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>Valley Hospital: SPECIAL HOSPITAL ZONE MEETING – Wed 31, BF 7.30pm

>The Ridgewood Planning Board will hold a special meeting on Wednesday about the Proposed Hospital Zone Amendment to the Master Plan. The Meeting will take place at Benjamin Franklin Middle School Auditorium, 335 North Van Dien Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Board and the public will hear reports from the Board’s medical planning and geotechnical consultants concerning the proposed Master Plan Amendment for the Hospital Zone. No comments from the Public will be taken at this time. A subsequent meeting or meetings, as necessary, will be scheduled for that purpose.

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>Water Emergency – Many Unanswered Questions

>Water Emergency – Many Unanswered Questions – What’s Being Covered Up?

Village Officials Tight Lipped About Cause of Water Pressure Drop; No Explanation Offered Regarding Failed “Reverse 911” Process; Identification of Microorganism Discovered In System Not Revealed to Public

Village officials contacted over this past weekend have thus far refused to disclose exactly what caused the water pressure drop that triggered a “Boil Water Alert” for all Ridgewood Water subscribers in Ridgewood, Glen Rock, and small portions of Midland Park and Wyckoff.

Although acknowledging a failure of the “Reverse 911” notification process related to the water emergency, officials have also refused to thus far disclose why the system failed.

From www.ridgewoodnj.net regarding water sampling results related to the emergency: “Some of the results show indications of potential concern and are prompting Ridgewood Water and State Officials to continue the Boil Water Alert as a safe guard to public health and safety.” This statement implies that a microorganism was identified during sampling. What was the microorganism?

Why are there so many unanswered questions regarding this issue? What is being covered up and why?

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>Most Say Tea Party Has Better Understanding of Issues than Congress

>Most Say Tea Party Has Better Understanding of Issues than Congress
Sunday, March 28, 2010

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/march_2010/most_say_tea_party_has_better_understanding_of_issues_than_congress

In official Washington, some consider the Tea Party movement a fringe element in society, but voters across the nation feel closer to the Tea Party movement than they do to Congress.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of U.S. voters believe the average member of the Tea Party movement has a better understanding of the issues facing America today than the average member of Congress. Only 30% believe that those in Congress have a better understanding of the key issues facing the nation.

When it comes to those issues, 47% think that their own political views are closer to those of the average Tea Party member than to the views of the average member of Congress. On this point, 26% feel closer to Congress.

Finally, 46% of voters say that the average Tea Party member is more ethical than the average member of Congress. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say that the average member of Congress is more ethical.

As you would expect, there is a wide divide between the Political Class and Mainstream Americans on these questions. Seventy-five percent (75%) of those in the Political Class say that members of Congress are better informed on the issues. Among Mainstream Americans, 68% have the opposite view, and only 16% believe Congress is better informed.

By a 62% to 12% margin, Mainstream Americans say the Tea Party is closer to their views. By a 90% to one percent (1%) margin, the Political Class feels closer to Congress.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/march_2010/most_say_tea_party_has_better_understanding_of_issues_than_congress

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>"Today’s economic news" by Scott Scarpelli

>Commentary: Yesterday’s 5-year note auction was a bust – which is making investors extremely skittish as Uncle Sam returns to the credit markets this afternoon looking to borrow $32 billion in the form of 7-year notes. The unbridled wave of federal spending is beginning to create anxiety and uncertainty among global investors about Uncle Sam’s long-term ability to service his ballooning mountain of debt. Sensitivity levels are particular high as the debt crisis spasms of Greece and Portugal produce financial headlines around the world. The current credit market environment will make it particularly difficult for the Treasury Department to peddle today’s $32 billion stack of 7-year notes without a substantial “mark-down” in the price of this instrument. If such an event occurs, the upward pressure on mortgage interest rates will not likely abate much today. I’ll post the auction results as soon as possible once the final gavel falls at 1:00 p.m. ET.

The Labor Department reported earlier this morning that the number of workers standing in line to file first-time claims for jobless benefits fell 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 442,000 during the week ended March 20th. The four-week moving average of new claims, a process that irons out the week-to-week volatility of the raw data, fell 11,000 to 453,000. The number of people enrolled in the government’s Emergency Unemployment Compensation program fell sharply as well. The employment sector appears to be showing some faint signs of life after lying comatose for the better part of two-years. Even so, until the total number of initial jobless claims falls below 400,000 on a week-over-week basis this data will generally continue to be viewed by most analysts as supportive of the prospects for steady to perhaps fractionally lower rates. Scott Scarpelli [email protected]

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>URGENT – Ridgewood Water Boil Water Alert – Update 3/27/2010

>URGENT – Ridgewood Water Boil Water Alert – Update 3/27/2010

EFFECTIVE: Saturday, March 27, 2010, 7:00 pm, and until further notice Residents and Businesses of Glen Rock, Ridgewood, isolated portions of Midland Park and isolated portions of Wyckoff are being notified to CONTINUE TO adhere to the boil water alert as a result of a loss of water pressure in a portion of the water system on Friday, March 26th.
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to the BOIL WATER ALERT

EFFECTIVE: Saturday, March 27, 2010, 7:00 pm, and until further notice

Residents and Businesses of Glen Rock, Ridgewood, isolated portions of Midland Park (see description at the bottom of this notice) and isolated portions of Wyckoff (see description at the bottom of this notice) are being notified to CONTINUE TO adhere to the boil water alert as a result of a loss of water pressure in a portion of the water system on Friday, March 26th.

Samples were taken at numerous locations throughout the potentially affected portion of the system on Friday. Analysis of these samples takes 24 hours to fully provide results. Some of the results show indications of potential concern and are prompting Ridgewood Water and State Officials to continue the Boil Water Alert as a safe guard to public health and safety. We are collecting additional samples to mitigate our concerns.

It is anticipated that we will have results of this second round of samples late in the day on Sunday and be able to provide another update before 10 pm.

In the meantime, the Boil Water Alert remains in effect.

Many people have had the following questions/concerns:

Can dishes be washed in a dishwasher? Yes, and as a safeguard, rinse them with bottled or boiled water.

Bathing, showering, and clothes washing can continue as normal.

Notice was given by Reverse 911. It is understood that many people did not get the message directly and we will be reviewing the system to understand the situation and rectify any issues.

When conditions are acceptable, the Boil Water Alert will be rescinded. Expect a Reverse 911 call or check the Village Web-site for details after 9:00 pm, Sunday.

We appreciate your understanding and patience with this situation and apologize for its
inconveniences.

MIDLAND PARK AND WYCKOFF

The ISOLATED PORTION OF MIDLAND PARK that is affected – Goffle Road, Lake Avenue and Maltbie Avenue.

The ISOLATED PORTION OF WYCKOFF that is affected – Bush La, Goffle Rd, Hopper Ave, Ravine Court, and Ravine Avenue (between Hopper Ave and Goffle Rd).

Look for future updates at www.ridgewoodnj.net

Ridgewood Water

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>The Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation : New Jersey ranks dead last

>Worse than you think …

Tax and Local Tax Burden per capita (every man, woman, babe in arms) for 2008: No. 2 at $6,610. U.S. average $4,283.

State and Local Tax Burden as percentage of income, 2008: No. 1, at 11.8 percent.

State Business Tax Climate in 2010: Overall, 50. Property Tax, 50.

Tax Freedom Day 2009 (up until this day everything you made went to pay your taxes): No 2, on April 29.

State Collections per capita 2008: No. 7, $3,540.


State Revenue per capita: No. 13, $5,942


State Income Tax Collections: No. 6 at $1,457


State and Local Income Tax Collections: No. 8 at $1,359.


State General Sales and Use Tax Rates as of 2010: No. 2 at 7 percent


State gasoline tax: No 47 at 14.5 cents per gallon.


Cigarette tax: No 5 at $2.70.


Property Tax on owner occupied housing as percentage of median income: No. 2 at 1.74 percent.


State and Local Property Taxes per capita (2007): No. 1 at $2,490.


State Debt per capita (2008): No. 6 at $6,103. U.S. average $3,316.


State and Local Debt per capita: No. 4 at $9,930. U.S. average $8,030.


Income per capita: No. 3 at $56,116. U.S. average $44,254.

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>Personal Income Drops Across the Country

>By SARA MURRAY
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703409804575144033573666238.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLETopStories

Personal income in 42 states fell in 2009, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

Nevada’s 4.8% plunge was the steepest, as construction and tourism industries took a beating. Also hit hard: Wyoming, where incomes fell 3.9%.

Incomes stayed flat in two states and rose in six and the District of Columbia. West Virginia had the best showing with a 2.1% increase. In Maine, Kentucky and Hawaii, increased government benefits, such as unemployment insurance and Social Security, offset drops in earnings and property values.

Nationally, personal income from wages, dividends, rent, retirement plans and government benefits declined 1.7% last year, unadjusted for inflation. One bright spot: As the economy recovered, personal income was up in all 50 states in the fourth quarter compared with the third. Connecticut, again, had the highest per capita income of the 50 states at $54,397 in 2009. Mississippi ranked lowest at $30,103.

Write to Sara Murray at [email protected]

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703409804575144033573666238.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLETopStories

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>Ridgewood School: The public has turned a deaf ear to teachers whining

>I am sick of teachers whining about these cuts. The fact is that every other industry has been hit with hard choices during this recession including layoffs, furloughs, pay cuts, pay freezes, early retirement, etc.

Its time the teachers suck it up and deal like the rest of us had to. There is no reason for residents to have to pay MORE in taxes just to support the teachers while they are being laid off, and having pay cuts. I can’t afford higher taxes with my job freeze and the poor job economy. I am not against education at all, and I understand that teachers have a big responsibility to educate our future leaders, I am just asking them to consolidate and become more efficient like all those in the public and other private sectors have had to do.

And to not go on whining about it, while they are one of the last sectors to be affected at all. The reason so many residents don’t agree with you is because we all had to deal with these cuts in our own jobs, and we don’t need to hear you whine on about it. Please, please think of ways to make the education more efficient instead of wasting that energy whining to the public who have turned a deaf ear to those whines. Creative ideas for educational consolidation and efficiencies can perhaps then save your jobs, your pensions, and your pay increases.

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