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Common Core : Here We Go Again Welcome back to the Math Wars

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Common Core : Here We Go Again Welcome back to the Math Wars 

PARCC testing is supposed to be more about the child’s facility with using a computer than his or her knowledge of the subject matter being tested. This is untested, seat-of-the-pants, thrown-together Obamacare website territory we will be in, and there will be a huge blowback. Fifth graders in particular need to be ready for anything, given that their standardized math scores for this year constitute the first 1/7th part of the rubric that determines whether they are ranked in the top 10 percent of their middle school in math More >

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Midland Park OKs dispatching negotiations

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Midland Park OKs dispatching negotiationsOCTOBER 2, 2014    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2014, 12:31 AMBY LYNN BRUGGEMANNCORRESPONDENTMIDLAND PARK SUBURBAN NEWSMIDLAND PARK — The Borough Council voted Thursday, Sept. 25, to table an ordinance introduced two weeks earlier to enter into an agreement with Northwest Bergen Central Dispatch for emergency dispatch services .Instead, the council passed a resolution “to enter into negotiations with the Northwest Bergen Central Dispatch, including the ownership communities’ governing bodies of the Northwest Bergen Central Dispatch.”Northwest More >

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New Jersey making passing new tests a graduation requirement

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New Jersey making passing new tests a graduation requirementOCTOBER 1, 2014, 4:59 PM    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2014, 11:59 PMBY HANNAN ADELYSTAFF WRITERTHE RECORDNew Jersey is making all students pass new tests in English and math or hit a minimum grade on a college admissions exam to get a high school diploma beginning in 2016.The decision appears to be a reversal for the administration, which had promised the new tests wouldn’t count right away.Acting Education Commissioner David Hespe denied that the administration was backing off its promise, because the tests will not be More >

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Amtrak tunnel closures loom for badly needed repairs on aging Hudson River crossings

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Amtrak tunnel closures loom for badly needed repairs on aging Hudson River crossingsOCTOBER 1, 2014, 7:40 PM    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2014, 12:17 AMBY CHRISTOPHER MAAGSTAFF WRITERTHE RECORDTraveling from New Jersey to New York City is about to get even harder.The salty floodwaters of Superstorm Sandy caused so much damage to two train tunnels under the Hudson River that they must be closed for additional hours every week, which will mean fewer trains and longer waits for commuters, officials said. Already, the tunnels are closed for large portions of the weekends for repairs. More >

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Steve Wynn: I’m ‘more scared’ about US than China

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Steve Wynn: I’m ‘more scared’ about US than ChinaJane Wells | @janewells

To rephrase a purported Chinese proverb: Steve Wynn lives in interesting times.

The casino magnate behind Wynn Resorts makes most of his money in Macau, China, and he’s worked closely with the Chinese government for a dozen years. However, gambling revenue across Macau has softened as the government has cracked down on what it calls illegal lending practices there, and as potential new anti-smoking rules threaten to turn off gamblers. Now, new tensions are rising on the heels of massive protestsin Hong Kong by More >

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NJ court says hospitals can keep internal error reviews private

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NJ court says hospitals can keep internal error reviews privateBy Anne Zieger | October 1, 2014Dive Brief:A New Jersey Supreme Court ruling has concluded that hospitals’ internal review reports written after adverse events occur should remain private.The ruling relies on the 2004 Patient Safety Act, which protects healthcare worker confidentiality in an effort to let them be more candid when errors are made.The ruling allows Valley Hospital of Ridgewood, NJ to keep a memo to itself that was written after events that led to allegations in a medical malpractice case.Dive Insight:According to More >

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Nazi Death Camp Survivor Responds To California School’s Ban On Popular Holocaust Book

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Nazi Death Camp Survivor Responds To California School’s Ban On Popular Holocaust BookBy Justen Charterscharter school in California is stirring up major controversy after banning a popular book about a woman who helped saved Jews during the Holocaust.Fox News has more:Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, Calif., not only had a problem with “The Hiding Place,” they also took issue with any other book that was written by a Christian author or included a Christian message.“We do not purchase sectarian educational materials and do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending More >

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Bergen freeholder hopefuls debate centers on Sheriff Departments use of MRAP’s

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living in a Police State ….

Bergen freeholder hopefuls debate centers on Sheriff Departments use of MRAP’s“I don’t want them on our streets,” Candidate Bernie Walsh SEPTEMBER 30, 2014, 7:55 PM    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014, 10:06 PMBY JOHN C. ENSSLINSTAFF WRITERNORTHJERSEY.COMThe four candidates for Bergen County freeholder sparred in their first debate Tuesday over the budget, armored vehicles, and consolidation of law enforcement.In the 90-minute forum at the Teaneck Library, Republican candidates Bernadette Walsh and Robert Avery took issue with how the More >

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Some thoughts on Common Core ….

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Some thoughts on Common Core ….Just received this email from the district superintendent. Dr. Stotsky’s views of Common Core are substantially aligned with that of Dr. James Milgram–in a word: Negative.I think Common Core is a ‘happy name’, meant to inspire confidence in ordinary citizens who don’t have the time to do their own research and are inclined to defer to so-called ‘experts’. In reality, the slightest interest paired with cursory research and at least some independent thought and analysis would reveal to almost every citizen and voter in Ridgewood that while we were busy doing More >

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Widow of N.J. trooper disappointed by court decision to parole husband’s killer

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Werner Foerster, killed during a traffic stop in 1973, escaped East Germany as a young man. Who would have thought that in 2014 the USA would be more like Police State East Germany ?

Widow of N.J. trooper disappointed by court decision to parole husband’s killerSEPTEMBER 30, 2014, 6:41 PM    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014, 11:41 PMBY ABBOTT KOLOFFSTAFF WRITERTHE RECORDShe has been largely quiet over the decades about the murder of her state trooper husband on the New Jersey Turnpike as his death became entangled in a crime involving a black anti-government movement and an armed More >

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In case you missed it Sept. 29 was National Coffee Day , but for some of us everyday is coffee day

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In case you missed it Sept. 29 was National Coffee Day , but for some of us everyday is coffee day SEPTEMBER 29, 2014, 10:43 AM    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014, 11:04 AMBY ELYSE TORIBIOSTAFF WRITERTHE RECORD(Originally published May 12, 2014)It can be hot- or cold-brewed, strong and bold or light and sweet, with or without foam, flavored naturally or with the syrupy stuff. At Ridgewood Coffee Company, you can even get your latte with a side of art; the shop specializes in “latte art” using the pouring method.What makes a really good cup of coffee? Terry Jung, who has owned the More >

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The League of Women Voters and Ridgewood Cares About Schools are co-sponsoring a panel on Thursday, October 2nd, at 7:00 pm at the Ridgewood Public Library on Common Core

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The League of Women Voters and Ridgewood Cares About Schools are co-sponsoring a panel on Thursday, October 2nd, at 7:00 pm at the Ridgewood Public Library on Common Core

 

Sent on Behalf of the League of Women VotersOctober 1, 2014Dear Parents/Guardians:Interested in learning more about the Common Core State Standards and upcoming PARCC testing? The League of Women Voters – Ridgewood, and a parent group called Ridgewood Cares About Schools are co-sponsoring a panel on the subject on Thursday, October 2nd, at 7:00 pm at the Ridgewood Public Library. Six distinguished speakers, including the More >

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Northeast loses 40% of House seats as people flee high-tax states

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Northeast loses 40% of House seats as people flee high-tax statesBY PAUL BEDARD | SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 | 11:21 AMTOPICS: WASHINGTON SECRETS TAXES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONNECTICUT MASSACHUSETTS NEW HAMPSHIRE NEW JERSEY NEW YORK PENNSYLVANIA The Northeast, once the nation’s political engine that produced presidents, House speakers and Senate giants including the late Edward M. Kennedy, is losing clout in Washington as citizens flee the high-tax region, according to experts worried about the trend.The Census Bureau reports that population growth has shifted to the South and the result is that More >

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UPDATE: Village Busted! – New park on Highwood Avenue?

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Photo of 224 Highwood Avenue courtesy of Tax Assessor’s Office, Village of Ridgewood

UPDATE: Village Busted! – New park on Highwood Avenue?September 30th ,2014Boyd A. Loving9:40 PM 

Ridgewood NJ, The recently posted agenda for the 10/01 Village Council Work Session MAY offer a clue as to where Council members are thinking about constructing the first of at least two (2) new parks.

As previously reported on The Ridgewood Blog, land acquired by the Village using Green Acres funds was subsequently sold for purposes of creating a low/moderate income housing development.  The sale of property More >

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The Village of Ridgewood will begin strictly enforcing REPEAT PARKING VIOLATIONS

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The Village of Ridgewood will begin strictly enforcing REPEAT PARKING VIOLATIONS  To all business owners and employees in Ridgewood important notice about parking! Please read carefully.

Effective November 1, 2014

The Village of Ridgewood will begin strictly enforcing REPEAT PARKING VIOLATIONS – on that date the police department will begin issuing tickets to vehicles that remain in a parking space beyond 3 hours.This means that you will no longer be able to extend the time at the parking meter by adding additional quarters to the meters at the end of the time allowed.

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Bear Standoff Ends Happily with no Causalities in Ridgewood

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the apple dose not fall far from the tree Keith Jr. picking up where his father left off

Bear Standoff Ends Happily with no Causalities in Ridgewood SEPTEMBER 30, 2014, 10:47 AM    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014, 5:10 PMBY STEFANIE DAZIO AND CHRIS HARRISSTAFF WRITERSTHE RECORDWildlife officials have finally captured an elusive bear that romped around the village for nearly six hours.The bear was tranquilized around 3 p.m. Tuesday as it rested in a tree on Lake Avenue. Police officers waited below with a net to catch the drugged bruin, who struggled to hang onto the branches for 30 More >

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CDC: Working to identify anyone who had contact with sick patient during infectious period

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CDC: Working to identify anyone who had contact with sick patient during infectious periodEverett Rosenfeld | @Ev_Rosenfeld

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of Ebola in the United States at a Tuesday news conference.

The CDC said that the patient had come from Liberia, and did not show any symptoms when he arrived in the United States on Sept. 20. The organization said it is closely monitoring the situation.

“It is certainly possible that someone who had contact with this individual…could develop Ebola in the coming weeks,” said Tom Frieden, the CDC’s More >

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