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the Village of Ridgewood Looking Back on 2010 Part 4

>the Village of Ridgewood Looking Back on 2010 Part 4


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 01, 2010

Village Council Elections : Readers Press on Candidates Positions on Valley

I asked you earlier for clarification of your position on Valley and you did not answer. I have heard great things about you and am leaning towards voting for you but I can’t vote for anyone who gives a gray answer about Valley.

I used to live by the hospital and, one winter, there were seven accidents near my house. One car went up on to my neighbor’s lawn and the trees caught on fire. If it had been a different time of day there could easily have been children killed.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/10/village-council-elections-readers-press.html

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 01, 2010

$48 million dollar Referendum : RHS Flood Zone

The construction is not complete and it is already under water and damaged. That’s what you get when you build in a floodway. The second photo shows the brand new turf with a big wrinkle to trip on. This was just a small storm. The taxpayers of Ridgewood have The BOE to thank as they pay it off for the next 30 years.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/10/48-million-dollar-referendum-rhs-flood.html

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 03, 2010

Does Valley Hospital have Ridgewood under siege ?

Built around you…

If you were ever in any doubt that the Valley Hospital has Ridgewood under siege then it has been confirmed by Valley’s own advertizing for their off-site Columbia venture. Like a medieval army besieging a city, Valley with its campus on Van Dien Ave and nine satellite campuses is now not physically possible to enter Ridgewood without passing by a Valley property. You cannot educate your children in Ridgewood without the hand of Valley fondling them through Valley’s unprecedented influence on the BOE and HSA. Valley hijacked the last Village Council and the Planning Board agenda for 3 years to approve the 100 percent Valley crafted Master Plan Amendment. Megan Fraser, the Valley PR Executive is now wielding Valley’s influence over the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/10/does-valley-hospital-has-ridgewood.html

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 05, 2010

Donovan Unveils 4 Point Plan for Bergen County Fiscal Sanity

Bergen County Executive Candidate, Kathleen A. Donovan, announced today her plan to make government “smaller, smarter and fiscally responsible.” Donovan said that her “4 Point Plan for Bergen County Taxpayers” is not just a plan. “It’s a pledge to Bergen County taxpayers, families and seniors that government is going to change for the better.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/10/donovan-unveils-4-point-plan-for-bergen.html

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 05, 2010

How does the Village justify a tax assessment that is around 20% inflated?

They are not in any hurry to roll back the valuations they assigned at the peak of the bubble.

The below is public info so I’ll leave it up to the Mod as to whether it posts:

119 Oak is for sale for $850k. Its tax assessment (according to Zillow) is closer to $1M, which is about what that house would have sold for at the height of the bubble. A couple years ago, 2007 I think, the taxes jumped from $11k and change, to over $17k (it’s possible a lot of this was precipitated by a renovation but I don’t own the house so I don’t know)!

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/10/how-does-village-justify-tax-assessment.html

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 06, 2010

Oct 5 – Planning Board Discusses Ordinance change and does not inform the public

The Agenda for last night’s Planning Board meeting was not published before the meeting and is still not on the Village website. Despite the missing agenda, the attorney for Valley Charles Collins and the PR VP for Valley, Megan Fraser arrived at the meeting promptly at 7:25 PM. Were they tipped off by someone on the Board, the attorney of the Chairman?

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/10/oct-5-planning-board-discusses.html

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 06, 2010

Math Wars: “Connected Math is a nightmare.”

Connected Math is a nightmare. The kids have moved around a few topice since the beginning of the year. I can’t tell if it is a review or “spiraling”. When there are questions about the homework, the book is no help. It was designed without examples of problems. The webside is just like the book – very vague.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/10/math-wars-connected-math-is-nightmare.html

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 07, 2010

Christie ready to pull plug on $8.7B rail tunnel

NEWARK — Gov. Chris Christie indicated Wednesday that he is leaning toward pulling the plug on construction of a new $8.7 billion commuter rail tunnel into Manhattan, unless a revised federal cost estimate provides assurances that New Jersey can afford the project. (Higgs and Jordan, Daily Record)
https://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20101007/COMMUNITIES/101006096/1005/NEWS01/Christie-ready-to-pull-plug-on–8.7B-rail-tunnel-

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/10/christie-ready-to-pull-plug-on-87b-rail.html

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010

the sign should read “Another project brought to you by the taxpayers of the state and country”

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/10/sign-should-read-another-project.html

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010

Democrats’ primary turnout lowest on record

Fueled by tea party activism and hotly contested races, Republican participation in this year’s primary elections was up. But Democratic participation fell to a record low, leaving overall voter turnout at the second lowest level ever for a midterm election, an analysis by American University’s Center for the Study of the American Electorate concludes. (Radnofsky, The Wall Street Journal)

https://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2010/10/14/primary-turnout-turns-out-to-be-lackluster/?mod=rss_WSJBlog&mod=WSJ_Politics_Blog

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/10/democrats-primary-turnout-lowest-on.htm

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2010

Ridgewood Schools : Readers ask are we trying to hide student’s ASK results?

I want to know what the District is trying to hide in regards to our student’s ASK results. The principal says that the administrators have asked them not to compare the schools in the district or share that information with the parents. Leads me to believe they are hiding some major score discrepancies that they don’t want to explain.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/10/ridgewood-schools-readers-ask-are-we.html

MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010

Holiday Tree Debacle : The mistake was to ever move the event in the first place

This allegation that the move of the Christmas Tree was for personal reasons is patently absurd.

The pertinent question is why was the tree moved from its traditional spot after decades of celebration? Political correctness gone awry.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/10/holiday-tree-debacle-mistake-was-to.html

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2010

Field Lights: Whats the balance ?

We all know we should be sensitive to the neighbors wishes. But since we cannot move the fields, which were built in what are now congested, residential neighborhoods (like Valley), what do you propose?

Don’t leave lights on b/c of a tailgate? Seems fair. But where does it end? If some had their way (I cannot speak for Colleen), the fields would be open wild-scape, so that the value of their homes would increase. Sound far-fetched?

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/10/field-lights-whats-balance.html

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2010


Field Lights : neighbors “felt bullied” by the BOE

Ridgewood school board grilled on lights Friday, October 22, 2010
BY KELLY EBBELS
The Ridgewood News
STAFF WRITER

https://www.northjersey.com/news/105505023_Board_grilled_on_lights.html

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/10/field-lights-neighbors-felt-bullied-by.html

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2010

Field Lights: The BOE owed everyone the courtesy of appropriate information regarding the lights!

The BOE owed everyone the courtesy of appropriate information regarding the lights! Yes it would have been nice and right to inform the neighbors of the installation. But not just the immediate neighbors, they should have informed each and every taxpayer in the Village!

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/10/field-lights-boe-owed-everyone-courtesy.html

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2010

$41 million Ridgewood Train Station Project : Two very inconvenient elevators to provide access from the Franklin Avenue underpass!

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/10/41-million-ridgewood-train-station.html

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2010

RHS field lights : It certainly appears that the BOE intended to install the field lights all along

As you may have seen or heard, I spoke at the Village Council last evening about the RHS field lights issues. Attached for your edification are my remarks.The more that I look at this, the stranger it looks. For instance:

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/10/rhs-field-lights-it-certainly-appears.html

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2010

Pro Valley Russell Forenza : rolls out the check book

News Flash: Mr. Forenza has run a full page advertisement in the Ridgewood News. A quarter page advertisement costs over $1,100. I can only guess what a full page advertisement would cost.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/10/pro-valley-russell-forenza-rolls-out.html

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2010

I would like to know if the parent who hit Carlos, the security guard at RHS, with her car was ever identified and prosecuted?

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/10/i-would-like-to-know-if-parent-who-hit.html

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2010

The RHSNA was formed by a group of neighbors that primarily live on the north side of the high school.

PJ

I would like to clear up a recent post to your Blog concerning the RHS field lights and the Ridgewood High School Neighborhood Association (RHSNA). The RHSNA was formed by a group of neighbors that primarily live on the north side of the high school. The group is open to any neighbors in the area of the high school to foster better communication with the school administration.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/10/rhsna-was-formed-by-group-of-neighbors.html

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2010

RHS Dance: modified our procedures to keep events drug and alcohol free

Dear Parents,

I am writing to you today to inform you about some issues we dealt with at the dance on Saturday night. After an unacceptable dance 2 years ago we modified our procedures and we conducted a number of incident free events.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/10/rhs-dance-modified-our-procedures-to.html

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 03, 2010

Congrats to Steve and all who care about Ridgewood!

I think those who voted for Forenza should think again about why the MAJORITY voted for Wellinghorst. Let me help you the majority knows the blight and strain that Valley would cause every taxpayer! Not just the people who live near Valley.

It’s not East vs West either. We can not allow our town fall into ValleyWood. Don’t become aware when it’s too late.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/11/congrats-to-steve-and-all-who-care.html

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 03, 2010

What we have here is a failure to communicate

I think the main problem in Ridgewood is the lack of communication. Everyone just does their own thing and to hell with everyone else. This is true of the lights and parking in the CBD, lights at the HS and other sports groounds, graydon and the hospital. It should never be about one thing but everything. Everything needs to be seen as a whole (the sum of its parts) and not the just the parts.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/11/what-we-have-here-is-failure-to.html

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 06, 2010

Readers react to Russell Forenza’s wild accusations of Voter fraud in the village.

Try not go blind when you realize that he could have been on our new council person. I think he makes it pretty clear what he thinks…the election was stolen.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/11/readers-react-to-russell-forenza-wild.html

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 08, 2010

Sports Fields : The Plan came ENTIRELY from vested interests in favor of maximum expansion of fields

The statement on the Village website is particularly instructive.

“A series of meetings led by Eric Mattes, Project Manager, included select target groups for their input and assistance in gathering necessary information.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/11/sports-fields-plan-came-entirely-from.html

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2010

Laurie Goodman : we should not be Racing to the Top because it is a Race to Nowhere.

According to Laurie’s site, we should not be Racing to the Top because it is a Race to Nowhere.

So, after all the push for world-class athletic center, turf fields, lighting, Olympic track at BF, a course guide that dwarfs some colleges, $2500 SAT prep programs, 200 clubs, 3-season sports, AP classes for everything, etc, etc – now she says the schools SHOULDN’T be doing it.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/11/laurie-goodman-we-should-not-be-racing.html


N.J. anti-bullying measures head for Senate, Assembly votes

Monday, November 15, 2010
Last updated: Tuesday November 16, 2010, 10:59 AM
BY JOHN REITMEYER
State House Bureau
STATE HO– USE BUREAU

Matthew Zimmer, 16, of Ridgewood, appeared before the Senate committee, telling a full room of spectators inside the State House that he has resorted to online schooling as a result of being bullied by students – and teachers – due to his sexuality. One of his teachers, he said, challenged him in the presence of other students to disclose if he is gay.“The kids immediately bombarded me, teasing me and calling me names,” Zimmer said.

Full story: https://www.northjersey.com/topstories/ridgewood/111510_NJ_lawmakers_want_to_toughen_anti-bullying_law.html

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/11/nj-anti-bullying-measures-head-for.html

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2010

N.J. Senate president pushes for shared services before League of Municipalities

Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s war on “home rule” got a mixed reception from mayors gathered at the League of Municipalities convention Tuesday in Atlantic City. (Friedman, The Record)

https://www.northjersey.com/news/politics/111610_NJ_Senate_president_pushes_for_shared_services_before_League_of_Municipalities.html

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/11/nj-senate-president-pushes-for-shared.html

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2010

Don’t Blame Valley : We have ourselves to blame, We got what we voted for

Pfund & Co. pushed things in what might charitably be called a pig-head fashion. do you suppose even Valley is pleased by the turn of events — Valley had all the cards stacked in its favor and its supporters couldn’t deliver without the huge uproar that ensued (a backlash that hopefully defeats this moronic amendment.)

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/11/dont-blame-valley-we-have-ourselves-to.html

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2010


Suzanne Kelly steps down as Co-Chair of the Preserve Graydon Coalition

Dear Preserve Graydon Coalition Members,

I am writing to let you know that I am stepping down as Co-Chair of the Preserve Graydon Coalition. As you can well imagine, the time and effort that was required to stop the ever increasing threat of Graydon from being demolished was all encompassing.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/11/suzanne-kelly-steps-down-as-co-chair-of.html

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010

Ridgewood Welcomes New Business!

https://www.ridgewoodnj.net/newbusiness.cfm

Overview

The Village of Ridgewood is a center of commerce in Bergen County.

Advantages to locating your business in Ridgewood:

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/11/ridgewood-welcomes-new-business.html

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 01, 2010

Ridgewood Police Department Baffled by Brazen Daytime Burglaries

Ridgewood Police Detectives Have No Suspects In String of Brazen Daytime Burglaries
Add another Ridgewood home to the list of the dozen or so recently burglarized in broad daylight by an unknown person or persons. This time, it was a brazen Wednesday afternoon break in on the 300 block of Racetrack Road.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/12/ridgewood-police-department-baffled-by.html

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2010


Village Christmas Tree Lighting was a big Hit!

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/12/village-christmas-tree-lighting-was-big.html

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 07, 2010

Farewell to Irine Fokine

Irine Fokine

September 20, 1922–December 5, 2010

Visitation: Tuesday, Dec. 7, 6–8 PM
Funeral service: Wednesday, Dec. 8, 11 AM
Both at: C. C. Van Emburgh Funeral Home
306 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood
(corner of Maple Ave.)
https://vanemburgh.com/obituary_view/77345

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/12/farewell-to-irine-fokine.html

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 08, 2010

Math Wars : Singapore math doesn’t cost enough for Ridgewood Schools

I remember the parents that voted and took Regina’s survey comparing the four potential math programs PICKED SINGAPORE math! Oh but wait, Nancy Schultz doesn’t “consult” for that publisher. No wonder why Regina didn’t want it!

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/12/math-wars-singapore-math-doesnt-cost.html

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2010

Water rate increase on Ridgewood council’s agenda

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
BY RICHARD DE SANTA
GLEN ROCK GAZETTE
Staff Writer

https://www.northjersey.com/news/111531329_Water_rate_increase_on_Ridgewood_council_s_agenda_.html
An ordinance to increase water rates by 5 percent next year is on the agenda for the Ridgewood council’s public meeting on Wednesday night.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/12/water-rate-increase-on-ridgewood.html

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2010

Village of Ridgewood : Taxes are out of control

Taxes are out of control. When my last child graduates I am going to sell my house. Hopefully someone else will want to pay the taxes on it. People think that the high taxes correlate with a good school system.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/12/village-of-ridgewood-taxes-are-out-of.html

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2010

Sheila Brogan’s recent letter fighting against the Superintendent’s salary cap is a prime example of why taxes will always be excessive in Ridgewood

It’s a shame that Ridgewood doesn’t seem to value singles, empty nesters and seniors who may not want the bulk of their tax dollars paying for education and fields and lights and mistakes.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/12/sheila-brogans-recent-letter-fighting.html

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2010

Village Council Announces Volunteer of the Year Ines Bunza and Joseph Suplicki

The Village Council announced the 2010 Volunteers of the Year at their December 8th Public Meeting. Ines Bunza and Joseph Suplicki were recognized for the volunteer efforts to the Village of Ridgewood.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/12/village-council-announces-volunteer-of.html

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2010

Lightgate: Dr. Fishbein is proposing that this time limit be extended until 10:30PM

Remember folks, the current Field Use Policy (available for downloading here: https://mods.ridgewoodnj.net/pdf/recreation/2009SeptFieldPolicy.pdf) prohibits the use of lights at BOE owned facilites past 9PM (see paragraph F on page 14).

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/12/lightgate-dr-fishbein-is-proposing-that.html

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2010

New Jersey Fiscal Crisis: There are multiple problems with the current system

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/12/new-jersey-fiscal-crisis-there-are.html

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2010

Fearing more conservative backlash the New Jersey Republican State Committee abruptly canceled a long scheduled meeting

With State Republicans fearing more conservative backlash the New Jersey Republican State Committee abruptly canceled a long scheduled meeting Hyatt Regency in Princeton last night, less than 24 hours before it was scheduled to convene.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/12/fearing-more-conservative-backlash-new.html

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2010

Shared Services Not the Answer

My husband and I grew up in and bought our first home in a in Nassau County and our police were the Nassau County Officers. Believe me you would not be happy with a regional police service. They were great when you needed a helicopter search for a missing child and a SWAT team, but forget it for day to day problems such as parking, loud parties, vandalism or other quality of life issues. It took them 20-30 minutes to respond and half the time you would be told on the phone to go to the local precinct (two towns away) if you needed to file a simple police report.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/12/shared-services-not-answer.html

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2010

Home Rule :The fact that the police are local, even neighbors. It keeps them close to the people they protect and accountable.

I don’t know about you, but I really like the fact that the police are local, some even neighbors. It keeps them close to the people they protect. And accountable.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/12/home-rule-fact-that-police-are-local.html

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010

Aronsohn: A parking solution

Friday, December 17, 2010
LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY DECEMBER 17, 2010, 7:43 AM
BY PAUL ARONSOHN
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce has come forward with a parking proposal that is both simple and sensible.

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/12/aronsohn-parking-solution.html

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010


Ridgewood drops starting salaries for police officers

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
BY MICHAEL SEDON
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS
Staff Writer

When the village hires police officers next year to fill positions left vacant by retirements, those new officers will receive a significantly lower starting salary.

https://www.northjersey.com/news/112332814_Starting_salaries_for_new_Ridgewood_cops_dropped.html

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/12/ridgewood-drops-starting-salaries-for.html

MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2010

NJ should have a public “Hall of Shame” for all these unscrupulous characters who take advantage of their positions

Unfortunately, I don’t find this type of news surprising anymore. What a sad world we live in.

Ed Hynes and Democratic Freeholder James Carroll should have to reimburse the County for all those expenses he failed to provide receipts for…and NJ should have a public “Hall of Shame” for all these unscrupulous characters who take advantage of their positions and the taxpayers they are supposed to be serving!

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/12/nj-should-have-public-hall-of-shame-for.html

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2010

Ridgewood store owners report good holiday business

Friday, December 24, 2010
BY JOYCE VENEZIA SUSS
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS
FOR THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Shopkeepers in Ridgewood’s Central Business District are feeling a little more optimistic about holiday season sales this year, compared to bleak profits just a year ago.

more: https://www.northjersey.com/news/112416274_Frugal_shoppers_welcome.html

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/12/ridgewood-store-owners-report-good.html

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2010

Blizzard of 2010 : Readers comment on snow removal

“Woodside Avenue was plowed yesterday by 1pm. Maybe even sooner. I walked to the train station today and all way fine. I don’t know why people complain. My parents live in Queens and the plow just came by an hour ago”

“My street is a little slippery but otherwise no problems. Drivers
need to be a bit more careful though. I’ve seen some icy spots. Kids are loving the snow and aren’t even complaining about the cold.”

https://theridgewoodblog.net/2010/12/blizzard-of-2010-readers-comment-on.html

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