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Local Veterans Have a Busy November

In keeping with their mission statements of promoting patriotism and assisting fellow veterans in need, members of the Livingston Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the VFW Auxiliary, the American Legion, and the Jewish War Veterans have conducted many activities throughout the month of November.

Veterans visited Hillside School, where they spoke to Jeanne Silberman’s fi fth grade class. They also assisted the students with “Operation Gratitude,” sending packages to U.S. troops overseas.

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Santa's Mailbox is Open

Santa’s Mailbox is open now through December 19, on the front lawn of the Livingston Fire Department headquarters, 62 South Livingston Avenue. As part of a long-standing annual holiday tradition, local youngsters are invited to write to Santa and deposit their letters in the mailbox. Santa Claus, with help from staff members of the Livingston Senior, Youth, and Leisure Services Department, will answer letters to those who include a return address.

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Mass Offered Dec. 3 For Felice ‘Phil’ Picillo

Felice “Phil” Picillo, 97, of Livingston, died Thursday, November 29. Visitation was held at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston, on Sunday, December 2. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Philomena Church, Livingston, on Monday, December 3, followed by entombment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover. Born in Caprilgia, Irprina, Italy, Mr. Picillo lived in Orange from 1954 to 1985 before moving to Livingston. He was a supervisor for the City of Orange, Department of Public Works, before retiring in 1986. He was also a part-time landscaper until the age of 90. Mr. Picillo was the husband of the late Giuseppina Picillo, and the father of Vincent Picillo (Yolanda), and Joanne DeNotaris (Joseph). Additionally, he is survived by four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that memorial contributions be made to Istituto Antoniano dei Rogazionisti, Via Tiziano Minio, 15, 35134 Padova (Italy); or to St.

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Services Were Held For Barry Gimelstob

Barry Gimelstob, of Harding Township and formerly of Livingston, died on October 26 at the age of 75. Born and raised in Newark, Mr. Gimelstob graduated from Weequahic High School and Long Island University. He coached three championship basketball teams at Newark's South Side High School (Shabazz), received two “Coach of the Year” honors and was elected to the Newark Athletic Hall of Fame. Mr. Gimelstob formed FBR Group, a financial advisory firm, in 1989, and was a supporter of the Valerie Fund, Shabazz High School and Newark Academy. He is survived by Patricia, his wife of 47 years; his three sons, Joshua, Justin, and Russell; and a grandson. Funeral services were held at Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel. The family would appreciate memorial donations to the Valerie Fund, 2101 Millburn Avenue, Maplewood, N.J. 07040.

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Will Celebrate Mass For Cesarea D’Abramo

Cesarea D’Abramo, 98, of Livingston, died on Saturday, December 1. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Philomena Church in Livingston on Thursday, December 6, at 10 a.m. Born in Terlizzi, Italy, to Pietro and Maria Baldassarre, she was the wife of the late John D’Abramo; the mother of Frank D’Abramo (Angie), and Irene Curiale (Aldo); grandmother of six; and the great-grandmother of six. In lieu of fl owers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org.

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Funeral Held Nov. 29 For Irwin Halper

Irwin Halper of Verona, formerly of Livingston, died Wednesday, November 28. Funeral services were held the following day at Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston, followed by interment at Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge. Arrangements were under the direction of the Bernheim Apter Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston. He was the founder of I. Halper Paper and Supplies of Bayonne. Mr. Halper was the husband of Vicki Halper and his late wife, Donna Halper; the father of Tara Halper and Jaret Keller, Matthew and Erin Halper, and Andrew and Heather Halper; the stepfather of Justin and Tali Panetz, and Heather Panetz; the brother of Robert Halper, Jane and Steven Eisenstat, and Carol and Arthur Amster; and the grandfather of eight.

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Funeral Mass Sat. For Albert Romano

Albert J. Romano, 84, died Sunday, December 2, in Livingston. Visitation will be held Saturday, December 8, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Quinn- Hopping Funeral Home, Livingston. The funeral Mass will be offered on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Raphael Roman Catholic Church, Livingston, with entombment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Mr. Romano had been a resident of Livingston for the past 56 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He later attended the Pratt Institute in New York, then worked for Allied Chemical and Merck Pharmaceutical. Mr. Romano was predeceased by his wife, Joan, and his sister, Francesca Kokoszka. He is survived by his children, Albert, Joan, John, Stephen, Robert, and James; his sister, Leonarda Neilson; and ten grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Junior Olympic Runner

Jordan Fleishman, 12, son of Amy and David Fleischman of Livingston, competed in the USA Track and Field Regional Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships on November 18 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He finished with a time of 12:15 on an uphill three kilometer course and qualified for the USATF Junior Olympic National Championships in Reno, Nevada.

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Council to Vote for Street Name; Resolutions Pass

At the start of the Township Council conference meeting on Monday, December 3, the Council discussed submissions for the renaming of Formosa Plastics Road.

“We had a lot of choices, a lot of participation,” mayor Ed Meinhardt said. “Some very interesting and nice suggestions.”

Specific names were not discussed, but each Council member agreed to submit a ranking of their top three choices to township manager Barry Lewis, who would then determine the winner based on which name received the most votes. The new name is expected to be announced on January 1, 2019, at the township’s reorganization meeting.

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Valencia Xu of Livingston Wins USTA National Indoor Title

Coming off a finals appearance at the US Tennis Association (USTA) 16s National Clay Court Championships this summer, Valencia Xu of Livingston defeated San Marino, California native Anessa Lee, 6-2, 6-2, to win the Girls’ 18s singles title at the Racquet Club of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee last week.

Valencia, 15 years old and a sophomore at Livingston High School, has won consecutive USTA National Indoor Championship Titles after winning the Girls’ 14s singles title a year ago.

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