Katie Holmes' Divorce, New Candidate, Skimpy Bikinis Top Monthly Stories

Livingston's top stories of July 2012.

Following the announcement that her five year marriage with Tom Cruise was ending, Holmes has hired Jonathan Wolfe, a member of the in Livingston, to help her in what is sure to be a public and messy divorce.  

Just days after reaching a settlement with the Archdiocese of Newark, some of the men as youngsters assembled outside on Sunday to talk about the case.

Next time you go to the beach in Asbury Park, you may need to cover up before you enter the boardwalk.

Last week, Louise Murray, a former Asbury Park councilwomen and the current chairperson of the city’s Republican Party, spoke during the town’s council meeting to raise the issue of a long forgotten ordinance still on the books.  The ordinance, enacted in 1958, states that “no person clad in bathing attire shall be on the boardwalk or the public walks adjacent thereto.”

Following a report from the state comptroller that showed 202 independent contractors from 58 municipalities, including Livingston, should have been removed from the state's pension fund, the township responds.

Residents of West Orange and Livingston packed into Livingston’s Town Hall to discuss their concerns with the “77 bus” that runs from West Orange to New York City.

The meeting derived from an online petition, signed by almost 200 commuters, which expressed concerns with various factors of the Community Coach bus route.  Riders had complaints ranging from the attitude of drivers to the condition of the buses.

The Livingston website announced that Giordano Companies, a firm based out of Newark, will be responsible for collecting all the residential curbside recycling in town.  At Monday's town council meeting, Mayor Stephen Santola said that the company was the lowest bidder for the town's recycling contract.

E.nopi sounds like the name of some internet company, but in fact, it is the newest educational service to be offered in Livingston.

is a supplemental education program focused on math, reading, and writing that originated in Korea in 1976 and now has more than 2.5 million children enrolled world-wide.

November's town council election has been shaken up as Allan Feid Jr. will replace Raymond Leibman on the GOP ticket.

The Livingston Republican Organization announced late Thursday night that Feid, a 53 year old plumbing contractor, will team with Charles Granata as the party looks to seek the majority on Livingston's town council.  Granata and Feid are .

With the and the lack of rain in the forecast, Livingston officials are asking residents for cooperation with voluntary water restrictions:

  • Limit outdoor water use and lawn sprinkling
  • Do not water during the day when most water evaporates
  • Please conserve water to help prevent a mandatory water ban

August 7 is National Night Out and the is planning a big celebration for the town's residents.

National Night out is an annual event that is meant for community police to raise awareness about crime.  It has been held annually since 1984.

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