On this day, 243 years ago, the Second Continental Congress voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence. Even though they had already declared independence two days earlier, the American people were so moved by the Declaration that thereafter July 4th became our birthday. Happy Birthday America!
Wishing you and your families a happy and safe 4th of July !
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Ridgewood NJ, out recent post of confusing signs of dogs are or are not allowed in the park gave rise to several readers sending photos of some strange signs around town .Continue reading A Sign of the Times ?
the Ridgewood blog Wishes all the Dads a Happy Fathers day !!!
The Origins of Fathers Day
The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm–perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.” On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday. The next year, a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910.
Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day. However, many men continued to disdain the day. As one historian writes, they “scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving, or they derided the proliferation of such holidays as a commercial gimmick to sell more products–often paid for by the father himself.”
…In 1972, in the middle of a hard-fought presidential re-election campaign, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday at last. Today, economists estimate that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts.
the fly has noticed Ridgewood councilman, who left the Ridgewood Pride event very soon after it began (and long before the flag was raised on the new pole) , went to the Glen Rock Pride event where he was photographed in a bromance embrace with Hans Lehman, husband of Jan Philips. So nice that this elected official is more interested in the event at another town than the one he swore to represent.
On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember those who sacrificed their lives for “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are grieving. May we, as Abraham Lincoln famously said, “highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom–and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
file photo by Boyd Loving
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Ridgewood NJ, On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance . “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.
The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and reprised the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.
Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.
For many decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.
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Ridgewood NJ, Village of Ridgewood offices will be closed Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no sanitation or recycling collection on that day. The Recycling Center will also be closed.
Village offices will reopen for business on Tuesday, May 28th.
Please. They should be on a timer. Why are we having so many different problems in town. What the hell is going on. It’s amazing. Everything from the lawn not getting cut in town. What is the problem. We can’t even get Porta John’s cleaned out on Maple field. Forget about the lighting. You can’t make this poop up. Well last year the Porta John was over flowing with a duty. Who the hell is in charge.
“My beautiful mother. My brothers and I have been blessed to have her in our lives. There’s ups and downs, but this is what makes us stronger as a family. My mother lived during the Khmer Rouge. She had fought her way to survived it through the Killing Fields in Cambodia. All she wanted was for us have a better life and future then she did in Cambodia. She’s my mother, my sister, my psychiatrist, my club partner, and my best friend. This is why every MOTHERS Day or her Birthdays , we have to make it extra special… Although everyday we show her that we are appreciated and thankful for everything she had done for us. Happy early Mothers day mom! We love you so much!” Vicheka H
Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Blog Wishes A Happy Mothers Day to all the moms ,Ridgewood Moms and moms everywhere and on this day its also good to remember how lucky you may be .