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Thu
11
Jul
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Continuing A Legacy

This past week, the West Essex Tribune turned 90. On July 6, 1929, the first issue of the Tribune was published, and nine decades later, we are still going strong. There has been a lot of change in the years since that first edition hit newsstands, but the goal of Livingston’s Community Newspaper remains the same: keeping residents informed of everything happening in their town.

 

 

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Thu
11
Jul
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West Essex Tribune Celebrates 90th Anniversary

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Inaugural Issue Featured New Firehouse and Bow-Tie Lesson:

With this issue, the West Essex Tribune marks its 90th year of continuous publication. The newspaper was founded by Herbert Harris, and was published for the fi rst time on July 6, 1929. A fi ve-part series of articles will trace the history of the newspaper and, with it, the township.

The masthead listed Herbert Harris as publisher, with Vere F. Harris – probably related, possibly his brother or son – serving as editor. The Tribune offices were located on Brookside Avenue, and could be reached by telephone at “Livingston 343.” The newsstand price for the eight page, five column broadsheet was 2¢; subscriptions cost $1 per year. Although the inaugural issue was date-lined Saturday, July 6, the paper would subsequently be published weekly on Fridays.

 

 

Thu
27
Jun
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Firing Up The Fireworks

It’s that time of year again: Fourth of July is just a week away, and the celebrating will likely start as soon as this weekend, with plenty of grilling and chilling, and more than a few fireworks to celebrate our nation’s independence.

Now that many fireworks can be purchased right down the street at area retailers, backyard displays will likely pop up during the evening hours in the coming days. Non-aerial fireworks, including sparklers, poppers, and snappers (nothing that “explodes”), may now be legally sold in New Jersey, and it is a safe bet that some more heavy duty options will mysteriously find their way into a few backyards as well.

 

 

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Thu
20
Jun
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A Camp Bus Is a School Bus

With the end of the school year here, we would like to remind our readers about an important safety issue – camp bus transportation.

It is a common scenario in the summer:Abig yellow school bus slows and its yellow lights come on to indicate its imminent stop. Then, the red lights come on and the young passengers begin to disembark. But the driver immediately behind the school bus – possibly thinking that school is out for the summer vacation and this bus must be some sort of imposter – zips past the bus on the right side, narrowly missing the startled children, who jump out of the way just in time.

 

 

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Thu
13
Jun
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Support Our Firefighters

Livingston residents and businesses will soon receive a letter, if they haven’t already, asking for financial support for our Fire Department. The Livingston Fire Department has been serving the township since 1921; we are fast approaching the 100th anniversary of the Department providing service to Livingston. It is closing in on a century of protecting the lives and property of Livingston residents.

What many residents may not know is that the Livingston Fire Department is an all-volunteer squad. These firefighters are your friends and neighbors who donate their time to ensuring public safety. Our 58 unpaid volunteer firefighters and three volunteer deputy chiefs are led by a full-time fire chief and an assistant chief. They are on call 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to provide fire protection and other emergency services to their neighbors.

 

 

Thu
13
Jun
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Welcome to the Tribune

While the West Essex Tribune’s regular readership may not notice any changes to this week’s issue, some are picking up our paper for the first time. This week’s edition is a TMC (Total Market Coverage) issue, the second of three newspapers this year that we will send to every residence in Livingston.

 

 

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Thu
06
Jun
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Graduation Time

College graduation announcements are starting to come in and the Tribune staff has received inquiries from parents about how they can share their good news with their neighbors.

While we believe it is our job to educate our readers as to official happenings in the municipality, the Tribune is also here to publicize family milestones such as births, deaths, weddings, religious celebrations and other important personal achievements. As a result, we are happy to publish the news of a graduation in your family – at no charge. Information should be submitted in writing by mail at P.O. Box 65, Livingston, NJ 07039; by fax at 973-992-7015; or by e-mail at WestEssexTribune@gmail.com.

 

 

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Thu
06
Jun
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A Fond Farewell

This past week, Livingston lost a valuable community member who served as a role model for generations of township residents. Grace Russo died Monday, May 28, at the age of 87. She was known to many in town for her warm, loving attitude toward all. One friend of hers told us, “Even if you had just met her, each time she saw you, she would greet you like an old friend.” She was genuinely interested in her community and the people in it.

The many people who attended Grace’s funeral at St. Philomena Parish on Monday showed clearly how beloved Grace was here in Livingston. Driving along South Livingston Avenue just prior to the service was challenging. Drivers waited patiently to turn their cars into the church driveway, while many Town Hall employees could be seen walking to the church.

 

 

Thu
30
May
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Free to Stream

At the Monday, May 20, Board of Education meeting, resident Brian Bradley stated that he and fellow resident Mike Ramer were well within their rights to record the meeting. Ramer had been questioned about filming a student at the previous meeting. Business administrator Steven Robinson agreed that, yes, everyone is legally permitted to record a public meeting. We would have liked him to stop there, but he continued, adding that recording is, however, discouraged by the administration.

But make no mistake: at a public meeting, recording is very much allowed. These laws exist for a reason – open government is good government.

 

 

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Thu
30
May
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Whose Responsibility Is It?

At the Township Council conference meeting, held on Wednesday, May 22, there were two extended discussions about perceived improvements needed in the community. In one, the Council agreed to discuss with the Board of Education how to provide theater space for the performers in our town and in the other, they avoided the question of how to deal with plastic bags.

Retired art teacher Hugh Mahon made a valid point when he said that the town provides ample space for the many young (and not-so-young) athletes, but not one inch of space is offered to the many performers and artists. Fewer athletes from Livingston have been recognized nationally for their abilities than performers, he said, pointing out the accomplishments of Jay Greenspan (AKA Jason Alexander), Nikki James, Stephen Oremus, and others.

 

 

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