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Ridgewood Resident hoodwinked by Social Security Phone Scam

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police report a Godwin Avenue resident responded to Ridgewood Police headquarters on October 14, 2019 to report a fraud. The victim reported he received a phone call and was convinced to provide personal information to the actor who impersonated a federal agent. The victim reported he provided his social security number to the fraudulent caller. The victim was advised of the precautions to take after providing personal information.

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Ridgewood Hits All-time Low with Jim McGreevey Event

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Ridgewood NJ, the Village of Ridgewood has finally hit rock bottom. The Ridgewood Public library will be hosting a talk by former disgraced  NJ Governor  Jim McGreevey. McGreevy who after a Ridgewood former Mayor claimed “is not gay”  abruptly resigned in 2004 after declaring himself “a gay American” and admitting an extramarital affair with a male staffer.

McGreevey a serial con artist pursued a career in the Episcopal priesthood but was rejected. According to a source at the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, his rejection was not for “being gay but for being a jackass”.

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Ridgewood Police Need Help with Car Burglary that Occurred Overnight Monday 10/14/19 on Van Emburgh Ave

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Police Detective Bureau needs your assistance investigating a car burglary that occurred overnight Monday 10/14/19 on Van Emburgh Ave. We are asking residents to check their home surveillance cameras for any suspicious activity that was captured between 12Am and 6AM on the eastside of Route 17. Unlocked vehicles and property are being targeted by criminals during the overnight hours. Again this is a reminder to lock your car doors to remove key fobs and any valuables.

Any resident with information is asked to contact Detective Henky at 201-251-4536

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Guest Editorial Published in The Record and Herald News Defends Mayor Hache

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This guest editorial was Published in today’s editions of The Record and Herald News.

Being a candidate for local office can be thankless position to have
Your Turn

Paul Vagianos Guest columnist

The Record and recently reported that Ridgewood Mayor Ramon Hache was being investigated by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) for failure to correctly report several hundred dollars of campaign contributions (“Ridgewood mayor hit with money complaint,” Page 1L, Oct. 8).

It is important to put this matter into perspective. Mayor Hache was a first-time candidate running for local office as a councilman. ELEC regulations, while critically important to our free and fair electoral process, are a maze of laws and filing requirements that can be confusing to a seasoned veteran of multiple elections. In this instance, the mayor’s campaign treasurer was his wife.

The vast majority of local elections are waged by residents who want to contribute their time and efforts to their town. If you’ve ever attended a local council meeting, you’ve seen that it is perhaps the most thankless job in the world. Most meetings have little or no attendance unless an issue has upset some of the local residents – in which case, watch out.

Those are the meetings that go on for hours, well into the wee hours of the morning with residents criticizing and often attacking local council people. For their efforts, members of the council in Ridgewood are paid $2,500 – the mayor gets $5,000. For the hours they put in, that amount doesn’t even begin to approach the minimum wage. Most people are unwilling to serve their community under these circumstances.

If this isn’t enough to discourage good people from running for local office, ELEC has filed a complaint against a local official because his wife didn’t keep good records of his campaign contributions. To make matters worse, The Record portrayed the matter as something far more serious than what it actually is: a local resident running for office in a small town who didn’t file all the forms correctly.

We’re not talking about someone running for governor or U.S. Senate who can afford to hire a paid professional to ensure that these forms are filed correctly. We’re talking about a local guy who just wanted to give back to his community.

It’s difficult enough to get good people to run for local office. This just makes it that much harder.

Paul Vagianos lives in Ridgewood.

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Reader Wants Pay for Leave Pick Up


“I wish wish wish Ridgewood would be honest about the leaves. I know of some towns in some states that charge for picking up leaves. You call the town and they come and pick up your leaves after you put them out on the curb/street. Nominal fee. They come right away and all is efficient and clean.

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Reader says, “I’ve been here 30+ years and I’ve NEVER had a problem with leaf pick-up. NEVER”


“Here come the whiners. Just read the G*d damn card and check the Village website to see when you should but your leaves OUT. They will be picked up sometime AFTER those dates. If you feel you must, snap a quick picture of your street leaf pile with your camera phone. That way if you get a ticket, you can show proof that you didnt’t put out leaves after pick up. You can send your photo to Susan who will refer it to the Village Manager to be taken care of, if possible.

Or better yet, do what I do, bring them to the recycling center. I’m 60 years old and have 1/2 acres with tons of trees and I manage it by myself.

I’ve been here 30+ years and I’ve NEVER had a problem with leaf pick-up. NEVER. And it never ceases to amaze me that we have a fairly educated adult population but they seemingly cannot read (at least not when it’s inconvenient for them.”

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Visioning Questionnaire : Residents Worry Most About Ridgewood Maintaining a “Small Town Feel”

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Ridgewood NJ, The purpose of the Visioning Questionnaire (VQ) was to provide a means to capture the sentiments, opinions, and ideas of as many residents as possible about a wide range of topics in Ridgewood today and into the future.

The results of the VQ, combined with the results of the other methods for engaging residents during the visioning process, will inform the values, principles, goals, and priorities that guide the creation of Ridgewood’s next Master Plan. 

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WallHub Claims New Jersey is the 5th Happiest State ?

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Ridgewood NJ, in 2018 New Jersey became the No. 1 state to move away from , according to new data from moving and relocation company United Vans Lines.

The top reason why residents left was for a professional opportunity, the United Vans Lines data shows. Of all the residents who moved out, 46 percent listed “job” as the deciding factor.“A leading motivation behind these migration patterns across all regions,” in fact, “is a career change,” the report says. About “one out of every two people who moved in the past year moved for a new job or company transfer.”

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Grand Opening Of Apricot Lane In Ridgewood- Sept. 21st At Noon

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Ridgewood NJ, Apricot Lane Boutique has come to Downtown Ridgewood brought to you by local owners Lucille Coyle & Carrie Turelli. This franchise is the only one in New Jersey and what better place for their flagship store than iconic Ridgewood. Don’t let the fact that it is a franchise fool you; all of the merchandise is handpicked by the owners & staff which guarantees to bring you both the hottest trends in our area and, of course, the classics too.
We buy in small quantities and rarely reorder the same merchandise twice. Why is this important you might ask? Because we can almost guarantee you won’t be wearing the same outfit as all of your friends. Even better, it allows us to bring in new merchandise more frequently. So…if you see it, buy it because it may not be there tomorrow!

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Today is National Cheeseburger Day!

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Ridgewood NJ, Sept. 18 is National Cheeseburger Day and restaurants are celebrating the made-up food holiday with discounts and free burgers.

According to Ranker, a crowd-sourced voting platform, the top five burgers were: Five Guys burger, In-N-Out Double Double, Five Guys cheeseburger, Burger King Whopper and Wendy’s Baconator. The favorite burger topping was cheddar cheese.

The top three of the top five fast food chains ranked aren’t known for serving burgers. The top five chains are: Subway, Chick-fil-A, KFC, Wendy’s and Five Guys.

Fortunately we have some great cheese burgers in Ridgewood and the greater Ridgewood area.