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Readers ask ,” What part of this equation don’t you understand? “

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What part of this equation don’t you understand?
Employees are not parking any further away. The empty spots are a direct result of the increased meter rates. any merchant in town can tell you how bad the numbers are of late. We understand that the social gadflys are aghast at the sight of a parking garage and the above article tries to float the issue without directly addressing it. Cute. Boneheaded move for the village as usual as they simply drove all the customers away. Lots of options out there and Downtown Ridgewood is not one of them.

The merchants I’ve spoken with in the Broad Street area have said business is off since the kiosks came in. In my experience, I see drivers u-turning all over the place into and out of spots – in front of cops, to boot. Safety has dropped below meter revenue & leaf fines in priorities of the VH and police department.

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Paint Out in Downtown Ridgewood

Paint Out in Downtown Ridgewood

Paint Out in Downtown Ridgewood
September 10 @ 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Call to Artists, Members and Friends of The Ridgewood Art Institute!
Save this Date: September 10, 2017
Please join us to Paint Out
in Downtown Ridgewood during The Ridgewood Guild’s Music Festival
• Register in the RAI tent located in the park from 12 to 1
• Paint from 1 to 3:30 (please note that the Music Festival
will take place in the park from 1 to 6)
• Join us along Ridgewood Ave. near the park to display and sell
(if desired) your plein air paintings from 4-6.
• Artists should bring their own easels and paint supplies*
• There is no registration fee – but donations will be appreciated!
Painting subjects will range from
musicians – to the crowd -to downtown scenes.
A great opportunity to share the day with family and friends too!
*Watch for more news to come about related RAI plein air
demos and instruction.

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In Bergen County, an upscale downtown struggles for answers

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“This news article, about the increased number of storefront vacancies in an “upscale” Bergen County downtown, may be of interest to many of you, particularly since Joseph A. Banks Clothiers shut their store on East Ridgewood Avenue last week.” Boyd Loving

Editors note : “I am a  Joseph A. Banks customer , yet I never set foot in that store , always shop on line ” PJ blogger

By Fausto Giovanny Pinto | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

on January 22, 2017 at 7:30 AM, updated January 22, 2017 at 7:32 AM

ENGLEWOOD — Signs that advertise available space are prominent on the windows of empty storefronts along Palisades Avenue in the heart of Englewood’s downtown shopping district.

A man walks by two empty storefronts on Palisade Avenue in downtown Englewood.Fausto Giovanny Pinto

Officials and realtors say the changing landscape of retail shopping has affected this area, filled with ritzy boutiques, chain stores and a host of eateries.

“Englewood is not the only one with empty stores,” said Carol Rauscher, president of the Englewood Chamber of Commerce. “Two things have contributed to the decline, online shopping and off-price stores, and that’s something we don’t have and won’t get.”

Recent departures from downtown include Victoria’s Secret, Chico’s, Nine West and Wendy’s. The downtown currently has a 5 percent vacancy rate, according to recent survey by the city’s Economic Development Corp.

http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2017/01/in_bergen_county_an_upscale_downtown_struggles_for_answers.html#incart_river_home

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Parking changes coming to downtown Ridgewood

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Mark Krulish , Staff Writer, @Mark_Krulish5:37 p.m. EST December 21, 2016

RIDGEWOOD – To free up parking spaces for downtown shoppers, the Village council has made changes to employee and commuter parking.

Cottage Place, the village’s largest municipal lot, will have meters priced at 50 cents per hour.

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/bergen/ridgewood/2016/12/21/parking-changes-coming-downtown-ridgewood/95696582/

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Ridgewood Central District Parking Cottage place 10.58 am Saturday May 21st, 2016

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I wish people would take photos of parking spaces all over town on different days of the week, ordinary and holiday, and at different times to show in aggregate that parking IS AVAILABLE. A large number of photos documented at various times and days of the week would tell the story. Walking a couple of blocks is good for your health! And unless you’re going to a Hudson St. or S. Broad Street venue, you’ll walk a couple of blocks (or much more) from the garage anyway. Please VOTE NO on June 21 and get an absentee ballot if you can’t.

send them in : [email protected]   do not for get date, time

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Serendipity Labs Opens Downtown Ridgewood, Coworking Space

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Ridgewood leaders hold ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate premium workspace’s first New Jersey location

May 18,2016

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RIDGEWOOD, N.J., Local leaders cut the ribbon on New Jersey’s first Serendipity Labs coworking location at 45 North Broad Street in Ridgewood. The three-story, 8,500-square-foot premium workspace – with vibrant, upscale lounges, ideation studios, work bars, event venue space and a café – is located in the iconic, totally renovated Lincoln building.

“Independent professionals, entrepreneurs, remote and mobile workers in the Ridgewood area will now have a premium workplace and meeting venue offering a level of hospitality that rivals boutique hotels,” says Brian M. Stolar, CEO of The Pinnacle Companies, an award-winning leader in urban redevelopment and the exclusive Serendipity Labs area franchisee for Northern New Jersey.

Serendipity Labs offers workplace memberships that include part-time and full-time coworking, as well as day passes to its network of worklounges. Corporate memberships are also available for companies that want to access multiple Serendipity Labs locations.

“We are very excited that Serendipity Labs has set up shop in Ridgewood.  It’s smart, innovative and aligned with many of our residents’ preference to work remotely,” says Paul Aronsohn, Mayor of Ridgewood.

Serendipity Labs in Ridgewood will produce a full schedule of daytime and evening seminars and networking events designed for entrepreneurs, mobile workers and corporate members. The Lincoln building, located across from Ridgewood’s New Jersey Transit train station stop, has been upgraded with a new lobby, modern elevator, new windows and HVAC systems.

“Serendipity Labs supports the way people want to work today. The option to reduce commute time or move out of a home office allows our members to improve worklife balance,” says John Arenas, CEO of Serendipity Labs Coworking. “Established companies are beginning to realize that the right kind of coworking environment can meet their need for remote offices and team meetings, while increasing employee satisfaction. We are thrilled the Pinnacle Companies are bringing Serendipity Labs to Ridgewood.”

Part of a rapid national expansion of more than 80 locations, Serendipity Labs is the only coworking network serving the New York tristate area in Ridgewood, NJ, Westchester, NY and and Fairfield County, CT.

For more details, visit http://serendipitylabs.com/locations/ridgewood-coworking/.

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EMS personnel and Paramedics administering medical aid after passer by tip off ,in Downtown Ridgewood

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photos courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook page

EMS personnel and Paramedics administering medical aid after passer by tip off ,in Downtown Ridgewood
February 17,2016
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ,  A passerby called 911 to report an adult male experiencing a life threatening medical emergency in an automobile parked on North Broad Street in Ridgewood on Wednesday morning, 02/17.

Ridgewood PD, FD, and EMS personnel, along with a paramedic unit from The Valley Hospital, were on the scene in rapid succession to begin administering medical aid. The patient was transported to The Valley Hospital by a Ridgewood EMS ambulance.

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Driver Loses Control and Knocks out Signal at intersection of Franklin Avenue and Oak Street in Downtown Ridgewood

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photo courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook

Driver Loses Control and Knocks out Signal at intersection of Franklin Avenue and Oak Street in Downtown Ridgewood

October 16,2015

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, The driver of a Subaru Forester was transported by ambulance to The Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries following early evening crash in Ridgewood on Friday, 10/16 in which the Subaru mounted a sidewalk and felled a traffic signal at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Oak Street.

Ridgewood FD personnel attended to a minor crash resultant fluid spill and an electrician from the Ridgewood Traffic & Signal Bureau disconnected power and disassembled the downed light assembly. A flatbed tow truck removed the vehicle. No other injuries were reported in the crash. Ridgewood PD, EMS, and Emergency Services also responded to the scene.

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Drugs ,Fights ,Just another Exciting Week in Downtown Ridgewood

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file photo by Boyd Loving 
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October 12,2015
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Not sure if this is a sign of things to come or just a sign of the times but these types on incidents seem to be growing in number . Ridgewood Police reported that on Saturday, October 3, 2015, a Long Branch resident reported being assaulted by another patron while dining at Fish Urban Dining in the central business district. The victim refused medical attention and did not wish to pursue criminal complaints against his/her attacker at that time.

On Monday, October 5, 2015, Detective Douglas Henky responded to a report of a woman in distress in Van Neste Park. Marissa E. Purdy, 19, of Monroe, New York was subsequently arrested and charged with possession/being under the influence of narcotics and possession of narcotics paraphernalia. Ms. Purdy’s companion, Jason J. Brown, 23, of Pomona, New York was also charged with possession/being under the influence of narcotics and possession of narcotics paraphernalia. Both parties were released on their own recognizance pending court appearance.All defendants are considered innocent until found guilty in a court of law

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Kidville Hosts Grand Opening Celebration for Ridgewood, NJ Location

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Kidville Hosts Grand Opening Celebration for Ridgewood, NJ Location

Ridgewood, NJ; December 10, 2014) Kidville — named ‘best of’ by New York Magazine, WINNER – 2014 Parents Magazine Best Birthday Party Places and given a five star “extraordinary” customer rating in The Lila Guide: New Parent Survival Guide — will open its doors at The Old Post Office, 38 Oak Street, Ridgewood, New Jersey on Saturday, January 17, 2015.  Owners Michael and Jessica Pickholz, Ridgewood residents, have organized a day full of free festivities for the public including live Rockin’ Railroad concerts, a magic show, art table fun, open play in Kidville’s state-of-the-art children’s gym, a bouncy house, giveaways and refreshments.  The Celebration starts at 10:00 am.

“We are thrilled to bring Kidville to Ridgewood, and to give the community a safe, creative, upscale haven for our children to learn, play and grow,” said Mr. Pickholz.  “Our facility will be the second largest Kidville in the United States.  Centrally located in the historic Old Post Office building on Oak Street in downtown Ridgewood, the facility will have space for multiple art and dance studios, a theater room, a parent lounge with a flat screen TV and free wifi, a state-of-the-art gym and a unique retail boutique with products designed to enhance and foster all aspects of early childhood development including physical, mental, emotional, and social growth.  Our facility and programs encourage and allow children to engage in educational, fun and stimulating activities with top-quality music, art, dance and physical education instructors in a bright, clean, nurturing atmosphere.”

Kidville offers a range of classes for children ages 0-6.

On Saturday January 17th, Kidville will host a grand opening celebration from [10:00am – 5:00pm], kicking off with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event is open to the public and includes complimentary live Rockin’ Railroad concerts, a magic show, art table fun, open play in Kidville’s state-of-the-art children’s gym, a bouncy house, giveaways and refreshments from healthy mama® brand, East Coast Burger and Max Brenner Chocolate Bar.

“As residents of Ridgewood and the parents of two girls, both of whom are Kidville alumni, Michael and I are delighted to bring the versatile Kidville concept to our neighbors and other local families with young children. We are providing programs, classes and events that parents, like ourselves, want our children to experience and in which to participate,” said Mrs. Pickholz.

Kidville offers a wide range of developmental classes including Rockin’ Railroad, which features a live 4-piece band. Other signature programs include Run Wiggle Paint & Giggle, My Big Messy Art Class, Big Muscles for Little Babies, Kidville Gymnasts, Kidville Sports and Kidville University (Kidville’s Pre-School Alternative Program). The Ridgewood location features multiple studios, a state-of-the-art indoor playspace, retail boutique, and 16 different blowout birthday party themes including the Ultimate All-Star Gym Party, Royal Princess and Knight Party, Superhero Birthday Bash and the Sizzling Spectacular Science Party. Silver Membership is free with enrollment in any Kidville class, and upgrades to Gold, Platinum and Diamond levels are also available.

About Kidville
Kidville operates large, upscale facilities, catering to young children and their families. In addition to offering a wide range of developmental classes for newborns through six year olds, including Rockin’ Railroad, Run Wiggle Paint & Giggle, My Big Messy Art Class, Big Muscles for Little Babies, Ballet Tea Party, Kidville Gymnasts, Kidville Sports, Camp Kidville and Kidville University (Kidville’s Pre-School Alternative Program), Kidville also features an indoor playspace, birthday parties for children up to age nine, and a retail Boutique. Silver Membership is free with enrollment in any Kidville class, while upgrades to Gold, Platinum and Diamond levels are also available.

Kidville operates locations across the globe including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Toronto and Dubai.
Visit Kidville on the web at www.kidville.com/ridgewood.