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LHS Grads’ Dream Comes True

MANHATTAN, NY - Marc Jarman, 45, (LHS Class of ’87), had a once in a lifetime experience on March 9— he met his favorite athlete Roger Federer, played tennis with World #11 Grigor Di...

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Exceptional Kids

Burnet Hill Fifth Grader is the North Jersey Elementary School Winner of the “New Jersey Enthusiastic Reader Award”

WAYNE, NJ - On March 14, Meadow Geltzeiler, a fifth grader at Burnet Elementary School in Livingston, received the “New Jersey Enthusiastic Reader Award” at the New Jersey Associatio...

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East Orange Woman Charged with Credit Card Theft with Intent to Use

March 18, 2015

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Municipal Court has charged East Orange Resident Myeisha Sturdivant, a Party City employee, with credit card fraud. The charge, originally amended to theft,...

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Admit U to College

Special Announcement: Admit U Consulting Now Offering Tutoring Services

Melanie and the Admit U Consulting team are excited to announce our latest business venture—our services are expanding to provide students with comprehensive college planning all under one...

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Livingston Community Corner

Livingston Students Win Awards for Research Projects

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Livingston Public Schools has announced that two of Livingston’s Science Research students attended the North Jersey Regional Science Fair (NJRSF) competition over the wee...

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Y Works

Premier of Newly-Renovated Rosen PAC Features Performance by Aztec Two-Step Performing Simon and Garfunkel Songbook on May 2

WAYNE, NJ - The newly-renovated Rosen Performing Arts Center at the Wayne YMCA will make its debut May 2 as the Rosen PAC welcomes folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step performing “The Simon & ...

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CPA Q&A

Robert J. Blackwell, CPA/PFS/CGMA

Robert J. Blackwell, CPA/PFS/CGMA is a senior member of Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC. He provides accounting, tax and consulting services for a diverse client base of individuals and closel...

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Sobel Solutions

Dress For Success to Honor Sobel & Co.'s Michael LaForge at 2015 Gala

LIVINGSTON, NJ – For the first time ever, Dress for Success (DFS) of Morris County, a not-for-profit organization that promotes economic independence for women in need of support, has chos...

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Golda Och Academy Corner

Seventh-Grade Students Apply Judaic Lessons to Golda Och Academy's Annual Tzedakah Fair

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Golda Och Academy’s seventh-graders participated in the annual Tzedakah Fair on March 17, showcasing their multimedia projects on charitable organizations for parents, fa...

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Discount Travel News

A Week in San Diego for $474

This week’s gem, The Gaslamp Plaza Suites is a historical, European style hotel built in 1913, and listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. As you walk in, observe the plaza...

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Real Estate

Trial Begins Against Livingston Township Manager Michele Meade on Tuesday

By JESSICA MARRONE PARKES

April 23, 2014 at 8:06 AM

WEST CALDWELL, NJ – The trial of The State of New Jersey vs. Michele Meade, Livingston's township manager, got under way on Tuesday.

It has been over a year since Livingston hosted the controversial April 19, 2013 Emergency Service (ESU) training on the Dubrow’s property located at 247 W. Northfield Road, where conflict erupted between Meade and three individuals participating in the training: Livingston Police Sergeant Kenny Hanna, Belleville Police Officer Charles Mollineaux and his civilian wife, Kelly Mollineaux.

As a result of the incident, charges were filed against Meade by Hanna on May 2, 2013 (disorderly conduct, N.J.S.A 2C:33-2B) and by Kelly Mollineaux on April 22, 2013 (simple assault, N.J.S.A 2C:12-1A1), while a private report into police conduct was initiated by the Livingston Township council and executed by private attorney, John Quirk.

On June 19, 2013, West Caldwell Judge Bridget A. Stecher found probable cause regarding Kelly Mollineaux’s charge that Meade assaulted her during the ESU training, and today, the state agreed to withdraw the other complaint of disorderly conduct for offensive language. Stecher explained that while it was reported that Meade did use profane language during the incident, it was, in this case, protected under her first amendment right.

On Tuesday, Stecher heard the testimonies and cross examination of Kelly Mollineaux and Sgt. Hanna as well as of three others present at the Dubrow’s property during the ESU training: Belleville Officer Charles Mollineaux, Livingston Officer Vince Daly and Little Silver Officer Frank Salerno.

Before proceedings, Meade’s attorney, Salvatore Alfano, asked the court to take judicial notice that a) Under N.J.S.A title 40, as the township manager, Meade is head of the department of public safety; b) Under Chapter Two for the Township of Livingston there is an ordinance that says Meade is the appropriate authority of the Livingston Police Department; and c) The incident occurred on a day when the city of Boston was on lockdown after the marathon bombing.

Stecher responded to Alfano by saying that she would take note of his first point that Meade is head of the department of public safety, however the relevance of Alfano’s second notice will be decided during trial, as the ordinance in chapter two of the Township of Livingston was amended on April 22, 2013, just three days after the ESU training, to reflect that Meade was the appropriate authority of the LPD. ** 

In regard to Alfano’s third point about lock down in Boston, Stecher said that she would take note of his argument that this may have set the tone for Meade’s state of mind during the incident; however its relevance must be seen during the trial.

Representing the state is West Caldwell Assistant municipal Prosecutor Joseph DeFuria. The case will continue this morning at 10 a.m. at West Caldwell Municipal court located at 30 Clinton Road, West Caldwell.

** TAP was recently notified that Judge Stecher was incorrect in saying that the ordinance was amended on April 22, 2013.  It was last amended in 2010. Click here to see ordinance.

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