New special needs center will feel like an N.J. downtown

LIVINGSTON — A coffee shop, bookstore, doctor and dentist’s offices, grocery store, clothing shop, florist, salon, Laundromat, pet shop, home goods store, and hobby shop. It sounds like the makings of a pretty stellar New Jersey downtown area, and in many ways, that’s exactly what it is. Only, the “LifeTown” development – which broke ground in Livingston Monday evening – will be all enclosed inside a 47,000 square foot state-of-the-art learning center. The 11,000 squareRead More

A town where ‘journey is just beginning’

Well over 600 people came to the ground breaking for the Friendship Circle’s LifeTown in Livingston on June 6. Outside the building on Microlab Road, children, teens, and adults filled the folding chairs for the official ceremony, although the younger kids much preferred the bouncy houses, the truck they could climb on and explore, and the troughs where cement was ready for them to mix with pint-sized shovels. LifeTown will take shape at the siteRead More

New Jersey LifeTown to Break New Ground for Special-Needs Community

For children with special needs and their families, the simplest things can be indescribably challenging: visiting the dentist, getting a haircut, making a friend. To help those families and individuals in and around Essex County, N.J., a transformational new facility called LifeTown is on the way. The 47,000-square-foot, two-story LifeTown facility comes under the auspices of Friendship Circle, a Chabad-Lubavitch-sponsored organization that provides a variety of respite, social and recreational programs for children and teensRead More

LifeTown Receives $500K Grant to Build Sensory Park

A $500,000 grant from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey will help the LifeTown organization build an indoor sensory park and playground for children, it announced Tuesday. The 47,000-square-foot LifeTown in Livingston will be home to Friendship Circle, which provides programming for children and teens with special needs, and their families. LifeTown will also offer social, recreational, therapeutic and educational programs to the community at large, Friendship Circle said in a news release announcing theRead More

Inclusive LifeTown Gets Grant for ‘Park’

From outside its gates, it looks like a park — complete with trees, grass, swings, a trampoline, and other playground equipment. But this high-tech therapeutic indoor play area is specially designed for children and young adults with special needs. To be built in Livingston, the play area is being financed by a $500,000 grant from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey to the Friendship Circle, an organization that provides services for Jewish children and teensRead More

Hollister Construction Services to Build LifeTown in Livingston

Parsippany-based Hollister Construction Services, a full-service construction manager specializing in corporate, educational, healthcare, industrial, retail and residential construction, announces that it will serve as construction manager for LifeTown, a dynamic new facility in Livingston, that will provide social, therapeutic, recreational and educational programs to youths with special needs. The 47,000-square-foot, $14-million project, slated for completion in winter 2015, will transform a former warehouse into an inclusive center. LifeTown will offer a variety of educational andRead More

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