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May
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Graduation Time

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30
Apr
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Teach Your Children Well

This past weekend, a family on Shadowlawn Drive had a frightening experience that turned out just fine because their children were taught the appropriate response to the situation. Two children were playing in the front yard when a grey boxy vehicle, possibly a Jeep, pulled up to them. The children reported that the driver, a man, had offered them candy and that there was a woman in the back seat. Instead of accepting the treat, the youngsters ran into the house and did not talk to the strangers.

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Thu
23
Apr
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Earth Day – Every Day

Yesterday was the 45th annual Earth Day. In 1970, when the fi rst Earth Day was founded by Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, America was described as "slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans; industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press; and air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. 'Environment' was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news."
 
Thu
16
Apr
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A Plea for Help

We urgently need the assistance of the mayor, Town Council and residents of Livingston to help us deal with the huge number of stray cats on our street, Sycamore Terrace. My neighbor at 22 Sycamore Terrace has provided some shelters for them and feeds them on a daily basis. I help her by contributing food every month. We are the only people in our neighborhood and the town who are providing humane treatment for these cats.
 
Thu
16
Apr
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A Dangerous Decision

Drug and alcohol use among teenagers was the topic of a survey recently administered to Livingston students in grades eight, ten and 12. We were surprised, and a bit appalled, when the results revealed that 69% of the students surveyed who used alcohol did so in someone's home, with or without permission. In an effort to address similar issues a few years back, the principals of Livingston public schools penned a joint letter to parents and guardians of students. Like the principals, we feel strongly compelled to acknowledge the very real issue of underage drinking and illegal drug use in the township. Just 34% of students took the survey, which leads all involved to believe that the results are a grossly low estimate of the true rate of substance abuse in the student population.
 
Thu
09
Apr
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Providing Fair Housing

New Jersey has had a confusing and convoluted method of dealing with the dearth of housing for its low- and moderateincome families. The Council on Affordable Housing, known by its acronym COAH, was created by the New Jersey Legislature in response to the Fair Housing Act of 1985 and a series of New Jersey Supreme Court rulings known as the Mount Laurel decisions. COAH is a government agency within the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs that is responsible for ensuring that all 566 New Jersey municipalities provide their fair share of low- and moderate-income housing. As of 2014, COAH defined a moderate income family of four in Essex County as earning $72,492 and a low income family as earning $45,307. Using these figures, COAH is supposed to define housing regions, estimate the needs for low- and moderate-income housing, allocate fair share numbers by municipality and review plans to fulfill these obligations.

Thu
02
Apr
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Think of Others at the Holidays

This weekend, most of us will be celebrating a holiday. Whether it's for Easter or Passover, families will be gathering together, and most will be enjoying festive meals. However, some will not have the good fortune of sumptuous fare. These are the folks who rely on food pantries to supplement their own cupboards.
 
Wed
25
Mar
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The Edgemere Road Debate

We sympathize with the families living in Hillside Heights, the area of new homes developed around Edgemere Road. Since their homes were built – and up until recently – they had what amounted to a private enclave. But Hillside Heights was not designed to be a private enclave and Edgemere Road is not a private street. It is a municipal roadway – just as almost every other street in our township – maintained by the township for the use of all residents.
 
Thu
19
Mar
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Building Children's Character

While academic performance is the number one priority when it comes to a child's school education, it should not be the only goal. School should also be a place where students learn how to share, communicate, advocate and problem-solve so they can make positive, healthy choices in their lives. This is an important part of the educational process at the Livingston public schools. The district's commitment to character education is evident by the programs administrators, guidance counselors and teachers have implemented and the recognition the schools have received this year.
 
Thu
12
Mar
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Teacher Says that Pension "Road Map" Is Predicated on Illusion of Choice

The Tribune this week received a letter from Laurie Batitto Bisconti, a social studies teacher who was honored Monday as teacher of the year for Heritage Middle School. "I feel emotionally and physically broken," began Bisconti, a Denville resident who teaches eighth grade social studies at Heritage. "Recently, our union reps told us of a Draconian pension 'road map' that governor Chris Christie and Wendell Steinhauer, president of the New Jersey Education Association, have been discussing.

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