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BREAKING UPDATE (8:17 pm): Ridgewood Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld Resigns


September 6,2016

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Breaking Update : (8:17 pm)the Ridgewood blog has learned that the now former Village manager was escorted out the building after misusing her Village email by sending out misinformation about her departure. 

Ridgewood NJ, various sources have confirmed as of 9:17 am this morning Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld as tendered her resignation . Her last official day is Friday . We are not sure if she will be at the Council meeting tomorrow night . Heather Mailander will take over temporary manager duties.

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September 5,2016

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Ridgewood NJ,  Beth McGovern, R.N., Clinical Practice Specialist in Women’s & Children’s Services and Coordinator of the Simulation Program at The Valley Hospital, has been named a 2016 GEM Award Finalist in the category of “Education and Mentoring”.

The GEM Award program publicly recognizes and celebrates nursing excellence.  The GEM Award for Education and Mentoring recognizes a nurse who has shared knowledge with other nurses through formal nursing education, skills training or continuing education, and who has demonstrated, supported or influenced nurses’ career development in meaningful, measurable ways.

McGovern was specifically nominated for her leadership with the Simulation Program at The Valley Hospital.  As the Coordinator of the Simulation Program, McGovern coordinates all of the simulation activities in the hospital at the present time. She was the lead in getting $4 million in funding from The Valley Foundation, and she also secured a women and health grant for $120,000 based on her presentation of the program.

“Beth McGovern has truly become a champion of the Simulation Program and its growth,” said Paul Quinn, Director, Inpatient Women & Children’s Services, The Valley Hospital.  “Additionally, her day-to-day mentoring of staff, her development of protocols for nurses and staff, and her clinical expertise in daily rounds and coordination of treatment plans for complex patients has made her invaluable to Valley.”

The Valley Simulation Program started about four years ago with one female simulator and has expanded to also have an adult male simulator, a pediatric simulator, and a newborn simulator. The simulators are programed to simulate heart attacks, strokes, cardiac arrests and much more; it is based on the identified needs of particular units.  So far, the simulators have been used by emergency room staff, in the Operating Room, the OB, The Center For Childbirth, the ICU and at Luckow.  Simulation is recognized as most effective way to teach skill and team training in the healthcare environment, as it bridges the gap between classroom learning and real-life situations.

McGovern will be honored at a GEM Finalists gala in early September.  Regional winners will be selected in November, and the 2016 GEM Awards national winners will be announced in early 2017.  Finalists are chosen following nominations by their nursing colleagues.

Photo caption: Beth McGovern, R.N., Clinical Practice Specialist at The Valley Hospital, has been named a 2016 GEM Award Finalist for her leadership with Valley’s Simulation Program.

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Reader says Ridgewood teachers should realize that the current lack of signs means very few support the teachers.

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The teachers should realize that the current lack of signs means very few support the teachers. Where do we get a sign supporting the Board? The teachers ARE going to cut out writing letters and any extra time w/the students. The Board and the parents are going to have to take a stance and not give the teachers a thing. This has been how the teachers have always won their demands in the past. Parents have to support the Board for once. The teachers have more under their old contract than most communities. And contrary to their theory that they are the cause of Ridgewood’s supposed “Excellence”, they are not. And our rankings, contrary to what many people think, have gone quite a long ways down in the time we have lived here (over 40 years). We long ago reached the point that, unfortunately, a child will get a better education in the private schools–which most of us can’t pay for. A friend sent her daughter to IHA for 9th grade and then had to return her to Ridgewood for the following three. The child basically repeated her entire 9th grade year while she was actually in the 10th. And this was years ago–imagine the differential now!

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Bicyclist vs. pedestrian crash on the Saddle River Area Bike Path in Ridgewood sends cyclist involved to Valley Hospital

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photos courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook page

September 6,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, A late afternoon Sunday, 09/04 bicyclist vs. pedestrian crash on the Saddle River Area Bike Path in Ridgewood sent the adult male cyclist involved in the collision on a short ambulance ride to The Valley Hospital with multiple injuries. Ridgewood PD and EMS responded along with a unit from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division. The pedestrian involved in the crash refused transport to the hospital after being evaluated on the scene by Ridgewood EMS EMTs.

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Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital hosts Adopt A Pet Day

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Congressmen Scott Garrett promoting pet adoption

September 4,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, If you have room in your home and heart, they will have 30 shelters and rescue groups with 300 pets for adoption. Experience the joy of unconditional love. Someone is waiting for you. . .

Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital hosts Adopt A Pet Day
Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 11:00 AM until 4:00 Pm
Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital, 320 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood

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Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce Farmers Market

Sun, June 26, 2016 – Sun, October 30, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Train Station Parking Lot, Godwin Ave & W Ridgewood Ave

It is here! Sundays
June 26, 2016 – October 30, 2016
9:00am – 3:00pm

Enjoy “Farm to Table”
Ridgewood Train Station
Parking Lot West Side

or call 201-445-2600

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Ridgewood Education Association and Board of Education Face off in New Contract Negotiations

REA Members come out to greet our Board of Ed
September 4th 2016
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Ridgewood NJ, Students return to school on Tuesday and as the new school year begins the Ridgewood Education Association members are still working without a contract. The Ridgewood Education Association is looking for the public’s support to settle their contract dispute with the school board which up till now has been tepid at best.

The Ridgewood Education Association is asking the public to please support their members by demanding that the Board settles the contract. They want to make sure Dr. Fishbein knows that their contract is the number one priority. They are also asking residents to place a sign on your lawn to support the Ridgewood Education Association.

Readers agree that a contract settlement is needed but consider REA demands unreasonable  , “Isn’t it obvious the NJEA is forcing the REA to make unreasonable demands and negotiate in bad faith with our volunteer BOE? Settle now.”

Many blog readers also do not share the REA’s enthusiasm ,”The REA thinks that just because Ridgewood schools have a “tradition of excellence”, that they are somehow excellent. That takes hard work. This current bunch of teachers seems to care more about their annual wage increases and health care benefits than they do about excellence for our school system. Shameless greed given a BOE budget already north of $100 million even though the population of Ridgewood is little changed since we did have top rated schools in the 1980s and 90s.”

Some REA supporters think the union should take stronger action , “maybe coaches need to through in the towel . Take away extra curricular activities and you’ll see how fast parents put signs up on their lawn.”

This Tuesday September 6th, the first day of school for students, the Ridgewood Education Association will hold a rally at 4:00pm at the Ed Center. The rally is an attempt to pressure the BOE to give in .That evening there will be a negotiation session and union is looking to let the Board know that 434 days is too long to work without a contract. The REA is also asking residents to come and support your teachers and secretaries by wearing red.

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Ridgewood Schools Invites all to Coffee and Conversation

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September 2,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, SAVE THE DATES FOR COFFEE WITH THE BOE AND DAN FISHBEIN: Coffee and Conversation Dates Are Announced

The Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Daniel Fishbein will host residents for coffee and casual conversation on three separate occasions this school year.

The first date for Coffee and Conversation is Wednesday, October 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, Ridgewood.

Future dates will follow on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 and Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

All residents are invited to drop in to share their thoughts, questions, suggestions and concerns

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Ridgewood Schoolhouse Museum Fall Events

September 3,2016
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Ridgewood NJ, In keeping with the theme of the Schoolhouse Museum’s current “Farm and Home” exhibit, the Ridgewood Historical Society, in conjunction with Demarest Farms in Hillsdale, has a number of events planned for the fall months. These events are a great opportunity to learn about, buy, and in some cases, taste, locally grown produce and fruits, and to support not only the Museum, but also Demarest Farms – a local area farm since 1886!

On September 17th we will be setting up a ‘mini-exhibit’ at Demarest Farms. This mini-exhibit, staffed by board members of the Society, will show some of the museum’s farming artifacts, and will display and discuss a variety of items that are currently available and in season. This will range from red, to plum, to heirloom tomatoes; white peaches and yellow peaches; and, of course, apples. Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Macintosh to name a few. Demarest Farms also has available a “Pick your own” peaches, apples or pumpkins hay ride. This should be a fun filled day.

On October 15, at the Schoolhouse Museum, we will have samples of baked dishes, with produce supplied by Demarest Farms. Details are still being worked out, but save this date, since there will be a limited number of tickets for sale.

On November 19 at Demarest Farms…and just in time for Thanksgiving, we will be offering a discount coupon to our membership. This coupon gives you the opportunity to save money as you begin your Thanksgiving fruit and produce shopping. And Demarest Farms will donate 10% of the proceeds to the Ridgewood Historical Society.

These events not only support the Museum, but also Demarest Farms – a local producer of produce and fruits, with 130 years of history in our area.

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From Scratch in Ridgewood Eating pasta to help quake victims

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September 3,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, From Scratch in Ridgewood is joining other Italian restaurants around the country in raising funds for Italy’s earthquake victims by offering the signature dish of the stricken region, pasta all’Amatriciana. Owner Claudia Rovegno will cook the dish, made with pancetta and pecorino cheese, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through the end of September. It will cost $20, of which $4 will be donated to earthquake relief. 44 E. Ridgewood Ave., 201-857-5188,