LIVINGSTON, NJ — Prior to Wednesday night’s meeting of the Livingston Board of Education (LBOE), members of the board joined with members of the Livingston Township Council to commemorate the completion of the new tennis and Pickleball courts at Heritage Middle School.

The project was a joint venture between the two elected bodies, who felt the new courts would be an asset to the school community as well as the community at large. A handful of community members who were already putting the new courts to good use smiled alongside their elected officials as Mayor Ed Meinhardt cut the celebratory ribbon.

“The completion of the Heritage and high school tennis courts is another joint venture between the board of education and the town council, which goes to prove the strong working relationship and bond that we have to further accommodate the residents of Livingston,” said Mayor Ed Meinhardt. “We are thrilled to finish up the Heritage courts not only for the residents, but for the kids as well, and also to complete the new dedicated Pickleball courts.”

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With the addition of a new walkway that leads from the parking lot down to the lower tennis courts, Meinhardt also shared his enthusiasm over the “great safety improvement” and said he looks forward to seeing residents use these courts well into the fall.

"We appreciate the strong partnership with the township,” said Pamela Chirls, LBOE president. “The board and council members celebrate the opening of the tennis and Pickleball courts at Heritage Middle School and Livingston High School and are excited to see these courts in use and have the Lancers on courts that proudly showcase their talents."

Meinhardt spoke highly of the “spirit of cooperation that exists between the two elected bodies” and how projects like this prove that both the council and the board of education have all Livingston residents in mind.

Pictured above (from left to right) are Councilman Rudy Fernandez, four local pickleball players, Mayor Ed Meinhardt, Livingston Public Schools business administrator Steve Robinson, LBOE member George Shen, LBOE president Pam Chirls, interim superintendent of schools Jim O’Neill, Councilman Shawn Klein, Essex County Freeholder Len Luciano, LBOE member Charles Buddy August, Deputy Mayor Al Anthony, Heritage principal Shawn Kelly, LBOE vice president Ronnie Konner and LPS assistant superintendent Lisa Steiger. 

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