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Thu
11
Jan
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Hope to Know Soon

The Township Council had a resolution on its Monday evening agenda to hire a new township manager. Since 2016 when the Council removed Michele Meade from the position, deputy township manager Russ Jones has been serving as the acting manager. He has gone "above and beyond" for this community, performing a yeoman's job, and he deserves the heartfelt thanks of each and every resident for keeping our town running smoothly and seamlessly. Nearly a year and a half has gone by and we are still overworking our interim manager.

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Thu
11
Jan
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Honor Dr. King

Some years ago, when the Board of Education announced plans to close schools in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, we strenuously objected. We believed – and continue to do so – that our students could learn more about Dr. King and his ideals in school than they would having a day off.

One of our readers, Patricia Idrobo, came up with the idea of creating a “Day On, Rather than a Day Off.” She organized many community groups and mobilized a cadre of kids to go to the high school cafeteria to perform a variety of community services and it was a great success. The cafeteria was filled with tables at which people were working on behalf of others. It was a joy to see and helped to demonstrate to our children the lessons Dr. King taught. At the end of the collection, there was also a brief educational component which helped to teach Dr. King's ideals.

Thu
04
Jan
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A Difficult Year Ahead

Both the Township Council and the Board of Education held their annual re-organization meetings this week. The Town Council hosted its annual meeting and reception on Monday morning, while the Board of Education held its first meeting of the new year on Tuesday evening. We may have just stepped into 2018, but our Town Councilmen and Board of Education members are already looking toward the future and this year town officials will have to deal with some new unknowns.

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Thu
14
Dec
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Drive Sober

The Livingston Police Department is presently participating in New Jersey’s annual end-of-the-year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The effort will continue through Monday, January 1.

While law enforcement officials are always on the look-out for drivers who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, this program aims to increase awareness about the issue during what is known as one of the most dangerous times of year on the road due to the holiday celebrations that may involve alcohol.

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Thu
14
Dec
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Welcome Feedback

The Township Council announced this week that Good Energy will make a presentation about energy aggregation at the Council’s regular meeting on Monday, December 18, at 8 p.m. Mayor Shawn Klein specifically asked that the Tribune publish the information so that residents know they have the opportunity to ask questions and/or make comments on the topic, which is a brand new idea for Livingston. We think this is a testament to the Council’s wish to remain transparent and accessible, especially when it comes to decisions that impact all residents.

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Thu
07
Dec
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Can They Find You?

We consistently praise Livingston’s emergency personnel and first responders, such as our police officers, firefighters and first aiders. The problem is, no matter how wonderful and competent they are, they cannot help you in times of an emergency if they cannot find you.

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Thu
07
Dec
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Can They See You?

At the Township Council’s meeting on Monday evening, a concerned resident brought up how important it is that people who walk, run, or bike be visible to drivers. With Daylight Savings Time no longer in effect, our hours of being “out and about” in the dark have increased. In addition, at this time of the year, piles of fallen leaves often force people to walk, run, or bike further out into the roadway. Pedestrians and cyclists should use the utmost caution when they are out in the evening, at dusk or dawn, or during inclement weather, when a driver’s ability to see may be negatively affected.

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Thu
30
Nov
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To Err Is Human

For this portion of the editorial, we will begin with the famous quote by Alexander Pope –“To err is human, to forgive divine.” Last week, we erred and hope you will forgive us!

First, a Tribune employee noticed, after we went to press, that we used a Passover banner on the cover of Section C. Our publisher had a great idea to “turn lemons into lemonade” by offering readers, via Facebook, an opportunity to be included in a prize drawing if they were able to find the mistake.

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Thu
30
Nov
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Not to Be Outdone

It may seem like we toot their horns a lot, but the Camuso Holiday Display “elves,” (the volunteers who make Livingston’s annual display quite spectacular), deserve kudos.With no other exhibit of its kind in the immediate area, the Camuso elves do not have to out-do anyone – except themselves. And they continue to do so each year.

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Thu
16
Nov
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Be Thankful

After going on about safety measures and violence, it is a good time to remind everyone that while we should all be vigilant about protecting ourselves and our community, we should also take the time to consciously be thankful for all of the good that surrounds us. There is no better place to do that than at the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration, to be held this Sunday, November 19, at 5 p.m. at St. Philomena Roman Catholic Church.

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