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Wed
14
Aug

“It’s All in the Headlines:” Donations Needed Now More Than Ever, Notes Livingston Philanthropies Director

Editor’s Note: This week, Jeff “the Coat Guy” Friedman, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI), here, in his own words, reflects on the plight of the homeless in New Jersey.
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By Jeff Friedman
While thinking about what to write this week, I’m reflecting on just how bad-off those living on the streets and below the poverty level are. In fact, the plight of the profoundly poor is seen daily in the headlines, whether in print, online, or on television. That’s why I decided to share some headlines I read with West Essex Tribune readers:
“New Jersey had an estimated 9,398 experiencing homelessness on any given day” – United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, 2018
“Homeless: ‘It’s very hard to live in NJ if you don’t make a certain level of money’ ” – Asbury Park Press, 2019
“Homelessness: ‘People think it can never happen to them, but it can, in the blink of an eye’ ” – The Guardian, 2017

Mon
12
Aug

LHS Alumnus Reflects: LHS Class of 1969 Reunion: Coming the Full Circle

Editor’s Note: Mitch Singer, a member of the Livingston High School Class of 1969, wrote to the Tribune to reflect on the class and its upcoming 50th year reunion. Singer, a retired public relations practitioner, currently lives in Springfield, Virginia.
By Mitch Singer
I recently attended a high school graduation party for a neighbor’s daughter, which brought back a memory of a similar party my parents held for me 50 years ago. As I observed the gathering of young people brimming with enthusiasm and excitement as they are about to enter the next stage of their life’s path, I asked myself the following question: “Was I ever that young?”
As the Livingston High School (LHS) Class of 1969 approaches its 50th reunion over Labor Day weekend, I would imagine many of my former classmates are asking the same.

Thu
08
Aug
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Continuing a Tradition

Livingston’s annual National Night Out was held Tuesday evening, August 6, at the Oval. It featured local law enforcement interacting with children, families and residents, fostering a sense of community. From free food to hot air balloon rides, there was something fun for everyone! Jerry Siskind and MCA Photos

 

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Thu
08
Aug
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Men's Softball Champions

Thanks to a 17-6 win over the Fireballers, Game Time clinched the Livingston Men’s Over 35 Softball League B Division championship. Shown here, team members include Andrew Greenberg, Dan Palumbo, Sean Bodnar, Eli Yu, Mark Kamakaris, Harris Kirsch (who did not play), Alan Perlberg, Jimmy DeCastro, Alex Lee, Alex Perlberg, and Alex Emposimato.

 

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Thu
08
Aug
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Wood Fire Extinguished

The Livingston Fire Department was called to 354 Beaufort Avenue on Sunday, August 4, to extinguish a fire in a large pile of wood in the rear yard. The fire was extinguished without incident. In other calls, firefighters responded to three reports of natural gas odors, two of which were traced to a leaking barbecue grill and to a bleach-based cleansing solution. The Fire Department’s other ten calls this past week were false alarms or unfounded reports. Rob Munson, CJM Photos

 

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Thu
08
Aug
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Election Season is Coming

While we are still firmly entrenched in the dog days of summer, fall is not far away, and with it comes another round of Board of Education and Township Council elections in Livingston. These are both contested elections; now that the filing deadlines have passed, we know there will be six candidates running for various seats.

Four people are running to fill two open seats on the Board of Education. Those candidates are Alyse Berger Heilpern, Seth Cohen, incumbent Samantha Messer, and Sasha Pailet Koff. Board member George Shen, whose seat is expiring at the end of the year, will not be seeking reelection.

 

 

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Thu
08
Aug
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Elizabeth Runyan Steiner Hoenig

Elizabeth Runyan Steiner Hoenig – child of the Great Depression, high school valedictorian, fervent opera lover, diehard New York Giants fan, devoted wife, loving mother, proud Grandma, Nanny and Oma – died peacefully in her sleep at her Crane's Mill home in West Caldwell on Aug. 2, 2019.

Betty, as she was affectionately known to her many friends and family, was predeceased in 2017 by her beloved husband of 67 years, Egon. As Wesley Lovely, her 3-year old great-grandson so wisely said when his mother told him the news, "Well Mama, that means she's with Opa again, right?" Yes, Wes, that's right.

She was undoubtedly at peace with the world because she had returned less than a week earlier from her annual two-week vacation with her family in Ocean Park, Maine, a special place where she had been vacationing her entire life and a legacy which is now being shared by the fifth generation of her family.

Thu
08
Aug
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LHS Grad Co-Hosts Charity Golf Outing

Layups 4 Life will hold its inaugural “Drive Out Cancer” charity golf outing on Monday, September 16.

Co-founded by Dana Levine Exter, a 2004 graduate of Livingston High School, and her husband, Dan Exter, the organization raises funds for cancer research and clinical trials.

Check-in time is 7:30 a.m., with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The event is being held at Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth.

 

 

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Thu
08
Aug
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Council Approves Study For Performing Arts Center

At the Monday, August 5 Township Council conference meeting, former mayor Eleonore Cohen of the LivingstonArts Council discussed bringing a performing arts center to town.

“We are a community of many things,” Cohen said. “Part of being a great town is offering everything to everybody.”

The “odyssey” of opening a performing arts center began in the ’90s, according to Cohen, and has continued through the years, with road blocks including funding and space continually stalling the project.

 

 

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Thu
08
Aug
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Livingston Schools Rank 3rd in State, 30th in Nation, According to Website

The Livingston Public School (LPS) district has been ranked third highest in the state for the 2019-20 school year by Niche.com, a company that publishes data, rankings and reviews about schools, colleges and neighborhoods.

The only two New Jersey school districts which ranked ahead of Livingston were Princeton and Millburn.

The district was ranked second in the state regarding “best teachers” and “best places to teach.” Mountain Lakes was first, and Millburn was third, in these categories. LPS also ranked sixth in the state in terms of safety.

 

 

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