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Cristopher Kaufman Makes His Case for the Ridgewood Board of Education

To my fellow residents,

I feel there is currently a disconnect between the board, teachers and residents and a lack of transparency from the board. The Board of Education budget is 65% of our property taxes and spending has increased by over 30 million dollars in the last ten years. It is critical to control spending by sharing services with the Village and working with the Village Council in an effort to stabilize or reduce spending. I want to make sure we are working as one community, the Board of Education and the Village Council should be working together and sharing purchasing opportunities, maintenance costs, security and any other costs that can be shared in an effort to reduce spending.

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Reader says Residents have to accept it is a done deal

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The point is that the ordinances for high density housing cannot be repealed. The court will stand up for the developers. That was what the lawsuit was about when Aronsohn was mayor. The grassroots group tried to stop the development on legal grounds.

Residents have to accept it is a done deal. To blame current govt. or ask them to repeal is impossible. The current council can do nothing.

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Ridgewood Police Report Residents received “terroristic threat” and threatening phone calls in 2 separate incidents

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November 6,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Police report that on October 19, a Glenview Road resident reported a terroristic threat in the past. The victim reported receiving a threatening text message from an unknown actor on a cell phone. The Ridgewood Police Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

Also on October 26, a Kenilworth Road resident reported harassment after receiving a threatening phone call. The victim reported an unknown person contacted her and made a statement which caused alarm and annoyance from a blocked phone number at 0416 hrs. No further information or description was provided.

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Village of Ridgewood Rolls Out the Estate Card as a Way for Residents to Save on Property Taxes

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September 1,2017
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Ridgewood NJ, the Village of Ridgewood now offers the Estate Card. Use the card for your everyday spending and simultaneously reduce your property tax! On every dollar you spend, a percentage is earned as a reward paid towards your property tax. The more you spend, the less you owe!

Securely sign up for your Estate Card in four easy steps and receive your card in 5-7 business days.Earn a base reward of .25% on every purchase you make and as much as an additional 25% of your purchase when shopping at participating local and online merchants.

http://ridgewoodestatecard.com/home

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Garfield merchants and residents brace for eminent domain fight

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Kelly Nicholaides, Staff Writer, @rovingwriter Published 6:18 a.m. ET Aug. 26, 2017 | Updated 8:50 a.m. ET Aug. 26, 2017

GARFIELD — Merchants and homeowners are bracing for an eminent domain fight since their properties were included in a redevelopment study. Mayor Richard Rigoglioso points to news and magazine clips he is collecting that characterize Garfield as one of the worst places to live in New Jersey as to why redevelopment is needed to regrow the city.

Rigoglioso wants to change the negative perception–beginning with redeveloping the six block area surrounding the Passaic Street train station.

“It’s a tough area to live in, overpopulated with a lot of 2 to 3 family units and absentee landlords. These six blocks haven’t changed for the better,” said Rigoglioso after the Aug. 24 Planning Board meeting. “If we redevelop the area, we can gain Transit Village status, like what Bloomfield did to improve the area around their train station. We want people to visit Garfield and spend money here.”

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/2017/08/26/garfield-merchants-and-residents-brace-eminent-domain-fight/599805001/

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The Village of Ridgewood The Estate Card Tax Savings Program

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July 16,2017
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Ridgewood NJ, Coming your way! For Ridgewood residents and Ridgewood business owners. The Estate Card is on its way- to help residents with tax savings and discounts and business owners to increase revenue with local traffic.

Time to start shopping locally and get your rewards!

For more information

MyEstateCard.com

support@localcardrewards.com

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Village of Ridgewood Asks Residents to Continue to Bring Garbage Cans to The End of the Driveway

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Dear Friends at the Ridgewood blog ,

Snowstorm Stella brought over eight inches of snow to the Village this week, and many of us are still digging out.  I want to thank the residents for staying indoors and not traveling during the storm.  Due to your assistance, only two motor vehicle crashes were reported and our crews doing the plowing were better able to manage the snow removal, in an attempt to keep the roadways clear.

Our crews doing the plowing and salting did a good job on the roads, despite the fact that they were challenged by large amounts of snow falling in a short amount of time.  In addition, there was sleet mixed in with the snow, and bitter cold temperatures, which turned many streets to ice.  Our crews doing the plowing also spent two nights clearing out both the streets and the parking lots of the Central Business District, the train station lot, and the Park and Ride lot.  Many of you contacted the Village to let us know where there were ice or snow issues, which allowed us to address them as quickly as possible.  We appreciate the feedback, because there is always room for improvement.

Due to the continued cold temperatures and the possibility of more snow in the coming days, all garbage must continue to be brought to the end of your driveway (not in the street), for the safety of our Village employees.  This will continue through March 24th.  Backyard collection of garbage will resume on March 27th, weather permitting.

Thank you for your continued cooperation.


Heather A. Mailander
Village Manager
201/670-5500 x202

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VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD IS SEEKING RESIDENTS TO VOLUNTEER TO SERVE ON VARIOUS BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

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OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER TO SERVE ON VILLAGE BOARDS – DEADLINE NOVEMBER 30

VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD IS SEEKING RESIDENTS TO VOLUNTEER TO SERVE ON VARIOUS BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS NOVEMBER 30, 2016

The Village Council of the Village of Ridgewood is looking for Ridgewood residents who are interested in volunteering to serve on the following Boards and Committees: Community Relations Advisory Board; Library Board of Trustees; Planning Board; Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board; Open Space Committee; Project Pride Committee; Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee; The Green Team Advisory Committee; the Shade Tree Commission; The Central Business District Advisory Committee (a member of the Ridgewood Guild is needed) and the Stigma-free Task Force.

All interested residents should:

Fill out a Citizen Volunteer Leadership form (found on the Village website under “Forms”)
Prepare a cover letter indicating on which board or committee the resident wishes to serve and a brief explanation as to why the resident chose the particular board(s) or committee(s)
Include a biography or resume

and send them to:

Donna Jackson

Deputy Village Clerk

Village of Ridgewood

131 North Maple Ave.

Ridgewood, NJ  07450

Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2016.

A brief description for each Board/Committee is listed below:

The Community Relations Advisory Board promotes the development and implementation of educational programs which celebrate our diversity and provides offers assistance to victims of bias-related crimes.

The Library Board of Trustees is the governing board for the Ridgewood Public Library and its employees. The Board of Trustees works with the community to establish Library policy and secures funds to carry on services to the public, and set goals and objectives.

The Planning Board reviews site plans and subdivision applications; prepares, adopts, and amends the Master Plan; makes recommendations to the Village Council regarding amendments to developmental regulations and the official map.

The Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board recommends rules for use and monitors recreation facilities. The Board coordinates community recreation programs and develops and updates the long-range Master Plan for recreation in the Village.

The Open Space Committee assists in identifying specific types of open space, and makes recommendations to the Village Council on the development of existing open space acquisitions.

The Project Pride Committee plants and waters flowers, throughout Ridgewood’s Central Business District and organizes the Village Garden program with local landscapers.

The Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee assists the Village Council in long-range planning concerning environmental issues as well as anticipating environmental problems and recommending solutions.

The Green Team Advisory Committee is looking for residents who are interested in making Ridgewood a sustainable community; and/or are LEED Certified; and/or have working experience with sustainable practices such as solar energy or recycling; and/or have experience in obtaining grants for sustainable purposes.

The Shade Tree Commission works closely with the Parks and Recreation Department, the Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee, and the Green Team to promote awareness and education of the residents as well as advise and provide recommendations to the Village Council in promoting and sustaining a safe and productive shade tree resource. Members will preferably have forestry or tree backgrounds or hold the designation of a certified Arborist.

The Central Business District Advisory Committee will work with the Village Council, business owners, and residents to evaluate and initiate enhancements to the Central Business District including traffic flow, parking, and pedestrian safety, while creating a more desirable, vibrant and memorable destination for all visitors. In this way, the Central Business District can remain a vital and healthy part of the Ridgewood community. This Committee needs a member of the Ridgewood Guild.

The Stigma-free Task Force aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness so that residents who have the disease, and their families, feel supported by their community and neighbors and feel free to seek treatment without fear of stigma. Resident Members of the Task Force include two residents working within the field of mental healthcare or healthcare; and three other residents who are interested in supporting the Stigma-free program initiatives, including educating residents that mental illness is a disease and must be treated as such; raising awareness of mental health issues; and helping those in need by linking them to local mental health resources.

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VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD SEEKING RESIDENTS TO VOLUNTEER TO SERVE ON VARIOUS BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

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OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER TO SERVE ON VILLAGE BOARDS – DEADLINE NOVEMBER 30

VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD SEEKING RESIDENTS TO VOLUNTEER TO SERVE ON VARIOUS BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

Ridgewood NJ, The Village Council of the Village of Ridgewood is looking for Ridgewood residents who are interested in volunteering to serve on the following Boards and Committees: Community Relations Advisory Board; Library Board of Trustees; Planning Board; Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board; Open Space Committee; Project Pride Committee; Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee; The Green Team Advisory Committee; the Shade Tree Commission; The Central Business District Advisory Committee (a member of the Ridgewood Guild is needed) and the Stigma-free Task Force.

All interested residents should:

Fill out a Citizen Volunteer Leadership form (found on the Village website under “Forms”)

Prepare a cover letter indicating on which board or committee the resident wishes to serve and a brief explanation as to why the resident chose the particular board(s) or committee(s)

Include a biography or resume

and send them to:

Donna Jackson

Deputy Village Clerk

Village of Ridgewood

131 North Maple Ave.

Ridgewood, NJ  07450

Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2016.

A brief description for each Board/Committee is listed below:

The Community Relations Advisory Board promotes the development and implementation of educational programs which celebrate our diversity and provides offers assistance to victims of bias-related crimes.

The Library Board of Trustees is the governing board for the Ridgewood Public Library and its employees. The Board of Trustees works with the community to establish Library policy and secures funds to carry on services to the public, and set goals and objectives.

The Planning Board reviews site plans and subdivision applications; prepares, adopts, and amends the Master Plan; makes recommendations to the Village Council regarding amendments to developmental regulations and the official map.

The Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board recommends rules for use and monitors recreation facilities. The Board coordinates community recreation programs and develops and updates the long-range Master Plan for recreation in the Village.

The Open Space Committee assists in identifying specific types of open space, and makes recommendations to the Village Council on the development of existing open space acquisitions.

The Project Pride Committee plants and waters flowers, throughout Ridgewood’s Central Business District and organizes the Village Garden program with local landscapers.

The Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee assists the Village Council in long-range planning concerning environmental issues as well as anticipating environmental problems and recommending solutions.

The Green Team Advisory Committee is looking for residents who are interested in making Ridgewood a sustainable community; and/or are LEED Certified; and/or have working experience with sustainable practices such as solar energy or recycling; and/or have experience in obtaining grants for sustainable purposes.

The Shade Tree Commission works closely with the Parks and Recreation Department, the Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee, and the Green Team to promote awareness and education of the residents as well as advise and provide recommendations to the Village Council in promoting and sustaining a safe and productive shade tree resource. Members will preferably have forestry or tree backgrounds or hold the designation of a certified Arborist.

The Central Business District Advisory Committee will work with the Village Council, business owners, and residents to evaluate and initiate enhancements to the Central Business District including traffic flow, parking, and pedestrian safety, while creating a more desirable, vibrant and memorable destination for all visitors. In this way, the Central Business District can remain a vital and healthy part of the Ridgewood community. This Committee needs a member of the Ridgewood Guild.

The Stigma-free Task Force aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness so that residents who have the disease, and their families, feel supported by their community and neighbors and feel free to seek treatment without fear of stigma. Resident Members of the Task Force include two residents working within the field of mental healthcare or healthcare; and three other residents who are interested in supporting the Stigma-free program initiatives, including educating residents that mental illness is a disease and must be treated as such; raising awareness of mental health issues; and helping those in need by linking them to local mental health resources.

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Resident Suggests Former Village Manager’s Staff should be Investigated

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September 29,2016

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Ridgewood NJ,  Ridgewood resident Jacqueline Hone spoke during both public comment segments. She explained why Roberta’s departure is just the tip of the iceberg and suggested her staff also needs to  be investigated.

see the video : http://www.tubechop.com/watch/8400128