Columns/Opinions

Thu
31
Mar
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Controversy Continues

One year later and controversy over the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessment still abounds, as do vague and confusing answers to the multitude of questions that parents have about the testing. Last year, it was very evident that Livingston as a whole – parents, teachers, administrators, and the Board of Education – had serious concerns about the PARCC. With one of the highest opt-out rates in the state, about 1,100 of Livingston students eligible to take the test did not. The district declined to release the number of students who have so far refused to sit for the exam this second time around.
 
Thu
24
Mar
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Low Tax Increase

Last week, township manager Michele Meade introduced Livingston's 2016 Township Budget at the meeting of the Township Council. While scores of people showed up to that meeting, most were there to celebrate youth achievements and oppose the idea of a new hotel in the township, not to hear the review of township's spending plan. Usually, just a handful of residents are actually interested in all of the numbers; most just want to get to the magic one – the amount they will be paying in additional taxes.
 
Thu
17
Mar
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Setting Ourselves Apart

It has been increasingly evident that the Township, both the administration and the Town Council, are making a concerted effort to distinguish Livingston from other municipalities. Through a variety of means, the township is making progress in claiming its own unique space in the county. Some of these efforts we are paying for, such as the community branding initiative.
 
Thu
10
Mar
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Communicate With Council

The Livingston Township Council encouraged participatory government on Monday evening when it decided to hold a special meeting next week to hear public input on a newly proposed water ordinance, which was introduced and discussed at the Council's meeting on February 22. The Council approved the first reading of the ordinance and scheduled a final vote to be held this coming Monday, March 14. The vote has been put on hold to allow residents to provide feedback on the matter at a meeting that will be held at Town Hall on Thursday, March 17, at 6 p.m.
 
Thu
03
Mar
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Welcome to Your Community Newspaper

If you are perusing the pages of the West Essex Tribune for the first time today, we would like to say, "Welcome to your source of township information!" This week's paper marks our most recent TMC (Total Market Coverage) edition. The TMC, which is offered two or three times a year, provides a copy of the West Essex Tribune, Livingston's community newspaper, to every residence in the township. So now you know why a copy of our subscriptiononly newspaper showed up in your mailbox today! It is our hope that those who do not already subscribe to the paper will see our coverage of their community and decide to join the ranks of our faithful readers.
 
Thu
25
Feb
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Making Progress

Sometimes progress means looking to the future and using what was once just a figment of someone's imagination to lead us into a new level of success; other times progress is taking a glimpse into the past to rediscover ways to improve our current situation. Livingston saw the use of both measures of progress this week, as the Board of Education once again expressed its support of a 1:1 computing initiative and the Township Council enacted a policy that aims to make it safer and more convenient to navigate the township by bike, on foot, or through the use of public transportation.
 
Thu
11
Feb
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Let's Not Turn Our Backs

From television shows to newspapers to local forums, the topic of heroin has been making the rounds lately. Once thought of as "that '70s drug," it has made a strong comeback this decade. At a recent Township Council meeting, the community learned that a young woman living in a "halfway house" in Livingston died from a heroin overdose in November. During that meeting, residents expressed their concerns with having this type of residence in their neighborhood.
 
Thu
04
Feb
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Keep Hydrants Clear

Last week in this space we wrote about "Safety After the Storm." We urged residents to clear snow away from fire hydrants near their homes so that they can be easily located and accessible in the case of an emergency. One such emergency occurred this week, when on Tuesday morning fire spread through a home on Hill Street. Thankfully, residents in the area had made sure that the two hydrants that firefighters had to use that day were cleared of snow. Unfortunately, according to Livingston fire officials, the hydrants were blocked by garbage that was at the curb ready to be picked up.
 
Thu
28
Jan
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Safety After the Storm

Mother Nature sure does make herself known when she wants to. Just when we started to believe that we could tip-toe through the winter months without any actual "winter," she gave us a loud wake-up call this past weekend! For some, snow creates beautiful scenery – a winter wonderland. For others, the landscape looks more like a frozen wasteland. Regardless of which image suits your fancy, the clean-up after the storm requires work and we all need to pitch in to make our town a safer place post-Winter Storm Jonas.
 
Thu
21
Jan
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Not What It Seems

Things are not always what they seem. When one learns that a township is fighting to block "affordable housing," many questions may arise. Is it an attempt to be exclusive? Is the town trying to shut out certain socio-economic groups? Livingston, in fact, has been working diligently over the years to keep the number of multi-family units in the township down for a variety of reasons that are beneficial to residents. These include, but are not limited to, preventing strained resources/infrastructure and threats to open space.
 

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