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WalletHub Study: New Jersey Ranks as 2019’s 5th Worst State to Retire

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Ridgewood NJ, To help retirees find a safe, enjoyable and wallet-friendly place to call home, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 46 key metrics. The data set ranges from adjusted cost of living to weather to quality of public hospitals.

Retiring in New Jersey (1=Best; 25=Avg.)

  • 42nd – Adjusted Cost of Living
  • 33rd – Annual Cost of In-Home Services
  • 42nd – WalletHub ‘Taxpayer’ Ranking
  • 45th – Elderly-Friendly Labor Market
  • 28th – % of Population Aged 65 & Older
  • 46th – Health-Care Facilities per Capita

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Mel Stottlemyre, Yankees’ Ace During 1970’s, Dies at 77

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“Beyond his tremendous accomplishments as a player and coach, Mel Stottlemyre was beloved for his class, dignity and fighting spirit. His contributions to different eras in our history guided us through difficult times and brought us some of our greatest all-time success. As a result, Mel’s popularity transcended generations, all of whom thought of him as their own. His plaque in Monument Park will forever serve to celebrate the significance of his legacy.”

“His passing is a tremendous loss to the Yankees and all those in the baseball community, and we extend our deepest condolences to Mel’s wife, Jean, and the entire Stottlemyre family.” – Hal Steinbrenner

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Ridgewood NJ, Mel Stottlemyre a former Ridgewood resident and Yankee ace has died at 77 . Councilwomen Bernie Walsh remembers her neighbor used to babysit for the Stottlemyre’s . When  I was perhaps 9 or 10 maybe even younger ,  I remember him chatting several times with my grandfather and my grandfather would often say he was a “class act”. 

Stottlemyre was called up by the Yankees in midseason in 1964, Stottlemyre went 9–3 to help the Yankees to their fifth consecutive pennant while being on the cover of The Sporting News. In the 1964 World Series, Stottlemyre faced Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals three times in the seven-game Series. Stottlemyre bested Gibson in Game 2 to even the series, and got a no-decision in Game 5, but lost the decisive Game 7 as the Cardinals won the Series.

“Here’s a 21-year-old kid nobody knew coming out of nowhere with this great arm and super control who has all the confidence — not a big head, mind you, but a quiet self-assurance — of a Whitey Ford,” his teammate Tom Tresh was quoted as saying in the oral history “Bombers” (2002), by Richard Lally

Stottlemyre spent his entire pitching career as a New York Yankee 1964-1974 , in what the NYTimes called the “lean years”. He was named to the American League’s (AL) roster for the 1965 Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game, though he did not appear in the game. He won 20 games in the 1965 season, and led the AL with 18 complete games, 291 innings pitched, and 1,188 batters faced. He appeared in the 1966 MLB All-Star Game. He led the league with 20 losses.Stottlemyre won 20 games in the 1968 and 1969 seasons.

Stottlemyre threw 40 shutouts in his 11-season career, the same number as Hall of Fame lefty Sandy Koufax, which ties for 44th best all-time. Eighteen of those shutouts came in a three-season span from 1971-73.The Yankees released Stottlemyre before the 1975 season. Stottlemyre retired with 164 career wins and a 2.97 ERA.

Known as a solid-hitting pitcher, on July 20, 1965, Stottlemyre once hit a rare inside-the-park grand slam. On September 26, 1964, he recorded five base hits in five at bats.

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Felina is Open in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, in time for Restaurant Week the central business district welcomes a new restaurant Felina  and according to Mayor Ramon Hache, ” Food, drinks and service were amazing. Thank you Chef Anthony Bucco @chefabucco and staff.”

The Opening was a hit with patrons who like the mayor raved over the food and service.

Felina is located in the old Citizens bank or Bank of America building which formally housed “FISH” . On their Facebook page Felina is described as the first collaboration between Frank Cretella and Chef Anthony Bucco and the newly formed hospitality group, Eat Drink Celebrate.

The culinary experience will center around the Agricultural harvest of the Garden State, and the culinary influence will be drawn from the traditions of Italy.

The bar program at Felina, will reinforce the appeal and glamour of cocktails with a nod towards the classics. The well selected wine list will focus on small producers from both the new and old world.

The architectural elements paired with the unconventional bank setting will be provide the perfect memorable backdrop to any experience.

54 East Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Get Directions
Call (551) 276-5454

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Reader asks , “what happens to an individual with a handicapped card or plate?”

With all this noise about parking what happens to an individual with a handicapped card or plate? Because of the EXTREMELY limited amount of handicapped parking, where are we supposed to go? Particularly since many of us don’t have a download app on our phones?

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Valley Hospital Sponsors Restaurant Week in Ridgewood January 13-17th, 20-24th, and 27-31st

January 13-17, 2019
January 20-24, 2019
January 27-31, 2019
Check below for participating restaurant and details –

Valley Hospital presents in partnership with the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce

Winter Restaurant Week 2019!For fifteen days, participating restaurants and caterers are offering you the chance to “experience” dining in Ridgewood or in your home.

Each chef is preparing a tantalizing 3-course, prix-fixe menu at $30.19.
Call the restaurant for selections and reservations.

Participating Restaurants
Pearl Restaurant- 201-857-5100

White Maple Café-201-4471953


ROOTS Steakhouse-201-444-1922
Lunch only


Office Tavern & Grill-201-652-1070


Cravings Tapas Bistro-201-857-8533

Park West Tavern-201-445-5400

Latour-201-445-5056-Lunch only and
M-Thr., weeks of 1/20-1/24, 1/27-1/31.

Jacks Lobster Rolls-973-800-7400

Lisa’s Mediterranean Cuisine-201-251-8686

Piccolo Bistro Italian- 201-882-1111

Santoni’s Pizza- 201-389-6810

Smoked 2Go- 201-447-6653-call for times open

Steel Wheel Tavern- 201-882-1800

Truly Sichuan- 201-857-3830

It’s Greek to Me
Two dinners for $30.19- 201-612-2600

Sweet Treats:
Ice Cream by Mike-201-343-4514

Playa Bowls- 201-639-2700
Samba Bowls- 201-857-5015

Chestnut Catering and Deli- 201-445-3031
Family Dinners

Wines and More:
Public Wine, Beer and Spirits-201-857-0316
Ridgewood Wine Seller- 201-444-3300
Super Cellars Fine Wines and Marketplace:

Adding new eating establishments everyday.
check back for all the participants.

January 13-17, 2019
January 20-24, 2019
January 27-31, 2019

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Charles Brandenberg and Diana Gibson Student Works Exhibition

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Ridgewood NJ, The third in a series of art exhibits showcasing work done in class.
Artwork will be on view daily from 11am-3pm January 7th till January 25th, 2019

Charles Brandenburg teaches Fundamentals of Watercolor The Basic Techniques, Problem Solving, Design and Composition for adults, Tuesday evenings. Brandenburg studied at the Famous Artist School of Westport, Connecticut. His appreciation of fine arts led him to study with Arthur Maynard and Allan Avery at the Ridgewood Art Institute in oils and watercolor.

Diana K. Gibson is a painter of the traditional manner. Artist model turned artist, she studied and apprenticed with master painter and teacher, John Phillip Osborne. Shortly after receiving her formal art training, she became an instructor at the Ridgewood Art Institute teaching traditional oil painting to teenagers and young adults. Presently she teaches classes to adults, young adults and teens.

The Ridgewood Art Institute
12 East Glen Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Students of Charles Brandenberg and Diana Gibson have been invited to submit three framed pieces of artwork for the first in a series of exhibits, showcasing student work done in classes here at the Ridgewood Art Institute. Students enrolled in both classes, may have submitted up to three pieces for EACH class. Also represented, are works by the instructors themselves. All levels of expertise will be represented, as classes at the Art Institute are taught on an individual basis and each student is taught in direct relation to their personal skill level. Work will either be offered for sale, or not. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to see the beautiful work that is being generated here at the Ridgewoood Art Institute.

What better way to inspire others to join our RAI Family…
And quite frankly, what better way for our members to inspire each other?

The Ridgewood Art Institute is a non profit organization providing the finest instruction in Classical Realism in a variety of mediums. Classes are offered on an open enrollment basis, and can be joined at anytime. Our two unique north lit studios as well as our 3 galleries are just a part of what RAI offers. We also sponsor events and workshops throughout the year, that are of interest to artists and art enthusiasts alike.
Why wait? Come see why RAI has become a treasured haven to so many, for more than 80 years.

For more information on class scheduling, this and other events please visit

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Loft 41 Jewelry-STORE CLOSING-70% OFF

To all our dear customers, we regret to inform you that our store will be closing.

We are inviting you to our close out final sale with savings up to 70% off.

41 E. Ridgewood Ave.
Ridgewood, NJ 201-444-9200
[email protected]

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal customers for their support throughout our seven years in
Loft 41 Jewelry Studio

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Meet the Mayor of Ridgewood- Saturday, January 12th, 2019

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Ridgewood NJ, Mayor Ramon Hache will be available to meet with residents on Saturday, January 12th from 9:00am to 11:00am in the Village Hall Caucus Room, 4th Floor.

Mayor Ramon M Hache asks , “Do you have any questions? An important issue you would like to talk about? Meet the Mayor tomorrow Saturday, January 12 from 9AM – 11AM. By appointment only. Call the Village Clerk’s Office at (201) 670-5500 x229.”

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“Village Hall Mail” drop box taken out of service and removed

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Ridgewood NJ, another victim of the recent mail drop box robberies in the Village , the “Village Hall Mail” drop box was taken out of service and removed. The iconic yellow drop box, formerly located at the rear entrance of Village Hall, was used by many to deposit checks for property tax payments, parking & traffic summonses, etc.

No official notice yet as to why, but most likely due to the increasing number of checks being stolen from US Postal Service drop boxes. The US Postal Service drop box located in the front of Village Hall was also taken out of service and removed.

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Governor Phil Murphy plays the fool on the heels of President Donald J. Trump’s Border Wall Address

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Trenton NJ, Governor Phil Murphy plays the fool on the heels of President Donald J. Trump’s Border Wall Address. Murphy said ,“President Trump continues to mislead to justify his nonsensical and damaging shutdown. There is a much better and smarter way for us to invest $5 billion than an impractical non-starter of a wall. The Gateway Project would do more to create jobs, promote economic and national security, and build critically needed 21st century infrastructure. Enough of the misguided rhetoric that is hurting our economy and our people, and making us less safe. Let’s get the government open and get to work to get Gateway done.”

We want to take this minute to remind Governor Murphy that an illegal immigrant released by a “sanctuary city” county in New Jersey was charged with a triple homicide halfway across the country in Missouri.
Luis Rodrigo Perez stands accused of being the gunman in a shooting rampage last week that claimed the lives of two men and one woman at two homes. 

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it had tried to deport Perez after he was arrested on domestic violence charges in Middlesex County, New Jersey, last year.But the county, which has a noncooperation policy with ICE, refused to alert federal agents when it released Perez in February.“Had ICE’s detainer request in December 2017 been honored by Middlesex County Jail, Luis Rodrigo Perez would have been placed in deportation proceedings and likely sent home to his country — and three innocent people might be alive today,” said Corey Price, acting ICE executive associate director.John Tsoukaris, ICE’s deportation operations field director in Newark, New Jersey, called Middlesex County’s policy reckless.

Many believe the governor, state attorney general and Middlesex County all have blood on their hands.