LIVINGSTON, NJ – On Monday night, the Livingston Township Council hosted an award ceremony, honoring both children and adults.

Susan Ridley, Livingston Youth and Community Services (LYCS) program supervisor, presented medals and various certificates including the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which according to the official website, encourages people to “live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition.” Recipients of the award included Anusha and Avika Bansal, Sydney Arnold, Patty Arnold and the Brower family (Donna, Douglas, Desiree, Mack and Zachary), while Bunnie Ratner received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ratner, who received the award for completing 4,000-plus hours of community service in her lifetime, said she was extremely grateful for the recognition.

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“You can’t get to do all these things unless you have the support of a community,” said Ratner. “The Town Council has always been supporting all the projects that I’m on, and unless you have people supporting you—you can’t do great things.”


Ordinance 15-2015, which would require at least 20 percent of all units behind Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy to be affordable to very-low income, low-income and moderate low-income families, was passed unanimously.

Proposed Ordinance 16-2015, that would re-zone split lots on South Livingston Avenue between Arden Road and East Cedar Street, was voted to a Second Reading for Aug. 3.

Water Main Repairs

Resolutions 15-153 through 15-167 were also unanimously passed. This includes 15-153, a document which allows for water main improvements to be made in the area.

As discussed at the June 22 conference meeting, Deputy Township Manager Russ Jones mentioned that the township took bids for water main improvements and officially accepted Bid 1 and Bid 3. Bid 1 includes Bear Brook Lane, Marberne Terrace, Timber Hill Drive and West Lawn Road, while Bid 3 spans across Belvedere Drive, East Drive and North Baums Court.

The start date for these repairs is yet to be determined. For information on any particular ordinance or resolution, visit the July 6 agenda.

All photos taken by Nicholas Saraceno.