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Thu
28
Aug
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Teaching "Life" Skills

Algebra, chemistry, physics – when it comes to many class requirements, high school students are often at a loss as to why they have to learn certain things. One course that needs no explanation, however, is the CPR and AED training that Livingston High School students receive as part of the 11th grade health curriculum. Although Livingston has taught students CPR and first aid for years, recently passed legislation now requires CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) training as part of the state's high school health education curriculum.
 
Thu
21
Aug
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Leave a Little Extra Travel Time

It seems like everywhere you go these days, the roads are being torn up and traffic is snarled. Major highways are sometimes closed with traffic detoured miles out of the way. The Route 10 traffic pattern seems to change daily as the state works on replacing the bridge over the Passaic River; a plethora of local streets have been closed for re-paving, new curbing, or reconstruction; and now, a section of JFK Parkway in Livingston is about to be closed to traffic for roadwork. We have not been given any estimation of how long that will take; but, it certainly will snarl traffic.
 
Thu
21
Aug
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No E-Cigs Here

The Township Council on Monday evening extended the municipality's ban on smoking in all areas of government buildings and on any township property located within 500 feet of a school to include outdoor public parks and recreational areas. The newly enacted law also extended the smoking ban to include electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigs, which are being marketed as a safe alternative to lighting up a traditional cigarette. The number of teens and 'tweens using these products doubled between 2011 and 2012. This is certainly a trend we want to discourage.
 
Thu
14
Aug
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Think Local, Buy Local, Be a Local

Two of Livingston's long term businesses are shuttering their doors within weeks of one another. We have said good-bye to Herman's Auto Parts, whose logo "Stop Squirmin', Call Herman" was a regular sight on the pages of this newspaper for years; and within the next two weeks, we will also see Temple Barber Shop, where the Tribune's former editor/publisher Kit Cone went regularly to have "his ears lowered," close. It is sad to see that after an aggregate of more than 100 years, these two Livingston staples are gone.
 
Thu
07
Aug
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Gun Control Needed

Normally, we limit this space to strictly Livingston issues and refrain from commenting on national debates; however, the recent murder of Brendan Tevlin brings home an issue which has been raging throughout the country for quite some time – that of gun control. We have heard all the arguments on both sides of the issue. Some believe that the question of whether gun control policies increase, decrease or have no effect on rates of gun violence is a difficult question.
 
Thu
31
Jul
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Smoke Detectors Work

A tragedy was averted this week when a husband and wife were awakened in the early morning hours and alerted by the incessant beeping of a ten dollar smoke detector to a raging fire in their home. An Essex Fells woman was not so lucky. She was found dead in her bedroom after firefighters extinguished a massive blaze there. Although there was no report of whether or not she had a smoke detector, the comparisons of the two incidents in one week is easy to make.
 
Thu
24
Jul
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Volunteers Still Needed

According to Board of Education president Barry Funt, people have started sending letters of intent to the Board to fill the one year unexpired term of Dr. David Jasin and the two-year term of Leslie Winograd. This is very good news. There is only one week left to submit such letters; the deadline is 4 p.m. Thursday, July 31. Two candidates will be selected by the remaining three Board members to fill the vacancies until the Monday, January 5, 2015 reorganization meeting. The opportunity to serve for four months is a great way to learn about the running of the school district and we encourage more people to get involved.
 
Thu
17
Jul
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Stop for Emergency Vehicles

Last week in this space, we chastised those drivers who fail to stop for school/camp buses. This week, a very active member of the Livingston First Aid Squad visited our office to report that drivers are also failing to yield to emergency vehicles, regardless of whether they are police, ambulance or fire. These first responders are rushing to the aid of someone in distress. This week alone, there was a house fire, a possible heart attack, and several collisions.
 
Thu
17
Jul
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Leisure Time in Livingston

Livingston is unique in that our community supplies so many opportunities for fun and relaxation right here at home. Our residents don't need to leave town to join a pool, play in a sports league, attend a lecture, take an educational course, watch a movie or listen to music, and the list goes on. We are fortunate to have a wonderful and very active township department, formerly known as the Recreation Department and now called Senior, Youth, and Leisure Services, which oversees many of these activities, and a public library, which provides ever so much more than books.
 
Thu
10
Jul
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School Is Out – Drive Carefully

Every year at this time, we find ourselves having to remind our readers to be extra-careful driving. Personal incidents this week prompt us to once again write about summer driving safety issues. A quick ride on Wahler Road recently revealed several cars speeding through the area, which houses the Mervyn V.T. Haines community pool, Littel People's Park, and both basketball and tennis courts.
 

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