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Reader asks ,”So did Tommy “coin boy” Rica ever even pay the Village back the $230,000 he’d agreed to as part of his plea conviction in 2014?”

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So did Tommy “coin boy” Rica ever even pay the Village back the $230,000 he’d agreed to as part of his plea conviction in 2014? The forensic accountant said more like $850,000 was stolen, so where is the other $620,000? And why weren’t his supervisor Chris Rutishsuser or the the cops who saw Tommy boy coming and going from the room in their part of the building with 50lb coin bags ever implicated? Was this mob related ? James, what is the update?

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Reader asks , “$500K golden toilet anyone?”

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So far we have about $13mn in debt obligations related to parking garage bonding’s… given the historical pattern of delays, expensive ‘change orders’, and cost overruns associated with any project the Village has financed ($500K golden toilet anyone?), my guess is this will come in over $20 million and run at an operating loss of more than $1 million annually. And that’s without ‘coin boy’ and his enablers stealing our quarters. All this, just as interest rates spike. It adds up to more financial lunacy from the Village, and taxpayers get screwed again.

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Reader asks ,”How can the stores compete the malls where there is a better selection and free parking “

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I’ve lived here since 1969. I won’t waste money on parking and a potential ticket to go in a store or post office. I go to post offices in other towns and if I need to shop it’s not here. How can the stores compete the malls where there is a better selection and free parking. I’d like to know what net amount th village even realize from the meter revenue.
By the time you add in costs of equipment , employees, pensions, theft of quarters, it’s minuscule.. All it does is chase away shoppers, just as taxes chase people out of NJ.
Years ago shopkeepers were able to give tokens out so the shoppers didn’t have to pay. But that’s not possible now… Try something unique….remove the meters. Overtime parking is easily enforced chalking tires as is done elsewhere. Triple the fines for repeat parking in order to stop store employees from abusing parking. Problem solved.

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Reader Worries Ridgewood’s AAA Credit Rating Could be At Risk

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Based on previous building projects managed by the Village ($500K Golden commodes anyone? ) this garage project will be delayed repeatedly, suffer numerous expensive “change orders”, and likely cost $20+ million all in by the time its ready (40% of annual municipal budget).It will never pay for itself, guaranteed. Right as interest rates spike and the Village’s S&P AAA rating on our municipal debt is downgraded. Can you say large municipal debt and interest expense increases?

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Parent claims kids can and do surf porn using Ridgewood school issued Chrome Books during classes

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Ridgewood NJ, In case you missed it, the parent of a 9-year old addressed BOE members during the public comment portion of Monday evening’s meeting and revealed that her son and one of his classmates were, and still are, able to surf porn and other “age inappropriate” videos using their school issued Chrome Books, via the school’s WiFi network, and during school hours.

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Reader says , “We have reached the pinacle of decades of mismanagement regime after regime”

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We have reached the pinacle of decades of mismanagement regime after regime.
Look behind the curtain..developers and other political
hacks have been driving the bus as far as Misprioritization
of the common Taxpapers needs vs the money people who see ridgewood as the new Englewood or Montclair with fields of condos and associated costs related to any fantasy transit village conversion, so that the realtors and developers can pick the towns assets clean down to the bone .Leaving the massive debt servicing to the home owner families with mortgages and kids in local Schools for years ahead
Realtors love the churn..developers love the chaos ..
Parking debt public obligation will be unsustainable ..but by then the developers will have sold to the REITS and moved on with
our futures in their greedy pockets ..Interest rate and taxation rising rates add more fuel to the fire ..ps pave cottage place parking lot…have you no shame VC .?

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IMPORTANT VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD LEAF COLLECTION UPDATE

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Ridgewood NJ, from the Village of Ridgewood ,Important Leaf Collection Update 11.20.18

IMPORTANT LEAF COLLECTION UPDATE

Due to recent weather events the LEAF PLACEMENT DATES for the following areas will be adjusted in order to give ample opportunity for leaf clean up.
Area D Revised Leaf Placement Dates: Nov. 13 – Nov. 25 (second pick-up)
Area A Revised Leaf Placement Dates: Nov. 23 – December 2 (third pick-up)
Area C Revised Leaf Placement Dates: Nov. 29 – December 9 (third pick-up)

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Days After Snow Storm Debacle Murphy Administration Offers Free Legal to Illegal Aliens

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Trenton NJ, just a few days after the massive failure of the Murphy Administration to prepare for the area’s first major snow storm , stranding thousands of motorist ,horror stories abound of people stuck on highways for hours and hours and of kids spending the night in their schools. Tales of commuters leaving work at 4 p.m. and getting home near midnight are common. The storm effected just about everyone, even the high-and-mighty. Chris Christie tweeted that it took him nearly six hours to journey from Piscataway to his home in Mendham.

Following through on Governor Phil Murphy’s budget initiative, the Department of the Treasury today announced that it has allocated $2.1 million in supplemental funding to help provide legal representation for residents facing immigration issues.

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NJGOP Chairman calls for Legislative Hearings on Governor Murphy’s Storm Preparedness Failures

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Trenton NJ, After reports of N.J. kids stranded in schools, on buses late into the night and Troopers responding to at least 555 vehicle crashes as of late Thursday along with impassable roads across New Jersey NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt offered the following comment:

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This is how an online doctor works

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Ridgewood NJ, Someone who can address all the issues related to human health, solve the problems and issues through his or her knowledge of medicine is known as a doctor. A doctor is trusted to maintain and restore human health.

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