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NICHE: 2023 Best Places to Live in New Jersey: Ho-Ho-Kus and Ridgewood Crack the Top 5

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Ridgewood NJ, the website NICHE came out with its 2023 Best Places to Live in New Jersey  and Ridgewood came in at number 4, just behind neighbor Ho-Ho-Kus at Number 3. Other Bergen county towns that made the list include River Edge at #5 , Closter #6 , Harrington Park #8, Old Tappan #13 , Haworth #14, Allendale #16, and neighbor Glen Rock #23 rounding out the top 25.

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New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Celebrates Bear Complaints Down Again

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July 24,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, while this may come to a surprise to Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Paramus, Ho Ho Kus , Allendale and the rest of the North West corner of Bergen County residents but the  Sportsmen’s advocacy group celebrates the precipitous declines in negative bear-human interactions and bear complaints yet again.

The New Jersey Outdoor Alliance today released a statement celebrating news reports that, since the end of 2016, damage and nuisance complaints involving black bears have been cut in half, with a reported dip in bear sightings as well.

“The numbers are in and, as every NJ sportsman knows, the bear hunt has been and continues to be a huge success,” said spokesman Cody McLaughlin. “The New Jersey Outdoor Alliance is proud to stand on this record of responsibly managing NJ’s amazing wildlife populations and we will continue to stand with the scientists at the Division Of Fish And Wildlife as we work towards healthy, sustainable ecosystems and safe communities.”

The report, published by, cites “Encounters with aggressive bears tied the lowest total since 2010 with two in 2017. This year, however, four were reported through June 20… Reports of negative encounters with bears in general have dropped severely since that 2014 mauling. State records show that reports of nuisance, or unwelcome, black bears made to the state through late June mostly reflected 2017’s totals. The 962 reports registered in 2017 were the fewest since 2013, when there were 1,866 reports, records show.”

About the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance: The New Jersey Outdoor Alliance is a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting outdoor-minded legislation and legislators who support hunting, fishing, trapping and the conservation of our natural resources in New Jersey. Notable accomplishments include the recent passage of the Blood Tracking bill, along with the institution of Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs.

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Some Help for Bergen County’s Terrible Roads ,Nearly $4.5M Grant for Local Road Work


March 26, 2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Lawmakers representing New Jersey’s 40th legislative district announced nearly $4.5 million to fund 15 transportation projects in each of the towns they represent.

$4.5 million in TTF funding will support 15 road and bridge projects (“Our local municipalities will receive over $4 million from the TTF to improve critical road and bridge projects,” said Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-40). “Funding for safe and reliable transportation will be an investment in our economy.”

Bergen County will receive more than $1.3 million to fund seven projects, including improvements to the West Allendale Avenue Streetscape in downtown Allendale Borough and roads near schools and parks in Franklin Lakes and Ho-Ho-Kus.

Passaic County will receive $2,185,000 for five projects, including Webster Drive in Wayne Township.

Two projects in Morris County will be funded with more than $547,000, including improvements to Hillview Road in Pequannock Township, a commercial area. A $402,000 grant was awarded to Essex County for Cedar Grove Township.

“This is welcome news for our region,” said Rooney (R-Bergen). “Fixing roads in residential neighborhoods makes them safer for commuters and families while protecting the value of homes in the area. Road improvements also enhance safety for children who walk to school and enjoy our parks.”

“Commuters, businesses, and families will all reap the benefits of this funding,” said DePhillips (R-Bergen). “Well paved and maintained streets are vital to our local economy. This investment in our infrastructure will pay dividends for years to come.”

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Bergen County “Quick Response” SWAT Team Called to Ho Ho Kus on “Suicide by Cop” Call

SWAT Team Ho Ho Kus

Photos courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook page

March 23,2018

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Ho Ho Kus NJ, Ho-Ho-Kus Police requested the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office “Quick Response” SWAT Team on Friday afternoon, 03/23, to search for an individual who reportedly made a threat to commit “suicide by cop,” Heavily armed SWAT Team personnel searched a unmarked white van with out of state plates that was parked in the rear of 215 Brookside Avenue, Ho-Ho-Kus with negative results. Ridgewood Police assisted with crowd and traffic control. No explanation was provided as to how the van became a search target.

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Pizza is a Healthier Breakfast than Cereal ?


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January 31,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Looking to start your day off with a nutritious meal? As we had long suspected , according to blogger and dietitian Chelsey Amer forget Cheerios,  reach for a slice of pizza. While Amer falls short of calling pizza a new super food .On Monday, the blogger and dietitian Chelsey Amer caused a stir when she told the Chicago Tribune that a greasy slice of pizza is healthier than a bowl of cereal with milk.

“You may be surprised to find out that an average slice of pizza and a bowl of cereal with whole milk contain nearly the same amount of calories,” Amer said. “However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning.”

Amer acknowledges that pizza isn’t necessarily a health food, but maintains that it’s a more balanced meal than a typical bowl of sugar flakes.

Pizza Options in Ridgewood , Glen Rock and Ho Ho Kus include : La Bella Pizza ,Brooklyn’s Coal Burning Brick Oven Pizza , Renato’s Pizza , Santoni’s Pizzeria and Restaurant , A Mano, Francesca Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta , Puzo’s Family Restaurant , John’s Boy Pizzeria , and The Sicilian Sun .

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GYMGUYZ Western Bergen County is # 1 in Home Personal Training!


September 9,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, need some exercise ,but don’t like the gym or just cant get away? Meet the GYMGUYZ. GYMGUYZ is a mobile fitness company. Manny has a van with over 300 pieces of workout equipment and will travel to his clients, rather than meeting them at a gym. This provides comfort for those who might be anxious going to a gym. It also allows for flexibility for the clients. If a parent has young children and don’t want to pay for a babysitter while they got to the gym they can have their trainer come to their house while it is nap time! Or, if it is a nice day outside you can meet in a park for a workout.

Manny, a military vet, who always had a passion for fitness but was never at the right stage in his life to open his own business is finally making his dreams come true and becoming a franchise owner with GYMGUYZ.

GYMGUYZ Western Bergen County is # 1 in Home Personal Training! Our coaches focus on individualized one-on-one fitness, group sessions, and corporate fitness. GYMGUYZ has an amazing team of certified coaches that use a unique philosophy that targets all aspects of health and fitness. GYMGUYZ provides Convenient, Customized, and Creative workouts. The GYMGUYZ vans are stocked with state of the art equipment that our coaches bring to clients to provide excellent one-on-one or group workout sessions. Our services include weight loss, body sculpting, bodybuilding, weight training, therapeutic/athletic stretch, strength training, senior fitness, obstacle course training, kickboxing, group training, corporate fitness, post & pre natal exercise, pool workouts, youth and teen fitness training, cardio fitness, professional sports conditioning, nutrition counseling and birthday parties. GYMGUYZ supplies the tools and techniques to get you in shape in the comfort of your own home, office, or setting of your choice. We welcome all individuals of all levels regardless of experience, age, or ability. We follow each client’s progress by assessing their fitness goals, calorie intake, measurements and progress. GYMGUYZ teaches lifelong habits that will keep one looking and feeling their best.

GYMGUYZ service Ramsey, Fair Lawn, Montvale, Mahwah, Allendale, Oakland, Franklin Lakes, Wyckoff, Haledon, Maywood, Rochelle Park, Saddle Brook, Elmwood Park, Hawthorne, Township of Washington, Ho Ho Kus, Waldwick, Saddle River, Woodcliff Lake, Park Ridge, Midland Park, Ridgewood, Glen Rock and the surrounding areas.

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17 South Crash in Ho Ho Kus Wedges Car Under Tractor Tailor

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photos courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook

June 6,2017

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Ho Ho Kus NJ,  No injuries were reported in a Monday morning, 06/05, crash on Route 17 southbound at Hollywood Avenue, Ho-Ho-Kus involving a white colored Toyota Camry and a tractor trailer. The Toyota became partially wedged under the trailer and had to be freed by a flatbed tow truck. Ho-Ho-Kus PD investigated the crash and provided traffic control while the tow truck operator worked to free the passenger vehicle and remove it from the scene.

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Ridgewood Valley Supporter says You should have bought your home in Ho Ho Kus or Saddle River


Good lord will you people ever give up?

It’s a done deal. No matter how much you whine about what’s transpired it finished…
Everyone knew that once this thing was presented to a neutral third party for review ( A judge who is a she rather than a he) it was going to go in favor of the hospital. And rightfully so. It’s not all about YOU. It’s about building a hospital that is sorely needed for the GREATER GOOD of all the residents in the surrounding towns. You should have bought your home in Ho Ho Kus or Saddle River, not on top of A VERY LARGE MULTI YEAR EXISTING HOSPITAL.

This is exactly what I’m talking about…complete nonsense and blather. You are a classic example of whats wrong with your minority. Sorry to leave you behind, were moving forward and making progress for the greater good. PS your property value just dropped 20 %. Good luck with that.

Because that’s where Valley is and has been since 1952. What difference does it make moving the well established campus 1/2 west on Linwood Avenue? Mahwah? Why the hell would we want it up there??? Listen, Just because you bought a home in the lap of the hospital and now your in a tizzy because the inevitable that was bound to happen is now happening just doesn’t cut. The hospital was a part of this community long before you got here. It belongs in Ridgewood and here it will stay…For many many years to come.


EDITOR: Now you wonder why so many people in Ridgewood think Valley is a bad neighbor , “the Great Good” is the “Greater Good ” for Valley

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Earthquake Strikes North Jersey

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January 2,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, according to state officials an unusual and very mild earthquake struck in New Jersey on Saturday. The 2.1-magnitude quake with its epicenter in Ringwood, New Jersey, came at 12:58 a.m., according to the United States Geological Survey.

According to various police departments the earthquake could be felt in Sloatsburg and Suffern. There was no reported damage to people or property, according to Ringwood police and no reports in Ridgewood , Glen Rock , Paramus , Ho Ho Kus or Saddle River as far as we know .

According to Gary, Barbara and Collin,all residents of Ringwood who own and run the Tobacco Shop of Ridgewood & Davidoff Lounge , “they were asleep and didn’t feel a thing.”

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Planner hired by neighbors criticizes Ho-Ho-Kus project


Planner hired by neighbors criticizes Ho-Ho-Kus project

JUNE 21, 2014    LAST UPDATED: SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2014, 1:21 AM

HO-HO-KUS — A Maplewood planner, hired by a consortium of residents opposing a proposed subdivision, testified on Thursday that he believes there are flaws in the project’s design.

Amid a battery of objections from the applicants’ lawyer, Peter Steck told the Planning Board that, “as proposed, the [subdivision] application warrants a denial.”

Steck provided his overall analysis of the subdivision’s plans, saying the project could do without a devised cul de sac, “because what this does is it produces lots with multiple road frontages.”

The parcel — the site of a large building with some accessory structures — is at West Saddle River Road and Hollywood Avenue, extending to Van Dyke Drive.

Ground is slated to be broken in August on the project.

Plans call for the subdivision of 4 acres of mostly wooded land into 11 single-home plots.

Neighbors of the planned project, known as the Hollows at Ho-Ho-Kus, argue that approving it would fundamentally change the character of their neighborhood while negatively impacting natural drainage throughout the area, creating the potential for flooding.

Nine couples living around the site have hired Ho-Ho-Kus attorney Robert Inglima to represent them before the board.

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