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Presidents Day Our Favorite Presidents :Abraham Lincoln

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Presidents Day Our Favorite Presidents :Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln became the United States’ 16th President in 1861, issuing the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy in 1863.

Lincoln warned the South in his Inaugural Address: “In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you…. You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it.”

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Presidents Day Our Favorite Presidents : Ronald Reagan

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Presidents Day Our Favorite Presidents : Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan, originally an American actor and politician, became the 40th President of the United States serving from 1981-1989. His term saw a restoration of prosperity at home, with the goal of achieving ‘peace through strength’ abroad.

At the end of his two terms in office, Ronald Reagan viewed with satisfaction the achievements of his innovative program known as the Reagan Revolution, which aimed to reinvigorate the American people and reduce their reliance upon Government. He felt he had fulfilled his campaign pledge of 1980 to restore “the great, confident roar of American progress and growth and optimism.”

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Presidents Day Our Favorite Presidents : George Washington

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Presidents Day Our Favorite Presidents : George Washington

On April 30, 1789, George Washington, standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York, took his oath of office as the first President of the United States.

On April 30, 1789, George Washington, standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York, took his oath of office as the first President of the United States. “As the first of every thing, in our situation will serve to establish a Precedent,” he wrote James Madison, “it is devoutly wished on my part, that these precedents may be fixed on true principles.”

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Presidents Day Our Favorite Presidents Calvin Coolidge

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Presidents Day Our Favorite Presidents Calvin Coolidge

As America’s 30th President (1923-1929), Coolidge demonstrated his determination to preserve the old moral and economic precepts of frugality amid the material prosperity which many Americans were enjoying during the 1920s era.

At 2:30 on the morning of August 3, 1923, while visiting in Vermont, Calvin Coolidge received word that he was President. By the light of a kerosene lamp, his father, who was a notary public, administered the oath of office as Coolidge placed his hand on the family Bible.

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Presidents Day Our Favorite Presidents : Zachary Taylor

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Presidents Day Our Favorite Presidents : Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor, a general and national hero in the United States Army from the time of the Mexican-American War and the the War of 1812, was later elected the 12th President of the United States, serving from March 1849 until his death in July 1850.

Northerners and Southerners disputed sharply whether the territories wrested from Mexico should be opened to slavery, and some Southerners even threatened secession. Standing firm, Zachary Taylor was prepared to hold the Union together by armed force rather than by compromise.

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Ridgewood Art Institute 39th Annual Regional Juried Show

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Ridgewood NJ, The show is up and will be on view through 
Sunday, February 24. 
Opening reception 2-4 on Sunday February 24.
Ridgewood Art Institute 
12 East Glen Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ
Viewing during class hours which can be found on the RAI website:
Ridgewoodartinstitute.org

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Charles Brandenberg and Diana Gibson Student Works Exhibition

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Ridgewood NJ, The third in a series of art exhibits showcasing work done in class.
Artwork will be on view daily from 11am-3pm January 7th till January 25th, 2019

Charles Brandenburg teaches Fundamentals of Watercolor The Basic Techniques, Problem Solving, Design and Composition for adults, Tuesday evenings. Brandenburg studied at the Famous Artist School of Westport, Connecticut. His appreciation of fine arts led him to study with Arthur Maynard and Allan Avery at the Ridgewood Art Institute in oils and watercolor.

Diana K. Gibson is a painter of the traditional manner. Artist model turned artist, she studied and apprenticed with master painter and teacher, John Phillip Osborne. Shortly after receiving her formal art training, she became an instructor at the Ridgewood Art Institute teaching traditional oil painting to teenagers and young adults. Presently she teaches classes to adults, young adults and teens.

The Ridgewood Art Institute
12 East Glen Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201.652.9615

Students of Charles Brandenberg and Diana Gibson have been invited to submit three framed pieces of artwork for the first in a series of exhibits, showcasing student work done in classes here at the Ridgewood Art Institute. Students enrolled in both classes, may have submitted up to three pieces for EACH class. Also represented, are works by the instructors themselves. All levels of expertise will be represented, as classes at the Art Institute are taught on an individual basis and each student is taught in direct relation to their personal skill level. Work will either be offered for sale, or not. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to see the beautiful work that is being generated here at the Ridgewoood Art Institute.

What better way to inspire others to join our RAI Family…
And quite frankly, what better way for our members to inspire each other?

The Ridgewood Art Institute is a non profit organization providing the finest instruction in Classical Realism in a variety of mediums. Classes are offered on an open enrollment basis, and can be joined at anytime. Our two unique north lit studios as well as our 3 galleries are just a part of what RAI offers. We also sponsor events and workshops throughout the year, that are of interest to artists and art enthusiasts alike.
Why wait? Come see why RAI has become a treasured haven to so many, for more than 80 years.

For more information on class scheduling, this and other events please visit ridgewoodartinstitute.org

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The Ridgewood blog would like to challenge our readers and all residents to read as many books as possible for 2019, Lets build a smarter Village!

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Ridgewood NJ, There’s no secret to how to get smarter. You read a lot it’s that simple .There’s a whole host of people who have excelled , from Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to Richard Branson and Barack Obama, who will tell you the same thing. In the old days it was often said you can tell the second you enter a room if anyone there has ever read a book before.

But if building your brainpower is that straightforward, why don’t more people do it? For the same reason that we fail to do lots of worthy but less urgent self-improvement projects , we think we are all really busy.

But are we really? A new article by Charles Chu of site Better Humans raises some eyebrows by people who claim they simply don’t have enough time to feed their intellect with books.According to the author the simple math that proves you do have enough time to read. Chu tells the story of how reading 200 hundred books a year (yes, 200!) for the past several years has helped him turn his life around, reconsider his career, and become much happier.

The math is simple , according to Chu the average American reads 200 to 400 words per minute. A Typical nonfiction books have about 50,000 words.

Now, all we need are some quick calculations:

200 books x 50,000 words/book = 10 million words
10 million words/400 wpm = 25,000 minutes
25,000 minutes/60 = 417 hours

That’s all there is to it. To read 200 books, simply spend 417 hours a year reading!

You say you don’t have time take a look at what the average American spends on social media and TV in a year:

608 hours on social media
1,642 hours on TV

If those hours were spent reading instead, you could be reading more than 1,000 books a year!

The Ridgewood blog would like to challenge our readers and all residents to read as many books as possible for 2018 ! Lets build a smarter Village and perhaps a smarter New Jersey !

For those who don’t know where to start ,the Ridgewood library is full of suggestions and many librarians have made recommendation lists for residents .

The Ridgewood Public Library is located at
125 N Maple Ave
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Call (201) 670-5600

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Ridgewood Art Institute Annual Members’ Show and Sale

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Art Institute is home to many talented artists. We welcome you to visit us and view our Annual Members’ Holiday Show and Sale, usually featuring over 150 pieces of beautiful artwork. Portraits, Landscapes, Seascapes and Still Lifes are all represented in this exhibition executed in watercolor, pastels and oils. Among our membership there are artists who have made the study of Art their lifetime ambition as well as those who are just beginning their Art journey. Art Enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see the quality of work available for sale at our many events and Artists can explore the options of starting a new class or medium. A portion of all proceeds benefit The Ridgewood Art Institute.
What better way to kick off the Holiday Season, than to purchase a gift for a loved one and support this wonderful institution. Work will be on view daily from 11am-3pm till December 24th, 2018.

Art makes a unique gift that can be treasured for a lifetime. Also, your gift helps support this fine institution, which is a gift to so many.

The Ridgewood Art Institute is a non profit organization providing the finest instruction in Classical Realism in a variety of mediums. Classes are offered on an open enrollment basis, and can be joined at any time. Each student is taught in direct relation to their personal skill level. For more information on class scheduling, this and future events please visit ridgewoodartinstitute.org

The Ridgewood Art Institute
12 East Glen Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201.652.9615

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PJ Blogger and the staff of the Ridgewood blog Wish You a Very Happy ,Healthy and Safe Thanksgiving

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