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Ridgewood Chamber Annual Santa in the Park

photo courtesy of Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Every Saturday come and see Santa in his little house in the park, from 12:00 noon-3:00pm offering Ben & Jerry’s serving hot chocolate.

Please check back for details or call 201-445-2600.

Ridgewood Chamber Annual Santa in the Park
Sat, December 01, 2018 – Sat, December 22, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, E. Ridgewood Ave and Oak Street

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6th Annual Chanukah Menorah Lighting Event at Memorial Park in Ridgewood

the staff of the Ridgewood

Ridgewood NJ, Join the Jewish Community of Ridgewood, Temple Israel & JCC, and the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey for the 6th annual Chanukah Menorah Lighting.

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 at 5:30pm.

Memorial Park at Van Neste Square in Ridgewood. There will be music and refreshments. Come and celebrate this joyous occasion!

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Veterans Day Service and Wreath Laying on Sunday, November 11th at 2:00 p.m

Ridgewood Veterans Day Service, 2015

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Ridgewood NJ, American Legion Post #53 will hold a Veterans Day Service and Wreath Laying on Sunday, November 11th at 2:00 p.m. in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square.

Each year the Bergen County Historical Society raises awareness of different monuments throughout the County to raise awareness of these important sites and to remember the men and women who have served. This year join us in Ridgewood, NJ as we participate in American Legion Post #53’s Veterans Day Service on Sunday, November 11th at 2:00 p.m. in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square. Photo below is last year in River Edge.

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Ridgewood Veterans Day Service – Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Ridgewood Police Honor Guard presented the colors at Saturday’s Veterans Day Ceremony

file photo by Boyd Loving

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, American Legion Post #53 will hold a Veterans Day Service on Sunday, November 1th at 2:00 p.m. in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square. This is a correction to the Village of Ridgewood Village Calendar.

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Ridgewood Chamber Annual Halloween Haunted Harvest

photo courtesy of Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce

Mark your calendar’s early for…..

Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Haunted Harvest…

Ridgewood’s Halloween
Haunted Harvest
FREE to the public
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Memorial Park at Van Neste Square
weather permitting

Continue reading Ridgewood Chamber Annual Halloween Haunted Harvest

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Today 2-4pm Santa will be at Memorial Park at Van Neste Square in Ridgewood


December 2,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, find out who’s been naughty or nice ?
Saturday, December 2, 2017 10am-1pm

Santa will arrive at Columbia Bank (60 S. Broad St.), free gifts for all the kids
10:30am FREE Movie at the Bow-Tie Cinema-movie will be ELF, Will Ferrel.

Today 2-4pm Santa will now be at Memorial Park at
Van Neste Square, weather permitting.

Visit SANTA at his house in the center of Ridgewood, Memorial Park at Van Neste Square.
 Saturdays, December 2,9, 16 and 23rd , 12-2:30pm, weather permitting.

Come to do your Holiday Shopping in historic downtown Ridgewood and dine at our delicious
restaurants. Give yourself a gift of shopping and dining.

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Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce presents “Easter in Ridgewood”


file photo by ArtChick

Easter In The Park
Sat, April 15, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, E Ridgewood Ave and Oak St

Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce presents
“Easter in Ridgewood”
Saturday, April 15, 2017 – 11am-2pm
at Memorial Park at Van Neste Square
and get a map to visit at the stores and restaurants that will be participating in the fun.

Sponsored by:

Ben & Jerry’s Easter Egg Hunt -4-7years
and DJ Music so you can hippidy-hop in the Park

ConnectOne Bank and Precision Orthodontics
“Meet the Easter Bunny”. Bring your camera to take pictures

Pinot’s Palette will have
Art and Painting in the Park.

Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church will
have games and treats for the children.

Weather permitting
There will be lots of fun things to do around the park along with stores that will be offering
art & crafts, games, sales, surprises all through the business district. Fun for the entire family.

See you soon!

In the Park with fun thing to do-
weather permitting

Brainstorm Tutoring
Sweet & Sassy
Goldfish Swim School
Distinct Vacations
Huntington Learning Center
Ridgewood YMCA
YWCA of Bergen County
Taekwondo all in – demo
Ridgewood Bootery
Boiling Springs

In-the-store activities-more fun…
get your map and walk Ridgewood’s business district – weather permitting

Art of Motion-fun classes
Yoga 9am-10am, Ballet 10am-11:30am

Arthur Groom-find the gem stones
Learning Express-Bunny Buffet Tattoo’s
Femmebot Clothing – tattoo’s
ConnectOne Bank-activities
Lucky Brand-fun and a sale
Beauty Plus Salon – sale on products
The Ridgewood Man salon-a surprise with candy.
Red Velvet-Peeps
DPARZ Shoes-Easter Goodie or Gag 12-4pm
LaPiccolo Bistro-fresh cookies
Pink Bungalow
Loft 41
Alex and Ani
Shoe Inn-Coloring
Ridgewood Bootery-Egg Hunt-Coupons
Kilwins Ridgewood-samplings of treats
Eat Your Spinach-$20 Sale rack
Hocus Pocus Gift Shop-special treats-sales
Racefaster-Easter treats

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Reader says What happened to peace and quiet? You can’t even just sit on a park bench any more without acres of concrete?

Village of Ridgewood

Park is SMALL. Stop filling everything up. A stage when not in use (i.e., 99% of the time) would co-opt open space. We need more of it, not less. Everybody seems to think their kids are future Broadway stars. Get with the program–amateur performances are for the performers. Noise in the middle of town would just drive people away. What happened to peace and quiet? You can’t even just sit on a park bench any more without acres of concrete? Even sitting in the dark on a summer night is nice. No need for Klieg lights. How about Strobes?

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Ridgewood’s Gold Star Mother’s Day Commemoration


August 25th 2016
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, On Sunday, September 25, 2016 our Nation honors our Gold Star Mothers and families. The Presidential Proclamation in 2011 commemorating this day pronounces, “As members of a grateful Nation, we owe a debt we can never repay, but hold this sacred obligation forever in our hearts, minds, and actions. We honor their sacrifice, and stand with our service members, military families, and Gold Star families as they have stood for us.”

The American Legion Post 53 and Ridgewood NJ’s Blue Star Families are committed to bringing awareness to our community and to commemorate the sacrifices these mothers and their families have made for our Country.In the aftermath of World War I, Washington D.C. resident Grace Darling Seibold formed an organization called Gold Star Mothers to support the moms who had lost sons and daughters to the war. Grace’s son, First Lieutenant George Vaughn Seibold, was an aviator killed in combat over France in 1918. In 1928, the small D.C.-based group decided to nationalize its efforts. In 1936, a joint congressional resolution established the last Sunday in September as

Gold Star Mother’s Day. The Gold Star Mothers grew from a support group of 60 women to today’s extensive nationwide network with tens of thousands of members and hundreds of local chapters.

In Ridgewood, NJ the Gold Star Mother’s Day Committee will sponsor our fourth annualevent commemorating Gold Star Mother’s Day on Sunday, September 25, 2016. There will be a short ceremony starting promptly at 7:00 p.m. and hundreds of luminaries will be lit to honor Gold Star Mothers and their families. But in addition, our goal is to see thousands of other luminaries lit throughout Ridgewood and other towns on September 27th to honor the Gold Star Mothers and families!

Luminaries will be available for a donation before the ceremony at the following


Residence of Bob Paoli, Commander American Legion Post #53,at 368 N. Pleasant Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. 07450

Call 201-445-1738 to arrange time to pickup

Everyone also can stand with us in honoring the Gold Star Mothers and families by

helping to raise awareness through:

 talking to your family, friends, and neighbors about the event;

 joining us at Van Neste Park; and,

 supporting this event with a donation (please make checks payable to the American

Legion Post #53, write “Gold Star event” on the memo line, and send it to the American Legion Post #53, P.O. Box 1525, Ridgewood, NJ 07450).

Thank you for your support and cooperation,/s/ Ridgewood, NJ Gold Star Mother’s Day Committee.

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Ridgewood many tree lined parks to beat the heat

Twinney Pond Park

July 29,2016
the staff  of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, a park is also a nice place to beat the heat and Ridgewood many tree lined parks . Take advantage there are more parks than your realize ; the mission statement of the Ridgewood Department of Parks and Recreation is to preserve open space and provide facilities and year round recreational activities that meet the needs of all residents.

The Division of Parks is responsible for the maintenance of all Village owned parkland, athletic facilities, planting of flowerbeds (in cooperation with Project Pride) and landscaping throughout the community. In addition, the division is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of the Graydon Pool facility and grounds as well as all departmental special events throughout the year.

Shade Tree
The Shade Tree Division is responsible for the maintenance and care of approximately 15, 000 Village owned street trees on 100 miles of public ways, as well as additional trees and shrubs in parks and on other public grounds. This includes all aspects, such as removal, planting, and pruning. The Shade Tree Division does a tree planting for Arbor Day, which is usually the last Friday in April. The division currently offers a memorial tree/bench program to honor the memory of a friend or family member.

Citizen’s Park
Located at the corner of Godwin Avenue and North Monroe Street. Citizen’s Park includes a softball field, multipurpose field, a small sided softball field, an open play area, benches and gardens.

Dunham Trail
Located between Grove Street and Spring Avenue along the Ho Ho Kus brook and the public service right-of-way. Dunham Trail is one of the Village wildscape areas.

On Dunham trail look for:

Sycamores and a wild cherry tree with shiny gray bark.
Triassic Sandstone, like that used to build Manhattan’s brownstones.
A linden tree wrapped in Poison Ivy rope.
Springtime Dogtooth Violets, False Solomon’s Seal, Spring Beauties, Yellow Primroses, Pink Japanese Knotweed, and the biggest patch of Canadian Mayflowers in Ridgewood.

Graydon Park
Located on the corner of North Maple Avenue and Linwood Avenue. Graydon Park offers a hockey court, skateboard park, basketball courts, swimming, ice-skating, picnic area, shuffleboard, children’s playground, shelter, and restrooms. Click on the following link to find all that Graydon Pool has to offer – Graydon Pool website.

Grove Park
Located on the south side of Grove Street, just west of the Saddle River. This is one of Ridgewood’s wildscape areas, which include nature trails for walking.

In the 32 acres of beech forest and field that make up Grove Park, you will find:

Spring flowers that bloom between April and May before they disappear when the shade thickens.
The tulip poplars are the tallest and straightest trees in the wooded area.
You can look for the honeycombs located on top of the bee tree.
Turkey Tails and fungi can be found on fallen logs.

Kings Pond Park
Located off Lakeview Drive by the Midland Park border. Kings Pond Park offers a natural wildlife area, ice-skating, when permitted, and nature trails for walking. Kings Pond and Gypsy Pond offer a great variety of birds and mammal life.

In the parks you can also find:

Large glacial rocks at Park entrance are Canadian Shield Boulders.
Along the railroad track, wild azalea (pinxter) bloom.
Bracket fern and fiddleheads abound in the woods.
Ducks, Canada Geese and over 40 species of birds live here.
Wild garlic and mustard are abundant.
The general depth of the ponds is about 3 feet.

Leuning Park
Located on the corner of Northern Parkway and Meadowbrook Avenue. Leuning Parks offers an open play area.

Irene Habernickel Family Park
Located at 1037 Hillcrest Road in the northern most corner of the Village, this ten-acre park property has an abundance of mature trees. These trees help to define various areas of the property.

This special park property offers an opportunity for both passive and active recreation through the balance of wide open space, ball fields, natural areas, and a one-acre pond.
In the development stage; plans are to revive the dam and bridge area, install a children’s playground, multi-purpose fields, several walking trails and an arboretum complete with gardens.

This new park is soon to include nature programs as well as other passive opportunities as wildlife prevail such as mammals, reptiles and assorted birds.

Maple Park
Located on the corner of Meadowbrook Avenue and Northern Parkway. Maple Park offers one of Ridgewood wildscape areas as well as a community garden (Link to community garden page), part of the fitness trail (link to the parcourse fitness circuit page), benches, flowers, and nature trails. A regulation turf field hosts soccer, lacross and softball year round.
On the west and east banks of the Ho-Ho-Kus brook between Graydon Pool and Meadowbrook Avenue.

In Maple Park, look for:

A 70-year-old wisteria tree.
One of the largest stands of red cedar in this part of New Jersey.
A Porcupine (Sweet Gum) Tree.
A half dozen of different varieties of fern.
Fig-leaf magnolias with thin graceful leaves.
An herb garden.
On the east side of the brook, delicate grasses, berry bushes, and wild flowers that attract butterflies and birds of many descriptions.

North Road Park
Located on North Road, off of Glen Avenue east of Route 17. This is a natural wildlife area.

Pleasant Park
Located at the end of Stevens Avenue, behind Hawes School. Pleasant Park also offers one of the Village’s wildscape areas.

Pleasant Park offers a natural wildlife area, which includes:

Fallen “nurse” logs, nourishing many insects, lichens, ferns and fungi.
Green beggar ticks, jewelweed, ragweed, and purple loosestrife, all in the late summer.
Quaking aspen trees, with flat leaf stems (petioles) that quiver in the breeze.
New York ferns and lady ferns.
Grape vines.
Sassafras or “mitten” trees, whose name comes from the shape of the leaf.
A tree trunk shaped like a giraffe.
A wide variety of birds reside in this wooded community, which makes for excellent bird watching.

Schedler Property
This recent open space purchase is located between Route 17 and West Saddle River Road with development plans yet to be determined.

Twinney Pond Park
Located at the north end of Red Birch Court. Twinney pond offers a wildlife area, nature trails and ice-skating.

At Twinney Pond Park, this three foot deep kettle pond created by glaciers, you can see the following:

Sunfish as they sweep clean spots on the pond floor to make nests.
Shaggy Birches, Pin Oaks, and Locust Trees.
Veronica, they look like tiny orchids on the ground.
Button Bushes that will produce white pompoms this summer.
Dragonflies, with clear wings outspread, and Damsel Flies, with wings swept back and colored.
The life cycle of a tadpole.
Ice skating when the weather and ice permits.

Memorial Park at Van Neste Square
Located at East Ridgewood Avenue between Walnut Street and Oak Street. Van Neste offers a relaxing location in the center of town. Located in the park are the War Memorial Monument, benches, and gardens.

Veteran’s Field
Located at the corner of Linwood Avenue and Northern and Parkway. Veteran’s field is home to softball fields, hardball fields, multipurpose fields, running track, fitness circuit, amphitheater, open play area, and restrooms.