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Thu
13
Aug
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Back to School?

Last week, the Livingston Board of Education revealed its hybrid plan to return to school on a limited basis this fall amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Students who do not opt for the full remote learning option would spend roughly half their time at school and attend the other half of classes at home through remote learning.

This is a plan designed to appease everyone, but in practice, it leaves many involved disappointed at best, and worried for their safety at worst. Students and teachers will still risk exposure. Parents will still need to find child care for their children. The logistical and financial issues are boundless.

 

 

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Thu
06
Aug
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The Answer is Clear

As a community, Livingston generally agrees on most issues. We all tend to unite around the common good, and when we disagree, typically, we respect the fact that we are all trying to make the decisions we feel are best for the whole. Yet, if there is one issue where factions of our community feel genuinely opposed to one another, it is what to do with our schools. Do we send our children and faculty back in to schools during a COVID-19 pandemic when the virus is known to spread significantly easier indoors? Or do we keep everyone at home, continuing a remote learning plan that, at best, had its share of pros and cons? There are no easy answers, and opinions on how to proceed run the gamut.

Thu
30
Jul
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Conserve Water

Weeks of very hot weather, coupled with little rain, have taken their toll. Although we received some rain earlier this week, it’s not enough to make up for months of below-average precipitation.

Although, at the moment, our wells are still producing sufficient water to meet demand, this will soon change if we don’t get some significant rainfall. Officials hope to head off this scenario by asking residents to begin voluntarily conserving water, before greater restrictions have to be formally imposed.

Thu
30
Jul
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An Uncertain Plan

We are facing an unprecedented time in every facet of our lives due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and that includes our schools, as districts struggle to plan for the upcoming academic year, which is nearly a month away.

Each day without an official strategy begs more questions. At the very least, we know full remote learning must be an option for families that wish to choose it. We have also heard of families potentially placing small groups of children together to be homeschooled for the year.

We understand the demand by parents and teachers for a concrete plan. The next few months for students, parents, teachers and administrators will all look very different based on what is decided, and all involved will need every possible day to prepare.

 

 

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Thu
23
Jul
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Don’t Give Up Now

As we enter month five since Livingston recorded its first COVID-19 case, and as we surpass 500 total cases (after repeatedly passing that threshold, then dropping back under it over the past few weeks as cases were recategorized into other towns), it appears that the township’s daily numbers have begun to taper off, at least for the time being. If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent findings that there are roughly ten times as many cases of the virus in the United States as have been confirmed, that could mean as many as 5,000 Livingston residents have, or have had, COVID-19. That would be about one in every six people in town.

 

 

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Thu
16
Jul
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A Great Loss to Livingston

A Great Loss to Livingston

Although the lady retired from Livingston politics nearly 40 years ago, her name is still known and fondly remembered throughout town: Doris L. Beck, our first female mayor. This week, we bid farewell to the former mayor and Township Councilwoman, who passed away on Sunday, July 12, at the age of 91. Her relocation to Florida in retirement represented a loss to Livingston then; her passing now marks an even greater loss – and the end of an era.

Thu
09
Jul
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School in September

As we look past Livingston High School’s virtual and inperson graduations, it is time to turn our attention to the fall. Yes, our students have a couple of months of socially distanced summer fun to look forward to, but planning for school to return in September needs to begin now. In fact, officials have been hard at work for a while on it, but they just recently received some direction from the state Department of Education on what school will look like in the upcoming academic year.

It is safe to say that New Jersey, and the country and world overall, will still be dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in two months. And these last four months have shown us that this virus can render even the best laid plans useless. So, we must, unfortunately, have varying courses of action ready to go for the fall.

 

 

Thu
02
Jul
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Backyard Fireworks

It’s that time of year again: Fourth of July is just a few short days away, and the celebrating has already commenced for some, with plenty of grilling and chilling, and more than a few fireworks to celebrate our nation’s independence.

With most fireworks shows cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the fact that many fireworks may now be purchased right down the street at area retailers, we are sure to see plenty of backyard displays during the evening hours in the coming days.

Non-aerial fireworks, including sparklers, poppers, and snappers (nothing that “explodes”), may now be legally sold in New Jersey, and it is a safe bet that some more heavy duty options will mysteriously find their way into a few backyards as well.

 

 

Thu
25
Jun
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Michael’s Musings

Michael’s Musings
Michael’s Musings

Returning to Society

It’s been a wild week.

Last Friday, for the first time since early March, I did my own grocery shopping. Later that day I went inperson to get coffee, and after that, ordered lunch and sat outside the restaurant to eat. On Father’s Day, my dad, brother and I went golfing. And on Monday, mercifully, I got a haircut for the first time in five months. Boy, did I need that haircut; I was not meant to have long hair, especially in the summer.

Thu
18
Jun
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Congratulations Graduates

Next week, Livingston High School’s Class of 2020 will attend their virtual graduation (a programming note: so as not to “spoil” the speeches for those who got their copy of the Tribune prior to the ceremony, our special graduation section will run in two weeks, on Thursday, July 2). In all likelihood, that cyber ceremony will be supplemented by a still-in-development inperson celebration a few weeks later.

Surely, none of these students expected their graduation to be quite like this as they’ve thought about the day through the years (if they did, we have some follow up questions). But this was the hand the Class of 2020 was dealt. And in no way does the strangeness of this moment minimize their amazing accomplishment, the capstone on an incredible education.

 

 

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