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Ridgewood Merchants See Uptick in Traffic and Business First Weekend after Pedestrian Plaza Discontinued

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Ridgewood NJ, so this weekend was the first weekend since the pedestrian mall was discontinued and the central business district was jumping . The village seemed to have its old swagger back . Customers seemed to be able to find parking spaces , the annual  sidewalk sale seemed to draw them in in big numbers . Takeout , pickup and drop off flourished.  The weather moderated and many local merchants made their numbers for the first time in a while. All the amazing events in Van Neste park are still taking place and many restaurants saw overflow crowds in the evening.

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The Summer is here and there is no better time to enjoy all the Village of Ridgewood has to offer

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Ridgewood NJ, saying the Summer is here and there is no better time to enjoy all the Village has to offer than these next few weeks . Mayor Paul Vagianos offered a big  shout out to Nancy Bigos, Director of Parks and Recreation and her staff, who have worked hard to ensure that Graydon Pool, one of Ridgewood’s best amenities, is fully staffed with lifeguards for the first time since the pandemic.   We’re one of the only communities that still has a natural-fed pool, one that helps create fond summer memories for so many families.

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The Best Restaurants in New Jersey and Staten Island

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Are you looking for the best restaurants in New Jersey and Staten Island? Look no further! We’ve put together a guide to the top eateries across both regions that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. From classic favorite Italian dishes to fresh seafood delights, these fabulous locations are sure to offer something special for everyone. So if you’re feeling ready to indulge in an unforgettable dining experience, this is the blog post for you! Keep reading and let us show you some of our picks for the best restaurants across NJ & SI.

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Governor Murphy Proposed New Liquor Licenses Plan would Ban Private Sales, Effectively Rendering Current Liquor Licenses Worthless

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Michael I. Halfacre, Esq. is the Executive Director of the Beer Wholesalers Association of New Jersey and a former ABC Director.

Trenton NJ, Recently, Governor Murphy announced plans to make liquor licenses cheaper and more available in the Garden State. Specifically, the Governor’s plan would increase licenses by decreasing the population cap, currently set at one on-premise license per 3,000 residents. The Governor’s plan would do this gradually over five years after which there would be no limits on the number of licenses issued in the state. Under Governor Murphy’s plan, after five years, no license could be sold privately, effectively rendering current liquor licenses worthless and crushing their current fair market value. To address this loss, the Governor also proposes a complicated system of tax credits to compensate for the loss of the license value.  Unfortunately, a tax credit is worthless when your business does not turn a profit or goes bankrupt and could cost taxpayers billions to fund.

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How to Evaluate a Neighborhood When Choosing a Rental Property Investment

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If you want to invest in real estate, comprehensive study and evaluation are essential for locating a potentially profitable property. And most importantly, location plays a huge role before investing.  Continue reading How to Evaluate a Neighborhood When Choosing a Rental Property Investment

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the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce rolls out the Ridgewood Chamber Guide 2022

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce rolls out the Ridgewood Chamber Guide 2022 – All About the Village of Ridgewood with advertising from Ridgewood retailers, banks, professionals and restaurants. Check it out on our flipbook link: https://anyflip.com/puzs/mqpp/

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How to Find the Perfect Solution to Build Your Digital Menu Board

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Most fast food and casual restaurants now use digital menu boards for advertising their food. HD digital display panels and digital signage software make up digital menu board solutions, providing your consumers with the most satisfactory menu experience. In addition, they offer benefits that can’t be found in more conventional forms of printed signs. Instinctively, people’s minds are drawn to dynamic situations. Digital menu boards allow you to showcase your menu items with eye-catching animations, attracting more customers and increasing your sales.

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Economic Pessimism Grows as New Jersey Restaurant Operators Endure Weaker Business Conditions

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Ridgewood  NJ,  Soaring costs of food and utilities coupled with an ongoing hiring crisis are among the key issues impacting the industry that is still recovering from shutdowns and guest capacity limitations during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new survey released today by the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association (NJRHA).

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New Jersey Extends Permissions for Outdoor Dining to Support Restaurant Industry

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East Rutherford  NJ, Governor Phil Murphy today signed a bill (S-2364 [t.e2ma.net]) to extend expanded permissions for restaurants, bars, distilleries, and breweries to use fixtures and equipment enabling them to serve patrons outdoors in private areas, on sidewalks, and in other municipally-designated outdoor areas. The permissions were set to expire November 30, 2022 but will now be extended by two additional years to support the food and beverage industry, patrons, and local communities by facilitating opportunities to serve customers outdoors.

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30 NEW JERSEY NONPROFITS INCLUDING HEALTHBARN IN RIDGEWOOD TO RECEIVE $17.5 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR PROGRAM SUPPORTING RESTAURANTS AND FAMILIES IN NEED

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Ridgewood NJ, The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced plans to award grants totaling $17.5 million to 30 nonprofit organizations including HealthBarn Foundation in Ridgewood through Phase 3 of its successful Sustain & Serve NJ program. Sustain & Serve NJ provides eligible entities with grants to support the purchase of meals from New Jersey restaurants that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and the distribution of those meals at no cost to recipients. The additional $17.5 million in awards announced today brings total program funding to $52.5 million.

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SINGLE-USE PLASTIC STRAWS TO ONLY BE PROVIDED UPON REQUEST, EFFECTIVE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4th

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Ridgewood NJ, a provision of New Jersey’s commitment to reduce plastics pollution statewide will take effect on Thursday, Nov. 4 when food-service businesses may provide single-use plastic straws to a customer only upon request, the Department of Environmental Protection and NJ Business Action Center announced today.

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NJT REWARDS Debuts Next Month; Customers Can Earn Discounts and More at Shops, Restaurants and Attractions

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Ridgewood NJ, NJ TRANSIT customers will soon have the chance to save money at local businesses through NJT REWARDS, the new free NJ TRANSIT rewards program pilot where customers earn points towards purchases at participating local businesses. Beginning April 5th customers can join the program through the NJ TRANSIT mobile app and begin earning points, which can be redeemed for deals at participating local shops, restaurants and attractions as well as at participating national chains.

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Time to Lift Restrictions on Restaurant and Bar Hours Before It’s Too Late

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Ridgewood NJ, an Executive Order signed by Governor Murphy mandating bars and restaurants to suspend indoor dining between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. has been in place since the fall and continues to financially strangle the industry hit hardest by the pandemic. The 10th District Legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have released the following statement requesting that the Governor remove the 10 p.m. curfew in order to prevent these small businesses from closing their doors permanently.

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More Fake Science , Governor Murphy Vetoes Bill That Would Give Restaurants More Winter Flexibility

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Trenton NJ, Governor Phil Murphy vetoed a bill on Monday that he says would have allowed New Jersey bars and restaurants more freedom while operating outside amid the coronavirus pandemic. The bill would have permitted owners and operators of restaurants, bars, distilleries and breweries to continue to utilize outdoor spaces or public sidewalks as extensions of their business premises, Murphy said.

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NJ State Senatorial Candidate David Winkler Promotes Re-Opening New Jersey

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Kenilworth NJ , NJ State Senatorial Candidate David Winkler spoke at the Re-Open New Jersey event at  Ava’s Kitchen & Bar:

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