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Graydon Pool Resident Memberships Now Discounted through May 19th

Graydon Pool Resident Memberships Now Discounted through May 19th

The Village Council and the Ridgewood Department of Parks and Recreation are pleased to offer discounted rates to Village residents who purchase their pool memberships early, through May 19th. Badges are now on sale and can be purchased from home on Community Pass at www.ridgewoodnj.net/communitypass (Visa and MasterCard are accepted).

Adult and child badges will be discounted $13 each while seniors will benefit a $5 savings from their already discounted fee.

In person registration assistance will be available Saturdays, May 12 and 19, from 10:00 am to 12 noon, as well as Memorial Day Monday, May 28th, from 10:00 am to 12 noon, at the Graydon Pool Badge Office, 259 North Maple Avenue. Badges will be sold daily throughout the operating season. Proof of residency (Driver’s license, utility bill) must be provided for all new memberships; checks are to be made payable to The Village of Ridgewood.

Village priced memberships are available to Ridgewood residents, non-residents who pay local property taxes to the Village of Ridgewood, and employees of the Village of Ridgewood and the Board of Education.

Non-resident seasonal memberships are available to all. The cost for each adult is $175; each child (2 through 15 years of age) $155.

Graydon Pool will open on Saturday, June 2nd with a festive weekend celebration (free to Village residents) including live entertainment, organized games and more. For season details please visit www.ridgewoodnj.net/graydon.

Pool amenities include “The Wibit”, a modular play system aquatrack providing added physical fitness, a lending library of reading books, volleyball, basketball, ping-pong tables, shuffleboard, four-squares, hop-scotch, as well as a shaded playground, water features, shade kites, Adirondack chairs, picnic area, sheltered pavilion, charcoal grills, and The Water’s Edge Café. Special programs include “Storytime Under a Tree” for the little ones and swim instruction for children and adults, as well as an adaptive swim class.

Don’t hesitate to contact the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560 with any questions or if special accommodations are needed.

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The Ridgewood Historical Society Presents : Abraham Lincoln’s signature on display at the Schoolhouse

The Ridgewood Historical Society Presents : Abraham Lincoln’s signature on display at the Schoolhouse

Museum’s “The Civil War Years” Exhibit.

Among the many Civil War items currently on display at the Schoolhouse Museum is an engraving of the Lincoln family completed by J.C. Buttre in 1861 and printed in 1865. The engraving shows Abraham and Mary Lincoln with their three then-surviving sons: Robert, Willie, and Tad. Tragically, Willie passed away from typhoid fever in 1862, adding to the heartbreak his family already felt over the war and the earlier death of another son, Eddie.

Inserted into the mat beneath the engraving is a scrap of paper that reads, “The conclusion of Solicitor Whiting above is approved by me.” It is then signed “A. Lincoln, April 12, 18–.” Because the paper is torn, the exact date of the signature is unknown.However, “Solicitor Whiting” presumably refers to William Whiting, who served as solicitor of the War Department from 1862-1865, so the original document most likely dealt with a military issue.

To see the actual Lincoln signature, one of the last photo’s of Lincoln, the Ford’s Theater Playbill from the night of the assassination, and the rest of the items on display in the museum’s “Civil War Years” collection, visit the Ridgewood Historical Society’s Schoolhouse Museum, on East Glen Avenue. The museum is open Thursdays and Saturday 1-3pm and Sundays 2-4pm. Please visit www.ridgewoodhistoricalsociety.org. for more information

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Phone-a-thon will raise money for RHS ‘Learning Commons’

Phone-a-thon will raise money for RHS ‘Learning Commons’

THURSDAY APRIL 26, 2012, 2:19 PM
BY LAURA HERZOG
CORRESPONDENT
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

A phone-a-thon to raise money for a project that will modernize the Ridgewood High School (RHS) library, including plans to add “state-of-the-art” technology and a new café, will take place Monday, April 30 through Wednesday, May 2.

RHS alumni and parent volunteers will be calling other RHS parents and alumni to ask for donations from 7:30-10 p.m. on each of the three days, according to David Zrike, chairman of the RHS Home and School Association’s development committee.

The HSA and the Ridgewood Board of Education (BOE) have been planning this project, called a “Learning Commons,” for more than a year, after the idea was first put forward by former principal Jack Lorenz, Zrike said.

“Our goal is to transform the RHS library into a state-of-the-art learning environment for the students. That would mean technology enhancement, and meeting rooms that cater more to the learning style of today’s students,” Zrike said in a phone interview. “(Superintendent Dan Fishbein) has been very supportive of this project and we’ve been meeting to start the initial planning of the project.”

http://www.northjersey.com/ridgewood/149096335_Phone-a-thon_will_raise_money_for_RHS__Learning_Commons_.html

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MUNICIPAL ELECTION – Candidates Debate – Tonight Monday, APRIL 30 , 7:30 pm

Photo by Boyd Loving

MUNICIPAL ELECTION – Candidates Debate – Tonight Monday, APRIL 30 , 7:30 pm 

The League of Woman Voters will hold a Candidates Night , Monday, April 30th at 7:30PM in the 4th Floor Village Hall Court Room. All six candidates will participate in the debate and state their positions on Ridgewood issues.

Candidates Night will be televised on Cablevision Channel 77 and Fios Channel 34. This will also be broadcast live on Village websitewww.ridgewoodnj.net

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N.J.’s sick pay scam for public employees must end

N.J.’s sick pay scam for public employees must end
Published: Monday, April 30, 2012, 6:18 AM
By Star-Ledger Editorial Board

Brace yourself, because this is the kind of story that can make you so crazy you may pop a blood vessel.

We give you state Sen. Nicholas Sacco, the political boss of North Bergen, a man so shameless that he makes the other politicians look like selfless and decent fellows.

Sacco, a Democrat, has three public jobs that bring him a combined salary of $299,000. That should be criminal in itself, but Sacco and his pals in Trenton have blocked one governor after another as they have tried to ban this kind of slurping at the public trough.

http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2012/04/njs_sick_pay_scam_for_public_e.html

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With school choice growing, NJ expands options

With school choice growing, NJ expands options

With New Jersey’s interdistrict choice program tripling in size the past two years, the Christie administration is tweaking the regulations for the program to make it available to more students.

The new regulations are to be presented to the state Board of Education on Wednesday, opening the program to all ages of children and streamlining the process for school districts to join.

First created as a five-year pilot in 1999, the program has seen big growth since 2010, when the legislature passed amendments to open it up to all school districts that want to participate.   (Mooney, NJ Spotlight)

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/12/0429/2010/

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Maybe no housing rebound for a generation: Shiller

Maybe no housing rebound for a generation: Shiller
April 24, 2012|Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Housing market is likely to remain weak and may take a generation or more to rebound, Yale economics professor Robert Shiller told Reuters Insider on Tuesday.

Shiller, the co-creator of the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index, said a weak labor market, high gas prices and a general sense of unease among consumers was outweighing low mortgage rates and would likely keep a lid on prices for the foreseeable future.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-24/news/sns-rt-us-usa-housing-reboundbre83n0sk-20120424_1_housing-rebound-high-gas-prices-robert-shiller

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New Calif. Law Would Ban Texting While Biking; What’s Next?

New Calif. Law Would Ban Texting While Biking; What’s Next?
April 27, 2012 3:12 PM

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — It could soon be illegal to ride a bicycle and text if a California lawmaker gets his way.

Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), who authored the 2008 California law mandating the use of hands-free technology while driving, has proposed extending that law to bicyclists.

Senate Bill 1475 would ban bicyclists from texting or talking without a headset.

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/04/27/new-calif-law-would-ban-texting-while-biking-whats-next-eating/

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Pedestrian in Ridgewood Struck By Motor Vehicle

Photo by Boyd Loving

Pedestrian in Ridgewood Struck By Motor Vehicle
04/29/2012
Boyd A. Loving
3:41 PM

(RIDGEWOOD-NJ) At approximately 3:00 PM on Sunday, 04/29/2012, Ridgewood PD received a 911 telephone call reporting a pedestrian struck at the intersection of Doremus and Ackerman Avenues.  First arriving units located a female lying on the street with severe head injuries.  The victim was attended to by personnel from Ridgewood EMS and Paramedics from The Valley Hospital, and then subsequently transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson by Ridgewood EMS.

Responding agencies were:  Ridgewood PD, Ridgewood EMS, Glen Rock PD, Paramedics from The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, and the BCPO Fatal Accident Investigation Team (requested, but not on scene at time photos were taken).

Photos by Boyd Loving

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Bookends : Bear Grylls, Tuesday, May 1st @ 7:00pm

Bear Grylls, Tuesday, May 1st @ 7:00pm
Host of Man vs. Wild, Bear Grylls, will sign his new book: Mud Sweat & Tears
Book available on May 1st

Appearing authors will only autograph books purchased at Bookends and must have valid Bookends Receipt.Availability & pricing for all autographed books subject to change.Bookends cannot guarantee that the books that are Autographed will always be First Printings.
Autographed books purchased at Bookends are non-returnable.

While we try to insure that all customers coming to Bookends’ signings will meet authors and get their books signed, we cannot guarantee that all attendees will meet the author or that all books will be signed. We cannot control inclement weather, author travel schedules or authors who leave prematurely.

Bookends, 211 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 201-445-0726