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Washington’s Birthday 2019

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New Bridge Landing NJ, Dance mistress Denise Piccino and the Tricorne Dancers will give two one hour public performances in the Steuben House at 1:30 and 3:00 pm. Ridley & Anne Enslow will provide musical accompaniment on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. Throughout the afternoon, Rodger Yaden will portray General George Washington. Hot cider and crullers will be served in the restored 18th-century tavern in the Campbell-Christie House, where our gift shop is also located. Visitors may also see open-hearth cooking demonstrated in the Out-Kitchen, featuring meal items that General Washington might have eaten during his stay at New Bridge in 1780 and recipes from Martha’s cookbook. Re-enactors from the 3rd New Jersey Regiment will demonstrate military life. Activities for Children include: Soldier Drills, Paper Dolls & Scavenger Hunt.
Sunday, February 24, 2019, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

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Coldest Winter During the American Revolution

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Ridgewood NJ, from the Bergen County Historical Society :
As the cold weather breaks, a look back to one of the coldest winters during the Revolution, the winter of 1780.

1 February 1780. The coldest winter in human memory, something we can relate to this year, continued in Bergen County. Loyalist spies continue their detailed observations on the surrounding countryside, both to avoid surprise in New York City, and to look for opportunities for the British to strike at Washington’s isolated outposts, such as the one in Paramus…

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The Ridgewood Historical Society is sponsoring their 2nd annual “Letters From History” contest

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Historical Society is sponsoring their 2nd annual “Letters From History” contest is now open to all Ridgewood High School students! Students are competing by writing a letter in a fictional and historic voice based on items from the current Schoolhouse Museum exhibit. Winner receives $100 gift card and certificate, The Deadline is January 8th .

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National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, also referred to as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day or Pearl Harbor Day, is observed annually in the United States on December 7, to remember and honor the 2,403 citizens of the United States who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941.

On August 23, 1994, the United States Congress, by Pub.L. 103–308, 108 Stat. 1169, designated December 7 of each year as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. On November 29, President Bill Clinton issued a proclamation declaring December 7, 1994, the first National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.[2] It became 36 U.S.C. § 129 (Patriotic and National Observances and Ceremonies) of the United States Code.

On Pearl Harbor Day, the American flag should be flown at half-staff until sunset to honor those who died as a result of the attack on U.S. military forces in Hawaii.[4] Pearl Harbor Day is not a federal holiday – government offices, schools, and businesses do not close. Some organizations may hold special events in memory of those killed or injured at Pearl Harbor

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Bergen County Historical Society : The long retreat across New Jersey continues. Washington checks in with General Lee from Newark.

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GEORGE WASHINGTON TO GENERAL LEE
Newark November 24th 1776
DEAR SIR
I wrote you this morning of the probability that some of your letters to me had fallen with the mail into the enemy’s hands My apprehensions on that head have been since confirmed by direct intelligence from their camp I am informed that a letter from you is confidently said to have come to their hands and that measures are taken to intercept your march

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NEW EVENT DATE: BIG SANTA IS BACK at Westfield Garden State Plaza

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Paramus NJ, NEW EVENT DATE: BIG SANTA IS BACK at Westfield Garden State Plaza

November 20th ,Tuesday , 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

This holiday season, Westfield Garden State Plaza is excited to celebrate the return of its legendary, iconic “Big Santa” display!

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PLEASE STOP BY – LAST DAYS TO VISIT the amazing “THE SPIRIT OF AMERICA’S STORY – THE WALL”

PLEASE STOP BY – LAST DAYS TO VISIT the amazing “THE SPIRIT OF AMERICA’S STORY – THE WALL”
Hosted by American Legion Post #53 – Ridgewood NJ
Bethlehem Lutheran Church – 155 Linwood Ave
Final days in Ridgewood: November 16 thru November 18
Friday & Saturday 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
CLOSING CEREMONY Sunday 11/18 @4pm

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Reader says , ” There is a saying ,you are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts”

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It must be the same few people that have misquoted figures for the restoration time and again! There is a saying “you are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts” The cost has been quoted from the Council time and time and time again and the County has publicly listed its grants to the town.
Maybe the author doesn’t care that across 17 is an area of thousands of taxpaying Ridgewood residents who have been marginalized. First they were cut off by the “improvements” on Route 17, which took away their ability to cross directly to Ridgewood; second their school was taken away; and third the only large parcel of land, 7 acres, was to be a 90 foot baseball field and a historic house torn down. Finally they gathered together and showed the town that they deserved better. They deserved a park; they agreed to a small playing field; they deserved a meeting place which will be the house; and someday maybe they will actually get their school back. The house which the author maligns is listed on the NJ Register of Historic Houses. The author and others keep coming to the mic at public meetings and ask for “proof”, which they have received time and again. Is one taxpayer more equal than others? Is his/her tax money more important than that of a resident of the East Side? Why doesn’t the author and his compatriots who seem to criticize everything, take his/her ire somewhere else? With all that is going on in this world, guns, nationalism, bombs, fires, why keep criticizing the restoration of one house. And I will sign my name, unlike the author.

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Christopher Columbus as controversial then , as he is today

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Ridgewood NJ, Christopher Columbus  the famed Italian explorer who “discovered” the “New World” of the Americas on an expedition sponsored by King Ferdinand of Spain in 1492. Columbus was an explorer and adventurer , who leaves us with a mixed legacy. His life is that of a consummate promoter  and a figure at the center of the unforeseen and wholly “unintended consequence” of discovery.

Columbus is of course credited for opening up the Americas to European colonization as well as often blamed for the destruction of the native peoples of the islands he explored. Ultimately, he failed to find that what he set out for which was a new route to Asia and the riches it promised.  He was as controversial then , as he is today.

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The American Revolution: 3-part Series at the Ridgewood Public Library

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Public Library will host a The American Revolution: 3-part Series starting Tuesday, Oct. 16, 10:00-11:30am (October 16, 23 & 30: 0:00-11:30am)
information call 201-670-5600. Please join Myrna Nahas for a 3-part series covering various aspects of the American Revolution. All are welcome.

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