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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.
 
Thu
21
Aug
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Leave a Little Extra Travel Time

It seems like everywhere you go these days, the roads are being torn up and traffic is snarled. Major highways are sometimes closed with traffic detoured miles out of the way. The Route 10 traffic pattern seems to change daily as the state works on replacing the bridge over the Passaic River; a plethora of local streets have been closed for re-paving, new curbing, or reconstruction; and now, a section of JFK Parkway in Livingston is about to be closed to traffic for roadwork. We have not been given any estimation of how long that will take; but, it certainly will snarl traffic.
 
Thu
21
Aug
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No E-Cigs Here

The Township Council on Monday evening extended the municipality's ban on smoking in all areas of government buildings and on any township property located within 500 feet of a school to include outdoor public parks and recreational areas. The newly enacted law also extended the smoking ban to include electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigs, which are being marketed as a safe alternative to lighting up a traditional cigarette. The number of teens and 'tweens using these products doubled between 2011 and 2012. This is certainly a trend we want to discourage.
 
Thu
14
Aug
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Think Local, Buy Local, Be a Local

Two of Livingston's long term businesses are shuttering their doors within weeks of one another. We have said good-bye to Herman's Auto Parts, whose logo "Stop Squirmin', Call Herman" was a regular sight on the pages of this newspaper for years; and within the next two weeks, we will also see Temple Barber Shop, where the Tribune's former editor/publisher Kit Cone went regularly to have "his ears lowered," close. It is sad to see that after an aggregate of more than 100 years, these two Livingston staples are gone.
 

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