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United Nations Climate Chief Says We Only Have Two Years Left to Save the Planet

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Ridgewood NJ, no need to save for retirement, the head of the United Nations climate agency has issued a stark warning, emphasizing that humanity has a narrow window of just two years to enact significant changes in its approach to emitting heat-trapping gases. This urgent call to action is compounded by the pressing need to secure the necessary financial resources to facilitate this monumental transition.

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North Jersey Man Fined for Unlawfully Removing 32 Trees

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Kinnelon NJ, A a former resident of Kinnelon, New Jersey, has agreed to pay fines totaling approximately $13,000 for illegally removing trees from a neighbor’s property last year, according to the town’s municipal prosecutor. Grant Haber, formerly of the Morris County borough, faced charges for unlawfully removing 32 trees, but ultimately pleaded guilty to the removal of 18 trees in an agreement reached on Monday. Prosecutor Kim Kassar revealed that some of the trees cut down did not meet the borough’s criteria for removal. Each removed tree carries a potential fine of up to $1,000 according to Kinnelon’s code. The court imposed fines of $700 and $300 on Haber and the tree service, respectively, for each tree removed, along with additional court fees of just under $600 each. Haber and the tree service, Choco Tree Services, confirmed the guilty plea but offered no further comment. Kinnelon’s tree removal ordinance mandates that violators must replace the removed trees with a comparable or superior species at their own expense and ensure their care for two growing seasons. In a previous hearing, Kassar estimated the cost of replanting and caring for new trees on the neighbor’s property could exceed $1 million. The court has scheduled a restitution hearing for April 19, but Kassar declined to comment further on the proceedings. Haber sold the Kinnelon property in November 2023 for $1.8 million, according to deed records.

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Tree Planting in the Central Business District and in Village of Ridgewood Residential Areas is Now Underway

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Ridgewood NJ, according to the Village Manager Keith Kazmark,  tree planting in the Central Business District and in Village residential areas is now underway! Thank the Shade Tree Commission and the Village of Ridgewood  Parks & Recreation Department for their advocacy and work in maintaining our tree canopy through the Village. The Healthy, noninvasive plantings will benefit us all.

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RHS Green Club Plants 7 More Trees Around Stevens Field

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Ridgewood Nj, the RHS Green Club is making the district a bit greener! The Green Club planted 7 more trees- chestnut oaks- around Stevens Field at Ridgewood High School!

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A Tree Grows in Ridgewood: Shade Tree Commission Plants Saplings in the Orchard Section of the Village

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Ridgewood NJ, according Ridgewood Village Manager Keith Kazmark, “despite the rain, a crew of volunteers were out this past weekend with our Shade Tree Commission, planting saplings in the Orchard section of the Village. Thanks to all those who lent a hand promoting this important effort.”

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More Trees For Ridgewood’s Central Business District

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Ridgewood NJ, according to Village Manager Keith Kazmark , Phase 3 of the street revitalization Project will begin this Fall . The Village of Ridgewood will be relacing trees in the wells along Oak, Chestnut ,Walnut streets and Franklin Avenue in the Central Business District . The trees were chosen specifically to thrive in Ridgewood’s downtown , provide more shade in the summer , better air quality and create a more beautiful downtown. 

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The Invaluable Role of Trees in Enhancing Neighborhoods

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Ridgewood NJ, the word is the Village of Ridgewood intends to cut down 186 mature tress at the Schedler property . Imagine a neighborhood without trees. The absence of these towering sentinels of nature would render such a place barren, stark, and lifeless. Trees are more than just botanical entities; they are living treasures that significantly enrich our neighborhoods. Their value extends far beyond aesthetics, and their presence contributes to a healthier, more vibrant, and happier community. In this essay, we will explore the myriad ways in which trees enhance the value of neighborhoods.

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Disadvantages and Dangers of Artificial Turf Fields

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Ridgewood NJ, Artificial turf fields have gained popularity due to their durability, low maintenance requirements, and year-round usability. However, they also come with several disadvantages and potential dangers:

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Falling Tree Branch Crushes Car in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, an adult couple from Rockland County, NY escaped injury when a large tree branch fell onto their Honda SUV late Tuesday afternoon, 07/18. The accident occurred in the 300 block of South Irving Street, Ridgewood. A tow truck removed the totaled SUV from the scene. Ridgewood Police responded to the incident.  No Injuries reported.

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RHS Green Club to Plant Seventeen New Trees at Stevens Field

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Ridgewood NJ, the RHS Green Club is hosting a tree planting event at Stevens Field on Saturday, April 15 at 9am to plant seventeen new trees! Come for an hour, come for the day! There will be a demonstration at 9am of how to plant the trees!

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Ridgewood Planning Board Meeting: Implementation of Master Plan

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PLANNING BOARD

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE/AGENDA

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Village Hall Court Room – 7:30 P.M.

(all timeframes and the order of agenda items below are approximate and subject to change)

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February 2 was Joyce Kilmer Day in Mahwah!

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Mahwah NJ, of the many artists and writers who lived in Cragemere, poet Joyce Kilmer may be the most famous. Kilmer was born December 6, 1886, in New Brunswick, NJ. He moved to Cragmere in 1912, while working as a special reporter for the New York Times Magazine. A fellow commuter would recall that Kilmer was never dressed for work on time and was busy putting himself together on the school bus that dropped them off at the train station.

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How to Keep the Deer From Eating Your Garden

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Ridgewood NJ, we often think about deer as being beautiful creatures and a reminder that we’re not as distant from the natural world , but they also can be pests when population of deer becomes too high.  In Village of Ridgewood , like many towns in Bergen County the Ridgewood blog is hearing reports damage deer are doing to to residents gardens and the fear of Lyme disease .

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Tour Promotes the Village’s Commitment to Increasing/maintaining the Tree Canopy

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Ridgewood NJ, please come and invite your friends, neighbors, and acquaintances to this wonderful tour led by Carolyn Jacoby, a member of the Shade Tree Commission.
You can sign up here: https://signup.com/go/fSmSrTe

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