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Thu
17
Oct
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Chief Marshuetz Discusses Idling Limits

Livingston Chief of Police Gary Marshuetz wants to remind residents of the state’s idling laws.Those in town can expect to see the laws enforced in town as we enter the colder months, when idling is more prevalent.

“New Jersey is ahead of the curve in passing anti-idling legislation, with the purpose to reduce air and noise pollution,” Chief Marshuetz said. “But there are also other concerns for the police department. Idling leads to the theft of more vehicles, the potential for vehicle fires, and the risk of a child entering an unoccupied vehicle and putting it in the drive position.”

Anti-idling laws were strengthened in New Jersey in 2012. It is now one of the strictest states for idling limits in the country.

 

 

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Thu
10
Oct
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Get Your Flu Shot

It is that time of year again. The leaves are beginning to change, the air is a bit crisper, and everything from coffee to hand soap has the faint smell of pumpkin spice. We are talking, of course, about flu season.

While seasonal influenza viruses are detected year ’round, they are most common in the fall and winter. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone older than six months should get a flu vaccine every “flu season” to help prevent the contraction and spread of the virus.

 

 

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Thu
10
Oct
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Fire Prevention Week

The Livingston Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Week kicked off on Sunday with the Department’s annual open house, and during the rest of the week, fire officials have been visiting schools to give fire safety presentations.

This year’s theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape.” The campaign recognizes the “everyday people who learn about fire safety and motivate their households to develop and practice a home fire escape plan.”

 

 

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Thu
26
Sep
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You Are Our Voters

Inside this edition of the Tribune is the first round of statements submitted by our candidates for Township Council and the Board of Education. We encourage you to read these weekly statements carefully over these next few weeks; hopefully they will help inform your vote on November 5.

And we are sure you will be voting on November 5. We have the research to back it up.

According to a recent study by the National Newspaper Association, newspaper readers are voters, and nobody votes more than readers of community newspapers. The nationwide survey, which is conducted annually by Susquehanna Polling and Research in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, found that 85 percent of community newspaper readers said they are “very likely” to vote in elections later this year and in 2020. Those who don’t read community newspapers polled at 73 percent for the same question.

 

 

Thu
26
Sep
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Welcome Newcomers

On Monday, September 16, the Tribune was one of many community groups with a booth at the Senior/Community Center for the annual Welcome to Livingston event, where new residents and families were invited to meet, mingle, and learn a little bit about what makes this town so special.

Booths were set up to let people know of all the services and organizations in town (that’s where the Tribune comes in!). Mayor Al Anthony and members of the Township Council, Chief Gary Marshuetz and members of the Livingston Police Department, representatives from Livingston’s school district, and many more were in attendance to provide newcomers with helpful information as they acclimate to their new home.

 

 

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Thu
19
Sep
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Give to Those Who Give To Us

As most of you who have checked their mailboxes this week know, it’s that time of year when we are asked to contribute a little money to an organization with members who work tirelessly – and for free – to keep us safe: The Livingston First Aid Squad.

Letters announcing the LFAS annual fund drive were mailed at the start of this week. This all-volunteer organization, which is celebrating its 70th year, needs our support. It is important for residents and business owners to realize that its 27 active members are not paid. They are our neighbors and friends, who donate countless hours to be there for us during emergency medical situations, as well as provide many other supports and services to the community. These donation request letters help gather funds to support this priceless service in town.

 

 

Thu
12
Sep
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Stocking Up for Storms

Despite a little worry that Livingston would feel some of the effects of Hurricane Dorian, the township, fortunately, did not end up in the path of the storm. Still, we know that many residents were scrambling to grab last-minute supplies, just in case. Since our office is next door to ShopRite, it’s hard to miss the commotion of potential inclimate weather – we can always tell that bad weather is on the way just by watching ShopRite’s parking lot fill up beyond capacity.

We know all too well the nerves that come with an impending major storm. The back-to-back years of Hurricane Irene and superstorm Sandy in 2011 and 2012 still have many fearing that the next weather event will be the worst yet. And it’s fine to feel that way because we all should be as prepared as possible for another “once in a lifetime” storm, since it’s clear that this kind of intense weather has become anything but rare as the climate continues to change.

 

 

Thu
12
Sep
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Catch A Local Game

For our readers who recently returned home from vacation, welcome back! We hope everyone had a great summer. Now that most people have returned to town, aside from a few stragglers lucky enough to still be down the shore, it’s time to turn our attention to all that is happening in Livingston.

Fall is a busy time in our community. The cooling temperature means that children have returned to school and, in addition to classes, they are quite likely engaging in a long list of extracurricular activities, from art, to music programs, to dance classes, to fall sports.

 

 

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Thu
05
Sep
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18 Years Gone, But Not Forgotten

Next week marks the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the fall of the World Trade Center, the crash of Flight 93, and the attack on the Pentagon.

On that day, Livingston lost seven of its residents: Luke A. Dudek, Jeffrey Brian Gardner, Donald Thomas Jones II, Ming-Hao Liu, Joseph P. McDonald, John M. Pocher, and Kenneth Albert Zelman. They became part of a nationwide tragedy that forever changed the face of America.

Our nation was changed forever that day. Our country’s confidence in the security of its citizens and its institutions was shaken to its core, and nothing has been the same since. In the years that followed, towns across the nation held ceremonies to honor the more than 3,000 people who lost their lives in the attacks, including our own service in Livingston, organized for 18 years running by Bunnie Ratner, chairperson of the 9/11 garden at the Oval along with the annual Ceremony of Remembrance.

 

 

Thu
29
Aug
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Circle Cleanup

Driving past the Livingston Circle in recent years, it’s easy to not give it much of a thought. It’s a necessary thoroughfare in and out of town, nothing more. The center of the circle was always full of overgrown trees and brush. It wasn’t much to look at, and so most people didn’t. It’s not that the median area circle was unsightly (though with a collection of overgrown grass, weeds and dead trees one could certainly make that argument), but rather it was just not noticeable or memorable as one traveled through Livingston.

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