Let’s talk about the “abbot districts” as established by NJ Supreme Court.
The state mandate the same $$$ is spent per student in every district.
Nice thought, but it won’t work. Why?
The teachers union objects to school choice so underperforming lazy tenured teachers can slide while the students do not learn.
More important is that in Paterson , an abbot district, students only need to attend in order to progress from one grade to another, and get a diploma.
So let’s get the secret out… A diploma from one of these districts is as worthless as a piece of toilet paper.
If the motivate students could choose a school to attend, with a voucher, they would excell.
But thanks to the NJ teachers unions it will never happen. They own Gov Murphy
Ridgewood NJ , Join Pro Arte in the last concert of the season, and the last concert with 2017 Grammy nominated Maestro Steven Fox. “Masters of Baroque” – Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel Coronation Anthems. This will be a spectacular concert featuring members of Clarion Orchestra, NYC, and Soloists Esteli Gomez and Mikki Sodergren. Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the event, or discounted tickets online: www.proartechorale.tix.com
For more info www.proartechorale.org or 201-497-8400.
Ridgewood NJ, 2018 Bergen County Historic Preservation Awards – The Dedicated Life honoring Isabella Altano, recipient 2018 Preservation Leadership Award, posthumously. Isabella worked tirelessly to save the historic Zabriskie-Schedler Jersey Dutch framed house.
“Isabella Cirilli Altano, 63, Ridgewood, New Jersey. Born in Molfetta, Italy, she came to America in 1969 at 15, settling in Jersey City, where she met her future husband, Brian Altano. The couple has been married for 39 years. Isabella earned an A.A. from Bergen Community College (B.C.C.), a B.A. from Columbia University, and a Masters in Architecture from Pratt Institute. She practiced architecture in Bergen County, specializing in educational facilities and hospitals. She was also an adjunct professor of Design at B.C.C., where she taught for 20 years. An indefatigable community activist, she spearheaded the drive to preserve the Zabriskie Schedler House in Ridgewood and have a park constructed on the property. She was also on the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of Bergen County and a member of the Ridgewood Planning Board and the town’s historic commission.”
Early (Dec. 2016) detection, and accurate characterization, on this blog, of the early stages of Voigt’s politically-motivated demonization of Knudsen and Sedon prepared Ridgewood for what was to come during this past campaign. Subequent exposure by this blog of the coordinated plans and behavior of Voigt, the three amigos (plus Sonnenfeld), Vagianos, and the others mentioned, ensured that Ridgewood residents would stay “in the know” and avoid the enormous mistake of voting for Harwin or Willett. THAT SAID: Absent the salutory intervention ofTheRidgewoodBlog.com, radical progressive tactics would have been successful in deforming Ridgewood’s local political scene and Voigt would now be planning to enjoy his upcoming stint as our mayor. We are really very lucky that free speech is prevailing here. Don’t take it for granted.
Ridgewood NJ, The Village of Ridgewood Health Department would like to remind residents that 2018 dog license renewals are due during the month of June. A $20 late fee will be charged for all renewals received after June 30, 2018.
The Ridgewood FREE dog rabies clinic and micro chipping event will be held on Wednesday, May 23rd from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Graydon Pool Parking Lot on Northern Parkway.
The health department will be sending renewals notices via email. If you do not have an email address please call our office and request a renewal to be mailed to you.
Renewal applications may also be obtained by visiting our website at www.ridgewoodnj.net or coming in person to the Ridgewood Health Department, 131 North Maple Ave. The office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. Please call 201 670-5500 ext. 502 with questions.
New Jersey law requires owners of all dogs seven months of age or older to be registered with the town where they live. In order for the license to be issued, the owner must present proof that a licensed veterinarian has vaccinated the dog against rabies and that the duration of immunity from that vaccination does not expire before May 1, 2019. To receive the discount for a spayed or neutered pet, proof must also be provided.
Village of Ridgewood Health Department 131 N. Maple Avenue Ridgewood, NJ 07451 Ridgewood to Hold Dog Rabies Clinic and Micro Chipping Event Wednesday, May 23rd
If a council member does not complete his or her four-year term, the four remaining council members may appoint someone to take his or her place. Then, at the next regularly scheduled village council election, the appointed person may run or not.
This is very unusual but it happened only 8 years ago when Annie Zusy (elected in 2008) died in June 2010 after less than two years in office. The council was entitled to appoint a new council member but decided for various reasons to wait until the general election that November, when the slate of anyone who wished to run for village council (and fulfilled all requirements) could be added to the (already jammed) ballot. That election was expected to attract more voters than the usual village council election because it included a representative to the House (Garrett was reelected to District 5 by almost 2 to 1) .
The village council spent the intervening months with four council members. In November 2010, Stephen Wellinghorst was elected to complete Annie’s term, which he began immediately. When Zusy’s four-year term ran out in mid-2012, Wellinghorst could have run for reelection, but to the surprise of many, he didn’t.
Ridgewood NJ, A Subaru parked on Katherine Road in Ridgewood was a casualty of Tuesday afternoon’s wind and rain storm. A PSE&G trouble shooter had disconnected power to this area moments before these photos were taken.
Ridgewood Police Department ,”There are numerous locations in town with trees and power lines down. Treat all wires as if they are live and stay away. To report a power outage call PSEG 1-800-436-PSEG (7734). “
Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police took the adult female driver of a red colored, 4-door, Ford Fusion into custody for suspected DUI after a Maltbie Avenue, Ridgewood resident called 911 to report a vehicle had driven into his driveway and struck his unoccupied/parked car on Wednesday afternoon, 05/16. Midland Park Police assisted Ridgewood officers with the investigation and arrest. As the home’s residents watched from their front lawn, a flatbed tow truck removed the suspect’s seemingly undamaged car from the driveway and took it to an impound facility. No injuries were reported in the incident.
Ridgewood NJ, according to the Ridgewood police department ,the Touch a Truck event scheduled for today 5/17/18 at Van Neste Square Park has been cancelled to do inclement weather. There is no rain date at this time.
The Touch a Truck event was scheduled to take place from 9am to 2pm .
The dog rabies clinic and micro chipping event scheduled for yesterday 5/16/18 at Graydon pool parking lot was postponed due to weather.
As soon as we know the new dates or any information we will pass it on .
Ridgewood NJ, An Appellate Court ruled today that the right to request records under the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) is not limited to New Jersey residents. The ruling upheld a lower court opinion in Burlington County and reversed lower courts in Cape May and Atlantic Counties. The three cases were consolidated for the purpose of the Appellate Court’s review.
“We conclude that the reference to “citizens” — found in N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 and nowhere else in OPRA — expresses the Legislature’s general intent to make New Jersey government records open to the public, rather than expressing an intent to limit access to only New Jersey residents or domiciliaries. Because the more specific provisions of OPRA refer to “any person,” and because OPRA is to be construed broadly to achieve the Legislature’s over-arching goal of making public records freely available, we conclude that the right to request records under OPRA is not limited to “citizens” of New Jersey.”
Today’s Appellate Court ruling has statewide application. See NJFOG’s website here for background.
Ho Ho Kus NJ, Numerous summonses were issued to the driver and registered owner of a tractor trailer that got stuck on the Glenwood Road, Ridgewood hill leading up from the Ho-Ho-Kus train station on Wednesday afternoon, 05/16. Police officers from Ho-Ho-Kus Police, Ridgewood Police, and NJ Transit Police were dispatched to the incident. The truck was finally freed from its predicament when a heavy duty tow truck winched it up the hill. Motor vehicle traffic was rerouted until the roadway was clear.
Ridgewood NJ, Anyone interested in running to serve on the Ridgewood Board of Education? Currently the school budget is over $110 million and makes up the majority of the Village of Ridgewood’s property taxes.
Last contested Ridgewood School Board election was in 2012.
If you are considering serving on your school board, take advantage of NJSBA’s online briefings that provide details about the responsibilities of serving on a local board of education. NJSBA’s online briefings include three videos that address leadership, legal issues, and the role of a board member. Candidates can also listen to a recorded online radio broadcast, “What Board Members Need to Know When They’re Elected.”
July 30 4 p.m. is the deadline for candidates to file nominating petitions with the county clerk.
Nov 6 Annual School Election NOTE: Board members must undergo criminal history record checks through the New Jersey Department of Education within 30 days of election or appointment.
WASHINGTON DC , Two major priorities of Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) have been included in the draft text of the fiscal year 2019 U.S. Department of Transportation Appropriations Act. The Northeast Corridor rail projects could earn up to $2.2 billion in new funding included in the bill and language Lance inserted into the draft text will create a reimbursement program for local airports and businesses shuttered due to the protection of President Trump at the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey.
“Without a new tunnel under the Hudson River the movement of people and goods up and down the East Coast will grind to a halt. That has been my message to colleagues in Congress and we are winning new bipartisan support in our effort to advance this national priority,” said Lance, who led the effort to protect similar funding in the fiscal year 2018 spending measure.
Lance also worked effectively with the Appropriations Committee to include legislative language to create a federal reimbursement system for airports and businesses forced to close due to Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) imposed while President Trump is at Trump National or in Florida. $3.5 million will go to reimbursing those grounded by TFRs.
“It is a matter of fairness that airports and businesses grounded by no fault of their own see some type of compensation. Protecting the President and First Family is the highest priority, but accommodations should be made for those where livelihood is reduced when the President is in town,” Lance continued.
The Northeast Corridor ($650 million), State of Good Repair ($500 million) and Core Capacity ($550 million) and New Start ($500 million) Grants all could contribute to projects related to a new tunnel under the Hudson River, including the Gateway Tunnel and Portal Bridge Project. These funds and new resources for grounded flights still need to go through the legislative process and pass both federal chambers. Lance worked diligently to secure these priorities in the bill, but lawmakers can attempt to target line items in the bill. Such an action occurred last year when a lawmaker from North Carolina offered an amendment removing the Gateway funds. Lance led the effort to defeat to the amendment when it was offered on the House Floor. When the U.S. Senate failed to advance last year’s spending measure, Lance and other pro-Gateway lawmakers successfully secured the funding in the omnibus appropriations package.
“These are major wins for the Garden State that would not have been possible without the leadership of New Jersey’s own Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen,” Lance concluded.
Ridgewood NJ, RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE, Bergen County, NJ, is seeking a full-time Management Assistant for the water utility. The responsibilities of the position include: 1) assists management by providing a variety of customer service-focused administrative functions for the utility; 2) gathers, organizes and summarizes data or information for report preparation and analysis; 3) communicates throughout the day with utility customers across various mediums, including but not limited to the frequent answering of customer service phone calls, responding to emails, updating the utility’s website, and corresponding with customers via utility messaging platforms; 4) investigates problems and/or complaints and recommends solutions to management team; 5) reads, researches and routs correspondence, drafts letters, memos and other documents for the utility; 6) utilizes various software tools and databases for the maintenance of utility records and consumer correspondence; and 7) helps relieve the manager of administrative detail related to the utility. The candidate is required to have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. The candidate must have the ability to learn and utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the utility. Experience in the water utility industry a plus. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to: Donna Omelianuk, Administrative Assistant, Village of Ridgewood, 131 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Village of Ridgewood is a Civil Service municipality and E/O/E. Deadline for applications is June 1, 2018.