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Ridgewood Police Department would like to thank all residents for their cooperation during the blizzard

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March 17,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Police Department would like to thank all residents for their cooperation in staying off the roads during the blizzard on Tuesday. Due to your assistance, only two motor vehicle crashes were reported and our Street Department was able to better manage the snow removal in an attempt to keep the roadways clear.

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PARKING ON RIDGEWOOD STREETS PROHIBITED TO ALLOW FOR PLOWING

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March 13, 2017

Dear Great Friends at the Ridgewood blog,

A powerful snowstorm is headed our way.  A Blizzard Warning is in effect from midnight tonight through midnight Tuesday.  18-24 inches of snow is expected, along with dangerous winds and white out conditions.  Stay indoors and do not travel.  Due to the impending blizzard, here is what you should know:

GARBAGE AND RECYCLING COLLECTION
There will no garbage or recycling collection on March 14th and no curbside bulk pickup on March 15th.  Simply put out the garbage, recycling or bulk refuse on your next scheduled collection date.  On March 16th and March 17th, all garbage must be brought to the end of your driveway (not in the street), for the safety of our Village employees.  Backyard collection of garbage will resume on March 20th, weather permitting.

PARKING ON STREETS PROHIBITED TO ALLOW FOR PLOWING
In order to allow the Village crews to clear the streets of snow, residents are prohibited from parking on the streets all day on March 14th.  Overnight parking on streets will not be permitted on March 13th, March 14th, and March 15th.   Please be aware that there is a protocol for plowing roads, which is as follows:  The primary roads into the Village are plowed first, which include the roads into the Village, particularly those by the hospital and the schools.  The secondary roads, located off of the main roads, are plowed second.  Finally, the tertiary roads, such as cul de sacs and dead ends are plowed.  Due to the large amount of snow which will be falling, over a short period of time, the crews may take some time to get to the secondary and tertiary roads.

SNOW REMOVAL
Snow must be removed from all residential sidewalks within 24 hours of it forming.  Please do not put the snow into the street, put it back onto your property.

POWER OUTAGES
High winds from the storm may cause power outages.  Please stay away from downed wires. If you experience a power outage, please do not call the Police Department unless there is an emergency.  Please call PSE&G directly at 1-800-436-7734.

FIRE HYDRANTS
If you have a fire hydrant on your property, please clear it of accumulating snow. The house you save could be your own!

OTHER INFORMATION
All Village Offices and the Library will be closed on March 14th.  The Recycling Center will also be closed.  The Police Department, on the second floor of Village Hall, will remain open.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting scheduled for March 14th has been cancelled.

Please remember to check on the elderly and share this information with your neighbors.  Stay safe and warm.

For continuing updates, please see the Village website at www.ridgewoodnj.net.

Heather A. Mailander
Acting Village Manager
201/670-5500 x202

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Bergen County Executive Tedesco Declares a County Wide Emergency

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Bergen County State of Emergency March 14-15, 2017

March 13,2017

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Hackensack NJ, With the impending winter storm expected to be the biggest we have seen this year, I have declared a county-wide State of Emergency,” said County Executive Tedesco. “I have instructed the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management to take every necessary step to implement our winter storm plan that protects residents and infrastructure.

Residents are encouraged to make sure they have enough food, water, as well as batteries, gasoline or diesel for personal generators. We encourage all residents to stay off the roads, as travel will be extremely dangerous. Please be safe and use good judgment.

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Governor Christie Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Winter Storm Stella

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March 13,2017

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Trenton, NJ – In preparation for Winter Storm Stella expected to arrive in New Jersey tonight, Governor Chris Christie declared a State of Emergency, authorizing the State Director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies. Commuters are asked to use extreme caution while traveling across the state.

“This severe winter storm is expected to produce tonight through Tuesday afternoon significant snow accumulations, winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour, freezing temperatures, widespread coastal flooding and hazardous whiteout travel conditions,” Governor Christie said. “During these threatening conditions, I urge all New Jerseyans to remain off the roads so our first responders and public safety officers can safely and efficiently handle emergency situations.”

New Jersey roads are expected to be impassable due to significant amounts of heavy, blowing, and drifting snow, low visibility and whiteout conditions, with the highest impact expected from late Monday night through Tuesday afternoon. Forecasted snow accumulations from five to more than 20 inches are expected in some areas of the state.

Due to the severe winter storm, the State of New Jersey has authorized the closing of state offices on Tuesday, March 14 for all non-essential employees. Essential employees should report to work on their regular schedule.

Road conditions will be available at the New Jersey Department of Transportation website at http://www.511nj.org/.

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Commuter Alert : NJ TRANSIT service changes for Tuesday, March 14th

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March 13,2017

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Ridgewood NJ,  Out of an abundance of caution and safety, NJ TRANSIT is making service changes for Tuesday, March 14th due to the forecasted severe winter weather expected to hit the region.  NJ TRANSIT encourages all customers to prepare their transportation needs in advance of the storm, if they must travel.

All Bus and Access Link service will begin shutting down at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday morning.  Customers should expect those services to remain suspended for the duration of Tuesday’s service day.  Service is anticipated to resume on Wednesday as weather and road conditions allow.

All but one rail line will operate on a weekend schedule on Tuesday for as long as weather conditions allow trains to operate safely.  Customers should be aware that weekend rail service does not extend west of Raritan on the Raritan Valley Line, west of Dover on the M&E Line or west of Bay Street on the Montclair-Boonton Line.  Please Note: The Atlantic City Rail Line will operate on a regular weekday schedule.  Pascack Valley Line trains will add Teterboro and Woodcliff Lakes stops and Train 2125 will operate as a local making all station stops.

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule with the addition of service, operating every 20 minutes, between Tonnelle Ave. and Hoboken Terminal.  Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule.  RiverLINE service will operate on a Sunday schedule.

Systemwide Cross-Honoring in Effect:  To give customers additional travel options – if they must travel – during expected winter weather conditions, NJ TRANSIT will offer full systemwide cross-honoring, enabling customers to use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode—rail, light rail, PATH or ferry.  As a reminder, on Tuesday, March 14th all bus service will be suspended.  For example, customers who normally take the bus from Rutherford to the Port Authority Bus Terminal may use their bus pass or ticket on the train from Rutherford to New York Penn Station.  Similarly, customers who normally take the bus between Atlantic City and Lindenwold may use the Atlantic City Rail Line instead at no additional charge.  NY Waterway and Billybey ferries will accept NJ TRANSIT tickets and passes.

All customers are strongly advised to check njtransit.com before traveling for up-to-the-minute service information before starting their trip. NJ TRANSIT will have a special winter storm section on the homepage of its website.

NJ TRANSIT will continue to monitor the weather conditions and impacts to services as the storm progresses.  For the latest travel information, customers should visit njtransit.com, 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 (www.njtransit.com/mytransit), which delivers travel advisories for your specific trip to your smartphone. Service information is also available by calling (973) 275-5555.

Rail and light rail crews and equipment are on standby to quickly respond to downed trees, power outages or other issues that may arise.  In addition, NJ TRANSIT will be positioning locomotives at strategic locations across the rail system to rapidly respond in the event of a disabled train.  NJ TRANSIT’s employee Emergency Response Team will be at Newark Penn Station, Secaucus Transfer and Penn Station New York to assist customers who must travel on Tuesday.
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Village of Ridgewood Snow Removal Regulations !

Snow Blizzard of 2016 Ridgewood CBD

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March 10,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, In the business and office districts, snow shall be removed from the sidewalks concurrently with its fall. To assure compliance with this section, more than one clearing may be required to keep the sidewalks as free of snow as is practical. Snowfalls commencing after 6:00 p.m., will be cleared by no later than 9:00 a.m. the following morning, Sundays and holidays included. For snow occurring Monday through Saturday, during business hours, sidewalks shall be cleared to a five-foot minimum width to provide access from the storefront to the curb, between meters, if meters are installed. After 6:00 p.m. and on Sundays and holidays, sidewalks will be completely cleared into the street.

Also remember to remove all ice and snow from your vehicle before driving, especially from the hood, windows and roof. It’s the law in New Jersey! Motorists who fail to do so face fines of $25 to $75 for each offense, regardless of whether the ice and snow is dislodged from the vehicle. If flying ice or snow causes property damage or injury to others, motorists face fines of $200 to $1,000 for each offense. There are approximately 500 fatalities in the United States per year due to icy road conditions.

If you have a fire hydrant in front of your house, help yourself and help your neighbors by keeping it clear of snow. Ridgewood Police and Fire Departments urge resident to clear a path around the hydrant of 3 feet by 3 feet.

Sidewalks – Snow must be removed from all residential sidewalks within 24 hours of the snowfall. This is especially important on school walking routes.

Sanitation – Please remember to bring your garbage to the end of your driveway at the curb when snow & ice are forecast for our area.

Overnight parking will most likely be suspended on Village streets .

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Snow reminders from the Ridgewood Police , Ridgewood Fire and Ridgewood blog

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Ridgewood Police : Ice & Snow – Remove It Before You Go

Remember to remove all ice and snow from your vehicle before driving, especially from the hood, windows and roof. It’s the law in New Jersey! Motorists who fail to do so face fines of $25 to $75 for each offense, regardless of whether the ice and snow is dislodged from the vehicle. If flying ice or snow causes property damage or injury to others, motorists face fines of $200 to $1,000 for each offense.

Ridgewood Police :Keep fire hydrant clear

If you have a fire hydrant in front of your house, help yourself and help your neighbors by keeping it clear of snow.

Ridgewood Police : Overnight parking is suspended in the Village

Overnight parking is suspended in the Village. Residents are prohibited from parking on village streets overnight. Please reconfirm but residents residing in the Central Business District are permitted to park vehicles in the Cottage Place and Hudson Street lots.

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PSE&G Prepares for Heavy Snow and Near Blizzard Conditions

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PSE&G Prepares for Heavy Snow and Near Blizzard Conditions
January 25,2015

Additional crews and equipment on hand

(NEWARK, N.J. – Jan. 25, 2015) Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is preparing for the approaching storm that could bring more than a foot of snow and near blizzard conditions for parts of its service territory Monday night and into Tuesday.

In anticipation of the storm, PSE&G is taking the following steps to ensure that the utility is ready to respond to resulting power outages:

Scheduling all available personnel so they are ready to respond beginning Monday.
Arranging for contractors, including tree crews, to assist the utility’s own skilled workforce.
Reaching out for 100 additional mutual aid assistance linemen.
Ensuring that additional supplies, such as poles, transformers and other pole-top equipment, are on hand.
Refueling all vehicles.
Testing generators at utility locations.
Coordinating with county and municipal emergency management personnel to inform them of outages and expedite restoration efforts.

“While snow by itself doesn’t normally pose a serious problem, heavy snow and strong winds can increase the possibility of downed wires and power outages,” said John Latka, PSE&G senior vice president for electric and gas operations. “These conditions will also make it difficult for our crews to get around and safely respond to any outages. We ask for our customers’ patience and cooperation as we work to restore service as quickly as possible.”

PSE&G urges its customers to be cautious if they see downed lines. Downed wires should always be considered “live.” Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that the wire is contacting.

To report downed wires or power outages, customers should call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG. Customers can also report power outages and view the status of their outage by logging in to My Account on www.pseg.com, PSE&G’s mobile-friendly website.

PSE&G offers the following tips to customers to prepare:

Charge your cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices.
Fill up your car’s fuel tank.
Ensure you have a battery-powered radio and a supply of fresh batteries.
Check your supply of flashlights, blankets, nonperishable food and bottled water.
Have matches and candles with holders on-hand.
If electricity is interrupted, keep refrigerator doors closed as much as possible.
Compile a list of emergency phone numbers, including PSE&G’s Customer Service line: 1-800-436-PSEG. Call this number to report power outages or downed wires.

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