plans amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges offers virtual program options to keep kids active and engaged all summer long. 

“As the pandemic continues, we understand that some families may prefer to explore virtual options for the summer as opposed to in-person programs,” said Richard K. Gorab, ...

Other NJ News: Three East Brunswick Family Members Drown in Backyard Pool

June 24, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — Drowning was named the cause of death for three East Brunswick residents who perished in their home's above-ground swimming pool earlier this week.

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief Frank LoSacco of the East Brunswick Police Department (EBPD) announced that Bharat Patel, 62, his 33-year-old daughter-in-law Nisha ...