LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Business Improvement District’s (BID) first award for beautification was given to local business owners Phil Zecca and Antonio Poto at the Livingston Township Council meeting Monday, where the council also honored the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC).

In addition to recognizing the entire LACC for its longstanding commitment to the betterment of Livingston in fulfillment of its motto, “connecting commerce and community,” Mayor Al Anthony also honored outgoing LACC President Monte Ehrenkranz. For three years, Ehrenkranz, who is also the vice president of business development at Regal Bank, has dedicated his time to improving the business-community relationship in Livingston and said he will continue to do so as a member of the LACC.

“You’re at everything, you’re always a friendly face and you really are a terrific face for Livingston,” said Anthony. “We thank [Monte] for his distinguished service, for his commitment to our business community and for his dedication to the betterment of the quality of life in our township.”

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BID member Ellie Cohen first thanked Marie Bennett and Adrienne Santola, co-chairs of the Livingston Holiday Decorations Committee for the beautiful decorations currently displayed on the lampposts in the business district and at Northfield plaza.

She then presented the first BID Best award to Zecca and Poto for “the beautiful improvement they have done on their space on Livingston Avenue.”

“We decided that when we have business persons who make wonderful improvements to their property, that we should honor them because they’ve honored us with what they’ve done,” said Beth Lippan, executive director of the BID.

Also present to accept the LACC recognition were LACC board members Mike McMane, Jessica Marrone Parkes, Jodi Solotoff, Ira Drucks, Marie Bennett, Jan Press, Punam Bhargava and Margie Heller, who will serve as the next LACC president.