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Great White shark has been spotted off of Atlantic City on the Jersey Shore

July 6,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, a Great White shark has been spotted off of Atlantic City on the Jersey Shore. So if you want to avoid the sharks and duck the traffic on the Garden State Parkway ,Graydon Pool is right in your own back yard . The pool features  a shaded playground, water play fountains, shade kites, Adirondack chairs, a picnic area with charcoal grills, a sheltered pavilion, and the Water’s Edge Cafe. Additional amenities include volleyball, basketball, ping-pong, shuffleboard, four-squares, hop-scotch, backgammon, a lending library and for the little ones, “Storytime” under the Graydon pavilion.


Village priced memberships are available to Ridgewood residents, non-residents who pay local property taxes to the Village of Ridgewood, and employees of the Village of Ridgewood and Board of Education. Proof is required.
ADULT – $120.00
CHILD – (ages 2-15, under 2 free) $110.00
SENIOR – $30.00 (62 and older)
LATE SEASON ADULT MEMBERSHIP – $60.00 (available August 1st)
LATE SEASON CHILD MEMBERSHIP – $55.00 (available August 1st)
DAILY PASS – $10.00
The Village Council and the Ridgewood Department of Parks and Recreation are pleased to invite all families in the surrounding area to join the Graydon Pool facility for the summer season.
ADULT (ages 16 and up) – $200.00
CHILD (ages 2-15) – $175.00
GUEST PASSES (must be accompanied by a current season member)- $10.00

Purchase all badges from the comfort of home via CommunityPass (Visa and Mastercard accepted). In person assistance is available daily at the Graydon Badge Office, on site at the pool facility. Hours vary by season dates.

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The Alzheimer’s Association Shares Six Tips for Approaching Conversations about Alzheimer’s Symptoms During Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month in June

Ridgewood Police Alzheimer's patient was found

file photo by Boyd Loving Ridgewood PD in search for Alzheimer patient

June 18,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood bog

Ridgewood NJ, June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, and the Alzheimer’s Association together with advocates in the early stages of the disease are encouraging families to talk about memory and cognition concerns sooner. These advocates know first-hand that an early diagnosis offers many benefits, including access to more effective medical and lifestyle interventions and the ability to take an active role in planning with family members for the future.
“Denial and rationalization are common responses to the early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s ─ it was a part of my experience,” said Darrell Foss, a member of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Early-Stage Advisory Group, which is composed of people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. “Too often, people experiencing symptoms, or family members seeing them, wait to speak up, even when they know something is wrong. It can be scary, but that is why I’m sharing my personal experience ─ to illustrate why talking about Alzheimer’s concerns early is so important.”

To help people understand early symptoms of Alzheimer’s or behaviors that merit discussion, the Alzheimer’s Association offers 10 Warning Signs. Should these signs appear, it is important to talk about them with the person experiencing symptoms and encourage them to speak with a medical professional.

“Unfortunately, people often avoid conversations due to denial, fear, anxiety, lack of awareness and difficulty having hard conversations about health issues, particularly with Alzheimer’s or other dementias due to stigma and perceptions associated with the disease,” said Ruth Drew, Director of Family and Information Services for the Alzheimer’s Association.

New findings from an Alzheimer’s Association survey found a majority of Americans would be concerned about offending a family member (76 percent), or ruining their relationship (69 percent), if they were to approach that person about observed signs of Alzheimer’s. More alarming, 38 percent said they would wait until a family member’s Alzheimer’s symptoms worsened before approaching them with concerns. Additionally, nearly 1 in 3 Americans (29 percent) would not say anything to a family member despite their concerns.

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and June 21st is The Longest Day, a day focused on raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, which affects 5.7 million Americans.

It is estimated that by 2050, nearly 14 million Americans will be living with Alzheimer’s disease.
However, an early Alzheimer’s diagnosis can offer access to more effective medical and lifestyle interventions and the ability to help families plan for the future.
An early diagnosis also means spending time with family and friends before the disease progresses.

On The Longest Day, take the time to review the Alzheimer’s Association’s 6 Tips for Approaching Alzheimer’s to talk to a friend or loved one that may be showing symptoms.
The 6 Tips include:
Have the conversation as early as possible
Think about who’s best suited to initiate the conversation
Practice conversation starters
Offer your support and companionship
Anticipate gaps in self-awareness
Recognize the conversation may not go as planned

New findings from the Alzheimer’s Association show that 76-percent of Americans expressed concern about offending family members by raising the issue.
Also, 69-percent feared it would ruin their relationship with the person.
On The Longest Day, don’t be one of 38-percent of people who said they would wait until a family member’s Alzheimer’s symptoms worsened.
To learn more about Alzheimer’s symptoms and resources available for patients and caregivers, visit

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Ridgewood Parks & Recreation Fly Fishing Basics Class for middle school students

photos courtesy of Ridgewood Parks & Recreation

Junes 18,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Parks & Recreation , the Fly Fishing Basics Class for middle school students ended with an afternoon in the water! After setting up the rods and reels and tying on their own flies, they took to the brook! Wading through running water, they each found their spot. And one of the participants even landed a fish (and released it back into the brook).

Check out the pics from the day.

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Congratulations to the Women Gardeners’ of Ridgewood!

photo courtesy of Ridgewood Parks & Recreation

June 18,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, The Garden Club of New Jersey awarded the Women Gardeners’ of Ridgewood for their work with the Green Kids program, sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department. The children, with the help of the Women Gardener’s of Ridgewood, created a large log planter for the Green Kids Garden and planted it with mums for the fall. The 12′ long recylced log planter was designed to encourage sustainability and can be planted seasonally. Please check out the award and log in the pictures below!

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Welcome to the New Maple Field in Ridgewood

photo courtesy of Ridgewood Parks & Recreation

June 18,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Friday afternoon for the new Maple Turf Field! Village Council, Village Management, Director of Parks and Recreation, Assistant Superintendent of Parks, representatives from the Fields Committee, PRC Board and sports groups were there to join in on the celebration!

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What Happened to the Beepocalypse?

In 2006 bees started disappearing. Beekeepers reported to losing up to 90% of their beehives. And no one knew why. Nearly every news outlet raised the alarm, warning of an imminent beepocalypse that would devastate our food supply. But while alarm bells rang, things turned around. And bee colonies are now at a 20 year high. How did we get the beepocalypse so… wrong?

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Far fewer teens are working now than they did 20 years ago


photo by ArtChick

May 21,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Far fewer teens are working now than they did 20 years ago, according to the U.S. Labor Department, which reported almost 60% of teens had a job in 1979 compared to 34% in 2015.

Experts say that paid work has value for a number of reasons — and that teens (even those who plan to go to college) who don’t do it may be at a disadvantage. “It’s critical for teenagers to work, to begin to understand the working world, the value of a paycheck” says Gene Natali, co-author of “The Missing Semester” and a senior vice president at Pittsburgh investment firm C.S. McKee. “Choosing not to work a paid job has consequences.”

Applications are being sought for the many summer positions available with the Parks and Recreation Department including Day Camp Administrators and Counselors, Graydon Pool Lifeguards, Security Attendants, and Badge Sale Attendants. Concession Attendant applications will be shared with the Water’s Edge vendor.
NOTE: Day Camp staff attendance is mandatory for the full six week program, June 25 to August 3, 2018 as well as pre-camp trainings.
Applicants should be at least 16 years of age. All will be considered for experience, interests, and accomplishments.
All hires require an approved Ridgewood Police Department criminal background check.
Mail completed applications to The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450. Accompanying resumes are suggested.


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Knudsen and Sedon stack up the Endorsements from Local Organizations

knundsen and Seden

April 29,2018
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Knudsen and Sedon continue to stack up the endorsements. They have been endorsed by Ridgewood citizen groups and Village residents. Knudsen and Sedon will continue to run a positive and respectful campaign based on facts!. Susan and Mike have a proven track record of supporting all Ridgewood residents, shared values, smart development, protecting and enhancing our environment, protecting Village neighborhoods and residents, keeping municipal taxes low, delivering quality services, and more.

Read full endorsements and letters to the editor at
-Ridgewood Residents for Reasonable Development -Citizens for A Better Ridgewood
-Concerned Residents of Ridgewood
-Friends of Schedler
-Ridgewood Wildscape Association
-Ridgewood Chinese American Association