the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, In the article on the front page of The Ridgewood News in quotes it states “this partnership has exceeded all expectations & proven to be a mutually beneficial to all”. How? It has always been called a partnership but the first few years NO profits from Healthbarn went to the village. Healthbarn kept 100% all while the village advertises it on its parks & rec website. The only classes today that are partnership are the few offered on one day off school holidays.
At the council meeting Stacey Antine called in & was blatantly rude to Mayor Knudsen when Mayor Knudsen was talking about Healthbarns adult gatherings & how they served wine. Stacey feels wine falls under “nutritional” since when do dietitians call wine nutritional? Also its a problem since no where in the lease it states that the gatehouse can even serve alcohol. The village continues to have a blind eye to what goes on at the gatehouse, which is troubling for the residents.
This has never been about Healthbarn USA or Stacey Antine its about what Mayor Knudsen said “does a business belong in the middle of a park”. This is a very active park with sports practices, baseball (3 seasons), soccer which seems like year around because its going on now in the park & a variety of younger kid clinics during the year. On top of it we have a very busy for profit business going on 6 days a week.
It’s easy to have residents sign a petition saying they want the business to stay most associate it with Feed the Front Lines & other charity work Healthbarn Foundation has done which isn’t part of this discussion since the Foundation is headquartered in Lyndhurst. It’s about a very busy business being in an already active park!!!! Ask yourself would you like to hear beeping from school buses backing up trying to enter the parking lot, staff yelling at the kids, cars parking up the street because the lot is full from a private birthday party the list goes on. Andover residents having to see school buses parking in the lot year around & stadium lights on till at least 10pm every night (no other neighborhood park has that) all because of a for profit business. So don’t sign a petition because you like Stacey do it or not because you fully understand the impact it has on the residents living near it everyday & ask yourself would I like your quality of life to change because of a business?
Healthbarn USA can operate someplace else & continue to be successful. Why should neighbors have to move just to have a quality of life they deserve.