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Thu
13
Aug
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One Less Photo to Take

While it is not our favorite part of the job, all Tribune staff members have spent time taking photos of the more serious motor vehicle accidents that occur in the township. You can often find one of us on the outskirts of the chaos snapping pictures that will be used in the upcoming edition of the newspaper. Over the years, one begins to see a pattern of when and where accidents occur.
 
Thu
06
Aug
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Responding to Our Needs

Livingston has grown from a sleepy farming town, known for its leather and logging and later for its dairy farms, to a bustling suburban community. There have, of course, been growing pains along the way. We have seen the farms broken up, sold off, and become housing developments, allowing the population to burgeon. Little by little – and in some cases not so little – our open space was chipped away until there was precious little left of it. 
 
Thu
30
Jul
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A Community Event

Next Tuesday evening, August 4, Livingston residents will head over to the Oval to take part in the township's annual National Night Out, an event that celebrates community while increasing awareness of crime and drug prevention. Sponsored by the Livingston Police Department, the National Night Out offers an opportunity for residents, young and old, to come together as neighbors. We think that holding the event on the first Tuesday in August is the perfect time. No school, no holidays, no pressure. Just an invitation to enjoy a summer evening in town.
 
Thu
23
Jul
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Whose Responsibility Is It?

The Tribune this week received a call from a very angry reader who demanded that the newspaper "do something" to force the town manager to put the flags at half-staff in memory of the five U.S. service members who were slain by a gunman in Chattanooga last week. While we do not condone the caller's tone nor should we have had to listen to his foul language, we did opt to look into his concern.
 
Thu
16
Jul
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Summertime Safety

Summertime safety is about more than sunblock and lifeguards. This is the time of year when many residents take family vacations and spend a bit more time out and about. As residents are enjoying the weather, attending social functions and traveling, we urge them to take time to think about ways to keep their home and property safe while they are gone.
 
Thu
09
Jul
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The Importance of a Helmet

This week, a 60 year old bicyclist riding on South Livingston Avenue was grazed by a bus, lost his equilibrium, struck the curb, and went flying over the handlebars of his bike. As a result, he was banged up and taken to the hospital. This man didn't plan to have an accident.
 
Thu
02
Jul
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To Speak or Not to Speak

There has been a lot of furor over the propriety of allowing governor Chris Christie to use Livingston High School as a venue to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. The Board of Education has a very clear policy, #7510, which states that "The use of school facilities and grounds shall not be granted for partisan political activity, private social functions, or any purpose that is prohibited by law." We cannot think of any function that could be more "partisan politics" than a declaration of intention to run for the position of President of the United States.
 
Thu
25
Jun
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“For Pride, Not Pay.”

We have said it many times, but we will say it again. Livingston’s firefighters are volunteers. They are not compensated to train or to respond to calls at all times of the day and night. Aside from five paid employees, including the Chief, the Assistant Chief, two inspectors and a mechanic, the entire roster is composed of those who donate their time to the position. They do not provide supplementary staffing to paid firefighters. They are the staff.
 
Thu
18
Jun
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Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Livingston residents and businesses will receive a letter this week asking for financial support of our volunteer fire department, which has been providing service to the community for more than 94 years. Each week in the pages of our newspaper, our readers can see how these hard-working men and women come to the aid of their neighbors on a daily basis.
 
Thu
11
Jun
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Make Bicycling Safe

Some 300 people turned out for Livingston's third annual Bike Livingston event on Sunday. People of all ages, all sizes, and all ethnic backgrounds started from the township's parking lot, adjacent to the YMCA, and traveled around to see Livingston in a different way – from the seat of a bicycle. There were four mile, seven mile and ten mile routes that had been mapped out to provide a safe and relatively fl at view of our town.
 

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