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No Injuries Reported After Car Drives on Rail Road Tracks in Ho-Ho-Kus

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Ho-Ho-Kus NJ, at least one (1) summons was issued in connection with an early Saturday evening, 03/02, incident in which the driver of a 2008 Ford Mustang drove the vehicle northbound on NJ Transit railroad tracks near the Ho-Ho-Kus train station.

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Wrong Turn Puts Car on Tracks at Ho-Ho-Kus Train Station

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Ho-Ho-Kus NJ, a driver unfamiliar with streets leading to and from the Ho-Ho-Kus train station area, made a wrong turn early Tuesday evening, 12/20, and wound up stuck on a pair of active NJ Transit railroad tracks. A towing company employee and NJ Transit Police ESU officers worked in unison to free the struck 4-door sedan, and remove it from the tracks. No injuries were reported in the incident, which delayed most trains scheduled to pass through the Ho-Ho-Kus station by over one (1) hour. Ho-Ho-Kus Police officers were also dispatched to the incident.

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Glenwood Road to Reopen Going One Way From Ridgewood to Ho-Ho-Kus

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Ridgewood NJ, at Wednesday’s Village Council meeting Village Manager Heather Mailander announced that Glenwood Road was reopening going one way from Ridgewood to Ho-Ho-Kus . Glenwood Road hill was closed while the NJ Department of Transportation and NJ Transit improved the railroad crossing at the Ho-Ho-Kus train station.

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Paving projects around the Borough Ho-Ho-Kus , Expect Closures & Delays plan accordingly

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Ho-Ho-Kus NJ, on or about May 13th and for the next two to three weeks roadwork will have roads closed and detours at various times involving the following Borough streets:
Mill Rd, Arrow Lane, Cleverdon Rd, Brandywine Rd, Van Dyke Rd, Valley Forge Way & Washington Ave.

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Ho-Ho-Kus Litter Clean-up a Huge Success

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Ho-Ho-Kus NJ, The Ho-Ho-Kus Litter Clean-up was held on Saturday, May 8th. This special event, was hosted by the Mayor & Council, Shade Tree Commission, DPW, Contemporary Club and Volunteers is part of a town-wide effort to keep our public grounds and waterways litter free.  The rainy weather slowed down the clean up just a bit but in the end  even the ducks pitched in.

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Glenwood Road Hill Will Be Closed by NJ Department of Transportation and NJ Transit on May 15th

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Ridgewood NJ, on or about May 15, 2021, the Glenwood Road Hill will be closed while the NJ Department of Transportation and NJ Transit improve the railroad crossing at the Ho-Ho-Kus train station. This closure will last for approximately 30 days. When Glenwood Road reopens, it will be a one-way street, down the hill.

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PSE&G WORK TO CLOSE GLENWOOD ROAD/UPPER BOULEVARD IN RIDGEWOOD

Ridgewood's Glenwood Road to become one way street east of Upper Boulevard

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Ridgewood NJ, On June 24th and June 25th, weather permitting, PSE&G will be working in the intersection of Upper Boulevard and Glenwood Road. During this time, the intersection will be closed for vehicles coming from Hillcrest Road. A detour will be in place, sending vehicles down to Fairmount Road, to Upper Boulevard, to the Ho-Ho-Kus hill.  Going up Glenwood Road, from Ho-Ho-Kus, the same detour will be in place.  In order to avoid this detour, please plan alternate routes.

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GLENWOOD ROAD CLOSURE – JANUARY 25, 2019

Ridgewood's Glenwood Road to become one way street east of Upper Boulevard

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Ridgewood NJ, On Friday, January 25, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., weather permitting, Glenwood Road from Upper Boulevard down the hill to the Ho-Ho-Kus train station will be closed all day for tree trimming and removal work by the Village of Ridgewood Parks Department. Please plan an alternate route on this day.

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Glenwood Road will be Closed January 25th

Ridgewood's Glenwood Road to become one way street east of Upper Boulevard

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Ridgewood NJ, Glenwood Road will be closed from Upper Boulevard to the Ho Ho Kus border on Friday, January 25th from 8am to 5pm.  This closure is required to for tree trimming and tree removal work   by the Village of Ridgewood that day.

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Eagle Scout project dedicates a historical sign at The Hopper – Zabriskie Family Cemetery in Ho-Ho-Kus

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July 11,2018

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Ho-Ho-Kus  NJ, on June 27th the borough of Ho Ho Kus  dedicated a historical sign at The Hopper – Zabriskie Family Cemetery in Ho-Ho-Kus. Located on at the lower train station parking lot. This hidden historical treasure was an Eagle Scout project by Alex Melarti, with help from Stan Kober. The project included a major cleanup, repairs, painting, adding mulch and gravel paths, erosion prevention, plantings, a new bench and the historical sign.

Pictured here(L to R) John Hanlon, Planning Bd President, Council President Doug Troast, Stan Kober, Project Liason, Scout Alex Melarti, Councilman Steve Shell, Borough Admin. Bill Jones, Chief Chris Minchin, and Councilman Kevin Crossley – special thanks to long time resident Joe Burns American Legion Post 53 for the pictures.

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Tractor Trailer Stuck on the Glenwood Road

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May 17,2018

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Ho Ho Kus NJ, Numerous summonses were issued to the driver and registered owner of a tractor trailer that got stuck on the Glenwood Road, Ridgewood hill leading up from the Ho-Ho-Kus train station on Wednesday afternoon, 05/16. Police officers from Ho-Ho-Kus Police, Ridgewood Police, and NJ Transit Police were dispatched to the incident. The truck was finally freed from its predicament when a heavy duty tow truck winched it up the hill. Motor vehicle traffic was rerouted until the roadway was clear.

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Revitalization of the “Old Burying Ground” near the Ho-Ho-Kus Train Station

Revitalization of the "Old Burying Ground"

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February 21,2018

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Ho Ho Kus NJ, an Eagle Scout is working on a Revitalization of the “Old Burying Ground” in Ho-Ho-Kus . The site is an area up by the train station near First Street and if you look down onto the large municipal parking lot on the right is the cemetery.

The Scout Alexander Melarti has done a nice job there and these last couple of items are putting a nice touch to his work to honor the families of the deceased.

From the go fund me page  https://www.gofundme.com/eagle-scout-proj-for-cemetery :

Eagle Scout Revitalization Project of “The Old Burying Ground”
Prepared by Alexander Melarti (Eagle Scout – Troop 7)
And
Stanley A. Kober (Historic Ho-Ho-Kus Researcher)
PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Eagle Scout candidate’s full legal name: ALEXANDER MELARTI

Eagle Scout Service Project Name: REVITALIZING OF “THE OLD BURYING GROUND”

“The project will take place on First street in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey. There is a 200 year old cemetery where some of the Hopper and Zabriskie families are buried; the families were the first inhabitants of Ho-Ho-Kus, and a member of the Zabriskie’s built what is now called the Ho-Ho-Kus inn and tavern. The last time any proper care was given to the cemetery was in 2006. The shrubs that were planted behind the headstones have become overgrown, and fall over the graves. Weeds, leaves, and dead thicket cover most of the floor of the plot, and the tarp under the gravel path leading up from the parking lot is in disarray. There is also a slope on one side of the cemetery where erosion has created a side entrance to the lot.

“This project has 4 steps. The first is to fundraise for the materials and supplies needed. The Second Step is to clean out all the debris, and trim the shrubs hanging over the grave. The third step is to add stones to the eroded side entrance in an attempt to terrace the dirt. The gravel path will be redone, and wood chips will be laid down in the fenced in section of the lot to further prevent erosion. The last step is to repair and repaint the fence posts surrounding the lot. In addition there will be a bench, an interpretive panel outside the fenced in area, and some evergreen plantings inside the lot.

“The interpretive panel will contain a brief history of the cemetery’s occupants and the role they played in the town’s history It will be placed on the perimeter of the fence where it meets the gravel path. [added recently is the installation of a QR code on the plaque that will be linked to the Borough of Ho-Ho-Kus Master Plan].

“The Bench will match the style of the other outdoor benches of the town; the bench is made of steel and extruded aluminum with a heat fused poly-vinyl coating. It will be placed parallel to the pathway, and two feet from the fence.” [Excerpted from Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook by Alexander Melarti dated 10/23/17]

The funds to be raised will cover the purchase of the Park Bench, the Interpretive Panel, shrubbery, and other assorted materials to make the historic family cemetery a place of honor for the families interred there. Some of the items are in the process of being ordered and it would be very beneficial for the funds to be received as soon as possible.

We are extremely grateful for whatever anyone may donate for this worthwhile Eagle Scout Project honoring these families.
LOCATION: The area up by the Ho-Ho-Kus train station is First Street and if you look down onto the large municipal parking lot, on your right is the cemetery. The young Scout has done a nice job there and these last couple of items are putting a nice touch to his work to honor the families of the deceased. Click on this link and it will take you to the site. https://goo.gl/maps/PDZha5kbGhr

 

click here to donate https://www.gofundme.com/eagle-scout-proj-for-cemetery

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ENFORCEMENT ON GLENWOOD ROAD HILL TO/FROM HO-HO-KUS TRAIN STATION

Ridgewood's Glenwood Road to become one way street east of Upper Boulevard

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January 24,2018
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Ho Ho Kus NJ, The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and NJ Transit (NJT) have concerns about the large trucks trying to maneuver up and down the Glenwood Road hill, as well as motorists who come down the hill, stop in the middle of the train tracks to drop someone off at the train station, and then make a U-turn on the tracks to go back up the hill. Due to these occurrences, NJDOT and NJT considered either closing down the Glenwood Road hill completely or making Glenwood Road one-way, going down the hill.

This was met by the Village Council adopting a resolution, and comments from many Ridgewood residents, and the Ho-Ho-Kus Chamber of Commerce urging that the Glenwood Road hill remain open in both directions. NJDOT and NJT have agreed to a six-month enforcement period, from January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018 and then a three-month quiet period, from July 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018 with no enforcement. NJDOT and NJT will be closely monitoring the activities at the Ho-Ho-Kus train station during the entire nine-month period, and then will make their final decision. The Village Council has adopted an ordinance prohibiting oversized or overweight vehicles from traveling on this road, and signs are being posted.

Village Manager Heather A. Mailander , “We urge all Ridgewood residents using the Glenwood Road hill to and from the Ho-Ho-Kus train station, to obey all regulations while using this route so that the decision will be to allow the Glenwood Road hill to remain open in both directions.”

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Ho-Ho-Kus Police will undertake an enforcement campaign at the Glenwood Road grade crossing that targets unlawful truck traffic and drivers executing illegal U-turns

Ridgewood's Glenwood Road to become one way street east of Upper Boulevard

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December 7,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, UPDATE: Beginning January 1, 2018, Ho-Ho-Kus Police will undertake an enforcement campaign at the Glenwood Road grade crossing that targets unlawful truck traffic and drivers executing illegal U-turns. The enforcement campaign is expected to last six (6) months. After completion of the targeted enforcement campaign, there will be a three (3) month review period. NJDOT will render a decision as to the future of the Glenwood Road grade crossing following the review period.

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LETTER FROM RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL TO NJDOT ON GLENWOOD ROAD

Ridgewood's Glenwood Road to become one way street east of Upper Boulevard

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Dear Ms. Foran,

I’m writing today on behalf of the Ridgewood Village Council regarding modifications to the Glenwood Road traffic patterns as described in the Memorandum of Record DOT Docket No. 06-2017CM Warren Ave (Brookside Avenue) dated May 31, 2017. It is the Village Council’s position that closing the roadway in its entirety, or limiting to one-way traffic, would have a severe and deleterious impact on the immediate surrounding residential community and the nearby Ho-Ho-Kus business district.
Restricting Glenwood traffic flow would force other, already stressed, Ridgewood roadways to absorb displaced traffic to the detriment of Village residents and visitors. It’s important to understand Ridgewood is a walking community and how additional traffic on congested streets might compromise the safety of pedestrians, especially children walking to and from Village schools. Additionally, Glenwood area commuters may choose to abandon the Ho-Ho-Kus train station and instead opt to utilize the Ridgewood train station, an area now choked with excessive traffic. A recent traffic study of the Ridgewood train trestle underpass indicated more than 18,000 vehicles traversing the two-lane roadway daily. The roadway has far surpassed maximum vehicular capacity and, even with limited sidewalks, children walk daily to and from three area schools. Closure, even partially, would land lock the entire section of Ridgewood residences and force extended travel onto the only other east-west roadway, West Glen Avenue, which is already strained. Undue hardships will be placed on Ridgewood residents with school aged children living east of the Glenwood Road “S” hill as they will be forced into a longer, more circuitous, drive to school. Insurmountable economic hardships will be shouldered by small mom & pop stores operating in the Ho-Ho-Kus business district; data suggests more than 30% of shop patrons live above the Glenwood Road “S” hill. Any change to the traffic pattern will have an adverse impact on area small businesses.
The Village does acknowledge current site conditions present safety concerns resulting from substandard signage, roadway markings and enforcement. Before altering the current traffic flow, the Village proposes a less impactful and less costly approach by implementing the following safety measures:
o Enhanced signage placed prominently and before oversized vehicles enter the roadway
o Increasing fines and enforcement for oversized vehicles in violation
o Painting double yellow lines on the Glenwood Road “S” hill defining lanes and for traffic calming
o No U-turn signs and No Stopping or Turning on RR Tracks
o Increased fines and enforcement for reckless driving within a designated proximity to railroad tracks
o Erecting height restriction barriers o Observations suggest the existing barriers, used for when a train is arriving, be extended the full width across the roadway
Ridgewood is open to any additional suggestions your team may have to help maintain the current traffic pattern while ensuring the area remains safe for everyone. Perhaps a trial period of suggested modifications that could be monitored and increased later if necessary without implementing the drastic changes proposed. This approach will allow stakeholders to determine the effectiveness of these measures and will provide additional information about how to proceed.
In closing, I sincerely appreciate your thoughtful attention to the many comments from Ridgewood residents pertaining to this matter.
Thanking you in advance for your consideration of the Village’s concerns and our proposal.
Best regards,
Mayor Susan Knudsen