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Thu
22
Aug
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Going Away to College

As summer starts to wind down, hundreds of residents are about to embark on an exciting, and somewhat scary journey: starting college. Some of Livingston’s youth have already left for their new schools, while others will depart from town in the coming weeks. It’s a momentous step, but our young residents are well prepared to head to college, and to succeed, thanks in no small part to their upbringing in this town and its stellar school and support systems.

And don’t forget, students and parents, to stop by Town Hall before heading off to college to register for absentee ballots for November’s elections. For many students, it will be the first time they will be able to cast a vote, and we wouldn’t want any residents missing that opportunity.

 

 

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Thu
15
Aug
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Defensive Driving 101

The West Essex Tribune office is located on a busy section of South Livingston Avenue. We are right next door to ShopRite, and as a result, traffic can back up around here from time to time. Some who are unfamiliar with the area’s layout also abruptly stop and turn into our parking lot by mistake, thinking it is the grocery store’s lot. At least once or twice a day we hear a flurry of horns honking, sometimes accompanied by the unfortunate crunching of metal and plastic.

It’s such a shame, because almost all of these incidents could be avoided if there were signaling devices installed on these vehicles to alert other drivers of impending turns. If only something like that existed...

I am talking, of course, about the humble blinker.

 

 

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Thu
08
Aug
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Election Season is Coming

While we are still firmly entrenched in the dog days of summer, fall is not far away, and with it comes another round of Board of Education and Township Council elections in Livingston. These are both contested elections; now that the filing deadlines have passed, we know there will be six candidates running for various seats.

Four people are running to fill two open seats on the Board of Education. Those candidates are Alyse Berger Heilpern, Seth Cohen, incumbent Samantha Messer, and Sasha Pailet Koff. Board member George Shen, whose seat is expiring at the end of the year, will not be seeking reelection.

 

 

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Thu
01
Aug
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Poolside Education

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National Night Out is far from the only community event in which the police department has participated in this summer.

Twice last month, the Livingston Municipal Alliance Committee, in partnership with the Livingston Community Policing division, have hosted special events that sought to bring the community together for some fun and a little information.

Both took place at the Haines pool, on July 18 and 25, and were open to all, not just to members of the pool.

 

 

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Thu
01
Aug
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National Night Out

Next Tuesday,August 6, Livingston’s annual National Night Out will return to the Oval, celebrating the police-community partnership we are so fortunate to enjoy here in town. The event also aims to increase awareness of crime and drug prevention, strengthen town spirit, and send a message to criminals that Livingston is a united and vigilant community.

National Night Out, sponsored by the Livingston Police Department, offers an opportunity for residents, young and old, to come together as neighbors. Nationally, the event has been held annually since 1984, and is always held on the first Tuesday in August.

 

 

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Thu
25
Jul
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Open Pools and Uncollected Trash

Last weekend, Livingston experienced the strongest heat wave of the year, with temperatures in the 90s for several days and a heat index eclipsing the triple digit mark. In an effort to keep residents cool (in addition to having a cooling center at the Senior/Community Center), the township decided to open up both the Haines and Northland community pools to all residents.

We don’t recall the township ever opening the pools to all during a heat wave, and commend everyone involved for doing so at no charge to residents. It was a creative and simple way to help a sweltering population cool off. And that population took full advantage, with crowds more than tripling those who attended June’s open house event.

 

 

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Thu
25
Jul
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Thank You, LPD

The West Essex Tribune would like to thank the Livingston Police Department’s officers for a job well done last week, apprehending a homicide suspect who was found in the township.

We won’t step on Police Chief Gary Marshuetz’s words, which can be read in this edition of the Tribune, but we wanted to commend the LPD all the same.

Our officers took what could have potentially been a very dangerous situation for the township and its residents and handled it without incident. Most residents likely awoke that Monday morning with no knowledge of what had occurred right in their neighborhood. We are lucky to be able to sleep so soundly here in Livingston.

 

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Thu
25
Jul
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Test Your Smoke Detectors

In this edition of the Tribune, you will read about a residential fire that originated in the HVAC system of a Vanderbilt Drive house. Nobody was home at the time of the fire and an alert was transmitted to the Livingston Fire Department, who arrived in time to extinguish the blaze before it spread and left the home uninhabitable.

Others, particularly those without a properly functioning fire alarm system, may not have been so lucky in a similar situation. It is why this incident is a good opportunity to remind residents of the importance of maintaining a functional fire alarm system. Also, if your alarm system has the ability to connect to a central fire station, one should ensure that it is done. That feature just stopped what ended up being a minor, contained, fire rather than one that could have potentially destroyed a home before a passerby noticed and help arrived.

 

 

Thu
18
Jul
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Join the Citizens’ Police Academy

There are still a few more days to register for the Livingston Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy, a free 11-week program designed to provide participants a sense of the department and what it is like working in law enforcement.

Spots are limited, and we highly encourage anyone who is interested to apply before it is too late. We are lucky to have an open and approachable department in Livingston, and this program is an excellent opportunity to see firsthand what goes into the job. For those of us who have never worked in the field, or had family or friends with jobs in law enforcement, this is an opportunity to get a small slice of what such a career entails. Doing so can offer participants a better understanding of how our local officers enforce the law and work to keep us safe on a daily basis.

 

 

Thu
11
Jul
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Lazy Days of Summer

We’ve reached the “lazy days of summer,” and while the days are warm and there’s fun to be had around every corner in town, the pace of life slows down not just in town, but also here at the Tribune. With school out, there are fewer events to cover, from the arts to sports. Similarly there aren’t as many township meetings, and generally there are fewer reader submissions. So while we’re still here, churning out news as fast as you can make it, there is sometimes less to fi ll the pages of the Tribune than there will be in just a few months’ time. This is a normal situation for the summertime here in town, and since you may have some free time on your hands, it’s a great time to engage with the Tribune!

 

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