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4 Navy F-18 jets Land at Teterboro airport

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Hackensack NJ, the Hackensack Office of Emergency Management  reported that Monday October 29th, 2018 a flight of 4 Navy F-18 jets landed at Teterboro airport approximately 10:30 AM.

The aircraft followed the same approach pattern that all civil aircraft use when landing at the airport.Communities near Teterboro noticed a brief period of elevated jet noise as these aircraft approach to land at the airport.

Any inquiries can be directed to the Teterboro Airport Noise Abatement Office at (201) 393-0399 or at


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1 in10 New Jersey Residents is a Non-Citizen


August 1,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood

Hackensack NJ, New Jersey is home to about 900,000 residents who are not United States citizens . That’ equals about 1 in 10 people in the state, according to most recent estimates. Census figures put Ridgewood’s non-citizen population at about 2,000, or approximately 8 percent of the village’s 25,500 residents.

The Ridgewood Public Library even hosts six-week program meets twice weekly for 90-minute classes. It uses the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services booklet “Learn About the United States, Quick Civic Lessons for the Naturalization Test.”

The federal government is planning to have the 2020 Census ask people their citizenship status. Many elected officials and community advocates say such a question could threaten federal funding for states like New Jersey.

The simple solution would be to create more US citizens in order to safe guard Federal Funds .

The next Census Day is set for April 1, 2020, and a 2017 release from the U.S. Census Bureau identified the date for wording of all Census questions to be submitted to Congress as March 31 of this year. So for those fighting for a question on citizenship status to be excluded, the clock has been ticking for months already.

To give you an idea of the magnitude of the issue the Ridgewood blog has listed the towns the have the largest concentration of Non-citizens in Bergen County .

Palisades Park
U.S.-born citizens: 6,887
Naturalized citizens: 6,057
Non-citizens: 7,215 — 35%

South Hackensack
U.S.-born citizens: 1,534
Naturalized citizens: 455
Non-citizens: 725 — 27%

U.S.-born citizens: 6,843
Naturalized citizens: 3,687
Non-citizens: 3,608 — 25%

Little Ferry
U.S.-born citizens: 5,669
Naturalized citizens: 2,570
Non-citizens: 2,431 — 22%

U.S.-born citizens: 25,272
Naturalized citizens: 8,238
Non-citizens: 9,631 — 22%

Fort Lee
U.S.-born citizens: 16,475
Naturalized citizens: 11,398
Non-citizens: 7,941 — 22%

U.S.-born citizens: 4,853
Naturalized citizens: 2,220
Non-citizens: 1,935 — 21%

U.S.-born citizens: 63
Naturalized citizens: 5
Non-citizens: 18 — 21%

U.S.-born citizens: 6,698
Naturalized citizens: 2,559
Non-citizens: 2,503 — 21%

U.S.-born citizens: 17,663
Naturalized citizens: 6,885
Non-citizens: 6,251 — 20%

U.S.-born citizens: 5,790
Naturalized citizens: 3,087
Non-citizens: 2,208 — 20%

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PVL train tickets will be cross-honored on Main/Bergen County Lines

September 13, 2017
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ,  Due to grade crossing repairs and signal and track maintenance work, NJ TRANSIT is replacing trains on the Pascack Valley Line with buses on weekends and during midday hours on weekdays beginning on Sunday, September 17 and continuing through Saturday, October 28.

This does not effect Ridgewood Main line and Bergen line passengers , but will impact Montvale , Park Ridge , Woodcliff Lake, Hillsdale, Westwood, Emerson, Oradell , River Edge , River Edge New Bridge Landing , Hackensack Anderson Street,  Hackensack Essex Street , Teterboro , and Wood Ridge .

Expect larger crowds on Main line and Bergen line during midday hours and late nights .

During this time, Pascack Valley Line tickets and passes will be cross-honored on the Main/Bergen County Lines trains. At Secaucus Junction, Coach USA buses – which are replacing Pascack Valley Line trains – will arrive and depart from Platforms 9 and 10. Bus times may vary from train times at some station stops. Customers should visit the NJ TRANSIT website for specific schedule times.

While busing is in effect, all Metro-North customers from Spring Valley, Nanuet and Pearl River may use their monthly/weekly commutation passes for travel on Metro-North’s Hudson Line between Tarrytown and Grand Central Terminal.

Monday through Friday, midday hours

On weekdays, during the midday hours, buses will operate in two sections:

Between Spring Valley and Secaucus: There will be several buses operating as express and local between Spring Valley and Secaucus. Customers should be mindful of the signage denoting whether they are express or local buses before boarding. Some buses will operate between New Bridge Landing and Secaucus, making all stops except Teterboro. Teterboro customers may use NJ TRANSIT’s No. 161 Bus, which stops at Industrial Avenue and Route 46.

Note: For Train 1622, buses will operate in three sections: New York State Express between Spring Valley and Secaucus (no local stops in New Jersey); between Montvale and Secaucus, operating express between New Bridge Landing and Secaucus; and between New Bridge Landing and Secaucus, making all stops except Teterboro.

While the busing is in operation during the midday hours, shuttle trains for Pascack Valley Line customers will operate between Secaucus and Hoboken.

Saturdays and Sundays

Local and New York State buses will operate between Spring Valley and Secaucus. Customers traveling between Secaucus and Hoboken should use Main and Bergen County Line trains.

NOTE: For You Night Owls :Bergen County Line Train 69, which operates to Port Jervis and normally departs Hoboken at 12:40 a.m., will depart Hoboken 5 minutes later, at 12:45 a.m. Pascack Valley Line customers traveling from Hoboken and connecting with the last substitute bus from Secaucus will use Train 69.

Teterboro Station customers should note that the last weekend outbound bus of the night will stop at Teterboro ONLY by request.

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Ridgewood Police Rescue Stranded Turtle

Ridgewood Police Rescue Stranded Turtle

photos courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook page

August 21,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police Patrol Officer Brandon Donnelly was assigned to protect a seemingly stranded turtle at the Bergen County Wild Duck Pond Park on Sunday afternoon, 08/20. While waiting for the arrival of a representative from the Bergen County Animal Shelter in Teterboro, Officer Donnelly engaged in Community Policing activity by passing out “police officer badge” stickers to several young citizens who had walked over to see the large turtle. The reptile was safely relocated to a more suitable habitat by an animal control officer approximately 90 minutes after Donnelly was dispatched to the scene.

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Fatal plane crash near Teterboro: What we know about the accident so far

Teterboro Airport Crash

Updated May 16, 2017
Posted May 16, 2017

By Paul Milo | NJ Advance Media for
Paul Milo | NJ Advance Media for

A Learjet took off from Philadelphia and crashed on approach at Teterboro

The Learjet 35A, a twin-engine jet often used for business or personal travel, was built in 1981. It was coming in for a landing when it crashed in an industrial area of Carlstadt around 3:30 p.m. Both occupants of the plane were killed and the crash caused a fire with dark billowing smoke that could be seen for miles. Buildings in the area and parked cars caught fire but were quickly extinguished by local fire departments.

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The 3 high schools in each county with the best SAT scores


Updated May 03, 2017
Posted May 03, 2017

By Kathleen O’Brien | NJ Advance Media for

The average SAT score in New Jersey high schools varied greatly among the state’s 21 counties last school year.

Some counties had multiple high schools with average scores above 1,300, while other counties did not have a single school with an average score better than 1,200 out of 1,600.

The average SAT score among New Jersey’s public high schools overall was a 1,075 out of 1,600 last school year, but plenty of schools posted significantly more impressive scores.

The range of scores also varied. Some counties had one school that far outperformed its neighbors, and others saw close competition for the top spot.

Specialized schools with selective enrollment and run by county vocational districts once again dominate the list of highest average scores, taking home the top 12 spots.

Here are the top three average scores in each county:


1) Bergen County Academies

Location: Hackensack

Score: 1,470

2) Bergen County Technical School

Location: Teterboro

Score: 1,330

3) Tenafly High School

Location: Tenafly

Score: 1,307

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Ridgewood Receives 1.23 inches of Rain

water storage

file photo by Boyd Loving

April 2,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ,recent rains are making head way toward alleviating  the drought in Jersey,The Division of Water Supply and Geoscience within the Department of Environmental Protection, regularly monitors various water supply conditions within the state based on the different Water Supply Regions. The water supply conditions aid the Department in declaring the regions as being within one of the four stages of water supply drought, Normal, Drought Watch, Drought Warning, and Drought Emergency.
Bergen County finds is self still under a “drought warning” as of March 26th ,but what does that mean?

A drought warning represents a non-emergency phase of managing available water supplies during the developing stages of drought, and falls between the Watch and Emergency levels of drought response. The aim of a Drought Watch is to avert a more serious water shortage that would necessitate declaration of a water emergency and the imposition of mandatory water use restrictions, bans on water use, or other potentially drastic measures.  Under a drought warning, the commissioner of the DEP may order water purveyors to develop alternative sources of water or transfer water between areas of the State with relatively more water to those with less.  While mandatory water use restrictions are not imposed under a Warning, the general public is strongly urged to use water sparingly in affected areas.

Friday’s heavy rains coupled with melting snow may help to alleviate the situation, but don’t go out an celebrate just yet  :


Teterboro Airport: 1.45 inches
River Vale: 1.32 inches
Palisades Park: 1.26 inches
Ridgewood: 1.23 inches
Tenafly: 1.05 inches

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Commuter Alert : NJ TRANSIT service changes for Tuesday, March 14th


March 13,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ,  Out of an abundance of caution and safety, NJ TRANSIT is making service changes for Tuesday, March 14th due to the forecasted severe winter weather expected to hit the region.  NJ TRANSIT encourages all customers to prepare their transportation needs in advance of the storm, if they must travel.

All Bus and Access Link service will begin shutting down at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday morning.  Customers should expect those services to remain suspended for the duration of Tuesday’s service day.  Service is anticipated to resume on Wednesday as weather and road conditions allow.

All but one rail line will operate on a weekend schedule on Tuesday for as long as weather conditions allow trains to operate safely.  Customers should be aware that weekend rail service does not extend west of Raritan on the Raritan Valley Line, west of Dover on the M&E Line or west of Bay Street on the Montclair-Boonton Line.  Please Note: The Atlantic City Rail Line will operate on a regular weekday schedule.  Pascack Valley Line trains will add Teterboro and Woodcliff Lakes stops and Train 2125 will operate as a local making all station stops.

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule with the addition of service, operating every 20 minutes, between Tonnelle Ave. and Hoboken Terminal.  Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule.  RiverLINE service will operate on a Sunday schedule.

Systemwide Cross-Honoring in Effect:  To give customers additional travel options – if they must travel – during expected winter weather conditions, NJ TRANSIT will offer full systemwide cross-honoring, enabling customers to use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode—rail, light rail, PATH or ferry.  As a reminder, on Tuesday, March 14th all bus service will be suspended.  For example, customers who normally take the bus from Rutherford to the Port Authority Bus Terminal may use their bus pass or ticket on the train from Rutherford to New York Penn Station.  Similarly, customers who normally take the bus between Atlantic City and Lindenwold may use the Atlantic City Rail Line instead at no additional charge.  NY Waterway and Billybey ferries will accept NJ TRANSIT tickets and passes.

All customers are strongly advised to check before traveling for up-to-the-minute service information before starting their trip. NJ TRANSIT will have a special winter storm section on the homepage of its website.

NJ TRANSIT will continue to monitor the weather conditions and impacts to services as the storm progresses.  For the latest travel information, customers should visit, access NJ TRANSIT’s Twitter feed at @NJTRANSIT or listen to broadcast traffic reports.  Additionally, NJ TRANSIT will provide the most current service information via the My Transit alert system (, which delivers travel advisories for your specific trip to your smartphone. Service information is also available by calling (973) 275-5555.

Rail and light rail crews and equipment are on standby to quickly respond to downed trees, power outages or other issues that may arise.  In addition, NJ TRANSIT will be positioning locomotives at strategic locations across the rail system to rapidly respond in the event of a disabled train.  NJ TRANSIT’s employee Emergency Response Team will be at Newark Penn Station, Secaucus Transfer and Penn Station New York to assist customers who must travel on Tuesday.
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Amazon hiring thousands more in New Jersey

Amazon Introduces New Tablet At News Conference In New York

By Paul Milo | NJ Advance Media for
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on January 12, 2017 at 5:18 PM, updated January 12, 2017 at 5:48 PM

Online retailing giant Amazon is planning to add 100,000 full-time jobs in the U.S. over the next year and a half, including 2,500 in New Jersey, the company said in a statement Thursday.

The jobs include entry-level work and skilled positions like engineers and software developers. The full-time positions will also come with benefits.

The company already employs 11,000 people at seven sites in the state. The new hires will work at additional “fulfillment centers,” the company said.

The remainder of the new hires will staff facilities in Washington, Texas, California, Kentucky, Illinois and Florida.

The news comes as Amazon also announced it would be opening a bookstore at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus, one of five stores the company plans to open in New York, Massachusetts and Illinois.

In July, the company announced plans to lease a 617,000-square-foot warehouse in Teterboro as part of its plan to grow its footprint in the state. In 2015, the company cut the ribbon on a massive shipping facility in Robbinsville.

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NJT Service Plans for Tuesday October 4th


NJ TRANSIT Service Plan for Tuesday Commute – Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Main/Bergen County/Pascack Valley/Port Jervis Lines Remain on Weekend Schedule

Ridgewood Nj, NJ TRANSIT has announced service plans for tomorrow, Tuesday October 4th, and until further notice, following the commuter train accident at Hoboken Terminal.  All rail service into and out of Hoboken Terminal remains suspended.  Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service has been restored into and out of Hoboken and will continue to operate on a full weekday schedule.

Cross honoring with PATH, ferries, NJ TRANSIT bus and private carriers will continue until further notice.


  • Customers who normally travel to Hoboken should still purchase tickets and passes to Hoboken, so that they may be cross honored by rail into New York Penn Station or by shuttle bus from Secaucus to Liberty State Park.
  • Customers for trains normally bound for Hoboken are advised NOT to use Trip Planner on or on the mobile app.  Please use the latest customer notice by clicking on the “Critical Service Advisory” located on 


View printable schedules HERE.

  • Main, Bergen, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines will continue to operate on a weekend schedule originating/terminating in Secaucus, with stops at Teterboro and Woodcliff Lake stations (weekdays only).
  • Two additional peak-period trains will operate from Port Jervis in each direction:
    • In the morning, two trains will depart Port Jervis at 5:33 a.m. and 6:33 a.m. These trains will make all stops to Suffern, then stop only at Route 17, Ridgewood, Glen Rock-Boro Hall, and Radburn before operating express to Secaucus.Connecting trains depart Secaucus at 7:48 a.m. and 8:46 a.m. and arrive in New York at 8:03 a.m. and 9:01 a.m.
    • In the afternoon/evening, two trains will depart Secaucus at 5:19 p.m. and 7:27 p.m. (connections from New York at 5:03 p.m. and 7:08 p.m.). These trains will operate express to Radburn, then stop at Glen Rock-Boro Hall, Route 17 and Suffern. After Suffern, these trains will make all stops to Port Jervis, arriving there at 7:29 p.m. and 9:22 p.m., respectively.
  • All rail service to and from New YorkPenn Station will operate on a normal weekday schedule.  This includes Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line and MidTOWN DIRECT trains.
  • Raritan Valley and Atlantic City Rail Lines will operate on normal weekday schedules.
  • Customers in New York City who need to access Secaucus are urged to take trains from New York Penn Station or use the Port Authority Bus Terminal forNJ TRANSIT and private carrier busing alternatives.
  • Customers in Hoboken and Jersey City who need to access Secaucus are urged to use Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to Liberty State Park, where shuttle buses will take them to Secaucus.
  • Morris & Essex Line, Gladstone Branch and Montclair-Boonton Line will have limited service running every two hours for points west of Montclair State University and west of Dover, in addition to regular MidTOWN DIRECT service.
  • Please note: MidTOWN DIRECT service will make additional stops east of Summit.
  • Additional Note:  All Raritan Valley and North Jersey Coast Line trains scheduled to terminate in Hoboken will terminate at Newark Penn Station

Customers may experience overcrowding and possible delays caused by congestion. 

  • NJ TRANSIT urges customers to check for service updates and sign up for MyTransit alerts, which provide service updates via text or email.
  • The Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) located near the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station at Hoboken now sell bus tickets and passes.

Metro North Service for Pascack Valley Line and Port Jervis Customers

  • Two additional peak-period trains will operate between Port Jervis and Hoboken in each direction:
  • In the morning, two trains will depart Port Jervis at 5:33 a.m. and 6:33 a.m. These trains will make all stops to Suffern, then stop only at Route 17, Ridgewood, Glen Rock-Boro Hall, and Radburn before operating express to Secaucus. Connecting trains depart Secaucus at 7:48a.m. and 8:46 a.m. and arrive in New York at 8:03 a.m. and9:01 a.m.
  • In the afternoon/evening, two trains will depart Secaucus at 5:19 p.m. and 7:27 p.m. (connections from New York at 5:03 p.m. and 7:08 p.m.). These trains willoperate express to Radburn, then stop at Glen Rock-Boro Hall, Route 17 and Suffern. After Suffern, these trains will make all stops to Port Jervis, arriving there at 7:29 p.m. and 9:22 p.m., respectively.
  • For additional information, click HERE.


  • Extra service on select bus routes which run parallel to Main/Bergen and Pascack Valley rail lines.
  • Shuttle buses will operate between Liberty State Park light rail station in Jersey City and Secaucus Junction.

Light Rail

  • All Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service has been restored into and out of Hoboken and will continue to operate on a normal weekday schedule.