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Take the Ridgewood Visioning Questionnaire

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Ridgewood NJ, Our Village, Our Future: Visioning for Ridgewood’s Next Master Plan – Add your voice and vision to the future of the Village of Ridgewood – visit www.VisionRidgewood.org
What should the Village be like in 5, 10, or 20 years? What trends do you think might have a significant impact on the Village in the future? What is your vision for the future of the Village?

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Reader says , ” Our downtown businesses needed to modernize with the times and appreciate the market forces around them in order to save themselves”

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But, but, but . . . didn’t we need more parking becuase there is no where to park and shop in the downtown??
Face it, the regimes of Aronson / Pucciarelli and Knudsen / Hache sold off our downtown to developers. The costs of an overcrowded downtown, the needs for improvements for the hundreds of new families, the needs for more school rooms and teachers, more police and fire fighters, etc. etc., are all being placed on the backs of the taxpayers by these politicians.
We didn’t need parking and hundreds of apartments to “save” our downtown. Our downtown businesses needed to modernize with the times and appreciate the market forces around them in order to save themselves.
Our council needed to take a firm stance in the courts, with the legislature and in all other ways possible against overdevelopment and the destruction of schools, our property values and other attributes. Instead, they chose to pander to a few special interests, tear down paradise and put up a parking lot and leave us all with the tax bill.

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Today Mary Higgins Clark Sunday, November 4th at Bookends in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood Nj, Bookends in Ridgewood will be hosting Mary Higgins Clark Sunday, November 4th @ 1:00pm. The New York Times Bestselling Author and Queen of Suspense, Mary Higgins Clark, will sign her new book: You Don’t Own Me

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The Village has Begun Enforcing “No left Turns” Into and Out of the Starbucks

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Ridgewood NJ, The Village has begun enforcing a recently passed local ordinance that prohibits left turns into and out of the Starbucks drive through restaurant on Franklin Avenue. Traffic cones are now in place that effectively block left turns out of the facility. No word yet as to whether more cones will be deployed to prevent left turns into the facility.

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Readers ask ,” What part of this equation don’t you understand? “

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What part of this equation don’t you understand?
Employees are not parking any further away. The empty spots are a direct result of the increased meter rates. any merchant in town can tell you how bad the numbers are of late. We understand that the social gadflys are aghast at the sight of a parking garage and the above article tries to float the issue without directly addressing it. Cute. Boneheaded move for the village as usual as they simply drove all the customers away. Lots of options out there and Downtown Ridgewood is not one of them.

The merchants I’ve spoken with in the Broad Street area have said business is off since the kiosks came in. In my experience, I see drivers u-turning all over the place into and out of spots – in front of cops, to boot. Safety has dropped below meter revenue & leaf fines in priorities of the VH and police department.

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Reader says , “What is needed are fewer cars more public transportation”

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What is needed are fewer cars more public transportation. NO parking garage here no tearing down of islands at train station. Being satisfied with the room there is without mutilating the town design and encouraging more cars. Stores get enough business the way it is now. Making space for more cars on these narrow streets is wrong from a safety angle, an aesthetic angle, a health pollution angle, a comfort angle meaning more crowding. When town gets built up it will be another city like Hackensack.

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Higher Meter Rates Solve Ridgewood’s Central Business District Parking Issues

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Ridgewood NJ, it looks like the Village Council has solved the parking problems in the Central Business District once and for all .  Since the new meter rates went into effect and the Ridgewood Police became more active in ticketing repeat parkers and employees taking up street parking , parking spots now abound .

Several recent trips to the Central Business District we have noticed plenty of parking even on Chestnut street a notoriously difficult street to park .

One reader suggests that perhaps some employees are parking father away searching for free parking or finally using the employee parking .

Employee parking has been a major point of contention  during all the attempts to solve the parking problems .

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PSE&G Keeping the Lights on in Ridgewood’s Central Business District

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Ridgewood NJ, PSE&G  was doing some work on the corner of Chestnut street and Franklin avenue in Ridgewood’s central business district on Tuesday . The Ridgewood Police were busy directing traffic and keeping pedestrians safe .

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Women Assulted at Ridgewood Business

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Police report that on October 22nd, Patrol units responded to North Broad Street on a report of an assault. Upon arrival the victim reported she was attempting to secure the front door of the business at 1930hrs. When a male approached her and assaulted her. The victim provided a description and patrol began to check the area. A male party was located matching the description and identified as the actor by the victim. Patrol then arrested the 25 year-old male from Waldwick, N.J. The arrestee was transported to Ridgewood Police headquarters, where he was served with a criminal complaint for simple assault and advised of his court date. He then was transported to New Bridge Hospital and admitted into the emergency room under A.T.R.A.
All actors are presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.