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>the Village of Ridgewood Looking Back on 2010 Part 2

>the Village of Ridgewood Looking Back on 2010 Part 2


David Bolger on Graydon Pool : “the Fiscal Climate is Very Hostile for Ridgewood at this time “

FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010

$89 million dollar budget : I’m Voting NO for the following reasons.
I’m Voting NO for the following reasons.

From today’s BOE Newsline, I see that there is 1.4% increase in teacher’s salary. So rather than allow some of the other teachers to stay by forgoing a raise, the teachers who are left are still getting one while other teachers are left go. That’s for the kids, of course.

Also in today’s BOE Newsline, I see there is a 21.5% raise in employee benefits. The teachers refuse to chip in just 1.5% of their salary for benefits. If the average teacher’s salary is $65,000 a year, we are looking for $975 a year for full medical, dental and vision. (Come on, who gets free vision anymore?) However, those same teachers are very willing to pay an average of $720 a year for union dues. These are their priorities, not our tax dollars, not our kids.

SUNDAY, MAY 02, 2010

Readers Allege bullying epidemic at B F Middle School while administrators do little or nothing

the Ridgewood blog recieved so many of these coments they could not be ignored:

Hey here’s a little story from last year that will give you a clue about how Mr. Orsini handles a child’s repeated cries for help from him regarding another child who had been relentlessly bullying her at school (not on line).

SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2010

$89 million school budget : a “NO” vote does not “send a message” to anyone.
I don’t disagree with the sentiments expressed here. Unfortunately, some people don’t seem to understand the implications of this vote.

First, a “NO” vote does not “send a message” to anyone. It does not have an impact on teachers benefits or their raises for next year. It simply means that the budget will get turned over to the Village Council (who know NOTHING about the school’s needs or situations) to determine the amount of the tax for next year. They can assign ANY tax rate they want. They can increase the budget and raise taxes more, or they can cut the budget and limit the taxes. They are accountable to NO ONE on this issue. The most likely outcome is that they cut the budget more and reduce taxes, which will result in further teacher cuts…unfortunately, they will be the newer and more enthusiastic teachers, who most of us would prefer to have teaching our children. I, for one, do not want Annie Z or Keith K making any decisions about my children’s education.

MONDAY, MAY 03, 2010

SCHOOL ELECTION RESULTS : Laurie Goodman ,” I think we’ve cut enough.”
Numbers show Ridgewood’s extremely lean staffing.

Over the past few weeks, Governor Christie and the media have made a big deal about some recently-released data. It showed that statewide, over the past 10 years, enrollment in New Jersey schools has grown 3%, while staffing in NJ schools has grown 14%. The Governor and others used these statistics to back-up the claim that there has been a “hiring spree” in our schools and that today there is “plenty of room to cut.” I would totally agree on a statewide level.

TUESDAY, MAY 04, 2010

Valley “Renewal” more than doubles the size of the medical center
Valley’s revised plan is called workable
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
The Record

The Valley Hospital’s proposed expansion , but the latest building plan is a good compromise, experts hired by Ridgewood testified Monday.

Village Planner Blais Brancheau said the plan, which adds three beds to the 451-bed hospital “does not intensify operations. The overall policy is to keep the intensity of use as it is roughly today,” he said.

THURSDAY, MAY 06, 2010

Papers just posted with the New Jersey Campaign Financing and Lobbying Disclosure – NJ Election Enforcement Commission on candidate spending for the Village of Ridgewood Council election indicate that Committee to Elect Cronk and Dowd have spent over $6,654. and have a total receipts of $9,750.


Graydon Pool Named one of N.J.’s 10 most-endangered historic sites!
Preservation NJ names N.J.’s 10 most-endangered historic sites

Ron Emrich, Preservation NJ director, said in Trenton, “The endangered historic sites program spotlights irreplaceable historic, architectural, cultural and archeological resources in New Jersey that are in imminent danger of being lost. The act of listing these resources acknowledges their importance to the heritage of New Jersey and draws attention to the predicaments that endanger their survival and the survival of all historic resources throughout our state.


Councilwoman Anne Zusy Undergoes Rehabilitation at Local Nursing Home

In a statement read by her son Alexander Ortiz during Monday evening’s Village Council meeting, Councilwoman Anne Zusy reported that she is a patient in a local rehabilitation center.

The reason for Ms. Zusy’s admission to a rehabilitation center was not disclosed during her remarks.

In addition to her elected position as a member of the Village Council, Ms. Zusy also serves in an appointed position as a full member of the Ridgewood Planning Board.

THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010

Ridgewood Sports: LAX Parents claim Coach Pounds punished the team by losing on purpose

Many RHS lax parents angry at coach Pounds. #6 Ridgewood played the #11 team in the states and lost. The coach refused to start his senior goalie (would not give a reason). He passed over all the other goalies in the program and started his inexperienced freshman son – IN THE STATE PLAYOFF!!! We were missing 3 sophomores but in this game it would not have mattered. It was easily winnable.


N.J. taxpayers question school administrators’ pay

Lately, when Cheryl Gismonde logs onto her Facebook account, she often finds messages that veer wildly from the usual array of restaurant recommendations and photos of other people’s children. A recent post from one of her friends reads: “Burlington County has 39 school districts!! So let’s figure the average Super makes $150K, maybe an assistant at $100K, and a Business Administrator at $90K. That’s approx. $13 million and some of these Supers have districts with just 2-3 schools. Entirely too much $$ wasted on positions that arent hands-on with the ki. . .ds.” (Osborne, Inquirer)

FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2010

State Troopers Look to Ring the Register this Memorial Day Weekend ,Drive Carefully
Troopers writing more tickets on NJ toll roads
The Associated Press

State troopers are writing more tickets on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.

State Police figures show tickets for all motor-vehicle violations increased 61 percent on the parkway last month, compared to April 2009. It was up 45 percent on the turnpike for the same period.

TUESDAY, JUNE 01, 2010

Kathleen A. Donovan : “Time to close NJ Sports Authority and save taxpayers millions”
“Time to close NJ Sports Authority and save taxpayers millions” Says Donovan.

May 28, 2010

Kathleen A. Donovan, Republican candidate for Bergen County Executive, today called on Governor Christie to cancel the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority’s purchase of Personal Seat Licenses (PSL’s) and season tickets for the New York Giants and New York Jets. According to Ms. Donovan, “This latest slap at New Jersey taxpayers is proof positive that the Authority has clearly outlived its usefulness and should be put out of its misery.

SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2010

Graydon Pool : “it was the biggest opening day crowd in 5 or 6 years”

The staff stopped counting at 1200 people on Saturday, June 5. Pool manager Steve Diamond said it was the biggest opening day crowd in 5 or 6 years.

Open for business: Last weekend Graydon had its biggest opening day in 5 or 6 years, said pool manager Steve Diamond. What a great community gathering place!

TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2010

Readers Sound off Chairman Nicholson disrespect and condescension towards Ridgewood residents
CHRIS RUTISHA– USER – Village Engineer rips down posters at Planning Board public meeting on June 14

A lecture in civility was offered by Chairman Nicholson as he called the June 14th Planning Board H-Zone meeting to order. Yet, just moments before the meeting was called to order informational posters, neatly placed on the walls of the Benjamin Franklin Middle School, were violently ripped down by a Village Employee. The posters were crumbled and stuffed into garbage pails.

FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010

Valley Renewal: Readers Question Motivations
Two questions arise, (1) what has Ridgewood to lose if the Planning Board does not approve Valley’s Expansionist plans, (2) what have the individual members of the planning board to loose if the plan is not approved?

SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 2010

Village Council: And The Band Played On . . .
And The Band Played On . . .

Despite Worker Layoffs, Village Council Will Hold Elaborate After Reorganization Meeting Event

The Fly has just learned that Village Council members and their invited guests will convene at Gen Sushi, 15 East Ridgewood Avenue, for an “after reorganization meeting” luncheon on Thursday, July 1st.

MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010

Valley Renewal: Sleazy Tactic Mar H-Zone Vote
As if the last-minute change of venue wasn’t bad enough to jerk residents around…now the village says parking will be unavailable. This from the Record:

“Parking will be extremely limited tonight at the middle school where the Ridgewood Planning Board is voting on Valley Hospital’s expansion plans.

The Planning Board secretary announced this afternoon that the village just discovered that parking will not be available at the large church lot across from George Washington Middle School.

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