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FBI warns about dangers Sextortion schemes targeting young adults and minors

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Ridgewood NJ, The FBI this week issued a new warning about an evolving online threat targeting minors and young adults: financially motivated sextortion.

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4 Simple Ideas for Home Improvement for More Outdoor Family Fun

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In today’s fast-paced world, spending quality time with our loved ones has become more important than ever. One way to enhance family bonding and create lasting memories is by engaging in outdoor activities together. However, you don’t always need to plan extravagant trips or outings to enjoy quality time with your family.

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Turn Your Spare Room Into a Nursery With These Tips

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If you’re expecting a baby, one of the most exciting things you get to do is prepare the nursery! If you have a spare room in your house, you’re in luck. With a little bit of planning and effort, you can turn that extra space into a beautiful and functional nursery for your new addition. Here are some tips to get you started:

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Cleaning for Preschool: Why Is It Important?

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One of the main places where children’s development can be sharpened is during the pre-school time. This is the very first school experience that most children will have, and thus it is also one of the most important. During their pre-school year, children were taught on how to develop their skills and abilities with learning and playing methods. They will do many enjoyable activities like creating arts and crafts, physical play with each other, and many other activities.

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4 Ways You Can Make Your Kids Love Playing Outside

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If you’re like most parents, you want your kids to be active and healthy. And what better way to encourage them to be active than by playing outside? Outdoor play is a great way for kids to get exercise, learn new skills, and have fun. In this blog post, we will discuss four ways that you can make your kids love playing outside!

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Ridgewood Police, Ridgewood Parks and Recreation and EZRide hold a series of Bike Safety Skills Courses today at Graydon

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Police, the Ridgewood Parks and Recreation along with EZRide held a series of Bike Safety Skills Courses today at Graydon Pool. Kids learned to do safety checks on their bicycles and operate safely on the roads. After a ride around the neighborhood, the kids were treated to healthy snack. (Pictured are Sgt. Michael Lembo and Ptl. Michael McDermott)

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Ridgewood Parks & Recreation Day Camp will run in 2021


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Ridgewood NJ, according to Councilwoman Bernadette Walsh, who is the Village Council liaison to the Parks & Rec Conservation Board and the Field Committee, the Parks & Recreation Department is happy to announce that Summer Day Camp will return this year.  While there may still be some changes to the camp, we can confirm that it will run from Tuesday, June 29-Friday, August 6 from 9 am-1:30 pm with the exception of days when it rains and camp is cancelled.  Campers will be placed in groups with a 20:2 ratio or less.  Summer Camp will still consist of organized games, arts & crafts, and swim time at Graydon Pool.

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Privacy Advocates Target Google’s ,”Teacher approved.” Apps

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Ridgewood NJ, Two advocacy groups on have called on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether apps that Google’s Play Store labels as “Teacher approved” are unlawfully collecting personal data without parental consent to target ads at children.

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Lockdowns and School Closures Hurt Working Moms as well as Children

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Ridgewood NJ, Lockdowns and school closures have meant many women have had to stay home to care for children who can’t attend school in person. How many? Almost a million mothers have left the workforce and many won’t be returning any time soon if lockdowns continue.

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How to Keep Your Little One Entertained During Winter

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When winter approaches, you might think that there won’t be as many fun activities to introduce to your kids. After all, during the summer, you have countless activities to choose from, such as swimming, camping, and outdoor sports that you practice on the back like volleyball, not to mention that there’s always a summer camp somewhere. But, the winter season comes with its own charm and ideas. So, on that note, let’s take a look at how you can keep your little one entertained this winter.

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Childhood Memories That You Can Always Recreate with Your Kids

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Remember how fun it was being a kid? No responsibilities, running around with your friends, the world seeming like such a big place? Those feelings start to slow down a bit once you get into adulthood and you start to miss them more and more each day. Eventually, you end up having children of your own which is where the fun can begin again.

Introducing your kids to all the memories you made at their age is a great way to reconnect with your own youth and show your children the lifelong fun they can experience.

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Reader worries about , “a lot of bicycle accidents this summer”

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“Be prepared you’re going to see a lot of bicycle accidents this summer. There’s a lot of bicycles being sold. And with summer camps and swimming pools have been delayed opening, and especially most of our kids have very little experience riding a bicycle. That’s because we kept him locked up inside on the computer.”

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Ridgewood School Home School Day 6 ,Due to COVID 19

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Dear Ridgewood School Community,

We all made it through our first weekend of this period of home instruction. I am sure you needed rest. Please remember the Governor’s closure of schools is open-ended.  I wish I could give you a definitive timeframe, but that is unknown. When I have new information, I will let you know as soon as possible.

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Starbucks Manager Warns of Bike Riding Vandals

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Ridgewood NJ, the Glen Rock Starbucks manager Alicia Saige Whalen made this post on the “it takes a Ridgewood Village” Facebook page warning about groups of kids on bikes vandalizing the downtown.

“Attention moms and dads, I’m the glen rock Starbucks manager, but on behalf of the downtown Ridgewood Starbucks I just want to make sure parents are aware. There is a large group of children who plan on riding their bikes through Ridgewood this Saturday around 2pm. Last time they did this, they vandalized the downtown Ridgewood Starbucks and broke a sink in their bathroom. They ride throughout the town causing dangerous traffic conditions and run through stores knocking stuff over, wrecking flower beds, and playing chicken with cars. This causes dangerous situations for themselves and others. They plan to have the police involved to keep your children and the community safe. Just be aware and check in with your kids.”

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Forces that Drive Family Business Success

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Today, many people have family businesses. That’s great when all the members of the family work together and are focused on the same objectives. However, statistics say that not all family businesses can make it to their second and even third generation, but why? We decided to study this topic inside out. Having read this review, you’ll find out what particular aspects influence the development of the family business. What can unite families? What forces contribute to the development of family businesses? So, get comfortable and have a look.

Family Unity

Do you know what this term means? Unfortunately, not all families understand the meaning. It doesn’t matter from what country you or your wife are and how you got acquainted. Some couples meet each other at higher educational establishments whereas others use online dating services. All in all, it doesn’t matter.

Family unity is not about this. It is something bigger. Unified families work together; all the questions related to their business are of prime importance for them. They frequently organize family meetings and solve all the conflicts together. When each family member is interested in one and the same result, the success is guaranteed.

Children Learn Business Rules Since Childhood

All kids in this family know everything about this business. There’s a well-known saying which characterizes this situation best of all – they live in each other’s pockets. They see what their parents do every day. Parents frequently ask their kids to do this or that task. They know that it is necessary to invest in the next generation and they do this since childhood. However, successful families will never press their kids to come into their family business. Unfortunately, when children join their family business only because their parents force them to do this, in all probability, they will become poor successors. If the owner is interested in business development, the success is guaranteed. If no, nothing good will come out of it.

So, what should parents do to raise successful performing successors?

  • Parents should be passionate about what they do.
  • Show that this business is very important.
  • Show that it is necessary to be a responsive and reliable owner.
  • Raise them as leaders.

These parents will never yank their kids off the case.

Family Business is More Important Than Money

Keep in mind that successful families have a set of values to which they are committed, and these values are even more important than money. The main formula for success is to set the right goals. Everything should be planned. They know what particular goals they want to achieve, and they will go above and beyond to tackle those challenges. Furthermore, every family member works hard to turn all the ideas into reality.

Except for planning, it is also necessary to do something. Translating all these values into actions is their number one priority.

They Use New Innovative Tools to Run Their Businesses

Considering the number of all digital achievements today, it is a sin not to use them. Such tools as online advertising, e-commerce or social media are the best modern tools to promote your business. Unfortunately, previous generations couldn’t use them. The impact of modern technologies on business is great! Those family businesses for whom technology is a challenge aren’t successful. Therefore, if you see that parents can’t understand what technological achievements to implement, help them. The younger generation is usually more tech savvy.

One can run a successful family business only due to the powerful teamwork. Each family member goes under a full head of steam to achieve their goals. Simply put, the success of the family business depends on the desire of each family member to achieve common goals.