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Feb
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Funeral Services Held For Elsie G. Cushman

Elsie G. Cushman (nee Manna) of Monroe died Wednesday, February 11, at Inglemoor Care Center in Livingston. She was 86 years old. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 14, at the Dangler Funeral Home in West Orange, followed by a funeral Mass at Our Lady of the Valley Church in West Orange. Entombment took place at Hollywood Memorial Park in Union. Letters of condolence may be posted at danglerfuneralhome.com. Mrs. Cushman was born and raised in Orange and lived in Livingston before moving to Monroe many years ago. For 48 years, she was the dispatcher for Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) in East Orange. Mrs. Cushman was predeceased by her husband, Bernard, and her siblings, James, Anthony, and Carman Manna, Louise D'Allessio, and Adeline Patanina. She is survived by her stepson, Bernard Cushman Jr.; her sisters, Patsy Manna, Dolores Williams, Marie O'Mullen, Catherine O'Connor, Ann Manna, and Carol Osterman; and many nieces and nephews.

Thu
12
Feb
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Youth Practices Table Tennis Every Day; Dreams of Representing U.S. in Olympics

His favorite composer is Mozart and he sings with the Select Chorus at Heritage Middle School. He enjoys sketching and has taken GT (gifted and talented) art classes. He was a serious swimmer at age six. He likes basketball and soccer and is fluent in Chinese. He is also a "nice guy" who likes to help kids, whether or not they speak English or are just beginning to play table tennis. He wants to be a lawyer, to help other people. Jack Wang, an eighth grader, became a 2015 U.S. National Junior and Cadet Boys Team member in December and is working hard to represent the U.S. in international table tennis tournaments this year. His dream is to play in the Olympics.

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Thu
12
Feb
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INTERGENERATIONAL PROM IS COMING

INTERGENERATIONAL PROM IS COMING: The Livingston High School (LHS) Key Club will once again welcome Livingston's senior citizens to the Intergenerational Prom. This year's event is planned for Wednesday, April 15. The prom will feature dinner, dancing, the LHS jazz band and photographs. The Intergenerational Prom was fi rst held 27 years ago when organizers planned a dinner-dance to create a learning experience that would allow students and seniors to socialize and get to know one another. Tickets will be available at the community center on Hillside Avenue beginning on March 2. Shown are LHS Key Club members Meghan Nevola, Trever Wood, Melinda Hu, Rebecca Lin and adviser, Giovanna Riggi.

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Thu
12
Feb
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THE BOY SCOUTS OF TROOP 12

THE BOY SCOUTS OF TROOP 12 in Livingston were busy due to the recent snow fall. Along with helping clear the paths at St. Peter’s Church, the boys shoveled snow for seniors in the community who have registered with the town. Helping out during this storm were: Josh Waxman, Douglas DelTurco, Max Shen, Robbie Brandt, Nick McCaffery, Dylan Belluardo, Dustin Cece, Anant Goupa, Nihal Nath, Max Sayre, Sam Lin and Michael Lugashi. Troop 12 meets every Thursday from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. If interested in joining Troop 12/ Pack 12, call Phil Pisciotti at 973-535-9631 or Rich Waxman at 201-247-4351.

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Thu
12
Feb
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Adopt-a-Hydrant Aids Town Safety

The Livingston Fire Department and Department of Public Works together with the Townwide Safety Committee and HCHY (Healthy Community, Healthy Youth) are encouraging residents to adopt the fi re hydrants closest to their homes and keep them clear during snow storms. Livingston has more than 1,500 hydrants and it is virtually impossible for the Department of Public Works to clear them all. "This is why we are reaching out to the public seeking volunteers to help," said Mike Anello, superintendent of the Department of Public Works.

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12
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JOIN THE BATTLE

JOIN THE BATTLE: The New Jersey Cycle for Survival was held on Saturday, February 7, at Equinox in Summit. The fund-raising event was one of 13 throughout the country being held through March. More than $11 million has been raised so far to fund research into “orphan” cancers. Above, teen cancer survivor Sydney Becker and Sandy Goodman, mother of the event’s founder, the late Jennifer Goodman Linn, share a moment at one of the indoor bikes used for the event.

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12
Feb
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Board of Education Discusses Topics Including PARCC, Superintendent Search, Budget and Calendar

The Wednesday, February 4 Board of Education meeting began with a moment of silence in memory of retired educator Eli Gorelick, who died on January 7. He had spent 34 years at Livingston High School as a teacher, athletic coach, vice principal, and mentor. The fi ve Board members then read aloud and signed the Code of Ethics, a ten-point document that clarifi es roles, decision-making, actions and responsibilities. The text of the Code is available on the Board of Education web site.

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Thu
12
Feb
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Reject the PARCC Test

Dear Editor,
I want to commend the Livingston Board of Education and interim superintendent James O’Neill for supporting the students of this community (and their parents) by resolving to establish, in the Board’s words, “a sensible, fair, and child-centered set of protocols” for those children whose parents have refused permission for their children to take the statemandated, “high stakes” PARCC test. By doing so, the Board of Education rejected the harsh, punitive tactics threatened by other school districts, and instead demonstrated that it listened intently to parent and educator concerns about the PARCC test, both during Board meetings and during information sessions organized by parents. As a result, Livingston has become a leader for other districts to follow, as they are each and every day, by also establishing child-centered protocols. Mr. O’Neill, in particular, has been outspoken and unwavering in his commitment to the students of this community.
Thu
12
Feb
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Adopt-a-Hydrant

In the midst of winter snowstorms, such as those we have recently suffered, buried fire hydrants can cause dangerous delays for firefighters; but having Township of Livingston employees check and clear all 1,500 hydrants would be a timely, costly and burdensome process. Department of Public Works (DPW) employees are clearing as many as possible but it is a time-consuming. Hydrants can quickly become covered from snowfall, snow pushed by plows or thrown by snowblowers. If you live near a hydrant that is buried in snow, you can help out by clearing the area around it. Fire Chief Chris Mullin urges residents to clear snow away from hydrants so the hydrants are visible and accessible at all times. He recommends clearing the snow around the hydrant three feet in each direction and down to the ground to assure accessibility in an emergency.

Thu
12
Feb
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Kenneth Karetnick Dies in New Haven

Kenneth Karetnick Dies in New HavenA memorial service was held for Kenneth "Kenny" Karetnick, who died on February 2 at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. Born on February 13, 1963 in Newark to Naomi and Barry Karetnick, he grew up in Livingston. Mr. Karetnick was graduated from Livingston High School, attended Hartwick College, and received an MBA from Fordham University. Following college, he spent his entire professional career as a proprietary trader with several Wall Street investment firms. In 1989, Mr. Karetnick married Sherry Antoniac. Together they raisedtwo children, Jeffrey and Morgan, in Greenwich, Connecticut. He was a long time member of the Milbrook Club. He also belonged to the Kiawah Island Club in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Mr. Karetnick is survived by his parents, wife and children; as well as his sisters, Betsy Karetnick and her husband Gary Benz, and Jennifer and her husband Dr. Jonathan Cross.

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