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Ridgewood Chamber Annual 33nd Downtown for the Holidays

The Ridgewood Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

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Ridgewood NJ, Mark your calendars (it is early) for this annual traditional Ridgewood Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration…..FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018…5:30-9pm
rain or shine…

You do not have to go to NYC to see the lighting of a huge Christmas Tree…this is a locally grown Ridgewood Tree.

Join this “traditional” celebration Friday, November 30, 2018 5:30-7pm .E. Ridgewood Ave will be filled with Holiday music and entertainment.
Santa will be in Van Neste Park for the little ones. While waiting for Santa, listen to Cider Sing and Tasting.

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Reader Congratulats residents of HoHoKus for taking the lead and continuing to understand impact the runaway spending has on the quality of life

Congratulations to the residents of Hohokus for taking the lead and continuing to understand impact the runaway spending has on the quality of life within their town. School budgets and unending increases for the same are wreaking havoc on what has been a wonderful section of Bergen County to live in. Ironically the very things that towns used to tap out as being a reason to buy a home in the town has become the very reason to no longer want to stay in the town or buy a house in the town. We all support our teachers but it’s about time our teachers Now supported us and understood the damage full extent of the damage their Union and salaries are doing to the very Villages that pay them

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Social Service Association fall kick off event!

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Ridgewood NJ, Social Service Association fall kick off event!  A casual, fun party to benefit Social Service Association featuring the Declan Power band.  www.ssaridgewood.org

SSA is a Ridgewood based organization that currently assists approx 125 families in Glen Rock, HoHoKus, Midland Park, Ridgewood, Waldwick and Wyckoff with food vouchers, small financial help, weekly pantry visits, Thanksgiving meals, Holiday gifts, camperships and much more!  #neighborshelpingneighbors

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The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Easter in Ridgewood 2018

Easter in Ridgewood

Easter in the Park – weather permitting
Sat, March 31, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Memorial Park, E. Ridgewood Ave., Van Neste Square-Business District

March 29,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Easter in Ridgewood 2018.
Weather Permitting.

You do not need to be a Ridgewood resident to attend….no fees…
Join us for…
Events for the day:
8:30-10:30- Have breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Office Tavern & Grill. Please call for reservations at (201)652-1070.

11am-2pm Easter Bunny arrives – weather permitting. Families can take pictures with the East Bunny.

11:15am Ben & Jerry’s sponsoring their famous
Easter Egg Hunt for 4-7 year old children.

This traditional event will take place in
Memorial Park at Van Neste Square and
E. Ridgewood Avenue.

We need to thank our Chambers member
who have sponsored this event:

BEN & JERRY’S
CONNECTONE BANK
PRECISION ORTHODONTICS

Santoni’s Pizzeria
Pinot’s Palette
ZoomRides
HealthBarn USA
Freedom Bank
Pearl Restaurant
Park West Tavern & Loft

In the park – fun provided by:
Al Price Toys, Feel Your Best Coach, Boiling Springs Savings Bank, Brainstorm Learning, Clemente Orthodontics, Corefire, Curtain Up Studios, Doctor’s Urgent Care, Freshcoat Painting, Goldfish Swim School, HoHoKus Living, Huntington Learning Center, JackRabbit, Little Nest Portraits, LINK Concierge, Little Nest Portraits LuLaRoe, Riverside Medical Group, New York Life, Piano Workshop Bergen Co., Primerose, Racefaster, Ridgewood Party Rental, Ridgewood YMCA, SHARE, Spiva Spa, Sweet & Sassy, Taekwondo All In, YWCA of Bergen County, House of Glam, Racefaster, The Fitness Academy, Vintage Fusion Restorations, The Zamir Group-KW

In the park you will have fun with the Easter Egg Hunt, please children 4-7 years old only.

FOR ALL AGES -With your cameras, we will help you take pictures of the children with the Easter Bunny. Dress them up to meet and greet.

Also in the park, there will be music, fun games arts and crafts and much more…

Get your map of the stores that are participating
with arts & crafts and sweet treats.

Keep checking for the participating stores.

All welcomed.

More information to come.
For details you can contact us at 201-445-2600 or e-mail us at [email protected]

Participating stores on E. Ridgewood Ave.-
#store Address/section on the map.
Arthur Groom – find the gems –
Bookends – games
California Closet- treats
ConnectOne Bank – arts & Crafts
Double Take Consignment – treats
DPARZ- treats
Eat Your Spinach- treats
E-Travel- treats
Femmebot – egg hunt in the store
Fox’s-treats
Gigi’s Boutique- treats
Hot Jewelry Box-treats
Jack Rabbit – something special
Little Nest Portraits
Lucky Brand
Kilwins-sweet treats
Learning Express-treats
Oasis-Treats
Peachy Keen-treats
Racefaster- treats
Ridgewood Bootery-treats
Samba Bowl- Egg with treat and coupon
Shoe-Inn-treats
The Ridgewood Man
Town & Country -Mini Easter egg hunt & tattoos
Victor’s men’s store – treats
Woofgang Gang Bakery, Grooming & Spa
treats for furry & non-furry friends

West Side of train station-worth the walk through the train under pass.

Lora Celli Salon-39 Godwin Ave.,
FREE Service for children & adults, “Spring Inspired Hair Color”. These will be multi color designs that wash out the same day.
Serving Cake Pops.
Enter to win a” Surprise Package from Lora Celli Salon.

Whole Foods-44 Godwin Ave.
Try all the samplings of food throughout the store. Get your $10 coupon.

SMOKED – 2 Godwin Ave.-restaurant, just won
best BBQ in Bergen County…tasting for the entire family and treats.

for details call 201-445-2600
[email protected]

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A “West Side” Easter in Ridgewood

A "West Side" Easter in Ridgewood

March 25,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual Easter in Ridgewood Event on Saturday, 3/31. The Easter Egg Hunt and Photos with the Easter bunny will be provided in Memorial Park. Saturday, March 31 at 8 AM – 6 PM.

🐰 Lora Celli Salon 39 Godwin Ave, will be providing a safe and fun environment for families and children of all ages with music, CAKE-POPS, Spring inspired Hair styles for parents and children and give-aways all day! All guests will be eligible for in-store discounts on services and products! Call 201.882.1100 to book or walk-in!

🍢 Whole Foods Market- 44 Godwin Ave: Food tastings throughout the entire store, feast while you shop for your Easter Dinner!

🍗 SMOKED BBQ- 2 Godwin Ave: Award winning BBQ on Godwin Ave will be providing tasty treats for the entire family, make sure you stop by and fill up!

Easter In The Park – Weather Permitting
Sat, March 31, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Memorial Park, E. Ridgewood Ave., Van Neste Square-Business District
Event Description

The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Easter in Ridgewood 2018!

11am-2pm Easter Bunny arrives – weather permitting. Families can take pictures with the East Bunny.

11:15am Ben & Jerry’s sponsoring their famous
Easter Egg Hunt for 4-7 year old children.

This traditional event will take place in
Memorial Park at Van Neste Square and
E. Ridgewood Avenue.

We need to thank our Chambers member
who have sponsored this event:
BEN & JERRY’S
CONNECTONE BANK
FREEDOM BANK
HEALTHBARNUSA
PARK WEST TAVERN & LOFT
PINOT’S PALETTE
PRECISION ORTHODONTICS
SANTONI’S PIZZERIA
THE PEARL
ZOOMRIDES

In the park – fun provided by:
Al Price Toys, Feel Your Best Coach, Boiling Springs Savings Bank, Brainstorm Learning, Clemente Orthodontics, Corefire, Curtain Up Studios, Doctor’s Urgent Care, Freshcoat Painting, HoHoKus Livning, Little Nest Portraits, LINK Concierge, LuLaRoe, Riverside Medical Group, MassMutual, New York Life, Piano Workshop Bergen Co., Primerose, Racefaster, Ridgewood Party Rental, Ridgewood YMCA, Spiva Spa, Taekowndo All In, YWCA of Bergen County, House of Glam, Racefaster, The Fitness Academy, Whole Foods,

In the park you will have fun with the Easter Egg Hunt, please children 4-7 years old only.

FOR ALL AGES -With your cameras, we will help you take pictures of the children with the Easter Bunny. Dress them up to meet and greet.

Also in the park, there will be music, fun games arts and crafts and much more

as we get closer there will be more stores participating…check later

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Stop the disruption of History in Ridgewood

315 east glen avenue ridgewood nj

February 6,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, a petition is circulating to Stop the disruption of History, Stop Developers from building 6800 sq ft homes within an already sub-divided flaglot. Planning Board meeting scheduled for 2/6/2018 at 730pm.

The historic 1830s Ridgewood home at 315 East Glen Avenue where I grew up is currently being threatened with destruction so that the current owner can replace it with two houses to sell on this large property! The house shares many original architectural and decorative details with the Hermitage and Hohokus Inn and has a fascinating history with residents including the actor Edwin Boothe, and it was reputed to have been a part of the Underground Railroad. Aside from the beauty, history and trees/landscaping that would be lost with the destruction of this home, the proposed variances create issues for the town and neighborhood (detailed in the petition.) These proposed variances will be discussed this Tuesday, Dec. 19th at 7:30 at Village Hall – if you do not want to see this historic home lost, please consider signing the petition below, forwarding it to friends and/or joining us at the Planning Board meeting on Tuesday!
https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/stop-destruction-of-historic?source=c.em.cp&r_by=19358725

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Petition to Stop Destruction of Historic 1830s Ridgewood Home at 315 East Glen in Ridgewood

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December 18,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, an online petition is be circulated by Ridgewood residents looking to stop the over development of the Village . The planning board in the past has not excepted online petitions some residents hope to bring pressure and sanity to the process .

TIRED OF SUBDIVISIONS AND DEVELOPERS taking down our homes, clear cutting 16 trees, eliminating open space, reducing our property values but raising our taxes.
#JUSTSAYNO to this 250 year old street and 157 year old homes being torn down. Attend the next planning board meeting 12/19 and support your residents – or please help to sign the petition.

Stop Destruction of Historic 1830s Ridgewood Home at 315 East Glen!

To be delivered to Mayor Susan Knudsen, Ridgewood Mayor, Deputy Mayor Michael Sedon, Deputy Mayor, Councilman Ramon Hache, Councilman, Councilman Jeff Voigt, Councilman, Councilwoman Bernadette Walsh, Councilwoman and 8 other targets (click here to see more)

Please do not approve the variances that would allow the historic 1830s home at 315 East Glen Avenue in Ridgewood to be destroyed and replaced with two new homes!
There are currently 54 signatures. NEW goal – We need 100 signatures!
 Petition Background
I grew up in the historic home at 315 East Glen Avenue, which was built in the early 1830s and shares many original architectural and decorative details with the Hermitage and Hohokus Inn (woodwork, moldings, floors, banisters, windows etc.) It has a fascinating history with residents including the actor Edwin Boothe, and was reputed to have been a part of the Underground Railroad. A woman named Miss Colie lived there during the Depression who was supposed to distribute flour and sugar as a part of the WPA program, but she ended up committing suicide in the garage when she was found to have stolen the supplies.
Aside from the beauty, history and trees/landscaping that would be lost forever with the destruction of this home, the variances requested create issues for the town and neighborhood including:
– non-conformance of buildable and usable square footage to other homes in the area
– water collection, drainage and flood prevention given the reduction of trees and grass due to additonal paving proposed and requirements for running of utility lines
– access and safety of additional cars from secondary home
– non-conformance of variances for a home to be set back and sideways
– non-conformance to expand pathway to 20 ft, (currently no examples in town)
Please join us in opposing the variances that would allow this home to be destroyed and help us to save this historic home for future generations to enjoy as a part of the varied architectural and historic tapestry that make up our community! Thank you for your support!!

https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/stop-destruction-of-historic?source=c.em.cp&r_by=19358725

 

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The Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus presents songs of the Holiday season with our special guest Barbara Dever, mezzo soprano , NY Metropolitan Opera

Barbara Dever, mezzo-soprano

photo Barbara Dever, mezzo-soprano.

December 1,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, The Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus presents songs of the Holiday season with our special guest Barbara Dever, mezzo soprano – NY Metropolitan Opera. Also featured are tributes to Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday and the 60th anniversary of West Side Story.
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 4:00 PM
at United Methodist Church, 100 Dayton St, Ridgewood NJ 07450
Ticket Prices:
At the door – $25.00,
Seniors and Students under 17 – $18.00
Discount tickets – $15.00 are available online at www.ridgewoodorpheusclub.org and at the following Merchants:
Ridgewood: Daily Treat
Mango Jam
Glen Rock: Perry’s Florist
Rock Ridge Pharmacy
Fair Lawn: Benny’s Luncheonette
Hohokus Wine & Spirit World
Westwood Lewis Drugs

Barbara Dever, mezzo-soprano.

Since her debut as Amneris in Aida at the Metropolitan Opera in 1994, Barbara Dever has been in demand throughout the world for dramatic mezzo-soprano operatic and concert repertoire. In 16 seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, Miss Dever has been heard in the house as Azucena in Il trovatore, Amneris in Aida, and Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera, Eboli in Don Carlo, and Herodias in Salome. 2009-2010 marked her 17th season at the Metropolitan, where she performed in Il trittico and as the Countess in The Nose. She was also heard as Mary in Der Fliegende Holländer with the Canadian Opera Company of Toronto, in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 and Des Knaben Wunderhorn in Mexico City with the Mineria Orchestra.
In addition to her vast operatic repertoire, Miss Dever maintains an active performance schedule with orchestras throughout the world. In recent season she has been heard in Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the State Symphony Orchestra of Sao Paulo, in the Missa Solemnis and Messiah with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, in Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Louisville Orchestra and at the Chautauqua Festival, in the Verdi Requiem with the Florida Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, and the National Orchestra of Mexico, in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra with Hans Vonk conducting, and in numerous performances of Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 2, 3, 8 and Das Lied von der Erde with the National Orchestra of Mexico.

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Reader says Affordable housing can be beneficial to a handful of people but can be devastating to so many more

CBD high density housing

This affordability thing is one of the most perverted things I have come across.. How can an organization such as Fair Share housing have so much leverage in dictating their agenda. How can they play as they wish with the quality of life of so many towns, villages and people who have worked hard to make it where they are living now. Affordable housing can be beneficial to a handful of people but can be devastating to so many more. Yet there is no public outrage when they impose totally unrealistic numbers to nice towns without giving a sh!t in how people in these places feel about this. Local governments feel so powerless even though they represent the will of of local population.There are plenty of affordable places in NJ. Whoever can’t afford Ridgewood, HoHoKus, Montvale etc. can move to Paterson, Clifton etc. This has nothing to do with humanism, this is total abuse.

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Ridgewood Water Continues to Make Progress With Water Main Upgrade

Ridgewood Water

November 18,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Water has offered an update on the Water Main Replacements at Stream Crossings. Ridgewood Water announced  in July it was going to upgrade water mains at four stream crossings. Water mains were to be replaced at four stream crossing :

Linwood Ave. at the Saddle River
North Irving St. at the HoHoKus Brook
East Ridgewood Ave. at the HoHokus Brook
Spring Ave. at the Hohokus Brook

Construction activities have been completed at the East Ridgewood Avenue stream crossing and nearly completed at the North Irving Avenue stream crossing.  Final testing and tie-ins will be completed this week at North Irving Street.

In the meantime, Devens Construction will mobilizing to the third stream crossing, Spring Avenue on or about Tuesday, November 14th.  Construction activities will include setting up temporary fencing for pedestrian traffic and moving equipment and materials on site, followed by sheet piling of the stream bed and construction of the new water main.  We anticipate approximately six (6) weeks for completion of the Spring Avenue stream crossing barring any unforeseen conditions.

Devens Construction will be coordinating with the Ridgewood police who will be directing traffic around work areas on an as-needed basis.   Expected work hours will be Monday through Friday, 7am – 5:30pm, weather permitting and possible Saturday workday.