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Growing “Gift Gap” Calls for Federal Legislation

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Ridgewood NJ, according to the website “Unbiased America” , the gift gap has grown worse this year. Fathers received $15 billion dollars worth of gifts this Father’s Day, $2 billion more than last year, according to an estimate by the National Retail Federation.

However, that’s only 64% of what mothers received on Mother’s Day this year! The gift gap has reached a record level!

It’s time to address this problem once and for all! Demand that congress pass common sense legislation mandating that fathers receive the same amount on Father’s Day as mothers receive on Mother’s Day! We’ve suffered too long with this gift gap.

SOURCES: https://nrf.com/media-center/press-releases/fathers-day-spending-expected-reach-all-time-high-16-billion
https://nrf.com/media-center/press-releases/mothers-day-expected-deliver-highest-consumer-spending-date

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The Origins of Fathers Day

the Ridgewood blog Wishes all the Dads a Happy Fathers day !!!

The Origins of Fathers Day

The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm–perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.” On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday. The next year, a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910.

Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day. However, many men continued to disdain the day. As one historian writes, they “scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving, or they derided the proliferation of such holidays as a commercial gimmick to sell more products–often paid for by the father himself.”

…In 1972, in the middle of a hard-fought presidential re-election campaign, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday at last.  Today, economists estimate that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts.

http://www.history.com/topics/fathers-day

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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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Fatherhood Still Seen as Man’s Most Important Role

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June 18,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Today is Father’s Day, and Americans still see fatherhood as a vital role in a man’s life .A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 70% of American Adults say being a father is the most important role for a man to fill in today’s world. Just 17% disagree, but 13% are not sure.On that not the Ridgewood blog would like to wish everyone a happy fathers day

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The Tobacco Shop of Ridgewood has a huge selection of fine cigars for Fathers day

the Tobacco Shop of Ridgewood

June 17,2017

the staff of the Ridgeood blog

Ridgewood Nj, the Tobacco Shop of Ridgewood has a huge selection of fine cigars for Fathers day .There is also a Camacho In-Store Promotion going on now.

Upstairs is the The  Davidoff Lounge is a 2,500 sq. ft. • Personal Humidified Lockers • Private Conference Room • HD TV’s • WIFI • Extended Hours Personal & Corporate Memberships Available • Day Passes Available

In 2015 the Tobacco Shop of Ridgewood, celebrated its 35th anniversary this year with its own cigar. The Davidoff Tobacconist of Ridgewood 35th Anniversary is a 6 x 52 toro with a Dominican wrapper, Ecuadorian Connecticut binder and Dominican fillers including San Vicente visos and piloto seco from different regions.

The Tobacco Shop of Ridgewood is at 10 Chestnut Street , Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450
Phone: 201-447-2204 | Email: info@tobaccoshop.com
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00AM – 5:30PM and Thursday Night 6:30PM – 8:30PM

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Fathers Day at Pearl Restaurant

Pearl Restaurant

June 17, 2017
Fathers Day ~ June 18th 2017
17 S Broad St Ridgewood NJ 07450
201-857-5100

All Dads will Receive a Complementary Cigar!

Don’t Miss Out on the Tomahawk Steak Special!!

Ask us about our Children’s Menu Options!

Fathers Day Specials & Regular Menu will be Available

All of our pasta is homemade! We don’t freeze, fry or microwave anything!

Private Party Room Available for your Next Occasion! (50 people max)

Our Outdoor Patio is Open! Enjoy Dinner Outside and Watch Ridgewood Go By!

Come in Sunday-Thursday to try our Prix Fixe Menu $26.95 for a 3 Course Meal! Include; Appetizer, Entree, Dessert & Coffee/Tea. (Not valid on holidays. Not to be combined with other coupon/vouchers)

Pearl Restaurant is Open 7 Days a Week!
4:00-10:00pm

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Celebrate Fathers Day at the Pearl Restaurant with a Complementary Cigar

Pearl Restaurant

May 23,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Fathers Day is right around the corner! Celebrate this special day here at Pearl Restaurant! Nonna Carmela is planning a special menu with her homemade pasta and famous Italian recipes! All Fathers will Receive a Complementary Cigar on us! 06/18/2017 Make your Reservations Today! (201)857-5100

The Pearl Restaurant is a BYOB bistro with a romantic ambiance serving seafood, pasta & other seasonal new American bites.
Address: 17 S Broad St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Phone: (201) 857-5100
Menu: pearlridgewood.com
Hours:
Open today · 4–10PM

 

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The Tobacco Shop of Ridgewood & Davidoff Lounge for Fathers day

Lawrence Taylor Ridgewod Tobacco
pictured owners with Lawrence Taylor
June 18,2016
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood Nj, Located at 10 Chestnut Street • Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450 • 201-447-2204
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00AM – 5:30PM • Thursday Night 6:30PM – 8:30PM

The  Davidoff Lounge is a 2,500 sq. ft. • Personal Humidified Lockers • Private Conference Room • HD TV’s • WIFI • Extended Hours Personal & Corporate Memberships Available • Day Passes Available

Phone: 201-447-2204 | Email: info@tobaccoshop.com

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What a Father Taught Me

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He helped me penetrate the mystery of fatherhood, even if it is a bit late.

Editor’s note: this article first appeared in THE AMERICAN on June 16, 2013.

Father’s Day always leaves me a bit uneasy.

It’s like a pair of really big shoes. Every year, I have to walk up and put my feet in them and look silly because I can never fill them.

And there is more than a whiff of coerced obligation to the whole thing, a sense that “Well, we have a Mother’s Day, so we probably ought to…” You know what I mean.

Fatherhood remains a mystery to me despite the fact that my wife and I have raised a son and daughter and now have five grandchildren. I lived inside that mystery for years — too close inside it to ever have perspective or fully understand it.

Adlai Stevenson — he of scholarly mien, presidential pretensions, and worn out shoes — once observed that “Paternity is a career imposed on you without any inquiry into your fitness.” Indeed, when I look back on my career as a father, it seems as if I was thrust into the middle of a wild and woolly game with only a vague idea of the rules, the boundaries, or the score. It was a game played hard and very fast, and I still don’t know whether I won or lost, or whether the game is even over.

Oh, and there’s another complication. I never saw my father. He left my mother before I was born. I never knew anything about him; never even saw a picture of him until I was nearly 60 years old.

I can’t say that I missed my father. I never really thought about him, that I can recall. I was raised in a strange sort of sitcom of a household with my two brothers, mom, grandmother, and two unmarried uncles — something now called an “extended family.” All in all, it was a happy family despite its fair share of Sturm und Drang. It was what I knew. It was “normal.”

One of my uncles, George McDonald (my mother’s brother), was probably the nearest I had to a “father figure.” I didn’t call him “Uncle.” He was always simply, “George.” He always drove when my twin brother and I went to church on Sundays with our mother and grandmother. After the movie or the dance at the youth center on Friday nights, I knew where to find him for the ride home. He would be nursing his single beer at the end of the bar in the Commercial Hotel, talking with the owner, Red Fiorina, one of his best friends.

If I have learned anything over the years it is that every father more or less writes his own manual.

http://www.aei.org/publication/what-a-father-taught-me-2/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=bennettfathersday

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Happy Fathers day !

Father Knows Best

On July 19, 1910, the governor of the U.S. state of Washington proclaimed the nation’s first “Father’s Day.” However, it was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that the day became a nationwide holiday in the United States…..

ORIGINS OF FATHER’S DAY

The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm–perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.” On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday. The next year, a Spokane,Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910. Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C.In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day. However, many men continued to disdain the day. As one historian writes, they “scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving, or they derided the proliferation of such holidays as a commercial gimmick to sell more products–often paid for by the father himself.”

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/fathers-day