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Ridgewood Arts Foundation – Funding for the Arts Honors Event- Tickets on Sale now!!

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Rdigewood NJ, Gather with your fellow arts enthusiasts for the 2019 Ridgewood Arts Foundation Honors! Enjoy an unforgettable afternoon with wine, hors d’oeuvres, and spectacular performances by this year’s honorees: Mack Brandon & The Connection and the Ridgewood Friends of Music.

Tickets are now available on a limited basis for $80 each. This event sells out quickly, so be sure to reserve your spot early. All proceeds assist the Ridgewood Arts Foundation in its mission to provide funding for the many worthy arts organizations in and around our community.

Featuring Performances By:

Friends of Music and Mack Brandon and the Connection

Buy Tickets
Join Us for Our
2019 Honors Event!

Sunday, January 27, 4:00-6

Sun, January 27, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Park West Loft, 30 Oak St. Ridgewood, NJ

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Jj Travel Associates Exciting Business Launch

JJ Travel Associates Business Launch
Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres

Join us for a signature JJ Travel cocktail and hors d’ouevres as we celebrate the OFFICIAL launch of JJ Travel Associates.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
7:00PM to 10:00PM
HO-HO-KUS Inn and Tavern
1 East Franklin Turnpike, HoHoKus

Jen and Joel will give one lucky cruiser $500 toward the price of the cruise.

Jennifer Edelson and Joel Wesseldyke

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Araya Rebirth is expanding!!!!

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that I share with you, as we approach our 19th year in business this April, that we are expanding!

Some office space has became available upstairs in the beautiful historic building we are located in and I could not pass up the opportunity to create a space that would be serene, quiet, private and give us chance to expand on our workshop offerings as well as services. I am also happy to share that our Crystal Healer, Corissa, will be utilizing the space as our partner. She will offer services as well as monthly healing circles and have beautiful energized crystals available for purchase. The space offers two additional treatment rooms to our four on the first floor as well as a “whisper room” waiting area.

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Bordeaux – Wonderful Value at Every Price Point


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Ridgewood NJ, According Super Cellars, with 2,000 years of wine growing history Bordeaux offers great value today. Bordeaux is one of the largest wine growing regions in the world and that size offers a great diversity of wines.

The Ridgewood blog is a huge fan of moderate priced Bordeaux’s.For years we have purchased them with surprising results . Great for the cold weather or with a most red meat dishes .

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Ridgewood NJ, Add your voice and vision to the future of the Village of Ridgewood at:

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?

The Village recently launched Our Village, Our Future, which is a Village-wide visioning process that will form the creation of our community’s next Master Plan. Visit to learn more about Our Village, Our Future and start providing your insight and input through the on-line Visioning Questionnaire.


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Government Wage Mandates Are Bad for New Jersey’s Economy


By Tony Russo, CIANJ President

Ridgewood NJ, There has been a lot of discussion recently on raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.  Governor Murphy would like to see $15 an hour this year but the Legislature introduced a bill which would phase in the increase over several years.  The reason given for increasing the minimum wage is the high cost of living in New Jersey.

What is missing from the current discussion are the reasons why New Jersey has such a high cost of living. The major reasons for such a high cost of living are the taxes and fees paid by New Jersey’s residents and businesses.  Property taxes, sales taxes, fuel taxes, income taxes, the corporate business tax — New Jersey is a heavily taxed state.   Also absent from the discussion is why $15 an hour would somehow make New Jersey affordable.

Government needs to appreciate that most private sector jobs in New Jersey are with small businesses.  These business owners take on risks daily as competition is fierce. Most work hard to make ends meet but unfortunately some do not survive.

Employees are a business’ number one resource and keeping good talent is a top priority.  An hourly wage is just one part of how a business compensates employees.  Many offer fringe benefits including paid time off, healthcare insurance, 401(k) contributions, short- and long-term disability, bonuses and life insurance.  When the Legislature focuses on only the hourly rate and not the total compensation paid, it is not reflective of the total amount spent by employers.

More importantly, Trenton lawmakers should not look toward the private sector to make New Jersey affordable but rather look inward to reduce the size of government and make New Jersey a business-friendly State.  New investment will create new jobs, more competition and innovation which in turn will improve the quality of life of residents as well as increasing the coffers of the state government. This would reduce the current pressure on New Jersey’s existing businesses.

A government wage mandate on the private sector is the wrong approach and will only lead to higher prices and job losses, ultimately hurting the very people they are trying to help.  Finally, New Jersey voters already weighed in on this matter in 2013 when they approved an amendment to the state constitution tying any increases to the minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index or CPI.By Tony Russo, CIANJ President

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Millennial Expert Ana Homayoun, will Speak on Social Media Wellness

Dear Parents/Guardians:

On January 16, 2019, teen and millennial expert Ana Homayoun, will be visiting our district to talk about the important topic of Social Media Wellness. We are delighted that she will be delivering three phenomenal programs that day: one for all ninth grade students, a second for staff members, and finally the parent program, which is part of our Wellbeing Speaker Series.

Bookends Bookstore will be on-site to host a book sale and signing at the conclusion of Ana’s presentation. Books can be pre-ordered at Bookends for this event or purchased that evening at George Washington Middle School.

Ana Homayoun is an author, speaker, and educator. Ana is the founder of Green Ivy Educational Consulting, a Silicon Valley-based educational consulting firm and has spent the past seventeen years working with students, parents, and educators around the world. Her latest book, Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World, discusses modern social media dilemmas and offers prescriptive solutions. Her first book, That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life, quickly became a classic among parents and educators for the pragmatic approach to executive functioning issues. Her next book, The Myth of the Perfect Girl: Helping Our Daughters Find Authentic Success and Happiness in School and Life, explores the real-life dilemmas of young women today and provides strategies for finding authentic success and happiness.

Ana’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, USA Today, Psychology Today, ABC News, CNN, and more. She is also a frequent guest on NPR.

We hope you can join us.


Stacie Poelstra
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

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Felina is Open in Ridgewood

photo by Mayor Ramon Hache

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Ridgewood NJ, in time for Restaurant Week the central business district welcomes a new restaurant Felina  and according to Mayor Ramon Hache, ” Food, drinks and service were amazing. Thank you Chef Anthony Bucco @chefabucco and staff.”

The Opening was a hit with patrons who like the mayor raved over the food and service.

Felina is located in the old Citizens bank or Bank of America building which formally housed “FISH” . On their Facebook page Felina is described as the first collaboration between Frank Cretella and Chef Anthony Bucco and the newly formed hospitality group, Eat Drink Celebrate.

The culinary experience will center around the Agricultural harvest of the Garden State, and the culinary influence will be drawn from the traditions of Italy.

The bar program at Felina, will reinforce the appeal and glamour of cocktails with a nod towards the classics. The well selected wine list will focus on small producers from both the new and old world.

The architectural elements paired with the unconventional bank setting will be provide the perfect memorable backdrop to any experience.

54 East Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Get Directions
Call (551) 276-5454

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Reader asks , “what happens to an individual with a handicapped card or plate?”

With all this noise about parking what happens to an individual with a handicapped card or plate? Because of the EXTREMELY limited amount of handicapped parking, where are we supposed to go? Particularly since many of us don’t have a download app on our phones?