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05
May
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Passion For Pets

Here at the West Essex Tribune, members of the staff often joke about how each month of the year is used to celebrate about 100 different causes. While most are noble and valid efforts to bring awareness to various topics, we cannot possibly promote them all. May, however, is National Pet Month and by virtue of everything pet-related that is going on in the township, this one is here to stay!
 
Thu
28
Apr
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Acknowledging Differences

As part of Autism Awareness Month, the Livingston Advisory Committee for Disabilities (LACD) and the township’s Senior, Youth and Leisure Services (SYLS) department came together this week to sponsor a “Shine a Light on Autism” night at the Oval. Dozens of people attended the event, which aimed to raise awareness of autism and celebrate people’s differences.
 

 

Thu
28
Apr
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Safely Dispose of Drugs

Drug Take-Back Day, as part of Operation Take-Back, will be held in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 30, at ten permanent collection sites, including the Livingston Police Department. Collections of unwanted prescription drugs will also be accepted at seven temporary collection sites at local municipal police departments throughout Essex County that day.
 
Thu
21
Apr
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Honoring the Earth

Celebrated around the globe, Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a day to provide education about, and demonstrate support for, environmental issues. When it comes to recognizing the need to care for our planet, humans have come a long way, but there's still much more to be done.
 

 

Thu
14
Apr
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Welcome, Spring

According to the 2016 calendar, spring has sprung. According to the last couple of week's of weather, it certainly has not. With the frigid temperatures last week, and some snowflakes falling this past Saturday, it has been difficult to believe that the season has changed at all. Thankfully, it seems like the weather will be taking a turn for the better in the upcoming days. Maybe, just maybe, we will finally leap into spring.
 
Thu
07
Apr
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"Cents-able" Proposal

Members of the Township Council engaged in a discussion on Monday evening about whether or not Livingston should join an alliance of municipalities that is gearing up for a legal battle to oppose the Pilgrim Pipeline, a two-way underground transport system that will be used to carry crude oil 178 miles from Albany, New York to the Bayway Refinery in Linden. One pipe would transport volatile Bakken shale oil to the south, while the other would deliver refined products such as gasoline, kerosene and diesel to the north. The pipeline will traverse through Livingston and many other nearby towns.
 
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.
 

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