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Gov. Bobby Jindal to attend school voucher summit in New Jersey

Gov. Bobby Jindal to attend school voucher summit in New Jersey

Gov. Bobby Jindal will travel to New Jersey next week to speak to a pro-voucher group, only two weeks after the Louisiana governor signed a bill that creates a statewide voucher program that will use tax dollars to send children to private schools.

The American Federation for Children said Monday that Jindal is participating in its 2012 national policy meeting, which is set for May 3 and 4.  (Associated Press)

http://www.app.com/article/20120424/NJNEWS10/304240026/Gov-Bobby-Jindal-attend-school-summit-New-Jersey

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The new math: Counting NJ’s school children

The new math: Counting NJ’s school children

New Jersey’s school funding formula is based on the premise that the state’s money follows the child, give or take a few big conditions.

But now one of the latest debates in Trenton is how the state is going to be counting how many children there are in the first place.

As part of his proposed 2012 budget, Gov. Chris Christie has proposed scrapping the state’s longtime practice of basing the annual enrollment count in every district on the number of children enrolled on Oct. 15 of a given year.  (Mooney, NJ Spotlight)

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/12/0424/2220/

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Will NYC revive the out-of-state commuter tax?

Will NYC revive the out-of-state commuter tax?

More than 300,000 New Jersey residents would have to pay a revived commuter tax to New York City, if a proposal by the Manhattan Borough president is enacted.

Right now, though, there seems to be little chance of that happening.

Still, if Borough President Scott Stringer is successful in getting the New York state legislature to reinstate the 0.45 percent tax on workers who do not live in New York City, it would affect people living in every New Jersey county, including the state’s southernmost — Cape May.  (O’Dea, NJ Spotlight)

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/12/0424/2119/

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2 Lax flags but no American flag ?

2 Lax flags but no American flag ?

I noticed last week that we fly two Ridgewood Lax flags at the HS field, but no American flag. In other settings an American flag is at the top and other flags below.

This speaks volumes about the school and the priorities that they have. Are there any adults in charge?

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Woodside Avenue Historic District to Host Progressive Dinner

Woodside Avenue Historic District to Host Progressive Dinner

Ridgewood-NJ-April 25, 2012: The Woodside Avenue Historic District will be hosting their annual Progressive Dinner On Saturday, June 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The evening begins at a pre-arranged home for drinks & appetizers. Splitting into smaller groups, guests move on to a host home for dinner. Afterward all gather at a pre-arranged home for dessert.

This evening is for adults only. The cost is $68 per person.

“The Progressive Dinner came to life eleven years ago. A wonderful group of women planned a way for the folks in our Historic District to have fun while building friendships and a strong bond between all who live in this special neighborhood”, said Lisa Olsen, one of this year’s event organizers. “The get-together was such a success; neighbors look forward to this tradition all year long”.

The Woodside Avenue Historic District encompasses the area between Highwood Avenue, Linden Street, and Prospect Street. Some of the oldest homes in Ridgewood are in this area, which once served as a weekend and summer vacation destination. Many of the original architectural details of the homes remains.

For additional information, please call Lisa Olsen at 201-693-7550.

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HURT: In this bad economy, U.S. needs border fence — to keep Mexicans in

HURT: In this bad economy, U.S. needs border fence — to keep Mexicans in

Well, that’s one way to stem the tide of illegal aliens streaming across the border from Mexico.

Jack up unemployment rates to near double digits, dunk America into a double-dip recession and put us so deeply into hock with the Chinese communists that it will take generations for us to recover.

After long enough, living and working and trying to eke out bare survival in America becomes even worse than trying to get by in Mexico.

A new study from the highly esteemed Pew Hispanic Center says the millions of Mexicans who risked their lives crossing the desert to get here to the promised land for a better life have given up on the U.S.

This is no small feat. Have you ever been to Mexico? Not the ritzy beach towns with the gated resorts, but Nuevo Laredo? The dusty streets are filled with bony children selling gum and candy for just a few spare pennies.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/apr/24/hurt-in-this-bad-economy-us-needs-border-fence-to-/

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Special Cigar & Rum Tasting Event

Special Cigar & Rum Tasting Event

In a rare opportunity, come meet and talk
to Guillermo Leon of Aurora Cigars.

Friday, May 11, 2012
6:00-8:00 PM
at
The Tobacco Shop of Ridgewood

$20.00 per person
Limited admission
Reserve your spot now.

~Gary, Barbara and Collin

The Tobacco Shop of Ridgewood | 10 Chestnut Street | Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450
Phone: 201-447-2204 | Email: info@tobaccoshop.com
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00AM – 5:30PM and Thursday Night 6:30PM – 8:30PM

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Village Council Elections: Jane Shinozuka , gives some back ground to readers

Jane Shinozuka , gives some back ground to readers

Jane Shinozuka , gives some back ground to readers .I’ve actually been been on the Planning Board for 17 months. True, not an eternity, but long enough to understand the issues. I didn’t even address the Valley issue specifically when I first entered the race – I waited until I was asked and simply gave an honest answer.

If you give me your email or mailing info I’d be happy to send you my campaign flyer. My list (from the flyer) of some of Ridgewood’s most pressing issues is copied and pasted below:

Responsible municipal spending
Caution regarding over-development and land use
Consistent attention to pedestrian safety
Revitalization of our downtown shopping area
Improved communication from Village Hall
Protecting our natural and open spaces

For your reference, I’ve also included my current community service activities. More detail about my past volunteer history can also be found on the flyer.

Ridgewoood Planning Board
BFMS Executive Board
Federated HSA Safety Committee
Salem Ridge Association Board of Governors
OLMC CCD Group Leader

I do have a website — www.ShinozukaForCouncil.com. Unfortunately, I’m not an expert at managing a site, so some of my most recent info is yet to be posted. I expect to fix all that within a day or so.

Thanks,

Jane Shinozuka

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Xanadu site moves ahead

Xanadu site moves ahead

The long-stalled former Xanadu shopping complex in the Meadowlands is finally turning a corner, according to New Jersey officials, and work on one of the largest development projects in the region should begin in the next three to six months.

A key environmental review document was filed for the $1.8 billion mall about two weeks ago, clearing the project to secure the state and federal permits needed for construction to resume, said Wayne Hasenbalg, president of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, owner of the project’s land.  (Haddon, The Wall Street Journal)

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303513404577355750203455944.html?KEYWORDS=jersey

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Legislative fix seen as only way to stop solar collapse

Legislative fix seen as only way to stop solar collapse

The sun may be setting on the once thriving solar sector in New Jersey unless lawmakers act soon, according to industry executives.

For the first time last week, the price owners of solar systems get for the electricity their units produced traded for less than $100 in New Jersey, a spectacular drop, considering the solar renewable energy certificates fetched $655 on the spot market at this point last year.  (Johnson, NJ Spotlight)
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/12/0423/1959/