Rich with Unique Heritage
Chartered in 1813, Livingston was largely farmland for more than the first century of its existence. Throughout the 20th century, and especially following World War II, the town developed, the farmland transforming into homes and commerce. Capturing everyday scenes and turning points in the town’s past, author Barry Evenchick chronicles the unique heritage of the community and the individuals who have worked together to help define it. Evenchick served as Livingston Township attorney from 1975-1987.
Livingston Public Schools
The Livingston Public Schools serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are six K-5 elementary schools — Burnet Hill School (415 students, including PreK), Collins Elementary School (425), Harrison Elementary School (534), Hillside Elementary School (399), Mount Pleasant Elementary School (428) and Riker Hill Elementary School (419) — Mt. Pleasant Middle School Grade 6 (431), Heritage Middle School Grades 7 and 8 (916) and Livingston High School for grades 9–12 (1,742)
For the 1997–98 school year, Livingston High School received the Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education, the highest honor that an American school can achieve.
Livingston High School was the 22nd-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 322 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine’s September 2010 cover story on the state’s “Top Public High Schools”, after being ranked 20th in 2008 out of 316 schools.
26.7% of the township’s population 25 years and older who attain professional, Masters or Doctorate degrees. During 2007–2008 budget year, Livingston allocated 59.96% of local property tax toward the Livingston Public Schools. Additionally, a separate budget of 7% of all municipal services went toward the operation of its public library.
According to library statistics collected by Institute of Museum and Library Services, Livingston Public Library was ranked 22 out of 232 municipal libraries in New Jersey based on total circulation in 2006.
Livingston is a Bedroom Community
Although largely a bedroom community, there are numerous stores and restaurants located in Livingston. There are three main shopping areas. The first area is located in the center of the town. It stretches along Livingston Avenue from Route 10 to Northfield Avenue. Historically, the area had been dominated by small local shops and restaurants. With recent addition of Livingston Town Center, a mixed-use development, more well-known stores have been opened in the area such as Starbucks, Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices and The Soupman.
The second area is the Livingston Mall located at the south-western corner of the town. Macy’s, Lord & Taylor and Sears department stores are located in the original three wings of the mall. The fourth wing was added in 2008 as a new home of Barnes & Noble.
The third shopping area is located at the outer skirt of the town on the western side. It is the starting point of Route 10 shopping corridor that extends to East Hanover. The corridor is home of many major retailers. Additionally there are there are three supermarkets including a Shop Rite, Kings and Whole Foods.
Livingston is the Home of Performing Arts Organizations
Livingston Symphony Orchestra is a group of community-based performers which was formed in 1960. The symphony orchestra is currently directed by Istvan Jaray, an internationally renowned artist who appears regularly in concert halls across Europe, Canada and the United States. It holds many performances during each season.
Livingston Community Players is a community-based theatre organization. There has been many productions in the recent years. The performers are from local community and other places in New Jersey. Past productions, including The Sound of Music, Oliver!, and Annie, received Perry Awards from New Jersey Association of Community Theatres.
Children’s Theatre of Livingston is a local organization that provides performance opportunities for Livingston children grades 2 to 8. The children are trained in acting roles and staging staff. It has annual performance since the first season in 2007.
New Jersey Ballet is a major ballet company based in Livingston. The company is recognized nationally and internationally with tours in many countries in Europe, Asia and North America. Livingston is also the headquarters of New Jersey School of Ballet which offers many classes in Ballet, Jazz and Tap.
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