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Man about Town : Summer Fun in Ridgewood

Man about Town : Summer Fun in Ridgewood 

June 19, 2012 Harmony Celebration Chorus – Sweet Adelines
Kasschau Shell Performance Free Concert Under the Stars! On Vets Field, behind the Ridgewood Library at 8:30PM. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the music! Sponsors : Vam Dyk Health Care, Inc. and Ridgewood News

June 21, 2012 Free Concert – Ticket2Ride – Beatles
Kasschau Shell Free concert Under the Stars! At 8:30PM on Vets Field, behind the Ridgewood Library. sponsored by: Keller Williams – Ridgewood and Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill

June 24, 2012 Real Estate – Benefit Concert for Nick Currey Fund Kasschau Shell on Veteran’s Field Real Living Gateway Realtors presents Real Estate A Benefit Concert for the Nick Currey Fund for Ewing Sarcoma Research Sunday, June 24th at 7 PM Kasschau Memorial Shell Ridgewood, NJ Opening for Real Estate will be Toasted Plastic and Spook Houses from Ridgewood.

June 24, 2012 FARMER’S MARKET OPENS! Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce
Located on the westside of the Ridgewood Train Station in the parking lot, every Sunday from June 24 to October 28th from 9am to 3pm. Come enjoy Jersey Fresh produce and products!

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The Grecian Formula for Economic Decline

The Grecian Formula for Economic Decline
Amy PayneJune 18, 2012 at 9:04 am(11)

The President and his team have been blaming “European headwinds” for some of the U.S. economy’s woes. But the truth is that the policies pursued by Washington and Athens are frighteningly similar—and the outcomes are not good for either country. Both countries are in need of comprehensive fiscal reforms, yet their leaders have avoided the tough decisions in favor of bailouts and political posturing.

In yesterday’s election, political parties supporting Greece’s bailout secured a narrow victory, causing Europe and world markets to breathe a temporary sigh of relief. The parties must now form a coalition government, despite continued protests from the radical party that sought to throw out the terms of the bailout assistance—which could have led Greece out of the euro currency. At 22 percent unemployment, Greek voters expressed disappointment with their limited options.

The Greek crisis was foreshadowed in this year’s Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal Index of Economic Freedom, with Greece registering the largest decline in economic freedom of any country in the world. Its economy is rated “mostly unfree,” and it has the fifth-lowest economic freedom score in Europe, beating only Russia and three former Soviet republics.

Why is it in such a state? The authors of the Index point to “decades of overspending, a lack of structural reform progress, and endemic corruption,” noting that Greece’s “lack of competitiveness and fading business confidence are serious impediments to economic revival. Adjustments in market conditions have been stifled or delayed by public unions.”

Sound familiar?

It should, because the similarities between the U.S. and Greece are alarming. Two years ago, Heritage’s J.D. Foster said that “We’re not Greece…yet.” Since he wrote that in May 2010, however, U.S. debt has nearly doubled as a share of the economy. Greece’s public debt, at 165 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), doesn’t seem that unreal any more.

A few other points of comparison: The U.S. corporate tax rate is higher than Greece’s. The Index of Economic Freedom pegged America’s overall tax burden at 24 percent of total domestic income, while Greece’s overall tax burden was 30 percent of GDP. Government spending inAmerica—42 percent of GDP—approaches Greece’s government spending level, which exceeds 50 percent of its GDP.

Both countries have structural economic deficiencies—like tax rates and labor regulations—that are causing deeply rooted problems. And both countries have tried to solve their fiscal problems through bailouts, to no avail.

Though it goes back to the adoption of the euro in 1999, the European crisis first broke into the open some 10 years later. In April 2009, the European Union told France, Spain, Ireland, and Greece to reduce their budget deficits in the wake of the credit crisis. Since the crisis began, Europe has substantially weakened its banking system, which is propped up only by central bank cash and shaky bailouts.
Now, defaulting on loans is a real possibility for Greece and other European nations. They have too long dismissed the need for economic growth in favor of government intervention.

Going into the G20 summit today and tomorrow in Mexico, President Obama “has called on European leaders to recapitalize weak banks and to focus on economic growth and not just budget austerity,” reports Reuters. Basically, he has been urging European governments to spend more now, even as their borrowing costs and debt far exceed sustainable levels. One wonders how countries that have limited or no access to credit markets because of their dire fiscal situations are supposed to borrow the money for all this additional spending. There is only one substantive difference between Obama’s policies for Europe and his domestic policy, where he has urged expanding government jobs as a solution to U.S. unemployment: The U.S. government can still borrow to finance its deficits, because we’re only partway down the road the Greeks have already traveled.

The overspending, overtaxing, over-borrowing and over-regulating approach does not work for Europe any more than it works for America.
To deal with any European financial fallout that might affect the U.S., we have to stop embracing the same policies. Congress and the President should rein in federal spending immediately by choice rather than being eventually forced to do so, as countries across Europe have been. They should declare a regulatory cease-fire and disarm the Taxmageddon threat.

America is responsible for its own economic problems, regardless of the winds sweeping across the Atlantic

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David Corsi will speak on Fair Tax

David Corsi will speak on Fair Tax

June 19 – Tuesday – NJTPC General Meeting
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

We are thrilled to welcome our Guest speaker:

David Corsi – Fair Tax

David is a Former Candidate For United States Congress,
District 12 Director of NJ FairTax, Executive Director of NJ FairTax Speakers Bureau, Formerly hosted the talk radio programs; “Let’s Talk Real Estate”, and “The Lowdown” and is the Bay Shore Tea Party Community Outreach Director

NEW LOCATION FOR JUNE MEETING – DON’T FORGET THIS!!!!
American Legion Post No 128
650 American Legion Drive
Teaneck, NJ 07666
**Park across the street at the Stop & Shop, South end of the Parking Lot**

(Front entrance and to the end of the hallway)

Please bring cookies/brownies to help with refreshments.

We ask that you purchase a beverage from the American Legion Bar to support those wonderful service men and women that do so much for us…it’s a small consideration to show our appreciation. 🙂

**This location is handicapped accessible — no stairs.

Bring a friend!

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Business groups pan entrepreneur’s tax ie…millionaire’s tax, see hope for tax cut compromise

Business groups pan entrepreneur’s tax  ie…millionaire’s tax, see hope for tax cut compromise

Business advocates had equally strong reactions to two tax proposals from Democratic legislators that emerged on Thursday: in favor of tax cuts and opposed to a millionaire’s tax.

Assemblyman Louis D. Greenwald (D-Voorhees) said there would be an Assembly proposal to set aside $183 million for property tax cuts, although they would depend on the state meeting administration revenue projections. A Senate Democratic spokesman said the Senate would also make tax cuts dependent on reaching revenue goals.  (Kitchenman, NJBIZ)

http://www.njbiz.com/article/20120615/NJBIZ01/120619871/Business-groups-pan-millionaire%27s-tax-see-hope-for-tax-cut-compromise

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Trenton continues practice of skimming hundreds of millions of dollars in utility taxes

Trenton continues practice of skimming hundreds of millions of dollars in utility taxes

It is once again looking like it’s “wait ‘til next year” for New Jersey’s mayors.

The budget deal hashed out by Democratic-controlled legislators last week will continue the practice of skimming hundreds of millions of dollars in utility taxes supposed to help municipalities provide tax relief will be used to balance the annual spending plan.

The move angered local officials who had made a big push to end the practice, or at the very least, take less during legislative hearings on the Christie administration’s proposed budget for next year, which begins July 1.  (Johnson, NJ Spotlight)

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/12/0617/2214/

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Google reports ‘alarming’ rise in censorship by governments

Google reports ‘alarming’ rise in censorship by governments

Search engine company has said there has been a troubling increase in requests to remove political content from the internet

There has been an alarming rise in the number of times governments attempted to censor the internet in last six months, according to a report from Google.

Since the search engine last published its bi-annual transparency report, it said it had seen a troubling increase in requests to remove political content. Many of these requests came from western democracies not typically associated with censorship.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jun/18/google-reports-alarming-rise-censorship

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Children’s book tells tale of ‘Mr. Lester’s Farm’

Children’s book tells tale of ‘Mr. Lester’s Farm’

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012
BY LAURA HERZOG
STAFF WRITER
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Behind The Stable on North Maple Avenue, beside the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook, there was once an aging headstone.

It wasn’t for a mother, father, daughter or son.

It was for a dog whose name – Friskie – was spelled out in pebbles pushed into the stone’s drying cement.

While the headstone may not be visible today, likely buried in the dirt after years of disturbance from construction and flooding, it was once a piece of Ridgewood history. According to a former Ridgewood resident who wrote a new book on The Stable’s history, Friskie used to belong to the man who owned the last working farm in Ridgewood – as well as the stable that eventually became the town’s community center.

This and other facts about The Stable’s more than 100-year-old history are explained and revealed in “Mr. Lester’s Farm,” a 32-page children’s book written by Joe Grasso.

http://www.northjersey.com/community/history/more_history_news/159154805_Story_tells_tale_of__Mr__Lester_s_Farm_.html

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BCRO runoff election between Rottino and Yudin; McCann out

BCRO runoff election between Rottino and Yudin; McCann out

There will be a runoff election for BCRO chairman next Thursday in Bergen County after an inconclusive result tonight.

Cresskill attorney John McCann is out.

McCann received 198 (26.43%) votes, Anthony Rottino received 268 (35.78%) votes, and Bob Yudin got 283 (37.78%) votes.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/57686/bcro-runoff-election-between-rottino-and-yudin-mccann-out

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Significant acceleration of revenue needed to hit targets , no the problem is state spending

Significant acceleration of revenue needed to hit targets , no the problem is state spending
June 17,2012
James Foytlin aka PJ Blogger

Ridgewood NJ , The Office of Legislative Services released its May Revenue Snapshot on Friday, which reiterates that revenues for the current fiscal year are likely to come in well below even revised administration projections.

Lingering economic uncertainty, has led tax collections in the state to falll short of the Christie administration’s estimates for the third straight month, according to figures released Friday by the Treasury Department.The state taxx collections brought in a whopping $2.02 billion in May yet it was still short $36.4 million from Treasury Department estimates that had recently been revised downward only three weeks ago.

According to the Office of Legislative Services “Through the end of May, most major tax revenues have grown at rates below those necessary to achieve the Executive’s revised year end targets,” the report said. “To meet those targets, a significant acceleration of growth rates for a number of taxes will be required in the remaining weeks of the fiscal year.”

The report said Gross Income Tax receipts must grow at lest 4.3 percent in the remaining two weeks of the fiscal year in order to hit revised projections. While sales tax receipts are up 2.6 percent over the same period last year, May receipts are off 2.7 percent. To reach the projected 3.6 percent growth, collections must grow 8.3 percent in the remaining weeks of the fiscal year, or more than three times the current year to date growth rate.

Corporate Business Tax collections are up 1.8% so far this fiscal year. The administration did not revise its 2012 estimate, which represents 3.9% growth for the entire fiscal year. The CBT will have to grow by about 15% in June to reach the year end target.

While tax revenues remain significant they are not enough to cover current budget expenses and Christie like his big spending predators has resorted to the strategy of robbing Paul to pay Peter pulling moneys earmarked for certain government liabilities to cover current operating expenses.

New Jersey tax payers are still one of the most overtaxed residents in the USA ,while New Jersey still boasts one of the most over manned ,expensive and inefficient government bureaucracy’s in the US.

Rated near the bottom in business climate for years perhaps it is time to seriously look at streamlining regulations and eliminating governmental overlap.

The National Association of State Budget Officers report released last Wednesday showed Christie has proposed the largest increase in spending among the 50 states in 2013. Christie has called for a 7.2 percent spending increase for the 2013 fiscal year, while the average spending increase recommendation is 2.2 percent.

There are huge redundancy’s at the state ,county and local level and simply to many layers of bureaucracy and taxes a far to high for the state to be competitive . perhaps its time to cut spending and look to shrink the scope of government intervention in the economy .

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3 Day Ridgewood Summer The Quizbowl Invitational: July 6-8, Ridgewood, NJ

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3 Day Ridgewood Summer Invitational: July 6-8, Ridgewood, NJ
by nationalhistorybeeandbowl » Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:13 am

Hi Everyone,
I’m pleased to announce that Ridgewood High School will be hosting the Ridgewood Summer Open on July 6-8 at Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, NJ. These tournaments are open to everyone from middle school to those long since graduated from college. Ridgewood High School has generously given us the run of the place from Friday afternoon through (likely) Sunday afternoon to host copious amounts of quizbowl. Here’s a current tentative plan, subject to change pending interest:

Friday afternoon/evening (beginning around 5pm or so) –
Open packet submission tournament, if there is enough interest (i.e. make your own teams – no need to limit yourself to who was/is on your high school or college team). Please power mark the set, and write to an HSNCT level of difficulty. Keep tossups to 525 characters or less, please, including spaces. Distribution is:
4/4 Lit (1 US, 1 European, 1 non Western, 1 your choice)
4/4 Science (1 Bio, 1 Chem, 1 Physics, 1 something else)
4/4 History (1 US, 1 Modern or High Medieval European [1000<], 1 non Western, 1 ancient defined as until 1000 CE anywhere)
1/1 Geography
1/1 Current Events
1/1 Other Social Science (psych, anthro, soc, etc.)
2/2 Religion, Myth, Philosophy
1/1 Art (including performing arts)
1/1 Music
1/1 Trash
1/1 Your Choice of 1 Lit, Science, or History

Saturday (beginning around 10am or so; lasting until about 7-8pm) – edited for clarity @ 2:55pm on 6/14
Mirror of ATTACK (i.e. the set Adam Silverman wrote) – teams solely by high school affiliation, including for those long and not so long since graduated (with the exception of current HS coaches who can play with their team members!). There will be some sort of divisional classification so as not to frighten the children. If there is interest from teams who would like to come to this, but who have heard ATTACK, let me know, and I will likely be able to get my hands on an additional set.

Sunday (beginning around 10am or so; lasting until about 6-7pm) – edited for clarity @ 2:55pm on 6/14
Ridgewood Summer Set – this is being written as we speak. I will edit everything non-science. If anyone would like to help with science editing, please let me know. This set will be power marked and be of moderate high school difficulty. Teams will be done by high school and/or college affiliation; graduating seniors can play with either their high school or college. Those who are beyond graduating senior in age, though, have to play with their college affiliation (either undergrad or grad). The college division can also have teams that consist of alumni, however, these would be classified under a different set of teams from all undergrad. Provided there is enough interest to run a college division here, I will edit the version of the set that division uses to be somewhat more difficult.
Rough Distribution for this (will have exact by June 25, but this is an RMP/Fine Arts heavy set, given the tastes of Ridgewood QB)
4/4 Lit
4/4 History
4/4 Science
3/3 Fine Arts
1/1 Social Science
2.5/2.5 RMP
1.5/1.5 Geo,Trash,Current Events

http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=13213&start=0&sid=781bbe3b69e13a091be8b3d8686b8284