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F. James White

F. James (Jim) White, 81, of Charlotte Hall, MD, formerly of Livingston, passed away peacefully at home on March 9, 2019.

Born April 24, 1937, to Hazel Pellow White, he was a 1954 graduate of Bloomfield High School. A stand-out track athlete, he went to Springfield College, majored in physical education, and graduated with honors in 1958. He received his master’s degree from Columbia University.

Jim taught in the Bloomfield school system, with the majority of his years spent at Bloomfield High School, retiring in 1999. In 33 years as head coach of boys’ soccer, he won two state titles, leaving a legacy as one of the winningest coaches in New Jersey soccer history. He coached the Lady Bengals basketball team for 18 years, winning a state championship in 1989.

He raised his family in Livingston, where he resided for 40 years. He moved to Maryland after retirement.

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Boy's Lacrosse Spring Training

BOYS’ LACROSSE SPRING TRAINING is currently underway. Shown here, coach Brad Dzama reinforces “the carry” to seniors Chris Durish, Dominic Martin, Marco Fusari, Tommy Werner, Mick Karp, and Damon Persaud. The Lancers will host Voorhees in the season opener on Wednesday, March 27.

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Authorities Search for Livingston Man Charged in $500K Drug and Gun Bust

ALivingston resident is one of three suspects currently at large after being charged last week following an investigation that led to the seizure of half a million dollars’ worth of drugs and guns, according to a report from the Essex County prosecutor’s office.

Acting Essex County prosecutor TheodoreStephensandNewarkpublic safety director Anthony Ambrose announced that detectives from the Essex County prosecutor’s office narcotics task force executed three search warrants at locations in Livingston, Newark and EastOrange.Confiscatedwere drugs with an estimated street value of half a million dollars. The task force’s members include detectives from the Newark Police Department, Rutgers Police Department and the Newark Police Department’s Emergency Response Team.

 

 

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Council Approves Energy Aggregation; PSEG Customers to Go 100% Green

At the end of the lengthy Township Council meeting on Wednesday, March 13, the Township Council approved two resolutions that signified the selection of an energy aggregator for Livingston.

The Council held a closed session in conference at 7 p.m. to find out if they could pass resolutions awarding the energy aggregation contract at the regular meeting. Three hours later, they did just that, awarding contracts to third party suppliers in both Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) and Jersey Central Power and Light (JCPL) territories. The Council tried twice last year to award similar contracts, which did not result in enough savings to move forward at those times.

“The bottom line is this is now going to save residents money,” councilman Rudy Fernandez said. “I guess the third time is the charm.”

 

 

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School Board Asked to Keep LHS Teacher

Several parents and high school students attended the Board of Education meeting on March 18 to speak passionately about the resignation of high school English teacher Meredith Coviello. It had been announced at the March 11 Board meeting.

Applause from the audience followed each speaker.

First up was Andrea Petrullo of Fieldstone Drive, praising Coviello’s positive impact, talent and personal and academic interactions with students. Petrullo’s daughter, who had Coviello last year, “is one of the 400 students expressing support for Ms. Coviello, as am I,” she said.

 

 

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Mass Will Be Saturday For Maria Marucci

Maria Marucci of Livingston died at her home in Livingston onTuesday, March 19. She was 96 years old.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Raphael’s Church on Saturday, March 23, at 10 a.m. Entombment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover.

The family will receive their friends at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home in Livingston, on Friday, March 22, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Mrs. Marucci was a seamstress for many years.

She was the wife of the late Leonardo Marucci; the mother of Joseph (Anna) Marucci, and Rocco (Donna) Marucci; and the sister of Celeste Scrocco and Amalia Grelle. She is also survived by four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105-9959.

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Services Were Held For Betty Kenner, 95

Private graveside services were held for Betty Kenner of Livingston, who died on Tuesday, March 19.

Born in Newark, Mrs. Kenner also lived inWest Orange and East Hanover. She worked for Stebar Creations, a family jewelry business.

Predeceased by her husband, Irving, and brother, Morris (Pearl), she is survived by her sons, Barry (Terri) of Morristown, and Steven of Bayonne; five grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren.

Arrangements were by J.L. Apter Memorial Chapels of Maplewood.

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“Keep Those Donations Coming!” LPI Continues Collection for Homeless

Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) is continuing its collection of warm clothing and toiletry items for the homeless, including coats, as the weather has continued to remain chilly this past week, particularly the nights.
Earlier this week, LPI founder and director Jeff  “the Coat Guy” Friedman and volunteers Stephen Greenberg and Neil Greco made a huge delivery of coats, family clothing and shoes to its long-time distribution partner, the Willing Heart Community Care Center in Newark. “The sheer volume of Livingston’s continued generosity required several volunteer vehicles,” noted Friedman.
The items went directly to Willing Heart’s Boutique, which offers no-cost family shopping for the homeless and those living below the poverty line all year ’round.

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Vehicle Breaks-Ins and Thefts Reported; Teens Caught Attempting to Enter Car

The Livingston Police Department reported several car burglaries and thefts over the past weekend, including one vehicle that was recovered with bullet holes in the windshield. Two teenagers were also caught allegedly attempting to break into a vehicle, according to police.

On Friday, March 8, police were called to a Stoneham Drive home to take a report of a stolen vehicle. The resident said that a Mercedes sedan had been stolen from the garage. The theft occurred between about 9 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday. The garage door had been left open and the key fob has been left in the Mercedes.

After taking the report, the police quickly tracked the Mercedes to Elizabeth where the car was found parked behind by an apartment complex.

On the same day, police took reports from three residents who reported that someone had entered their cars during the previous night. The cars that were entered were on Tremont Terrace, Oakwood Avenue and East Cedar Street.

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Theresa Bell

Theresa Bell, 66, of Livingston, NJ, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

Born in Jersey City, NJ, to Salvatore and Ellen Fresco, Theresa worked for the Livingston Board of Education for over 20 years as a playground aid. She was a past president of the B.P.O. Does of Livingston.

She was the beloved wife of the late Gordon Bell; the loving mother of Vincent DeCicco and his significant other, Sandy; Mark Detore and his wife, Kristy; Joseph Detore; and Donna Tracey and her husband, Michael; and the adoring grandmother of Arianna Tracey. Theresa also leaves behind many close family members and friends.

Visitation was held Monday, March 4, at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, 145 East Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, NJ. The funeral was held Tuesday, March 5, at St. Vincent’s Roman Catholic Church Madison, NJ. Interment followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ.

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