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Home & Garden Tips: Snow and Ice Tips to Protect Yards This Winter


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Ridgewood NJ, With the pandemic keeping people sheltering at home, more people are extending their outdoor time in the winter by adding fire pits, outdoor heaters and other features. Even in the wintertime, it’s important to take care of your yard. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, an international trade association representing power equipment, small engine, portable generator, utility vehicle, golf car and personal transport vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, offers tips to keep your yard in top shape for winter use.

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How to Keep Your Home Comfortably Warm Before Winter Comes


Many people dread the winter season because of how hard it can be to get warm and cozy during those cold months. However, you don’t necessarily have to feel cold or uncomfortable. With some simple and cost-effective tips, you’ll be able to keep your home comfortably warm, even on the coldest winter nights. Read on to learn how to prepare your home for winter. 

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How to Keep Your Little One Entertained During Winter

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When winter approaches, you might think that there won’t be as many fun activities to introduce to your kids. After all, during the summer, you have countless activities to choose from, such as swimming, camping, and outdoor sports that you practice on the back like volleyball, not to mention that there’s always a summer camp somewhere. But, the winter season comes with its own charm and ideas. So, on that note, let’s take a look at how you can keep your little one entertained this winter.

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New Jersey State Police remind you to leave a little extra time and a little extra space

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Ridgewood NJ, the New Jersey State Police remind you to leave a little extra time and a little extra space. 

Although winter is still a little over a week away, cold temperatures and winter weather are upon us nevertheless. Parts of North Jersey are expected to get some light snow tomorrow morning and into the afternoon, which could create hazardous road conditions.

Now, meteorologists aren’t predicting a blizzard, but light snow can still create dangerous driving conditions. The best thing you can do to help us and crews tasked with treating and clearing the roads is to avoid driving during inclement weather if you can. Less traffic creates a safer environment for the men and women working on the roadways during inclement weather.

But we do know that many of you will have no choice but to drive to work. Fortunately, there are few things you can do to keep yourself and others safe when driving on snow-covered roads. First, you can #SlowYourRoll! Driving at speeds too fast for the road conditions is often a contributing factor in snow-related crashes and spinouts. These types of crashes not only put our Troopers in danger, they also put you, your occupants and other emergency personnel (like tow-truck drivers and first responders) in danger as well. Other cars spinning out of control are deadly to pedestrians at a scene.

The next best thing you can do is to leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front of you should you have to brake unexpectedly. Even anti-lock brakes are not enough to stop a slowing or stopping car sliding on slick, snowy roads. Oh, and plan to leave for work a little earlier. Because you’ll be rolling slower, right?

Troopers will be on patrol to assist you if you need us. Hopefully, you won’t require our services. Snow is expected to start in the morning. Snow totals will vary depending on where you live with some areas getting a wintry mix. For more in-depth updates, go to the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management Facebook page.

Be safe, people!

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O’Scanlon: Over-Brining NJ Roads is a Large-Scale Waste of Taxpayer Funds


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Trenton NJ, Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) released the following statement addressing numerous recent incidents of unwarranted brining of State roadways.

“The lack of government response and preparedness for the first winter storm of the season was clearly a failure,” Senator O’Scanlon said. “Although it was somewhat ameliorated by the moving target forecast, there’s no question we should have been better-prepared, and more on top of the treacherous situation as it evolved.

“However, the answer for that failure is NOT to waste obscene amounts of taxpayer money by over-brining roads, every time the temperature dips below 40 degrees.

“Now, whenever you go outside on a chilly day, you see government trucks dumping thousands of dollars of resources unnecessarily onto the roads. Increasing the use of brine wastes funds and exacerbates our already deteriorated roadways. It could also adversely impact the environment by increasing salinity. Over-brining could also potentially cause lead to leach into our waterways. Taxpayers are rightfully baffled and furious.

“The administration’s response to their shortcomings during the November snowstorm should be to reevaluate their preparedness and response levels in order to ensure appropriate mobilization during an actual winter storm event. They are now swinging in the other direction: from lack of response, to wasting taxpayer money to avoid another public relations nightmare.

“We understand that there will always be unfair blame and burden placed on government during storms. It’s only fair to concede that. There are things government can and should be able to control; and then there are tricky things, like the weather. I get it. But this rapid depletion of our stock of winter resources – we all remember when we actually ran out of salt a number of years ago – and the subsequent waste of our budget money isn’t an acceptable response.

“I sincerely hope the administration reevaluates immediately, by putting the proper winter weather mitigation protocols in place, and stopping this absurd waste of resources and taxpayer funds.

“I have faith that the professionals at the Department of Transportation are aware of the mistakes that were made during the previous failure, and should be ready to balance our needs going forward. It now appears public relations decisions may be overruling professional ones. I’m asking Governor Murphy to take a step back and work with our DOT officials to strike a healthy balance here,” O’Scanlon concluded.

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Ridgewood NJ, the National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THURSDAY TO 4 AM


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Ridgewood NJ, The Village’s Parks Department employees are cutting up the trees which they take down into logs, and offering them to Ridgewood residents for free at the Recycling Center. This saves the Village money, because we don’t have to pay to dispose of the trees which are cut down, and it also provides residents with free firewood for their homes. You may pick up the logs at the Recycling Center, during their regular business hours.

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Next Snow Day Here is the Ridgewood School District Emergency Information

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January 8,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, this is the Ridgewood school District  Emergency Information . Next time there is a weather or other emergency the Ridgewood School District will respond to weather or other emergencies in one of four ways: cancellation of the school day; delayed opening; emergency early dismissal; or emergency minimum day. In these instances, district parents/guardians will be notified via the district website (; an e-mail announcement; and the automatic telephone notification system. In addition, a message will be placed on the central office line at 201-670-2700; callers should press * for announcements.
2. DELAYED OPENING: Under the delayed opening plan, the school day will begin two hours later than usual. School bus schedules will operate two hours later. Children in grades K-5 who have not ordered lunches must bring a bag lunch to school. There will not be sufficient time for children to go home for lunch when there is a delayed opening.
3. EMERGENCY EARLY DISMISSAL: If it is necessary to dismiss early, every effort will be made to notify parents by way of announcements on the RPS district website, email, and the automatic telephone notification system. Middle and elementary school students will be released to responsible adults identified by parents on their child’s Emergency Card.
4. EMERGENCY MINIMUM DAY: If an early dismissal is anticipated before the start of school, for example, if weather conditions are expected to deteriorate after school begins but before the school day ends, all children will be dismissed at the closing times posted below. Every effort will be made to call an Emergency Minimum Day the night before or very early the morning of the anticipated emergency conditions via the customary notification channels. Cafeterias will not operate and lunches will not be provided. Students will attend school as follows:
RED Program: 9-11 a.m.
Kindergarten – Grade 5: 8:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Grades 6-8: 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Grades 9-12: 7:47 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Emergency closing information can also be obtained from: television news (Fox 5 WNYW-Channel 5, WNBC TV-Channel 4, WABC TV-Channel 7, WCBS TV – Channel 2, Cablevision Channel 12); the Fox News website,; or the ABC website, Please DO NOT CALL the police or fire departments or the individual schools for information on the closing of schools. These departments are not prepared to handle inquiries.

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Valley Hospital : It’s crucial to recognize the signs of frostbite and hypothermia


December 29,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, Valley Health System reminds everyone to dress properly . It’s very cold out today and it’s expected to stay this cold into next week! Make sure to limit your time outdoors and to dress properly when you leave the house. It’s also crucial to recognize the signs of frostbite and hypothermia, so we are sharing this great infographic from the CDC to help keep you and your loved ones safe!

The two key things one should remember when choosing winter clothing are materials and layers. Certain materials work better to keep one warm and dry than others, and knowing how to dress in layers is key to remaining comfortable in the cold.

Wool, is an ideal insulator even when wet. This is why it is still considered a prized material for winter weather underlayers – even with the creation of a range of useful synthetics. Merino wool in particular is used as an underlayer because it is both comfortable and warm.

Synthetics are perfect for outer layers. They can shed water and snow so well that one can remain completely dry in most circumstances – unless one falls in water or sits on snow so long it melts and soaks through the material.

With an understanding of materials, it is easy to start creating layers. A base layer is always recommended, such as long underwear made out of merino wool or a synthetic material. Then comes more layers – the number depending on how severe the weather will be. Warm footwear should also always be a priority, with waterproofing if possible.


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The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Winter Weather
Advisory for snow, which is in effect from 10 PM this evening to
2 PM EST Friday.

* Locations…New York City Metro, Northeast New Jersey, Long
Island, Lower Hudson Valley, and Southern Connecticut.

* Hazard Types…Snow

* Accumulations…Snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches.

* Timing…Late tonight into early Friday afternoon.

* Impacts…Hazardous/slippery travel due to snow accumulations.

* Temperatures…Around freezing.

* Visibilities…One half mile at times.


A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow…sleet…or
freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for
slippery roads and limited visibilities…and use caution while

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Shoveling Snow in Ridgewood this Winter Best to Becarefull

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January 23,2017

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Ridgewood Nj, according to George Becker, M.D., Director, Emergency Department, The Valley Hospital  although most people are not in any danger from shoveling snow,( Doctor Becker tells us that the American Heart Association (AHA) still shares useful tips for anyone shoveling snow in the winter. To begin with, the AHA recommends that those who don’t exercise on a regular basis, those that have a medical condition, or those that are middle age or older consult with a doctor before shoveling.
The AHA also has the following general tips for staying safe while shoveling:

Take frequent rest breaks during shoveling.
Don’t eat a heavy meal prior or soon after shoveling.
Use a small shovel or consider a snow thrower.
Don’t drink alcoholic beverages before or immediately after shoveling.
Be aware of the dangers of hypothermia.
Learn the heart attack warning signs and listen to your body.

Some signs that you might be having a heart attack are pain in the chest, arm(s), back, neck, jaw or stomach. You might also break out in a cold sweat, feel short of breath, nauseated, lightheaded, or uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness in the center of your chest.

If you are concerned that you may be having a heart attack, Doctor Becker says you should not hesitate about seeking medical treatment—every minute is crucial when experiencing a heart attack. Call 911 immediately or head directly to the closest emergency room.

Valley Hospital Emergency Department, located at 223 N. Van Dien Avenue in Ridgewood, NJ is open 24/7, 365 days a year and is staffed with physicians who are board certified in emergency medicine

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PSE&G Says Customers to Pay Less to Heat Their Homes This Winter


Bill credits will save typical customer $124 over three months

Annual bills down 55 percent since 2009 due to falling natural gas prices

November 23,2015

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Ridgewood NJ,  Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, announced today that it will provide bill credits this winter that will lower bills by about 30 percent during the months of December, January and February for a typical residential gas heating customer. Those customers will see a total bill credit of approximately $124 this winter.

Including this winter’s bill credits announced today, since January 2009 annual bills for PSE&G’s typical residential gas heating customer will be 55 percent — or $916 — lower due to supply rate reductions. In fact, PSE&G’s gas supply rate is at its lowest in 15 years.

“I can’t think of any other commodity that costs 55 percent less today than it did in 2009,” said Jorge Cardenas, PSE&G vice president of asset management and centralized services. “Falling natural gas prices, our transportation and storage capabilities, and the way we manage our contracts have enabled us to pass these savings along to our customers as the temperature drops.”

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North Jersey doctors give advice on treating, preventing shoveling aches, pains


North Jersey doctors give advice on treating, preventing shoveling aches, pains
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2014, 10:03 AM

This year, Old Man Winter has been a real pain in the neck. And in the shoulders. And in the lower back.

Especially the lower back, says Artie Beltramba, 52, of Little Falls. One of the season’s first storms left him in crippling pain after a round of shoveling.

“It was like somebody stabbed me in the back with a knife,” he said. “I couldn’t do anything.”

For five days he was basically bedridden, nearly unable to sit up without screaming, using ice packs, heating pads and aspirin to dull the pain. It eventually went away, but every time he has to shovel again — “like every three days” — it flares up again.

Beltramba is hardly alone. North Jersey doctors reported seeing an increased number of patients with shoveling-related pain and injuries this winter.

And the recent wet, heavy snow hasn’t made things easier. Dr. Asit K. Shah, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center’s associate chief of the Department of Orthopedics, said it’s “great for snowball fights, but sucks for the back.”

“Shoveling is a pretty intense exercise,” Shah added. “It’s like working out at a gym.”

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Winter is taking its toll on Ridgewood


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Winter is taking its toll on Ridgewood


Following a snowstorm that lasted from Feb. 4 to 5, longtime resident Sal Falciglia saw a car stuck in the snow in downtown Ridgewood on Feb. 6, and couldn’t take it anymore.



“Our road department in Ridgewood is the worst road department in the world,” he said.

The plowing on Rock Road in Glen Rock was much closer to the curb than plowing he had seen in Ridgewood, he said, and “all my neighbors are sick and tired of it.”

Maureen Wolfson, who has lived in the village for 30 years, called this “the worst year ever” for snow removal. She “almost broke [her] neck” trying to put money in a parking meter at the train station, where the sidewalks were poorly shoveled, she said.

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Before we had ‘snowpocalypse,’ it was just called ‘winter’


Before we had ‘snowpocalypse,’ it was just called ‘winter’
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 11:45 PM

Disruptive snow! Polar vortex! Thundersnow! Extreme weather event!

Whatever happened to the plain old winter snowstorm? If you grew up, say, in the 1960s, there was a simple drill when it snowed: Your parents listened to the radio to see if your school was closed. If it was, you proceeded accordingly — and with so little event that, as an adult, you probably don’t remember any individual snow day of your youth.

Today, television treats every advancing storm as if it’s the “snowmageddon” (or “snowpocalypse” or “snowzilla”). Meteorologists deliver forecasts — referencing American and European models as if it’s a competition — with the kind of gravity news operations once reserved for, say, the Cuban Missile Crisis.

With multiday forecasts, TV weather people start banging the drums days in advance of an approaching storm. Last winter, The Weather Channel even started naming major winter storms — mainly for hashtag purposes.

All this can seem excessive, especially in cases like the storm that hit us Tuesday going into Wednesday, which turned out to be far less severe than predicted with a range of 4.5 inches in Paramus to 7 inches in Ringwood, according to Bob Ziff, spokesman for North Jersey Weather Observers.

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