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The Ridgewood blog would like to challenge our readers and all residents to read as many books as possible for 2019, Lets build a smarter Village!

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Ridgewood NJ, There’s no secret to how to get smarter. You read a lot it’s that simple .There’s a whole host of people who have excelled , from Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to Richard Branson and Barack Obama, who will tell you the same thing. In the old days it was often said you can tell the second you enter a room if anyone there has ever read a book before.

But if building your brainpower is that straightforward, why don’t more people do it? For the same reason that we fail to do lots of worthy but less urgent self-improvement projects , we think we are all really busy.

But are we really? A new article by Charles Chu of site Better Humans raises some eyebrows by people who claim they simply don’t have enough time to feed their intellect with books.According to the author the simple math that proves you do have enough time to read. Chu tells the story of how reading 200 hundred books a year (yes, 200!) for the past several years has helped him turn his life around, reconsider his career, and become much happier.

The math is simple , according to Chu the average American reads 200 to 400 words per minute. A Typical nonfiction books have about 50,000 words.

Now, all we need are some quick calculations:

200 books x 50,000 words/book = 10 million words
10 million words/400 wpm = 25,000 minutes
25,000 minutes/60 = 417 hours

That’s all there is to it. To read 200 books, simply spend 417 hours a year reading!

You say you don’t have time take a look at what the average American spends on social media and TV in a year:

608 hours on social media
1,642 hours on TV

If those hours were spent reading instead, you could be reading more than 1,000 books a year!

The Ridgewood blog would like to challenge our readers and all residents to read as many books as possible for 2018 ! Lets build a smarter Village and perhaps a smarter New Jersey !

For those who don’t know where to start ,the Ridgewood library is full of suggestions and many librarians have made recommendation lists for residents .

The Ridgewood Public Library is located at
125 N Maple Ave
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Call (201) 670-5600

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Happy New Year from the Ridgewood blog !

Happy New Year

Wishing a happy, healthy and safe New Year!

from PJ Blogger and the staff of the Ridgewood blog

the Ridgewood blog will be resting up from our new year festivities today,but we will be up and running  on Wednesday January 2nd 2019

thank you for all your overwhelming support !!!

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Twas the Night before Christmas

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Twas the Night before Christmas 

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

Clement Clarke Moore (1799 – 1863) came from a prominent family and his father Benjamin Moore was the Bishop of New York who was famous for officiating at the inauguration of George Washington. The tradition of reading Twas the night before Christmas poem on Christmas Eve is now a Worldwide institution and tradition.
http://www.carols.org.uk/twas_the_night_before_christmas.htm

Clement Clarke Moore (1779 – 1863) wrote the poem Twas the night before Christmas also called “A Visit from St. Nicholas” in 1822. It is now the tradition in many American families to read the poem every Christmas Eve.

The poem ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ has redefined our image of Christmas and Santa Claus. Prior to the creation of the story of ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, had never been associated with a sleigh or reindeers!

Clement Moore, the author of the poem Twas the night before Christmas, was a reticent man and it is believed that a family friend, Miss H. Butler, sent a copy of the poem to the New York Sentinel who published the poem. The condition of publication was that the author of Twas the night before Christmas was to remain anonymous. The first publication date was 23rd December 1823 and it was an immediate success. It was not until 1844 that Clement Clarke Moore claimed ownership when the work was included in a book of his poetry.http://www.carols.org.uk/twas_the_night_before_christmas.htm

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PJ Blogger and the staff of the Ridgewood blog Wish You a Very Happy ,Healthy and Safe Thanksgiving

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Ridgewood Emergency Services Volunteers were well prepared for the storm that caught many by surprise

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Emergency Services Volunteers were well prepared for the storm that caught many by surprise. Making a difficult commute and getting around the Village. Chief Tony Lillo stated that “our line officers reached out to additional volunteers in advance of the storm which resulted in us staffing 4 Emergency Vehicles with over 1 dozen volunteers. There were multiple EMS calls and also traffic assistance calls during the intensity of the storm”, said Chief Tony Lillo. “ The Ridgewood Emergency Services are on call, 24/7, 365 days a year, no matter what the weather brings, we are ready to serve,” Chief Lillo concluded. Please support the Ridgewood Emergency Services through FOREST. (Friends of Ridgewood Emergency Services Teams).

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Annual Friends of Ridgewood Emergency Services (FOREST) Fund Drive

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Ridgewood NJ, Please check your mail boxes for the Annual Friends of Ridgewood Emergency Services (FOREST) Fund Drive letter which has been mailed to all residents and businesses in the Village. Your charitable tax-deductible donation supports the Ridgewood Emergency Services (RES) volunteer first responders in their mission to serve the Village.

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Alleged Hit and Run Victim Sustained Serious Injuries in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, The exact origin of critical injuries sustained by an individual who was found lying on the street in front of 15 West Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, remained under investigation by Ridgewood PD and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office hours after the victim was found at 7:20 PM on Monday, 09/24. The individual, said to be a male, was rushed by ambulance to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson.

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Two Ridgewood Police patrol vehicles collided at the intersection of East Glen Avenue and North Van Dien Avenue

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Ridgewood NJ, Two (2) Ridgewood Police patrol vehicles collided at the intersection of East Glen Avenue and North Van Dien Avenue, Ridgewood on Sunday afternoon, 09/02. The two (2) drivers, uniformed Ridgewood Police officers, were transported to The Valley Hospital for evaluation and possible treatment. Both officers were conscious and alert following the crash and exited their respective vehicles without assistance. Ridgewood Fire Department, Ridgewood EMS, and Ridgewood Emergency Services personnel also responded to the incident.

 

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NJ State Police helicopter that made a “surprise” landing behind Ridgewood Police headquarters late Wednesday morning

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Ridgewood NJ, NJ State Trooper Evan Curtiss, a Ridgewood High School graduate and a member of Ridgewood Emergency Services, was the pilot of a NJ State Police helicopter that made a “surprise” landing behind Ridgewood Police headquarters late Wednesday morning, 8/15. Trooper Curtiss had been contacted by Ridgewood PBA Local 20 and asked if he could obtain permission fly a police helicopter into Ridgewood in order that Cole McKeon, son of Ridgewood Patrol Officer Kevin McKeon, could see a helicopter up close. Cole is currently under going treatment for Stage 4 cancer, but was able to attend today’s event and was thrilled by what he was able to see and touch.

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Readers Not Buying Village Managers “Defense” of Healthbarn

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On many occasions Healthbarn has more then 1 large school bus coming in for field trips all the while other programs are going on. With all the cameras around the house and parking lot I am sure Heather can see them. So should we assume she doesn’t know the difference between small and large buses? What about the charted buses that seem to come 2X a year? Playing it dumb doesn’t really work when your talking about a neighborhoods quality of life!!! Saying a employee lives in the neighborhood is a huge stretch too. what’s wrong is the fact that the Village Manager seems to be protecting Healthbarn not the tax payers who pays her? Did Heather come and collect her zucchini for protecting Healthbarn? Does any village employee want the house across the street from them turned into a for profit business? Because that’s what happened in our neighborhood so lying to everyone is seriously criminal!!!!!