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Ridgewood Police Call “Ride Out” event an unsanctioned ill advised gathering

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Ridgewood NJ, in a letter Ridgewood Police Chief Jacquline Luthcke spelled out issues she had with Saturdays so called “Ride Out” .

The “Ride Out” scheduled for Saturday September 7th is being promoted as a youth lead disruption of traffic and businesses in the Central Business District of Ridgewood.

Luthcke asked parents to discourage this behavior and voiced concerns for the kids as well as residents safety.

The Ridgewood blog is far more curious which parents are behind this and who is encouraging the kids ?

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Heavily Chained Bicycle Stolen in Board Daylight From Ridgewood Train Station Bike Rack

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Ridgewood NJ, a resident was parked at the Ridgewood Train Station awaiting a family member to arrive from the city in the lot facing the Social Services office last night Thursday  September 5th 2019 .

A young man came off the train soon discovered his commuter Bicycle had been stolen despite a heavy chain and Lock .He continued to look in the bike racks and was completely frustrated to have his property lifted in broad daylight . Fairly Bold theft in the middle of the day during daylight hours.

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Ridgewood Should Learn From Past Mistakes

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood residents Steve Kim and Saurabh Dani continue to point out on on the Facebook page “It takes a Ridgewood Village ” ,the lack of transparency of the Board of Education . They both have raised serious concerns over plans by both the Ridgewood Library and the Ridgewood Board of Education to borrow and spend taxpayer money with little to no input from taxpayers.


Under the pretense of “surveys” where both the institutions sample residents opinions , the Ridgewood Library and the Ridgewood Board of Education move forward with previously agreed plans to borrow and spend with no weight given  to residents input.  When questioned with the simple mathematics , both institutions fall back to  name calling ,branding residents as negative ,trouble makers and dissidents. Even going as far to enlist other residents to try to silence their neighbors.

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Readers debate the Future City of Ridgewood

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“What is wrong with everyone? Cities with great access to public transportation need to grow through efficient, multi unit housing like this project. Cars need to vanish! This is good for tax base, local business, community diversity, etc. Someone wrote “donate the land”. Would you do that if you owned the property? Come on! Sounds like Bernie to me!”

“Cars will not vanish and you know it. You’re tellin me that the apartment dwellers won’t have cars. You know they will. Who says the apt. dweller on Broad street has to work in NYC? Even if they work in NYC on weekends and even during the week they will drive around Joisey. Even to local supermarkets, they will drive their SUVs. They won’t be pushin groceries up East Ridgewood Ave. in a cart. They will use their car as much as you use yours. The residents in Ridgewood who work in NYC still use their cars. What will happen to Ridgewood is just the OPPOSITE of what you say. There will be tons more Traffic, cars, SUVs you name it. It will be hellish to drive here. Hey, it already is hellish to drive in Ridgewood. Unlike you I cannot predict what impact a hellish neighborhood traffic situation will have on people wanting to move here. I sure wouldn’t move here. I moved here in the 1970s when traffic was , not entirely, but much more peaceful. Would I move here now, NO.”

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The New Jersey State Children’s Chorus to hold Open House for interested singers on Sept. 10 at 4:30 pm

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Ridgewood NJ,  The New Jersey State Children’s Chorus (NJSCC) will hold an Open House on September 10 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 155 Linwood Ave., Ridgewood NJ from 4:30 to 6:25 pm. The NJSCC singers are divided into two choirs by grade: Children from K-4 (the Apprentice Choir) should arrive between 4:30 and 5:00pm and children from 5-8 (the Intermediate Choir) should arrive from 5:00 – 6:15pm.

Parents will be able to register their children that afternoon for the 2019-2020 season which runs from September to June.  Children who are not immediately comfortable with the choral experience are welcome to attend the rehearsal on September 17th before committing to the season. 

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AG Grewal Announces Agreement with Telecom Companies to Combat Illegal Robocalls

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Ridgewood NJ, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced today that New Jersey has entered into a new multistate agreement with 12 phone service providers, securing their commitment to work cooperatively with states to thwart illegal robocalls.

Under the agreement signed by 51 Attorneys General and the 12 participating phone companies, service providers – including AT&T, Comcast, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon – have agreed to adopt eight “Anti-Robocall Principles” for combating illegal robocalls.

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Openly Gay Reader Takes on Local Race baiters

“The slippery slope argument that many of you are using is a well-known logical fallacy. It ignores the possibility of a middle ground and takes everything to its extreme. There are endless solutions to decide whether something is offensive or appropriate, including commissions and the council itself. Subjectivity is inherent to democracy itself and there’s nothing in our society that isn’t deemed acceptable or not except by society itself. Stop using fear mongering to justify your opposition to a policy just because you’re not comfortable being honest about the reasons behind your true opposition to it (homophobia).”

Reader states : “You with all the long paragraphs. Stop being so condescending and superior. I am not homophobic. I am openly gay. And I think the flagpole was a big mistake. I do not need a rainbow flag to live my life. And I do not want the possibility of hateful flags. Come down off your high horse. objecting does not make a person homophobic.”

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Valley Participates in Free Vaccines for Children Program

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Ridgewood NJ, Vaccines help keep our children healthy. However, they can be very expensive and many parents cannot afford to pay for vaccines on their own. The Valley Hospital’s Department of Community Health and Community Benefit has partnered with the Fair Lawn, Glen Rock and Ridgewood Health Departments in the Vaccine for Children Program, a federally funded program that helps provide vaccines to children whose parents or guardians are not able to afford them.

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Half-price Graydon Pool badges on sale starting August 1st

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Ridgewood NJ, For $65 per adult and $60 per child (under 2 years old free), Ridgewood residents may purchase Graydon badges for the remainder of the summer season, through Labor Day. This is half the price of a full-season badge.

It can get really hot in August and early September, when kids are back from camp and many family vacations are over.

This is a fine opportunity to learn to love Graydon or to return to it if you haven’t bought a badge this year.

Information about Graydon:

http://www.ridgewoodnj.net/menu-recreation/graydon-pool

Buy badges through CommunityPass (or use a link near the top of the page above):

https://register.communitypass.net/      (type “Ridgewood, NJ” in the form)

Badges can also be purchased through the staff at the Graydon Badge Office at the base of the steps leading from the Graydon North parking lot, located at the northwest corner of Linwood Avenue and Northern Parkway.

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Reader Says Ridgewood Water “is on par with some third world systems”

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“This just does not seem to be a quality product.

Ridgewood water has a hardness level of 21 g, neighboring utilities, in the worse case was 7 g, water is considered “hard” above 5. This is off the charts, and effects everything from appliances effectiveness and servicing, washing dishes, showers, etc. Our particles (solids) level in the water is excessive, 121 per million, far above the next worse at 45 per million. This is on par with some third world systems. As for water on lawns and scrubs, I guess we can let it all go, would continue our slide towards a city environment, I recall we used to give awards for the nicest lawns and gardens.

Leaving RW Water in place with their ineffective management, sub par systems, ridiculous water rules, and terrible product cant really be the right path.”