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Livingston Surpasses 500 Total COVID Cases

As of Tuesday afternoon, July 7, the Essex County health department has reported that a total of 502 Livingston residents have tested positive for COVID-19. 68 of those residents have died as a result of the virus.

Compared to the same time last week, that is an eight case increase, with one additional death.

Town Hall and other municipal buildings are expected to open next Monday, July 20. Protective measures, including hand sanitizing stations, Plexiglas windows, and guidelines on where to stand, will be in place. The buildings will be open for the public to conduct business; other activities, like public meetings, will still be held online for the foreseeable future.

 

 

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For Love of Comedy and Pretend

For Love of Comedy and Pretend
For Love of Comedy and Pretend
For Love of Comedy and Pretend

Jamison Scala, a 2001 graduate of Livingston High School, has been hunkering down in Los Angeles during the COVID-19 pandemic. He moved there shortly after graduating from Temple University with a degree in communications.

Scala loves the California sunshine and lifestyle, even during the pandemic, yet remains very fond of his home town , which he sometimes describes as “Exit 145.”

Scala’s first professional job in LA was on the pilot season of “Deal or No Deal,” after which he spent two years at E! as a producer for “Live from the Red Carpet” and “The Daily 10.” He then decided to segue from TV production to acting.

 

 

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Better Late Than Never

Better Late Than Never

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: Livingston High School students celebrated their graduation in-person and as a class on Wednesday, July 8. The in-person ceremony had been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, before a celebration with no family present was permitted. In this week’s issue of the Tribune, we have published a standalone section with photos from the in-person ceremony. These pages are designed to be saved and added to the July 2 keepsake graduation section. Arlene Brown Photo

 

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Recreational Renewal

Recreational Renewal
Recreational Renewal
Recreational Renewal
Recreational Renewal

RECREATIONAL RENEWAL: With the township’s recreational facilities re-opened, Livingston residents made the most of the summery weather and headed outdoors. At top left, Emma and Elyse Pomerance have fun in the water at the Mervyn V.T. Haines Pool. Above, Adam Froimowitz pushes his son, Jake, on the “take a spin” equipment. At bottom left, Will McNichol shoots on the Memorial Park basketball courts, while his brother Luke looks on. Below, Pitcher Jason Grebin brings it to the plate during the TSTI practice on the Oval. Don Schwartz Photos

 

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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.”

 

 

Wed
08
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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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