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Village Manager Attempts to Clear the Air on Healthbarn

Habernickel Park Gate House

August 10,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, according to the Village Manager Heather Mailander , many issued have be raised on social media about the Healthbarn lease at Habernickel Park .

During Wednesday night Mangers report Mailander said the number of visitors at Healthbarn does not exceed the fire code . The types and sizes of the buses are allowed under the lease , and Healthbarn reports quarterly on the number , size and number of people on the buses to the Village .

During the first quarter of 2018 there were 23 schools trips to Healthbarn , 95% used one small bus one field trip had 2 small buses and one field trip had 3 small buses with 10-12 students on each bus . Larger buses park at Graydon Pool parking lot , small vans can park at Habernickel .

Mailander went on to say that Healthbarn is not using space beyond the lease ,in fact part of the teaching garden has space for Ridgewood community gardens . No one sleeps at Healthbarn , if a vehicle is parked over night ,it means that the director of Healthbarn has taken mass transit home or to a conference . Three parking spaces are allocated to the tenant . The village does allow consumption of alcohol in public parks for various events with a one day liquor license .  The Chef’s events at Healthbarn often involve the patrons bring there own booze .

Healthbarn is a sanctioned program under Ridgewood parks and recreation and is supervised by that department and also inspected by the Village Health Department . Healthbarn is sanctioned by Green Acres  .

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In accordance with the provisions of the “Open Public Meetings Act,” please be advised that the Ridgewood Zoning Board of Adjustment will hold a special public meeting on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall Court Room, 131 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ.

All meetings of the Ridgewood Zoning Board of Adjustment (i.e., official public meetings, work session meetings, pre-meeting assemblies and special meetings) are public meetings which are always open to members of the general public.

Jane Wondergem

Secretary to the Board

c:         ZB Members

Ridgewood News

The Record

Village Manager

Village Clerk

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Murphy Passes “the Buck” on NJ Transit Train Cancellation Epidemic


August 10,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Newark NJ, At a briefing in Newark this morning, Governor Phil Murphy vowed to resolve cancellation problems plaguing NJ Transit, .Instead of offering any solutions Murphy spent the entire press conference focusing blame on the Christie Administration .

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) issued the following statement following Gov. Phil Murphy’s press conference at NJ Transit:

“New Jerseyans are tough, fair-minded people but they need information every morning to plan their day. Commuters have not received that information as to the status of trains and train delays. Blaming Chris Christie seven months into the new governor’s term does not provide the needed information for our commuters.”

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Harwin Spent Over $40K in her Failed Village Council Bid

August 9,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, According to the final report Alexandra Harwin submitted to the NJ State Election Law Enforcement Commission, she spent $40,135 on her campaign.

Check out the listing of donors.  Quite an eye opener.

Ridgewood residents who made cash donations identified on official reports were:

Halaby, Rurik – $800

Pollock, Michael – $396

Vagianos, Paul – $500

Weitz, Evan – $500

Wilday, Gabriella – $500

Winograd, Siobhan – $500


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Ridgewood Downtown beautification vs. crosswalk/pedestrian safety

August 9,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Readers:  What’s your opinion?  Do the planters downtown on East Ridgewood Avenue adversely impact crosswalk/pedestrian safety?  Let us know what you think.  Thank you.

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Gary Busey will sign his new book: Buseyisms at Bookends in Ridgewood September 4th

August 9,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Bookends will be hosting Gary Busey on Tuesday, Sept 4th at 6:00pm. Busey is prolific character actor in The Buddy Holly Story, Lethal Weapon, The Firm, etc, Gary Busey will sign his new book: Buseyisms .

Appearing authors will only autograph books purchased at Bookends and must have valid Bookends Receipt.

Availability & pricing for all autographed books subject to change.
First In Line Certificate use is the the discretion of Bookends. Blackout dates may apply.
Bookends cannot guarantee that the books that are Autographed will always be First Printings.
Autographed books purchased at Bookends are non-returnable.

While we try to ensure that all customers coming to Bookends’ signings will meet authors and get their books signed, we cannot guarantee that all attendees will meet the author or that all books will be signed. We cannot control inclement weather, author travel schedules or authors who leave prematurely.

Bookends, 211 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 201-445-0726


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Thursday, August 9, 2018
Village Hall (Garden Room – First floor) – 8:30am

1. CBD Landlords Roundtable
2. Next CBD Community Forum

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Reader says Paint Over the Bike Lane , Send the bill to Aronsohn and Pucciarelli

suicide bike lane

Painting over the green bicycle lanes and arrows is essential, but not enough. Two lanes in each direction on the west side of Franklin Ave. underpass MUST BE REINSTATED. They were needed when it was built a zillion years ago and far more now and even more in the future. Rip out the new wider median with the lampposts (a narrower one can be safe if built a little higher; it worked fine for decades) and put back the four lanes NOW or we are DOOMED. Waste of money? Yep. Shouldn’t have happened in the first place. Everybody warned that it would be a disaster. Aronsohn pushed it through. He’d be even more thrilled if it were replaced–more construction contracts. Nevertheless, gotta happen, and if they wait until the construction is in high gear it will be impossible to close that area for the time needed to fix it. PUH-LEASE, Council, just DO it. Send the bill to Aronsohn and Pucciarelli.

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Things to Consider Creating the Best Garden in Ridgewood

August 8,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, A beautiful garden always attracts attention and is a source of pride for the owners. However, to create it this way, it’s not enough just to plant “something”, cut this with a powerful electric lawn mower and wait until it becomes beautiful. You need to competently approach to planning your garden in Ridgewood, NJ.

Take Climate into Account
When deciding on the creation of the best garden, keep in mind that there is a moderate climate in Ridgewood, NJ. Moderate climate, fairly humid, with a mild summer, mild winters, long warm in spring and autumn, provides an opportunity for favorable growth and development of a huge number of plants. The garden of temperate climate is characterized by the use of deciduous broad-leaved trees and shrubs in combination with herbaceous flowering plants.

Trees and Flowers to Choose
The main accent in the compositions of such a garden is made on the diversity of color and structure of foliage, on the combination of various forms of trees, ornamental shrubs and herbaceous perennials.
Such trees as maples, chestnuts, ash trees, mountain ash, hazel, barberry, hydrangea, varieties of spirea, buddleias, junipers, and from herbaceous perennials – hosts, ferns, polyanthus roses, primroses, dicentra, bells, astilbe will look good in your garden.

What to Avoid
When creating a garden in Ridgewood, NJ, avoid bright, contrasting combinations of yellow, red and blue. For the garden of a local climate, the prudish British restraint, the use of more tranquil, close-to-natural colors or a monochrome scale is more suitable.The main color of this garden should be green with all its shades. As you can see, very much of the traditional European plant set is quite suitable for the middle band. Although the selection of plants for winter hardiness should be more stringent and care – more thorough.

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Ice Cream by Mike a Great Addition to the Central Business District

August 8,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, we checked out Ice Cream by Mike yesterday . Ice Cream by Mike offers a rotating selection of flavors crafted using the best possible ingredients like Valrhona chocolate and Tahitian vanilla beans. Mike uses only the finest fresh and when he can local ingredients .If you follow Mike’s social media you will see the current specials and you can signup to receive updates on limited edition releases! We tried the chocolate ,it was crazy good !