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Balancing Renovation and Moving Budgets: Tips for Homeowners

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You’ve decided to embark on a transformative journey –  renovating your home and moving to a new space.  While both endeavors hold immense potential for creating your dream living environment, they can also strain your finances. But fear not!  This guide will equip you with the knowledge and strategies to navigate the exciting (and sometimes daunting) task of balancing renovation and moving budgets.  

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Ridgewood Library Renovation: The Best-laid Plans of Mice and Men

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by Steve Kim

Ridgewood NJ, If you want more details on how the Library renovation discussion has evolved over time… past Library Board minute excerpts:

* Minute excerpts from 2015…
Reissue of Architectural Schematics RFP Ms. Greene reported:
Ms. Greene recapped that in late summer 2014 the Library issued an RFP for architectural schematics and received proposals from three architects. At the October 2014 meeting, the Board authorized the use of up to $70,000 from Library reserve funds to select an architect.

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Reimagine the Ridgewood Library Public Forum

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MON, JUN 10  7-8PM | Open Public Forum

Ridgewood NJ, All Ridgewood residents invited to attend an open public forum on Library renovation concepts.
We look forward to sharing ideas.
Conference Room, 3rd floor
Please register here.

Also introducing: the Reimagine website,
Information about Reimagining the Ridgewood Public Library. 

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Trustees begin talks on renovations to Ridgewood Library


JULY 21, 2015    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2015, 9:35 AM

The Ridgewood Public Library will likely get a makeover in the near future.

Earlier this month, the library’s Board of Trustees discussed potential interior changes to the building and listened to renovation ideas pitched by architects.

Nancy Greene, the library’s director, said there are three major needs for the new library. The first, she said, is a more efficient use of the floor space.

“A lot of the space is used by book stacks, and we want to condense the stacks and turn the space where they are into open public space,” she said. “We don’t have enough tables for people to study.”

The added floor space will allow the library to expand its children’s and teen sections, Greene said, noting that the library “doesn’t have a great facility for them” in the existing space. Additional space will also open the opportunity to create more meeting rooms.

“People come in to meet, and the library doesn’t have enough to offer them,” she said.

The library’s second need is improved natural light.

“Nowadays, people don’t come take out a book and go home. They stay in the library,” Greene said, explaining the need for “welcoming” light.

Third, she said the board needs “to identify the cost once they identify the architect,” giving them an estimate of how much the whole project will cost.

Once they find out which plan is best for the community, the board can request municipal funding from the council.

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As many are aware, The Stable, which houses Ridgewood’s Department of Parks and Recreation, is undergoing some exciting renovations. New bathrooms and an outdoor shelter area will be available on the lowest level, while the main level will receive a new meeting room, much needed storage, and an updated kitchen.
Office hours will remain weekdays, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and we will continue to host our regular programs. Should we feel the need to move any programs as work progresses, we will notify all participants in advance and be sure the move is a convenient one.

Don’t hesitate to call the Recreation Office with questions – 201-670-5560.

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The Stop & Shop in Ridgewood to close during renovations


The Stop & Shop in Ridgewood to close during renovations

JULY 10, 2014    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014, 3:18 PM

The Stop & Shop in Ridgewood is temporarily closing its doors for a five to six-week renovation, which began on Thursday.

According to Kenny Demchak, assistant store manager, the entire store will be remodeled over the summer, although the floor layout will remain the same.

“We will be adding new floors, redoing shelves and fixtures, adding new signs and expanding our natural and organic food section,” said Demchak.

The second floor pharmacy and liquor store will remain open for customers throughout the renovation, with new store hours for those departments changing during the remodeling.

Parking on the Stop & Shop grounds will be prohibited and strictly enforced throughout the renovation, except for patrons shopping at the pharmacy and liquor store.

An exact date on when Stop & Shop will reopen its doors remains uncertain.

“If all goes according to plan, we hope to reopen by Labor Day and before school begins,” said Demchak. “We will keep customers notified of our reopening by posting updates on our website and with signs in our Ridgewood store windows.”

New pharmacy and liquor store hours are as follows: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.

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