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Council Candidate Ramon Hache clears up “Special Needs ” Comments

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March 24,2016
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood Nj, Council Candidate Ramon Hache further explains his statement regarding the effect high density housing on the Village schools and educational special needs programs .

“It seems some of your readers may have misinterpreted my comments regarding special needs children. The point I was trying to make is that this is a multi-factor model and we have to take all the factors into consideration. It’s the only way we can plan properly to ensure that we don’t strain our educational system and diminish the quality of both traditional and special needs programs.  I think it’s wonderful that Ridgewood’s educational programs are highly sought after, particularly the special needs program.”

Candidate Hache comments caused some controversy and seemed to be misinterpreted in our view,

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Ridgewood High School Alumni Association is currently accepting nominations for this year’s Distinguished Alumni event

RHS trustees rocking the newest samples of golf shirts

RHS trustees rocking the newest samples of golf shirts. Coming to the website in 2016
December 3,2015

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ , Ridgewood High School Alumni Association is currently accepting nominations for this year’s Distinguished Alumni event. The event will take place on Thursday, March 10th, 2016. The deadline for nominations is January 23rd, 2016.

Please submit all nominations via the website ( under the Contact Us section. Please make sure to include the full name of the graduate, year of graduation and a brief write up detailing the person’s distinguished achievements. Any questions or inquiries can be sent directly to

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False Alarm Set off by Contractors summons Ridgewood Police

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False Alarm Set off by Contractors summons Ridgewood  Police
September 17,2015
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, The owner of a store front business establishment on East Ridgewood Avenue in Ridgewood inadvertently tripped his hold-up/panic alarm, and then failed to provide the correct “all clear” password to his central station alarm provider early Thursday afternoon, 09/17.

The first uniformed Ridgewood PD officer dispatched to the incident encountered a locked front door and observed the owner inside with two (2) adult males. Based on the circumstances at hand, numerous backup units were summoned to the scene. As the unknown males exited the premises, they were surrounded and detained until it was determined that they were contractors working for the owner, who had erroneously provided an incorrect “all clear” password to his central station alarm provider. No shots fired, no body slams by RPD – true professionals.
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Ridgewood Water Stage 4 Water Restrictions Now In force



Dear E-Notice Resident,

Due to the very dry conditions that we have experienced over the last few months, we have deemed it necessary to invoke a Stage 4 irrigation ban. Beginning immediately, there will be no irrigation allowed other than using hand-held spray nozzles – these hand-helds can only be used on Tuesdays and Saturdays for odd-numbered houses and Wednesdays and Sundays for even-numbered houses. No irrigation of any kind is allowed on Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of obeying these restrictions – this is a public safety issue – our firefighters need to have the necessary water and water pressure to be able to fight fires and we also need to maintain reserves for household use.

As you are aware we have ratcheted up enforcement over the last several weeks issuing over 50 summonses and hundreds of warnings. This has had some impact but unfortunately we need to take this further – so, I have taken the additional step of appointing more Village employees who will have the authority to issue summonses in order to achieve a higher rate of compliance.

We will continually monitor our water supply. Hopefully we will not need to also ban hand-held watering but this may still be a possibility…..let’s hope for some rain! For up-to-the-minute restriction status, please visit our website at

It really does take all of us to address these types of problems. Thanks for your help and support,


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Developmentally disabled adults get red carpet experience in Ridgewood


JULY 24, 2015    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2015, 1:14 PM

The Park West Tavern Loft will host a special event for developmentally disabled people Friday night.

The event, titled “Club LOU ’15 Summer Blast,” will feature dancing and fun as the participants are taken out for a “night on the town.”

Life Opportunities Unlimited, a Ridgewood-based charity, is the driving force behind the occasion.

“Life Opportunities Unlimited is a human service agency that provides residential and day program services to adults that have developmental disabilities,” said Gail Tamirian-Mandeli, head of the organization.

The charity, founded in 1995, has a number of homes throughout area towns and a day program in Ridgewood.

People from all over will be coming to the event, giving the participants an opportunity to meet new friends.

“From living in our group and other agencies’ group homes, to living in the community with their parents, to living on their own in Orchard Commons in Allendale, people come from every place,” Tamirian-Mandeli said.

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NJDEP Uncovers illegal dumping at Village Compost Site


July 18,2015
Boyd A. Loving

Ridgewood NJ, I have received word from several sources that an NJDEP inspector recently uncovered evidence of illegal dumping at the Village’s compost site on Lakeview Drive.

The illegally dumped materials were reported to be composed of concrete; word on the street is that they might be old sidewalks and curbing dumped there by a contractor who worked in the past for the Village.

Further word is that a Village employee MAY have knowingly authorized the disposal of these materials there; this has not been confirmed as yet though.

Let’s wait and see if anyone’s head rolls as a result of the huge fine sure to be levied by NJDEP, and paid for, of course, by taxpayers.

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R.H.S. Softball Brings Sectional title to Ridgewood


JUNE 5, 2015    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015, 12:31 AM

RIDGEWOOD — In the biggest game of the season last Friday, Ridgewood High School pitcher Lisa Higgins needed a few pitches to get her bearings straight.

The Maroons’ star right-hander fell behind Morris Knolls leadoff hitter Marina Castalluzzo, 3-0, before coming back to strike her out to start the North 1, Group 4 final. Higgins struck out the next two batters, and another pitching masterpiece was underway.

Rachel Pizzuti’s fourth-inning RBI double with two outs broke up a scoreless tie, and Higgins pitched her fourth shutout in as many state playoff starts, allowing just three hits and a walk in a complete-game 2-0 victory to clinch the school’s first sectional title since 2009 at Veterans Field.

“We’ve been a team that goes about our business all year round, so for them to really enjoy this moment was so fun to watch,” head coach Patti Auger said.

The celebration had to be quick for five Maroons who would be heading to that evening’s prom, but senior first baseman Kali Wolfer decided to take her time relishing the moment anyway.

“Winning this, my senior year, I don’t even care if I’m late for prom,” said Wolfer, one of the squad’s co-captains. “I’m not going to remember prom in 20 years; I’m going to remember this game. This is the biggest feeling right now.”

Ridgewood’s chase for a State Group 4 title ended Wednesday in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Bridgewater-Raritan at Mike Sheppard Sr. Field at Ivy Hill Park in Newark. Higgins was outstanding again, allowing just two runs on five hits in taking the hard-luck loss.

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MAYOR’S OFFICE HOURS FOR RESIDENTS – Saturday, September 6 – 8AM – 10AM


MAYOR’S OFFICE HOURS FOR RESIDENTS – Saturday, September 6 – 8AM – 10AM

Mayor Paul Aronsohn holds office hours for Ridgewood residents the first Saturday of every month. On September 6th the time will be adjusted due to Coffee with the Council at 10AM. Mayor Aronsohn will meet with residents on Saturday, September 6th from 8AM to 10AM in the Council Chambers (Sydney V. Stoldt, Jr. Court Room) on the fourth floor of Ridgewood Village Hall. 

For an appointment to meet with the Mayor, please call the Village Clerk’s Office at 201-670-5500 ext. 206. You may come to the Mayor’s office hours without an appointment, but those with appointments will be given priority.

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Reader asks What would the Readers want the Village Council to look for when hiring the new Village Manager?


Reader asks What would the Readers want the Village Council to look for when hiring the new Village Manager?

Reader :The residents should not worry about nepotism in this town. They should worry about politic cronyism.

Reader: I would like to see someone who is not affiliated with any member of the Council past or present.

Reader:Cronyism is partiality to long-standing friends, especially by appointing them to positions of authority, regardless of their qualifications. Hence, cronyism is contrary in practice and principle to meritocracy. Lets see who this Concile appoints as the Village Manager