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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.
 
Thu
19
Jun
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Letter to the Editor: Sr. Freeze Program

Dear Editor:
Livingston’s Senior population is an important and vital part of our community and makes up a large portion of the ranks of our volunteers for the many service and action committees within our township. So it was not surprising that, when I went to the polls on June 3rd to vote in the primary election, I would fall into a lively discussion with a number of seniors who were manning the polls. Based on that discussion, I was prompted to write this letter to disseminate some information.
 
Fri
13
Jun

Opinion

To Beer or Not to Beer

Wed
11
Jun
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Letter to the Editor: Entitled to Hear More

Dear Nancy,
With regard to the resignation of superintendent Dr. Alfieri’s, I'm concerned with the lack of transparency in Board of Ed president Barry Funt's statement (as reported in the Alternative Press). "After considerable deliberation, both the Board and Dr. Alfieri have come to the realization their relationship is not the right ‘fit’ for either of them, and that their interests are best served by parting ways at this juncture”
 
Wed
11
Jun
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Letter to the Editor: OPT-OUT Credit

Dear Nancy:
If our residents are tired of getting regular mail or e-mail offers indicating they were pre-screened and are now eligible to refinance their mortgages, consolidate their debts, obtain a new credit card, take a new mortgage, etc., there is now an available procedure to opt-out permanently or for five years (depending on how the offer is sent – e-mail or regular mail). Few of us knew that the major credit bureaus can communicate our credit information to the offering entities who have requested lists of people meeting their minimum credit score requirements.
 
Wed
11
Jun
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Letter to the Editor: Need New Hiring Model

Dear Editor:
I have lived in Livingston for over 45 years. This is the second time in all these years that the headline in the West Essex Tribune has been about the school superintendent being separated from the district. As in the previous case, we the taxpayers are on the hook for the balance of the salary with no real explanation for the split. (I do understand that this is a personnel matter and, therefore, can't be disclosed.) I know that things, events and circumstances are such that an employee does not always meet the needs of the district. What really irks me is that in addition to the separation money we will owe, the Board of Education will once again engage an outside consultant to gather the resumes, review them and submit the top five or 10 candidates to the Board for consideration. Clearly, either the outside firm or the Board is not doing a good job of vetting the candidates.
 
Wed
04
Jun
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Discourteous Display

Dear Editor:
I’ve been a Livingston resident for nearly 30 years. I’ve always had good relations with Livingston’s finest. Up until last Sunday morning, May 18, that is. It was then, as I was dreamily motoring on Mt. Pleasant Avenue with nary another car on the road on my way to an early tee off time at Cedar Hill that it happened. Near Eppes, where the road widens from one lane to two, appear two black SUVs at a dead stop, side-by-side in the roadway completely blocking both travel lanes.
 

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