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Top Things to Do in Ridgewood, New Jersey

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Located only 20 miles away from Midtown Manhattan, New York City, this small village from New Jersey has seen an increase in population in the past decades. With more and more people willing to trade the loud, stressful, and narrow streets of the Big Apple for true oases of relaxation, it comes as no surprise that New Jersey locations have become more popular. 

Like many towns and villages around the area, Ridgewood has a rich history, dating back from 1700, when Johannes Van Emburgh built the first home here. However, the town wasn’t created until the end of the 19th century, in 1894. 

Although it counts for only 25,000 people, Ridgewood has great potential and it is estimated that it will increase its population even further due to the laid-back style, the relatively low prices of the real estate industry, and its country charm. There are also many things you can do around, so, if you plan on stopping by for a weekend getaway, here is what you shouldn’t miss.

The Hermitage

One of the most popular places to visit in town, the Hermitage is an 18th century home with plenty of history on its own. Built in a Gothic Revival architectural style, the fourteen-room mansion now houses a museum built in 1848. You can enjoy a guided tour for a small donation and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

The Saddle River County Park 

Stretching from Rochelle Park to Ridgewood, this park is located along the Saddle River. The place is perfect for spending a quiet afternoon and enjoying a wide variety of activities, including fishing, walking or cycling. 

Although the access to the park is limited to bikers and pedestrians, you can still bring your motorcycle to the premises and take a short trip around the park. All you need to do is read this article to find the perfect gadgets to guide you and take some wonderful pictures. 

One of the most popular landmarks of the park is the waterfall that is located in the Glen Rock section of the trail. Apart from that, you can also walk to the Easton Tower, also known as “The Mill” and it’s a great spot for photos. 

If you’re an avid angler, you can find plenty of good spots to fish for bass and trout around the Glen Rock Duck Pond, the Waterfall Area or the Ridgewood Duck Pond. 

The Garret Mountain Reservation

Located near Ridgewood, in Woodland Park, this 568-acre reservation covers the north part of the First Watchung Mountain. It provides a wide array of outdoor activities, including bird watching, picnic areas, walking and running trails, basketball courts, and a good fishing game on the Barbour’s Pond. 

And, if you want to learn more about the place’s history, you can visit the Lambert Castle that now hosts the Passaic County Museum which is open to the public. The 19th-century castle was recently renovated and provides a good spot for taking some amazing pictures. 

The Graydon Pool 

When the weather allows it, this historical site represents a great alternative to spending quality time outdoors, enjoying the sun. It costs around $10 to get inside but keep in mind that the place is usually crowded, especially during the weekends. If you find a good spot, you can go for a swim in the “plake” (a cool noun that combines the words “pool” and “lake”), relax on the warm sand, and even watch a movie. 

Unfortunately, the location needs to be preserved better since in 2010 was voted one of the “10 Most Endangered Historic Sites” in the State of New Jersey. 

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Trio of Real Estate Experts Join Special Properties’ Mahwah Office

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MAHWAH NJ , Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, voted Christie’s Affiliate of the Year in 2017 and 2018, and the fastest growing real estate brokerage in northern New Jersey, announced that Bart Merola, Michelline Saliba, and Wayne Chappel have joined its Mahwah, NJ brokerage office as Realtor Associates. The agents are part of Special Properties’ continued expansion throughout the northern New Jersey region.

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Former Bergen Executive Loses Defamation Suit

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River Vale NJ, Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi,”As we enter into what is commonly referred to as “the silly season” in NJ politics, I ask all candidates to remember that the truth matters. Stop with ridiculous made up attacks against your opponents, stop calling people who merely disagree with you on a policy racist, bigots, xenophobes, etc. Social media does not give you a blank check to lie about people. We are seeing people finally fighting back and winning against these libelous attacks. Here is the most recent example of politically motivated defamation in Bergen County.”

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Bergen GOP Freeholder Candidates Blast $48 Million Spending Increases by Bergen County

County Tax Levy Now Hits $437 Million; Debt Rises

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Hackensack NJ, The Bergen County Democrats inexorable effort to raise taxes and increase spending continues in 2019, according to the Republican Freeholder candidates Corrado Belgiovine, Alyssa K Dawson and Katie Cericola.

“Like governor Murphy, the Bergen Democrats continue to spend taxpayer money recklessly,” said Corrado Belgiovine, a Republican freeholder candidate from Woodcliff Lake. “And homeowners and renters are paying for the freeholders lack of fiscal restraint.”

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Montvale Mayor to Bid for GOP nod against Gottheimer

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Montvale NJ, This week Montvale Mayor Mike Ghassali became the latest candidate to announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for the 5th Congressional District in 2020:

“Friends, I am honored to announce my candidacy for U.S. Congress. Please join me at the official announcement ceremony and a rally on July 1st.”

Ghassali has voiced outspoken opposition to Sanctuary status for New Jersey.

Ghassali joins former Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley banking executive Frank Pallotta and 2018 nominee John McCann, a former councilman, in the race to face off against Josh Gotteimer

The winner will face-off with incumbent Democrat Josh Gottheimer.

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In Need Of Legal Assistance? Check This Out!

Everyone faces a situation where they might need some legal advice or assistance at some point in their lives. With adult life, comes responsibility, and that entails financial matters, paperwork, and dealing with the complicated legal system that not everybody is equipped to handle on their own. That is why it’s important, in this day and age, to keep the contacts of a trustworthy lawyer or legal firm – you never know when you might need them.

If you’d like to know what a good firm should entail, then look into their history. In the US, for example, Ridgewood NJ is in Bergen County and Aiello Harris client serves all of Bergen County including their neighbors in Ridgewood through their Lyndhurst NJ location. A sense of community with your firm and their lawyers always adds a needed layer of trust and security. According to Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, ‘When your legal freedoms, health, or ability to earn a living are put in jeopardy, your entire life is seriously impacted’, and it may be difficult to narrow down who would suit you best in any given situation. This is why it’s crucial that you ask around and look at reviews of different lawyers and law firms in your area to be sure that you are investing in a trustworthy lawyer.

The Various Ways Lawyers Can Assist You

Whether the matter at hand is regarding taxes and licenses, intellectual property, real estate, family law and divorce, mediation, immigration or bankruptcy, among other issues, a reliable law firm will provide all the support you need. It’s never a bad idea to find a law firm that provides lawyers that cover a number of areas so that you’re not put in a position where you have to stress over where to get a lawyer every single time a different issue arises.

Not only do law firms often carry all the legal skills you need under one roof, but they also usually have significant insights, connections and influence in the local, regional, and maybe even national legal communities.

When to Seek a Lawyer’s Consultation

Hiring a lawyer is like seeing a doctor; although you can meet them for the first time after the problem has happened, a better approach is to familiarize yourself with a good one early on, just in case. Once you have been served with a summons or complaint, it is kind of already late; the dispute has already occurred, and now it’s only a question of how much it will end up costing you in court payments, attorneys’ fees, settlements and other expenses. Don’t squeeze yourself for time, where you may end up having to rush for a last minute lawyer, which may lead to going for just about anyone who would give you the time of day. Be prepared.

Asking the Right Questions  

The judicial system is complicated, and getting into a legal battle can cost you a lot of time and money – it’s quite the investment. That said, you are still the client in your law firm’s eyes, and you have the right to ask questions and get answers that will put your mind at ease. Don’t be afraid to ask direct questions about your lawyer’s experience; whether or not they’ve handled similar cases before; how flexible they are with their billing procedures; and if they will be invested in educating you about the legal nature of your specific case. These are all details that you will want to take note of before committing and investing in a business relationship with your lawyer, and which will come into play later on throughout your legal journey together.

Before Passing the Verdict  

If you think you need legal assistance, you will want to hire the right person or firm for your case. Most law firms today allow for a free consultation session to give you a chance to determine whether or not they are right for you, so use it wisely. Before making an initial appointment, invest some time in research; aim for talking to an attorney whose practice focuses on your type of legal question, or someone who lists it as a type of law they frequently practice. And remember to always ask questions, for it is your legal right.

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Ho-Ho-Kus Native Dies in Tragic Plane Crash in Honduras

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Ho-Ho-Kus NJ, Bradley W. Post, 46, of Ho-Ho-Kus, passed away on May 18, 2019 in a tragic plane crash off the coast of Roatán, Honduras.  He was off on another one of his adventures, this time to learn how to fly fish. Brad was born in Ridgewood, NJ on January 8, 1973 (he shared a birthday with Elvis; he would want you to know that).  Brad grew up in Ramsey and Saddle River and graduated from Ramsey High School in 1991. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University in 1995, he would spend the next 24 years “insuring anything that had wheels and carried people – charter buses, school buses, limos, taxis and paratransit.”  Brad and his brother, Tom, were the fourth generation to own and operate Post Financial Services Group. Their younger brother, Garrett, later joined them at the firm. They purchased the family business from their father in 2003 and continued to grow it until they sold to Hilb Group in 2016. Brad had recently joined the Board of Directors and been named the Regional Leader for Hilb Group, Tri-State.      

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Xanadu Mega-Mall Opening Delayed Yet Again

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East Rutherford NJ, The opening of the American Dream mega-mall in the Meadowlands has again been delayed. Developers said Monday that the opening of the massive complex will be pushed to sometime in the fall after a late-summer opening had been targeted. This marks just the latest of many years of delays in the project originally known as Xanadu.

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Bergen County Historical Society Celebrates Pinkster

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New Bridge Crossing NJ, Experience history in one of the storied places where it was made!

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 1 PM – 5 PM

Bergen County Historical Society 1201-5 Main St, River Edge, New Jersey 07661

Pinkster is celebrated with a Maypole Dance at 1:30 & 3:00 pm with a participation session during the country dances. Ridley and Anne Enslow are featured on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. In the outkitchen cooks will be naturally dyeing eggs for Pinkster and making oliebollen, Dutch Donuts. This event features fun children’s games. The 3 houses including the Steuben House a state-historic site and the barn are open for tours.

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