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06
Oct
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Work With Residents

Following a Township Council meeting during which several residents expressed their concerns about the multi-purpose turf field to be constructed on Madonna Drive, mayor Al Anthony offered to meet with them at the site last Saturday afternoon. Department of Public Works superintendent Mike Anello, and civil engineering consultant John Jahr agreed to join Anthony to help answer residents questions and explain more about the project.
 
Thu
06
Oct
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“Way to Know”

This week, October 2 to 8, marks the 76th anniversary of National Newspaper Week, which was created in 1940 by the Newspaper Association managers as a time to celebrate the newspaper industry. This year's National Newspaper Week theme is "Way to Know” and reading the Tribune is definitely a “Way to Know” what is going on in the Livingston community.
 
Thu
29
Sep
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Candidates' Night

This past Tuesday evening, the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Livingston held a Candidates' Night to introduce to the community those residents running for the Board of Education in the November 8 election. This week's event featured the four candidates who are vying for two available, three-year seats on the Board, including Samantha Messer, Barry Funt, Dr. George Shen, and Mike Ramer. Current Board vice-president Art Altman announced this week that he has withdrawn from the race due to personal and professional obligations.
 
Thu
29
Sep
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Girls' Soccer Team Defeats Glen Ridge

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GIRLS’ SOCCER TEAM DEFEATS GLEN RIDGE: The Livingston High School varsity girls’ soccer team defeated Glen Ridge, 1-0, on the Turf on Wednesday, September 21. The Ridgers are coached by former Lancer athlete Oscar Vitieri. Lancer Ashley Reuter, #25, is shown as she works the ball through the Glen Ridge defenders.
 
Thu
22
Sep
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Layman’s Terms

This week, the Township Council approved an ordinance that will allow a hotel to be a permitted use on the Livingston Mall site. During that discussion, and in many recent discussions about development in town, the Council has mentioned that a proposed project is preferable to “affordable housing” that could be put on the site as a result of a “builder’s remedy lawsuit.”
 
Thu
22
Sep
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The Key Is Connection

The thought that a “family dinner” is even remotely possible on a regular basis can make parents feel inadequate – and guilty. For many, the reality of daily life is this: Someone makes or picks up dinner and everyone comes and goes, grabbing some grub in between school, jobs, sports, dance, gymnastics, and/or a host of other activities. This Monday, September 26, however, the Livingston Municipal Alliance Committee (LMAC) is asking families to pause and share a meal together in honor of Family Day, a national initiative to promote parental engagement as a weapon against substance abuse in children and teens.
 
Thu
15
Sep
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Do As We Say, Not As We Post

Social media is a great tool to get the word out about a variety of things, but it should be the accurate word. When social media is used as a forum to spread speculation and rumor, it only serves to fuel a fi re that may – or may not – be burning. Over the last several days, law enforcement officials have been investigating a series of threats made against Livingston High School that had been posted on Facebook.
 
Thu
08
Sep
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Do or Donate

The Livingston First Aid Squad (LFAS) will soon send out its 2016-17 donation request letter. The organization is in need of support, both monetary and in the form of volunteers. Residents have the opportunity to "do" or donate – or better, both! The township's First Aid Squad is an all-volunteer organization. Its 39 members are not paid. They are our neighbors and friends. They donate countless hours to be there for us during emergency medical situations, as well as to provide many other supports and services to the community. Just 27% of the township donated to the Squad last year. It is disappointing to think that so very few of our residents support a service which could someday save their lives or the lives of their loved ones.

 

Thu
08
Sep
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Be Prepared

As highlighted by the Township Council on Monday evening, September is National Preparedness Month and we encourage residents to be prepared for potential emergencies. The recent weather activity (a.k.a. Tropical Storm Hermine) serves as a reminder of the importance of preparedness. While the more severe portion of that storm missed our area, it is that time of year when Mother Nature sometimes decides to take summer out with a bang by way of hurricanes, or in recent history, freak snowstorms. Being prepared does not have to be complicated. Simple steps such as staying informed, assembling an emergency kit and making a family evacuation plan can help everyone be better prepared for hurricanes, or other disasters.

 

Thu
01
Sep
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School Year's Resolutions

Livingston Public School children will be back in the classroom next week. The first day of school is Tuesday, September 6, and this week, parents and children have been busy preparing for the new school year through the annual rituals of buying new clothes and supplies. Parents are also, no doubt, beginning to organize their master calendars, which is no easy task. Coordinating an entire family's activities, from school and work, to sports and social engagements, is a monumental undertaking often requiring large bulletin boards and/or the use of organizational technology.
 

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