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Ridgewood Water Buys “Elks ” and property on Goffle Road

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Village Council has finalized the purchase of the old Elks lodge by Ridgewood Water on North Maple next to Ridgewood Public Library and Village Hall . This ends a long saga involving the sad demise of the Ridgewood Elks . The Elks lodge was closed in 2016 and was contested by the local Elks leadership which in the end failed to resurrect the lodge.

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Carve that Pumpkin for Halloween

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Carve that Pumpkin for Halloween

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Reader says municipal tax revenue levels are unsustainable

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Given SALT deductions are now limited to $10,000 for property taxes, shouldn’t the Council and BOE be aware that the vast majority of Ridgewood residents have seen an effective tax INCREASE and be looking for ways to reduce the burden? Realized sales values suggest home values will need to decline in the next assessment, so unless they jack up the mill rate, municipal tax revenue levels are unsustainable?

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Reader Asks Are the majority of our council members actually insane or are they trying to pretend insanity

We can complain about the total inability of our current Council to do ANYTHING but spend until we are blue in the face. The fact is THEY DON’T CARE! I, personally can’t believe that they would stoop so low as to sell their votes, but the money trail leads directly from them outwards to all the useless, unnecessary and unfair monetary decisions they have made. Raising everyone’s parking rate to build a garage to support the housing that should never be being built. Ignoring the fact that the neighboring towns have been meeting to find some way to reduce their assessments to meet the court’s decision. Do you think they are really satisfied with Ridgewood’s decision to hire a “water expert” to tell them they actually underpaid? But we have to rush quickly to spend THEIR money on our new water building? Are the majority of our council members actually insane or are they trying to pretend insanity so they can’t be held responsible for any decisions they make to throw money away? I am truly beginning to wonder.

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Reader explains a definition of an ombudsman: “someone whose job is to deal with complaints that people make about an organization or particular type of business”

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Hahaha, here is a definition of an ombudsman: “someone whose job is to deal with complaints that people make about an organization or particular type of business” Oh my god, so Paul Aronsohn is taking complaints and dealing with them, what the heck? He is the most insensitive, nasty man ever, remember how he was for our 8 years of hell when he was on the council, sniping at people, writing nasty emails, screaming at Bernadette Walsh and Tom Riche, then at Susan, remember how he tried to kill Mike Sedon’s candidacy by contacting his employer, oh man, the list goes on and on. What the heck was Murphy thinking putting THIS man in charge of helping anyone, most especially those with disabilities.

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Reader calls Village Council , “shopaholics”

What every single one of them lacks is a financial brain and apparently all also are “shopaholics”, who can’t wait to find something else they can waste money on. As long as they, personally, only have to pay a small part of what they are buying, building, etc., they are all for it. I have to assume they are all personally rich since they don’t seem to care about all the expenses they are signing up, for which the town must pay. The last Council blasted the townspeople if they opposed what the council wanted. This one just keeps whistling along and stating they don’t have ANY knowledge of ANY objections to their expensive plans.

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Reader asks What will it take for the Council to take the plugs out of their ears and blinders off their eyes?

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What will it take for the Council to take the plugs out of their ears and blinders off their eyes? Residents have been begging, pleading, showing how items can only bankrupt the town and make taxes even higher with no sign that the council has heard or read a word. If the library wants to grow (unnecessarily)it can self fund. Most of the tutors, self employed business people, and book readers are not even from Ridgewood. Self funding would include monies from these people and let the Ridgewood taxpayers alone from providing luxury items that everyone (including the library board–they just “want it” not “need it”) knows is not essential. If the board still feels it is necessary, start your fund drive and wait to see if you get one red cent to splurge on the library and take from libraries and towns who NEED the money just to survive. The council is all spend, spend, spend and who cares if Ridgewood has enough money to pay their new debts. And we thought the prior council was bad. The present one is composed of nice people with not one bit of economic knowledge in all their heads put together.

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Reader says Houston..we have a SPENDING problem

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The cash river spend-a thon that has been flowing downhill from the VC on Raised Garage Bonding ,,centralized parking valets ala carte , skyjacking the parking rates and times ….blow up the train station parking for invisible compact cars that don’t exist in the
1000 dollar permit club up there …has everyone muscling in on the spend a thon…including rumors of a PAC no less..
Can’t make this up….meantime castle homes up in highlands are not selling and prices soft…Ie Tax re-evaluations requests for tax rate adjustments to come..
less cash in the VOR ACCOUNTS..PERFECT STORM..PS SCHOOL BUDGET 110 Million and growing . Houston..we have a problem ….reply : RESTRAINT ..voyagers..

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A Note to the Council About the Library’s Expensive Proposition to Gut Itself and Start Over

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The following note was sent to the Village Council with a copy to the Village Manager.

Dear Council:
It is my impression that the library director and board are asking the Council to pave over part of Veterans Field for parking so that they can increase services further and build a performance venue at the library.

This is a bad idea–no, a terrible idea. Our parks have already been largely given over to sports. What’s left must be considered sacrosanct. As the temporary custodians of the village, you make decisions that will last for decades or forever. You are responsible for holding firm on this. I believe such a decision would be wildly unpopular.

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Village of Ridgewood Offices Closed Columbus Day – October 8, 2018

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Ridgewood NJ, All Village offices will be closed on October 8, 2018, in observance of Columbus Day. There will be no garbage or recycling pickup and the Recycling Center will also be closed. The Recycling Center will be open on October 6, 2018. The Police Department, on the second floor of Village Hall, will be open on this holiday. All offices will open again on October 9, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.