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Ridgewood Emergency Services Announces the Passing of Eugene “Gene” Connors

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Emergency Services announces the passing of Eugene “Gene” Connors :
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Eugene “Gene” Connors on April 13th at the age of 78 years old. Gene was a member of Ridgewood Emergency Services for the past 13 years, as both an EMT and a Special Operations member. Gene volunteered thousands of hours to the Village and was the recipient of the “Top Call” award in 2009. In August 2021, Gene became an Inactive Life Member. This is an honor for those members who have provided continuous dedicated service to the department for over 10 years. Gene had joined our department after retiring from his career as a school teacher. Gene had an active interest in sailing and also volunteered with The American Red Cross.

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Ridgewood Westside Reporting Power Outages

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Ridgewood Nj, electric power outages in sections of the Village’s west side may have been related to a downed tree in the 300 block of Godwin Avenue that took out two (2) utility poles when it fell early Saturday afternoon, 03/12.  No motor vehicles were hit when the tree fell, nor were any personal injuries reported.  Godwin Avenue was closed in both directions from Melrose Place to West End/South Murray Avenues as of 1300 hours.  Ridgewood Police, Ridgewood Fire Department, and Ridgewood Emergency Services personnel and vehicles responded to the incident.

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No Injuries Reported After Bricks Fall From a Building Façade on East Ridgewood Avenue

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Ridgewood NJ, no injuries were reported when several bricks from a building facade fell to the ground on busy East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood shortly after 4PM on Sunday, 03/06. Ridgewood firefighters rushed to the scene and quickly removed any remaining bricks that were loose, and cleared roof located debris that then allowed several feet of standing water to drain. A temporary sidewalk “walk-around” was established by Ridgewood Emergency Services personnel, who also assisted Ridgewood Police with motor vehicle traffic control during the incident. Anthony Merlino, Director of the Village’s Building Department, was also on the scene to assess the building’s structural integrity.

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Ridgewood Emergency Services holds its TIES (Teenagers in Emergency Services) training in CPR

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Emergency Services held its TIES (Teenagers in Emergency Services) training in CPR at it’s recent drill night. Over 40 High School students learning CPR for the first time and several refreshing their skills. They are the First Responders on scene when seconds count, be it at home, at school, on the street or at the mall. Learning CPR and volunteering with Ridgewood Emergency Services are valuable skills. The teens are our future EMTs, Paramedics, Doctors, Nurses, Police Officers and Firefighters.

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Saturday Night Cooking Oil Spill Closes Chestnut Street in Ridgewood’s Central Business District

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Ridgewood NJ, a containment vessel hose line of a single axle tanker truck carrying cooking oil ruptured on Chestnut Street, Ridgewood early Saturday evening, 02/12, while the truck was parked and its driver was servicing a nearby restaurant. An unconfirmed report was that 200-300 gallons of oil may have leaked, with an unknown quantity having spilled into a Chestnut Street located storm drain. Ridgewood Police, Ridgewood Fire Department , Ridgewood Emergency Services, and Bergen County HazMat personnel and vehicles responded to the incident. Clean-up, by a commercial contractor hired by the tanker’s owner, was expected to take several hours. The driver indicated to police that he was in the basement of the restaurant he was servicing at the time the hose line ruptured, and was made aware of the spill by a pedestrian who noticed the oil slick. Despite slick sidewalk and street surfaces, no injuries due to slips & falls were reported in the incident.

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Happy New Year from the Ridgewood blog !

Happy New Year

Wishing a happy, healthy and safe New Year!

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the Ridgewood blog will be resting up from our new year festivities today with intermittent posts , but we will be up and running  on Sunday January 2nd 2022

thank you for all your overwhelming support !!!

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Merry Christmas from the Ridgewood blog

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PJ Blogger and the entire staff of the Ridgewood blog would like to Wish you a very Merry Christmas!

We also would like thank, you our readers , advertisers , patrons and supporters for all your contributions this year !

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Twas the Night before Christmas

 

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Twas the Night before Christmas 

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

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UPDATE :Women’s Body Discovered in Leaf Pile Outside Ridgewood Home

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Ridgewood NJ, a homeowner living in the 100 block of Union Street, Ridgewood, who stepped outside to put a garbage can on the curb late Wednesday night, 12/01, discovered a dead body in a large leaf pile in front of his home. Several Ridgewood Police units responded immediately along with Ridgewood’s Emergency Services to the homeowner’s 911 telephone call and confirmed the gruesome finding. A paramedic team from The Valley Hospital formally pronounced the individual dead on location. Ridgewood Police Chief Jacqueline Luthcke, who was at the scene, said that the deceased was “known to the police department,” and that no foul play was suspected. Members of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Identification took photographs and inspected items found with the individual. Ridgewood Emergency Services personnel assisted with street closures and on-scene portable lighting.

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Heavy Rains and Flooding Bring Out Ridgewood Emergency Services Volunteers

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Office of Emergency Management reported that the Village of Ridgewood experienced severe flooding and multiple roads were impassable. Some homes have experienced flooding as a result of the volume of water.
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Long Time Volunteer and Former Science Teacher Retires from Ridgewood EMS

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Ridgewood NJ, Gene Connors, after 13 years of volunteer service to Ridgewood Emergency Services has now become an Inactive Life Member. This is an honor for those members who have provided continuous dedicated service to the department for over 10 years.

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NJ Transit Train Conductor Assaulted at Ridgewood Station

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Ridgewood NJ, one (1) adult male was apprehended by Ridgewood Police and subsequently taken into custody by NJ Transit Police in connection with an alleged Monday afternoon, 08/02, assault of an on duty, NJ Transit train conductor. The alleged assault took place on a Hoboken bound train, either at or near the Ridgewood station. Both the conductor and alleged assailant were injured. The conductor was transported by a Ridgewood EMS ambulance to The Valley Hospital. The alleged actor was treated at the scene before being placed in handcuffs, secured in the back seat of a NJ Transit marked patrol vehicle, and driven away from the train station for processing at an undisclosed location.

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Ridgewood Emergency Services Special Operations member Appointed to the Ridgewood Police Department

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Emergency Services congratulates Special Operations member Andrew Van Dyke on his appointment to the Ridgewood Police Department.

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Ridgewood Emergency Services Receives 26 Requests for Assistance between 630 and 930 pm During Tuesday Evenings Thunder Storm

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Emergency Services reported that Tuesday evenings  quick moving storm overran Ridgewood and the surrounding area last evening. Ridgewood Emergency Services responded to 26 requests for assistance between 630 and 930 pm last evening. 13 members responded in 5 vehicles to emergency situations involving wires down, trees down, lights out and road closures. Ridgewood Emergency Services worked alongside Ridgewood Police Officers and Ridgewood Firefighters, providing the assistance to keep everyone safe.

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A Short History of Memorial Day

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May 28,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance . “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.

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