Livingston Council Discusses Renaming Field for Brendan Tevlin at Meeting

Livingston Town Council Meeting Credits: Nicholas Saraceno

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Sports Youth Council sat in front of the Township Council at its conference meeting on Monday night, with hopes of renaming Livingston’s Okner Parkway Field 1 the “Brendan Tevlin Field,” in honor of Tevlin, an avid lacrosse fan and player at Seton Hall Prep, who was murdered on June 25, 2014. The field will commemorate Tevlin's spirit and love of lacrosse.

Tevlin, a 2013 graduate of Seton Hall Prep, had just returned home from his first year of college at the University of Richmond in Virginia when he was murdered by Ali Muhammad Brown, 30, while stopped at a traffic light at Northfield Avenue and Walker Road in West Orange. Brown fired 10 bullets at Tevlin, hitting him eight times. To read more click HERE.

The naming of the field, which was first presented to the Town Council at the October 13 conference meeting, continues to be a top priority for the Sports Council. Sports Council President Eric Rosensen, said he felt that the organization’s goals have become diminished, as the original objective was to name the entire Okner complex, which is made up of three fields, after Tevlin.

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“We lost what we were trying to accomplish in terms of giving Brendan the recognition we wanted,” said Rosensen.

In order to make Tevlin’s name prominent, it was agreed that this could be done by updating the various league websites and schedules.

Mayor Michael Silverman made his thoughts on this issue clear.

“The whole purpose of having the field name with the big sign is so that it [Tevlin’s memory and spirit] is never lost,” said Silverman.

TAP will provide an update as to when Okner 1 is officially renamed.

Pulte Homes Update

In 2007, the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy filed a builder’s remedy lawsuit against the township of Livingston, which was settled one year later.

Years after, in relation to the settlement, Kushner brought in Pulte Homes to construct townhouses and apartment units on 11 acres of the vacant area behind the school, in between Eisenhower Parkway and Peach Tree Hill Road.

On Monday night, representatives from both establishments were in attendance, with hopes of moving forward with their current project, which would include a decrease in rental units compared to the 2008 concept plan (from 112 to 43) and an increase in townhouse units (from 114 to 170).

The council is yet to reveal its position on the matter.

In order for this plan to move forward, this proposal would have to be approved by the Planning Board.The board held a meeting discussing this on April 7. 

Upcoming Events

  • Little League Opening Day will kick off this Saturday, April 11, at the National League Field at Northland, at 11 a.m.
  • In honor of Autism Awareness month, the Township will host a walk around the Oval on April 30 at 7 p.m. End time is to be determined.

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