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>Hazardous weather condition(s):

>This Afternoon: Periods of snow and sleet. High near 30. East wind between 3 and 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Tonight: Periods of freezing rain and sleet before 10pm, then periods of rain and sleet. Temperature rising to around 36 by 1am. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of around a 0.1 of an inch possible. New sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Monday: A chance of rain, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. Breezy, with a west wind 8 to 11 mph increasing to between 19 and 22 mph. Winds could gust as high as 46 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

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>Dont Forget Santa is Coming 2nite

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Downtown for the Holidays!
Sponsored by Chamber of Commerce
All day events – 8:30 & 9:30AM – Breakfast with Santa – Winberies 10:30AM – Warner Theater – Free Holiday Movie for chldren. 10AM – 4PM – Trolley on E. Ridgewood Ave. 11AM – Art of Motion Show at North Fork Bank 1 – 4PM Sants’s Trackless Train at Van Neste sponsored by Ridgewood News 10AM – 9PM Whole Foods – free raffle for Holiday Food Basket Citizen’s Community Bank & Backyard Living – Moving Train Display Free Gift Wrapping Center at Bookends FREE PARKING on Satrudays 12/1, 8, 15, 22 5:30PM Tree Lighting and Music Information: 201/445-2600
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>Three Village Council Seats Up for Grabs in Next Election – Several Rumored As Likely Candidates Updated List

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Frank DelVecchio – Deputy Police Chief, Fairview PD; Walthery Avenue resident
Frank Giordano – Maple Park Fundraising Chairman; Spring Avenue resident
Eleanor Gruber – Environmental Activist; South Irving Street resident
Jacques Harlow – Incumbent Councilman; Oak Street resident
Joseph Hovan – Retired Ridgewood School Teacher; Claremont Road resident
Keith Killion – Captain of Detectives, Ridgewood PD; Willow Court resident
Kim Ringler-Shagin – Incumbent Councilwoman; Walthery Avenue resident
Thomas Riche – Former Ridgewood Councilman, Sterling Place resident
Betty Wiest – Incumbent Deputy Mayor; North Walnut Street resident

and just added:

And Roy Simpadian – Computer Consultant, Amsterdam Avenue Resident 27 years old, lifetime Ridgewood Resident. Website to follow

The Ridgewood Blog would like to extend and invitation to anyone looking to run for the Village Council to send us a statement announcing your candidacy and a brief out line of your platform.

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>It is important to know when Bernardsville and Westfield switched over to reform math.

>Don’t you get it? If they switched after the 2003 S&P report, they achieved their high ranking without the ‘benefit’ of reform math, and were subsequently hoodwinked by slick publishing marketing techniques into making a change for change’s sake. This means that those districts are nothing but high-class suckers now, just like Ridgewood.

If you don’t like the word “disingenuous”, then how about “sociopathic”?

If you seek to defend reform math, then defend reform math! Don’t try to convince us that reform math is preferable simply by dropping the names of presumptively high achieving districts that foolishly bought into this social engineering experiment wrapped in the skin of a math curriculum.

Show us why reform math isn’t as pathetic as we all think it is compared to other math curriculums currently on the market. Show us why, despite what we have all seen with our respective two eyes, reform math isn’t devoid of critical math fact and math algorithm content.

Is it because we don’t live in Missouri that you don’t feel obligated to “show me”?

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>Public Hearing Tonight: Ordinance #3087 – Authorize Expenditure of $80K

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Installation of High Water Barriers on Village Hall Doors

Ironically, on the heels of receiving news that architect Barry Poskanzer won an award for his “flood-proof” design of the Ridgewood Village Hall renovation and expansion project, Village Council members will vote this evening on a plan to install removable “door dams” in front of all exterior doors on the lower level of Village Hall. Estimated total cost for the project is $80K.

Ridgewood Fire Headquarters, on East Glen Avenue and also in an identified “high risk” flood hazard zone, is equipped with similar devices.

See what a “door dam” looks like here:

http://www.doordam.com/

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>Today’s NY Post-Fuzzy Math isn’t cuddly by Michelle Malkin

>November 28, 2007 — DO you know what math curriculum your child is being taught? Are you worried that your third- grader hasn’t learned simple multiplication yet? Have you been befuddled by educational jargon such as “spiraling,” which is used to explain why your kid keeps bringing home the same insipid busywork of cutting, gluing and drawing? And are you alarmed by teachers who emphasize “self-confidence” over proficiency while their students fall further and further behind? Join the club.

From New York City to Seattle, parents are wising up to math fads like “Everyday Math.” Sounds harmless enough, right? It’s cleverly marketed as a “University of Chicago” program. Impressive, right? But then you start to sense something’s not adding up when your kid starts second grade and comes home with the same kindergarten-level addition and subtraction problems – for the second year in a row.

Then your child keeps telling you that the teacher isn’t really teaching anything, just handing out useless worksheets – some of which make no sense to parents with business degrees, medical degrees and PhDs in economics. Then you notice that it’s the University of Chicago education department, not the mathematics department, that’s behind this nonsense.

Then you Google “Everyday Math” and discover that countless moms and dads just like you – and a few brave teachers with their heads screwed on straight – have had similarly horrifying experiences.

Like the Illinois mom who found these “math” problems in the fifth-grade “Everyday Math” textbook:

A. If math were a color, it would be -, because -.

B. If it were a food, it would be -, because -.

C. If it were weather, it would be -, because -.

Then you realize your child has become a victim of “Fuzzy Math” – the “New New Math,” the dumbed-down, politically correct, euphemism-filled edu-folly corrupting schools nationwide. And then you feel like the subject of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” as you take on the seemingly futile task of waking up other parents and fighting the edu-cracy to restore a rigorous curriculum in your child’s classroom.

New York City teacher Matthew Clavel described his frustration with “Everyday Math” in a 2003 City Journal article: “The curriculum’s failure was undeniable: Not one of my students knew his or her times tables, and few had mastered even the most basic operations; knowledge of multiplication and division was abysmal . . . what would you do, if you discovered that none of your fourth-graders could correctly tell you the answer to four times eight?”

But don’t give up and don’t give in. While New York City remains wedded to “Everyday Math” (which became the mandated standard in 2003), Texas just voted to drop the University of Chicago textbooks for third- graders. School-board members lambasted the math program for failing to prepare students for college. It’s an important salvo in the math wars because Texas is one of the biggest markets for school textbooks.

Meanwhile, grass-roots groups such as Mathematically Correct (mathematicallycorrect.com) and Where’s The Math? (wheresthemath.com) are alerting parents to how their children are being used as educational guinea pigs. And teachers and math professionals who haven’t drunk the Kool-Aid are exposing the ruse. Nick Diaz, a Maryland educator, wrote a letter to his local paper:

“The proponents of fuzzy math claim that the new approach provides a ‘deep conceptual understanding.’ Those words, however, hide the truth. Students today are not expected to master basic addition, subtraction and multiplication. These fundamental skills are necessary for a truly deep understanding of math, but fuzzy math advocates are masters at using vocabulary that sounds good to parents, but means something different to educators.”

If Fuzzy Math were a color, it would be neon green like those Mr. Yuk labels warning children not to ingest poison. Do not swallow