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Celebrate July 4th at Veterans Field!

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Ridgewood NJ, Join the Village of Ridgewood on Thursday, July 4th at Veterans Field for an evening of fun, entertainment, and fireworks! (Rain date: Friday, July 5, 2024). Gates open at 6:00 PM, but please note that all patrons and their belongings will be subject to security checks by the Police Department. For a smoother entry, there will be two lines: one for those with bags and one for those without. Please expect some delays, and remember that gates will close at 9:00 PM.

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Paramus to Celebrate July Fourth — on August 27th

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Paramus NJ, try, try again , after being rained out twice earlier, the borough of Paramus Annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration is finally happening this Sunday, almost eight weeks after the official Independence Day and one last chance to celebrate the Fourth of July .

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4th of July Fireworks Celebration in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, Don’t miss the 4th of July fireworks celebration in Ridgewood! Live entertainment by the Nines at 6pm, the Stilettos at 7pm, and Dads’ Night Band at 8pm. Plus amazing fireworks by Grucci!

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4 Tips for the 4th of July to Keep your Pets Happy & Safe

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Ridgewood NJ, 4th of July is around the corner, and in tradition with the holiday comes fireworks! For many of our pets, fireworks can provoke fear and anxiety from the unpredictable noise and vibration it causes.  Trupanion, the leader in medical insurance for cats and dogs, is here to share some helpful tips and insight into reducing your pet‘s anxiety towards fireworks.

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The History of the Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day

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Ridgewood NJ, the Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day or July 4th, has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. The Fourth of July 2021 is on Sunday, July 4, 2021; the federal holiday will be observed on Monday, July 5, 2021.

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4 Tips to ease firework anxiety this 4th of July for Pets

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Ridgewood NJ, 4th of July is around the corner, and in tradition with the holiday comes fireworks! For many of our pets, fireworks can provoke fear and anxiety from the unpredictable noise and vibration it causes.  Trupanion, the leader in medical insurance for cats and dogs, is here to share some helpful tips and insight into reducing your pet’s anxiety towards fireworks.

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New Jersey State Police to Increase Patrols Statewide July 4th Weekend

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West Trenton NJ, Independence Day 2020 has arrived, and although we will be celebrating differently this year by wearing face coverings and social distancing, we expect our roadways to experience increased traffic as a result of motorists traveling to New Jersey’s beaches, state parks, lakes and other tourists attractions as they always do during this holiday weekend. We know our citizens have done a great job flattening the curve through social distancing, and now we are asking motorists to help us flatten the crash curve by driving defensively, obeying speed limits, and by not getting behind the wheel while under the influence.

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KEEP YOUR FURRY FRIENDS SAFE THIS FOURTH OF JULY

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Ridgewood NJ , Many pets are sensitive to loud noises and bright lights, like those in a firework display or a thunderstorm. Because they have more sensitive hearing than us, even a distant firework boom can trigger a “flight or fight” response. If they are outdoors, they will run for miles from the noise at once, even through traffic. They may even break through or dig under fences if necessary since it is quite frightening for them. Once far away from your care, they are most susceptible to being hit by a car or suffering from heatstroke.

Make sure your animals have identification and/or a microchip in case they do run away. When walking your pet, keep a tight grip, as a loud noise may cause them to bolt. Keep them at home during the fireworks because besides scaring them, it is much too painful for their ears. Put your pet in the quietest room of the house and close the blinds so no flashes of light can be seen, which may startle them. To drown out any possible firework crackles and loud noises, you can turn the TV or radio on or play some soothing, classical music. If your pet gets particularly stressed during fireworks or thunderstorms, call to make an appointment to discuss this with one of our veterinarians. There are many things we can do to help, such as offer medication to them.

Whether attending fireworks or not this holiday, it’s a hot time of year, so it is best to keep your pets indoors, in a cool place with plenty of fresh water. If you happen to be traveling to a party, do not leave your pets in the parked car, as it can reach 150 degrees in minutes.

Make this a safe, healthy and happy holiday with your pets. Wish you all a very Happy July 4th from the doctors and staff of Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital!

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Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration, Inc., an all-volunteer, non-profit community group

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Ridgewood NJ, just to clear up a few misconceptions the Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration is organized by the Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration, Inc., an all-volunteer, non-profit community group.

All aspects of this annual celebration including fireworks, bands, evening performers, insurance, police and fire personnel are funded by voluntary contributions from local businesses and individuals.

Ridgewood celebrates the 4th of July

That is the way it has always been , always not just this year but as long as we can remember and that is the early 1960’s.

So get those chairs ready and support the tradition .

DONATE HERE TO SUPPORT THE TRADITION!

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July 4th Ridgewood Parade and Fireworks

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood July 4th Committee invites you to “Support the Tradition” !

At 10AM (rain or shine)  a Parade of bands and festive floats will march  from the Westside of the Train Tracks ; down E. Ridgewood Avenue to N. Maple Ave., past Village Hall ending at Graydon Pool.

Fireworks will take place around 9PM on Veterans Field. The evening festivities start at 6PM with entrainment at the Kasschau Shell. Fireworks tickets are available in advance for $10 in Backyard Living, Hillmann electric, ConnectOne Bank, Bookends, Daily Treat, The Wine Seller, Goffle Brook Farm, Town & Country – and the Ridgewood Library – June 28 – 30  9am to 3pm.  Fireworks tickets at the gate are $15 for adults and $$10 for children.

www.RidgewoodJuly4th.com

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Last Night’s Ridgewood Planing Board Meeting Fireworks and the Recap

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Dear Friends,
Many of you have been asking how the Planning Board meeting went last night, especially given the VP debate going on at the same time. So, pasted at the bottom of this email is the speech I gave.
Before I get to it, I think it’s important to note that Planning Board Chairman Richard Joel attempted to stonewall my presentation of this speech. At the only public comment during the meeting, it was explained that only items not on the agenda would be permitted to be discussed. When I stood at the podium and asked whether I would be able to speak during the point in the agenda, when a statement would be made regarding the filed resident complaint (dated Sept. 16th), Chairman Joel said he hadn’t yet decided if I would be allowed.
It was only after several other residents, Mayor Knudsen and members of the Planning Board spoke out to allow my speech did Chairman Joel finally permit it.
This brings into question Chairman Joel’s stewardship as to whose interests he really represents.
While I do not have the exact text here, the statement that was read aloud by Chairman Joel regarding the resident complaint basically says that more consideration needs to be done before the Planning Board can adequately address it. My concern is that this is a delay tactic and that under Chairman Joel’s guidance, the Complaint will not be put on the agenda to be voted on. I hope I am wrong about this. Ridgewood residents deserve a hearing to investigate what ‘mistakes’ happened with regard to the High Density housing issue.
So, here’s the speech I gave along with a video of its presentation:
Mayor Knudsen and Members of the Planning Board, as you know, it is your duty to represent the interests of the residents of Ridgewood.
As such, you have an obligation to put the brakes on the current High Density site plan review and begin an investigation based on the complaint that was signed by myself and other residents, dated September 16th. Within your bylaws, you have the ability to do so and to investigate the conflicts of interest and mistakes alleged in our motion. If you find they are true, you can then seek to overturn a vote that may have been wrongly attained and created so much discord in Ridgewood.
These are some of the questions we demand investigated:
1) Why didn’t our former deputy mayor and planning board member, recuse himself from all the Planning Board work sessions leading up to the formal hearings? The same conflict existed then. How could he advocate so fervently for the ordinances during work sessions and then suddenly find a conflict of interest when the hearings started.
2) Why was an unvetted/unsubstantiated letter from the housing advocacy group, Fair Share Housing Center written into the record as fact/evidence by the former Planning Board Attorney for the High Density Housing vote in June, 2015? Under the Planning Board attorney’s own guidelines, it was clearly hearsay. And why wasn’t the public or Planning Board members given the opportunity to question the Fair Share Housing rep, Kevin Walsh?
3) Contiguous to the timing of the filing of our Motion of Complaint, one of your members who is mentioned as having a conflict of interest in the complaint, strangely resigned his planning board seat. Is this just a mere coincidence? Why did he wait so long and step down long after the vote?
Members of the Planning Board, your attorney may advise you to bundle this complaint with the pending lawsuit by RCRD. However, to do so would be a disservice to the residents of the village as this complaint is completely separate from that lawsuit and should be handled as such. This is not, at this time, a legal matter. It is a matter of proper and fair governing process for Ridgewood. And the grounds for our motion are so strong.
Your attorney might argue that residents should have made the motion within some type of limited window, or that current Land Use law may be in conflict with some of our Planning Board’s Bylaws. But… (1) the village never gave residents access to the Bylaws, nor made residents aware of the remedies available thereunder (despite all the clear cut opposition and complaint of conflict), and (2) the Bylaws definitely do not clearly command the Board to adhere to a 45 day limit.
Rather, the Bylaws state:
Any motions to rehear an application or portion thereof made after the 45 days following the publication of decision shall be considered strictly by leave and discretion of the Board in consideration of the protected interests of the applicant as balanced against the public interest.
We the residents believe the public interest here is greater. Your attorney would have to argue that the developers have a greater interest here than the village or its residents. That’s the criteria and that would be dangerous.
Furthermore, at this time your residents are not yet asking for a “rehearing” or anything that might be argued to conflict with land use law. We are asking, as is our defined right under your own Bylaws 2.13 and 7.22, for an investigation and public hearings to investigate some very material Conflicts and Mistakes that tainted the process and harmed the “public interest.” The PB can decide if an Application “rehearing” is necessary later, after the hearings regarding Planning Board “process”!
Allowing these conflicts and mistakes to stand, uninvestigated, creates a dangerous new precedent for Ridgewood, where village-changing decisions may be made with improper influence and/or error. It is in the Public Interest to review this and, if issues are found, set the right precedent to make sure it doesn’t happen again!
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Dana H. Glazer