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Reader says,”The very fact that students presumably got a break on their grades by merely buying a ticket is horrible”

“How did May 22 determine that “there was no selling of grades”? Did they actually check with the students in that class or the teacher him/herself? Many above responses were in the line of “So what?” and stating this was a common practice in the schools. The very fact that students presumably got a break on their grades by merely buying a ticket is horrible. The whole concept is totally wrong but if you are actually doing these kind of things regularly–and as above writers stated “The student accomplished a learning experience for which they should get raises in their grades because they did something educational”–without a sign in and sign out sheet, how can anyone know they were actually there? After reading this column it is easy to see how those who were rich enough could see no wrong in buying their child’s way into college. It started young by “buying grades” in earlier school situations. I do admit that many students have bought their way into many schools by their parents buying a building or making a huge contribution to the school in which entrance is desired. I see no way to stop this but paying someone to “get the student into the school” was obviously set up by someone who wanted to pocket the money rather than having it go directly to the schools. Where our son went to school the Chairman of the board was the head of a huge corporation and had 5 children–4 of whom went to that school but the 5th was turned down as the school felt she would be unable to keep up with the requirements. Where is that honesty today? “

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Reader claims Extra Credit Ticket , ” teacher is Gorman’s niece”

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” I have spoken with the parent. She DID go to the teacher. Then she went to the department head. Got nowhere. Then she went to Gorman and Nyhuis. Again, got nowhere. Told them she felt unheard and had no where left to go then to the BOE. She followed every guideline the school gives on how to proceed. This could have ended so easily if those at all the meetings had just said they would look into it and look into policy. But they didn’t. And I have been in meetings like this as well with that administration. They don’t listen, and I’m sure legally cannot ever say anything at all. So they nod and make you feel unheard. This woman was not asking for extra points for her daughter’s grade- she couldn’t care less if her daughter got the one point she wanted by doing extra credit- she told her daughter to respect the teacher’s decision. But when on the VERY NEXT DAY the teacher offered extra credit for attending BergenFest, which was not even in that marking period, the s*&t hit the fan. PLUS FYI the teacher is Gorman’s niece!!! “

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Division of Highway Announces Annual “Click It or Ticket” Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign Ahead of Summer Travel Season

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Ridgewood NJ, With the start of the summer travel season just around the corner, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety and law enforcement agencies throughout state are preparing to join in the launch of a nationwide campaign aimed at getting drivers and passengers across the country to buckle up for safety.

From May 20 through June 2, New Jersey officers will be out in full force as part of the annual “Click It or Ticket” seatbelt enforcement mobilization to emphasize the life-saving value of seat belts.

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NJ TRANSIT OFFERS ‘EARLY GETAWAY’ SERVICE FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

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Kids Ride NJ TRANSIT Free All Weekend with Family SuperSaver Fare

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Ridgewood NJ, NJ TRANSIT is kicking off Memorial Day weekend with “early getaway” rail and bus service on Friday, May 24 to accommodate customers escaping early for the holiday weekend. 

NJ TRANSIT is making it easy and affordable to have fun in the sun, with a variety of discounted summer savings packages. Memorial Day weekend is a great time for customers to take advantage of NJ TRANSIT’s discounted travel packages to destinations including the Jersey Shore, Six Flags Great Adventure and Monmouth Park.

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This Afternoon Severe Thunderstorms producing damaging winds and hail

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Ridgewood NJ, the National Weather Service is issuing a Hazardous Weather Outlook is for Atlantic coastal waters,  southern Connecticut, northeast New Jersey and southeast New York.

Strong to locally severe thunderstorms are possible late this
afternoon and into this evening, mainly across the interior. Some of
these storms may be capable of producing damaging winds and hail.

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Today is National Pork Roll Day

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Trenton NJ, Today is National Pork Roll Day, which is odd since it’s only available regionally in NJ, parts of PA, and some very lucky areas in FL and other states where stores bring it in. If you know what it is and get to enjoy it, you are so very lucky.

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Countdown to America 250 – Dutch Church in Early America

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New Bridge landing NJ, The Countdown to America250 continues tonight! We welcome James Hart Brumm as he speaks on

“Feuding in Dutch and Latin in an English Land.”

Please stop by the Von Steuben House and join us!

Tonight at 7:30 PM – 9 PM
Bergen County Historical Society
1201-5 Main St, River Edge, New Jersey 07661

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There is chatter on Ridgewood Moms and Dads Facebook Group to “filter” out the dissidents

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Ridgewood NJ, the “Ridgewood Moms and Dads” a controversial Facebook group know for promoting an anti-free speech, far leftist agendas, virtue signalling , and promoting the destruction of the Village of Ridgewood thru high density housing , run by disciples of Paul Aronsohn is now looking to further subvert dissent in the Village by urging members to censor the “agitators “. “Agitators” is defined by anyone who disagrees with the group think leftist ,progressive agenda.

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“Clean Water Action” Goes Door to Door in Upper Saddle River

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Upper Saddle River NJ, Upper Saddle River Police , issues and important message door-to-door solicitors/canvassing. The irony is not lost to the Ridgewood blog , that while its OK to collect money for “Clean Water Action” the Toll Brothers site at Apple Ridge continues to dump run off into local water ways and hardly a politician has raised a finger, despite environmental damage to Pleasant Brook and Saddle River. 

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