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Hoverboards are blowing up across country and in Europe, US and UK officials warn




Sunday, December 6, 2015, 5:23 PM

There’s a reason why hoverboards are the hottest holiday present of the year— they explode, US and UK officials warned.

Both the National Association of State Fire Marshals and the UK’s National Trading Standards are raising a red flag on hoverboards, claiming that they are blowing up across the world.

The national Fire Marshals organization issued an advisory on Friday, warning that these explosions are “not a unique occurrence,” H. Butch Browning Jr., the president of the group’s Board of Directors said in a statement.

“The sheer number of incidents occurring around the country, and abroad, is what prompted our organization to address this serious issue on a national level,” he said.

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Rev. James Martin speaks in Ridgewood

Father James Martin

NOVEMBER 20, 2015    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2015, 12:31 AM

The Rev. James Martin, a renowned writer and former businessman, made an appearance at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on Nov. 10, speaking about his new novel and other contemporary issues.

With approximately 200 listeners sitting at attention, the Wharton School of Business graduate offered background for his new work, “The Abbey,” before commencing one of the few parts of public speaking with which he has little experience: a book reading.

“We’re going to do a book reading tonight, which I’m new at,” Martin confided to the crowd. “It’s a little bit of a different presentation for me.”

The novel, which was written as a result of a dream that Martin had, explores the lives of various individuals and their experiences regarding a nearby abbey. Though he does not normally keep track of his dreams, Martin admitted that this one resonated with him.

“This particular dream that I had was a fully-formed story … so I forced myself up at 2 a.m. and wrote it down in a journal,” he said. “In the dream, the names of the characters were there, the name of the monastery was there, and the whole story was there.”

Not wanting to waste such an opportunity to share his dream and aware that any work he does raises funds for his Jesuit community, Martin decided to turn his work into a short story, and eventually into a full-fledged novel.

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Ridgewood Residents feel input ignored on Garage Discussions

Hudson Garage

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November 20,2015
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Ridgewood NJ, The Village of Ridgewood is pushing three options for the parking garage design . Village manager Roberta Sonenfeld claims in a recent email to Village Residents that ,”We have already confirmed the economics by commissioning an independent consulting firm whose work was studied and endorsed by the Financial Advisory Committee.”

Sonenfeld went on , “The Council selected an architectural/engineering firm to work with us in designing the deck and putting together the construction bid documents. We are currently in the design phase of building the deck, and have held numerous meetings where input from the community has been received and incorporated into the design. We continue to seek input from you regarding the design, particularly as it relates to the size and height. Below you will find three options for you to peruse and comment upon. Each has pros and cons.”

Many residents however see things differently , “Since the vote, there has been no council meeting with an agenda to discuss the parking garage. The discussion should be at a council meeting. Put it on the record and for all the public to hear. As I said below, it appears that things are being done backwards and in private yet again. You say you want public input. You say you want communication. You say you want transparency. You said, “vote yes to parking, and then negotiate the size and design.” I see none of that.”, Lorraine Reynolds

Ellen McNamara said , “I attended the second of 2 informal forums and I was the only person not on a committee, who had had prior opportunity to review the garage plans at length. I did not have an opportunity to speak publicly, ask questions on the record, or be heard by anyone other than Gwen Hauck, Fire Chief Jim VanGoor, the architect (forgetting his name at the moment), and Nancy Johannsen from the financial committee – only in private conversations initiated by me. I did not feel as though my input was “gathered.” In fact, I was lead to believe the design and size of the garage were still being worked out, and many of my questions had been asked and answered already, so not to worry. I have worried every second since casting my vote for the garage referendum.”

The Village Manager has once again assured everyone that on the December 2nd meeting residents will have an opportunity to ask questions


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Ridgewood Library film festival spotlights ‘Reel Voices’

Ridgewood Public Library Reel voivces

Last Days in Vietnam


A popular annual event for film buffs is set to return to the Ridgewood Public Library starting tonight.

The Reel Voices Film Festival, now in its 13th consecutive year, is scheduled to open at 7:30 p.m.

Roberta Panjwani, the librarian in charge of the event, explained the process she takes when choosing the films. She views around 50 before selecting about five films.

“Each year I attend many documentary screenings at the Tribeca Film Festival” in New York City, Panjwani said, explaining that by doing this, she “can get a good sense of which films are really strong and those that will resonate with our community.”

Panjwani said that she also views films from other parts of the metropolitan area, in addition to obtaining preview copies from films shown around the country and internationally.

“The common thread is that each [film] takes on a humanitarian issue,” she said via email, “whether it be the aspect of the Vietnam War from all perspectives (‘Last Days in Vietnam’), the power of film in saving people from isolation (‘The Wolfpack’), the role of sports in opening up a future to inner-city students (‘In the Game’), or the unique connections made between unlikely strangers on a train (‘In Transit’).”

The event came about after Laura Barney, a member of the Friends of the Ridgewood Library, attended the American Museum of Natural History’s Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, according to Panjwani.


Admission is $5 per program, paid either online or at the door.

For more information, visit #!reel-voices-2015/c1f3v.

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Christ Episcopal Church Announces Blessing of the Animals on October 3

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Christ Episcopal Church Announces Blessing of the Animals on October 3

September 28,2015
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Blessing of the Animals

All are Welcome!

Ridgewood Nj, Christ Episcopal Church Announces Blessing of the Animals on October 3 . Families and children of all ages are invited to a Blessing of the Animals and celebration of the life and ministry of St. Frances of Assisi on Saturday October 3, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Ridgewood. Everyone is invited to bring their favorite pets: dogs, cats, goldfish, rabbits and even stuffed animals….any beloved creature, great or small.

A short service celebrating all animals will be followed by individual blessings of each animal. The service will be held at the outdoor altar, which is located by the entrance to the Nursery School on Franklin Avenue. In the event of rain, the service will take place inside the church. Refreshments will be served. There will also be some orphaned animals from the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge who are eligible for adoption. Please consider bringing a donation from the RBARI wish list found on their website: to this event. Contact the church office at 201.652.2350 with any questions or visit The church is located at 105 Cottage Place, at the corner of Franklin Avenue, in Ridgewood, NJ.

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Ridgewood endorses 2012 report on Schedler property


AUGUST 13, 2015    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2015, 3:32 PM

Two resolutions related to Ridgewood’s historic Schedler property were put to a vote Wednesday night, with the governing body deciding in favor of endorsing recommendations made for the property by the village’s Open Space Committee and voting against the authorization of filing a Bergen County Historic Trust Fund matching grant for money related to the 200-year-old Zabriskie-Schedler house.

The subject of the Schedler property was revived last week as residents appealed to the council to support a grant that would be used to stabilize the house. The grant had a deadline of Sept. 3.

After a lengthy discussion and public comment, two resolutions were considered on Wednesday’s agenda. One resolution adopted the recommendations set forth in a 2012 Open Space Committee report that determined the Schedler property should be developed for recreational purposes, including a 90-foot baseball field with an overlay multi-purpose field for soccer and lacrosse.

The resolution also makes several other recommendations, including leaving the fate of the Zabriskie-Schedler house in the hands of the Village Council. It also provides guidelines for “interested citizens” to “raise and expend private funds for the purpose of stabilizing the house until a decision is made by the Village Council,” which some council members said made the second resolution to approve the grant unnecessary.

Mayor Paul Aronsohn stated his belief that the Open Space Committee report strikes “the right balance” and meets the needs of all Ridgewood residents.