Columns/Opinions

Thu
23
Mar

Just the Facts

On another note, but on the same topic, the Tribune was taken to task on Facebook this week for posting information about the incident at Temple Beth Shalom as it was occurring.

The editorial staff would like the community to know that we go to great lengths to both inform, and protect, our community. Many of us live, or have lived, in the township. We do not take it lightly when threats are made against our families, friends, or neighbors. We are extremely sensitive when it comes to making sure that anything we convey, at any time, does not cross the line of compromising the safety of law enforcement officials and/or members of the community.

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Thu
23
Mar

Enough Is Enough

This week, our community was confronted with a cowardly bomb threat against a local synagogue. While a legitimate threat was, thankfully, unfounded, the stress of such a situation lingers, not just for those who were directly involved, but for the entire township.

It seems that the overwhelming feeling about the incident was one of sheer sadness. There was definitely anger, but even underneath the ire, people with whom we spoke seemed to be heartbroken.

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Thu
16
Mar

Safety After the Snow

Although the snow stopped falling on Tuesday, there are some safety actions that residents should take after any snow storm. Following are three snow-related issues that you should keep in mind this weekend.

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Thu
16
Mar

Not Just Yet...

In a recent editorial about the Livingston Philanthropies Coat Drive, we urged residents to continue to donate coats despite the milder weather because “Mother Nature likes to throw curve balls in March.” We were not kidding. This Tuesday, she basically shook her finger at us, saying, “Not just yet,” before dumping nearly 12 inches of icy snow on the township.

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Thu
09
Mar

Let There Be Light

March 12 through 18 is Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, non-profits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know. This non-partisan, non-profit initiative is celebrated in mid-March each year to coincide with James Madison’s birthday on March 16.

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Thu
02
Mar

CHOW to Continue

When Sister Barbara Howard of St. Philomena’s Church announced that she would retire from her role as the leader of Livingston CHOW (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse), we were concerned about the future of the program. CHOW was the brainchild of the Livingston Clergy Association and offered a pantry of food and other non-perishable items to be distributed to those in need.

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Thu
02
Mar

Controversial Resolution

A controversial resolution was proposed by a resident at the Town Council’s meeting on Monday evening. The proposed resolution, supported by more than a dozen others who were in attendance, deals with ways that municipalities can officially express their opposition to federal immigration laws.

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Thu
23
Feb

The Final Countdown

With the milder weather this past week, it feels like we may be heading for spring. Unfortunately, the reality is that Mother Nature loves to throw curve balls in March and it is not unusual for temperatures to start dropping down instead of going up – at least for a while.

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Thu
23
Feb

A Spiritual Home

This week we regretfully shared with the Livingston community the news that Temple Emanu-El of West Essex will be closing its doors in a matter of months. The temple, which was founded in 1955, moved into its West Northfield Road location more than five decades ago. While it was an ongoing conversation among temple leaders and members inside its walls, we were surprised and saddened by the confirmation that its final day as a Livingston institution will be June 30 of this year.

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Thu
16
Feb

Community Activism

In a time when political activism is on the rise, with citizens standing up for what they believe in, Livingston residents are not sitting down when it comes to promoting their opinions on local issues. This week, we learned about Livingston United, a group of residents who have banded together to oppose the construction of a 7-Eleven at the site of the former Exxon gas station at 226 West Northfield Road, on the corner of Hillside Avenue. The group is an example of how residents can make their voices heard through numbers. It has taken swift action against the proposal by already creating a petition with nearly 100 signatures and raising more than $1,700 to support their cause. They oppose the development for two reasons – the detriment they believe a convenience store will have on their neighborhood, and environmental contamination at the site that has not been resolved.

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