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Residents Say Circle Ave in Ridgewood Needs a little Extra Attention

circle ave Ridgewood blizzard 2016
photos by MM
January 26,2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, With its close proximity to Ridgewood Hjigh School circle avenue was never plowed. It’s barely passable. The high school students are parked by the nursery school and essentially render that street one way. Some park their cars so close to Ridgewood ave that the tails of the car is sticking IN to RW ave. which also makes that turn ON to circle impossible.

Additionally, parents walking from all the way down the block to drop kids at this school-because heres no parking due to the students, are having to traverse some of the most poorly shoveled or deiced sidewalks I’ve seen. I saw a mother fall while holding her young daughter. She smacked her head in someone’s rock wall.

This street NEEDS to be addressed immediately. And the sidewalks that are so totally ice and snow covered, have got to have some code enforcement.

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Commuters Want to Fine Village of Ridgewood For Failure to Clean Up the Park and Ride

Park and Ride
January 26,2016
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Ridgewood NJ, The town still has not cleared the parking lot at the Ridgewood Park & Ride on Route 17.
Walking from the parking spaces is now to the point of being brutal.The area froze last night and someone is going to get hurt.

Village residents get fined 24 hours after snow ends if not removed from the property.Commuters are now fining the town $200.00 a day for failure to clean the snow within 24 hours and compensation for dry cleaning.
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Body found in snow-covered car outside Hackensack Burger King

Hackensack police

By Anthony G. Attrino | NJ Advance Media for
on January 25, 2016 at 9:51 AM, updated January 25, 2016 at 12:31 PM

HACKENSACK – Police on Monday were at the scene of a Burger King parking lot amid reports that a dead body had been found.

The body was found inside car parked at the fast food restaurant.

The car is a gold-colored Cadillac with New York plates. The rear passenger window was down and a police officer was seen looking inside the vehicle.

The car had been covered in snow early this morning as two Burger King employees arrived to work, according to one witness.

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Village of Ridgewood Crews Work through the Weekend Getting the Village in Shape

blizzard 2016
file photo by Boyd Loving
January 25,2016
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Ridgewood NJ, Village crews  were worked through the night and will continue to work all through today to remove snow from the streets.

According to Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld the Village moved 250 truckloads of snow from the Central Business District to the Graydon Pool parking lot. Yesterday snow piles are particularly large and high on Dayton street and the Village started the removal operation section by section, so as each section is completed parking will be available.

Roberta when on to remind residents that ,” As has been the case in other large snowfalls, the meters are inaccessible and the mounds of snow against the curbs make it almost impossible in non-angled parking spots to get out on the passenger side of the car.  So please use caution.  The removal of snow from the curb area around the meters is the responsibility of individual business owners.  It’s a lot of snow and we clearly do not want this snow thrown into the street today, so we will be working with the businesses community tomorrow to address this issue.”

According to Village Hall the top priority Sunday was to make the school routes safe and particularly to remove any visibility problems around the corners. While the main streets seem in good shape and that the secondaries are in decent shape. The Village asks  In the event that they missed and area or a street needs more work , please email Linda Salvi at with your street information.

Sanitation and recycling are on schedule, and all sanitation must be brought to the curb. Please help any neighbors that may need help in this regard.

Nancy Greene, the Director of the Library got the Ridgewood library open at 1:00 yesterday.  There are concerns about icing in the parking lot as well as some of the paths so please check the library website for more information at
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January 24,2016
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ,  As weather conditions and cleanup efforts permit, NJ TRANSIT will begin restoring transit services at 11 a.m.  For the latest travel information, customers should visit, access NJ TRANSIT’s Twitter feed at @NJTRANSIT or listen to broadcast traffic reports.  Additionally, NJ TRANSIT will provide the most current service information via the My Transit alert system (, which delivers travel advisories for your specific trip to your smartphone. Service information is also available by calling (973) 275-5555.

NJ TRANSIT will begin restoring service as follows with a gradual buildup of service during the day.

·         Bus

o   Customers can expect service delays and detours due to local road conditions.  As such, customers should afford themselves ample time to reach their final destinations.

Click Here for North Jersey bus service information by route. (Click Here will link to pdf with route numbers and service)

Light Rail

Newark Light Rail – will resume service at 11:00 AM and operate on a modified Sunday schedule with trains running on a normal Sunday frequency.  Trains will run between Grove Street and Newark Penn Station and between Broad Street and Newark Penn Station.
River LINE – will resume service at 11:00 AM and operate a regular Sunday schedule from Trenton ending at 36th Street in Camden.  No service to Walter Rand Transportation Center and points south
Hudson-Bergen Light Rail – will resume service at 11:00 AM and operate a normal weekend schedule.

Commuter Rail

Morris & Essex Line – will begin operating a regular weekend schedule starting with the 12:05 p.m. out of Dover and the 12:12 p.m. out of Hoboken.  NOTE: Midtown Direct trains will run into Manhattan following the regular weekend schedule.
Main/Bergen Line – will begin operating a regular weekend schedule starting with the 12:19 p.m. out of Hoboken bound for Waldwick and the 12:25 p.m. out of Hoboken bound for Suffern.  Trains will depart Suffern at 1:06 p.m. and Waldwick at 1:27 p.m. heading for Hoboken.
Montclair Boonton Line – will begin operating a regular weekend schedule starting with the 12:10 p.m. out of Hoboken to Bay Street and the 1;00 p.m. departure from Bay Street to Hoboken.
Pascack Valley Line – will begin operating a regular weekend schedule starting with the 1:58 p.m. departure from Spring Valley to Hoboken.
Northeast Corridor – Poised to resume service from Trenton pending Amtrak approval to operate from Morrisville
North Jersey Coast Line – Poised to resume service upon Amtrak’s clearing of the switches at Union interlocking
Raritan Valley Line – Poised to resume service upon the clearing of switches at Aldene (Conrail) and Hunter (Amtrak) interlockings
Atlantic City Rail Line – Poised to resume service upon Amtrak’s repair of Shore interlocking
Southern Tier Service – Poised to resume Southern Tier service pending completion of Metro North’s inspections

·         Access Link:

o   Service remains suspended today. Reservations for trips on Access Link can be made later today (stay tuned for specific time).

System-wide Cross-Honoring Remains in Effect:

To give customers additional travel options, NJ TRANSIT will continue to offer full system wide cross-honoring through Sunday, January 24, enabling customers to use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode–rail, light rail or bus.  Additionally, NJ TRANSIT bus, rail, light rail and bus passes will be cross-honored on private carrier buses.

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Photos of the Blizzard of 2016 Ridgewood New Jersey

Snow Blizzard of 2016 Ridgewood CBD

Photo credit: Boyd A. Loving
the Blizzard of 2016 Ridgewood New Jersey
January 23,2016
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ , braving the snow and the cold,some residents took a walk yesterday during the snow storm. Our ace photographer Boyd Loving hit the town to capture some idyllic snow scenes in the Central Business District in Ridgewood .

How much snow residents report anywhere from 11 to 24 inches.The Village posted 20-28 inches forecasted .

Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld said in a Facebook post , ” We have plowed the mains at least twice. We have about 40 trucks out on the roads working, So far we are keeping up with the snow which is now estimated at 15 inches into the evening…..where we need help is for residents to not park their cars on the streets – it really hampers the clean up effort and unfortunately we have hit this situation too many times since we started early this a.m. We just sent a Nixle message out and we will communicate as things change or progress. We would love for more people to sign up for theses as well as e-notices…..stay safe, Roberta”

And now weather advisory would be complete with out a ROBO call from the Mayor : 11:15 – MSG from the Mayor: (Reverse Call)

Good morning.  This is Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn, and I’m calling to give you a quick update on the winter storm.

The Governor has declared a State of Emergency … and the National Weather Service has increased projected total snow accumulation in our area to 10″-15″.  This includes heavy bands of snow.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect, which means that the roads are dangerous … the winds are strong … and you are urged to stay off the roads and stay at home.

Village crews and contractors have been out in full force with about 40 vehicles on the road.

On-street parking throughout the Village is prohibited until the streets are cleared or until further notice.  This is very important.  To effectively plow the roads, we need all cars off the streets.

Please check the Village website for storm-related updates … and please sign up for email notifications.  And to the extent possible and necessary, please check on your neighbors.

Thank you and be safe.
Paul S. Aronsohn, Mayor
Village of Ridgewood

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