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Where Are They Now?!

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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Exceptional Kids

Burnet Hill Fifth Grader is the North Jersey Elementary School Winner of the “New Jersey Enthusiastic Reader Award”

WAYNE, NJ - On March 14, Meadow Geltzeiler, a fifth grader at Burnet Elementary School in Livingston, received the “New Jersey Enthusiastic Reader Award” at the New Jersey Associatio...

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Community Announcements

Today's Events

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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Press Releases

Columns

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 Students Win Awards for Research Projects

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Livingston Public Schools has announced that two of Livingston’s Science Research students attended the North Jersey Regional Science Fair (NJRSF) competition over the wee...

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Y Works

Premier of Newly-Renovated Rosen PAC Features Performance by Aztec Two-Step Performing Simon and Garfunkel Songbook on May 2

WAYNE, NJ - The newly-renovated Rosen Performing Arts Center at the Wayne YMCA will make its debut May 2 as the Rosen PAC welcomes folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step performing “The Simon & ...

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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

Dress For Success to Honor Sobel & Co.'s Michael LaForge at 2015 Gala

LIVINGSTON, NJ – For the first time ever, Dress for Success (DFS) of Morris County, a not-for-profit organization that promotes economic independence for women in need of support, has chos...

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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

Many New Businesses are Coming to Livingston

By DANIELLE SANTOLA

February 12, 2014 at 1:21 AM

LIVINGSTON, NJ – With the growing success of Livingston’s most recent addition, Anthony Marra’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, the Livingston Business Improvement District (B.I.D.) is expecting several upcoming businesses to experience similar outcomes.

In the coming months, Livingston will be filling vacant spaces with quality stores including: Buy Buy Baby, Cost Cutters World Market, TJ Max, Nordstrom Rack, Summit Medical Group, Investors Bank, Chocolate Works and Great Shapes. In addition, CVS and Bottle King are being relocated to the circle on Mount Pleasant Ave.

According to B.I.D. Executive Director Beth Lippman, these new businesses will not only bring more people into Livingston but will give residents more reasons to shop and dine in Livingston rather than traveling to other towns to do so.

“Any business that sells goods like those of Buy Buy Baby or Great Shapes—well, that’s good for everybody,” said Lippman. “People can get everything they need without having to leave town—and each of these new businesses will help residents shop local, which in turn will help the local business economy.”

According to co-owner Anthony Marra, Jr., Anthony Marra’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, which is located on Mt. Pleasant Avenue and offers a variety of old-school Italian dishes as well as traditional thin-crust pizzas, has seen a flattering number of reservations and returning costumers since opening in January. Marra said he is satisfied by the turnout thus far and is hoping that in the coming weeks the restaurant will be open for lunch as well as deliveries.

“We renovated for eight months and everything is brand new including the equipment,” said Marra. “We went for a New York atmosphere with New Jersey portions—I think, so far, that’s why everyone seems to like it.”

Right now, Both Bottle King and CVS are in the process of relocating to the Livingston Circle, and in March, Great Shapes, a swimwear store will be added to the Little Ones strip mall on Mount Pleasant Avenue.

In addition, Buy Buy Baby and Cost Cutters World Market, a store similar to HomeGoods will also be making their debuts in the spring with TJ Max and Nordstrom Rack expected to join them in October. Other vacant spaces on Northfield Ave. and Eisenhower Parkway are expected to be filled later this year.

“More stores mean more selections,” Lippman said. “Livingston offers a lot of stores with a lot of price ranges, so when people come here it doesn’t have to be just for one thing.”

Lippman also said that Livingston’s existing businesses provide residents as well as visitors with quality in-town options for food, desert, jewelry, men’s clothing, children’s clothing, banking, pharmaceuticals and more.

“Adding good-quality stores will bring more residents and consumers into town, which in turn should bring in more businesses and ultimately help taxes,” said Lippman.

According to Lippman, the only issue that can come from additional restaurants is related to the town’s parking regulations, however, with many commendable selections including the Landmark, Coco Bella, Pizzeta, Nero’s, Calabria, Eppes Essen, Ritz Diner, Livingston Diner, Chef Wong, Livingston Bagel, Ill Vicolo Ristorante, Baumgarts, Sweet Basil, Ill Ripasso, The Strip House, Panevino, Nana’s, Fumio, and now Marra’s, to add a few--Livingston is not in short supply of alternative eateries.