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CHESTNUT STREET Parking Lot Goes Parkmobile on May 11th


May 11,2015
Ridgewood NJ,  Starting May 11th the Multi-space meter in the Chestnut Street Parking Lot will be deactivated. The new method of payment for up to 3 hours of parking at .50 cents per hour will be by phone using the Parkmobile App. (.35 cent fee)

The display of the Ridgewood Parking Pass (RPP) will enable users to park from 6AM to 2AM without any further payment.

Parkmobile – Pay by Phone Option available in Ridgewood

It is not too early to install the Parkmobile App on your phone . Be ready to use this “pay by phone” technology to pay for parking in Ridgewood’s Lots. This system will go live May 11th.

Click Here for Press Release.

Questions: 201/670-5500 x200

Parkmobile has created a few videos to assist you with using our service. To view a short, instructional video, please visit:

iPhone Video-

Android Video –

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Emmanuel Baptist to Welcome New Pastor


Emmanuel Baptist Church is delighted to invite you to an installation service for their new pastor, Rev. Dr. Kenneth Gill on Sunday June 7 at 3:30pm at the church. Refreshments will follow.

Emmanuel Baptist is located at 14 Hope St., Ridgewood, NJ. Please RSVP to the church office at 201-444-7300 or by May 20, 2015.

14 Hope St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
(201) 444-1333

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Happy Mothers Day from the Staff of the Ridgewood blog

May 10,2015
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood Nj , Happy Mothers day to all the moms . before the all the flowers , chocolate and brunch ;Mother’s Day as it’s known today in the United States dates back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It started in 1868 to allow mothers of Union and Confederate soldiers to get together .

Here re five interesting facts about “Mothers day” :

1. Mother’s Day probably started as a way for mourning women to honor fallen soldiers. “Mother’s Friendship Day” was organized in 1868 to allow mothers of Union and Confederate soldiers to get together.

2. The earliest iterations of Mother’s Day in the U.S. were organized for several reasons, but celebrating mothers wasn’t among them. U.S. women’s groups in the late 1800s came together in West Virginia to tackle everything from infant mortality to disease and milk contamination. In 1870, a composer by the name of Julia Ward Howe issued a “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” urging women to become politically active and to promote peace following the U.S. Civil War, according to National Geographic.

3. The official holiday’s founder Anna Jarvis boycotted the holiday. Jarvis, a native of West Virginia, organized the first Mother’s Day celebration at a church in Grafton, West Virginia, in 1908 in memory of her own mother, who died three years earlier. She successfully campaigned to have the day adopted nationally, but by the time of her death in 1948, Jarvis had spent most of her personal wealth fighting the holiday she helped conceive. She apparently found the commercialization of Mother’s Day deplorable and sued groups that used the name “Mother’s Day” name to promote consumerism. She even lobbied the government to remove it from the U.S.’ official calendar.

4. Jarvis never married and was childless. In many ways, Jarvis’ unwavering devotion to preserving what she thought was the true origin of the holiday was more about her ego than anything else. “Everything she signed was Anna Jarvis, Founder of Mother’s Day. It was who she was,” historian Katharine Antolini, author of “Memorializing Motherhood: Anna Jarvis and the Struggle for Control of Mother’s Day,” told National Geographic.

5. The carnation was the original Mother’s Day flower. Some groups sold carnations every year to fundraise for their causes, something Jarvis vehemently opposed.

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RHS Band Association Sponsors Jazz in the Wood


Fri, May 15, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: The Woman’s Club, 215 W. Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ

Jazz in the Wood: An Evening of Latin Jazz
Featuring RHS Jazz Lab and Big Band

with special guest Michael Philip Mossman
trumpet, composer/arranger

Friday, May 15, 2015
Seatings at 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm

$35 – Teens & Adults (includes 3 course Cuban dinner catered by Rumba Cubano)
$15 – Children 12 & under (includes chicken fingers, hamburger sliders, French fries)

The Woman’s Club of Ridgewood
215 West Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, NJ
Parking at West Side Presbyterian Church

This event is made possible through the generous sponsorship of GOYA FOODS, INC.

Make checks payable to: RHS BAND ASSOCIATION, INC.
Mail to: JAZZ IN THE WOOD, c/o Irene Garcia, 333 Stillwell Place, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

OR purchase with a credit card / PayPal at:

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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

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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, Michael Jason or Mollie Van

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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


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 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!