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/…
The woman who wants to open the house to recovering alcohol and drug addicts said she hoped to help men restore order to their lives after going through rehab.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Jim Leggate
Thursday, October 25, 2012
A proposed sober living home near George G. White Middle School has some Hillsdale residents concerned about children's safety. "Something like this doesn't belong next to a school," Mayor Max Arnowitz said. The home's owner, Donna Lally, said she understood the concerns but hoped that her neighbors would come around. She described the home as "sober living for executive men." The residents would all be 28 or older and voluntarily pay to stay there. There would be no court-ordered residents and the facility does not use government funding, according to Lally. "I think they need to come to an understanding of what I do here, and not be afraid," Lally said. Lally said she wanted to open the facility because of the impact addiction has had on…