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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.

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Top Places to Eat in Ridgewood

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Traveling is a lot about discovering and the novelties that come with it are the very reason many of us embark on adventures around the globe. If you’re an avid traveler and explorer and you’re also a bit of a foodie interested in visiting Ridgewood, NJ, here are a few places to consider when meal time comes. 

Whether you want to try local foods or have an Asian, Mexican, or French culinary experience, worry not as there is a diversity of restaurants to try. 

Local cuisine

Traveling to a foreign country or even to another town in your country is not complete if you don’t try local dishes. There is something in this experience that will tell you things about the locals, their personality, and the history of the place no book will ever manage to tell you. 

When it comes to Ridgewood, enjoying such sensorial endeavors is part of the great things you can do when visiting the place. You will find places where you can try the local flavors and do so even if you’re a vegetarian or a vegan. 

Some of the most popular and highly-rated places where you can eat local dishes include Raymond’s, Cravings Tapas Bistro, Cafe 37,Sakura-Bana or Mediterraneo in case you want something lighter.  

International cuisine

One of the great things about visiting Ridgewood is that you can try various culinary experiences and cover different preferences. If you’re more into Asian cuisine, rest assured that you will find a place where you can have some memorable dumplings, sesame chicken, or sushi. 

Restaurants such as Dim Sum Dynasty, Bamboo House, and Truly Sichuan Restaurant offer such Asian foods and you will easily find dishes to suit a vegetarian diet. Some of them offer parking nearby and even food delivery services in case you’re too tired to go out. 

If you don’t want to limit your culinary adventure only to the Asian cuisine, you can also try European dishes such as the Spanish ones at El CID Restaurant. Although it is a few miles away from Ridgewood, it is worth trying if you’re into seafood yet you don’t have enough time to prepare seafood dishes at home or your ultralight casting rods didn’t get you the catch you wanted. 

Fine dining

To further enhance your culinary adventure, Ridgewood also shelters a few restaurants that deliver a fine dining experience many tourists and locals have appreciated. La Lanterna is where you can flavor your travel with Italian dishes such as traditional pasta whereas Latour will help you spice up special occasions with attentively and skillfully prepared French dishes. 

In case you feel like trying Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods, Brasserie de Novo is worth adding to your list of options. You can enjoy a variety of tastes and dishes from rich creamy hummus to fish tacos and mussels. 

…and when you’re on a budget

Even if you’ve spent a lot on other things to do when visiting New Jersey and Ridgewood, you can always find restaurants where you can have good food at decent prices. Explore the Korean cuisine at Tofu Stew House and you won’t just get the chance to enjoy delicious dishes but you will do so without breaking the budget.

In case you’re a ramen buff, you can try Tori Ramen Chicken for such dishes. Pizza lovers will also find places where they can have different types of pizza. Although a couple of miles away from Ridgewood, Francesca Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta and John’s Boy Pizzeria are worth trying if you want to diversify your culinary experience with some appetizing pizzas and pasta. 

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Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Furology Dog Grooming

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Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Furology dog grooming to Ridgewood. They are open and located at 24 Prospect Street . 

Furology strives to deliver the best possible results using a variety of holistic healing therapies and organic herbs that are based on balancing the body, mind and soul. Each therapy is tailored to each pets own specific needs, without costing a paw and a tail.

They use principles of natural medicine, herbal medicine and lifestyle improvements to facilitate healing.They believe that every living being has the ability to heal itself, by identifying and removing obstructions that block the natural flow of the body and mind as a whole. Peace and Love to you and your Furry Babies.

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Earl “The Pearl” Monroe will be appearing at Bookends in Ridgewood Today at 2:00pm

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Ridgewood NJ, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe will be appearing at Bookends in Ridgewood on Saturday, June 15th  @ 2:00pm .The former New York Knick Star, will sign his new book: Earl “The Pearl” Monroe: My Story.

Vernon Earl Monroe (born November 21, 1944) is an American retired professional basketball player. He played for two teams, the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks, during his career in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Both teams have retired Monroe’s number. Due to his on-court success and flashy style-of-play, Monroe was given the nicknames “Black Jesus” and “Earl the Pearl”. Monroe was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990.

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7 Ideas for Small Town Businesses That Thrive and Change Communities


Nearly a third of all businesses fail within the first two years of opening. The stakes are even higher when you start a business in a small town. There is less room for failure because a bad reputation spreads like wildfire.

Where there’s a higher chance for failure, there are greater rewards for a small business. Being able to establish yourself as an outstanding member of the community is very rewarding. Your business is the answer to all the dissatisfaction of large corporate machines.

Small town businesses that thrive take on a whole new life. They become a community landmark, a hub, and a huge contribution to the local economy. All you need is a vision and a plan. 

If you’re unsure what type of business works for small-town communities, we have some ideas for you. All of these types of businesses are experience growth across the country. What type of business are you passionate about?

Personal Development Coaching

Many people who live in a small town, especially the youth, want to achieve bigger things. They don’t want to be stuck in a small town forever, but they don’t know how to break out of it. Many are looking for advice on starting their own businesses, too.

That’s where you come in, giving life and career advice as a startup business idea. You can provide them with information on growing on online business in e-commerce, taking their stores global, and making smart investments.

In fact, financial planning and advising services are extremely successful small town business ideas. There’s a lot more about this topic than putting money in the stock market or a 401k savings plan. The best part about the personal development space is that it’s easy to understand and doesn’t require having access to big city resources.


People are looking for something better than Starbucks. Not that you can’t get a decent cup of coffee at the major chains. Small towns thrive on community engagement, which Starbucks provide nothing of the sort.

You can build a simple cafe business, selling mediocre coffee, but with a strong community. Invest in the atmosphere, make people feel at home, host local acts, and you’ll easily turn a profit. The best thing about cafe businesses is that you can serve coffees nearly all day

Trade Skill Businesses

Competing as the local handyman may not seem like a lucrative business idea, but it is. Small town contractors often lack professionalism and competition to offer a higher standard of work. If you’re able to establish yourself as a trustworthy, accessible, and fair, you’ll go a long way as a contractor.

A trade skill business lives and dies by word-of-mouth advertising in a small town. A good startup business idea starts with growing a network of friends and family referrals. Once you start to develop a reputation for your work, you’ll need to spend less on advertising and more on expansion.

Mechanic Shop

The same concept applies here as it does with trade skill businesses. The automotive business is a little more strategic, however. If you can position yourself as an alternative to remote dealership locations, you’ll win big. 

Small town mechanics are often the only realistic option for residents needing car repairs. Most people aren’t going to want to pay a hefty towing fee to get their car to a major dealership. Your auto repair business can do housecalls as well as collaboration with towing businesses.

There’s always money to be made in the car repair industry. 

Electronics and Computers

Small towns are often underserved when it comes to technology infrastructure. This is a ripe opportunity to establish your own business for computer and technical support. There’s always going to exist a large demand for IT and computer repair.

You can leverage your business as a cheaper alternative to having to buy new devices and computers. Plus, most small town people prefer to keep using their older devices. It’s a different demographic than big cities surrounded by technology.

Specialty Groceries

Eating healthy is not a fad or a niche community anymore. People all over the country are looking for ways to eat smarter and healthier. Big box stores have everything you need, but not much of a variety when it comes to organic or specialty foods.

Local grocery stores offer the ability to find better organic foods, diet-specific foods for allergies and vegans, along with more raw ingredients overall. Farm-to-table eating is exploding in popularity. Small town populations want to know where their food comes from, and you can establish that missing link of trust.

From a pure business standpoint, specialty foods offer wider margins. 

Vape Shop

Vaping is a smart business idea whether you’re in a small town or not. The vaping industry is expected to grow to $47.11 billion by 2025. If you decided to open up a shop in a small town, you could establish yourself before large franchises start to take over.

Make sure you do your research on the local county and state laws to see what is permitted. Obviously, it’s a lot easier to operate in states that have legalized the sale of cannabis products. Cannabis products make up a large chunk of vaping users, but you can still succeed without selling them.

Small Town Businesses that Thrive

Establishing yourself in a small town community and making it better is a very satisfying journey. Authentic, people-power movements produce small town businesses that thrive. Don’t expect to awe people with fancy advertising or tossing in a few “yee-haws” on your signage.

If you approach this business opportunity with the right intentions, you’re going to succeed. Provided that you do your homework on the local economy and your competition, you can become the market-driver for that area. Local goods and services are synonymous with quality, creativity, and sustainability.

Get out there and find your niche, so that you can enjoy both financially and emotionally-fulfilling work that makes America great.

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Nanobots Robotics: Airplane

STEAM Works Studio-Ridgewood · Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, hands-on classes on this years STEM Summer Camp. Check out what your kid can learn in our Demo classes.

June 9th, Sunday at 12:30 AM – 2 AM

STEAM Works Studio-Ridgewood
17 Chestnut St 3rd Floor, Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450

Robotics Company
(201) 701-0554

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the Fly Hears More High Density Housing Targeting Ridgewood ……..

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the fly has heard from numerous resident that a person or entity is attempting to buy or did buy property on South Broad St with the alleged purpose of constructing senior housing. This resident wonders when this over density going will stop. Poster may comment that its for senior so whats the problem ?   That maybe true but construction like this still costs the taxpayers. (More police , fire , ems, sanitation personal) not to mention our failing water supply and the conditions of the roads and traffic.So one would ask the question. Why now?  You could  try to blame the 3 Amigos but they been gone for years and ordinances can be changed. What will this council do? When will the destruction of that neighborhood  stop? Rev Johnson must be rolling in his grave.  Remember that just because they build senior housing in Ridgewood doesn’t mean it is exclusively for Ridgewood Resident rather it would be open to county residents or maybe state residents. So don’t hold your breath hoping to sell your house and move in.