Livingston Tribune

Thu
14
Jan
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Cooperate with Contact Tracers

Based on what we have seen in the first month of vaccine rollout, it will be quite a few more months before most of us will be vaccinated. In the meantime we must do everything we can to prevent COVID-19 from running rampant.

There is a new strain of the virus, estimated to be ten to 60 percent more transmissible, and as we stay indoors this winter, we need to stay vigilant against it. That means wearing masks, avoiding large crowds and indoor gatherings, washing our hands, practicing social distancing, and cooperating with contact tracers.

 

 

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Wed
13
Jan

LPI Partners with Livingston Lions’ Club

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Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) has partnered with the Living-ston Lions’ Club to aid the homeless, announced LPI founder and director Jeff Friedman.
“As the extreme needs of the homeless and hopelessly poor continue after ‘giving season’ ends like the crash of a sledgehammer, I am pleased to announce that Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. has begun a new partnership with the Livingston Lions’ Club,” he said. “Enabled by Livingston’s continued generosity, LPI recently shipped hundreds of new winter gloves and hats for distribution at a Harrison Lions’ Club food pantry event. Livingston resident and New Jersey Lions district governor Nalit Patel and his son, Bansi, recently visited LPI World Headquarters (my garage) to pick up new stuffed animals for distribution at a big Lions event in Paterson.”

Thu
07
Jan
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Tribune to Welcome First Baby of 2021 with Gifts

The West Essex Tribune is celebrating more than six decades of showering the first baby of the new year with an assortment of gifts generously donated by our advertisers. The first baby of 2021 born to Livingston p arents will be named the winner of the Tribune’s 63rd annual First Baby Contest.

The rules to determine the winner are the same each year: The first baby of 2021 must be born in a nearby hospital to parents who currently reside in Livingston. The exact time of the birth must be certified in writing by the attending physician.

 

 

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Thu
07
Jan
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Klein Named Mayor, Meinhardt Deputy Mayor At Township Council’s Organizational Meeting

Klein Named Mayor, Meinhardt Deputy Mayor At Township Council’s Organizational Meeting

As is tradition in town, the Livingston Township Council held its annual organizational meeting on the morning of New Year ‘s Day. The meeting, typically held at the Senior/Community Center, was instead held virtually this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Still, hundreds of volunteers were appointed to the township’s various committees and boards, the 2020 mayor and deputy mayor were selected, and a few surprise guests appeared during the meeting due in part to its being held remotely. There were a few minor technical difficulties during the roughly 90 minute proceedings, but the virtual ceremony allowed more people to view the meeting and do so safely from their homes. Shawn Klein was unanimously voted by the Council as the next mayor, and Ed Meinhardt was unanimously selected as deputy mayor. Both previously held those positions in 2017. Rudy Fernandez concluded his third term serving as mayor.

Thu
07
Jan
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New School Board President Samantha Messer Requests Feedback Prior to January 11 Meeting

New School Board President Samantha Messer Requests Feedback Prior to January 11 Meeting
New School Board President Samantha Messer Requests Feedback Prior to January 11 Meeting

Vineeta Khanna was sworn in to the Livingston Board of Education at the group’s reorganization meeting on January 4; Samantha Messer, who had served as vice president of the Board in 2020, was elected president, and concluded the meeting with a plea for suggestions and ideas as the district wrestles with its re-opening plans.

The meeting was held virtually on Zoom and live-streamed on the Livingston Public Schools Facebook page. Most participants were in their homes, but superintendent Matthew Block, board secretary Steven Robinson, and Messer were in the central office conference room, masked and socially distanced. Robinson administered the oath of office to Khanna via Zoom.

 

 

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Thu
07
Jan
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Livingston Mall Vaccination Site Now Open; Only Those in Group 1A Eligible for Vaccine

Essex County’s vaccination sites, including the one in the former Sears at the Livingston Mall, are currently open.

Limited doses of the vaccine are available, and the State Department of Health has compiled a phased-in approach to ensure the vaccine is distributed in a fair and equitable manner until larger quantities of the vaccine become available. Essex County released the following information on the vaccine distribution.

 

 

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Thu
07
Jan
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Harold I. Frieder

Harold I. Frieder, of Lake Worth, Florida, formerly of Livingston, New Jersey, and East Hanover, New Jersey, passed away suddenly on December 26, 2020 at the age of 79.

Harold was the loving husband of Judy Frieder; the caring father of Jason and Michele Frieder and Scott Frieder; and the adoring grandfather of Alex, Rylie, Cole and Ryder Frieder. He is also survived by his brother, Jack Frieder; his brother-in-law, Elliot Volk; and his sister-in-law, Sheryl Volk.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, he grew up in Verona, New Jersey and after college, he spent his entire career working in the life insurance industry. He was an avid sports fan and loved attending New Jersey Nets games, Seton Hall basketball games, the U.S. Tennis Open, and all sporting events.

He relocated to Florida over 20 years ago and until his passing, he played tennis multiple times a week and was actively involved in his local community.

Thu
07
Jan
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Federated Church Drive Nets 350 Pounds of Food

Federated Church Drive Nets 350 Pounds of Food

The Federated Church of Livingston hosted a food drive recently to benefit the Communnity FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ). Collections were received the week of December 6 through 13. These included a curbside drop-off on Sunday, December 13.

In all, the congregation collected 350 pounds of food, equivalent to 876 meals to support the FoodBank.

 

 

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Thu
07
Jan
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Happy Retirements

The Township of Livingston is heading into 2021 with two great losses to the administration: Department of Public Works superintendent Mike Anello, and township attorney Sharon “Shari” Weiner. Both leave an indelible mark on the town they spent decades serving.

The township owes a lot to Anello, who has been with Public Works since 1978 and has headed the department since 1988. Under his leadership, the DPW grew from a small department with just seven employees to a well-tuned “machine” with 60 employees. For example, leaf collection, which once took months, became a streamlined four-week process. (We can vouch for its efficiency; when trying to take photos of the DPW leaf collection crews in action, our photographers often find themselves having to “hunt them down” because they move so quickly from their initially reported locations!) Anello was the one who advocated for the better equipment and new collection techniques that made this possible.

 

 

Wed
06
Jan

“Personal Shopping for the Homeless” Initiative Continues Post-Holidays

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Although the holidays are over, Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) is continuing to purchase items for the homeless.
“ ‘The Giving Season’ may be over, but the ‘Needing Season’ continues,” said LPI founder and director Jeff Friedman. “Families suffering from lack of financial access to the most basic necessities of life continues to grow each week, as mom and dad lose jobs during this devastating pandemic.”
Friedman reminded Livingston residents that LPI’s successful “Personal Shopping/Shipping to the Homeless” initiative continues into the new year. He is encouraging neighbors “to continue shopping online for the homeless, profoundly poor and disenfranchised, particularly now, while sales are widely available.” 
LPI volunteers, he added, are also shopping and shipping this week, “utilizing monetary donations to do the buying for those who would rather leave the shopping to us.”

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