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Vacant House Damaged By Fire

VACANT HOUSE DAMAGED BY FIRE
VACANT HOUSE DAMAGED BY FIRE

VACANT HOUSE DAMAGED BY FIRE: A fire broke out in a vacant house at 469 South Livingston Avenue at about 6 p.m. on Thursday evening, March 19. A police officer directing traffic in and out of the ShopRite parking lot noticed flames and smoke coming from the structure and called the Fire Department. Firefighters responded and quickly extinguished the flames, but there was heavy damage to the house, particularly in the bedroom area, where the fire is believed to have started. The house has been vacant for two decades, and its dilapidated condition exacerbated the fire damage, said Fire Chief Chris Mullin. He noted that the house has no electrical power running to it, and has possibly been occupied by vagrants. He deemed the fire to be of suspicious origin; an investigation is ongoing. Rob Munson Photos

 

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Livestreams Meeting for First Time: Board of Education Votes to Approve Tentative Budget

Following a lengthy discussion about whether to reduce the tentative 2020-21 budget due to the coronavirus situation, the Livingston Board of Education voted on Wednesday, March 18, to approve it in order to send to the County for review.

The tax impact of this proposed budget was presented to the public on March 9 and incorporates the allowable increase of two percent. The increase in school tax on the average Livingston home of $700,000 would be $199, based on a tax levy of $110,919,955, out of a total of $128,944,023.

The budget approved Wednesday night is not final, the superintendent and board secretary emphasized. It can continue to be changed until the Public Hearing on April 27.

 

 

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Virtual Junior Prom

VIRTUAL JUNIOR PROM

VIRTUAL JUNIOR PROM: On March 20, AM Wired, the Livingston High School news and announcement show, broadcast “The AMW Virtual Prom.” Students danced in their bedrooms and put on makeup and tied ties in their bathrooms. The 8 ½ minute show featured teacher Jason Daily and was written by Manni Burach, who also served as producer and editor, and Kylie Gorsky. The creative show was picked up by News 12 New Jersey.

 

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Publisher Issues Plea: Tribune Urgently Needs Community Support

For the past 91 years, the West Essex Tribune has been an essential part of the fabric of Livingston. From the days when Route 10 was a dirt road taking Livingston farmers to the stores and offices in Newark, the Tribune has brought readers all of the community news: news about township meetings, local history, school sports, politics, how to get help, and how to help those in need. And now, though much of the news is about the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, which affects everyone in our community, we continue to keep you informed.

For those 91 years the Tribune has been a trusted venue for local businesses to advertise their goods and services to our readers, and for non-profit and community organizations to spread the word of their activities.

 

 

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Livingston COVID-19 Cases Rise; Township State of Emergency Declared

Livingston COVID-19 Cases Rise; Township State of Emergency Declared

Since the Livingston Health Department announced the first two cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in residents in the township on Wednesday, March 18, the figure had risen to 36 in one week’s time. In Essex County at that time, Wednesday morning, March 25, there were 437 confirmed cases. Based on the last update before press time, from Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday afternoon, there were 3,675 confirmed cases and a total of 44 deaths statewide. Nationally, there were at least 59,502 cases and 804 deaths as of Wednesday morning, and globally, there are more than 435,000 cases and at least 19,625 deaths.

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Boys’ Winter Track Team Has Successful Season

Boys’ Winter Track Team Has Successful Season

The Livingston High School boys’ winter track team had a good season, reported coach Nancy Petryna. “The team was led by a handful of seniors and a large group of hard-working developing underclassmen who ran, jumped, and threw together throughout the season. They were ever the competitors, and the coaches could always count on each boy to fight for every inch or second.” Team captains were Philmon Mehari, Sean Miller, Jacob Kogut, and Siraj Akmal.

The standout individual performer for the season, said coach Petryna, was senior Philmon Mehari, “a fierce competitor on the track who showed the ability to excel at a variety of races including the 800, 1,600, and 3,200 meter distances, in which he achieved the season’s best times on the team.”

 

 

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Winning Season For Wrestlers

WINNING SEASON FOR WRESTLERS

WINNING SEASON FOR WRESTLERS: The Livingston High School wrestling team finished with a 14-8 record. Season highlights included a first place finish at the Secaucus Patriot Invitational; a third place finish in the Essex County Tournament; and a second place finish in the District 9 Tournament. Team members include, rear, coaches Dan Brill and Chris DiIanni, Stratos Kantanas, Max Lee, Michael Petrillo, Anthony Newman, Jason Quirk, Nico Ramirez, Tyler Stolfi, Azel Bishop, Shaun Quirk, Alessandro Zacheo, Eddie Padilla, Aidan Carmody, Vinnie Militello, Zack Vera, and coach Ernie Cuneo; middle row, Aidan Kessler, Ben Smolensky, Brody Gutenberg, Josh Millman, Rory Subarsky, Ryan Kedrie, Matt Martin, Gabe Kanchek, Phenol Morlan, Roberto Camean, and Davis Dauti; and front, Kevin Risch, Nick Slotnick, Gabe Fleisher, Johann Ramirez, James Rossi, Lorenz Najjar, Josh Scherr, Dan Silverman, and Henry Dagistino. Don Schwartz Photo

 

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Graveside Services Held For Kurt Stern, Age 99

Former Livingston resident Kurt Stern died March 15 at the age of 99.

Born in Germany, he had lived in West Orange for 20 years. Earlier, he resided in Livingston and East Hanover.

Mr. Stern was predeceased by his wife, Florence. He was the father of Heidi Sussman and her husband, Mark, of West Orange; and the late Dr. Kenneth Stern. He is also survived by five grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren.

Private graveside services were held March 17. A memorial service celebrating Mr. Stern’s life will be held at a future date.

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Graveside Services Held For Betty Fingerhut, 97

World War II veteran and former Marine Betty Fingerhut, nee Vener, died Sunday, March 15, at her home at Inglemoor Care Center. She was 97 years old.

Mrs. Fingerhut was born in Albany, New York. Shortly after the United States entered World War II, while working as a legal secretary she “accidentally” joined the Marine Corps after a photo of her standing near a recruitment poster was published in a local newspaper. The photo featured a caption which noted, incorrectly, that “Betty Vener was the first girl from Albany to join the Marines.”

The newspaper piece inspired her to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps, and she worked her way through the ranks as a radio and telephone technician at a time when women in the military had limited opportunity.

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Stavroula Grafas

Stavroula Grafas, 100, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Stavroula was predeceased by her beloved husband, Demetrios, as well as her son, George. She is survived by her loving daughters, Alexandra Kerrigan and Angela Peliotis, and her daughter-in-law, Margaret Grafas. She also leaves behind her dear grandchildren, Maria Southworth, Eleni Karolidis, John Psaradellis (Doris), Elizabeth Kalwinsky (Chris), and Georgia Grafas (Joseph Pacheco, Jr.); her adoring greatgranchildren, Jimmy, Mia, Maggie, Chase, Stephen, Alex, P.J., Justice, Marie, and Nate; and her brother, Anthanios Marmaras. She will also be missed dearly by her close friends, Bernice and Ward Anthony, and Ralph Bace.

Funeral services will be private. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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