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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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Thu
23
Aug
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“An Enemy of the People”

Last week, several hundred U.S. newspapers wrote editorials explaining why the media is not “the enemy of the people,” despite the dangerous claims that the president continues to make indicating as much.

We saw firsthand some of the discussions that went into several of these editorials, and heard from many other newspapers that chose not to participate in the exercise. It was not an easy decision for these editors and publishers to make, attempting to put an end to dangerous rhetoric without alienating a percentage of their readership. But a newspaper, particularly a community newspaper, serves as watchful guardian for its citizens, separating fact from fiction in a time of social media rumors and “fake news.” Many editorials explained how the president’s remarks purposefully undermine the press’s ability to provide this service and, in some cases, put journalists in danger.

Thu
16
Aug
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Gone Too Soon

There are no words to adequately describe the overwhelming sadness we, along with the rest of the community, are feeling following the sudden, tragic deaths of two rising Livingston High School seniors. Matthew Poole and Isabella Brodsky drowned Tuesday evening, August 7, in Oakland’s Ramapo Lake. Reports say Poole acted heroically, jumping into the water to save Brodsky, though both, sadly, never made it back to the shore. We are sure parents have been holding their children a little tighter this past week after hearing the news.

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Thu
16
Aug
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Back to School

It is out with the old and in with the… old? Our new interim superintendent is our old interim superintendent.

Last week, the Livingston Public Schools’ Board of Education announced its intention to hire James O’Neill as the interim superintendent for the district, following Chris Steffner’s resignation at the end of July. If that name sounds familiar, it is because O’Neill previously led the district during the 2014-15 academic year.

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Thu
02
Aug
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Superintendent Steps Down

School may be out for the summer, but the internal workings of the school district have not slowed down since classes ended. Prior to last week, much of the recent discourse coming from Livingston Public Schools concerned questions about the wait list for AP courses at the high school. There is certainly more to come from that, but the matter now sits on the back burner (along with other continued concerns, including random student alcohol testing at school sporting events), following the sudden resignation of superintendent Chris Steffner at the Wednesday, July 25, Board of Education meeting.

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Thu
26
Jul
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Diversity Concert

Those saddened that the Diversity Festival was not part of this year’s Youth Appreciation Celebration (formerly Youth Appreciation Week) received good news at Monday’s Township Council conference meeting. A new diversity-focused music festival will take its place this fall at the West Essex YMCA.

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Thu
26
Jul
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Connected Trails

At the Monday, July 23, Township Council conference meeting, Rich Cornell, chairman of the Trails and Greenways Committee, presented a plan to establish a connected series of trails around Livingston’s 14 square miles. The plan would connect the township’s existing trails and incorporate use of the Passaic River.

We believe this is a fantastic idea that our residents would make great use of should it come to fruition.

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