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What does “NIMBY” Mean ?

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Ridgewood NJ, the staff of the Ridgewood once again explores the topic of what is a “NIMBY” .

NIMBY, an acronym for the phrase “not in my back yard”, or Nimby, is a characterization of opposition by residents to proposed developments in their local area, as well as support for strict land use regulations. It carries the connotation that such residents are only opposing the development because it is close to them and that they would tolerate or support it if it were built farther away. The residents are often called Nimbys, and their viewpoint is called Nimbyism. The NIMBY tendency has been described as a bipartisan phenomenon.

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Healthbarn USA & Healthbarn Foundation are two separate companies

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Ridgewood NJ, Healthbarn USA & Healthbarn Foundation are two separate companies owned & operated by Stacey Antine.  Healthbarn USA is operated out of the Gatehouse in Habernickle Park & Healthbarn Foundation headquartered out of Lyndhurst NJ.
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Hackensack NJ, On a dark cold night in January 2017, the Democratic Freeholder board orchestrated a surprise attack on homeowners that has so far cost us $28 million in additional taxes… and climbing.

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Reader says Looks good but did Parks & Rec add much needing lighting to the parking lot?

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Looks good but did Parks & rec add much needing lighting to the parking lot? After all Habernickle Park has had lights in the parking lot for 3 years. This field gets used a lot past dusk and could benefit from lights after all Tim said ALL Parks will be getting parking lot lights So either take them down at Habernickle or put them up at ALL Parks!!!!! Let’s face it our kids safety is way more important then the business at the gatehouse in Habernickle Park.

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Reader raises more questions on HealthBarn lease

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What needs to be explored is #1 what does this business do for Ridgewood besides pay a below market rent?

What benefits are there for Ridgewood to place a business in a park? To have changed the use of a home and whole residential area?

Why are certain folk supporting this to the extreme of embarrassing themselves?

And most importantly how much is this business costing the town of Ridgewood to be here?

And lastly if the business was down the street in waldwick would Ridgewood lose out on anything besides the under market rent?

Any class she does for the town or Ridgewood she gets paid,so why do we tax payers have to give up a park and a rental property?

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Reader says The give away at Habernickle Park is insane


This was one of many Roberta favors for a friend with full support from the 3 amigos. If tax payers took a few minutes to get the facts about where their money goes instead of just bitching about parking they would be shocked.
The give away at habernickle Park is insane. Use of 11 acres and all the amenities we tax payers pay for a mere $3700 a month. No water bill either for a gardening business.
Let’s talk liability too.. the VC is ignoring the ridiculous hellbarn contract..who is looking out for us? Say one of the 25-30 kids arriving by bus gets hurt…gets hurt while hiking on the steep terrain ( yes they go into the woods during the healthy eating camp and field trips ) I guess because there isn’t much else to do!! Anyway who will be paying that law suit…YOU the tax payers because the VC is allowing a business to USE the park as part of her business plan!!!
So basically healthbarn charges kids to use a free park…scam or what???
And anything that may go wrong with these “keep busy” activities because the garden is frozen, falls on us tax payers…part of the activities for this healthy eating class (haha) is kids also paying healthbarn to be on the soccer field and hang on the broken nets.. not playing soccer just hanging around and tearing up our nets.
That sounds fun…( NOT) until someone gets hurt and tax payers are paying those bills too along with all the other bills we pay for at the gate house to operate just so Roberta’s friends business makes money!
Thanks VC for not looking into this contract after Roberta left and clearing up any possible liability that may fall upon tax payers.
An overhaul of this lease is long over due!!! Take the time and do it. We cannot afford yet another law suit!

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Reader says Schedler will be Just like Habernickle, Ridgewood residents are almost completely supporting the business at Habernickle. Free lights. free watering, free groundskeeping. free ramp for the disabled and a paltry rent

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Please. Ridgewood Villagers, follow the ball on this. It could easily turn into a huge, hazardous money pit like Habernickle. Ridgewood residents are almost completely supporting the business at Habernickle. Free lights. free watering, free groundskeeping. free ramp for the disabled and a paltry rent that was written in the favor of the tenant. Is there nothing we can do to at least make them pay their way if we can’t evict them? Isn’t there a law that says land purchased using Green Acres money may not be used for a profit company. (They probably refer to themselves as non-profit but that should easily be proved to be incorrect. (If she had to pay for any of the services that Ridgewood supplies; then she might be able to declare herself non-profit. But as long as her bills are paid for through Ridgewood, she can’t help but make money on the deal.

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The Water Department Should be Moved to the Gatehouse at Habernickle Park


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Ridgewood NJ, What is most troubling to people is the amount of money that is being spent on the buying of the Elks to house the water dept.  Why wouldn’t the village move the dept. to the Gatehouse at Habernickle Park? The village already owns the gatehouse and since we as taxpayers just spend $20,000 for new steps and handicap ramp why not use it to better our own village departments?

Instead we rent it to a business for $3,700 a month plus included in that rent is free garbage pick up, 12 parking spots, a plot of land for a garden (which would cost a resident $10,00 a year in taxes) free advertising on village parks and rec site, video cameras that feed to police and village hall, parks and rec continually at her beck and call and police needed to monitor the park for Healthbarn.  All of which is added costs and taking away village employees to monitor a help a business that doesn’t not benefit the residents at all.  Having it at a park only adds more cars to this area and makes it harder or spots team to park for events.

This is a FOR PROFIT business which is only taking business from our own programs offered through Parks and Rec.  Why does the village continue to advertise for Healthbarn on the the village site?  The Village offers most of the same programs as Healthbarn so it’s only hurting Parks and rec bottom line ultimately effecting the tax payers of Ridgewood.  It’s crazy to think the Village is that stupid to allow tax dollars to be spent so carelessly on a business that doesn’t share it’s profits with the village.

So why is the Village when it’s said and done going to be spending upwards of $3MILLION dollars to move the water dept to the old VFW?  It would be cheaper to remove Healthbarn and have the Water dept or another village sponsored program use the Gatehouse.  Let’s try to save tax dollars and not continue to burden the residents by raising the taxes for things like this.