Archive for March, 2012

>Science, Art and Nature Recreation Programs for April School Break

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Science, Art and Nature Recreation Programs for April School Break

During the school recess in April, Ridgewood Recreation will offer the following programs for students:

SCIENCE ROCKS! ART CAMP WITH ABRAKADOODLE – Grades K-3, Monday and Tuesday, April 9 and 10, 9 a.m. to 12 noon each day, at The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, $100 (includes all materials). Artsy chemists and biologists will stir up some fun making paint and concocting icky, slimy, gooey clay dough, as well as make buggy habitats and a metamorphic picture.

“GREEN KIDS” WORKSHOP – SPRING IN THE GARDEN – Grades 3-5, Tuesday, More >

>School trustees in Ridgewood urge support for spending plan

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School trustees in Ridgewood urge support for spending plan

THURSDAY MARCH 29, 2012, 3:40 PMBY DARIUS AMOSSTAFF WRITERTHE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Though the school district has entered “uncharted waters” with respect to teachers’ contracts, Board of Education (BOE) trustees on Monday urged voters to approve the 2012-13 budget. Described by supporters as “responsible” and “prudent,” the $90.6 million spending plan, specifically the $82 million school tax levy, is up for a vote on April 17.

The proposed budget represents a 2 percent increase over the current year and will raise the annual school tax

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>Potential changes to Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool schedule are criticized

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Potential changes to Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool schedule are criticized

THURSDAY MARCH 29, 2012, 4:52 PMBY JOSEPH CRAMERSTAFF WRITERTHE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

The Graydon Pool schedule for the 2012 season shows reduced hours in the early part of the summer and has drawn some criticism from residents, but Village Council members say the discussion is far from over.

Earlier this week, the 2012 schedule of operations for Graydon Pool was posted on the village website, indicating reduced operational hours on weekdays from June 2 to 20, the early part of the summer when a majority of Ridgewood children

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>Many of the upper jobs at Village Hall pay significant more here than other nearby comparable towns

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Photo by Boyd LovingMany of the upper jobs at Village Hall pay significant more here than other nearby comparable towns

Police are a union contract and cannot currently be renegotiated I’m pretty sure.

They do make more here though than say in HHK- officers over there that we know have told me so.

But many of the upper jobs at VH do not involve a union contract, yet they pay signif. more here than other nearby comparable towns. By “comparable” I mean size and/or population.

Is job of Clerk here really so much more difficult to justify paying $110,740 when Mahwah pays theirs $67,940? That’s

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>Mayor Killion proclaim April 4th Arthur Murray Day in Ridgewood NJ!

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Mayor Killion proclaim April 4th Arthur Murray Day in Ridgewood NJ!Wed, April 04, 2012Time: 1:00 PM – 10:00 PMArthur Murray Dance Studio, 257 E. Ridgewood Ave. (entrance on Maple Ave.)

Mayor Killion has proclaimed April 4th Arthur Murray Day in Ridgewood NJ in honor of Arthur Murray Franchised Dance Studios 100 Year Anniversary!

Arthur Murray Dance Studio is located at 257 E. Ridgewood Avenue (Entrance on Maple Ave.)

In 1912, a young immigrant living in New York named Moishe Teichmann taught his first dance lesson. At the outbound of WW1, under pressure of an anti German feeling prevalent in More >

>ANNUAL SCHOOL ELECTION IS APRIL 17

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ANNUAL SCHOOL ELECTION IS APRIL 17

Following a Public Hearing on the 2012-2013 school budget on Monday, March 26, the Ridgewood Board of Education approved the 2012-2013 budget, which will now be presented to voters on Tuesday, April 17.

On Tuesday, April 3, the Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Daniel Fishbein will make a final public presentation on the proposed 2012-2013 school budget. Please plan to attend  at the Ridgewood High School Library Media Center at 7:30 p.m.

Questions about the budget may also be addressed to the superintendent at budget13@ridgewood.k12.nj.us.

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>Grading teachers: More schools invited to join evaluation pilot

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> Grading teachers: More schools invited to join evaluation pilot As the Christie administration expands and extends its pilot program for developing a statewide teacher evaluation system, it is also fine-tuning requirements for districts and adding some flexibility on how teachers are graded. The state Department of Education yesterday put out its requests for proposals to join the pilot, expanding from 10 districts this year to up to 30 next year.  (Mooney, NJ Spotlight) http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/12/0329/0308/

>Scott Garrett Discusses Threats to American Capital Markets in Speech to U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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Scott Garrett Discusses Threats to American Capital Markets in Speech to U.S. Chamber of CommerceMar 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises, today delivered a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce titled “Restoring American Competitiveness.”  In his speech, Garrett highlighted the ways in which the heavy-hand of the Obama administration is locking up capital and threatening American competitiveness.

Below is the full text of Garrett’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

“First, More >

>House rejects Bowles-Simpson, Obama budgets 414-0

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House rejects Bowles-Simpson, Obama budgets 414-0 By Stephen Dinan-The Washington Times

The Bowles-Simpson deficit-reduction plan went down to a crushing defeat in the House late Wednesday night in a vote that damages the one bipartisan proposal that just a few months ago had seemed like a possible solution to the country’s debt woes.

The 382-38 defeat, with just 16 Republicans and 22 Democrats voting for it, marks a bad end to what began nearly two years ago, when President Obama tapped former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, a Democrat, and former Sen. Alan Simpson, a Republican, More >

>Parents of murdered British students criticise Barack Obama

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Parents of murdered British students criticize Barack ObamaThe parents of two British students murdered in Florida have criticised President Barack Obama for his lack of compassion over their son’s deaths.

By Paul Thompson in Sarasota 3:00PM BST 29 Mar 2012

His failure to respond to three letters sent to the White House was because there was no “political value” and not worthy of a few minutes of his time.

They spoke out as teenager Shawn Tyson began a life sentence after being found guilty of the murder of James Cooper and James Kouzaris last April.

The 17 year old, who shot the men as they More >

>Cupcakes By Carousel Selected for "Best of Bergen 2012"

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Cupcakes By Carousel Selected for “Best of Bergen 2012″By Cupcakes CarouselPublished: Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2012 – 3:26 pm

RIDGEWOOD and ENGLEWOOD, N.J., March 28, 2012 — Cupcakes By Carousel of Ridgewood, Englewood, New Jersey has been honored with a recognition by (201) Magazine in its selection of “Best Of Bergen 2012.”

RIDGEWOOD and ENGLEWOOD, N.J., March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Announcing a special recognition appearing in the February 2012 issue of (201) Magazine published by North Jersey Media Group Inc.. Cupcakes By Carousel was selected for the following honor:

“Best Of More >

>Winds of March- Ridgewood Concert Band

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>Winds of March- Ridgewood Concert BandFri, March 30, 2012Time: 8:00 PM

West Side Presbyterian Church, 6 South Monroe Street, Ridgewood, NJ.

The Ridgewood Concert Band is holding the “Winds of March” program on Friday, March 30 at 8:00 PM. Conducted by Dr. Christian Wilhjelm, featuring guest soloist Elaine Douvas on Principal Oboe. There will also be a prelude performace at 7:30 PM by the Hackensack High School Concert Band.

Tickets available at the door, Adults: $20.00, Seniors ($15.00) and Students $7.00. Children 13 and under free with paying adult or senior

>Mega Millions lottery jackpot rockets to record $540 million

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Mega Millions lottery jackpot rockets to record $540 millionMarch 29,2012the staff of the Ridgewood blog

(Ridgewood -NJ) Strong ticket sales have sent the Mega Millions jackpot to a record-setting $540 million for tomorrow’s drawing.

Tuesday’s lottery jackpot was hardly meager at $363 million ,weeks have now passed without drawing a top winner. Previous top jackpot in the Mega Millions game was $390 million in 2007, and was split by two winners one in New Jersey and one in Georgia.

In Tuesday night’s drawing, 47 players came close, all matching five of the six winning numbers. Each of those More >

>Washington Post Declares Rush Limbaugh Boycott Nearly Over, Failed

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Washington Post Declares Rush Limbaugh Boycott Nearly Over, Failed

Limbaugh sees heat over comments turn down to a simmerBy Paul Farhi, Published: March 28

The dark clouds hanging over Rush Limbaugh appear to be lifting.

Exactly one month after the conservative radio host sparked outrage by calling Georgetown law-school student Sandra Fluke “a slut” and “a prostitute” in a three-day diatribe, stations are standing by him, advertisers are trickling back to his program and the news media have moved on.

Liberal groups that organized petitions and boycotts against Limbaugh say that they intend to More >

>BOE Elections : Gina Damasco

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BOE Elections : Gina Damasco

Gina Damasco is not a man. She is an attorney who presently works for the U.S Department of Education, and prior to that as a school board attorney representing numerous public school districts around New Jersey.

Further, Gina Damasco has never claimed to have successfully opposed the cell tower (it has been claimed on her behalf in blogs); rather, she made a public plea to form a committee of council members and residents to research the siting of cell towers in the community and to request a moratorium on the then-pending RFP to construct one at the firehouse More >

>Scott Garrett: Health Care Act provision threatens our freedom

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Scott Garrett: Health Care Act provision threatens our freedomWEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012   BY SCOTT GARRETTTHE RECORD

OUR COUNTRY’S founding principles of limited government and individual liberty were on trial this week as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding the constitutionality of President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

At the heart of this act is the individual mandate, which holds that the federal government can require citizens to purchase health insurance under threat of monetary penalty.

Such a law is unprecedented, unnecessary, unlimited and, above More >

>Public Hearing for Green Acres ROSI Correction – March 28, 2012

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Public Hearing for Green Acres ROSI Correction – March 28, 2012

Village of Ridgewood

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

TAKE NOTICE that the Village of Ridgewood has filed a request with the NJDEP Green Acres Program, proposing to amend the Village’s Recreation and Open Space Inventory (ROSI) by reducing the size of Block 1607, Lot 2 as shown on the Village of Ridgewood Tax Maps. Upon review of this listing on the ROSI, it is clear that a fire house has always been located on a portion of this lot and is not appropriate for recreational or open space pursuits. The existence of the fire house has been

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