Ridgewood officials discuss safety plans for ‘Backwoods’ student dance
APRIL 7, 2014 LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014, 5:05 PM
BY DARIUS AMOS
The reported numbers of unruly teens observed at each of the semiannual RHS Backwoods dances have raised safety concerns among the Ridgewood Council, but police officials believe that the overall positives outnumber any negatives that result from the organized gatherings.
With preparations under way for the next Backwoods dance, typically held in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square every June and September, members of the Ridgewood Police Department last week discussed the trends as well as the pros and cons of the event with Village Council members.
Police also recommended additional officers to staff the upcoming dance.