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Thu
23
Jan
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A Fond Farewell

Tribune advertising representative Nancy Perlmutter retired this week after more than 26 years with our newspaper. With her desk situated near the front door, she was often the first face anyone entering our South Livingston Avenue office saw. It was always a welcoming face, eager to help with whatever was needed, be it a circulation question, an advertising request, an article submission, or a coat donation.

 

 

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Thu
23
Jan
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Staying Safe Around Our Schools

Last week, a Livingston High School student was struck by a car while attempting to cross Madonna Drive. The boy was attempting to retrieve a bag from his parents and popped out between school buses. A driver was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting him. The young man was taken to the hospital for evaluation and no charges were issued.

Just this past September, an 11-year-old boy was hit, in similar circumstances, attempting to cross the street after appearing suddenly from between two parked cars at the Mt. Pleasant schools on Broadlawn Drive.

 

 

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Thu
16
Jan
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Honoring Dr. King with a Day “On”

Many 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.

But then, some time ago, one of our readers, Patricia Idrobo, came up with the idea of creating "A Day On, Not 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
09
Jan
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Looking Forward to the Future

At the Township Council’s organizational meeting on New Year’s Day, Livingston’s residents, employees and elected officials gathered at the Senior/Community Center. Hundreds were appointed to dozens of township committees; Rudy Fernandez was sworn in as the year’s mayor; and Shawn Klein as deputy mayor. The two replaced Al Anthony, and Fernandez as 2019’s mayor and deputy mayor, respectively.

It was a genial two hour affair, with an air of familiarity and goodwill that started off 2020 on the right foot for those in attendance. As the Council members said in their speeches, Livingston appears to be set up well for the future. They detailed the accomplishments of 2019, while sharing the goals and plans for 2020.

 

 

Thu
02
Jan
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Extend the “Giving Season”

This is a difficult time of year for those in need. The holidays, often known as the “Giving Season,” are over. In January, charitable giving slows down significantly, but unfortunately, the need for it does not. Many charitable organizations publicize themselves heavily during November and December, and have members soliciting funds in person during that time, but then seem to drop rather suddenly off the radar after New Year’s Day.

The post-holiday season is a tough one for those in financial difficulty; holiday bills are rolling in on top of regular monthly bills, rent must be paid, food must be purchased. But the support that got those in need through November and December is suddenly no longer there.

 

 

Thu
26
Dec
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Chrissy’s Column

Chrissy’s Column

In my family, I’m known as the “quirky” one. (I don’t kid myself; I know it’s just a nice way of saying the “weird” one.) In keeping with my reputation, I am the proud owner of what’s been deemed by my family as an officially weird Christmas tree.

It is unconventional, I grant you that. It’s basically a fake deciduous tree with whose branches have no leaves, but are adorned with tiny berries and mini globe lights.

It’s like no other Christmas tree I have ever seen, and when my husband Ray and I saw it in a store a few years ago, we knew we just had to have it.

 

 

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Thu
12
Dec
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Happy Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and as we continue through this holiday season, we wanted to reflect on some matters that are regularly brought up around this time.

We are always thrilled to see our already magnanimous community give even more come the holiday season, but as we approach the New Year, let us not lose that generous spirit.

In the cold winter months ahead, do not forget that your donations will continue to be needed, as contributions to charitable groups and organizations tend to fall off dramatically after the holidays end. So if you are able, try to give a little more in the coming months. Here at the Tribune, we will continue to gladly accept your coat, winter accessory, and toiletry donations for Livingston Philanthropies, and non-perishable food items for CHOW.

 

 

Thu
12
Dec
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Preserving Our Open Space

At recent Township Council meetings, members unanimously approved the two largest open space purchases in Livingston’s history.

In October, the Council purchased the nine-acre Strahman property, located at 321 East Cedar Street, for $4.050 million. Last week, the Council purchased the 11-acre Licari Miniature Horse Farm property, located at 240 East Northfield Road, for $2.557 million.

Both purchases were made through the township’s Open Space Trust Fund, designed “to preserve properties for open space preservation or for conservation, recreation, or permanent preservation,” according to the group’s mission statement.

 

 

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Wed
27
Nov
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Chrissy’s Column

Thanks to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EEA), our editor, Michael Izzo, and I recently enjoyed a flight aboard the historic “Tin Goose” – the FordTri-Motor.The Ohio-based EEA had come to New Jersey to offer flights out of Essex CountyAirport.As neither of us is particularly afraid of heights or of flying – something that can’t necessarily be said for some of our Tribune colleagues – we were happy to take the EEA up on its offer of a flight.

It’s definitely a fun experience if you’re not afraid of heights, or of flying. And if you have a strong bladder, because the three-prop plane has no bathroom, and the flight was a bit vibrational, shall we say.

 

 

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Thu
21
Nov
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An Honor to Be Honored

At this past Monday’s Livingston Township Council meeting, the West Essex Tribune received a proclamation, lauding the publication for its 90 years serving Livingston residents.

President and publisher Jennifer Cone Chciuk, along with three of the Tribune’s four living editors, were there to accept the honor (the fourth only did not attend because she was working at the Livingston Board of Education meeting, just down the road).

The proclamation read, in part: “The mayor and members of the Livingston Township Council take great pride and pleasure in honoring the West Essex Tribune on its 90th anniversary, and the Township of Livingston is proud to consider the West Essex Tribune its hometown paper.”

 

 

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