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Readers Says People do, year after year, fall in love with “small town” Ridgewood

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Readers Says People do, year after year, fall in love with “small town” Ridgewood

People do, year after year, fall in love with Ridgewood and chose buy their homes and raise their families here. According to money magazine, 2013 report, Americas top 50 small towns are not only thriving economically, they’ve also got all you could want in a place to raise a family: plenty of green space, good schools, and a strong sense of community. Ridgewood is not on the top 50 list and that is not surprising. But maybe we should strive to acquire some of the attributes that land a community on this list. The majority of towns on this list all seem to have same words sprinkled throughout their descriptions: nature, open space, recreation, preserved, protected, conservation etc. Every singe town on this list mentions some sort of recreational option and seemingly recognizes the importance of open space. Read the list and take note.

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These small towns range in size from 10,000 residents to about 50,000. In Ridgewood, we are a population of 25,000, so we land somewhere in the middle. Our Village government needs to seriously consider what is it that makes a town a more attractive place to live. They need to start using the words, “nature, protect and preserve’, a little more in their planning efforts. If these are such important factors in some of the best places to live, why do we seem to put such little value on them in our Village? There are serious efforts in this town to ridicule those who value open space and preservation. Community views in Ridgewood are often belittled behind closed doors and disregarded in public forums as well. It seems as if this town is moving farther and farther from the top 50 list and our Village leaders are leading the way. Do we value money and little else? Sure seems like we do.

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Special Ridgewood Planning Board Amendment to Meeting Schedule – April 1

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Special Ridgewood Planning Board Amendment to Meeting Schedule – April 1 Meeting

Special Public Meeting: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

In accordance with the provisions of the “Open Public Meetings Act,” please be advised that the Planning Board has scheduled a special public meeting and work session for TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014, in the GEORGE WASHINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, 155 Washington Place, Ridgewood, NJ beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Board may take official action during this Special Public Meeting. The agenda for the meeting includes the following:

1. Continued public hearing concerning a proposed amendment to the Land Use Plan Element of the Master Plan, which amendment would recommend creation of new zone districts and changes in zone district boundaries within the Central Business District and surrounding area including AH-2, B-3-R, C-R and C Zone Districts.

2. Other Planning Board business per the agenda.

The proposed master plan amendment and related exhibits are at the office of the Secretary of the Ridgewood Planning Board on the third floor of Village Hall, 131 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, New Jersey and are available for public inspection Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The amendment and exhibits are also posted as a courtesy on the Village’s website at www.ridgewoodnj.net.

All meetings of the Ridgewood Planning Board (i.e., official public meetings, work session meetings, pre-meeting assemblies and special meetings) are public meetings which are always open to members of the general public.
Financial Advisory Committee Meeting – April 7

Notice: The Financial Advisory Committee (FAC) will meet on Monday, April 7 instead of their standard of the 2nd Monday of the month. the meeting will take place at 7:30PM in the Garden Room, Village Hall.

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Leadership needed to establish goals

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Leadership needed to establish goals

MARCH 7, 2014
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Leadership needed to establish goals
by Martin Walker

This letter was also sent to the Ridgewood Planning Board.

To the editor:

“Options ‘come down to economics’” (The Ridgewood News, Friday, Feb. 21, page A1) made good headlines, but Planning Board member objections to assisted living and parking facilities around building heights, location and aesthetics in North Walnut Street Redevelopment miss the enormity of issues affecting our community. Are we fiddling while Rome burns, or is there no leadership establishing goals and priorities?

The Organizational Development giant on leadership, Elliott Jacques, demonstrated that levels of institutional authority are correlated with the degrees of future time span awareness. Is no one in town governance articulating a vision for Ridgewood’s future? Doesn’t compromise require a shared goal in order to balance competing needs in the service of a greater good? Visionary leadership for Ridgewood requires a clearer articulation of where we are going.

The two perennial certainties, aging and taxes, provide the most stable variables around which to articulate any family community’s future. Every single one of us will age and the fact that tax revenue is tied to property values means our taxes will increase indefinitely. Visionary leadership must articulate what this means for our town.

Aging: Are we an aging-in community or an aging-out community? Should Ridgewood be required to provide a space for all of our lives, or only parts of it? Should our old age take place here, with easy access to all that we love, or should our elders go live somewhere else?

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/opinion/letter-leadership-needed-to-establish-goals-1.736297#sthash.nYJUpHp7.dpuf

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Restaurant review: Cravings Tapas Bistro in Ridgewood

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Restaurant review: Cravings Tapas Bistro in Ridgewood

MARCH 21, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014, 5:47 PM
BY ELISA UNG
THE RECORD

I admit I was skeptical about Ridgewood’s newest dinner spot, Cravings Tapas Bistro. First of all, the name “Cravings” makes me think of a mall food-court stand that sells limp salads and soft-serve ice cream. Second, Cravings’ menu can come across as wildly unfocused. Do you want hummus or Mexican street corn? Ricotta gnocchi or a cheesesteak empanada? Tuna tartare or eggplant Parmesan?

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/food-and-dining-news/restaurant-reviews/a-party-for-the-senses-exciting-new-restaurant-mixes-cuisines-with-fun-1.747301#sthash.C2SJDkCG.dpuf

Cravings Tapas Bistro in Ridgewood
8 Wilsey Square, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
(201) 857-8533

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Assisted living may soon be allowable use in Ridgewood redevelopment area

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Assisted living may soon be allowable use in Ridgewood redevelopment area

MARCH 20, 2014    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014, 4:39 PM
BY LAURA HERZOG
STAFF WRITER

The North Walnut Street Redevelopment Area, including the long-vacant Town Garage on Franklin Avenue and an adjoining parking lot, is a “dead zone” and the “back alley” of Ridgewood’s downtown, according to some Planning Board members. But Ridgewood may be one step closer to improving it.

The board on Tuesday approved Village Planner Blais Brancheau’s recommendations to update the North Walnut Street Redevelopment Plan.

The current plan was prepared in 2007, after the village formally adopted a resolution designating the area as “in need of redevelopment.” It includes several objectives for the area, including the establishment of a parking garage and retail space (which may be incorporated into the garage structure).

The Planning Board has now made new recommendations for the plan, partly in response to a developer’s proposal this past summer, which suggested that the area would be a good site for an assisted-living facility. That proposal piqued interest in the village, but the North Walnut Street Redevelopment Plan does not currently allow for an assisted-living use.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/towns/assisted-living-may-soon-be-allowable-use-in-ridgewood-redevelopment-area-1.746971#sthash.nMEpOgPb.dpuf

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Reader says ,The Central Business District is in nobody’s back yard

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Reader says ,The Central Business District is in nobody’s back yard 

The Central Business District is in nobody’s back yard – Rewriting the Master Plan to allow its overdevelopment will affect all of us. Your use of the term “NIMBY” makes no sense here. That term has become the rallying cry of special interest groups in town that have completely hijacked the agenda on what is best for Ridgewood moving forward. By all appearances, this has been fine with our Council and Planning Board as they each pursue their personal agendas. Hats off to residents that are taking matters into their own hands and getting involved in the process.

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Savvy Chic Consignment Boutique is hosting a grand relocation shopping celebration event at their new location

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Savvy Chic Consignment Boutique is hosting a grand relocation shopping celebration event at their new location
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Ridgewood, NJ 07450, 30 Cottage Place

Savvy Chic Consignment Boutique is hosting a grand relocation shopping celebration event at their new location. A portion of all sales to benefit Zoe’s Place, a program of Children’s Aid and Family Services. The mission of Zoe’s Place is to provide safe, supervised housing for pregnant teens and teen moms and their children, and to meet the need for critical
education, skills and support services that will enable the teens to become self-sufficient.

Evening features:
*Complimentary Food & Libations!
*Fashion Show Featuring Zoe’s Place Models! *Cupcakes Compliments of Zoe’s Cupcake Cafe! *Designer Hand Bag Give-Away!
*Cupcake Give-Away!
*Sale Racks as Low as $15!
*Gift Bags for All!

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New signs to point shoppers to stores in Ridgewood

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New signs to point shoppers to stores in Ridgewood

MARCH 18, 2014, 12:00 AM    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014, 11:03 AM
BY DARIUS AMOS
STAFF WRITER

The village will soon install new destination signs at the main crossroads of the Central Business District (CBD), the next phase in the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce’s effort to boost foot traffic and promote storefronts along the downtown’s side streets.

Nine metal placards, each bearing the name of participating Oak Street retailers, restaurants or other professional services, will be fixed at the northeast corner of the Oak and East Ridgewood Avenue intersection. Chamber members have focused this round of their project on the Oak Street corridor, but they anticipate extending the sign program to other roads, including Chestnut and Broad streets.

The project has taken nearly one year to implement. Officials at the Chamber of Commerce pitched their idea to the Ridgewood Council last March, when business owners Tom Hillmann and Paul Vagianos described the signs as a way to “clean up” the appearance of East Ridgewood Avenue, the main thoroughfare of the downtown area, and direct pedestrians to establishments on the secondary roadways.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/business/new-signs-to-point-shoppers-to-stores-in-ridgewood-1.745105#sthash.sMQokyVQ.dpuf

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Ridgewood’s Harlan Coben to release new novel, ‘Missing You’

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Ridgewood’s Harlan Coben to release new novel, ‘Missing You’

 

Ridgewood’s Harlan Coben Tomorrow at March 19th 6:30pm
at Bookends Bookstore in Ridgewood, New Jersey . He will be signing copies of his new novel “Missing You” 

MARCH 17, 2014, 12:00 AM    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014, 4:03 PM
BY DARIUS AMOS
STAFF WRITER

The first character the reader meets in Harlan Coben’s new novel is none other than Kat Donovan.

A shout out, perhaps, to a well-known local politician?

Ridgewood resident Harlan Coben will release his new novel, “Missing You,” on Tuesday, March 18. Coben will sign copies of “Missing You” during an appearance at Bookends scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19.

Keep reading.

Strike that thought.

Known for his penchant to include people and places from close to home, Coben insists that it is a mere coincidence the protagonist in “Missing You,” which officially hits bookstore shelves March 18, shares a similar name with the Bergen County executive. And as one proceeds deeper and deeper into the thriller, Coben’s assertion becomes strikingly true.

For starters, Kathleen Donovan is the head of Bergen’s executive branch of government. Kat Donovan, as the reader quickly discovers, is involved in law enforcement, a detective with the New York City Police Department who is haunted, almost equally, by the uncertain truths behind her father’s murder and the mysterious past and whereabouts of an ex-fiancé.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/arts-and-entertainment/books/ridgewood-s-harlan-coben-to-release-new-novel-missing-you-1.744544#sthash.dVW4qbmK.dpuf

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Reader says Is that the “Village” that we want to live in?

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Reader says Is that the “Village” that we want to live in?

Valley is a nonconforming business that wants an exception so that they can double in size in a residential neighborhood. The downtown developments are looking to build in a commercially zoned area.

I do not like any of the proposed projects and I object to them all because I do not want to live in a city. Imagine Ridgewood with 5 retail/condo developments and a doubled valley hospital.

Is that the “Village” that we want to live in? With no plan anyone can build. When we start having exceptions then the precedent will be set and there will be no stopping developers.

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