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11
Jun
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Letter to the Editor: OPT-OUT Credit

Dear Nancy:
If our residents are tired of getting regular mail or e-mail offers indicating they were pre-screened and are now eligible to refinance their mortgages, consolidate their debts, obtain a new credit card, take a new mortgage, etc., there is now an available procedure to opt-out permanently or for five years (depending on how the offer is sent – e-mail or regular mail). Few of us knew that the major credit bureaus can communicate our credit information to the offering entities who have requested lists of people meeting their minimum credit score requirements.
 
Wed
11
Jun
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Letter to the Editor: Need New Hiring Model

Dear Editor:
I have lived in Livingston for over 45 years. This is the second time in all these years that the headline in the West Essex Tribune has been about the school superintendent being separated from the district. As in the previous case, we the taxpayers are on the hook for the balance of the salary with no real explanation for the split. (I do understand that this is a personnel matter and, therefore, can't be disclosed.) I know that things, events and circumstances are such that an employee does not always meet the needs of the district. What really irks me is that in addition to the separation money we will owe, the Board of Education will once again engage an outside consultant to gather the resumes, review them and submit the top five or 10 candidates to the Board for consideration. Clearly, either the outside firm or the Board is not doing a good job of vetting the candidates.
 
Wed
04
Jun
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Discourteous Display

Dear Editor:
I’ve been a Livingston resident for nearly 30 years. I’ve always had good relations with Livingston’s finest. Up until last Sunday morning, May 18, that is. It was then, as I was dreamily motoring on Mt. Pleasant Avenue with nary another car on the road on my way to an early tee off time at Cedar Hill that it happened. Near Eppes, where the road widens from one lane to two, appear two black SUVs at a dead stop, side-by-side in the roadway completely blocking both travel lanes.
 
Wed
04
Jun
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Interim Leadership

Monday evening's announcements of interim leadership for the Livingston schools gives the community understandable reasons for concern – both educationally and financially. Dr. John B. Alfieri, who has been on a leave of absence since April 28, will be resigning effective June 30, having completed only one year of his five year contract. The reason given was that both the Board and Dr. Alfieri have realized that their "relationship is not the 'right fit' for either of them." That might be well and good if Dr. Alfieri had been here for awhile or were close to the end of his contract.
 
Wed
04
Jun
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Clarify Beer Sale Article

Dear Editor:
The July 4th Celebration Committee would like to add clarity to the article that was published in last week's Tribune regarding the Town holding a public hearing regarding beer sales at the July 4th celebration. Having read the short explanation that the Town Council is considering beer sales at Memorial Park on July 4th, my initial thought was that our residents were going to envision public beer consumption throughout the park all day and all night. The "family friendly" atmosphere of the July 4th will not change at all.
 
Wed
04
Jun
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Let's Do the Research

When the school district reported on its experiences piloting technology for PARCC testing a few weeks ago, it satisfied the public’s thirst for information about testing and computers and, perhaps unintentionally, opened a floodgate of comments and questions about technology in the classroom, primarily the elementary classrooms. Parents and staff, bringing their own biases and experiences to the microphone at a couple of Board meetings, told anecdotes and provided opinions and asked questions about the district’s use of computers for curriculum and instruction.
 

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