Columns/Opinions

Thu
02
Nov
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Cast Your Vote

In this week’s edition of the West Essex Tribune, the two candidates for the Livingston Board of Education – Charles “Buddy” August and James Calderón – have been given space to summarize their campaigns. Residents will go to the polls on Tuesday, November 7, and decide which of the candidates will fill the one, three-year seat that is available. In the last four weeks, candidates have had the opportunity to use the pages of the Tribune to answer four specific questions. They have attended debate events and spoken before various community groups.

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Thu
26
Oct
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Support the Arts

One very important piece of Livingston’s identity that may not be recognized enough is its commitment to the arts. This commitment is evidenced by the township’s thriving arts culture. Livingston has performing and visual arts covered. In the performing arts category, Livingston offers theater, dance and musical opportunities. In the realm of visual arts, the township boasts a variety of organizations, exhibitions and classes that encompass everything from watercolor to photography.

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Thu
19
Oct
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Be Respectful, and Keep Learning

We recently attended two community programs, held just a few days apart. One was about “fake news,” and the other was about senior bullying. Two very different topics, but they share several characteristics in common. They are both problems, they are both dangerous, and they both reflect a polarization of people. And, they both require us to be knowledgeable, thoughtful, and pro-active.

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Thu
12
Oct
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Be an Informed Voter

In this week’s edition of the West Essex Tribune, the two candidates who are vying for one seat on the Livingston Board of Education will answer the second of four questions that have been posed to them by the Tribune and the League of Women Voters (LWV). Now is the time for residents to begin to become educated about the candidates. Reading candidates’ answers to these questions, one of which will be published in each issue of the Tribune from now until the November 7 election, is a place to begin the process. In addition, residents should also attend the upcoming LWV Candidates’ Night, which will be held next Wednesday, October 18, at 8 p.m. at the Senior/Community Center on Hillside Avenue.

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Thu
05
Oct
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Fun and Fire Safety

The Livingston Fire Department will once again celebrate the beginning of National Fire Prevention Week with its annual Open House and we encourage all residents to attend. It will be held this year on Sunday, October 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. The goal of the program is to educate residents about fire safety issues; and it’s designed to do so in a family-friendly, and fun way.

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Thu
05
Oct
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Be a “Bob”

We learned this week that long-time Livingston resident and community volunteer extraordinaire, Bob Leopold, has resigned from the Planning Board after 24 consecutive years of service. Leopold is a former township councilman, two-time mayor, former Planning Board chairman, and over the decades has been on about a million committees in town. A million may be an exaggeration, so we requested a list of entities to which Mr. Leopold has dedicated his time.

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Thu
28
Sep
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The Real Deal

National Newspaper Week, which has been in existence since 1940, runs this year from October 1 to 7. We wanted to take this opportunity to thank our readers for their support. The West Essex Tribune is an independent business, and we are proud to be one of the last such independent newspapers in the state.

This year, the theme of National Newspaper Week is “Real Newspapers... Real News,” and that is exactly what we strive to be on a local level.

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Thu
21
Sep
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Beyond Sound Bytes

Chris Steffner, superintendent of Livingston Public Schools, attended a Town Council meeting this week to present township leaders with information about random drug testing for high school students. The school district is currently exploring the topic to determine if it would be a worthwhile initiative for the community. Mayor Shawn Klein had a great point when he said that the concept is “not amenable to sound bytes.” It is definitely something that may sound offensive on its head. We agree that it is a topic that requires some research before making a decision or formulating an opinion.

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Thu
14
Sep
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...And New Businesses

Three ribbon cuttings for new Livingston businesses were recently held including Blaze Pizza, CycleBar, and Main Shoe Repair. Between the group of businesses which are coming to the Route 10 Circle, to the other new businesses that are moving into town, residents will have some additional food and shopping choices in the coming months. We welcome all new businesses to the community!

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Thu
14
Sep
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Welcome New Residents

We would like to let new residents know, or remind them, that next week the township will continue its annual tradition of welcoming new residents to town with its “Welcome to Livingston” event. This year the festivities are planned for Monday, September 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Livingston Senior/Community Center, located at 204 Hillside Avenue.

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