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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.
 
Thu
14
Jan
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Creative Altruism

When people think of Martin Luther King Jr., they usually think of his historical "I Have a Dream" speech. The talk, which he gave before some 250,000 people on August 28, 1963 below the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., was a passionate expression of his beliefs that touched the hearts of most Americans and became a signature moment of the Civil Rights movement. Dr. King had much more to say, however, such as, "Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness." He was a man of action. He came up with creative, peaceful ways to help his fellow man and lived a selfless life in service to others.
 
Thu
07
Jan
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Ready for the New Year

Both the Township Council and the Board of Education kicked off 2016 by holding their annual re-organization meetings. The Town Council hosted its traditional New Year's Day meeting and reception last Friday morning, while the Board of Education held its first meeting of the new year on Monday.
 
Thu
17
Dec
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First Aid Squad Needs Help

The folks who are there to help us in times of emergency now need our help. Last week, the Livingston First Aid Squad sent out a second request for financial aid. The Squad is an all-volunteer organization that relies entirely on donations from local residents and businesses. Contrary to what some may believe, the First Aid Squad receives absolutely no funding from the township or from taxpayer revenues.
 
Thu
10
Dec
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Interpreting the Flag Code

Over the last two weeks, it has become apparent that some members of the community are in conflict over the fact that flags were not lowered to half-staff following the recent death of a Livingston police officer. While no official statements have been made nor actions taken, the debate is raging through the township through rumor, heresay, social media and occasional anonymous calls to the Tribune office.
 
Thu
03
Dec
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Holiday Spirit on Schedule

Over the last several years, setting up the Camuso Holiday Display at the Memorial Park Oval has often proven to be a challenge, but this year, the Camuso Committee had to deal with a last minute change that nearly derailed its opening day plans.
 
Wed
25
Nov
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The Bent Angle

By Michelle Bent
 
It's not that I am not thankful. I really am. I am thankful for my family, friends, health, home, job, and whatever other positive blessings I have in my life at the current moment. I am thankful. I just don't want to do Thanksgiving. One of the reasons I am so "turned off the turkey" may be because about seven years ago, I inherited from my great-grandparents every major holiday. Not that they didn't deserve a break. They hosted all major holidays from as far back as I can remember. At the age of 80, they decided to call it quits.
 

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