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As summer comes to a close, there are some important things the Ridgewood Chamber wants you to know

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting hosted a platform for Village Manager, Heather Mailander, Councilwoman, Bernadette Walsh and Detective Captain Forest Lyons, to discuss new parking meter initiative effective Sept. 4th.

Continue reading As summer comes to a close, there are some important things the Ridgewood Chamber wants you to know

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Village Manager Attempts to Clear the Air on Healthbarn

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August 10,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, according to the Village Manager Heather Mailander , many issued have be raised on social media about the Healthbarn lease at Habernickel Park .

During Wednesday night Mangers report Mailander said the number of visitors at Healthbarn does not exceed the fire code . The types and sizes of the buses are allowed under the lease , and Healthbarn reports quarterly on the number , size and number of people on the buses to the Village .

During the first quarter of 2018 there were 23 schools trips to Healthbarn , 95% used one small bus one field trip had 2 small buses and one field trip had 3 small buses with 10-12 students on each bus . Larger buses park at Graydon Pool parking lot , small vans can park at Habernickel .

Mailander went on to say that Healthbarn is not using space beyond the lease ,in fact part of the teaching garden has space for Ridgewood community gardens . No one sleeps at Healthbarn , if a vehicle is parked over night ,it means that the director of Healthbarn has taken mass transit home or to a conference . Three parking spaces are allocated to the tenant . The village does allow consumption of alcohol in public parks for various events with a one day liquor license .  The Chef’s events at Healthbarn often involve the patrons bring there own booze .

Healthbarn is a sanctioned program under Ridgewood parks and recreation and is supervised by that department and also inspected by the Village Health Department . Healthbarn is sanctioned by Green Acres  .

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Village Manager Sends a few Winter Reminders for Village Residents

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January 24,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Village Manager Heather A. Mailander sent out a few winter reminders for Village residents .

LEAF COLLECTION HAS BEEN COMPLETED

Leaf collection in the Village has been completed. Through February 28, 2018, residents may bag their leaves in paper biodegradable bags and place them on the curb. Once the bags are on the curb, please call the Street Division at (201) 670-5585 to pick them up. Residents may also bring leaves to the Recycling Center, Monday through Saturday, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

CHRISTMAS TREE PICKUP

The final Christmas tree pickup will be on the West side, on January 25th. The final day for all residents to bring their Christmas trees to the designated location at the Graydon Pool parking lot is also January 25th. For additional information please contact the Parks Division Office at 201-670-5565.

REMINDER ABOUT GARBAGE PICKUP DURING SNOW AND ICE EVENTS

We have already experienced several days of snow and icy conditions. As a reminder, if it is snowing when you leave your home in the morning or if it is icy, please place your garbage cans at the end of your driveway for collection. The Village will resume rear yard garbage collection as quickly as possible after the snowstorm, but please continue to put your garbage cans at the end of your driveway until you have a clear path to them. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our Village employees safe.

REMINDERS ABOUT SNOW REMOVAL

All sidewalks in residential districts must be cleared within 24 hours of the snow falling. Please do not place snow into the street; instead, place it back onto your own property. In addition, if you have a fire hydrant on your property, please clear it of any snow accumulation.

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Reader says If the lease was written in favor of the business without the tax payers rights being considered it is time for Village Manager to make the proper adjustments

Roberta Sonenfeld

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Bottom line is if this business was placed in a green acres park by past council and VM without following the proper procedures it is time for present council and VM to make the proper adjustments to the lease
If the lease was written in favor of the business without the tax payers rights being considered it is time for VM to make the proper adjustments
The fact that a business was placed in a residental neighborhood WITHOUT a trial period is absurd!! And the fact that it has been there for 21/2 years and the council and VM get endless complaints about the neighbors quality of life AND these have been ignored needs to be looked into too!

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Village Manager Sends Village of Ridgewood Year End News

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December 17,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, Village Manager Heather Mailander sent out an email with a list  of Year-End News from the Village of Ridgewood starting with the Sale of 2018 Ridgewood Parking Permits (RPP), Final Leaf Collection, Public Valet in Central Business District, Winter Reminders, and Village Hall Holiday Hours.

SALE OF 2018 ANNUAL RIDGEWOOD PARKING PERMITS (RPP)

The 2018 Annual Commuter (Ridgewood Parking Permits – RPP) will go on sale December 18, 2017 at 8:30 a.m., at the Reception Desk in the lobby of Village Hall. All applicants must bring their driver’s license and vehicle registration(s) for car(s) they wish to list on their permits, as the RPPs allow up to 3 cars on each hang tag.  The RPPs allow commuters to park in designated Ridgewood parking lots without having to pay the parking meters.  The following is a summary of the Ridgewood Parking Permits (RPPs) and their prices:

Premium RPP – $1,000 annual fee – allows Ridgewood residents to park in the Train Station lot, Hudson Street lot, Prospect Street lot, and all Ridgewood lots, including Route 17 Park and Ride lot.  A maximum of 210 Premium RPPs will be sold, on a first come, first served basis.

Non-Premium RPP – $750 annual fee – allows Ridgewood residents to park in Chestnut Street lot, North Walnut Street lot, Cottage Place lot, and Route 17 Park and Ride lot.

Park and Ride RPP – $750 annual fee – this price is for both Ridgewood residents and non-residents, and allows parking in the Route 17 Park and Ride lot.

Non-resident RPP in Central Business District – $1,500 annual fee – allows non-residents to park in the Cottage Place lot.

Ridgewood Resident Sticker – Free – All Ridgewood resident commuters who wish to park at the train station must bring in their driver’s license and vehicle registration(s) to obtain a free Ridgewood Resident sticker.  Free Ridgewood Resident stickers will also be issued to all Ridgewood residents purchasing RPPs.

The Village will accept checks, cash, or credit cards (with a 3% transaction fee to the user) for payment.

There are also Central Business District (CBD) Employee stickers and hang tags that may be purchased by those who work in the CBD and allows parking at designated meters in the North Walnut Street and Cottage Place lots.

For more information, please visit our website: www.ridgewoodnj.net.

FINAL LEAF COLLECTION

The Village is currently picking up leaves in Section D, and that section should be finished by Christmas, weather permitting.  The final leaf placement dates for the entire Village will be December 23rd through January 1st.  After January 1st, do not place any more leaves into the street, along the curbline.  Our leaf crews will pick up the leaves, beginning January 2nd.  After January 1st, residents having additional leaves to dispose of must keep them on their property, until the spring.

PUBLIC VALET IN CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT

The Village Council has funded a Public Valet in the Central Business District on Friday and Saturday nights, from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., throughDecember 30th.  The location is Van Neste Square, by the park, and the cost is $5 per vehicle.  Come and enjoy a night in the Central Business District with family and friends, during this holiday season, with easy parking through the Public Valet.

WINTER REMINDERS

We have already experienced a couple of snowfalls this month. As a reminder, when it snows or is icy, please place your garbage cans at the end of your driveway for collection.  We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our Village employees safe.

All sidewalks in residential districts must be cleared within 24 hours of the snow falling. Please do not place snow into the street; instead, place it back onto your own property.  In addition, if you have a fire hydrant on your property, please clear it of any snow accumulation.
HOLIDAY HOURS

All Village offices will be closed on December 25th, December 26th, and January 1st, in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year!

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Reader says Roberta Sonenfeld was the Village Manager

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Janice is trying to say that the “blame game” is useless and we should just move forward and forget this. Really. I’m sorry Ms. willet, but there is a lot of money that was recklessly sent to Park Mobile when it should never have been, and one person is responsible for this. Roberta Sonenfeld was the Village Manager, although she thought she was an elected official. She should never EVER have signed that contract when she was only authorized by resolution to sign a contract with NO ADDITIONAL FEES

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Long Time Ridgewood Administrative Employee Heather Mailander Picked to Fill Village Manager Post

The Ridgewood Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Heather Mailander with Councilmen Jeff Voigt and Bernie Walsh

With 28 years of dedicated service to the Village of Ridgewood, it’s an honor and privilege to appoint Heather Mailander as Village Manager. Heather has assumed the responsibilities of Acting Village Manager three times during her tenure and each and every time she has served with a level of professionalism and dedication coupled with kindness and fairness.
The Ridgewood Village Council wishes Heather the very best and, as always, we are grateful for the continued support of our fellow residents……Village of Ridgewood Mayor Susan Knudsen

March 2,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, in a move that makes all to much sense, the Village Council enthusiastically approved long time employee Heather Mailander, to permanently take over the village’s top administrative position.

Residents know Heather Mailander, as the Village of Ridgewood’s long-time clerk. The Village Council unanimously appointed the next village manager on Wednesday night, effective immediately.

She was the acting village manager following the September 2016 resignation of Roberta Sonenfeld and this was the third time she has served in that capacity. Her first time as acting manager came in 2009 for a five-month period after the resignation of James Ten Hoeve. Heather also took over for six months after the ouster of Ken Gabbert in September 2013.

Last night Council members cited her dedication to the village with nearly three decades of service and a tenure marked by a and high level of professionalism, responsiveness and positive relationships she has with professionals and residents alike.

In a post in August 2013 Readers asked the Ridgewood Blog , “Why is Heather A. Mailander capable enough to fill in but not to actually be appointed to the position” http://theridgewoodblog.net/readers-asks-why-is-heather-a-mailander-capable-enough-to-fill-in-but-not-to-actually-be-appointed-to-the-position/

At that time it was asked , “Why is she capable enough to fill in but not to actually be appointed to the position. Another woman running a dept and not being recognized. She is better than Gabbert and Ten Hoeve

Heather Mailander would make an excellent choice for Village Manager. She is highly capable, has a tremendous work ethic, she knows the town and she well respected and liked by both Village employees and residents. Most importantly she has good common sense………..which is in short supply in Village Hall.”

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Reader says the Village Manager’s method of leaving that most reveals her true character and ability

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I heard she was a competent administrator, but the few times I spoke with her, I had the sense she did not understand numbers, so I never formed an impression of her abilities one way or the other. At the same time, I believe she too strongly pushed Paul Aronsohn’s self-promotion and political agenda, by, for instance urging people not to sign the parking petition. I also thought her letter to the editor a few weeks back regarding Schedler was completely off the mark and bizarre. Having politicized her position and made it personal, she created her own fate.

Perhaps it is her method of leaving that most reveals her true character and ability. Arrive on Tuesday to announce you are leaving a CEO role on Friday and then send emails to staff saying its all too hostile for you to stay on??? A person in that position – – someone who signed up to promote and preserve the health, safety and welfare of 25,000 people – – should have the fortitude and wherewithal to give adequate notice, ensure a smooth transition and go out with head held high. Instead, we get more drama.

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Reader says Village Manager, Human Resource, Village Engineer, Superintendent of Parks and Rec. are running this town not the new council

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First of all why is Christopher Rutishause e-Mailing plans for the park to Bill Gilsenan? Why is Gilsenan getting involved in the park? Im tired of all the so called Demigod running this Village. Paul Vagianos, John Saraceno Ed Sullivan, Tom Hillman and now Bill Gilsenan. Their names were not on the Village ballot for council. This council has to watch very closely what goes on because there has always been a small group self proclaimed Demigod who try to run this town from behind the scenes. Simply voting out the 3 Amigos is not going to stop this because its Systemic.

VM, Assistant to the VM, HR, Village Engineer, Superintendent of Parks and Rec. and the above named are running this town not the new council. Poster just need to reflect back to some of the fiascos that have happen in the last 4 years to find the common thread. Wise up new Village Council and get a grip on this. Don’t let them distract you while they plan or plot.

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Can it be that Police and Village Manager (our code enforcers) don’t know the law or are they catering to Healthbarn?

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August 9th 2016
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Ridgewood NJ, Watch this short clip. Yelling at a resident, Sergeant Chuck says no dogs allowed at Habernickel park, any park. Roberta says, “it’s illegal!”
HealthBarn announces they are dog friendly and the LAW is thrown out to accommodate Stacey and her dog watering station.
Then HealthBarn lures/invites dogs, dog bites kid, the law is back again.
Can it be that the Police and Roberta (our code enforcers) don’t know the law or are they catering to Healthbarn? Either way it’s reckless and negligent.