About Us

The Essex Bridge Center has been owned and operated year-round by the Powell family since July 1995 and is currently under the direction of Meagan & Alan Powell. It is located in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Building on Rt. 10 in Livingston, NJ. 

The Powells have built on the bridge legacy of Miriam Steinberger and Robert Wakeman who founded Essex Bridge Center in the 1960s.  A family of experienced teachers, they have worked to bring more people to the enjoyment of bridge.  Today the center offers many lessons and games below the advanced level where beginners and intermediates can develop and improve their bridge skills.  Intermediate and advanced players benefit from the latest developments in duplicate bridge including pre-dealt hands with hand records available after the game (and online) and wireless electronic pads on each table to facilitate faster and more accurate scoring.

The Powells are all ACBL Directors.  Helping with the extensive multi-level game schedule is a full staff of ACBL Certified Directors and Essex Bridge Center Assistant Directors.

Rob Powell, son of Roz and brother of Alan, provides computer and internet support to the business.