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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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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

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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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On the Aisle

'Cinderella' Brings Classic Disney Magic Back to the Screen

One of the biggest challenges that Disney's new iteration of Cinderella faced was convincing the audience that it deserved to be made in the first place.  This marks the studio's fo...

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Livingston Community Corner

30 Awards Won for LPS at Northern NJ Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition

LIVINGSTON, NJ – LPS has announced that Livingston High School students have won 30 Writing awards in the Northern NJ Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. The LHS writer...

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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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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 Area Chamber of Commerce Holds 'Breakfast with the Mayor'

By JASON COHEN

January 30, 2013 at 6:43 PM

LIVINGSTON, NJ - As Livingston enters its bicentennial; there are many exciting changes on the horizon, including new Mayor Rudy Fernandez. On Wednesday morning, the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Breakfast with the Mayor at Nero’s Grille.

About 50 people attended the event and Fernandez spoke about education, the population, spending, businesses, the lack of a train station, and the bicentennial.

Fernandez said when people move to Livingston they often want to stay because of the excellent education system and vibrant downtown. Also, the 2010 census showed that the population has increased by seven percent.

“It tells me that people are coming and staying after their children get older,” he said.

The mayor said the council is doing their best to keep taxes low and the town running smoothly, but the belief that there are tons of people working in town hall and spending at a high rate is untrue. Additionally, operating expenses are 10 percent lower than they were in 2007, bond rates have increased and Livingston is trying to reduce its spending.

He said the council is looking for ways to trim the budget, yet deliver services to the town as efficiently as possible. Fernandez said a few of his goals are to improve the downtown businesses, fix the roads and continue spending money on the infrastructure of the town. In efforts to support local businesses, the downtown improvement district is working on creating outdoor signs as well.

“We want to continue the aesthetics of the community and have businesses promote themselves,” he said.

He also addressed the issue of not having a train station in town. He is working on solutions for people who work in the city, but said one option that is quite efficient is taking the jitney from the Livingston Mall to the South Orange train station.  

With the bicentennial this year, beginning in February the town has events every month. From Feb. 4-10, stores will have items for $18.13 and others will have sales of 18.13 percent off.  In February the town will honor its founders, in March the town is going green, in April it’s about being active, May is youth appreciation, in June there are tours being given in town and in October there is a big gala.  

“It’s going to be a great year,” Fernandez said. “I’m really honored to be your mayor, and especially honored to be mayor during the bicentennial.”