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Thursday, July 4, 2019


Ridgewood NJ, Please join us for the 109th annual Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration on Thursday, July 4th, 2019.

Each year, the Fourth of July Celebration Committee chooses a theme that celebrates a certain aspect of American history or culture. The theme also serves as the basis for the float competition held among the town’s elementary schools.

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Ridgewood Ymca Gala-Sat. March 23rd- Ridgewood Country Club


The Ridgewood YMCA Grand Gala “for Transformational Change”

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
Ridgewood Country Club
96 W. Midland Ave
Paramus, NJ 07652

Honoring Tom Wells for his Transformational Leadership

Dinner—Live Band—Auction

Semiformal Attire with a Pop of Purple

RSVP by March 1st, 2019.

Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood YMCA will host their annual Grand Gala fundraiser on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus.

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National Pizza Week 2019 runs January 13th to the 19th


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Ridgewood NJ, if you are still recovering from the holidays and all the cooking involved, pizza just might be the solution. Low-effort and very shareable, it’s the answer to the mid-January, post-holiday gloom.

The second full week of January (Jan. 13 to 19 this year) just happens to be National Pizza Week.

Here is a list of some local places to help you celebrate National Pizza Week .

1. S. Egidio
(201) 389-3525
17 N Broad St

2. Brooklyn’s Coal Burning Brick Oven Pizza
(201) 493-7600
15 Oak St

3. A Mano
(201) 493-2000
24 Franklin Ave

4. Santoni’s Pizzeria and Restaurant
(201) 389-6810
88 Godwin Ave

5. Renato’s Pizza
(201) 652-3554
36 S Maple Ave

6. Puzo’s Family Restaurant
(201) 445-3332
16 W Ridgewood Ave

7. John’s Boy Pizzeria
(201) 652-8188
206 1/2 Rock Rd

8. Francesca Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta
(201) 251-1199
234 Rock Rd

9. The Best of Everything
(201) 670-7575
29 Oak St

10. Stella Artisan Italian
(201) 857-2677
18 E Ridgewood Ave

11. Garbo’s Italian Deli & Liquors
(201) 652-4494
7 Sheridan Ave

12. Felina Restaurant & Bar
(551) 276-5454
54 E Ridgewood Ave

13. Park Wood Deli
(201) 689-0855
342 Erie Ave

14. Pizzaiolo by Brothers
(201) 444-4944
85 Godwin Ave

15. The Sicilian Sun
(201) 444-3494
604 North Maple Ave

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Cake Boss Says Goodbye to Ridgewood


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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood and Morristown locations of Carlo’s Bake Shop have closed, this follows closures in Redbank and Westfield.

The Village  of Ridgewood location of Carlo’s Bake Shop, which first opened in 2013 in Wilsey Square, was Valastro’s first foray in New Jersey outside of his home town of  Hoboken. The bakery has been in operation in the Mile Square City since 1910. Valastro’s family took over in 1964, when his father, Bartolo Valastro Sr., bought the bakery.

An expansion of the business followed Valastro’s rapid rise to fame on the TLC reality series “Cake Boss,” which premiered in 2009 and went on to run for 10 seasons. The show, which has filmed at both the original Hoboken bakery and the company’s factory at the Lackawanna Center in Jersey City, did not air in 2018. Sources say an 11th season is likely slated for this fall.

With TV fame Carlo’s Bake Shop quickly expanded to other states,  New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Texas, Florida, Nevada, Minnesota, George, California  as well as Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The Ridgewood store may best be remembered for the November 2013 Bomb scare in which the store was evacuated .

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Ridgewood Christmas Tree Pickup

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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 17th and 24th. Trees will then be picked up on the Eastside of the Village curbside on Tuesdays, January 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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The Ridgewood Historical Society is sponsoring their 2nd annual “Letters From History” contest

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Historical Society is sponsoring their 2nd annual “Letters From History” contest is now open to all Ridgewood High School students! Students are competing by writing a letter in a fictional and historic voice based on items from the current Schoolhouse Museum exhibit. Winner receives $100 gift card and certificate, The Deadline is January 8th .

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Valley Hospital Van Dien Campus and Affordable Housing


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Ridgewood NJ, Part of that affordable housing plan involves an alternative approach to The Valley Hospital campus on Van Dien Avenue. Valley is moving its main hospital to a 372-bed facility on Route 17, expected to be completed by 2023. Its Ridgewood campus will then become a medical services hub. 

“It is our intent to maintain a vibrant campus that will include a walk-in care center and a range of outpatient services,” Megan Fraser, vice president of marketing and public relations for The Valley Hospital, said in an email.

I suspect everything that The Valley has at 1200 East Ridgewood Avenue will move to Van Dien after all is said and done.  The property at 1200 East Ridgewood would then go up for sale – High density housing with an affordable housing component is my bet for that location, just like their property on North Maple where the old Ford dealer was.

Also, I question whether the YMCA really needs to be physically located in Ridgewood any longer.  I would not be surprised if their property goes on the chopping block and gets sold to a developer who wants to build high density housing.  Properties within walking distance to the train station are, and will continue to be, in very high demand for luxury apartments, especially when Midtown Direct Service begins on the NJ Transit Bergen & Main Lines. 

I suspect that the YMCA might build a state of the art facility in the industrial section of Glen Rock – Harristown Road or maybe Fair Lawn – Pollitt Drive.

The Upper Ridgewood Tennis Club property will also be in play within the next few years.

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Ridgewood Central Business Merchants Need to Step Up


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Ridgewood Nj, according to , some Ridgewood merchants did not even know about the “free parking” on Saturdays . 

Sorry folks but it is amazing how uninformed the public is about what is going on in the Village, the county and the state . 

The “free” Saturday parking was emailed twice by the Village ,appeared on the chamber of Commerce site and was on this blog a number of times as well as all over Facebook and other social media sites. 

I want to remind Central Business District Merchants that tax payers are building you a parking garage at great cost ,where you are the prime beneficiaries  . 

While many options were tired to improve parking , most of the Village merchants did not appear to lift one finger to participate in any of those efforts , including utilizing the employee parking spaces. 

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Reader says , “As long as their leaves are swept, recycling is picked up on time and streets are clean of snow they are just fine”

I think it is past the point of no return. From Aronsohn to Knudsen to Realtor in Chief we have been taken for a ride. Deservedly so as this town is full of snobs who don’t really care about town management. As long as their leaves are swept, recycling is picked up on time and streets are clean of snow they are just fine (actually management of these issues sucks big time). As more of these types move into Ridgewood the situation will only get worse. We all came together against Valley but nobody gives a peep about the incredible and permanent impact all this housing will bring. In hindsight I wish Valley stayed. I would rather have doctor’s offices all around the village than ugly buildings and crowded streets and schools. Too late now. Unless we all rise and contest this travesty with housing at a time when people in droves are laving NJ we are finished. We are about to become a city. By the time we will all look to sell and leave we won’t even get our money’s worth. Developers are trying to maximize and occupy every inch they can get because they face no resistance by our chosen officials. Looking at the development site on Broad St they are digging foundations just about 5-10 feet from the train tracks. RW is their playground now but we are too stupid to realize.

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Ridgewood Knights Council #1736 Host Annual Senior Citizen Christmas Party

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Knights of Columbus Council #1736 will hold their annual senior citizens Christmas party in the Parish Center at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Sunday, December 16th, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.   Guests will be treated to a buffet lunch, entertainment, Christmas carols, and a surprise visit from Santa Claus. The Knights are proud to host this event every year, honoring the finest citizens of Ridgewood. 

For more information, please call Mark Stappenbeck at (201) 444-3346