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Reader says ,”School Decline due to a shift in focus from academic “excellence” to social engineering”

Ridgewood schools are in decline… compared to ALL schools in NJ (and nationally).
You can cherry pick schools for comparison, but it DOES NOT change the fact that Ridgewood schools are not as esteemed as they were in the past. It is disgraceful given the amount of time, money and support (parental and otherwise) that they get. This is laregly due to a shift in focus from academic “excellence” to social engineering.
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Sad, but an unavoidable truth.

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Reader says ,”Hateful rhetoric typical of atheists”

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“Because you Bible thumpers are constantly trying to impose your superstitious – and the resulting ideology such as on abortion, blue laws, LGBTQ+, etc. – on the rest of us who actually life in the modern world.
Stay to yourself and we wouldn’t care what god you believe in such as the flying spaghetti monster. Google it. Since I’m sure you plebs don’t know what I am referring to.”

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This is the type of angry hateful rhetoric typical of atheists.

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Reader says ,”In the private sector, human resources departments routinely search social media sites of job applicants in order to ascertain whether or not they would be a “good fit” or “problematic”

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“In the private sector, human resources departments routinely search social media sites of job applicants in order to ascertain whether or not they would be a “good fit” or “problematic” since much can be gained reading social media to determine someone’s attitudes , likes, dislikes etc.
Unfortunately when you are seeking employment in a municipality that operates under civil service rules, all that matters is your score on the tests .
I don’t think there is a reliable way to predict behavior, but what is a reasonable proposition is to have on going random drug testing of all cops, lawyers, judges , doctors , teachers and elected officials.
It’s already in place for employees of transportation industries .
If you have nothing to hide, there is no reason to object.”

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Reader Takes a Long term View of Ridgewood Schools

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“If you are a newish resident (anytime in the last 20 years) you would probably only notice a small decline in comparison with the forward motion of schools who used to be behind us and are now in front–often by many points. If you’ve lived here longer you will have noticed a fairly large increase of staff in the education supervisors. A department that either did not exist or only had at most one or two employees now has increased to an assistant to every assistant who works for a supervisor.

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Ridgewood Police : National Take Back Day

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Ridgewood NJ, On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Ridgewood Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Police Department at 131 North Maple Ave]. (Sites cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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Heavy Downpour Floods 17 North Near Parmaus Road Exit in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Fire Department personnel assisted Ridgewood Police on Saturday morning, 04/20, by clearing two (2) storm drains on Route 17 southbound near Paramus Road that had caused hazardous flooding on several lanes of the highway after a heavy morning downpour.

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Paramus Police Report a Missing Person

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Paramus NJ, the Paramus Police repot a missing person, possibly endangered: Kenneth Pinte, 20yo, male, 6’2”, 150 lbs, black hair, brown eyes, olive skin. Last seen on 4/18 wearing a white and red hoodie, black pants, black shoes, black backpack. Anyone with information should call the Paramus Police Department at 201-262-3400.

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Official Grand Opening of Ridgewood’s Newest Restaurant- Green Fusion April 23rd

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Ridgewood NJ, The newest Ridgewood Restaurant, Green Fusion will be doing their Official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony on:
April 23, 2019 at 5:30pm
Green Fusion – Vegetarian and Vegan restaurant BYOB
22 Oak Street

Ribbon cutting at 5:30pm

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Somerset County Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for International Arms Trafficking

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Trenton NJ, A Somerset County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for illegally exporting from the United States a wide array of weapons, including assault rifles, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Pedro Vergara, 55, of Branchburg, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp to an information charging him with one count of smuggling firearms from the United States. Judge Shipp imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

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The Bergen County Mosquito Control Division Gears up for Mosquito Season

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Hackensack NJ, The Bergen County Mosquito Control Division, founded in 1914, has the goal of reducing the number of nuisance and disease-transmitting mosquitos within the county. The division employs numerous field-tested techniques in its efforts to control mosquito outbreaks and the insects’ impact on Bergen’s residents. All of this work is done with minimal impact on the environment. The program can be summarized as follows: 

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