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DeFilippo Family’s Home “Rescued” by NBC Show

Last Friday was a great day for the DeFilippo family. 16-year-old Gabby was set to make her debut in “Midsummer/Jersey” at Livingston High School, and prior to that the family returned to a newly-renovated home after spending several weeks away.

The DeFilippos were gone for three weeks while crew from “George to the Rescue,” an NBC show hosted by home improvement specialist George Oliphant, worked to remodel their Midway Drive home.

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Wed
21
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Snowstorm Paralyzes Township, and Much of State

A snowstorm that turned to sleet after dropping seven inches on Livingston succeeded in paralyzing the town – and much of the state, particularly the northern portion of it – on Thursday afternoon and evening, November 15. Heavy, fast-falling snow and slick conditions exacerbated by inability to get plows through created a traffic nightmare. Commuters trying to get home reported spending up to eight hours or more in their cars, as portions of major highways were closed at various times during the evening, including Route 280, Route 80, and Route 10. Schools were not dismissed early, and school buses entered the traffic stream just as most area businesses were sending their employees home, making for heavierthan- usual volume on the roads when conditions were worsening. Many of those buses were unable to negotiate the roadways.

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Police, Fire, EMS, Library Staff Honored At Council Meeting for Storm Response

Prior to the scheduled business of the Township Council’s regular meeting, the Council took a moment to thank Livingston’s police, fire, and emergency medical services, along with the library staff, for coming to the aid of residents in need during last Thursday’s snow storm, which left many trapped in cars and township buildings, unable to make it even short distances home.

“Last Thursday was hopefully a once-in-a-lifetime, or at least a once-in-a-season storm,” mayor Ed Meinhardt said. “Fortunately all of our residents made it home with their houses standing and the lights on.”

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Wed
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Shovel Assaulter Wanted by Police

A woman reported that she was hit in the head with a shovel during a dispute in the parking lot of the Livingston Mall on Sunday, November 18, at 5:15 p.m. Tiffany Simmons, age 23, of Orange told police that she was walking out of the mall when she was almost struck by a black SUV. A man driving the SUV exchanged expletives with Simmons. Simmons said she continued on her way and sat in her mother’s car.

The male then allegedly began to encourage his female companion to beat up Simmons. The unknown female began banging on the window of the car Simmons was sitting in. Simmons stated she saw her mother walking out of the mall toward the car, and “got out to protect her mother as she approached.”

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In First School Board Meeting After Election, Messer Affirms Her Commitment to the Board

Board president Pamela Chirls and member Ronnie Konner opened the November 19 Board of Education meeting by thanking the community for returning them to office. At the end of the meeting, a community member criticized another Board member for her actions following the resignation of superintendent Chris Steffner.

A security guard was present at the meeting.

Chirls and Konner spoke appreciatively of the Tribune, other media and in person and online forums for promoting the election and allowing the candidates to present their ideas.

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Tue
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Nov

“Coat Guy” Introduces Livingston Philanthropies

By Jeff Friedman
Livingston resident Jeff “the Coat Guy” Friedman, founder and director of the Livingston Philanthropies, Inc., here, in his own words, introduces his charitable organization and its mission to new readers. Livingston Philanthropies conducts a seasonal coat drive and year-round collections of travel-sized toiletries for the homeless, as well as men’s dresswear, feminine hygiene products, and diapers.
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Now more than ever, Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) is calling on generous Livingston residents to help provide for the “poor, homeless and disenfranchised.” You know who they are… the folks you sometimes see on TV, living out on the cold streets or in shelters. Compellingly, many are only minutes away in nearby communities.

Thu
15
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Superintendent Calls for Civility, Safety, and Standing Up for Others

Concern about a lack of civility in public discourse and a request for parental support were key ingredients of a letter that James O’Neill, interim superintendent of the Livingston Public Schools, sent to parents last week. The letter was shared on social media and published in the district’s newsletter and its sentiments were given a “thumbs up” in last week’s Tribune editorial.

O’Neill said it is the responsibility of teachers to establish guidelines at school, and for parents to enforce the appropriate use of technology at home.

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Semi-Final Shut-Out

SEMI-FINAL SHUT-OUT: The Livingston High School varsity girls’ soccer team shut out Montclair, 1-0, in the semi-final round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 Tournament, held at Woodman Field in Montclair. Unfortunately, the Lancers suffered a shut-out of their own in the finals, losing, 1-0, to the West Orange Mountaineers in West Orange.

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LHS Theater Club to Present “Midsummer/Jersey”

This weekend, the Livingston High School Theater Club will present Midsummer/Jersey in the LHS auditorium.

Written by Ken Ludwig, the play is a parody of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with a “Jersey Shore twist,” set on the boardwalk of a seaside town in modern-day New Jersey.

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North Jersey Giants Finish First

NORTH JERSEY GIANTS FINISH FIRST: The North Jersey Giants 13U fall baseball team, a Livingston-based organization, recently competed in the USABL league, finishing first in both the regular season and the playoffs.

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