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Services Held Today For Vincent R. Farley

Vincent R. Farley, 92, died on Wednesday, March 4. Born in Newark, he lived in West Orange and Livingston before moving to Toms River five years ago.

Mr. Farley was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, and served in World War II. A graduate of Seton Hall University, he worked as an operations manager at White Motors in New York City and Morristown for 30 years, retiring in 1982.

Mr. Farley was predeceased by his wife, Victoria; his son, William; and his grandson, Scott. He is survived by his three sons, Robert and his wife Susan; Peter and his wife, Marie; and Michael; his sister, Kathleen Losi and her husband, Ken; and four grandchildren.

Visiting hours are from 9:30 to 11 a.m. today, Thursday, March 12, at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home in Toms River. A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family by visiting quinn-hoppingfh.com.

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Petition Created to Fix Basketball Courts

Petition Created to Fix Basketball Courts
Petition Created to Fix Basketball Courts

Livingston resident Brandon Minde has started a petition to request that the Township Council fix the two outdoor basketball courts located next to the high school so residents can play ball in a “safe, welcoming and enjoyable environment.”

The petition, which can be viewed at https://bit.ly/3aGGJMW, surpassed 200 signatures less than two days after it launched.

“The courts should be a source of pride for the town and a place to have fun. Instead they present dangerous conditions and damaged equipment,” said Minde in the petition.

 

 

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Josephine Graboski

Josephine Laura Graboski (nee Ferrara) passed away on March 6, 2020, surrounded by her family.

“Jo” was born and raised in Staten Island, New York on June 22, 1932. She was graduated from Port Richmond High School in Staten Island in 1950 and worked in New York City for several years before meeting up with a former classmate from high school (who wouldbecome her husband), Stanley Graboski. Stan and Jo enjoyed 63 years of marriage.

Jo and Stan loved holding parties and fun times in their home in Livingston (since 1970), and welcomed many friends as family. Many have been to their annual Christmas Eve open house and Memorial Day celebrations.

Jo loved her home, her friends, her town, but more than anything was devoted to her family. Her children and grandchildren would call her “the best.”

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Sumona Bhattacharya

Sumona Bhattacharya of Livingston, New Jersey, went home to God surrounded by family and friends on March 5, 2020. She was 64 years old.

Born in Rangoon, Burma, Mrs. Bhattacharya completed her B. A. in history with honors from Indraprastha College in 1975, and her M.A. in medieval Indian history from Delhi University in 1977.

She began working at the Livingston Public Library as a bookkeeper, and her exceptional skills earned her the title of Financial Officer. She served the library for 27 years, overseeing the budget and accounts of the library during a significant reconstruction, leading to great esteem among colleagues and trustees.

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12
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Mehari and Sweeny Earn Medals at Meet of Champions

Mehari and Sweeny Earn Medals at Meet of Champions

The Livingston High School track and field team sent two of its members, Connor Sweeny and Philmon Mehari, to the Ocean Breeze indoor track facility in Staten Island, New York, to compete in the New Jersey State Meet of Champions on March 7.

“Connor and Philmon have put together successful seasons on the indoor track circuit, with a lot of hard work and effort culminating in their qualifying for this meet,” said coach Dave Czeizinger.

 

 

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Mass Was Celebrated For Louise Simone, 96

Louise Simone, formerly of Livingston, died on Friday, March 6, at Juniper Village in Chatham.

Mrs. Simone was born in Newark and was a resident of Livingston for over 40 years before moving to New Providence in 2000 and later to Chatham Township. She was employed at Prudential Insurance Co. until her retirement.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, March 10, at Corpus Christi Parish in Chatham. Interment followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.

Mrs. Simone is survived by her children,Alex (Donna Fugit), Simone and Susan (Stephen Vidal) SimoneVidal; her sister, Flo (Joe) Ascolese; two grandchildren; and one greatgrandchild. She was predeceased by her husband, Frank A. Simone, in 1990.

Donations in her memory can be made to the New Providence FirstAid Squad or Sweet Sophie at inmemof.org/louise-simone.

To send condolences, visit ippolitofuneralhomes.com.

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Virus Anxiety

Though as of press time no Livingston residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the effects of the continuing nationwide spread of the virus are beginning to hit Livingston. Readers need look no further than the closest empty hand sanitizer shelf for proof.

There is much that is not yet known about this virus and, for the sake of our most vulnerable populations (while testing positive could result in minor symptoms for someone in excellent health, it may be fatal for the elderly or those with underlying health conditions), we should continue to take the proper precautions without outright panicking.

 

 

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Coronavirus Concerns: LPI to Temporarily Suspend Collections Effective Friday

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Thanks to the generosity of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) donors, the charity’s new van is on the road and officially “lettered” for the road. However, due to concerns about the novel Coronavirus, which may be transmitted through surface contact, LPI is temporarily suspending its collections of coats, clothing, and toiletries, etc., as of this Friday, March 13.
“Our new van will make one last pick-up at the Tribune for now,” said LPI founder and director, Jeff Friedman. “It was a tough call and not one we wanted to make. But, in consultation with our partner, the West Essex Tribune, to ensure the safety of everyone involved – our volunteers, our donors, and our recipients – we feel the best thing to do is to put a halt to the collection of all items for the time being. Hopefully, the virus will run its course and we can go back to collecting clothing and toiletries for the homeless and profoundly poor.”

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05
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Officers Retire from Police Department

Officers Retire from Police Department
Officers Retire from Police Department

Lieutenant Reese Riley and Sergeant Deborah Shumaker have retired from the Livingston Police Department, Chief Gary Marshuetz has announced.

Lt. Riley retired, effective March 1, after 26 years of service. He began his career with the LPD in 1994 after graduating from the Morris County Police Academy. He attained the rank of Sergeant in 2003, and was assigned as a road supervisor.

In 2017, Riley was promoted to lieutenant and was a shift commander until becoming the Operation Division supervisor in 2018. During this time, he was in charge of the Traffic Division, the Auxiliary Police, Animal Control, and crossing guards. Lt. Riley was honored as “Officer of the Year” by the Livingston Chamber of Commerce in 2019.

 

 

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Former Resident George Klein Reflects on a Century of Life

Former Resident George Klein Reflects on a Century of Life
Former Resident George Klein Reflects on a Century of Life
Former Resident George Klein Reflects on a Century of Life
Former Resident George Klein Reflects on a Century of Life

In 1920, women were voting for the first time, Prohibition was in full swing, the “Lost Generation” of American expatriates were transforming the literary world, and George Klein came into the world. He is now 100 years old, and he’s feeling fine.

The former long-time Livingston resident (who currently lives just over the border in Roseland) was born in Newark on February 11, 1920.

His parents, who were born in New York City to German immigrants, bought a house on 12th street in Newark. There they raised ten children, of whom George was the youngest.

 

 

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