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Livingston to Burst Into Bloom on Daffodil Day

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Members of the Daffodil Committee scout out locations where daffodils can be planted on township property.  Shown are Anna Shaw and Georgia Solotoff (front row) and Joan Cohen, Arlene Johnson, Heidi Cislo, Township Engineer Rich Calbi and Superintendent of the Department of Public Works Mike Anello. Credits: Kim Bolognini
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LIVINGSTON, NJ - As part of Livingston's 2013 Bicentennial Celebration, thousands of daffodils will be planted around town this fall to bloom in the spring in honor of Livingston's 200th birthday.

According to Former Mayor of Livingston and co-chair of the Green Team, Arlene Johnson, Oct. 6 has been declared Daffodil Day, at which time residents will be invited to help plant daffodils at the Memorial Oval and to buy daffodils at wholesale prices to plant in front of their homes.

“We have ordered 20,000 daffodils, of which 10,000 will be planted on township property. The other 10,000 will be available for schools, houses of worship, businesses, organizations and individuals to purchase,” Johnson said.

The Green Team, an environmental group in Livingston, has teamed up with the Bicentennial Committee to sponsor the event.

According to member of the Green Team, Joan Cohen, sale dates to the public will be Sept. 29 at the Electronics Recycling event, Oct. 6 at the oval and Oct. 7 at Art at the Oval.

Cohen added that 10 bulbs will cost $3, 20 for $5 and 50 for $10, but there won’t be a purchase limit per customer.

“We’re hoping Livingston residents would like to participate in this project we all want to celebrate. Who wouldn’t want daffodils?” Cohen said. “They are very easy to plant, deer won’t eat them and they don’t require a lot of care.”

Johnson said that on Daffodil Day, the flowers will be planted at the oval, Livingston Library, war memorial, community center, schools and several other public areas around town to gain visibility.

“The Department of Public Works and some local landscapers are helping to pick locations and plant bulbs, but we are still in need of volunteers to help plant,” Johnson said.

Johnson explained that this is just one of many events that will be involved in celebrating Livingston’s bicentennial.

“There is going to be something going on every month starting in January. Rather than do one thing, the Bicentennial Committee has decided to have a yearlong celebration with different themes so there is something for everybody,” Johnson said.

For more information about the daffodil project, please contact Arlene Johnson at arlene_johnson@verizon.net or Joan Cohen, at phototeeth@yahoo.com.

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