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Ridgewood Police Begin Parking Permit Enforcement


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Ridgewood NJ, This is to make you aware that the Police Department is enforcing for lack of a Ridgewood Parking Permit (RPP) or parking in a location with the wrong permit.  As a reminder, the only permit accepted in the Hudson Street lot is the Hudson Street permit.  The Premium Ridgewood Parking permits may be used in all lots, except the Hudson Street lot.

The 2019 Annual Commuter (Ridgewood Parking Permits – RPP) are currently for sale at the Reception Desk in the lobby of Village Hall, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays.  All applicants must bring their driver’s license and vehicle registration(s) for car(s) they wish to list on their permits, as the RPPs allow up to 3 cars on each hang tag.  The RPPs allow commuters to park in designated Ridgewood parking lots without having to pay the parking meters.  All permit prices will be pro-rated throughout the year.  The following is a summary of the Ridgewood Parking Permits (RPPs) and their prices:

Premium RPP – $1,300 annual fee – SOLD OUT

Hudson Lot Permit – $1,300 annual fee – allows Ridgewood residents to park in the Hudson parking lot only, with a guaranteed parking space.  When the Hudson parking lot is closed, due to the construction of the parking garage, those residents with a Hudson parking lot permit will participate in a ride share program, through December 31, 2019.
  Residents who purchase Hudson parking lot permits must purchase a premium Ridgewood parking permit at the end of 2019 in order to continue to participate in the ride share program until the parking garage opens in 2020.  Hudson Lot permit holders may use their permits in any lot on Saturdays.

Non-Premium RPP – $975 annual fee – allows Ridgewood residents to park in Chestnut Street lot, North Walnut Street lot, Cottage Place lot, and Route 17 Park and Ride lot. 

Park and Ride RPP – $975 annual fee – this price is for both Ridgewood residents and non-residents, and allows parking in the Route 17 Park and Ride lot.

Non-resident RPP in Central Business District – $1,950 annual fee – allows non-residents to park in the Cottage Place lot.

Ridgewood Resident Commuter Sticker – Free – All Ridgewood resident commuters who wish to park at the train station must bring in their driver’s license and vehicle registration(s) to obtain a free Ridgewood Resident Commuter sticker.  Free Ridgewood Resident Commuter stickers will also be issued to all Ridgewood residents purchasing RPPs and the Hudson Lot permit.

The Village will accept checks, cash, or credit cards (with a 3% transaction fee to the user) for payment.

There are also Central Business District (CBD) Employee stickers and hang tags that may be purchased by those who work in the CBD and allows parking at designated meters in the North Walnut Street and Cottage Place lots.
For more information, please visit our website:

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Unlocked Car in Ridgewood hit for $580 in Stolen Property


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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood police report that Ptl. Patrick Daly and Ptl. Kevin McKeon investigated a burglary and theft from a motor vehicle on January 3rd. Upon arrival the victim reported her unlocked vehicle was entered during the overnight hours and property was stolen from within. The stolen items were valued at approximately $580.

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January 16th Cooking Demo Class At Olive R Twist Olive Oil Co.

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Ridgewood NJ, On Wednesday, January 16th @ 7 to 9:30PM Chef Angie Shaghaghi from Rachel Ray & Chopped will be teaching us how to make delicious & hearty winter recipes using our delicious infused/fused EVOO’s & Balsamic Vinegars! 

Where: Olive R Twist, 34 Wilsey Square, Ridgewood, NJ
Cost: $45.00

Details: Bring a friend, a spouse, a bottle of wine & enjoy a fun night out! You will try everything Angie prepares, take home the recipes and a duo of 60ml bottles of EVOO & Balsamic used in the demos!
Please sign up soon as space is limited to 25 and classes fill fast!
How to sign up: In store, or by phone 201-882-1515 with payment to assure a spot.

Wed, January 16, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: Olive R Twist, 34 Wilsey Square, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Cost: 45.00

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Ridgewood Christmas Tree Pick Up

Village of Ridgewood's 2017 Christmas Tree

file photo by Boyd Loving

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Ridgewood NJ, The Parks Division will be picking up Christmas trees, following the same schedule as last year. 

This schedule follows a Tuesday/Eastside and Thursday/Westside pattern with trees being picked up on the Westside of the Village curbside on Thursdays, January 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th. Trees will then be picked up on the Eastside of the Village curbside on Tuesdays, January 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Please be sure that your Christmas trees are not placed in the street.

Those residents wishing to drop off Christmas trees may bring them to the designated location at the Graydon Pool parking lot anytime from January 3 through 29, 2019.

For additional information please contact the Parks Division Office at 201-670-5565.

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Ridgewood Resident Harassed by “Sexting”


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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police report that an East Ridgewood Avenue resident responded to Ridgewood Police headquarters on December 20th to report cyber harassment in the past. The victim reported explicit photos were sent to her cellular phone from an unrecognized phone number.

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Gottheimer Wraps Holiday Gifts at Bookends in Ridgewood


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RIDGEWOOD NJ, On Saturday, December 22, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) wrapped holiday gifts for North Jersey families at Bookends bookstore in Ridgewood.

“The holidays are such an important time for small businesses across the country and here in New Jersey, ” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “I am so proud that there are so many great businesses in my district, like Bookends here in Ridgewood. I want to thank Walter Boyer for having me at his store and I encourage everyone to go check Bookends out, whether for the book selection or the author events they regularly host.”

Congressman Gottheimer went on to say, “Small businesses play a vital role in our economy in the Fifth District and neighborhoods across the country, especially during this key retail season. The federal government shutdown hurt small businesses, because it impacts small business loan applications. We can prevent that by getting folks to the table to finalize a deal to reopen the government, just like business owners do every day.”

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, New Jersey boasts 1.7 million small business employees working for over 820,000 small businesses. 98.3% of the state’s businesses are small businesses and they employ more than half of New Jersey’s workers.

Bookends in Ridgewood has been a staple in the community and a renowned bookstore for more than thirty years. They have hosted over 1,000 authors in the last fifteen years from politics, pop culture, and fiction. During the holiday season, they wrap gifts in their store free of charge.

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Valley Health System seeks Better Patient Data

Valley Hospital

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Ridgewood NJ, Valley Health System has selected an enterprise master patient index from NextGate to support automated medical record matching. With population health management supported with analytics becoming a top priority for many healthcare organizations, so is the need to collect data and clean it of duplicate information to better identify and manage patients across all settings of care.

That is the impetus for Valley Health System in Ridgewood, N.J., which has selected enterprise identification company NextGate as its vendor for records management, says Michael Burke, assistant vice president of information systems.

“Incomplete or inaccurate data in one’s health record can be detrimental to patient safety and a major barrier to providing highly-coordinated and individualized care,” he asserts. “Safe and effective care management hinges on the ability to view a holistic, real-time portrait of patients during every encounter. NextGate’s platform will play a significant role in our transformational journey toward improved data exchange, provider collaboration and operational efficiency for value-based care success.”

Valley , which serves 440,000 residents in northern New Jersey and southern New York using cleaner data to analyze and better understand the needs of patients with COPD, congestive heart failure and total joint replacement, and they’ll have the data to back up the level of quality given to patients and show it to insurers to get higher reimbursement.

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Last Chance to See Santa in the Park

photo courtesy of the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce

Sat, December 01, 2018 – Sat, December 22, 2018Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM Location: Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, E. Ridgewood Ave and Oak Street

Every Saturday come and see Santa in his little house in the park.

Dec., 22 12N-3pm
Weather permitting
Ben & Jerry’s serving hot chocolate.

Please call for more details 201-445-2600.