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School Board Says Matthew Block Will Be New LPS Superintendent

At its meeting on Monday, May 13, the Livingston Board of Education announced that it intends to approve the hiring of Dr. Matthew J. Block as superintendent of Livingston Public Schools (LPS). The official vote on his appointment will be held at the Board’s meeting on Monday, May 20, after the County approves the appointment.

“After countless resumes and hours of interviews, the Board is glad to announce its intention to hire Dr. Matt Block as the new superintendent,” said Board president Charles “Buddy” August. “I want to thank all my fellow Board members and staff members for the endless hours they contributed to what we believe will be a successful partnership with Dr. Block.”

Today, Thursday, May 16, Block is scheduled to meet with various stakeholder groups in Livingston.

 

 

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Buddy Poppies For Sale

BUDDY POPPIES FOR SALE: The Livingston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2856 is currently selling “Buddy Poppies” to raise funds to help veterans. Shown here, Don Klenke, a member of the VFW and a veteran of the Korean War, sells a Buddy Poppy to Erol Bal and his daughter, Diellza. Since World War I, the poppy has been a symbol of remembering and honoring those who have died in the service of their country. Poppies are made by hospitalized veterans, and proceeds benefit a wide variety of veterans’ programs. Don Schwartz Photo

 

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High School Moving to Semesters From Marking Periods Next Year

Livingston High School will use a semester calendar, rather than the existing system of four marking periods, in the coming school year.

Principal Mark Stern and assistant principal Danielle Rosenzweig presented the program to the Board of Education on May 13.

Grades will be accumulated in two semester grades rather than four marking period grades, they said. The change is designed to decrease the workload and stress that both faculty and students say occur at the end of each marking period.

 

 

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Police Chase Driver of Stolen Mercedes

Two suspects are at large after leading Livingston Police officers on a chase in a Livingston resident’s stolen vehicle last weekend.

At 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, a Whittier Way resident called police to report that he had seen a suspicious person walking in his driveway. The person realized that he had been seen by the resident, and ran back to a waiting silver Mercedes SUV. The SUV left the area heading toward Westmount Drive.

Police officers were dispatched and responding to the area when Livingston police officer Todd Compesi saw two Mercedes-AMG SUVs being operated in a reckless manner at the intersection of Shrewsbury Drive and Route 10.

 

 

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LPD Responds to Bomb Threat

The Livingston Police Department, Fire Department, and the Essex County sheriff’s office all responded to a bomb threat in town last week.

At about 11:06 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, the manager of DSW on West Mt. Pleasant Avenue called police to report that the store had received a bomb threat. The employee said that a man called the store through the main number with the threat.

Several police officers and firefighters responded to the scene. DSW and the adjoining stores, TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack, were evacuated as a precaution.

 

 

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Busy Spring for Livingston Philanthropies

Continued funding and a constant stream of donated hotel-size toiletries, new cosmetics, family clothing, shoes, diapers, women’s products and myriad specialty items have facilitated a full and busy spring season for Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI), announced founder and director Jeff Friedman. “Thanks so much to our Livingston friends and neighbors for making it all happen,” he said.
Friedman continued, “When considering a possible monetary contribution to LPI, it’s vital to know that we are a 100% volunteer organization. That means virtually 100% of personal and organizational contributions go toward ‘providing for the poor, homeless and disenfranchised.’ As mentioned in previous weeks’ Tribune pieces, it’s logical to request the consideration of keeping a portion of one’s philanthropic giving local – in this case, Livingston.”

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Firefighter Frank Leck Honored For 60 Years of Service to LFD

Livingston firefighter Frank Leck was honored by the Livingston Fire Department at its recent annual dinner dance. The event, commonly known as Ladies’ Night in other local fire departments, is held with firefighters and their spouses and guests in attendance as well as Fire Chiefs and their spouses, and guests from other area fire departments. During the event each year, anniversary awards are presented to commemorate years of service.

At this year’s event at Cedar Hill Country Club, firefighter Franklin T. Leck was honored for 60 years of service to the Livingston Fire Department, becoming only the second member in the department’s history to reach that milestone. Retired Chief Charles W. Schilling was the first; he retired this past January after 73 years of active service with the LFD.

 

 

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Post Office Fire

The roof of the United States Post Office on West Mt. Pleasant Avenue caught fire Tuesday evening, May 7. A new roof was being installed on the building, and a seam-sealing machine overheated and ignited the glue. There was minor damage to the roof, but none to the interior, and employees were able to resume work immediately. This photo was taken by Ethan Schwartz, 14, of West Orange, from a passing vehicle. Ethan Schwartz Photo

 

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Lancer Volleyball Team Wins Two of Three

The Livingston High School boys’ varsity volleyball team won two of its three recent matches. The Lancers defeated West Essex, 2-0, on Tuesday, April 30; dropped a 2-0 match at St. Peter’s Prep School on Thursday, May 2; and defeated Payne Tech, 2-0, on Friday, May 3. Shown above, Lancer junior Sebastian Chung elevates to score on a serve against the West Essex Knights. Don Schwartz Photos

 

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Opening the Conversation

At the April 29 Board of Education meeting, interim superintendent of schools Jim O’Neill discussed the increased exposure children now have to coarse language, hate and violence.

“We frequently hear educators, sociologists and others say that young people today are exposed to information and issues they previously did not receive until they were much older,” he said. “This reality is now evident in every community in the United States.” O’Neill added that the most alarming thing students are now confronted with is the “increasingly commonplace” violence in schools. He ran through a flurry of recent headlines focused on school shootings, gun laws, and active shooter drills.

O’Neill said the district plans to do its part to help its students navigate through these experiences, by increasing awareness and discussing any issues that may occur. But it is not simply mass shootings that pose a threat; there are incidents that are far more common and more insidious.

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