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Reader Blasts High Density Housing and Fairshare Housing

” High density housing is pitched as some great humanitarian effort of sorts, but in reality is nothing more than exploitation of the poor and of a communities resources, for the profit of an outside interest (a corporation, investors/developers etc.) That profit will be dangled in front of your counsel members, commissioners and elected officials, and they will be corrupted by it, selling their community off for personal monetary gain. Communities must come together to support & educate each other in order to say NO to these proposals and not be fooled by the smoke & mirrors sales pitch story of housing shortage and increased revenues. “

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Ridgewood High School Awarded the Shoprite Cup

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood High School accepts the Shoprite Cup for the best Group IV athletic program in NJ 2018-2019. 

ShopRite Cup Winners , Wakefern Corporation awards points to schools for 1-winning group championships and 2-for being disqualification-free all year in all NJSIAA sports. At the end of the year, the six top earning schools (four public schools and two non-publics) are awarded the prestigious Shop-Rite Cup.

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Upcoming Ridgewood Village Council meetings

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Ridgewood NJ, The upcoming Village Council meetings are on the following dates/times:

            September 25, 2019 – Work Session – 7:30 p.m.
            October 2, 2019 – Work Session – 7:30 p.m.
            October 7, 2019 – Public Meeting – 8:00 p.m.
            October 23, 2019 – Work Session – 7:30 p.m.

The Village Council meetings are open to the public, with Public Comments at both the beginning and the end of every meeting.  They are broadcast live on both Optimum (Channel 77) and Fios (Channel 34), can be viewed as a livestream on the Village website, and can also be viewed after the meeting on YouTube (connect through the Village website). 

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Ridgewood Police ,Fire and EMS Respond to Chain Reaction Crash on Linwood Avenue

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Ridgewood NJ, An early Monday afternoon, 09/15, three (3) vehicle chain reaction crash at the intersection of Linwood Avenue and North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood sent two (2) individuals to the hospital by ambulance, with a third victim refusing medical attention beyond an on-scene evaluation. Ridgewood Police Department, Ridgewood Fire Department, and Ridgewood EMS responded to aid the victims, as did a paramedic team from The Valley Hospital. Two (2) tow trucks were required to remove wreckage from the scene. The crash may have been related to a medical episode experienced by one (1) of the drivers involved.

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NJOHSP, NJDOE Urge Reporting of School Threats

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Ridgewood NJ, As another academic year begins throughout New Jersey, recognizing and reporting school-related threats remains of critical importance to the safety of students, faculty, and parents. NJOHSP and the New Jersey Department of Education recently sent a letter to administrators urging them to emphasize the seriousness of school-related threats and the concerns and consequences surrounding them. Recent mass shootings over the summer in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio; coupled with the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February 2018, are unfortunate reminders that schools must remain vigilant in reporting suspicious activity.

Once reported, this information is immediately shared among local, county, State, and federal authorities. The statewide information-sharing process through the New Jersey Suspicious Activity Reporting System allowed for an in-depth analysis on the changing trends in threats and tactics affecting New Jersey, finding that social media remains a pervasive method used by juveniles and students to convey school threats.All threats, including those directed at schools, should be reported immediately to local authorities and NJOHSP’s CTWatch desk at 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ or tips@njohsp.gov.

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Five Paterson Men Admit Stealing Over $300,000 In Checks From Dozens Of Mail Collection Boxes in Bergen

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Ridgewood NJ, Five Paterson, New Jersey, men have admitted their roles in a scheme to steal checks worth more than $300,000 from U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail collection boxes throughout New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Jerry Lake-Rodriguez, 26, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi in Newark federal court to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Co-defendants Ismael Alicea Jr., 26, Yerrisson Garcia-Rodriguez, 24, Brayan Ulloa-Ulloa, 24, and Johan Lake-Rodriguez, 27, previously pleaded guilty to separate informations charging each with conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

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The New Jersey Choral Society Member Wins the Harmonium Composition Contest for 2019 with her piece entitled “Hymn to Venus.”

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Ridgewood NJ, The New Jersey Choral Society is unique among the many choral groups in NJ and we pride ourselves on promoting our younger singers. One such member is Wen Wen Vanderwende, now a first year student at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. This past spring, she won the Harmonium Composition Contest for 2019 with her piece entitled “Hymn to Venus.” She said that this past season’s study of 20th century music with Song of the Angels and Poulenc’s Stabat Mater influenced hercomposition.

Listen to Wen Wen’s award winning composition, performed by the Harmonium Choral Society, here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch…

Congratulations to Wen Wen. We look forward to saying that we knew you when!

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QUO VADIS : RIDGEWOOD MASTER PLAN VISIONING WORKSHOPS

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Ridgewood NJ, Mark Your Calendars for Ridgewood’s Master Plan Visioning Workshops, which will determine what Ridgewood will look like 20, 30 and 40 years from now.  All Ridgewood residents and community stakeholders are welcome to participate!

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The Hudson Street parking lot closed until June 2020

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Ridgewood NJ, The Hudson Street parking lot closed on 8/19/2019 and will be closed for the duration of the construction of the Hudson Street Garage, through June 2020.  During the construction, the sidewalk along the parking lot will be closed. 

All pedestrians must use the sidewalk along the church side of Hudson Street.  In addition, the sidewalk on South Broad Street is closed, just after Pearl Restaurant.  For your safety, please use designated crosswalks to cross both Hudson Street and South Broad Street. 

Hudson Street itself will be open to vehicles during the beginning of the construction, but will be closed for a period of 6-8 weeks, during the day, in late 2019/early 2020.  When we have definite dates of the closures, you will be notified via E-Notice, and they will also be put onto the Village website. 

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Thieves Target Unlocked Vehicles in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ , according to the Ridgewood police over the last several weeks, there have been many cars which have been left unlocked, and many of them have the key fob in them.  At times, the actors take belongings and money from the cars, and other times, they steal the car.  In fact, four cars were stolen from residents’ driveways, 9/12/19 through 9/14/19, because the key fobs were left in the cars.
 
The Ridgewood Police Department is asking for help from the public to PLEASE lock your homes and cars and remove any valuables and keys or key fobs.  We do not want any police officers or civilians injured or killed in an attempt to catch the actors. The actors will move to other areas if they are unable to locate unlocked vehicles or find anything of value. In addition, if anyone has any video of the actors or events, please contact the Ridgewood Detective Bureau at 201-251-4536.