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Fire Prevention Week

The Livingston Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Week kicked off on Sunday with the Department’s annual open house, and during the rest of the week, fire officials have been visiting schools to give fire safety presentations.

This year’s theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape.” The campaign recognizes the “everyday people who learn about fire safety and motivate their households to develop and practice a home fire escape plan.”

 

 

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Funeral Mass Held For Marie Modugno

Marie “Babe” Modugno, 102, died on October 5 at her home in Livingston.

Born and raised in Orange, Ms. Modugno graduated from Orange High School in 1935 and moved to Livingston in 1970. She worked at GV Controls in Livingston for 30 years, retiring in 1982.

She was predeceased by her sister, Concetta (Connie) Modugno; and her brothers, Al and George Modugno. She is survived by her sisters, Nilda Ciambruschini and Florence Rea.

Visiting was held in the Prout Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 9, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Raphael Church.

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10
Oct
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Evening Graduation Plan is Announced

Matthew Block, superintendent of schools, announced at the beginning of the Board of Education meeting on October 7 that graduation will take place on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 6 p.m.

The time slot was a big change from the afternoon graduation schedules of previous years.

Following the meeting, Livingston High School principal Mark Stern explained that the new time is in line with practices in surrounding districts. In addition, he said, “It helps us avoid the daytime heat and the ‘prime time’ of possible thunderstorms.”

 

 

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Planning Bd. Opens Hearing On Scott Terrace Subdivision

Attorney Questions Board’s Jurisdiction:

The Livingston Planning Board, at its meeting on Thursday, October 3, began hearing two related applications for a subdivision of a lot at East Mc-ClellanAvenue and Scott Terrace, and a related application for an amendment to a previously approved subdivision of two lots on Scott Terrace.

Ashby Avenue Subdivision

The first item on the agenda was an application by Su Jeen Kim and Sam Hwang to subdivide an existing residential parcel at 14 North Ashby Avenue into two lots. The parcel is a through lot with frontage on Preston Drive, to the east, and North Ashby Avenue to the west. The plan calls for retaining the existing dwelling at 14 North Ashby Avenue and creating an additional building lot to the rear, with frontage on Preston Drive.

 

 

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09
Oct

As Temperatures Drop, LPI “Heats Up:” Charity Focusing on Fundraising & “Fur Extravaganza”

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With the turning of the weather, “the temperatures have been dropping, and LPI has been heating up,” noted Jeff “The Coat Guy” Friedman, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI). The Livingston-based charity collects clothing, travel-sized toiletries, new socks, diapers, women’s products, cosmetics, and more to assist the homeless, and runs a seasonal coat drive. Donations may be dropped at the offices of the West Essex Tribune at 495 South Livingston Avenue, next to ShopRite.
Currently, LPI is focusing on two things, said Friedman: an ongoing fundraising campaign to enable the charity to purchase a vehicle; and its upcoming “Fur Extravaganza” sale.
Funds Needed for Vehicle
“A big LPI campaign is underway to fund a vehicle,” Friedman explained. “We are attempting to raise $10,000 during October and early November.”

Thu
26
Sep
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Undefeated 1972 Soccer Team Entering Big L Club Hall of Fame

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Livingston High School’s first undefeated varsity athletic team will be honored next month, entering the Big L Club Livingston High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The 1972 Boys Varsity Soccer Team will be the first team to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The 1972 team was undefeated, earning a perfect 22-0 record that included a state championship. They finished the season as Group 4 champions and were ranked as the top team in New Jersey.

 

 

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Board of Education Holds Meeting

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The Board of Education opened its meeting on September 23 with a moment of silence for Karen Garber, who died two weeks ago. Board president Buddy August said Garber was a dedicated employee of the school district for many years, and “a person you had to love.”

Matt Block, superintendent of schools, reported on a various activities in the district including tennis coach Elliot Lovi being honored at a football game; a new playground at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School; and a “Start With Hello Week” kindness initiative at Mt. Pleasant Middle School.

 

 

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Truck Hits Home

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TRUCK HITS HOME: Livingston Police, Fire, and EMS responded to 315 East Mt. Pleasant Avenue at 12:21 p.m. on Wednesday for a report of a car hitting a house. Offi cers arrived to fi nd that a blue Dodge pickup truck had struck the foundation of the home and come to a rest underneath a downed tree. The driver and a passenger were being treated at the scene for minor injuries. According to officials, at least one of the vehicle’s occupants lived in the home that was hit. Officials on the scene said that the home appeared to be structurally sound, and the foundation did not appear to be cracked. The investigation is ongoing and no summonses were issued as of press time. The Tribune will update this story next week if there are any further developments. CJM Photo

 

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Honoring Coach Lovi

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HONORING COACH LOVI: Elliot Lovi, long-time Livingston High School tennis coach, was honored at the end of the first quarter of the Pope John XXIII-Livingston football game on Friday evening, September 20. Lovi was introduced to the crowd and recognized for his illustrious career and recent selection as “one of the all time great coaches in the state of New Jersey.” Shown here, Coach Lovi and his wife Marjorie acknowledge the applause from the Lancer fans. Don Schwartz Photo

 

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Double Overtime Win

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DOUBLE OVERTIME WIN: The Livingston High School boys’ varsity soccer team defeated the West Orange Mountaineers, 3-2, in double overtime on the Turf on Tuesday, September 17. Shown above, Lancer senior Jason Fiske, #22, beats the West Orange defender during a Lancer offensive charge. Converging on the play is junior Kyle Kelly, #17. Shown below, Lancer Holden Miller, #15, advances the ball against West Orange. Don Schwartz Photos

 

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