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Reader says , “The field is being replaced at a cost of $600,000 earlier than expected because it was installed in a flood plain”

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” The field is being replaced at a cost of $600,000 earlier than expected because it was installed in a flood plain. In the last 8 years it has happened several times and has required many thousands of dollars in repairs besides the regular maintenance costs. The crumb rubber washes into the abutting brooks and is an environmental hazard. While grass fields are recommended in flood plains, new products are on the market which are made from organic components that are not as hazardous as crumb rubber to the environment and are 30 percent cooler when exposed to the sun which makes the turf service healthier and safer for the players. The new geofill field was recently installed at Maple Field which exists in the same flood plain. It is considered a success by players ,coaches and village administrators and grounds personnel alike. The Board of Education is installing crumb rubber once again. Their logic for doing this defies comprehension. “

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Reader say, “pro teams when asked what surface they prefer to play on, choose grass”

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“So grass is unrealistic? We played on it for years and something upwards of 90 percent of professional players [soccer,baseball, football ] prefer grass to artificial turf. We have a bigger problem in Ridgewood. We put turf in active floodplains. It was not made for that. Environmentally it is a disaster. Financially, it is more costly to install and to maintain. It needs to be sanitized which they left out of the scenario when they decided to sell us on it. “

“Multi use is not a benefit of artificial turf. More playing time was considered the benefit. However, not in an active flood plain. It is environmentally unfriendly, needs much maintenance, is not ideal for children’s health and safety,etc. Today’s hearty grass blends that are drought and pest resistant also make it the fiscally responsible thing to do. In addition, all pro teams when asked what surface they prefer to play on, choose grass.”

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Reader Defends the Turf

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” We’re talking about what was some of the most exclusive real estate in the village, which from August through December was restricted for use solely by the RHS football team and the marching band, and when the grass was damp, even the marching band was kicked off (while the football team and its opponent enthusiastically chewed up the field to within an inch of its life). After Christmas and New Year’s, during the late winter and early spring, literally everyone was banned from using the field so that it could recover from the yearly fall trampling. Of course, this allowed the field to be re-seeded, fertilized, watered, and otherwise expensively pampered in preparation for the famous RHS graduation ceremony. By late June, the grass was admittedly beautiful, and certainly soft beneath the feet of girl graduates in their flowing white dresses who, in accordance with decades of tradition, tended to take off their shoes during the ceremony. That said, net-net, making the RHS football field a multi-use field by turfing it was a good decision. So many more students and other people have now had the benefit of its use, it’s not even a close question. “

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Ridgewood HS NJ Football invites you out Friday to RHS stadium at 7pm!

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Varsity team is next in action at home on Friday night October 26 vs Hackensack. Senior Night! Please come out and cheer on the Maroons!  This game that has massive NJSFC Liberty Red Division Championship and NJ State playoff seeding implications. Join the student body Come on out to be the 12th teammate for the Maroons!

Ridgewood HS NJ Football invites you out Friday to RHS stadium at 7pm.  Who has the best CHEER team in the State? RIDGEWOOD! Come out and see the Cheer team perform this Friday at RHS Stadium at the HS football game at 7pm!

Who has the best marching band? RIDGEWOOD! Come see the best band in the land perform this Friday, October 26 at 7pm at the home Ridgewood football game. RHS Stadium! The band always puts on a great performance!

 

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Voice of the Taxpayer Must Be Heard in Flood Insurance Debate

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June 15,2017
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Washington DC, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) delivered the following opening statement today about the seven bills the committee is considering related to the National Flood Insurance Program:

There are so many important voices in our debate today on the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program.  Certainly the homeowners who have relied on this program — theirs is a very important voice because we go to their homes and we go to their household finances.  Theirs is a very important voice.  Homebuilders, they have an important voice.  Insurance agents and companies, local communities — these are all important voices in this debate.

But as far as I’m concerned, perhaps the single-most important voice is the voice that remains underrepresented in the debate and that is the voice of the American taxpayer.  The American taxpayer who has been called upon in the past to bail out a program that is currently drowning in $26 billion of red ink and suffers a $1.4 billion annual actuarial deficit.

Maybe that’s why I heard from Kathy in Garland, Texas in my district who wrote:  “It’s just another reason the average person in this country is going under financially.  Far too many programs are being funded by the average American but very few receive any benefits from what they are funding.”

In talking about the program, Steven of Larue in my district said:  “This is just another instance of the federal government wasting the taxpayer dollars over and over and over again on the same problems.  People that choose to live in flood-prone areas after receiving one payment benefit should be removed from the entirety of the program.”

Just two taxpayer comments.  So again, we know for a fact the program is in debt.   We know for a fact the program is running an actual annual deficit.  So it begs the question:  Should there be a permanent taxpayer subsidy? I say no.  It cannot be, not when I’m sitting here looking at a national debt clock that continues to run out of control before us, which I continue to believe is a far under-appreciated clear and present danger to our republic.  Part of those numbers spinning out of control represent  the National Flood Insurance Program.

I don’t know if America will ever become a bankrupt society, but I know the face of bankruptcy is an ugly one.  In Detroit, when it became bankrupt, thousands of street lights couldn’t afford to be replaced and ambulances did not run.  Municipal retiree health care benefits were cut immediately.  In Puerto Rico, hospitals had to lay off workers, ration medication, reduce services.  In Greece, from 2008 to 2013 they became 40 percent poorer.  Homelessness increased 25 percent in four years.

I don’t think America would ever become Puerto Rico, Detroit or Greece, but I don’t know, and it’s not something in good conscience I can ignore.

So I believe we need a National Flood Insurance Program that will make the program fiscally sustainable.  I do believe that people should gradually – gradually – be expected to pay actuarial rates.  They need predictability.  We need to protect them from sticker shock, but the program must be made sustainable.

I believe market competition is important and we have heard evidence that in many places where there has been even limited market competition we have actually seen premiums decreased.  And the industry is poised to come in.  It’s a very different world today than it was half a century ago when this program was launched.  Better risk assessment tools, better financing mechanisms to spread the risk globally. And so this is a bill that, perhaps, it would take as long as 15 years to fully phase in some actuarial rates.  We’re talking today about bills that, if enacted, would increase premiums about $2 a month to put this on the road toward actuarial soundness where all will be protected, no one will be denied a policy, all will benefit from competition and the NFIP will be sustainable and the national debt clock will spin a little less rapidly.

With other important reforms of mapping, mitigation, claims processing protections and reforms, I commend all of the authors of the legislation that we will be marking up today and I look forward to the markup.

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Cheer on the Ridgewood Girls Lacrosse team today at 4pm at RHS stadium !

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May 26,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, instead of rushing out today to get stuck in traffic on the Parkway and Turnpike start your weekend off by cheering on the Ridgewood Girls Lacrosse team today at 4pm at RHS stadium.

Fans the Ridgewood Girls Lacrosse need your support! Please come cheer on the girls today at our state game @ 4:00 vs Morristown at RHS stadium! State bracket info, check out our website @ www.ridgewoodgirlslax.com.

This is for the  Lacrosse – 2017 NJSIAA North 1, Group 4 Tournament!

If you are not up to speed the Ridgewood Girls Lacrosse is 13 time Bergen County Champions . 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 Group 4 Champions 2010 and 2011 New Jersey State Tournament of Champions.

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Ridgewood’s Super Soccer Saturday September 10th

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Time: 11:00 AM

Location: RHS Stadium, 627 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Ridgewood NJ, On Saturday, September 10, 2016, players from all three levels of the men’s and women’s high school soccer teams, including Freshman, Junior Varsity and Varsity, will play home games at Ridgewood High School. “Super Soccer Saturday” as the day has come to be called, is a special day for all soccer players in town when more than 200 youth and high school players and their families gather at Ridgewood High School to celebrate the beautiful game of soccer.

The day kicks off at 11:00 am and the six high school teams will play rival teams continuously until 9 pm. A highlight of Super Soccer Saturday is the parade of youth players who accompany the Varsity teams onto the field during the pregame ceremonies. All members of the Ridgewood community are
encouraged to come out for Super Soccer Saturday and support the high school players.

Proceeds from sponsorships and from food and merchandise sales will help support both the men’s and women’s soccer programs. Donations from Super Soccer Saturday will also benefit Amy McCambridge, a Ridgewood mother, Marine Corps veteran, former RHS soccer player and Maroons Soccer coach who is dealing with health issues.

We are seeking businesses to sponsor this event. Your support of this event at any level would be
greatly appreciated. All sponsors will be acknowledged on the event t-shirts.
Thank you in advance for your consideration.

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Readers says frustrating and costly when the turf has to be cleaned and repaired after flooding the grass was worse

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Readers says frustrating and costly when the turf has to be cleaned and repaired after flooding the grass was worse 

Agreed, it is frustrating and costly when the turf has to be cleaned and repaired after flooding. But, remember, when those fields were grass the “Stadium” was used a maximum of a dozen times a year. 5 or 6 home football games and a couple of lacrosse games. And of course graduation. The field was so bad that visiting teams threatened to file official complaints and refuse to play on the field. Stevens was a glorified parking lot and nothing took place on that field besides RHS football practice and adult softball. Both of those fields are now in constant use. RHS Varsity and sub varsity sports (Football, soccer, lacrosse,) are on them almost non-stop during the afternoons and youth sports utilize them in the evenings and weekends almost non-stop as well. The result has been much improved conditions on the grass fields in town as most of the pre-season and poor weather “days” events are conducted on the turf fields and the grass fields are closed. If you look at if from the angle of cost per use, it isn’t even close even with the repair costs. The fields are much more “productive” and we’re not spending money on seed, weed killer, fertilizer, and labor for cutting and maintaining those fields. I’m not saying it is a wash but the total cost difference probably isn’t as great as you think.

Schedler, Habernickel, and Citizens are all Village owned fields. Might be fun to try and get the Village Council to step up and spend some money on any of those fields. They haven’t spent squat on maintaining Maple Park and now that field is going to have to be replaced. They can’t even agree on the simplest things, how would they even consider spending money on new fields?

One question I would ask. What ever happened to the dredging program that was begun a couple of years ago? Was it completed? I don’t recall seeing any “work” done near Graydon or down by Stevens or RHS. Multiply 2 or 3 feet of dre

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Readers say Time to Reexamine Turf Fields ?

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Readers say Time to Reexamine Turf Fields ?

6 storms in 4 short years…so much for the 100-year storm hooey.

Do you have the repairs costs as well…?

Mother Nature keeps mastering the Master Plan.

Thee field was put in during summer 2010. We’ve had floods worth remembering on:

– October 1, 2010 (there was wrinkling of the carpet then and in all the other events below)
– March 8, 2011
– April 17, 2011
– Jun 23, 2011 (graduation)
– August 29, 2011 (Irene)
-August 1, 2014

Sandy didn’t cause a lot of flooding. It was more of a wind event

We’ve had minor flooding many other times, but not to the scale above