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Presidential Proclamation on EMS Week 2019

President Donald Trump recognizes EMS providers

During Emergency Medical Services Week, we pay tribute to our Nation’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers, whose selfless dedication and extraordinary efforts help save countless lives each day.  As the first link to emergency medical care, EMS personnel are a critical component of our healthcare system.  Day or night, faithful EMS first responders — many of whom are volunteers — intensively prepare for and stand at the ready to help their fellow Americans through chaotic and distressing situations.

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Ridgewood Emergency Services Preps for a busy May

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Emergency Services Acting Chief Ryan Savaria announced for the month of April , that RES responded to 147 EMS calls, 12 Special Operations Calls. For these responses, it accounts for 1337 volunteer hours donated to the Village. This does not include times for training, meetings and preparation for upcoming events. 

Chief Savaria stated that May will be a very busy month with all the planning for the Annual Ridgewood Memorial Day Run. Savaria stated that “we actually start planning, the week after the previous years run. Reviewing the events that occurred, the plans to update. 

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Village Council Seeks Residents to Volunteer to Server on Various Boards and Committees

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Ridgewood NJ, The Village Council is looking for residents who are interested in volunteering to serve on the following Boards and Committees:  The Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board, the Open Space Committee, the Stigma Free Task Force, the Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee, The Green Team Advisory Committee, The Shade Tree Commission, and the Historic Preservation Commission.

All interested residents must fill out a Citizen Volunteer Leadership form (found on the Village website under “Forms”, page 2, Village Clerk), and send it along with a cover letter indicating on which board(s) or committee(s) the resident wishes to serve and why he/she has chosen these board(s) or committee(s), and a biography or resume to:

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The Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department is actively seeking trained firefighters

The Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department

March 1,2018

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Franklin Lakes NJ, The Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department is actively seeking trained firefighters, who may be interested in participating in a newly formed Duty-Crew program and also Day Time Stipend program being funded by a FEMA S.A.F.E.R. grant. The Duty Crew program will require 10-12 10 hour daytime Monday – Friday shifts per quarter to be awarded a stipend of $1,500.00. Members who choose to participate in the Day Time Stipend program will be awarded a maximum of $412.00 per quarter. The number of participating volunteers will be limited and are filling quickly. Those who may be interested or who may have questions are asked to contact Chief Ryan Dodd at 201-891-5736 or firechief@franklinlakes.org. Members will be required to maintain active membership status with the Franklin Lakes Fire Department in order to participate in the above programs. Applications can be picked up at Franklin Lakes Borough Hall located at 480 Dekorte Drive, Franklin Lakes New Jersey.

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Municipal Workers Who Volunteer as Firefighters or EMS face Delay of Pension Benefits

Paramus firefighters battle a smokey blaze at the Denny Wiggers Garden Center

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January 5,2017

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Trenton NJ,  Many firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other volunteer first responders in New Jersey are being told to leave their posts for six months.

Many volunteer first responders come from the ranks of the local town employees .

The State of New Jersey is saying that  technically these volunteers hold two positions and must terminate from both positions in order to qualify for retirement benefits, when they retire .

State law says there must be a six-month separation of service from the town  retires from before he can receive any compensation from the town again or else he puts his pension in jeopardy.

State Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-Westwood) said many towns rely heavily on volunteer services. Thus, she introduced a bill two years ago that would get rid of the six-month separation for firefighters.

“Went through committee unanimously; went through the entire senate unanimously,” Schepisi said.

The problem is that the bill has not been put up for a final vote in the assembly. If it is not voted on by this week, it expires.

Only Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Secaucus) can bring the bill up for a vote. Schepisi said he assured her it would move forward, but so far, it has not

Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi , “For my NJ friends please call your state assembly representatives and ask them to get Assembly Bill A-536 posted for a vote by Speaker Vincent Prieto on Monday. Our volunteer firefighters and EMS face losing their pensions if they continue to volunteer after retirement from a State, school or municipal job. My bill fixes this absurd requirement but time is running out.”

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Village of Ridgewood ; Leaves, Deer, Volunteers and Thanksgiving

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Dear Friends at the Ridgewood blog,

Fall is always a busy time of the year!  And this year is no exception. I would like to bring your attention to some important timely issues.

  1. Leaf Collection – We continue to follow the established leaf collection schedule.The orange flyer recently mailed to your home explains when to put leaves in the street. The schedule is also posted on our website www.ridgewoodnj.net.  If you employ the services of a landscaper, please communicate your schedule with them.  Once leaves are placed in the street, Village crews will be collecting these leaves AFTER the date listed for each area.  For further information, please call 201/670-5585.
  2. Deer Activity – We are seeing growing evidence of deer activity.Please drive carefully and be aware of a family of deer living near the busy Prospect and Maple intersection area: as well as other areas of the.At this time of year especially, deer have been known to dash across the street and have been hit by cars.
  3. Board/Committee Vacancies – There are some vacancies on several Village boards and committees for resident volunteers to serve. The Community Relations Advisory Board; Library Board of Trustees; Planning Board; Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board; Open Space Committee; Project Pride Committee; Environmental Advisory Committee; The Green Team Advisory Committee; The Shade Tree Commission; The Central Business District Advisory Committee (member of the Ridgewood Guild) and the Stigma-free Task Force have openings for volunteers. Please submit a cover letter indicating why you wish to serve on a particular board/committee; a resume or biography; a Citizen Volunteer Leadership form to the Village Clerk’s Office by November 30th.
  4. Thanksgiving Holiday – In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Village Offices will be closed Thursday, November 24th and Friday November 25th.

Thank you for your continued cooperation.

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

Heather A. Mailander
Acting Village Manager
201-670-5500, ext. 203

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Deadline Nearing for Volunteers for Financial Advisory Committe and Central Business District Committee

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SEEKING RIDGEWOOD RESIDENTS AND OTHER PERSONS TO VOLUNTEER TO SERVE ON THE FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE, AND THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

July 31,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, The Village Council is looking for residents who are interested in volunteering to serve on the Financial Advisory Committee and the Central Business District Advisory Committee (CBDAC).

The Financial Advisory Committee assists in the review and understanding of the financial considerations necessary to the operation of the Village and the Village’s preparation of the Annual and Capital Budgets; provides review, advice and recommendations to the Village Council on Village financial and budgetary matters; and prepares an annual report for the Village Council to assist the Councilmembers in their budget preparation.  Members will preferably have strong finance, accounting, government and/or business backgrounds.

The Central Business District Advisory Committee (CBDAC) will work with the Village Council, business owners and residents to evaluate and initiate enhancements to improve the viability of the CBD, including traffic flow and patterns, parking, pedestrian safety and the balance of commercial uses; while maintaining and refining the historic and aesthetic elements to create a more desirable, vibrant and memorable destination for all visitors. The CBDAC is made up of one representative from the Chamber of Commerce; one representative from the Ridgewood Guild; five Ridgewood residents (one of whom shall be a member of the Citizens Safety Advisory Committee); and three business owners, one of whom is a property owner in the CBD.

All interested residents and others wishing to serve on these committees should send the following:

  1.    A cover letter indicating on which committee(s)the person wishes to serve
  2.    A Citizen Volunteer Leadership form (found on the Village website under forms)
  3.    A biography or resume

to:         Heather Mailander, Village Clerk

Village of Ridgewood

131 North Maple Avenue

Ridgewood, NJ  07450

Deadline for submissions is August 5, 2016.

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The New Ridgewood Council is looking for residents who are interested in volunteering to serve on the Financial Advisory Committee and the Central Business District Advisory Committee

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SEEKING RESIDENTS AND OTHER PERSONS TO VOLUNTEER TO SERVE ON THE FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE, AND THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Village Council is looking for residents who are interested in volunteering to serve on the Financial Advisory Committee and the Central Business District Advisory Committee (CBDAC).

The Financial Advisory Committee assists in the review and understanding of the financial considerations necessary to the operation of the Village and the Village’s preparation of the Annual and Capital Budgets; provides review, advice and recommendations to the Village Council on Village financial and budgetary matters; and prepares an annual report for the Village Council to assist the Councilmembers in their budget preparation.  Members will preferably have strong finance, accounting, government and/or business backgrounds.

The Central Business District Advisory Committee (CBDAC) will work with the Village Council, business owners and residents to evaluate and initiate enhancements to improve the viability of the CBD, including traffic flow and patterns, parking, pedestrian safety and the balance of commercial uses; while maintaining and refining the historic and aesthetic elements to create a more desirable, vibrant and memorable destination for all visitors. The CBDAC is made up of one representative from the Chamber of Commerce; one representative from the Ridgewood Guild; five Ridgewood residents (one of whom shall be a member of the Citizens Safety Advisory Committee); and three business owners, one of whom is a property owner in the CBD.

All interested residents and others wishing to serve on these committees should send the following:

A cover letter indicating on which committee(s)the person wishes to serve
A Citizen Volunteer Leadership form (found on the Village website under forms)
A biography or resume

to:         Heather Mailander, Village Clerk

Village of Ridgewood

131 North Maple Avenue

Ridgewood, NJ  07450

Deadline for submissions is August 5, 2016.

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2016’s Most Patriotic States – WalletHub Study

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June 30,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, With the Fourth of July just days away, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its list of 2016’s Most Patriotic States as a follow-up to its recent look at the Best & Worst Fourth of July Destinations.

To identify the country’s patriotic hotspots, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 12 key metrics such as military engagement, voting habits and civic education.

Top 20 Most Patriotic States
1 Virginia 11 North Carolina
2 Alaska 12 Vermont
3 South Carolina 13 Idaho
4 Colorado 14 Wyoming
5 Georgia 15 Maine
6 Hawaii 16 Mississippi
7 Montana 17 New Mexico
8 Alabama 18 Wisconsin
9 Washington 19 Missouri
10 New Hampshire 20 South Dakota

Key Stats

  • Red states are more patriotic, with an average ranking of 22.5, compared with 28.3 for blue states (1 = Best).
  • Alaska has the highest number of veterans per 1,000 residents, 100.8, which is two times higher than in New York, the state with the lowest, 45.5.
  • Georgia has the highest percentage of residents who enlisted in the military (non-prior service), 0.063%, which is three times higher than in North Dakota, the state with the lowest, 0.022%.
  • Minnesota has the highest percentage of residents who voted in the 2012 presidential election, 74.37%, which is two times higher than in Arizona, the state with the lowest, 37.98%.
  • Utah has the highest volunteer rate, 45.2%, which is three times higher than in Louisiana, the state with the lowest, 18.2%.
  • Vermont has the highest number of Americorps volunteers per 100,000 residents, 58.91, which is eight times higher than in Virginia, the state with the lowest, 7.42.

For the full report and to see where your state ranks, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/most-patriotic-states/13680/

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Be a Part of the Tradition of July 4th in Ridgewood

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June 24,2016
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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Fourth of July is looking for volunteers for the Parade and Fireworks. Please volunteer as a parade marshal or for the evening program. All volunteers receive a signature Ridgewood Fourth of July t-shirt and a free ticket to the evening entertainment and fireworks. As we are a non-profit we can also offer community service hours to students.

Parade Marshal – Be the eyes and ears of the committee. Sit wherever you normally sit to enjoy the parade. We will give you a clip board with a copy of the parade regulations and a committee t shirt. If you see anything that doesn’t look right, such as a gap between groups or things being thrown or distributed by any groups, you step forward and correct the situation. If the participant does not comply, you have the cell phone numbers of the committee to call for help.

Parade Judges – Sit wherever you normally sit to enjoy the parade. We will give you a clip board with the necessary judge’s forms. Judges are needed for the following categories:
Parade Groups
Floats
Music Groups

Fireworks Ticket Takers – There are four gates onto Veteran’s Field for the fireworks. Each gate needs 5 people to take tickets, sell tickets, hand out programs, etc. For this position, you will receive a shirt and a boxed dinner.

Pre-Show Gate Security – Due to added security, we will need 2 people at each of our four gates between 4 and 6 pm. Once the Police have done their security sweep of the field at 4pm, no one will be allowed on the field until the gates open at 6pm. For this position, you will receive a shirt and a boxed dinner.

We could always use more volunteers to help ensure a safe and sane event for all our attendees; if you know anyone who is interested in volunteering please have them contact us atinfo@ridgewoodjuly4th.com or 201-602-1922.

Our volunteer information meeting will be at The Ridgewood Fire House located at 201 East Glen Ave on Thursday, June 30 at 7pm.