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Promoter of High Density Housing Complains Village is Being Ruined?

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

“An open letter to the Village Council re the news that the Gap is closing:

Anne Taylor gone. Jos. Banks, gone. Now the Gap closing. Empty storefronts. Potholed Streets. Vanity and wasteful projects that don’t seem to end. Indirect taxes on the rise. A parking situation that is a joke. On, and on, and on….

When will you have the decency and intellectual honesty to admit the damage you are causing to our beloved town?

Rurik Halaby”

Ridgewood NJ, just a reminder Mr. Halaby was a huge supporter of the Aronsohn administration and its sell out to developers , ringing the central business district with high density housing . The high density housing and the impending increase in residents , traffic and parking will lead to a need for an increase in public safety personnel, road construction, parking, water  , sewage and school construction . That means the consequence of allowing over development will be that taxes will continue to spiral upwards driving more people from the Village and your property values will continue to be depressed .

Mr Halaby was also part of the group that wanted to clear cut Schedler Park and build a turf baseball field .

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Englewood Man Assaulted in Ridgewood on July 4th

file photo by Boyd Loving

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police report that on July 4th, patrol units were dispatched to 263 Franklin Avenue on a report of an assault in progress. Upon arrival an Englewood, N.J. resident reported he was the victim of an assault. The victim reported the actor fled prior to patrol’s arrival. The victim was treated for minor injuries and refused further medical treatment. The victim identified the actor and reported he will respond to sign a criminal complaint at a later time.

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Reader says Fair Share Housing has taken hostage a whole state


“This is beyond ridiculous. FSH has taken hostage a whole state . The market should decide who can buy a house where. Government should not interfere here and neither should a ghost organisation such as FSH. If you can’t afford to live in RW go live in Waldwick or some other area that suits you. I would love to live in Saddle River but can’t afford so I found a place I could afford in RW. This kind of policy is destroying all the nice and beautiful suburbs in NJ. I just can’t get why FSH has so much power and why residents have no say in this but are threatened into submission. The only mayors who are vocal about this craziness are Scotch Plains and Englewood Cliffs. These guys have balls and speak for their constituents.
And yes all the new structures being built across the area are from the same exact set of drawings. They look like correction facilities.”

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Ridgewood GAP on the Chopping Block

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Ridgewood NJ, the Gap Inc. announced Thursday that it plans to shutter approximately 230 stores in the next two years. Last year, the San Francisco-based corporation had a total of 725 specialty stores (excluding those in China), and this week, the company revealed it saw a 5 percent decrease in the brand’s global sales, according to its 2018 earnings report.

Gap Inc. has yet to finalize its list of stores that will close. It appears that the Ridgewood Gap has made the list, the store appears to be holding final sales and ready for shuttering .

Lets face it the GAP has not been cool since 1980 and its non descript clothing is easy to buy on the internet. Given New Jersey aggressively anti business governor and legislator its easy to see how New Jersey may bear the brunt of GAP closings.

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The Cookie Connect Grand Opening In Ridgewood This Friday

photo courtesy of Cookie Connect’s Facebook page

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Ridgewood NJ, on Friday the 12th of July Cookie Connect will be holding the Grand Opening event for our second Cookie Connect location!

The event will include:

An augmented reality wall Instagram Giveaway for a $100 Visa Gift Card
1 Free Cookie for the first 100 guests
A T-Shirt giveaway for one of our classic BAKED shirts and some other fun goodies!

The Cookie Connect features a variety of large, overstuffed cookies delivered warm. Ali Jajihaidari the company founder started The Cookie Connect with an app in 2016 and it took off!

Cookie Connect is located at 46 Chestnut St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450-3804

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Ridgewood Developer Looks to Back Out of Affordable Housing Commitment

photo courtesy of Chestnut Village Facebook page

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Ridgewood NJ, Two-Forty Associates LLC, the company behind the 43-unit Chestnut Village, under construction on Chestnut Street has filed suit against the village, alleging the municipality reneged on previously granted permission to provide special-needs housing, and instead changed its requirement to affordable units. Two-Forty Associates/Chestnut Village is owned by the Bolger family.

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New Jersey’s minimum wage law takes effect Today July 1, 2019


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Trenton NJ, New Jersey’s minimum wage law takes effect on July 1, 2019, lifting the earnings of more than one million workers. The goal of the law is to achieve a $15 hourly minimum wage without adversely affecting small and seasonal businesses, so incremental rates were set to give certain employers additional time to comply. 

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PSE&G to Repair Underground Electrical Vaults in Ridgewood Friday, June 28th through Wednesday, July 3rd


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Ridgewood NJ, PSE&G will be doing work to repair collapsing underground electrical vaults from Friday, June 28th through Wednesday, July 3rd. The work on June 28th, June 29th, and July 1st will be on East Ridgewood Avenue between Cottage Place and Walnut Street.  The work will continue July 2nd through July 3rd on North Broad Street, between Franklin Avenue and East Ridgewood Avenue. 

On East Ridgewood Avenue, vehicles will be allowed to travel towards North Maple Avenue (eastbound), but East Ridgewood Avenue will be closed to traffic going from Cottage Place, up to Walnut Street (westbound).  

On North Broad Street, vehicles will be allowed to travel from Franklin Avenue to East Ridgewood Avenue (southbound), but North Broad Street will be closed to traffic going from East Ridgewood Avenue to Franklin Avenue (northbound) .  

Police Officers will be directing traffic on cross streets, during these closures.  Thank you for your cooperation and patience during these closures, and please consider using alternate routes.  

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Ridgewood 4th of July Celebration

Ridgewood celebrates the 4th of July


The Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration Committee is an all volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the tradition of Bergen County’s largest Independence Day Celebration.  There are many opportunities to volunteer to “Support the Tradition.”  If you are interested in joining the committee or volunteering on the day of the event.  Please contact Tara Masterson at 201-602-1922 or

Volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Fundraising
  • Community outreach/public relations
  • Vendor coordinator
  • Performer coordinator
  • Parade marshals
  • Gate attendants for the fireworks at Vet’s Field
  • Water stations
  • Volunteer and emergency service personnel meal coordinator

We look forward to hearing from you!

We meet the second Monday of each month at 7:30 at The Ridgewood Firehouse located at 201 E. Glen Ave.