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Man Charged with Theft After Trying to Steal $20K

An East Orange man was arrested last week after attempting to take money that was not his from an account at Chase Bank on West Mt. Pleasant Avenue.

At about 1:30 p.m. on Monday, November 4, a man entered Chase Bank and represented himself as an account holder, attempting to transfer $19,500 from one account to another. He presented an Illinois driver’s license bearing his photo and the real account holder’s personal information. In addition, he had a fake Social Security card and a credit card both in the account holder’s name.

Bank employees were suspicious and questioned the identification. The man left the bank without the identification only to return a short time later to claim the ID. Bank employees then contacted Livingston Police and responding officers located the suspect walking a short distance from the bank.

 

 

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LFD Battles Blaze

LFD BATTLES BLAZE
LFD BATTLES BLAZE

LFD BATTLES BLAZE: Livingston firefighters responded to East Northfield Road on Tuesday, November 5, and extinguished a house fire that appeared to have originated in a second floor bathroom. At about 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, Livingston Police officers dispatched the Livingston Fire Department to an East Northfield Road home for a report of a possible ceiling fan fire. Firefighters arrived to find smoke venting from the eaves of the home. Crews then advanced lines into the residence from the front door to find a working fire in the second floor master bathroom and attic. The fire was extinguished within 15 minutes, and no injuries were reported. The cause remained under investigation at press time. The westbound lanes of East Northfield Road were shut down for about a half hour as firefighters battled the blaze.

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06
Nov

Philanthropies Continues Coat, Toiletries Drive; Second Edition of Fur Sale a Great Success

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With the weather getting colder, Livingston Philanthropies’ winter coat drive season is going into high gear. “With evening temperatures forecast to be dropping to the mid-20s on Friday and Saturday, it’s coat and winter accessories season once again,” noted Jeff Friedman, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI).
“It’s the same story every season – warm coats, jackets, hats, gloves and scarves are needed by the homeless and profoundly poor,” he continued. “Actually, with many experiencing cuts to benefits, it’s a worse situation this year and the need is more compelling than ever in 2019. It’s time to check closets, basements, attics and garages for unneeded and unused family coats. Most of us will find we have some to spare.”
“Fur Extravaganza” a Success

Thu
31
Oct
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Firefighters Respond to Gas Line Mishaps

Firefighters Respond to Gas Line Mishaps
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It was a tough week for gas lines in Livingston, with Livingston Fire Department volunteers responding to three gas lines struck by contractors and a fourth one leaking in a Mayhew Drive home.

On Wednesday, October 23, a contractor working at 36 Rainbow Ridge Drive struck a gas line. Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) personnel were called to the scene.

Later that day, fire officials investigated a strong odor of gas coming from a catch basin between 14 and 16 Cliffside Drive. PSE&G responded to the scene.

 

 

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31
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Team is Undefeated

Team is Undefeated
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TEAM IS UNDEFEATED: The Livingston High School girls’ junior varsity volleyball team finished its season on Monday, October 28, with an undefeated record of 22-0. The young team, made up of freshmen and sophomores, “never give up and always put their best efforts out there,” said coach Stephanie Fox. The team also won Livingston JV Volleyball Tournament Championship in September. Shown, Stella Ahn (4) and Rhea Matthews (11) get ready to switch into their positions. EL Photo

 

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31
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Funeral Mass Was Held For Ronald Gasparinetti

Ronald F. Gasparinetti, 80, of Livingston, died on October 21.

Services were held at Shook’s Cedar Grove Funeral Home, followed by Mass at St. Lucy’s Church, Newark. Cremation was private.

Born in Newark to the late Louis and Rose Gasparinetti, Mr. Gasparinetti lived in Edison before settling in Livingston.

Prior to retiring, he was a detective with the Newark Police Department. For 12 years, he served as president of the Newark Policeman’s Benevolent Association. He taught in the police academy, led several associations, and received a number of professional awards.

In his youth, Mr. Gasparinetti played in several semi-pro football teams, including the Newark Bears and Jersey City Jays (later named the Jets).

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31
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Services Were Held For Lenny Garrett, 85

Lenny Garrett, who lived in Livingston for 35 years, died on Tuesday, October 8. He moved to Jackson 12 years ago.

Born and raised in Newark, Lenny attended the Manhattan School of Music. He ran Harry Gross and Sons Beauty Supply with his father-in-law and then opened Things of Beauty at several locations. He also owed and operated Leness Beauty Supply in Livingston.

Mr. Garrett was the husband of the late Essie for 54 years; the father of Hildy and Michael, Nancy and Eric, and Caryn and Frank, grandfather of nine, and great-grandfather of one. He was also the brother of Bobbi and Rich, and partner of Natalie Bindler.

Services were held on October 10, with arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Funeral Chapel. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org.

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Private Service Held For Doris Goldman, 97

Doris Goldman died on Monday, October 28. She grew up in Irvington and lived in Newark, Maplewood, Livingston, and Verona.

Mrs. Goldman graduated from the Rutgers College of Pharmacy in 1942, where she met her late husband, Sidney Goldman. They married in 1944 and co-owned Orange Drugs, and later built PIC Corporation, an insecticide company.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Goldman was predeceased by her sister, Libby Wolff, and her brother, Lou Kaye. She is survived by her daughters, Lois (Frank) Dyer, and Phyllis (Allen) Rubel; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Private graveside family services were held. Shiva will continue today, Thursday, October 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., with a minyan at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or other charity of choice.

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31
Oct
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Board of Education

Messer is the only incumbent running in this race. Based on her qualifications in the field of education and her experience as a Board of Education member here in Livingston, we believe she is deserving of another term in the position. Especially considering that at least one of these positions will be filled by a newcomer, there is something to be said for the consistency Messer brings to the table.

Because none of the other three candidates bring prior Board member experience with them, it is much more difficult to gauge their readiness for the job. They also align on many issues, making it more challenging to differentiate one candidate from another. We must rely heavily on their resumes, their performances in various talks and debates, and their written responses in the Tribune each week to form an educated decision on who would best fit the role.

 

 

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31
Oct
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Endorsements

Next Tuesday, November 5, is Election Day, and Livingston residents’ ballots will feature two local elections. There will be a special election for a one-year term on the Township Council, and two open seats for three-year terms on the Board of Education. Republican candidate Brandon Minde is challenging Democratic incumbent Michael Vieira for the Council seat. The four candidates for the Board of Education are incumbent Board member Sam Messer, as well as newcomers Seth Cohen, Alyse Berger Heilpern, and Sasha Pailet Koff.

Last year, we noted that Livingston prides itself on its volunteer opportunities, and we hoped that the candidates who did not win would have a continued presence in town, pursuing other positions where their efforts and ideas can be put to good use. That stands again this year. We hope to see all six of these candidates contributing to Livingston for years to come, regardless of the outcome of next week’s election.

 

 

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