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Ridgewod Water : A leak can waste up to 20 gallons a day for slow drips and hundreds of gallons a day for both toilet and faucet leaks

August 6,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, according to Ridgewood Water , a leak can waste large amounts of water; up to 20 gallons a day for slow drips and hundreds of gallons a day for both toilet and faucet leaks. Some leaks are easily detected while others are not so obvious. Any leak, big or small, can be very costly and wasteful and should be repaired as soon as possible.

Our water meters are equipped to assist you in leak detection. Turn off all faucets, water-demanding appliances, and outdoor hoses, etc. Be sure no one is using any water. The water meters feature a “leak detector”. To check if the meter detects a leak, shine a light on the top of the meter next to the flashlight icon to activate the display. After a startup sequence, the screen will cycle between the current reading and the current flow rate. As shown in the photo below, the word RATE appears with 3 digits below it. These digits represent the current rate in gallons per minute of water going through the meter. If the leak has been ongoing, the meter will also display a small faucet icon.

If the meter indicates that you have a leak, inspect all fixtures, appliances, and pipes to locate it, keeping in mind that there may be more than one source of leakage. Sometimes a leak may be hidden in the underground piping. If you believe this to be the case, call a plumber for advice. The meter can also provide further assistance in understanding your consumption. By request, Ridgewood Water will download a detailed log of your consumption for the past 96 days. Ridgewood Water needs physical access to the meter to perform this service. Please call our Customer Service department to schedule an appointment.

Common Leaks

– Most leaks occur at the overflow pipe in the toilet tank. The water level is probably too high. Gently bend the float arm down so the valve shuts off the water about a half inch below the top of the overflow pipe. If the valve is worn it may need to be replaced. You may need to call a plumber for help.

– Some leaks occur at the plunger ball or flapper in the toilet tank, which allows water to seep into the bowl and down the drain unnoticed. Drop some food coloring into the tank of clear water and wait to see if it shows up in the bowl. If it does, you most likely have a leak at the plunger ball or flapper. The mechanism may either be out of alignment or may need to be replaced.

– Faucets will also leak and are most commonly caused by worn washers. Faucets should be checked once or twice per year. Turn off the faucet. If the faucet continues to drip, turn off the supply line to fix it. Take the faucet apart and replace the washer. The washer size is important. It needs to fit inside the cup-shaped valve stem and spread out to the edges when it’s screwed down. Many newer faucet designs use cartridges and/or O-rings instead of washers and may present a bigger challenge to the do-it-yourselfer; you may need to seek help from a plumber especially if the faucet is a single lever or joystick-type control.

Shutoff Valves/Emergencies

Water heaters and pipes have been known to break. Faucets sometimes run like fountains. When these things occur you should be able to turn them off at their designated locations. Most sinks and toilets have shutoff valves below them that cut water off at that particular fixture. The hot-water heater also has a shutoff valve. It is not uncommon that bathtubs and showers don’t have shutoff valves since the plumbing is usually behind the wall. You should become familiar with the shutoff valves and check to see if they work properly, this includes the main shutoff valve for the entire house. The main shutoff valve is normally located where the water pipe enters the house. If any of these are faulty you should contact a plumber.

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Summertime 2018 Ridgewood Restaurant Week Starts on August 12th


valley hospital sponsors – summertime restaurant week 2018 in ridgewood
Sun, August 12, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Location: Downtown Ridgewood on both East and West Side, Ridgewood

August 6,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Valley Hospital presents in partnership with the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce  Summertime Restaurant Week 2018 For ten days, participating restaurants and caterers are offering you the chance to “experience” dining in Ridgewood or in your home.

Each chef is preparing a tantalizing 3-course, prix-fixe menu at $30.18. Call the restaurant for selections.

August 12-16 and August 19-23rd, 2018

Participating Restaurants:
-Latour- lunch only
-Leon Mexican- Dinner only
-Lisa’s Mediterranean Cuisine
-Manjal Indian Cuisine
-Office Tavern Grill
-Park West Tavern
-Pearl Restaurant
-Piccolo Bistro Italian
-Roots Steakhouse-lunch only
-Steel Wheel Tavern
-Truly Sichuan
-White Maple Café

Endless Possibilities

Sweet Treats:
Ben & Jerry’s
Carlo’s Bakery
Kilwin’s Ridgewood
Orange Leaf
Samba Bowl

Wine Selections

The Wine Seller
Super Cellars

Sponsored by the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce

Brought to you by The Valley Hospital

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Reader recomends Leaving your Vacation Plans off of Social Media


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6. Get Insurance
7. Lock up your valuables.
8. Be a good neighbor (so they’ll watch out for your house)
9. Etc, Etc, Etc,
In other words .. don’t act like a FOOL or you and your money will soon be parted.

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Reader says It is The Garden State no more


I grew up in Ridgewood during the 40s, 50s, and early 60s. Ridgewood is an entirely different town now. I feel sad about the changes. When my generation passes on, no one will be left who remembers what it was like. Some of the comments replying to this post clearly reflect what Ridgewood has become.
I think that entire part of the country has been ruined both by developers and by the ever expanding levels of government required to manage the tangled mess they create and leave behind.. There is no going back to the standards and values of a bygone era. My Dad used to say we lived there at the last good time. From what I have seen firsthand and from what I have read on this blog, I think he was right.
Those who can do so are leaving New Jersey; it is not hard to see why. It is The Garden State no more.

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Ridgewood Teachers Make the Grade

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August 6,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, according to Niche Ridgewood School District placed #3 for 2019 Best School Districts in Bergen County and several Ridgewood Schools placed very highly in the Niche survey of 2019 Best Teachers in Bergen County .

Travel placed #2 , Ridge placed #4, Somerville placed #8, Hawes #9, Orchard #12 and Willard #24 in best elementary schools.

George Washington Middle School placed #2 and Benjamin Franklin #21 in Best Middle School and Ridgewood High School placed #7 for High Schools..

The 2019 High Schools with the Best Teachers ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic and teacher data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and parents. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Academics Grade Based on state assessment proficiency and survey responses on academics from students and parents. Multiple Sources 30.0%
Parent/Student Surveys on Teachers Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding teachers at the school. Self-reported by Niche users 25.0%
Teacher Absenteeism Percentage of teachers missing 10 or more days for sick or personal leave per school year. Civil Rights Data Collection 15.0%
Teacher Salary Index Average teacher salary normalized by Median Household Income by county. U.S. Department of Education 10.0%
Teachers in First/Second Year Percentage of teachers in their first or second year of teaching. Civil Rights Data Collection 10.0%
Average Teacher Salary Average teacher salary in the district. National Center for Education Statistics 5.0%
Student-Teacher Ratio Ratio of students to full-time teachers. Please note: Student-teacher ratio is not a representation of average class size. National Center for Education Statistics 5.0%

The same methodology is used to produce the Niche Teachers Grade for each ranked school as well as additional schools. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, as self-reported by the schools. Niche also collects data directly from schools via our school data update form. If you work for a school and would like to update your data, please claim your school.

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SAVE the DATE: The Ridgewood Art Institute 2nd Annual Plein Air Paint Out

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August 4,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Call to Artists, Members and Friends of The Ridgewood Art Institute! Save this Date: September 16, 2018
Please join us for our 2nd Annual Plein Air Paint Out!
This year we will be hosting in our gardens at The Ridgewood Art Institute.
The Ridgewood Craft and Art Street Fair is 12-5pm that day and we are just a short walking distance away.
• Live costumed models with props and inspiring still life set ups, will be provided. Further details to be announced
• Artists should bring their own easels and paint supplies
• There is no registration fee – but donations will be appreciated!

A great opportunity to share the day with family and friends too!
Come meet our members and see why The Ridgewood Art Institute is such a treasured haven for so many!

The Ridgewood Art Institute is a non profit organization providing the finest instruction in Classical Realism in a variety of mediums. Classes are offered on an open enrollment basis, and can be joined at any time.
Each student is taught in direct relation to their personal skill level. For more information on class scheduling, this and future events please visit

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Reader dreams about the “good old days” in Ridgewood

I can only fantasize how magnificent this place may have been in the 80s. I Imagine a beautiful, quiet village, super clean and orderly, where neighbors were cordial and friendly and people respected each other, where residents shopped in downtown and just shrugged off any 10 minute delay to find a parking spot, where residents greeted each other in the streets, when you could sometime forget the house or car door open at night and not being told by some genius that “if someone violates your property it is your fault”, when people were more concerned with their family well being than that of the world, when they elected politicians they really trusted, when local government was as frugal with costs as they were in their family, when kids in schools were taught science and math and not pulled into ugly politics of different colors and brainwashed with socialist ideas, when USA flag was the only visible flag and people were proud of it, when people moved here to live the Ridgewood village life and not try to bring the NYC way of life and try to impose it to everybody else, when giggling about someone’s way of life wasn’t a a crime etc etc. Those who lived here are welcome to tell me if and how wrong I am.

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Visitor says Sorry High Property Taxes Definitely a Deterrent to Moving to Ridgewood

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I am Joseph , a Florida resident , who just returned from Ridgewood after seriously considering relocating to this gorgeous town. Since September 2017, I have visited Ridgewood twice with my family looking for homes in the area with the help of local realtors.
Although we found beautiful and affordable homes and have narrowed our choices down to three ,we were shocked to learn about the high property taxes , which are definitely a deterrent for us in order to finally proceed and make the move.
My wife and I are conscious and aware of the high quality of schools in the area and we are gladly and willing to pay for that and other services , but we found the level of taxation just too excessive at this time .
I understand that due to high taxation, the State of New Jersey is having more people leaving the State than the ones moving in.
I humbly suggest to reduce property taxes, increase the efficiency on State public spending and work out the State’s pension plan issue so potential out of state residents are lured to move into such a beautiful State and town.

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RHS athletic field and Stevens Field closed until further notice

photos courtesy of Boyd Loving

August 5,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, RHS athletic field and Stevens Field closed until further notice!

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Graydon Pool Closed on a Beautiful Saturday at 90 Degrees and Sunny

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August 4,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, the morning down pours last only till non at the latest , yet Graydon pool remained closed on what became a beautiful 90 degree summer Saturday in Ridgewood .