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Feb

Law Firm Makes Donation for Non-Profit’s “Personal Shopping for the Homeless” Program

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This week, Jeff Friedman of Livingston, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI), has announced that a local law firm has made a donation to assist the Livingston-based charity’s “Personal Shopping for the Homeless” initiative.
LPI, which prior to the pandemic collected coats, clothing, toiletries and other items for the homeless in Essex County, is currently focusing on “Personal Shopping for the Homeless,” encouraging donors to purchase new items for the homeless or offer monetary donations to enable the non-profit organization’s volunteers to do so.
Mandelbaum Salsburg PC., a national law firm with headquarters in Roseland, recently gave the initiative a boost with a major contribution to LPI.

Thu
18
Feb
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Storm Prep

STORM PREP

STORM PREP: The Livingston Department of Public Works was prepared for snow and ice storms predicted for this week. They had ten dump trucks with snow plows, all loaded with salt, plus two pay loaders ready in the parking lot near the Haines Memorial Pool on Monday afternoon, February 15. Jerry Siskind Photo

 

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Thu
18
Feb
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JV Cagers Defeat Arts

JV CAGERS DEFEAT ARTS

JV CAGERS DEFEAT ARTS: The Livingston High School boys’ junior varsity basketball team defeated Arts, 38-25, in the LHS Fitness and Wellness Center on Thursday, February 11. Shown here, Lancer forward Anuvik Das drives the lane to score. Don Schwartz Photo

 

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Thu
18
Feb
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Township Manager Issues Statement On Town’s Role in Opening Schools

In light of what he said appears to be the “continuing public misimpression” of township health officer Lou Anello’s role in directing schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically the belief that he has decision-making authority over school remote and in-person learning decisions, township manager Barry Lewis has issued a statement clarifying the matter. His statement, included in its entirety below, explains that the Livingston Health Department is a conduit that shares state and federal information with Livingston Public Schools. Lewis also said that school-related decisions, while based on state guidance, ultimately fall on the district.

Thu
18
Feb
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Livingston High School Volunteer Coach Is Facing Child Pornography Charges

A man who most recently served as a volunteer coach for Livingston High School athletics this past fall, Steven Brooks, has been charged with criminal offenses related to child pornography, according to an update sent out Tuesday afternoonby Livingston Public Schools superintendent Matthew Block.

According to a press release from the United States Attorney General’s office and other reports, Brooks, 34, of Morristown, was employed as a fifth grade teacher in the Summit school district, and helped run the Livingston Soccer Club. According to a press release, acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig said he has been charged in connection with production, possession of, and mailing of child pornography.

 

 

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Thu
18
Feb
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Rest In Peace

REST IN PEACE

REST IN PEACE: Shown here, bunting hangs on Town Hall in honor of the late Chuck Tahaney, the former township manager after whom the building was named. The American flag is also flying at half mast. For more about Tahaney and his impact on Livingston, read our editorial on page A-4 of this issue of the Tribune. MI Photo

 

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Thu
18
Feb
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Offer Mass Thursday For Leonard Del Vento

Leonard “Lenny” Del Vento, formerly of Livingston, died on Wednesday, February 10, a week after his wife of 45 years, Maria, died.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Lucy’s Church in Newark today, Thursday, February 18, at 9:30 a.m. Entombment will follow at Hollywood Memorial Park in Union. Guests are reminded to observe COVID-19 precautions. Arrangements are by the Galante Funeral Home in Union.

Mr. Del Vento grew up in Orange and lived in Livingston and East Hanover. He was a lifelong member ofthe International Longshoremen’s Association for 43 years, where he worked as the head foreman stevedore at Maher Terminal.

Mr. Del Vento is survived by his daughter; Erika Ann Del Vento; his brother, Aldo Del Vento, and his sisters, Renita and Carla Del Vento.

Thu
18
Feb
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Private Services Held For Maria Del Vento

Maria Del Vento, who was raised in Livingston, died on Wednesday, February 3.

Born in Newark to John Fiumara and Minette Fiumara (née Grasso), she was as a pharmacy technician for 20 years and most recently lived in East Hanover and Toms River.

She is survived by her daughter, Erika Ann Del Vento; her brother Joseph Giannetta; and her sister, Theresa Capasso. Her husband, Leonard, died a week after she did.

Funeral services were private, in the care ofthe Galante Funeral Home in Caldwell. A memorial gathering celebrating her life will be held at a later date.

Thu
18
Feb
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Freshman Lady Lancers Lose To Bengals

FRESHMAN LADY LANCERS LOSE TO BENGALS

FRESHMAN LADY LANCERS LOSE TO BENGALS: The Livingston High School girls’ freshman basketball team was defeated by the Bloomfield Bengals, 33-29, in the LHS Fitness and Wellness Center on Saturday morning. February 13. Shown here, Lancer guard Alexa Kay, #14, beats the Bengal defender to score for Livingston. Don Schwartz Photo

 

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Thu
18
Feb
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Construction Underway

CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY
CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY
CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY

CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY: Construction of the new Camuso storage barn began with digging post holes for the footings, shown above. “Big shout out to Scoot, Jimmy, Paul E., Hugh, and Mike Stolfi,” said “Chief Elf” Tom Cooney. “We had Celtic Tree Service use a Bobcat to remove the ‘Blizzard’ last Friday so we could get to work.” Below, earlier this week, the storage barn had begun to take shape. TC and MI Photos

 

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