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Borobabi Holds Grand Opening and Ribbon-cutting and Ceremony in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips joined Village of Ridgewood Mayor Susan Knudsen, Councilmen Paul Vagianos  and the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce for the Borobabi grand opening and ribbon-cutting and ceremony. Borobabi is located at  80 E. Ridgewood Avenue .

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Glen Rock Mayor Bruce Packer : “Ridgewood Water rates continue to reflect rate increases that a judge struck down because the Village decided that she was wrong”

Glen Rock Mayor Bruce Packer

July 1,2018

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Glen Rock NJ, Glen Rock Mayor Bruce Packer had some choice words on his Facebook page for the Ridgewood Village Council and Ridgewood Water .

Packer states, ” The Ridgewood Village Council chose to ignore the facts set out by the expert hired by Glen Rock, Midland Park, and Wyckoff which made it clear that the Ridgewood Water rate increases of the past were not justified as previously pointed out by a judge and they have reinstated the rate increases that the judge had voided.
In short, your Ridgewood Water rates continue to reflect rate increases that a judge struck down because the Village decided that she was wrong. The Village was empowered by the judge to make this decision and, to me, this outcome is no surprise as they had a choice between admitting that money was historically misappropriated or not admitting that money was misappropriated. They chose the former as they continue to dispute clear facts that have now been laid out in court and during the rate hearing.
The meetings from 6/24 (7 hours long) and the one from a couple of days ago where the decision was made, are now on YouTube (see below).
Once I know our next steps, I will let you know.
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Reader says we are led by people that don’t know that eventually you run out of other people’s money


This is a great example of why this state is failing. The Federal government increases the pain we all feel by changing the property tax deduction which lowers our property values and the state increases the taxes on the decreasing value of our property. This in turn makes staying in NJ less viable, which again, lowers our property values. Instead of realizing that we need real structural changes in the state to bring the fiscal house in order, we are led by people that don’t know that eventually you run out of other people’s money.

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Reader says Voigt Will Never be Mayor of Ridgewood

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“That said, Voigt will never ever get that honor because one must have respect of his or her colleagues to be voted in and Voigt has ZERO respect or credibility.”
Mr. Voigt deliberately forewent the possibility of gaining credibility or the respect of his colleagues when, mere months after his mid-2016 election to office, he embarked upon an incredibly cynical campaign to destroy the personal and political reputations of the mayor and deputy mayor (most particularly those of the mayor).
And yes, this mini-campaign of his was absolutely intended to be a stepping stone on the way to Mr. Voigt becoming mayor himself. It was clear to those with eyes to see as early as December 2016 that Mr. Voigt intended with his cantankerous behavior and insulting words to bring about the replacement of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor with two new Voight-dependent lackeys willing to combine their votes with his, and thereby eventually (i.e., right about now) elevate him to the office of mayor.
That’s how one becomes mayor of Ridgewood without bothering to gain any credibility or the respect of one’s Village Council colleagues.
Don’t fool yourself, 11:14am. Mr. Voigt’s plan could have worked. And it certainly would have, absent the disinfecting action of copious amounts of sunshine to which he was exposed from December 2016 onward, courtesy of his unimpressed neighbors and

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Village Council Reorganization Meeting Today at Noon !

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July 1st 2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Even a state shut down will not stop the Village reorganization meeting. The public is invited to the Village Council Reorganization Meeting, scheduled for Sunday, July 1, 2018 at Noon in the Sydney V. Stoldt, Jr. Court Room. Susan Knudsen and Michael Sedon will be sworn in for their new 4 year terms. Village Council members will vote to determine the offices of Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the new Village Council.

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Ridgewood Water does not add fluoride to your drinking water



July 1,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Water does not add fluoride to your drinking water.Water hardness in our service area is 14 grains or 250ppm.
If your water is discolored, (gray, brown, yellow, orange) this is most likely due to minerals building up in our water mains. These minerals are harmless, but as more people start watering their lawns and turning on sprinkler systems, these minerals can loosen and end up in the water supply. This discoloration can also occur when Ridgewood Water does routine maintenance on it’s facilities that increases the velocity in the mains. Although it is aesthetically unappealing, it is safe to drink. We recommend avoiding doing laundry until discoloration clears.

If your water has a cloudy or milky appearance this is usually caused by air dissolved in the water. We recommend to take a glass of cold water from the tap and set it on a flat surface. If the water begins to clear from the bottom up within a few minutes, it can be concluded that dissolved air is the cause of the cloudiness. If the water does not clear up or you notice particles settling on the bottom of the glass please contact our treatment facility at 201-670-5526 and notify them of your issue.

If your water has a unusual taste or odor, please contact our treatment facility at 201-670-5526.
Ridgewood Water does not make recommendations as to water filters or softeners.

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The Spirit of America’s Story: The Wall is a Traveling Exhibit Commemorating Our Country’s Fight for Freedom from 1775 to Present Day

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June 30,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, “The Wall is a richly illustrated visual story of America’s struggles for freedom, a visual walk through our country’s history and our fight to be free. Our goal is to capture and preserve the spirit, the sacrifices and rich history of the American people. We do this by honoring those men and women in uniformed service who have and are currently serving and protecting our way of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness both here and abroad.” (Quotation excerpted from Courtesy of Stanley A. Kober .

The Wall is a visual timeline of every major conflict our country has ever faced and see the challenges our military had to overcome. Students of every age were impressed as well as the adults that viewed this display. They left with a clearer understanding of our history and a heartfelt response of patriotism. I cannot believe this group came to our school and did this for such a low cost. They were with us all day, presented to every group that dropped by and then stayed for our evening band concert and presented to all parents that attended. Very professional!” —Teacher


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In the event of a New Jersey state government shutdown, all NJ TRANSIT services will continue to operate on their regular schedules


June 30,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, In the event of a potential state government shutdown, all NJ TRANSIT services will continue to operate on their regular schedules.

NJ TRANSIT will offer “early getaway’’ rail and bus service on Tuesday, July 3, for the benefit of customers leaving work early in anticipation of the Independence Day holiday on Wednesday, July 4. In addition, there will be service changes throughout the NJ TRANSIT system on July 4.

To help speed the getaway, customers are reminded that they can enjoy the convenience of purchasing tickets through the MyTix feature on the NJ TRANSIT mobile app.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Beverages of any kind, in any type of container, open or closed, will not be permitted on board train/bus/light rail cars. This policy will be strictly enforced. As a reminder, beverages of any kind are not permitted at any time on board buses regardless of the event.

On Tuesday, July 3:

Starting at approximately 1:00 p.m., extra outbound service will operate on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines to accommodate early customer departures. Visit for details.

Many bus lines will feature service adjustments throughout the day. Visit more information.
All light rail systems will operate on regular weekday schedules.

On Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4:

Trains will operate on a weekend/major holiday schedule on all lines, with these additions:
Additional Bay Head-Long Branch trains on the North Jersey Coast line (which began service 6/24); see NJCL timetable for details HERE.
An additional train departing Port Jervis at 4:09 p.m., which makes all stops to Suffern, then operates express to Secaucus Junction and Hoboken.
NJ TRANSIT will adjust Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) for the Jersey City Freedom Fireworks Festival at Exchange Place.

Between 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

At the request of public safety officials, beginning at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. light rail vehicles will travel through Exchange Place but will bypass the Exchange Place stop. Customers will not be able to board or exit light rail vehicles at Exchange Place during this time. Customers may use Essex St. or Harborside as alternates.

Beginning at 2:00 p.m.:

Tonnelle Avenue and Hoboken Terminal southbound trains will terminate at Harborside.
West Side Avenue and 8th Street northbound trains will terminate at Essex Street.
There will be no direct light rail service from 8th Street to Hoboken Terminal or from Tonnelle Avenue to West Side Avenue.
Normal HBLR service will resume when the New Jersey Transit Police Department determines it is safe to reopen Exchange Place to light rail traffic.
Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule.
River Line will operate on a Sunday schedule.
Bus service levels will vary by line. Visit for more information.

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The bike lane to nowhere for no-one

Bike Lane Traffic Easing Ridgewood

June 30,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, on the Ridgewood blog yesterday several readers discussed the,” bike lane to nowhere for no-one” . A  reader asked , “Speaking of the bike lane to nowhere, didn’t the police department recommend portions be removed and didn’t the Village Council pass a resolution to have the work done? Well, it’s still there.”

As far as we know the “bike lane to nowhere or the suicide bike lane” is still there and still leads to nowhere .

While another reader said , “Correction Rutishauser said he would do something and he didn’t. He’s in charge and he as usual, ignored what the residence demanded. And he ignored what the Council told him to do, he should be fired.”

Another reader asked , Please don’t remove the bike lane yet. After all these years, I want to see someone actually use it. Right now, it’s the bike lane to nowhere for no-one. ”


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Ridgewood Retail Food Establishments Q2 2018 Inspection Report


June 30, 2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Retail Food Establishments Q2 2018 Inspection Report . The Q2 report shows no restaurants in the Village  with an unsatisfactory  rating .

The retail food establishment operator shall post the most recent evaluation placard in a conspicuous place so the public may view the placard. The evaluation placard shall identify that the establishment is one of the following:

Satisfactory The establishment has been found to be operating in substantial compliance with N.J.A.C. 8:24 and Chapter 156 of Village Ordinances.

Conditionally Satisfactory The establishment has been found not to be operating in substantial compliance with N.J.A.C. 8:24 and Chapter 156 of Village Ordinances. Due to the nature of these violations, a re-inspection is required and will be conducted.

Unsatisfactory The establishment has been found to be operating in violation of N.J.A.C. 8:24 and Chapter 156 of Village Ordinances and the violation(s) constitute gross unsanitary or unsafe conditions which pose an imminent health hazard. The Health Department shall institute necessary measures provided by law to assure that the establishment does not prepare or serve food until the establishment is reevaluated and the conditions which warranted the unsatisfactory evaluation no longer exist.

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June 30,2018
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Ridgewood NJ,The Ridgewood Library will be available over the weekend to cool off, on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m

The National Weather Servic has issued an Excessive Heat Watch, which is in effect from Sunday afternoon through
Monday evening.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES...In the upper 90s on Saturday afternoon and
  early evening. Up to 107 in the afternoon and early evening
  Sunday and Monday.

* TIMING...Highest heat indices will occur in the afternoon and
  early evening.

* IMPACTS...Extreme heat can cause illness and death among at-
  risk population who cannot stay cool. The heat and humidity may
  cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.


A Heat Advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees
for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to 104 degrees for any length of time.

An Excessive Heat Watch means that the combination of heat and humidity could create a dangerous situation in which heat
illnesses are possible. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous
activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight
and loose fitting clothing when possible, and drink plenty of water.

Seniors and those with chronic health problems or mental health conditions are at increased risk. Homes without air conditioning
can be much hotter than outdoors.

Use air conditioning to stay cool at home or go to a place that has air conditioning. Check on vulnerable friends, family members
and neighbors.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks
in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke
is an emergency! In cases of heat stroke call 9 1 1.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has issued an Air Quality Action Day for the following counties...


An Ozone Action Day has been declared! Ozone is forecast to reach the unhealthy for sensitive groups category for locations
along the I-95 corridor of New Jersey due to light winds, record high temperatures, and abundant sunshine. Sensitive individuals
including the very young, the elderly, and persons with respiratory diseases such as asthma, should avoid strenuous outdoor activities
during the afternoon and early evening hours.

For additional information...please visit the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Web site at...
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Ridgewood Water Meets Erin Brockovich


June 29,2018

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Ridgewood NJ,  Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently released a report raising concerns about the presence of chromium 6 – also known as hexavalent chromium – in public water supplies.  Hexavalent chromium, a suspected carcinogen, is the contaminant made famous by the 2000 movie “Erin Brockovich.”

Ridgewood Water shares the EWG’s concern for water quality and public health protection. Water utilities currently monitor for “total” chromium, of which hexavalent chromium is a component. Most public water utilities, including Ridgewood Water, are in compliance with the existing standard.

The Safe Drinking Water Act, which was established to protect the quality of drinking water, requires a rigorous scientific approach for evaluating contaminants for regulation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been looking at health effects data on hexavalent chromium. Ridgewood Water has been testing for this substance as part of the unregulated contaminant sampling program which provides data to EPA for scientific evaluation.

It’s important to remember that detecting a substance in water does not always imply a health risk. The key question that researchers seek to answer is whether the substance presents health concerns at the level it is detected. That’s why the federal regulatory process requires EPA to examine potential health impacts of the substance, paths of exposure and occurrence data. A thorough evaluation of all this data increases the likelihood that new regulations will offer meaningful risk reduction.  Ridgewood Water is committed to meeting all regulatory standards for public water supplies including any new requirements for hexavalent chromium that may be instituted.

For more information on chromium in drinking water, please refer to the following links:

Chromium by the numbers

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HVAC Upgrades at Village of Ridgewood Municipal Building, Ridgewood, New Jersey

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June 29,2018

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Sealed bid proposals will be received by the Village of Ridgewood, in the Village Hall Level Four Courtroom, 131 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450, on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. prevailing time, and then publicly opened and read aloud for the following project:

“HVAC Upgrades at Village of Ridgewood Municipal Building, Ridgewood, NJ”

The principal items of the work of the project include: Existing bypass boxes for the RTU’s are to be replaced. The existing Trane Varitrac III DDC controls BMS shall be upgraded to a new BACnet open protocol BMS with new front end workstation. Install new bypass boxes associated with three (3) existing packaged rooftop HVAC units, AC-1-3-5, AC-2, and AC-4. The discharge air pressure of the three (3) RTU’s shall be increased by changing the fan/motor sheaves. Integrate existing HVAC system Trane DDC controls and upgrade the DDC controls to a new web-based BACnet open protocol BMS with new front end computer and provide new graphics for entire HVAC system. Functional performance verification and commissioning of all RTU’s, VAV boxes, and associated reheat coils and bypass boxes. Replace three (3) existing ductless split AC units with new units. Detailed testing, adjusting and balancing of all three (3) RTU’s (in terms of outside air, return air, supply air, economizer, maximum outside air), all air outlets and air inlets on all floors (including balancing partially ducted floor by floor return air ducts). Rebalance outside air for all three (3) RTU’s. Provide one (1) spare fan motor of each type (rating) for all three (3) RTU’s. Replace defective VAV boxes, damper actuators, and other related work for a complete project.

Specifications and bid forms may be obtained by mail from the office of LAN Associates, Engineering, Planning, Architecture, Surveying, Inc., 445 Godwin Avenue, Midland Park, New Jersey 07432, for a non-refundable fee of $75 per set of bid documents. Documents may be examined or picked up in person between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 445 Godwin Avenue, Midland Park, NJ 07432, Monday through Friday. Prospective bidders requesting bid documents be mailed to them shall be responsible for providing their own postage/delivery service remuneration. No Specifications and/or Proposal forms shall be given out after 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2018.
A non-mandatory Pre-Bid Conference & Walk-Through for the purpose of considering questions posed by all Bidders will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the lobby of the Ridgewood Municipal Building, 131 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. It is RECOMMENDED that Bidders attend the Pre-Bid Conference for purposes of clarifying specific information concerning the Project work, hearing other Bidders’ questions regarding various aspects of the Project and the answers thereto, and learning the manner of proper completion and submission of the Bid Documents to ensure a responsive Bid. A Bidder’s failure to attend the Pre-Bid Conference is at its own risk.
The contractual obligation of the Village of Ridgewood under this Contract for these items is contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds from which payment for this Contract can be made.

Prices quoted must be net and exclusive of all Federal, State and Local Sales and Excise Taxes. Bids may be submitted in person or by mail prior to the bid opening, addressed to the Office of the Village Clerk. The Village assumes no responsibility for loss or non-delivery of any bid sent to it prior to the Bid opening.

Each bid must be enclosed in a sealed envelope with the name of the bidder thereon and endorsed, “HVAC Upgrades at Village of Ridgewood Municipal Building, Ridgewood, NJ” and must be accompanied by the following: a certified check, cashier’s check, or Bid Bond (Schedule B), drawn to the order of the Village of Ridgewood for ten percent (10%) of the amount bid, or $20,000, whichever is less; a Consent of Surety (Schedule A); a Corporation or Partnership Statement (Schedule C); a Non-Collusion Affidavit (Schedule D); a Statement of Responsibility (Schedule E); and the Disclose of Investment Activities in Iran (Schedule I). Any award or awards may be made at a later or subsequent time or meeting of the Village Council. All required schedules, that is Schedule A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and I, are required to be submitted on the forms attached to the bid documents. No other forms will be accepted.
The successful bidder shall comply with all applicable provisions of the PrevailingWage Act, as determined by the New Jersey Department of Labor. All contractors, their subcontractors, and material suppliers shall comply with all applicable provisions of the Public Works Contractor Registration Act, pursuant to Public Law 1999 Chapter 238 and the Contractor Business Registration Program, pursuant to Public Law 2004 Chapter 57. Evidence of satisfactory registrations shall be submitted at the time of the bid. All bids submitted shall contain a copy of the bidder’s New Jersey Business Registration Certificate and a copy of the bidder’s Certificate of Employee Information Report.
The successful bidder shall furnish and deliver to the Village of Ridgewood a performance and payment bond in the amount of 100 percent of the accepted bid amount as security for the faithful performance of the Contract. Additionally, the successful bidder shall furnish policies or Certificates of Insurance required by the Contract. In default thereof, said checks and/or bid bond and the amount represented thereby shall be forfeited to the Village of Ridgewood as liquidated damages, not as a penalty.

Proposals submitted by Bidders and/or Bidder’s Insurance Company(ies) not chartered in the State of New Jersey, must be accompanied by proper certificate(s) from the Secretary of State, indicating that such Bidders, Bidder’s Insurance Company(ies), and/or Surety Company(ies) is (are) authorized to do business in the State of New Jersey. The Village of Ridgewood reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive any informalities or to accept a bid, which in its judgment best serves the interest of the Village. No bids may be withdrawn for a period of sixty-days (60) after the date and time set for the opening of bids.
“BIDDERS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF N.J.S.A. 10:5-31 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 17:27). A complete statement as to these requirements is included in the specifications.”
By Order of the Village Manager

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Cool Down at Graydon Pool

Ridgewood Graydon Pool

June 2 through Labor Day, September 3, 2018
Early Season – June 2 through June 21
Weekdays – 12 noon to 7:30 pm
Weekends – 10 am to 7:30 pm
Regular Season – June 22 through August 12
Daily 10 am to 7:30 pm
**Holiday**, July 4th, closes 4 pm
Late Season – August 13 through Labor Day, September 3
Weekdays – 12 noon to 7:30 pm
Weekends/Holiday – 10 am to 7:30 pm


Village priced memberships are available to Ridgewood residents, non-residents who pay local property taxes to the Village of Ridgewood, and employees of the Village of Ridgewood and Board of Education. Proof is required.
***Purchase resident adult and child badges between April 1 and April 30 to receive a 10% discount.***
ADULT – $120.00
CHILD – (ages 2-15, under 2 free) $110.00
SENIOR – $30.00 (62 and older)
LATE SEASON ADULT MEMBERSHIP – $60.00 (available August 1st)
LATE SEASON CHILD MEMBERSHIP – $55.00 (available August 1st)
DAILY PASS – $10.00

The Village Council and the Ridgewood Department of Parks and Recreation are pleased to invite all families in the surrounding area to join the Graydon Pool facility for the summer season.
ADULT (ages 16 and up) – $200.00
CHILD (ages 2-15) – $175.00
GUEST PASSES (must be accompanied by a current season member)- $10.00

Purchase all badges from the comfort of home via CommunityPass (Visa and Mastercard accepted). In person assistance is available daily at the Graydon Badge Office, on site at the pool facility. Hours vary by season dates.