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>Bergen County Department of Planning and Economic Development, recommended that Council members partner with County officials to implement improvement

>During Wednesday evening’s Village Council Work Session, Peter Kortright III, of the Bergen County Department of Planning and Economic Development, recommended that Council members partner with County officials to implement improvements at the following Ridgewood traffic intersections:
1) Godwin and Lincoln Avenues 2) Linwood and North Van Dien Avenues 3) Ridgewood and North Pleasant Avenues
Proposed improvements would include the addition of motor vehicle turning lanes, new traffic signals, improved pedestrian cross-walks, and decorative curbing/sidewalks. Property acquisition/condemnation adjacent to all three listed intersections would be necessary to affect the recommended improvements.
The mere mention of possible property condemnations, which would be the Village’s responsibility, resulted in several raised sets of eyebrows on the dais. Councilwoman Kim Ringler-Shagin quickly passed the hot potato by requesting Mr. Kortright to present his conceptual proposal at the next regularly scheduled Village Pedestrian & Traffic Safety Committee meeting. Ms. Ringler-Shagin suggested it would be appropriate for the Council to receive recommendations from this Committee before discussing the County’s proposal again in detail. Deputy Mayor Betty Wiest, the Committee’s Chair, concurred and scheduled Mr. Kortright’s presentation to be heard on Thursday, June 29 @ 7:30 PM in the Village Courtroom.
Do motor vehicle traffic and pedestrian safety conditions the locations noted above warrant the condemnation of private property necessary to facilitate significant intersection improvements?

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>Sneak a Peak at Kristine D Paige Solo Show at the C.Magor Gallery


“Life of an Artist” Kristine Di Grigoli Paige Solo Exhibition Works from 1997-2006 June 22-July 6th, 2006

First Open Reception Thurs. 6/22/06- 5pm till 9pm Featuring live painting by Kristine D. Paige and live performances by Rich and Royal and the Blood Sugars

Second Open Reception Saturday 6/29/06- 5pm till 9pm

Location: C. Magor Gallery 21 Oak Street Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450Visit this artist portfolio at

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>Around the Village ……………………

>July 4th Fireworks!
Firework tickets support this ALL-Volunteer Event!
Pre event ticket prices for the fireworks are: $5. (At the Gate on July 4th the price will be: $10 adults; $5 children 6 – 12; 5 and under free) Tickets for the evening Fireworks are now on sale at volunteer vendors in Ridgewood – Alice, Alice, Alice, Artventure Gallery, Backyard Living, Citizens Community Bank, Daily Treat Restaurant, Hillmann Electric, Hoskins Propane, Irish Eyes Imports, Ridgewood Cycle Shop, the Wine Seller, Town & Country Apothecary & Fine Cosmetics. In Glen Rock at Ridgewood Auto Wash and Herold’s Farm and Garden Center. In Midland Park at Havel’s Stationery & La Strada Delicatessen. In Ho-Ho-Kus at JT’s Wine & Spirits. From June 26 to July 3 tickets will be available for purchase at the Ridgewood Library.

Bobby Byrne Show
Free Entertainment Under the Stars!
This program of Broadway Show Tunes will begin at 8:30 PM on June 20th at the Kasschau Shell on Veteran’s Field (behind the Ridgewood Library. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the music! Sponsors are: Care One at Pine Rest & Care One at The Cupola. Recorded rain information: 201/444-1776.

Ridgewood High School Graduation on the Ridgewood High School Athletic Field, Thursday, June 22 @ 5:30 PM.

“Life of an Artist” Kristine Di Grigoli Paige Solo Exhibition Works from 1997-2006 June 22-July 6th, 2006 First Open Reception Thurs. 6/22/06- 5pm till 9pm
(Kristine will be painting live) Special musical Guests the BloodSugars and Rich and Royal
Second Open Reception Thurs. 6/29/06- 5pm till 9pm Location: C. Magor Gallery 21 Oak Street Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450 (201) 670-0555 Gallery (201) 362-0552 Kristine
Visit this artist portfolio at

The Village of Ridgewood has recently been ordered by the Bergen County Board of Taxation to perform a revaluation for the year 2008. The process will start with the selection of a qualified revaluation company to work with the Division of Assessments. It is anticipated that the property inspections will begin in the fall of 2006. Residents will be notified in writing when the inspections start. Revaluations are required periodically to ensure the equitable distribution of the tax burden. The Village does not gain any additional revenues because of the revaluation. Ridgewood’s last revaluation was conducted in 2001.

$7 Million Referendum to expand Ridge and Willard – The Ridgewood BOE has tentatively approved the development of a proposal to expand the Ridge and Willard schools if funding is authorized by a referendum in either September or December of 2006.

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>Community Alert !

>Please be advised that the Ridgewood Police Department is asking Ridgewood residents to be extra vigilant this week because of an incident that occurred on Monday, June 19, around 4:30 p.m. on Wyndemere Avenue. A white male, described as in his sixties, with red hair, and driving a beige SUV, approached a fifteen-year-old female student. After asking for directions, he struck her and then drove away.The Police are asking parents to discuss this incident with their children and advise them if they witness any similar event to go to any adult immediately and contact the Ridgewood Police Department. Timing is critical.We will make every effort to keep parents informed of potentially threatening situations in the district.

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>NJ Transit Open House in Ridgewood

>All residents are invited to attend an Open House on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 from 7 to 9 PM in the Village Hall Court Room. Representatives from the Village Council and NJ Transit will be on hand to explain the new plans for ADA modifications to the Ridgewood Train Station platforms. Three plans with slightly different locations for the new high level platforms will be presented and explained. This is an opportunity to learn about this project and ask questions.

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UPDATE :BOE Set To Name Russ Titus As Interim Superintendent On Monday, 6/19

it is being reported that the Interim Superintendent will be Russell C. TITUS, effective July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2007. $180,000

At its June 19, 2006, meeting, the Board named C. Russell Titus the interim superintendent of schools for the 2006-2007 school year. He replaces John R. Porter Jr., who is leaving to become superintendent of schools in the Franklin-McKinley school district in San Jose CA. Porter is leaving June 30. The Board intends to spend the next year conducting a nationwide search for Porter’s replacement.Until his retirement from Ridgewood Public Schools in June 2005, Titus was most recently assistant superintendent of schools. He also spent 20 years as principal of Somerville School. He briefly retired from that position but returned to the district to become interim assistant superintendent when former superintendent Fred Stokley retired. A recipient of several awards and recognitions, including the 1999 Lloyd Ashby Award, the highest honor bestowed on a staff member of the Ridgewood Public Schools, Titus spent all but one decade of his 40-year career in education in the district. From 1972 to 1982, he was principal of elementary schools in Summit and Cresskill. Titus begins his assignment on July 3, 2006.

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Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration,Tuesday July 4, 2006 Schedule of Events

>Flag Raising 9:00 am – Wilsey Square

National Anthem

Raising of the Flag Parade begins 10:00 am (Rain or Shine) – North Monroe and Godwin: See the Parade route. Special guests, marching groups, and bands are –

Grand Marshals – Dave Vanderbush and Dottie & Nick Capasso
Special Guest Bob Greenlaw
American Legion Post #53 – Ridgewood
American Merchant Marines, Dennis Rodland Chapter
Antique Vehicles
Arizona Territorial Rangers
Bushwackers Drum & Bugle Corps
Caballeros Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
Clown Friends
Community Blood Services
Cub Scouts Pack 55 Den 3
Diabetes Foundation
Fair Lawn Fire Department
Fair Lawn Rescue Squad
Fidelity Lodge #113, Free & Accepted Masons
Garden State Band
High Point Marketing, Inc.
Ho-Ho-Kus Volunteer Fire Department
Illumination Twirlers
Jamboree Scholarship Fund, Inc.
Mahwah Fire Department
Melrose Blackhawks Drum & Bugle Corps
Midland Park Volunteer Fire Department
Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter #522
Motor Corps of Salaam Shrine
New Jersey Militia/Heard’s Brigade
NJ Live Musicians – NJ Polka Band
NJ Live Musicians – Patriot Band
NJ Live Musicians – Shore Brass Band
NY Scottish Pipes
Ridge Elementary School
Ridgewood AM Rotary
Ridgewood Board of Education
Ridgewood Emergency Services
Ridgewood Fire Department
Ridgewood High School Marching Band
Ridgewood Knights of Columbus Council #1736
Ridgewood Mayor and Village Council
Ridgewood Police Department
Ridgewood Project Pride Committee
Ridgewood Village Manager
Rockland County Marine Corps League
Society for Education of American Sailors
South Park Pipes & Drums
Spirit of Newark
Sunrisers Drum & Bugle Corps, Inc.
Tenth Special Forces, Airborne Group – Green Berets
Uncle Sam — Christopher J. Marion
Unitarian Society of Ridgewood
Vietnam Vets of America Chapter #333 Rockland County
Waldwick Band
Willard Elementary School

Woman’s Club of Ridgewood Evening Celebration and Fireworks – Veteran’s Field: Rain Date- Saturday, July 8th. No refunds or exchanges will be given. Fireworks’ patrons and belongings are subject to security checks when entering Veterans Field. Expect additional street closings around Veteran’s Field. The ice cream trucks on the field sell more than just ice cream. Hot dogs and hamburgers are also available. For directions to the Evening Entertainment use your favorite map website and enter 131 N. Maple Avenue.
Gates open – 6:30 PM
Illumination Twirlers
The Hobbyaires under the direction of Joe Hovan
Mayors Address
Sky Divers
Dads’ Night Band
Jamboree Singers
National Anthem

The Ridgewood Fourth of July Committee is proud to announce that our Fireworks company will once again be Pyrotecnico. Security and fire protection for the fireworks display is by The Ridgewood Fire Department. If you thought last year’s grand finale was great, wait until this year!Handicap parking for the Parade is available on Dayton Street behind Van Neste Park.Handicap parking for the Evening Entertainment is available at the parking lot to the east of Veteren’s Field. Approach Veteren’s Field on Linwood Avenue from the east. Turn left onto Northern Parkway. Turn right into the parking lot. There are 20 spaces available on a first come first serve basis. A police officer will be posted there.

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>the Fly on the Wall reports…..

>the Ridgewood Blog has learned that The BOE will not be represented in the 4th of July Parade because the 4th of July Committee would not supply them with a car ,you would kind of think that an $80 million dollar budget might cover a 2 1/2 mile car ride in a parade ?

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>Breaking News – Change of Use & Banking Ordinances Defeated!

>Following a heated Public Hearing in a packed meeting room on Wednesday
evening, Village Council members voted to withdraw two draft zoning
ordinances. One would have required formal Planning Board review of any
“change of use,” the other proposed restrictions on new financial
institutions in the Central Business District.
Mayor David T. Pfund was visibly shaken by the unusually large meeting
turnout, and overwhelming negative public reaction to the proposed “change
of use” ordinance. Speaker after speaker cited specific problems with
Ridgewood’s Building Department, in particular the unresponsiveness of the
Department’s director. Everyone who spoke believed that adding an
additional layer of bureaucracy, and resultant costs. would certainly drive
small businesses away from Ridgewood.
Council members promised those in attendance that a recommendations from a
recently completed process audit of the Building Department would be
implemented swiftly, and that resultant change would be for the better.
However, Mayor Pfund hinted that he would likely try to reintroduce a
modified version of the “change of use” ordinance at a later date.
Council members provided no explantion as to why the “banking” ordinance was
pulled. However, astute observers of Council matters believe several banks
would have quickly challenged the proposed ordinance’s constitutionality in
court; i.e., huge legal bills, and furious taxpayers, in the waiting!

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>Change of Use

>Proposed Ordinance – Site Plan Approval for Change of UseThe proposed ordinance regarding Site Plan Approval for Change of Use would require site plan approval for any change of use. A change of use is a material change in the character or intensity of a use, such that there is the potential for different impacts to the site, neighborhood or community. For example, a restaurant that originally serves dinner only, but later changes to add live entertainment, could be considered a change of use, since it would create issues related to traffic and parking, noise impacts, etc.This type of ordinance has been implemented in Allendale, Montvale, Oakland, Teaneck and Westwood. Click here for the draft ordinance.

the Fly on the Wall has told the Ridgewood blog that this ordinance could damage property values in down town Ridgewood as well as merchants .

Readers sound off……

So who cares if 5 other nearby municipalities have similar ordinances? What’s the real issue here? What happened, or does the Council think will happen, if this ordinance isn’t adopted? Property owners will suffer tremendously if this ordinance is passed. However, the Village’s land use planner and local attorneys will gain – more billable hours! It’s frustrating enough now to get through the zoning process. Why add yet another layer of bureaucracy? What a way to run a Village!

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>$544K contract for the installation of artificial turf at Maple Park

>Tonight, Village Council members are scheduled to award a $544K contract for the installation of artificial turf at Maple Park to Dakota Excavating Contractors, Inc. of Bergenfield, NJ. The Council had promised that this project would be 100% funded by grants and private contributions. However, the contract with Dakota is being awarded prior to all external monies being received. So, and you guessed it, property tax revenues will be used to offset the “temporary” deficit. Shouldn’t Council members have waited until all money was in hand?

the Fly on the Wall has told the Ridgewood Blog that less than 20% of the money promised has actualy been raised ……

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>Ridgewood Resident Kristine Di Grigoli Paige Solo Exhibit at C.Magor Gallery


Kristine Di Grigoli Paige a Ridgewood resident has been known as primarily a performance artist, having performed publicly since July 25th, 2002. Recently she has put more of her focus and her energies into translating her life’s experiences into art. Her first project was the completion of the “B&W” (Black and White) series and the start of her new square foot series “Eyes”. Her travels, friends, and music all play a significant role in her work, including her life long obsession with mysterious veiled women. She generally works with acrylics, a habit formed by painting in front of live audiences and needing a quick drying time. When studying an image she alters it to borrow its structure, its shadow, and provide her interpretation. The outcome will provide movement of emotions sometimes indescribable but likeable. Currently she is attracted to texture, giving some of her work a three dimensional quality. She often uses bold colors and will challenge tradition in order to express herself. Her work is modern in style but is often more significant by what it makes you feel. A painter by day a Club Photographer by night and once the sun goes down she puts down her brush and pallet and takes up her newest love photography. Frequently on evenings and weekends she can be found in New Jerseys hottest night clubs capturing youthful exuberance on digital images and recording this generations efforts to define itself.

“Life of an Artist” Kristine Di Grigoli Paige Solo ExhibitionWorks from 1997-2006 June 22-July 6th, 2006 First Open Reception Thurs. 6/22/06- 5pm till 9pm

(Kristine will be painting live) Special musical Guests the BloodSugars and Rich and Royal
Second Open Reception Thurs. 6/29/06- 5pm till 9pm Location: C. Magor Gallery 21 Oak Street Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450
(201) 670-0555 Gallery
(201) 362-0552 Kristine
Visit this artist portfolio at

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>Breaking News – Close Call At Orchard School

Personnel from Ridgewood EMS, Fire, and Police Departments responded to a midday motor vehicle accident in front of Orchard School. Fortunately, no school children were nearby when the accident occurred. The driver, who sustained minor injuries when her car rolled over on its side, was transported to Valley Hospital. Board of Education President Mark Bombace was the responding on-duty Fire Capitan. Fast response and great work by Ridgewood’s Bravest & Finest!

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>Our Congressman Scott Garrett pushes for lower Gas Prices

>Dear Friends:

Last week, the House of Representatives took another step toward lowering the price of gas at the pump. I was proud to support the Refinery Permit Process Schedule Act (H.R. 5254), which would increase our domestic supply of gasoline by removing obstacles to the refinery permit process.

Because of an overly burdensome regulatory process, no new refineries have been built in the U.S. since 1976. The total number of domestic refineries has dropped down to a mere 148 and nearly half of all our operating refineries are located in the Gulf states, where they continue to be affected by Hurricane Katrina. The average retail price for gas rose by 46% within one week of Katrina’s landfall. And, production shut-downs in the Gulf have resulted in an estimated 340,438 fewer barrels of domestic oil on any given day.

The Refinery Permit Process Schedule Act will help to eliminate needless bureaucratic delay, while preserving high environmental standards. And, by increasing our supply of domestic gasoline, we’re reducing cost to the consumer. Specifically, the bill establishes a Federal coordinator to help manage the multi-agency permitting process, giving special attention to the role of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure strict compliance with environmental standards.

The bill also directs the President to designate three military bases closed during the recent base closure and realignment process as locations for refineries. And, it ensures that at least one of those new refineries will be specifically designated as a biofuel refinery. H.R. 5254 passed the House by a vote of 238 to 179 and now awaits consideration in the Senate.

Skyrocketing gas prices are putting too much pressure on family budgets, and Congress needs to tackle the issue from all angles. That means passing tax credits and other incentives for expanded alternative fuel research and development. It means increasing domestic oil production. It means supporting enhanced fuel efficiency. And, it means passing gas tax relief, such as that I have drafted in my Surface Transportation and Transportation Equity Act, which would reduce the Federal gas tax for any corresponding increase in state gas taxes.

Furthermore, just a couple of weeks ago, I crossed party lines to support a Democrat amendment to end a subsidy program for oil companies. I am committed to a multi-faceted strategy to end your pain at the pump.


Scott Garrett
Member of Congress