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>Candidate’s Night At Village Hall – Monday, April 19 @ 7:30 PM

>Candidates Night to be held on April 19
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
The Ridgewood News

The Ridgewood League of Women Voters will sponsor a Candidates Night for the upcoming Village Council election at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 19 in the Village Hall Court Room, 131 N. Maple Ave. The event will be televised on the local cable network.

The candidates will receive four prepared questions in advance, and time will also be given to the public to ask questions. A trained moderator will facilitate the session.

With four residents running for two open seats on the Village Council and both incumbents not seeking reelection, there will be some fresh faces in Ridgewood government following the May 11 municipal elections.

The candidates are:
* Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh, a community volunteer who said she can bring that experience and a business background to the Village Council if she is elected.

* Ridgewood Zoning Board of Adjustment member Douglas Cronk, a former commuter and current Ridgewood business owner who decided to run for one of the open council seats to “be involved” in the community.

* Brian Dowd, who has 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, said he “always wanted to get involved” with the community to “maintain and enhance” the qualities of Ridgewood that attracted him to the village in 2005.

* Thomas Riche, a former councilman, is currently a Planning Board member, active in the Office of Emergency Management, and a member of the Site Plan Exemption Committee and the Historic Preservation Commission who said he has “kept my finger on the pulse of things going on in the village.”

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