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Plastics Ban, Veteran Friendly Community Are Discussed at Conference Meeting

At the Monday, January 27, conference meeting of the Township Council, members heard from a group of Livingston veterans as well as the ad hoc plastics committee.

Prior to the start of the regular meeting, the veterans requested that the Council deem Livingston a Veteran Friendly Community. The group of five provided the Council with sample drafts that other municipalities have used to do the same. Examples of what a Veteran Friendly Community would include are preferences in bidding for veteran-owned businesses and hiring of veterans.

Council members professed their continuing support of the township’s veterans. They also noted that much that was mentioned in the draft provided Livingston already does, and what they do not, they would further explore.

 

 

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Board of Education Approves Funds To Explore Performing Arts Facility

Funds to explore building a multiuse facility to support performing arts at Livingston High School were approved by the Board of Education on Monday night.

The Board authorized the expenditure of $30,000 to DiCara Rubino Architects to explore the idea and whether such a facility can incorporate shared space for community arts groups.

The architect, explained school superintendent Matthew Block, the primary speaker about the project, “will begin to take us through the process.”

 

 

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Thu
30
Jan
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Loss of a Legend:

LOSS OF A LEGEND
LOSS OF A LEGEND
LOSS OF A LEGEND

Flags at Livingston Fire Headquarters were lowered to half-staff to honor the life of long-time Fire Chief Charles Schilling, who died last Tuesday, January 21, at the age of 98. Funeral services were held on Monday, January 27. The fire house was formally renamed the Charles W. Schilling Fire Headquarters after Schilling retired as Fire Chief in 1990. Additional photos, as well as comments from those who knew the Chief, can be found on pages A-6 and A-7 of this issue of the Tribune . In addition, our editorial space this week is dedicated to the Chief, who gave so much of himself to Livingston.

Jerry Siskind and LFD Photos

 

Wed
29
Jan

Inaugural LPI Service Award

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Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) presented its inaugural Community Service Awards this week. Shown above, LPI founder and director Jeff Friedman presents the first of two Community Service Awards to Danielle Oliveira, who produced a promotional video for the Livingston-based charity. Also receiving an award was Allison Eglow, who developed LPI’s website. At the recent LPI board meeting, Friedman noted that, to date, LPI has collected and distributed more than 12,000 coats. “Keep ’em coming,” he urges Livingston residents. Coats, winter accessories, travel-sized toiletries, businesswear, women’s hygiene products, and diapers may be dropped during business hours at the West Essex Tribune, 495 South Livingston Avenue, next to ShopRite. For private pick-up, email Friedman at njhomeless@aol.com.   

Thu
23
Jan
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Lancers Track and Field Teams Compete At Group 4 State Relay Championship

Lancers Track and Field Teams Compete At Group 4 State Relay Championship

The Livingston High School track and field teams competed in the Group 4 State Relay Championships in Toms River this past weekend. The team did well, with six of the 13 relay crews finishing in the top 16, including one in the top ten.

The pole vault got underway with Lancers Anna Sang and Sammy Lee competing. Their combined clearance of 15’00” landed them in a three-way tie for eighth place. Siraj Akmal had cleared 10’6”, tying his best vault of the season, and finished with the 18th best jump of the day.

 

 

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Thu
23
Jan
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A Fond Farewell

Tribune advertising representative Nancy Perlmutter retired this week after more than 26 years with our newspaper. With her desk situated near the front door, she was often the first face anyone entering our South Livingston Avenue office saw. It was always a welcoming face, eager to help with whatever was needed, be it a circulation question, an advertising request, an article submission, or a coat donation.

 

 

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Thu
23
Jan
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Staying Safe Around Our Schools

Last week, a Livingston High School student was struck by a car while attempting to cross Madonna Drive. The boy was attempting to retrieve a bag from his parents and popped out between school buses. A driver was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting him. The young man was taken to the hospital for evaluation and no charges were issued.

Just this past September, an 11-year-old boy was hit, in similar circumstances, attempting to cross the street after appearing suddenly from between two parked cars at the Mt. Pleasant schools on Broadlawn Drive.

 

 

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Thu
23
Jan
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Will Celebrate Mass For Catherine Bertero

Services will be held on Saturday, January 25, for Catherine T. (Ragonese) Bertero, a former resident of Livingston. A Memorial Mass will be held at 12:30 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Church, 2032WestfieldAve., Scotch Plains.

Mrs. Bertero, 89, died on January 16 at home in Garwood. Born in Newark, she had also been a resident of Irvington, Livingston, Budd Lake, and Bayville, and had been a payroll clerk for PNC Bank in West Orange.

Mrs. Bertero was predeceased by her husband, Louis ‘Sonny’ Bertero, and is survived by her three children, Ginny Bramwell, Maria O’Reilly (Jimmy), and Louis Bertero (Debbie); six grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren.

Thu
23
Jan
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Lancer Wrestling Team Takes Third in County Tournament

Lancer Wrestling Team Takes Third in County Tournament
Lancer Wrestling Team Takes Third in County Tournament

The Lancer wrestlers put together a team effort to finish in third place in the Essex County Athletic Directors’ Association Tournament at Codey Arena last weekend. Twelve out of the 13 grapplers advanced through the first round and got into the running for a top eight finish in their respective weight classes.

Aidan Carmody, a 106 pound freshman, stormed into the semi-finals with a 43 second pin and an 8-0 major decision in his first two matches. Using his patented leg ride, body scissor and power half, Carmody scored bonus points for the Lancers as he advanced. In the semi-finals, he dropped a bout to the defending county champion and then lost a heartbreaking back-andforth match to Orange’s Merlin Sanat to finish fourth.

 

 

Thu
23
Jan
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Past Fire Chief Charlie Schilling Dies

Past Fire Chief Charlie Schilling Dies

Past Livingston Fire Chief Charles “Charlie” Schilling died Tuesday evening at Inglemoor Care Center. He was 98 years old.

“He truly was one in a million and a true legend here in Livingston,” Fire Chief Chris Mullin said. “Chief Schilling was a remarkable man and was a true leader during his 36 years as Livingston’s Fire Chief, including his extensive involvement in the fire code enforcement community in the State of New Jersey.”

Funeral arrangements were not announced as of press time, but they will be posted to the West Essex Tribune’s Facebook page once they are set.

 

 

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