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08
Oct
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National Newspaper Week

It is National Newspaper Week! This week, October 4 to 10, marks the 75th anniversary of National Newspaper Week, which was created in 1940 by the Newspaper Association managers as a time to celebrate the newspaper industry. The West Essex Tribune is proud to be an independent business, one of the last such independent newspapers in the state.
 
Thu
01
Oct
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Time to Pay Attention

In this week's issue of the West Essex Tribune, the five candidates who are vying for two, three-year seats on the Livingston Board of Education will answer the first of four questions that have been posed to them by the Tribune and the League of Women Voters (LWV). Now is the time for residents to begin to get educated about the candidates. Reading candidates' answers to these questions, one of which will be published in each issue of the Tribune from now until the November 3 election, is a place to begin the process.
 
Thu
24
Sep
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A Good Place to Start

For many people, the term "family dinner" seems to conjure up images of times past. Spotless kitchens with barely a reminant of the effort it took to the get the meal on the table anywhere to be seen; a snapshot of mother, father, sister and brother leaning in over a three course meal served on matching plates.
 
Thu
17
Sep
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Culling the Herd

Many Livingston parents attend the Board of Education's meeting last week in response to changes in the school district's facilities use contract with the Livingston Huaxia Chinese School. According to school officials, the contract has been revised to eliminate the Huaxia School's use of the Mt. Pleasant Middle School (MPMS) cafeteria. The Huaxia School's programs are held on Saturdays at MPMS. In good faith, the school district has provided the Huaxia School with the use of Harrison School, as well as district buses to be used as shuttles, for its program.
 
Thu
17
Sep
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Culling the Herd

It's that time of year again. For the sixth year in a row, the township is conducting its annual deer management program, also known as "culling the herd." While the offi cial titles sound very unemotional, the idea of hunting down the peaceful creatures that roam our neighborhoods is an issue that can ignite passionate feelings. For those who love animals and appreciate the wildlife, the idea of killing deer can be a very sensitive issue. They are beautiful animals. Unfortunately, they are also very successful breeders that voraciously devour vegetation and carry parasites, such as ticks which can cause Lyme disease.
 
Thu
10
Sep
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Chrissy's Column

By Christine Sablynski
 
One recent weekend, my husband Ray and I had no plans, and we did something most unusual: we simply spent time together, just the two of us. It was a refreshing change of pace for us; we do get to do a lot of fun things, but nearly always with several friends along for the ride. When we are by ourselves, it's usually on a get-away weekend, rarely at home. Summers are especially busy, it seems.
 
Thu
10
Sep
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Waste Not

With the hot temperatures and parched landscapes, Labor Day may have felt like actual "labor" even for those who were relaxing at the pool, beach or barbecues this past weekend. With rain in the forecast for today, we will hopefully get at least a drizzle of much needed hydration. But, with basically no measurable amount of rain in the last two months, it may not make much of a dent with our supplies being so strained.
 
Thu
03
Sep
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Neighbor Helping Neighbor

The Livingston First Aid Squad (LFAS), which is opening its annual fund drive, is in need of support, both monetary and in the form of volunteers. It is important for residents and business owners to realize that the township's First Aid Squad is an all-volunteer organization. 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. The organization will soon send out its 2015-16 donation request letter. Please look for it in your mailbox and seriously consider helping to support this priceless asset to our town.
 
Thu
27
Aug
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Value of Life

In this week's issue of the West Essex Tribune, you can find a sizable article on tips for getting children to school safely. When it comes to vehicle and roadway safety, it is not just about children going back to school, it is about personal responsibility and the value of human life. According to a study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the use of electronic devices was the number one distraction among teenage drivers. We fear that it may soon be the number one cause of distracted driving among adults.
 
Thu
20
Aug
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Starting Fresh

When Livingston public schools open in two weeks on Wednesday, September 2, the best word to describe the district will be "fresh;" fresh with the completion of construction and renovation at school buildings, and fresh with new faces in classrooms, hallways and offi ces with an abundance of recently hired teachers and administrators.
 

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