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Reader says , “The village council has shown no regard for rising taxes and in fact has only acted to ensure they will continue to go up”

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The village council has shown no regard for rising taxes and in fact has only acted to ensure they will continue to go up. The garage will eventually need property taxes to pay the million dollar annual gap between expense and parking revenue. With high density housing our schools will be overloaded forever and that budget will only grow by large numbers. $15 min wage will crush all CBD businesses and that will lower tax receipts there, a gap higher local property taxes will have to cover. As housing sales on the highest property tax homes in town see price erosion the lower assessments will get covered by…higher local property taxes. Meanwhile, the village spends like fools and hikes fees everywhere.

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Village of Ridgewood Council Regular Public Meeting

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VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD ,VILLAGE COUNCIL REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING

DECEMBER 12, 2018

8:00 P.M.

1.   Call to Order – Mayor

2.   Statement of Compliance with the Open Public       Meetings Act

3.   Roll Call – Village Clerk

4.   Flag Salute and Moment of Silence

5.   Acceptance of Financial Reports

6.   Approval of Minutes

7.   Proclamations

     Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over – 2018 Year End     Holiday Statewide Crackdown

8.  Comments from the Public (Not to exceed 3              minutes per person – 40 minutes in total)

9.   Village Manager’s Report

10.  Village Council Reports

11.  ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION – RIDGEWOOD WATER

12.  ORDINANCES – PUBLIC HEARING – RIDGEWOOD WATER

13.  RESOLUTIONS – RIDGEWOOD WATER

18-  Title 59 Approval – Tree Maintenance Services

18-  Award Contract – Tree Maintenance Services

18-  Title 59 Approval – Cold Water Meters

18-  Award Contract – Cold Water Meters

18-  Award Sole Provider Contract – Geographic     Information Systems

18-  Authorize Change Order – Laboratory Analysis Services

18-  Cancel Water Utility Budget Appropriation

14.  ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION

3694 – Amend Chapter 145 Fees – Adopt a Tree and               Memorial Benches

3695 – Amend Chapter 190 – Land Use and Development –          Establish Regulations for Temporary Storage          Containers

3696 – Amend Chapter 145 – Fees – Fees for Temporary           Storage Containers

3697 – Amend Chapter 145 – Fees – Graydon Pool                 Membership Fees

15.  ORDINANCES – PUBLIC HEARING

3687 – Amend Chapter 145 – Fees – Day Camp Fees

3688 – Amend Chapter 145 – Fees – Graydon Pool                 Membership Fees and Tennis Membership Fees

3689 – Amend Chapter 265 – Vehicles and Traffic – Stop        Signs at Claremont Road and Cantrell Road

3690 – Amend Chapter 265 – Vehicles and Traffic – Stop         Signs at Fairmount Road and Upper Boulevard

3691 – Amend Chapter 190 – Land Use and Development –          Zoning in B-1 and B-2 Business Districts

3692 – Establish Licensing for Barbershops,                    Hairdressing, Cosmetology, and Nail Salons

3693 – Amend Chapter 145 – Fees – Fees for Licenses for   Barbershops, Hairdressing, Cosmetology and Nail         Salons

16.  RESOLUTIONS

18-  Approve 2019 Village Cash Management Plan

18-  Designate Official Newspapers for 2019

18-  2019 Annual Meetings Statement

18-  Award Contract – Preparation of 2019 Village      Council Meeting Minutes ($9.00/page/NTE       $20,000)

18-  Title 59 Approval – Train Station Parking    Expansion

18-  Award Contract – Train Station Parking Expansion

18-  Award Contract Under U.S. Communities Cooperative Alliance Contract – Stationary Emergency Generator      – Fire Department

18-  Award Professional Services Contract – Risk            Management Consultants (NTE $60,000)

18-  Award Professional Services Contract –                 Employee Assistance Program (NTE $5,000)

18-  Award Professional Services Contract – Software    for Finance Department

18-  Award Professional Services Contract – Banking     Services

18-  Designate Redeveloper and Authorize Execution of   Redevelopment Agreement – Block 3809, Lots 12 &   13 – Hudson Street Parking Lot

18-  Approve 2018 Budget Transfers

18-  Approve 2019 Temporary Budgets

18-  Cancel Grant Receivables

18-  Cancel General Capital Ordinances

18-  Authorize Execution of Community Development Block Agreement – Purchase of Tables for Patrick A.   Mancuso Senior Center

18-  Endorse Application for Community Development      Block Grant – Family Promise – Sheltering Programs

18-  Endorse Application for Community Development      Block Grant – Village of Ridgewood – Ramp for     Zabriskie-Schedler House

18-  Authorize Application for and Accept Additional    Grant Funding from Bergen County Municipal Alliance Grant (2018–2019)

18-  Authorize Application for and Accept Grant Funding from Bergen County Municipal Alliance Grant

     (2019-2020)

18-  Adopt Amendments to Athletic Fields and Recreational Facilities Use Policy

18-  Accept Donation – Bench and Nature Garden at Irene Habernickel Family Park

18-  Extend Suspension of Ordinance for Certain    Illuminated Signs in Central Business District

18-  Appoint Joint Insurance Fund Commissioner –  

18-  Appoint Public Agency Compliance Officer              (P.A.C.O)

18-  Accept Settlement Agreement – Affordable Housing

17.  Comments from the Public (Not to Exceed 5 minutes per person)

18.  Resolution to go into Closed Session

19.  Closed Session

20.  Adjournment

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Reader says , “NJ school districts DO practice nepotism in hiring “

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I know from personal experience that NJ school districts DO practice nepotism in hiring. I graduated with a Masters degree, GPA 4.0, received Outstanding Student Teacher Award and went on numerous interviews where the interviewer DID NOT EVEN MAKE EYE CONTACT. When I was later told I did not get the job, I always asked for feedback on the interview; what was lacking, what could I have done better? Nine times out of ten they said my credentials and interview answers were excellent but they already had someone in mind for the job. One time a lazy C student I knew from school got the job for which I interviewed. She had a mother, aunt and cousin already working in the district. I was shocked and disillusioned by the whole experience. They couldn’t care less about getting the best for the students.

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O’Scanlon: Over-Brining NJ Roads is a Large-Scale Waste of Taxpayer Funds

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Trenton NJ, Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) released the following statement addressing numerous recent incidents of unwarranted brining of State roadways.

“The lack of government response and preparedness for the first winter storm of the season was clearly a failure,” Senator O’Scanlon said. “Although it was somewhat ameliorated by the moving target forecast, there’s no question we should have been better-prepared, and more on top of the treacherous situation as it evolved.

“However, the answer for that failure is NOT to waste obscene amounts of taxpayer money by over-brining roads, every time the temperature dips below 40 degrees.

“Now, whenever you go outside on a chilly day, you see government trucks dumping thousands of dollars of resources unnecessarily onto the roads. Increasing the use of brine wastes funds and exacerbates our already deteriorated roadways. It could also adversely impact the environment by increasing salinity. Over-brining could also potentially cause lead to leach into our waterways. Taxpayers are rightfully baffled and furious.

“The administration’s response to their shortcomings during the November snowstorm should be to reevaluate their preparedness and response levels in order to ensure appropriate mobilization during an actual winter storm event. They are now swinging in the other direction: from lack of response, to wasting taxpayer money to avoid another public relations nightmare.

“We understand that there will always be unfair blame and burden placed on government during storms. It’s only fair to concede that. There are things government can and should be able to control; and then there are tricky things, like the weather. I get it. But this rapid depletion of our stock of winter resources – we all remember when we actually ran out of salt a number of years ago – and the subsequent waste of our budget money isn’t an acceptable response.

“I sincerely hope the administration reevaluates immediately, by putting the proper winter weather mitigation protocols in place, and stopping this absurd waste of resources and taxpayer funds.

“I have faith that the professionals at the Department of Transportation are aware of the mistakes that were made during the previous failure, and should be ready to balance our needs going forward. It now appears public relations decisions may be overruling professional ones. I’m asking Governor Murphy to take a step back and work with our DOT officials to strike a healthy balance here,” O’Scanlon concluded.

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How Can New Jersey Businesses Use Instagram to Their Advantage in 2019?

Ridgewood NJ, The economy of the United States has been performing well in recent times.  Whether attributable to the actions of the Trump administration or simply due to economic cycles, the fact of the matter is that business opportunities abound.  This is particularly the case when referring to the online community.  Still, times are changing and what might have worked well a few years ago could be outdated in the near future.  One of the most potent ways in which you can promote your business to an audience far beyond the borders of New Jersey is to use the power of social media to your advantage.  You might be surprised to learn that Instagram can play a very important role. Let’s take a look at why this is the case as well as what steps you can take in order to successfully promote your ongoing business operations.

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Why Instagram and Why Now?

The first answer to this understandable question involves the momentum of the social media community as a whole.  We are all aware that sites such as Facebook have gained a considerable amount of attention over the years. However, we are also witnessing a paradigm shift towards Instagram.  Why is this the case? One of the main reasons involves the very visual nature of this platform.  A growing number of users are accessing social media feeds with portable devices such as mobile phones and tablets.  As a result, they do not have a great deal of time to read lengthy blocks of text. The framework behind Instagram is particularly appealing, as images can be viewed in a matter of seconds and comments can be posted in even less time.  So, it only stands to reason that Instagram is gaining ground in relation to other popular social media circles. The main question now involves how you can leverage this increase exposure to your advantage. Let’s take a look at a handful of excellent steps to keep in mind at all times.

The Power of the Image

This first step is to choose an image that is relevant to your business.  There are two reasons behind this school of thought. The most obvious is the fact that irrelevant content will be frowned upon by your intended audience.  Keep it fresh and specific to the products or services that you are offering. Avoid “cookie-cutter” or otherwise generic image content and never use copyrighted photos.  There is nothing wrong with adding captions; particularly if they are funny. This is one of the ways that an Instagram post can go viral (think about the sheer variety of memes currently available).  If you can appeal to your target audience through an image, they are more likely to listen to what it is that you have to say.

What About Hashtags?

The character count associated with an Instagram post is limited.  This is one of the reason why you will often see #hashtags within the associated content.  The main reason behind a hashtag is to create a searchable term which can be used to highlight the content of your media.  These are easy to type and thanks to an HTML algorithm, such hashtags will be immediately hyperlinked back to your page. They can also be shared amongst other users; helping to increase your online exposure and digital clout.

Engaging With Your Audience

Still, knowing how to get followers on Instagram also must involve a proactive approach. If we think about it for a moment, this statement is absolutely true.  Some of the most popular channels (business or otherwise) are those which regularly speak with their audience members.  Otherwise known as client engagement, there are several advantages associated with this method:

– You will be able to appreciate the opinions of others (both positive and constructive).

– You can keep your finger on the proverbial pulse of your customer base.

– You can understand how your marketing strategies are performing.

– This is a great way to generate brand loyalty over time.

Above all, you will be able to make any changes on the fly while demonstrating to your clients that you care about what they may have to say.  They are more likely to comment in the future as a result.

Putting it all Together

Gaining followers on Instagram is arguably one of the best ways to reach a larger New Jersey audience.  After all, why limit your operations to Elizabeth or Camden when you can expand to entirely different markets?  As Instagram is absolutely free, you will not have to worry about increased overhead if you happen to be operating within a limited budget. The suggestions mentioned above will all come in handy and yet, never be afraid to experiment if you hope to discover even more interesting approaches to take.  2019 could be a great year if you are willing to take the next digital step!

Why Instagram and Why Now?

The first answer to this understandable question involves the momentum of the social media community as a whole.  We are all aware that sites such as Facebook have gained a considerable amount of attention over the years. However, we are also witnessing a paradigm shift towards Instagram.  Why is this the case? One of the main reasons involves the very visual nature of this platform.  A growing number of users are accessing social media feeds with portable devices such as mobile phones and tablets.  As a result, they do not have a great deal of time to read lengthy blocks of text. The framework behind Instagram is particularly appealing, as images can be viewed in a matter of seconds and comments can be posted in even less time.  So, it only stands to reason that Instagram is gaining ground in relation to other popular social media circles. The main question now involves how you can leverage this increase exposure to your advantage. Let’s take a look at a handful of excellent steps to keep in mind at all times.

The Power of the Image

This first step is to choose an image that is relevant to your business.  There are two reasons behind this school of thought. The most obvious is the fact that irrelevant content will be frowned upon by your intended audience.  Keep it fresh and specific to the products or services that you are offering. Avoid “cookie-cutter” or otherwise generic image content and never use copyrighted photos.  There is nothing wrong with adding captions; particularly if they are funny. This is one of the ways that an Instagram post can go viral (think about the sheer variety of memes currently available).  If you can appeal to your target audience through an image, they are more likely to listen to what it is that you have to say.

What About Hashtags?

The character count associated with an Instagram post is limited.  This is one of the reason why you will often see #hashtags within the associated content.  The main reason behind a hashtag is to create a searchable term which can be used to highlight the content of your media.  These are easy to type and thanks to an HTML algorithm, such hashtags will be immediately hyperlinked back to your page. They can also be shared amongst other users; helping to increase your online exposure and digital clout.

Engaging With Your Audience

Still, knowing how to get followers on Instagram also must involve a proactive approach. If we think about it for a moment, this statement is absolutely true.  Some of the most popular channels (business or otherwise) are those which regularly speak with their audience members.  Otherwise known as client engagement, there are several advantages associated with this method:

– You will be able to appreciate the opinions of others (both positive and constructive).

– You can keep your finger on the proverbial pulse of your customer base.

– You can understand how your marketing strategies are performing.

– This is a great way to generate brand loyalty over time.

Above all, you will be able to make any changes on the fly while demonstrating to your clients that you care about what they may have to say.  They are more likely to comment in the future as a result.

Putting it all Together

Gaining followers on Instagram is arguably one of the best ways to reach a larger New Jersey audience.  After all, why limit your operations to Elizabeth or Camden when you can expand to entirely different markets?  As Instagram is absolutely free, you will not have to worry about increased overhead if you happen to be operating within a limited budget. The suggestions mentioned above will all come in handy and yet, never be afraid to experiment if you hope to discover even more interesting approaches to take.  2019 could be a great year if you are willing to take the next digital step!

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Two Landscapers Overcome By Carbon Monoxide In Township of Washington

photo screenshot courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook Page 

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Twp. of Washington NJ, Representatives from OSHA are currently investigating a Tuesday morning, 12/11 workplace accident in Washington Township involving Carbon Monoxide exposure that sent two (2) landscapers to The Valley Hospital in critical condition. Washington Township Police and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Identification are also on the Pond Drive, Washington Township scene.

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New Milford Police Press Release: MISSING JUVENILE

New Milford Police Press Release: MISSING JUVENILE

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New Milford NJ, The New Milford Police Department is looking for the public’s assistance with locating a missing 16 year old juvenile who ran away from her residence on 12/08/2018. The juvenile’s name is Cynthia Frank and she is described as being 5 feet tall, 120 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a purple zip-up jacket, black pants, and Ugg style books. Anyone with information of her whereabouts can contact the New Milford Police Department at 201-261-1400.

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Ridgewood Art Institute Annual Members’ Show and Sale

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Art Institute is home to many talented artists. We welcome you to visit us and view our Annual Members’ Holiday Show and Sale, usually featuring over 150 pieces of beautiful artwork. Portraits, Landscapes, Seascapes and Still Lifes are all represented in this exhibition executed in watercolor, pastels and oils. Among our membership there are artists who have made the study of Art their lifetime ambition as well as those who are just beginning their Art journey. Art Enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see the quality of work available for sale at our many events and Artists can explore the options of starting a new class or medium. A portion of all proceeds benefit The Ridgewood Art Institute.
What better way to kick off the Holiday Season, than to purchase a gift for a loved one and support this wonderful institution. Work will be on view daily from 11am-3pm till December 24th, 2018.

Art makes a unique gift that can be treasured for a lifetime. Also, your gift helps support this fine institution, which is a gift to so many.

The Ridgewood Art Institute is a non profit organization providing the finest instruction in Classical Realism in a variety of mediums. Classes are offered on an open enrollment basis, and can be joined at any time. Each student is taught in direct relation to their personal skill level. For more information on class scheduling, this and future events please visit ridgewoodartinstitute.org

The Ridgewood Art Institute
12 East Glen Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201.652.9615

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Village of Ridgewood Kings Pond NJDEP Permit Application Plans

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Ridgewood NJ, Kings Pond Park, including the associated Gypsy Pond Park, is a public, municipal park spanning close to the entire length of Goffle Brook through the village of Ridgewood in Bergen County, New Jersey. It is the second largest wildscape in the village of Ridgewood and one of the larger wooded areas along the lower Bergen-Passaic border.

Kings Pond NJDEP Permit Application Plans http://mods.ridgewoodnj.net/pdf/engineering/projects/kingspond/18035KingsPondNJDEPPermAppPlans.pdf


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Village of Ridgewood Affordable Housing Presentation

the staff of the Ridgewood 

Ridgewood NJ, this is more state forced over development in Ridgewood , voting has consequences and the consequence of the Affordable Housing mandates is to create court ordered over development is a state with a sinking population and eroding tax base . 

The Village Seems to have worked out the lest invasive solution .

Please see the link below for the Affordable Housing Presentation by Presentation by Beth McManus, Village of Ridgewood Affordable Housing Planner. 

http://mods.ridgewoodnj.net/pdf/engineering/projects/AffordableHousing/RWDPres.pdf