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Reader says happy we have a choice for the Ridgewood School Board Elections

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Loncto absolutely has to go. He is so condescending. He is trying to act like a totally agreeable guy now that THANK GOD we have a candidate running against him. But do not be fooled. Loncto is large and in charge and he wants no one to get in the way of his super intelligence. He absolutely is opposed to having us vote on the budget. Believe me, he is only saying he will support it because he wants to get reelected. he will flip on this be certain.

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Ridgewood Board of Education Misquotes Law on Current Members Terms

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Ridgewood NJ, according to Ridgewood resident Saurabh Dani , “The board members said today at the open public meeting, in their presentation, that next board election will be in April 2020, BY LAW. They did not quote which law when trying to extend their term by 6 months from Nov 19 to April 20.Well, here is the law (they are ignoring the induction schedule requirements):

If a district moves from a November election back to an April election, then pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:60-1.1 (b)(2) the election of board members goes back to April, therefore the current school board members would have a shorter term in the year of change due to the induction schedule of the members elected at the April election.

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Clinton Avenue to reopen during the day in Ridgewood

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Mark Krulish , Staff Writer, @Mark_Krulish3:27 p.m. ET June 16, 2017

RIDGEWOOD – A small residential street near an elementary school may be reopened to traffic on weekdays, a result of the move to full-day kindergarten.

The Village Council introduced an ordinance Wednesday that would limit the closure of Clinton Avenue to a single hour in the morning and 75 minutes in the afternoon.

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/bergen/ridgewood/2017/06/16/clinton-avenue-reopen-during-day-ridgewood/396640001/

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Ridgewood High School English Students Excel in New York Times Learning Network’s Review Contest

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January 31,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, This past fall, RHS juniors Catherine Keating and Emily Holmquist received honorable mentions in the New York Times Learning Network’s Review Contest.

All students of Lynn Moore and Colleen Contreras’ English 11 class participated in the contest, which asked them to write about experiencing works of culture new to their daily life. Out of over 1600 entries, there were only nine winners, nine runners-up, and 23 honorable mentions.

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Progress needed in level of leadership

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MAY 22, 2015    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015, 12:31 AM
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Progress needed in level of leadership

To the Editor:

The current controversy about sidewalks for Clinton Avenue illustrates how paralyzed community leadership is in our town. Going back to arguments about the size of newer PSE&G power poles, it seems that the only way community improvements can be made over the objections of a very small group of residents is when the ultimate authority to do so is entirely out of the council’s hands. Ridgewood needs to progress beyond the “not this, not that” level of leadership in community development.

We have got to move away from Washington, D.C.’s political gridlock and realize that “NO” is NEVER a plan. We are extremely fortunate in having talented and committed villagers, both as residents and leaders, but we seem to have a cumulative inability to articulate systems-wide community solutions that move us in a positive direction.

Access to Ridge School is a traffic disaster that never goes away. One cause is the utter failure in long-term planning that allowed for dead end streets without sidewalks, lack of “walkable” right of ways accessing the rear of school properties, and the failure to install sidewalks on access streets.

The solution is obvious, but it means residents of some streets have to give up their current street designs and also accept parking in front of their houses. If any one group of residents can convince the council to veto system-wide community improvements for our town, no matter what the issue, then the council essentially abdicates its leadership responsibilities to other sources of authority.

This is as very sad outcome indeed.

Martin Walker

Ridgewood

http://www.northjersey.com/opinion/opinion-letters-to-the-editor/letter-to-the-editor-progress-needed-in-level-of-leadership-1.1340459

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Safety concerns near Ridgewood’s Ridge School prompt new talks

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MAY 11, 2015    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015, 9:50 AM
BY MARK KRULISH
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

The issue of sidewalks, and lack thereof, on Clinton Avenue returned to the Ridgewood Council on May 6 as residents came forward to voice their opinion on that issue, as well as the safety concerns held by parents whose children walk to Ridge School.

In February, the council approved a resolution for Clinton Avenue improvements, which included paving, but not installation of sidewalks as recommended by the Citizen Safety Advisory Committee (CSAC).

Councilwoman Susan Knudsen said the topic was put on for discussion at last Wednesday’s work session for residents who believed they were not a part of the process because they were not aware of when CSAC was discussing Clinton Avenue.

Many of those who did come forward last week noted that the lack of sidewalks on Clinton, as well as other nearby streets, is part of a larger safety issue surrounding Ridge School.

Anastasia Bamberg, who lives on Melrose Place, said the village is missing an opportunity to install sidewalks, but believes the street should remain closed to traffic during the day.

“I think Clinton Avenue is a great example of closing the street and I’d like to close more streets in Ridgewood to get kids to school and not have as much traffic,” she said. “I understand that the residents object to sidewalks, but I think they’re objecting because they think it will be opened to traffic.”

http://www.northjersey.com/news/safety-concerns-near-ridge-school-prompt-new-talks-1.1331339

No sidewalks for Clinton Ave despite recommendations by police & Village Engineer

http://theridgewoodblog.net/no-sidewalks-for-clinton-ave-despite-recommendations-by-police-village-engineer/

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Four Ridgewood High musicians named to jazz ensemble

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April 10, 2015    Last updated: Friday, April 10, 2015, 12:31 AM
By Aimee La Fountain
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The Ridgewood News

Four Ridgewood High School students were selected to perform in the Region 1 Senior Jazz Ensemble at New Jersey Association for Jazz Education’s honor ensemble concert. The performance will take place at 3 p.m. on April 19 at Nutley High School.

RHS freshman Griffin Fink and sophomores Brian and Max Caine will join the rhythm section.

“When you hear a rhythm section like Griffin, Max and Brian, you notice right away that these guys have an established groove,” said Jeffrey G. Haas, director of bands at Ridgewood High School.

RHS sophomore Teddy Trent will play trumpet.

Haas said he “is a wonderful player with a strong, clear tone and a natural jazz feel.”

Haas was chosen as conductor for this year’s concert.

“I knew that he would be a great conductor and fun to work under,” Fink said.

“When I found out that Mr. Haas was directing the jazz band, I just had to try out,” Trent said.

http://www.northjersey.com/arts-and-entertainment/music/music-students-are-jazzing-it-up-1.1306165

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RHS Boys Lacrosse: Ridgewood ready to take the next step

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RHS Boys Lacrosse: Ridgewood ready to take the next step

March 27, 2015    Last updated: Friday, March 27, 2015, 12:31 AM
By Matthew Birchenough
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR |
The Ridgewood News

RIDGEWOOD — As satisfying as the achievements over the past three seasons have been for the Ridgewood High School boys lacrosse team, players and coaches are sick of the same ending that has befallen the program each of those years.

Ridgewood dominated on its way a third consecutive State Group 3 title last season, outscoring opponents, 48-16, during the four-game run through the North sectional to the group final. But once again, unfortunately for the Maroons (15-8), their run ended in the Tournament of Champions semifinal for the third straight year after losing to Delbarton, 12-6.

“We’re close, but for us, that’s not close enough,” said head coach Mike Pounds, who enters his 12th season at the helm with a 185-82 record.

This season, to replicate or even exceed recent success, the Maroons face the task of replacing several key components of last year’s attack, including their top three goal-scorers and point-getters in Andrew Seiter (38 goals, 29 assists), Owen Smith (43 G, 16 A) and Matt Shippee (35 G, 23 A).

Faceoff specialist Oliver Sippel, midfielder Alex Linton, defenders Joe Ricciardi and Dan Hurley and goalie Jack Cardew also graduated.

http://www.northjersey.com/sports/high-school-sports/boys-lacrosse/maroon-boys-aiming-for-a-toc-crown-1.1296954

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N.J. to review student privacy concerns about test monitoring

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N.J. to review student privacy concerns about test monitoring

March 19, 2015, 12:53 PM    Last updated: Friday, March 20, 2015, 12:29 AM
By HANNAN ADELY
STAFF WRITER |
The Record

New Jersey’s education commissioner will review alleged cases of test-question leaks on the Internet to see if the state’s contractors violated student privacy when monitoring exam discussions online, officials said Thursday at an Assembly hearing.

The announcement follows days of public outrage over reports that the Pearson testing company scanned students’ comments and reported question leaks to the state Department of Education in what some people believe was a violation of student privacy.

At the hearing, legislators grilled education officials about the monitoring.

“I just find this to be unacceptable, to say we should monitor the social media of every student in New Jersey and to delegate it to a third party we don’t control,” said Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan Jr., D-Middlesex, chairman of the education committee.

He added, “I think the response is disproportionate to find two or three questions.”

But education officials continued to defend the actions Thursday at a hearing before the Assembly Education Committee.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/education-officials-defend-monitoring-of-social-media-over-standardized-tests-1.1292328

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Commissioner Hespe Talks PARCC Testing to Senate Education Committee

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Commissioner Hespe Talks PARCC Testing to Senate Education Committee

Given the debate swirling around the new PARCC assessments — not to mention the muted roar over the testing itself — state Education Commissioner David Hespe should have plenty to say when he goes before the State Senate education committee this morning to answer questions from legislators.

The discussion is sure to get another jolt from the two pending bills that could significantly affect the testing going forward: one to put a moratorium on using the new tests for evaluating students, teachers, and schools and another setting a statewide policy for families who want their kids to sit out the tests. (Mooney/NJSpotlight)

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/03/11/commissioner-hespe-talks-parcc-testing-to-senate-education-panel/