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Bunnie Ratner and Mel Sher to Be Honored At Four Chaplains Memorial Service Feb. 7

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The Four Chaplains Memorial Service, sponsored by the township's veterans' organizations and scheduled for Sunday, February 7, will include a presentation of the Legion of Honor Award to Livingston residents Bunnie Ratner and Mel Sher. The ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Livingston Senior/Community Center, 204 Hillside Avenue. The program is open to the public free of charge.
 
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Not What It Seems

Things are not always what they seem. When one learns that a township is fighting to block "affordable housing," many questions may arise. Is it an attempt to be exclusive? Is the town trying to shut out certain socio-economic groups? Livingston, in fact, has been working diligently over the years to keep the number of multi-family units in the township down for a variety of reasons that are beneficial to residents. These include, but are not limited to, preventing strained resources/infrastructure and threats to open space.
 
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LCI Teaches How Livingston Runs

Livingston residents may take it for granted that their toilets will flush and their garbage will be collected. They may assume that their leaves will get picked up and their library will be filled with books, media and program offerings. But none of these things happen automatically. Some people are not aware that the mayor is elected annually from among the five Township Council members and that Livingston's Council/manager form of government is similar to a business where a Board of Directors (the Township Council) oversees a Chief Operating Officer (the township manager), who manages the day-today operations.
 
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Services Held Sunday For Yisroel Pensack

Yisroel "Richard" Pensack of San Francisco, California, formerly of Livingston, died Wednesday, January 13, after years of struggling with a genetic form of heart disease. He was 68 years old. Funeral arrangements were by Jewish Memorial Chapel, Clifton. Mr. Pensack lived through three separate organ transplants. He was a National Merit Scholar who also achieved the highest SAT scores possible. He was accepted to Johns Hopkins' six-year medical program and Penn State's five-year medical program. However, after starting at Penn State, he decided to return home and marry his high school sweetheart, Linda (Kelly). They had two sons, Benjamin and Adam. In addition, Mr. Pensack is survived by his father, Harvey Pensack of Sarasota, Florida and Steamboat Springs, Colorado; his brother, Dr. Robert Pensack (Abbe) of Denver, Colorado; and his sister, Laurie Pensack, also of Denver.
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Funeral Mass Offered For Harry A. Salvatore

Harold A. Salvatore of Livingston died on his 85th birthday, January 14. Arrangements were by the Keri Memorial Funeral Home of Lincoln Park. Born in Jersey City, Mr. Salvatore lived in Bayonne before moving to Livingston in 1976. He was a salesman for Fruehauf Truck in South Kearny for 25 years. After his retirement, he worked part time as a security guard with Planned Security Services in Parsippany for ten years. Mr. Salvatore was a member of, and volunteered as a bartender for, the Knights of Columbus Council 3533 in Livingston. He was the husband of the late Theresa Curley-Salvatore, who predeceased him in 2013. He is survived by his son, Mark A. Curley; and his brother, Norman Salvatore and his wife, Teresa. The family has suggested that memorial donations be made to the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, 1199 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052.
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Visitation Was Held For John T. Gunther

John T. Gunther, 90, died on Tuesday, January 12, at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Funeral arrangements were by Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston. Born in the Bronx, Mr. Gunther lived in Vailsburg (Newark) and Livingston before moving to Verona. He served as a Marine during World War II and the Korean War. A retired Newark police lieutenant, Mr. Gunther later worked for the Star-Ledger. He was predeceased by his wife, Marie, in 1991, and his sisters Marie, Sissy and Catherine. He is survived by his daughters, Kathleen M. McCue, Elizabeth M. Corrente (Paul), and Theresa M. Shihanian (George); eight grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and sisters Patricia Barry and Eileen Smith. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Way, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Annual Tradition Brings Families Together for "Mega-Mitzvah Mania"

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It was billed as “Mega-Mitzvah Mania,” and it certainly lived up to the hype as nearly 200 children and adults gathered at Friendship Circle on December 25 to make their own challahs, create a Havdalah set and participate in other mitzvah (good deed) activities. The energy was palpable as young and old worked side-by-side, buzzing with excitement as their creations came to life. “We were looking for something to do and I got the e-mail from Friendship Circle. My son Max was so excited. He’s never made challah before,” said Melanie Wurtele, who came with her husband, Jonathan, and their three children, Max, five; Julie, three; and Abby, two.
 
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GIRLS' BASKETBALL TEAMS PLAY TRIPLE-HEADER

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The Livingston High School girls' basketball teams hosted Morristown in a triple-header on Thursday, January 7. Shown above, junior varsity forward Jordy Lesnik, #14, “soars and scores” on a jumpshot against Morristown. In the junior varsity match, the Colonials defeated the Lancers, 34-25.
 
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Creative Altruism

When people think of Martin Luther King Jr., they usually think of his historical "I Have a Dream" speech. The talk, which he gave before some 250,000 people on August 28, 1963 below the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., was a passionate expression of his beliefs that touched the hearts of most Americans and became a signature moment of the Civil Rights movement. Dr. King had much more to say, however, such as, "Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness." He was a man of action. He came up with creative, peaceful ways to help his fellow man and lived a selfless life in service to others.
 
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LHS Boys' Track and Field Team Competes at Warrior Classic Meet

The Livingston High School track and field team left the comforts of home on Friday, January 8, and traveled out west to compete in the Warrior Classic at East Stroudsburg University. "The atmosphere was great, as the squad would be competing regionally against many unknown opponents," recounted coach Dave Czeizinger. "The meet provided many opportunities for most of the athletes to compete in multiple events. The boys' team had many good performances for the day." The meet opened with the 3,200 meter run. LHS put T.J. Herman, Eric Mooney and Jonathan Ackerman on the line. They all ran the grueling race of 16 laps on the indoor track very well, with Herman recording a personal best 10:08 which put him in second place in the event.
 

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