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LHS Grads’ Dream Comes True

MANHATTAN, NY - Marc Jarman, 45, (LHS Class of ’87), had a once in a lifetime experience on March 9— he met his favorite athlete Roger Federer, played tennis with World #11 Grigor Di...

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Police Blotter

Livingston Police Department Conducts Two Investigations Involving Motor Vehicles

March 27, 2015

LIVINGSTON, NJ — According to the Livingston Police Department, two instances involving vehicles were reported during the week of March 21 through March 27. A Livingston resident&rsquo...

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Municipal Court News

East Orange Woman Charged with Credit Card Theft with Intent to Use

March 18, 2015

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Municipal Court has charged East Orange Resident Myeisha Sturdivant, a Party City employee, with credit card fraud. The charge, originally amended to theft,...

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Admit U to College

Special Announcement: Admit U Consulting Now Offering Tutoring Services

Melanie and the Admit U Consulting team are excited to announce our latest business venture—our services are expanding to provide students with comprehensive college planning all under one...

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Livingston Community Corner

Livingston School Spending Plan for 2015-2016 Tentatively Approved by BOE

LIVINGSTON, NJ - According to LPS, a school spending plan for 2015-2016 has been tentatively approved by the Livingston Board of Education, with a budget hearing scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Monda...

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Y Works

YMCA Announces New, State-of-the-art Resistance Center to Open

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The West Essex YMCA in Livingston is holding a Grand Re-Opening of the Resistance Center on April 12 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. According to the Y, the Resistance Center...

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CPA Q&A

Robert J. Blackwell, CPA/PFS/CGMA

Robert J. Blackwell, CPA/PFS/CGMA is a senior member of Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC. He provides accounting, tax and consulting services for a diverse client base of individuals and closel...

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Sobel Solutions

Public Invited to Dress for Success' "Transforming Lives Gala" Honoring Sobel & Cos.' Mike LaForge

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Sobel & Co., a Livingston-based regional certified public accounting and consulting firm, has announced that on April 23, partner, Mike LaForge, will be the first man ...

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Golda Och Academy Corner

Seventh-Grade Students Apply Judaic Lessons to Golda Och Academy's Annual Tzedakah Fair

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Golda Och Academy’s seventh-graders participated in the annual Tzedakah Fair on March 17, showcasing their multimedia projects on charitable organizations for parents, fa...

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Discount Travel News

A Week in San Diego for $474

This week’s gem, The Gaslamp Plaza Suites is a historical, European style hotel built in 1913, and listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. As you walk in, observe the plaza...

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Real Estate

Livingston Board of Education Approves Construction Referendum

By KIMBERLY A. BOLOGNINI

January 24, 2013 at 7:04 AM

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Livingston Board of Education Wednesday night unanimously voted to hold a referendum to give residents the opportunity to make their voices heard on potentianl construction at the elementary school and high school.

After the board members explained each of their views on the potential construction referendum, they each voted “yes.” On March 12, there will be a special school district election so town residents can provide whether they are for or against the plan.

If the town votes in favor of the referendum, the budget for the project’s estimated cost is $18.1 million.

Board member Ronnie Spring said that by voting “yes” he and his fellow board members are not voting to spend $18 million, they are voting to allow residents to make the decision.

Member Leslie Winograd agreed and added that for the town’s public education longevity, the referendum is necessary.

“For the long term health of this school district, this is the right thing to do,” Winograd said.

New addition to the Board of Education, David Jasin told attendees that due to his years of experience "wearing several hats," he has made an informed decision that the construction is necessary.

New member Pam Chirls voiced her original concern with the referendum, but after she and other board members toured the schools with Superintendent Brad Draeger, she changed her mind.

“What I discovered really surprised me. Every classroom and multi-purpose space is being used in every elementary school,” Chirls said.

Before and after members voiced their votes, the public were given a chance to comment about the topic. All but two were opposed to the referendum and the “tight” time frame in which the public will be expected to make a decision.

“I’m absolutely flabbergasted we’re moving this quickly. To move this quick and not have a full understanding doesn’t seem like a viable solution," said resident Steve Fleischer.

Robert Clark agreed and added his concern over the already existing debt Livingston is in.

“We’re already in $105 million of debt, how much more do you want to go in and how much do you need this to add even more debt to the town?” Clark asked board members.

Board member Barry Funt assured residents that they had very valid comments and questions and suggested that a public forum be granted to those who want further information or questions answered.

“This isn’t a decision that is being taken lightly at all,” Funt said.

Draeger explained to attendees that all of their questions will be answered.

“I will take a personal responsibility to make sure there is a public forum,” Draeger said. “We have a huge task ahead of us depending on how the town votes.”