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Social Service Association fall kick off event!

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Ridgewood NJ, Social Service Association fall kick off event!  A casual, fun party to benefit Social Service Association featuring the Declan Power band.  www.ssaridgewood.org

SSA is a Ridgewood based organization that currently assists approx 125 families in Glen Rock, HoHoKus, Midland Park, Ridgewood, Waldwick and Wyckoff with food vouchers, small financial help, weekly pantry visits, Thanksgiving meals, Holiday gifts, camperships and much more!  #neighborshelpingneighbors

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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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Section 265- 1B of the Village of Ridgewood Code it clearly states that Columbus Day is a holiday with respect to parking rates.

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Ridgewood NJ, yesterday on Columbus day a resident reported that they were approached by a uniformed “officer” (unknown whether police or parking) who told them that payment for parking was necessary today, Columbus Day. however according to Section 265- 1B of the Village Code it clearly states that Columbus Day is a holiday with respect to parking rates.  That means free parking.

This of course begs the question: Were there any summonses issued for either overtime parking or failure to pay? If so, will all of these summonses be voided without the necessity for recipients to appear in court, or to visit the municipal court office? And, if payment is received for an unlawfully issued summons, will monies be returned?

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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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Annual Friends of Ridgewood Emergency Services (FOREST) Fund Drive

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Ridgewood NJ, Please check your mail boxes for the Annual Friends of Ridgewood Emergency Services (FOREST) Fund Drive letter which has been mailed to all residents and businesses in the Village. Your charitable tax-deductible donation supports the Ridgewood Emergency Services (RES) volunteer first responders in their mission to serve the Village.

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In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue

Here is the complete 1492 poem:

IN 1492
In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.

A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.

Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.

Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!

“Indians! Indians!” Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.

But “India” the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he’d been told.

He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.

The first American? No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.

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Reader says The value of my house since 2005 has gone down and overall high end values have been reduced 10-30%

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As a long time resident of Ridgewood my observation is that we are sinking fast and no one is working to save things. The value of my house since 2005 has gone down and overall high end values have been reduced 10-30%. Real numbers we paid 2.5m in 2005 rebuilt the entire house for an added cost of almost 1m and recently appraised at 1.7m and can’t sell it. This when taxes have gone from 27k to over 40k. The schools have eroded, the village is in shabby shape in many places, the commute to NYC assuming a village resident can get a parking spot after 6:45am is awful requiring a dreaded switch (no direct trains).
Really a shame and a study in how weak and inexperienced leadership can really drive down a community. We keep electing lightweights to village, school, and other positions and expect change.
Look for my house. Is is one of many with a for sale sign out front. Real sad but really time to go

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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.

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Reader says We actually need an emergency cost reduction plan for the next 18 to 24 months

We actually need an emergency cost reduction plan for the next 18 to 24 months.lets start with suspension of all but
the most serious Utility work where police idle in front of
minor utility work on side streets for no justifiable reason ,
when PSEG can be tasked on 90days notice to provide
OWN employee flag workers OR SUBS to protect the work site.
Let PSEG PAY THEIR PENSIONS AND Benefits .
For major wire or street closure or main Avenue Gas projects then let’s
focus the town police use where needed for those major
risks along with PSEG flaggers.
People we have to begin to get our house In order.
TOWN SPENDING IS OUT OF CONTROL.Day of reckoning ahead. People selling and moving out all around us…