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November 20,2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Francesca Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta in Glen Rock and Francesca Pizza & Pasta in Elmwood Park recently presented checks to support the Ridgewood YMCA’s Living Strong, Living Well cancer patient and survivor program.

Salvatore Reina, owner of both restaurants, said “We wanted to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a customer recommended the Ridgewood Y’s Living Strong, Living Well Program. So from October 1st through 15th, our two restaurants each donated $1 for every large pie sold, raising over $900 between the two pizzerias”.

Amy Phillips, Development Director at the Ridgewood YMCA, said, “We are so grateful to Salvatore Reina for his generous donation in support of our Living Strong, Living Well Program”

Living Strong, Living Well is a 12-week strength and fitness program developed by Stanford University for cancer patients and survivors and is offered free of charge by the Ridgewood YMCA. The program also includes a 3 month Triangle membership to the Y.

Pictured from left to right, Amy Phillips, Ridgewood YMCA Director of Development, Carol Livingstone, Ridgewood YMCA Health and Fitness Director, Salvatore Reina, owner Francesca Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta and Francesca Pizza & Pasta, Rick Claydon, CEO of Ridgewood YMCA

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Gottheimer’s Principals : Raise Money who cares if Iran Builds a Bomb

Josh Gottheimer

Gottheimer’s Price Tag on his Principles: $462,520.00

September 20,2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Congressman Scott Garrett was an early and vocal opponent of President Obama’s nuclear arms deal, repeatedly announcing his concerns about the President’s framework in April 2015, voting against the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 in May, and denouncing the deal itself as soon as it was announced in July.

Meanwhile, Josh Gottheimer was waiting to see which way the political winds would blow before he took a stance. He was silent on President Obama’s framework for the deal in April and again in May, on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 – legislation that paved the way for the deal. He waited a full month before announcing his opposition to the deal itself – and even then, made sure to praise President Obama’s approach. Is it possible that the reason for Gottheimer’s delay in taking a stance on this crucial issue was the series of major Washington, DC fundraisers with Democratic insiders he had scheduled?

From April 2, 2015 when President Obama announced the framework for a deal on Iran’s nuclear program to August 17, 2015, Josh Gottheimer was silent on President Obama’s nuclear deal. Instead, he spent time leveraging his political insider connections to raise $462,520.00, thanks to his Washington, DC lobbyist friends.

Since announcing his “opposition” to the deal, he’s gone on to campaign and fundraise with Members of Congress who embrace the deal and are frequent critics of the State of Israel. He’s also refused to condemn the “ransom” payment to Iran.

Looks like Josh Gottheimer will say anything he needs to in order to get elected, but his loyalties are firmly with those trying to send him to Congress: Washington, DC Democratic lobbyists.

citation: Josh Gottheimer for Congress two year summary of itemized individual contributions attached, as downloaded from on Mon Sep 19 15:55:03 GMT 2016.

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Garrett Bill to Make it easier for American Innovators to Raise Money Passes House

Scott Garrett Bergen County
September 8,2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House passed a legislative package to help American innovators access capital that included Rep. Scott Garrett’s (NJ-05) Private Placement Improvement Act. The Accelerating Access to Capital Act, H.R. 2357, is a package of three bills that will help level the playing field and make it possible for small businesses to raise capital by lessening the burdens of complex and costly securities regulations imposed by Washington. Garrett is Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises.

“If we want bigger paychecks and more opportunity in New Jersey, it starts with ending the excessive regulations from Washington that are hurting our economy,” said Garrett. “Instead of clearing a path for success, federal regulations cost small businesses with less than 20 employees 45 percent more per employee than their larger counterparts, essentially stepping on innovators at a time when they are most vulnerable.

“The Accelerating Access to Capital Act recognizes that having one-size-fits-all federal regulations that make no distinction between someone just starting out and some of the biggest companies in the world is inherently unfair. We can, and must, level this playing field by tailoring regulations to smaller businesses to help the next great American success story. Today’s vote was a good first step.”

The Private Placement Improvement Act would prohibit the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from implementing onerous requirements on companies that raise capital through private channels. Despite statutory requirements to promote capital formation, the SEC has largely failed to prioritize streamlining regulations that could help small companies access investment capital.


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Ridgewood Officers Run in the NYC Marathon and raise money for charity.


Ridgewood Officers Run in the NYC Marathon and raise money for charity.

Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood PBA local 20 was proud to support Officer John Ward Jr and Sergeant Brian Pullman who ran the NYC Marathon on Sunday November 2nd 2014 raising money for the charity Racing to Register, an organization that’s main goal is to increase the number of potential donor’s available to patients of all races, ethnicities and ages, who are in need of a lifesaving bone marrow or stem cell transplants. 

Officer ward competed the race in 4:24:44 and Sergeant Pullman in 5:2646. congratulations! 

For more information on racing to register see the link below