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RIDEWOOD SCHOOL ANNUAL PARENT/GUARDIAN SURVEY COMES OUT IN MAY

RIDEWOOD SCHOOL ANNUAL PARENT/GUARDIAN SURVEY COMES OUT IN MAY

The Ridgewood Public Schools will solicit user feedback on the district’s new student information system in its annual parent/guardian survey this May.This year’s survey focuses on the single topic of the Skyward Family Access software system.

The brief, seven-question survey is targeted for e-mail distribution on Monday, May 7. All parents and guardians with e-mail addresses on file with the school district will be sent a separate survey link for every school their children currently attend. Parents and guardians will have until Friday, May 18, to complete the surveys. All responses and comments are completely anonymous. A dedicated e-mail address has been set up to take questions or concerns at [email protected]

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Will Christie conditionally veto the health insurance exchange bill?

Will Christie conditionally veto the health insurance exchange bill?

Gov. Chris Christie has until May 10 to either sign or veto a bill that creates a New Jersey health insurance exchange, the online marketplace where New Jerseyans will buy federally subsidized health plans in 2014, when the Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to get coverage.

But the U.S. Supreme Court will decide the constitutionality of the ACA in June, and a ruling that strikes down all or part of the law could scuttle the state-run exchanges. Some Trenton insiders think Christie will conditionally veto the exchange bill, thus tossing it back to the legislature for revision and another vote — and allowing the governor to postpone his decision until after the Supreme Court rules.  (Fitzgerald, NJ Spotlight)

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/12/0425/1941/

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New Jersey state college faculties protest pay, benefit proposals

New Jersey state college faculties protest pay, benefit proposals

Faculty from across New Jersey’s state college campuses protested Wednesday as tensions with Gov. Christie continue to grow over proposals to freeze professors’ pay and cut benefits.

Christie has called for four-year salary freezes and an end to perks such as guaranteed sabbaticals, a staple of academic life, at the state’s nine non research universities, which do not include Rutgers or the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, according to faculty union officials who have been involved in contract talks.  (Osborne, The Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20120425_College_faculties_protest_lack_of_contracts.html

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Ridgewood residents offer ideas on how to develop Schedler property

Ridgewood residents offer ideas on how to develop Schedler property
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 3:49 PM
BY JOSEPH CRAMER
CORRESPONDENT
The Ridgewood News

While a consensus as to the makeup of an eventual open recreational area at the Schedler property is still far off, members of the Ridgewood Open Space Committee recently obtained a clearer sense of what residents want – and do not want – out of a potential park on the land.

Last week, the committee hosted the first of a series of public forums designed to gather comments and suggestions from residents and civic groups as to what the village should eventually do with the currently dormant Schedler plot, a 7-acre parcel of wooded land located between Route 17 northbound and West Saddle River Road.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/148932185_Ridgewood_residents_offer_ideas_on_how_to_develop_Schedler_property.html

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New trustees sworn into Ridgewood Board of Education

New trustees sworn into Ridgewood Board of Education
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 3:37 PM
BY DARIUS AMOS
STAFF WRITER
The Ridgewood News

Just one week into his first term on the Ridgewood Board of Education (BOE), Jim Morgan is already making his presence known while trying to deliver on some of the promises he made during his campaign this spring.

After years of playing the role of critic and watchdog, Morgan captured a one-year term during last week’s election and was sworn in as a BOE trustee Monday night. Vince Loncto, who was elected to serve a three-year term, also took the oath of office during the school board’s reorganization meeting.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/148930915_New_trustees_sworn_into_Ridgewood_Board_of_Education.html

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EPA Official’s ‘Philosophy’ On Oil Companies: ‘Crucify Them’ – Just As Romans Crucified Conquered Citizens

EPA Official’s ‘Philosophy’ On Oil Companies: ‘Crucify Them’ – Just As Romans Crucified Conquered Citizens

By Craig Bannister
April 25, 2012

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) took to the Senate floor today to draw attention to a video of a top EPA official saying the EPA’s “philosophy” is to “crucify” and “make examples” of oil and gas companies – just as the Romans crucified random citizens in areas they conquered to ensure obedience.

Inhofe quoted a little-watched video from 2010 of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official, Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz, admitting that EPA’s “general philosophy” is to “crucify” and “make examples” of oil and gas companies.

http://cnsnews.com/blog/craig-bannister/epa-officials-philosophy-oil-companies-crucify-them-just-romans-crucified

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Earth day: US introduces $60 LED light bulb

Earth day: US introduces $60 LED light bulb

A prize-winning light bulb that lasts for 20 years is going on sale in the US on Sunday – also known as Earth Day.

Made by Dutch electronics giant Philips, the bulb swaps filaments for light-emitting diodes to provide illumination.

Using LEDs endows the light with a long life and a hefty price tag. The first versions are set to cost $60 (£37).

Philips has arranged discounts with shops that will sell the bulb meaning some could buy it for only $20 (£12).

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-17788178

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Village Council Election tactics are disgusting

Photo By Boyd Loving

Village Council Election tactics are disgusting

Incumbent Paul Aronshon has hit rock bottom with his election tactics. He is so desperate to become Mayor so he can launch his failed political career to his next ambition as Governor or who knows..President. He attempted to violate the Village sign ordinance and Clearview Cinema policy.

He deflects attention away from his total lack of budgeting knowledge by blaming others. He is taking out of town money from Democratic operatives that have nothing to do with Ridgewood (check his ELEC filing). And he refuses to acknowledge that he is sucking the taxpayers dry by being the only Councilman who takes family medical benefits for FREE. These benefits cost the taxpayer in excess of $120,000 over his term.

Also he refuses to acknowledge if the Fortune 500 company that he works for gives him an additional stipend for refusing their benefit package. He has voted for every union raise to Village employees but refuses to reward mangers with minimum incentive raises. He cares not about Ridgewood’s future but rather the future of Paul A.

He claims to be anti-Valley expansion but has campaign coffees with the pro Valley candidates. Residents should carefully cast their votes on May 8th. Keith Killion represents a fair, balanced and NON PARTISAN approach to local government. Paul A. wants to create a swill bucket of nasty partisan politics that will forever ruin Ridgewood.

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Bicycle Safety Clinic – April 28th

Bicycle Safety Clinic – April 28th

The Ridgewood Police will be conducting a bicycle safety clinic on Saturday April 28, 2012, in the Graydon Pool North parking lot, from 9:00 am through 1:00 pm.

Representatives from Ridgewood Cycle will be on hand to assist with bicycle and Helmet inspection. There will be instruction on bike safety and a bike skills road course for participants.