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Schepisi: Murphy’s policies are ‘crushing’ the middle-class

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River Vale NJ, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi speaks with reporters at a press conference on Feb. 14, 2019, about why public opinion polls increasingly show that Gov. Phil Murphy is taking New Jersey in the wrong direction.

Schepisi says, “We must work together, put aside partisan posturing and implement policies to ensure affordability for the middle class. NJ’s tax increases and Governor Murphy’s policies are crushing our middle class.”

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Unusual Situations That A Lawyer Would’ve Been Handy

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Ridgewood NJ, Not every single legal situation or matter requires hiring an attorney. Simple cases such as small claims court attendance and fighting parking or speeding ticket are examples of such. However, there are major situations, including very sticky ones that call for the presence of a lawyer. Most of these are very important cases involving deals, challenges and court disputes among several others that you wouldn’t want to toil with and lose.

While determining and establishing whether or not you require a lawyer depends on one’s legal scenario or situation, there are times that really call for hiring a lawyer. Most of these include a sticky situation where failing to work with one simply means losing claims, breaking the agreement or far much worse as jail time.

Here are a couple of situations that really call one to lawyer up:

��    Being involved in a road accident

Following a road accident, you will definitely need someone conversant with legal matters to advocate for your rights. This is especially because dealing with insurance companies after an accident is one of the most difficult and overwhelming tasks there is. As a matter of fact, it is almost certain that you make a mistake when trying to deal with insurance companies on your own after a car accident.

Hence, you require a lawyer to help you establish whether to settle or go to trial in case of such an incident. Keep in mind that all decisions made on the same will definitely be in your best interests.

��    After the purchase of a defective or faulty product

This is one situation that when not handled properly is bound to backfire in your face. If you happen to be a victim of a dangerous, faulty or defective product, you will definitely require a consumer lawyer to help you secure the necessary compensation. Keep in mind that most of these retail and supplier stores have their own legal representation when it comes to such matters. This is why you need a good lawyer when it comes to such matters.

Additionally, remember that the goods in question can be anything ranging from a refrigerator to a truck.

��    Undergoing a nasty divorce

When you and your spouse agree on how you are going to split your property when divorcing, of course, you do not require a lawyer. However, when there happens to be any complication including property ownership, investments, child custody and support, debt and savings and any other complication for that matter, you should definitely seek legal representation. Ensuring that all terms are finalized in your lawyer’s presence could save you a lot of money and hassle.

Other similar scenarios include the following:

��    Filing for bankruptcy

��    Fighting a DUI case (Driving Under the Influence)

��    Drug and generally any other criminal charges

��    Trusts and wills

��    Lawsuits, etc.

Now, why do you require lawyers in such cases?

First and foremost, the law is very complicated

If you are not a certified lawyer, then you shouldn’t even try to act like one in certain scenarios. Even the most experienced and expert of all lawyers typically don’t represent themselves when it comes to court hearings. Additionally, lawyers are well conversant with court concepts that you probably have never heard of. Take a personal injury case, for example; in most of these cases, there is an individual at fault and victims of the same are eligible for compensation. Such cases could be very complicated if not approached in the right manner. Jeffrey Preszler of Preszler Law says that in a personal injury lawsuit, discovery is the process by which the parties share information and attempt to avoid a ‘trial by surprise.’. Without proper representation, such a concept would never be heard of or even applied in your case. This is one of the main and practically the most important reasons why you need to leave the legal stuff to the experts.

Additionally, hiring a credited and experienced lawyer should help you:

�    Cut your court expenses significantly

�    File any documents and follow any procedures correctly without hurting your case

�    Challenge any shreds of evidence brought against you in court hence increase your winning chances

�    Gain access to any experts and witnesses needed to win your case in court

�    Plea bargains and negotiate settlements in your best interests

�    Present your strongest cases and points perfectly in a hearing etc.

These are just but some among the countless reasons why you require proper and credited representation in court. You wouldn’t want to face an expert lawyer on your own in court as that could mean the loss of property, deals and even jail time.

In life matters, it is quite essential that you make the best decisions that should protect you and all your personal interests. The best, if not surest way of ensuring that you do this is by hiring an experienced and credited lawyer. They will definitely advise you accordingly and make your life much easier.

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Ridgewood Village, Our Future Master Plan Roundtable Events- Be a part of these discussions


Ridgewood NJ, What will downtown Ridgewood be like in 5, 10, or 20 years? What should downtown Ridgewood be like in the future? What is your vision for the future of downtown?

The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to participate in a roundtable discussion focusing on the future of Ridgewood’s Central Business District area.

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Proposed Marijuana Legislation Leaves Employers in the Weeds


While we hear a lot about the benefits of legalizing recreational marijuana—the business opportunities it provides, expungement of criminal records, where dispensaries will be located and the like—no one is talking about the human resource ramifications. Yes, decriminalizing recreational marijuana is a step forward in many ways, but there are holes in the legislation that leave lots of questions for businesses.

As recreational use of marijuana loses its criminalization and stigma, business owners and human resources need to be extra cautious as they prepare for implementation to manage risk and employee behavior.

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NJBIA: Improving NJ Business Climate Would Help Attract Amazon, and Others

Amazon Introduces New Tablet At News Conference In New York

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Trenton NJ, NJBIA President and CEO Michele N. Siekerka Esq. issued the following statement today relating to Governor Murphy’s efforts to attract Amazon to Newark.

“NJBIA shares and appreciates Governor Murphy’s enthusiasm for Newark as an ideal location for Amazon’s future expansion. Newark’s rebirth, where we have seen billions of dollars in high-tech investment, has been nothing short of inspiring. We hope Amazon will recognize the quality of Newark’s location, infrastructure and workforce and how it is serving as a model on how to own the innovation mantle and replicate it in urban areas across the state.

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Bill to Allow Restaurants to Advertise BYOB Status Clears Committee


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Trenton NJ,  Legislation sponsored by Senator James Beach and Senate Law and Public Safety Chair Linda Greenstein, which would allow restaurants to advertise that they are BYOB, cleared the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee yesterday.

“The whole purpose of BYOB is that diners bring in their own beer or wine, but without advertising people don’t know someplace is a BYOB until they get there,” said Senator Beach (D-Burlington/Camden). “This legislation will allow more people to take advantage of that offering.”

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Gottheimer Praises Bipartisan Deal to Keep Government Open, Toughen Borders, and Help Fund Gateway

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GLEN ROCK NJ, Today, Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) hailed the signing of the bipartisan deal that he voted for to keep the government open, strengthen America’s borders, and help fund the Gateway Project.

Yesterday, House Republicans and Democrats came together to pass the legislation in a 300-128 vote. The deal includes $540 million in resources to help keep the Gateway tunnel project on track.

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Edgewater NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced today the arrests of ALEXIS MERCEDES (DOB: 10/22/1986; single; unemployed) and KATHERINE CASTILLO (DOB 01/09/1995; single; unemployed) both of 100 Alexander Way, Apt. 930, Edgewater, New Jersey. The arrests are the result an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.

In October 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad began an investigation into potential criminal activity by Alexis MERCEDES and Katherine CASTILLO. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that MERCEDES and CASTILLO were providing fictitious and/or fraudulent identification in order to establish residency. On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, BCPO detectives executed a search warrant at MERCEDES’s and CASTILLO’s residence in Edgewater, New Jersey as well as two vehicles used by them.

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Reader Comments on the Effect of “High Density Housing “


“Let us spell out what did this mean for the Village , it means an enormous increase in the population of the CBD and the Village of Ridgewood . Which means; more investment in school construction , more construction of parking facilities , more construction of water infrastructure , more investment in roads and traffic signals , sewage and more investment in Police , Fire and Emergency services .”

* More people = more congestion and strain on services.
* More school construction = more bonding just to keep up with old buildings
* More (unnecessary) parking = more bond debt to bail out CBD owners at the expense of resident taxpayers
* More water infrastructure = in a town where we are on restrictions year-round, not to mention that Ridgewood never met a public utility it didn’t want to own (so we get sued)
* More roads & signals = they are already behind on road maintenance and the parking department has a love for quarters.
* More uniformed services = as a nod to the unions who we love to pay out 6-figure salaries to.

Yeah, the three amigos really did it to us, so the mayor could deliver $$ to his Dem cohorts as he padded his political resume for consideration by his politico masters.

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BREAKING NEWS : Judge rules that board of education members terms may not be shortened


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Ridgewood NJ, Today February 15, 2019 in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County Law Division, The Honorable Robert C. Wilson, J.S.C, issued the following opinion in the Verified Complaint filed on January 18, 2019, by the Office of the Superintendent of Ridgewood Public Schools seeking clarification of Ridgewood Board of Education Member election dates:Judge Wilson ruled that the terms of a board of education member cannot be shortened.

Therefore, there will only be a budget election during April 2019 and not an election for seats on the Ridgewood Board of Education.
Based on this opinion, elections for seats on the Ridgewood Board of Education will be scheduled as follows:
The next board of education election will be in April 2020.
Those interested in running for a seat on the Ridgewood Board of Education in April 2020 and beyond are encouraged to check out candidate information available on the Ridgewood Public School website.