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Sister Barbara Jeanne Howard, SSJ

Sister Barbara Jeanne Howard, SSJ

Sister Barbara Jeanne Howard, SSJ, passed away on February 9, 2021, at St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown, Pennsylvania, after a lengthy illness.

Sister Barbara had been a resident at the Villa for several years after leaving her position as director of the Sharing Office at St. Philomena’s Parish, Livingston, New Jersey, where she had been for 25 years.

Born in Elizabeth to her loving parents, George and Genevieve Howard onAugust 6,1934, Barbara was big sister to her brother Ronald, who passed away in 2019. She attended St. Joseph the Carpenter School and Holy Family Academy. After graduating, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in September, 1952.

Sister Barbara taught in elementary schools in the Philadelphia area; Washington, D.C.; Maryland; and New Jersey. She continued her education at Kutztown University, earning a master’s degree in math education.

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Chuck Tahaney: He Cared

Chuck Tahaney: He Cared

Perhaps the phrase “the passing of an era” has been overused in the past; but, the loss of former township manager Charles (Chuck) J. Tahaney, this week certainly qualifies as the passing of an era.

Chuck, who was born and raised in Livingston, was only the second municipal manager in the town’s history. His family lived in the converted barracks on Berkeley Place, behind the old house that then served as the Township Hall. He was a of Livingston’s public schools before earning a bachelor of science degree in English with a minor in education from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City. He later earned a master of business administration degree from Seton Hall University. He was certified to teach secondary school and, although he never became a school teacher, that background was evident in the calm and personal way he ran the Township of Livingston.

 

 

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Charles (Chuck) Tahaney Jr.

Charles (Chuck) Tahaney Jr.

Charles (Chuck) Tahaney, Jr., a third generation favorite son of Livingston, passed away quietly on February 10, 2021, with his wife by his side.

Chuck was born in 1945 in Summit, New Jersey to Helen (Falk) Tahaney and Charles Tahaney, Sr.

Educated in the Livingston public schools, he was a proud graduate of the LHS class of 1963. He graduated in 1967 from St. Peter’s College, Jersey City, with a BS in English/education. In 1972, he earned an MBA in public administration from Seton Hall University’s Paul Stillman School of Business.

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Edward Vincent O’Donnell — “Eddie O”

Edward Vincent O’Donnell – “Eddie O”

Edward Vincent O’Donnell, known by most as Eddie O, passed away suddenly at his home on February 8, 2021. He was 58 years young.

Ed grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, and always shared how much he loved spending his childhood there, especially spending time with one of his biggest influences Pete Seabron. Ed then moved to Rockaway, New Jersey, where he started his family. He later moved to Livingston, New Jersey, where he continued to grow his family and spent the last 21 years.

Ed was a contractor for more than 40 years and was affiliated with Pella Windows throughout his career, otherwise known as the Pella Fella.

Ed was a third-degree member and a new officer of the Columbian Association of the Knights of Columbus in Livingston, New Jersey. He was also a member ofthe Livingston Elks and the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh in West Orange, New Jersey. Ed was a faithful member of St. Philomena’s Parish in Livingston.

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Personal Shopping for the Homeless

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 Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) founder Jeff Friedman invites Livingston residents to “join their neighbors in providing for the homeless, profoundly poor and disenfranchised, especially during the pandemic.” Friedman, who was preparing to leave for Newark with a load of new coats, gloves, hats, diapers, men’s socks and items from cleaners, said, “Philanthropic residents can find sales on Amazon or other websites and ship directly to LPI World Headquarters (my garage). Or, you can drop items themselves without contact.” Friedman may be contacted at njhomeless@aol.com or 973-533-9336. He asks residents to visit LPI’s newly updated website at njhomeless.org, or “empower LPI volunteers to do immediate procurement of what is needed most by unthinkably poor folks at paypal.me/lpinj or P.O. Box 247, Livingston, NJ 07039.”

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Lancers Defeat Verona

LANCERS DEFEAT VERONA

LANCERS DEFEAT VERONA: The Livingston High School varsity boys’ basketball team defeated the Verona Hillbillies, 41-36, in the third game of a triple header in the LHS Fitness and Wellness Center. Shown here, senior forward Kyle Loventhal drives the lane to score against the Hillbillies. Don Schwartz Photo

 

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Black Lives Matter Banner Dedicated

Black Lives Matter Banner Dedicated

Livingston residents, elected officials, and committee members gathered at the corner of Northfield Road and South Livingston Avenue Saturday afternoon to commemorate the hanging of a Black Lives Matter banner. The banner was placed across the pergola at Roosevelt Plaza.

“Livingston has always been a warm and welcoming community, but now that is loud and clear,” said Amy Ipp, Black History Month Committee co-chairperson, during the dedication

 

 

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Parents Ask School Board To Increase In-Person Learning

A large portion of the February 8 Board of Education meeting was devoted to questions and concerns from parents about the status of hybrid and remote learning in Livingston.

Parents asked how the Millburn school district is providing more in-person learning time — five days per week at the elementary level than Livingston, and several were critical about the Livingston district’s reliance on the township Health Department for guidance during the pandemic. Livingston has a resourcesharing agreement with Millburn, and Louis Anello is the health officer for both towns.

 

 

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Council Reviews Salt Shortage Following Storm; DPW Garage, Northland Cemetery Also Discussed

The Township Council held a regular meeting on Monday, February 8, during which members passed a resolution pledging to reduce the carbon footprint for construction in town and approved a redevelopment plan for an area of Route 10, among other business. Also discussed was a salt shortage following last week’s snow storm, the to-be-built DPW garage, and the future of the Northland Cemetery. The meeting was livestreamed and may be viewed on the Livingston Township, NJ Facebook page.

The meeting began with a presentation commemorating Black History Month. Alyse Berger-Heilpern and Saba Kahn, co-chairpersons of the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, and Keith Hines, Black History Month Committee cochairperson, all spoke to the Council. They discussed the variety of events being held this month, as well as the Black Lives Matter banner that was hung in town last weekend.

 

 

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Private Service Held For Frances N. Tooker

Frances Nora Tooker of Livingston died Monday, February 1, at the age of 89. A private service was held at Gate of Heaven Mausoleum in East Hanover.

Born in Orange, Mrs. Tooker had resided in Livingston for over 61 years.

She was an accounting manager for Market Measures Inc., before her retirement. She was a member ofthe St. Raphael Seniors ofLivingston and the Livingston Historical Society.

Predeceased by her husband, William J. Tooker, she is survived by her children, Patricia Ann San George, James Tooker, and William J. Tooker, and two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that donations in Mrs. Tooker’s memory be made to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, 575 Woodland Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940 or to the local ASPCA.

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