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Thu
28
Jul
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National Night Out

Next Tuesday evening, August 2, many Livingston residents will head over to the Oval to take part in the township's annual National Night Out, an event that aims to celebrate police-community partnerships, increase awareness of crime and drug prevention, strengthen town spirit and send a message to criminals that Livingston is a united and vigilant community.
 
Thu
21
Jul
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Put Down the Plastic

This week, Livingston's Recycling and Reclamation Committee presented the Township Council with the Excellence in Education Award it received from the New Jersey Clean Communities Council, Inc. The committee earned this award for all the work it has done in educating residents about the detrimental effects that disposable, plastic bags – like the ones we use at the grocery store – have on the environment.
 
Thu
21
Jul
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Now We Have A Contest

Last week, Sam Messer and Barry Funt both announced that they will be running for two open seats on the Livingston Board of Education in the November election. This week, Xiaole (George) Shen announced his candidacy. And now we have a contest. This Monday, July 25, is the deadline for nominating petitions for the two seats which are currently filled by Board president Ronnie Spring and Board vice president Art Altman. Spring will not be seeking re-election, and, at press time, Altman had made no announcement regarding his election intentions.
 
Thu
14
Jul
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Bears and Coyotes and Foxes, Oh My!

Livingston may be a suburb, but at times, the amount of animal sightings make it seem like the country. While the township is home to animals such as squirrels, chipmunks, groundhogs, deer and raccoons, it is not unheard of to see other species, such as foxes and coyotes. Over the last few years, we have come to learn that our area is also home to the black bear; and just last week, three black bear sightings were reported in Livingston.
 
Thu
07
Jul
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School Board Needs Candidates

The Livingston school system finds itself in an extremely precarious position. With our district beginning the school year with a new superintendent, and implementing the new 1:1 technology initiative, we find ourselves with two seats open for the Board of Education in the November election – and no candidates for them. The seats are now held by board president Ronnie Spring and board vice president Art Altman, and as the Tribune went to press, no candidates had yet announced plans to run for their seats.
 
Thu
23
Jun
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Support the LFD

Livingston residents and businesses will receive a letter this week asking for financial support for our fire department. The Livingston Fire Department has been serving the township since 1921. 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.
 
Thu
16
Jun
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Use Your Head

With warmer weather upon us, adults and children are taking to outdoor activities such as riding bicycles, skateboards and the like. It is important for all adults and children to practice safe riding habits, including wearing a helmet. In February, the Town Council enacted a "Complete Streets" policy in an effort to create safe access to Livingston's roadways for users of all modes of transportation. Proposed improvements include accommodations for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users, such as sidewalks, bicycle lanes and bike racks.
 
Thu
16
Jun
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Honoring the Victims

Following the massacre that occurred on Sunday morning in Florida, it was a coincidence that the Livingston Town Council's June 13 agenda featured the presentation of a proclamation naming June 2 as National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Another coincidence is that next Thursday, June 23, the Livingston Diversity Committee will hold its first LGBT flag raising at the Memorial Park Oval. With the mass shooting that was carried out in the wee hours of Sunday morning in a gay nightclub in Orlando, these township agenda and calendar items took on a new significance.
 
Thu
09
Jun
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Party at Summerfest!

Livingston always welcomes in the warm weather with open arms. From the Kiwanis Karnival and Youth Appreciation Week, to the Memorial Day Parade, Fourth of July celebration, and Summer Concert Series, it is basically a season-long party. This year, a new event has been added to the list – Livingston Summerfest – which will be held this Saturday, June 11.
 
Thu
02
Jun
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You Can't Predict the Weather

There is no doubt that many Livingston residents were disappointed that the township's annual Memorial Day Parade was cancelled this year due to predicted inclement weather that did not materialize. The saying "You can plan a pretty picnic, but you can't predict the weather" comes to mind. However, in this case, the picnic was a procession and the weather turned out to be pleasant. It did not rain on what would have been our parade.
 

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