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30
May
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Council Discusses Plastics Ban and Theater

The need for a municipal theater space and the possibility of a ban on plastic bags were both topics of discussion at the May 22 Township Council conference meeting.

Hugh Mahon, who taught art in the Livingston schools for many years before retiring, asked the Council to help find theater space for the community's theater, symphony and art groups. Mahon is active in many of the organizations, including the Livingston Arts Association and the Livingston Community Players (LCP). He said that the Livingston Symphony Orchestra, Camera Club, Children's Theater, and other groups have indicated a need for space.

Wed
29
May

LHS Class of ’69 Alumnus Aids LPI: Former Resident Collects Socks for Homeless

Livingston Philanthropies, Inc.’s (LPI) long-time partnership with Livingston’s West Essex Tribune paid additional and continued dividends this week. Barry Shapiro, who is, like LPI’s founder and director, Jeff Friedman, a 1969 graduate of Livingston High School, had been reading at his home in Florida online Tribune pieces featuring LPI. LPI’s work inspired Shapiro to start his own “Studio on 60 Sock Drive” from his framing business in Vero Beach.
“This began because of your efforts,” Shapiro told Friedman. “I’d seen for several years the coat drives and admired what you’d done. After Trish Duffy passed, you had posted something about collecting shampoo and stuff like that,” he continued. “I thought, why not do something to help, and after looking into it, learned that socks are the number one requested item by homeless shelters.”

Thu
23
May
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Funeral Held Monday For Eustace Anselmi

Eustace “Gus” Anselmi of Livingston died Thursday, May 16, in Livingston. He was 86 years old.

Mr. Anselmi was born on June 11, 1932, to Carmela and Dominick Anselmi, and grew up in Maplewood. He was a graduate of St. Joseph Grammar School, Columbia High School, and Seton Hall University, where he studied mathematics and philosophy.

He worked with his father and uncle to startAnselmi and DeCicco, a small construction company specializing in sidewalks and driveways. He married his wife, Ann, in 1956.

Mr. Anselmi and his company were involved in such infrastructure projects as the development of Liberty State Park, Liberty Science Center, the renovation of Newark Airport International Airport, the “Spaghetti Bowl” interchange of Routes 46, 23 and 80 in Wayne, and multiple other highways and bridges in the tri-state area. In his later years, he, his brother and their families owned and ran a cattle ranch in Costa Rica.

Thu
23
May
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Lacrosse Team Wins

The Livingston High School boys’ lacrosse team defeated the Morristown Colonials, 10-4, on Wednesday, May 15, at home on the turf. Shown here, Lancer goalie Brandon Shevins, #10, snags a loose ball to thwart a Morristown attack. LHS defenseman Brandon Persaud, #18, converges on the play.

Don Schwartz Photo

 

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Thu
23
May
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Funeral Mass Friday For Robert Mulhall

Robert Joseph Mulhall, 96, died Monday, May 20, in Woodbridge. Born in Newark, he had been a resident of Livingston for 65 years.

Mr. Mulhall is survived by his wife, Mary; his children, Mary Witte (Don), Bob (Lori), Karen Krenek (Ray), Linda Baker (Neil), Anne (Claudia Langieri), Jim (Debbie), and Eileen Kavanagh (Chris); his sisters, Agnes Holler and Ruth Zern; and 19 grandchildren, and five greatgrandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Marie Nerney.

A funeral Mass will be offered on Friday, May 24, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Philomena Roman Catholic Church, Livingston, with interment to follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Montclair. Arrangements are under the direction of Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, Livingston. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Mr. Mulhall’s name be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Thu
23
May
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UNICO to Honor Brian Piccolo Award Winners

Livingston UNICO will hold its 33rd annual Dominick A. Crincoli Memorial Sports Awards Breakfast to honor two Livingston High School seniors with the Brian Piccolo Sportsmanship Award. The award is presented annually to two high school seniors, male and female, who best symbolize the character and ideals of Brian Piccolo. Piccolo was a starting fullback for the Chicago Bears who displayed the virtues of courage, teamwork, leadership and dedication both on the football field and in his personal fight against cancer.

UNICO will also present Sportsmanship Awards to six middle school students and the girls’ basketball team.

 

 

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Thu
23
May
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Town to Hold 69th Annual Memorial Day Parade May 27

Livingston’s 69th annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 27. The parade will begin at the Memorial Park Oval and will proceed up South Livingston Avenue, beginning near Town Hall and continuing to Congressional Parkway.

Veterans’ Ceremony

The program will kick off with a veterans’ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the Oval in Memorial Park. The service will open with an invocation, followed by remarks from guest speakers.After the traditional laying of the wreaths at thewarmonument,a21gunsalutewill honor fallen veterans and a rendition of Taps will be played.

 

 

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Thu
23
May
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Family Festival Day at The Oval

Family Festival Day on was held at the oval on Saturday, May 18. The culmination of Youth Appreciation Week, the event included face painting, a chalk walk, fire and public works trucks, a petting zoo, crafts, games, obstacle courses, slides, and bounce houses, as well as a robotics exposition. Additional photos of the event can be found on page B-5 of this edition.

Thu
23
May
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Riker Hill Art Park to Get Upgrade

On Wednesday, May 15, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders issued a $1,186,010 contract to APS Contracting to fund Phase 1 of the redevelopment of Riker Hill Art Park. The 42-acre complex, which once housed a Nike missile base, has since been transformed into 38 artist studios for painting, fine metal jewelry, and ceramics.

With this redevelopment funding, county and Livingston township officials believe there are additional uses for the space, specifically passive and active recreational activities.

The resolution comes after the Township Council recently unanimously passed its own resolution supporting these activities at Riker Hill Art Park. Essex County executive Joe DiVincenzo also met with the Council to tour the area in December 2018, when he expressed his commitment to improving the park.

 

 

Thu
23
May
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Matthew Block Is Appointed Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Matthew Block was unanimously approved as superintendent of schools at the school Board meeting on May 20. His contract will run from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022.

The votes included an “Absolutely!” from Board president Buddy August, who participated electronically as he was unable to be present.

“We proudly appoint Dr. Matthew J. Block to lead our district and provide educational experiences for all Livingston students that will empower all to learn, create, contribute and grow,” president Konner said, referring to the district’s mission in her statement.

 

 

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