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Six expert hurricane season preparedness tips for your business

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By Linda McMahon, SBA Administrator

For this blog about Hurricane Season preparedness, we thought it would make sense to get some business continuity tips from a real expert—a business owner who survived multiple disasters.
Three Brothers Bakery, a 69-year-old business owned by Janice and Robert Jucker, suffered losses of around $1 million after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston last August. In 2008, the destruction caused by Hurricane Ike forced the couple to close the bakery for nine months. They lost $1 million after that storm.

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Sierra Club: Governor Murphy is out there touting New Jersey’s biggest land-use and financial failure of the last 20 years

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East Rutherford  NJ, Today Governor Murphy stood alongside developers to promote the American Dream mega-mall proposal in the Meadowlands. The American Dream proposal includes 109 acres being added to the Paterson Plank Road Redevelopment Area. This project with a mall and entertainment complex was supposed to open years ago. The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority would give the final approval on which properties would be added for redevelopment. The Meadowlands is an extremely environmentally sensitive and flood-prone area and the New Jersey Sierra Club opposes this development.

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Ridgewood Planning Board continues review of master plan

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JANUARY 29, 2016    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2016, 12:31 AM

During last week’s Planning Board meeting, Village Planner Blais Brancheau explained some changes he recommended the board make to the master plan.

Brancheau began by reading from the current master plan, discussing housing, changes in population in the village and historic preservation, among other topics.

One change he recommended was updating the master plan regarding soil removal.

“Right now, we have three levels of soil permit procedures: a ministerial, a minor and a major permit,” he said. “We don’t need that level of difficulty to do a soil movement permit, where you’re going to get both Planning Board and council approval to move soil. One or the other should suffice.”

Another change he said would be beneficial was updating the master plan in terms of flooding zones.

Brancheau explained that the federal government has been making changes to its flood area designations, and that these should be reflected in Ridgewood’s master plan.

Chris Rutishauser, the village engineer, noted that this would be done as soon as possible, since people who would potentially be in flood zones may need to purchase flood insurance, and should know sooner rather than later if they required it or not.

Brancheau also pointed out that flood areas prohibit certain activities, such as building houses in some locations, making it even more important that the changes be updated as soon as possible.

http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/town-government/master-plan-review-continues-1.1501713

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New online mapping tool unveiled covering stretch of Ho-Ho-Kus Brook in Ridgewood

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AUGUST 24, 2015, 4:19 PM    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2015, 7:50 AM
BY JAMES M. O’NEILL
STAFF WRITER |
THE RECORD

A new online mapping tool that covers flood-prone neighborhoods along a six-mile stretch of the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook in Bergen County was unveiled Monday, the fourth in a series of maps designed to help residents in numerous Passaic River basin communities get better information about potential flooding from oncoming storms.

The newest maps show stream flows, water depths and streets likely to be flooded during various brook cresting heights for the area from White’s Lake Dam in Waldwick, downstream through Ho-Ho-Kus to Grove Street in Ridgewood.

The interactive flood inundation maps, a collaboration between federal and state agencies, are expected to help the towns’ emergency management officials plan evacuations and road closures – and make it easier for officials to persuade people in a projected flood zone to evacuate, reducing the risks for emergency personnel who must rescue stranded residents in the middle of major flooding.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/new-online-mapping-tool-unveiled-covering-stretch-of-ho-ho-kus-brook-1.1397663

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FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON

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FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
1256 PM EDT MON AUG 10 2015

…HEAVY RAIN ON TUESDAY COULD CAUSE URBAN FLOODING…

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY
AFTERNOON…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT…
NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY AND SOUTHEAST NEW YORK…INCLUDING THE
FOLLOWING IN SOUTHERN …CONNECTICUT…SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD. IN
NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY…EASTERN BERGEN…EASTERN ESSEX…
EASTERN PASSAIC…EASTERN UNION…HUDSON…WESTERN BERGEN…
WESTERN ESSEX…WESTERN PASSAIC AND WESTERN UNION. IN
SOUTHEAST NEW YORK…BRONX…KINGS (BROOKLYN)…NEW YORK
(MANHATTAN)…NORTHERN NASSAU…NORTHERN QUEENS…RICHMOND
(STATEN ISLAND)…SOUTHERN NASSAU…SOUTHERN QUEENS AND
SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER.

* FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON

* SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH A WARM FRONTAL PASSAGE COULD
PRODUCE HEAVY RAIN HEAVY RAIN CAPABLE OF CAUSING URBAN FLASH
FLOODING IN THE NEW YORK CITY METROPOLITAN AREA.

* RAINFALL OF 1 TO 2 INCHES…WITH LOCAL AMOUNTS AS HIGH AS 3
INCHES AND HOURLY RAINFALL RATES OF UP TO 2 INCHES PER
HOUR…ARE EXPECTED. WHILE THE HEAVIEST RAIN IS NOT EXPECTED TO
BE WIDESPREAD…URBAN AREAS THAT RECEIVE THE HEAVIEST AMOUNTS
COULD EXPERIENCE DISRUPTIVE IMPACTS.

* DESPITE DRY CONDITIONS…SOME FAST-RESPONDING SMALL STREAMS IN
NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY COULD APPROACH BANK FULL IF DIRECTLY
IMPACTED. LARGER STREAMS AND MAIN STEM RIVERS SHOULD NOT
EXPERIENCE FLOODING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

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Discussion of Schedler Property and House MUST BE AN ELECTION YEAR COMING UP

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THE RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL’S
PUBLIC WORKSHOP AGENDA
AUGUST 5, 2015

1.         7:30 pm – Call to Order – Mayor
2.         Statement of Compliance with Open Public Meeting Act
Mayor:  “Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by a posting on the bulletin             board in Village Hall, by mail to the Ridgewood News, The Record, and by submission to all persons entitled to same as provided by law of a schedule including the date and           time of this meeting.”
3.         Roll Call – Village Clerk
4.         Flag Salute/Moment of Silence
5.         Public Comments (Not to Exceed 5 Minutes per Person)
6.         Presentations
a.         Senior Citizen Needs Assessment Survey
b.         June Year-to-Date Financial Review

7.         Discussion
a.         Parking
1.         Hudson Street Parking Garage Update
2.         Proposed 15 Minute Parking Spot

b.         Budget
1.            Capital Ordinance – Funding for Grant – Handicap Ramp at Graydon Pool
2.            Award Contract – F150 Pickup for Parking Enforcement
3.            Award of Contract Under State Contract – Purchase & Servicing of Firefighting            Equipment and Supplies
4.            Award Contract Under State Contract – Snow Plows
5.            Award Partial Contract – Siding Repairs to Traffic and Signal Building
6.            Award Contract – Maintenance Agreement for SCADA System and Software Support
7.            Authorize Change Order – Emergency Service Repair to Water Pollution Control          Facility SCADA System
8.            Authorize Change Order – Benjamin Franklin Middle School Drop-Off
9.            Award Contract – Printing Services – Ridgewood Water
10.        Award Contract – Consulting Engineering Services – Ridgewood Water
11.        Award Contract – Emergency Laboratory Services – Water Department

b.         Budget (continued)

12.        Award Contract – Lead and Copper and Water Quality Parameter Testing &   Compliance Services – Ridgewood Water
13.        Award Contract – Groundwater Under the Direct Influence of Surface Water –             Ridgewood Water
14.        Award Contract – Emergency Repairs of Graydon Pool Well
15.        Approve Agreement with Washington Township – Paving and Curbs – Hampshire Road and Standish Road
16.        Approve Shared Services Agreement – Fuel – Ridgewood Board of Education

c.         Operations

1.                  2016 Village Council Meeting Dates
2.                  Establish Deposit Fees for Use of Village Barricades

d.         Policy
1.         Discussion of Schedler Property and House
2.         Middlesex Regional Education Services Commission Cooperative Pricing                                              Agreement
3.         Green Business Recognition Program

8.         Review of August 12, 2015 Public Meeting Agenda
9.         Manager’s Report
10.       Council Reports
11.       Public Comments (Not to Exceed 5 Minutes per Person)
12.       Resolution to go into Closed Session
13.       Closed Session
A.        Legal – Valley Hospital
B.         Personnel – Human Resources Position
14.       Adjournment

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Village Engineering Department Conducts Outreach to Property Owners in Flood Hazard Areas

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May 16,2015

Ridgewood NJ, As part of the CRS program for the Village, the Engineering Department sends out an annual letter to properties that are located in the Flood Hazard Area of the Village. for a copy of the Village of Ridgewood Annual letter to residents with property in the flood plain Click Her

The Engineering Department also sends a informational letter to local banks, realtors, and insurance companies that service the Village,copy attached. Click Here

The new flood maps may capture additional properties. The Ridgewood Engineering Department will help those property owners as best as we can, although they may have to retain a professional land surveyor and/or professional engineer for their properties.

Existing LOMA’s (Letters of Map Amendment, which indicate a structure on a property in the Flood Hazard Area is not within the limits of the Flood Hazard Area) may not carry over to the new maps (this happened the last time). Those property owners will have a lot of work to do to re-establish their LOMA’s.

The Village outreach letter to property owners generally goes out each year in the Fall.

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Heavy rain drenches parts of New Jersey but sun to return according to forecast

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Heavy rain drenches parts of New Jersey but sun to return according to forecast

AUGUST 13, 2014, 7:48 AM    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2014, 7:49 AM
BY STAFF AND WIRE REPORT
NORTHJERSEY.COM

Heavy rain that has soaked parts of New Jersey is starting to move away from the state, leaving behind street flooding and power outages.

Today will be cloudy with a chance of showers and highs near 86. Sunny skies with highs in the eighties can be expected throughout the rest of the week and into the weekend.

There are no reported delays on New Jersey Transit trains and buses or at the local airports.

Unofficial National Weather Service observations show nearly 9 inches of rain fell at Millville Airport in Cumberland County between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. There was more than 7 inches in Stafford, more than 5 inches at Atlantic City airport and in Manasquan, and more than 4 inches in Tabernacle.

There are 7,734 homes and businesses without electricity Wednesday. Most are in Monmouth and Morris counties.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/heavy-rain-drenches-parts-of-new-jersey-but-sun-to-return-according-to-forecast-1.1066592#sthash.CCjh0bm0.dpuf

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Reader says Time to Pull the Plug of Turf Fields

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Reader says Time to Pull the Plug of Turf Fields

It’s time to pull the plug on our turf fields. The locations are not conducive to turf material. With the over $100,000 in repairs we could take that money to go back to grass. The money we have spent in fixing each if these damaged episodes could have been used for another employee or two in our maintenance dept which is short employees (our town’s landscape is falling apart and w the taxes we pay, our town should be looking well attended and it’s not!! The best landscaped areas are the ones donated by kind vendors, not our village tax dollars.). What about the Schedler property for turf, or Habernickel Farm, or Citizens park or one of the elementary schools that don’t flood?

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Readers say Time to Reexamine Turf Fields ?

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Readers say Time to Reexamine Turf Fields ?

6 storms in 4 short years…so much for the 100-year storm hooey.

Do you have the repairs costs as well…?

Mother Nature keeps mastering the Master Plan.

Thee field was put in during summer 2010. We’ve had floods worth remembering on:

– October 1, 2010 (there was wrinkling of the carpet then and in all the other events below)
– March 8, 2011
– April 17, 2011
– Jun 23, 2011 (graduation)
– August 29, 2011 (Irene)
-August 1, 2014

Sandy didn’t cause a lot of flooding. It was more of a wind event

We’ve had minor flooding many other times, but not to the scale above