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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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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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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 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

Livingston Celebrates Founders Day with Residents, Local Dignitaries and Founder Descendants

By KIMBERLY A. BOLOGNINI

February 6, 2013 at 7:33 AM

LIVINGSTON, NJ - In honor of the yearlong Bicentennial festivities, Livingston celebrated Founders Day Tuesday night at Town Hall, with founder descendants, residents and local dignitaries, including former Governor
Tom Kean.

The night began with Mayor Rudy Fernandez giving a brief historical background on how the township of Livingston was formed and then welcoming all those who came out to the event.

“I want to thank Governor Tom Kean for agreeing to participate in our celebration and sharing his thoughts of Livingston,” Fernandez said.

The night continued as the Livingston High School Bicentennial Singers and Players performed “The National Anthem” and “Livingston High School Alma Mater.”

Actor Ed Schiff performed a reenactment of Governor Aaron Ogden, who was governor at the time, while spiritedly reading the township charter.

Fernandez and Bicentennial Chairperson, Scott Maynard, recognized all founding father descendants in attendance, and presented them with proclamations and certificates.

Fernandez noted that four descendants are currently residing in Livingston, including Richard Meeker, John Collins, Wilbur Hoffman and Arlene Newcomb, while the rest traveled from other areas of New Jersey and states even as far as California, where Aaron Beach descendant Scott Morehouse traveled from.

Bicentennial Co-Chair Ellie Cohen welcomed and introduced former Livingston resident Kean.

Cohen said she fondly remembered supporting Kean since the beginning of his career.

“I was so thrilled for this man who supported the equal rights movement,” Cohen said. “I think NJPAC is your gold mark in this world. You are truly a man of this county and it is my honor to welcome you.”

According to Cohen, Kean is a descendant of Founding Father Robert Livingston and also has a historical past in which Kean’s ancestors have signed documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Kean recollected his childhood spent in Livingston, where “only” 5,000 people lived at the time.

“I remember this community so well growing up, it was a farming community at the time,” Kean said.

Kean reflected on his everyday happenings such as trips to stores and interactions with town residents.

“It was a wonderful, warm community. My memories of people from Livingston are extremely warm,” Kean said.

Kean added that the pride that Livingston residents and governmental officials have for the town, are incomparable.

“I don’t know a town that had more great elected officials than Livingston,” Kean said.

The former governor concluded by stating that history and Livingston’s residents are what made the town what it is.

“Livingston is a wonderful community because of you, people who came before you and the people who came before them,” Kean said.

Former Mayor and Bicentennial Co-Chair Arlene Johnson concluded the event by explaining the power of history.

“What a wonderful evening in which history has come to life," Johnson said. " History is about people, and
numerous people have invested their lives in this town."

The night concluded with numerous desserts that were made from their original 1813 recipes for attendees to enjoy.

Johnson told TheAlternativePress.com that the amount of Livingston pride in the room was evident.

“The whole evening made everyone so proud of Livingston and really set the tone of the whole Bicentennial,” Johnson said.