Thursday, February 21, 2013
Board to discuss center of recent controversy.
During their first meeting of 2013, Bloomfield's Board of Health is hearing a presentation on one of the most talked about topics of 2012: management of the John A. Bukowski Shelter for Animals. The agenda for the meeting scheduled to be held tonight at the Mayor's Conference room at 6:30 p.m., includes two items concerning the animal shelter. The first is an Animal Shelter update and presentation and the second is listed as Animal Shelter Transfer. At the Bloomfield Township Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19, responsibility for the Animal Shelter was given to Township Administrator Ted Ehrenburg. Previously the Bloomfield Township Committee had given Neighbor to Neighbor Network, a volunteer branch within the Department of Health and …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The board's first meeting of the year will also be a reorganization meeting.
Wednesday, January 30
The Bloomfield Board of Health will meet Thursday. The board will convene at 6:30 p.m. in Room 205, or the Mayor's Conference Room, which is located in the Law Enforcement Building on the second floor, at 1 Municipal Plaza. This will be the board's first meeting of the new year, and it will also be a reorganization meeting. The Board of Health is comprised of: James McLaughlin, President Kathleen DeMarino, Vice President Joel Elkins, Member Martha Felix, Member Stephanie Smith, Member Peggy Dunigan, Council Liaison
Friday, November 9, 2012
Judge rules Lexus Project, group that filed lawsuit against township, does not have ownership of the dog
A judge threw out Friday a $1 million civil action lawsuit against the township of Bloomfield that would have brought Memphis the pit bull one step closer to being adopted. Judge Walter Koprowski dismissed the suit, filed by the Lexus Project on behalf of dog trainers Jeff and Diana Coltenback, after he ruled the Lexus Project did not have legal ownership of Memphis. The Lexus Project, a non-profit legal defense organization for dogs, had asked in its lawsuit that Memphis be placed in the care of Robin Mittasch, a trustee and co-founder of the project, Bloomfield Life previously reported. The suit also requested an injunction prohibiting the township from euthanizing, selling or transferring the dog. "It seems to me that in order for the …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Bloomfield Board of Health lawyer blasts town council for proposing to draft settlement in Memphis the pit bull predicament
The latest in the Memphis the pit bull saga has the Bloomfield council and Board of Health (BOH) once again pitted against each other. In a letter dated Oct. 1 and addressed to Mayor Raymond McCarthy, BOH attorney Ronald J. Ricci accused the council of "overstepping its boundaries and passing resolutions which support a group who is threatening and defaming public employees and the animal shelter under the control of the Bloomfield Board of Health." The council last week passed a resolution proposing the township's attorney draft some sort of settlement, Bloomfield Life reported, to end a months-long feud between the township, BOH and dog trainers Jeff and Diana Coltenback, who wish to adopt the dog. Memphis, a gold-colored pit bull found …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Bloomfield family to appear before Board of Health tonight at 6:30 p.m. in an effort to adopt beloved pit bull.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Bloomfield residents, Jeff Coltenback and his wife Diana, will appear before the Board of Health tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Civic Center to convince township officials to allow them to adopt Memphis, a stray pit bull. The couple, who owns the Paradise Pet store and operates the Pitty Rescue animal rescue organization, first learned about the dog in March after it was taken off the streets as a stray and brought to the Bloomfield Animal Shelter. Soon after, Jeff Coltenback, an animal behaviorist, contacted the Board of Health and offered his professional services to train the dog, which was deemed unadoptable by an evaluator at the shelter. In doing so, Coltenback says he personally incurred both the expenses and legal liability associated…