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Former Resident and LHS Teacher Celebrates His 100th Birthday

Former Resident and LHS Teacher Celebrates His 100th Birthday

Former Livingston resident and beloved Livingston High School teacher Francesco (Frank) Miserendino recently celebrated his 100th birthday at Casa Bellisima in Andover Township with his children and grandchildren.

Frank was born February 20, 1920, in Belleville, the middle son of Italian immigrants Giosue Miserendino and Henrietta Rocca Geraci. Life was tough growing up during the Great Depression. His father was a shoe maker and owned his own shop. Before the Depression, the family lived in an apartment upstairs from the shop they owned. But the family later lost the business and had to move to a small room. The Miserendinos were also forced to go on “relief” – what is known today as welfare. To help his family out financially, Frank served in the Civil Conservation Crops in upstate New York at the age of 17.

 

 

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Apr
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Livingston Sings Benefit Concert This Sunday

Livingston residents are bringing the community together through song and for a cause this Sunday for “Livingston Sings.” The livestreamed musical fundraiser will be brought “from our home to yours,” according to the organizers, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Music heals the soul, especially at times like these. It brings us together even when we are separated by physical distance,” said resident Neeli Margolis, administrator of the LTown Lowdown Facebook page. “The economic consequences of the pandemic have already touched our community. We wanted to support Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ efforts to provide relief to financially insecure residents. This event is a wonderful opportunity to help them meet some of our residents’ essential needs while bringing the entire community together for a night of much-needed entertainment.”

 

 

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Apr
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Livingston’s COVID-19 Cases Increase

The number of Livingston residents with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, continues to rise, as do numbers across the county, state, country, and global population.

As of Wednesday, April 1, the Livingston Health Department has reported that a total of 109 Livingston residents have tested positive for COVID-19. While the township receives information about the number of positive cases, it has not been told the number of residents who have been tested and how many of the results have been negative. In Essex County overall, there were 2,179 positive tests as of Wednesday morning. At least 36 county residents have died from complications related to COVID-19 as of that time.

“The Livingston Health Department is continuing the monitoring process to identify locations and persons with whom the affected individuals had contact,” mayor Rudy Fernandez said.

 

 

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Firefighters Extinguish Fire in Outdoor Kitchen

Firefighters Extinguish Fire in Outdoor Kitchen

A fire in an attached outdoor kitchen at 12 Bunyan Drive on Friday, March 27, was extinguished promptly but not before the kitchen suffered extensive damage.

According to Fire Chief Chris Mullin, the fire began in a built-in outdoor kitchen against the back of the residence. An inner portion of the grill was rotted, enabling heat and fire to transfer from the unit’s firebox to the back of the house and causing the structure to catch fire.

 

 

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Apr

LPI Operations Turned “Upside Down:” Newark Distribution Partners Adapt

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all walks of life, and Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) is no exception. According to founder and director Jeff Friedman, operations at LPI “have turned upside down,” and the Livingston charity’s distribution partners are working hard to adapt.
“It’s not business-as-usual for anyone during the current crisis, but life for those living below the poverty line and the organizations/agencies that serve their needs is particularly stressful now,” said Friedman. “Clients cannot come indoors due to the coronavirus, so the dedicated professionals who are valiantly feeding them found new ways to make it happen under the circumstances.”

Thu
26
Mar
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Vacant House Damaged By Fire

VACANT HOUSE DAMAGED BY FIRE
VACANT HOUSE DAMAGED BY FIRE

VACANT HOUSE DAMAGED BY FIRE: A fire broke out in a vacant house at 469 South Livingston Avenue at about 6 p.m. on Thursday evening, March 19. A police officer directing traffic in and out of the ShopRite parking lot noticed flames and smoke coming from the structure and called the Fire Department. Firefighters responded and quickly extinguished the flames, but there was heavy damage to the house, particularly in the bedroom area, where the fire is believed to have started. The house has been vacant for two decades, and its dilapidated condition exacerbated the fire damage, said Fire Chief Chris Mullin. He noted that the house has no electrical power running to it, and has possibly been occupied by vagrants. He deemed the fire to be of suspicious origin; an investigation is ongoing. Rob Munson Photos

 

Thu
26
Mar
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Livestreams Meeting for First Time: Board of Education Votes to Approve Tentative Budget

Following a lengthy discussion about whether to reduce the tentative 2020-21 budget due to the coronavirus situation, the Livingston Board of Education voted on Wednesday, March 18, to approve it in order to send to the County for review.

The tax impact of this proposed budget was presented to the public on March 9 and incorporates the allowable increase of two percent. The increase in school tax on the average Livingston home of $700,000 would be $199, based on a tax levy of $110,919,955, out of a total of $128,944,023.

The budget approved Wednesday night is not final, the superintendent and board secretary emphasized. It can continue to be changed until the Public Hearing on April 27.

 

 

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Mar
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Virtual Junior Prom

VIRTUAL JUNIOR PROM

VIRTUAL JUNIOR PROM: On March 20, AM Wired, the Livingston High School news and announcement show, broadcast “The AMW Virtual Prom.” Students danced in their bedrooms and put on makeup and tied ties in their bathrooms. The 8 ½ minute show featured teacher Jason Daily and was written by Manni Burach, who also served as producer and editor, and Kylie Gorsky. The creative show was picked up by News 12 New Jersey.

 

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Publisher Issues Plea: Tribune Urgently Needs Community Support

For the past 91 years, the West Essex Tribune has been an essential part of the fabric of Livingston. From the days when Route 10 was a dirt road taking Livingston farmers to the stores and offices in Newark, the Tribune has brought readers all of the community news: news about township meetings, local history, school sports, politics, how to get help, and how to help those in need. And now, though much of the news is about the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, which affects everyone in our community, we continue to keep you informed.

For those 91 years the Tribune has been a trusted venue for local businesses to advertise their goods and services to our readers, and for non-profit and community organizations to spread the word of their activities.

 

 

Thu
26
Mar
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Livingston COVID-19 Cases Rise; Township State of Emergency Declared

Livingston COVID-19 Cases Rise; Township State of Emergency Declared

Since the Livingston Health Department announced the first two cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in residents in the township on Wednesday, March 18, the figure had risen to 36 in one week’s time. In Essex County at that time, Wednesday morning, March 25, there were 437 confirmed cases. Based on the last update before press time, from Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday afternoon, there were 3,675 confirmed cases and a total of 44 deaths statewide. Nationally, there were at least 59,502 cases and 804 deaths as of Wednesday morning, and globally, there are more than 435,000 cases and at least 19,625 deaths.

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