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Livingston Students Join Residents At Peaceful Black Lives Matter Protest

Livingston Students Join Residents At Peaceful Black Lives Matter Protest
Livingston Students Join Residents At Peaceful Black Lives Matter Protest

More than a hundred people joined the “Black Lives Matter Protest Against Racism and Oppression” at the Livingston Town Center on Sunday afternoon.

Lauren Posklensky, Livingston High School class of 2016, and Nicolas Ramirez, class of 2020, organized the event, along with LHS graduates Dev Rathod (class of 2018) and Alex Herbst (class of 2016).

“We aim not only to mourn the deaths of Black citizens as the result of police brutality and racism, but to petition for specific and immediate change in Livingston to ensure a better future,” said Posklensky.

 

 

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COVID-19 Update: Governor Lifts Stay-At-Home Order Livingston Has 491 Cases, 64 Deaths

As of Wednesday morning, June 10, the Essex County health department has reported that a total of 491 Livingston residents have tested positive for COVID-19. 64 of those residents have died as a result of the virus.

On Friday, June 5, Governor Phil Murphy extended the public health emergency in New Jersey an additional 30 days.

“We will continue our path forward, while remaining vigilant and prepared to act should there be a new outbreak of COVID-19,” Governor Murphy said.

 

 

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LHS Graduates To Have In-Person Ceremony

LHS Graduates To Have In-Person Ceremony

Livingston High School’s Class of 2020 will have an in-person graduation after all. Details were still being discussed as of press time Wednesday, but the news was confirmed following Governor Phil Murphy’s Tuesday declaration allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 500 people beginning July 3.

On Tuesday night, following Governor Murphy’s announcement, principal Mark Stern sent a letter to the Class of 2020 and their families, inviting them to take a survey to determine what they would like to do for an in-person graduation. The administration will be accepting feedback from the surveys through 3 p.m. on Thursday.

 

 

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Town Temporarily Relaxes Zoning To Permit Outdoor Dining, Shopping

LuvLivLocal, a combined initiative of the Township of Livingston and the The Livingston Community Partnership (Business Improvement District/BID), has been working to support independently owned Livingston businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last month, LuvLivLocal created a grant program to help businesses negatively impacted by the crisis. This week, it has announced that zoning regulations have been temporarily relaxed through the end of the year to help businesses that have been permitted to re-open by the state.

 

 

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Dr. William Shapiro Succumbs at Age 90

Dr. William Shapiro, formerly of Livingston, died on June 1 at 90 after battling Lewy Body Dementia.

Born in Irvington to Irving Shapiro and Molly Blinder, and raised in Newark, Shapiro graduated from Rutgers University Newark and earned two master’s degrees and a doctorate from Columbia University.

After serving in the United States Army during the Korean War, Shapiro taught history at Lincoln Junior High, Mountain High and West Orange High Schools.

He lived in Livingston for about 20 years. In the 1980s, he helped lead an effort to keep Harrison School open. In 1997, he ran a grassroots campaign for the New Jersey State Assembly. Upon retirement, Shapiro moved

Upon retirement, Shapiro moved to Jackson and then to Parkland, Florida.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Gail; his son, Michael Shapiro; his daughter, Jan Johannsen; his daughter-in-law, Lauryn Shapiro; his son-in-law, Randy Johannsen, and four grandchildren.

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Lucia Ilaria

Lucia Ilaria

Lucia Ilaria, 87, of Livingston, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

A resident of Livingston for over 60 years, Lucia is survived by her children Mike, Paul, and Deborah; her brother, Joseph Roselli; her grandchildren, Michael, Jr., Derek and his wife, Vanessa, Anthony, Francesca, Nicole, and Elizabeth; her nieces, Helen and Donna; her nephews, Patrick, Richard, and Robert Roselli; and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Peter; her husband, Gabriel; her mother, Ida; her father, Patsy; and her brothers, Richard, Ralph and Patsy Jr. Born in Newark on November 8,

Born in Newark on November 8, 1932, Lucia was a great athlete and a well-educated young woman. She was hitting home runs long before her brother Joe, who went on to play baseball professionally for the Giants Farm Club. The family’s athletic genes clearly passed down to her youngest grandson, Michael. Lucia was a talented hairdresser, who

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Thomas J. Schafer

Thomas J. Schafer, born April 4, 1960, a lifelong and third generation resident of Livingston, New Jersey, passed away on June 3, 2020, at the age of 60, suddenly, after a short illness.

Tom built a successful career over many years at Somerset Tire Service, where he managed various branches throughout the state of New Jersey.

Tom’s true passion was both growing and selling fresh vegetables, especially pumpkins, at his roadside farm on Passaic Avenue and Parsonage Hill Road in Livingston, New Jersey. The farm had originally been founded by his grandfather in 1920 as a dairy farm.

A loving son and brother, Tom was preceded in death by his parents, John and Gertrude Schafer, and is survived by his three brothers, John W. Schafer, Clifford Schafer, and Douglas Schafer, as well as several nieces and nephews.

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Jean Fine Klein

Jean Fine Klein

On Saturday, May 16, 2020, Jean Klein, beloved wife of Melvin Lewis Klein, passed away at the age of 90 with her husband by her side. Jean and Mel Klein were residents of Livingston, New Jersey, for 60 years, where Mel served as superintendent of schools. Jean was the loving mother of Kathryn Klein Anderson (John. H.) of College Grove, Tennessee; Linda Klein of Livingston, New Jersey; and Leslie Klein Chatzinoff (Howard) of New York, New York. She was the grandmother of Amanda Anderson Myers (Kevin) of Maryville, Tennessee; Gregory Chatzinoff of New York, New York; Russell Nitzberg of New York, New York; Joelle Nitzberg Grant (Michael) of Middletown, Connecticut; Jill Chatzinoff of Washington, D.C.; and Matthew Chatzinoff of New York, New York; and the great-grandmother of Anderson David Myers of Maryville, Tennessee. She was the daughter of the late Joseph Fine and Rose Fine of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the sister of Ruth Sharon and the late Ethel Handelsman and Sylvia Seletz.

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Track Team Ends Season with Virtual Track Meet

Track Team Ends Season with Virtual Track Meet
Track Team Ends Season with Virtual Track Meet
Track Team Ends Season with Virtual Track Meet

As in the previous virtual meet, the 100-meter sprint was heavily contested by the girls. This time, the event was won by senior Liz Lam, who posted her fastest time of the season and meet with a time of 13.5. Not far behind was senior Joanne Cao at 13.8, running a season record. Next up were sophomores Maggie Siao (14.0) and Summer Yung (14.2) both of whom posted personal records. Freshmen Jadyn Kestenbaum (14.8), Monica Sharma (15.0) and Nikki Heiffler (16.0) finished out the event.

Senior Ryan Lee repeated his win in the 100 for the second virtual meet posting the fastest time and personal record of 12.2. Freshman Perry Chen was next with a time of 12.8, showing, said the coach, “promise for a complete spring season next year.” Jack Xu (13.0) finished third, followed by John Sorojka (13.8) and Lance Canent (15.8).

 

 

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Nursing Home Cases are Livingston Cases

There is a disturbing sentiment that some individuals choose to share when we report on the latest COVID-19 counts in town, which are simply the baseline facts, as reported by the township, county, and state. We share these verified numbers because it is our job to do so, and because residents have a right to know them.

Yet, some accuse us of trying to spread fear or misinformation by sharing them, which is, of course, untrue. Others accuse us of wanting to “tank the economy.” Mind you, this is the same economy the Tribune relies on to stay in business. But more than anything, we get complaints related to reporting – or not reporting – the long term care numbers associated with COVID-19.

 

 

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