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How Much Does The NJEA Really Spend On Politics?

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Ridgewood NJ, Over the last two weeks, since our launch, the Sunlight Policy Center of New Jersey (SPCNJ) has shined a strong light on two important issues related to the powerful NJEA.

We showed, with each step clearly sourced, how the NJEA leadership funds its powerful political machine through a unique system based on billions of taxpayer dollars.  We have also highlighted the political professionals who have specifically benefitted from all that money, whether it be the millions in political contributions to elected officials or the millions more to NJEA headquarters staff, including six one-percenters who make ten times more than their union membership.

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Ridgewood NJ, IMPORTANT WINTER STORM MESSAGE: Schools will have an EARLY DISMISSAL on Wednesday, February 20. Children will be dismissed at the closing times posted below. Cafeterias will not operate and lunches will not be provided. Students will attend school as follows:

RED Program: 9-11 a.m.

Kindergarten – Grade 5: 8:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Grades 6-8: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Grades 9-12: 7:47 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

All after-school programs are also cancelled. Please stay safe and warm! Pass the word!

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The 2019-2020 Ridgewood Public Schools $111 Million Budget Vote will be held on Tuesday, April 16 


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The following links go directly to pages on the Bergen County website.

How to:

Register to vote
The registration deadline is 21 days before an election. The deadline for registering to vote in the Annual School Election (April 16) is Tuesday, March 26.

Voting by mail

Click here to download the official Vote-by-Mail application.

A registered voter may apply for a Mail-in Ballot by mail up to seven days prior to the election, or apply in person until 3 p.m. on the day before the election. Mail-in Ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received no later than 48 hours after polls close, or returned in person before the close of polls on Election Day. The deadline to apply by mail for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot for the Annual School Election (April 16) is Tuesday, April 9. The deadline to apply in person at the County Clerk’s Office for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot for the Annual School Election is Monday, April 15 at 3 p.m.

FAQs on voting
Answers to general questions on registering to vote and voting

Please note: The office of the Bergen County Superintendent of Elections is the primary source for full information on voting and elections. Please consult the Bergen County website for more information at

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Ridgewood Board Of Education Sues to Extend Board Member Terms

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Ridgewood NJ, it appears the Ridgewood Board of Education trustees love to cling to their power , not wanting to face election in April and looking to extend their term they have launched a Ridgewood taxpayer financed lawsuit against the Bergen County and the New Jersey Commissioner of Education .

Board of Education Public Meeting  
January 28 2019 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Location  Education Center, 49 Cottage Place

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New Jersey Financial Literacy Education Bill Signed?


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Jersey City NJ, does anyone find the humor in the very idea that the financial illiterates in Trenton have signed a bill requiring “financial literacy” to be taught in schools?

Perhaps it should be a required coarse for the Governor and the state assembly . Dare we even go so far as to say even ex-governors should be forced to take the starting with former governor Whitman.

Acting Governor Sheila Oliver signed legislation (A-1414) requiring school districts to provide financial literacy education to middle school students in grades six through eight. The financial literacy instruction will emphasize budgeting, saving, credit, debt, insurance, investment, and other issues associated with personal financial responsibility to ensure New Jersey’s youth have access to the tools and foundation needed for sound financial decision-making.

“Financial responsibility is an important acquired and learned life skill and with the increasing financial challenges millennials face, it is a skill that must be a necessary part of our educational curriculum,” said Acting Governor Sheila Oliver. “Governor Murphy and I are happy to partner with the Legislature by signing this bill today to help New Jersey students learn how to effectively manage their personal finances and help set them up for success in life.”

Primary sponsors of the bill include Senators Dawn Marie Addiego and Ron Rice; and Assemblymembers Angela McKnight, Nicholas Chiaravalloti, Eliana Pintor Marin, Jamel Holley, Benjie Wimberly, and Annette Quijano.

“I am delighted the financial literacy bill was signed into law, so students can receive education on key topics that they will need for the rest of their lives,” said Senator Addiego. “We must reach people early on in life so they can plan ahead and build a foundation of financial knowledge that will help them live an independent lifestyle.”

“One of the most important lessons a person can learn is how to manage their money. Many young people go into adulthood knowing little about finances, and end up making decisions that cost them in the long run,” said Assemblywoman McKnight. “Teaching our kids early about the importance of managing their money and making sound financial decisions can prevent them from making costly mistakes and set them on the right financial path.”

“This bill would allow financial education to be infused into currents subjects, helping younger students in Jersey City and across the state get a head start on understanding the very things that will impact them every day,” said Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop. “Learning about credit, investing, savings and other financial aspects are critical tools to building a foundation and setting our students up to succeed. Financial literacy is already being taught at the high school level, and we’re excited to expand this to younger students at the start of the new school year in September.”

Acting Governor Oliver signed the bill at President Barack Obama Elementary School – PS 34 in Jersey City.

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Super Science Saturday: March 2 at Ridgewood High School


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Ridgewood NJ, Super Science Saturday, hailed as the “Greatest Science Extravaganza in Northern New Jersey,” brings fun and excitement to science through professional presenters and student projects. As a joint project of the Ridgewood Board of Education and the Super Science Saturday Volunteer Committee, we aim to bring all science lovers together for a day of fun and learning for all ages.

In an effort to make Super Science Saturday an even better experience, we have changed venues to Ridgewood High School, giving more space for student presenters in our “Hall of Science.” Our adult presenters will also have generous space throughout hallways, the Cafeteria, and the Campus Center.

Super Science Saturday will appeal to everyone from the casual observer to the aspiring scientists. Most of all, we hope to spark an interest in science among children, showing them the wonders of science. Through interactive exhibits such as a wheelchair maze, live animals, and demonstrations of chocolate making to more complex brain wiring demonstrations, Super Science Saturday will satisfy the scientific appetite of everyone.

We encourage everyone to join the fun! Check out our volunteer page to learn about getting involved. This day cannot happen without the support of dedicated volunteers. Sign up now and make this Super Science Saturday one to remember.

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Ridgewood Board of Education Reorganization/Public Meeting

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Board of Education Public Meeting   will be tonight January 7, 2019 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place .

At all regular meetings, two opportunities are provided for citizens to make comments. The public comment periods will be scheduled after presentations. or just prior to the end of the meeting, whichever occurs first. The first opportunity may be limited by the presiding officer . in order for the Board to continue with its scheduled agenda. The second opportunity will occur at the discretion of the presiding officer taking into consideration a break point in the agenda.

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Ridgewood BOE Gets Hit With Bitcoin Threat Hoax

Utah Software Engineer Mints Physical Bitcoins

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Ridgewood NJ, according to the Ridgewood Police , Ptl. Kevin McKeon and Ptl. Patrick Daly responded to 49 Cottage Street on December 14th to investigate a false public alarm. Upon arrival patrol spoke with Board of Education members about a suspicious email which made a threatening statement and demanded a payment via Bitcoin currency. The email was found by the IT Department and quarantined. Further investigation determined similar emails were sent on the same date in the state of N.J. and throughout the country.

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North Jersey marching bands growing, taking the next step

RHS Band

RHS Band in action

OCTOBER 25, 2015, 11:38 PM    LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2015, 11:47 PM

There was a time, just 10 years ago, when Englewood’s high school marching band had a dozen members. Now, the Pulse of Englewood, as it’s called, boasts 175 musicians and flag twirlers whose soulful style has captured the city’s imagination.

Drum major Daniashley Sosa — in her words, “not that typical band geek” — said she knew she had to be a part of it as soon as she saw the rows of color guard and band members swaying and singing in the stands at football games. Now, she’s one in a sea of maroon-shirted band members who fill the halls of Dwight Morrow High School and Academies@Englewood every Friday. It’s as if, she said, she has “a second family.”

“I see it as a common ground for everyone to come together with a passion for music,” she said.

Despite demanding schedules and a gnawing need for funding, school marching bands throughout New Jersey are swelling with enthusiastic recruits and attracting devoted community followings.