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Justice Department Files Statement Of Interest In Religious Land Use Case Brought By Ramapough Mountain Indians Against The Township of Mahwah

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Mahwah NJ, The Department of Justice today filed a Statement of Interest in U.S. District Court in New Jersey supporting claims by the Ramapough Mountain Indians (Ramapough) that the Township of Mahwah, New Jersey, violated the tribe’s rights under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Person’s Act of 2000 (RLUIPA) by interfering with religious assembly on tribal property known as “Sweet Water.”

“RLUIPA protects the rights of all religious communities to worship on their land free from discriminatory barriers and unlawful burdens,” New Jersey U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said. “Our office will continue to vigorously enforce the rights guaranteed by RLUIPA and take steps to ensure that it is applied correctly in our District.”

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The New Jersey State Children’s Chorus (NJSCC) presents “Songs of the Earth” at 4 pm on Sunday

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Ridgewood NJ, The New Jersey State Children’s Chorus (NJSCC) presents “Songs of the Earth” at 4 pm on Sunday, March 24 at Ridgewood United Methodist Church, 100 Dayton Ave., Ridgewood. Admission is $10/under 18 admitted free. Tickets are on sale at www.njstatechildrenschorus.org or may be purchased at the door. There is a snow date of March 31: notices will be posted online.

The concert opens with a round by Lowell Mason, dean of American choirs, aptly titled “O Music.” Pieces celebrating the winter weather in all its glory include “I’m Walking in the Air” from the feature cartoon, “The Snowman,” and Edward Elgar’s “The Snow.”  The “Lion and the Unicorn” is a 200 year old setting of a children’s poem in which the animals represent winter and spring. The children explore far-off places with “Dodi li,” a lively Hebrew setting of words from the Song of Songs and “Sakura,” a Japanese folk song about cherry blossoms. Eric Whitacre’s enchanting “The Seal Lullaby” and “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” from “Oklahoma!” round out the afternoon.

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Are You Looking for Restaurant Insurance?

Insurance, especially in the hospitality industry, is a necessity today. No matter how small you think your restaurant is, it is exposed to a multitude of risks that could wipe you out of business in an instant. It is important to understand what risks your restaurant is exposed to in order to be able to protect yourself against losses.

Here are 5 important factors to put to mind when looking for an insurance cover for your restaurant;

i) Food poisoning

Your restaurant will always strive to ensure food safety through proper handling and by ensuring that you avoid spoilage and cross-contamination. An occasional slip by a not-so-vigilant employee could result in food poisoning for your patrons. Extended power outages could also result in food spoilage. This is why it is important to consider taking up an insurance cover for food contamination.

ii) Fire Safety

This is an absolute necessity if alcohol is on the menu in your restaurant. You never know when a drunk will start a fight and cause bodily harm or damage to the property. Such fights can result in lawsuits against your restaurant. It is, however, important to keep in mind that it is illegal to sell alcohol to minors and such claims won’t be taken up by your insurance. Be keen to also observe local laws regarding the sale of alcohol.

iii) Equipment Breakdown

Equipment will at times break down, whether from power surges, mechanical failure or irregular maintenance. Such breakdowns can be costly to the business without a proper insurance cover. Such a breakdown can result in loss of income and extra costs in replacing equipment. When looking for Restaurant Insurance, it is important to get a cover that protects you in the event of the breakdown of equipment.

iv) Theft and fraud by employees

Internal theft by employees is one of the biggest challenges players in the hospitality industry face today. You are bound to experience some form of theft or fraud by your employees. Sometimes the theft is minor that you can let it go with a warning, but at times it so big it results in the restaurant experiencing huge losses in income. Whether it is theft of cash, foodstuffs or the assets owned by the restaurant, you need to be adequately prepared for when it happens by getting the right cover.

v) Insurance cover for Liquor Liability

There are safety requirements, such as fire fighting equipment and training, that you will need to fulfil before getting a licence to operate your restaurant. This is aimed at reducing the risk of fires occurring and the severity of them should they occur. In as much as you may feel this is enough, you may still need to get a cover for the property against fire. There is also the risk of fire from an arson attack.

Getting the right insurance policy for your restaurant is not an easy task and you shouldn’t hurry it. Shop around and if need be, take different insurance policies for different risks. It might seem expensive, but losing all your investment to a simple risk that could have been covered will be more painful.

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Reader says , “our politicians, will find a way to spend more than they take in”

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” Sorry to write it but legalized hooch will bring in significant revenue. NJ is the most densely populated state in the union. That fact alone will create a booming business. However, the issue is no matter how much revenue generators are blessed by our politicians, they will find a way to spend more than they take in…and that is the moral hazard we face as voters. “

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Reader say, “pro teams when asked what surface they prefer to play on, choose grass”

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“So grass is unrealistic? We played on it for years and something upwards of 90 percent of professional players [soccer,baseball, football ] prefer grass to artificial turf. We have a bigger problem in Ridgewood. We put turf in active floodplains. It was not made for that. Environmentally it is a disaster. Financially, it is more costly to install and to maintain. It needs to be sanitized which they left out of the scenario when they decided to sell us on it. “

“Multi use is not a benefit of artificial turf. More playing time was considered the benefit. However, not in an active flood plain. It is environmentally unfriendly, needs much maintenance, is not ideal for children’s health and safety,etc. Today’s hearty grass blends that are drought and pest resistant also make it the fiscally responsible thing to do. In addition, all pro teams when asked what surface they prefer to play on, choose grass.”

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Rain Tax Signed Into Law

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NJBIA Statement on Signing of Stormwater Tax Legislation

NJBIA Vice President of Government Affairs Ray Cantor issued the following statement regarding the signing of bill S-1073 today by Governor Murphy. The new law allows municipalities and counties to create authorities to impose fees on residential and commercial property owners based on the amount of their impervious surfaces.


“This law adds yet another tax on our already overburdened residents and businesses, though there is no language to define how much people will be charged, how the funds will be collected or how the funds generated by it will actually address stormwater issues.


“This legislation essentially creates a new, non-deductible property tax on the public and another bureaucratic expense at the local level. Churches and non-profits, as well as residents and businesses, will all be susceptible to these added fees based on their patios, parking lots, driveways and roofs.
“Potentially, 565 individual municipalities could charge fees within their own boundaries without having to consider how sewerage systems and stormwater in neighboring towns affect their projects. A county could also decide to have a stormwater authority, potentially forcing property owners to deal with two bureaucracies and fees for the same property.


“Further, this law will be extremely difficult to administer. It will require an analysis of each property in a town, credits for existing facilities, and credits for how well you maintain a facility. There is no certainty on how much can be collected and no stated appeals process.

NJBIA understands the needs to address non-point source pollution, flooding and infrastructure needs. There are mechanisms already in place around the state to address the intent of this legislation. With this law, however, only the costs – and not the results – will be certain.”

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NJ Acknowledges Historic Recognition of Powhatan Renape, Ramapough Lenape Nations

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Mahwah NJ, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced today that New Jersey has entered into separate settlement agreements with the Powhatan Renape Nation and the Ramapough Lenape Nation by which the State acknowledges it has officially recognized the two tribes as American Indian Tribes since 1980.

Under the settlements, the State agrees that New Jersey’s recognition is intended to qualify the tribes for all federal and state benefits and services for which State-recognized tribes are eligible. Among those benefits and services are “all privileges provided by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990.”

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Marijuana Legalization Is “Deal with the Devil”

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Ridgewood NJ, Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) is voting “no” on legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in New Jersey, saying the proposal represents “a deal with the devil” that will sacrifice children and communities for short-term political gain.

Doherty made his comments as the Senate Judiciary Committee began consideration of S-2703, which would legalize the recreational use of cannabis by adults.

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Governor Signs Bill to Expand Eligibility Requirements to Allow More Retired Law Enforcement Officers to Protect NJ Schools

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Ridgewood NJ, Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) to expand the categories of those who are eligible to serve as Class Three officers, a special class of retired-in-good-standing law enforcement officers who provide security at New Jersey’s schools and county colleges.

Bucco was the sponsor of the 2016 law that created class three officers, vastly expanding opportunities for local municipalities to increase school security.

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Ridgewood Ymca Gala-Sat. March 23rd- Ridgewood Country Club

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The Ridgewood YMCA Grand Gala “for Transformational Change”

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
Ridgewood Country Club
96 W. Midland Ave
Paramus, NJ 07652

Honoring Tom Wells for his Transformational Leadership

Dinner—Live Band—Auction

Semiformal Attire with a Pop of Purple

RSVP by March 1st, 2019.

Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood YMCA will host their annual Grand Gala fundraiser on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus.

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