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07
Jan
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Federated Church Drive Nets 350 Pounds of Food

Federated Church Drive Nets 350 Pounds of Food

The Federated Church of Livingston hosted a food drive recently to benefit the Communnity FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ). Collections were received the week of December 6 through 13. These included a curbside drop-off on Sunday, December 13.

In all, the congregation collected 350 pounds of food, equivalent to 876 meals to support the FoodBank.

 

 

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Thu
07
Jan
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Happy Retirements

The Township of Livingston is heading into 2021 with two great losses to the administration: Department of Public Works superintendent Mike Anello, and township attorney Sharon “Shari” Weiner. Both leave an indelible mark on the town they spent decades serving.

The township owes a lot to Anello, who has been with Public Works since 1978 and has headed the department since 1988. Under his leadership, the DPW grew from a small department with just seven employees to a well-tuned “machine” with 60 employees. For example, leaf collection, which once took months, became a streamlined four-week process. (We can vouch for its efficiency; when trying to take photos of the DPW leaf collection crews in action, our photographers often find themselves having to “hunt them down” because they move so quickly from their initially reported locations!) Anello was the one who advocated for the better equipment and new collection techniques that made this possible.

 

 

Wed
06
Jan

“Personal Shopping for the Homeless” Initiative Continues Post-Holidays

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Although the holidays are over, Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) is continuing to purchase items for the homeless.
“ ‘The Giving Season’ may be over, but the ‘Needing Season’ continues,” said LPI founder and director Jeff Friedman. “Families suffering from lack of financial access to the most basic necessities of life continues to grow each week, as mom and dad lose jobs during this devastating pandemic.”
Friedman reminded Livingston residents that LPI’s successful “Personal Shopping/Shipping to the Homeless” initiative continues into the new year. He is encouraging neighbors “to continue shopping online for the homeless, profoundly poor and disenfranchised, particularly now, while sales are widely available.” 
LPI volunteers, he added, are also shopping and shipping this week, “utilizing monetary donations to do the buying for those who would rather leave the shopping to us.”

Thu
31
Dec
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Saint Barnabas Is Vaccination Health Care Partner: COVID-19 Vaccinations Now Being Offered At Livingston Mall’s Former Sears Building

COVID-19 Vaccinations Now Being Offered At Livingston Mall’s Former Sears Building
COVID-19 Vaccinations Now Being Offered At Livingston Mall’s Former Sears Building

COVID-19 vaccinations have begun at various vaccination centers throughout Essex County, including the former Sears building at the Livingston Mall. The Livingston Mall location is serving residents of Livingston, as well as residents of Belleville, Maplewood, Millburn, Newark, Orange, and South Orange.

The vaccination center at the Sears location opened Saturday, December 26, and will be open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., by appointment only. At this time, only healthcare workers in phase 1a are eligible to receive the vaccine.

The Moderna vaccine will be administered at the Sears location vaccination center and must be dispensed in two doses. The two doses must be given a minimum of 28 days apart.

 

 

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Thu
31
Dec
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Public Works Superintendant Mike Anello Retires After Nearly 43 Years on the Job

Public Works Superintendant Mike Anello Retires After Nearly 43 Years on the Job
Public Works Superintendant Mike Anello Retires After Nearly 43 Years on the Job

January 1, 2021 will be the first day since 1978 that Mike Anello won’t be reporting for work at the township garage.

The superintendant of the Livingston Department of Public Works (DPW) is retiring after nearly 43 years on the job. Anello started working at the DPW in 1978 as part of a work-study program. After graduating from Livingston High School in 1979, he stayed with the DPW, and has never worked anywhere else.

The DPW has come a long way in that time. Anello, who became “the boss” in 1988, at the tender age of 28, recalls that when he started, the DPW had just six employees; he was number seven. During his career, the department grew to some 60 employees before it merged functions with the township’s Parks Department.

 

 

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Thu
31
Dec
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Bd. of Education Approves 3-Year Agreement with Supervisors’ Assn.

On Tuesday evening, December 29, the Livingston Board of Education approved a three-year agreement with the Livingston Supervisors’ Association. The agreement, which will be effective from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023, was the only item on the agenda for the meeting, which had been announced earlier that day.

The Association’s membership comprises 13 subject supervisors. The agreement calls for a 2.5 percent salary increase for 2020-21; and a 3.0 percent increase in each of the following school years.

Brian Carey, Livingston’s grades seven through 12 science supervisor and the Association’s president, said that the Board and negotiating team came up with a fair agreement.

 

 

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Thu
31
Dec
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Tribune to Welcome Livingston’s First Baby of 2021 with Many Gifts

The West Essex Tribune is celebrating more than six decades of showering the first baby of the new year with an assortment of gifts generously donated by our advertisers. The first baby of 2021 born to Livingston parents will be named the winner of the Tribune’s 63rd annual First Baby Contest.

The rules to determine the winner are the same each year: The first baby of 2021 must be born in a nearby hospital to parents who currently reside in Livingston. The exact time of the birth must be certified in writing by the attending physician.

Entries must be received in the West Essex Tribune office by noon on Tuesday, January 5. The winner will be announced in the January 7 edition of the newspaper.

 

 

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Thu
31
Dec
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Christmas Eve Rain and Wind Storm Batters Livingston

Christmas Eve Rain and Wind Storm Batters Livingston

A wind and rain storm late on Christmas Eve, December 24, battered the township, taking down trees and causing power outages.

The storm dumped more than two inches ofrain onLivingston, although official figures from the Department of Public Works (DPW) were not available at press time. Damage from the storm required DPW crews to work Christmas Day and throughout the weekend.

High winds and torrential downpours took down trees and power lines throughout northern New Jersey, leaving over 75,000 New Jersey households without power for a time.

 

 

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Thu
31
Dec
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Private Services For Arnold Decker

Former Livingston resident Arnold Decker died unexpectedly on December 17 in Webster, Texas. He had previously lived in Livingston as well as Parsippany.

Mr. Decker worked for Georgia Pacific before returning to work at the United States Post Office.

He was a member of Livingston’s BPO Elks; Lodge #1855. He served in many leadership roles including Exalted Ruler. He also portrayed Santa Claus at charitable events sponsored by the Elks.

Mr. Decker was pre-deceased by his son-in-law, Paul Fitzgerald. He is survived by his wife, Veronica (Ronnie); his children, Robert Courtney and his wife, Paula, and Cheryl Fitzgerald; and four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Thu
31
Dec
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Burial Was Private For Alfonso DeCicco

Alfonso M. DeCicco died in his Livingston home on December 21. He was 96 years old.

Mr. DeCicco was born in Newark in 1924. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the 376th Anti-Aircraft Artillery in the European Campaign throughout Normandy, France and Germany. He received the campaign’s Victory Medal and in 2003 was awarded the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal and the Oak Leaf Cluster, a high-level decoration of the Purple Heart.

He lived for many years in West Orange, and spent summers in Long Branch, where he met his wife 75 years ago.

Benefitting from the G.I. Bill, he graduated from Seton Hall University in 1950, with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He was vice president of sales at Chicago Title Insurance, from which he retired in the 1980s.

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