LIVINGSTON, NJ – In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Livingston Town Council remembered the lives lost in the Armenian Genocide during Monday night’s public meeting. The council declared that April 24, 2015 will be known as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, when victims and their families will remember over 1.5 million Armenians who were killed.

Representatives from St. Mary Armenian Church attended the meeting including Father Arakel Vardazaryan, who received the remembrance proclamation and led a prayer.

As for Joe Basralian, a commissioner of the Church, he was very appreciative of the news.

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“We are thriving,” said Basralian. “I believe this is testament to the power of the freedom that we have, to the power of generosity and to the power of optimism.”

Basralian also noted that the people of the many different backgrounds and religions in the community know this just as well as Armenians do.

Robert Hunter, a long-time Livingston resident, mentioned that he was “very touched” by the ceremony.

SYLS Basketball Players Honored

The Town Council presented children from the Senior, Youth & Leisure Services (SYLS) 2015 Livingston travelling basketball teams with certificates, in celebration of their accomplishments.

Ordinances Discussed and Approved

Ordinance 5-2015, which rezones two lots along East Mount Pleasant Avenue between Livingston Avenue and Rossmore Terrace (Firestone, Ritz Diner area), was passed unanimously.

Ordinance 10-2015, which would make salary changes to various government positions, was adjourned to the May 4 meeting.

Ordinance 11-2015 to place a stop sign at the intersection of Scotland Drive and Edgemere Road was voted to a Second Reading on May 4.

Ordinance 12-2015, which increases the price of certified birth transcripts and certified marriage transcripts among other documents was voted in favor of for a May 4 Second Reading—four votes to one. Councilman Shawn Klein was the only member to vote ‘No.’  

Wireless Tower Construction and Other Resolutions Approved

Resolutions 15-108 through 15-118 were all passed, including 15-117, which approves the construction of a wireless communication tower, along with “support facilities” for the police department.

Water Flow in Hillside Area to be Examined

Stuart Chen, who lives in proximity to Heritage Middle School, stood in front of the council not only representing himself, but citizens in the area.

According to Chen, water from the school is constantly running through his neighborhood, resulting in excess backyard moisture and in some cases, water in his basement that must be pumped out.

Mayor Michael Silverman offered his advice on the matter.

“Reach out to a local landscaper that has done work in your area, maybe [to] some of the houses above you,” suggested Silverman. “The Township and the Board of Education—there’s nothing we can do on your property because of water flow.”

However, Silverman mentioned that the council would be happy to recommend a professional for this and he asked Deputy Mayor Al Anthony to find someone to perform an analysis on a few homes in the impacted area, including their backyards.

Save the Date

  • Arbor Day is Friday, April 24. A tree-planting ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. at the Gazebo on the Memorial Oval. The public is invited to attend.