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The “Soprano State” and Quality Fill at the Schedler Property in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood blog has reported on questions of the quality of the fill used at the Schedler property .

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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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Soil From Downtown Multi Housing Site Continues to be Disposed of at Schedler

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Ridgewood NJ, apparently it’s “No dumping” unless you’re unloading soil for a developer. Soil from downtown multi housing site continues to be disposed of at Schedler.

The soil, which residents were told was for a berm along 17 North, now covers most of the 7 acre property and is piled up to 8ft high. The destruction of American History, vegetation, nature and wildlife by soil suffocation?

Why was $99,000 of taxpayers money spent to clean up this site last year? What happened to the Village tying ribbons around the trees and claims of forest preservation?

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Reader says We Need Cameras

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Yes, placing at least a temporary camera in places where problems have been identified would make a lot of sense and cost very little. We are so lucky to have curbside trash pickup FREE roughly twice a month. There is no excuse for this laziness and yes, commission of a crime. The trouble is that once trash begins to accumulate, it’s seen as a free zone. Not true. We should all care about our parks.

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Reader Commends Ellie Gruber for Pointing Out the Dunham Trail Dumping Issue

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Bravo to Ellie Gruber for making this public. The HHK brook bordered our former property and while we did not have people dumping directly there, we always had garbage and debris floating down the brook from storm drains. I would collect plastic bottles, styrofoam cups and plastic lids, straws, tennis balls, plastic bags and a variety of other garbage on a daily basis. Just too much litter all over and little or no respect for our few remaining wild spaces. Members of the throw away, convenience society are also very lazy and selfish.

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Ridgewood to settle with state DEP on violation fine

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AUGUST 25, 2015    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2015, 9:36 AM
BY MARK KRULISH
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

The Village Council took action this month to pass a resolution settling a long-standing matter between Ridgewood Water and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) dealing with a contested permit violation.

The settlement requires the village to withdraw its request for a hearing regarding the contested violation with the NJDEP Commissioner and administrative courts and pay $55,000, which will come from water utility revenues.

At the end of the Aug. 12 public meeting, Village Attorney Matthew Rogers explained the decision came down to how much money the matter would cost to litigate versus what the potential result might be of an administrative process involving the NJDEP. More than $120,000 in penalties were sought by the NJDEP.

“After probably two full years of trying to work with DEP and then litigating with DEP, we came to the conclusion this is the best way to approach it and to resolve the matter where we know there’s an outcome and resolve it to the point where we can rely now on newly issued permits that take into consideration what those exceedances were before and hopefully cover us in the future,” Rogers said.

https://www.northjersey.com/news/environment/village-plans-to-settle-with-dep-on-violation-fine-1.1397861

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US struggles with surge in illegal immigrant children

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US struggles with surge in illegal immigrant children
By Geoff Dyer in Washington

Federal officials were scrambling at the weekend to provide medical and other supplies to an emergency shelter in Arizona to help house a surge of illegal child immigrants into the country that President Barack Obama has called “an urgent humanitarian situation”.

More than 750 children from Central America spent the weekend in an unused warehouse in Nogales, Arizona, which the border patrol agency has turned into a temporary “way-station” for the children, a state official said.

The improvised shelter is one of the by-products of a jump in illegal immigration from Central America this year, including 47,000 children who entered the country on their own – almost double the number from the year before.

The difficulties in coping with such large numbers of unaccompanied children are stoking the already tortuous debates about reforming the country’s immigration system..

Jan Brewer, the conservative Republican governor of Arizona, described the conditions at the shelter in Nogales as “dire”. She urged people to ask the Obama administration “the reason for this massive influx of illegal crossings and the cost to taxpayers for having to deal with the crisis created by the President”.

Although the overall trend of illegal immigration has dropped in recent years, the authorities have been overwhelmed in recent months by the surge in children trying to cross the border. The federal government is establishing facilities at military bases in Texas and California to help house the children while their cases are being examined. The administration estimates that the influx of immigrant children could cost the federal government $2.28bn this year.

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