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Reader claims the Ridgewood BOE members enjoy the “power trip”

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” The psyche of most volunteer school boards is often very flawed, it’s the exception not the rule that you have a board that is not more concerned with their own power and influence than the mission of the board. The Ridgewood BOE is no different, the majority is driven by ego, and to vote on a new interim member [Dani] who is void of ‘ego’, and is focused on the ‘mission’, would directly affect their ability to wield power and influence, so it’s logical that they would not want Dani on “their” board. It’s unfortunate, but common, that board members come to enjoy the “power trip”. They generally start-off well meaning, and then veer of into this unfortunate course, where what is important is no longer the mission and the children, but what they mistakenly perceive as ‘power’. This makes it of crucial importance that come April, the majority makes their voice heard, and loudly, in a decisive fashion. The consequences of letting the Ridgewood BOE continue to run in this unchecked fashion can negatively affect the Ridgewood community for many years. “

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Reader says , “this appointment is only for a few months and then we will all be able to vote for the 3 open positions”

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“We can all watch the same meeting, hear the same conversation and yet come to different conclusions.

I heard a board that wants to make sure the new member has the time to do the job, they don’t want to end up with another new board member that misses meetings and doesn’t have time to serve on committees. The next board member needs to pull their weight.

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Ridgewood Board of Education Meeting Tonight 5pm

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Board of Education will hold its next Regular Public Meeting on Monday, September 9, 2019. The Board meets at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, Floor 3 at 5 p.m. 

The public is welcome to attend the meeting, or to watch from home on Fios channel 33 or Optimum channel 77. Meetings are also streamed via the “BOE Webcast” tab on the district website at www.ridgewood.k12.nj.us.

Meeting webcasts are immediately available on the district website.
Click here to view the agenda in PDF format.
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Ridgewood Should Learn From Past Mistakes

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood residents Steve Kim and Saurabh Dani continue to point out on on the Facebook page “It takes a Ridgewood Village ” ,the lack of transparency of the Board of Education . They both have raised serious concerns over plans by both the Ridgewood Library and the Ridgewood Board of Education to borrow and spend taxpayer money with little to no input from taxpayers.


Under the pretense of “surveys” where both the institutions sample residents opinions , the Ridgewood Library and the Ridgewood Board of Education move forward with previously agreed plans to borrow and spend with no weight given  to residents input.  When questioned with the simple mathematics , both institutions fall back to  name calling ,branding residents as negative ,trouble makers and dissidents. Even going as far to enlist other residents to try to silence their neighbors.

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Ridgewood Board of Education Meeting on Monday July 29th, 5-7pm in the Ed Center

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Ridgewood NJ, 29 July, 2019 5:00PM – 7:00PM the Ridgewood Board of Education will host a Board of Education Meeting at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place.

The Board of Education is seeking qualified applicants for a vacant seat as of July 30, 2019.

Details and the application may be found on the district website at

https://www.ridgewood.k12.nj.us/cms/one.aspx…

Applications are due to the Office of the Board Secretary by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3.

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The Ridgewood Board of Education is Seeking Qualified Candidates to Fill Vacant Board Seat

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Board of Education is seeking qualified candidates to fill a seat on the Ridgewood Board of Education that will be vacant as of July 30, 2019. The vacancy was created by the resignation of Board member Christina Krauss.

The Board member term will run from the expected date of appointment in September to the April 21, 2020 Annual School Election.

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Happy 4th of July from the Ridgewood blog

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On this day, 243 years ago, the Second Continental Congress voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence. Even though they had already declared independence two days earlier, the American people were so moved by the Declaration that thereafter July 4th became our birthday. Happy Birthday America!

 

Wishing you and your families a happy and safe 4th of July !

PJ blogger and the staff of the Ridgewood blog

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The Origins of Fathers Day

the Ridgewood blog Wishes all the Dads a Happy Fathers day !!!

The Origins of Fathers Day

The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm–perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.” On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday. The next year, a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910.

Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day. However, many men continued to disdain the day. As one historian writes, they “scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving, or they derided the proliferation of such holidays as a commercial gimmick to sell more products–often paid for by the father himself.”

…In 1972, in the middle of a hard-fought presidential re-election campaign, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday at last.  Today, economists estimate that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts.

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the Ridgewood Blog says a Big Thank You on this Memorial day

On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember those who sacrificed their lives for “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are grieving. May we, as Abraham Lincoln famously said, “highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom–and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

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A Short History of Memorial Day

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May 28,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance . “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.

The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and reprised the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.

For many decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

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