Columns/Opinions

Thu
18
May

Graduation Time

College graduation announcements are starting to come in and the Tribune staff has received inquiries from parents about how they can share their good news with their neighbors.

While we believe it is our job to educate our readers as to to official happenings in the municipality, the Tribune is also here to publicize family milestones such as births, deaths, weddings, religious celebrations and other important personal achievements. As a result, we are happy to publish the news of a graduation in your family – at no charge. Information should be submitted in writing by mail at P.O. Box 65, Livingston, NJ 07039; by fax at 973-992-7015; or by e-mail at TribuneEditorial@Verizon.net.

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Thu
18
May

Celebrating Youth

Livingston is currently celebrating its youth through a variety of family-friendly activities as part of an annual tradition – Youth Appreciation Week (YAW). This year’s calendar is packed with events that began this past Monday when the official opening of Youth Appreciation Week was marked with the LTV Kick-Off program. Programs and events will continue through this Sunday, May 21. We are incredible lucky to have a crew of volunteers who organize this seven day event each year. No town does YAW like Livingston does YAW, so take your children out to enjoy some of the activities!

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Thu
11
May

Buy Buddy Poppies

Each year, we see veterans around town throughout the month of May offering little red paper flowers to passersby. Once again, the township’s veterans are selling these “Buddy Poppies” to help raise funds for veterans who are disabled and/or in need.

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Thu
11
May

Step Right Up

Contrary to the visual that the title of this editorial may conjure up in one’s head, this piece is not about the Kiwanis Karnival. Instead, we are encouraging interested residents to consider “stepping right up” to run for the school board. One seat will be up for grabs in the November 7, 2017 election. Charles “Buddy” August, whose term expires this year, announced in a Letter to the Editor in a previous edition of the Tribune, and at a Board of Education meeting, that he plans to run again. So far he is the only person who has indicated that he will be a candidate for that seat.

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Thu
04
May

Memorial Day Support

It's finally May! While our winter wasn’t really all that bad, it just seemed so long, and we suspect that most residents are ready to move into the summer season. Several events signal the beginning of summer in Livingston, but none quite so much as the annual Memorial Day Parade, which will be held this year on Monday, May 29. We would like to remind residents to support the parade, which is a long-standing, and beloved, Livingston tradition.

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Thu
27
Apr

An Important Step

In light of the increased focus that New Jersey has, thankfully, put on the epidemic of opioid addiction, it is important that residents know that the township offers a way to safely get rid of unused or unwanted prescription drugs so that they do not end up causing harm to others. The state is taking measures and implementing initiatives to bring awareness to the issue. One important step that Livingston residents can take to assist in the effort is to safely dispose of their unwanted or expired medications in designated collection containers such as the one located in the lobby of Livingston Police Headquarters.

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Thu
20
Apr

Decisions, Decisions

Two items of interest came up at the Township Council’s meetings on Monday evening, including public comment about a “Fair and Welcoming” resolution for the township, as well as a discussion about the future of Livingston’s public pools. The proposal and approval of “Fair and Welcoming” resolutions is a controversial issue across the nation. This type of resolution would essentially state that the township would not voluntarily allow local police officers to be deputized to act as a branch of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) if directed to do so by federal officials.

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Thu
13
Apr

Ripple Effect

The Livingston Police Department’s Animal Control Unit received an impressive upgrade as it took possession of a brand new truck this week. The vehicle was purchased with a $55,000 donation from the Errington Foundation, as well as donations raised by the Friends of the Livingston Animal Shelter and other local organizations.

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Thu
06
Apr

The Whole Kit and Kaboodle

This week, an important decision was made at the Township Council’s conference meeting. When you read a conference meeting agenda, you will find a numbered list of items that the Council wishes to discuss that evening, from approval of past meetings’ minutes to unfinished and new business. This week, number 11 on the new business list simply stated “Publication of Budget.”

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Thu
06
Apr

Trendsetters

This week, the Township Council agreed to allow the Rainbow Pride flag, a symbol of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer/questioning) community, to fly at the Oval for the entire month of June. The Council voted 5-0 last year in favor of raising the flag for the first time. At that time, the request, made by the Livingston Committee for Diversity, was only for one week. The flag-raising ceremony was attended by many people, from members of the LGBTQ community and their family and friends, to township leaders and officials.

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