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Martin Luther King Day of Service is Monday, Jan. 20

“A Day On, Not a Day Off:”

The Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (LCDI) has invited residents to be a part of this year’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 20. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Livingston Senior/Community Center, 204 Hillside Avenue (lower level).

Various donations will be accepted: the Livingston Home/School Associations and Parent-Teacher Associations will collect new school supplies; the West Essex YMCA will collect fleece blankets for seniors; the Livingston Lions’ Club will collect eye glasses (and provide vision screenings); and residents Charlotte and Jasmine Heilpern will collect donated items for the Livingston Animal Shelter.

 

 

Wed
15
Jan

Winter Temperatures Are Back: LPI Director Requests: “Keep Coats Coming!”

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Editor’s Note: This week, Jeff Friedman, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI), in his own words, thanks those who have donated coats to LPI’s annual coat drive, and encourages other residents to “dig deep” and donate coats and winter items they are no longer using.
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By Jeff Friedman
Last weekend’s balmy temperatures were a nice break from the cold for most of us, particularly those living out on the streets or below the poverty line without a source of heat. The freezing temperatures are back in a big way, dipping into the 20s at night. It’s a weather change that’s exciting for those who enjoy brisk winter temperatures, but unfortunate for the homeless, who are shivering, just minutes away from our warm homes in Livingston.

Thu
09
Jan
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Fencing Team Hosts St. Peter's:

Fencing Team Hosts St. Peter's

The Livingston High School boys’ varsity fencing team hosted St. Peter’s Prep School of Jersey City in a match held in the Auxiliary Gym on Friday, January 3. The Marauders defeated the Lancers in the Essex-Hudson County match-up. Shown here, Lancer fencer Victor Lopez-Simpson scores against Marauder Jason Rowe. Rowe ended up defeating Simpson, 5-4. Don Schwartz Photo

 

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Thu
09
Jan
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Pleads Not Guilty in Shooting of LHS Grad

Michael Barisone pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges at an arraignment in Morris County Superior Court on Monday, January 6.

He is accused of shooting Lauren Kanarek, a former Livingston resident and 1998 graduate of Livingston High School, twice in the chest, and attempting to shoot her fiancé, Robert Goodwin, on August 7. He had previously pleaded not guilty after being charged in August.

 

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Thu
09
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Patricia M. Cox

Patricia Mary Cox, 84, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, January 2, 2020, in Livingston, New Jersey.

Patricia was predeceased by her beloved husband, John R. Cox. She is survived by her six children and 13 grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be offered on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, 28 Livingston Avenue, Roseland, New Jersey. Arrangements are entrusted to Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, Livingston.

Thu
09
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Boys’ Track Competes in Holiday Carnival; Mehari Brings Home Medal in 3200M

The Livingston High School boys’ track and field team ended the winter break with the Coach Glynn Holiday Carnival. The meet, held in Staten Island at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex,featuredeventsforfreshman, novice and varsity athletes in individual running and field events as well as relays. More than 50 teams from New Jersey travelled to the meet.

Many Lancers competed for the first time at this event, while seasoned teammates competed in novice and varsity divisions against tough competition, said coach Nancy Petryna.

 

 

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Thu
09
Jan
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Gerard M. Simons

Gerard M. Simons

Gerard (Jerry) Simons, 87, of Somerset, New Jersey, died peacefully at home Tuesday, December 24, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Jerry resided in Livingston for 38 years.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Straus); his children, Brian and Keith Simons; Kerri (Paul) McDonough; Stu Straus; and Lisa (David) Rose; his grandchildren, Dr. Christopher (Alicia) Simons, Kevin, Chad, and Rachel Simons, Drew McDonough,Alyson (Sean) Clayton, Jamie Straus, and Rylee and Alani Rose; his great-granddaughter, Hazel Jeanne Simons; and his brother, Joseph (Sandy) Simons. He was predeceased by his parents and his wife, Jeanne Simons.

Jerry served in the U.S. Navy and the Marines during the Occupation of Japan and the Korean Conflict, for which he received a Purple Heart.

He was a Detective for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the FBI Strike Force during his employment. He ended his career as safety vice president of Tully Construction, Queens, New York.

Thu
09
Jan
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Lady Lancers Compete in SEC Championships

Lady Lancers Compete in SEC Championships

The Livingston High School girls’ winter track team competed in three meets over the winter break: the seasonopeneronDecember20;theSuper Essex Conference Championships on December 23; and the Coach Glynn Holiday Carnival on December 28.

“LHS competed in the tough American division of the SEC against 14 other county squads,” said coach Dave Czeizinger. He also noted that 45 teams compete in the Carnival. Both meets took place at the Ocean Breeze facility in Staten Island.

 

 

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Thu
09
Jan
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Community Rallies Against Anti-Semitism and Hate

Community Rallies Against Anti-Semitism and Hate
Community Rallies Against Anti-Semitism and Hate

In solidarity with 25,000 people in New York City and countless others nationwide, hundreds of Livingston residents marched down South Livingston Avenue on Sunday, January 5, to rally against hate and anti-Semitism.

Signs that read “Peace” and “No Hate, No Fear,” were held by residents as they were escorted by Livingston Police officers down the roadway, from Mt. Pleasant Avenue to the Livingston Oval. The march was organized by residents Brandon and Claudia Minde and took place at the same time as thousands marched across the Brooklyn Bridge less than two dozen miles away. The solidarity march is in response to the recent rise in anti-Semitic crimes.

 

 

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Thu
09
Jan
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Fernandez Named Mayor, Klein Deputy Mayor, At Township Council’s Organizational Meeting

Fernandez Named Mayor, Klein Deputy Mayor, At Township Council’s Organizational Meeting
Fernandez Named Mayor, Klein Deputy Mayor, At Township Council’s Organizational Meeting
Fernandez Named Mayor, Klein Deputy Mayor, At Township Council’s Organizational Meeting
Fernandez Named Mayor, Klein Deputy Mayor, At Township Council’s Organizational Meeting

As is tradition in town, the Livingston Township Council held its annual organizational meeting on the morning of New Year’s Day. The meeting, held at the Senior/Community Center, appointed hundreds of volunteers to the township’s various committees and boards. The 2020 mayor and deputy mayor were also selected in front of hundreds of residents, elected officials, township employees, and committee volunteers in attendance.

Rudy Fernandez was unanimously voted by the Council as the next mayor, and Shawn Klein was unanimously selected as deputy mayor. This will be the third time Fernandez will serve as mayor of Livingston. The longest tenured councilman, it was his 12th organizational meeting.

 

 

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