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Saving Water in the Summer Heat


With the record-breaking heat wave comes added pressure on water consumption. According to the Department of Environmental Protection, each American uses an average of 100 gallons of water every day, and during the summer, outdoor water use pushes consumption in excess of 200 gallons of water a day. The Township of Livingston urges residents to be mindful of water usage in order to protect this precious resource and also to save money on water bills.

Livingston Ordinance 26-2003 is a year-round policy that utilizes an odd-even watering restriction for lawns with some exceptions; for installation or repair of lawn irrigation system, following treatment of fertilizers, pesticide or herbicides, and for newly sod lawns or newly seeded grass lawns.  There are no restrictions on watering plants, trees, and shrubs, but water use can be reduced at least 30 per cent by taking a few simple steps:

1) Water the garden during the early hours, or cool evening hours to maximize absorption of water, reduce evaporation, and minimize burning to plants, trees, and shrubs from refracted sunlight.

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2) Water flowers with rain collected from the gutter downspout into a rain barrel. The Livingston Living Green offers rain barrel workshops throughout the year as well as other water saving tips.

3) Water the root zone, not the foliage to reduce plant diseases, and be careful not to overwater. On average, the garden receives at least 1 inch in rain fall per week.

4) Use 30 – 50 per cent less water with drip irrigation and micro-sprays compared to the use of sprinklers.

5) Use native plants that survive best in local conditions, drought-tolerant grass such as tall fescues, and mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and water-consuming weeds.

6) If you have a pool, use a water-saving filter, avoid recreational toys that require a constant stream of water, and cover the pool to reduce evaporation when not in use.

7) Sweep driveways, sidewalks, and steps rather than hosing them off, and use a bucket to wash the car, or use a commercial car wash that recycles water.

Visit the Township of Livingston website . Click on Water in the left hand column for tips on water saving devices. Or click on Living Green and scroll down to Living Green Team. Click on the link for tips on a variety of topics including water conservation and recycling. For additional information on programs and resources to help conserve water, visit the Department of Environmental Protection website at

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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Livingston Lacrosse Senior Jason Scher Named Athlete of the Week

April 20, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston High School senior Jason Scher has been named as TAPinto Livingston’s Athlete of the Week after scoring 14 goals and contributing 15 assists in his last five games—bringing him to a total of 35 points so far this season.

With Scher leading the pack, the Lancers are 5-2 after winning their last five consecutive games. Scher scored three ...

Livingston Fitness Crawl: Five Days of Free Classes at 12 Livingston Businesses

April 22, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The public is invited to enjoy one free class at as many of Livingston’s fitness businesses as they would like during this week’s Livingston Fitness Crawl, beginning on April 23 and continuing through April 27.

For five days, no purchase is necessary at the following locations:





Full Pet Grooming Service 25% OFF

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Cloud Canine Grooming Salon & Spa in Little Falls is open for business and owner and pet stylist Melissa DiRoma is offering 25% off a FULL GROOMING SERVICE for all new customers. Call (973) 837-8884 or visit to schedule your appointment. Mention promo code TAP DOG for discount. 

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Free Wellness Event at The Joint Chiropractic

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The public is invited to a "Wellness Event to Remember" at The Joint Chiropractic in West Caldwell on Thursday, April 19 from 7 p.m. to  9 p.m.

Guests will include:

Michael Piercy, owner of The Lab
Justyna Debski, owner of Revive Mind Body
Karen Caplan, owner of Nutrition Transitions

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Luxury Facial Services 50% OFF

MILLBURN, NJ - DeAmour Salon & Spa is proud to announce its newest team member, Renee Rudikh, formerly of the famous Georgette Klinger Spa at the Short Hills Mall.

Rudikh has extensive experience and specializes in a plethora of facial styles including: deep pore cleansing/European, microdermabrasion with collagen, teenage, men's, back, LED and customized European ...

YMCA $0 Enrollment in April

LIVINGSTON, NJ - For the month of April, the West Essex YMCA is offer $0 enrollment. 

Take advantage of all that your local Y has to offer for the whole family!

Personal Training
Group Classes
Low monthly membership
And much much more!...

Check out all that the Y has to offer HERE

About the West Essex YMCA:
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MAX Challenge of West Orange - 2 Weeks FREE and more...

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The MAX Challenge of West Orange is about to start its next challenge.  Sign up before April 9, and you will receive maximum benefits, including two weeks free!



12 weeks for the price of 10
Unlimited fitness classes 
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Upcoming Events

Mon, April 23, 1:30 PM

Livingston Public Library, Livingston

Monday at the Movies: LOVING VINCENT

Arts & Entertainment


Wed, April 25, 10:00 AM

Estelle Finkel Center for Learning, Livingston

Upcoming 2018 Spring SAT and ACT Courses


Wed, April 25, 7:00 PM

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange

Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity


Essex County Executive Announces Improvements to County Parks System

April 22, 2018

ORANGE, NJ - Using the tennis courts in Essex County Irvington Park as the backdrop, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced last week that the tennis courts in Irvington Park and Weequahic Park, and the basketball courts in Ivy Hill Park and Monte Irvin Orange Park will receive facelifts with new asphalt playing surfaces, equipment and fencing. The project is part of ...

Abilities Expo 2018 Offers Resources for People With Special Needs

April 22, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston’s Abilities Expo 2018 will be held on Sunday, April 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Livingston High School. This family-friendly event showcases a variety of resources, products, services and technologies for people with special needs – all under one roof. The Expo is co-sponsored by Livingston Public Schools and the Livingston Advisory ...

Letter to the Editor: Don't Complain. Vote!

April 12, 2018

Don’t Complain; Vote!

It’s no secret that people have strong feelings about what’s happening in our country. It’s also true that much of politics is local. In November, 11th District residents will have the opportunity to choose a new congressional representative who will not only serve as a critical check on the federal level, but also determine how our distract fares ...

Cluelessly Clueless

I teenaged my way through high school under the assumption that my parents had no idea what I was doing.  I like to think I was pretty good at withholding information and presenting situations in ways that were other than they really were.


Still, sometimes they found things out.  Like the time my friends plopped me on our front door step at one o'clock in the morning ...