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Age Friendly Ridgewood presents : This Chair Rocks- a Manifesto Against Ageism by Author Ashton Applewhite

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Ridgewood NJ, Age Friendly presents: A community health talk with Ashton Applewhite author of This chair rocks: A manifesto Against Ageism

Think differently about growing older and how aging is a natural, lifelong, powerful process that unites us all. Discrimination exists in all walks of life.

When: Tuesday, April 30th 7-8:30pm

Ridgewood Public Library
125 N. Maple Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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Parking available at Graydon Pool Lot
For more information call 201-632-1554 or email [email protected]

Light refreshments will be served. Book signings offered.

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Bergen County Historical Society : The Water Crisis of 1876 ,Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Steuben House, River Edge, NJ


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New bridge landing NJ, Bergen County Historical Society is  hosting a lecture on : The Water Crisis of 1876 ,Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Steuben House, River Edge, NJ

Presented by Kevin Olsen

New Jersey has long depended on surface water for much of its potable water supplies. The 1876 Annual Report of the State Geologist features detailed discussions of the state’s water resources and provides valuable insights into what was then known about pure water and public health. By 1876 the links between pure water and health were well established but the underlying pathology was only dimly understood. In 1876 the New Jersey Geological Survey was forced to find ways of measuring the disease-causing potential of a water supply without actually knowing exactly how diseases were transmitted. This task was given special urgency because in the summer of 1876 a committee of the northern New Jersey mayors requested the aid of the State Geologist in identifying new sources of water supply. Searching for an alternative source of supply, Geological Survey chemists analyzed water samples from wells and rivers throughout the region. Based on these results the Geological Survey recommended the upper Passaic River basin as the new source of domestic water. The Geological Survey recommendations of 1876 lead directly to the construction of reservoirs in northern New Jersey. Today there are 13 major reservoirs in with a combined storage capacity of 76.2 billion gallons.

Kevin Olsen is the Instrumentation Specialist on the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department’s support staff at New Jersey’s Montclair State University. As an historian Kevin has published a number of papers related to chemical history and New Jersey’s maritime history.

The lecture takes place in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ. No charge. Please join us for refreshments at the conclusion.

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Branch Brook park in Newark has a larger collection of cherry blossoms than Washington DC

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Newark NJ, An NJ Transit Police officer took this photo after patrolling Branch Brook Park Station during the week. One of the great things about being New Jersey Transit Police Officers is that our area of patrol spans the entire state. No matter where we go, there’s always something interesting to see.

Here’s a little known fact: New Jersey has more cherry trees than Washington D.C. Every spring, residents and visitors alike can see the largest cherry blossom collection in the United States.

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NJ Hacker Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Breaking into Private Accounts of Two Women and Posting Sexually Explicit Videos of Them Online


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TRENTON NJ, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that a Monmouth County man was sentenced to prison today for hacking into the private cloud-based accounts of two women and stealing sexually explicit videos and photos of them, which he posted on publicly accessible sites.

Patrick S. Farrell, 37, of Clarksburg (Millstone Township), N.J., was sentenced today to five years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Richard W. English in Monmouth County. Farrell pleaded guilty on Dec. 7, 2018 to an accusation charging him with second-degree computer theft. Deputy Attorneys General Joseph Remy and Thomas Huynh took the guilty plea and handled the sentencing for the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau. Farrell was charged in an investigation by the New Jersey State Police Troop C Criminal Investigations Office, Cyber Crimes Unit, and Digital Technology Investigations Unit, the Division of Criminal Justice, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the New Brunswick Police, and the Montclair State University Police.

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7:30 pm – Call to Order – Mayor

  1. Statement of Compliance with Open Public Meeting Act

            Mayor: “Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by a posting on the bulletin           board in Village Hall, by mail to the Ridgewood News, The Record, and by submission      to all persons entitled to same as provided by law of a schedule including the date and          time of this meeting.”

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Valley Named Among World’s Best Hospitals

Valley Hospital

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Ridgewood NJ, The Valley Hospital has been named one of the world’s best hospitals by Newsweek in its inaugural World’s Best Hospitals 2019 list.

The World’s Best Hospitals 2019 ranking lists the 1,000 best hospitals in 11 countries: USA, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Australia and Israel. 

Valley is one of only five N.J. hospitals and 250 U.S. hospitals featured on the list, and is ranked as the 104th best hospital in the U.S.

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Reader says Ridgewood Schools Remain Strong


4 generations here and I do not agree with your subjective essay about Ridgewood schools declining compared to other public schools. Your observation about no child left behind being a negative is valid for all public schools not just Ridgewood. Private schools will likely continue to benefit from this advantage but truth is they always have.
Rank History for Ridgewood High School, does not show decline.
This graph shows how well Ridgewood High School is performing relative to other high schools in New Jersey.

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Runoff From Toll Brother Site Destroys Easter Celebrations in Upper Saddle River

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Upper Saddle River NJ, while New Jersey politicians plunder the state and spend their days contriving new schemes to raise your taxes, the NJ DEP is left ineffectual against polluters.

Derek Michalski of GreenUSR said,” Easter celebrations in GreenUSR has been ruined for the second year in a row!!! I never wished anyone to go to hell but if anybody deserve it it would be Chris Gaffney for his decision to allow its workers to pump heavy mud second year in a row during Holy Week. Shame on him, shame on Toll Brothers and Toll Brothers’ apologists. “

Posted by Derek Michalski on Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Reader says “Christians are generally more pleasant “

“First, learn to spell. Perhaps some prayer would help.
Second, one only need to look at how the present joke of a presidential administration got into power to see that “christians” are fundamentally anti-atheist. They are willing to over look perhaps the most un-christian person characteristics solely to advance their agenda. An agenda which goes against the tide of history.
I look forward to the day that religion is but a story we tell our children of a far more ignorant age.”

There you go again. More angry, hateful rhetoric. You are just making my point.
This type of mean spirited, pious, snarky attack reinforces my point that most people, regardless of their belief in God would rather spend time with those who believe in God, since they are generally more pleasant.

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