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NJ Democrats Propose a “Parking Tax”

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Ridgewood NJ, Prior to Monday’s voting session,Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick released the following statement on the Trenton Democrat’s plan to tax parking (A5070).

“Another voting session in Trenton, another new tax on hard-working New Jerseyans. Today it’s another new tax on parking your car. Last month it was the rain tax. The Democratic majority is tone-deaf to the financial burden place on average citizens.”

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You May Love Ridgewood but Most think New Jersey is a Mess

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Ridgewood NJ, NJGOP Chairman: Democrats In Trenton Have Been Driving Resident Satisfaction Drop For Years

Trenton, NJ –  Yesterday Monmouth University released polling data that New Jersey’s quality of life index was at a record low.

In the release, pollster Patrick Murray noted “New Jerseyans seem to separate their views of the state as a whole from how they feel about their own neighborhoods.”

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Reader says new ,”apartments will breath life back into our downtown” ie tattoo parlors , strip clubs and so on

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“I agree these apartments will breath life back into our downtown. I see a future of more fast food joints, tattoo parlors, vape rooms and all sort of other steppingstones into the future. Its the vocalenti’s who don’t see the need for this development.

Yes, let’s not forget strip clubs! And bless those on the council who brought us to this land of milk and honeypots, and the vocal villagers who turned out to sing their praises and still offer apologies almost every day for them. “

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Ridgewood Village, Our Future Master Plan Roundtable Events- Be a part of these discussions


Ridgewood NJ, What will downtown Ridgewood be like in 5, 10, or 20 years? What should downtown Ridgewood be like in the future? What is your vision for the future of downtown?

The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to participate in a roundtable discussion focusing on the future of Ridgewood’s Central Business District area.

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Bill to Allow Restaurants to Advertise BYOB Status Clears Committee


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Trenton NJ,  Legislation sponsored by Senator James Beach and Senate Law and Public Safety Chair Linda Greenstein, which would allow restaurants to advertise that they are BYOB, cleared the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee yesterday.

“The whole purpose of BYOB is that diners bring in their own beer or wine, but without advertising people don’t know someplace is a BYOB until they get there,” said Senator Beach (D-Burlington/Camden). “This legislation will allow more people to take advantage of that offering.”

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Ridgewood Orchestra’s Love Themed Concert on March 8 Features Romantic Favorites from the Beatles, Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner

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Ridgewood NJ , From Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet to an uplifting medley of Beatles songs, the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra (RSO) will present an evening of love songs on Friday March 8 at 8:00 p.m., at the West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood. Featuring romantic favorites spanning two centuries, the theme of the concert is “All You Need is Love.” The concert features guest soloist Lindsay Deutsch, an American violinist who recently toured as solo violinist with Yanni, and has thrilled audiences world-wide with her brilliant display of technique and musicianship.   The program will present the NJ premiere of Beatles Fantasy, an arrangement of Beatles songs taking the listener on a journey spanning the Beatles’ music throughout the group’s career. Popular Beatles’ tunes will be unmistakable yet original when the orchestra and violin soloist Lindsay Deutsch perform the concerto in three movements led by Artistic Director and Conductor Stephen Culbertson.  

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5 Pieces of Love Advice for Couples in a New Relationship

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Ridgewood NJ, In the current times where everyone is busy trying to progress in various areas of their lives, maintaining a good relationship isn’t easy. If anything, it requires dedication, patience, focus and a lot of work. It’s even more demanding if you’re just starting out as a new relationship requires a lot of time to develop. But that doesn’t mean yours won’t succeed. You simply have to intentionally make an effort to see it work. So if you’re sourcing out for advice concerning your fresh love, then you have come to the right place. Get comfortable and keep scrolling.

Relax and Take It Easy

It might seem impossible to keep calm amid all the emotions that you are feeling right now, but taking it easy is the best thing you can do. Yes, you might be scared of waking up one morning and realizing your partner doesn’t love you anymore, but will worrying stop time? Of course not. Instead, fear can turn you into a control freak, something that you don’t want to experience. It will even rob your peace and joy that you should be enjoying. Hence, learning to relax is the best way of getting to enjoy each other’s company.

Don’t Be Afraid To Take Off The Mask

Many people, find it hard to show their vulnerable side to someone else. While that’s absolutely normal, allowing someone else into your life means that you are ready to share your everything. And that includes both your strengths and weakness. Therefore, ensure that you start a relationship with someone you feel attracted to and are comfortable with, such that you can easily show your true colors.

Hence, it’s for this reason some people prefer consulting card readers about their love lives so that they be sure of how and when they will meet their soul mates. It’s all about being sure of your next step in life, so if that gives you confidence, then so be it. This article at phone reading from reveals the benefits of being in a two-way love relationship. Because being in one makes it very easy to act yourself, knowing very well that your partner will love you regardless.

Love Yourself

Both of you have to understand that you cannot give more than what you have. Therefore, contrary to common misconceptions, being in a relationship doesn’t mean that you forget all about yourself and focus on the other person. It actually means that you have to love and appreciate yourself much more so that you will have sufficient love to shower your loved one.

And by this, it doesn’t only mean your physical appearance. But rather an inward-outward kind of love. Take care of your soul and mind so that there is no baggage to pass on. Remember just like you, they’re also looking for someone to spend the rest of their lives with. Be intentionally that person.

Give Your 90%

Well, you might be asking, ” why 90% and not 100%?” The answer is pretty simple, you are allowed to be a little selfish at times. Once you have given out your 90%, have tried your best to understand the other person, putting most of their interests ahead of yours and being generous with your love, don’t be afraid to place yourself first at times. Be firm. Be bold. And always ensure that you are standing on the same page.

This might sound easy but putting it into practice isn’t at all. The secret behind this policy’s success is allowing yourself to feel that the other person is also giving 90%. After all, you aren’t dating yourself so it’s okay to be expectant.

Make Yourself Happy

It isn’t your partner’s responsibility to make you happy but rather yours. You see if you are already happy, then it’s easy for them to maintain or increase that happiness when they do things you like. But if you find yourself wanting your them to behave in a certain way so that you become happy, then that’s bondage and you both won’t like the end result. Yes, right now at the beginning of your relationship, they might seem happy all the time, but it will come a time when they have their moments and you don’t want to entirely place your happiness in their hands at that time.

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Ridgewood Police and Emergency Services Respond as Car Slides off Linwood Avenue Route 17 Exit

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Ridgewood NJ, A light pole was toppled during a multi-vehicle crash on Route 17 southbound near Linwood Avenue, Ridgewood early Tuesday evening, 02/12. At least one (1) vehicle was removed from the scene by a flatbed tow truck. No injuries were reported following the crash. Ridgewood Police officers and Ridgewood Emergency Services personnel responded to the incident .

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Instead of Banning Single Use Plastic Bags ,Lets just Stop Using Them

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Ridgewood NJ, banning single use plastic bags is the latest cause celeb , but does it really impact the environment ? Many residents in the Village seem to support the ban often citing the curtailment of trash .

The Ridgewood blog has often criticized the garbage buildup in local parks, but feels very uncomfortable with government imposed bans, like the cigarette ban ,that has been used to justify banning every thing from soda to straws. Blanket bans seldom are effective and often lead to unforeseen consequences . Do you really want your fresh salmon wrapped in newspaper ? Or like the banning of Styrofoam ,leads to more use of the far worse coated paper.

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The Ridgewood Guild Presents “An Evening with Oscar”

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Ridgewood NJ, Kudos to all this year’s nominees! See you on the Red Carpet!

Join the Ridgewood Guild as we celebrate this year’s Oscars at Park West Loft on Friday, February 22, 7:30-11:30pm. DJ, food, drinks and contests.

For info, please contact us at [email protected]