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Friends of the Ridgewood Library Thanked its 2019 Annual Appeal Donors with a Sushi-themed Cocktail Hour

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Ridgewood NJ, On Friday evening, Friends of the Ridgewood Library thanked its 2019 Annual Appeal donors with a sushi-themed cocktail hour, live music, a documentary screening of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and discussion with a professor of Japanese studies from Montclair State University. The Library offered many thanks to the Annual Appeal donors, as well as the generous local establishments that donated food and also offered this Fun Fact: this annual event is one of the very few times you can sip cocktails at the library!

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Ridgewood Public Library Public Forum- Today Saturday, May 11th from 1-2:30pm

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Library will be conducting a Public Forum on Saturday  May 11 at 1 pm – 2:30.pm

This is an opportunity to learn about the renovation and to bring any comments / questions to the attention of Library Director Nancy Greene.

Please invited your friends to ensure the library gets community support for one of the most important pillars of the Village’s quality of life

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Ridgewood Public Library Responds to Questions Regarding Library Renovation Concept

Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Blog Staff Note, the unedited version of the questions of Director Nancy Greene gave at Wednesday’s Ridgewood Council Meeting.

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Today is Founders day for the Ridgewood blog

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James J Foytlin founder of the Ridgewood Blog

The Ridgewood blog was founded in March of 2006 by James J Foytlin aka PJ Blogger . Mr. Foytlin was born and raised in Ridgewood ,New Jersey and is a graduate of Ridgewood High School .

Ridgewood NJ, – Oct. 26, 2009 – RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — The Ridgewood blog ( http://theridgewoodblog.blogspot.com/ ) was founded in March of 2006 by James J Foytlin aka PJ Blogger .[1] Mr. Foytlin was born and raised in Ridgewood ,New Jersey and is a graduate of Ridgewood High School .[2] [3]

After many years living in New York City[4] Mr Foytlin returned to Ridgewood after a divorce and the tragic events of 9/11 . Once he settled in he noticed a lack of sufficient news coverage of local events . One day a friend from Brazil[5] showed him her home town on the internet and to Mr. Foytlin’s great surprise when he tried to reciprocate he was utterly dismayed at the absolute lake coverage of his home town. After all Ridgewood is only 18 miles from midtown Manhattan[6] the media capitol of world and there was not a single picture of Ridgewood to be found . How could this be? Ridgewood is a picturesque upper middle class village of around 25,000 located in Bergen county in northern New Jersey[7] . Founded by Dutch settlers before it became an English colony[8] . The town or village as its called is steeped in  rich history and tradition .Known for a large amount of Victorian era housing , a quality school system and a family friendly atmosphere.

Though busy getting reacquainted with his home town the fact that the Village of Ridgewood  was so under represented on the internet  continued to disturb Mr. Foytlin. Mr. Foytlin had been writing news letters for his job in financial services since the mid 1990’s . The popular flip, off beat investment strategy news letters had become email blasts with the advent of readily accessible internet.[9] By 2004 the email blasts were converted into blog format for the One Small Voice blog (http://onesmallvoice.blogspot.com/ ). [10]

Around that time the Village of Ridgewood had finally completed it’s much anticipated and long delayed renovation of the Village hall which has been flooded out due to Hurricane Floyd.[11] The renovation was marred by huge cost over runs and lengthy delays. In 2005 it opened with great fan fare , was once again flooded with the very first rain . Mr. Foytlin was more shocked by the abject lack of responsibility taken by elected officials than the fact that the $9 million dollar renovation had to some extent been a failure . That was the breaking point and Mr. Foytlin had had enough so he decided to give , citizen journalism a go and created the Ridgewood blog in March of 2006. [12]

The birth of PJ Blogger .By this time Blogging its seems had become quite the rage and mainstream news anchors such as Dan Rather had questioned the validity of information from non professionals sitting around in their Pajama’s blogging.[13] Mr. Foytlin not a fan of Dan Rather or any of the mainstream media decided to blog under the name PJ Blogger as a play on words and to plant himself firmly in the camp of the new digital media.

Innovations by the Ridgewood blog to citizen journalism.

“The Fly” is a column on the Ridgewood blog the originates from the expression ,”I’d like to be a fly on the wall “ . The idea is that every citizen has both a unique perspective and experience and these two factors can be used to gather news and opinions about local issues. Originally only of handful of people in town participated but with time the Ridgewood blog can now count on 20–40 semi regular contributors. These post are both anonymous and signed and are largely opinion as well a breaking news.[14]

The Ridgewood blog brings a free market lassie fare point of view to local issues . Mr. Foytlin aka PJ Blogger has stated that for local issues there are only two kinds of people ;the ones who say spend what every you want because I will not be around to pay the bill and the second group which are more focused on the ,”be careful this is my money your spending” . The Ridgewood blog is dedicated to the interplay of there two groups.[15]

[1][12] the Ridgewood blog website http://theridgewoodblog.blogspot.com/
[2] Birth Certificate born in Valley Hospital , Ridgewood 04/09/1962
[3] Ridgewood High School Class 1980
[4] 444 East 86th street ,530 East 72nd
[5] Monica Rocha
[6] Mapquest
[7] United States 2000 Census, the village population was 24,936.
[8] http://www.americantowns.com/nj/ridgewood/organization/vi…
[9] Fahnestock & Co. now Oppenheimer & Co.
[10] http://onesmallvoice.blogspot.com/
[11] http://www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/localhistory/lh_vh_pease.htm
[13] http://www.opinionjournal.com/diary/?id=110005611
[14] [15] James J Foytlin

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The History of the Village of Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, In celebration of Ridgewood’s 125th Anniversary, local historians Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki will provide a lecture on the critical years between 1865 and 1876. Using maps, documents, and historic panoramic photos, Norris and Suplicki illustrate Ridgewood’s transformation from farm to suburb.

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Ridgewood Public Library holds their 4th On Book Play Reading

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Public Library invites you to Join their 4th On Book Play Reading on Friday, April 5 at 7pm with Christy Baron, Barbara Bolger, Diane Carlin Sims, Mark Kaplan and Ciaran Sheehan for a staged reading of Jordan Harrison’s “Marjorie Prime” (80m) followed by a talkback with the cast. Register here:

http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=369646&PK&fbclid=IwAR0L6aghdoA-CEligGDIaOLlUdEOqM2qgMovGM7d-L

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Conservancy for Ridgewood Public Lands is hosting Close Encounters with Birds of Prey-Sun. March 24

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Public Library Family Program
Cosponsored by The Friends of the Ridgewood Library and the Conservancy for Ridgewood Public Lands present:

Close encounters with Birds of Prey

Sunday, March 24th from 2-3pm
ages 6 and up

Meet and Eagle, Hawk, Falcon with Bill Streeter from the Delaware Valley Raptor Center and learn about raptors of the northeast.

Register at wwwridgewoodlibrary.org
125 Maple St. Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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On this St Patrick’s Day Will We Finally Have the Strength to Cast the Snakes from Ridgewood ?

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Ridgewood NJ, Today marks Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, a cultural and religious holiday celebrated every year on 17th March in Ireland and by Irish communities around the world. The celebration marks the anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death in the fifth century and represents the arrival of Christianity in the country. The Irish have observed this day as a holiday for over 1,000 years, and while the festival began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland, today it has become an international celebration of Irish culture.

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Presidents Day Our Favorite Presidents :Abraham Lincoln

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Presidents Day Our Favorite Presidents :Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln became the United States’ 16th President in 1861, issuing the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy in 1863.

Lincoln warned the South in his Inaugural Address: “In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you…. You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it.”

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Presidents Day Our Favorite Presidents : Ronald Reagan

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Presidents Day Our Favorite Presidents : Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan, originally an American actor and politician, became the 40th President of the United States serving from 1981-1989. His term saw a restoration of prosperity at home, with the goal of achieving ‘peace through strength’ abroad.

At the end of his two terms in office, Ronald Reagan viewed with satisfaction the achievements of his innovative program known as the Reagan Revolution, which aimed to reinvigorate the American people and reduce their reliance upon Government. He felt he had fulfilled his campaign pledge of 1980 to restore “the great, confident roar of American progress and growth and optimism.”

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