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Dozens of these wildlife species in NJ could be headed for extinction

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By Dino Flammia May 1, 2017 2:00 AM

The lives of more than 80 wildlife species in New Jersey are either in immediate danger or close to it.

Bobcats, bald eagles and multiple species of snake, sea turtles and birds should have a healthy presence in the Garden State, but they’re struggling to survive, according to the latest endangered and threatened list from the state Division of Fish & Wildlife.

The database describes endangered species as those whose prospects for survival in New Jersey are bleak “because of a loss or change in habitat, over-exploitation, predation, competition, disease, disturbance or contamination.” Threatened species may become endangered if conditions around them begin to or continue to worsen.

Several species on New Jersey’s list are endangered federally as well.

The piping plover, a small shorebird on both the state and national list, is considered “one of New Jersey’s most endangered species,” according to the division. “Without intense protection and management, it is unlikely that the piping plover would survive in New Jersey,” the species description states.

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Resident Suggests Former Village Manager’s Staff should be Investigated

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September 29,2016

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Ridgewood NJ,  Ridgewood resident Jacqueline Hone spoke during both public comment segments. She explained why Roberta’s departure is just the tip of the iceberg and suggested her staff also needs to  be investigated.

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Fate of Ridgewood property’s historic house remains uncertain

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DECEMBER 1, 2015    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2015, 9:45 AM
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Ridgewood youth baseball playing with shortage of fields

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NOVEMBER 24, 2015 LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2015, 11:45 AM
BY MARK KRULISH
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

(This article is the second of an ongoing series examining the Schedler property and the issues surrounding it.)

In the springtime, a common sound heard around the village’s parks is the distinct metallic “ping” of an aluminum bat making solid contact with a baseball.

With a robust baseball program, Ridgewood is home to many ball fields at its numerous parks scattered all around town, but the need for one specific size field has become entangled with one of the village’s most sensitive issues.

The Ridgewood News has already explored the concerns held by residents in the neighborhood that plays home to the historic Zabriskie-Schedler house and property, where a full-size 90-foot baseball field has been proposed.

However, it may be the last place remaining to install such a field, driving the Ridgewood Baseball Softball Association (RBSA) to donate money to the village as part of a matching grant opportunity from Bergen County that would allow the proposed Phase One portion of the project, which consists of a cleanup in the woodlands on West Saddle River Road, to begin.

While there has always been a need for more fields in Ridgewood, the completion of the state-of-the-art track and field complex at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in 2011 put a tremendous strain on the resources available to the RBSA, said President Jim Albano.

Previously, that field was home to one of the village’s two “60-90” fields – a diamond consisting of 90-foot basepaths and a pitcher’s mound that sits 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate. BF was also home to a smaller, multi-purpose field with a dirt infield.

https://www.northjersey.com/community-news/leagues-playing-with-field-shortage-in-ridgewood-1.1461690

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Concern over Ridgewood park location continues

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NOVEMBER 18, 2015    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2015, 10:55 AM
BY MARK KRULISH
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS
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(This article is the first of an ongoing series examining the Schedler property and the issues surrounding it.)

If you were to take a drive up West Saddle River Road, you would see a typical quiet suburban neighborhood with homes and manicured lawns spread out on small winding streets.

However, you would also see green signs asking people to help save their neighborhood as plans loom on the distant horizon for possible development of the area near the Zabriskie-Schedler house.

The house sits on 7 acres of woodlands between West Saddle River Road and the northbound side of Route 17. Last Sunday afternoon, it was also the site of a rally attended by dozens of neighborhood residents who fear their quiet environment, property values, health and quality of life would be harmed by development.

“Our concern is our houses, our quality of life and the impact on us,” said Paul D’Arpa, a Racetrack Road resident who organized the event. “We don’t want to stop the kids from being kids and playing. But is this the right environment for everyone?”

On a recent cloudy, drizzly Tuesday afternoon, D’Arpa stood on the sidewalk on West Saddle Road. He made his way further into the woods, moving towards Route 17. A soft-spoken man, the sound of trucks, buses and cars roaring by drowned out his voice.

“How is an umpire supposed to make calls here?” he asked, referring to a proposal to build a 90-foot baseball diamond after clearing some of the trees away. D’Arpa was standing at the approximate spot for home plate.

At the moment, the concept for the baseball field is just that – a proposal presented in October during a Village Council meeting, although the issue dates back several years. The council has not taken any action in regards to the field except for a resolution endorsing a report by the Open Space Committee that recommended a 90-foot baseball diamond with multi-purpose overlay field be constructed on the Schedler property.

But building a field and possibly clearing several acres of trees could result in unacceptable noise coming from the highway along with added pollution of the heavy traffic that passes through the area. The proposal detailed in October has a six-and-a-half foot high, 17-foot wide berm with deciduous trees along the highway and another line of trees along West Saddle River Road.

However, local residents who have come forward since the latest proposal was unveiled have said this may not be enough to satisfactorily reduce the potential negative side-effects of building a park and field.

https://www.northjersey.com/community-news/concern-over-ridgewood-park-location-continues-1.1457787

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Ridgewood mulls over new design options for Schedler Park

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OCTOBER 19, 2015    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2015, 10:45 AM
BY MARK KRULISH
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

The latest drawings for the proposed Schedler Park, which includes a large multi-purpose field, were unveiled last week during a presentation made by village officials.

The Schedler property and the historic Zabriskie-Schedler house have come back to the forefront in recent weeks with a resolution passed by the council to endorse recommendations made for the site in the 2012 Open Space report and the submission of an application for a matching grant that would fund preliminary cleanup work in the area.

Some of the features of the potential park include an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible walking path, restrooms and playground, a woodland and nature area, and the most-discussed feature, a 90-foot baseball field with multi-purpose field overlay for soccer, lacrosse and football. A parking lot at the southern end of the triangular shaped parcel contains 74 spaces and a drop-off lane.

Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld emphasized this was “the beginning stages of a public discussion on the actual design of the park.”

https://www.northjersey.com/news/new-designs-for-ridgewood-s-schedler-park-unveiled-1.1435966

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Ridgewood endorses 2012 report on Schedler property

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AUGUST 13, 2015    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2015, 3:32 PM
BY MARK KRULISH
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Two resolutions related to Ridgewood’s historic Schedler property were put to a vote Wednesday night, with the governing body deciding in favor of endorsing recommendations made for the property by the village’s Open Space Committee and voting against the authorization of filing a Bergen County Historic Trust Fund matching grant for money related to the 200-year-old Zabriskie-Schedler house.

The subject of the Schedler property was revived last week as residents appealed to the council to support a grant that would be used to stabilize the house. The grant had a deadline of Sept. 3.

After a lengthy discussion and public comment, two resolutions were considered on Wednesday’s agenda. One resolution adopted the recommendations set forth in a 2012 Open Space Committee report that determined the Schedler property should be developed for recreational purposes, including a 90-foot baseball field with an overlay multi-purpose field for soccer and lacrosse.

The resolution also makes several other recommendations, including leaving the fate of the Zabriskie-Schedler house in the hands of the Village Council. It also provides guidelines for “interested citizens” to “raise and expend private funds for the purpose of stabilizing the house until a decision is made by the Village Council,” which some council members said made the second resolution to approve the grant unnecessary.

Mayor Paul Aronsohn stated his belief that the Open Space Committee report strikes “the right balance” and meets the needs of all Ridgewood residents.

 

 

https://www.northjersey.com/community-news/council-endorses-report-on-schedler-property-1.1392125

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No plans yet for Ridgewood’s Schedler property, house

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No plans yet for Ridgewood’s Schedler property, house

JANUARY 28, 2015    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2015, 9:28 AM
BY LAURA HERZOG
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

As a piece of Ridgewood property has continued to sit in limbo for the past year, the issue seemingly comes down to money.

Neighbors in favor of a park with lots of trees are making some financial steps, while those in favor of a large baseball field for the older athletes are considering others.

But, since making an initial step toward a grant to stabilize the Schedler house’s roof at the urging of some neighbors, the village – which officials say is currently not in a position to fund any changes to this property – is holding off on future movements.

Eastside neighbors of the Schedler property on West Saddle River Road, who want to both preserve the roughly 200-year-old Schedler house currently languishing on the property and create a family park, are now creating a 501(c)(3) to collect donations from “Friends of the Historic Zabriskie-Schedler House and Family Park.”

“Probably in a month or two we should have that running,” Ridgewood Eastside Development (RED) leader Isabella Altano said last week. Altano is an architect from that neighborhood who is in favor of preserving the house.

https://www.northjersey.com/community-news/no-plans-yet-for-ridgewood-s-schedler-property-1.1259791