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Fifth Graders Celebrate Milestone

Fifth Graders Celebrate Milestone

FIFTH GRADERS CELEBRATE MILESTONE: Unable to hold the traditional in-person “Moving Up” ceremonies for fifth graders this year, Mt. Pleasant Elementary School and the other district elementary schools instead celebrated the milestone with virtual gatherings and car parades. Mt. Pleasant Elementary School celebrated the end of the school year and the Moving Up of its 100 fifth graders with socially distanced ice c ream parties; a virtual Moving Up ceremony; a car parade; and professional photographs funded by th e PTA Fifth Grade Committee, which lifted the spirits of students, families and staff. Shown here, Alan Yaari waves during the MPE car parade. His mom, Carla Yaari, is taking a photo, and his Dad,Isaac Yaari, has the wheel. Additional photos may be seen on page B-4. Jodi Rothfeld Photography

 

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Livingston Public Schools to Announce ‘Initial Plan’ for Opening in September

In response to questions from the community, and to quell any rumors, Livingston superintendent of schools Matthew Block said the district intends to announce its “initial plan” in the coming week.

Superintendent Block said the administration has been hard at work developing a plan, particularly since New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy proposed a comprehensive, 104-page plan for reopening schools last week.

 

 

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Livingston Reports No New Cases This Week

As of Tuesday afternoon, July 7, the Essex County health department has reported that a total of 494 Livingston residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those residents, 67 have died as a result of the virus.

Compared to the same time last week, cases are flat. Due to reclassifications of individuals’ hometowns, there are two fewer recorded deaths in town, as well.

Just 15 cases and four deaths were reported in Livingston between June 1 and July 1.

 

 

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Veterans Mark Independence Day

Veterans Mark Independence Day
Veterans Mark Independence Day

VETERANS MARK INDEPENDENCE DAY: Although there was no townwide Fourth of July celebration due to the pandemic, Livingston’s veterans’ organizations - the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2856, the American Legion Post 201, and the Jewish War Veterans of the USA Post 740 - held a commemorative ceremony at the War Memorial at the Oval. The ceremony included patriotic presentations, a Boy Scout review, and a salute to the USA’s 244th year. Above, veterans, flanked by Boy Scouts Advaith Pillai and Kaushik Mukkavilli, salute the flag, which was flown at full staff for the ceremony. Veterans shown are Bill Brost, George Walsh, Tony Ciccone, Jerry Wolf, Brian Boyle, Skip Van der Vaarst, Fred Friedman, Lou Greenspan, Irwin Cohen, Joel Lightner, and Charles Quinn. At right, veteran Joel Lightner waves an American flag while displaying his matching patriotic face mask and tie. Don Schwartz Photos

 

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Chinese Association Celebrates Independence Day

Chinese Association Celebrates Independence Day

The Livingston Chinese Association (LCA) held an online Independence Day celebration on July 4 that attracted 91 local families.

During the virtual event, the president of the LCA, Xiuju Jiang highlighted the organization’s achievements in the first half of2020. “The Livingston Chinese community managed the complex logistics for PPE (personal protection equipment) sourcing, secured critical medical supplies to local hospitals, and delivered food to hospitals and essential workers at the critical moment,” she said. “About 210 families have participated in the donations supporting the first responders. Medical personnel from local hospitals shared their personal experience in fighting the COVID-19, and highly praised the substantial physical and emotional support from the LCA community.”

 

 

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LPI Founder Shares Reflections on Homelessness

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As Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) has been shipping food on a weekly basis to its Newark distribution partners, founder and director Jeff Friedman has been in close touch with some of the city’s hands-on philanthropic leaders.
“According to the 2019 Point-In-Time Count conducted by Monarch Housing Associates, Newark had 1,928 homeless people in January of that year,” noted Friedman. “In 2018, Monarch counted 1,927 people, accounting for the majority of homeless people in Essex County, which has the most homeless people in all of New Jersey. However, folks on the front lines tell me that the homeless and profoundly poor populations have grown in 2020 due to the pandemic.”
For this week, Friedman continued, “I feel it will be educational and perhaps inspirational to share the sage words of others reflecting on homelessness and poverty.

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Gov. Codey Rescues Man From Crash That Knocked Down Pole

Gov. Codey Rescues Man From Crash That Knocked Down Pole
Gov. Codey Rescues Man From Crash That Knocked Down Pole
Gov. Codey Rescues Man From Crash That Knocked Down Pole

Former New Jersey Governor Richard Codey was one of two individuals who pulled a man from a car wreck last week in town.

At 11:11 a.m. on Friday, June 26, Christine Murray, 66, of Livingston was operating a 2016 Jeep eastbound on West Mt. Pleasant Avenue and attempted a left turn in the path of a westbound vehicle.

The westbound vehicle was a 2009 Honda operated by Samuel Cherfas, 34, of Livingston. Cherfas swerved to avoid Murray, causing his car to leave the road and strike a utility pole. The pole and transformers landed on the Honda.

 

 

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Class of 2020 Graduates

CLASS OF 2020 GRADUATES

CLASS OF 2020 GRADUATES: Inside this edition of the Tribune, readers will find our graduation section honoring Livingston High School’s Class of 2020. The section includes photos of the graduates, as well as pictures from LPS’s “My Graduation Moment” ceremony, and candid photos of many of the seniors. Also included are the speeches made at the virtual ceremony, which was held on Thursday, June 25. An in-person graduation will be held just for students next Wednesday, July 8. Principal Mark Stern will make his speech at that ceremony, and we will feature it in the following issue, which will be published on Thursday, July 16. Shown at “My Graduation Moment” are, above, Karina Malhotra, celebrating with her family; and right, Chloe Heller. LPS and MCA Photos

 

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Two Men Flee From Stolen Car

Two men are facing charges after exiting a stolen car and fleeing the scene in an attempt to evade police Tuesday morning, Livingston Police said.

At 2:16 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, Officer Andrew Danielsen was on patrol along South Orange Avenue when he saw a 2005 Toyota RAV­4, which appeared to be travelling in excess of the speed limit, make an abrupt turn on East Hobart Gap Road. The Toyota quickly accelerated and travelled into the dead end portion of Canoe Brook Road.

Both the driver and passenger then fled the vehicle on foot into residential backyards. Officers from Livingston and Millburn conducted a prolonged search and located both suspects on Fenton Drive in Millburn.

 

 

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Plans Detailed For In-School Learning

On Friday, June 26, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy detailed the state Department of Education’s plan for reopening public schools in the fall, titled “The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education.” The 104­page report provided the outline to return students and faculty to classrooms in September.

“With this guidance, we’re confident that our students, educators, and staff will walk back into our superb schools in September, where they can safely learn and thrive,” Governor Murphy said.

The state issued four principles to guide the school reopening: ensuring a conducive learning atmosphere, supporting educational leaders with planning, providing policy guidance and necessary funding to schools, and securing continuity of learning.

 

 

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