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Ridgewood Village Council Attempts to Balance outdoor Dining with Walkability in the CBD

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Ridgewood NJ, while many Ridgewood residents love all the outdoor dining experiences in town ,some residents with mobility issues have voiced concerns of overcrowded sidewalks and the inability to move around town. 

The mayor was asked via email :

“The statement that places that have no public parking can extend further towards the street.  I know I’m not as swift as I used to be but, does that mean that the safe walking areas of certain places can extend further to the street?  For instance, the Greek place has no parking because their wall prohibits anyone from getting out of the car and because of that issue, they were granted a yellow stripe in front of their store.  A few other places on Broad Street, especially, have also made it impossible to park and open a door.  Not that I walk in town much anymore, but lots of other people do. Will all of those places have to remove the barriers to the street so that there can be parking in front as well as the ability to walk through their open dining places? The ability to walk with a stroller, walker, or wheelchair?  That  is almost impossible without walking in the street now in many places.  My balance problems are so severe that I can’t walk safely in any of the areas in town that I might want to visit.  So I am not questioning for myself but for all the young mothers and older people who can still enjoy the many delightful places in town.”

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Health Department and the American Dental Association (ADA) announces that February 2018 is National Children’s Dental Health Month. This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. This year’s campaign slogan is “Brush Your Teeth with Fluoride Toothpaste and Clean Your Teeth for a Healthy Smile”. Attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in maintaining good oral health throughout life.

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Reader asks , “what happens to an individual with a handicapped card or plate?”

With all this noise about parking what happens to an individual with a handicapped card or plate? Because of the EXTREMELY limited amount of handicapped parking, where are we supposed to go? Particularly since many of us don’t have a download app on our phones?

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NJ TRANSIT TO HOST PUBLIC HEARINGS ON FUNDING FOR LOCAL SENIOR/DISABLED TRANSPORTATION

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Ridgewood NJ,  NJ TRANSIT will hold a series of public hearings to gather information and feedback on the Senior Citizen and Disabled Residents Transportation Assistance Program (SCDRTAP). SCDRTAP funds capital, operating, and/or administrative expenses for locally coordinated paratransit services for senior citizens and people with disabilities.

The public is invited to the December hearings below at which time they will have a full opportunity to express their views regarding NJ TRANSIT’S 2019 SCDRTAP funding.

Three hearings will take place in different geographic regions of the state. The locations are Freehold, Westampton and Newark.  Each hearing will have an afternoon and evening session. In order to ensure that all members of the public are given an opportunity to be heard, comments will be limited to five minutes.

SENIOR CITIZEN & DISABLED RESIDENTS TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM HEARINGS

Central                       PLACE:          Monmouth Agricultural Building

Region                                                Conference Room, #1

                                                            4000 Kozloski Road

                                                            Freehold, NJ 07728

DATE:            Wednesday, December 12, 2018

                                    TIME:              2:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.                  

Southern                    PLACE:          Burlington County Human Services Facility

Region                                                Lecture Hall A

                                                            795 Woodlane Road

                                                            Westampton, NJ 08060

DATE:            Monday, December 17, 2018

                                    TIME:              2:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Northern                    PLACE:          NJ TRANSIT Headquarters

Region                                                Conference Room 10 A

                                                            Two Penn Plaza East

                                                            Newark, NJ 07105-2246

                                    DATE:             Wednesday, December 19, 2018

                                    TIME:              2:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

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Ridgewood Mayor Celebrates the 28th Anniversary of the  Americans with Disabilities at Ridgecrest

July 27,2018

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Ridgewood Nj, Village of Ridgewood Mayor Ramon Hache celebrates the 28th anniversary of the  Americans with Disabilities Act.

Hache said . “Very grateful to have had the opportunity to celebrate the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act at Ridgecrest. Thank you Sue Ullrich for the invitation.”

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Reader Warns of Sidewalk Clutter in the Ridgewood Central Business District

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June 19,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, this comes up almost every year. The Village has even gone as far as to press charges on a plastic sheep .

The rules seem to be unevenly applied in the past .

Reader says “The restaurants Ad Hoc sidewalk patio table walls are growing in number
look at chestnut corner burgher restaurant..they are made of steel..try getting up on to the sidewalk from a parked car ..good luck….then add in the flower pot plantings further narrowing the walks ..these are even worse for elders and handicapped pedestrians exiting a car or assist a ride buses even during off hours..are these permitted by town?”

Boyd Loving , “The Village’s Code Enforcement Official has been observed in the past with a tape measure in hand checking to ensure restaurants were not encroaching on the ADA required passage widths of sidewalks. I know of at least one (1) restaurant that was issued a summons for an alleged encroachment. If you have a specific complaint, you could refer it to the Code Enforcement Official. See link to her name, e-mail address, and phone number below.”

http://www.ridgewoodnj.net/building/135-tracy-jeffery

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Ridgewood Mayor Responds to Questions Raised About “handicapped requirements for historic properties”

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Reader ….

“I finally googled “handicapped requirements for historic properties”. It clearly states that historic properties are NOT excused from the ADA requirements. It agrees it might take a lot of work and evaluation to modify an historic property to make it accessible to all. It also states that “no building is grandfathered from the handicap regulations no matter how old and historic it actually is.” The council either has not taken this into consideration in the cost of “saving” the Schedler house, or believes that Isabella, being an architect, knew what she was talking about. So why is Ridgewood planning to restore (rebuild) a property that they will be unable to let the public use if everyone cannot enter—and go up and down at each new addition as none of the floors are actually level from room to room.”

Mayor Susan Knudsen responds ….

HI ,
Historic Architect Margaret Hickey included handicap accessibility in the Schedler house restoration plans. In fact, at a recent meeting there was a great deal of discussion about accessibility features and required modifications.
Hope all is well.

Best always,
Susan

Mayor Susan Knudsen

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New Jersey Pushes “Complete Streets are for everyone”

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September 13,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, the state of New Jersey along with  the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center (BPRC) is pushing a plan to make your streets safer and more user friendly for ,pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles with a series of planning and design initiates .

According to there website , “Complete Streets are for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users… [so that] pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transportation users of all ages and ability are able to safely move along and across [the street].”

The Complete streets program  is being spearheaded  by the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center (BPRC) assists public officials, transportation and health professionals, and the public in creating a safer and more accessible walking and bicycling environment through primary research, education and dissemination of information about best practices in policy and design. The Center is supported by the New Jersey Department of Transportation through funds provided by the Federal Highway Administration.

The Village of Ridgewood signed a Complete Streets Resolution back in 2013 , ( http://njbikeped.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Ridgewood-Complete-Streets-Resolution.pdf ) and while some efforts have been a success like well defined ADA compliant highly visible cross walks and curbs other attempts , like the “suicide bike lane ” and traffic easing under the trestle have been an unmitigated failure .

What are the Components of Complete Streets?

Pedestrian Component: defined as “the clear area located between the curb and the adjacent building frontage” . Key Complete Streets design elements for this component include appropriate sidewalk widths and ADA accessible curb ramps
Building and furnishing: refers to “street furniture, elements of buildings that intrude into the sidewalk, and commercial activities that occur on the sidewalk…” and includes design elements such as bicycle parking, pedestrian-scale lighting, benches/street furniture, and street trees
Bicycle: addresses “bikeways and other facilitates within the public right-of-way…” and includes design elements such as bicycle lanes (regular, buffered, contraflow, etc.), cycle tracks, share-use paths, shared lanes/sharrows, and bike route signs
Curbside Management: relates to “facilities between the cartway and the sidewalk” and includes design elements such as on-street car parking, on-street bicycle parking, loading zones, and transit shelters.
Vehicle/Cartway: describes the “portion of the public right-of-way that is intended primarily or exclusively for motor vehicle use…” [11] and includes design elements such as appropriately sized lane widths, speed humps/tables, raised medians, chicanes, and preferred/exclusive bus lanes
Urban Design: addresses “policies related to those aspects of urban form that affect Complete Streets” such as driveways, utilities, and stormwater management.
Intersection & Crossing:  includes treatments that “…facilitate safe movement of all modes at intersections” [13] including high-visibility crosswalks (striped, raised, etc.), curb extensions, pedestrian refuge islands, bike boxes, and a variety of signal treatments (e.g., pedestrian countdown clocks, HAWK/RRFB signals, bicycle signals, etc.).

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Readers say Handicapped spots are regularly abused in the Village of Ridgewood

I’m handicapped (but not yet 80) but I have to totally agree with your statement. “I’m not parked, I’m just waiting for someone.” (Yeah, BUT you’re “waiting” in a handicapped spot making it inaccessible for use.) Funny, that young man (?) cut me off for the handicapped space and just ran up those steps. Gee, is his name really Gracie? That’s what is on the temporary placard. Handicapped spots are regularly abused…..

……Garage issue should be officially dead by now. There are many who have handicapped decals who shouldn’t have them, or have them because a family member is handicapped. Anyone who uses one of these who is less than 80 or is not clearly handicapped should be publicly beaten. I have approached more than one able-bodied handicap space user who was outraged that I questioned their sense of entitlement. they ruin it for all.