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Thu
13
Dec
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Painting “The Rock”

As far back as we can remember, “The Rock” has been a part of Livingston. For those who don’t know which rock we’re referencing, it’s the huge one on Shrewsbury Drive, on the northbound side just past the spot where Laurel Avenue and Shrewsbury Drive come together.

Although we’ve done some asking around, nobody seems to know where The Rock came from, nor when the tradition of painting The Rock began. However, for many decades, going back to the 1970s and perhaps even earlier, The Rock has been painted for a variety of reasons.

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Thu
06
Dec
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Camuso Display Is Underway

While opening night may have been canceled due to inclement weather, Livingston’s annual Camuso Holiday Display, featuring activities and Christmas and Chanukah displays for all ages, is now up and running through the end of the month at the Livingston Oval, weather and ground conditions permitting. The display will be open on weekdays from 5 to 9 p.m., and on weekends from 5 to 10 p.m. It will be closed next Monday and Tuesday, December 10 and 11.

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Thu
29
Nov
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Speaking of Civility…

The elections are over and our Board of Education and Township Council continue to devote untold hours in the performance of their duties, which include making decisions on controversial issues. As volunteers who give considerable time and service to these administrative bodies, they are often passionate about the issues that come before them. The community members who attend the meetings of these organizations are often equally passionate about the topics being discussed, and that passion can sometimes make us lose sight of how we react to others.

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Thu
29
Nov
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It’s Only November… We’ve Got a Long Way to Go

Two weeks later, many of us are still having nightmares about our commute home during the season’s first (and horribly memorable) snowstorm on November 15. The conditions were awful, and fast-falling snow in greater quantities than anticipated resulted in miserable road conditions and hours of gridlock. In the end, the November 15 storm served as a not-so-subtle reminder for all of us that it’s time to prepare for the winter. It’s not coming, folks. It’s already here.

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Thu
15
Nov
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Voting Issues

While most of Livingston’s 26 districts encountered little to no problems on Election Day, three encountered some trouble. District 13, in particular, sounded like a nightmare for the poor poll workers assigned to it and the residents unlucky enough to have to vote there.

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Thu
15
Nov
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A New Chapter

As we move past one of the most active local elections we have experienced in recent Livingston history – one with record voter participation for a mid-term on local, state and national levels – it is time for the community to turn the page and come back together as one.

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Thu
08
Nov
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“Aiming High” in Our Schools

On Sunday, November 2, Livingston Public Schools superintendent Jim O’Neill wrote a letter to district parents, focusing on the “lack of civility in our public discourse,” and how it affects our students.

It can be all too easy for adults to forget that kids are always paying attention; hateful speech and aggressive discourse on social media, on TV, and even in person, has a cumulative effect. Children internalize these actions, and it inevitably frames the way they behave.

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Thu
08
Nov
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A Solemn Anniversary

This Sunday, November 11, is Veterans Day. In contrast to Memorial Day, which honors those military personnel who gave their lives in service to our country, Veterans Day pays tribute to all who have served in the military, past and present.

Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day, which was first celebrated on November 11, 1919, the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I.

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Thu
01
Nov
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Township Council

Five candidates are seeking three open Township Council seats; incumbent Democratic Council members Rudy Fernandez, Shawn Klein, and mayor Ed Meinhardt; and Republican challengers Debbie Burack and Brandon Minde. The incumbents are campaigning together, while Burack and Minde have each run individual campaigns.

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Thu
01
Nov
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Election Day

In advance of Tuesday’s local elections, we would like to offer our final thoughts on the Township Council and Board of Education races. We encourage voters to read the candidates’ final statements in this issue of the Tribune, as well as their statements in previous issues and articles summarizing the several debates and forums held over the past month, to make an informed decision.

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