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Thu
12
Feb
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Reject the PARCC Test

Dear Editor,
I want to commend the Livingston Board of Education and interim superintendent James O’Neill for supporting the students of this community (and their parents) by resolving to establish, in the Board’s words, “a sensible, fair, and child-centered set of protocols” for those children whose parents have refused permission for their children to take the statemandated, “high stakes” PARCC test. By doing so, the Board of Education rejected the harsh, punitive tactics threatened by other school districts, and instead demonstrated that it listened intently to parent and educator concerns about the PARCC test, both during Board meetings and during information sessions organized by parents. As a result, Livingston has become a leader for other districts to follow, as they are each and every day, by also establishing child-centered protocols. Mr. O’Neill, in particular, has been outspoken and unwavering in his commitment to the students of this community.
Thu
12
Feb
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Adopt-a-Hydrant

In the midst of winter snowstorms, such as those we have recently suffered, buried fire hydrants can cause dangerous delays for firefighters; but having Township of Livingston employees check and clear all 1,500 hydrants would be a timely, costly and burdensome process. Department of Public Works (DPW) employees are clearing as many as possible but it is a time-consuming. Hydrants can quickly become covered from snowfall, snow pushed by plows or thrown by snowblowers. If you live near a hydrant that is buried in snow, you can help out by clearing the area around it. Fire Chief Chris Mullin urges residents to clear snow away from hydrants so the hydrants are visible and accessible at all times. He recommends clearing the snow around the hydrant three feet in each direction and down to the ground to assure accessibility in an emergency.

Thu
05
Feb
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One Person can make a Difference

It is easy to sit back and say that one person can't make a difference in this huge country of ours – but if we look around we can see that this is just not so. This weekend's Cycle for Survival, co-founded in 2007 by Livingston native Jennifer Goodman Linn and her husband, Dave, raises crucial funds for research on rare cancers. Approximately 50% of people with cancer are battling a rare cancer.

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Thu
29
Jan
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Questioning the Test

As teachers across the country are working diligently to prepare their students to sit for the PARCC (Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) test this spring, an increasing number of parents are gearing up to pull their children out of the assessment.
 
Thu
22
Jan
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Learning from Our Citizens

During last week's Citizens' Institute, the participants were asked to describe a perfect community. Livingston scored well when compared with the participants' Utopian ideal; however, we seemed to be lacking in several areas. Some are "fixable" and other are not.
 
Thu
15
Jan
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Carrying on the Legacy

Some years ago, when the Board of Education announced plans to close schools in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, we strenuously objected. We believed – and continue to do so – that our students could learn more about Dr. King and his ideals in school than they would having a day off.
 
Thu
08
Jan
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Not Only an Address, But a Home

During his comments at the Town Council’s reorganization meeting, councilman Rudy Fernandez urged residents to attend Livingston’s 2015 Citizens’ Institute. This program, which was spearheaded by former mayor Arlene Johnson and township manager Michele Meade, is designed to provide perspective and information on local issues. It is an important first step for residents who want to learn how to participate in building our community.
 
Thu
18
Dec
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Residents Working Together

At Monday's meeting of the Township Council, there were two examples of what can be done when residents work together as well as another situation for which our community's residents are being exhorted to work together. The Council approved on Monday the formation of a new Animal Shelter Committee. Members will be appointed at the January 1 reorganization meeting.
 
Thu
11
Dec
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Superintendent Search

A formal search for a new superintendent of Livingston public schools has offi cially begun. Interim superintendent of schools James O'Neill has announced that he will retire from his 40 year career and, as such, will be unavailable to serve Livingston for the 2015-16 school year. He has been fi lling in since previous superintendent Dr. John B. Alfi eri left the district last year, just one year into his fi ve year contract. The Board is being very proactive in its endeavor to fi ll the position. An advertisement for the job has already been published in the Star Ledger and will be placed in other professional publications, as well.

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Thu
11
Dec
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A change in Policy

Over the years, the Tribune has been criticized for reporting information about homes that have been entered by burglars. We have always taken these criticisms to heart and discussed what we should do. We have always thought that this information was important to put in a community newspaper. The police have agreed, noting that they cannot be everywhere at once and neighbors are the best defense they have against break-ins. People who live in a neighborhood know what is normal for that area and what is out of the ordinary. If they know that the thieves are active in their section of town, they will, hopefully, keep an eye out and report anything that seems untoward.

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