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Nobody Loves Bob Menendez

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Ridgewood NJ, on September 16th ,US Senator Bob Menendez spoke at RHS to call for stricter measures to stop teenage use of vaping products and e-cigarettes .

Reelected by double digits in 2018 despite alleged issues with underage hookers in Dominican Republic. One of the country’s least popular senators Bob Menendez ,who currently stands at 36% approve and 43% disapprove among all New Jerseyans, and 37% approve and 45% disapprove among registered voters.

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Italian-American civil rights Group Takes on NEA’s Attack on Columbus Day

Hey, NEA! No way!

by: André DiMino

At its 2019 National Convention, the National Education Association (NEA) passed a resolution to have Columbus Day renamed Indigenous Peoples Day, stating, “As an education association, recognizing, observing, and celebrating factual history is important to maintaining our academic integrity.”

Really? Come on! How hypocritical. The current onslaught of politically correct hysteria foisted upon the Great Discoverer is just plain false. Shame on the NEA for being complicit in this nefarious conspiracy to obfuscate the facts and perpetrate the rewriting of history.

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Ridgewood Board of Education Meeting Tonight 5pm

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Board of Education will hold its next Regular Public Meeting on Monday, September 9, 2019. The Board meets at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, Floor 3 at 5 p.m. 

The public is welcome to attend the meeting, or to watch from home on Fios channel 33 or Optimum channel 77. Meetings are also streamed via the “BOE Webcast” tab on the district website at

Meeting webcasts are immediately available on the district website.
Click here to view the agenda in PDF format.
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NJ State Troopers: Back to School Basics

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Ridgewood NJ, If you couldn’t tell that many schools in Jersey are back in session by the sudden emergence of yellow buses, crossing guards, and backpack-strapped kiddos making the trek to school on foot, then surely your social media has been flooded with a deluge of back-to-school/first-day-of-school posts.

So, you remembered the trillion things that your kids need for school like backpacks, pens, pencils, folders, lunch boxes, binders, boxes, tissues, glue, water bottles, clothes, popsicle sticks, glitter, etc. But did you remember to talk to your kids about back-to-school safety?

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Pros and Cons of the US Education System

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There was a time when education was considered a luxury. But today, it is one of the essentials every person should benefit from. It not only serves as a way of attaining knowledge but also a path towards success in the current society. 

How education is imparted differs in various parts of the world. So are the ways it is put to use. However, the standard remains more or less the same, whereas the opportunities regarding training vary.

Taking the United States into consideration, here we will cover the main pros and cons of the educational system in this country. Let us start with the advantages. 

The Pros 

Global Acceptance 

America is home to some of the most prestigious institutions in the world. The academic excellence delivered by the country is unmatched with many universities ranking top among the best. This has made the system more attractive to the rest of the globe. 

Simultaneously, this is one thing that has put weight on the students as well. The demand to excel and the high competition adds lots of pressure. 

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Global Diversity 

The US is a country with a globally diverse community of both learners and teachers. In 2014, the country hit a demographic milestone by having the majority of school pupils with diverse ethnicities.

The projection for 2023 shows that there will be approximately 55 million students of color enrolled in the public schools of America. This has created a distinct environment, including exposure to various cultures and learning possibilities. 

College Experience

When you put together all the good factors, it is clear that the students are offered an enriching experience. This concerns not just the academic field but also the interactive campus life. 

English being the primary language makes it more feasible for international students, providing them with choices in courses that are unparalleled elsewhere. The universities are all partnered with high profile companies opening new doors of opportunities to widen your network or pursue a career. 

Nevertheless, much like anything else, the US education system also has its drawbacks. 

The Cons 

Tuition Cost

The high standards also come at a high price. The tuition fees in many popular schools and colleges are on the hefty side and rated among the highest in the entire world.

As public schools receive less government funding, the fees are set to rise even more in the future. This has made the deal a lot less appealing for not only American nationals but also many international scholars. 

Discrimination Issues

America has come a long way in making everyone feel inclusive. However, there are still discrepancies that students face based on their family’s income and race. According to a recent study report, certain schools even assign punishments for learners based on their race. 

As disappointing as this is, one can only hope that the younger generation will have a different viewpoint from their school days. This is the period that shapes youngsters’ values for the rest of their lives. 

Disparities in Courses

With each state and college following different curricula, there are tremendous gaps created in the standard of education across the country. A student of one major attending the same program will not receive the same standard of learning from two different universities. This has also resulted in a set of particular institutions being preferred by employers while hiring. 

Admission Requirements 

Getting into the renowned colleges in America is indeed very tough. One has to be outstanding not only in academics but also in extracurricular activities. The standardized tests are another major issue that you need to solve even to send the application.

International students have to prove their language proficiency and take-up other exams depending on the program chosen. While it is almost necessary to have such exams to filter the applicants, this has also added pressure right from the school level. 

Final Words

To conclude, education is imperative for the advancement of any individual. Such a country as the US, with its strong foundation principles, offers an exceptional place for students to educate in.

The system could still be improved in many ways, though it has its credits. By working together to overcome the inconsistencies, and learning from the errors, it definitely could be efficient and effective. After all, that is what education is all about. 

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As A Frequent Critic of the Ridgewood School Board We Are Forced to Admit the Kids Are Alright


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Ridgewood NJ, as long time readers recognize we are no big fan of the people running the Ridgewood schools but on the other hand our students should be recognized as great students which they are.

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New Jersey Business & Industry Association: Stemming the Flight of Graduates from New Jersey

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Ridgewood NJ, the New Jersey Business & Industry Association ( NJBIA) created a Postsecondary Education Task Force after research showed that New Jersey makes a significant investment in public education – $20,000 per student per year in its K-12 schools – yet leads the nation in outmigration rates of recent high school graduates and young adults.

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Reader says the BOE got up night after night and assured us all that we were wrong about increased school enrollment


“Don’t forget Rurik, Jim and company (BOE) who got up night after night and assured us all that we were wrong – – we were volantis – – we were naysayers – – and that he and his wife and other seniors like him would move into these slums and life would be beautiful for us all.

And don’t forget the developers in town who are building these monstrosities and laughing all the way to bank over the ineptitude of the Village.

And don’t forget, while the betrayal started with Arohnson and the Puke, the betrayal continued with the current council when it sold out the Villagers who had used their own resoucres to file a lawsuit and stop these monstrosities, after having run on a platform of saying they would contain these slums from being built.”

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The Ridgewood Board of Education is seeking qualified candidates to fill a seat on the Ridgewood Board of Education


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Ridgewood NJ,BOE vacancy notice: The Ridgewood Board of Education is seeking qualified candidates to fill a seat on the Ridgewood Board of Education that will be vacant as of July 30, 2019. The vacancy was created by the resignation of Board member Christina Krauss.

The Board member term will run from the expected date of appointment in September to the April 21, 2020 Annual School Election.

Interested residents may pick up an application packet in the Office of the Board Secretary at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place. The application may also be downloaded from the Ridgewood Public Schools website at

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CDC says Study on Safety of “Crumb Rubber” Could Take Two More Years


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‘Ridgewood NJ, in 2015 and 20016 Three federal agencies are teaming up to investigate the safety of crumb rubber artificial turf used in playing fields and playground all across the country,the investigation was the subject of a series on NBC News .NBC reported that the “The Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced an “action plan” on Friday to answer questions raised about synthetic turf made from recycled tires and possible risks for young athletes.”

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