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Reader says she moved to Ridgewood 35 years ago, because I wanted a quiet pretty village with a sand bottom pool

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Reader says she moved to Ridgewood 35 years ago, because I wanted a quiet pretty village with a sand bottom pool

Sorry, buddy, I moved to Ridgewood 35 years ago, because I wanted a quiet pretty village with a sand bottom pool.

It had become too congested with traffic NOW, with all the restaurants and businesses.

I don’t want a city , I want a small village atmosphere.

You don’t care. I do. I love Ridgewood and it is no longer Ridgewood; it is Crowdedwood.

You want to destroy what is wonderful about this village. What an insensitive expletive deleted you are.

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Parking, housing needed in downtown Ridgewood

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Parking, housing needed in downtown Ridgewood

AUGUST 15, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2014, 12:31 AM
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Parking, housing needed in downtown
Bill Rahal

To the Editor:

After nearly three years of filings, meetings, testimony and public hearings, I feel compelled to write. As the Village of Ridgewood continues to debate development in downtown, stores are closing and vacancies are on the rise.

These delays are not good for anyone who loves our village and wants to see it prosper.

Such a lengthy timeline hurts local business and inhibits the growth and investment that our downtown needs to thrive. A quick walk through town reveals too many “going out of business” signs and vacancies. This threatens the long-term health and attractiveness of the entire village.

As a downtown business and property owner, I see consequences of this stagnation first hand. Any plan to reinvigorate the downtown should include not just parking but also modern multifamily housing. It will expand housing options for people wanting to move to town, create jobs and bring new pedestrian shoppers to the village.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/opinion/opinion-letters-to-the-editor/letter-parking-housing-needed-in-downtown-ridgewood-1.1067890#sthash.rRWY8rsN.dpuf

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Readers Question residential to commercial Zone change for Goffel Road

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Readers Question residential to commercial Zone change for Goffel Road 

Two immediate concerns come to mind –
(1) Boscarino, a realtor is putting this forward and he is indicating neighbors have no compaints, I’d like to be very sure to get input from the neighbors and surrounding neighbors
(2) Boscarino stated in the linked article “Developers would come in and build whatever the community needs, office buildings, mixed-use …” I am concerned about that “mixed-use” development. Boscarino in full article is quoted as “The heavily traveled county road noise, freight train in the rear, [and] no sidewalks, contribute to low values,” Boscarino wrote. “It is not favorable for children. You cannot carry on a conversation in front of your home during peak travel periods. The Goffle Road thoroughfare is a major provider of services traveled by buses, all-sized trucks and vehicles of all kinds, and a massive amount of passenger vehicles at 40 [miles per hour].” Why develop NEW (partial residential) mixed-use properties if it is such a negative place to live, and you are making it even more commercial? I would be more favorably disposed to new commercial use as opposed to mixed-use zoning.

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Central Business District Discussion August 20

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Central Business District Discussion – August 20 at Ridgecrest Senior Apartments – All Are Welcome

The second open forum on the CBD will take place Wednesday, August 20, at the Ridgecrest Senior Apartments at 7 Ridge Road, Ridgewood, starting at 7:30 PM. From 7:30 to 8:00 PM, the microphone will be open to speakers who did not speak at the July forum. From 8:00 until 9:00 PM there will be a panel discussion among residents of ideas advanced to date. All are welcome, naturally subject to the meeting room’s capacity.

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Ridgewood panel to review master plan

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Ridgewood panel to review master plan

AUGUST 12, 2014    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2014, 1:21 AM
BY CHRIS HARRIS
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD

RIDGEWOOD — The Village Council plans to create a committee of residents, business owners and officials who will be charged with taking a long, hard look at Ridgewood’s master plan.

The decision came during a lengthy discussion at a recent council meeting, spurred by Councilwoman Susan Knudsen’s suggestion that an ordinance — known as “3066” — be modified.

That ordinance requires that developers requesting changes to the village master plan cover the costs associated with those changes, including, for example, the retention of experts to testify on the proposed changes.

Residents opposed to three high-density, multifamily housing developments proposed for downtown contend the ordinance, adopted in 2007, has made it easier for developers to propose changes to the master plan. Some residents, who suggested the ordinance be repealed, said it limits master plan amendment requests to those who can afford to pay for the process.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/ridgewood-panel-to-review-master-plan-1.1066076#sthash.iuSs2ucD.dpuf

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Readers comment on Village “controversial” ordinance 3066

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Readers comment on Village “controversial” ordinance 3066

3066 states “Upon completing its review of the application, the Village Council or Planning Board, as applicable, shall take whatever action it deems to be appropriate under the circumstances and advise the applicant in writing of its decision.”

Under current ordinance, try responding to a developer that has spent money developing an application and preliminary analysis, “this is a no-brainer”, we aren’t having a hearing.
Maybe, I’m wrong. Perhaps it is all just coincidence that 3066 was passed and we now have had this flurry of development applications.

This ordinance was pushed through when Pfund was mayor in the months leading up to Valley Hospital Master Plan proposal before the Planning Board. If you want find the author of this then look to Mr Collins and the other Valley attorneys and the Ridgewood Village attorney. It might have been Brancheau who was tasked to prepare #3066, but it was others who were pulling the strings. Remember that at the opening Valley Hospital presentation to the Council on Sept 27 2006, it was Pfund who told Audrey Meyers “off camera” (but still amplified for all to hear), “I do not see a problem with this”.

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Ridgewood traffic expert says with any usage, upgrades are needed

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Ridgewood traffic expert says with any usage, upgrades are needed

AUGUST 8, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY LAURA HERZOG
STAFF WRITER

Village traffic consultant John Jahr told the Planning Board on Tuesday that high-density residential housing would bring less additional traffic to the Central Business District (CBD) than most currently allowable commercial uses — including supermarkets, medical offices and retail stores — would if they were developed.

Jahr also emphasized that whether or not the master plan is amended, current traffic woes, including more than 30-year-old traffic lights and several stressful intersection “pressure points,” need to be addressed along with any future development.

“You already know you have to stay on top of this stuff,” Jahr said. “Very simply, depending on the land use, depending on how you make the changes here to the CBD, it appears to me that multifamily housing … would be a lesser traffic generator.”

If the housing developers’ projects were approved, Jahr said, they would have to contribute to CBD improvements, because “we can’t continue to maintain fixing things after other people come in and break them.”

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/traffic-expert-says-with-any-usage-upgrades-are-needed-1.1064470#sthash.smxTqYhV.dpuf

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Ridgewood planner explains details of controversial ordinance

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Ridgewood planner explains details of controversial ordinance

AUGUST 7, 2014    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 2014, 2:39 PM
BY LAURA HERZOG
STAFF WRITER

One Ridgewood ordinance – 3066 – has become known by many Ridgewood residents as the reason the village proceeded with Planning Board hearings on multiple controversial applications for master plan amendments at once this past year.

However, the reason may actually be village management more so than the ordinance, according to Village Planner Blais Brancheau.

Brancheau, who wrote the ordinance more than seven years ago, explained its history at Wednesday’s Village Council meeting.

The ordinance, which was adopted in July 2007, did not force the recent Planning Board hearings. State law implies that applicants are allowed to petition municipal governments for master plan amendments, he said, but boards do not have to go through a formal hearing.

“Nowhere does Ordinance 3066 commit either the Planning Board or this board to go to a hearing,” Brancheau told the council. “You would only go to a hearing if you’re done doing preliminary analysis, to say, ‘We think this has some merit.’ …We shouldn’t go to hearings unless we have that feeling.

“You don’t go to a hearing on a strip mall in the residential zone until you feel it has merit,” he continued. “There has to be an overwhelming, a compelling reason, a strong sense that this is something that can be good for the community as a whole.”

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/ridgewood-planner-explains-details-of-controversial-ordinance-1.1064179#sthash.Jr5frZUu.dpuf

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Ridgewood Sidewalk Sale Days

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Ridgewood Sidewalk Sale Days
Thu, August 07, 2014 – Sat, August 09, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Central Business District, Ridgewood NJ

Mark your calendar!
Ridgewood Sidewalk Sale Days: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. August 7, 8, and 9th.

For more details, please call us at 201-445-2600 or email info@ridgewoodchamber.com www.experienceridgewood.com

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Memoire Guest Loyalty Program

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Memoire Guest Loyalty Program

Memoire Guest Loyalty Program was launched in June & offers our guests dining points & rewards each & every time they dine with us. I hope you’ll sign-up the next time you dine with us.

Memoire, recently hired a fantastic Sous Chef named Carlos Hernandez. He comes to us with a great deal of experience in world cuisine and has already begun to make a positive impact with our menu.

Kids Eat Free* 
12 And Under
must order from kids menu; one free entree; one free dessert

We know you’re busy and finding time to cook isn’t always easy. That’s why we offer “Kids Night” where kids eat free, every Sunday, from 5:00 -9:00 p.m.
“I have two young children, Ashley and Ethan, who I love very dearly. Children have a special place in my heart and I believe families should be able to go out and have a family meal together at a great restaurant. That’s why our restaurant is kid friendly.

Our Maitre d’, Frank, has a daughter of his own and is great with young kids. He often takes kids on a tour of the restaurant and encourages them to color pictures to display on our walls. 

We offer a great children’s menu and although children are welcome on any night of the week, we believe in Sunday family dinners, which is why we offer a free entree & dessert to children under 12 on Sundays.

So come join us any night of the week and allow us to create a memorable dining experience for the whole family.”
– Tom Finnelli, Owner & Executive Che

16 Chestnut St
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
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Phone number(201) 857-8899