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Ridgewood Police Department would like to thank all residents for their cooperation during the blizzard

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photo courtesy of the Ridgewood Police Department

March 17,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Police Department would like to thank all residents for their cooperation in staying off the roads during the blizzard on Tuesday. Due to your assistance, only two motor vehicle crashes were reported and our Street Department was able to better manage the snow removal in an attempt to keep the roadways clear.

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Ridgewood Emergency Services Clears the Way

Ridgewood Emergency Services Clears the Way

March 15,2017

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Ridgewood Nj, Ridgewood Emergency Services reported their activity for Storm Stella.  For the entire period of the storm, 3 ambulances were fully staffed. Fortunately, it was a quiet day and just a few storm  related calls.  “Ridgewood Emergency Services is the only volunteer agency in Bergen County that operates an emergency utility truck with a snow plow ahead of the ambulances or other department vehicles in the storms”, stated Public Information Officer Bob Krane. “Our Volunteers also will shovel the walkway as well on location.  Between the plowing and the shoveling, the EMS crews and other responders have a safe work zone.”

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Ridgewood Digging Out After the Blizzard of 2017

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March 15,2017
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Ridgewood Public Schools will have a delayed opening today as well as the Village Hall and The Stable and will have a 9:30 a.m delayed opening .

While the Blizzard came in a bit short of the 18-24 inches of snow totals expected, snow rian and sleet and dangerous winds led to white out conditions.

The Ridgewood Police reported that heavy wet snow took down some trees, taking powers lines with them. Racetrack road was closed between route 17 and northern Parkway for a transformer on fire in the roadway. Power outages were reported in the area. Public service has been notified.

Heights and Phelps was closed while a tree was removed .

Ridgewood Fire department reminds you that If you should lost power during the storm and needed to use a portable generator, please use it with care and according to the instructions for that device.

Heard a great Shoveling tip yesterday, spray PAM on the shovel blade before shoveling.The Snow slides right off and doesn’t stick.

photo courtesy of Jennifer Artz Contrucci‎

And of coarse a huge shout out to the village employees today. Thank you!!

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NJT ALL BUS SERVICE SUSPENDED BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT TILL MIDNIGHT TONIGHT

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Systemwide Cross-Honoring in Effect:  To give customers additional travel options – if they must travel – during expected winter weather conditions, NJ TRANSIT will offer full systemwide cross-honoring, enabling customers to use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode—rail, light rail, PATH or ferry.  As a reminder, on Tuesday, March 14th all bus service will be suspended.  For example, customers who normally take the bus from Rutherford to the Port Authority Bus Terminal may use their bus pass or ticket on the train from Rutherford to New York Penn Station.  Similarly, customers who normally take the bus between Atlantic City and Lindenwold may use the Atlantic City Rail Line instead at no additional charge.  NY Waterway and Billybey ferries will accept NJ TRANSIT tickets and passes.

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EDT
TONIGHT...

* Locations...New York City, Northeast New Jersey, the Lower
  Hudson Valley, Southwestern and interior Southeastern
  Connecticut, and Northern Nassau and Northwestern Suffolk
  Counties.

* Hazard Types...Heavy Snow and Blizzard Conditions.

* Snow and Sleet Accumulations...1 to 2 feet across interior
  areas. 8 to 16 inches of snow and sleet are expected across New
  York City, Northwestern Long Island and Coastal Southwestern
  Connecticut. Locally higher amounts are possible, especially
  over areas north and west of New York City.

* Snowfall Rates...2 to 4 inches per hour at times.

* Timing...The snow may mix with sleet at times across
  Northwestern Long Island and portions of the New York City
  metropolitan area later this morning into this afternoon. The
  precipitation will change back to all snow before ending this
  evening.


* Impacts...Dangerous travel due to whiteout conditions at
  times. Several roads may become impassable.

* Winds...Northeast winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph,
  becoming northwest in the afternoon. Isolated gusts of 55 to 60
  mph are possible near the immediate coast.

* Temperatures...In the upper 20s.

* Visibilities...Near zero at times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are
expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds
and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout
conditions...making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If
you must travel...have a winter survival kit

 

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PARKING ON RIDGEWOOD STREETS PROHIBITED TO ALLOW FOR PLOWING

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March 13, 2017

Dear Great Friends at the Ridgewood blog,

A powerful snowstorm is headed our way.  A Blizzard Warning is in effect from midnight tonight through midnight Tuesday.  18-24 inches of snow is expected, along with dangerous winds and white out conditions.  Stay indoors and do not travel.  Due to the impending blizzard, here is what you should know:

GARBAGE AND RECYCLING COLLECTION
There will no garbage or recycling collection on March 14th and no curbside bulk pickup on March 15th.  Simply put out the garbage, recycling or bulk refuse on your next scheduled collection date.  On March 16th and March 17th, all garbage must be brought to the end of your driveway (not in the street), for the safety of our Village employees.  Backyard collection of garbage will resume on March 20th, weather permitting.

PARKING ON STREETS PROHIBITED TO ALLOW FOR PLOWING
In order to allow the Village crews to clear the streets of snow, residents are prohibited from parking on the streets all day on March 14th.  Overnight parking on streets will not be permitted on March 13th, March 14th, and March 15th.   Please be aware that there is a protocol for plowing roads, which is as follows:  The primary roads into the Village are plowed first, which include the roads into the Village, particularly those by the hospital and the schools.  The secondary roads, located off of the main roads, are plowed second.  Finally, the tertiary roads, such as cul de sacs and dead ends are plowed.  Due to the large amount of snow which will be falling, over a short period of time, the crews may take some time to get to the secondary and tertiary roads.

SNOW REMOVAL
Snow must be removed from all residential sidewalks within 24 hours of it forming.  Please do not put the snow into the street, put it back onto your property.

POWER OUTAGES
High winds from the storm may cause power outages.  Please stay away from downed wires. If you experience a power outage, please do not call the Police Department unless there is an emergency.  Please call PSE&G directly at 1-800-436-7734.

FIRE HYDRANTS
If you have a fire hydrant on your property, please clear it of accumulating snow. The house you save could be your own!

OTHER INFORMATION
All Village Offices and the Library will be closed on March 14th.  The Recycling Center will also be closed.  The Police Department, on the second floor of Village Hall, will remain open.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting scheduled for March 14th has been cancelled.

Please remember to check on the elderly and share this information with your neighbors.  Stay safe and warm.

For continuing updates, please see the Village website at www.ridgewoodnj.net.

Heather A. Mailander
Acting Village Manager
201/670-5500 x202

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Bergen County Executive Tedesco Declares a County Wide Emergency

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco

Bergen County State of Emergency March 14-15, 2017

March 13,2017

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Hackensack NJ, With the impending winter storm expected to be the biggest we have seen this year, I have declared a county-wide State of Emergency,” said County Executive Tedesco. “I have instructed the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management to take every necessary step to implement our winter storm plan that protects residents and infrastructure.

Residents are encouraged to make sure they have enough food, water, as well as batteries, gasoline or diesel for personal generators. We encourage all residents to stay off the roads, as travel will be extremely dangerous. Please be safe and use good judgment.

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Commuter Alert : NJ TRANSIT service changes for Tuesday, March 14th

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March 13,2017

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Ridgewood NJ,  Out of an abundance of caution and safety, NJ TRANSIT is making service changes for Tuesday, March 14th due to the forecasted severe winter weather expected to hit the region.  NJ TRANSIT encourages all customers to prepare their transportation needs in advance of the storm, if they must travel.

All Bus and Access Link service will begin shutting down at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday morning.  Customers should expect those services to remain suspended for the duration of Tuesday’s service day.  Service is anticipated to resume on Wednesday as weather and road conditions allow.

All but one rail line will operate on a weekend schedule on Tuesday for as long as weather conditions allow trains to operate safely.  Customers should be aware that weekend rail service does not extend west of Raritan on the Raritan Valley Line, west of Dover on the M&E Line or west of Bay Street on the Montclair-Boonton Line.  Please Note: The Atlantic City Rail Line will operate on a regular weekday schedule.  Pascack Valley Line trains will add Teterboro and Woodcliff Lakes stops and Train 2125 will operate as a local making all station stops.

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule with the addition of service, operating every 20 minutes, between Tonnelle Ave. and Hoboken Terminal.  Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule.  RiverLINE service will operate on a Sunday schedule.

Systemwide Cross-Honoring in Effect:  To give customers additional travel options – if they must travel – during expected winter weather conditions, NJ TRANSIT will offer full systemwide cross-honoring, enabling customers to use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode—rail, light rail, PATH or ferry.  As a reminder, on Tuesday, March 14th all bus service will be suspended.  For example, customers who normally take the bus from Rutherford to the Port Authority Bus Terminal may use their bus pass or ticket on the train from Rutherford to New York Penn Station.  Similarly, customers who normally take the bus between Atlantic City and Lindenwold may use the Atlantic City Rail Line instead at no additional charge.  NY Waterway and Billybey ferries will accept NJ TRANSIT tickets and passes.

All customers are strongly advised to check njtransit.com before traveling for up-to-the-minute service information before starting their trip. NJ TRANSIT will have a special winter storm section on the homepage of its website.

NJ TRANSIT will continue to monitor the weather conditions and impacts to services as the storm progresses.  For the latest travel information, customers should visit njtransit.com, access NJ TRANSIT’s Twitter feed at @NJTRANSIT or listen to broadcast traffic reports.  Additionally, NJ TRANSIT will provide the most current service information via the My Transit alert system (www.njtransit.com/mytransit), which delivers travel advisories for your specific trip to your smartphone. Service information is also available by calling (973) 275-5555.

Rail and light rail crews and equipment are on standby to quickly respond to downed trees, power outages or other issues that may arise.  In addition, NJ TRANSIT will be positioning locomotives at strategic locations across the rail system to rapidly respond in the event of a disabled train.  NJ TRANSIT’s employee Emergency Response Team will be at Newark Penn Station, Secaucus Transfer and Penn Station New York to assist customers who must travel on Tuesday.