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Sober Living Home Hearing, Council Meetings Canceled

Local officials have called off this week's planning board meetings because of Hurricane Sandy.

Updated at 12:24 p.m.

Westwood and Washington Township officials announced Monday that their respective council meetings this week were canceled due to the storm.

A hearing for a sober living home on Magnolia Avenue has also been postponed because of Hurricane Sandy, according to a notice from Hillsdale officials.

The application will likely be heard when the Hillsdale Planning Board next meets on November 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The home's owner plans to open a sober living home in a Magnolia Avenue house, but the close proximity to George G. White Middle School has some parents concerned.

If the plan is approved, homeowner Donna Lally would live in the lower one-bedroom portion of the house, while as many as four men recovering from alcohol and/or narcotic addictions would reside in the upper three-bedroom portion.

The men would all have previously completed rehab programs before living in the home, Lally said.

Hillsdale officials said they were surprised to learn about the home, and wanted to have the borough's planning board review the plan because of the proximity to the middle school.

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Barbara Finnigan October 29, 2012 at 12:28 PM
The owner of the property in the paper work submitted to the town is a corporation, but in the articles a single woman is mentioned as the owner. Is this a business which will put a business in a residential area? Does zoning have to be changed? Charging $2500 to $3000 for a room sure sounds like a business to me. This is nowhere close tho the rental rates in the area .
Jim Leggate (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 04:48 PM
To answer your first point, Barbara- Lally is doing this as a limited liability company.

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