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“Smart Meters “Are Coming to a Town Near You

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, you think parking is difficult in Central Business District now, just wait. A bill is now before the Senate to make “smart meters”  which are now part of a pilot program in Palisades Park legal throughout the Garden State.

The “smart meters” work by snapping a picture of the license plate and the car after their meter runs out. Weeks later, a ticket is delivered to their front door.”We now can free up traffic officers time to do other stuff like drink coffee talk on their cell phones while driving and visit dunkin donuts ” , just kidding guys . 

Officials say the parking meters will become a tool for law enforcement. With cameras on the back and front, the meters could be able to pull video evidence should something happen on the sidewalk or street. No need to hire up Police and those costly benefit packages .

Palisades Park officials say there’s an increase in parking tickets because of the 30 meters they have installed. 

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Valley Hospital : Due to heightened influenza activity, visitors and guests are encouraged to avoid visitation until feeling well

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Valley Hospital : An Important Notice to Our Visitors

the staff of the Ridgewood Blog

Ridgewood NJ, Due to heightened influenza activity, visitors and guests are encouraged to avoid visitation until feeling well. Anyone with flu symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing, runny nose, or fever, should refrain from visiting The Valley Hospital.

We thank you for your cooperation and apologize for any inconvenience.
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Ridgewood, One of The Safest Towns in America

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Ridgewood NJ,  according to Safewise.com , you probably already have an opinion about how safe or dangerous your current hometown is. But those feelings aren’t always aligned with reality. To help you know for sure whether your city is a place where people still leave their doors unlocked (don’t do that!) or if it’s a bit more crime-riddled than you thought, we’ve identified the 100 safest cities in America.

Is There More Crime Today Than 20 Years Ago? Safewise says the that we are constantly bombarded with scary headlines and graphic images of violence and crime, so it’s easy to assume crime is worse than ever across America. But the numbers don’t back that up.

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Reader says ,”The council has quietly passed the ordinance without consulting any salon or spa”

It is unfortunate that the salons and spas were targeted. The council has quietly passed the ordinance without consulting any salon or spa, many owners in town have been open for decades too and could have been a valuable resource for this ordinance. The Ridgewood Guild and her Chamber of Commerce were not notified that this was on the calendar to discuss at a meeting either. The state inspects and a fee is paid for that inspection. Charging $150 for a duplicate regulation inspection is too much. It is expensive. What about the barber shoe and threading bars that have one person working all day ? 150 is not acceptable. A salon may have 11 chairs but 3 employees. When asked, the mayor, the council and the inspector could not (would not?) answer how many calls they get a year specific to the salons and spas, that were actual complaints. When asked, the mayor, the council and the inspector could not (would not?) answer what their actual cost would be to inspect a salon or spa. The fee that they came up with was dependent on what they see other towns like HACKENSACK doing. Although Fair Lawn has this fee and charges $35-$50. This ordinance needs to be amended.

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High Winds Toppled a Large Tree on Hillcrest Road in Ridgewood

photo courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook Page

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Ridgewood NJ, Very high winds toppled a large tree owned by the Village of Ridgewood located in the 600 block of Hillcrest Road, Ridgewood on Monday afternoon, 02/25. A single family home sustained structural and cosmetic damage when the tree crashed into the home’s front side. Ridgewood Police and Ridgewood Fire Department responded to the incident. No injuries were reported, but the Village’s Building Department deemed the structure uninhabitable until repairs are made. As of Monday evening, 02/25, the tree’s remains had not yet been removed from where it had fallen.

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Fallen Tree Takes Out Ridgewood High School Student Parking

photos courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook page

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Ridgewood NJ, For the second time within 12 months, a falling tree damaged a vehicle parked in a private lot owned by the First Presbyterian Church of Ridgewood that is used by many Ridgewood High School students. In March of 2018, several student owned vehicles were damaged. This year, there was only one (1) unlucky student, the owner of a dark colored, 4-door VW Golf. Ridgewood Police Patrol Officer Jeffrey Kay responded to take a property damage report and coordinate the removal of vehicles from the lot to facilitate removal of the downed tree. No injuries were reported. A fence was also a victim of the calamity, which occurred on Monday morning,