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Lady Lancers Win Two

The Livingston High School girls’ varsity basketball team defeated Science Park, 45-25, and CedarGrove, 34-26, to improve its record to 12 wins against two losses. The Lancers lead the Independence Division of the Super Essex Conference with a 9-0 record. Shown here, Lancer guard Sara Cullen, #3, jumps to score against the Panthers of Cedar Grove. The Lancers won the battle for first place, 34-26.

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Operation Dugo

Sergeant Mike Safris, Chief of the Essex County sheriff’s office deputy division, Sergeant Deborah Shumaker, Sergeant Andrew Ullman, and Officer Kevin Mullaney ate falafel at Jerusalem Restaurant earlier this month to commemorate David “Dugo” Leitner and the death march he survived on January 18, 1945 in Auschwitz-Birkenau. The officers learned of his story while visiting “The Testimony House” in Israel while participating in the 2017 Police Unity Tour. Leitner eats falafel every January 18 to celebrate his survival, and others join him in solidarity as part of the “Operation Dugo” movement.

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Schilling Honored by Council

As one last “thank you” for his decades of service to the community, former Livingston Fire Chief Charlie Schilling was honored by the Township Council prior to his retirement at the end of January.

“I play baseball on your street with my kids,” mayor Al Anthony said, referencing Meadowbrook Road’s honorary name of Schilling’s Way. “You served your town well, your served your country well.”

Dozens of members of the Livingston Fire Department and Livingston FirstAid Squad, along with family and friends, were also on hand to laud the almost 98-year-old man of the hour.

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Superintendent Explains HIB Process Following Letter in Tribune About Swastika

At the January 28 Board of Educationmeeting,interimsuperintendentof schools James O’Neill said he would “address something that I would not have addressed [about an article in the news] some weeks ago.”

O’Neill was referring to a letter to the editor in last week’s edition of the Tribune, which was a response to a December 27 article about a swastika symbol found drawn on a classroom desk at Heritage Middle School. The district confirmed that the symbol had been found on November 29. The letter, published in the January 24 edition, was submitted by Claudia and Brandon Minde.

“I was really disturbed,” O’Neill said.

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Council Defers Vote on 5th Member To Livingston Democratic Committee

While some in attendance at the Monday, January 28, Township Council meeting were hoping to hear who the Council had selected to fill Michael Silverman’s vacant seat, they will have to wait a little longer.

After meeting in a closed session prior to the start of the open meetings, the Council did not reach a decision on who among Scott Goldman, Laurie Kahn, and Michael Vieira will be named the next Council member. Later, in the open meeting, no Council member made a request for a proposed resolution, nor did any council member ask the mayor for a motion to nominate one of the candidates.

The Council has instead decided to throw the vote back to the Livingston Democratic Committee, which selected the three nominees earlier this month.

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Firefighters Douse Cardboard Fire

Livingston volunteer firefighters did not have to go far – just across the street – to extinguish a fire behind the strip mall at 45 South Livingston Avenue. Firefighters responded to a report of cardboard in a recycling bin on fire, and arrived to find the fencedin area completely engulfed in flames. The fire was promptly extinguished, with no injuries reported.

The Fire Department responded to two other reports of possible fires. On Tuesday, January 22, a passing motorist reported flames coming from the chimney of a home at 257 North Livingston Avenue. There was no house fire, however; fire officials checked the house and discovered the homeowner was using the fireplace.

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Shutdown But Not Out

For federal workers residing in Livingston, or anywhere in the United States for that matter, it has been a weird and difficult month to say the least. As the government shutdown extends past the 30-day mark, the bank accounts of furloughed employees, some of whom live in town, are being stretched thinner and thinner. After all, even those of us lucky to have a comfortable cushion of savings would likely feel the pressure of two missed paychecks.

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Decision Time

At the January 14 Township Council meeting, mayor Al Anthony announced the three residents selected by the Livingston Democratic Committee as candidates to replace Michael Silverman. Michael Vieira, Laurie Kahn, and Scott Goldman are the three nominees, and the Council is now tasked with selecting one to serve until a general election can take place in November. We expect them to read the candidates’ cover letters and resumes, as well as learn more about them through interviews.

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Funeral Mass Offered For Rosemarie Gargiulo

Rosemarie Gargiulo, 88, died on January 16, at Canterbury Nursing Home in Cedar Grove.

A funeral Mass was offered for her on Saturday, January 19, at St.Aloysius Church in Caldwell. Arrangements were by the Prout Funeral Home.

Born in East Orange, Miss Gargiulo lived in Livingston and West Orange prior to moving to Marion Manor Caldwell in 1981. She worked for Prudential Insurance Company before her tenure as a clerk at Burrelle’s Press Clipping Service in Livingston.

Miss Gargiulo was predeceased by her brother, Anthony Gargiulo. She is survived by her cousins, Anthony Gargiulo (Angela), Frank Muoio (Denise) and Judy Inglesino (Mike).

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Long Jumpers Shine at Armory Competition

With much of the Livingston High School track and field team remaining behind in Livingston to prepare for the upcoming State Relays, the Livingston long jumpers and many of the team’s newer athletes traveled into New York City to compete at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory. The venue is considered by many in the sport as having the fastest indoor surface in the world. The center played host to hundreds of New Jersey high school runners and jumpers who were there to compete in freshman, novice, and varsity events hosted by the Bergen County Track Club.

The night’s best overall Lancer performance came from freshman Quin Devlin, who competed in three events in his age class. First up for the talented sprinter and jumper was the 55-meter dash. Devlin ran a quick first heat and was tagged to run in a semi-final, in which he finished with a time of 7.7.

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