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The “Soprano State” and Quality Fill at the Schedler Property in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood blog has reported on questions of the quality of the fill used at the Schedler property .

Perhaps a reminder ,New Jersey is sometimes referred to as the “Soprano State” due to its association with the popular television series “The Sopranos.” The show, created by David Chase, aired on HBO from 1999 to 2007 and centered around the life of mob boss Tony Soprano, played by James Gandolfini, and his family.


The nickname “Soprano State” is a play on words, combining the title of the show with New Jersey’s actual nickname, “The Garden State.” The series portrayed New Jersey as a hotbed of organized crime, corruption, and moral ambiguity, contributing to the association between the state and the mafia culture depicted in the show.


In New Jersey, illegal dumping and littering are both forms of environmental pollution, but they differ in terms of scale, severity, and legal consequences.

  1. Illegal Dumping: Illegal dumping involves the unauthorized disposal of large quantities of waste or hazardous materials in areas such as vacant lots, wooded areas, or bodies of water. It often involves dumping construction debris, household appliances, furniture, or toxic substances. Illegal dumping poses significant environmental and health risks, contaminating soil, water sources, and wildlife habitats. In New Jersey, illegal dumping is considered a serious offense and is subject to harsh penalties, including fines, imprisonment, and mandatory cleanup costs. The state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) actively investigates and prosecutes illegal dumping cases to protect public health and the environment.
  2. Littering: Littering, on the other hand, refers to the careless or deliberate disposal of small amounts of waste in public areas, such as streets, sidewalks, parks, and beaches. Common types of litter include cigarette butts, food wrappers, beverage containers, and plastic bags. While littering may seem less egregious than illegal dumping, it still has negative impacts on the environment, aesthetics, and community well-being. Litter can attract pests, block storm drains, and contribute to pollution in waterways. In New Jersey, littering is also prohibited by state law and is subject to fines and penalties. The state encourages public education and enforcement efforts to discourage littering and promote responsible waste disposal practices.

While both illegal dumping and littering involve the improper disposal of waste, illegal dumping typically involves larger quantities of waste and is considered a more serious offense with severe legal consequences. Littering, although less severe, still contributes to environmental degradation and is subject to enforcement measures in New Jersey to maintain cleanliness and protect natural resources.

10 thoughts on “The “Soprano State” and Quality Fill at the Schedler Property in Ridgewood

  1. But is it in a flood zone ?

    1. It 100% floods. Just wait til the plastic rug is there. Kiddies gonna have their own personal slip and slide. Maybe they can also go sleigh riding on the berm 🙂

  2. Drove past it this morning and it looks just horrible as you drive pas it on Route 17 North. It is an eyesore because of the dead trees they placed on top and also all of the weeds. I don’t see Ridgewood maintaining this. Sure when it is shiny and new they will be boastful but after that it will go to pot just like the rest of Ridgewood’s fields that they don’t maintain.

  3. Yes, I planted trees on top with no water access, the weeds and litter took over the berm, why don’t they put turf on top of the berm at least it will look better than what it is now, you don’t have to plant anything, water, it, I don’t know just a thought. Anything to make a look more presentable. Because it looks like I’m driving down the turnpike, and speaking about the sopranos, Rigel doesn’t even have the brains to think like that, in the end, the village will be paying the highest paid to get their work done.

    1. turf is a terrible idea-those residents have wells. Plus that would look worse than it does now. It is a sad state of affairs but whoever thought that a berm with midget trees that were not watered was a good idea is not too swift to begin with.

  4. Whoever took the decision to cut the trees and create that disgusting berm WITHOUT having an approved and complete plan in place for the property should be held responsible. Terrible decision without any logic. Where is the accountability?

    1. same people who built it without approval from the state of nj. Those people who think it was ok to do that.

  5. Well, that’s your Director of Dpw, and head engineering. In the past he said he’s the smartest man in three states. Amazing isn’t it. You think he has 4 quarters for a dollar.

    1. It was probably Chris Rutishauswer who can up with this genious idea and I also heard that Jovan, his sidekick, wanted to knock the house down and put up a sports shed for the teams. Unfortunately they are both still there and as we know, you can’t fix stupid.

  6. I like the post that somebody left on the old Kmart and Grand Union site. That would be the perfect multi sports complex for multiple towns. How about that. Everyone’s looking for property well build a big dome. I don’t know who owns the land, or what’s going on, but they close the store down and the place has been sitting for years. Wat is going to happen politics Paramus does not need any more stores, so guess what’s going to happen something’s gonna be squeezed through the crack you know think think yes more multi housing. I see it. Think about it just like the old Valley hospital come on , use your brain watch

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