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Ridgewood Residents encouraged to attend educational presentation on lead poisoning


JANUARY 21, 2016    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016, 12:32 AM

MIDLAND PARK — The Board of Health is encouraging residents to attend a presentation on “Understanding Lead Poisoning” being sponsored by the Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee in Ridgewood on Jan. 25.

A representative of Ridgewood Water will reportedly be present.

Ridgewood Water issued a notice to customers on Jan. 5 saying its water does not have lead in it, but that some homes in its service territory have pipes from which lead leaches into water in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL).

Ridgewood Water serves residents in the borough, Wyckoff and Glen Rock as well as the village.

“At each of our last three meetings, the topic of Ridgewood Water has been discussed,” said Laurie DiCorcia, president of the Board of Health. “This forum offers residents an opportunity to become informed and ask questions.”

Council President Nancy Cronk Peet said she was “concerned” about the safety of the water supply and plans to attend the Jan. 25 program.

“The water coming to the borough homes and businesses must be properly monitored by the water company to assure the residents that the leaching of the lead in the older residents’ plumbing is not contaminating the drinking water,” said Peet, a member of the health board “I hope that the community will come out and ask questions about the water quality and services.”

Ridgewood Water business manager Dave Scheibner assured the Ridgewood Village Council on Wednesday, Jan. 13, that its water is safe.

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Ridgewood Water to Conduct Fall Hydrant Flushing begining November 30th


November 25,2015

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Water will be performing a water system flushing beginning November 30th in Glen Rock and Ridgewood .Hydrant Flushing will proceed late at night at velocities sufficient enough to remove naturally occurring minerals .Each hydrant will be flushed from 5 to 60 minutes . Residents may experience water discoloration . Work will begin at 9pm and finish by 430am the next day . Residents will be notified by reverse Robo call

Hydrant Flushing – Update

Hydrant flushing in Ridgewood was suspended this week and will continue starting on Monday, November 30th, weather permitting. Below is the revised Public Service Announcement : Click Here

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Garrett tells Wyckoff crowd stopping Iran deal will be tough


AUGUST 26, 2015    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2015, 1:21 AM

Rep. Scott Garrett told a Tea Party audience in Wyckoff on Tuesday that he opposes the proposed nuclear arms agreement with Iran but said stopping the deal will be difficult under the rules that the Senate has adopted.

Garrett, R-Wantage, said he considers the agreement reached by the Obama administration to be a treaty that ought to require two-thirds approval by the Senate.

But he said a majority of his colleagues still consider it an executive action by the president.

Under the rules adopted, it would require a two-thirds majority of both the Senate and the House to disapprove the deal after a 60-day review period.

“The burden of proof has shifted from them to us,” Garrett said of the rules.

As an executive action, the agreement could be undone by the next president, Garrett said.

“But the problem with that is that the next president will not be here for another 16 or 17 months,” Garrett told a crowd of about 70 people gathered at a forum hosted by the West Bergen Tea Party.

While talk of the Iran deal dominated most of the evening, the mostly receptive audience also peppered Garrett with other questions on topics ranging from the GOP leadership in the House to trade agreements and housing discrimination legislation.

None of the questions dealt with presidential politics or the race for the Republican nomination.

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WBTP presents Congressmen Scott Garrett of New Jersey’s 5th congressional district on August 25th

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Congressmen Garrett with offer his UPDATE 2015

U.S. Representative Scott Garrett
Ernest Scott Garrett is the U.S. Representative for New Jersey’s 5th congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes much of the northern-most and western-most portions of the state.

Born: July 9, 1959 (age 56), Englewood, NJ
Office: Representative (R-NJ 5th District) since 2003
Spouse: Mary Garrett
Residence: Wantage Township, NJ
Children: Brittany Garrett, Jennifer Garrett
Education: Rutgers School of Law–Camden (1984), Montclair State University (1981)

WBTP Meeting 7 pm, Tuesday, August 25 at the Larkin House 380 Godwin Ave in Wyckoff NJ all are welcome

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Report: Former ‘American Idol’ contestant arrested in Wyckoff


AUGUST 18, 2015, 12:32 PM    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2015, 5:40 PM

WYCKOFF —  Former “American Idol” contestant Constantine Maroulis will face charges in court next week that he allegedly attacked his girlfriend in their township home and then violated a restraining order, according to the woman’s attorney and and an Us Weekly report.

Maroulis, a Ramapo High School graduate who grew up in Wyckoff, is accused of beating up Angelina Reed on Aug. 11 after she confronted him about an affair, her attorney, Steven J. Mandel, said in a statement. The couple, who met while performing in the musical “Rock of Ages,” have a 4-year-old daughter.

Reed called 911 and police, seeing her injuries, arrested Maroulis, Mandel said. She was granted a temporary restraining order that prohibited Maroulis from contacting her or their daughter, and barred him from their home, he said. Mandel also claimed that Maroulis has failed to pay child support for 15 months.

Maroulis, the sixth-place finalist in the fourth season of “American Idol,” broadcast in 2005, allegedly violated the restraining order with an email, which his representative told Us Weekly was sent to Reed by accident.

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Lawsuit against Ridgewood Water to be decided by Superior Court judge


JULY 15, 2015, 2:19 PM    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2015, 2:23 PM

Years-long litigation against Ridgewood Water must be decided by a Superior Court judge, a state appeals court ruled on Wednesday.

The Appellate Division of New Jersey’s Superior Court reversed a trial judge’s 2014 decision transferring the suit to the Board of Public Utilities for resolution.

In a 25-page ruling, the Superior Court Appellate Division remanded the matter back to the trial court, noting “this is not a case requiring the particular expertise associated with the jurisdiction of the BPU.”

Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn declined to comment Wednesday, citing the ongoing nature of the litigation.

The class action lawsuit was filed against Ridgewood Water in Superior Court by Wyckoff officials in 2010, with the municipalities of Glen Rock and Midland Park joining the action as plaintiffs a year later.

The lawsuit alleges the water utility raised its rates in 2010 by 21 percent and that rates further rose 5 percent in 2011 and 2012.

The suit contends the rate hikes were approved in an ordinance adopted by the village council, and characterizes the increases as “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable and, accordingly, should be declared invalid and unenforceable.”


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Paterson Man found in woman’s car in Wyckoff said Allah sent him


JUNE 3, 2015, 6:59 PM    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2015, 7:05 PM

WYCKOFF — Police arrested a Paterson man Tuesday night after he was found lying in a car that wasn’t his in the parking lot of the Wyckoff YMCA on Wyckoff Avenue.

Paterson resident Zakiy I. Muhammad, 20, allegedly climbed into the car sometime after it was left there by a 68-year-old woman going on a tour-bus daytrip, Police Chief Benjamin C. Fox said in a statement. When the bus returned from the trip and dropped the woman off, she “found a man lying inside with the seat reclined.”

She yelled at him to get out, but Muhammad allegedly replied that “God told him to be here,” Fox said. The bus driver and others came to the woman’s aid, and the bus driver managed to get the man out of the car and into the bus, where they waited for the police.

Sgt. Michael Ragucci, Sgt. Thomas Tully and Officers Kevin Pinches and William Christopher responded at 11:04 p.m.

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Officer in fatal shooting of Wyckoff dog was distraught, eyewitnesses say


Otto, the 5-year-old German shepherd that was shot and killed by a Wyckoff police officer, is shown in this photo provided by the family.

MAY 20, 2015, 12:57 PM    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015, 8:06 PM

WYCKOFF — A police internal report has been released showing the chain of events that ended with an officer’s fatal shooting of a family’s dog on April 29.

The report released Tuesday by the Police Department includes a description by Lt. David Murphy, who had been on traffic duty near Lawlins Road, of the shooting’s immediate aftermath.

Murphy found Patrolman Kyle Ferreira “very distraught” and “pacing back and forth” after he’d responded to the wrong address on a possible burglary call and shot Otto, the Vukobratovic family’s 5-year-old German shepherd.

“He was shaking his head and several times, he put both hands on top of his head. To me, he appeared to be visibly upset by whatever events had transpired prior to my arrival,” Murphy said.

Algis Setikas, who lives across the street at 621 Lawlins Road, had reported the possible burglary after finding damage to a window screen and exterior light bulb. The report said he had gone to the Police Department in person so as to not disturb his wife, recovering from surgery, or his newborn.

Minutes later, a police car pulled up in front of his house, but the officer never came to the door. As Setikas walked towards the car, the report said, he heard “four or five consecutive loud bangs,” and looked across the street to see Ferreira in what he described as a “shooting stance.” Setikas checked on his family, then ran to the Vukobratovics, yelling to Ferreira that he had the wrong house.

“He observed that the officer was standing on the driveway outside of the gate with his hands on his head, looking upset and distraught,” the report said.

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Dog shooting in Wyckoff


Regarding “A death years before dog shot” (Page A-1, May 7):

The incident in Wyckoff regarding the police officer protecting himself against a dog that was doing its job to protect the property is unfortunate.

The dog owners are distraught, and the police officer, who really had no other choice, must be beside himself. I think the most unfortunate thing is that The Record now has run an article about something the officer was involved in while working in Newark.

That has nothing to do with the Wyckoff incident, and even the dog owners agree. What’s even more disturbing is the mayor of Wyckoff buckling to public outcry. If this were a child being bitten by this dog because a ball went over the fence and the child went in the yard to retrieve it, the officer would have been a hero.

I think having a window open to allow a dog to go in and out of a house poses a problem itself, especially in terms of liability for the homeowner. That could be an issue if an ordinary citizen were involved in this incident, and not a cop.

Patrick Elwood
( Patrick Elwood is a Ridgewood PD patrol officer )

Hawthorne, May 7

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Wyckoff cop who shot dog allegedly hit suspect with police car in Newark in 2010


MAY 7, 2015    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2015, 12:25 AM

The officer who fatally shot a Wyckoff family’s 5-year-old German shepherd was also involved in an alleged 2010 police chase in Newark that ended when the police car he was driving fatally struck a domestic violence suspect.

The officer, Kyle Ferreira, was not charged or indicted in the Newark case, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday. And Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox said that the department knew about the incident when he was hired in February 2012.

Newark agreed to settle a civil lawsuit related to the incident for $350,000, according to federal court documents. Ferreira was among 160 Newark police officers who were laid off in late November 2010 because of budget cuts, an attorney for Newark said.

Fox said that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office had cleared Ferreira of any criminal wrongdoing in the case and that it was “simply ruled an accident.” He said that Wyckoff authorities were “aware of it, and we investigated it.”

Katharine Carter, a spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, said prosecutors had presented the case to a grand jury, which found “no cause for action” against Ferreira. “In essence, his actions were deemed to be justified,” Carter said.

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Wyckoff family whose dog was killed by police at loss for answers


MAY 5, 2015, 6:05 PM    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015, 11:15 PM

The Vukobratovic family of Wyckoff returned to their “empty house” on Tuesday night, but they did so knowing that the tragic story of Otto, their German shepherd shot by a policeman during a mistaken burglary call, is likely to get a formal review by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

That was the result of a sometimes emotional Wyckoff Township Committee meeting where the family had gone demanding answers to what happened — step-by-step — last Wednesday in the moments leading up to Patrolman Kyle Ferreira’s shooting 5-year-old Otto twice in the back yard of family’s Lawlins Road home.

The meeting also saw boisterous picketing outside Township Hall by about 60 people — some with their dogs — who questioned the appropriateness of Ferreira’s response to what police say was an attack by Otto. And it included an apologetic Police Chief Benjamin Fox again expressing his department’s pain and regret over the incident, as well as Mayor Kevin Rooney’s stern condemnation of how Ferreira has been pilloried on social media even as a police review of the incident is continuing.

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Donors start backing Josh Gottheimer of Wyckoff as potential Garrett challenger for Congress


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MAY 4, 2015, 5:37 PM    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015, 5:39 PM

Top veterans of the Clinton and Obama administrations are lining up to help raise money for Josh Gottheimer of Wyckoff, a former speech writer for President Clinton who is preparing to run for Congress next year against Rep. Scott Garrett.

Gottheimer, 40, raised more than $219,000 in March and was set to add to that on Monday night at a fund-raiser at the Washington, D.C., home in of Patti Solis Doyle, a former adviser to then-first lady Hillary Clinton and to President Obama’s campaigns in 2008 and 2012.

Other names among the 28 hosts for the fund-raiser include Mack McLarty, who was President Clinton’s chief of staff; Julius Genachowski, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission; Sandy Berger, former national security adviser to Clinton; Paul Begala, Clinton political strategist and media commentator; and Jennifer Palmieri, communications director of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.

The outpouring of support for a challenger is unprecedented this early in the campaign cycle in the Republican-leaning 5th District, a place Democrats in North Jersey have repeatedly said they could win if a candidate could raise enough money to define Garrett on New York television.

Gottheimer is a North Caldwell native who moved back to North Jersey with his family three years ago. A corporate strategist for Microsoft, he previously worked for the FCC and on the presidential campaigns of John Kerry in 2004 and Hillary Clinton in 2008.