Monday, March 21, 2011
Snow joke! It really is the first day of spring.
The first day of spring? You gotta be kidding me. Mother Nature seems to be having a tough time letting go of winter. Monday marks spring's first full day, but you wouldn't know it by looking out the window. The National Weather Service forecast in Livingston is calling for snow and rain, although just the half inch of the snow that fell this morning.
Monday, February 21, 2011
For Mike Anello, Presidents Weekend was celebrated by fixing potholes, clearing trees, and shoveling snow -- oh, and crowning his son Joe the district's most outstanding wrestler.
Editor’s Note: It’s been quite the weekend for Michael Anello, the supervisor of Livingston’s Public Works: Spring (meaning Friday’s mild temperatures had him out cold patching potholes), Wind (clearing trees that fell on Saturday. No injuries or property damage reported), and Snow (on Sunday night, 3 inches that sent him scurrying home from the Jersey Shore, where the family was celebrating his son’s wrestling win as District 14 champion). The Anellos were watching their son’s match on Saturday when Mike’s cell rang from Livingston Police telling him of downed trees in the wind storm. “Oh no, not now,” he thought. The Anellos live in Belleville. Luckily the district match was right here in town. Mike is an LHS graduate and so it was with …
What's Open, What's Closed on Presidents Day.
Schools and government offices are closed today, Monday, Feb. 21. But this time, it’s not because snow. Today is Presidents Day, a state and federal holiday, and that means schools – and government offices – are closed, snow or no snow. Here are five things you need to know to get you through the day.
Friday, February 18, 2011
But the thaw begs the question: What’s going to happen to all the snow?
With Friday being the first warm day in a very long time, it almost seems like a joke that kids are heading off on winter break. Around town, birds were singing, there was a bounce in the steps of walkers on the Oval, and we even saw a cool Mustang convertible with the top down! The sun and the warmth are a sure cure for the winter blues. This morning, preschoolers at Early School of Temple B'nai Abraham, used the spring thaw as their canvas, creating snow bank murals with paints made from natural and non-toxic pigment. Now that's what we call a spring celebration -- painting the snow red! Not to put a damper on it, but what’s going to happen to all this snow? We’re certainly in a "precarious position" for flooding when the snow melts, …
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
National Weather Service issues an ice storm warning.
The groundhogs can stay in bed. We don’t need their forecast tomorrow to know that this is going to be a long winter. In fact, we’re beginning to feel a bit like Bill Murray’s character in “Groundhog Day,” the weatherman who repeats the same day over and over. You’ve heard this forecast before: Snow. In Livingston, the National Weather Service is predicting another 3-5 inches. With freezing rain that could turn snow-clogged streets into moats. “Quite a way to usher in a new month,” said Dr. David Robinson, the state’s climatologist. Livingston Public Schools will dismiss students early. Schools will close at the following times: Afternoon PRIDE is cancelled. Students who are bussed will receive bussing home. The district’s Web site asks …
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Whatever you may think of the Sno Wovel, it is, at the very least ... amusing.
Since this winter is proving bleak, tiresome, and never-ending (!), Patch decided to bring you the latest, either wacky or brilliant, concept in snow removal: the Sno Wovel, a wheeled snow shovel. This device, which looks like something your kid put together in the garage, looks to be a combination of bicycle and shovel and is being marketed as an eco-friendly alternative to snowplows. The maker claims that the Sno Wovel removes snow three times faster than shoveling, without the strain of shoveling (to the possible detriment of liniment makers like Ben Gay and chiropractors everywhere). It supposedly “outperforms snow blowers” and “is designed especially for heavy snow.” The frame also folds and it’s adjustable for different body …
Thursday, January 27, 2011
January 2011 will go down in the record books.
Someday we’ll laugh about this: January 2011 will enter the record books for the most snow in 116 years. That's great news for sellers of snowblowers and shovels as well as stores that carry sleds, snowshoes, and other snow-related equipment. But bad news for those of us who have to shovel the snow ourselves. The state’s climatologist made the call on Thursday in New Brunswick, which is used as the yardstick for measurement. With 16.1 inches of fresh powder, this month has toppled a record set in 1894, said Dr. David A. Robinson, chairman of the department of geography at Rutgers University. A total of 30.9 inches of snow has fallen in New Brunswick in January. That’s a lot for January, and a lot for any winter month. In fact, there’s …
Get your kids busy with these fun activities!
Are your kids bleary-eyed from watching too much TV on today’s snow day? Have you exhausted your snow day arsenal: shoveling, snow angels, baking cookies? Well, try these activities to get your kids moving: If you can get out, the Livingston Library will open its doors at 1 p.m. And remember, spring is a-coming ... some day.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
No, not the snow. It's not even a record for talking about the snow.
Wondering if this latest snow might push this winter into the record books? We know it’s been one of the snowiest seasons – the third highest in 63 years. But with another 8 inches expected tonight, could we set a record? Not quite, says David A. Robinson, the state’s climatologist. The state record for January is 21.9 inches in 1996. And that beat a record that stood for 47 years. So far, Robinson estimates that we’ve had 12 inches of snow this month. Remember the blizzard happened in December. It doesn't appear as if we'll have a January record unless the second round of this event “over produces,” he said, meaning more than the 8 inches expected to fall overnight. We’re thinking this is one record we’re OK not beating. Robinson has been…
Up to 8 inches of snow, rain and sleet predicted.
Schools in Livingston and the library will close early on Wednesday because of the snow. “This winter has been getting worse, and now it’s getting ugly,” said Michael Anello, superintendent of Public Works. His crews have been out since 7 a.m. salting township streets. Heavy snow has been falling all morning but is expected to taper off and turn to rain over the next few hours, he said. That should help when schools begin letting students go home at noon. At 10 a.m. Anello described road conditions as “poor and slippery.” He asked residents to use caution while driving. It will take his crews up to five hours to plow township roads once plowing begins, usually when roads are covered with three inches of snow. "I may have to start plowing …