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RIDGEWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY presents “A Tour of the Hidden Archives”

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RIDGEWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY presents “A Tour of the Hidden Archives”
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 11am Registration Required at Ridgewood Public Library website or call 201-670-5600. Take a backstage tour of the Ridgewood Public Library’s hidden gems with Local History Librarian Sarah Kiefer. In this rare opportunity you’ll get a glimpse at what the Bolger Heritage Center has to offer. Learn how to research your home, find information on your ancestors, and gain insight on the history of Ridgewood. In addition, you’ll get a guided tour of their most recently added 1869 and 2018 panoramas which they now have on display on the 2nd floor of the library, thanks to the generous donation of Glenn and Beth Jorgensen.

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Reader says, ” It doesn’t take very long before they notice the rotting spell of greed and personal ambition”

We have lots of intelligent residents who lead and operate successful businesses. The problem is, we have to wait for them to retire so they could take a volunteer or paid position with Ridgewood. In the meantime people who have no experience and no knowledge of anything rush to see their names and faces in print. Some, like Knudsen, have been unable to realize she is no longer Mayor and keeps sending out “important announcements” before our current Mayor. Maybe this is requested help, and then I apologize. But her notices always preceded his by only a few minutes.

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Reader says ,”The newer people will never believe that it was once possible to have a charming town”

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“The newer people will never believe that it was once possible to have a charming town. One had all types of stores. One could buy reasonably priced clothing and the merchants even notified you if you had a child that needed special skinny sizes when they received a shipment you could use. You could walk into a hardware store with a handful of screws and say “I need more of these.” We had our own butcher shop which had great meats at reasonable prices–and hired Down’s syndrome individuals to keep it clean. We had a news, stationery, business supplies and gift shop where you could buy anything practical you needed. If we didn’t have it in Ridgewood, it probably was not made. Now we have a great selection of restaurants and not much else.”

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Reader claims, ““Self-serving people there for personal gain” defines our Councils of the past decade or more”

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“Self-serving people there for personal gain” defines our Councils of the past decade or more. Riche with his no bid telecoms contracts with the Village, the definition of conflict of interest. Whatever the hell Ahronson, Pooch and Gwen wanted, none of it seemingly any good for the rest of us. Knudsen getting her boys on the RPD and RFD with some nifty maneuvering around the hiring requirements, and protecting the dilapidated Schedler above all other interests because it’s across the street from her dad’s house… the list goes on and on.

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Reader says , “The problem is that we have too many short term residents”

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The problem is that we have too many short term residents. People are able to get elected because they have friends and contacts they make due to their young children in school . Where else could a short term resident like aronson or zuzsy get elected?
Many towns with a more stable population (instead of NYC people who live here for a 10 year term) would never elect some new resident to an important position. I am surprised that a long term resident such as hauck would go along with the apartment deals, but I guess she was close enough to aronson that he could literally whisper in her ear to convince her to go along with making this “east Montclair ”
I can tell you that as a life long resident who has the best interests of the village at heart, I would never get elected because the new residents are a larger voting block. Hence the decline of what we expect for the character of our village.
And if elected I doubt I could sit up there and put up with the general public or nasty anonymous online comments.
A real solution with be for all property taxes to reflect the purchase price of the home . This is done in florida. It protects the long time residents From tax increases that benefit the new people who push their agenda. Let them pay for their own schools and parking garages

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Reader says , “the charm of the Village is being destroyed”

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The former council members who pushed and got extensive apts and changed master plan to allow for more than 25 units per acre were game changers all right. Same council people paved the way literally for the coming parking garage that will change the character and destroy the charm of the Village forever. There should be statues of the three of them to commemorate their revolutionary achievements. The smaller garage passed by the currant council is not the original accomplishment/ innovation. It is a mere follow-up.

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OUR VILLAGE, OUR FUTURE: VISIONING FOR RIDGEWOOD’S NEXT MASTER PLAN

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Ridgewood NJ, Add your voice and vision to the future of the Village of Ridgewood at:  www.visionridgewood.org

What should the Village be like in 5, 10, or 20 years? What trends do you think might have a significant impact on the Village in the future? What is your vision for the future of the Village?

The Village recently launched Our Village, Our Future, which is a Village-wide visioning process that will form the creation of our community’s next Master Plan. Visit www.visionridgewood.org to learn more about Our Village, Our Future and start providing your insight and input through the on-line Visioning Questionnaire.

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THE RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL’S PUBLIC WORKSHOP AGENDA JANUARY 9, 2019 7:30 P.M.

THE RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL’S PUBLIC WORKSHOP AGENDA

JANUARY 9, 2019

7:30 P.M.

  1. 7:30 pm – Call to Order – Mayor
  2. Statement of Compliance with Open Public Meeting Act

            Mayor: “Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by a posting on the bulletin           board in Village Hall, by mail to the Ridgewood News, The Record, and by submission      to all persons entitled to same as provided by law of a schedule including the date and          time of this meeting.”

  1. Roll Call – Village Clerk                                                                                                
  2. Flag Salute/Moment of Silence
  3. Public Comments (Not to Exceed 3 Minutes per Person – 40 Minutes in Total)    
  4. Manager’s Report
  5. Council Reports         
  6. Discussion
  7. Ridgewood Water  
  8. Award Contract – Eastside Reservoir Improvements
  9. Award Second Year Contract – Landscaping Services
  10. Award Second Year Contract – Line Stop and Valve Insertion
  11. Award Second Year Contract – Servicing and Repairing of Electric Source
  12. Award Second Year Contract – Water Billing and Data Collection                                                             Services
  13. Award Second Year Contract – Furnishing and Delivering Sodium

                                    Hypochlorite Solution

  1. Award Contract – Servicing and Repair of Potable Water Pumping

                                    Facilities

  1. Award Professional Services Contract – Per-and Poly-Fluoroalkly

                                    Substances Planning and Treatment Study

  1. Award Contract – Asbestos Abatement and Boiler Replacement
  2. Award Second Year Contract – Laboratory Analysis Services
  1. Parking          
  2. Parking in Train Station Lot after 6:00 P.M.
  3. Maturity Schedule for Funding the Hudson Street Parking Garage
  4. Amend Parking Permit Ordinance – Hudson Street Parking Lot Permit
  1. Budget
  2. Award Second Year Contract – Landfill Disposal of Solid Waste
  3. Declare Property Surplus – Parks Department Log Pile
  4. Declare Property Surplus – Various Vehicles
  5. Authorize Release of Escrow Funds – 143 and 147 West Glen Avenue
  6. Award Contract – Recreation Program Instruction for 2019
  7.         Approve Shared Services Agreement – School Resource Officer
  8. Graydon Pool Membership Fees
  9. 2019 Bond Ordinance – Various Capital Improvements
  10. Resolution to Amend Temporary Capital Budget
  1. Policy
  2. Amendments to Outdoor Café Ordinance
  3. Amendments for Regulations for Dumpsters on Private Property
  1. Operations                        
  2. Confirm Endorsement of Application for Community

                        Development Block Grant – Care Plus NJ, Inc.

  1. Place to Place Liquor License Transfer – 54 East Ridgewood Landmark
  1. Review of January 16, 2019 Public Meeting Agenda
  2. Public Comments (Not to Exceed 5 Minutes per Person)    
  3. Closed Session
  4. Legal – Board of Education Elections, Ridgewood Water Rate Litigation
  5. Contract/Personnel – PBA Negotiations
  6. Adjournment
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The Ridgewood blog would like to challenge our readers and all residents to read as many books as possible for 2019, Lets build a smarter Village!

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Ridgewood NJ, There’s no secret to how to get smarter. You read a lot it’s that simple .There’s a whole host of people who have excelled , from Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to Richard Branson and Barack Obama, who will tell you the same thing. In the old days it was often said you can tell the second you enter a room if anyone there has ever read a book before.

But if building your brainpower is that straightforward, why don’t more people do it? For the same reason that we fail to do lots of worthy but less urgent self-improvement projects , we think we are all really busy.

But are we really? A new article by Charles Chu of site Better Humans raises some eyebrows by people who claim they simply don’t have enough time to feed their intellect with books.According to the author the simple math that proves you do have enough time to read. Chu tells the story of how reading 200 hundred books a year (yes, 200!) for the past several years has helped him turn his life around, reconsider his career, and become much happier.

The math is simple , according to Chu the average American reads 200 to 400 words per minute. A Typical nonfiction books have about 50,000 words.

Now, all we need are some quick calculations:

200 books x 50,000 words/book = 10 million words
10 million words/400 wpm = 25,000 minutes
25,000 minutes/60 = 417 hours

That’s all there is to it. To read 200 books, simply spend 417 hours a year reading!

You say you don’t have time take a look at what the average American spends on social media and TV in a year:

608 hours on social media
1,642 hours on TV

If those hours were spent reading instead, you could be reading more than 1,000 books a year!

The Ridgewood blog would like to challenge our readers and all residents to read as many books as possible for 2018 ! Lets build a smarter Village and perhaps a smarter New Jersey !

For those who don’t know where to start ,the Ridgewood library is full of suggestions and many librarians have made recommendation lists for residents .

The Ridgewood Public Library is located at
125 N Maple Ave
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Call (201) 670-5600