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The Valley Hospital and the Ridgewood Public Library Launch a New Walking Club, Healthy Steps Set for September 10

The Valley Hospital and the Ridgewood Public Library Launch a New Walking Club, Healthy Steps Set for September 10

The Valley Hospital and The Ridgewood Public Library are proud to announce the launch of a new Walking Club called “Healthy Steps.” The Club will celebrate its launch with a special kickoff on Monday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m., at the Ridgewood Library at 125 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood. Healthy Steps is a 12-week program designed to encourage physical fitness among people of all ages in a fun and motivating atmosphere.

Walking regularly can help reduce the risk of health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes. On Monday, September 10, meet your team leader, fellow walkers, and kick off the season with a presentation on the benefits of walking and the basics of getting started. Join Lara Vajas, M.S., Lead Exercise Physiologist, The Valley Hospital.

Baseline screenings will also be available at the kick off. The screenings will include blood pressure, weight, body fat analysis, waist and hip measurements, and a health age risk assessment.

Space is limited. To register or for more information, please call 201-291-6090 or www.valleyhealth.com/events.

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Obama’s Budget to Add $4.4 Trillion to Debt in Next Four Years

Obama’s Budget to Add $4.4 Trillion to Debt in Next Four Years
On track to $20 trillion in debt in 2016.
1:41 PM, AUG 23, 2012 • BY DANIEL HALPER

By the end of this year, the federal debt is expected to be $16.2 trillion, which is $6.2 trillion more than when President Obama first came into office four years ago. Moreover, new analysis by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee finds that, over the next 4 years, if Barack Obama remains president and his budget is enacted, $4.4 trillion will be added to the federal debt.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obamas-budget-add-44-trillion-debt-next-four-years_650614.html

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Beach protection funding key to state’s economy, congressmen argue

Beach protection funding key to state’s economy, congressmen argue

The importance of tourism to the state’s economy is a key reason why the federal government must maintain funding for protecting beaches, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) said today.

“People have to be satisfied that the beaches are clean and the water is safe for them to swim,” said Pallone, a sponsor of a federal law enacted in 2000 that sets national water quality standards and provides states with funding to test water quality and notify the public when conditions are unsafe.

Pallone said he and Lautenberg are seeking to maintain $10 million in federal appropriations for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. He said it is likely the funding will be including in a “continuing resolution,” used to fund the government.  (Kitchenman, NJBIZ)

http://www.njbiz.com/article/20120823/NJBIZ01/120829905/Beach-protection-funding-key-to-state%27s-economy-congressmen-argue

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Self-serve gas stations in N.J.? Not a chance, Gov. Christie says

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Self-serve gas stations in N.J.? Not a chance, Gov. Christie says

Anyone in New Jersey longing for self-serve gas stations, don’t get too pumped up about it.

“It’s never going to happen,” Gov. Chris Christie said on a monthly call-in radio show. “There is just no appetite, republicans or democrats in the legislature, to make us a completely self–serve state.”

A caller on NJ 101.5’s Ask the Governor show encouraged Christie to pursue self-serve gas stations. Christie said he used to talk about this issue a lot, but fuel hasn’t been added to that fire.  (DeMarco, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/08/self-serve_gas_stations_in_nj.html

 

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Ridgewood YMCA Breakers make a splash at Nationals

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Ridgewood YMCA Breakers make a splash at Nationals
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2012
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

The Ridgewood Y Breakers Swim Team qualified for the YMCA Long Course National Championships held at the Georgia Tech Aquatics Center in Atlanta from July 23 to 27. The Breakers swam against the 80 of the top YMCA programs from across the United States, with the Ridgewood boys team placing 39th in its division and the girls finishing 33rd in theirs. Between its boys and girls squads combined, the Breakers – who feature seven current or former members of the Ridgewood High School swimming program – compiled the 40th-highest point total at the meet, ranking in the top half of a field of elite competition.

http://www.northjersey.com/sports/167284645_Ridgewood_YMCA_Breakers_make_a_splash_at_Nationals.htm

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Technology tools help enhance artist’s exhibit

Technology tools help enhance artist’s exhibit

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2012
BY EILEEN LA FORGIA
STAFF WRITER
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

“Assorted Creation,” an exhibit of Robert Holloway’s photography and graphic designs, is on display at West Side Presbyterian Church.

Robert Holloway’s exhibit, ‘Assorted Creation,’ features photography and graphic designs and is on display at West Side Presbyterian Church. Below, artwork on display includes ‘Engraved Rocks’ (left) and ‘Oiled Sands.’

In 2010, Holloway held an art show at the church, but believed his capabilities were limited by what he could design from scratch. Since that show, he has had a desire to use real world images in his works.

“As a college graduation gift, I received a Nikon D5000 and I have utilized it not only in my own projects, but also in projects for West Side Presbyterian Church,” he said. “I always take my camera when I am visiting a new location, and I try to include both realistic and abstract works.”

On display are “Sketched Trees,” “Oiled Sands” and “Engraved Rocks.” Each of these three pictures was edited on the computer to depict a distinct artistic style – a sketch, an oil painting and an engraving. He shot these photos at Lake Tahoe, where he attended a wedding. He said he was intrigued by the lovely scenery.

“Modified photography means I take a photo with my camera and I manipulate the image on my computer,” he explained.

http://www.northjersey.com/arts_entertainment/art/167284225_Technology_tools_help_enhance_artist_s_exhibit.html

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Similarity breeds frustration for some in Ridgewood

Similarity breeds frustration for some in Ridgewood

THURSDAY AUGUST 23, 2012, 3:37 PM
BY LAURA HERZOG
STAFF WRITER
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Anyone who knows Ridgewood’s downtown knows two things: There used to be a lot of banks, and now there are a lot of restaurants.

Gus Lainis, owner of the Daily Treat, said for ‘every new restaurant that opens, you lose three or four customers.’

However, it wasn’t always this way. Longtime residents and seasoned Ridgewood shoppers recall the days when the Central Business District (CBD) featured a larger variety of stores, including many retail shops selling unique goods.

While banks have been on the wane in the village since the global financial crisis, some current residents, while saying they enjoy the restaurants, have expressed dissatisfaction with the village’s high percentage of eateries. They argue that besides the village’s notoriously high rent and parking issues, the downtown’s saturation with certain services may be driving retailers away.

Gene Callaghan, a longtime Ridgewood resident, operated Irish Eyes Imports in Ridgewood for more than 20 years before moving his shop to its current Westwood location about two years ago. He called the move to Westwood, where he pays about 40 percent less in rent, a no-brainer from a business standpoint.

“My landlord was upping the rent,” Callaghan said. “From a business point of view, I had to move. It was one of those offers I couldn’t refuse.”

http://www.northjersey.com/news/167223985_Similarity_breeds_frustration_for_some_in_Ridgewood.html

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Romney Reiterates He Would Replace Bernanke

Romney Reiterates He Would Replace Bernanke
By Colleen McCain Nelson

Mitt Romney said Thursday that he would replace Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, dismissing the advice of a top adviser who suggested this week that the chairman should be considered for a third term.

The presumptive Republican nominee told the Fox Business Network that as president, he would want to install someone new in the Federal Reserve post. Mr. Bernanke’s term ends in January 2014.

On Tuesday, Glenn Hubbard, a top economic adviser to Mr. Romney, told Reuters TV that Mr. Bernanke should “get every consideration” to stay on at the Federal Reserve, calling the chairman a “model technocrat” and saying that he deserves a pat on the back.

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2012/08/23/romney-reiterates-he-would-replace-bernanke/

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Big Income Losses for Those Near Retirement

Big Income Losses for Those Near Retirement
By CATHERINE RAMPELL
7:24 p.m. | Updated with additional details.

Americans nearing retirement age have suffered disproportionately after the financial crisis: along with the declining value of their homes, which were intended to cushion their final years, their incomes have fallen sharply.

The typical household income for people age 55 to 64 years old is almost 10 percent less in today’s dollars than it was when the recovery officially began three years ago, according to a new report from Sentier Research, a data analysis company that specializes in demographic and income data.

Across the country, in almost every demographic, Americans earn less today than they did in June 2009, when the recovery technically started. As of June, the median household income for all Americans was $50,964, or 4.8 percent lower than its level three years earlier, when the inflation-adjusted median income was $53,508.

The decline looks even worse when comparing today’s incomes to those when the recession began in December 2007. Then, the median household income was $54,916, meaning that incomes have fallen 7.2 percent since the economy last peaked.

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/23/big-income-losses-for-those-near-retirement/?h

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Marc Faber : Odds of Global Recession Are 100%

Marc Faber : Odds of Global Recession Are 100%: 
Published: Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | 3:46 PM ET
By: Justin Menza
News Writer

There’s still a 100 percent chance the world heads into recession, Marc Faber, publisher of “The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report,” told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Thursday, echoing a call he made in May.

When you look at the major economies, Europe, the U.S., China and the emerging markets that are dependent on China for growth, Faber, aka Dr. Doom, only sees weakness.

“Europe is already in recession,” he said. “Germany is still growing very, very slightly, but is likely to go into recession soon.”

Growth in the U.S. is also falling off. “The U.S. economy has decelerated and I don’t see much growth in the next six to 12 months,” Faber said.

There’s also little the Federal Reserve and other policy makers can do to turn the U.S. economy around. “I think that if you look at the injection of liquidity and the intervention by the Federal Reserve and the Treasury with fiscal measures, it has already impoverished the U.S. economy,” he said.

It would take “massive easing, a huge balance sheet expansion,” to boost economic activity in the U.S., according to Faber. (Read More: More Easing Not Needed If Growth Holds Up: Fed’s Bullard.)

http://www.cnbc.com/id/48768746