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02
Oct
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Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the 1871 confl agration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.
 
Thu
25
Sep
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Parents Who Host

A small community newspaper like the Tribune does not have the staff to assign someone to sit for hours on end in municipal court. We rely on the court docket, a document that is open to any member of the public who wishes to see it, to provide us with the results of the weekly proceedings in our municipal court. As a result, we sometimes lack the information surrounding a charge and can only report the original charge and the results of the court proceedings.
 
Thu
18
Sep
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…And Another Good Idea

LMAC is also supporting Operation Take Back, which will be held between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 27, in the lobby of Livingston Police headquarters. Although the lobby of Police Headquarters now has a permanent collection box for medications, Operation Take Back is still held as a reminder that everyone should routinely clean out their medicine cabinets.
 
Thu
18
Sep
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Dinner Makes a Difference

"Family Day: A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children" was launched in 2001 by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Family Day teaches parents that discussions held during family dinners are an effective tool to help keep kids substance-free. In the past the Livingston Municipal Alliance (LMAC) has run special events on National Family Eat Together Day to encourage Livingston families to have an evening together. This year, however, no special events are planned. Instead, LMAC is hoping that whatever families are doing at dinner time, they will do them together.
 
Thu
11
Sep
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To the Editor: Make a Donation

Dear Editor,
We just received the annual appeal for support letter from the Livingston First Aid Squad, and cannot believe that less than 27% of the population have contributed to this volunteer service to our community.
 
Thu
11
Sep
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School's Open, Drive Carefully

Every fall, Livingston police offi cers post signs provided by AAA reminding drivers to be more careful now that school is back in session as more than 55 million children across the United States head back to school. With 13 per cent of those children typically walking or biking to their classes, AAA annually warns drivers to be especially vigilant for pedestrians before and after school hours. The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous – over the last decade, nearly one in four child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3 and 7 p.m.
 
Thu
04
Sep
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Chrissy's Column

By Christine Sablynski
 
My husband Ray and I see our friend Denise nearly every weekend. We've been friends for more than a decade. For the past year or two, she has always insisted on making the 45 minute drive from where she lives to come to us. Finally, last weekend, I asked her if she wanted a break from driving; we would be happy to come up to her place. "Oh, no!" she said, aghast. "Then I'd have to clean the apartment!"
 
Thu
04
Sep
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Only Supported by 1/4+ of Town?

The Livingston First Aid Squad sent out its 2014-15 donation request letter this week. Fund drive chairman Scott Maynard noted that only about 26% of the township supported the Squad last year. That is an egregious figure! It is absolutely appalling to think that so very few of our residents support a service which could someday save their lives.
 
Thu
28
Aug
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Another Way to Save Lives

Speaking of saving lives, on August 25, the Livingston Public Library sponsored its semi-annual blood drive in conjunction with the Blood Center of New Jersey. The drive was held in an effort to meet the community’s increasing need for blood, as the Center is operating on a one-day supply. All types are needed. Did you know that each unit of blood donated is broken down into components including platelets, plasma and red cells? Did you know that a single donation can help save the lives of up to three people? Did you know that 16-year-olds, with parental/ guardian consent, can donate blood in the state of New Jersey?
 
Thu
28
Aug
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Teaching "Life" Skills

Algebra, chemistry, physics – when it comes to many class requirements, high school students are often at a loss as to why they have to learn certain things. One course that needs no explanation, however, is the CPR and AED training that Livingston High School students receive as part of the 11th grade health curriculum. Although Livingston has taught students CPR and first aid for years, recently passed legislation now requires CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) training as part of the state's high school health education curriculum.
 

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