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The Origins of Fathers Day

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The Origins of Fathers Day

The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm–perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.” On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday. The next year, a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910.

Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day. However, many men continued to disdain the day. As one historian writes, they “scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving, or they derided the proliferation of such holidays as a commercial gimmick to sell more products–often paid for by the father himself.”

…In 1972, in the middle of a hard-fought presidential re-election campaign, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday at last.  Today, economists estimate that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts.

http://www.history.com/topics/fathers-day

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Midland Park Historic Home Combines a Unique Mix of Building Styles with an Interesting Historical Legacy

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MIDLAND PARK NJ , Looking for a unique home that blends old world character with modern living?   Then, the historical Myers-Masker House in Midland Park, NJ, may be for you. Located on an acre of park-like property at 179 Park Avenue in the borough, the home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and recently hit the real estate market at $850,000.

“It’s a unique home with lots of personality, and with that personality comes a lot of history,” said Jo Ann Cotz-Levine, the current homeowner who worked on the meticulous renovation of the home in the mid-1980s. “The home represents the 19th century more than any other period. So when we renovated, we looked to modernize the home while maintaining the historical nature of that period. ” She and her husband, Julian Levine, have continued to care for and protect the home for the last 30 years.

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Two Bergen County Men Admit Roles in Real-Estate Short Sale Fraud Scheme

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Norwood NJ, Two Bergen County, New Jersey, men have admitted their respective roles in a scheme to defraud financial institutions and others, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Steve Young Kang, a/k/a “Steven Young Kang” and “Young Tae Kang,” 64, of Ridgefield, New Jersey, and Young Jin Son, a/k/a “Joshua Son,” 49, of Norwood, New Jersey, pleaded guilty on May 30, 2019, before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini in Newark federal court to separate informations charging each defendant with one count of bank fraud and one count of wire fraud.

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A Short History of Memorial Day

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May 28,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance . “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.

The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and reprised the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.

For many decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

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Special Properties Real Estate Services Closes Largest Sale in the Village of Ridgewood

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RIDGEWOOD NJ , Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, voted Christie’s Affiliate of the Year in 2017 and 2018, and the fastest growing real estate brokerage in northern New Jersey, in cooperation with the Christina Gibbons Group, are proud to announce they have represented both the seller and buyer in the highest-value, single-lot, single-family real estate sale in Ridgewood history per the New Jersey Multiple Listing Service (NJMLS). The property, located at 137 Phelps Road in the Village, sold at $4.3 million.

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Successful Real Estate Professional Joins Special Properties’ Ridgewood-West Office

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RIDGEWOOD NJ , Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate and the fastest growing real estate brokerage in the region, has welcomed Maureen Molé as a Realtor Associate in its Ridgewood-West office located in Ridgewood, NJ. Her addition is part of the agency’s ongoing growth and expansion throughout northern New Jersey.

“We are very excited to welcome Maureen to our Special Properties family,” said Ilija Pavlovic, President and CEO of Special Properties. “Her expertise, experience and record of success are very synergistic with our ongoing commitment to provide clients with the highest levels of customer service in the industry. Maureen’s addition to our team brings yet another new and unique perspective to our team of agents.”

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Will Ridgewood Follow Greenwich With a Collapse of Property Values

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Ridgewood NJ, according to Garden State Initiative , once the symbol of an affluent America , Greenwich, Connecticut is enduring a collapse of its real estate market as high-earners flee the high-tax state. This was typically preceded by these homeowners establishing residences in Florida or other more fiscally attractive states. This  sounds all to familiar, New Jersey? The storm that is currently hitting Connecticut’s real estate market is starting to impact New Jersey. As high end real estate values deflate, as is occurring in Greenwich, the taxes to support local governments and schools will be redistributed to moderate and lower value property owners.

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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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Spring 2019 Special Properties Lifestyle Magazine Celebrates the City of Summit and the Worlds of Travel, Jewelry and Real Estate

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Ridgewood NJ, Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate and the fastest growing real estate brokerage in northern New Jersey, announced that the 2019 Spring Issue of Special Properties Lifestyle Magazine will be arriving in subscriber mailboxes this week. The latest issue of the magazine, a partnership between the brokerage and North Jersey Media Group, celebrates the imminent opening of Special Properties’ new Summit, NJ office.

“The latest issue of our magazine brings together captivating stories from the worlds of travel, jewelry and real estate and a particular focus on Summit, NJ and Special Properties’ new office in this Union County enclave,” said Ilija Pavlovic, President and CEO of Special Properties Real Estate Services. “We are pleased to continue to bring our readers the latest in lifestyle and real estate stories, in partnership with North Jersey Media Group, the region’s leading media organization. The magazine reinforces the power of the Special Properties and Christie’s brands and the advantages they bring to those looking to buy or sell a home.”

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Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty Launches Their Inaugural Issue of Reside Magazine

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RIDGEWOOD NJ , Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, one of New Jersey’s leading luxury real estate firms, announces the launch of their inaugural issue of RESIDE® Magazine created in conjunction with Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Media Group. Wall Street Journal is one of the largest publications in the United States, with a circulation of approximately 2.474 million copies, including over 1.5 million digital subscriptions. The customized luxury magazine will target Wall Street Journal subscribers who intend to purchase a home within the next 12 months with an estimated budget of $1,392,470 for their next primary residence purchase, and an estimated budget of $790,773 for their next secondary vacation purchase.

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