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A Sad Display

An abomination. Shameful. A ghetto.

These aren’t words one typically hears thrown around offi cial meetings regarding a building in Livingston, but over several recent meetings of the Township Council and Planning Board, we have heard just that about a proposed Pulte Homes affordable housing project to be built on the property of the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy. The main point of contention, though there are others, is that there is no elevator for residents living on the upper fl oors of the four-story structure.

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Mass Was Celebrated For Gerard DeLorenzo

Gerard DeLorenzo, 87, of Livingston died on Thursday, May 9, at Inglemoor Rehabilitation Center.

The funeral was held at the La-Monica Memorial Home in Livingston on Monday, May 13, and was followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Raphael’s Church.

Born and raised in Newark, Mr. DeLorenzo attended Central High School. He moved to Livingston in 1965.

Following his service in the Army during the Korean War, he worked for the Mennen Company in Morristown. He retired 30 years ago as the manager of systems development.

Mr. DeLorenzo was the husband of Mary (née Tronolone); the father of Michael DeLorenzo (Rosemarie), Jennifer Rullis (Ralph), and Lisa Nisivoccia (Rocco); the brother of Joseph DeLorenzo (Dianna); the grandfather of five; and the brother-inlaw of Florence DeLorenzo. He was predeceased by his siblings, Sabina Immersi and Frank DeLorenzo.

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The Search is Over

After a nearly year-long search, the Livingston Board of Education announced at Monday’s meeting that it has selected a new superintendent of schools for the upcoming academic year. Matthew Block will replace interim superintendent Jim O’Neill, who has successfully held down the fort, offering a steady hand during this lengthy process.

It’s no secret there has been a revolving door at the position in recent years. Including those operating in acting and interim capacities, O’Neill was the eighth person filling the superintendent position in about 11 years, and the sixth since just 2014. Block will become the seventh in the past half-decade, and hopefully the one who will put Livingston Public Schools back on the path of stability.

 

 

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Services Held May 15 For Barbara Feldstein

Barbara Polancer Feldstein, 87, died in her West Orange home on Monday, May 13.

Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, she graduated from Saint Margaret’s School and then from Wellesley College in 1953. She married Joel Feldstein in 1957 and moved to Livingston, where they raised their family and lived for almost 50 years.

She began her career as a medical researcher at Rockefeller University in New York and then earned a master’s degree in teaching from Kean University. She taught biology and biochemistry at Columbia High School in Maplewood for 20 years.

Mrs. Feldstein was a lifetime member of the National Council of Jewish Women, where she served as president of the Livingston Chapter. She also helped to found, and served as president of the Business and Professional Women’s Division of NCJW in Essex County.

She was an active member of Temple B’nai Jeshurun for more than 50 years.

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Softball Team Advances in Tournament

The Livingston High School varsity softball team defeated Caldwell, 11-6, in the Essex CountyTournament quarter-finals.

Freshman Giulia Wilson and sophomore Nathalia DiIanni each had four hits in the 15 attack. Wilson was 4-4 with a walk and four RBIs, and DiIanni was 4-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Junior Julie Moresco was 3-4 with a double and three RBIs. Sophomore Jess Bullion and freshman Emily Hunter combined pitching efforts to secure the victory.

 

 

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Lancer Stella Scheier Wins 1,600 At Conference Championships

The Livingston High School girls’ track and field team competed in the Super Essex Conference Championship – Large School Division on Saturday, May 11, facing six teams in the American Division. Noted coach Nancy Petryna, “The girls began the championship portion of the season with many personal best performances, indicating that the hard work they have put in on the track and in the field up until this point of the season has been worth the effort.”

The pole vault squad, led by cocaptain Rachel Drill, put together an impressive performance, with all three competitors placing in the top six. Drill cleared the bar at 8’6”, placing her in second and earning her the silver medal. Junior Anna Sang was third with a clearance of 8’0”. Freshman Summer Yung cleared 7’0”, placing her in sixth for her first conference championship meet.

 

 

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School Board Says Matthew Block Will Be New LPS Superintendent

At its meeting on Monday, May 13, the Livingston Board of Education announced that it intends to approve the hiring of Dr. Matthew J. Block as superintendent of Livingston Public Schools (LPS). The official vote on his appointment will be held at the Board’s meeting on Monday, May 20, after the County approves the appointment.

“After countless resumes and hours of interviews, the Board is glad to announce its intention to hire Dr. Matt Block as the new superintendent,” said Board president Charles “Buddy” August. “I want to thank all my fellow Board members and staff members for the endless hours they contributed to what we believe will be a successful partnership with Dr. Block.”

Today, Thursday, May 16, Block is scheduled to meet with various stakeholder groups in Livingston.

 

 

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Buddy Poppies For Sale

BUDDY POPPIES FOR SALE: The Livingston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2856 is currently selling “Buddy Poppies” to raise funds to help veterans. Shown here, Don Klenke, a member of the VFW and a veteran of the Korean War, sells a Buddy Poppy to Erol Bal and his daughter, Diellza. Since World War I, the poppy has been a symbol of remembering and honoring those who have died in the service of their country. Poppies are made by hospitalized veterans, and proceeds benefit a wide variety of veterans’ programs. Don Schwartz Photo

 

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High School Moving to Semesters From Marking Periods Next Year

Livingston High School will use a semester calendar, rather than the existing system of four marking periods, in the coming school year.

Principal Mark Stern and assistant principal Danielle Rosenzweig presented the program to the Board of Education on May 13.

Grades will be accumulated in two semester grades rather than four marking period grades, they said. The change is designed to decrease the workload and stress that both faculty and students say occur at the end of each marking period.

 

 

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Police Chase Driver of Stolen Mercedes

Two suspects are at large after leading Livingston Police officers on a chase in a Livingston resident’s stolen vehicle last weekend.

At 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, a Whittier Way resident called police to report that he had seen a suspicious person walking in his driveway. The person realized that he had been seen by the resident, and ran back to a waiting silver Mercedes SUV. The SUV left the area heading toward Westmount Drive.

Police officers were dispatched and responding to the area when Livingston police officer Todd Compesi saw two Mercedes-AMG SUVs being operated in a reckless manner at the intersection of Shrewsbury Drive and Route 10.

 

 

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