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Reader says , “It blocks the clear site of the entrance into Ridgewood as you are driving down the highway “

NO!! it’s not the gas station that is the problem, James, it is the building, being constructed on the same lot of the gas station. It blocks the clear site of the entrance into Ridgewood as you are driving down the highway, RT 17. It is dangerous. You no longer can see clearly what is going on with cars exiting that entrance. Cars may crash into you exiting the wrong lane. Also, the gas station lot will be too crowded to safely move your car once you have gotten gas. Damn’t . The new Dunkin Donuts makes it dangerous for anyway going into that lot. I am talkin about the entrance into Ridgewood into Franklin Tpke after a Park and Ride where they are constructing a huge drive-in Dunkin Donuts. Read Friday’s Ridgewood News. First it was going to be a seven -eleven. NO matter what it is the building blinds the site of drivers who want to enter into Ridgewood. The town approved that construction because they do not care about the safety of people. Only about money.

For years ,since 1978 when I moved here, there was only a gas station there. Then it was not crowded and safe. Now on the highway it is a death trap to enter into Ridgewood because you are blinded by the building and getting gas will be dangerous because too crowded with Dunkin drivers. The lot of the SHell station was small to begin with.

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WalletHub Study: New Jersey Ranks as 2019’s 5th Worst State to Retire

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Ridgewood NJ, To help retirees find a safe, enjoyable and wallet-friendly place to call home, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 46 key metrics. The data set ranges from adjusted cost of living to weather to quality of public hospitals.

Retiring in New Jersey (1=Best; 25=Avg.)

  • 42nd – Adjusted Cost of Living
  • 33rd – Annual Cost of In-Home Services
  • 42nd – WalletHub ‘Taxpayer’ Ranking
  • 45th – Elderly-Friendly Labor Market
  • 28th – % of Population Aged 65 & Older
  • 46th – Health-Care Facilities per Capita

For the full report, please visit:

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Valley Hospital Sponsors Restaurant Week in Ridgewood January 13-17th, 20-24th, and 27-31st

January 13-17, 2019
January 20-24, 2019
January 27-31, 2019
Check below for participating restaurant and details –

Valley Hospital presents in partnership with the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce

Winter Restaurant Week 2019!For fifteen days, participating restaurants and caterers are offering you the chance to “experience” dining in Ridgewood or in your home.

Each chef is preparing a tantalizing 3-course, prix-fixe menu at $30.19.
Call the restaurant for selections and reservations.

Participating Restaurants
Pearl Restaurant- 201-857-5100

White Maple Café-201-4471953


ROOTS Steakhouse-201-444-1922
Lunch only


Office Tavern & Grill-201-652-1070


Cravings Tapas Bistro-201-857-8533

Park West Tavern-201-445-5400

Latour-201-445-5056-Lunch only and
M-Thr., weeks of 1/20-1/24, 1/27-1/31.

Jacks Lobster Rolls-973-800-7400

Lisa’s Mediterranean Cuisine-201-251-8686

Piccolo Bistro Italian- 201-882-1111

Santoni’s Pizza- 201-389-6810

Smoked 2Go- 201-447-6653-call for times open

Steel Wheel Tavern- 201-882-1800

Truly Sichuan- 201-857-3830

It’s Greek to Me
Two dinners for $30.19- 201-612-2600

Sweet Treats:
Ice Cream by Mike-201-343-4514

Playa Bowls- 201-639-2700
Samba Bowls- 201-857-5015

Chestnut Catering and Deli- 201-445-3031
Family Dinners

Wines and More:
Public Wine, Beer and Spirits-201-857-0316
Ridgewood Wine Seller- 201-444-3300
Super Cellars Fine Wines and Marketplace:

Adding new eating establishments everyday.
check back for all the participants.

January 13-17, 2019
January 20-24, 2019
January 27-31, 2019

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Ridgewood Water- Fixed Meter Rate Increase

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Ridgewood NJ, “Our goal at Ridgewood Water is to provide customers with safe, continuous, and dependable drinking water. As part of our customer commitment, we want to tell you about a change to your current/upcoming bill.”

Effective first quarter 2019, the Facilities Charge that is a portion of your water bill, will increase as approved by the Village of Ridgewood Council (Ordinance #3637) on June 28, 2018. The Facilities Charge is a fixed quarterly fee that helps fund the cost for maintaining our treatment and delivery systems, meter installations, meter reading and billing. This charge is based on the size of the meter installed at the property and does not vary with consumption. No changes have been made to the rates on water usage.

Approximately 92 percent of customers use a 5/8″ meter and are likely to see an average increase of about 6% in their current total annual bill.

  • If you don’t know your meter size, click HERE to see where you can find it on your invoice.
  • To see the full table of new meter rates, click HERE.

Ridgewood Water’s last meter fixed rate increase was in 2014. Since then, Ridgewood Water has invested $25 million in infrastructure improvements.

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Loft 41 Jewelry-STORE CLOSING-70% OFF

To all our dear customers, we regret to inform you that our store will be closing.

We are inviting you to our close out final sale with savings up to 70% off.

41 E. Ridgewood Ave.
Ridgewood, NJ 201-444-9200
[email protected]

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal customers for their support throughout our seven years in
Loft 41 Jewelry Studio

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Ridgewood Christmas Tree Pickup

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Ridgewood NJ, The Parks Division will be picking up Christmas trees, following the same schedule as last year. This schedule follows a Tuesday/Eastside and Thursday/Westside pattern with trees being picked up on the Westside of the Village curbside on Thursdays, January 17th and 24th. Trees will then be picked up on the Eastside of the Village curbside on Tuesdays, January 15th, 22nd and 29th between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Please be sure that your Christmas trees are not placed in the street.
Those residents wishing to drop off Christmas trees may bring them to the designated location at the Graydon Pool parking lot anytime from January 3 through 29, 2019.
For additional information please contact the Parks Division Office at 201-670-5565.

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Bergen Hazmat Called in on Chemical Spill in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood firefighters and Bergen County Hazmat technicians responded a reported chemical substance lining a storm drain near 132 Circle Avenue, Ridgewood on Thursday afternoon, 01/10. The substance was tested and determined to be discharge from a dry chemical fire extinguisher. Two (2) Ridgewood firefighters donned full protective gear, including self contained breathing apparatus, and removed the substance from the storm drain’s walls & floor. No injuries were reported.

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“Dine and Dash” hits Ridgewood Restaurant

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood police report that on January 1st, patrol units responded to a Godwin Avenue business on a report of a theft of services. Upon arrival patrol was advised a male and female actor fled from the restaurant without making payment for the services rendered. The amount of the theft was approximately $30. Patrol checked the area but could not locate the actors.

A dine and dash is a form of theft by fraud, in which a patron orders and consumes food and beverages from a restaurant or similar establishment with the intent not to pay. The act may involve the customer leaving the restaurant with the intent of evading payment, or, less commonly, of the patron eating the food and then stating that they do not have any money.

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Contractor Leaves Ridgewood Resident in the Lurch


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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police report that on January 3rd, a McKinley Avenue resident responded to Ridgewood Police headquarters to report a theft in the past. The victim reported a contractor removed construction plans and permits from the residence without authorization. The stolen items were valued at approximately $20,000. The victim reported the contractor has failed to respond to communications at this time and wished to document the incident at this time.

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Idling Car Stolen on North Van Dien in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police report that Patrol units responded to 223 North Van Dien Avenue on a report of a stolen vehicle on December 31st. Upon arrival, the victim reported he left his 2013 Toyota Corolla in the parking lot unsecured with the motor running and when he returned a short time later the vehicle missing. A stolen vehicle report was taken and the vehicle entered into N.C.I.C. as a stolen vehicle.

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