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Barry Lauton Dies at 88

Dr. Barry Lauton of Livingston died on April 22 at St. Barnabas Medical Center at 88 years of age. Born in Bayonne, Dr. Lauton is survived by his wife, Catalina Fiszer Lauton; his children, Julie Lauton and Lisa Lauton; his step-children, George and Lainie Fiszer; Karen Fiszer-Stern and Jeff Stern; four step-grandchildren; and his sister, Joyce Lauton Nestle. He was predeceased by his first wife, Thea Odem Lauton and his daughter, Amy Lauton.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and NYU Medical School, Dr. Lauton served as a US Army Captain in Korea. He practiced pediatric medicine in Springfield, and was an attending physician at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Overlook Hospital. He was a congregant of Temple Beth Ahm in Springfield and Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston. Arrangements are by the Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel.

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Thelma Reimer

Thelma Eriksen Reimer, 100, died April 27 of COVID-19.

She was a long-time resident of Livingston and Manasquan, New Jersey.

She was born January 22, 1920 in Jersey City, New Jersey, to the late Christian and Cecelia Eriksen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Reimer.

Survivors include her sons, David W. Reimer of Indian Land, South Carolina; Alan L. Reimer and his wife, Kathy D. Reimer, of Denver , North Carolina; and two grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of Codey Jones Funeral Home in Caldwell.

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Diane Auerbach

Diane Leslie Auerbach, 70, long-time resident of Livingston, died on April 27, 2020 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York after a struggle with a bone marrow transplant followed by graft vs. host disease. She is survived by her husband, Andrew, and her children, Meredith and Lee, and grandchild, Piper.

Diane was born to Sam Shapass and Ruth Lochansky in 1949 in Brooklyn, New York. Phillip Shapass was her elder brother, now deceased. She was married to Andrew Auerbach in 1972. They have been Livingston residents since 1977.

She went to Brooklyn College for bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, and received a certificate in guidance from Kean University in New Jersey.

Her children were her life’s work, and they returned her love many times over. Her example guided them in their own lives. She remained their mentor and friend until the end.

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Transparency Amid Uncertainty

Last week, township officials released a detailed breakdown of the number of COVID-19 cases in town. These statistics were released, in large part, due to residents’ concerns expressed on the topic in recent weeks. It may not have been all the information that health officials are briefed on, but it sure was a heck of a lot.

The information revealed the average age of those who have died from the virus in town, which was in the mid-80s. It also showed what had been suspected but not backed up by facts. Many of the fatal cases in Livingston were coming from our long term care facilities. In fact, the vast majority of Livingston’s deaths – and nearly half of all township cases – have stemmed from the area’s nursing homes. According to the report, nobody younger than 55 had died from COVID-19 in Livingston as of last week. Four residents under 75 years old had died, all with at least one of those cases involving an underlying medical condition.

 

 

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Apr

LPI Direct Shipments Continue to Help

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As Livingston’s contributions continue to arrive, Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) volunteers are actively purchasing food items for Newark’s stressed food pantries, announced the Livingston charity’s founder and director, Jeff Friedman.
LPI shipped 80 cases of bottled spring water and 200 loaves of bread to Newark Emergency Services for Families (NESF). Amina Bey, NESF’s executive director said, “In the past two days, Newark Emergency Services for Families has distributed over 500 packages of food, diapers, toiletries and cases of water to the residents of Essex County. Special thanks to our partners, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, the Salvation Army, and Livingston Philanthropies for their generosity and support.”

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23
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Book Club Begins Virtual Meetings

Book Club Begins Virtual Meetings
Book Club Begins Virtual Meetings

The fourth and fifth graders in the Livingston Library’s “XTreme Readers” book club met as scheduled on March 31, despite the coronavirus quarantine, to discuss their regularly scheduled book. However, the meeting was a virtual one, held on Zoom.

The kids already had physical copies of the selection, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, but Gina Vaccaro, the librarian who leads the group, found that many aspects of the meeting had to be changed.

 

 

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Sheltering in Place

Sheltering in Place

Beth Lippman of the Livingston Business Improvement District submitted this photo of Camuso holiday decorations packed up and awaiting the holiday season. “Hang in there,” she wrote, adding jokingly that we should all take a lesson from the Camuso fi gures – “These guys shelter in place ten months a year!”

 

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Board Discussed School Budget; Public Hearing is Rescheduled

At Tuesday night’s school budget forum, the Livingston Board of Education and administration decided to reschedule the public hearing about the school spending plan to Thursday, May 7, in order to have as much information as possible before formalizing the budget.

The later date also gives the Board more time to hear from the community and take into consideration their concerns and questions, said Board president Ronnie Konner. The hearing had been scheduled to take place on Monday, April 27, which will still be held as a regular school board meeting.

 

 

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Tree is Downed

Tree is Downed

A brief but fierce storm squall passed through Livingston on Tuesday afternoon, April 21. Shown here, it took down a tree at 29 Grand Terrace, which blocked the roadway in the area of North Mitchell Avenue. CJM Photo

 

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Township and State Detail the Extent Of COVID-19 Spread in Nursing Homes

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues, long term care facilities are continuing to be hit hard in the United States. More than 7,000 nursing home residents have died from COVID-19 nationwide, according to reports. In New Jersey, at the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak with the second most cases in the country, the problem is concerning enough that governor Phil Murphy is asking his attorney general to investigate certain facilities and their responses, specifically a nursing home in Andover where reportedly more than 70 residents have died from COVID-19. New Jersey has more than 400 long term care facilities, and experts have predicted for weeks that outbreaks in these types of facilities would be particularly deadly. Most are now barring visitors and asking all employees to wear the proper equipment and be screened for symptoms, but staffing issues and a lack of gear has posed problems and dangers.

 

 

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