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“Smart Meters “Are Coming to a Town Near You

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Ridgewood NJ, you think parking is difficult in Central Business District now, just wait. A bill is now before the Senate to make “smart meters”  which are now part of a pilot program in Palisades Park legal throughout the Garden State.

The “smart meters” work by snapping a picture of the license plate and the car after their meter runs out. Weeks later, a ticket is delivered to their front door.”We now can free up traffic officers time to do other stuff like drink coffee talk on their cell phones while driving and visit dunkin donuts ” , just kidding guys . 

Officials say the parking meters will become a tool for law enforcement. With cameras on the back and front, the meters could be able to pull video evidence should something happen on the sidewalk or street. No need to hire up Police and those costly benefit packages .

Palisades Park officials say there’s an increase in parking tickets because of the 30 meters they have installed. 

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Controversial Wall in Front of , “It’s Greek to Me Removed”

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Ridgewood NJ, after years of acrimony the controversial wall in front of the “It’s Greek to Me” restaurant at 21 East Ridgewood Avenue was demolished on Friday morning.

While some felt “the wall” created a nice dinning area for the restaurant, critics saw favoritism and a side walk impediment for pedestrians and fire fighters.

Two (2) construction workers used a concrete cutting saw, sledgehammer, and other assorted tools to demolish and remove the barrier .

It is believed the “wall” was removed because it would have been non-compliant with the Village’s new sidewalk cafe/dining ordinance. The restaurant’s owner, Paul Vagianos, was on the scene to witness the process.

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Ridgewood Arts Council Hosts Talk with ,”A Case of Blue” writer/director Dana H. Glazer

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Ridgewood NJ, on Tuesday, March 12th for the Ridgewood Arts Council Artist Talk hosted , A Case of Blue’s writer/director Dana H. Glazer as well as producer Scott Rosenfelt (Home Alone) and the stars of the film. This event was held at Upper Ridgewood Tennis Club – 915 Glenview Road in Ridgewood.

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4810 Store Closing and its Only March

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Ridgewood NJ, all signs point to a retail apocalypse , according to Coresight Research.already, 4,810 store closures have been announced by retailers in 2019. . And it’s only March. Last year, Coresight tracked 5,524 store closures, down more than 30 percent from a record 8,139 closures announced in 2017. Among those closing are the Gap, Victoria’s Secret, J.C. Penney, Tesla and Abercrombie & Fitch .

Internet retailer Amazon said this week it will shut all 87 of its pop-up shops inside Whole Foods, Kohl’s and malls across the country. But the company has vowed to invest more in its book stores and other bricks-and-mortar concepts, including its cashierless convenience store called Amazon Go.

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Coming Book Signings at Bookends in Ridgewood

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Gianni Russo
Wednesday, March 13th @ 6:00pm
American Actor best known for his role as Carlo Rizzi in The GODFATHER, Gianni Russo, will sign his new book:
Hollywood Godfather

Art Shamsky
Saturday, March 23rd @ 1:00pm
Member of the 1969 World Championship New York Mets Team, Art Shamsky, will sign his new book:
After the Miracle

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Come celebrate Femmebot owner, Tina Setia’s birthday with Music, Cocktails&15% off entire purchase

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FEMMEBOT

It’s owner Tina Setia’s Birthday!!
Music by DJ Allai

Saturday, March 9th 2019
5pm-10pm

Join us for an evening of Music, Cocktails and Shopping!
15% off of your entire purchase!
203 East Ridgewood Ave, 
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

@femmebotstye

www.femmebot.com

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Whole Foods Wage Increase Leads to Shorter Hours

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Ridgewood NJ, something for New Jersey low wage workers to look forward too. In response to public pressure and increasing scrutiny over the pay of its warehouse workers, Amazon enacted a $15 minimum wage for all its employees on 1 November, including workers at grocery chain Whole Foods which it purchased in 2017.

All Whole Foods employees paid less than $15 an hour saw their wages increase to at least that, while all other team members received a $1-an-hour wage increase and team leaders received a $2-an-hour increase.

But since the wage increase, Whole Food employees have told the UK Guardian that they have experienced widespread cuts that have reduced schedule shifts across many stores, often negating wage gains for employees.

“My hours went from 30 to 20 a week,” said one Whole Foods employee in Illinois.

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Wells Fargo Consumer Redress Review Program

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Ridgewood NJ, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced today that Wells Fargo has begun a consumer redress review program through which customers who have not already been made whole through other remediation programs can seek to have their inquiry or complaint reviewed by a Wells Fargo escalation team for possible relief.

The consumer redress review program was a key component of Wells Fargo’s overall $535 million settlement with New Jersey, 49 other states and the District of Columbia in 2018 to resolve claims that the bank violated state consumer protection laws through multiple unlawful actions.

Those actions included (1) opening millions of unauthorized accounts and enrolling customers into online banking services without their knowledge or consent, (2) improperly referring customers for enrollment in third-party renters and life insurance policies, (3) improperly charging auto loan customers for force-placed and unnecessary collateral protection insurance, (4) failing to ensure that customers received refunds of unearned premiums on certain optional auto finance guaranteed asset/auto protection (GAP) products, and (5) incorrectly charging customers for mortgage rate lock extension fees.

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New Jersey Voters Get What they wanted Higher Taxes and a Less Prosperous State

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Ridgewood NJ, Tax revenues are up 2.9% over prior year , but a  7.2% increase is needed to fund existing and new spending programs. Sales tax and Corporate Business Tax grew above projections (corporate tax revenues 47% higher than prior year).
So the target for tax increases will again be the Income Tax. Last year, the state passed a multi-millionaires tax, so that card has already been played.

At the current growth rate as detailed in that legislative services report, and not accounting for higher revenues in the second half of the fiscal year, the state would fall about $5 billion short of the $33.5 billion in major revenues certified by the governor. The Treasury Department declined to say what its current projection for the end of the year is, but the ratings agency S&P Global Ratings said it calculates a $740 million shortfall if the trend continues.

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