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Fun Things to Do On a Long Weekend

Ridgewood Wildscape Association and Volunteers Clean Up Grove Park!

Sometimes  you have a long weekend ahead of you and you have no idea of what to do with it. Well, you might end up sleeping in the better part of it, only for ideas to start overflowing when you get back to work. Quite unfair, right? To avoid the feeling of regret, do something about it: have a plan. Do not wait until a long weekend catches up for you to start planning; it will probably be over before you even make the most out of it. Here are a few things that you can add on your weekend to-do list. They are fun and will keep you engaged during your entire break.

1. Volunteer

Have you ever thought of giving back to the community? If you haven’t, now should be the perfect time to start. Many volunteer groups will appreciate an extra hand. It could be volunteering to meet emergency medical needs: long weekends usually have so much going on. You could visit a children’s home, visit the old people and even help in cleaning up your town. The beauty of this is that at the end of the day, you will have had enough time to bond with new friends over something productive and meet a lot new people. Also, there is a  feeling of satisfaction giving back.

2. Stay indoors and play

You do not have to leave your house to have the time of your life. Not exaggerating but, no joy matches having fun without leaving your home. Thanks to online casinos, you can gamble the entire weekend. The best part is that you can take advantage of casino bonuses and do some free spins. You will also get the chance to make some money.

Board games is also a good idea for some indoor fun.

3. De-clutter your home

This can be a bit tiresome but also very satisfying. An organized home has a way of making everyone  happy. If your home is filled with clutter dating back to over a decade ago, a long weekend will be the perfect time to do something about it. You need to get rid of everything that you do not need.

More so, it is very rejuvenating to start a new week on a clean slate: literally. You can call a friend over to help you with that as you bond over a glass of wine.

4. Study or read a book

If you have played enough casino games already and there is no sign of an upcoming volunteering event, you might want to get to books. A long weekend will give you enough time to catch up with all the topics that you might have been left behind during the week. Also, it is enough time to binge read a novel and complete it.

5. Go on a vacation

You do not always get the chance to go out of town and leave everything behind. You should take advantage of that long weekend and go out of town. Vacations are therapeutic and rejuvenating. The beauty of this is that most of your friends will be more than glad to tag along.

6. Sleep in and relax

How often do you regret not resting on a long weekend? We only get to appreciate the chance of having an uninterrupted sleep and just relaxing when we are not overwhelmed with work. Just like a vacation, sleeping in and just relaxing can be very refreshing. The best part is that you won’t have to spend a dime. All you need is clean sheets and enough food at your place.

7. Binge watch

Have you been dying to watch Game of Thrones or any other show but never had the time? This is an opportunity for you to binge watch everything you find interesting. A long weekend is a great time to watch over ten episodes of a show without interruptions. You do not want the weekend to end and hop onto another hectic week and miss out on a chance to watch everything that you have been desiring.

Add the four ideas to your list, and you will never have dull and slow weekends!

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Ridgewood NJ, The Village Council of the Village of Ridgewood is looking for Ridgewood residents who are interested in volunteering to serve on the following Boards and Committees: Community Relations Advisory Board; Library Board of Trustees; Planning Board; Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board; Open Space Committee; Project Pride Committee; Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee; The Green Team Advisory Committee; the Shade Tree Commission; The Central Business District Advisory Committee (a member of the Ridgewood Guild is needed) and the Stigma-free Task Force.

All interested residents should:

Fill out a Citizen Volunteer Leadership form (found on the Village website under “Forms”)

Prepare a cover letter indicating on which board or committee the resident wishes to serve and a brief explanation as to why the resident chose the particular board(s) or committee(s)

Include a biography or resume

and send them to:

Donna Jackson

Deputy Village Clerk

Village of Ridgewood

131 North Maple Ave.

Ridgewood, NJ  07450

Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2016.

A brief description for each Board/Committee is listed below:

The Community Relations Advisory Board promotes the development and implementation of educational programs which celebrate our diversity and provides offers assistance to victims of bias-related crimes.

The Library Board of Trustees is the governing board for the Ridgewood Public Library and its employees. The Board of Trustees works with the community to establish Library policy and secures funds to carry on services to the public, and set goals and objectives.

The Planning Board reviews site plans and subdivision applications; prepares, adopts, and amends the Master Plan; makes recommendations to the Village Council regarding amendments to developmental regulations and the official map.

The Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board recommends rules for use and monitors recreation facilities. The Board coordinates community recreation programs and develops and updates the long-range Master Plan for recreation in the Village.

The Open Space Committee assists in identifying specific types of open space, and makes recommendations to the Village Council on the development of existing open space acquisitions.

The Project Pride Committee plants and waters flowers, throughout Ridgewood’s Central Business District and organizes the Village Garden program with local landscapers.

The Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee assists the Village Council in long-range planning concerning environmental issues as well as anticipating environmental problems and recommending solutions.

The Green Team Advisory Committee is looking for residents who are interested in making Ridgewood a sustainable community; and/or are LEED Certified; and/or have working experience with sustainable practices such as solar energy or recycling; and/or have experience in obtaining grants for sustainable purposes.

The Shade Tree Commission works closely with the Parks and Recreation Department, the Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee, and the Green Team to promote awareness and education of the residents as well as advise and provide recommendations to the Village Council in promoting and sustaining a safe and productive shade tree resource. Members will preferably have forestry or tree backgrounds or hold the designation of a certified Arborist.

The Central Business District Advisory Committee will work with the Village Council, business owners, and residents to evaluate and initiate enhancements to the Central Business District including traffic flow, parking, and pedestrian safety, while creating a more desirable, vibrant and memorable destination for all visitors. In this way, the Central Business District can remain a vital and healthy part of the Ridgewood community. This Committee needs a member of the Ridgewood Guild.

The Stigma-free Task Force aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness so that residents who have the disease, and their families, feel supported by their community and neighbors and feel free to seek treatment without fear of stigma. Resident Members of the Task Force include two residents working within the field of mental healthcare or healthcare; and three other residents who are interested in supporting the Stigma-free program initiatives, including educating residents that mental illness is a disease and must be treated as such; raising awareness of mental health issues; and helping those in need by linking them to local mental health resources.

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How To Create A Fulfilling Retirement When Every Day Is Saturday


November 5,2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, It’s the dream retirement many people anticipate for decades.

Hang out around the pool all day. Play one round of golf after the other. Finally read that teetering stack of books on the nightstand.

In retirement, every day is Saturday – only without the dread about what Monday morning back at the office might bring.

But is endless recreation enough to satisfy still-vibrant retirees who have both the health and the mental capacity to continue to learn, explore and contribute to the world?

Maybe not, says Ann Vanderslice (, president and CEO of Retirement Planning Strategies, which specializes in advising federal workers about their benefits.

“As people near retirement, they have a great opportunity to map out a strategy to create a fulfilling, rewarding rest of their lives,” Vanderslice says. “Studies show that retirees with a plan have the easiest time transitioning into and being the most satisfied in retirement.”

For many people, planning for retirement focuses almost solely on the financial aspect. They worry about saving enough so they don’t run out of money.

But retirement also represents a lifestyle change, as people accustomed to heading to a job each day suddenly find themselves without any meaningful reason for getting out of bed. And all that free time, which seems enticing at first, can quickly become boring.

Vanderslice suggests a few factors to consider for those seeking a more fulfilling retirement:

• To work or not to work. It’s not unusual for people to continue to work in retirement, at least part-time. In some cases, the extra income is needed or at least adds a little more security to the retiree’s financial outlook. But some people simply don’t feel fulfilled if they aren’t contributing something by working. “Often, I hear people say they’ve been working since they were teenagers and the thought of stopping just makes them uncomfortable,” Vanderslice says.
• Volunteer – but volunteer wisely. Plenty of groups need volunteer help, such as charitable organizations, schools, libraries, animal shelters, museums and more. But beware of letting them take advantage of your availability. “You can have your calendar filled before you know what hit you,” Vanderslice says. “Pretty quickly, you may end up feeling like you put in a 40-hour work week.” She recommends taking the time to identify the causes and issues important to you. Make sure the organization is aware of the skills you have to offer so you aren’t just licking envelopes. “And don’t overcommit your schedule,” Vanderslice says. “You do want to leave yourself some time just to kick back.”
• Be a lifelong learner. Retirement can be a great time to take a college class or learn how to play a musical instrument. “It’s proven that those who are lifelong learners have a greater sense of optimism and a lower chance of dementia,” Vanderslice says. “So if you’ve always wanted to learn more about philosophy, wanted to take a cooking class, or to learn a foreign language, now is the time.”

“It’s certainly important to have a financial plan for retirement,” Vanderslice says. “But to truly have a happy and rewarding retirement, you’ll want to make plans for your ideal retirement lifestyle as well.”

About Ann Vanderslice

Ann Vanderslice (, president and CEO of Retirement Planning Strategies, helps federal employees understand their benefits, maximize the value of their benefits, and plan for retirement, as well as organize income planning and IRA distributions. Vanderslice holds the Registered Financial Consultant designation from the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants and the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation from the College for Financial Planning. She is author of “Fedtelligence 2.0 – The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Your Federal Benefits.”

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Would you like to volunteer for RVH’s 8th Adopt-A-Pet Day?


Would you like to volunteer for RVH’s 8th Adopt-A-Pet Day?

Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital’s 8th Adopt-A-Pet Day is on Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 11am-4pm. This event gets bigger and bigger each year. As we adopt out more pets, we are looking for volunteers. Would you like to help these pets find their forever homes? If you are interested, please reply to this email and you will be given a short application to fill out. You must be at least 18 years of age to apply.

Thank you for your help, and we hope to see you at Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital’s 8th Adopt-A-Pet Day!


The Doctors and Staff of Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital.

Mon: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tue – Thu: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fri – Sun: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital
320 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450