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Ridgewood NJ , Mark your calendars for the 9th Annual Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival. This growing festival is the place to be for action and excitement in Ridgewood this spring.

On Thursday, April 18th the Ridgewood Guild will host International short films. Meet Israeli filmmaker, Yarin Zemer, Director and Writer of ‘One Year Breakup Anniversary’.

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The Ridgewood Guild Presents “An Evening with Oscar”

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Ridgewood NJ, Kudos to all this year’s nominees! See you on the Red Carpet!

Join the Ridgewood Guild as we celebrate this year’s Oscars at Park West Loft on Friday, February 22, 7:30-11:30pm. DJ, food, drinks and contests.

For info, please contact us at

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Ridgewood Music Festival Sunday September 9th

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Ridgewood Nj, the Ridgewood Music Festival hosted by the Ridgewood Guild will take place Sunday September 9th at Van Neste Park, in the central business district.

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The Ridgewood Guild Presents Movies in the Park

June 12,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Join the Ridgewood Guild  in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square for family fun and entertainment. We show films great for the whole family on a 25 foot screen and professional sound system. Bring snacks, a picnic blanket, and get ready for a great evening with your community. All movies are on Wednesdays and start at sundown (approximately 9pm in June and July and 8:30pm in August). In case of rain (or other inclement weather), or the latest information, check our Facebook page, or back here for the rescheduling of the movie.

FREE – Movies in the Park! Join us this Wednesday as we open our summer movie nights at Van Neste!  Wednesday June 13 th, Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) !

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The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce and The Ridgewood Guild Team up to Create a more Connected and Vibrant Ridgewood Community

CBD Ridgewood by ArtChick

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August 30,2017
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Ridgewood NJ, There are two events coming up in the Village. These events are designed to help us create a more connected and vibrant community. Numerous organizations are collaborating on this effort. The Village of Ridgewood has given their endorsement as has the Chamber of Commerce and The Ridgewood Guild.

The first event is a forum which will be held at the Ridgewood Public Library the evening of September 26. It is titled, Moving Forward Together: Fostering a Pedestrian Friendly Community. There are several panelists who will speak about the benefits of experiencing our village on foot. When we encourage residents to walk whenever possible we strengthen our bond as a community, we add to our personal health and well-being and we create a safer environment for pedestrians.

The second event is a village-wide, month-long walking initiative that will take place during October titled Walktoberfest. Guided walks are being scheduled to entice residents to learn more about our village and its businesses. There will be historic, architectural, food, fashion, beauty, parks, interfaith and municipal building tours available.

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The Ridgewood Guild Kicks off the 2017 “Music in the Night” Program

Ridgewood Guild Kicks off the 2017  “Music in the Night” Program

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May 27,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Guild’s “Music in the Night” program. In its 7th season, “Music in the Night” began on Fri. May 28 and Artists prepare for The Ridgewood Guild’s 4th season of “Art in the Park.” This is a First Friday event in June, July, and August. It’s free! Respond to this post and we will forward an application. This event is being sponsored by Pinot’s Palette.

The Ridgewood Guild “Music in the Night” evening performance series is now entering its 7th Season. Every Friday night from 7:00 – 9:00pm, Memorial Day to Labor Day, musicians will be performing in several locations throughout downtown Ridgewood. These talented performers have created quite a buzz, so come join the fun, and enjoy some great music!

If you can strum a guitar, blow a horn or croon a tune, we’d love to hear you. Please fill out this form and email: and we’ll get back to you to schedule an audition.

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The Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival Fund Raiser!!

Ridgewood Guild Oscar Night

An Oscar Evening

You’re Invited!

February 18,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Guild will be hosting a fund raiser for it’s Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival Oscar watching event.

Come walk the red carpet – Dress as your favorite movie star or movie character [optional] – DJ – Hollywood Trivia – Oscar Ballots – Prizes – Delicious Appetizers & Drinks! $50 Cash Bar or $65 for Open Bar. Join us at this Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival Fund Raiser!!!!

Join us on Friday, February 24 from 7:30 – 11:30pm at park West Loft (38 Oak St.) for an evening of fun on behalf of the Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival.

Imagine you are attending the Academy Awards – Ladies can wear a gown, men can wear a tuxedo (or a nice dress and suit, black tie NOT required). Or, if you’re feeling festive come dressed as a character from an Oscar-nominated movies from this year, or any past year.

There will be a red carpet with an interviewer and photographers. There will be Oscar trivia and gift certificates awarded for best costume and whoever picks the most winners on the Oscar ballot (The Academy Awards are only 48 hrs later).

Hot and cold appetizers will be served, and there will be a pasta station as well. We will also have dessert, coffee, tea and soft drinks.

There are 2 ticket options, $50 (if you opt for a cash bar) or $65 (premium shelf open bar until 10pm).

Tickets can be purchased by sending a check to The Ridgewood Guild, 41 N. Broad Street, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.

Please, come out and support arts in our community. You will get a lot of bang for your buck, and have a fun and memorable night with your friends and neighbors! We hope to see you there!

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Damiano Email to Ridgewood Guild Members fully Discredited


September 20,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, This screen shot above was posted on the FB discussion to discredit this email from Tony. This shows clear contradiction in what he is claiming about Mayor agreeing to include him in the conversation or not. Readers say, “He is a habitual liar.”  Remember HPC letter? — please read this email + the screen shot posted in the original article for full picture:

Thank you Susan,

But I am confused. Your last email on Friday afternoon (sent to me only) said, “Tony, can you join me in meeting with PSEG next week.” I replied,”Absolutely.” You never called me so I called PSEG myself at noon today.

The good thing that came out of this is….,Andrew Wesley now has my cell number, and I have his. He will consult with me personally on any and all PSEG matters regarding our CBD.

Also, you and the bloggers need to stop pointing a finger at Roberta, It is on record that she mentioned this project at 2 August Council Meetings and you did not do anything about it. As u know, I do not attend all meetings. I missed both of these meetings or I would have taken action sooner.

Best………………..Tony Damiano

To make matters worse, Damiano sent the message below to Guild members. Clearly/compared to the official transcript above, he lied to his members and distorted what actually transpired. SHAMEFUL!!

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Village of Ridgewood and PSEG work schedules

3 amigos

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September 19,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, according to Rurik Halaby, the following is an email sent to Tony Damiano, owner of Mango Jam and President of The Ridgewood Guild in response to a letter written by Tony to the Mayor re the PSE&G project:

Dear Tony,
I can’t express how disappointed I am with your email. First, PSEG work schedules are not controlled by Village Council and I, along with council colleagues, have taken the concerns of the business community very seriously. Personally, I began working on this tirelessly since 7:00am Thursday morning and have not stopped. The (former)Village Manager was involved in, and is responsible for, any decisions made in May or June and up until the date of her resignation. l was not included or apprised of those discussions or decisions. It’s unfortunate any time working on resolving this has been interrupted by this antagonistic and angry email.
Your assertion that I am “micro-managing” anything is shameful and regrettable. Five council members selected the members of the CBDAC. Furthermore, your suggestion that you could have been a “great asset” to the Central Business District Advisory Committee is undermined by the tone and content of your email. I have great confidence in Councilman Hache and this wonderful group of CBDAC committee members.
Council members Hache, Voigt and Walsh along with Deputy Mayor Sedon, myself and Village Staff have worked diligently to support for our business community. Your email is gratuitous and offensive.
I will continue my efforts to resolve the PSEG matter and am in the process of scheduling a meeting with them. I hope we can move on from this and will keep you informed of any progress.
Mayor Susan Knudsen

Rurik Halaby added on Facebook , “I could not believe the insulting, sarcastic, and disdainful tone and nature of this letter. Tony deserves better. He is a passionate man who is totally dedicated to making Ridgewood a better place for all of us, particularly the CBD.

Ms. Knudsen swore to uphold the U.S. Constitution. The first amendment guarantees Tony’s right to express himself. As importantly, it guarantees his right “to petition the Government for redress of grievances.”

If Mayor Aronshohn had written such a letter the Vocalantis would have hung him in effigy.

Ms. Knudsen, you owe Tony an apology!”

Yes Rurik we all know how much Paul Aronsohn loved PSE&G.

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Art in the Park presented by The Ridgewood Guild

Art in the Park presented by The Ridgewood Guild
photos courtesy of the Ridgewood Guild
August 7,2016
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Ridgewood NJ, Art in the Park presented by The Ridgewood Guild. Sponsored by Pinot’s Palette.

The weather held the Ridgewood Guild the first Friday installment of Art in the Park.

16 paintings sold tonight at Art in the Park. All proceeds go to support our Ridgewood Guild events and programs.

Jake and Bruce a winning team at Art in the Park. Great art by Valerie Philips!