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Four Inducted into Livingston High School Hall of Fame

October 6, 2012 at 7:31 AM

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Livingston High School Alumni Hall of Fame Reception was held Friday afternoon at Ravello Restaurant in East Hanover to honor four “outstanding” recipients.

The reception honored alumni who have contributed substantially to their profession or in service to the community at large.

The youngest recipient to date, Brandon Bodow, Class of 2002, is a producer for ABC’s "Good Morning America."

Bodow told The Alternative Press that he is “very excited and humbled” to be member of the Hall of Fame. “I feel honored to be among these individuals,” Bodow said.

Bodow’s sister, Chelsea, expressed to TAP how proud she is of her older brother.

“I’ve always looked up to him as a mentor because he’s accomplished a lot at a young age,” the recipient’s sister said.

In Bodow’s acceptance speech, he explained that the moment he walked into the high school’s TV studio, he knew what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. He added that AM Wired was the beginning of his morning show career.

Residential real estate attorney Jeffrey Dollinger, class of 1972, has closed mortgages in excess of $15 billion.

As Dollinger humorously reminisced about his memorable time through Livingston’s school system and meeting his wife Lily at Mount Pleasant Junior High School, he said that, “even at 58 years old, I am still a Livingston boy.”

“I wanted to give back to Livingston, so I ran for office,” the former town mayor and council member said.

Collins kindergarden teacher of 15 years, Greer Gelman, class of 1990, was honored for her teaching and participation with numerous charities and organizations.

One of Gelman’s fundraising accomplishments consisted of raising more than $360,000 for Cycle for Survival, to find a cure for rare cancers. “Together we can understand the power of giving,” Gelman said.

Aside from her passion for helping others, Gelman discussed her love for Livingston’s school system. “I think many of us past students coming back to teach in the town speaks volumes,” Gelman said.

Thespian Stephen Oremus, class of 1989, has worked on Broadway productions such as Wicked, Avenue Q, and All Shook Up. Currently, he is the music director, vocal arranger and co-orchestrator of The Book of Mormon.

Due to the play’s schedule, Oremus was unable to attend the reception, but 1993 inductee Amy Saffer read his acceptance speech.

“I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for my teachers who inspired me since elementary school,” Oremus wrote. “When I look back at the high school’s musicals I was a part of, I never imagined I would become a member of the LHS Hall of Fame.”

The four nomination categories, in which one person is selected for each, are Social Sciences (Bodow), Business and Technology (Dollinger), Science and Math (Gelman), and Creative Arts (Oremus).

Following the reception, the newly appointed Hall of Famers attended the high school’s homecoming football game.

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