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Mass Was Celebrated For Margaret Reed

Margaret Louise (Burrows) Reed, who raised her children in Livingston, died on April 6 at her home in Dennis, Massachusetts. She was 93 years old.

Her husband, Leonard Tynan Reed, died in 2009.

Born in Orange and raised in Montclair, Mrs. Reed graduated from Montclair High School in 1943. She attended Orange Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, and graduated from the Seton Hall University School of Nursing Education in 1953.

Mrs. Reed was a member of the Rosary Society at St. Philomena’s Church. She and her husband retired to Cape Cod in 1983.

She is survived by her three sons, Richard Tynan Reed (Carol) of Bedford, Massachusetts; Robert Burrows Reed (Mary) of South Yarmouth, Massachusetts; and Douglas Edward Reed (Missy) of Stow, Massachusetts; her daughter, Virginia Anne Reed Brett (Neil) of North Grafton, Massachusetts, as well as six grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

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Cycle for Survival Breaks Fundraising Record with $42M

Cycle for Survival, the movement to “beat” rare cancers, raised $42 million in 2019 through its signature indoor team cycling events, making it the most successful year to date. A total of $222 million has been raised since its inception — with more than half of that total raised in the past three years. One hundred percent of every dollar raised directly funds groundbreaking rare cancer research and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which owns and operates Cycle for Survival.

Motivational instructors from Equinox, Cycle for Survival’s founding partner, led the high-energy rides at the annual events in 16 cities across the country. Rides took place in Bethesda, Md.; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Greenwich, Conn.; Huntington Beach, Calif.; Long Island, NY.; Los Angeles; Miami; New York City; Palo Alto, Calif., Paramus, NJ; San Francisco; Seattle; Summit, NJ; and Washington, DC throughout January, February and March.

 

 

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Women’s Veterans Day Proposed at Council Meeting

At the start of the Livingston Township Council conference meeting on Monday, April 8, Billy Fine of the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, and veteran Ava Reinfeld, presented a proposal for the Council to approve a new holiday in town, Women’s Veterans Day.

The goal of the day, Fine said, would be to recognize the significant contribution of women in the military, educate the public about their sacrifices and contributions, and share information on how women have been overlooked for veterans’ health care and benefits (there are no mammogram machines in VA hospitals, for example).

 

 

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Lancer Softball Team Opens Spring Season

The Livingston Lancer softball team just finished its pre-season, wrapping up eight scrimmages, and won its first game of the season, announced head coach Jason Daily.

The Lancers opened up with a 12-1, five inning victory in an SEC conference game against visiting West Orange. Sophomore Jess Bullion was stellar in the circle on opening day, allowing only one hit while striking out all 15 batters she faced. Briana Melucci homered and Chloe Saperstein and Kelly Lyons had two hits apiece. Julie Moresco, Deja Robinson, Nathalia DiIanni and Sarah Smith each had one hit.

 

 

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Trish Duffy Toiletries Challenge Expands to Friedman’s Alma Mater

When Jeff Friedman’s friend, Denise Shannon, asked, “Are you still collecting toiletries and cosmetics?  If so, I'd like to send out an email requesting donations on your behalf,” he was thrilled.
Shannon is program coordinator at The Film Institute at Montclair State University, College of the Arts, where  Friedman had taught as a broadcasting adjunct professor for many years, and also  served as director of its television center. Montclair State is his alma mater, as well, and Friedman found it especially gratifying to work with friends and colleagues there.
“As this effort represents a major expansion for the Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) Trish Duffy Toiletries & Cosmetics Challenge,” Friedman said, “I was thrilled.  Denise quietly commenced collecting for our major spring initiative.”

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Sabres Hockey Team Wins SUSHL Stanley Cup

The Sabres defeated the Panthers, 9-5, to win the Stanley Cup Championship in the Sports University Street Hockey League (SUSHL) Junior Division.

The second and third grade team, coached by Scott Saperstein and Steve Shapiro, includes Livingston residents Jake Bonardi, Spencer Cowen, Griffin Loventhal, Cole Shapiro, Max Pfeffer, Asher Cox and Danny Wheeler.

The Sabres went undefeated during the regular season and play-offs. In the final, the Panthers took an early 3-1 lead, with great play from Aiden Krasnow and Isaac Scherzer, but the Sabres fought back to take the lead and eventually pull away.

 

 

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Offer Mass Thursday For Vincent Simonetti

Vincent F. Simonetti died in his Livingston home on Sunday, March 31, at the age of 94.

Visitation was held yesterday, Wednesday, at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston. A funeral Mass will be offered today, Thursday, April 4, at 10 a.m. at St. Philomena’s Roman Catholic Church in Livingston. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.

Mr. Simonetti was born on April 29, 1924, in Orange. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was a member of the American Legion as well as Livingston VFW Post 2856.

A certified public accountant, Mr. Simonetti worked as comptroller for Trans World Oil, from which he retired in 1986. In addition, he was a member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Pausing the Straws

At last week’s Township Council meeting, nine-yearold Mahi Khanna stood up and spoke about a matter that was of clear importance to her: straws. Specifically, she requested that the Council ban plastic straws at restaurants and eateries in Livingston. In their place could be straws made of paper, metal, or none at all.

Mahi did her homework before addressing the Council. According to a study done earlier this year, she said, as many as eight billion plastic straws pollute the world’s beaches, contributing to the eight million tons of plastic that flow into the ocean annually. Of all the plastic products we use every day, including an estimated 500 million straws in the United States alone, less than nine percent of it ends up recycled.

 

 

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Take Yourself Out to a Ball Game

There may still be a bit of a chill in the air, but spring has arrived, as evidenced by Livingston’s baseball and softball fields finally being put to good use.

Two weekends ago, members of the Livingston Police Department joined the Livingston Lancers high school baseball team for the third annual Blue/Green Shield game. The mixedteam softball game pairs players with officers to create a lasting bond between the two groups of individuals. Throughout the season, each player will display his officer’s badge number on his helmet, while the officers will have pins on their uniforms with their players’ numbers. The pairs aim to keep in touch, and police officers are expected to be a presence at games all season long.

 

 

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Fire Dept. Extinguishes Brush Fire

Livingston firefighters extinguished a brush fire on East Hobart Gap Road on Sunday, March 30.

At about 3:45 p.m., the Livingston Police Department received a report of an active brush fire, and alerted the Fire Department.

Firefighters determined that electrical power to the area had to be shut down before attempts could be made to extinguish the flames. Public Service Electric and Gas responded and shut down power in the area until the fire was doused. Traffic signals in the area were out while the power was off.

 

 

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