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State says Ridgewood must replace land

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State says Ridgewood must replace land

OCTOBER 6, 2014    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2014, 11:06 AM
BY LAURA HERZOG
STAFF WRITER
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Ridgewood has been tracked down for a 32-year-old gaffe.

According to the Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld, the village was recently told by Green Acres, a state conservation program, that it needed to make amends for a piece of Green Acres-encumbered land on South Broad Street that Ridgewood sold to the Bergen County Housing Authority – way back in 1982.

The village sold what was a public playground to the Bergen County Housing Authority to provide public low-income housing, Sonenfeld said, and now the diversion “has to be adjusted.”

“In order to correct this, we need 1.9 acres of open space. The other requirement is that we have to spend at least 1:1 value for the property that was sold to Bergen County Housing … And we have to replace the outdoor facility [the playground] that was on that property when we sold this,” Sonenfeld said, later noting that the village needs to buy “more than one parcel” of land and is currently in negotiations with one party.

“We need to do this, because if we don’t,” she noted, “we’re not eligible for future Green Acres grants, and we’re not eligible to get payments on our current outstanding grants.”

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/states-says-village-must-replace-land-1.1103368#sthash.AD706r2H.dpuf

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Pedestrian pinned under NJ Transit bus in Ridgewood

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Pedestrian pinned under NJ Transit bus in Ridgewood
October 6th 2014 
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Ridgewood NJ , A NJ Transit bus struck a male pedestrian crossing Oak Street at the intersection of Franklin Avenue in Ridgewoodon Monday evening, 10/06 at approximately 7:15 PM.  The victim was pinned under the driver’s side of the bus and remained there until freed by Ridgewood firefighters.  The bus was operating on Route #752.  The victim was conscious and alert as he was being placed on an ambulance stretcher.  He was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center; injuries were reported to his leg and ankle.  Oak Street between East Ridgewood and Franklin Avenues is closed while the accident investigation is being conducted.  Franklin Avenue in the vicinity of Oak Street may be subject to closure as well.  Ridgewood PD, EMS, FD, and Emergency Services personnel responded.  The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation Unit was requested, as were members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit.  NJ Transit PD was also requested.

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Photo credit:  Boyd A. Loving

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6th Annual “Access Ridgewood” Disability Awareness Program

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6th Annual Access For All Weekend – October 17 – 19

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Ridgewood Community Access Network

6th Annual “Access Ridgewood” Disability Awareness Program

Three-Day Program to Feature Education, Entertainment, Religious Services

The Ridgewood Community Access Network (CAN) will be hosting the 6th annual “Access Ridgewood” disability awareness program October 17-19.

“The purpose of this three-day program will be to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the special needs and special gifts of people with disabilities,” explained Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn. “In so doing, it will provide a great opportunity for our entire community to come together to learn, to share and to embrace an issue — disability — that affects every person and every family … either directly or indirectly.”

Among our special guests for the weekend will be U.S. Senator Cory Booker, Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan and Bergen County Director of Disability Services James Thebery.

“I look forward to joining Mayor Aronsohn at this year’s ‘Access Ridgewood’ disability awareness program,” said Senator Booker. “This annual event is made possible by the generosity of so many, and it is a wonderful showing of how communities can come together to raise awareness and appreciation for people with disabilities.”

Below is the program for the weekend:

Friday, October 17

Schools Program: All of our public schools will address the topic of disability through film, discussion or other means. The format for each school will vary, but most programming is expected to take place in the morning.

Seniors Program: Seniors will be invited to a special program entitled, “When Clutter Becomes a Problem.” This event will take place in Village Hall at 10:00am.

Family Party: Young children and their parents will be invited to a fun party at which they can create a mask with special art instructor Marcia Matthews, listen to music by Marlene Pillow and eat lots of fun food. This event will take place in the Library auditorium at 5:00pm.

Teen Dance Party: Students – middle school and older – will be invited to a “Twilight” dance party with DJ and refreshments. This event will take place in Village Hall at 7:30pm.

Saturday, October 18

– Community Fair: The entire community will be invited to enjoy performances and a fashion show including children of different abilities. Local organizations will also be on hand to share information about programs and services. Food and refreshments will be served. This event will take place in the Village Hall courtyard and Library auditorium from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.

At 1:00pm, Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan will kick-off the performances in the library, and Bergen County Disability Services Director James Thebery will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

At 1:40pm, U.S. Senator Cory Booker will kick-off the fashion show in the library, and NJTV’s Marie DeNoia Aronsohn will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Sunday, October 19

– Interfaith Service: The entire community will be invited to an interfaith service at the First Reformed Church in Ridgewood. Led by Pastor Judy Broeker, the service will include clergy from various local houses of worship. This event will take place at 303 Prospect Street at 7:00pm.

Throughout the weekend, some of the other houses of worship will include a discussion of disability issues in their respective services.

This program is being made possible through the generosity and sense of community of many individuals, organizations and businesses. A full list of sponsors and volunteers will be available at a later date.

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Audrey Meyers, of The Valley Hospital the Highest Paid Non-Profit hospital CEO in New Jersey?

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Audrey Meyers, of The Valley Hospital the Highest Paid Non-Profit hospital CEO in New Jersey?

From the article ; Medical millionaires: The compensation packages of hospital heads are drawing attention by Beth Fitzgerald , Among other notable 2012 paychecks for New Jersey hospital system CEOs:

Such salary figures are not limited to the heads of giant health care systems. NJBIZ found the leaders of other well-known hospitals around the state earned similar salaries in 2012.

Audrey Meyers, the CEO of The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, earned $2.18 million.

Michael Maron, the CEO of Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, was paid $1.83 million.

Barry S. Rabner, the CEO of Princeton Healthcare System, received $1.35 million.

John T. Gribbin, the CEO of CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, earned $1.2 million.

Gary S. Horan, the CEO of Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, was paid $1.19 million

Douglas Duchak, the former CEO of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, made $999,023.

The compensation comes at a time when the Affordable Care Act has the health care industry searching for ways to cut the ever-expanding cost of care.

Industry insiders will point to this idea as a reason for such salaries, saying these leaders are driving the search for such savings — and doing it at a time when some hospitals in the state are on the verge of bankruptcy and in danger of closing.

The salaries of the hospital heads are not unusual for CEOs in New Jersey. In fact, they are far below what others are earning.

The NJBIZ list of the highest-paid CEOs of public companies lists 25 making more than $7 million annually — and 45 making more than $3 million.

The difference, Berger said, is that these salaries were earned at public for-profit companies.

“I have no problem with people becoming millionaires if they’re not working for a tax-subsidized nonprofit,” he said.

Medical millionaires: The compensation packages of hospital heads are drawing attention

By Beth Fitzgerald
March 5, 2014 at 1:02 PM

http://www.njbiz.com/article/20140305/NJBIZ01/140309913/Medical-millionaires:-The-compensation-packages-of-hospital-heads-are-drawing-attention

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Ridgewood’s Valley Hospital sues over rejection of expansion project

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Ridgewood’s Valley Hospital sues over rejection of expansion project

OCTOBER 3, 2014, 11:53 PM    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014, 11:56 PM
BY MARY JO LAYTON
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD

The Valley Hospital filed suit Friday against the Ridgewood Planning Board for rejecting its proposal to nearly double in size, arguing the board illegally sided with neighborhood opponents rather than permitting an upgrade for “an inherently beneficial regional hospital.”

For Valley, the lawsuit filed in state Superior Court in Hackensack is an attempt to end a protracted and costly stalemate with the village — its expansion plans have been defeated two times in the last four years.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/ridgewood-s-valley-hospital-sues-over-rejection-of-expansion-project-1.1102356#sthash.4G5tiib0.dpuf

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Ridgewood Football breaks quickly from the starting gate

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Ridgewood Football breaks quickly from the starting gate

October 3, 2014    Last updated: Friday, October 3, 2014, 12:31 AM
By Jim McConville
CORRESPONDENT
The Ridgewood News

RIDGEWOOD — Heading into Thursday night’s home game versus Kennedy, the Ridgewood High School football team was looking not only to continue its winning ways but also to continue to develop the chemistry, experience and execution it will need as the schedule toughens later this month.

There were plenty of positives through the Maroons’ first three games, and much of that had to do with the way the sophomores injected themselves into the lineup and made key contributions.

Members of the 2004 Ridgewood High School North 1, Group 4 championship football team gather on the field of RHS Stadium at halftime of last Friday’s game to be honored on the 10th anniversary of their state-sectional title.

The youth movement can be a double-edged sword, however. RHS benefitted from an early schedule in which its first three opponents were a combined 2-7, and the team won all three games by an average of 46-4 (Kennedy was 0-3 entering Thursday). That necessitates tempering any enthusiasm a bit in assessing the results.

Still, every win is important, and the schedule is what it is. Ridgewood need not make excuses for winning the games it is supposed to win while giving some of its rookies a dose of confidence at the varsity level.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/sports/high-school-sports/football/ridgewood-breaks-quickly-from-the-starting-gate-1.1101679#sthash.qMj2EYGh.dpuf

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Ridgewood stenographer keeps transcripts in good hands

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Ridgewood stenographer keeps transcripts in good hands

OCTOBER 3, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY LAURA HERZOG
STAFF WRITER
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Sometimes, when Ridgewood’s court reporter Laura Carucci is “in the zone” at a hearing, typing up a transcript at between 180 and 270-plus words a minute, her mind will drift off for a few seconds. She’ll think of grocery lists, or of what she’s doing after work.

But, in a testament to her training, her fingers keep doing their magic, flawlessly. The transcript will still be fine, devoid of any mention of needed snacks or household supplies.

“I’ve never actually written about what I’m thinking,” she said.

Still, sometimes as a joke for her mother, herself a long-time stenographer who occasionally copy edits Carucci’s transcripts, Carucci will write something into her notes, like “I’m so tired,” or “This person is speaking too fast.”

“She can read it. She thinks it’s funny,” Carucci said, chuckling.

For nearly 15 years, Carucci has been the stenographer for the village zoning board, also handling big Planning Board meetings, including The Valley Hospital and multi-family housing hearings. She also works for Englewood, Hackensack, Clifton, Fair Lawn and Rockleigh.

She has worked in other venues, including her most high-profile job taking depositions during the original O.J. Simpson murder case.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/crime-and-courts/stenographer-keeps-transcripts-in-good-hands-1.1101664#sthash.OKjIzSqM.dpuf

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Ridgewood Toastmasters International group opens lines of communication

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Ridgewood Toastmasters International group opens lines of communication

OCTOBER 1, 2014    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2014, 10:10 AM
BY LAURA HERZOG
STAFF WRITER
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

The topic was “excellence.”

Speakers had one minute to give an impromptu speech on the subject, guided only by a famous quote.

After his name was pulled randomly from a jar, one young man wearing running shorts got up nervously to the podium in the front of nearly 30 other people, of all ages, sitting in a back room of The Unitarian Society of Ridgewood last Tuesday night.

Mahwah resident Joseph Liberatore, a personal trainer who was only at his second Ridgewood Toastmasters meeting, silently re-read the Greek poet Hesiod’s quote about “badness.”

“Badness you can get easily, in quantity; the road is smooth, and it lies close by, but in front of excellence the immortal gods have put sweat, and long and steep is the way to it.”

“When you’re sitting alone, and you’re just trying to think of nothing, bad thoughts can stream into your mind…” he began.

By the time he was done, with the ding of a bell – 1 minute and 23 seconds later – he leaned over, laughed and breathed a sigh of relief.

“Jitters,” he said, as he walked back to his seat.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/group-opens-lines-of-communication-1.1099947#sthash.bvJZnWac.dpuf

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Midland Park OKs dispatching negotiations

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Midland Park OKs dispatching negotiations

OCTOBER 2, 2014    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY LYNN BRUGGEMANN
CORRESPONDENT
MIDLAND PARK SUBURBAN NEWS

MIDLAND PARK — The Borough Council voted Thursday, Sept. 25, to table an ordinance introduced two weeks earlier to enter into an agreement with Northwest Bergen Central Dispatch for emergency dispatch services .

Instead, the council passed a resolution “to enter into negotiations with the Northwest Bergen Central Dispatch, including the ownership communities’ governing bodies of the Northwest Bergen Central Dispatch.”

Northwest Bergen Central Dispatch is an independent multijurisdictional service owned by the municipalities of Ridgewood and Glen Rock, which is allowed by state statute.

“We were agreeing to something that was not contractually ready,” said Mayor Patrick “Bud” O’Hagan. “[The agreement] was not properly presented to all the parties we are dealing with.”

The council’s action appears to correct a procedural misstep.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/business/council-authorizes-dispatching-talks-1.1100717#sthash.sSFOYlmq.dpuf

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Bear Standoff Ends Happily with no Causalities in Ridgewood

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Bear Standoff Ends Happily with no Causalities in Ridgewood 

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014, 10:47 AM    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014, 5:10 PM
BY STEFANIE DAZIO AND CHRIS HARRIS
STAFF WRITERS
THE RECORD

Wildlife officials have finally captured an elusive bear that romped around the village for nearly six hours.

The bear was tranquilized around 3 p.m. Tuesday as it rested in a tree on Lake Avenue. Police officers waited below with a net to catch the drugged bruin, who struggled to hang onto the branches for 30 seconds before falling out of the tree with a large thud. It was then carted away.

The standoff between man and beast had been going on throughout the day and nothing worked until now. The goal is to relocate the bear.

At the police’s request, media outlets with helicopters in the air tried to scare the bear out of a tree on Godwin Avenue but that failed and the helicopters backed off.

A spray of water from the fire department finally got him to leave the tree but he escaped up another tree with animal control officers and their German Shepherd in hot pursuit. Even the bear could be seen panting.

An earlier attempt to shoot a tranquilizing dart at the bear as he climbed down from a tree on West Ridgewood Avenue missed the mark.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/elusive-bear-finally-captured-after-six-hour-ridgewood-romp-video-1.1099112#sthash.q7z6AcDG.dpuf