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Vincent E. Toma

Vincent E. Toma, 91, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Feb. 15, 2015. Vincent was a remarkable man, dearly loved and greatly admired by all those he touched with his kind ways, sharp mind and selfless generosity. Vincent made an indelible impression on everyone in his life, from his family, friends and co-workers, to Newark Mayors, political dignitaries and public figures, including Muhammad Ali, who once addressed him as “My Brother.” His sense of empathy, fairness and equality were evident throughout his distinguished life of service. His hardworking, tailor father, Vincenzo, and his mother, Vincenza  (Fressola), a Pentecostal Missionary, instilled a deep respect and compassion for others in each of the Toma children. At 16, Vincent attempted to enter the United States Army, but was turned away because of his young age. His tenacity did not go unnoticed. Vincent was later selected to train with the 29th Ranger Battalion during WWII.

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Helen Whitman Dies

Mrs. Helen Whitman, a former long-time resident of Livingston, died February 12. She was the wife of the late Harold Whitman and a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a home economics teacher at Mt. Pleasant Junior High School from 1960 to 1980.

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Burial Is Private For Mildred Lipton

Former Livingston resident Mildred Metsky Lipton, born in 1915, died February 13 in Dedham, Massachusetts, two months shy of her 100th birthday. Burial will be private, with interment at Beth Kehillah Cemetery in Egg Harbor. Arrangements are being handled by Roth-Goldsteins' Memorial Chapel, rothgoldsteins.com. Ms. Lipton was born in Newark to the late Mary Dinsfriend and Morris Metsky. Raised in Newark, she lived in Livingston and Atlantic City before moving to Massachusetts. She was politically active as a Newark City Council member. She was a life member of Hadassah, B'nai B'rith, and the American Jewish Congress. Ms. Lipton was the mother of Marilyn Lipton Okonow and Dale Okonow of Needham, Massachusetts; Roger and Mary Lipton of New York City; and David Lipton of Beachwood. She is also survived by three grandchildren.

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Little Group, Big Impact

Led by longtime Livingston resident Jeff Friedman, fondly known as "The Coat Guy," a small group of people, appropriately named "The Dream Team," have delivered nearly 2,000 coats to those in need this winter. Updates on the coat drive have been featured in nearly every issue of the West Essex Tribune over the last couple of months. Each time the Coat Guy and the Dream Team get closer to their goal, it is definitely worthy of a "good news" article. This little group has made a big impact in the community. The extremely frigid weather seems to be the topic of every conversation lately. "Can it get any colder?!"; "How long until spring?"; "Was that groundhog really serious?" With wind chills taking the temperature down to negative numbers at times during the last few weeks, staying warm has proven to be a challenge, even for those of us with a closet full of coats, and hats, and gloves, and scarves.

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Richard Bresin Dies In Cedar Grove Home

Richard Charles Bresin, a former resident of Livingston, died in his Cedar Grove home of natural causes on Tuesday, February 10. He was 67 years old. Born in Newark, Mr. Bresin lived in Union before moving to Livingston at the age of five. A 1965 graduate of Livingston High School, he was a prolific scorer on the basketball team, playing with the late Bob Dukiet, Greg Schultz, and other well-known Lancer basketball players. He also played basketball for Monmouth College, from which he was graduated with honors. Mr. Bresin then earned an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University, also with honors. He was a furniture administrator at Macy's New York for most of his career, retiring in 2013. Starting at Macy's Newark in 1971, he left to work for W&J Sloan in Washington, D.C., and then Macy's in Atlanta, Georgia, before returning to Macy's New York in 1992.

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Funeral Services Held For Elsie G. Cushman

Elsie G. Cushman (nee Manna) of Monroe died Wednesday, February 11, at Inglemoor Care Center in Livingston. She was 86 years old. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 14, at the Dangler Funeral Home in West Orange, followed by a funeral Mass at Our Lady of the Valley Church in West Orange. Entombment took place at Hollywood Memorial Park in Union. Letters of condolence may be posted at danglerfuneralhome.com. Mrs. Cushman was born and raised in Orange and lived in Livingston before moving to Monroe many years ago. For 48 years, she was the dispatcher for Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) in East Orange. Mrs. Cushman was predeceased by her husband, Bernard, and her siblings, James, Anthony, and Carman Manna, Louise D'Allessio, and Adeline Patanina. She is survived by her stepson, Bernard Cushman Jr.; her sisters, Patsy Manna, Dolores Williams, Marie O'Mullen, Catherine O'Connor, Ann Manna, and Carol Osterman; and many nieces and nephews.

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Youth Practices Table Tennis Every Day; Dreams of Representing U.S. in Olympics

His favorite composer is Mozart and he sings with the Select Chorus at Heritage Middle School. He enjoys sketching and has taken GT (gifted and talented) art classes. He was a serious swimmer at age six. He likes basketball and soccer and is fluent in Chinese. He is also a "nice guy" who likes to help kids, whether or not they speak English or are just beginning to play table tennis. He wants to be a lawyer, to help other people. Jack Wang, an eighth grader, became a 2015 U.S. National Junior and Cadet Boys Team member in December and is working hard to represent the U.S. in international table tennis tournaments this year. His dream is to play in the Olympics.

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INTERGENERATIONAL PROM IS COMING

INTERGENERATIONAL PROM IS COMING: The Livingston High School (LHS) Key Club will once again welcome Livingston's senior citizens to the Intergenerational Prom. This year's event is planned for Wednesday, April 15. The prom will feature dinner, dancing, the LHS jazz band and photographs. The Intergenerational Prom was fi rst held 27 years ago when organizers planned a dinner-dance to create a learning experience that would allow students and seniors to socialize and get to know one another. Tickets will be available at the community center on Hillside Avenue beginning on March 2. Shown are LHS Key Club members Meghan Nevola, Trever Wood, Melinda Hu, Rebecca Lin and adviser, Giovanna Riggi.

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THE BOY SCOUTS OF TROOP 12

THE BOY SCOUTS OF TROOP 12 in Livingston were busy due to the recent snow fall. Along with helping clear the paths at St. Peter’s Church, the boys shoveled snow for seniors in the community who have registered with the town. Helping out during this storm were: Josh Waxman, Douglas DelTurco, Max Shen, Robbie Brandt, Nick McCaffery, Dylan Belluardo, Dustin Cece, Anant Goupa, Nihal Nath, Max Sayre, Sam Lin and Michael Lugashi. Troop 12 meets every Thursday from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. If interested in joining Troop 12/ Pack 12, call Phil Pisciotti at 973-535-9631 or Rich Waxman at 201-247-4351.

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Adopt-a-Hydrant Aids Town Safety

The Livingston Fire Department and Department of Public Works together with the Townwide Safety Committee and HCHY (Healthy Community, Healthy Youth) are encouraging residents to adopt the fi re hydrants closest to their homes and keep them clear during snow storms. Livingston has more than 1,500 hydrants and it is virtually impossible for the Department of Public Works to clear them all. "This is why we are reaching out to the public seeking volunteers to help," said Mike Anello, superintendent of the Department of Public Works.

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