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Ridgewood Village Council members swears in a new Police Officer

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Village Council members swore in a new Police Officer James Bigos and presented awards to several current members of the Village’s police force during a Public Meeting of the Village Council held on Wednesday evening, 12/11/2019.

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Bomshell: Secret Plot hatched to tarnish Councilmembers in order to level out those ethics violations against Paul Aronsohn & Roberta Sonenfeld

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Ridgewood NJ, This explains why two (2) Ridgewood Village Council members were investigated by the NJ Election Law Enforcement Commission.  I received this via e-mail from a source who wishes to remain anonymous.

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Valley Walks Every Thursday

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Ridgewood NJ, Valley Health systems launched Valley Walks on Thursday. Join Valley Health System physicians every Thursday morning (weather permitting!) at 7 a.m. for Valley Walks – A Weekly Walk With a Doctor, and get on the path to wellness! Our specialists are on hand to lead the walks, offer health information to walkers and answer general questions. The walks last approximately 30 minutes, at a pace all walkers can maintain. ?Registration requested➡️Click  to register/view topics/learn more! For more info via?call 201-634-5341!

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Liam Takes on the Tashkent 2019 World Taekwondo Cadet Championships

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Tashkent Uzbekistan ,The Tashkent 2019 World Taekwondo Cadet Championships kicks off on August 7, and runs through to August 10 .Around 550 athletes, aged from 12 to14 will gather to do battle Uzbekistan’s capital, the historic city of Tashkent, accompanied by 285 officials. In all, 64 countries and plus one refugee team will be represented on the mats in Tashkent’s Universal Sports Palace.

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Liam has been selected to be a USA Taekwondo Team Athlete for the 2019 Cadet World Championship! He is currently ranked #1 in his division in the Nation. He is a member of “Team Elite” as well as a member of “Taekwondo All Inn” in Ridgewood, N.J. Liam was also named “All American Athlete” in the 2019 USAT National Championship in Minneapolis.

Taekwondo All Inn
33 Chestnut Street
Ridgewood, New Jersey

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Reader voices concerns over Dumping at Schedler

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“Just a few months ago residents complained about the shady activity at Schedler. Knudsen’s response to Friends of Schedler Facebook page below (In hindsight, not so true).

Just a few months ago residents complained about the shady activity at Schedler. Knudsen’s response to Friends of Schedler Facebook page below (In hindsight, not so true).

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Goat Apprehended by Ridgewood Police at Valleau Cemetery


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Ridgewood NJ, Here is something we don’t do every day. The Ridgewood Police Department recovered an abandon goat at Valleau Cemetery this morning. If you have any information about where it may have come from please contact the Police desk. 201-670-5519.

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From the Village Manager Heather A. Mailander

Ridgewood NJ, Leaves continue to be picked up, and in order to give ample opportunity for leaf clean up, some of the scheduleshave been adjusted, as follows:

  • Area A No leaves may be placed out at this time
  • Area B Revised Leaf Placement Dates: Dec. 3 – Dec. 9
  • Area C Revised Leaf Placement Dates: Nov. 29 – Dec. 10
  • Area D Revised Leaf Placement Dates: Dec. 6 – Dec. 16

You may place your leaves in biodegradable paper bags, between the curb and sidewalk (not in the street), at any time and they will be picked up by our collection crews, as time permits.  Do not use plastic bags for leaf collection.  You may also bring your leaves to the Recycling Center during their regular hours.

No brush will be collected during leaf season.  In addition, do not place trash, stones, branches, twigs or other yardwaste into the leaf piles. 

To locate your area for yardwaste collection, go to the Village website, click on My Village Services Lookup and enter your address to find your area.

If you have any questions regarding the leaf collection program, call the Street Division at 201-670-5585.  

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Councilwomen Gwenn Hauck : “Its our job to speak for all citizens”

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Its our job to speak for all citizens. Misinformation and vitriol should not be used to intimidate council members. The way this blog attacks only Paul, Albert and myself, and never any of the others, illustrates the hypocrisy of your accusations. Why can’t we all work together to try to serve Ridgewood, instead of attacking people you disagree with?

Gwenn Hauck
Submitted on 2015/06/27 at 9:14 am

Councilwoman Hauck: And the fact Chris Harris of The Record bases his articles entirely on what is spoon fed to him by Paul, and never checks nor obtains quotes from any other elected officials, isn’t a form of hypocrisy in and of itself? Your faction controls The Record and the opposing faction controls this blog. Suck it up and get used to it honey.

Your track record indicates that you most certainly do not speak for all citizens. Most citizens were in favor of installing sidewalks on Clinton Avenue. You sided with a small minority. Most citizens disapproved of the Garber Square project. You went ahead with it anyway. Give it a rest. We are onto your method of operation.

So it’s okay for Hauck and the 2 other nitwits to attack Knudsen publicly, but when someone returns the favor, she says we should all work together? Talk about a hypocrite.

Ms. Hauck :From the standpoint of a very long time council observer, you have done little, if anything, to foster the idea you “speak for all citizens.” You backed (and no doubt continue to do so) a non-tax paying entity that is currently suing the town that it made it’s money in. Garber Square and Clinton Ave, very bad jokes, not to mention an insult to the intelligence of most people that reside here.
The primary reason you are intentionally confusing being “attacked” with criticism is simply because you are paying more attention to your personal agenda of keeping your friends happy, and NOT “speak(ing) for all citizens.

Gwen, ARE YOU FOR REAL???? You spew vitriol agains your colleagues whenever it occurs to you. We have seen you attack, belittle, malign Bernadette Walsh, Tom Riche, John Ward, Mike Sedon, Susan Knudsen. You are as nasty as nasty can be. You always attack people you disagree with. What a hypocrite you are. Do you think anyone believes your ridiculous posting? have another drink, honey, and take a nap.

Disagree. She was pulled in as a pawn and a pawn she shall stay. She has lost any vestige of self-respect by sucking up to those monsters, even attacking Mike and Susan along the way. The pre-council Gwenn, who has shown herself to be far less sweet than her blond looks, bland demeanor, and expensive clothes are meant to imply, might have thought such things, but probably wouldn’t have said them aloud in public. Weak-minded people who live for the approval of others are easily swayed to do bad things when in the wrong company, flattered by low-minded manipulators who need a stooge for their “majority vote.”

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Community Policing Youth Ambassador Program


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Community Policing Youth Ambassador Program

On Friday October 11th the Ridgewood Police Department, held the first meeting of its new Community Policing Youth Ambassador Program at B.F. Middle School. The meeting was attended by 18 young residents representing the elementary schools, middle school and the High School along with several parents, school and police officials.



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The program is a community policing partnership with the Ridgewood Board of Education, focusing on leadership and youth engagement in community and public safety concerns. These young residents will be part of an active community policing advisory team consulting directly with the Chief of Police, police personnel, school officials and village personnel on public safety and community concerns.

The Youth Ambassadors will have the opportunity to:
• Help make our community a safer place to live, learn, play and work.
• Be a voice in matters/concerns which directly or indirectly impact the youth of our community such as anti-bullying, tolerance and respect.
• Assist the police department with community outreach andeducational programs for Crime Prevention, Community Policing, and Pedestrian/Traffic Safety etc.
• Have input and involvement in the development of and content for Public Safety/Awareness (PSA) videos which would reach varied audiences.
• Help forge a collaborative partnership between Ridgewood’s youth and various public officials and agencies which serve our community and the region.
• Learn and experience team building and project management, as well as help develop interpersonal skills of collaboration, communication, cooperation, leadership and active listening.
• Demonstrate to their peers and others that you are never too young to develop the leader within you and make a difference.
The issues and concerns they will be addressing are real and have an impact on our community and region. The solutions they help develop will make a difference for our community. They will be working with other students, police, school and other public officials to find innovative solutions to current and future challenges.
Honorary Police Chief Michael Feeney will continue his duties for the Ridgewood Police Department as a critical member of the Youth Ambassador team.
Chief John M. Ward and Gregory Wu (Assistant Principle BF Middle School) will be coordinating and serving as program advisors.
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Changing school vote not in step with village ‘values’

Changing school vote not in step with village ‘values’

Friday, October 18, 2013
The Ridgewood News

Changing school vote not in step with village ‘values’
Joyce and Keith Schnaars

To the editor:

The proposal to trade the public vote in Ridgewood for a $43K savings on a $92 million school budget and separate the direct partnership with the community and families of children in the public schools marginalizes the responsibility of citizens of Ridgewood.

This community values education and how and where its tax dollars are spent. This differentiates Ridgewood from other communities.

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It’s midnight somewhere on the internet, do you know who your child is chatting with?


It’s midnight somewhere on the internet, do you know who your child is chatting with?

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit will be presenting an in-depth presentation on Internet Safety, hosted by the Ridgewood Public Schools on Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Benjamin Franklin Middle School Auditorium. The presentation, entitled “Staying Safe in Cyberspace – Internet Safety for Parents,” is a comprehensive examination of today’s Internet and the dangers that lurk inside chat rooms, instant messages, e-mail and blogs.
This presentation is an integral function of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit. Through education and outreach to the community, the Computer Crimes Unit hopes to raise parents’ awareness of online predators and the dangerous content that is only a mouse-click away from their child’s grasp.

Through their dynamic, intriguing and eye-opening presentation, complete with vivid graphics and streaming video clips, the Computer Crimes Detectives hope to educate parents about the seedier side of the Internet. The goals of this presentation are to discuss the basic functions of the Internet, to highlight current Internet trends and to illustrate the associated risks facing children of all ages. After what will be a shocking display of the dangers associated with online communication, they will turn to preventative measures and effective solutions to protect children, many of whom know more about computers than the average parent.
“The explosion of the Internet has proven to be most influential with the youngest of generations, namely our children,” said Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli. He continued, “Protecting them on the World Wide Web, a truly unregulated atmosphere, is a tremendous task that needs to begin at home, where children are indeed most vulnerable.”
With the advent of the Internet-ready home computer as a principal component of today’s household, the World Wide Web and all of its users are essentially invited into the privacy of every home in Bergen County. Parents seldom realize the depth and breadth of a limitless connection to the rest of the globe via a seemingly harmless Internet connection in their own living room. Yet, it is exactly that link which needs proper supervision to preserve the safety of children online.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit, including the complementary Bergen County Computer Crimes Task Force, consists of Investigators from around the County and has the vast responsibility of deterring and detecting Internet crime. Many of their cases involve predators who target children through the Internet. To that end, Detectives who combat Internet crime have recognized that their approach must also include a strong education initiative involving parents and children who surf the Web. This proactive mechanism is in place in order to prevent children in Bergen County from stumbling into areas of the Internet where they can fall prey to an online predator.

Prosecutor John Molinelli and Chief Steven Cucciniello urge all parents and guardians to attend this Internet safety presentation. It is their hope that by having skilled, well-versed computer crimes Investigators, coupled with parents armed with a working knowledge of the Internet and its pitfalls, the children of this County are well-protected while exploring the World Wide Web.

For additional information about this event, please contact the office of the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum of the Ridgewood Public Schools at 201-670-2700, ext. 10532 or For information about Internet Safety related issues, please contact Lt. Jason Love at or Educational Outreach Coordinator D/Sergeant John DeVoe at

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The RHS Marching Band took home third place in their division at the Annual Yamaha Cup


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The RHS Marching Band took home third place in their division at the Annual Yamaha Cup

The RHS Marching Band competed in the Annual Yamaha Cup on October 5 under the lights of MetLife Stadium. The band and took home third place in their division. The RHS Marching Band placed first on October 12, in Group IVA competition at the Vernon Twp USBands Competition. The band also took home awards for Best Music, Best Visual and Best Effect.

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Readers debate if the Planning Board made up its mind in favor of Valley or not ?

Readers debate if the Planning Board made up its mind in favor of Valley or not ?

Unfortunately the Board has already made up its mind in favor of Valley and Valley knows this. They have to go through the process again as part of the settlement of the lawsuit brought by the CRR. Remember the CRR sued the Planning Board for not following proper procedure last time which would explain why Valley has gotten its way at every turn this time.

Sad but true but Valley has bullied and bribed its way to get this far and the Planning Board is squarely in Valley’s camp. Next step is the rubber stamp from their former VP – Councilwoman Hauck. Time to start putting some real pressure on her to recuse or the bulldozers will roll.


Actually, the Board has to go through the process again because in 2010 the Village Council unanimously voted down Valley’s bid to double in size. Valley is now addressing the points brought up by the Council at that time. The trouble is, Valley hasn’t made significant changes, although the numbers have been sliced and diced to give the appearance of something they’re not. Bottom line: Valley Hospital still wants to double in size (starting almost from scratch) in a residential neighborhood of single-family homes, three schools, and two major playing fields.

****It might be true that the PB has already made up its mind. But I believe we can change minds through our strength in numbers. And we do outnumber the folks who actually, ludicrously, think the expansion might be a good thing.

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Are Anti-Bullying Programs Having An Opposite Effect?


Are Anti-Bullying Programs Having An Opposite Effect?

October 8, 2013 10:00 PM

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A lot of schools spend countless hours trying to stop bullying. But some question if they are sending the right message.

It started as a simple look at bullying. University of Texas at Arlington criminologist Seokjin Jeong analyzed data collected from 7,000 students from all 50 states.

He thought the results would be predictable and would show that anti-bullying programs curb bullying. Instead — he found the opposite.

Jeong said it was, “A very disappointing and a very surprising thing. Our anti-bullying programs, either intervention or prevention does not work.”

The study concluded that students at schools with anti-bullying programs might actually be more likely to become a victim of bullying. It also found that students at schools with no bullying programs were less likely to become victims.

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Christie calls for school vouchers at Orthodox Jewish gathering in Teaneck


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Christie calls for school vouchers at Orthodox Jewish gathering in Teaneck
Sunday, October 6, 2013    Last updated: Sunday October 6, 2013, 11:20 PM
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TEANECK — Governor Christie made a pitch Sunday for school vouchers — which he tried unsuccessfully to get through the Legislature — to an Orthodox Jewish group concerned about the cost of private religious schools.

Speaking at the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center’s second annual legislative breakfast in Teaneck, Christie didn’t specifically focus on religious education, but said the state has 200 failing schools — which he called “failure factories” — and argued that children in those districts deserve the chance for a better education.

More than 500 people turned out to hear Christie, who is running for reelection in November against Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono.

The Orthodox advocacy group is trying to get public aid for families struggling with the cost of religious schools. Affording a Jewish education is “the No. 1 kitchen-table issue in our community,” Josh Pruzansky, regional director of Orthodox Union Advocacy, said Sunday before introducing Christie at Congregation Keter Torah

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