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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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Livingston UNICO to Honor Winners of Brian Piccolo Award

Livingston UNICO to Honor Winners of Brian Piccolo Award
Livingston UNICO to Honor Winners of Brian Piccolo Award

The Livingston Chapter of UNICO has announced the recipients of the 34th annual Dominick A. Crincoli Memorial Sports Awards to honor two Livingston High School seniors with the Brian Piccolo Sportsmanship Award. The award is presented annually to two high school seniors, a male and a female, who best symbolize the character and ideals of Brian Piccolo. He was starting full back for the Chicago Bears who displayed the virtues of courage, teamwork, leadership and dedication both on the football field and in his fight against cancer.

This year, the winners of this Sportsmanship Award are Briana Melucci and Luke Nardone. They exemplify the “never give up” attitude of Brian Piccolo. They each will receive their Sportsmanship Award Plaque, and each will receive a scholarship worth $1,000.

 

 

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No “Growing Pains:” LPI’s “Emergency Metamorphosis” Is Seamless

With the coronavirus pandemic shutting down a lot of social interaction, Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) has had to change the way it helps the homeless of Essex County.
“Three words accurately describe the status of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. during the pandemic,” noted founder and director Jeff Friedman. “According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, we have Invent, ‘To make or redo completely;’ Change, ‘To make a shift from one to another;’ and Paradigm Shift, ‘A fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions.’
“Thanks to caring and generous Livingston neighbors, LPI’s ‘emergency metamorphosis’ has been seamless. As regular Tribune readers know, we now ship food and pantry items directly from local vendors to our regular Newark distribution associates.”

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04
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Surprise Delivery to LHS Seniors Kicks Off Graduation Celebration

Surprise Delivery to LHS Seniors Kicks Off Graduation Celebration
Surprise Delivery to LHS Seniors Kicks Off Graduation Celebration

Two dozen volunteers delivered just under 500 caps, gowns, and other graduation goodies to the members of the Livingston High School’s Class of 2020 on Monday, June 1.

Many of the volunteers themselves donned graduation robes and hoods and decorated their cars for the occasion, making the delivery a townwide celebration.

Included in the seniors’ surprise packages were caps and gowns; honor cords and stoles, as applicable; a Class of 2020 banner from the LHS Home and School Association; and graduation mask covers from the Livingston Education Foundation.

 

 

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Council Discusses COVID-19, Protests at Meeting

On Monday, June 1, Livingston’s Township Council held a livestreamed meeting to discuss the town’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and pass several resolutions.

The meeting, a combined conference and regular meeting that was held via the video conferencing service, Zoom, was shared on the Livingston Township Facebook page. There were more than 50 live viewers during the meeting, and about 1,300 people had watched at least part of the meeting by noon on Tuesday.

At the start of the meeting, high school student Allison Small was honored for being a finalist for the Louis Bay 2nd Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship. She wrote an essay, which was submitted to the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, about pedestrian safety. Police Chief Gary Marshuetz said he agreed with what she wrote, and planned to concentrate on encouraging helmet use for bicyclists this summer.

 

 

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Outdoor Dining, Retail to Open This Month Livingston Twp. Has 483 Cases, 64 Deaths

On Monday, June 1, Governor Phil Murphy announced stage two of reopening New Jersey. On Monday, June 15, outdoor restaurant dining and non-essential in-person retail will be permitted to reopen. The following Monday, on June 22, salons and barber shops can open. Governor Murphy said the opening of gyms and health clubs will “follow.” While not announced on Monday, stage two of reopening also includes in-person clinical labs and some in-person government services, like the Motor Vehicle Commission.

“We are glad that the Phase 2 of business openings by the Governor will be taking place the middle of June,” said Beth Lippman, executive director of the township’s Business Improvement District. “Our businesses have their work cut out for them to find ways to get their customers back by making them feel comfortable and safe. The BID is working with the Town to help our businesses with information, resources and money from the Grant Program.”

 

 

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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter

BLACK LIVES MATTER: A group of peaceful protesters, including Livingston residents (above, left) Keenan Akinola, Brandon Shevins, Josh Akinola, and Aziza Arnette-Hardy, gathered at Livingston town center on Sunday and Monday in support of the Black community. Additionally, the memory of George Floyd was honored, after a police officer was charged with his murder last week. Brandon Dorf and Jerry Siskind Photos

 

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Will Plan Memorial For Michael Melo, Jr.

Michael George Melo, Jr., died suddenly on Sunday, May 24, at his home in Washington, New Jersey. Mr. Melo was born in East Orange

Mr. Melo was born in East Orange and raised in Livingston. He received an associate’s degree in computer science from the Chubb Institute of Technology and worked for Syngent, a managed service provider.

Mr. Melo is survived by his son, Zachary Melo of Seaside Heights; his mother, Theresa Melo of Ledgewood; his sister, Stephanie Melo of Flanders; and his girlfriend, Fran Schizzano of Washington. He was predeceased by his father, Michael George Melo, Sr.

Funeral services are private and under the direction of the Knoll-De-Voe Funeral Home in Washington. Due to the current state regulations on gatherings, a memorial service will be planned at a later date. Donations to the American Heart Association are welcomed.

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