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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.
 
Thu
25
Aug
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Support Local Businesses

Between the group of businesses planned at the Route 10 Circle, and the new restaurants that are moving into town, residents will have some additional food and shopping choices in the coming months. We have, over the last year, been sad to see some Livingston businesses go, from long-time staple stores like Silverman's to other smaller entities, but we welcome new businesses to the community.
 
Thu
25
Aug
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Welcome to Livingston

We would like to give new residents a "heads up" in advance that, in just about two weeks, the township will continue its annual tradition of welcoming new residents to town with its "Welcome to Livingston" picnic event. This year the picnic is planned, rain or shine, for Monday, September 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Livingston Senior/Community Center, located at 204 Hillside Avenue. Free refreshments will be provided.
 
Thu
18
Aug
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Lesson Learned

While we should never delight in the misfortune of others, we should definitely try to learn from it. In the wee hours of Saturday morning, criminals illegally entered seven unlocked vehicles in the township. The vehicles were parked in residential driveways. The guilty parties ransacked them, scavenging purses and wallets from which they took what they wanted and then promptly threw them out. Police found items in nearby roadways, presumably flung from a suspect's window as the criminals drove off into the night.
 
Thu
18
Aug
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Policy Revision

Historically, the Tribune has published all Letters to the Editor submitted by Livingston residents, providing that they follow the rules and guidelines that were established decades ago. In recent months, in an effort to maintain the "spirit" of the section, we felt the need to revise the policy to only allow residents to write once per month on a similar topic. We are facing a new landscape in the newspaper industry with space limitations having an impact on layouts and content. We have now found it necessary to update the policy once more.
 
Thu
04
Aug
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Baby, It's Dry Out There

Weeks of very hot weather, coupled with little rain, have taken their toll. Although we received some rain earlier this week, it's not enough to make up for months of below-average precipitation. Conditions are ripe for mulch fires, and small mulch fires can quickly grow into larger conflagrations. All it takes is a little carelessness. Smokers, please make sure you properly dispose of butts, insuring that they're out and cool before tossing them. And cigarette butts should never be thrown out a window, where they might ignite tinder-dry grass. With rainfall up to 40% below average for the past three months, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection last week issued a formal "drought watch." In addition to possible fire hazards, Livingston Water Department officials have also begun to express concern. Although, at the moment, our wells are still producing sufficient water to meet demand, this will soon change if we don't get some significant rainfall.

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.
 

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