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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Add your voice and vision to the future of the Village of Ridgewood at:

What should the Village be like in 5, 10, or 20 years? What trends do you think might have a significant impact on the Village in the future? What is your vision for the future of the Village?

The Village recently launched Our Village, Our Future, which is a Village-wide visioning process that will form the creation of our community’s next Master Plan. Visit to learn more about Our Village, Our Future and start providing your insight and input through the on-line Visioning Questionnaire.

The primary goal of Our Village, Our Future is to implement a community visioning process that reaches out to a broad range of Ridgewood residents and other stakeholders (e.g., businesses, institutions, community organizations, etc.) and encourages them to think about and discuss the values, principles, goals, and priorities that should shape the future of Ridgewood. This community visioning process represents one of the first steps toward creating a new Master Plan for the Village.

In addition, please assist in the creation of the new Master Plan by doing the following, through

  • STAY UP-TO-DATE by signing up for e-mail updates.
  • SHARE YOUR VISION by filling out the Visioning Questionnaire.
  • GET INVOLVED by volunteering to help with the process.
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Government Wage Mandates Are Bad for New Jersey’s Economy


By Tony Russo, CIANJ President

Ridgewood NJ, There has been a lot of discussion recently on raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.  Governor Murphy would like to see $15 an hour this year but the Legislature introduced a bill which would phase in the increase over several years.  The reason given for increasing the minimum wage is the high cost of living in New Jersey.

What is missing from the current discussion are the reasons why New Jersey has such a high cost of living. The major reasons for such a high cost of living are the taxes and fees paid by New Jersey’s residents and businesses.  Property taxes, sales taxes, fuel taxes, income taxes, the corporate business tax — New Jersey is a heavily taxed state.   Also absent from the discussion is why $15 an hour would somehow make New Jersey affordable.

Government needs to appreciate that most private sector jobs in New Jersey are with small businesses.  These business owners take on risks daily as competition is fierce. Most work hard to make ends meet but unfortunately some do not survive.

Employees are a business’ number one resource and keeping good talent is a top priority.  An hourly wage is just one part of how a business compensates employees.  Many offer fringe benefits including paid time off, healthcare insurance, 401(k) contributions, short- and long-term disability, bonuses and life insurance.  When the Legislature focuses on only the hourly rate and not the total compensation paid, it is not reflective of the total amount spent by employers.

More importantly, Trenton lawmakers should not look toward the private sector to make New Jersey affordable but rather look inward to reduce the size of government and make New Jersey a business-friendly State.  New investment will create new jobs, more competition and innovation which in turn will improve the quality of life of residents as well as increasing the coffers of the state government. This would reduce the current pressure on New Jersey’s existing businesses.

A government wage mandate on the private sector is the wrong approach and will only lead to higher prices and job losses, ultimately hurting the very people they are trying to help.  Finally, New Jersey voters already weighed in on this matter in 2013 when they approved an amendment to the state constitution tying any increases to the minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index or CPI.By Tony Russo, CIANJ President

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Millennial Expert Ana Homayoun, will Speak on Social Media Wellness

Dear Parents/Guardians:

On January 16, 2019, teen and millennial expert Ana Homayoun, will be visiting our district to talk about the important topic of Social Media Wellness. We are delighted that she will be delivering three phenomenal programs that day: one for all ninth grade students, a second for staff members, and finally the parent program, which is part of our Wellbeing Speaker Series.

Bookends Bookstore will be on-site to host a book sale and signing at the conclusion of Ana’s presentation. Books can be pre-ordered at Bookends for this event or purchased that evening at George Washington Middle School.

Ana Homayoun is an author, speaker, and educator. Ana is the founder of Green Ivy Educational Consulting, a Silicon Valley-based educational consulting firm and has spent the past seventeen years working with students, parents, and educators around the world. Her latest book, Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World, discusses modern social media dilemmas and offers prescriptive solutions. Her first book, That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life, quickly became a classic among parents and educators for the pragmatic approach to executive functioning issues. Her next book, The Myth of the Perfect Girl: Helping Our Daughters Find Authentic Success and Happiness in School and Life, explores the real-life dilemmas of young women today and provides strategies for finding authentic success and happiness.

Ana’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, USA Today, Psychology Today, ABC News, CNN, and more. She is also a frequent guest on NPR.

We hope you can join us.


Stacie Poelstra
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

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Felina is Open in Ridgewood

photo by Mayor Ramon Hache

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, in time for Restaurant Week the central business district welcomes a new restaurant Felina  and according to Mayor Ramon Hache, ” Food, drinks and service were amazing. Thank you Chef Anthony Bucco @chefabucco and staff.”

The Opening was a hit with patrons who like the mayor raved over the food and service.

Felina is located in the old Citizens bank or Bank of America building which formally housed “FISH” . On their Facebook page Felina is described as the first collaboration between Frank Cretella and Chef Anthony Bucco and the newly formed hospitality group, Eat Drink Celebrate.

The culinary experience will center around the Agricultural harvest of the Garden State, and the culinary influence will be drawn from the traditions of Italy.

The bar program at Felina, will reinforce the appeal and glamour of cocktails with a nod towards the classics. The well selected wine list will focus on small producers from both the new and old world.

The architectural elements paired with the unconventional bank setting will be provide the perfect memorable backdrop to any experience.

54 East Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Get Directions
Call (551) 276-5454

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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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Valley Hospital Sponsors Restaurant Week in Ridgewood January 13-17th, 20-24th, and 27-31st

January 13-17, 2019
January 20-24, 2019
January 27-31, 2019
Check below for participating restaurant and details –

Valley Hospital presents in partnership with the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce

Winter Restaurant Week 2019!For fifteen days, participating restaurants and caterers are offering you the chance to “experience” dining in Ridgewood or in your home.

Each chef is preparing a tantalizing 3-course, prix-fixe menu at $30.19.
Call the restaurant for selections and reservations.

Participating Restaurants
Pearl Restaurant- 201-857-5100

White Maple Café-201-4471953


ROOTS Steakhouse-201-444-1922
Lunch only


Office Tavern & Grill-201-652-1070


Cravings Tapas Bistro-201-857-8533

Park West Tavern-201-445-5400

Latour-201-445-5056-Lunch only and
M-Thr., weeks of 1/20-1/24, 1/27-1/31.

Jacks Lobster Rolls-973-800-7400

Lisa’s Mediterranean Cuisine-201-251-8686

Piccolo Bistro Italian- 201-882-1111

Santoni’s Pizza- 201-389-6810

Smoked 2Go- 201-447-6653-call for times open

Steel Wheel Tavern- 201-882-1800

Truly Sichuan- 201-857-3830

It’s Greek to Me
Two dinners for $30.19- 201-612-2600

Sweet Treats:
Ice Cream by Mike-201-343-4514

Playa Bowls- 201-639-2700
Samba Bowls- 201-857-5015

Chestnut Catering and Deli- 201-445-3031
Family Dinners

Wines and More:
Public Wine, Beer and Spirits-201-857-0316
Ridgewood Wine Seller- 201-444-3300
Super Cellars Fine Wines and Marketplace:

Adding new eating establishments everyday.
check back for all the participants.

January 13-17, 2019
January 20-24, 2019
January 27-31, 2019

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National Pizza Week 2019 runs January 13th to the 19th


the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, if you are still recovering from the holidays and all the cooking involved, pizza just might be the solution. Low-effort and very shareable, it’s the answer to the mid-January, post-holiday gloom.

The second full week of January (Jan. 13 to 19 this year) just happens to be National Pizza Week.

Here is a list of some local places to help you celebrate National Pizza Week .

1. S. Egidio
(201) 389-3525
17 N Broad St

2. Brooklyn’s Coal Burning Brick Oven Pizza
(201) 493-7600
15 Oak St

3. A Mano
(201) 493-2000
24 Franklin Ave

4. Santoni’s Pizzeria and Restaurant
(201) 389-6810
88 Godwin Ave

5. Renato’s Pizza
(201) 652-3554
36 S Maple Ave

6. Puzo’s Family Restaurant
(201) 445-3332
16 W Ridgewood Ave

7. John’s Boy Pizzeria
(201) 652-8188
206 1/2 Rock Rd

8. Francesca Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta
(201) 251-1199
234 Rock Rd

9. The Best of Everything
(201) 670-7575
29 Oak St

10. Stella Artisan Italian
(201) 857-2677
18 E Ridgewood Ave

11. Garbo’s Italian Deli & Liquors
(201) 652-4494
7 Sheridan Ave

12. Felina Restaurant & Bar
(551) 276-5454
54 E Ridgewood Ave

13. Park Wood Deli
(201) 689-0855
342 Erie Ave

14. Pizzaiolo by Brothers
(201) 444-4944
85 Godwin Ave

15. The Sicilian Sun
(201) 444-3494
604 North Maple Ave

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Cake Boss Says Goodbye to Ridgewood


the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood and Morristown locations of Carlo’s Bake Shop have closed, this follows closures in Redbank and Westfield.

The Village  of Ridgewood location of Carlo’s Bake Shop, which first opened in 2013 in Wilsey Square, was Valastro’s first foray in New Jersey outside of his home town of  Hoboken. The bakery has been in operation in the Mile Square City since 1910. Valastro’s family took over in 1964, when his father, Bartolo Valastro Sr., bought the bakery.

An expansion of the business followed Valastro’s rapid rise to fame on the TLC reality series “Cake Boss,” which premiered in 2009 and went on to run for 10 seasons. The show, which has filmed at both the original Hoboken bakery and the company’s factory at the Lackawanna Center in Jersey City, did not air in 2018. Sources say an 11th season is likely slated for this fall.

With TV fame Carlo’s Bake Shop quickly expanded to other states,  New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Texas, Florida, Nevada, Minnesota, George, California  as well as Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The Ridgewood store may best be remembered for the November 2013 Bomb scare in which the store was evacuated .

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Loft 41 Jewelry-STORE CLOSING-70% OFF

To all our dear customers, we regret to inform you that our store will be closing.

We are inviting you to our close out final sale with savings up to 70% off.

41 E. Ridgewood Ave.
Ridgewood, NJ 201-444-9200
[email protected]

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal customers for their support throughout our seven years in
Loft 41 Jewelry Studio