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Happy 4th of July from the Ridgewood blog


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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Reader says ,”Slander and libel in politics keep reaching new lows”

3 amigos in action Ridgewood NJ

“Slander and libel in politics keep reaching new lows. The internet may seem like a good smokescreen and sometimes it is, but the perpetrator is often obvious. It’s all pathetic–childish, desperate, and dangerous. What people want to hear from candidates is their background and experience, evidence of their character, their intentions, and their political leanings. Mudslinging against opponents only makes them the best of a bad lot–and that’s if the mudslinging is truthful, which it often is not.”

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Reader calls ,One Village One Vote, Ridgewood Moms and Dads ” a bigger Nexus”

Ridgewood 3 amigos

Look at what’s “common” behind these five names. Then follow the money. This has nothing to do with BOE. This is a bigger operation with deep pockets (same connections to last two council candidates .. who ran within a couple of years after moving to the town)..and same connections with the other guy who ran within a couple of years after moving here in 2008.
This is a bigger Nexus.

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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 fly ,”One Village One Vote” front for BOE?


…the fly has learned that the group “One Village One Vote” appears to be sanctioned by members of Ridgewood Board of Education and members of the Ridgewood Education Association and is purely an attempt to eliminate the school budget vote in Ridgewood . The fly has many friends in the Ridgewood Moms and Dads group and will continue to monitor the activities on the site for Ridgewood residents ….

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Ridgewood Moms and Dads Member Bashes Deputy Mayor

free speech

“Wtf? Is Susan the mole that feeds you this stuff since you(James) are banned from the group. She should be banned from Ridgewood Moms and dads. She’s a rat and most certainly looks like one too. Cannot wait for her Trump loving butt to be gone. Stringy hair, bad clothing, halitosis, and rotten teeth. Gross.”

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Deputy Mayor calls out Misrepresentations of “One Village One Vote” group on School Budget Vote

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Moms and Dads Facebook page ; a page censored by its Admin had an interesting conversation.

Deputy Mayor Knudsen decided to correct the misinformation that’s being propagated by the One Village One Vote group, she pointed out the inaccuracies in Matt Lindenberg’s post that > 2% annual increase in Budget automatically calls out the budget vote and clarified that use of exceptions/ exemptions the BOE budget can exceed 2% without a November vote, Dan Creed further clarified that the exception items can easily hit the 10% increase without an actual Budget vote, he also explained that through ‘Bank the difference’ any year where the budget doesn’t increases 2%, the Difference can be reserved for next year, essentially the tax payers have no control on this perpetual increase without the budget vote.

Village One Vote group that is looking to take away Ridgewood residents right to vote on the Ridgewood School budget. Using a ruse claiming non November elections are low turnout and therefor expensive . The group omits to mention that to eliminate the April vote would eliminate the school budget vote . The Ridgewod School budget currently stands at $111,000,000 and accounts for over 60% of your tax dollars

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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


file photo by Boyd Loving

May 28,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

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.