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Italian American Group Galvanizes Widespread Opposition to NEA Resolution to Eliminate Columbus Day

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Ridgewood NJ, The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition (“IAOVC”), a nationwide coalition of anti-bias activists, has assembled a Task Force, comprised of a wide array of Italian American organizations, to demand that the National Education Association (“NEA”) overturn its Resolution, passed at the NEA National Convention last month, to eliminate Columbus Day.

“As a former teacher and Italian American I am outraged that the NEA launched this attack on Columbus Day, using their pulpit to poison the minds of children with the overblown, false, non-factual narrative about the history of Columbus,” stated Dr. Manny Alfano, Founder and President of IAOVC. “This is not only an attack on Italian Americans it is an attack against all Western culture, using Columbus as a figurehead. This is Anti-Italian and Anti-American.”

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Ridgewood Schools Ranked in the Top 25 Statewide

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Ridgewood NJ, NICHE put together a list of the 2020 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users.

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Happy 4th of July from the Ridgewood blog

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On this day, 243 years ago, the Second Continental Congress voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence. Even though they had already declared independence two days earlier, the American people were so moved by the Declaration that thereafter July 4th became our birthday. Happy Birthday America!

 

Wishing you and your families a happy and safe 4th of July !

PJ blogger and the staff of the Ridgewood blog

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The Origins of Fathers Day

the Ridgewood blog Wishes all the Dads a Happy Fathers day !!!

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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Ridgewood Schools Superintendent Admits description of buying extra credit was accurate

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Ridgewood NJ, Regarding the alleged incident in which extra credit was denied to a RHS student one day, then offered the next day to her entire class in conjunction with the purchase of a $20.00 ticket to the Bergenfest Music & Arts Festival (scheduled to be held at BFMS on June 29 – following the conclusion of the school year),

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Outstanding Results for Ridgewood Crew with Two Gold Medals, a Silver and Bronze at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta!

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Philadelphia Pa , The 93nd Stotesbury Cup Regatta hosted by Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia took place this past weekend. One hundred and eighty-five clubs gathered at the Schuylkill River for what is now the largest high school rowing regatta in the world. Ridgewood sent 14 crews to compete in a selection from 31 championship events, against exceptionally fine crews from all parts of the United States and Canada.

Overall, Ridgewood came in sixth place in team points, second place in sculling crews and first place over all NY/NJ teams at the event.

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NJEA: New Jersey’s Political Machine

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Ridgewood NJ, Who is funding New Direction New Jersey, the dark money group supporting Governor Murphy’s agenda? 

No surprise: it’s New Jersey’s most powerful special interest, the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA).  This $2.5 million in surreptitious spending is just one example of how the NJEA obscures its political activities from the public and even its own members.  There are many others.

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RHS Stadium Lights

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood High School leaves the RHS Stadium lights on. Beside a wast of tax payer money it shows and extreme lack of
eco-consciousness , after all according to some of you the world is going to end in less than 12 years , you would think you would at least make some effort ?

Boyd loving reported, ” RHS Stadium and Stevens Field field lights were on all evening with not a single sole playing/practicing on either field since the moment lights were turned on.

Go ahead, make my day by telling me that it’s cheaper/more energy efficient to leave the lights on then to have them turned off when the field is not in use.”

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Ridgewood Crew Achieves a New Milestone at the 2019 City Championship Regatta

For the first time in Ridgewood Crew history, the Boys JV 8+ qualifies for the SRAA National Regatta! Photo by

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Crew entered 14 events at this weekend’s Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association’s City Championship Regatta with only Lower Merion, PA; Montclair, NJ and Springside Chestnut Hill, PA entering more. Delightful weather on Saturday encouraged crowds along the Schuylkill River for the qualifying heats while the finals and semifinals on Sunday couldn’t have been soggier. The wet conditions did nothing to dampen the athletes’ moral, with 11 boats advanced to the finals and 5 boats earning medals.

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