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On Christmas Eve 1818, 200 years ago, Silent Night was sung for the first time!

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Ridgewood NJ, from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, On Christmas Eve 1818, 200 years ago, Silent Night was sung for the first time! Here is the origin of how this wonderful song came to be…

In 1818, a roving band of actors was performing in towns throughout the Austrian Alps. On December 23 they arrived at Oberndorf, a village near Salzburg where they were to re-enact the story of Christ’s birth in the small Church of St. Nicholas.

Unfortunately, the St. Nicholas’ church organ wasn’t working and would not be repaired before Christmas. (Note: some versions of the story point to mice as the problem; others say rust was the culprit) Because the church organ was out of commission, the actors presented their Christmas drama in a private home. That Christmas presentation of the events in the first chapters of Matthew and Luke put assistant pastor Josef Mohr in a meditative mood. Instead of walking straight to his house that night, Mohr took a longer way home. The longer path took him up over a hill overlooking the village.

From that hilltop, Mohr looked down on the peaceful snow-covered village. Reveling in majestic silence of the wintry night, Mohr gazed down at the glowing Christmas-card like scene. His thoughts about the Christmas play he had just seen made him remember a poem he had written a couple of years before. That poem was about the night when angels announced the birth of the long-awaited Messiah to shepherds on a hillside.
Mohr decided those words might make a good carol for his congregation the following evening at their Christmas eve service. The one problem was that he didn’t have any music to which that poem could be sung. So, the next day Mohr went to see the church organist, Franz Xaver Gruber. Gruber only had a few hours to come up with a melody which could be sung with a guitar. However, by that evening, Gruber had managed to compose a musical setting for the poem. It no longer mattered to Mohr and Gruber that their church organ was inoperable. They now had a Christmas carol that could be sung without that organ.


On Christmas Eve, the little Oberndorf congregation heard Gruber and Mohr sing their new composition to the accompaniment of Gruber’s guitar.
Weeks later, well-known organ builder Karl Mauracher arrived in Oberndorf to fix the organ in St. Nicholas church. When Mauracher finished, he stepped back to let Gruber test the instrument. When Gruber sat down, his fingers began playing the simple melody he had written for Mohr’s Christmas poem. Deeply impressed, Mauracher took copies of the music and words of “Silent Night” back to his own Alpine village, Kapfing. There, two well-known families of singers — the Rainers and the Strassers — heard it. Captivated by “Silent Night,” both groups put the new song into their Christmas season repertoire.


The Strasser sisters spread the carol across northern Europe. In 1834, they performed “Silent Night” for King Frederick William IV of Prussia, and he then ordered his cathedral choir to sing it every Christmas eve.
Twenty years after “Silent Night” was written, the Rainers brought the song to the United States, singing it (in German) at the Alexander Hamilton Monument located outside New York City’s Trinity Church.


In 1863, nearly fifty years after being first sung in German, “Silent Night” was translated into English (by either Jane Campbell or John Young). Eight years later, that English version made its way into print in Charles Hutchins’ Sunday School Hymnal. Today the words of “Silent Night” are sung in more than 300 different languages around the world.

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Village of Ridgewood Zoning Board of Adjustment Agenda October 9th 2018

VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT AGENDA
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Village Hall Court Room – 7:30 P.M.

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Don’t get caught texting while driving through these small NJ towns

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By Adam Hochron April 17, 2017 5:58 PM
Courtesy of United States Department of TransportationIf last year is any indication, police in some of New Jersey’s smallest municipalities will be giving out the largest number of distracted driving tickets during the month-long crackdown that ends April 21.

Bergen County 

Fairview: 114 tickets

Allendale 2
Alpine 2
Carlstadt 19
Demarest 5
Glen Rock 1
Hackensack 4
Hasbrouck Heights 13
Haworth 5
Leonia 4
Lyndhurst 19
Midland Park 4
North Arlington 19
Northvale 9
Norwood 2
Ramsey 1
River Vale 1
Upper Saddle River 19
Westwood 9
Wood-Ridge 4

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PSE&G to paving in Ridgewood

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March 30,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, After PSE&G upgrades the gas lines in your neighborhood, we first wait for the ground to settle and then return to restore roads with permanent paving in accordance with each town’s ordinance and paving requirements. Our goal is to complete this work with minimal impact to customers. Police will be directing traffic, and residents will be able to drive on the roads once paving is complete. You will have access to your driveway throughout the work.

If you have any questions about the restoration process, you may call and leave a voicemail (Oakland Gas District 201-337-2519)

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work to complete these important upgrades to your gas service – ensuring the safety and reliability of your gas service now, and for many years to come.

The streets below are scheduled to be paved, with an approximate start date of March 28th and completion date of April 4th. Please remember that this work is weather dependent and the schedule may be adjusted if necessary.

Alpine Terrace

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The Most Expensive Zip Codes in the State of New Jersey

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March 4,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, At the end of last year, PropertyShark compiled a list of the most expensive zip codes in the U.S., and 2 New Jersey zip codes made the cut: Alpine’s 07620 landed the 44th spot on our list, and Short Hills’ 07078 landed the 88th. This year, PropertyShark took a closer look at the market and round up the most expensive zip codes in New Jersey.

The top three zip codes on our list will come as no surprise; the most expensive zip code on our list is occupied by Alpine’s 07620. with the medium price of $2,050,000. The next zip code in the state is Short Hills’ 07078, with a median home price of $1,430,000. The third priciest zip code on our list is Stone Harbor’s 08247, with a median home price of $1,110,000.

Ridgewood’s 07450 came in 26th with the median price of $712,500 with 350 real-estate transactions.

Hoboken’s 07030 ranked 33 but the small city had the largest number of residential transactions in the past year, with 830 sales closed here in 2016, at a median price of $685,000.

The methodology:  In order to determine which were the most expensive ZIP codes in New Jersey, PropertyShark looked at all residential transactions closed in 2016, taking into account condo, co-op, single- and two-family homes. All package deals were excluded.

Check out the full list of New Jersey zip codes below:

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Ridgewood Ski Team Places 1st and 2nd

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February 14,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Ski Team competed in the Ridgewood Alpine Ski Team against Ridge, Morristown-Beard, Highpoint, West Milford, Jefferson, Newton and DePaul. The girls’ team finished in first place: Individual results (top 10): Meg Devir (1st), Kaitlin Devir (2nd), Jane McKinley (4th), Vanessa D’Angelo (8th) and Sarah Pilson (9th). Girls are now 17-3 and have qualified for States. Boys’ team finished in 2nd place: Individual results (top 10): Sloan Ruhl (2nd) and PJ McKenna (5th). Congratulations to all the skiers.

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Rare sighting in North Jersey: world’s largest falcon

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JIM WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE RECORDPublished 1:57 p.m. ET Jan. 31, 2017 | Updated 18 hours ago

For New Jersey birders, it was the biggest news since a pink-footed goose made its Garden State debut in Washington Township six years ago. Since Jan. 21, a rare gyrfalcon – the largest falcon in the world – has been appearing almost daily at the State Line Lookout in Alpine.

“The last time you had a chance of seeing a gyrfalcon in New Jersey was 27 years ago in Sandy Hook, so this is a pretty big deal,” said Bill Boyle, author of “The Birds of New Jersey”  and a leading expert on state birds. “The last one seen in Bergen County was in March 1950, in East Rutherford.”

http://www.northjersey.com/story/entertainment/2017/01/31/rare-sighting-north-jersey-worlds-largest-falcon/97281860/

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Ridgewood Open Houses for January 29th 2017

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MLS # 1645719
220 Canterbury Pl, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath,
2 Half Bath, Ranch
Maryanne Connaughton, Sales Associate
Terrie O’Connor Realtors-Ridgewood

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 1/29
21

MLS # 1703055
516 Fairway Rd, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 4 Full Bath, Col
Tisha Ramge, Broker Associate
Laurie Catizone-Jordan, Sales Associate
Keller Williams Village Square Realty

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 1/29
25

MLS # 1700807
311 Eastbrook Rd, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, Col
Susan Greenbaum, Sales Associate
Keller Williams Village Square Realty

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 1/29
25

MLS # 1701041
114 Avondale Rd, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
3 Bedroom, 1 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, Col
Frances Ekblom, Sales Associate
Erin Pruitt, Sales Associate
Tarvin Realtors

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. Sun. 1/29
24

MLS # 1700005
168 Kemah Rd, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, Col
Phyllis Lasser, Sales Associate
Coldwell Banker, Wyckoff/Franklin Lakes

  • Open House: 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 1/29
25

MLS # 1702941
122 N Van Dien Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
5 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath,
2 Half Bath, Col
Frances Ekblom, Sales Associate
Tarvin Realtors

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. Sun. 1/29
25

MLS # 1645061
442 Van Buren St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
5 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, Col
James Collins, Sales Associate
Coldwell Banker, Alpine/Closter

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 1/29
25

MLS # 1700257
650 Wall St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
5 Bedroom, 4 Full Bath, Col
Marie E. Griggs-O’Connor, Sales Associate
Keller Williams Village Square Realty

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 1/29
23

MLS # 1703249
123 Woodland Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath,
2 Half Bath, Col
Jennifer M. Parsekian, Broker
Keller Williams Village Square Realty

  • Open House: 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 1/29
10

MLS # 1702976
70 N Hillside Pl, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, Col
Kathleen O’Connor, Sales Associate
Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty-Ridgewood

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 1/29
21

MLS # 1702750
326 West End Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
6 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath,
2 Half Bath, Col
Cathy Bossolina, Sales Associate
Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty-Ridgewood

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 1/29
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FBI: ‘Suspicious letter’ sent to Alpine; Conway reveals threat

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Nicholas Pugliese , State House Bureau, @nickpugzPublished 1:25 p.m. ET Jan. 25, 2017 | Updated 16 hours ago

A spokeswoman for the FBI’s Newark field office said that a “suspicious letter” had been mailed to an Alpine address on Sunday — the day before White House counselor and Alpine resident Kellyanne Conway said that she had been mailed “white substances” at her house and has been assigned Secret Service protection.

“The FBI along with our law enforcement partners responded to a suspicious letter in Alpine, New Jersey” on Sunday, Doreen Holder, the spokeswoman, said on Wednesday.

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/2017/01/25/fbi-suspicious-letter-delivered-alpine-address-day-before-conway-tells-threat/97042356/?utm_campaign=Observer_NJ_Politics&utm_content=New%20Campaign&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=New%20Jersey%20Politics

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Ridgewood Open Houses for January 22,2017

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MLS # 1700031
27 High St, Unit Floor 2, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
1 Bedroom, 1 Full Bath, 2Family
Kevin Errico, Sales Associate
RE/MAX Properties-Saddle River

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 1/22
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MLS # 1700029
27 High St, Unit Floor 1, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
3 Bedroom, 1 Full Bath, 2Family
Kevin Errico, Sales Associate
RE/MAX Properties-Saddle River

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 1/22
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MLS # 1645719
220 Canterbury Pl, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath,
2 Half Bath, Ranch
Maryanne Connaughton, Sales Associate
Terrie O’Connor Realtors-Ridgewood

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 1/22
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MLS # 1647270
322 Marshall St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
2 Bedroom, 1 Full Bath, Col
Maria Lewie, Sales Associate
Weichert Realtors Clifton

  • Open House: 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 1/22
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MLS # 1700070
27 High St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath, 2Fam
Kevin Errico, Sales Associate
RE/MAX Properties-Saddle River

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 1/22
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MLS # 1702387
220 N Pleasant Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, Col
Paula Clark, Sales Associate
Coldwell Banker, Hillsdale

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Sun. 1/22
25

MLS # 1701041
114 Avondale Rd, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
3 Bedroom, 1 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, Col
Frances Ekblom, Sales Associate
Erin Pruitt, Sales Associate
Tarvin Realtors

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. Sun. 1/22
24

MLS # 1700005
168 Kemah Rd, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, Col
Phyllis Lasser, Sales Associate
Coldwell Banker, Wyckoff/Franklin Lakes

  • Open House: 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 1/22
25

MLS # 1700674
31 Walthery Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
5 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, Col
Elaine Van Gorp, Sales Associate
Keller Williams Village Square Realty

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 1/22
25

MLS # 1646964
138 Claremont Rd, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
5 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath,
2 Half Bath, Col
Carole Lynn Brescia, Broker Associate
Coldwell Banker, Wyckoff/Franklin Lakes

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 1/22
25

MLS # 1645061
442 Van Buren St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
5 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, Col
James Collins, Sales Associate
Coldwell Banker, Alpine/Closter

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 1/22
25

MLS # 1700257
650 Wall St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
5 Bedroom, 4 Full Bath, Col
Marie E. Griggs-O’Connor, Sales Associate
Keller Williams Village Square Realty

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 1/22
23

MLS # 1639675
668 Wall St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
6 Bedroom, 6 Full Bath, Col
Antoinette Gangi, Sales Associate
Rita Nulman, Sales Associate
Keller Williams Valley Realty

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 1/22
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Open Houses for Wed 1/25

MLS # 1700519
474 Sheffield Rd, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath, House
Sergio Sciortino, Broker Associate
Keller Williams Village Square Realty – Wyckoff

  • Open House: 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Wed. 1/25