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A Time to Be Careful

The National Safety Council, which usually designates April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, has moved its annual education campaign to this October because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with the weather getting nicer, and school buildings closed for the remainder of the school year, we think now is a perfect time to remind both drivers and pedestrians about road safety. More and more residents are getting their exercise during the stay-at-home mandate by heading outdoors. We have seen a marked increase in the number of pedestrians and bicyclists on Livingston’s roads since the pandemic began.

We’re asking drivers to be aware of the increase in nonvehicular traffic, keep their eyes on the road, and put down their phones. Talking on a cell phone – even hands-free – or texting, or programming an in-vehicle “info-tainment” system, diverts your attention away from driving, with a huge potential for tragedy.

 

 

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Stimulating Charity

With the coronavirus pandemic having battered our economy, the federal government has been issuing Economic Impact Payments, colloquially known as stimulus checks. These payments, averaging $1,200 per person, are being made to taxpaying citizens through the Internal Revenue Service as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

These payments have been a welcome boon to the many who have been hard hit by the virus-mandated shutdowns of “non-essential” businesses – and life in general.

We recently had a call from a generous reader who wondered what he might do with his stimulus check, which, he confessed, he didn’t really need. Being in sound shape financially, he said, he wished instead to donate his payment to “someone who could really use it.” We thought this was a lovely idea.

 

 

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Henry Traverso Dies at Age 90

Henry Joseph Traverso died on April 19, at the age of 90, at his home in Livingston.

He was born in West New York to Margaret Lindsay and Angelo Traverso, and grew up in Union City.

He designed, repaired and built machines for more than 50 years.

Mr. Traverso is survived by his wife of 66 years, Laura Ekeson, and five of his seven children. He was the grandfather of 12 and the great-grandfather of five, and was predeceased by his daughters, Lori Ann and Karen Killary, and his sister, Margaret.

Mr. Traverso was an assistant Cub Scout leader, a Knights of Columbus member, and an usher at St. Philomena’s Church.

No public services have been scheduled; arrangements are under the direction of Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home.

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Planning Bd. Approves Facility Expansion; Approves Extension for S. Livingston Ave. Plan

The Livingston Planning Board, at its first virtual public meeting on Thursday, May 21, approved an application extension and a plan to expand a rehabilitation facility.

The meeting was live-streamed on the Livingston Township Facebook page.

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State Approves Socially Distanced Outdoor Graduation Ceremony in July

On Tuesday, May 26, Governor Phil Murphy announced that schools will be allowed to have outdoor graduation ceremonies that comply with social distancing after July 6.

Wednesday prior to deadline, Livingston Public School officials were discussing how this may affect plans for the high school ceremony.

Superintendent Matthew Block issued the following statement on Tuesday:

 

 

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Friedman Family Creates “Tree of Hope”

Friedman Family Creates “Tree of Hope”
Friedman Family Creates “Tree of Hope”

Marisa and Josh Friedman of Livingston and their children, Alexa, five; Gavin, seven; and Connor, 21 months, have created a “Tree of Hope” and “Rocks of Strength” to send love and positive messages to their neighborhood and Livingston community during this uncertain time.

“We cut hearts out, and the kids enjoyed decorating and writing positive messages on the hearts. They are laminated and pinned to the tree,” noted Marisa. “We all enjoyed collecting, washing, and painting the rocks and thinking of positives messages to write on them.”

 

 

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Car Fire Near Livingston Center

CAR FIRE NEAR LIVINGSTON CENTER
CAR FIRE NEAR LIVINGSTON CENTER

CAR FIRE NEAR LIVINGSTON CENTER: Livingston firefighters spent 15 minutes extinguishing a major car fire at the intersection of Hazel and West Mt. Pleasant Avenues on Wednesday, May 20, at about 6 p.m. According to fire department officials, the driver of the 2015 Lexus smelled smoke, pulled over, and exited the car, which then became engulfed in flames. The exact cause of the fire, beyond mechanical failure, is not known, as the car was completely destroyed. JTM and SLM Photos

 

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Livingston Veterans Hold Small Ceremony in Honor of Memorial Day

Livingston Veterans Hold Small Ceremony in Honor of Memorial Day

In a ceremony that was tinged with an extra layer of poignancy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Livingston VFW, VFW Auxiliary, and American Legion Post 285 held a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 25. The small audience, the wearing of masks, the absence of a parade, even the overcast skies lent a different, but no less emotional, feeling to the event.

“We are not used to not doing anything,” said VFW Post Commander Thomas Bucca. “We were going to do something, and, when the Governor increased the allowable number of people gathering outside to 25, we were more comfortable.

 

 

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Livingston Philanthropies Inc. Reports: Pandemic “Grinds On” for Homeless and Poor

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Things are looking no better for the poor and homeless of Essex County as the coronavirus pandemic continues to “grind on,” said Jeff Friedman, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies Inc. (LPI).
“Too bad I have nothing new to report this week. That’s because it’s all the same – or worse,” Friedman noted. “I wish I could say that the homeless and profoundly poor are doing much better, but they’re not. It seems that some businesses and organizations are attempting to open, but unfortunately, that doesn’t change things a bit for the folks living below the poverty line just a few miles away from Livingston.”
He explained that food pantry lines are much longer than usual, with so many individuals having lost their jobs or having been temporarily furloughed without pay.

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May

Livingston Philanthropies Inc. Reports: Pandemic “Grinds On” for Homeless and Poor

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Things are looking no better for the poor and homeless of Essex County as the coronavirus pandemic continues to “grind on,” said Jeff Friedman, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies Inc. (LPI).
“Too bad I have nothing new to report this week. That’s because it’s all the same – or worse,” Friedman noted. “I wish I could say that the homeless and profoundly poor are doing much better, but they’re not. It seems that some businesses and organizations are attempting to open, but unfortunately, that doesn’t change things a bit for the folks living below the poverty line just a few miles away from Livingston.”
He explained that food pantry lines are much longer than usual, with so many individuals having lost their jobs or having been temporarily furloughed without pay.

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