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Town Temporarily Relaxes Zoning To Permit Outdoor Dining, Shopping

LuvLivLocal, a combined initiative of the Township of Livingston and the The Livingston Community Partnership (Business Improvement District/BID), has been working to support independently owned Livingston businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last month, LuvLivLocal created a grant program to help businesses negatively impacted by the crisis. This week, it has announced that zoning regulations have been temporarily relaxed through the end of the year to help businesses that have been permitted to re-open by the state.

 

 

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Dr. William Shapiro Succumbs at Age 90

Dr. William Shapiro, formerly of Livingston, died on June 1 at 90 after battling Lewy Body Dementia.

Born in Irvington to Irving Shapiro and Molly Blinder, and raised in Newark, Shapiro graduated from Rutgers University Newark and earned two master’s degrees and a doctorate from Columbia University.

After serving in the United States Army during the Korean War, Shapiro taught history at Lincoln Junior High, Mountain High and West Orange High Schools.

He lived in Livingston for about 20 years. In the 1980s, he helped lead an effort to keep Harrison School open. In 1997, he ran a grassroots campaign for the New Jersey State Assembly. Upon retirement, Shapiro moved

Upon retirement, Shapiro moved to Jackson and then to Parkland, Florida.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Gail; his son, Michael Shapiro; his daughter, Jan Johannsen; his daughter-in-law, Lauryn Shapiro; his son-in-law, Randy Johannsen, and four grandchildren.

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Lucia Ilaria

Lucia Ilaria

Lucia Ilaria, 87, of Livingston, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

A resident of Livingston for over 60 years, Lucia is survived by her children Mike, Paul, and Deborah; her brother, Joseph Roselli; her grandchildren, Michael, Jr., Derek and his wife, Vanessa, Anthony, Francesca, Nicole, and Elizabeth; her nieces, Helen and Donna; her nephews, Patrick, Richard, and Robert Roselli; and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Peter; her husband, Gabriel; her mother, Ida; her father, Patsy; and her brothers, Richard, Ralph and Patsy Jr. Born in Newark on November 8,

Born in Newark on November 8, 1932, Lucia was a great athlete and a well-educated young woman. She was hitting home runs long before her brother Joe, who went on to play baseball professionally for the Giants Farm Club. The family’s athletic genes clearly passed down to her youngest grandson, Michael. Lucia was a talented hairdresser, who

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Thomas J. Schafer

Thomas J. Schafer, born April 4, 1960, a lifelong and third generation resident of Livingston, New Jersey, passed away on June 3, 2020, at the age of 60, suddenly, after a short illness.

Tom built a successful career over many years at Somerset Tire Service, where he managed various branches throughout the state of New Jersey.

Tom’s true passion was both growing and selling fresh vegetables, especially pumpkins, at his roadside farm on Passaic Avenue and Parsonage Hill Road in Livingston, New Jersey. The farm had originally been founded by his grandfather in 1920 as a dairy farm.

A loving son and brother, Tom was preceded in death by his parents, John and Gertrude Schafer, and is survived by his three brothers, John W. Schafer, Clifford Schafer, and Douglas Schafer, as well as several nieces and nephews.

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Jean Fine Klein

Jean Fine Klein

On Saturday, May 16, 2020, Jean Klein, beloved wife of Melvin Lewis Klein, passed away at the age of 90 with her husband by her side. Jean and Mel Klein were residents of Livingston, New Jersey, for 60 years, where Mel served as superintendent of schools. Jean was the loving mother of Kathryn Klein Anderson (John. H.) of College Grove, Tennessee; Linda Klein of Livingston, New Jersey; and Leslie Klein Chatzinoff (Howard) of New York, New York. She was the grandmother of Amanda Anderson Myers (Kevin) of Maryville, Tennessee; Gregory Chatzinoff of New York, New York; Russell Nitzberg of New York, New York; Joelle Nitzberg Grant (Michael) of Middletown, Connecticut; Jill Chatzinoff of Washington, D.C.; and Matthew Chatzinoff of New York, New York; and the great-grandmother of Anderson David Myers of Maryville, Tennessee. She was the daughter of the late Joseph Fine and Rose Fine of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the sister of Ruth Sharon and the late Ethel Handelsman and Sylvia Seletz.

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Track Team Ends Season with Virtual Track Meet

Track Team Ends Season with Virtual Track Meet
Track Team Ends Season with Virtual Track Meet
Track Team Ends Season with Virtual Track Meet

As in the previous virtual meet, the 100-meter sprint was heavily contested by the girls. This time, the event was won by senior Liz Lam, who posted her fastest time of the season and meet with a time of 13.5. Not far behind was senior Joanne Cao at 13.8, running a season record. Next up were sophomores Maggie Siao (14.0) and Summer Yung (14.2) both of whom posted personal records. Freshmen Jadyn Kestenbaum (14.8), Monica Sharma (15.0) and Nikki Heiffler (16.0) finished out the event.

Senior Ryan Lee repeated his win in the 100 for the second virtual meet posting the fastest time and personal record of 12.2. Freshman Perry Chen was next with a time of 12.8, showing, said the coach, “promise for a complete spring season next year.” Jack Xu (13.0) finished third, followed by John Sorojka (13.8) and Lance Canent (15.8).

 

 

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Nursing Home Cases are Livingston Cases

There is a disturbing sentiment that some individuals choose to share when we report on the latest COVID-19 counts in town, which are simply the baseline facts, as reported by the township, county, and state. We share these verified numbers because it is our job to do so, and because residents have a right to know them.

Yet, some accuse us of trying to spread fear or misinformation by sharing them, which is, of course, untrue. Others accuse us of wanting to “tank the economy.” Mind you, this is the same economy the Tribune relies on to stay in business. But more than anything, we get complaints related to reporting – or not reporting – the long term care numbers associated with COVID-19.

 

 

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Getting Creative with Outdoor Dining

Last week, Governor Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey will soon move to stage two of its reopening plan, which includes in-person retail and outdoor dining, among other things. Township officials have already relaxed codes through the end of 2020 to maximize the outdoor seating and shopping for Livingston’s dining establishments and retail spaces, allowing them to utilize their sidewalks and parking lots, where applicable. This is great news for both our businesses, whose owners are excited to reopen, and our residents who are thrilled to return to their favorite local establishments.

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Jordan Bruce Baris Succumbs at Age 93

Jordan Bruce Baris was born in Brooklyn, New York to Joseph and Ida (Gleischenhaus) Baris. He lived in Newark and West Orange, and later in Maplewood and Livingston. He died on June 1.

After graduating from Erasmus Hall High School, Mr. Baris enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific, primarily in the Philippines, during and following the end of World War II. Returning home, he graduated from City College, where he developed an interest in real estate.

He moved to New Jersey in 1952 and founded a company now known as Jordan Baris Real Living.

Mr. Baris also served as president of chambers of commerce, real estate boards and other organizations, and received the Realtors Community Service Award two times. In the 1970s, he formed the New Jersey Coalition for Safe Communities.

He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Marjorie, in 2014. They had three children, Russell, Joan Terry and Kenneth, and five grandchildren.

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Mary Elizabeth Gusky

Mary Elizabeth Gusky

Mary Elizabeth Gusky, beloved wife of Lenny and mother of Diane, David, and Leslie, lived to the grand age of 100 years. As Mary told her children, “I’ve lived a good life.”

Born March 25, 1920, in Maplewood, New Jersey, Mrs. Gusky was the first of Joseph and Christine Frayne’s six children. Her close and supportive family guided her life of helping others and community involvement. Mary loved socializing with her family and friends and was happy when entertaining at home. By embracing life with extraordinary fortitude, creativity, and kindness, she was an inspiration and a hero to her children. Mary died peacefully at her home on June 4, 2020.

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