Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood bus station has been home from time to time for many with mental or substance abuse issues .Recently the Ridgewood blog has run a host of photos of homeless in town at the bus or train stations.
“There’s plenty of parking . . . on select days . . . during summer . . . or school vacations when many commuters are out-of-town on vacation with their families. During the ordinary work week during the regular year, the parking lots are typically filled to capacity by an early hour of the morning. Anyone claiming otherwise is being hugely disingenuous or deliberately deceitful.
” I think the building owner OR the shopkeeper should take care of them. I don’t think that village employees need to do this. It is not that big a deal to get a flat of impatiens in May and plant them, water them a couple of times a week, come on. And as for the ones filled with weeds and cigarette butts, shame on the shopkeepers who can’t take five minutes in the morning to spruce them up.”
Ridgewood NJ, The Hudson Street parking lot will be closed beginning on Monday 8/19/2019 through June 2020 for the construction of the Hudson Street Garage. During the construction, the sidewalk along the parking lot will be closed. All pedestrians must use the sidewalk along the church side of Hudson Street. Hudson Street will be open to vehicles during the beginning of the construction, but will be closed for a period of 6-8 weeks, during the day, in late 2019/early 2020. When the Village has definite dates of the closures, residents will be notified via E-Notice, and they will also be posted on the Village website.
Ridgewood NJ, Several westside store owners in the central business district of Ridgewood are urging the Village council to reconsider the proposed elimination of two 15 miniute convenience parking spaces.
The mayor and council are exploring whether to get rid of two of the four 15-minute spots on West Ridgewood Avenue by the train station to improve traffic flow near Wilsey Square. Area business owners say the spaces are convenient for customers running into stores quickly, as well as for handicapped patrons, and presented the council with a petition to save the spaces .
Ridgewood NJ, Did anyone listen to the Council meeting the other night? In between the discussions about Schedler and the parking garage, there was an interesting few minutes about the new flagpole in Van Neste. For those of you who have not been paying attention, that pole was erected on the North-West corner of the park in a big fat hurry in May, in order to get a PRIDE flag flying in time for June. The pole was funded by “private” donation from the owner of Park West, Frank DelVecchio, JOLT, Vagianos, the owner of Pearl, and Siobhan Winograd. Some on the Council seemingly did not even know about it until it was installed. But Mayor Hache sure did know. Although it was installed because of the impending Pride month, the flagpole was a gift to the Village and no group or entity has ownership of it. Well, the pride flag went up in a very nice ceremony, and it flew there for the month of June, and now the Council has been tasked with figuring out what the heck to do about regulating other flags. Attorney Matt Rogers floated a long list of factors-questions-concerns to consider including, but not limited to:
Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police, Ridgewood Fire, and Ridgewood EMS rushed to aid the adult female driver of a Mercedes sedan who crashed her vehicle while pulling into her own driveway on Thursday afternoon, 08/08. A flatbed tow truck was called to remove the passenger car from its resting place. Fire Department personnel reported no structural damage occurred to the house. A medical episode may have immediately preceded the crash.
“This unfortunate segment of society will always gravitate to the points of least resistance. It’s why we have huge homeless populations in places like LA, San Francisco, NYC, etc. What starts as promoting a trend of care and compassion turns into a major problem where it becomes a health crisis.
Yes, I realize that this is not San Francisco and little Ridgewood will not become overrun with homeless juinkies, but I’m just saying that if you allow your liberal sensibilities to overlook or even coddle these people, it will quickly become a serious issue.”
“Not so many years ago Ridgewood water was so good that pediatricians said it could be used for babies formula without being boiled. Now it is literally toxic and there are many times that our water filter cannot overcome the purely nasty taste and smell. Recently it was announced that our water rates will once again go up as Ridgewood isn’t selling enough water to meet their cost. Since most of it is being supplied by Suez they have to pay them first. Remember, the neighboring towns who receive Ridgewood water sued them because part of their bill payment was used to subsidize other Ridgewood departments. Ridgewood’s response was to hire someone who “proved” that the rate the other towns were paying was the right rate and thus the suit should be null and void. The other towns did not give up and Ridgewood will be eventually forced to pay reimbursement of the overage in charges. Unfortunately, our “wonderful Council” says the water company is self supporting and that it doesn’t cost anything in Ridgewood taxes. That is why they used “water company money” to buy the Elks. (Presumably all the water company’s cars and trucks will take the Library and Village hall parking spots on Maple as “adequate parking is not available at the Elks.”) Anyone want to bet that that building will not become the Library’s auditorium? Honesty and truth telling cannot be found in the Council, the BOE, or from any other official in Ridgewood. We are left to wonder WHY they prefer to hide their true actions?”