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Lancers Defeat Newark Collegiate

The Livingston High School boys’ varsity basketball team recently defeated Newark Collegiate Academy, 65-46, at home in the LHS Fitness and Wellness Center. Shown above, Lancer forward Fil Tosic, #23, jumps to score on a fast break against the Panthers. Below, Lancer guard Will Farrell, #4, scores on a jumper despite being double teamed.

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A Well-Deserved ‘Thank You’

While some winter weather may have postponed the annual Livingston Fire Department inspection, we at the West Essex Tribune would still like to take a moment to thank our firefighters for another year of keeping our community safe.

To the members of our volunteer fire department, thank you for answering more than 1,300 calls in 2018, at all hours of the day, and in all types of weather.

Thank you for responding to every appliance fire, smoking car, gas leak, water emergency, and carbon monoxide alarm in this ever-expanding community.

 

 

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Up to the Task

Last week, the Livingston Police Department, along with the Essex County prosecutor’s office and eight other local police departments in the western part of the county, announced the formation of a joint task force, designed to battle crime in the area.

The task force is, in part, a response to the rise in reported vehicle break-ins and thefts in Livingston, as well as neighboring towns, in the past year-plus.

Credit goes to these agencies for taking a proactive approach to these crimes, and for recognizing that this is a trend and not a coincidental spike in break-ins that could be attributable to a small sample size. The frequency of these crimes should drop, hopefully very soon, because they are being acknowledged as such.

 

 

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Services Were Held For Steven Sertner

Steven Sertner, 62, of Livingston, died on January 29.

He was vice president of sales at Mavi Jeans in New York City, and was a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Proctor Academy in Andover, New Hampshire.

Mr. Sertner formerly lived in Cresskill and Parkland, Florida.

He is survived by his wife, Stacey; his children, Cary, Lexi and Austin, all of Livingston; and his sister, Ellyn Lavigne of Aventura, Florida.

Private services were arranged by J. L. Apter Memorial Chapels of Cedar Grove.

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day By Giving to Children in Need

A bevy of Livingston girls, all students at Mt. Pleasant Middle School, donated their time to demonstrate love for children in the Boys and Girls Club of Union County.

It all started when sixth grader Lucy Roitman became aware of the poor housing conditions in Newark, which she saw out of her car window when the family traveled to Newark Airport. (Her father, Jon Roitman, is an employee of United Airlines.)

Lucy began to notice the differences in her lifestyle versus that of the children she saw walking on the streets in Newark, and asked her dad if there was a way she could help those children. Jon contacted the community outreach department at United Airlines, and a plan to assist the Boys and Girls Club of Union, which serves the Newark community, was born.

 

 

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Relay Team Establishes New Record

The Livingston High School boys’ track and field team ended the invitational portion of its season at the Morris County Coaches’ Invitational, held at the Ocean Breeze facility in Staten Island, New York.

The boys in attendance, many of whom were competing in their last meet of the season, faced athletes from nearly 50 other schools from all over New Jersey in one of the most competitive meets of the year.

 

 

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Chinese Culture Day Held to Celebrate Lunar New Year

Livingston Chinese Culture Day 2019 was held on Saturday, February 9, at Livingston High School. The event is an annual celebration of the Lunar New Year in Livingston, and features a mixture of performances and exhibitions by the students and parents from the community, highlighting Chinese culture.

Theeventdrewhundredsofchildren and adults from the Livingston and neighboring towns. The day included a variety of games and children’s activities organized by volunteers from Livingston High School, and Chinese cultural exhibits presented by various local organizations in the high school’s auxiliary gymnasium. Performances by students from the Ady Art Center, the New Star Art Center, and the Wushu Kungfu Fitness Center won applause from the audience.

 

 

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Council Approves New Contracts; Honors Groups for MLK Event

At its meeting Monday evening, February 11, the Livingston Township Council approved resolutions awarding two new contracts and approving several change orders totaling $122,000 in price reductions for various projects. The Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion also honored volunteers and the Business Improvement District detailed its 2019 budget.

BID Budget Discussed

At the start of the conference meeting, prior to the regular meeting, Livingston’s Business Improvement District budget was approved by the Council. Businesses within the BID set the budget, which is then reviewed and approved by the Council if they are satisfied with it. The 2019 budget lists $372,060 in total expenditures.

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Police, Task Force Track Stolen Cars; Man Assaults Woman, Eludes Officers

The West Essex Anti-Crime Task Force has already started patrolling Livingston roadways, according to a report earlier this month. Individuals were also arrested for an assault at a township gas station and for moving a car during a parking dispute. A stolen car was also recovered.

Police Chase

A group of officers working under the West Essex Anti-Crime Partnership were patrolling the streets of Livingston in the early morning hours on February 4.

At about 4:09 a.m., officer Michael Spano observed a 2018 Mercedes-Benz C30 stopped near the intersection of Wingate Drive and Walton Lane. The officer observed that both occupants had their faces concealed with masks.

 

 

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LPD Joins Anti-Crime Task Force

The Livingston Police Department announced last week that it is joining up with the Essex County prosecutor’s office and eight other local police departments in the western part of the county to crack down on crime, specifically the recent string of reported car break-ins.

According to the announcement by acting Essex County prosecutor TheodoreStephens,thepartnership,dubbed the Anti-Crime Task Force, will allow police officers from Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, North Caldwell, Roseland, Verona, West Caldwell and Livingston to work together combating crimes that go beyond established geographical borders such as burglaries, car thefts and other quality of life issues that affect the residents of each of the nine towns. The partnership will focus on deterrence, education and detection. The officers assigned will participate in safety checkpoints throughout the partnership towns in addition to increased cooperative patrols.

 

 

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