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PARCC Testing Begins on Tuesday; Still Controversial in its Second Year

The second year of the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) tests will begin on Tuesday, April 5, when Livingston Public School third graders take the fi rst tests. The state-required, online assessments will continue, for students in grades three through 11, through May 18. The Board of Education, which last February issued a formal resolution objecting to the fi nancial and other costs of the PARCC, has continued to voice its concerns at meetings this year.
 
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Memorial Mass Offered For Josephine Verduce

Josephine Verduce died Saturday, March 12, in her home in Wellington, Florida. She was 18 days short of her 101st birthday. A memorial Mass was offered at St. Rose of Lima Church in East Hanover on Monday, March 28. Born in South Orange, Mrs. Verduce had also resided in Far Hills and Livingston. She was predeceased by her husband, Leo, and her son, Frank. Surviving Mrs. Verduce are her daughters, Ann Longo, Marion Verduce, and Theresa Ditta; her sons-in-law, Alfred Longo and Rosario Ditta; and eight grandchildren and 15 greatgrandchildren.
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Funeral Service Held For Joan Romano, 83

Joan Romano, 83, died on Monday, March 21, in Livingston. Funeral arrangements were by Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home. The daughter of John and Theresa Zielinski, she was born and raised in Jersey City. Mrs. Romano resided in Livingston for 54 years. She was a member of St. Philomena's Church. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Albert; children, John (Diane); Stephen; Robert (Mary); James (Linda); Albert (Lauri); and Joan; and ten grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brothers, Edward and John Zielinski. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Romano's name may be made to the American Heart Association.
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Good Samaritan Alerts Family To House Fire

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Thanks to the actions of an alert neighbor and her friend, an Edgemere Road family was able to escape a house fire unharmed. On Thursday, March 17, at about 8 p.m., Jen Sonnabend of 62 Edgemere Road was driving down the street with a passenger, Jon Trumbull of Morristown, when they noticed that the roof of the house at 77 Edgemere, the home of Vidya Gottimukkala and Arun Gonuguntla, was on fire. They pulled over, and while Sonnabend called 9-1-1, Trumbull banged on the front door and alerted the family.
 
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Making Circuits, Tracks, and Musical Vegetables

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About 500 people attended Makers Day at the Livingston Public Library on Saturday, March 19. "The activities were great, and the place was packed," said librarian Joseph Emery. Projects included sewing, robotics, circuitry, paper crafts, and a roller coaster activity with marbles.
 
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Livingston Students Compete in Jefferson Cup

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Heritage Middle School seventh graders Victoria Wang, Alexis Scherago and Lauren Belcuore, shown above, recently competed in the Jefferson Cup soccer tournament with their club team, the SDFC U13 Rage. The team earned first place in this tournament, which was held in Richmond, Virginia.
 
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Lacrosse Program Opens Season

The Livingston High School girl’s lacrosse program will open its new season on Wednesday, March 30, against a strong Cranford program. In pre-season scrimmages, the Lady Lancers have been highly competitive at all three levels. New head coach Jodi Mensch, a veteran coach to the girls' program, says that she has implemented a "One Team" theme to build consistency and camaraderie across the levels.
 
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Low Tax Increase

Last week, township manager Michele Meade introduced Livingston's 2016 Township Budget at the meeting of the Township Council. While scores of people showed up to that meeting, most were there to celebrate youth achievements and oppose the idea of a new hotel in the township, not to hear the review of township's spending plan. Usually, just a handful of residents are actually interested in all of the numbers; most just want to get to the magic one – the amount they will be paying in additional taxes.
 
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Council Postpones Hotel Discussion

The Livingston Township Council has announced that the special meeting scheduled for Monday, April 4, to discuss an ordinance that would allow the construction of a hotel in the parking lot of the Livingston Mall has been postponed. A new date for the meeting is to be determined. Mayor Al Anthony stated that representatives from Noble Investment Group, the party interested in constructing a hotel in the peninsula section of the Livingston Mall, are not able to attend the open forum meeting due to a scheduling conflict
 
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Tentative School Budget Approved; Proposed Average Tax Increase is $177

The Livingston Board of Education approved the tentative school district budget for 2016-17; awarded contracts for HVAC upgrades and a continued security assessment; and discussed policies especially geared towards its technology initiative during its meeting on Monday, March 21. The tentative $114,716,191 budget will now be sent to the Essex County superintendent of schools for review and approval.
 

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