Saturday, April 20, 2013
Talk by Eric LeGrand 4/21, town-wide sculpture display among April highlights
Livingston continues its Bicentennial celebration this weekend with a talk by Eric LeGrand, the Rutgers University defensive tackle who suffered a career-ending spinal cord injury in 2010. LaGrand, who became a national symbol of courage as he pursued rehabilitation, will speak Sunday at Livingston High School. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. on the day of the event and the program will run from 1:45 p.m. until around 3:45 p.m. "LeGrand's presentation is an uplifting event in the Bicentennial calendar and will be an inspiration to anyone who believes in the human spirit," said Steve Santola of the Livingston Sports Council, sponsors of the talk. Tickets, which are free, are available by logging onto www.livingstonsyls.org, clicking on "…
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Children and teens invited to design poster and logo for family bike tour on June 2.
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Wednesday, April 10
The Livingston Bicentennial Committee, West Essex YMCA and a citizen committee of biking and wellness advocates are collaborating to present a family-oriented bike tour on Sunday, June 2 as part of the Livingston Bicentennial celebration. The committee is inviting children and teens to enter a poster and logo contest to spread the word about the event and about healthy living. The winner will receive $100 worth of bike accessories. "Under the theme Bike Livingston, we hope children will create pictures that convey the spirit of family biking and healthy activity," said committee member Michael Schofel. Submissions will be selected for display on June 2. "The tour will be a fun, non-competitive event, with a short course for younger or …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Event was a highlight of beginning of Bicentennial celebrations
On Saturday, the township hosted the Little Learners Bicentennial Daffodil Tea at the Livingston Library at 3 p.m. This Victorian High Tea -- complete with scones, Devonshire cream and finger sandwiches -- celebrated the blooming of the 30,000 Bicentennial Daffodils and will help to usher in the Bicentennial events. The event featured a visit from William Wordsworth, the author of the famous poem “Daffodils” and his sister Dorothy, who described how she inspired the poem. There was a slide show of daffodil pictures, created by nature photographer Malini Parekh. Tea was poured from porcelain tea pots, much as might have been done two hundred years ago in 1813 when Livingston was founded. Roberta Bramhall, a former LHS English teacher …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Enjoy a Victorian High Tea at Livingston Library, to celebrate 30,000 daffodils beginning to bloom.
To mark the occasion of Livingston's 200th Birthday, 30,000 daffodils were planted last fall throughout the township. The Livingston Bicentennial Committee spearheaded the initiatve, which involved residents and businesses, so that the flowers would be in full bloom this spring, said Arlene Johnson, co-chair. The first town wide planting event was held in October at the Memorial Oval in conjunction with Livingston’s homecoming. Bulbs were sold to households and businesses at Daffodil Day, the kickoff to a long celebration fitting for a 200th birthday. Today those bulbs are beginning to bloom at the Oval, in front of the library, and at schools, businesses and residences all over town -- welcoming people to the town and to the …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Livingston to offer a Volunteer Fair in honor of the bicentennial.
In honor of Livingston’s bicentennial, January has been named Volunteer Month by the township. During the month of January, the township is celebrating its tradition of volunteerism with multiple events. Among them are the Volunteer Fair and a special Volunteer Recognition Event. On Jan. 26, from 1-3 p.m., at the Senior Community Center, the Bicentennial Committee, Vision 20/20 Committee and the Citizen’s Institute will be joining together to host a volunteer fair. "The purpose of this fair is to give members of the community an opportunity to see firsthand what volunteer and community involvement opportunities are available to them," Alan Karpas, chairman of the Vision 20/20 Committee, said in a statement. According to Karpas, there …
Saturday, January 5, 2013
A full year of events are planned to celebrate 200 years of the Township of Livingston.
A successful partnership between Livingston and one of the township's largest businesses will be highlighted this year as the township celebrates it's bicentennial. Saint Barnabas Medical Center has been named the Black Diamond sponsor for Livingston's year-long bicentennial celebration. "Livingston is our home," Lou LaSalle, Vice President of External Affairs for Saint Barnabas, said at Tuesday's reorganization meeting. "Livingston is so progressive and so good and doing such great things; Saint Barnabas is proud to be a part of it." Last month, members of Saint Barnabas' brass presented the Livingston Township Council with a $100,000 check to help fund the bicentennial celebrations. "When we were canvassed about supporting Livingston in…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The committee plans 12 months of celebration.
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Thursday, January 3
This year is Livingston's Bicentennial year and the Livingston Bicentennial Committee has a year-long worth of celebrations planned. The committee has been meeting for almost two years, resulting in a schedule of events fitting for a 200th birthday. Each month has a theme, with specific events designed to fit that month's theme. January: Strengthened by Volunteers February: Honoring Our Founders March: Getting Greener April: Fit and Active May: Happy Birthday! June: Getting to Know You July: Fireworks & Family Fun! August: Community September: Old-Fashioned Fun! October: A Gala Celebration! November: Giving Thanks December: Holiday Lights!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The donation will help fund Livingston at 200 activities next year.
One of Livingston’s largest businesses is joining forces with the township to celebrate next year’s bicentennial. At Monday’s Livingston Township Council meeting, Mayor Stephen Santola was joined by members of Saint Barnabas Medical Center to announce that the medical center would be donating $100,000 to the bicentennial fund and would serve as the "Black Diamond Sponsor" of next year's celebration. "When we were canvassed about supporting Livingston in this endeavor, wewe really feel like we are such a part of Livingston that how do you celebrate 200 years without us being part of it," said Dr. John Bonamo, President and CEO of Saint Barnabas. Saint Barnabas Medical Center moved to Livingston in November 1964 and will soon be celebrating …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Over 20,000 daffodil bulbs are expected to be planted in Livingston.
When Livingston celebrates its bicentennial birthday in 2013, the township will be covered in thousands of blooming daffodils to mark the occasion. Arlene Johnson, co-chair of the Livingston Bicentennial Committee, has arranged for 20,000 daffodil bulbs to be sent to the township for residents and businesses to plant in the upcoming month. The committee's plan is that if the bulbs are planted in October, they will be in full bloom in March. “The feeling is that you can drive all around town and see the daffodils welcoming you to the bicentennial,” said Johnson. The committee will be holding their first town wide planting event in conjunction with Livingston’s homecoming on Oct. 6 at the Oval. The event will go from 1-3 p.m. and will …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Plans to commemorate the town's Bicentennial in 2013 are already underway.
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- Phil Hoops
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Two years may sound like a long way off; however 2013, the year of the Livingston Bicentennial, is quickly approaching. On Monday night, members of the Livingston Bicentennial Committee appeared before the council to introduce plans for the town's Bicentennial celebration in 2013. The group, which is headed by Scott Maynard and vice-chaired by former Livingston mayors Ellie Cohen and Arlene Johnson, has spent the past year planning a moneumental celebration to commemorate the 200th anniversary since Livingston was officially established as a township in 1813. The committee drew praise from Deputy Mayor Steve Santola, who serves as the council liaison to the group. "To say that these committee members have a jump on things would be an …