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Ridgewood Police and Emergency Services Respond as Car Slides off Linwood Avenue Route 17 Exit

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Ridgewood NJ, A light pole was toppled during a multi-vehicle crash on Route 17 southbound near Linwood Avenue, Ridgewood early Tuesday evening, 02/12. At least one (1) vehicle was removed from the scene by a flatbed tow truck. No injuries were reported following the crash. Ridgewood Police officers and Ridgewood Emergency Services personnel responded to the incident .

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NJDOT Advising Motorists to Plan Ahead for Upcoming Storm

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Ridgewood NJ,  New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today issued a Winter Weather Congestion Alert and are implementing the Department’s Business Day Protocol for Tuesday, February 12, based on the forecast for expected snow and freezing rain this afternoon into tomorrow, which may result in difficult driving conditions.

The Department is advising motorists to plan ahead. Snow is expected this afternoon in South Jersey and along the Shore that could affect today’s evening commute in those areas. Overnight and through Tuesday, snow is expected statewide, turning to freezing rain in parts of the state, which may cause difficult driving conditions.

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2 to 5 Inches of Snow Expected Today

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Ridgewood NJ, accrding to the National weather service there is a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EST WEDNESDAY…

* WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches expected, with locally up to 6 inches in far western Orange County. Snowfall rates up to one inch per hour are possible at times this afternoon and evening.

* WHERE…Interior portions of the Lower Hudson Valley, Northern Fairfield and Western Bergen and Passaic counties.

* WHEN…Light snow develops late this morning, then possibly mixes with or changes to rain for a few hours this afternoon across most of the advisory area. The precipitation returns to all snow this evening, before ending later tonight/early Wednesday morning.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning and/or evening commute.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. Check local Department of Transportation information services for the latest road conditions.

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Snow reminders from the Ridgewood Police , Ridgewood Fire and Ridgewood blog

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Ridgewood Police : Ice & Snow – Remove It Before You Go

Remember to remove all ice and snow from your vehicle before driving, especially from the hood, windows and roof. It’s the law in New Jersey! Motorists who fail to do so face fines of $25 to $75 for each offense, regardless of whether the ice and snow is dislodged from the vehicle. If flying ice or snow causes property damage or injury to others, motorists face fines of $200 to $1,000 for each offense.

Ridgewood Police :Keep fire hydrant clear

If you have a fire hydrant in front of your house, help yourself and help your neighbors by keeping it clear of snow.

Ridgewood Police : Overnight parking is suspended in the Village

Overnight parking is suspended in the Village. Residents are prohibited from parking on village streets overnight. Please reconfirm but residents residing in the Central Business District are permitted to park vehicles in the Cottage Place and Hudson Street lots.

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Governor Christie Signs State of Emergency

 

A “STATE OF EMERGENCY” – WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU
New Jersey State law allows the Governor and County and Local Emergency Management Coordinators to declare a State of Emergency during significant weather events and natural disasters. The emergency declaration is a tool used by the government officials who are managing the emergency. It allows State agencies to quickly respond to needs of citizens, reassign personnel, and deploy vehicles, trucks, and equipment to respond to the incident. A State of Emergency allows the government to act more quickly than it can during non-emergency times.

What does this mean to you? When a State of Emergency is issued, State and/or local Emergency Management officials will communicate with New Jersey’s citizens through traditional media outlets such as television, radio and newspapers, and through other information channels, such as the Internet , social media or the Emergency Alert System. Citizens should pay close attention to news reports when a State of Emergency is announced.
At times, travel restrictions are part of a State of Emergency. This is typically done to allow snowplows to clear the roads. At other times government offices may be closed, or evacuations may be recommended. A State of Emergency permits government officials to recommend specific actions that citizens should take to insure the safety of their families and homes during the emergency. Each emergency is different, and different factors will impact the decisions made by State officials in response to the incident.
Large and small private businesses should make informed decisions about early closures, delayed openings, cancellations and closures based on current and impending weather conditions, emergency plans and policies of your organization, designation of essential employees, and restrictions on travel. If travel restrictions are put into place, it will limit whether or not employees can travel to your worksite.

Always know the latest weather information for your area.
REMINDER: NJ is covered by two different weather stations: Mount Holly, NJ for most of the State and Upton, NY for the NE part of the State. For Northeast NJ residents and commuters to/from NYC, please visit:http://www.weather.gov/okx/. For the rest of New Jersey please visit:http://www.weather.gov/

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PSE&G Prepares for Approaching Storm System

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Extra personnel and equipment at the ready

Ridgewood NJ, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest electric and gas utility, is preparing for the approaching storm system that could bring snow, freezing rain and high winds to the company’s service territory. The utility is scheduling additional personnel in the field, fueling trucks and has spare poles and other equipment available.

“While snow and wind normally don’t pose a serious problem, icing on lines and trees can increase the possibility of downed wires and power outages,” said John Latka, senior vice president of electric and gas operations for PSE&G. “Those types of conditions also make it difficult for our crews to get around, and we can’t go up in buckets to make repairs if there are high winds. We will respond to outages and no-heat calls around the clock — as quickly and safely as possible.”

In advance of the storm, PSE&G advises customers to prepare an emergency kit that includes:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Cell phone with chargers

PSE&G urges its customers to be cautious during and after the storm:

  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline powered engine, including generators and snowblowers, in a garage or any other enclosed space.
  • Downed wires should always be considered “live.” Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with.

To report downed wires or power outages, call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG.  Also, customers can report outages by logging into their PSE&G account online or by texting “OUT” to 4PSEG (47734). The utility’s mobile-friendly website includes an “Outage Map” that is updated every 15 minutes and displays the location and status of power outages in PSE&G’s service area.

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Postal Spikes taking toll on Village Walkways

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Postal Spikes taking toll on Village Walkways 
February 16,2015
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Ridgewood NJ, Readers report scratches on their stoops and pavers this winter .An investigation has determined the postal workers are wearing spikes on their shoes for better grip against the elements .  The spikes have been authorized by the Ridgewood Post Office to ensure worker safety . Several residents have reached out  to the blog  and reported this issue . While we are glad the Postal Service is taking steps to ensure worker safety , the spikes seem to be having and adverse effect on stone pavers and other stone walk ways which may case additional hazards in the future .Perhaps a softer rubber spike required on many golf courses may be the answer . We do not want anything done that will jeopardize safety . 

ETCHED IN STONE : THE STORY BEHIND POSTAL SERVICE’S UNOFFICIAL MOTTO

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers
from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

The Postal Service has no official motto. The popular belief that it does is a tribute to America’s postal workers. The words above, thought by many to be the motto, are chiseled in gray granite over the entrance to the New York City Post Office on 8th Avenue. In 1982, the building was renamed the James A. Farley Post Office Building in honor of the 53rd Postmaster General.

The motto comes from Book 8, Paragraph 98, of The Persian Wars by Herodotus. During the wars between the Greeks and Persians (500-449 B.C.), the Persians used a system of mounted couriers.

The firm of McKim, Mead and White designed the New York General Post Office, which opened to the public on Labor Day, 1914. One of the firm’s architects, William Mitchell Kendall, was the son of a classics scholar and read Greek literature for pleasure. He selected the “Neither snow nor rain …” inscription, which he modified from a translation by Professor George Herbert Palmer of Harvard University, and the Post Office Department approved it.

http://postalemployeenetwork.com/news/2010/09/the-story-behind-postal-service%E2%80%99s-unofficial-motto/

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Remove Ice & Snow Before You Go

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Remove Ice & Snow Before You Go

January 28th 2015
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Remember to remove all ice and snow from your vehicle before driving, especially from the hood, windows and roof. It’s the law in New Jersey! Motorists who fail to do so face fines of $25 to $75 for each offense, regardless of whether the ice and snow is dislodged from the vehicle. If flying ice or snow causes property damage or injury to others, motorists face fines of $200 to $1,000 for each offense. There are approximately 500 fatalities in the United States per year due to icy road conditions.

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Residents head to the grocery store looking to beat the storm

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Residents head to the grocery store looking to beat the storm

Ridgewood Nj, With perhaps the first snow storm of the season , and Thanksgiving rapidly approaching .  Ridgewood residents took to some last minute holiday food shopping .

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Some time ago Kings went through a major renovation .The new store design focusing on the freshest organic ingredients, rarest finds, highest quality products and gourmet chef-prepared meals. And, Kings also features a large selection   wines, beers and spirits!

Kings

112 N Maple Ave
Ridgewood, NJ
(201) 493-4924



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PSE&G Prepares for Wintry Weather with Additional crews and equipment on hand to restore service

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PSE&G Prepares for Wintry Weather with Additional crews and equipment on hand to restore service
November 25, 2014

(NEWARK, NJ – Nov. 25, 2014) Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest electric and gas utility, is preparing for the approaching winter storm system expected to hit the region tomorrow morning through Thanksgiving morning, bringing with it the potential for rain changing to heavy, wet snow.

In anticipation of the storm, PSE&G is ensuring that all available personnel are ready to respond beginning tomorrow morning. The utility is also arranging for additional tree crews to assist PSE&G’s own skilled workforce, and ensuring that additional supplies including poles and transformers are on hand.

While snow usually isn’t an issue for utilities, the possibility of a wet snow can increase the likelihood of downed tree limbs and wires, which causes power outages. Vehicles striking utility poles can also cause wires to come down.

PSE&G urges its customers to be cautious if they see downed lines. Downed wires should always be considered “live.” Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with.

To report downed wires or power outages, customers should call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG. Customers can also report power outages and view the status of their outage by logging in to My Account on www.pseg.com, PSE&G’s mobile-friendly website.

PSE&G offers the following tips to customers to prepare:

Charge your cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices.
Fill up your car’s fuel tank.
Ensure you have a battery-powered radio and a supply of fresh batteries.
Check your supply of flashlights, blankets, nonperishable food and bottled water for everyone in your family.
Put your refrigerator and freezer at the coldest setting. Keep a blanket handy to throw over these appliances for added insulation. If electricity is interrupted, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.
Compile a list of emergency phone numbers, including PSE&G’s Customer Service line: 1-800-436-PSEG. Call this number to report power outages or downed wires.

PSE&G offers its customers a number of ways to stay in touch and stay informed before, during and after a storm. These tools can be found at www.pseg.com in the “Storm Center,” under “How you can stay connected.”

Sign up for My Account and bookmark the mobile-friendly homepage on your smart phone so it’s easy to report outages and check restoration progress.
To report power outages via text message, and receive outage updates by text and email, sign up for MyAlerts.
Updated every 15 minutes, PSE&G’s online “Outage Map” displays the location and status of power outages in PSE&G’s service territory.
The utility’s Twitter and Facebook pages also keep the public informed about our restoration progress. Sign up as a follower to monitor restoration process.
Be sure everyone in the family is prepared. Go towww.pseg.com/sesamestreet to learn how to download the PSEG and Sesame Street “Let’s Get Ready!” emergency preparedness app, along with tips on how to be ready for any emergency.

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