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Mehari Wins at Track Invitational

Mehari Wins at Track Invitational

The Livingston High School boys’ indoor track and field team finished one of its final weeks of the season in peak form by delivering personal best performances. On January 28, the squad traveled to the New Balance Armory in New York City to compete in the Metropolitan Invitational, which hosted over 50 teams from all over New Jersey. The meet included freshman, novice and varsity divisions and for many of the athletes, this would be their last meet of the season.

First up for the Lancers was the 1,600 meter race. Freshman Chris Bonnar, running in the first and fastest heat, inched closer to the five-minute mark, crossing the line at 5:02.62, placing eighth overall. Also running in the freshman division were Kyle Viteri (5:24.33), Max Israel (5:51.41) and Ed Lopez (6:01.57).

 

 

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Cycle For Survival:

Cycle For Survival
Cycle For Survival

Livingston residents spun for a cause at Equinox in Short Hills, raising money to beat rare cancers as part of Cycle for Survival. This was the event’s 14th year, and for the first time, it was held on both days of the weekend. Since Cycle’s inception in 2007, a total of $239 million has been raised, and every dollar of that money goes directly to research. Shown above, Team Annie cycled in support of Livingston student Annie Eisner, 17, who was recently diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. At left, Livingston High School principal Mark Stern cheers with Collins School teacher Greer Gelman at the event. Additional photos can be found on page A-10.

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School District, Town, Address Coronavirus

Concern about coronavirus, a constant in the news cycle since December, has resulted in two event cancellations in Livingston.

About two weeks ago, the district cancelled an exchange program with middle school students from China. An unrelated event, the annual Chinese New Year celebration in Livingston, was also cancelled in January.

Superintendent of schools Matthew Block said the decision to postpone the exchange was made in concert with the organizers (the exchange program EduAcross and the YMCA) and local health experts.

 

 

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Township Council Proposes Ordinance To Pay $2.6M for Open Space Property

At the Monday, February 3, regular meeting of the Township Council, members proposed a bond ordinance providing a $2.6 million appropriation for the acquisition of property to preserve open space.

The funds include $130,000 in down payment and $2.47 million for the remainder of the cost. The property is block 2504, lot 23, located at 321 East Cedar Street. It has been referred to as the Strahman property. The ordinance will next be heard at the Monday, February 24, meeting.

On a related note, the Council also passed a resolution creating and appointing members to an ad hoc committee for how to best utilize the two recently-acquired open space properties, the aforementioned Strahman land and the miniature horse farm Licari tract.

 

 

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Parked Car Catches Fire:

Parked Car Catches Fire
Parked Car Catches Fire

At 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29, Livingston Police were called to the parking lot of the Aldi Supermarket at 277 Eisenhower Parkway for a car fire. Upon arrival, the police found the car to be fully engulfed in flames. The driver of the car, Phyllis Velardi of Livingston, was located nearby. She told officers that she was sitting in her car when a woman came running over and told her the car was on fire. Velardi was able to get out of the car without any injuries. CJM Photos

 

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Filippone Dies at Home

Richard “Dick” Filippone, 88, of Livingston, died at home on January 16. He was raised inVailsburg and lived in Livingston for 60 years.

He was a Cadillac specialist and active with the Maplewood Lions Club.

Predeceased by his wife, Marilyn, Mr. Filippone is survived by his five children: Carol, Linda, Robert, Catherine and Diane; six grandchildren, and his companion, Joan.

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Lucy A. Broomall

Lucy A. Broomall

Lucy A. Broomall, 79, dear wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend, passed peacefully on Tuesday, the 28th of January, 2020, with her loving family at her bedside.

Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday the 31st of January at Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman, located at 68 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston. A committal service followed at Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge, New Jersey.

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Coronavirus Concerns

The threat of the coronavirus has left many in the community concerned for their safety. While there is a widespread outbreak in Wuhan, China, risk in the United States is currently considered low. As of press time, there have been no confirmed cases in New Jersey, though earlier this week Governor Phil Murphy announced a state coronavirus task force.

The coronavirus spreads through the air by coughing and sneezing. It can also spread through close personal contact, like shaking hands, as well as touching an object with the virus on it. Much is still unknown about it, though cases have ranged from symptoms similar to the common cold, to death in hundreds of individuals.

 

 

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Past Time for a Plastics Ban

At the Monday, January 27, conference meeting of the Township Council, the Ad Hoc Plastic Committee discussed a proposed ordinance banning plastic bag use at Livingston businesses, as well as a list of additional regulations. The list included limiting the use of paper bags, Styrofoam, single use plastic utensils, plastic straws, and more. If it felt like déjà vu for those in attendance, that was because those same findings were presented to this same Council last October. In between, the state passed nothing at the end of 2019, which had been referenced as a reason the Council had held off on drafting a town ordinance last fall.

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New Van Arrives Just in Time: LPI Delivers 5,000 Pairs of Warm Socks

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By Jeff Friedman
Editor’s Note: This week, Livingston Philanthropies founder and director Jeff Friedman recounts, in his own words, how the Livingston-based charity has obtained 40,000 pairs of socks for the homeless. This past week, LPI delivered more than 5,000 pairs of these socks to its distribution partners and other agencies.
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Through happenstance, I learned of an organization that has thousands of pairs of new men’s socks donated by Bombas Socks. Many Tribune readers have seen Bombas’ commercial spots on television, radio and the internet, offering to donate one pair of socks for every pair sold. It’s all true and is working amazingly well. Bombas has donated millions of pairs of socks to date.
The thought of procuring warm socks was beyond interesting. Knowing that our van was finally coming, I made getting the high-quality hosiery one of my first tasks upon its arrival.

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