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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.
 
Thu
03
Jul
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A Tragic Loss

All of Livingston is reeling from the tragic and senseless death of 19 year old Brendan Tevlin, the bright and selfless young man who was gunned down in West Orange last week. It doesn't matter if you know the Tevlins or not, the sheer horror of the sudden loss of a child shakes the foundation of every family. It makes us want to hug our own children extra hard and it forces us to worry every time they leave our sides.
 
Thu
03
Jul
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Letter to the Editor: Donate Blood

Dear Editor,
Blood donations save lives, and I know this firsthand. Two years ago, I was hospitalized with pneumonia that inexplicably escalated into acute respiratory distress syndrome. Over the two months I spent in the ICU of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, my treatment included six weeks on a ventilator and 20 days of extracorporeal mechanical oxygenation. To offset the blood loss from these machines, I required multiple blood transfusions. Fortunately, many selfless members of our community eagerly turned up at the three blood drives held in my honor and donated enough blood to save my life and many others’.
 
Wed
25
Jun
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Volunteers Desperately Needed

The Livingston school district finds itself in a very precarious position. At a time when our district is beginning a search for a new superintendent, at a time when we have an interim assistant superintendent for special services and we are attempting to bring our special needs population back to their home district, at a time when the future of our technology is being decided; and at a time when most of the elementary schools will be under construction, we find ourselves with three seats open for the Board of Education in the November election and, so far, only one candidate.
 
Thu
19
Jun
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Support Our Firefighters

Back when the world was a kinder and gentler place, Livingston's volunteer firemen – and in those days there were no females in the department – raised funds annually by having a block dance at the Northfield Fire House. Although there was no face painting, Moonwalk, or loud music provided by a DJ – all activities which seem to be de regueur for a community event now – there was square dancing to the calling of Idaho Ed and his band. It was a fine community event, attended by a large number of Livingston residents and supported economically by an even larger number.
 
Thu
19
Jun
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Letter to the Editor: "Right Fit" Issue

Dear Nancy:
You can say what you want about Dr. Alfieri but you have to give him credit for his negotiation skills. $644/diem on top of another full year's salary, really!! From what the Board of Ed has disseminated and what has been covered in the WET about this issue I can only conclude that the Board did something terribly wrong to this guy or they are extremely insensitive to how they spend the taxpayers' money.
 

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