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Jan
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Matthew Semplenski, Born Jan. 3, Is Livingston’s First Baby of 2019

First Baby Contest Winner:

Matthew James Semplenski, born January 3, is Livingston’s First Baby of 2019 and the winner of the Tribune’s annual First Baby Contest. The baby was born at Saint Barnabas Medical Center to Frank and Marissa Semplenski of 174 East Cedar Street. He weighed seven pounds, 13 ounces at birth, and was 20¾ inches long. He joins two sisters, Emma, 7½, and Mia, 21 months. David and Donna Semplenski are the baby’s paternal grandparents, and the maternal grandparents are Marian Perna and Anthony and Donna Aulisi.

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August Named President, Konner VP At Divided School Board Reorganization

Pam Chirls and Ronnie Konner were sworn in at the Board of Education’s re-organization meeting on Monday, January 7 in front of a packed audience.

However, the conflict surrounding the contested campaign and election has not ended.

Buddy August, who had served as vice president the previous year, was unanimously elected Board president. “I do very quick meetings,” August said to good-natured chuckles from the audience.

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10
Jan
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Mutual AID Call in East Hanover

MUTUAL AID CALL IN EAST HANOVER: Members of the Livingston Fire Department (LFD) went on a mutual aid call to East Han over on January 4, from 7:30 to 11 p.m., shown here. LFD personnel assisted East Hanover firefighters with fire suppression and overhaul at a major fire on Kimble Avenue in that community, which resulted in the death of two people. Earlier that evening, Livingston firefighters had responded to a general alarm at Care One Assisted Living, 76 Passaic Avenue, set off by a smoke condition and burning odor in the facility’s kitchen area. It was determined that the odor and smoke had been caused by an electrical short in the oven hood system. There was no fire, although fire officials had to vent the kitchen area. Rob Munson Photo

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Planning Bd. Continues Hearing Plans For Drive-Thru Starbucks, Pre-School

The Planning Board met on Tuesday evening and continued hearing an application by CP Management Group II LLC to build a drive-through Starbucks and a child care center on South Livingston Avenue.

Prior to opening testimony, the Board’s first order of business was to hold a brief re-organizational meeting. Both Peter Klein and Richard Dinar were unanimously approved to serve once again in the roles of chairman and vice chairman, respectively, for 2019.

A hearing for a minor subdivision at 1 Relkin Road was adjourned, and will be heard on February 5.

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10
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Irvington Man Fined for DWI

This past week in Livingston Municipal Court, an Irvington man was fined for drunk driving and a Livingston man was fined on amended charge of creating a disturbance.

DWI Charge

Angel Pardo, 23, of Irvington was stopped on November 14, 2018, in Livingston, and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI); driving without a license; reckless driving; using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle; having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle; driving without insurance; failure to exhibit a driver’s license; and failure to exhibit registration.

All but the first two charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement, and the driving with no license charge was downgraded to a charge of driving with an expired license, which carries a lesser fine. For that charge, he was fined $156, plus $33 in court costs.

Wed
09
Jan

Coat Guy Makes an Urgent Appeal for Gloves

Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) has issued a special appeal for adult gloves, especially those in men’s size large. “Gloves are the most requested item on the food lines at our distribution partners in Newark,” explained Jeff “The Coat Guy” Friedman, founder and director of LPI. “It’s easy to figure out why. Folks are freezing out on the streets, some either without gloves at all or wearing what they have, inadequate as they may be.”
In appealing for donations of gloves, Friedman said, “Some of us in town own multiple pairs. We look at many for years, but don’t wear them on a regular basis. Or, perhaps adult gloves belonging to family members are available and ‘ripe for the pickin.’ On behalf of those who need the warmth the most, LPI is asking you to drop what you can at the offices of the West Essex Tribune, located at 495 South Livingston Avenue, next to ShopRite. Coats, hats, scarves, toiletries, cosmetics, diapers and men’s dress attire, as well, please.”

Thu
03
Jan
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And To All A Good Night

The Camuso elves have begun the arduous task of taking down the annual holiday display and putting it away until next year. Nearly 250 gingerbread men were sold this year to help defray the costs of the exhibit. Here, some of the "elves" are shown removing the gingerbread men and alphabetizing them to make collection easier. Below, the gingerbread men stand in formation, ready for pickup. They may be collected and taken home to their families now.

NBD and Tom Cooney Photos

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Al Anthony Sworn In as Mayor; Rudy Fernandez as Deputy Mayor

Hundreds of residents, elected officials, township employees, and committee volunteers gathered Tuesday morning, New Year’s Day, at Livingston’s Senior/Community Center for the annual reorganization meeting. It was a time for township officials and residents to reflect on the year that was, while looking forward to 2019.

After winning their reelection bids last fall, Council members Rudy Fernandez, Shawn Klein, and Ed Meinhardt were all sworn in at the start of the meeting. Immediately following those appointments, Fernandez was nominated as deputy mayor for the year. Councilman Al Anthony was next nominated as the new mayor, the second time he will have held the position.

“I look forward to working hard and making tough decisions while also moving things forward,”Anthony said. “I’m truly grateful for the second go-around.”

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03
Jan
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Tribune Awaits First Baby of 2019 with Many Gifts

Still Waiting for a Winner:

The West Essex Tribune is celebrating more than six decades of showering the first baby of the new year with an assortment of gifts generously donated by our advertisers. The first baby of 2019 born to Livingston parents will be named the winner of the Tribune’s 61st annual First Baby Contest.

The rules to determine the winner are the same each year: The first baby of 2019 must be born in a nearby hospital to parents who currently reside in Livingston. The exact time of the birth must be certified in writing by the attending physician.

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03
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General Alarm, No Fire

On Thursday, December 27, the Livingston Fire Department had a general alarm due to a smoke condition at the Livingston Senior/Community Center at 204 Hillside Avenue. A burning odor was reported, and there was smoke in the building, which was evacuated. Firefighters, however, found nothing amiss. The cause of the odor and the smoke was traced to the HVAC equipment having been turned on, causing dust on the coils to burn. CKS Photo

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