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Van Dyk’s Ice Cream in Ridgewood has opened for the season

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Ridgewood NJ, spring is in the air and Van Dyk’s Ice Cream  in Ridgewood has opened for the season. The local ice cream parlor reopened on March 2nd .

A longtime favorite of this Blog and of Ridgewood Mayor Hache , Van Dyk’s has many classic flavors . Mayor Hache paid a visit to Van Dyk’s to pick up his first dose of Salted Caramel Truffle in 2019

Van Dyk’s is open seven days a week 11:00 am till 9:00 pm according to their Facebook page.

Van Dyk’s Ice Cream
145 Ackerman Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ

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West Bergen Mental Healthcare

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Ridgewood NJ, West Bergen’s Social Discovery Program is pleased to announce that it is again sponsoring the SOAR Experience, a program for children and teens, ages 6-16, with solid verbal skills who experience the social communication and social skills challenges seen in Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorder (formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome, HFA and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities) and related disorders such as Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder. The SOAR Experience, a therapeutic social skills program in a day camp-like environment,
will be held at the Center for Children and Youth, One Cherry Lane in Ramsey. The SOAR Counselor in Training (CIT) Program offers teens and young adults (14-24 years old) with the same diagnostic criteria listed above, vocational training and an opportunity to develop various work and
social skills.

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Village of Ridgewood Snow Reminders

Snow Blizzard of 2016 Ridgewood CBD

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Ridgewood NJ, the Village of Ridgewood reminds you that due to inclement weather certain procedures should be followed .


Our sanitation and recycling employees will be picking up garbage and recycling, as long as the road conditions permit them to do so.  All garbage and recycling containers must be placed at the end of your driveways, and not in the street.  The Village will resume rear yard garbage collection as quickly as possible after the snowstorm, but please continue to place your garbage cans at the end of your driveway, until you have a clear path to them.  We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our Village employees safe. 


All sidewalks in residential districts must be cleared within 24 hours of the snow falling. Please do not place snow into the street; instead, place it back onto your own property.  In addition, if you have a fire hydrant on your property, please clear it of any snow accumulation.  


Due to icy conditions, there may be power outages.  Please stay away from downed wires.  Plan ahead and know where your flashlights are located.  If you experience a power outage, please do not call the Police Department unless there is an emergency.  Instead, please call PSE&G directly at 1-800-436-7734. 

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Ars Musica Chorale holds Open Sing March 12th

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Ridgewood NJ, Ars Musica Chorale will be hosting an Open Sing Rehearsal, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 7:30-10:00 pm at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, 113 Cottage Pl, Ridgewood, NJ, as the chorus begins working on their next concert, A Total Embrace: Leonard Bernstein at 100. All singers welcome, especially tenors and basses. The repertoire for this concert will include Chichester Psalms, the Bergen County premiere of Mass chamber version, and extracts from West Side StoryCandide and On the Town. Music will be provided for this rehearsal. The performance is May 18, 2019 with the Adelphi Orchestra and the New Jersey State Children’s Chorus.

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Tell-tale Signs That A Moving Company Is Reliable


When moving, you want your belongings to be in safe hands and the charges to be reasonable. But that’s only possible if you hire the right company. If you’re moving for the first time, finding a reliable mover and avoiding the rogue ones can be quite a challenge. So how do you do it to make the process a smooth one?

Look out for these signs that show a moving company that can be trusted.

1. A High Level of Professionalism

A legitimate moving company will have physical and professional looking offices. Not only that but also uniformed workers. Their trucks will be marked with the company logo, contact details, and more. If you don’t observe all these in the company you intend to hire, it’s likely that you’re dealing with an unreliable mover, and the services you will get from them may not be what you’re ready for.

2. They’re Properly Licensed

Moving companies are required by the authorities to hold licenses for the business. Licensing requirements vary from region to another depending on the local laws. To avoid running into an illegitimate company, ensure they have the necessary papers for the moving business. You can ask to see the documents, or you can determine that through the websites of the relevant authorities.

3. They’re Adequately Insured

Anything can happen during transit and result in damage to your possessions or even lost items. Usually, moving companies can replace damaged items through insurance companies. But that’s only if they carry the necessary policies for that. If the company you intend to hire isn’t insured, take that as a warning sign and avoid them altogether. Also, ensure the insurance cover is specific; a blanket one may not cater for the goods being transported.

4. Positive Reviews

What do previous customers have to say about the company you intend to hire? Online reviews can help you weed out companies that are likely to give you a raw deal. To narrow things down, focus on websites that review moving companies. A good example is this site that contains customer reports for moving companies in different states. If you’re a resident of Newark, New Jersey and looking for information concerning Newark Movers, you might want to check it out. Remember, reviews that are mostly favorable indicate a reliable mover.

5. Visits to Give a Written Quote

A trusted moving company will visit your place to see the items to be moved before they issue you with a quotation. If that’s not possible, they will request a video of the same to estimate the cost. A rogue moving company will, on the other hand, not bother with that. They will instead blindly give their estimate over the phone or even online. Should that happen when looking for a mover, know that you’re dealing with the wrong company. You might end up paying more than what was stated initially since there was no written agreement.

Moving can drain you emotionally, not to mention the financial aspect. Hiring an illegitimate moving company makes the process even more stressful. To avoid that, be alert to spot the signs that indicate a moving business that can be relied upon to offer clean services. That way, the activity will go on as planned. You will not lose items or end up paying more money than what was stated in the agreement, plus you will be at peace throughout the process knowing that you’re dealing with a reliable company.

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Music For All Seasons- A Recital For Piano And Voice To Benefit The Florence Reinaur Memorial Scholorship Sponsored By The Ridgewood Choral


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Ridgewood NJ, Music for all Seasons-A recital for Piano and Voice to Benefit the Florence Reinaur Memorial Scholorship sponsored by the Ridgewood Choral

Featuring Dmitri Kochtcheev, Piano and Laura Van Orden, Mezzo Soprano

Sunday, February 24, 2019 starting at 3:00pm at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood 113 Cottage Place, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

$20 suggested donation

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Age Friendly Ridgewood Invites you to attend a Universal Design Forum

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Ridgewood NJ, Age Friendly Ridgewood in partnership with the Village of Ridgewood invite you to attend our

Universal Design Forum:
How To Make Your Home a Better Place In Which To Grow Older
Wednesday, March 6
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Ridgewood Public Library – 125 North Maple Avenue

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Reader Comments on the Effect of “High Density Housing “


“Let us spell out what did this mean for the Village , it means an enormous increase in the population of the CBD and the Village of Ridgewood . Which means; more investment in school construction , more construction of parking facilities , more construction of water infrastructure , more investment in roads and traffic signals , sewage and more investment in Police , Fire and Emergency services .”

* More people = more congestion and strain on services.
* More school construction = more bonding just to keep up with old buildings
* More (unnecessary) parking = more bond debt to bail out CBD owners at the expense of resident taxpayers
* More water infrastructure = in a town where we are on restrictions year-round, not to mention that Ridgewood never met a public utility it didn’t want to own (so we get sued)
* More roads & signals = they are already behind on road maintenance and the parking department has a love for quarters.
* More uniformed services = as a nod to the unions who we love to pay out 6-figure salaries to.

Yeah, the three amigos really did it to us, so the mayor could deliver $$ to his Dem cohorts as he padded his political resume for consideration by his politico masters.

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Cardinal Joseph Tobin Letter On Clergy Abuse

Cardinal Tobin

February 13, 2019

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The revelations of clergy sexual abuse of minors throughout this past year have provoked feelings of shock, anger, shame, and deep sorrow throughout our Catholic community. Victims, their families, and the faithful are rightfully outraged over the abuses perpetrated against minors. Additionally, the failure of Church leadership to immediately remove suspected abusers from ministry is particularly reprehensible.

In an effort to do what is right and just, we are publishing the names of diocesan clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors in the Archdiocese of Newark. This list of names is the result of an extensive review of Archdiocesan records dating back to 1940. All names were previously reported to law enforcement agencies.

The Archdiocese of Newark has a zero-tolerance policy for any type of mistreatment or misconduct involving children and young adults. No member of the clergy with a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor remains in ministry.

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