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Reader says , ” those who hesitate to post on FB are the ones who fear that the BOE would go after their kids”

just as some people hesitate to post on Facebook because of “various reasons,” on the flip side some people post planted information on FB even if they don’t believe it. If you work for an organization, for example, you might hate every person who supervises you, but still you would post praise in order to keep your job.

In the case of this BOE mess, I think those who hesitate to post on FB are the ones who fear that the BOE would go after their kids in some way if negative postings came from the parents. And if you think this is a stretch, you are wrong, it has happened many times.

So the BLOG is the one place where everyone can be honest. I am betting that HASA president or whatever she is might be posting completely different opinions here on The BLOG.


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The Ridgewood blog would like to challenge our readers and all residents to read as many books as possible for 2019, Lets build a smarter Village!

Ridgewood Public Library by ArtChick

file photo by ArtChick

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Ridgewood NJ, There’s no secret to how to get smarter. You read a lot it’s that simple .There’s a whole host of people who have excelled , from Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to Richard Branson and Barack Obama, who will tell you the same thing. In the old days it was often said you can tell the second you enter a room if anyone there has ever read a book before.

But if building your brainpower is that straightforward, why don’t more people do it? For the same reason that we fail to do lots of worthy but less urgent self-improvement projects , we think we are all really busy.

But are we really? A new article by Charles Chu of site Better Humans raises some eyebrows by people who claim they simply don’t have enough time to feed their intellect with books.According to the author the simple math that proves you do have enough time to read. Chu tells the story of how reading 200 hundred books a year (yes, 200!) for the past several years has helped him turn his life around, reconsider his career, and become much happier.

The math is simple , according to Chu the average American reads 200 to 400 words per minute. A Typical nonfiction books have about 50,000 words.

Now, all we need are some quick calculations:

200 books x 50,000 words/book = 10 million words
10 million words/400 wpm = 25,000 minutes
25,000 minutes/60 = 417 hours

That’s all there is to it. To read 200 books, simply spend 417 hours a year reading!

You say you don’t have time take a look at what the average American spends on social media and TV in a year:

608 hours on social media
1,642 hours on TV

If those hours were spent reading instead, you could be reading more than 1,000 books a year!

The Ridgewood blog would like to challenge our readers and all residents to read as many books as possible for 2018 ! Lets build a smarter Village and perhaps a smarter New Jersey !

For those who don’t know where to start ,the Ridgewood library is full of suggestions and many librarians have made recommendation lists for residents .

The Ridgewood Public Library is located at
125 N Maple Ave
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Call (201) 670-5600

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Happy New Year from the Ridgewood blog !

Happy New Year

Wishing a happy, healthy and safe New Year!

from PJ Blogger and the staff of the Ridgewood blog

the Ridgewood blog will be resting up from our new year festivities today,but we will be up and running  on Wednesday January 2nd 2019

thank you for all your overwhelming support !!!

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Ridgewood Blog Presents the Big Zucchini Awards for 2018

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood blog wanted to close out 2018 with the Big Zucchini awards . After consulting many readers and staff ,most came up with a similar list ,however one respondent listed them all .

A Big Zucchini is given for what readers and staff consider the biggest screwups in the Village of Ridgewood for 2018, but remember a screwup to one is a triumph to another.

Almost everyone listed the first two

Approval of $12 million parking garage.

Purchase of Elks Club property.

“Lemon” leaf vacuum.

Unauthorized payments to Parkmobile.

Horrendous leaf pickup process

Increased parking meter and hang tag fees.

Closing Village Hall for ½ day to facilitate installation of generator.

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the Ridgewood Blog Suffers a Rash of Technical Issues

Dear Reader

After 12 years we had to clean up our data base which took about 36 hours ,it is like cleaning an attic after spending a life time in a house . Apparently we had bats in the belfry and as you may have noticed we have had a rash of technical issues in recent days .

The next step in our upgrade is going to be migrating to a faster and more robust data base and the third and final step will be to clean up a few software problems and cliches.

In the mean time , try our new url : as well as the older , if you are having any trouble getting connected .

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How comments get approved on the Ridgewood blog


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Ridgewood NJ, while we are updated the “New” Ridgewood blog format ,  here is a quick review on how comments get approved on this blog . First we do not publish threats . We do not publish racist or bigoted language . In general we try to minimize the name calling but there is some wiggle room on this one . If your willing to call people names be willing to be called names , alot of people have trouble with this one . Some times a rephrasing of a comment is all that’s needed to get it published . There is a lower standard for attacking public figures and politicians than there is for ordinary citizens. And remember even in Ridgewood there are more than a few “crazies” out there.

Continue reading How comments get approved on the Ridgewood blog

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IRS has agreed to pay $3.5 million to Tea party Groups that were Targeted for Political Purposes

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Washington DC, Judge Michael R. Barrett signed off  on  Wednesday the settlement between the IRS and hundreds of tea party groups, closing out the last major legal battle over what all sides now agree was unwarranted and illegal targeting for political purposes. This week’s decision closes out five years of litigation .

The judge called the settlement “fair, reasonable and adequate.” Continue reading IRS has agreed to pay $3.5 million to Tea party Groups that were Targeted for Political Purposes

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Reader asks What’s your ulterior motive for presupposing an ulterior motive?

Who does Mena know in RW? Why is this even being posted here? Just to get sympathy? Money? What?

Reader responds , “Ummm, probably because the RW Blog covers local, STATE, and national news? Up there at the top in the header right under the giant title “The Ridgewood Blog”. Also, because it’s a human-interest story, one in line with the laissez-fairs perspective, which is also in big letters up top? Maybe TRWB is just damn good at finding and sharing interesting current events. Also, why does someone have to have an ulterior motive for wanting to conduct themselves peacefully on their own property? If you’re cool with the government coming down on you and your family and your neighbors arbitrarily, then move along. What’s your ulterior motive for presupposing an ulterior motive?

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the Ridgewood Blog : An Interview with a Librarian

June 18,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, as has been previously reported on the Ridgewood blog , the Ridgewood Public Library is looking to embark on a major renovation . While the renovation was described in glowing terms , the staff noticed the absence of any mentions of books .

Ridgewood Public Library Renovation: What about the books?

So we asked reader and an old friend who happens to be a librarian and a voracious reader Jason Vigorito the Reference Librarian at Eastern Monroe Public Library in Stroudsburg, PA. a few questions about books and libraries . Jason has been there for two years and has worked in Libraries for a total of 7 years .

TRB : what is the purpose of a public library?

Jason , “A public library’s purpose is three-fold: it’s an information repository for print, digital, video, audio, and other published mediums; it’s a community center for local residents to gather for various activities; and, it provides community assistance in a variety of ways, including literacy promotion, general education development, charitable work, and connections between various individuals and organizations. ”

TRB : has that purpose changed?

Jason , “Libraries, in the formal community-accessible modern sense, have been around for over a hundred years. Their three-fold purpose has always been standard, however the focus within each has shifted and widened considerably given how times have generally changed. For example, focus on certain forms of print–like newspapers and microfiche–has shifted in a dramatic decrease while digital databases have literally begun from scratch and widened into many niches and accessibility options. ”

TRB: why do people use a library ?

Jason, ” People unfamiliar with libraries tend to think that patrons visit them basically just to borrow books and maybe read newspapers or magazines. That’s only a small percentage of why people patronize libraries. The list is extensive. Some of the many other reasons include: to find a quiet place to study; to grab a coffee and snack (if your library has a cafe, as mine does); to watch performances by musicians and artists; to take a class (like on how to do your taxes, or on personal finance, or work toward a GED, or how to navigate social media); to research local history or one’s family tree; to buy books and other materials at sales; to meet with government representatives in forums; to participate in charity drives; to attend fun activities whether for adults or the whole family; to watch films; to access computer programs and the Internet when they don’t have them at home; to seek refuge when natural disasters hit; and on and on and on.”

TRB : what is the value of books?

Jason , ” If you do an online search, you’ll find some pithy quotes on the power of books. My personal favorite is Dr. Who’s: “You want weapons. We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!” The original Twilight Zone tv show had some great episodes on the subject, as well. It’s possible that books’ value can be broadly applied in two ways:

First, they are travel guides–they take you from the here and now and transport you to the there and/or other times;

Second, they are teachers–they expose you to new ideas and perspectives. Books are the torches that pass ideas down through the ages of otherwise dark ignorance.

In other words, a book’s value is in creating deeper, more cultivated value within its readers. Learning is always forward-moving, and you can’t unlearn what you learn.”

TRB : why do we need books?

Jason , ” We need books in order to prevent history from repeating itself while simultaneously continuing to advance civilization. History shows that with greater accessibility to books in general, society progresses more rapidly and expansively. The best example is Gutenberg and the advent of his printing press–it incontrovertibly proves that civilization took a massive leap forward in every respect thanks to the printed word. Without books, we might very well regress back to some forgotten yet frightening times; just take a look at societies where books were reproached by, or outright prohibited to, the people.”