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Ridgewood Native selected to be a USA Taekwondo Team Athlete for the 2019 Cadet World Championship!

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Ridgewood NJ, Liam has been selected to be a USA Taekwondo Team Athlete for the 2019 Cadet World Championship! He is currently ranked #1 in his division in the Nation. He is a member of “Team Elite” as well as a member of “Taekwondo All Inn” in Ridgewood, N.J. Liam was also named “All American Athlete” in the 2019 USAT National Championship in Minneapolis.

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Ridgewood Native Basketball Hall of Famer Anne Donovan Dies at Age 56

June 14,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood native Anne Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer who won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals in the 1980s and coached the U.S. to gold in 2008, died Wednesday of heart failure at the age of 56.

Donovan grew up in Ridgewood , played at Paramus Catholic where she became Bergen County’s all-time leading Basketball scorer.

Donovan’s family confirmed the death in a statement :

“While it is extremely difficult to express how devastating it is to lose Anne, our family remains so very grateful to have been blessed with such a wonderful human being,” the statement said. “Anne touched many lives as a daughter, sister, aunt, friend and coach. Anne was a person with strong faith, courageous spirit, a giving heart and love for everyone,” her family’s statement continued. “We are so proud of her accomplishments as a women’s’ basketball player and coach, but even more proud of her character, integrity, humility and kindness.”

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Ridgewood Native Joins Ridgewood, NJ Office of Special Properties as a Realtor® Associate

Bourque, Amy

October 21.2017
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Ridgewood NJ,  Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, has welcomed one of the region’s top real estate agents and Ridgewood native, Amy Bourque, as a Realtor® Associate at its new Ridgewood, NJ office as part of the agency’s ongoing expansion throughout the region.

A resident of the village for more than two decades, Amy Bourque brings a strong network of industry contacts, a deep knowledge of Ridgewood and the greater Bergen area, and a commitment to customer service to Special Properties. She brings a genuine passion for the area and prides herself on her personality, communications skills, and her ability to connect with and understand each client’s unique needs. By coupling Amy’s unique abilities with the Special Properties Christie’s innovative marketing tools, she is able to provide clients with the highest levels of real estate counsel and service.

Amy, a graduate of the University of Delaware, moved to New York City to pursue her passion and first career – music. During her early post-collegiate years, she worked in the fast-paced financial arena on the trading floor at UBS Securities during the day, and performed in a downtown band, the Big Cats, in the evening. After getting married and starting a family, Amy returned to her suburban Ridgewood roots.

Amy still puts aside some time for the stage and is actively involved with the Ridgewood music scene, performing with locally based musicians at fundraising events and functions. She also sits on the Village’s Central Business District Advisory Committee. As an alumna of the Ridgewood public schools, Amy is active with the school system that educated her and her three children. In her downtime, she also enjoys cheering on local athletic teams and supporting Ridgewood’s high school athletic programs.

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New York Knickerbockers Hire Ridgewood native as director of basketball strategy


August 12,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, the New York Knickerbockers announced the hiring of Ridgewood native Michael Arcieri as director, basketball strategy and Fred Cofield as scout.

Arcieri was brought in by General manager Scott Perry who is in the process of reshaping the Knicks front office .

Arcieri is one of five additions to the front-office , including Gerald Madkins has been named assistant general manager, Craig Robinson as vice president, player development and G League operations, Harold Ellis as director, player personnel, and Fred Cofield as scout.

Arcieri, spent the past five seasons with Orlando, most recently serving as director of basketball operations during the 2016-17 season after being the director of basketball administration since 2012-13. His responsibilities included: CBA operations and legal counsel and compliance, salary cap and roster management, contract drafting and execution, player trade and negotiation assistance, budget development and oversight, as well as player evaluation. Prior to joining Orlando, he was on the team counsel with Texas (Developmental League) and a high school coach at Old Tappan, NJ. He was raised in Whitestone (Queens) and Ridgewood, NJ and is a graduate of Bergen Catholic HS, Wesleyan University and Brooklyn Law School.

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Ridgewood native raises ‘Hope for the Warriors’



A Ridgewood native will be participating in the New York City Marathon in a few weeks to raise money for a non-profit organization designed to help military veterans.

Michael Doody and his wife, Lauren, share a family moment with their young son.

Staff Sgt. Michael Doody of the U.S. Army grew up in the village, attended schools here and met Lauren, a hometown girl who would become his wife.

He is currently stationed at Fort Drum in New York, but will be returning home to run in the marathon where he will “plan to take every opportunity I have to spend time with my friends and family.”

An eight-year veteran of the military, Doody decided to join the armed forces to defend the United States after the attacks on the World Trade Center.

“After Sept. 11, a certain part of me always wanted to defend our flag and fight for its honor,” he said. “I knew I was the guy who could lead soldiers into the harshest places on Earth and bring them all home to see their families. That’s what I did.”

After finishing a tour of duty, Doody signing up to be redeployed for a second tour.


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Ridgewood native Kimberly Daub was selected to serve as commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners” 101st Airborne Division


Ridgewood native Kimberly Daub was selected to serve as commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners” 101st Airborne Division


This June, Ridgewood native Kimberly Daub was selected to serve as commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners” 101st Airborne Division, becoming the first female brigade commander in the history of the division.

In accepting the position, Daub also became the first female brigade commander at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

“It’s a true honor and a pleasure to be a commander,” said Daub on a phone call from Fort Campbell. “It’s an extremely tough cut to be selected for a brigade command and not many people get this honor. It’s a privilege to lead soldiers.”

Daub graduated from Ridgewood High School in 1985 and began her career in the Army with a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship to Bucknell University.

Daub’s mother, Jaye Parsons, said her decision to do ROTC fit with her daughter like “a piece in a puzzle.”

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