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Lacrosse Team Wins

The Livingston High School boys’ lacrosse team defeated the Morristown Colonials, 10-4, on Wednesday, May 15, at home on the turf. Shown here, Lancer goalie Brandon Shevins, #10, snags a loose ball to thwart a Morristown attack. LHS defenseman Brandon Persaud, #18, converges on the play.

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Funeral Mass Friday For Robert Mulhall

Robert Joseph Mulhall, 96, died Monday, May 20, in Woodbridge. Born in Newark, he had been a resident of Livingston for 65 years.

Mr. Mulhall is survived by his wife, Mary; his children, Mary Witte (Don), Bob (Lori), Karen Krenek (Ray), Linda Baker (Neil), Anne (Claudia Langieri), Jim (Debbie), and Eileen Kavanagh (Chris); his sisters, Agnes Holler and Ruth Zern; and 19 grandchildren, and five greatgrandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Marie Nerney.

A funeral Mass will be offered on Friday, May 24, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Philomena Roman Catholic Church, Livingston, with interment to follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Montclair. Arrangements are under the direction of Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, Livingston. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Mr. Mulhall’s name be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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UNICO to Honor Brian Piccolo Award Winners

Livingston UNICO will hold its 33rd annual Dominick A. Crincoli Memorial Sports Awards Breakfast to honor two Livingston High School seniors with the Brian Piccolo Sportsmanship Award. The award is presented annually to two high school seniors, male and female, who best symbolize the character and ideals of Brian Piccolo. Piccolo was a starting fullback for the Chicago Bears who displayed the virtues of courage, teamwork, leadership and dedication both on the football field and in his personal fight against cancer.

UNICO will also present Sportsmanship Awards to six middle school students and the girls’ basketball team.

 

 

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Town to Hold 69th Annual Memorial Day Parade May 27

Livingston’s 69th annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 27. The parade will begin at the Memorial Park Oval and will proceed up South Livingston Avenue, beginning near Town Hall and continuing to Congressional Parkway.

Veterans’ Ceremony

The program will kick off with a veterans’ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the Oval in Memorial Park. The service will open with an invocation, followed by remarks from guest speakers.After the traditional laying of the wreaths at thewarmonument,a21gunsalutewill honor fallen veterans and a rendition of Taps will be played.

 

 

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Family Festival Day at The Oval

Family Festival Day on was held at the oval on Saturday, May 18. The culmination of Youth Appreciation Week, the event included face painting, a chalk walk, fire and public works trucks, a petting zoo, crafts, games, obstacle courses, slides, and bounce houses, as well as a robotics exposition. Additional photos of the event can be found on page B-5 of this edition.

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Riker Hill Art Park to Get Upgrade

On Wednesday, May 15, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders issued a $1,186,010 contract to APS Contracting to fund Phase 1 of the redevelopment of Riker Hill Art Park. The 42-acre complex, which once housed a Nike missile base, has since been transformed into 38 artist studios for painting, fine metal jewelry, and ceramics.

With this redevelopment funding, county and Livingston township officials believe there are additional uses for the space, specifically passive and active recreational activities.

The resolution comes after the Township Council recently unanimously passed its own resolution supporting these activities at Riker Hill Art Park. Essex County executive Joe DiVincenzo also met with the Council to tour the area in December 2018, when he expressed his commitment to improving the park.

 

 

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Matthew Block Is Appointed Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Matthew Block was unanimously approved as superintendent of schools at the school Board meeting on May 20. His contract will run from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022.

The votes included an “Absolutely!” from Board president Buddy August, who participated electronically as he was unable to be present.

“We proudly appoint Dr. Matthew J. Block to lead our district and provide educational experiences for all Livingston students that will empower all to learn, create, contribute and grow,” president Konner said, referring to the district’s mission in her statement.

 

 

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Police Investigate Burglary At Westmount Drive Home

Livingston police this week are investigating a residential burglary; an incident of inappropriate touching; several break-ins and thefts from motor vehicles; the theft of a motor vehicle; and a possession of stolen property incident.

Home Burglarized

On Saturday, May 18, at 8:18 p.m., Livingston Police responded to a residential burglar alarm at a home on Westmount Drive.While checking the house, officers found the back door unlocked. They found muddy footprints leading into the home and up to the bedrooms, and found evidence that an unknown person had rummaged through the bedrooms.

 

 

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Girls’ Track & Field Team Competes in County Tourney

The Livingston High School girls’ track and field team travelled to West Orange High School to participate in the Essex County Championships. “While the girls’ team did not come away with a trophy, several athletes shined along with some promising results from some novice athletes showing promise for the future,” noted coach Nancy Petryna.

In the pole vault, Anna Sang topped the bar with a season’s best performance of 8’6” to grab a fifth place medal. Freshman Summer Yung finished in seventh just out of the medal hunt with her season best clear of 7’6”.

 

 

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Funeral Service Today For Anthony Mita

Anthony “Tony” L. Mita, 65, died Sunday, May 19, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Somerset in Somerville.

Born in Newark, Mr. Mita resided in Livingston for many years before moving to Martinsville 32 years ago.

He was employed by Beneficial Insurance Companies in Morristown/Peapack, as a programmer. For the past 14 years, he worked as a consultant with Luxoft USA Inc.as a project manager for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation in East Hanover.

He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in Martinsville.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy DeMatteo Mita; his children, Jacqueline Picard and her husband, Urban II; Margot Dolbier and her husband, James; and Kyle Mita and his significant other, Logan Swain; his siblings, Marianne Stout, Rocco and Wendy Mita, Michael Mita and David Mita; and four grandchildren.

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