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Ridgewood, fire department’s union come to terms on contract


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Ridgewood, fire department’s union come to terms on contract

JANUARY 8, 2015, 8:04 PM    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2015, 8:05 PM

RIDGEWOOD – The village and the fire department’s union have come to terms on a new four-year agreement that the council is expected to accept the agreement when it meets next week.

The new contract was agreed to by both sides on Dec. 17, said Ridgewood’s Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld, who detailed the agreement’s terms at the council’s meeting Wednesday night.

Sonenfeld said that both sides worked together during negotiations to avoid arbitration “and heavy use of lawyers.”

Under the terms of the new agreement, the council agreed to raise the starting base salary for a firefighter to $36,000 from $32,000, while creating three additional pay-scale steps, stretching the time in which a firefighter can obtain the top pay level to 13 years from 10.

The new contract eliminates longevity payments for new hires, and puts a cap on top terminal leave at $15,000 for those with at least a year of banked sick days, Sonenfeld said.

The union agreed to forgo pay raises for the first three years of the deal, with a 1.5 percent salary increase guaranteed for 2018, the final year of the contract.

“In recognition of our mutual commitment to growing staff and future leaders, we put in place an education benefit that provides for partial tuition reimbursement for job-relevant degrees and courses,” Sonenfeld said.

Sonenfeld projects the new contract will save the village approximately $170,000 per new officer over the course of their career with the fire department.

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Registration is underway for Winter Session with Ridgewood Parks and Recreation at the Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue.

Several classes return with fun new projects while a few new enrichment classes are added.

Preschool offerings include Garden Arts for Kids, Mini Doodler and My First Art.

Elementary enrichment programs include Drawing and/or Acrylics with Mrs. C, 3D Sculpture with Abrakadoodle, “Let’s Go Green” with Explore Science Inc., Creative Cooking with Education Explorers and Tech Titans with Education Explorers.

Adult classes include Watercolors and Acrylics. (Information/details for adult and senior programs at the Community Center to follow).

Visit the Recreation Homepage at where you will find all program details and registration forms which may be

downloaded. You will also be able to link to Community Pass for online registration.

Please call the Stable Recreation Office at 201-670-5560 with any questions or if special accommodations are needed. New program suggestions are always welcome.

Please be sure to bookmark the Recreation homepage on your computer for easy access to updated program and special event information.

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Ridgewood family offers gratitude for support


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Ridgewood family offers gratitude for support

JANUARY 2, 2015

Family offers gratitude for help

The Imbruglia family


To the Editor:

My family and I would like to offer our most heartfelt gratitude for the support that has been shown to us during these difficult days since our house fire on the day after Thanksgiving. Living in Ridgewood for over 20 years, we have always known our community to be extremely special and we now know just how blessed we are to be counted among you.

In the bleary-eyed days after our fire, my family was deeply touched by people dropping off gift cards, bags of bedding, clothing and necessities, hugging us, crying with us, and offering anything to help ease our losses. These were not empty gestures, the concern and the tears in their eyes helped us realize we were not alone and had the support of an entire community – whether close friends, I taught their child, or we see each other in the supermarket. My family knows now, more than ever, what an exceptional community we have and how lucky we are to be among such gracious and caring people.

We know we are incredibly blessed to have been shown such kindness and concern. Whether people cooked and delivered a meal, brought much-needed clothing, donated a gift card, treated our dog to a toy she lost, or just hugged me and cried with me on our dear friends’ porch, please know that none of us will ever forget what was done to help ease our transition through this turmoil. We will continue to pay this kindness forward and continue to support community members in need, in the ways that have bolstered us, whether it was through RHS Cares, Benjamin Franklin Home & School Association, Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital, BF staff (where I am lucky enough to work!), Ridgewood Lacrosse Association (which replaced equipment for my son so that he could play that weekend!) or through an individual gesture.

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January at Bookends


Marky Ramone

January at Bookends


Amy Purdy Sunday, January 4th @1:00PM
Champion Snowboarder and Dancing With the Stars Sensation, Amy Purdy, will sign her new book: On My Own Two Feet


Al & Lisa Robertson Monday, January 5th @ 6:00pm
Stars of Duck Dynasty, Al & Lisa Robertson, will sign their new book,
A New Season


Molly Simms Wednesay, January 7th @ 7:00pm
Supermodel, Molly Sims, will sign her new book
The Everyday Supermodel


Sean Lowe Tuesday, January 27th @ 6:00pm
Star of The Bachelor, Sean Lowe, will sign his new book:
For The Right Reasons


Marky Ramone Wednesday, January 28th @ 7:00pm
Drummer from the group The Ramone’s, Marky Ramone, will sign his new book:Punk Rock Blitzkrieg

Appearing authors will only autograph books purchased at Bookends and must have valid Bookends Receipt.

Availability & pricing for all autographed books subject to change.
First In Line Certificate use is the the discretion of Bookends. Blackout dates may apply.

Bookends cannot guarantee that the books that are Autographed will always be First Printings.

Autographed books purchased at Bookends are non-returnable.

While we try to ensure that all customers coming to Bookends’ signings will meet authors and get their books signed, we cannot guarantee that all attendees will meet the author or that all books will be signed.  We cannot control inclement weather, author travel schedules or authors who leave prematurely.

Bookends, 211 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ   07450   201-445-0726

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Readers define PILOT for ALL non-profit institutions from the educational, medical, and cultural


Readers define PILOT for ALL non-profit institutions from the educational, medical, and cultural

The PILOT should be for ALL non-profit institutions from the educational, medical, and cultural sectors that own property valued in excess of $15 million. Each institution should be eligible for a “community benefits” deduction generally limited to 50% of the total PILOT contribution, i..e 50% should be a cash payment to the Village and 50% can be defined as benefits that derive to Village residents. You need the Village Manager to initiate this, whereby tax-exempt, land-owning institutions make a voluntary payment-in-lieu-of taxes (“PILOT”) to the Village to help cover the cost of providing the institutions with essential Village services (i.e. police, fire, snow removal). The Village needs to set a standard level of contributions – in programs and payments – to be met by all major tax-exempt land owners in Ridgewood, based on an open and transparent methodology for valuing community partnerships made by tax-exempt institutions. We also need to propose a structure for a consolidation program and payment negotiation system, which will allow the Village and its tax-exempt institutions to structure longer term, sustainable partnerships focused on improving services for Ridgewood’s residents. You also have to clarify the costs associated with providing Village services to tax-exempt institutions, and if necessary, provide recommendations on legislative changes needed at the Village, County or state level. None of this should be difficult.

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Get Ready Ridgewood Restaurant Week 2015 is Coming


Ridgewood Restaurant Week 2015
Sun, January 18, 2015 – Thu, January 29, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Ridgewood NJ

Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce presents Restaurant Week 2015
Sponsored by Valley Hospital

What a great way to start the New Year-

January 18-22, 2015
January 25-29, 2015
Fine dining at $25.15

For these ten days, participating restaurants and caterers are offering you the chance to “experience” dining in Ridgewood and or your home, plus a wonderful selection of wines.

Each Chef is preparing a tantalizing 3-course, prix-fixe menu at $25.15
Please add a wine that will enhance the cuisine.

Visit the following participating restaurants and caterers. Call for reservations and details.

A Mano Neopolitan
24 Franklin Ave.

Bella Notte Italian Bistro
14 Oak St.

It’s Greek to Me
21 E. Ridgewood Ave.

Latour Restaurant-LUNCH ONLY
6 E. Ridgewood Ave.

Le Bon Choix
11 Godwin Ave.

23 N. Broad St.

37 Chestnut St.

Park West Tavern
30 Oak St.

Pearl Restaurant
17 S. Broad St.

101 E. Ridgewood Ave.

Restaurant Memoire
16 Chestnut St.

ROOTS Steakhouse
17 Chestnut St.

Sakura Bana Japanese Restaurant
43 Franklin Ave.

The Office Beer Bar & Grill
32 Chestnut St.

Village Green Restaurant –
36 Prospect St.

Home Dining and Specialty Wines

Chestnut Catering
25 Chestnut St.

From Scratch Ridgewood
201-986-6316-Will deliver

Super Cellars Fine Wines & Marketplace
32 S. Broad St.

The Wine Seller
6 W. Ridgewood Ave.

Beverages, tax and tips not included. Regular menu will also be available.

FREE Parking all day Sunday and Monday-Saturday after 6:00pm

For more details, please call us at 201-445-2600 or email [email protected]

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Volunteers Needed for Parks, Recreation and Conservation Board


Volunteers Needed for Parks, Recreation and Conservation Board

The Ridgewood Parks, Recreation and Conservation Board

Is Seeking Candidates for 3 Year Terms

The mission statement of the Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board is to serve as an advisory board to the Ridgewood Parks and Recreation Department, serving to preserve open space and provide facilities and year-round recreational activities that meet the needs of all residents.

Currently, three seats are available and resident candidates are sought; each to serve a three-year term. Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month (tentative).

Interested individuals are asked to submit a letter of interest, as well as their civic resume and a Citizen Volunteer Leadership Form (located on the Village homepage under forms) to the following:

Heather Mailander, Village Clerk

131 North Maple Avenue

Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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Harding Pharmacy & Liquors Auction


Harding Pharmacy & Liquors Auction

Ridgewood NJ, All of those glowing tributes to Myron Lesh as he closed Harding Pharmacy & Liquors, now it turns out he owed a lot of money?  Anyone Know that this is all about?

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Ridgewood parking changes aimed at opening up more spots


Ridgewood parking changes aimed at opening up more spots

DECEMBER 26, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2014, 12:31 AM

Ridgewood’s not taking its New Year’s parking resolutions lightly.

Come Jan. 1, new changes are officially going into effect.

Every 12-hour meter in the downtown lots, with the exception of the train station lot, will be recalibrated to a three-hour time limit from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The new rate for the lots will be 50 cents an hour, not 25 cents. Also, repeat parking in the same space will be even more strictly enforced than it is now (meaning, more tickets).

The goal?

To open up parking spaces for shoppers.

A special half-hour public meeting was held on Monday night to enact the final changes.

According to Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld, the official recalibration of the meters will be done around Jan. 2 and 3.

After this point, she said, all meters in downtown Ridgewood will be three-hour meters, with two exceptions: 15-minute meters and meters in the train station’s Station Plaza lot, which will remain 12-hour meters.

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Due, Ridgewood Captures One of the year’s 10 best dishes in North Jersey restaurants


Due, Ridgewood Captures One of the year’s 10 best dishes in North Jersey restaurants

DECEMBER 28, 2014    LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2014, 10:57 AM

Bucatini and turkey meatballs with braised pork ragu

Where: Due, Ridgewood (18 E. Ridgewood Ave.; 201-857-3231;

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for spaghetti and meatballs. But this dish from executive chef Adam Weiss makes the classic even more deeply satisfying with a stick-to-your-ribs sauce flavored with wood-grilled pork, moist meatballs and luscious fresh ricotta ($25).