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Thu
07
Mar
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Welcome to Livingston’s Community Newspaper!

While the West Essex Tribune’s regular readers will not notice any changes to this week’s issue, some are picking up our paper for the first time. This week’s edition is the first of three newspapers this year that we will send to every residence in Livingston. So for those who are new, allow us to tell you why this paper is worth reading as you wait for that bagel to finish toasting.

We who make the Tribune are proud to work and live in a town that values community reporting, and we do our best to be an essential part of your weekly media diet. While there are many other places to get news on a state and national level, no other newspaper exclusively covers Livingston. We cover the Council meetings, highlight local residents, and provide updates on what is happening in our schools. We make sure no appointment, resolution, or budget goes unchecked. If there is a national story, we will tell you how it affects Livingston.

 

 

Thu
28
Feb
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A Round of Applause, Please

Although Puxatawney Phil has promised us an early spring, it seems every week has been bringing us wintry “mixes” that are neither snow nor rain, but a nasty mixture that delivers the worst of both worlds. On top of that, we saw high winds in town on Sunday and Monday that brought down trees and caused power outages. And as we went to press, a round of snow was set to fall on Wednesday, February 26, and another “wintry mix” was forecast for this weekend.

Most of us are able to sit inside and stay warm and safe while the snow and sleet fall and the winds blow; but there’s a contingent of township employees who do not have that luxury. The folks in the Department of Public Works (DPW) who are responsible for plowing our streets and shoveling municipal walks as well as clearing the parking lots at the schools and the township buildings, are outside in foul winter weather both day and night, working to make our streets and sidewalks safe for travel.

 

Thu
28
Feb
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We Lost a Good Man

This week, Livingston suffered a major loss with the passing of Craig F. Parker, Sr., who died this past Tuesday at the age of 60. “Parker,” as he was affectionately known by his friends and colleagues, was a dedicated member of the community who wore two very special hats: He was both a firefighter and a police dispatcher.

Thu
21
Feb
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A Healthy Heart

In recognition of American Heart Month this February, the Livingston Health Department has shared tips to lower one’s blood pressure. Consistent readings of numbers over 120/80 mmHG (“120 over 80”) are an indication of high or elevated blood pressure, which can lead damaged arteries, heart attack and stroke.

The good news is that there are plenty of ways to lower your blood pressure. For example, we have personally found that avoiding long phone calls with in-laws, staying out of rush hour traffic, and not watching Knicks games are all good ways to maintain a healthy blood pressure.

 

 

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Thu
21
Feb
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Council of Five

Starting next week, Livingston’s Township Council returns to a five-member board, following the Livingston Democratic Committee’s selection of Michael Vieira to fill the spot left vacant by the resignation of former Councilman Michael Silverman.

We welcome Vieira to the position and wish him well. We would have been happy with any of the three candidates, however, after speaking with Vieira following his selection, we are confident he is well prepared for the role. He will bring relevant experience and knowledge, while also offering a fresh face to the Council for the first time in several years. He has made it clear he is entering the position with a head full of ideas, and is not afraid to speak his mind. If he sticks to that, it should prove beneficial for the township.

 

 

Thu
14
Feb
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A Well-Deserved ‘Thank You’

While some winter weather may have postponed the annual Livingston Fire Department inspection, we at the West Essex Tribune would still like to take a moment to thank our firefighters for another year of keeping our community safe.

To the members of our volunteer fire department, thank you for answering more than 1,300 calls in 2018, at all hours of the day, and in all types of weather.

Thank you for responding to every appliance fire, smoking car, gas leak, water emergency, and carbon monoxide alarm in this ever-expanding community.

 

 

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Thu
14
Feb
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Up to the Task

Last week, the Livingston Police Department, along with the Essex County prosecutor’s office and eight other local police departments in the western part of the county, announced the formation of a joint task force, designed to battle crime in the area.

The task force is, in part, a response to the rise in reported vehicle break-ins and thefts in Livingston, as well as neighboring towns, in the past year-plus.

Credit goes to these agencies for taking a proactive approach to these crimes, and for recognizing that this is a trend and not a coincidental spike in break-ins that could be attributable to a small sample size. The frequency of these crimes should drop, hopefully very soon, because they are being acknowledged as such.

 

 

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Thu
07
Feb
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Cycling for a Cause

This past Saturday, February 2, more than 1,500 people cycled all day long on 125 bikes at Equinox gym in Summit, raising more than $1.1 million for rare cancer research as part of Cycle for Survival. Students and survivors joined together in a celebration of life, honoring the Livingston resident who launched the event by collecting money for her cause.

Our own Martha Ackermann, who is a Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center patient, kicked off the day by riding “Jen’s Bike,” in honor of Jennifer Goodman Linn. Former Tribune editor Nancy Dinar was also a top fundraiser for the event. We are proud to support this wonderful event each year and encourage others to do so as well.

 

 

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Thu
07
Feb
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Happy Lunar New Year

It is officially the Year of the Pig, and it cannot be disputed that Livingston’s Asian-American community has grown exponentially over the years. With this growth, the celebration of the Lunar New Year is becoming ingrained in our community. From township events, to programs at the public library, to children sharing fun information about holiday traditions in school, we are expanding our calendar to include a unique cultural celebration.

The Livingston Chinese Association, Livingston Huaxia Chinese School, Livingston Chinese School, and Livingston High School Chinese Program are just some of the Chinese cultural groups that exist in town at the present time. These groups have grown, both in numbers and in the amount of cultural experiences they offer to the community at large.

 

 

Thu
31
Jan
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Decision Pending

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Monday night’s Township Council meeting was well-attended for several reasons, mostly due to the influx of first responders on hand to honor Livingston’s living legend, Charlie Schilling. Others, however, were there to find out who would be named our next Council member among Scott Goldman, Laurie Kahn, and Michael Vieira. Unfortunately, they left with no answers.

In a statement to the Tribune on Tuesday, the Council said they have chosen to send the decision back to the Livingston Democratic Committee, where 52 township residents will vote on the selection.

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