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USPS Operation Santa Letter Adoption

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Washington DC, you can answer letters to Santa Claus,   if you are interested in sending children and families some holiday magic this season? You can now adopt a letter written to Santa by going to USPSOperationSanta.com. In response to customer requests, this is the first time the U.S. Postal Service has opened the program before Black Friday.

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Twas the Night before Christmas

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Twas the Night before Christmas 

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

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NJ Transit Christmas and New Years Service

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Ridgewood NJ, NJ TRANSIT is offering extra service this holiday season. Customers will have more travel options and flexibility for attending special events, family gatherings and other festivities.

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Village of Ridgewood offices will be closed on Friday, December 22 & Monday, December 25, 2023

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Ridgewood NJ, all Village offices and departments will be closed on Friday, December 22 & Monday, December 25, 2023 in observance of the Christmas Holiday and on Monday, January 1, 2024 in observance of the New Year’s Holiday.

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Over 300,000 New Jerseyans Spend Christmas Alone

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  • 1-in-5 New Jerseyans face a lonely Christmas. 
  • Christmas Day ranked as the worst to spend alone, followed by personal birthdays.
  • Interactive map showing festive loneliness in each state.

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Loneliness is more than a silent battle for millions of Americans; it’s a public health concern with serious mental and physical side effects. During the holidays, this issue is magnified. The festive season, a time synonymous with togetherness, can be isolating for those who find themselves alone, making the cheer a reminder of solitude.

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“Die hard” , the greatest Christmas movie ever made!

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Ridgewood NJ, this debate comes up every year , is “Die hard” , the greatest Christmas movie ever made ? Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza. It is based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp, and it stars Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, and Bonnie Bedelia. Die Hard follows New York City police detective John McClane who is caught up in a terrorist takeover of a Los Angeles skyscraper while visiting his estranged wife.

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At Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Ridgewood Teens Gather to Embrace the Spirit of Giving

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Ridgewood NJ, last week at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Ridgewood, about 75 junior high or middle School teens (7th & 8th graders) gathered for two service events.

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Glen Rock High School Student Council hosted a toy drive in collaboration with the Glen Rock Police Department

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Glen Rock NJ, the Glen Rock High School Student Council hosted a toy drive in collaboration with the Glen Rock Police Department, which concluded today. Student Council members assisted officers in loading up the toys for delivery this afternoon. All of the toys will benefit local children in need. The Glen Rock Police Police commended the students,”Great job students and a huge thank you to all who donated!”

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New Jerseyans Set to Guzzle 37.3 Million Eggnogs This Holiday Season

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  • And Americans are set to consume 1.2 billion eggnogs over the festive season. 
  • 2:42 p.m. is considered an acceptable time to drink the first eggnog of the day.
  • Interactive map showing how many spiked eggnogs are due to be consumed this festive period, by state.

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Ridgewood NJ, Eggnog isn’t just a festive drink; it’s a holiday tradition poured into a glass. It is a velvety concoction that marries the richness of cream and milk with the warmth of sugar and the complexity of beaten eggs. To this creamy base, a whisper of nutmeg and a generous measure of vanilla extract are often added. For those inclined to spirited versions, a pour of bourbon, rum, or brandy turns the drink into a toast-worthy treat.

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Ridgewood Community Donates to the Less Fortunate for Christmas

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Ridgewood NJ, community generosity for the Christmas season to help the less fortunate ,20 bags of toys, books, hats, mittens, scarves, jackets, beauty supplies and more were delivered to the Center for Hope and Safety. Food donations were donated to Social Services of Ridgewood and Vicinity.

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Paramus Police Department Drops New Holiday Package Theft PSA Starring The Grinch

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Paramus NJ, the Paramus Police Department , headline  BREAKING NEWS: Suspect arrested after package theft attempt thwarted by Paramus Finest.

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New Jersey Families Spend a Whopping 11+ Hours Together on Holiday Festive Activities

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  • Holiday movie marathons is the most cherished activity among families.
  • 9 in 10 say that just spending time with family is the best thing about the festive period.
  • Interactive map included showing how much time families in each state spend together over the holiday season.

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Ridgewood NJ, as the winter chill sets in, the holiday season warms the hearts with an eclectic mix of activities that bring to life the festive spirit. This is a time for cultural convergence, where Christmas, Hanukkah’s Festival of Lights, Diwali’s earthen lamps, Shen Dan Jieh’s family gatherings, and Eid al-Fitr’s communal prayers, all blend into the American tradition of celebration.

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HeART in Motion Presents , “The Nutcracker ”

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Ridgewood N J, if you enjoyed HeART in Motion’s excerpts from “The Nutcracker ” in storefront windows at the tree lighting, you can check them out in their theater production before tickets sell out! Celebrate this timeless holiday tradition filled with magic and enchantment.

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“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign to Promote Safer Roadways During the Holiday Season

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Ridgewood NJ, in a dedicated effort to promote the safety of New Jersey residents and visitors during the upcoming holiday season, Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety (HTS) today announced the kickoff of the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Year-End Holiday Campaign.

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Let them Eat Cake: Governor Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy Invite the Little People to Christmas Open Houses at “Drumthwacket”

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Trenton NJ, with the arrival of the holiday season, Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy invite New Jersey residents to attend The Holidays at Drumthwacket, a longstanding tradition of open houses at the Governor’s official residence in Princeton. The Drumthwacket Foundation, in partnership with seven garden clubs from across New Jersey, has decorated each room using fresh arrangements and greenery to complement the architecture and decor of the historic property.

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