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Ridgewood NJ, Visit the Daffodil Festival and Earth Day Fair, Sunday, April 14, 2019, from 11 am to 2 pm. It will be held at Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, East Ridgewood Avenue.

The event will highlight Ridgewood Parks and Recreation with the theme “Discover our parks . . . play, live and learn”.

In addition to highlighting our parks and recreational offerings, this annual event will include pony rides, a petting zoo, educational displays, children’s activities, musical entertainment and the Daffy Dog Parade beginning 12:30 pm (dress your pup for the occasion).

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Ridgewood Police Called in on Criminal Trespass

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Police report that on March 18th patrol units responded to a Cliff Street residence on a report of criminal trespass. The victim reported discovering an unknown person had entered onto his property and opened the garage door. Patrol units responded to the area and located the male party. The victim reported nothing was missing from the property and did not wish to sign complaints after police interviewed the actor.

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Is the Village of Ridgewood Anti Business ?

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Ridgewood NJ, while Ridgewood salon owners and hairdressers complain about the new license fee , saying it’s just too much for their small businesses. Village officials, claim the fee ensures proper safety inspections. Ridgewood’s 45 barbershops, hairdressers, cosmetology parlors and nail salons are all assessed an annual fee , but this is part of a broader effort by the Village to get the central business district to pat for itself .

In years past we have heard complaints from restaurants of century old fees on ice makers .Shops in the Central Business District  have also have been aggressively targeted by a ticket blitz which included tickets for failure to clear sidewalks of snow just hours before the Village had even cleared their own sidewalks and just minutes after Governor Murphy ended the state of emergency . Merchants also complain their cars are even being ticketed for momentarily double parking just to drop something off at their place of business .

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Village of Ridgewood Council Work Session

Village Council Meeting 1/26/2016



FEBRUARY 27, 2019

7:30 P.M.

  1. 7:30 pm – Call to Order – Mayor
  2. Statement of Compliance with Open Public Meeting Act

            Mayor: “Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by a posting on the bulletin           board in Village Hall, by mail to the Ridgewood News, The Record, and by submission      to all persons entitled to same as provided by law of a schedule including the date and          time of this meeting.”

  1. Roll Call – Village Clerk                                                                                                
  2. Flag Salute/Moment of Silence
  3. Public Comments (Not to Exceed 3 Minutes per Person – 40 Minutes in Total)    
  4. Manager’s Report
  5. Council Reports                     
  6. Discussion
  7. Ridgewood Water  
  8. Award Change Order – SCADA System Software
  9. Award Sole Source Contract – Corrosion Inhibitor
  10. Award NJPA Co-Op Contract – Purchase of Backhoe Loader – Revised                                               Resolution
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Reader claims, ““Self-serving people there for personal gain” defines our Councils of the past decade or more”

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“Self-serving people there for personal gain” defines our Councils of the past decade or more. Riche with his no bid telecoms contracts with the Village, the definition of conflict of interest. Whatever the hell Ahronson, Pooch and Gwen wanted, none of it seemingly any good for the rest of us. Knudsen getting her boys on the RPD and RFD with some nifty maneuvering around the hiring requirements, and protecting the dilapidated Schedler above all other interests because it’s across the street from her dad’s house… the list goes on and on.

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Reader says , “The problem is that we have too many short term residents”

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The problem is that we have too many short term residents. People are able to get elected because they have friends and contacts they make due to their young children in school . Where else could a short term resident like aronson or zuzsy get elected?
Many towns with a more stable population (instead of NYC people who live here for a 10 year term) would never elect some new resident to an important position. I am surprised that a long term resident such as hauck would go along with the apartment deals, but I guess she was close enough to aronson that he could literally whisper in her ear to convince her to go along with making this “east Montclair ”
I can tell you that as a life long resident who has the best interests of the village at heart, I would never get elected because the new residents are a larger voting block. Hence the decline of what we expect for the character of our village.
And if elected I doubt I could sit up there and put up with the general public or nasty anonymous online comments.
A real solution with be for all property taxes to reflect the purchase price of the home . This is done in florida. It protects the long time residents From tax increases that benefit the new people who push their agenda. Let them pay for their own schools and parking garages

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The Roland L. Meyer Orpheus Club Scholarship

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Ridgewood NJ, The Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus is proud to sponsor a $2000.00 scholarship designed to honor and assist a graduating high school senior who has demonstrated extraordinary accomplishment in music and intends to continue musical studies on the collegiate level. Since the program took on its current form in 1993, we have been pleased to recognize students from more than a dozen area schools with grants totaling more than $20,000. These outstanding young musicians have gone on to study at colleges and universities across the country.

The application and instructions are now available.
The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2019

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Ridgewood NJ, The Village’s Parks Department employees are cutting up the trees which they take down into logs, and offering them to Ridgewood residents for free at the Recycling Center.  This saves the Village money, because we don’t have to pay to dispose of the trees which are cut down, and it also provides residents with free firewood for their homes.  You may pick up the logs at the Recycling Center, during their regular business hours.

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Ridgewood Water- Fixed Meter Rate Increase

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Ridgewood NJ, “Our goal at Ridgewood Water is to provide customers with safe, continuous, and dependable drinking water. As part of our customer commitment, we want to tell you about a change to your current/upcoming bill.”

Effective first quarter 2019, the Facilities Charge that is a portion of your water bill, will increase as approved by the Village of Ridgewood Council (Ordinance #3637) on June 28, 2018. The Facilities Charge is a fixed quarterly fee that helps fund the cost for maintaining our treatment and delivery systems, meter installations, meter reading and billing. This charge is based on the size of the meter installed at the property and does not vary with consumption. No changes have been made to the rates on water usage.

Approximately 92 percent of customers use a 5/8″ meter and are likely to see an average increase of about 6% in their current total annual bill.

  • If you don’t know your meter size, click HERE to see where you can find it on your invoice.
  • To see the full table of new meter rates, click HERE.

Ridgewood Water’s last meter fixed rate increase was in 2014. Since then, Ridgewood Water has invested $25 million in infrastructure improvements.

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Domestic Disturbance on Ackerman Ave Results in Family Member Removed from Home

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police report that patrol units were dispatched to a residence on Ackerman Avenue on a report of a person in the dwelling unlawfully on December 22nd. Upon arrival there were signs of an unlawful entry into the residence after a family member was evicted earlier in the day. Patrol began to check the area and Det. Jeffrey Casson located the accused at a nearby business. The accused admitted he had entered the residence after having been evicted and he was then arrested. The arrestee, a 47 year-old male from Ridgewood was transported to Ridgewood Police headquarters, served with a complaint summons and released with a pending court date.