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Ridgewood Shortline Park and Ride Customers : Route 495 Project

Dear Valued Customers:

I’m sure many of you have heard about the upcoming NJ DOT restoration project on the route 495 helix. As such, we would like to take the opportunity to advise you on the information we currently have, and give you some insight on what we’ll be doing to ensure that our service is impacted as minimally as possible. NJ DOT has not finalized a start date but all indications are that the work will commence in Mid July and could potentially go on for 2 years. The dedicated bus lane will remain active through the life of the project, but regular vehicular traffic will be reduced from 4 lanes to 3 in either direction.

Although the bus lane will be open in the morning, we do anticipate delays getting to the bus lane at the junction of the NJ Turnpike, Route 3 and 495. Based on information received from our partners at the Port Authority of NY and NJ, it’s anticipated that traffic going into the City in the afternoon will be the most impacted by the restoration project. The Port Authority additionally anticipates that westbound traffic on 495 will be minimally impacted throughout the course of the day.

In anticipation of delays and potential additional ridership we are committed to the following:
The safety of our customers and staff will not be compromised with these changes
Improved real time information to be shared amongst operators and customers
Pooling of Coach USA regional resources to provide additional support on high passenger volume and gridlock days
Close engagement with our public partners so we can provide valuable feedback and potentially improve service levels

We’ll be sure to keep you updated as more information becomes available. In the interim we encourage you to visit for additional information and updates.

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Ridgewood High School Ranked 26th in New Jersey by Niche


August 3,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, the list is out , the 2019 Niche Best Public High Schools 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. Learn where our data comes from.

Ridgewood High School came in a very respectable #26 in a list  filed with a majority of private schools .

#20 Tenafly High School

#26 Ridgewood High School

#36 Fair Lawn High School

Ridgewood School district came in an impressive #18 once again trailing Tenafly #8,  Fairlawn #11 ,but besting Mahwah  #24 , Northern Valley Regional #25, Ramsey #27 and Glen Rock #29.

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Ridgewood Summer Sidewalk Sale Days-Aug. 2nd, 3rd, 4th- Sizzling Savings- Rain or Shine!!!


Ridgewood Summer Sidewalk Sale Days-Aug. 2nd, 3rd, 4th- Sizzling Savings- Rain or Shine!!!


August 3,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Sizzle into Summer……Ridgewood’s Famous Summer Sidewalk Sale Days are fast approaching…do not miss this one!

Side Walk Sale Days…
– If raining-sales will be in side…
– call store to see if they will be
extending sale until Monday.

Mark your calendars!

Thursday, Friday, Saturday
August, 2nd, 3rd and 4th 2018
Traditional store hours
When shopping make sure you visit E. Ridgewood Ave., the side streets all through the business district and the West side business district.

E. Ridgewood Ave. stores participating…
Gardiner and Co.
Beauty Plus Salon
Lucky Brand
P. Smith
Jekyll & Hide
Loft 41
Shoe Inn
Victors Men’s store
Red Velvet Luxe
P. Smith
Learning Express Toys
Little Skye
Double Take Consignment Boutique
Savvy Chic Consignment Boutique
Hot Jewelry Box
Femmebot Clothing
Jack Rabbit
Parks Wealth Management
Woofgang Bakery, Grooming & Spa
Ridgewood Bootery
East Your Spinach-if rain SALE on Monday
Biltmore Tuxedo
Town and Country

Side Streets
DPARZ – 112 S. Broad St.-if rain will extend to Monday.

RACEFASTER-11 N. Broad St.

S. Walnut St.
Just Our Shoes/Mephisto

No Walnut

West Side
Olive R Twist Olive Oil-34 Wilsey Squ.
Lora Celli Salon – 39 Godwin Ave.

WOSTBROCK – 225 Goffle Road

In front of the park – if the weather is OK
Charlotte King
Coldwell Banker
Iron Side Fitness
Advance Family Eyecare
Mothers In Training
Venture Studios
Endless Possibilities
Primrose School
Huntington Learning Center

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B.GOOD Now Delivers Right to Your Door


August 2,2018

the staffof the Ridgewood blog

B.GOOD, a mission-driven fast casual restaurant chain, and last-mile logistics platform DoorDash announced today a partnership to make delivery available across the East Coast. Customers will now be able to order delivery through DoorDash at 40 B.GOOD locations, and B.GOOD catering delivery is available at 28 locations. As part of the partnership, for every order placed on DoorDash during the month of August, B.GOOD will match every meal* with a donation to Feeding America®.

“Delivery has been a key focus for us to make B.GOOD more convenient and accessible to our customers who want to enjoy their burger, salad or grain bowl outside our restaurants,” said Hadrien Delande, VP, Brand Marketing at B.GOOD. “Our partnership with DoorDash is a natural fit as they provide the off-premise coverage we need for our existing and future markets while also being a like-minded partner who gives back to the community.”

Founded in 2003, B.GOOD serves “Food with Roots”– fresh and wholesome food that is sourced from local, independent farmers and prepared fresh in-house. There is something for everyone at B.GOOD with a diverse menu consisting of kale and grain bowls, salads, all-natural burgers, sides of crisp veggies and oven-finished fries, smoothies and kids’ meals.

DoorDash customers across the East Coast now have access to B.GOOD’s entire delicious menu delivered directly to their doorstep by placing an order on the DoorDash mobile app or website. B.GOOD delivery is available at 40 locations in the following markets: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and North Carolina.

“B.GOOD and DoorDash share a strong commitment to connecting local communities and providing customers with a quality dining experience, whether in store or at home. We’re thrilled to launch with a mission-driven, community-first partner in our concerted effort to solve hunger,and we look forward to continuing to expand our geographic footprintwith B.GOOD to reach more customers,” said Christopher Payne, Chief Operating Officer at DoorDash.

As part of the new partnership, B.GOOD is also working with DoorDash Drive, DoorDash’s white label service offering, to facilitate B.GOOD catering deliveries across 28 corporate and franchise restaurants. Catering customers have the option to enjoy a one-of-a kind premium burger bar, craft sandwiches, and all the salads, bowls, and sides they love in the restaurant. To order B.GOOD catering, visit

For more information about B.GOOD visit To order B.GOOD delivery, visit or download the DoorDash app for iOS or Android.

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Ridgewood Singers : OPEN Rehearsal and Welcome Social

photo courtesy of Ridgewood singers

August 2,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, SINGERS WELCOME SOCIAL!,  If you love to sing and can carry a tune, we’d love to meet you at our welcome social at 7:00 pm on Monday, Sept. 10. Following light refreshments, there will be an OPEN first rehearsal at 7:30 pm. Rehearsals are at Care One at The Cupola, in Paramus. Please message us if you are coming, we’d love to meet you.

OPEN Rehearsal and Welcome Social

Monday, September 10 at 7 PM – 9:30 PM

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Reader calls 3D Printer Gun Story a non-story ginned up for elected officials to grandstand on

This is a non-story ginned up for elected officials to grandstand on. The plans for the single-use 3D-printed hand gun, having been downloaded 1,000,000+ times already, are out on the internet for all to see through republishing sites. The dark web cares less about copyright than the gun laws of an individual country. As for being able to trace ownership, any cop will tell you that any gun used in the commission of a crime has been reported lost, stolen or destroyed by the registered owner. So, let’s talk about how dangerous to public welfare a weapon that can poorly fire a single bullet will be. Last month in Chicago there were about 25 people shot each week with already illegal guns and a total of 1,600 people shot this year in that one city. Why are we talking about this and not that?

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We have a Race for the Ridgewood School Board


August 2,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, looks like Ridgewood and Glen Rock will  both have contested school board races in the 2018 . As previously reported on the Ridgewood blog Monday July 30th was the deadline for candidates to file to run for a board seat in November.

In the Village of Ridgewood, there is a contested race for the one three-year term. Cristopher Kaufman  has taken up the challenge ,running against incumbent President of the BOE Vincent Loncto .

Loncto a former chief financial officer was sworn in as the Boards choice in 2011 after board member Charles Reilly resigned earlier that year. Loncto was picked as a replacement to finish out Reilly’s term because of his strong financial background.

Kaufman we are told is running on the “Commitment-Understanding-Respect” slogan.

In Glen Rock, five people are currently vying for three, three-year terms. The candidates running are: Sharon Scarpelli, Bryon Torsiello, Gregory S. Franz, Robert C. Scherer, and Alisa Svider.

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August 2,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, The Village of Ridgewood has just advised that the Ken Smith parking lot area will be closed to all parking as of September 11, 2018.

Employees are advised that parking is available at COTTAGE PLACE (behind The GAP) – with parking permit of $20 it cost *25 cents and 50 cents  per hour (this is the least expensive place to park in Ridgewood) you can park at WALNUT STREET parking lot -with parking permit of $20 at *75cents per hour…still inexpensive.

Street parking is going up to *75 cent per hour STARTING September 4, 2018 with strict street enforcement for repeat parking.

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1 Out of 4 Americans Have Canceled a Vacation Due to Home Security Concerns

ridgewood police

August 2,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, recent surveys reveal that 58% of Americans have been burgled, yet only 32% own home security systems.

Ooma Home []— an innovative home security and monitoring platform, and creators of the Ooma Butterfleye security camera [] — surveyed 1,000 Americans about their home security successes, woes, and desires.

Here’s what their response revealed:
24/7 live-streaming is America’s #1 most-wanted smart security feature at 58%: When asked what smart security features they desire most, 45% of those surveyed said advanced facial recognition features, while another 42% said automatic arming and disarming of the system as family members leave and come home.
25% of Americans have canceled a vacation due to home security concerns: 61% of respondents said they worry most about their residence being burgled whenever they are away rather than when they’re at home, and 38% said they worry about their pets being left alone.
33% of Americans who own home security systems have been burgled: When asked what could have put their house at risk, 55% said human error (e.g., their system doesn’t arm automatically). A smaller 33% say that their security camera didn’t notify them of the intrusion—inhibiting them from responding quickly.
The Ooma Butterfleye security camera provides 24/7 HD live-streaming, allowing owners to check-in on their homes from anywhere in their world from their mobile devices. It boasts numerous smart features, including facial recognition, offline recording during outages, and automatic arming and disarming.

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New Jersey High School Students Flee to Other States for Higher Education

August 1,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, According to a story in, New Jersey is one of the leading exporters of college students. The website quotes the National Center for Education Statistics in that, in 2016, 31,561 high school graduates left New Jersey for college, while only a mere 4,299 came to New Jersey from other states.

That flight is the largest net loss of students in the country. The New Jersey Business and Industry Association points out that New Jersey taxpayers pay an average of $20,000 per student per year for K-12 education, and, when students leave for college they often don’t come back. pointed out several possible reasons for the exodus for this: the lack of a major city to attract young people, the cost of higher education in New Jersey (the fourth most expensive in the nation), and the availability of many colleges in neighboring states. The problem has caught the attention of legislators, too; the commissioned a study to identify why only 45% of New Jersey students stay in state for college.