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Thu
04
Oct
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Get Your Flu Shot

It is that time of year again. The leaves are beginning to change, the air is a bit crisper, and everything from coffee to hand soap has the faint smell of pumpkin spice. We are talking, of course, about flu season.

While seasonal influenza viruses are detected year-round, they are most common in the fall and winter. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone older than six months should get a flu vaccine every “flu season” to help prevent the contraction and spread of the virus.

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Thu
27
Sep
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Two Contested Elections

It's election season again. In these turbulent times, with everyone seeming to have an intense feeling about politics and politicians, we all seem to be more fixated on candidates and issues than ever before. Livingston is fortunate to have contested elections this year for both the Township Council – five candidates for three seats – and the Board of Education, which has four hopefuls for two openings.

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Thu
20
Sep
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Share a Meal

Next Monday, September 24, is National Family Eat Together Day, when loved ones are asked to celebrate by sitting down and sharing a meal. Something that used to seemingly be so simple, having dinner together as a family, gets harder to organize with each passing year, as the demands we put on ourselves continue to mount. From sports practices to religious groups for children, to late nights at work for the adults, finding an hour to spend together each day can be challenging. This day asks us all to put our busy lives on the back burner for a short period of time and take a seat at the table, together.

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Thu
20
Sep
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Be Prepared

As highlighted by the Township Council earlier this month, September is National Preparedness Month and we encourage residents to be prepared for potential emergencies.

This is the time of year when Mother Nature sometimes decides to take summer out with a bang by way of hurricanes, or even, in recent years, a freak autumn snowstorm. Aside from some rain, we just avoided the worst of Hurricane Florence; though many further south were not so lucky. In recent years New Jersey has faced its share of catastrophic storms, from Hurricane Irene to superstorm Sandy, and with more than two months left in the Atlantic hurricane season, we are not out of the woods just yet this year.

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Thu
13
Sep
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Help the Neighbors Who Help Us

The Livingston First Aid Squad (LFAS), which is opening its annual fund drive, is in need of support. It is important for residents and business owners to realize that the township’s First Aid Squad is an all-volunteer organization. Its 26 active members are not paid. They are our neighbors and friends, who donate countless hours to be there for us during emergency medical situations, as well as provide many other supports and services to the community. The organization recently sent out its 2018-19 donation request letter. Residents should look for it in their mailboxes this week and seriously consider helping to support this priceless asset to our town.

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Thu
06
Sep
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We Still Remember

This coming week, we mark the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. With the fall of the World Trade Center, the crash of Flight 93, and the attack on the Pentagon, our nation was changed forever. Overnight, our country’s confidence in the security of its citizens and its institutions was shaken to its core, and nothing has been the same since.

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Thu
06
Sep
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Hello to the Chief

At the Tuesday, September 4, Township Council meeting, Livingston welcomed its newest Chief of Police, Gary Marshuetz, before a packed auditorium of family, friends, and fellow police officers. A member of the Livingston Police Department for nearly 30 years, his swearing-in ceremony was well-attended for good reason. He is not only good at what he does, but Marshuetz is a familiar face to many in town, just as many residents are familiar faces to him.

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Thu
30
Aug
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The Season for Extra Caution

With Livingston’s schools opening this Tuesday, September 4, it is a good time to consider what more we can do to keep our children safe.

Back-to-school season means increased automobile and pedestrian traffic. According to AAA, nearly one-fifth of all traffic fatalities are child pedestrians under the age of 15, and more school-aged pedestrians are killed between the hours of 3 and 4 p.m. – once school ends – than any other time of the day.

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Thu
30
Aug
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The Meaning of Labor Day

As we prepare to throw our final hot dogs of the season on the grill this Labor Day weekend, marking the unofficial end of summer, it is worth remembering (or learning) the reason for the holiday. Long before the burgers, brews, and football, Labor Day was created to educate citizens about the labor movement.

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Thu
23
Aug
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School Discussions on Social Media

Preventing cyberbullying is one of the most important responsibilities a school district is tasked with handling. Protecting our children from a toxic online environment is a 24/7 job, both inside and outside of school. But as has been pointed out in recent weeks, cyberbullying is not limited to students.

The previous two issues of the Tribune featured Letters to the Editor discussing posts made on Livingston Education!, a private Facebook group featuring more than 2,000 members. In one, a Board of Education member said she was being cyberbullied on the page by parents, who she said were critiquing her appearance. In response, a member of the group said the comments made were not, in fact, cyberbullying.

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