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Reader says the Ridgewood Garber Square fiasco and cost us 5 times the amount that the grant was for

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A grant for bike lanes under the Complete Streets program led to the Garber Square fiasco and cost us 5 times the amount that the grant was for,. Now we have another grant and we’re using it to fix Van Neste Park which everyone seems to feel is in great shape! What happened to the old adage, ” If it isn’t broke,don’t fix it” ?

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Ridgewood Mayor Aronsohn disregards “No dogs in the Park ” Ordinance

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April 28,2016

Anne Loving

Ridgewood NJ, Mayor Aronsohn After stating that my question would be answered “at the end of public comments” this evening, you then chose to ignore my question and end the meeting. Even when I attempted to remind you that I had an unanswered question, you refused to follow through on your word that questions would be answered and allow the Village Attorney to address the issue.
No problem, I answered it myself by looking at the Village Code (pasted below).  As I already knew, dogs are prohibited from most Village parks, so you as well as anyone else who had dogs at the event last Sunday were in violation.  How convenient that you chose to ignore my question rather than admit at the public meeting that you broke the law.  And for your information most, if not all, of these parks have signs stating this law.

As I indicated, I completely disagree with this ordinance and firmly believe that dogs should absolutely be allowed in all Village Parks.  It is my experience that humans create much more waste in parks than dogs do, as witnessed by the countless cigarette butts, soda cans, candy wrappers, and water bottles that are found scattered about.  In general, I think dog-owners tend to be very cautious about picking up after their pets.  Many towns even provide “poopie bag” dispensers to make clean-up extra convenient.
I would love to see this ordinance rescinded.  But until or unless that happens, dogs are prohibited in the parks listed below.  It is always good to know – and obey –  the local laws, especially when you are an elected official.

§ 212-29Dogs.

Dogs are hereby prohibited from certain parks as follows: Citizens Park, Graydon Park, Maple Park, Pleasant Park, Twinney Pond Park, Van Neste Park and Veteran’s Memorial Field.
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Gold Star Mother’s Day Sun, September 27, at Van Neste Park

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Gold Star Mother’s Day Sun, September 27, 2015 Time: 7:00 PM

Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, E Ridgewood Ave and Oak St

Gold Star Mother’s Day Sunday, September 27, 2015 AND
Join us at VAN NESTE PARK, Ridgewood, NJ for our 5th annual ceremony and lighting of luminaries.

Ceremony starts promptly at 7:00 p.m.You may also honor our nation’s Gold Star Mothers by placing a luminary at sundown, Sunday, September 27, 2015, at the end of your driveway and away from anything that can catch fire. Before the ceremony, luminaries will be available for a donation at the following location:
Residence of Bob Paoli, Commander, American Legion Post #53,
at 368 N. Pleasant Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. 07450
Call 201-445-1738 to arrange time to pickup
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Saylestock is Sunday, April 26 from 12–7 p.m. at Van Neste Park

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Honoring the memory of a former RHS graduate, Matthew Sayles (Class of 2003). Matt lost his battle with salivary duct cancer in November, 2011, at the age of 27. His family has created this musical/artistic event in his memory.

One of the bands (Alex Bleeker and the Freaks) features Alex Bleeker (Class of 2004) who is also in another band, Real Estate, which performed on the David Letterman show last year. Also in the Alex Bleeker and the Freaks band is Nick Lenchner (Class of 2003).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GP9XEcOtjbc (Real Estate on David Letterman show). And, Hot Fries is a current Ridgewood High School band.