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Resident Jack Wang, 15, Seeks To Wield Paddle in Olympics

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Jack Wang, Livingston's 15 year old table tennis champion, will com pete against the best table tennis players in the country at the 2016 U.S. Olympic table tennis trials at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina, from February 4 to 6. Not only is Wang going to school full time (he is a freshman at Livingston High School) while training for his first Olympic bid; he has been playing a new role by helping to promote the official tryouts to the general public.
 
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Township Celebrates Legacy of Dr. King

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The Livingston Diversity Committee organized an array of activities to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18. Residents were invited to the Livingston High School cafeteria to participate in small service projects sponsored by Girl and Boy Scout Troops, religious groups and other local organizations.
 
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Library Wins 'Curiosity Creates' Grant; Activities Begin with Workshop on Sunday

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The Livingston Public Library has won a $7,500 "Curiosity Creates" grant from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Disney Corporation to support creativity programming for children ages ten to 14. "People know the library contains books that engage children’s imaginations," said teen librarian Karen deWilde. "We want to help children be creative too. With this grant, the library will launch a new program called 'Ready, Set Create!'"
 
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Bunnie Ratner and Mel Sher to Be Honored At Four Chaplains Memorial Service Feb. 7

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The Four Chaplains Memorial Service, sponsored by the township's veterans' organizations and scheduled for Sunday, February 7, will include a presentation of the Legion of Honor Award to Livingston residents Bunnie Ratner and Mel Sher. The ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Livingston Senior/Community Center, 204 Hillside Avenue. The program is open to the public free of charge.
 
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Not What It Seems

Things are not always what they seem. When one learns that a township is fighting to block "affordable housing," many questions may arise. Is it an attempt to be exclusive? Is the town trying to shut out certain socio-economic groups? Livingston, in fact, has been working diligently over the years to keep the number of multi-family units in the township down for a variety of reasons that are beneficial to residents. These include, but are not limited to, preventing strained resources/infrastructure and threats to open space.
 
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LCI Teaches How Livingston Runs

Livingston residents may take it for granted that their toilets will flush and their garbage will be collected. They may assume that their leaves will get picked up and their library will be filled with books, media and program offerings. But none of these things happen automatically. Some people are not aware that the mayor is elected annually from among the five Township Council members and that Livingston's Council/manager form of government is similar to a business where a Board of Directors (the Township Council) oversees a Chief Operating Officer (the township manager), who manages the day-today operations.
 
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Services Held Sunday For Yisroel Pensack

Yisroel "Richard" Pensack of San Francisco, California, formerly of Livingston, died Wednesday, January 13, after years of struggling with a genetic form of heart disease. He was 68 years old. Funeral arrangements were by Jewish Memorial Chapel, Clifton. Mr. Pensack lived through three separate organ transplants. He was a National Merit Scholar who also achieved the highest SAT scores possible. He was accepted to Johns Hopkins' six-year medical program and Penn State's five-year medical program. However, after starting at Penn State, he decided to return home and marry his high school sweetheart, Linda (Kelly). They had two sons, Benjamin and Adam. In addition, Mr. Pensack is survived by his father, Harvey Pensack of Sarasota, Florida and Steamboat Springs, Colorado; his brother, Dr. Robert Pensack (Abbe) of Denver, Colorado; and his sister, Laurie Pensack, also of Denver.
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Funeral Mass Offered For Harry A. Salvatore

Harold A. Salvatore of Livingston died on his 85th birthday, January 14. Arrangements were by the Keri Memorial Funeral Home of Lincoln Park. Born in Jersey City, Mr. Salvatore lived in Bayonne before moving to Livingston in 1976. He was a salesman for Fruehauf Truck in South Kearny for 25 years. After his retirement, he worked part time as a security guard with Planned Security Services in Parsippany for ten years. Mr. Salvatore was a member of, and volunteered as a bartender for, the Knights of Columbus Council 3533 in Livingston. He was the husband of the late Theresa Curley-Salvatore, who predeceased him in 2013. He is survived by his son, Mark A. Curley; and his brother, Norman Salvatore and his wife, Teresa. The family has suggested that memorial donations be made to the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, 1199 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052.
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Visitation Was Held For John T. Gunther

John T. Gunther, 90, died on Tuesday, January 12, at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Funeral arrangements were by Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston. Born in the Bronx, Mr. Gunther lived in Vailsburg (Newark) and Livingston before moving to Verona. He served as a Marine during World War II and the Korean War. A retired Newark police lieutenant, Mr. Gunther later worked for the Star-Ledger. He was predeceased by his wife, Marie, in 1991, and his sisters Marie, Sissy and Catherine. He is survived by his daughters, Kathleen M. McCue, Elizabeth M. Corrente (Paul), and Theresa M. Shihanian (George); eight grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and sisters Patricia Barry and Eileen Smith. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Way, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Annual Tradition Brings Families Together for "Mega-Mitzvah Mania"

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It was billed as “Mega-Mitzvah Mania,” and it certainly lived up to the hype as nearly 200 children and adults gathered at Friendship Circle on December 25 to make their own challahs, create a Havdalah set and participate in other mitzvah (good deed) activities. The energy was palpable as young and old worked side-by-side, buzzing with excitement as their creations came to life. “We were looking for something to do and I got the e-mail from Friendship Circle. My son Max was so excited. He’s never made challah before,” said Melanie Wurtele, who came with her husband, Jonathan, and their three children, Max, five; Julie, three; and Abby, two.
 

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