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Cars Damaged, New Deputy Mayor, BOE Approves Construction Vote in Top Monthly News

Here's the top-read stories in Livingston during January.

Four Cars Robbed on JFK Parkway in Afternoon

Four parked cars in the business parking lots at 51 and 101 John F. Kennedy Parkway across from the The Mall at Short Hills were broken into between 2 and 6 p.m. on Jan. 11, Millburn police said.

Michael Rieber Chosen as Deputy Mayor

In what could be considered a surprise development, councilman Michael Rieber, a Republican who was elected to the council in 2010, was named deputy mayor.

Livingston Board of Education Reorganizes

Livingston's Board of Education swore in new members Pamela Chirls and Dr. David Jasin Jan. 7 as well as its new president Ronnie Spring, BOE member since 2010. Board member Barry Funt became the board vice president.

Barnes & Noble May Close One-Third of Stores

Although no decision has been made on the fate of the Barnes & Noble store in Livingston Mall, reports say the chain will begin closing stores, though there is no word yet on which stores will be affected.

Board OKs School Construction Vote

The Livingston Board of Education Wednesday unanimously approved a measure to allow voters to decide March 12 to proceed with new school construction at six elementary schools. Livingston Superintendent Dr. Brad Draeger is concerned new students will squeeze the elementary schools in the foreseeable future – unless Livingston acts now. The district expects as many as 300 addition students to be added to the system by 2015.

Karigs Hardware Celebrates 90 Years

Karigs Livingston Hardware, which opened its doors in 1923, continues to be the neighborhood go-to hardware store providing not only hardware and special-order items, but the same mom-and-pop business model to area residents - service, dependability and help with basic hardware needs.

ShopRite Debuts Valet Parking

After a trial run in December, optional weekend valet parking at the popular Livingston supermarket is here to stay, officials announced Jan. 27.

Random Acts of Kindness Arrive in Livingston

Livingston residents reported people are performing "random acts of kindness" throughout the township, including bringing newspapers to the porch, finding parking meters fed, finding doors held open and finding sweets and treats in mailboxes.

Livingston Marks 200 Years with Specials

As part of Livingston’s year-long Bicentennial celebration, nearly 70 Livingston businesses have announced they will be offering “1813 Specials” from Mon., Feb. 4 through Sun., Feb. 10.   Offers range from $18.13 specials at restaurants and stores to discounts of 18.13% on shopping and other items.

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