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Superintendent Offers Update on Ransomware Attack

As Livingston Public Schools works to recover from the ransomware attack two weeks ago that encrypted the district’s data, superintendent Matthew Block offered an update on Tuesday, December 3. He previously addressed the community concerning the matter on Monday, November 25, and in a letter on Friday, November 22.

“Last Friday, when I sent my letter to the community on this issue, I estimated that it would begin to feel back to ‘normal’ (in terms of technology) by December break. We still feel that this is a realistic timeline to have our major systems back in place,” Block said. “We have made progress towards that goal over the past week. I am encouraged by the advances we have made, particularly when you consider that the district has only officially been open for a day and a half since my meeting with parents.”

 

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Services Were Held For Jane Kocur, 98

Jane Kocur, 98, of Livingston, died on Wednesday, November 27.

Born in Newark to Stephanie and Frank Kiersten, Mrs. Kocur was a parishioner of St. Philomena Church and a member of the Oakleaf Club. She won an award for baking from Betty Crocker and her recipe was featured in Better Homes and Gardens.

Mrs. Kocur was predeceased by her husband, Stanley Kocur, and her siblings, Edward Kiersten and Helen Jarmusz. She is survived by her children, William (Terry) Kocur, Susan Kocur, Linda Kocur, and Nancy Taylor (Jon); two grandchildren; and her brother, Stanley Kiersten.

A funeral service was held at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home on Monday, December. 2, followed by interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover.

To leave condolences, visit quinnhoppingfuneral.com

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Services Were Held For Antoinette Schifano

Antoinette T. Schifano, 89, of Livingston, died on Friday, November 29.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 4, at Shook’s Cedar Grove Funeral Home, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Cedar Grove and interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.

Memories and condolences may be shared at shookscedargrove.com.

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Herman Grant

Herman Grant

Herman Grant of Livingston, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully at home on Monday,December2,2019,justsix weeks short of his 100th birthday. He was born January 11, 1920, in Herre, Norway.

At the young age of 12, and for the next ten years, Herman served in the Merchant Marine, commencing as a mess boy and then as a deckhand. During that time, he was torpedoed twice by German U-boats.

In 1942, after jumping ship in Brooklyn, New York, Herman joined the 99th Battalion, known as The Norwegian Ski Troops/ Special Forces. After training for two years at Camp Hale, Colorado, he participated in the invasion of Normandy, the Battles of Cherbourg, Caan, Falaise Pocket, and Canals in Holland, as well as the Battle of the Bulge.

From there, the 99th Battalion was sent to Norway for the German surrender. Herman was part of the troops that liberated Norway.

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LPI’s Holiday Season Blasts Off; 1,000 Coats and Jackets Delivered So Far

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Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) “is mega-busy this time of year,” said founder Jeff Friedman. LPI, which has already delivered 1,000 warm coats and jackets to the homeless and profoundly poor, also  accepts winter accessories, toiletries, cosmetics, diapers, women’s products and more.  
Donations may be dropped at LPI’s partner, Livingston’s West Essex Tribune, located on South Livingston Avenue next to ShopRite.
“To make other arrangements, explore volunteer opportunities, or discuss keeping one’s monetary donations in Livingston, send me an email at  njhomeless@aol.com,” Friedman said. Contributions are  tax-deductible.
“I’m privileged to share LPI’s flurry of activity with our altruistic community,” Friedman continued. He reported on the successful donation drives by school and religious organizations, and the efforts to keep up deliveries to distribution partners in Newark and East Orange.

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Athletics Tryouts Begin

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Winter sports tryouts began this week at Livingston High School. Shown above, freshmen boy’s basketball coach Mickey Ennis demonstrates the proper grip and technique of the bounce pass during tryouts. Participating are freshmen Nate Nussbaum, Luke Cohen, Dylan Perlstein, Jake Fersko and Harris Rosenthal.

 

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Athletics Tryouts Begin

ATHLETICS TRYOUTS BEGIN

Winter sports tryouts began this week at Livingston High School. Shown here, LHS girls’ junior varsity basketball coach Natalie Natale sets to release the basketball during a reinforcement foul shooting drill. Players Janee Chestnut and Jordan Mason observe the technique. Don Schwartz Photo

 

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Services Were Held For Alvin Simon, 88

Alvin Simon ofVerona, formerly of Livingston, died on November 9.

He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was the owner of Barry’s Men’s Clothing in Bloomfield and Livingston.

Mr. Simon is survived by his second wife, Joyce; his daughter, Cindy (Pat) Simon of Metuchen; his son, Steven (Madelyn) Simon of Florida; his stepdaughters, Patty Katz of Chatham and Linda Goldberg of Florida; his sister, Linda Davidson of Verona; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Howard (Barbara), of Verona in 2017.

Graveside services were held at King Solomon Cemetery in Clifton on November 12 with arrangements by J. L. Apter Memorial Chapels of Cedar Grove.

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Mass Offered Nov. 23 For Rosemary Lucarelli

Rosemary Lucarelli of Livingston died October 28 at the age of 64.

A Memorial Mass was offered for her on Saturday, November 23, in St. Philomena Roman Catholic Church in Livingston. Arrangements were by the Paul Ippolito-Dancy Memorial, Caldwell.

Born in Newark, Ms. Lucarelli lived in Bloomfield before moving to Livingston in 2000. She was employed as an REO manager with Weichert Realtors in Morris Plains for many years.

Ms. Lucarelli is survived by her husband, Michael Trezza; her brother, Louis, and his wife, Diane Lucarelli; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Anthony and Gwen Trezza, Carmine Trezza, Elizabeth and Frank Rossi, and Cathy and Richard Gilchrist.

The family has requested that flowers be omitted.

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Funeral Services Held For Michael Mitschele

Michael Douglas Mitschele died in his sleep on Thursday, November 21. He was 63 years old.

Raised in Livingston, Mr. Mitschele was a 1974 graduate ofWest Essex High School. He lived in Roseland for over 25 years, where he ran Baer Concrete and was a founding member of the Roseland First Aid Squad. He later lived in Pine, Colorado, and in Asbury Park for the past six years.

Mr. Mitschele is survived by his daughters Melissa (Ron Brizzie) and Dawn (Tory Henry); his son, Daniel (Erin); his longtime partner, Kelly Bogart; and five grandchildren.

He is also survived by his parents, Herbert J. Jr. and Joyce Mitschele; and his siblings, Clinton Mitschele, Cheryl Eichmann, Louis Mitschele, Patricia Beaumont, and Lisa Campbell.

Mr. Mitschele was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Evans and Virginia Mitschele; and a brother, Herbert J. Mitschele III.

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