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Ridgewood Health Department : Free Dog Rabies Clinic


photo by Boyd Loving

Ridgewood Health Department : Free Dog Rabies Clinic and Dog License Informaton – May 13


The Ridgewood Health Department would like to remind residents of the annual FREE dog rabies clinic on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 6pm until 7 pm at the Recycling Center on Glen Avenue. All dogs must be accompanied by an adult and leashed or contained in a carrying case.

2015 dog license renewals are due during the month of June. A $20 late fee will be charged for all renewals received after June 30, 2015.

The health department will be sending renewals via email. If you do not have an email address please call our office and request a renewal to be mailed to you. Renewal applications may also be obtained by visiting our website at or coming in person to the Ridgewood Health Department, 131 North Maple Ave. The office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. Please call 201 670-5500 ext. 503 with questions.

New Jersey law requires owners of all dogs seven months of age or older to be registered with the town they live in. In order for the license to be issued, the owner must present proof that a licensed veterinarian has vaccinated the dog against rabies and that the duration of immunity from that vaccination does not expire before May 1, 2016. To receive the discount for a spayed or neutered pet, proof must also be provided.

In conjunction with the rabies clinic, the Responsible Pet Ownership Committee will also be facilitating free micro-chip implantations and registration to the first 75 dogs at the clinic. Please direct any questions regarding the micro-chipping to Jeffrey Ball at [email protected]

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BFMS Hosts Third Annual Memorial Day Remembrance on May 20


The public is invited to join the Benjamin Franklin Middle School community for a very solemn remembrance on the night of Wednesday, May 20 in the Ben Franklin auditorium at 7 p.m.

This event is a short presentation on the true meaning of Memorial Day, featuring honored guests from the community, as well as former and current military veterans. As in the past, there  will be a luminary display outside of the school to honor those who have served and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

This year the school will be selling miniature flags before and during the event. All money raised will be donated to the Wounded Warriors Foundation, an organization which helps veterans wounded in past wars. It is our goal to continue to raise money for this worthy cause and even if you do not purchase a flag, any donation you can make is greatly appreciated. In the past two years over $4,000 has been raised.

Questions or donations may be directed to: John [email protected], Michael [email protected] Jason [email protected] or Mollie Van [email protected]

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Actor Bradley Cooper joins Ridgewood cancer patient in urging bone marrow registration


AP Actor Bradley Cooper

MAY 7, 2015, 7:52 PM    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2015, 8:07 PM

RIDGEWOOD — Village resident Anthony Daniels is getting some high-profile support in his ongoing fight against Hodgkin’s lymphoma from actor Bradley Cooper.

The “American Sniper” star appeared Wednesday with Daniels, a 23-year-old former Fordham University business student and boxing enthusiast, on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to raise awareness of the onetime Ridgewood High School hockey player’s plight. Daniels, who is fighting the cancer for a fourth time, needs a bone marrow transplant.

“I was approached by Delete Blood Cancer and they said you know, ‘There’s a guy, he’s a young man at Fordham University dealing with blood cancer,’” Cooper said in the segment.

The actor was asked by the organization if there was anything he might be willing to do to help Daniels.

Cooper replied: “Well, can I meet him? Let’s meet and talk.”

Cooper, whose father had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and died from lung cancer four years ago, said in the segment that upon meeting Daniels, he was impressed by his determination to beat his cancer a fourth time.

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Ridgewood hires new chief financial officer


MAY 7, 2015, 6:43 PM    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2015, 6:43 PM

RIDGEWOOD — The village has hired a new chief financial officer, who began in his new role Monday.

Bob Rooney will make $140,000 a year as Ridgewood’s CFO and the village’s first-ever parking utility director.

The parking authority position was created last year as a response to former staffer Thomas Rica’s theft of more than $460,000 in collected parking meter quarters.

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Garrett stepping up to the plate Thursday night

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file photo Scott Garrett in Ridgewood

Garrett said he was looking forward to what his office characterized as his first official town hall.

“There is nothing more important to me, as the representative of New Jersey’s 5th District, than hearing from my constituents. I look forward to having a thoughtful discussion about the issues affecting our state and our country on Thursday night,” Garrett said in a statement.
Posted: May 05, 2015 10:44 PM EDTUpdated: May 06, 2015 8:05 AM EDT

Scott Garrett

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U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett, R-5th Dist., will answer questions on Thursday at what is believed to be his first town hall since taking office in 2003.

Garrett, a Wantage resident, will make an opening statement and take questions from the audience.

The town hall will be held at the banquet hall at Lafayette House Restaurant, in Lafayette, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The New Jersey Herald, in an editorial board meeting with Garrett last fall, asked if he would be willing to hold a town hall meeting.

“Congressman Garrett said if we would come up with a venue and an agreed-upon date, he would be there,” Herald Executive Editor Bruce Tomlinson said. “We accepted the challenge and after some exchanges got it scheduled.”

Tomlinson said this event is an extension of the Herald’s role of providing information to its audience.

“We are happy to be able to facilitate this first-ever town hall meeting for constituents from the 5th District to ask questions directly to their congressman and hope they take advantage of it,” Tomlinson said. “We also trust that after this inaugural outing, he will continue to schedule more such events on his own.”

Email questions

Those who are unable to attend the event but wish to submit questions for Garrett can do by emailing them to the New Jersey Herald by noon Thursday [email protected] Submissions should include “town hall meeting” on the subject line and also include the person’s name and town. Tomlinson said submitted questions will be worked in as time allows.

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Ridgewood Touch-A-Truck Event


photo from the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce 

Free Fun for Young Children!
Ridgewood NJ, Touch-a-Truck 2015 Rolls Into Ridgewood May 14 Join Us for a Day of Imagination & Fun! Imagine taking a seat behind the wheel of a real police cruiser ready to roll, climbing aboard a shiny fire truck as you prepare to battle a blaze, exploring up-close a fleet of the other emergency and public works vehicles you’ve only seen at a distance on the streets of Ridgewood. Treat your children to a day of hands-on adventure, featuring opportunities to climb on board the vehicles that touch their lives, when “Touch-a-Truck 2015” rolls into downtown Ridgewood’s Memorial Park at Van Neste Square on Thursday, May 14 (Rain date: Thursday, Oct. 8) . Ridgewood emergency and public works vehicles will be ready for action along the Oak Street side of the park from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. as the local heroes who serve the Village also will be on hand to share their favorite tales about the exciting work they perform every day. As an added bonus, they’ll be a Safetytown Kiddie-Car Driving Track hosted by the Ridgewood Police Department and Little Ivy Learning Center. . . a special Truck Storytime hosted by the Ridgewood Public Library and more! Touch-a-Truck, a free event co-sponsored by the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Ridgewood, is coordinated by Ridgewood’s Little Ivy Learning Center as part of its ongoing commitment to serve our community’s children and their families. We look forward to meeting your family on Touch-a-Truck Day!
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Koren Traditional Dance Performance


BF Middle School

Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Friends of Music is hosting The Korean Traditional Dance of Choomnoori’s performance, “Korean Traditional Dance and Music Night”, on Saturday, May 9th, at 7:00 pm, at Benjamin Franklin Middle School. This event showcases Korean performing arts, and includes traditional musical instruments, dance, martial arts and costumes, in celebration of Asian-Pacific Heritage Month. The event will also feature Ridgewood music students, the Washington Sorichung, and Jang Star Taekwondo. This event is suitable for children. Tickets are $10. Contact Kristen at [email protected], or purchase at the door.

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2015 Chief Michael Feeney Jr.Police Academy


May 6,2015

Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Police Department is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Chief Michael Feeney, Jr. Police Academy scheduled from Monday June 22nd 2015 to Tuesday June30th. The academy is open to Ridgewood Residents entering 6th 7th and 8th grades in the fall of 2015.This year’s academy will feature demonstrations from The Ridgewood Police Department, Bergen County Sheriff’s Department K-9 and Bomb Squad, Police Motorcycles, Ridgewood Emergency Services, Ridgewood Fire Department a Helicopter landing as well as demonstrations from various other agencies. A field trip to the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Complex in Mahwah is scheduled for Wednesday June 24th. This year we added a trip to see a Jackals baseball game at Montclair State University on Wednesday July 1st 2015 the day after the academy graduation, attendance is optional.  The cadets will also be asked to March in the Ridgewood 4th of July Parade.  Applications are available at the Ridgewood Police Station 2nd floor police desk. The deadline for applications is Monday June 1st 2015. The fee for the Academy is $40 per student which includes two shirts per student a baseball hat  a water bottle and transportation to our field trip. There is an additional $18 per student fee if they will be attending the Jackals Game Wednesday July 1st.

The Junior Police Academy has proven to be a valuable experience for all involved and has provided a vital link between the Police Department and the youth of Ridgewood. Further, the Junior Police Academy has afforded students a deeper understanding of the Police function as well as an increased ability to see what the Police and the community can do to serve the Village. The overwhelming success of our first Junior Police Academy class has far exceeded the expectations of everyone involved. This program attracts a highly motivated group of recruits, and the Instructors thoroughly enjoy their interaction with these young people. We look forward to another great class.

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May 12th – Final Day for Primary Election Registration


May 12th – Final Day for Primary Election Registration

The Village Clerk’s Office and the League of Women Voters of Ridgewood would like to remind voters that May 12th is the last day to register to vote in the Primary Election (June 2nd). Voter registration forms are available at the Village Clerk’s Office at Village Hall or can be downloaded at In person registration on May 12th will be held in the Village Clerk’s Office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and in the Library Lobby from 4:30p.m.-9:00 p.m.

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Dog Days for Ridgewood

Owning a dog is slightly less expensive than being addicted to crack.

May 4 , 2015
Boyd A. Loving

A chocolate brown Cocker Spaniel residing on South Irving Street received the Village’s first 2015 dog license, which was issued by a Village of Ridgewood Health Department employee shortly after 8:30 AM on Monday, May 5th.

Remember:  A Late Fee of $20.00 per dog will be assessed for applications received after June 30th.

It is the dog owner’s responsibility to renew the dog license when it expires. It is also the dog owner’s responsibility to maintain their pet with a valid rabies vaccination. The health department sends out reminders as a courtesy and to inform residents of the free rabies clinic.