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Reader says, “leaving was the Right Thing to Do “

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I agree with the last comment. We also left several years ago, forced out by a job loss and increase in taxes. Lived through the Valley Expansion debacle and glad it was defeated. With all this development and that travesty of the parking garage Ridgewood will become another Montclair. It was hard to leave but with all that has happened in the past few years since our departure, I’m certain it was the right thing to do. And yes, that Town Garage has been an eyesore and issue of controversy for years. Make the speculators who bought it pay for clean up. It is not the responsibility of the tax payers but sadly it will probably end up as such

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Englewood Man Held on Murder Charges in Bogota Shooting

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Bogota NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of TALEK T. LAWSON (DOB: 7/9/1995; single; construction worker) of 827 Rock Creek Terrace, Englewood, NJ, on charges of Murder, Unlawful Possession Of A Weapon, and Possession Of A Weapon For An Unlawful Purpose; and the arrest of JUSTIN DULA (DOB: 4/21/1998; single; unemployed) of 684 Rock Creek Terrace, Englewood, NJ, on a charge of Aggravated Assault. The arrests are the result of an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Anthony Cureton, the Bogota Police Department under the direction of Chief Daniel Maye, and the Englewood Police Department under the direction of Chief Lawrence Suffern.

On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information that a shooting had occurred on Leonia Avenue, in the area of Buddy’s Place bar, in Bogota, NJ. Responding officers and EMS treated Dakota Johnson, who had suffered an apparent gunshot wound. Johnson was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

An investigation revealed that, during a fight among numerous individuals, DULA assaulted one individual in an attempt to cause serious bodily injury. During the incident, LAWSON fired a handgun, striking and killing Johnson.

As a result of the investigation, Talek LAWSON was arrested and charged with one count of Murder, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3A(1),(2), a 1st degree crime; Unlawful Possession Of A Weapon, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5B(1), a 2nd degree crime; and Possession Of A Weapon For An Unlawful Purpose, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4A(1), a 2nd degree crime. DULA was arrested and charged with one count of Aggravated Assault, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1B(1), a 2nd degree crime. LAWSON and DULA were remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.

Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would also like to thank the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, the Bogota Police Department, and the Englewood Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

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Ridgewood PD Patrol Officer Recovers Cell Phone Dropped in a Storm Drain

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood PD Patrol Officer Raymond Tarino assists a motorist whose cell phone dropped through a slotted protective grate and fell into a storm drain near 205 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood late Friday afternoon, 12/14. The device was successfully recovered by Officer Tarino and immediately returned to its owner.

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Ridgewood NJ, NJ TRANSIT is prohibiting all beverages on its trains, light rail vehicles and buses on Saturday December 15th and the early morning hours of Sunday December 16th to coincide with the annual Hoboken SantaCon event.

No beverages of any kind, in any type of container, open or closed, will be permitted on board trains, buses or light rail vehicles during this time. This policy will be strictly enforced.

Reminder: All beverages, including alcohol, are not permitted on NJ TRANSIT buses at any time regardless of event.

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Police Officers’ are technically in violation of the NJ’s standard capacity Mag Ban

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Ridgewood NJ, Phil Murphy’s attempt to disarm tax-paying NJ gun owners. It seems that in their ZEAL to make everyone “FEEL GOOD” about “doing something” about the great “firearms menace”, nobody in the in the Murphy Administration got the memo that NO EXEMPTION exists in the current statute for off duty Police Officers for ANY gun they carry! So how many Police Officers’s are technically in violation of the standard capacity Mag Ban simply because their department-issued equipment is in VIOLATION of the LAW put into place by the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in NJ (our Attorney General)? 

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RHS Alumni Association Commemorative Holiday Brick Sale

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood High School Alumni Association (RHSAA) is officially accepting orders for this year’s Spring 2019 installation.  We have already received many orders memorializing family members, declaring gratitude towards RHS teachers and coaches, and commemorating significant milestones and reunions.
These commemorative bricks make the perfect holiday gift for an RHS alum or soon-to-be graduate.  All orders placed before March 5, 2019 will be installed prior to Graduation 2019.  

Orders can be placed at   If you would like to learn more about this project, we invite you to enjoy our video:  

Ridgewood High School Alumni Association wishes you and your family all the best during this holiday season. Thank you for your continued support of the Ridgewood High School Alumni Association!
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Valley Medical Group Recognized for Physician Performance and Patient Experience Data

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Ridgewood NJ, Valley Medical Group has been recognized for performance data transparency with the Press Ganey Seal of Integrity.

The Seal of Integrity validates the reliability of Valley’s data transparency program for having met scientifically rigorous standards for collecting and publicly reporting physician performance ratings and patient experience data.

“Valley Medical Group is proud to have earned the Press Ganey Seal of Integrity,” said Marc Goldstein, President, Valley Medical Group. “This recognition further validates Valley Medical Group’s commitment to collecting and openly sharing feedback from patients.”

To receive the Seal of Integrity, Valley was verified by Press Ganey to have met data standards in regards to validation of patient responses, assurance of survey returns per provider, complete reporting of survey responses and posting of patient comments and feedback related to the physician or patient experience during a visit.

“Valley Medical Group has demonstrated its commitment to delivering an accurate representation of provider performance to help patients make informed decisions about their care,” said Patrick T. Ryan, CEO, Press Ganey. “As more consumers turn to online physician reviews when selecting a care provider, healthcare organizations are implementing strategies to ensure the ratings they post are objective, standardized evaluations of their patients’ experiences.”

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SCAM ALERT: “computer repair”

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Park Ridge NJ, Park Ridge Police Department has issued a SCAM ALERT: “computer repair” service cold-calling and requesting access to your computer OR a pop-up on your screen saying “call tech support at xxx-xxx-xxxx”. They ‘bill you too much’ and request the difference back in gift cards/money order.

Through remote access they gain access to your bank accounts and money is transferred from one of your bank accounts to another to make it appear as a deposit.

If you think it’s a scam …. it is. If you’re unsure, hang up and call us to ask – we’ll be happy to help!

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New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness : Email Containing Bomb Threat Hoax

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Ridgewood NJ, The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness is aware of the emails being circulated containing hoax bomb threats. At this time, there are no known or credible threats to New Jersey. We remain in contact with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners.

The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness encourages all residents and visitors to report suspicious activity to our Counterterrorism Watch desk by calling 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ or by emailing [email protected] State of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy New Jersey OAG New Jersey State Police

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A State Commission Investigating the Shooting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Recommends Arming Teachers


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Parkland Florida , Armed teachers, stronger security and better law enforcement are needed to head off another school shooting like the one in Parkland, according to a panel reviewing the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The state commission investigating the shooting that killed 17 people on Feb. 14 released a draft report Wednesday listing a series of failures by Broward County agencies and recommendations for avoiding a similar tragedy in the future. 

The state 407-page report, found that deputies didn’t rush into the school to stop the carnage, and school staff committed numerous security breaches, including leaving doors unlocked and not calling a “Code Red” alarm quickly enough.The panel also voted to include a controversial proposal allowing classroom teachers to carry guns in schools if they go through a selection process that would include background checks and training. Such a change would require the state Legislature’s approval.

Previously President Trump  suggested he will consider a proposal to arm school teachers in an attempt to prevent mass shootings. The president said allowing airline pilots to carry and conceal guns had demonstrated the measure could be a success.