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Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl Kicker and RHS Alumni Younghoe Koo had his First Encounter with a Football at Benjamin Franklin Middle School

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Ridgewood NJ, Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl kicker and RHS alumni Younghoe Koo had his first encounter with a football not until middle school. Born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1994, Koo’s upbringing centered around soccer, and he even clinched victory in a regional kicking competition in Korea.

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Bergen County Commissioner Ramon M. Hache Speaks to Students at Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro for Hispanic Heritage Month

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Teterboro NJ, RHS Alumni , former Ridgewood Mayor and current Bergen County Commissioner Ramon M. Hache spoke to the students at Bergen County Technical High School at the Teterboro Campus for Hispanic Heritage Month. Commissioner Ramon M. Hache spoke to your students about his Hispanic heritage and shared the story of my journey as an immigrant. Hache spoke to them from the heart about the difficulties of arriving in the U.S. without knowing any English, the opportunities, the sacrifices made by my parents, the impact of the values and culture on his career in the private sector and how I came to public office later in life.

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Ridgewood High School Alumni Association Hosted its Second-ever Homecoming Weekend

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Ridgewood NJ, this past weekend, the Ridgewood High School Alumni Association (RHSAA) hosted its second-ever Homecoming weekend, a three-day event featuring a Friday night lights football game and pub crawl, a Saturday afternoon front lawn party with live band and school tours, a Saturday afternoon ‘Chalk Talk’ hosted by Willie Geist (RHS ’93) with his former teammates and coaches from the 1991 State Championship football team, and finally, a Sunday morning inspirational talk and yoga session with Jim Stroker (RHS ’70).

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RHS Alumni Association : Ridgewood High School’s Homecoming Weekend, a three day event and Super Reunion

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Ridgewood NJ, it’s official! We’re one week away from Ridgewood High School’s Homecoming Weekend, a three day event and Super Reunion, October 8th-10th. Here’s an overview of the weekend you don’t want to miss:

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NEW RHS ALUMNI GEAR – SUPPORT RIDGEWOOD TALENT!

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Alumni Association is proud to announce the launch of new apparel and merchandise designed and produced by a talented pool of RHS graduates and Ridgewood owned businesses now available for purchase online. The collaboration brings unique RHS Alumni gear and apparel to market as part of a campaign to bolster donations, encourage participation in alumni relations programs, and strengthen communication and connections between alumni and the Ridgewood High School community.

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“Return to Shandalee: 1969 and The Summer of Love” a book by Jeff Krizan, RHS ’69

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Ridgewood NJ, With all the discontent surrounding the pandemic and national politics I thought it would be a good idea to divert our attention to an earlier time for a fictional “coming of age” story that I wrote about Chris Bronson, a 1969 graduate of Ridgewood High School. “Return to Shandalee: 1969 and The Summer of Love” is partly set in Ridgewood, NJ with references to Valley Hospital, Woolworth’s, Ridgewood Avenue, Van Neste Park, and many other places and people whose names I changed. Anybody from New Jersey over sixty reading my book can understand the references to “the Jersey shore,” foregone Catskill resorts, antiquated summer camps, and the current events of the time. All others who first fell in love when they were teenagers will understand the angst of it all but should be comforted by the tale of the central characters and how it shaped their future. “Shandalee” is a 5-Star novel available through Amazon in Kindle or paperback. It should take your mind off 2020!

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570 Village of Ridgewood Residents signed a Petition to Eliminate the Ridgewood School Budget Vote

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Ridgewood NJ, according to North Jersey media 570 Village of Ridgewood residents signed a petition to eliminate  the Ridgewood School Budget Vote. A proposed ballot question would ask voters to approve moving school board elections, held annually in April, and Village Council elections, held bi-annually in May, to the November general election date. Thereby eliminated the annual school budget vote and public oversight over the massive $115 million dollar School budget .

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Reader Warns ,”This movement needs to be actively discussed at the village hall and with BOE, officially”

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“This movement needs to be actively discussed at the village hall and with BOE, officially. We can’t pretend that the woke religion isn’t a serious issue. It is very serious, ask residents in burned down, boarded up neighborhoods across the country.

While I respect individual parents’ decision to raise their kids in their own way, the village must vocally and unequivocally reflect values that vast majority of residents espouse. And I have no doubt that includes respect for the flag, freedom of speech and critical thinking.

All it takes for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing.”

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Ridgewood High School’s 125th anniversary at the “Party in the Park” Tonight!

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May 19,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, So it safe to say this is really happening!, hundreds of people who love and support Ridgewood High School will gather under this beautiful tent on Veterans Field to celebrate 125 years of excellence. It will be a total and complete celebration of a place that has educated thousands .

Food stations, hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and speciality drinks — along with musical entertainment — will help celebrate Ridgewood High School’s 125th anniversary at the “Party in the Park” on May 19

Word is they are dangerously close to selling out, there is still room for a few more. Same day registration will be open. Party in the Park 2017.

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12th Annual Wiffle for Cancer Tournament at Ridgewood High School

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Annual Wiffle for Cancer is June 12

May 15,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, This year’s Wiffle for Cancer tournament, in memory of 2004 RHS grad Nick Currey, will take place at noon at RHS on Sunday, June 12, rain or shine. Participants are invited to put together a team of 3 to 5 players and register at www.wiffleforcancer.org . There is a $50 registration fee per team.

All proceeds benefit the Nick Currey Fund and are used to support research to find a cure for Ewing sarcoma. For 11 years running, proceeds from the tournament have benefited the Nick Currey Fund for Ewing Sarcoma Research.

Players of all ages are welcome. For further information about the tournament and the Nick Currey Fund, as well as online registration, visit www.wiffleforcancer.org . Any questions should be directed to Ralph Currey at wiffleforcancer@gmail.com. Click here for additional details.

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How To Get Hired Right Out of College With The Right Internship

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April 6,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Improving economic conditions have finally caught up to millennials, providing them with a brighter job market, according to the United States Department of Labor.

But a recent Federal Reserve Bank of New York report says the devil is in the details. Not all new college graduates are doing equally well. The kind of degree they earned is an enormous factor in the job hunt.

“There’s no question that your field of study significantly alters your prospects, but even having chosen the right field is no guarantee,” says Matt Stewart, an entrepreneur and co-founder of College Works Painting (www.collegeworks.com), an internship program that provides practical business experience for college students.

How you approach your field, such as engagement at an internship, can boost your professional prospects immensely.” 

For example, interns with College Works Painting operate their own house-painting business with hands-on guidance from mentors. They learn valuable leadership skills by functioning as leaders in a business.

“Unemployment for our alumni has remained at less than 4 percent, including when youth unemployment exceeded 16 percent a few years ago,” Stewart says. “This kind of challenging yet fun student experience helps ensure a good career for college graduates right out of the gate.”

He offers tips about what students should look for in an internship so they can gain the professional experience they need to land a job after graduation.

• Know what you will actually be doing.  While simply being in a company’s culture has value, many businesses assign students to their lowest-level work. Grunt work, to some extent, is a fact of life in most professions. But that kind of work won’t propel a student’s career. Consider an internship that gives you real responsibility and provides experiences that will definitely come in handy in your future career.
• Consider a company’s internship recognition. Don’t accept an internship with just any organization. Think about the business awards the company has won, the type of articles that have been written about the company, and how the company contributes to their industry and community. If you can, get information on how other former interns fared.
• For any student, real experience is crucial. Whether you’re an artist, athlete, musician, theater major, English student, a STEM-field student, or a business major or future entrepreneur, getting experience often comes with a heavy price. This includes the loss of personal or family finances. Look for opportunities that provide guidance while allowing you to apply skills to real-life challenges such as budgeting, marketing, and managing employees. These are transferable skills that apply to any industry.

“Regardless of how the economy is doing, you’ll want to put forth your best effort,” Stewart says. “As we’ve seen, the market can take a nosedive at any time.”

About Matt Stewart

Matt Stewart is co-founder of College Works Painting (collegeworks.com), which provides business experience for thousands of college students each year. The award-winning program also offers high-quality house-painting services for homeowners.

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11th Annual Ridgewood Alumni Art show Starts tonight

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January 7,2016
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Ridgewood NJ, This is just a sneak peak of our 11th Annual Alumni Art show. The photos don’t do it justice…come see the show in person. There’s so much more to see and so much talent! Our reception is this Thursday, 1/7 at 7:00 pm.

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11TH Annual Ridgewood High School Alumni ART SHOW!

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Call for Entries: 11TH ANNUAL RHS ALUMNI ART SHOW

The RHS Department of Fine & Applied Arts will host the eleventh annual Alumni Art Show, of work created after graduating from RHS.

Entries are due in the RHS Arts office by Wednesday, December 9.

Questions may be directed to the Department of Fine & Applied Arts at 201-670-2800, ext. 20542, or by email to Arts Supervisor Chris McCullough (cmccullough@ridgewood.k12.nj.us).

The show will be mounted in the Carroll Art Gallery, Room 137.  An artists’ reception will be held on Thursday, January 7 at 7 p.m.

All students, alumni, friends, family and staff are invited to the reception as well as to view the exhibition during school hours.

Event information and other news is continually updated on the Arts at Ridgewood Public Schools Facebook page,  www.facebook.com/TheArtsatRPS

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Calling all RHS grads!!

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Calling all RHS grads!! The newly formed RHS Alumni Association is looking to connect with reunion chairs/committees/class officers.

Please personal message Paul McCubbin RHS 1977 @ paulmccubbin at gmail.com with your contact information. Also if you have not done so already, please also join our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/291604630869240/ .

Many new and exciting efforts coming this spring, so stay tuned.

PS. If you are unsure of who your chair is, please also let us know. Trustee Barbara White French RHS 1960 is in the process of working on this issue.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Coincidence connects veterans, Ridgewood High School graduates

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Coincidence connects veterans, Ridgewood High School graduates

NOVEMBER 6, 2014    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2014, 2:48 PM
BY JODI WEINBERGER
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Paul Grassey was in one of 23 B-24 bomber planes when about a dozen German ME 262 fighter jets attacked.

“We were supposed to bomb a couple of airfields and the Germans broke through,” Grassey said, retelling one of the more memorable of the 13 missions he flew during World War II.

It’s luck, he said, that’s gotten him to 91 years old, surviving through his time as Second Lieutenant with the 8th Air Force, which suffered more than 47,000 casualties and 26,000 deaths during the war.

Although the U.S. was able to “out-manufacture the Germans” with bomber planes, Grassey wasn’t sure how they would fare against the new jets.

https://www.northjersey.com/community-news/coincidence-connects-veterans-1.1128444