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Ridgewood Police Department Chief for the Day, Oliver Oloumi

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Ridgewood NJ, Residents of Ridgewood, allow the Ridgewood Police Department to introduce you to our Chief for the day, Oliver Oloumi, a bright 4th-grade student from Somerville Elementary. Chief Oliver stepped into the shoes of Chief Lyons for a day filled with exciting activities and important responsibilities.

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UPDATES: Reports of a Black Bear Roaming the area near Somerville School in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, There is a black bear currently roaming the area near Somerville School.  I suggest you take your dog in if it’s outside right now. Ridgewood Police officers are on the scene monitoring the situation.

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Residents Say Closure of Glen School Pickleball Courts is a Form of Age Discrimination

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Ridgewood NJ, Age Discrimination is Live and well in Ridgewood. Earlier today the Village announced that it was closing the Glen School Pickleball Courts and the Tennis Courts until March 22. However they will keep the tennis courts at Somerville open for Tennis only. The PB Courts are frequented by many people. However many seniors use the Courts. Its their only form of exercise during Covid. This was done by the village in an arbitrary and capricious manner without any public comment. The fact that other like venues remain open is discriminatory. The fact that lacrosse soccer baseball and tennis are allowed to remain open clearly is a contradiction. The Ridgewood Pickleball Association has 153 members The bulk are seniors. This unilateral action by the Mayor not the Recreation Dept. clearly indicates that she has no concern for the Seniors in her community. Please reach out to the Mayor and have her rescind this order

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Ridgewood Superintendent Bans Parent From School Properties


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Ridgewood NJ, according to sources a parent is alleged to have made threats against a the principle of Somerville elementary school after a mix up over his children’s recess activities . The on incident on January 8th of this year became so incendiary Ridgewood Police were dispatched to the school.

Superintendent of schools Daniel Fishbein has banned this parent from school properties and the family has retaliated by suing the district.

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Pedestrian struck on East Ridgewood Ave near Somerville

Pedestrian struck on East Ridgewood Ave

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October 8,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood PD, FD, and EMS personnel responded to a “pedestrian struck” report on Friday, 10/07 at approximately 1900 hours. The incident occurred on East Ridgewood Avenue near Somerville Road. With the assistance of a paramedic team from The Valley Hospital, the victim was evaluated on location before being transported by ambulance to Hackensack University Medical Center’s Trauma Unit. The extent of the victim’s injuries were not made public at the scene. The driver of the vehicle involved remained at the scene and was cooperating with police.

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Ridgewood PD Joins “Otto the Auto” at Somerville School

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October 6,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Patrolman Dibenedetto assisted Otto the Auto at Somerville school today as they spoke with the students about pedestrian safety.

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Church League in Ridgewood gets the Shaft with Field usage

May 3,2016
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Ridgewood NJ, the Church League is once again getting the shaft with field usage in the Village. In recently procured emails ,the Ridgewood blog has learned that Church League officials will not know until Friday night  whether they have fields available for the weekend .

“We have had a number of Somerville NW and SE uses on Sunday afternoons this
year.  Any use would be subject to being checked with me on Friday to
confirm if still available and which field.”



I am not sure what you are saying.  Can we are can we not have fields.  I do
not understand why I league that is now 25 years old and is part of the
community cannot get fields.


The Church league has been around for 25 years .Clearly this is no way to run a season . But the bigger question remains who is using all the taxpayer funded fields 24/7 in the Village of Ridgewood . Who are these people playing sports into the late hours and where do they come from? Why does the Village really have a filed shortage ? Who decides who plays and who does not and who screens who is playing to begin with?

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Ridgewood fathers find the funny to raise funds

Ridgewood fathers find the funny to raise funds

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The controlled chaos that rumbled inside Somerville School last Thursday was rather soothing, as if everyone was comfortable within the confines where 200 or so men clamored around chomping on sandwiches and downing soft drinks from plastic cups. It was, after all, a Dads’ Night rehearsal – what were the chances that an event arranged solely by men would start with anything but a little ruckus?

The tradition-filled, 68-year history of Dads’ Night, the all-male variety-show fundraiser benefitting students at Hawes and Somerville schools, permits those brief moments of madness. But with this year’s team, everyone has been on the same page since day one; last week’s commotion was more a call to get the motor running, a plea to get the show on the road.