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Reader say, “pro teams when asked what surface they prefer to play on, choose grass”

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“So grass is unrealistic? We played on it for years and something upwards of 90 percent of professional players [soccer,baseball, football ] prefer grass to artificial turf. We have a bigger problem in Ridgewood. We put turf in active floodplains. It was not made for that. Environmentally it is a disaster. Financially, it is more costly to install and to maintain. It needs to be sanitized which they left out of the scenario when they decided to sell us on it. “

“Multi use is not a benefit of artificial turf. More playing time was considered the benefit. However, not in an active flood plain. It is environmentally unfriendly, needs much maintenance, is not ideal for children’s health and safety,etc. Today’s hearty grass blends that are drought and pest resistant also make it the fiscally responsible thing to do. In addition, all pro teams when asked what surface they prefer to play on, choose grass.”

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Governor Signs Bill to Expand Eligibility Requirements to Allow More Retired Law Enforcement Officers to Protect NJ Schools

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Ridgewood NJ, Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) to expand the categories of those who are eligible to serve as Class Three officers, a special class of retired-in-good-standing law enforcement officers who provide security at New Jersey’s schools and county colleges.

Bucco was the sponsor of the 2016 law that created class three officers, vastly expanding opportunities for local municipalities to increase school security.

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$111,000,000 Ridgewood School Budget Information

Questions about the 2019-2020 budget may be directed to [email protected]

The vote on the 2019-2020 school budget is Tuesday, April 16, during Spring Recess for the Ridgewood Public Schools. Any registered voter may vote by mail! Please consider doing so, especially if you are unable to get to the polls on School Election Day.

Public presentations
 on the 2019-2020 school budget have been planned, as follows:

Monday, March 18 at George Washington Middle School auditorium at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 19 at Benjamin Franklin Middle School auditorium at 7 p.m.

The latest 2019-2020 preliminary budget presentation may be found here.

Voter information
 on how to vote, voting by mail and more, may be found here.

Are you registered to vote? 
Tuesday, March 26 is the deadline to register to vote on the school budget on April 16. Registration forms may be found here.

Vote by mail: 
Download a vote-by-mail application here. The deadline is Tuesday, April 9 to apply by mail.

The Board presentation 
on the 2019-20 Preliminary Assumption Budget was given on February 11, 2019. The slide portion of the presentation may be viewed here.

Court issues opinion on Board of Education election dates
In February a judge ruled that board of education member terms may not be shortened. The full statement may be viewed here

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Reader Defends the Turf

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” We’re talking about what was some of the most exclusive real estate in the village, which from August through December was restricted for use solely by the RHS football team and the marching band, and when the grass was damp, even the marching band was kicked off (while the football team and its opponent enthusiastically chewed up the field to within an inch of its life). After Christmas and New Year’s, during the late winter and early spring, literally everyone was banned from using the field so that it could recover from the yearly fall trampling. Of course, this allowed the field to be re-seeded, fertilized, watered, and otherwise expensively pampered in preparation for the famous RHS graduation ceremony. By late June, the grass was admittedly beautiful, and certainly soft beneath the feet of girl graduates in their flowing white dresses who, in accordance with decades of tradition, tended to take off their shoes during the ceremony. That said, net-net, making the RHS football field a multi-use field by turfing it was a good decision. So many more students and other people have now had the benefit of its use, it’s not even a close question. “

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Reader asks , “What happened to a 10-year life, virtually maintenance free”

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“The Chuck Johnson Field saga continues. What happened to a 10-year life, virtually maintenance free, and only to be used 12x per year? Now, the lights (nice touch, eh Chuck?) are on almost every night of the week, and sometimes hosting pick-up soccer games. This is indicative of the culture at RHS and the whole BoE over the past 20 years. “

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Reader comments on DOE School Ratings , “false news and schools in Ridgewood were obviously misrepresented in the survey.”

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” Of course you know exactly what Fishbein will say and do, announce it’s all due to “false news and schools in Ridgewood were obviously misrepresented in the survey.” That huge budget increase (look at Glen Rock’s whose scores are almost always well above us and the comparison in budget requests is a complete horror.) “

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Reader comments on college admissions scam , “why is this investigation happening now? It’s not like coaching people to get into schools is a new thing”

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“wealthy parents spread the wealth amongst various service providers (tutors, essay Writers, etc.) to send their kids to school where they’ll spend another $300k on a bachelors degree. Sounds like they are the losers. A better question is, why is this investigation happening now? It’s not like coaching people to get into schools is a new thing. Wouldn’t the same investigators be better used to catch Fentanyl distributors? Just a month ago billionaires were caught paying for sex (what a crime!) and now this. Who’s directing these investigations?”

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U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling Announces results of an investigation into a scheme to bribe colleges code-named Operation Varsity Blues

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Ridgewood NJ, in what federal authorities have called ,the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department, wealthy parents  are accused of paying an estimated $25 million in bribes.Fifty people, including Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged Tuesday in a scheme in which parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the nation’s most elite schools.

This scandal is certain to inflame longstanding complaints that children of the wealthy and well-connected have the inside track to college admissions , with parents using large and timely donations to encourage their acceptance.  

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Ridgewood Nursery School Gets the Boot from Glen School

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood school district has asked the privately owned Ridgewood Nursery School to vacate the space it currently leases inside Glen School by the end of the school year. The eviction came unexpectedly ,giving students barely 5 months to relocate.
Superintendent Daniel Fishbein told the Bergen Record in a statement that Ridgewood is following its signed contract, and will “continue to attempt to work with RNS in a collaborative versus litigious manner.”

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Ridgewood Man Makes the ‘Jeopardy!’ All-Star Games Cut

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Ridgewood NJ, Let the games begin: six teams of elite JEOPARDY! contestants are set to face off in the JEOPARDY! All-Star Games, presented by Consumer Cellular. Starting Wednesday, February 20, fans will have the chance to see their favorite players join forces and play JEOPARDY! like it’s never been played before: in teams.

The 18 elite contestants returning for the JEOPARDY! All-Star Games are among the winningest and most popular players in recent JEOPARDY! history. Six teams are composed of three players each, with one designated Team Captain. The Team Captains are some of the most notable names to ever play the game: Colby Burnett, Buzzy Cohen, Julia Collins, Ken Jennings, Austin Rogers, and Brad Rutter. The teams are as follows:

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