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Thu
05
Mar
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Learn About Your Town Through Your newspaper

The Tribune's regular readers will not notice any change in this week's edition; but, there are a few families out there who may be perusing the pages of the West Essex Tribune for the fi rst time. This week's edition is a TMC (Total Market Coverage) that our newspaper offers two or three times a year. We provide a copy of your community newspaper to every residence in the township. It is our hope that those who do not already subscribe to the paper will see our coverage of their community and decide to join the ranks of our readers.
 
Thu
26
Feb
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It's a Scary World

It's a scary world out there these days. The news is fi lled with stories of all sorts of crimes. Right here in Livingston, an elderly resident was recently robbed by a man posing as an employee of the water department checking for low water pressure in the area. The man did not show any form of identifi cation and the trusting resident allowed him into her home. Fortunately, she was not injured and suffered only a loss of property. Gone are the days when we could leave our homes and cars unlocked. This week, mayor Michael Silverman has written an article for the Tribune reminding residents not to allow anyone into their homes without proper credentials, and providing other safety tips.
 
Thu
26
Feb
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Nancy's Notebook

By Nancy B. Dinar

 

Thu
19
Feb
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Little Group, Big Impact

Led by longtime Livingston resident Jeff Friedman, fondly known as "The Coat Guy," a small group of people, appropriately named "The Dream Team," have delivered nearly 2,000 coats to those in need this winter. Updates on the coat drive have been featured in nearly every issue of the West Essex Tribune over the last couple of months. Each time the Coat Guy and the Dream Team get closer to their goal, it is definitely worthy of a "good news" article. This little group has made a big impact in the community. The extremely frigid weather seems to be the topic of every conversation lately. "Can it get any colder?!"; "How long until spring?"; "Was that groundhog really serious?" With wind chills taking the temperature down to negative numbers at times during the last few weeks, staying warm has proven to be a challenge, even for those of us with a closet full of coats, and hats, and gloves, and scarves.

Thu
12
Feb
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Reject the PARCC Test

Dear Editor,
I want to commend the Livingston Board of Education and interim superintendent James O’Neill for supporting the students of this community (and their parents) by resolving to establish, in the Board’s words, “a sensible, fair, and child-centered set of protocols” for those children whose parents have refused permission for their children to take the statemandated, “high stakes” PARCC test. By doing so, the Board of Education rejected the harsh, punitive tactics threatened by other school districts, and instead demonstrated that it listened intently to parent and educator concerns about the PARCC test, both during Board meetings and during information sessions organized by parents. As a result, Livingston has become a leader for other districts to follow, as they are each and every day, by also establishing child-centered protocols. Mr. O’Neill, in particular, has been outspoken and unwavering in his commitment to the students of this community.
Thu
12
Feb
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Adopt-a-Hydrant

In the midst of winter snowstorms, such as those we have recently suffered, buried fire hydrants can cause dangerous delays for firefighters; but having Township of Livingston employees check and clear all 1,500 hydrants would be a timely, costly and burdensome process. Department of Public Works (DPW) employees are clearing as many as possible but it is a time-consuming. Hydrants can quickly become covered from snowfall, snow pushed by plows or thrown by snowblowers. If you live near a hydrant that is buried in snow, you can help out by clearing the area around it. Fire Chief Chris Mullin urges residents to clear snow away from hydrants so the hydrants are visible and accessible at all times. He recommends clearing the snow around the hydrant three feet in each direction and down to the ground to assure accessibility in an emergency.

Thu
05
Feb
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One Person can make a Difference

It is easy to sit back and say that one person can't make a difference in this huge country of ours – but if we look around we can see that this is just not so. This weekend's Cycle for Survival, co-founded in 2007 by Livingston native Jennifer Goodman Linn and her husband, Dave, raises crucial funds for research on rare cancers. Approximately 50% of people with cancer are battling a rare cancer.

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Thu
29
Jan
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Questioning the Test

As teachers across the country are working diligently to prepare their students to sit for the PARCC (Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) test this spring, an increasing number of parents are gearing up to pull their children out of the assessment.
 
Thu
22
Jan
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Learning from Our Citizens

During last week's Citizens' Institute, the participants were asked to describe a perfect community. Livingston scored well when compared with the participants' Utopian ideal; however, we seemed to be lacking in several areas. Some are "fixable" and other are not.
 
Thu
15
Jan
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Carrying on the Legacy

Some years ago, when the Board of Education announced plans to close schools in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, we strenuously objected. We believed – and continue to do so – that our students could learn more about Dr. King and his ideals in school than they would having a day off.
 

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