Columns/Opinions

Thu
22
Jun

Walking the Walk

When it comes to helping others, it is easy to think that you want to do something. It is also easy to say that you are going to do something. It is, however, often hard to actually make things happen, and even harder still to make sure that the help is actually helping. A group of Livingston residents, now known as Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors (LNHN), took their thoughts and talk to another level by creating an organization specifically to assist residents in times of extreme need. LNHN is, as they say, “walking the walk.” We encourage Livingston residents to support this new and worthy effort.

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Thu
15
Jun

Support Our Firefighters

Livingston residents and businesses received a letter this week asking for financial support for our Fire Department. The Livingston Fire Department has been serving the township since 1921. The year 2017 will mark the 96th anniversary of the all-volunteer Department providing service to Livingston. It is closing in on a century of protecting the lives and property of Livingston residents.

What many residents may not know is that the Livingston Fire Department is an all-volunteer squad. These firefighters are your friends and neighbors who donate their time to ensuring public safety. The more than 65 unpaid volunteer firefighters and three volunteer deputy chiefs are led by a full-time fire chief and an assistant chief. They are on call 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to provide fire protection and other emergency services to their neighbors.

Thu
15
Jun

Letters to Editor

Old Scam, New Twist 

 

Dear Editor:

A resident informed me of a new twist to an old scam.

Rather than someone impersonating a family member in trouble and needing funds sent to assist them, this time it was reported to a child that an elderly parent had just caused an automobile accident and extensive damage was done to the caller’s car.

The accident would not be reported to the police or any insurance company if the child sent funds to cover the repair costs. Of course the funds had to be sent by Western Union or a gift card.

 

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Thu
08
Jun

Get to Know Us

The West Essex Tribune is being mailed this week to every address in Livingston. We are hoping to introduce ourselves to all of our neighbors, both businesses and residents, and show them the value of their community newspaper.

In addition to reporting the “hard news” of the township, the Tribune is one of the few places where family notices – births, deaths and milestones such as b’nai mitzvot, weddings, and graduations – can be published to let your neighbors know about them and provide you with a lasting memento of the event. We keep voters informed by asking questions of candidates for office and explaining how our tax dollars are being spent. We allow our readers to make their voices heard, and enable neighborhood businesses to reach their most likely customers.

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Thu
08
Jun

Warning: Mature Content

At the Board of Education’s meeting this past Monday evening, the parent of a Livingston High School student brought up an issue with the school’s summer reading list. He pointed out that many of the titles on the list include subject matter that, in his opinion, is inappropriate for high school age readers.

Regarding the list, the LHS English Department’s web page asks parents to consult online book stores and reviews to help determine if the book their child chooses is “suitable and appropriate reading” according to their family’s standards. It warns that some of the books may feature mature themes or content that might be disturbing to some students. From an example the parent presented at the Board meeting of a description of rape that is written in one book on the list, we would say that the content could also be disturbing to some adults.

Thu
01
Jun

Bike Livingston – Safely

This Saturday, residents will have the opportunity to tour Livingston’s neighborhoods from their bicycles during the township’s fourth annual Bike Livingston event.

Those residents who wish to participate in this free event should note that helmets are mandatory for all riders. Why should you wear a helmet when biking? If you fall from your bike, the bicycle helmet takes the force of the blow – instead of your head. When you’re biking, wearing a bicycle helmet is the most effective way to prevent a life-threatening head injury.

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Thu
01
Jun

It Rained on Our Parade

For the second year in a row, someone forgot to tell Mother Nature to cooperate for Livingston’s annual Memorial Day parade. Last year, the parade was cancelled due to predicted inclement weather that did not materialize. This year, once again the forecast did not look good, but this time, the weatherman was right.

The rain, however, did not turn off the most diehard of Livingston’s parade marchers and goers. The line of march included veterans’ groups, musical bands, floats, clowns, Scouts, local organizations, civic leaders, school groups, firefighters, police officers, and more. While the corridor of South Livingston Avenue was quite empty, those marching still interacted with the spectators who did brave the weather by smiling, waving and handing out mini American flags.

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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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