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Memorial Day Service Sponsored by American Legion Post 53
The 87th consecutive Memorial Day Service will take place on Monday, May 29th at 11 am. It will be held at the Veteran’s Monument in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square. All are invited to come and recognize those who have defended our freedom.

Ridgewood to Start Revaluation The Village of Ridgewood has recently been ordered by the Bergen County Board of Taxation to perform a revaluation for the year 2008. The process will start with the selection of a qualified revaluation company to work with the Division of Assessments. It is anticipated that the property inspections will begin in the fall of 2006. Residents will be notified in writing when the inspections start. Revaluations are required periodically to ensure the equitable distribution of the tax burden. The Village does not gain any additional revenues because of the revaluation. Ridgewood’s last revaluation was conducted in 2001.

Ridgewood Run Organized by North Jersey Masters Track and Field Club
The 31st Running of the Fred d’Elia Ridgewood Run, the preminer Memorial Day road race throughout the Middle Atlantic area with over 3,500 nation-wide participants competing for more than $7,000 in prize money. The race features ChampionChip scoring, time clocks at every mile, online registration, water stations along the route and baggage check for runners. Events included: 10K event (6.2 miles) starts at 8:45am, the 5K (3.1 miles)starts at 10:15 am, elite mile starts at 11:40am, masters mile starts at 11:15am , the Youth Fun Run/Health Walk and the Stroll ‘n Roll for baby joggers and strollers starts at 12 Noon. They will also host the Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K event which starts at 8:40 am (for information call 973/530-3657). Many notable runners will participate. In person registration is accepted at the YMCA, 112 Oak St and the Ridgewood Running Company, E. Ridgewood Ave. Registration at www.NJMasters.com Hotline: 201/447-9750 Pre Registration is encouraged. NO REGISTRATION ON RACE DAY There will be a Health & Fitness Expo with booths at the YMCA & YWCA, Oak St., on Sunday, May 28th from 4 to 6 pm. Tom Fleming, winner of 1973 & 1974 NYC Marathon, will make a guest appearance and there will be a variety of health & fitness booths as well as last minute registration.

$7 Million Referendum to expand Ridge and Willard – The Ridgewood BOE has tentatively approved the development of a proposal to expand the Ridge and Willard schools if funding is authorized by a referendum in either September or December of 2006.

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>Village Council Election

>Village Council Election – May 9thThere are 2 Council positions up for election at the Village Village Council Election is on May 9, 2006. Polls will be open from 6am to 8pm. The are two seats open and they are for a 4 year term. There are 3 candidates: John L. Papietro “3R’s Responsible Representation Not Rhetoric”; David T. Pfund and Patrick A. Mancuso “Ridgewood First”. For further information contact the Village Clerk at 201/670-5500 ext. 201.

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>Around the Village

>TAKE A TASTE OF RIDGEWOOD!Don’t miss the Taste of Ridgewood on Sunday, May 7th. From 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., over 20 restaurants will set up sample stations along Ridgewood Aevnue from Oak Street to Broad Street. Fine wines, specialty beers and fabulous cheese samples will be available in a tent in the park, and there will be music throughout the festival area.

Public Access Channel 77 Available for Ridgewood Events Included in the Village’s franchise agreement with Cablevision for Ridgewood cable service, is the use of the Public Access Channel 77. The Channel is used by the Village to broadcast Village Council meetings and advertise Ridgewood non-profit events. The Board of Education also uses the channel to broadcast their public meetings as well as several other school related events.The Village is looking for additional apropriate quality produced video programs to air. Do you have film of Ridgewood events – artistic performance, special interview or presentation of a topic of interest to fellow Ridgewood residents? Please contact the Village Manager’s office at 201/670-5500 ext.204 to check into this opportunity and to offer any suggestions for the volunteer use of the channel.

Ridgewood’s Emergency Response Team With the resignation of Bob Greenlaw, the 3 positions he held in Emergency Management have been filled with new professionals. The new Ridgewood Emergency Management Coordinator is Brad Mason, a 20 year volunteer in emergency services and former employee of FEMA. The new Emergency Services Director is Paul Gilard, retired after 20 years on the Ridgewood Police and part time NW Bergen 911 Dispatcher. The new Center Director of NW Bergen Central Dispatch is Skip Cherven, a Ridgewood native and current Emergency Services Deputy Coordinator of the Borough of Paramus. We welcome these individuals who make a strong emergency response team for the Village of Ridgewood.

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>Artist Jeffrey Terreson at C.Magor Gallery

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Locales from the New York Metropolitan Area flock to see the abstract artist Jeffrey Terreson with his passionate eye for color , texture, & his intrinsic appreciation of nature.
Born in Bronxville, NY and raised in Bedford, NY, Terreson had the pleasure of knowing what he was going to do at an early age. From his kindergarten report card, noting an early aptitude for art, through his secondary schooling, Terreson excelled at art. He earned a four-year Merit Scholarship to Columbus College of Art and Design, where he rose to the top of his classes and found inspiration in his teachers and mentors: Ron Tardino, Robert Bruss, and Dennis Drummond. Upon graduation Terreson returned to New York City to begin a career as an artist. For years Terreson painted and supported himself through illustration and design, with artwork published by such nationally recognized periodicals as Time Magazine and Newsweek. After a great deal of success in the New York art scene, Terreson decided it was time to raise his four children and take his art in a new direction. He currently works in a Neo-Impressionistic painting style that embraces the textures of digital and traditional media. Terreson continues to steadily produce pieces, based on his original roots as a painter, while exploring and integrating elements of mixed media. An Artist StatementEver since I can remember, design has been my touchstone. It is where I begin and the guide I consult. Design is the core of all my work, the very center of my initial connection.The impulse to create grabs me at any moment of the day. An obscure image from a newspaper, how the sun hits a shape, the angle of a shadow. It is almost a beloved curse. The isolation of nature in its environment. The natural graphic. This is when I already see a design in a single rock, tree, water, person, or shape. Whatever it is, it becomes isolated by its place in the environment –a simple design just sitting there…and the rest disappears. Like Waveny Park Pink, on my website; I did not see trees creating a canopy, I saw verticals. Strong verticals. I saw it the first time I went there ten years ago. I did not see leaves on the woodland floor; I saw a background that placed those verticals, and a pink one at that. The vision and image captured me and I had to record it. There is no choice. For me, the image always triggers the challenge. First, I pencil in a rough sketch to remind me where I am going. I use archival paper or canvas, which I have either adhered to hardboard or stretch on a frame. The under painting is the foundation of my art. It includes blocking out the colors and choosing the various textures: gel medium, sand, wax, thick and heavy paint. The textures may be digitally inspired, or physically created. Once the under painting is in place, I breathe life into my work with oils. I love the texture of oils. And I love color; it is an ally. I love moving it around, layering it into the textures, setting up verticals and horizontals against each other. I find myself intent on moving the process outside of my initial box of reference and into the impressionistic field that defines what I do. I also look for inspiration from other artists. Pearls in the ocean of art, like Mark English, Robert Heindel, and other impressionists who influence my vision, my structure, the application of technique and materials, as well as the interpretation and drive toward impressionism. When I stay with a challenging design, or uncover an intuitive sense of color, when I struggle fluidly and push myself to where I haven’t been before, then I embrace a sense of success rising from the pure elation of the creative process. I love what I do. -Jeffrey Terreson

Terrson’s current show May 18th – June 5th 2006
C.Magor Gallery Gala Opening: Thursday May 18th 5pm-9pm
21 OakStreet Gala Opening :Saturday May 20th 2006 5 pm- 9pm
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
(201)670-0555 Wine, cheese & entertainment.

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>NEWS FLASH

>$7 Million Referendum to expand Ridge and Willard – The Ridgewood BOE has tentatively approved the development of a proposal to expand the Ridge and Willard schools if funding is authorized by a referendum in either September or December of 2006.

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>No Comments on the Great Debate?

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bored with it all said...
Ho hum. A very poor turnout; only 10 people in the audience and most of them were from the League of Women Voters.

As expected, “What should be done with Pease Library?” was one of the 3 prepared League of Women Voters questions. The League really needs to let that issue go and move on to something else. The same question was presented to candidates in 2004; I’ve heard quite enough about Pease Library, thank you.

Also as expected, Mancuso and Pfund both read their answers from carefully prepared scripts; very few candid comments from either.

No startling revelations. One member of the public challenged Papietro on his plan to turn Ridgewood Avenue into a one-way street heading westbound. Other questions from the floor focused on parking and leadership in the public safety departments.

Friction between candidates was non-existent.

I give this Candidates’ Night a 1 star rating out of 5.

8:54 AM

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>fly on the wall

>The Ridgewood Blog has also been informed by various sources the many people in the Village Hall think it is “NO BIG DEAL” that the Taxpayers were forced to pay $30 thousand for a certain date gone wrong. Our suggestion is that if it is “NO BIG DEAL” simply write a check out of your own account and refund the taxpayers . Thanks we are waiting …….