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Thu
26
Apr
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Municipal Budget

A public hearing on the 2018 municipal budget was held at Monday’s Township Council meeting, allowing residents to share their thoughts on its contents. The budget was introduced at the March 19 Council meeting, and it was published in the April 12 edition of the Tribune.

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Thu
26
Apr
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Weather or Not

Despite the rain, wind, and mud, last Thursday’s Israel at 70 was a big success, with hundreds of people in attendance despite the less-than-ideal weather. Spearheaded by the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion and the Jewish Federation of MetroWest NJ, the event was supported by many synagogues, Jewish schools, and other local organizations.

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Thu
19
Apr
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Fitness Crawl

With warmer weather on its way, it’s a great time to make good on that New Year’s resolution to get more exercise. The Livingston Business Improvement District is making that a little easier next week with a Fitness Crawl, giving people access to a dozen township gyms and studios free of charge from Monday, April 23, through Friday, April 27.

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Thu
19
Apr
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Operation Take Back

Later this month, on Saturday, April 28, the Livingston Police Department will collect unwanted prescription medication as part of Operation Take Back NJ. The collaboration is an effort between local police departments, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s HIDTA Task Force, Partnership for a Drug-Free NJ, and ADAPT of Essex County.

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Thu
19
Apr
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No Better Time to Volunteer

Volunteerism can take many forms, several of which have been on display this past week in Livingston.

The Planning Board recently revealed the township’s Master Plan, a wide-ranging document that is updated roughly every ten years. The plan was created by a group of hard-working volunteers who dedicated countless hours to completing it. Without the tireless efforts of those volunteers, township manager Barry Lewis said Livingston would have had to pay a large sum to complete the job. He said had the plan not been handled “in-house,” it would have likely been a six-figure burden on the taxpayers.

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Thu
12
Apr
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New Website

Livingston Township’s website received a much-needed upgrade last week. A brand new site launched on April 5, powered by CivicPlus, a company that specializes in creating and running government websites. Users will immediately notice a more modern and dynamic look compared to the static former design of the site. The address remains the same, livingstonnj.org.

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Thu
12
Apr
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A Contested Race

For the first time since 2014, there will be a contested race for open seats on the Livingston Township Council. Five candidates, three incumbent Democrats and two Republicans, have filed petitions to fill the three open Council seats.

Democratic Council members Rudy Fernandez, Shawn Klein, and mayor Ed Meinhardt will seek reelection, while Republican challengers Brandon Minde and Debbie Burack will run against them.

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Thu
05
Apr
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Voting Deadline Next Week

Regardless of where one falls on the political spectrum, we can all agree it is important to fulfill our democratic right to vote. To ensure as many residents as possible do so, an important deadline is coming up next week.

Next Wednesday, April 11, is the deadline to declare a change in party affiliation to be eligible to vote in the Primary Election on June 5.

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Thu
05
Apr
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ADAPT Survey Results

A report based on the results of a student survey administered by the Essex Prevention Coalition’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) was released on the Livingston Public Schools website on Tuesday. The 31-question survey, taken by more than 2,200 Livingston students grades six through 12, sought to “shed light on and more accurately describe the ever-changing use of illicit drugs by youth,” according to ADAPT.

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Thu
29
Mar
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Put the Phone Away

During the first three weeks of April, Livingston Police officers are cracking down on distracted drivers. The department will target motorists engaging in dangerous behavior while driving, especially talking and sending text messages on cell phones.

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