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Contractor Leaves Ridgewood Resident in the Lurch

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police report that on January 3rd, a McKinley Avenue resident responded to Ridgewood Police headquarters to report a theft in the past. The victim reported a contractor removed construction plans and permits from the residence without authorization. The stolen items were valued at approximately $20,000. The victim reported the contractor has failed to respond to communications at this time and wished to document the incident at this time.

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JH Renovations, LLC “Building a Family of Satisfied Customers” in Ridgewood and Glen Rock

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October 8,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, John Wohlberg is the Owner-Operator at JH Renovations, LLC in Ridgewood. John told the Ridgewood blog that , “he has been in business for over 20 years. My father was a Contractor now a site safety manager in NYC. Still working full time at 82. My Brother also a Contractor and a Licensed Building Inspector which has been a good information source for me throughout the years in terms of the Building Codes, various inspectors etc.”

John interestingly enough he also has a Real Estate License ( Referral Only) and a BA in Psychology. John went on to say he was an Art Major in High School and that’s been helpful in helping clients come up with designs.

John says,” I worked briefly at Keller Williams in Ridgewood but now have my License over at Alexander Andersen in Hackensack.”

John says , “My niche is an all in one saving clients the hassle of hiring a designer or in some cases, an architect. I guess somewhat of a DIY Contractor educating the client on the options”

We asked about his geographic area John concentrates on Ridgewood, Glen Rock , but have done work in every town in Bergen County. He generally will not travel outside Bergen County. According to John , “What tends to happen is we keep about 3 projects going at a time and taking on a project too far away can result in a local customer who doesn’t get taken care of properly so we learned early on not to bite off more then we can chew. Your reputation suffers and as a word of mouth business owner, that can be costly”

John says , “A lot of times what happens is that we will get a referral and will start off doing something small but once trust is built up, we end coming back to do something larger. We have a big database of repeat customers.We’ve gotten calls to paint a room and ended up staying for 3 or years off and on Renovating almost every room in the house. We try to be as user friendly as  possible.”

He belongs to the Ridgewood Chamber, Hackensack Chamber and former member of the Glen Rock Chamber, Ridgewood Business Connections.

John says he understands the older home in Ridgewood, “I’m different from a builder as I deal with a lot of these old, Ridgewood homes. Most are built outta level and you have to be creative to try to make whatever room your renovation blend into the existing décor. You don’t want to go to modern and sacrifice an architectural integrity of the home.

John says , “the bottom line about my business, I love what I do but my body sometimes doesn’t , My tag line is “Building a Family of Satisfied Customers”. I try to live by that motto. ”

J.H. Renovations, LLC
PO Box 1425, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Phone: 201-840-9800
Cell: 201-214-6665

E-mail: [email protected]

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For the Second time a contractor performing a utility pole replacement hits underground utility line on Lincoln Avenue

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photos courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook

September 15,2016

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Glen Rock NJ, For the second time in as many weeks, a contractor performing a utility pole replacement project for PSE&G on Lincoln Avenue in Glen Rock, struck an underground utility line, this time forcing the evacuation of a nearby office building. On 09/06, a water main was unintentionally ruptured. Today, Wednesday, 09/14, a gas line was accidentally struck. Glen Rock PD and FD units responded to the incident along with a crew from Hawthorne Fire Company #4. The office building, at 849 Lincoln Avenue, Glen Rock, was evacuated and remained so until a PSE&G crew shut off gas service and repaired the break. No injuries were reported in the mishap.

From the PSEG website;

Call Before You Dig

Whether you plan to plant a tree or new garden; put in a sprinkler system, mailbox post or fencing; install ground rods for electrical systems; or excavate for a home addition, you need to call beforehand to know where it’s safe to dig. For your own well-being and the safety of PSE&G’s underground pipes, cables and equipment, please “Call Before You Dig”. It’s the law.

Call Before You Dig Program:  To request a FREE mark out of underground facilities, call 811 or 1-800-272-1000 at least three full business days before digging starts.  This call will automatically notify utility operators to mark out underground utilities lines that include natural gas, water, cable, telephone and electric.
Wait the Required Time: Wait three full business days after calling before doing any digging. Underground utilities will be marked with paint, flags or stakes. If the site does not have underground utilities, you will be notified.
Note the Expiration Requirements:  The mark out permission will expire after 45 calendar days. Digging must begin within 10 days after the original mark out was requested.
Respect the Marks: Always hand dig and locate underground utilities within two feet of marked lines.
Dig With Care: Making the call before you dig will help prevent property damage and potential injuries. Please be sure to dig safely.
If you accidentally damage gas piping or smell gas when excavating, please call 1-800-880-7734 (PSEG) immediately from a safe area.
Please review the damage prevention booklet that provides additional information on safe excavating practices and the protection of underground facilities.
For additional information covering damage prevention initiatives, check out the following websites:

New Jersey One Call:  http://www.nj1-call.org
Common Ground Alliance (CGA):  http://www.njcga.com
811 Call Before You Dig:  http://www.call811.com

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Contractor Airlifted to Hackensack University Medical Center after severed fingers

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Contractor Airlifted to Hackensack University Medical Center after severed fingers

August 7,2015
the staff of the Ridgewood blogUpper Saddle River NJ, A contractor reportedly severed multiple fingers while using a power saw at a home in Upper Saddle River on Thursday afternoon, 08/06. He was airlifted from 1 Lake Street to Hackensack University Medical Center’s main campus shortly after 4 PM. Upper Saddle River PD, EMS, assisted in the victim’s treatment and transport. A paramedic unit from The Valley Hospital also responded.

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HACKER BREACHED NOAA SATELLITE DATA FROM CONTRACTOR’S PC

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HACKER BREACHED NOAA SATELLITE DATA FROM CONTRACTOR’S PC
By Aliya SternsteinJuly 28, 2014

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite data was stolen from a contractor’s personal computer last year, but the agency could not investigate the incident because the employee refused to turn over the PC, according to a new inspector general report.

This is but one of the “significant security deficiencies” that pose a threat to NOAA’s critical missions, the report states.

Other weaknesses include unauthorized smartphone use on key systems and thousands of software vulnerabilities.

The July 15 report made public on Friday concentrates on information-technology security problems at NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service. NOAA is part of the Commerce Department.

During the 2013 incident, “an attacker exfiltrated data from a NESDIS system to a suspicious external IP address via the remote connection established with a personal computer,” wrote Allen Crawley, Commerce’s assistant IG for systems acquisition and IT security, referring to a dodgy computer address.

NOAA determined the PC likely was infected with malware, but it was prevented from examining further because “the owner of the personal computer, even though a NESDIS contractor, did not give NOAA permission to perform forensic activities on the personal computer,” Crawley said.

The inspector general cited this case as an example of why it’s a bad idea — and a violation of Commerce policy — for any personnel to access NOAA information systems using personal computers. In response to a draft report, NOAA officials noted the system in question was not a “high-impact” system.

http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/07/hacker-breached-noaa-satellite-data-contractors-pc/89771/