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May
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Celebration of Life Held for Amy Feeney

Amy S. Feeney, 52, of Basking Ridge, formerly of Livingston, died Wednesday, April 24. Visitation was held Sunday, April 28, at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, with a celebration of her life held there on Monday, April 29. Cremation was private.

Ms. Feeney was born in Orange, to the late Vincent and Grace Feeney, and attended Livingston High School.

She was the sister of Michael Feeney (Charlotte), Janice Salomone (late Robert), Kenneth Feeney (Susan), and Barbara Jaeger (Michael). She is also survived by seven nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in her name be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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02
May
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LHS Boys’ Track Team Moves 5-0 in SEC; Breaks 4x100 Record at Paul Beck Relays

The Livingston High School boys’ track team competed in a double dual meet against PayneTech and Seton Hall Prep before competing in the Paul H. Beck Memorial Relays in Millburn. During the latter event, the boys’4x400 medley relay squad broke the all-time LHS record in that event.

The Lancers are now at 5-0 in the Super Essex Conference.

Double Dual Meet

In the 400 meter intermediate hurdles, Victor Lopez-Simpson took first at 62.5, with Evan Tomasco (70.5) grabbed a third against Payne Tech (PT).

 

 

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02
May
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Habitat Aims to Meet Community, Enlist Volunteers

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark, which is constructing two single family homes in Livingston, will host a “Community Friendraiser” on Wednesday, May 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Livingston Senior Community Center. The event is free to attend, and light food and beverages will be served.

Habitat and the township are partners in this endeavor, said Jackie Coombs-Hollis, Livingston’s land use and planning administrator.

Habitat is hosting the event to build a strong relationship with the community as it builds homes in town.

 

 

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Little League Opening Day Ceremonies Honored Jake Kestler

Just days before he lost his battle with brain cancer, 14-year-old Jake Kestler of Livingston was honored at the opening day ceremonies of Livingston Little League.

As has become custom in recent years, Opening Day – this year it was April 6 – was named “Knock Cancer Out of the Park Day” by the mayor and Township Council.

Knock Cancer Out of the Park is a fundraising campaign founded by the Kestlers’ friend, Dr. Steven Arsht, to raise funds for pediatric cancer research.

 

 

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02
May
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LPD Seeks Hit and Run Suspect

The Livingston Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver involved in a hit-and-run accident with a pedestrian at the intersection of East Harrison Place and South Livingston Avenue.

At 10:23 p.m. on Thursday, police responded to Nero’s Grille on South Livingston Avenue for a report of an employee that was struck by a vehicle. When officers arrived, they spoke with the victim, a Nero’s employee, Larry Price, 36, of East Orange.

Price said that he had left work and was walking to a bus stop. He was in the process of crossing East Harrsion Place, walking northbound. Price said he was about four steps into the street when he realized that a vehicle was coming at him. He was struck before he could react. A dark-colored pickup truck, possibly a Dodge RAM, made a right turn from South Livingston Avenue onto East Harrison, striking Price in the crosswalk.

 

 

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02
May
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Livingston Shines A Light on Autism

Dozens gathered at the Livingston Oval gazebo on Tuesday evening, April 30, to raise awareness for autism.

The Shine a Light on Autism event was run by Bob Gebroe, chairman of the Livingston Advisory Committee for Disabilities, who noted some recent troubling statistics that have been released about New Jersey’s autism rate and the importance of raising funds to support our children on the autism spectrum.

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released last month, New Jersey preschoolers have the highest autism rate in the country. The rate among children has tripled in a generation, with one in 35 New Jersey children being diagnosed with autism by age four, based on the most recent surveys. In 1992, the autism rate was at one percent. Nearly a decade ago, in 2010, it was at three percent. According to the study, the rate jumped another 43 percent from then to 2014. One in 23 four-year-old boys in the state is now diagnosed with autism.

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02
May
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Superintendent Announcement Is Expected Soon, Board Says

The status of the superintendent search had not been mentioned at the April 29 Board of Education meeting before Rachel Selvin asked about it during public comment.

“We intend to have a permanent superintendent maybe in the next two weeks,” said Board president Buddy August, to the surprise of the audience.

“The Board has conducted an extensive number of interviews,” commented interim superintendent Jim O’Neill. “They have become fairly expert at finding a candidate to meet our needs.

 

 

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May
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Memorial Service May 5 For George C. Andreasen

George C. Andreasen Sr. of Livingston, and Pittsfield, Massachusetts, died Thursday, April 18.

AMemorial Gathering will be held at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston, NJ, on Sunday, May 5, from 2 to 5 p.m. with a memorial service at 4:30 p.m.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Andreasen resided in Livingston for 55 years. He was a graduate of University of Nebraska, where he received a degree in electrical engineering. Following a 39 year career with Westinghouse Electric (N.A. Phillips Lighting), he retired in 1991 and became a member of the Livingston Old Guard.

Mr. Andreasen was predeceased by his wife, Pauline V. Andreasen, and his brothers, Harry and Sonny Andreasen. He is survived by his children, Chris (Pam), David (Laura), Carl (Michelle) Andreasen, and Dorothy (Jim) Remler; and 12 grandchildren.

Wed
01
May

Livingston Philanthropies Reaches Out for a Truck

Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) has begun a major campaign to purchase a vehicle for pick-ups and deliveries to the poor and homeless of Essex County. “Having moved 38,000 pounds of warm coats, thousands of pounds of family clothing, thousands of toiletries and cosmetics gift bags and myriad of other diverse donations in personal vehicles, LPI is overdue for a small truck,” said the Livingston-based charity’s founder and director, Jeff Friedman. “In fact, such a conveyance is essential to maintain our continued level of service and to assure future growth potential.”
As a result, Friedman has put out “a call to local car dealers and corporate employees.” He noted, “It’s not a huge stretch to imagine that local car dealership owners have been following LPI’s progress in the West Essex Tribune. Or, perhaps Tribune readers who hold corporate positions with major automobile companies are aware of LPI’s eight years of service to the ‘poor, homeless and disenfranchised.’

Thu
25
Apr
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Baseball Team Wins Two

BASEBALL TEAM WINS TWO: This past week, the Livingston High School baseball team won two games and lost one. The Lancers defeated Columbia, 16-0, on Tuesday, April 16; lost to Nutley, 10-3, on Wednesday, April 17; and defeated Union City, 12-9, on Thursday, April 18. Shown here, Lancers Will Egner and Evan Kamikow, #5, congratulate Chris Senney on scoring a Lancer run. Don Schwartz Photo

 

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