Livingston Discusses Recycling Pilot Program, Brendan Tevlin Anniversary and More Nicholas Saraceno


LIVINGSTON, NJ – At its conference meeting this past Monday night, the Livingston Town Council met with representatives of the Recycling and Reclamation Committee, concerning a potential pilot program.

According to committee members, many small businesses in Livingston are not complying with recycling laws—most are recycling paper and cardboard, but many are not recycling the comingled glass, plastic and aluminum. Part of this is due to lack of space for storage.

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Therefore, the committee is looking to set up an enclosed area that contains two containers (one for paper and cardboard, the other for comingled). One suggestion would be to have this area at the community center.

However, even though it is required for people in New Jersey to recycle, Laurie Babij, a Recycling and Reclamation Committee representative, spoke of how difficult it really is to enforce it.

“There’s really no way for us to see if they’re [small businesses] complying,” said Babij.

Council Rudy Fernandez suggested that whether the location be at the community center or not, it is going to have to be somewhere “convenient” for the business owners to go to.

The Town Council also considered a one-year trial period for the pilot program, along with a plan for a new Department of Public Works yard (including a recycling option), but serious discussions for either still need to be made.

Mass for Brendan Tevlin to be Held

The first-year mass for Brendan Tevlin will be held this Thursday, June 25, 8:30 a.m. at Saint Philomena’s Church, marking a year since his tragic death.

Family, friends and citizens are welcome to attend.

Myra Geffner Funeral to be Held June 24

Myra Geffner, a retired West Orange Board of Education teacher and wife of former Livingston Mayor Stephen Geffner, passed away on June 20. The funeral will be held June 24, at 11:00 a.m. at the Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel.

For more information, visit Myra Geffner’s obituary.

Water Main Improvements

On May 27, the Township took bids for water main improvements and they have officially accepted Bid 1 and Bid 3. According to Deputy Township Manager Russ Jones, Bid 1 will encompass Bear Brook Lane, Marberne Terrace, Timber Hill Drive and West Lawn Road, while Bid 3 will cover Belvedere Drive, East Drive and North Baums Court. Amounts for this were accounted for in the 2014 Capital Budget and the start date is to be determined.

Traffic Study Accepted

After Township Manager Michele Meade mentioned the need for a traffic signal at East Northfield Road and Chestnut Street at the June 3 meeting, Essex County listened. The county accepted the traffic study conducted by Livingston. The upcoming steps will be to determine the cost of the traffic signal, along with the exact timeframe for its construction.