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Sports fields and trails planned for Historic Schedler Zabriskie Property

Sports fields and trails planned for Historic Schedler Zabriskie Property
June 26, 2012
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ,  Plans for converting the 7-acre property Florence Schedler property off Route 17 north into sports fields and nature trails will be presented in the fall by the Village Open Space Committee.

The Village Open Space Committee held three public forums in April and May looking for public comment to determine the best use for the 7-acre parcel on Route 17 at the West Saddle River Road exit.

The usual given and take was expressed between “sports groups” pushing for ball fields and neighborhood groups namely the Ridgewood Eastside Development (RED) group looking to keep the property more pristine and perhaps develop its historical character.

Ridgewood Eastside Development (RED), formed by local neighbors wanted keep the “historic” Schedler house preserved and used as a community meeting space.

The historic Schedler Zabriskie Property is named for former owner Florence Schedler and was purchased by the village in 2009 for $2.7 million with money from an open-space tax and a $1.57 million grant. Preservationist claim the property

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Senate and Assembly pass “Neighborhood destruction Act”

Senate and Assembly pass “Neighborhood destruction Act”

Both houses of the Legislature today passed a bill that would let towns buy foreclosed homes and convert them into affordable housing.

The bill (S1566) — which today passed the Senate 21-18 and the Assembly 45-33 with one absention — would form the temporary New Jersey Foreclosure Relief Corporation for five years to buy foreclosed homes.

Towns would have 45 days to decide whether to buy the houses through the state’s $268 million affordable housing trust fund; if they did, they would get a two-for-one credit against affordable housing obligations.  (Friedman, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/06/bill_allowing_towns_to_convert.html

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In Arizona dissent, Scalia blasts Obama’s deportation stay, immigration policies

In Arizona dissent, Scalia blasts Obama’s deportation stay, immigration policies
By Liz Goodwin, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 14 hrs ago

In a stinging, 22-page dissent to Monday’s decision striking down most of Arizona’s tough anti-illegal immigration law, Justice Antonin Scalia criticized President Barack Obama’s announcement earlier this month that he would stay the deportation of young illegal immigrants and suggested that the federal government does not want to enforce its immigration laws.

“The president said at a news conference that the new program is ‘the right thing to do’ in light of Congress’s failure to pass the administra­tion’s proposed revision of the Immigration Act,” Scalia, a Reagan appointee, wrote in his dissent. “Perhaps it is, though Arizona may not think so. But to say, as the Court does, that Arizona contradicts federal law by enforc­ing applications of the Immigration Act that the President declines to enforce boggles the mind.”

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/arizona-dissent-scalia-blasts-obama-deportation-stay-immigration-185431255.html

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DEMENTIA CA– USED BY STRESSFUL LIFESTYLE

DEMENTIA CA– USED BY STRESSFUL LIFESTYLE

A study found long-term effects of stress may be the biggest cause of the disease

Tuesday June 26,2012
By Jo Willey

STRESSFUL lifestyles could be the key trigger for incurable Alzheimer’s disease, scientists believe.
Even the trauma of bereavement or moving home could bring on dementia.

Scientists funded by the Alzheimer’s Society are investigating the link and hope their findings could lead to new drug treatments to fight the disease.
A study at the University of Kuopio in Finland has found that the long-term effects of stress may be the biggest cause of the disease.
When stressed, our blood pressure rises as our heart beats faster and levels of the hormone cortisol in the bloodstream also increase.

Experts believe once cortisol enters the brain it starts to kill off cells there, leading to Alzheimer’s.

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/328927/Dementia-caused-by-stressful-lifestyle

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Donovan Will Not Allow Giants/Jets to Put Bergen County’s Economy at Risk

Donovan Will Not Allow Giants/Jets to Put Bergen County’s Economy at Risk

Bergen County Executive Kathleen A. Donovan said today that she will take immediate steps to review tax breaks given to the New York Giants and New York Jets to make certain that the teams which are attempting to create a business monopoly at the Sports Complex “no longer continue to rip off Bergen County taxpayers.”

Donovan said that her administration will explore with East Rutherford officials their ongoing litigation against the Sports Authority and also review independent action to require the teams to pay taxes on the sale of Personal Seat Licenses (PSLs). The County Executive said that she will consider taking legal action against the tax breaks given to the New York Jets in Florham Park in Morris County as well. “Everything is now back on the table,” according to Ms. Donovan.

Since 1976 the Giants and later the Jets have not paid a dime in taxes to Bergen County. Now they have built and own a $1.6 billion building and they still don’t pay any taxes to Bergen County. “That’s wrong and it needs to be corrected,” stated Donovan.

In addition the County Executive has directed the County Police to take steps to assure the safety of fans arriving and departing MetLife Stadium on game days. According to Ms. Donovan, “the New York Giants and New York Jets cite the safety and convenience of their fans as a veiled excuse for their frivolous lawsuit designed to give them a monopoly at the Sports Complex. The County Executive cited increased enforcement of traffic laws with special attention to pedestrian safety as a priority.

Donovan continued, “in their lawsuit the New York teams rely on what they call a ‘cooperation agreement’ which was agreed to, not negotiated, by former (acting) Governor Codey. I described that so-called agreement as a give-a-way then and do so again today. According to the New York teams, that agreement allows them to hold development rights ‘to build themed dining and team and other stores…’ The New York teams admit that this isn’t about the convenience of their fans. It’s about their greed and their effort to monopolize a public space to the detriment of every East Rutherford, Bergen County and New Jersey taxpayer.

She concluded, “The New York Giants and New York Jets have put Bergen County’s economic growth at risk. Unemployment in Bergen is over 7 percent, a slight decline since I took office. We still have 40% unemployment in the building trades. American Dream Meadowlands will put some 9,000 construction workers back on the job and employ an additional 15,000 full time workers. It will create an economic ripple with service jobs and venues including hotels, which pay additional taxes and reduce local burdens.”

“The New York teams have gotten their way for four decades. They have once and for all abused their free ride. It’s time they not only paid their fair share but participate as full contributing members of the business community. Our Meadowlands property is some of the most valuable real estate on the east coast and as County Executive I owe it to my constituents to protect their economic interest, not the Giants and Jets.”

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Malpractice Exemption Pits Lawyers Against Volunteer Doctors

Malpractice Exemption Pits Lawyers Against Volunteer Doctors

Shielding doctors who treat the poor for free from malpractice lawsuits creates two-tier system, attorneys argue

By Beth Fitzgerald, June 25, 2012

Legislation that would shield doctors from malpractice lawsuits when they give free medical care to the needy once again faces fierce opposition, but is strongly supported by doctors who volunteer their time. This same group is hoping to encourage colleagues — specialists in particular — to treat patients who can’t afford to pay.

The bills (A2178/S1165) failed to pass in the final legislative session.

Attorneys argue that the bills would unfairly prevent low-income New Jerseyans from suing doctors for malpractice, thus making malpractice litigation a privilege of those who can afford to pay for healthcare.

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/12/0621/2114/

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George Soros :Germany’s Resistance May Prove ‘Fatal’ to Europe

George Soros :Germany’s Resistance May Prove ‘Fatal’ to Europe
Published: Monday, 25 Jun 2012 | 12:38 AM ET Text Size
By: Jean Chua
Writer for CNBC.com

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has so far rebuffed all proposals to help relieve Spain and Italy from the jump in their borrowing costs and has resisted allowing the European Central Bank (ECB) to step up buying of peripheral sovereign debt. That poses a threat to the region’s stability, Soros said in an editorial in the Financial Times on Monday.

“This threatens to turn the June (28) summit into a fiasco which may well prove fatal because it will leave the rest of the euro zone without a strong enough firewall to protect it against the possibility of a Greek exit,” Soros wrote.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/47942781

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GRAND OPENING : Red Mango of Ridgewood Sat, June 30, 2012

GRAND OPENING: Red Mango of Ridgewood
Sat, June 30, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Red Mango of Ridgewood,
43 E. Ridgewood Ave.
(201) 857-5151
www.redmangousa.com

Just in time for the hot summer days!

Frozen yogurt and smoothies
Ribbon cutting at 1:00pm
Free t-shirts to the first 150 people in the door
Free frisbees and balloons for the kids
Registration and drawing for an iPad3

Sweet inspiration.

You don’t see red mangoes often in stores – but once you’ve tasted one, you’ll never settle for anything less. Mangoes only turn red when they reach the peak of ripeness. That’s when they are the most delicious, and nutritious. Our name, Red Mango, is a symbol of our commitment to using only the best all-natural ingredients for our frozen yogurt, smoothies and parfaits.

Many, many spoons ago.

You know that frozen yogurt mania sweeping the nation? Yeah, we started it. We opened our first Red Mango over 5 years ago. Today, there are over 180 locations nationwide and yes, every spoonful is still as good as the first.

Zagat ranked us #1. Twice.

Not just in one category, but two: “Best Smoothie/Frozen Yogurt” and “Top Healthy Options within the Quick Refreshments Chains” for 2011. How cool is that?

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Ridgewood Blue Star Mothers June 30th Meeting

Ridgewood Blue Star Mothers June 30th Meeting

Ridgewood NJ, Mrs. Maria Bombace, a Ridgewood resident and Blue Star mom and the American Legion, Ridgewood wants to invite you to a meeting to be held on Saturday, June 30th at the firehouse located at Maple Ave and E. Glen Ave. ( the recycle center ) at 9 a.m. We will discuss an event that takes place on the last Sunday of September every year.

This Sunday has been designated as Gold Star Mothers day by Presidntial Proclamation. We want to encourage the community to display a luminary on the evening of Sunday, Setember 30th 2012. We need volunteers to help us in this endeavor.

We have 30 potential Gold Star Mothers in our community and we need to support them and their families as their sons and daughters are carrying out their duties to keep us safe and secure. Please join us at the firehouse at 9 a.m on Saturday, June 30th for more detailed information.

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June 26th BUDGET HEARING on 2012 Introduced Village of Ridgewood Budget

June 26th BUDGET HEARING on 2012 Introduced Village of Ridgewood Budget

The Village of Ridgewood is pleased to present the introduced 2012 Municipal Budget. A Public Hearing has been scheduled to solicit comment on the 2012 budget on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 7PM in the Village Hall Court Room, 131 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood.

Click Here : http://mods.ridgewoodnj.net/pdf/finance/2012MDSVOR.pdf for the state-submitted budget document. This document is also available at the Ridgewood Public Library. A summary of the budget will be printed in the June 8, 2012 Ridgewood News.