LIVINGSTON, NJ — Despite the recent heat wave, Livingston Mayor Al Anthony and his family ventured out on the hottest day of the year on Saturday to help with the Habitat for Humanity project being built at 11 Grand Terrace.

According to Anthony, the home on Grand Terrace is expected to be complete for this fall, and a second home at 24 Burnet Street will be completed by the end of the year. 

While he was busy working with fiberglass in 100-plus-degree weather, the mayor also found a way to keep the rest of the town cooled down by opening Livingston’s two community pools free of charge to all residents for the weekend.

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“All [residents] had to do was show they live in Livingston, and it was a huge hit,” said Anthony. "In this position, it’s vital to listen and consider new ideas. With the heat wave, I wanted to help our residents in any way we could—and sometimes special measures are needed in special times.”

Anthony thanked Senior, Youth and Leisure Services Director Jennifer Walker and Township Manager Barry Lewis for “embracing the idea and immediately springing into action to make it happen.” 

"Other than the Pool Open House that we run every year in June, this is the first time I can remember opening the pools up completely for free,” said Walker. “We do get a nice crowd at the June open house, however, the crowds this past weekend were at least tripled...the most I have ever seen by far.”

The mayor also extended gratitude to the pool staff, who he said “worked so hard to make sure everyone was safe, happy and able to cool off.” 

“We are lucky to have all of our town employees who work so hard every day to make our town so terrific, even when faced with a different idea," he said.

Anthony is pictured above with his sons, Luke and Sam, his wife, Lori, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark representatives Jason Pagan, Anna Starshinina, Kyle Neiswender and Carmella Schwab.

The Township of Livingston broke ground on the 11 Grand Terrace project in June of 2018. The formerly empty lot is currently being transformed into a 1500-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom colonial-style home for a family in need. The second home on Burnet Street will be a similar style.

The township awarded a total of $582,000 to Habitat for Humanity for these two projects, which included $360,000 to purchase the town-owned parcels, $200,000 toward the construction of the two homes and an additional $25,000 for the replacement trees removed from the property. 

The funds for these projects came from the affordable housing trust fund, which by state law requires developers in Livingston to contribute.

Habitat for Humanity will also rely on donations, grants and volunteers to complete the project. To become a Partner Family, to volunteer or to donate, visit www.HabitatNewark.org.

Click HERE to learn more about the projects being built in Livingston.